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Tokyo Metro

Trains provide an excellent location to study a culture. They are at the nexus of so many life patterns: work, play, family time, doctor’s visits, shopping. In a city like Tokyo, people from all walks of life take trains, unlike in the US where there’s a distinct distaste for mass transportation in all but the largest cities.  You can learn…

Droid Does – The Tokyo Episode

We have arrived in Tokyo and time-wise I can’t tell if I’m coming or going because I still haven’t adjusted to the time.  The logistics have been much smoother than I predicted. All the little things that you take for granted are up for grabs when traveling in a non-English speaking country and I was predicting doom and disaster for…

Cut and Paste for Your Troops

On this Veteran’s Day, stop fake supporting your troops. Today is Veteran’s Day, a day that spawns a number of cut and paste micro-memes on Facebook.  After last month’s screed on pinkwashing, I feel compelled to repeat my rant preemptively as the first posts start to trickle in. People see the “Support our Troops Cut and Paste” and they dutifully…

Pecha Kucha in Public Speaking

I have always hated using PowerPoint in speeches. Always. I suspect many speech teachers feel the same. PowerPoint becomes a teleprompter, which defeats the purpose of giving a speech. Last semester, I taught Business Communication for the first time in my entire teaching career. In thinking through that class, I felt obligated to teach PowerPoint since it’s expected in the…

Pre-grading Procrastinatory Thoughts

1. Procrastinatory is a real word. I looked. But Webster’s online dictionary is now subscription based. WTF? 2. I’ve decided to wave just like my kid — with large smiles and much enthusiasm. I’ve put this decision into practice. It seems to be going well. 3. After many years of trying to explain in simplistic language why we don’t call…