Archive for June, 2008

片町 Scramble

By • Jun 26th, 2008 • Category: adventures, advice, food, Honors Thesis, products, project, Research

By now it seems my parents’ workplaces are my primary audience here, which is kind’ve amusing. WordPress page stats give me a little information on which posts are most popular – or post, in this case, as “外来語” is the winner by a long shot – but I’m trying to get a feel for what […]

Expanding Research Through Open Notebook Science

By • Jun 24th, 2008 • Category: Blogs and Wikis, Honors Thesis, Research

IT Conversations | Jon Udell’s Interviews with Innovators | Jean-Claude Bradley He believes that scientific research happens better and faster when the entire process is transparently narrated online. New social tools can have a tremendous impact on teaching, learning and … Continue reading

On Creative Problem Solving

By • Jun 24th, 2008 • Category: CPS, General Technology, Research

For my most recent paper, I had to research an issue, then do a creative problem solving exercise on how to deal with a probelm within that issue. The first step of Creative Problem Solving is to brainstorm. There’s some tricks to brainstorming… you have to write down all ideas without judging, and you have […]

Project Wordle

By • Jun 20th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, project, Research

I almost forgot – I was linked to this neat site called Wordle today and thought I’d try it out on the project summary that appears on this blog. Thus, I give you: “A Research Project”. Oh, and one more for good measure: Colours of Religion: Shinto by COLOURlovers. I think there’s been a bit […]

On the Reading Process

By • Jun 18th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, notetaking, reading, Research

Everyone reads in different ways. Whether cuddled up on a couch, sitting at a table, or relaxing in a hammock, each reader has a process. Now, if I’m reading a novel, I love nothing better than sitting in my hammock chair. (Yes, I really have a hammock chair! It’s in my office at home.)  But […]

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On Choosing a Dissertation Topic

By • Jun 17th, 2008 • Category: disseration, dissertation, Honors Thesis, ideas, Research, research paper

I am in my final set of classes before taking my comprehensive exams… my dissertation is looming in front of me, closer than ever before. I have gone through many potential topics in my mind. I even started a document on my computer that anytime I had an idea, I would add to the document […]

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On Writing a Research Paper

By • Jun 17th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, research paper, undergraduate research

Assignment: Using a creativity strategy, analyze a problem in education and create a plan of action that will make headway with the problem. I started this assignment with a topic in mind- undergraduate research. But I couldn’t come up with a “problem”- perhaps because I didn’t really know enough about the topic. So I started preparing for a […]

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Translating Rambling

By • Jun 15th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, project, Research

I thought I’d start trying to read the book I purchased tonight, so I got through a couple sentences with the help of the denshijisho and wrote out some furigana (hiragana indicating how to read kanji) for myself, and then I thought I might as well start a translation file on my computer so that […]


By • Jun 15th, 2008 • Category: adventures, Honors Thesis, project, Research

I haven’t done much for the last couple days, but this afternoon I braved a longer bus ride and rode out to Kanazawa’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, or Kanazawa 21 Seiki Bijutsukan as it’s rendered in the title of this post. Mrs. Hashiba and I walked by it a couple times, but she had […]

Becoming a Student

By • Jun 13th, 2008 • Category: adventures, friends, Honors Thesis, project, Research

Yesterday was a pretty great day. I slept in a little late (until 10), then woke up and checked my email to find a message from Prof. Miura, my supervisor here on campus. I got a good scolding for not contacting her immediately when I moved in, but she mentioned a class at 10:30 that […]