Over the weekend, I went to visit my uncle in Battery Park. We were at the dinner table, dropping fish balls and slices of beef into a hot pot, when my uncle told me something shocking: "Santa Claus wasn't a jolly fat man dressed in a red suit until Coca-Cola made him that way." I'm not surprised he knew this. Back in the '90s, he collected coke cans from around the world … [Read more...] about Coca-Cola, Advertising, and Santa Claus
Actor, writer, poet--what can't Charlie Sheen do? GQ got a hold of his self-published book of poetry that he gave to friends in the 90s, and has been posting poems on their tumblr blog. Entitled "A Peace of My Mind," the poetry is hilariously bad. Here's an excerpt from one of the poems Publisher's Weekly posted: "All eyes held in stare, all mouths locked open in shock, as … [Read more...] about Charlie Sheen Does Poetry
After taking a ton of creative writing classes and working in the publishing industry a little bit, I can say that this video is hilarious and touches upon all the issues/ideas new writers may have. I remember once I saw Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, speak, and he addressed the condension most writers face. "Writing is the only profession … [Read more...] about So You Want to Write a Novel
Photo by Rdsmith4, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Yesterday it was brought to my attention that I need to be on the lookout for summer internships. I know, it's only February, but some of my friends have already had interviews for jobs that won't start until May/June. But I'm torn. As someone with six internships under my belt, I feel like I'm ready for a real-world job. But … [Read more...] about Summer Internships
Walking through Hoboken yesterday, I saw this woman towing her cat. They were walking really slowly, and the cat kept looking around at its surroundings. Eventually, the woman noticed her cat was out of the bag, and she stuffed him back in and zipped it up halfway. I can't blame her too much; her cat could easily blend in the snow and be lost. Or maybe she was cat-napping? … [Read more...] about Snow Cat
Sleet, rain, hail, and snow--that was what every New Englander had to deal with last night. I woke up to 20 inches of snow on the ground, and it took me an hour and a half to get to work--half an hour just to get from my apartment to the PATH station. There was slush everywhere, and on my way home from work I accidentally stepped in many large puddles. But, I noticed hardly … [Read more...] about No Jaywalkers Today
I found this pretty awesome tool a couple days ago: I Write Like. Warning: it can be very addicting. Basically, you copy and paste a few paragraphs of your writing sample, and it will analyze your writing style and tell you which famous writer you are most like. I stopped myself after six samples, but supposedly I write like Cory Doctorow, Anne Rice, Kurt Vonnegut, J.D. … [Read more...] about I Write Like…
Last week, NYC was hit by a blizzard and got 30 inches of snow. Because of all the snow, many garbage trucks were unable to pick up trash. And of course, after one week, it really built up. There are two ways of looking at this. Things can get a little smelly and messy, sure, but according to the New York Times, the provess of picking up trash was very democratic. NYC … [Read more...] about Save Lives, Don’t Pick Up Trash
Well, the plan is to post every day but that's really hard so we shall see. I'm already posting at least once a week, so at the very least, I'll be posting more regularly. It's definitely going to be a challenge, but I'm going to do my best :). If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way. Thanks for the … [Read more...] about I’m Posting Every Week in 2011!
I got to spend this New Year's Eve in Sydney, Australia, enjoying the spectacular fireworks show. Actually, I got to see two fireworks shows. The first one was at 9 p.m., at Darling Harbor, and the second one was the famous midnight show. It lasted 12 minutes, and lit up all of Sydney. From our hotel room I saw four sets of fireworks go off, surrounding the Sydney Harbor … [Read more...] about New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Since Twitter's transformation earlier this year, it has become more and more of a news source (New Twitter Completes Its Transformation into News Source). And it is probably where I get 1/3 or so of my information these days. Today's top trend is Comic Sans. Click on the image above; it'll take you to an entertaining site that promises to help people who are Comic Sans … [Read more...] about Today’s Twitter Trend: Comic Sans Criminal
While working on some galleries this week, I found out a couple interesting facts: 1. Jack Nicholson thought that his grandparents were his parents until he was 37 years old, when a Time reporter writing a feature about Nicholson told him. 2. Morgan Freeman does not approve of Black History Month. He has said, "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American … [Read more...] about Facts of LIFE
That's not a terrible thing. I am, after all, in a graduate publishing program and Twitter is a huge part of marketing these days. But finals week starts in T-minus 6 days, and instead of hitting the books, I've been tweeting. Not that procrastination is new to me, but usually right about now is when I'd have the cleanest apartment in the world, with everything neatly … [Read more...] about Twitter is Taking Over My Life
Arguments for Proposition 8 began at the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today at 10 a.m., PST. The ruling will come later, but in the meantime, you can watch live coverage at SF Appeal and read live updates at California Beat. … [Read more...] about Will California’s Prop 8 Finally Be Overturned?
Don't panic. It's just a video. I love everything Douglas Adams, so I was thrilled when my friend sent me the link to TED of Adams giving a talk at UC Santa Barbara (my alma mater!) And then, as I do with everything I'm interested in, I did some research. I knew that Adams had died somewhere in the early 2000s, before the newest Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie … [Read more...] about Douglas Adams: Parrots, the Universe and Everything