Author Archives: Meg

The Time Of A Song

All our classes were asked to come up with a skit for an end-of-class performance, so my ESL students the first week were came up with two really hilarious skits, both using quite limited English and ending with clever bicultural puns. … Continue reading

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Mackay Street & The Complications of Anglicizing Chinese

Part 1: From Far Formosa My first challenge in my trip to explore George Leslie Mackay’s history was actually finding the city… The town name is Anglicized as Tamsui, Danshuei, Tanshui and pretty much any variation around those. It was Cousin George‘s description … Continue reading

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From Far Formosa

So when I was planning to come to Taiwan, I read George Leslie Mackay’s From Far Formosa. The author is a very, very distant cousin, from a branch of the Mackays who went to Canada after the Clearances. (I believe … Continue reading

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New In Egg

A photo posted by Meg (@simpsonsparadox) on Jan 26, 2017 at 5:21am PST This tiny Taoyuan shop has a million toy vending machines, with all kinds of little keychain cuties and unfamiliar action figures, so of course I stopped by … Continue reading

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Laowai Man Is An Outlier And Should Not Have Been Counted

Hello Man, who lives in a backwater and shouts at 10,000 foreigners per year, is an outlier and should not have been counted. Continue reading

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Posted From Departure Gate

Previously on ‘Simpson’s Paradox’: Passing my HSK, Taiwan runs on Dunkin’s, teaching more, and 始. Now the post: Tomorrow, I’m heading to Taipei for a month to teach a class. When I originally found this position, it seemed like everything … Continue reading

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80 Days

Let’s talk about how freaking great 80 Days is. In this iOs game, you play as acrobat-turned-valet Passpartout in a steampunked version of Jules Verne’s Around The World In 80 Days. (I read this novel when I was in middle … Continue reading

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Bad At Normal Things

I screwed up a deadline for grad school, actually I screwed up a few deadlines. First, if you live on the East Coast, your course calendar of midnight deadlines on Midwest time may appear as due the next day. And … Continue reading

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The Original Ginny Moon

You guys, are you reading this? Get this book right now. It’s been a while since I read something that I could not put down. This is a one-sitting book because I had absolutely no idea how it was going … Continue reading

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She Wears Black Every Day

Mrs Meg is so fun — the best teacher in the world. She wears nail polish. She has glasses just like me. She wears black every day. She is very smart. She is the best teacher. One of my eight-year-olds … Continue reading

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