Writing

Analog Note-Taking 「アナログ」メモの取り方

I’ve written down a few thoughts here about why I incorporate “analog” note-taking methods into my classses. It’s connected to a presentation I’ll give later this week at the annual Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference in Toronto on March…

Spotlight and Minimalist Organization

I’ve been experimenting over the last few months with an extremely scaled back way of organizing my files and I’ve found that, strictly speaking, all I need to manage them is “Spotlight,” an app included by Apple for free on…

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…

Dissertation Advice: Write Something

It’s easier than you think to get started writing, though it isn’t always easy to see how you will finish. In the summer of 2007 I began setting up my dissertation based on Princeton University’s formatting guidelines, and I had…

Dissertation Advice: Writing Starts with Reading

About three months have passed since I completed my dissertation at Princeton University in August 2013, and with some of my current and former students applying to graduate schools, I thought this would be a good time to put down…

Plain Text Notes with Images

What’s Azog from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug doing here? Besides reminding us that another Tolkien movie is coming out soon, he is here to demonstrate that writing in plain text doesn’t mean you have to give up images.…

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…