Author Archive for Christopher MAYO

Teaching: 2013 Fall Syllabi

I am teaching two classes at Grinnell College this semester, and these are the syllabi that I am using for them. My aim with the course “East Asia in World History, 1500 to the Present,” is to cover events within…

Grinnell: Eating at the Dari Barn

Here’s something to do in Grinnell: eat at the Dari Barn! The Dari Barn is a local Grinnell institution that specializes in products made of sugar and oil. With its huge menu full of ice cream and fried items, there…

My Setup: An Account of My Hut (Hōjōki 方丈記)

On some websites, people post beautiful pictures of their Mac setup (I haven’t seen many threads for Windows or Android setups). Threads like these can be a great source of inspiration for creating a work environment that best suits you.…

Textifying Your PDFs

There are several reasons why you might want to textify your PDFs. For example, if you textify everything (including your emails), you can have all of your data available at a tiny fraction of the original size. The process of…

Amazon Reviews

I started writing reviews on Amazon back in March 2008, when I purchased a computer I liked and noticed that no one had written reviews about it. I love the idea of a community of consumers getting together to share…

Graduate Student Resources

This is a collection of Internet and print resources that have been helpful for me as a graduate student. The specific categories are aimed at students in East Asian studies and History. I want to thank the many students and…

Commuting by Bike

I commute to work by bike as often as possible. They say it burns several hundred calories, so it is a good workout. Obviously, it is a more environmentally friendly means of transport than a car. It is also cost…

Snyder Book Collecting Contest

I was googling myself recently in Google Images and came across a picture of my doppelgänger on the University of Kansas website. The page lists the winners of the 2007 Snyder Book Collecting Contest. Why is the person in the…

Evernote How To Videos

It’s a lot easier to show how to use features in Evernote than it is to try and explain it with a complicated series of directions. If you’re like me, you don’t enjoy those YouTube videos that blather on and…