Month: September 2019

On languages & fluency

Something interesting I learned about languages today: Italians are some of the fastest speakers on the planet, chattering at up to nine syllables per second. Many Germans, on the other hand, are slow enunciators, delivering five to six syllables in the same amount of time. Yet in any given minute, Italians and Germans convey roughly […]

On personal evolution

I saw someone reading and speaking highly of Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano’s The Open Veins of Latin America the other day, and being my usual curious self, I started to look for the book at the library. I admit this was my first time hearing of the book or the author himself. I learned that […]

Do we deserve one another?

I just finished reading Ken Liu’s The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories over the weekend, and because I have the tendency to compare things, it’s like reading an anthology of Chinese Black Mirror. Science fiction is not always my genre of choice — it’s none of anyone’s faults — it’s just that I often find […]

How to mail a package from space

I have only one chapter left to write, and that’s the final chapter: Discussion and Conclusions. After that, I am going to spend 2-3 weeks more for editing before the whole thesis is polished for final submission in October / November. It feels so surreal. Just two days ago I was lying down, almost debilitated […]

An act of defiant grace

Came upon Stoop app for reading newsletters and was intrigued until I saw the bit that says “trusting an algorithm with deciding what you read is like trusting a nutritionist who gets paid based on how many chips you eat”. Uhm, no? If you want to use the nutritionist analogy, pretty soon you are going […]

We live for such miracles

I forgot that people actually wrote things by hand long before typewriters and computers were invented, until I came upon this digitised original manuscript of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I suppose a lot of other famous writers do this too, both drafting and possibly writing the entire book. Writers like James Patterson, Stephen King, Joyce Carol […]