101 Writing Tips

Every sentence should make sense in isolation. Like that one. Excessive hyperbole is literally the kiss of death. ASBMAETP: Acronyms Should Be Memorable And Easy To Pronounce, and SATAN: Select Acronyms That Are Non-offensive. Finish your point on an up-beat note, unless you can’t think of one. Don’t patronise the reader–he or she might well […]

It’s ice cream time

I have to admit, I liked Stoyn.com a whole lot better when I thought there were actually booze-flavored popsicles shaped like Marxist revolutionaries and Disney characters and the like. Still a fun site put together by an “ambient advertising agency.”

Microbrew event in Tokyo

On Monday, March 14, the DIJ (German Institute for Japanese Studies) Business and Economics Study Group is hosting a presentation titled “Putting the ji in ji-bīru: Policy, deregulation and entrepreneurship in the Japanese microbrewery industry.” Sounds like it might be a good one if you’re interested in government policy and its impact on our favorite […]

The surgical mask in the universe

A helpful graphic to explain why all those masks people wear on the train won’t keep them safe from all the airborne diseases in that Chūō Line car: Screen capture taken from this cool Flash exploration of the sizes of things in the universe.