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February 2010 Archives

Formal vs informal education »

My sister Mimi and I are opposite in many ways. She was a straight A student and I was a solid B student. She seemed to be able to focus and get through her schoolwork easily where I struggled. My sister ended up with her choice of any university she wanted to go to and ended up first at Harvard and then at Stanford and is now in the midst of an academic career. I, on the other hand, was unable to get into any of my first choice universities and ended up dropping out after a few years. I...

Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan by Jake Adelstein »

I just finished reading Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan by Jake Adelstein after seeing a post on Tokyo Mango about it. I rate it up there with the classic The Enigma of Japanese Power by Karel Van Wolferen and my more recents favorites Dogs and Demons by Alex Kerr and Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan by Robert Whiting. All of these books provide a thoughtful view of Japan from the perspective of a non-Japanese and I think are essential readings for anyone trying to...
Whiplash by Joi Ito and Jeff Howe

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