Some Thoughts on Cross-Linguistic Reading Comprehension

Something I heard three years ago has come up again in conversation recently – the idea that Japanese speakers read faster than English speakers on account of the writing system. Crash course in Japanese writing (for those who don’t already know). Japanese is really three writing systems smashed into one. Two of them are phonetic…

I Heart my Anger Management Problem

Well, it looks like there’s hope for me after all. I’m frequently told I’m “angry” and “short-tempered” or that, as one of my old bosses once put it (I swear I’m not making this up), that I have a “negative personality” and an “astounding, almost superhuman, talent for pissing people off.” While I wouldn’t go…

Not a Drug Warrior After All???

Following a series of links today, I found myself on Wikipedia’s page listing all the people pardoned by Bill Clinton. Curious about the current president, I noticed that there is a page for him too. Of course, there are much fewer pardons on Bush’s page, but then Clinton did most of his on his last…