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

Daily Tidbit: Study Tip

We often study by simply re-reading or rewriting our lecture notes. However, we trick ourselves into thinking we know everything when we are simply recognizing the information. And just like we are good at recognizing faces, we are really good at recognizing our notes. However, this does not mean that we truly understand them. Instead, take a blank sheet of paper and write down questions … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Study Tip

Daily Tidbit: Quote of the Day

“It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Quote of the Day

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