Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Year’s Confession

Something about singing flash mobs makes me over-the-top emotional. As in watch a YouTube video of practically any singing flash mob and in the first twelve seconds I’m rubbing my eyes with a Kleenex. So I was floored when I watched this dude propose to his girlfriend accompanied by a flash mob singing one of […]

I’m Glad It’s You, Not Me #1

I was captivated by these photographs in Der Spiegel of the work of “snow artist” Simon Beck. I imagine Beck as highly civilised yet slighty mad. The work is beautiful and I respond to it at a deep level, mostly by wanting to sit in my man-chair for a good round of Candy Crush while […]

Why You Need An Editor #4

Because a good editor just may save your marriage. I found this in the acknowledgments of a document I edited for a client: “I would also like to thank my wide Margaret, without whom this project would not have been possible.” Your “WIDE Margaret”? Unless your project was stuffing a phone booth full of people, […]

I Think I’ve Got A Shot At This One

Seeking a creative individual to join the content management team at an innovative social media start-up. Skills required: 1] Must be able to rewrite song lyrics to feature the word “poop” 2] Must be able to work at least 7 minutes before looking at Netflix 3] Must have the ability to remember 40% of a […]

Sometimes You Get It Right, Sometimes…

On my way downtown the other day a dishevelled and olfactorily challenging fifty-something plopped down at the back of the bus with his garbage bag full of cans. When he started chatting up nearby passengers, a small herd leapt up and stampeded down the aisle. Witnessing this icy reception, a bright-eyed young guy and his […]

What I Should Have Said (#1 of five million)

Something reminded me just now of the prof who marked down my paper with a comment like this: “This is not accurate. I lived in Singapore for 8 years and their perspective is different from how you’ve explained it here.” What I should have said: “Thank you so much for your comments, Professor XXXX. I’m […]

Why You Need an Editor #3 (Sign Language Edition)

Because it’s embarassing when you’re giving a moving speech before a global audience of millions, and your sign language interpreter turns out to be a guy making random hand gestures. ****Also file under “Signs You Need To Improve Your Hiring Process”****