Update: (2011.03.31) Since March 11, 2011, I’ve been blogging about the North-East Japan tsunami/earthquake with almost exclusive focus on the Fukushima nuclear crisis. My motive is essentially personal: I live in (Western) Japan but have friends and relatives in Tokyo. I want to know if I should prepare to evacuate, or advise my friends and relatives in Tokyo to do so. This has inevitably led to analyzing media articles.
I’m not an engineer or a scientist. I’m a linguist, and on this blog I’m “trying to sort through the flood of information in a balanced and pragmatic way”, as a reader put it.
How I chose the name for this blog
Let’s start out with the premise that free, responsible people would like to have an accurate map of their world as one of the tools that they could use to assess where they want to invest their time and attention and to set goals and proceed to move to achieve them in a productive manner. Most people want to have a happy, productive life. They are happy to help others do the same.
The reality is that life is a gauntlet with a variety of parties in the game of economic warfare trying to trick and manipulate the average person, including children.
So how do we build a good map, stay clear and avoid losing time and resources to serve other people’s agenda in a way that is detrimental to our happiness, productivity and goals?
Catherine Austin Fitts writes mostly about money and how it works. I blog about other useful “maps”: of behaviour, philosophy, education, language and communication.
Who am I
I’m an expat Brit living and teaching English and cross-cultural communication in south-west-central Japan.
What do I do?
- I teach full-time at a university and part-time at 2 others.
- I teach spoken and written English, mainly to beginners and low-intermediate students.
- I also teach a “research” class which focuses on Australia.
What are my interests?
- EFL in particular, especially the psychology of teaching and learning and how to lead students towards autonomous (language-) learning.
- As the son of bilingual and bi-cultural parents, I’ve been interested in cross-cultural communication since I was a child, and have given several talks and one course on the subject.
- Japanese society and culture, especially future sociological and economo-political trends
- British/English-speaking society and culture, especially future trends
- Art, literature, music, theatre, films, philosophy