Archive for July, 2007

Lifehacker featured a short, yet useful article from on the importance of Proofreading. We are all guilty of wanting to rush through some writing assignments from time to time, and in these rushed assignments quality control tends to fall by the wayside. In my early days as an editor for the student newspaper, I […]

500 Hits!


This blog has just hit 500 unique hits, since its inception three weeks ago. While this number may not be staggering, I think it is a great start and a good indication that people are finding the material (some, at least!) useful. Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions on how I can […]

Lifehack posted a decent article this morning outlining some common sense tips for becoming a more effective writer. The executive summary: Pace yourself. Plan your paper first. Start your paper with the second paragraph. Don’t worry about writing crappy drafts. Stay away from plagiarism. Follow your instructors directions. Refrain from using Wikipedia. Everything you put […]

What a neat story from the New England Journal of Medicine! An adopted cat at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, RI, apparently has the ability to predict the time of death of the center’s residents. The cat, affectionately named Oscar, shows up 60-30 minutes prior to the death of a patient […]

Whether you are doing research to find primary sources or trying to blast through three chapters of assigned readings, maintaining concentration is key. We have myriad distractions around us with everything from AIM, to sociable neighbors, to ESPN. To combat the things that are competing for our attention, I like to pop on a pair […]

I came across this quote in a blog entry by author Carl Safina. I am also reading his book “Song for the Blue Ocean” right now, and I highly recommend you pick it up. If you crave mystery, learn everything you possibly can, and the mystery of existence will so rapidly expand it will be […]

Angela Booth posted a good little entry on the basics of starting a journal to harbor your thoughts, ideas, and complaints. Journaling for a novice writer If you’re a new writer, and have no idea what you want to write – fiction, nonfiction, copy – a journal can get you started. Writing will teach you […]