One of my niche interests as of late has been Ryukyu Kingdom coinage. I first heard of the Ryukyus when I watched the show Samurai Champloo in high school; one of the protagonists hailed from the Ryukyu Islands. The next time I encountered the Ryukyus was in the Imperial Academy in Beijing, which had special quarters for students from Ryukyu. As far as I’m aware, no other foreign country was allowed that privilege in the Imperial Academy, which piqued my interest. …

Pictured: The Author.

There’s a lot out there teaching people how to read. “How to Read Literature Like a Professor,” “How to Read Like a Writer.” I’m neither of those things, and I don’t plan on becoming either of them. What I am, is a cheapskate, who through procrastination or intense periods of work caused by procrastination, often has less leisure time than I would like. Here are some tips I have on reading non-fiction efficiently, and cheaply. And no, no gimmicks like speed reading or listening to an audio book while asleep from salvia.

Selecting a Book.

The important determinant of efficient reading is picking…

Another Useless “Interdisciplinary” Field Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Common Law.


I learned many surprising things in my first year of law school, but one of the most surprising and interesting is the notion of the “common law,” sometimes called case-law. Before law school, I assumed that Congress (or a state legislature) writes most of the rules, and judges apply those rules, in the same way that someone writes the rules of football, which are enforced by referees. …

William Shakespeare, Bard and Hater

Anyone considering law school will be told “law school does not teach you law, but how to think like a lawyer.” This post seeks to briefly explain what that means exactly in (admittedly) broad strokes. The intended audience of this post is prospective law students, early law students, and the general public, though I hope that even seasoned law students and professionals can read this and gain some insight from making the implicit practices of the profession, explicit.

What is “The Common Law”?

Fresh out of college and in a respectable job, I ask myself the question many do in my position: “Why am I not using anything I learned in college?”

I did learn how to grow this awesome mustache in college though.

Despite working at a respectable firm in “economic consulting” I have to admit to myself and others that anyone who can pick up excel can do my job. My transcript is filled with economics courses with long names when all I needed to learn was how to use the “sumif” function. I suspect that I’m not alone in observing this curious aspect of society. …

What article about success is complete without a picture of Steve Jobs?

The title of this note is a bit pretentious. Thoughts on Success? Sounds like something a very successful and important person would write, certainly not a note by a recent college graduate just starting his yuppie life. That’s the very topic I want to tackle, the yuppie and plus obsession with success stories. Let me start with what this note is not. This note is not a post-modern disdain for Horatio Alger exercises. For that, refer to the academic trend of writing about the “real” Founding Fathers etc etc. In fact, by the end of this note, I hope you…


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