A tiny mistake, and its effect

I’ve kind of hinted at this anecdote before, but I figure it was time I elaborated on it in a little bit more detail, as it is starting to resonate with me increasingly. I wanna go into a little story about ‘Imposter Syndrome’, as it occurred to me a couple of times. Back when I…

The world’s worst ‘never have I ever’ player

I am the world’s worst ‘never have I ever’. Not in the sense that I am bad at it – how could one be – but that I am boring to play with. This has to do with a disconnect of experiences. I’ve done a lot of things, some of them even very interesting, but…

Thoughts on an addictions

There is a full blown junkie who lives in my neighborhood. Well, there is likely more than one. I’m poor. I live in That neighborhood. But this one is often out and about, walking the streets, begging for money. In broad daylight on a busy street she will offer to do things for money, not…

I approve!

Ok, wait. Hear me out on this one. A lot of people are going to look at this horror movie Winnie the Pooh and just groan. I get that reaction. And it may be awful. I have no idea. I also have no real love of any kind for the Winnie the Pooh franchise, but…

Another Marijuana Anecdote

If you are reading this and wondering ‘hey wait, didn’t you say you don’t smoke pot?’, well the answer is that largely I don’t. However, it is still in my umwelt in such a way that every now and again it pops up. Largely, I am good at saying now, but every now and again…

Novel disagreements

Once again I read a book that I thought really didn’t think its premise through. The last time this happened I thought the book was actually all together bad. This time it was not the case. The book was Naomi Alderman’s The Power. I felt a great hemming and hawing right as I finished the…

On being annoying, part 3

Ages ago I went into an anecdote about being asked to help someone try to get a research grant, and by help I mean do the fucking work. All of it. There was also a mention of the fact that I was helping someone do research for their PhD. The amount of help I gave…

People don’t know how to learn – Mango Languages

There aren’t a whole lot of things I can genuinely claim expertise in. For the most part, I am a useless human being. But apparently I am decent at languages. I have been consistently working in language instruction for more than a decade, and I have been consistently learning a second language for a little…

MOOCs suck – A thorough analysis

If my generation feels prematurely old, one only needs to consider the massive amount of changes we have seen in our lives. Shit was different when I was a kid, and when I was a kid wasn’t all that long ago in the grand scheme of things. I truly think that this might be the…

Duolingo’s demise…

I am one of the few people who actually thought Duolingo gave a decent service. It has come to get a bad reputation over the years, but this is largely undeserved. Most of the criticism I have seen of it revolve around some mythical notion of their being a ‘complete’ language learning course. There is…

More adventures in the job hunt – Scams!

The Wild West is an ever shifting frontier. It was once a physical space, but then it had to move. In the 90’s, when I was a wee lad, the Wild West was the internet. And let me tell you, it was fucking Wild. And god damn scary. But now that everyone is on the…

Nothing ever works as intended

I was pretty disheartened to see that I had missed an internet brouhaha. I truly love when an internet subcommunity loses its collective mind because so one expresses an unpleasant opinion. If you don’t take things too seriously, you will actually see a pretty good side of people. Often, people argue with poor points, but…