Author Archive | Sandeep Ravindran


Off The Grid

Over spring break, a few weeks back, I went to Mexico with a bunch of friends. More importantly, I spent several days without checking email or browsing the web. And I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really didn’t miss my lack of connectivity. At least for the few days…

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What exactly is it you’re doing?

I was in India over winter break, and one of the funnier aspects of being home was trying to explain to people what I was actually doing. Like Jane, I had thought it hard enough to explain to former professors, but most of them at least knew about UC Santa Cruz. Most people that I…

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Badly-written review of Dead Space 2 annoys fans

Dead Prose 2: how Zinsser improves a video game review

The internet isn’t exactly known for providing a consistently high quality of writing. And I don’t think most people have particularly high literary expectations of video game reviews. So I was surprised to see a badly-written video game review elicit strong responses from readers, and prompt a discussion on the craft of writing that references…

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The Courage to Write

I took along a whole lot of books during winter break, and started with The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear by Ralph Keyes. I ended up reading it cover-to-cover during my flight, as I was completely engrossed. This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned overcoming fear in order to write. I found the…

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Scientists learn about fear by scaring rats with Lego 'Robogator' Credit: Kim Lab

Learning about fear with rats and Legos

As I wrote in my last post, fear can be a real problem for writers. So much so that there’s actually a book on how writers can overcome it, called The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes. But fear isn’t all bad. It’s a crucial evolutionary response that keeps us away from danger, and scientists…

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Enjoyment, Fear and Confidence – Zinsser’s take

photo © 2008 hojusaram | more info (via: Wylio) I was reading the closing chapters of Zinsser’s “On Writing Well”. Zinsser has an uncanny knack of pointing out things that I hadn’t thought of before, but that seem obvious once he says them. His chapter on “Enjoyment, Fear and Confidence” is full of good advice….

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My first encounter with a newsroom

photo © 2008 Fang Guo | more info (via: WylioWhile at my Salinas Californian newspaper internship yesterday, we were visited by school kids taking a tour of the building. “This is where our reporters work,” said the tour guide, as she walked by me. It brought back flashbacks of my first visit to a newspaper,…

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Photos on my way to class

I realized there were no photos of the UC Santa Cruz campus on this blog, so I thought I’d add a few. These are photos that I snapped on my phone’s camera on my way to class in the morning. I apologize for their quality, my phone can only do so much… I never get…

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Don't steal other people's articles

The Internet just makes plagiarism so easy

Or, “How the article I wrote got ripped-off within an hour” I was excited this week to publish an article about a new kind of underwater robot in Nature News. I basically got lucky and happened to talk to a researcher about the right thing at the right time, and found out about this story….

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