Dictionaries and Eternal Nuances of Pluralization: Octopus

In Nerdfighteria, a virtual land where nerds that have taken a liking to John and Hank Green's vlog community, people refer to angry, YouTube comments as angry--squids? Octopuses? Octopi? Am I remembering this right? The important factor to keep in mind is that even if I go back to earlier vlogs when John addressed trolls … Continue reading Dictionaries and Eternal Nuances of Pluralization: Octopus

Book Reflection: On Writing Well by William Zinsser

It was great; then it wasn't. I have mixed feelings about On Writing Well by William Zinsser. I love the first 94 pages, but the rest far less so. That's a 28 percent good book, and that makes my final three-star ratings more than generous. What Zinsser writes in the first 94 pages caters to … Continue reading Book Reflection: On Writing Well by William Zinsser

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Is Australia a Continent?

This brought up an interesting geography discussion on CPG Grey’s YouTube video. Indeed, what are continents? What this thread elicited were statements on what is conventional in someone’s country. For instance in North America we are taught there are seven continents: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Antarctica. It seems the Aussies, … Continue reading Is Australia a Continent?

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Preparing for a Career in Science Writing: Part II

Field biology is a competitive market. Photography is a competitive market. Academia is a competitive market. Science writing is a competitive market. I am sorry, but what is not a competitive market? Should we all be chemical engineers and computer scientists? I am pretty sure if someone had no interest in those industries, any effort would … Continue reading Preparing for a Career in Science Writing: Part II

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Preparing for a Career in Science Writing: Part I

As a high school senior I searched for universities that had a good ecology-focused program and preferably with several professional writing course options. I figured I would conduct field studies in the wilderness and freelance write. However, after my first semester of taking all science classes, my brain was screaming at me to use a … Continue reading Preparing for a Career in Science Writing: Part I

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Here We Are

Some adjustments need to be made, and one day I'll know more about web designing and get this site looking less I-picked-this-theme-and-you-can-tell-ish. Chestnut Leaf Media is my attempt at a semi-professional blog and portfolio.   It will be a mix of regional news, features, essays, blurbs and photos of whatever is loosely related to my subheading: … Continue reading Here We Are

Coke and Tomato Conundrum of the Crustacean World

Imported from first blog: Peregrination Notebook. Depending on your region or your affiliation with people from certain regions, you may call a certain carbonated beverage by different names.  Notable examples include soda, soda pop, pop, coke, and cola.  When something is called more than one thing and someone gets tired of keeping track, they may … Continue reading Coke and Tomato Conundrum of the Crustacean World