Author Archive for Christopher MAYO

Evernote: In the Classroom

This semester at Grinnell College, I have integrated Evernote into all of my classes. In this post, I explain how I have gone about doing it. Organization for Students and Teachers First, a note about my target audience. I have…

Grinnell: Interview in the Scarlett and Black

Here’s something to do in Grinnell: get interviewed for the school paper! Yishi Liang interviewed me a few days ago for the weekly Grinnell College newspaper, Scarlet & Black. The paper printed it in Volume 130, Issue 14, on page…

Evernote: Using Markdown

There are many benefits to using plain text, but why would you use plain text in an app like Evernote, which has a rich text editor? Maybe you want to avoid odd quirks that you occasionally encounter in the app.…

iPad: Secure Note-Taking

Limitations built into iOS on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod make it quite difficult to move data in and out of the devices in a secure manner, because we often have to rely on a third party somewhere in the…

Teaching: Syllabi for Spring 2014

I am teaching four courses at Grinnell College this semester: two regular ones, a seminar, and a directed reading on Pan-Asianism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (actually, the directed reading is called a Mentored Advanced Project, or…

Evernote: Add Fonts on the Mac

On the Mac, Evernote users have a paltry list of just 11 default fonts, which include some “inspired” choices such as Comic Sans and Andale Mono, even though we have about 300 available on our computers. Fortunately, it’s easy to…

iPad: Gear for Getting Stuff Done

The iPad is a beautiful work of industrial design, but it needs accessories for me to get stuff done with it. I can’t say that I have experimented extensively with all of the available options. And, of course, choosing the…

iPad: The Best Stylus and Handwriting App

I’m pretty opinionated about my tech gear. You may not agree with my conclusions here about the “best” stylus and handwriting app for the iPad, but hopefully my use case and experiences will give you some food for thought. Developers…

Dissertation Advice: Take Notes

Previously, I’ve written in this blog recommending that graduate students give some thought to the importance of reading, writing, and attending defenses. For all of these activities, you will need to take notes. If there is one thing I wish…

Dissertation Advice: Attend Defenses

In addition to thinking about reading and writing for your dissertation, I recommend attending a lot of defenses. Even if you get nothing else out of them, visualizing yourself defending your own dissertation in the room where it will be…