I used to write letters to people on plain notebook paper. Plain notebook paper is fine and all, but suddenly, when you are thinking about your recipient opening it from the envelope -- and seeing the dirty-white color that tints to pea-green in certain lights, and the clash of the blue lines with the red… Continue reading All my stationary for letter-writing
A cautious online presence for a PhD student?
When I was a Ph.D. student, I got "the talk" quite often from family members, telling me that my online presence was going to be "problematic". Not because there were pictures of me doing drugs or anything. But because I was writing an opinion column for the Daily Tar Heel (the nation's finest university paper),… Continue reading A cautious online presence for a PhD student?
Finding a Syrian-Danish-American online
A long, long time ago -- 2012 to be exact! -- I read an article in the Huffington Post. It was a somewhat whiny article, I thought, and it was in response to some sort of uproar about Muslims in America happening at the time (though there have been so many uproars, I don't even… Continue reading Finding a Syrian-Danish-American online
Scicomm tips: making maps
I had to make a map of Brazil -- of a specific province in Brazil called Paraná. The map was for this story, that I also wrote. The map is the second image. I know it looks small and insignificant, but my, that map took me a long time to make. It first takes a… Continue reading Scicomm tips: making maps
All about pens
Today I saw an hour-long demonstration by a professor at Rice, all about pens. It was very interesting! He had a pen straight out of the 1800s, or 1700s. It doesn't look like a pen; it looks like something you'd have in a toolbox to scrape paint. It's a wooden stick to grip, and then… Continue reading All about pens
“We fell in love in a hopeless place”
This was my third article for The Daily Tar Heel: "We fell in love in a hopeless place." If you go to my "writing" page, you will see that it's one of my favorite articles that I wrote. I wrote it during a pretty stressful time; and I wrote and re-wrote and crafted every word… Continue reading “We fell in love in a hopeless place”