Today we are able to read countless personal blogs on the internet. However, it’s important to remember that readers don’t consume blogs like they might a book or a magazine article. More often than not, a reader will probably find a blog they enjoy, bookmark it, and return every once in a while to see … Read moreBlogging to Learn: How to Leverage a Blog as a Learning Tool
Digital means that books should now be obsolete. But people keep buying them. I consider myself a very practical person, but still I cannot find the courage to throw away the books that I have read. Similar to my last post, it just feels too hard. Like I might be throwing away a part of … Read moreThe Best Books Have Coffee Stains
宇宙中心 (yuzhou zhongxin) is Chinese for the center of the universe. It’s also a common saying in reference to Wudaokou, the hub of university life in Beijing. But why do people refer to it as the “center of the universe?” Perhaps the reason is its proximity to Beida, Tsinghua, and many other well-known universities. Or … Read moreThe Center of the Universe Is Anything but Stable.
I always get surprised when I hear someone complain about their English very articulately. Normally, I have been speaking to the person for a while, perhaps even in deep conversation. “What do you mean?” I inevitably respond. “I think your English is great. Sure, you could probably work on your tenses and gender usage, but … Read moreFall in Love with Communication, Forget About Grammar
There is something about riding a bicycle in the heat of a summer afternoon. It’s so hot that your shirt gets soaked through with sweat. But there is a rhythm to weaving in and out of traffic while trying to move from one shaded area to the next. Maybe the heat is only bearable because … Read moreThe one with the CCTV Tofu.
When talking online with someone, do you ever feel that neither person is really paying attention? I do, and lately I have thinking more about this. It seems like Web 2.0 (social media, blogs, etc.) has made connecting with others convenient, but in doing so it has also decreased the amount of attention we place … Read moreHow Web 2.0 Subverts What We Value Most