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The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Five

This is the fourth part of a five-part series. The first part can be found here, the second here, the third here, and the fourth here. //By Andrew Lewis// Top Ten Lists This got rather serious rather quickly.  But what good is a top ten list if it doesn’t escalate? Nice segue, right? Yeah, top ten lists seem like … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Four

This is the fourth part of a five-part series. The first part can be found here, the second here, and the third here. //By Andrew Lewis// 4. Interface Changes Every few months, some massively used website changes its look, and everybody and their dog starts complaining about it. We’ve all seen it—your Facebook feed full of … Continue reading

The Usual Suspects

//By Alistair Frothingham// It’s a snowy December in the year the Mayans predicted to be our last. Bundled in a black wool coat with buttons like wooden sabretooth tiger fangs, I breathe into a cheap blue-contrast-scale knitted scarf poorly hiding my cropped goatee. Marveled by the warmth I am afforded from purchases at a recycle … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Three

This is the third part of a five-part series. The first part can be found here, and the second here. //By Andrew Lewis// 6. Public Discourse The best thing about the internet is you can find anything you want, whenever you want it. The worst thing about the internet is that you can find anything … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Two

This is the second part in a five part series. The first part can be found here. //By Andrew Lewis// 8.  News It was not so long ago that news anchors were wringing their hands about this new “web-log” thing, where irresponsible people without journalistic integrity could write and post an article about something in … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part One

This post is the first of a five part series. //By Andrew Lewis// Houston, Texas. Oil derricks.  NASA.  Failed sports franchises.  Harbor.  Mesquite barbeque.  Rodeo.  East Coast comedians’ punchlines.  Yes, my hometown is well known for many things.  It’s not just the city all the big nationwide tours skip over.  It’s also the city trying to … Continue reading

The Top 25 Reverse Culture Shocks

The thoughts of a third-year ALT upon returning to the American South. //By Ashley Hinkleman// Reverse Culture Shock #1: Why is everyone speaking English? Reverse Culture Shock #2: Why does no one understand me when I speak Japanese? I tried to explain a game to my four-year-old niece, and when she didn’t understand, I started explaining … Continue reading

Bus Stop Love

//By Jessie Fast// Sometimes, on the 4:15 bus back to Akita from Araya, the bus pulls over for a young man and an old woman at a particular bus stop in front of a white school. More accurately, I suppose, the bus pulls over for the old woman only, because the young man never gets on … Continue reading

Too Tall for Japan

// By Christina Gunning // Thursday started out like all the other days this week. It’s my first official week of class at the junior high so every lesson centers on, well, me. I have my fancy powerpoint with all the pictures of my family and my hometown. By now, I’ve got my confidence up, … Continue reading

Fighting to Understand Tohoku

// By Jessie Fast // I came to Japan in July 2011, about four months after the East Japan Earthquake. We had been warned that electricity use had been cut in an attempt to compensate for the shortages in the northeast, and the Tokyo nightscape was scattered with patches of darkness where signs hung unlit, the … Continue reading