Daily Tidbit: Chindogu

Chindogu (literally “unusual tool”) is a Japanese term coined by Kenji Kawakami, former editor of the magazine Mail Order Life, denoting the art of creating inventions to solve specific everyday problems but which are actually silly and even useless. The key to a great chindogu is a device that is almost useful, but is impractical because of the absurd way in which it attempts to solve a problem. … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Chindogu

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

I recently read an article on BBC called “Is There An Upside to Having No Social Life?” I found the article as I was scrolling through BBC on one of my rare days of connectedness. As one who strives to have a very active social life and is forced through a dearth of friends to have a not-so-active social life, I found this title particularly … Continue reading All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

Navigating Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UCLA

If you’re an undergraduate student at UCLA looking to get into research, it can feel overwhelming to try and navigate the hundreds of opportunities this research university has to offer. How can you be sure that you won’t be stuck in a basement for hours entering numbers into an Excel sheet? That you’ll receive proper mentorship and guidance? Once you know what you’re applying for, … Continue reading Navigating Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UCLA

Daily Tidbit: Common Latin Words in English

ad hoc: for this. Formed, arranged, or done for a particular purpose only. a priori: from the earlier. Relating to or denoting reasoning or knowledge that proceeds from theoretical deduction rather than from observation or experience. bona fide: good faith. In good faith/honestly/genuine/real. curriculum vitae: the course of (one’s) life. A resume or job/personal history/(commonly abbreviated to CV). de facto: of fact. In reality/in practice (especially contrasted with something which … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Common Latin Words in English

What to Read to Expand Your General Knowledge

As a college student, I often find myself swamped with things to do for class: research papers, prepping for lecture, completing weekly mini-essays, labs, studying for midterms and finals, and readings — lots and lots of readings. On top of that, I make/find my meals, do laundry, wash the dishes, clean the counters, and do everything else I need to do to be a functional … Continue reading What to Read to Expand Your General Knowledge

What’s Happening at UCLA this Summer?

UCLA is bringing on the heat this summer. The Bruin campus has been abuzz with activity lately with two professional soccer teams practicing, Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Sports Awards, freshman orientation sessions, a plethora of summer camps, and even an unfounded bomb threat. With so much going on, campus security has stepped it up a notch, leaving some students frustrated with the disturbances. UCLA has blocked … Continue reading What’s Happening at UCLA this Summer?

Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction Writer: Raymond Chandler

Summertime brings to mind three things: high temperatures, Hollywood-style sexual tension, and good, old-fashioned mystery. The High Window by Raymond Chandler delivers it all on a silver ash tray — with colorful characters, a hard-boiled detective, clandestine crime, and witticisms to delight your debonair heart. It’s a classic murder mystery novel, and I can’t believe I only now found out about Chandler considering how much he … Continue reading Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction Writer: Raymond Chandler

#SummerReadingChallenge

It’s summer! And whether you’re vacationing at the beach, interning at a company, or just chillaxing at home, summer’s the best time for some good, fun reading. If you don’t know where to start, take part in the #SummerReadingChallenge and try some of WSP’s suggested summer reading. We’ll recommend a new title every week, so you’ll have plenty to look forward to. We wish you … Continue reading #SummerReadingChallenge

Humor Online: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Here’s a problem that has plagued literature lovers through the years: you like reading, but books are expensive. How do you satisfy your bibliophilia if you don’t have money? While the library used to be the go-to place for penny-pinching readers in the past, the Internet is the modern poor reader’s lifeblood. From blogs to poetry to short stories to full-length novels, the Internet makes … Continue reading Humor Online: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Art Exhibit: “Generation Wealth” at the Annerberg Space for Photography

Wealth. Fame. Beauty. Social status. We have a profound obsession with affluence in America — and it’s spreading. In Generation Wealth, internationally-acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield has documented the globalization of materialism, celebrity culture, and social status over the past 25 years through 195 prints, 42 interviews, and accompanying multimedia projections and short films. Located at the Annenberg Space for Photography, the exhibit is … Continue reading Art Exhibit: “Generation Wealth” at the Annerberg Space for Photography

Are Asians Included in the Term “People of Color”?

Okay, let’s just dive right into a difficult topic: race. Disclaimer: it’s going to be messy, since I’m not used to talking about race, but I feel it has to be done. I have always been confused about the term “people of color” (PoC) and my relationship to that category. As a Korean, am I included when people talk about “people of color”? While various … Continue reading Are Asians Included in the Term “People of Color”?

Daily Tidbit: Quote about Literacy

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Quote about Literacy