The difference between children’s and adults’ books

Writing for children and writing for adults is different. But what are the differences?

Drink, Kindle and Notebook

The importance of “show, don’t tell” in writing

Storytelling is about transporting a person to another world. That’s why showing, not telling, makes better stories.

Still of Piper. Courtesy of Pixar Studios

The short films nominated for Oscars

While there are certainly many good shows being nominated for Best Picture, there are also many great film shorts nominated for Oscars this year. Here are my takes on 10 of them.

Plugging out

Music: a private thing or a communal one?

These days, music is a private thing, a thing you do with headphones on by yourself. But is it always that way?

Drink, Kindle and Notebook

How doing nothing, really, is actually doing something

Many people have heard the (re)phrase, “don’t just do something, stand there!” But isn’t “standing there” doing something?

Hamburgers

Robot Cooking

Is it possible to build machines that can detect and interpret smells? And if so, what would the applications be?

Thoughts on language: forgetting words

We all have days where we just forget words, right when we need them. Isn’t that annoying?

LED Lights

Coloured Lights

Besides Christmas lights and disco balls, lights are almost always yellow. Why?

Bullets

How the Internet is making us all extremists

Let’s be clear: extremism doesn’t begin with a pulled trigger. It ends there. And the Internet, despite all the wonders it has done for the world, has probably been one of the best incubators for extremist thought.

Thoughts on Language: contradictory phrases

We use colloquialisms all the time, but how many of them actually make sense?