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    This is How to Speak to a Foreigner

    Every time I find myself stumbling for words in a foreign language, I can’t help but think of all the people I’ve met struggling to learn English. This post is meant as a guide for native speakers in their home country to understand the best way to communicate with non-native speakers.   Love learning languages? […]

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    Using Tracking to Accomplish More

    This post is a part of the 10 Steps to Nonstop Accomplishment series. If you like the tips in this post, check out the other posts in the series for maximum accomplishment, energy, and motivation.   If there is a single undervalued psychological technique to accomplish more, it is that of tracking. If you don’t know where […]

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    The Upside to Being Down (Why Unhappiness is Good For You)

    So frequently, advice-givers get caught up on ways to stay perpetually happy. Current wisdom available in self-help books, the blogosphere and elsewhere seems to indicate that if things aren’t always going great for you, it’s your own fault and it needs to be fixed. In reality, unhappiness is a very important part of psychological health. […]

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  • Large Scale Customer Support is Broken

    Recently, during the sadistic ritual known as “taxes,” I was forced to contact American Express’ customer support. First, I must commend them on using Twitter as a medium. They’re responsive and personable, and I did in fact get an answer quickly. However, the fact that Twitter has become a “decent” medium for customer support is […]

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    Side-Projects are Stress-Relieving Experiments in Creativity

    Side projects are not just random diversions: they are a critical skill-building and rejuvenating activity everybody should actively participate in.     Programmers are especially keen on little side projects. The act of programming is, quintessentially, creating shortcuts to doing something. Many programmers got their start making little scripts to make their lives easier. Any […]

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  • The (Un)Lost Generation?

    Dear my generation: What gives? Where did all the love go? Are we too pragmatic, too jaded? Or are we more aware of the real workings of the world? How can we possibly reconcile the romantic tales still embodied in our media but absent from our lives? Are we broken, is our culture broken, or […]

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  • The Formula For Success

    I’m not here to hawk any self-help products, yet like many book writers I will make the bold claim that I know the formula to success… and it is simple. Surprisingly simple — and widely overlooked or ignored.       I’m not saying that this formula will make you rich. I’m not saying it […]

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    The Case for Chinese: the Legos of Languages

    I enjoy explaining to others just what it is that makes me enjoy learning and speaking Mandarin Chinese so much, as it is a language which is poorly understood. Shrouded in mystery in the west, we’re likely to see it employed as a “mystical” tattoo instead of as a communicative tool.    Love learning languages? […]

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