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I work at the University of New South Wales, where I use Ruby to analyze biological data.

In part of my spare time, I work on fun programming projects. One was trying to analyze what underlies Wikipedia's Get to Philosophy game. I also worked on one called the "Small Eigen Collider".

I'm currently learning Japanese, and I'm an active participant in lang-8.com, a website where you write journal entries in a language you're learning, and get corrected by native speakers of that language. In return, you correct people writing entries in your native language. Recently, I've been asking a few questions prompted by slightly incorrect English I've encountered on lang-8.


Sep
8
revised Can counter words also be nouns?
Hiragana katakana fail
Sep
8
asked Can counter words also be nouns?
Sep
7
comment Are foreign personal names usually written in katakana rather than Romaji?
This is the best possible answer I could hope for! It means I was correct in using romaji in my RubyKaigi talk, but that a schoolkid I was talking to wasn't wasting his time learning his name in romaji.
Sep
6
accepted Is there any gairaigo based on Australian English?
Sep
4
accepted Are foreign personal names usually written in katakana rather than Romaji?
Sep
4
asked Are foreign personal names usually written in katakana rather than Romaji?
Sep
3
comment Is it possible to tell whether a word is kanji or hiragana without reading it?
Wow, I didn't know about the etymology of "goodbye"!
Sep
3
asked Is there any gairaigo based on Australian English?
Sep
3
comment What are the advantages/disadvantages of writing in romaji instead of kanji, hiragana, and so on?
A wonderfully detailed answer. +1!
Sep
3
comment What is the meaning of all those “w”s in email and SNSs?
Do you mean SMSs?
Sep
3
comment Is it possible to tell whether a word is kanji or hiragana without reading it?
What do you mean by non-particle words that perform a grammatical function?
Sep
3
accepted Is it possible to tell whether a word is kanji or hiragana without reading it?
Sep
2
comment Is it possible to tell whether a word is kanji or hiragana without reading it?
I didn't anticipate this scenario (of words being represented sometimes one way, sometimes the other)!
Sep
2
revised Is it possible to tell whether a word is kanji or hiragana without reading it?
edited tags
Sep
2
asked Is it possible to tell whether a word is kanji or hiragana without reading it?
Sep
2
comment What are the advantages/disadvantages of writing in romaji instead of kanji, hiragana, and so on?
@Dave: I think Gerard wasn't talking about westerners learning the Chinese language, but Chinese people learning the Japanese language. Chinese-jin versus Chinese-go, as it were.
Sep
2
comment Does Japanese have a term equivalent to “Engrish”?
Is there an equivalent for wasei-kango for Japanese made in China?
Aug
25
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
25
comment Are wasei-eigo and wasei-kango looked down upon?
I googled "Gairaigo Iikae Teian", and got hits mentioning that the Kokuritsu kokugo kenkyujo were involved with it. That's a rather unforunate acronym!
Aug
23
comment Are wasei-eigo and wasei-kango looked down upon?
What about wasei-kango, such as kagaku? Does wasei-kango being older make it less "looked down" upon?