It was just a routine Monday morning in the waiting room of the Tang Center’s Clinic 3. Students were patiently awaiting their appointments and magazine subscriptions were strewn about the corner tables. One item stood out from the pile of paper: a mid-sized black journal titled “The Berkeley Journal Project.”

Can't believe I found one of these!

We remember hearing about the project at the beginning of the school year, that they would be distributing a bunch of journals to interested Berkeley students and faculty to do what they will in them, be it write, draw, or whatever their creative mind could think of. And then they pass it on in whichever avenue they think is best. Being that we were lucky enough to discover one of these coveted journals, our curiosity in this project’s elusive background piqued. We had the lovely opportunity to interview project coordinator Joe Watz about the origins of the Project:

The Clog: Where did the idea for the project come from? read more »

typewriterIt’s an epidemic of obsolete style that we’ve been running into a lot. Somehow the old rule that we should put two spaces after every period has survived well into the 2010’s. We suppose it’s a testament to the force of cultural habit, as the practical reasons for this rule’s implementation have long since disappeared.

Writers used to do this because typewriters used a monospaced font, which gave equal space to all letters. M’s would take up as much as space as i’s. They adopted the double spaces after periods to make it easier for the eye to spot sentence breaks. Fonts these days, however, are proportionally spaced, meaning that the extra space after periods is superfluous. Single spaces are now the formally correct way to do it, according to the Chicago Manual of Style. read more »

If you are a student taking any sort of liberal arts class, chances are you’ve written a paper this semester. You might even be writing one right now, as you’re reading this. Shhh, it’s okay, we can keep a secret.

The thing with papers, especially long papers, is that it’s very easy to lose focus. Sure, the prize of finishing the paper and all of its associated glory is always there on the horizon, but let’s be real, it’s really darn far away when you  have to write a 15 page paper. We need motivation in intervals, to consistently keep us going. Written?Kitten! is here to save the day.

It’s quite a simple concept, but you’ll be amazed at how great it works. Type your paper in the dialog box and VOILA, you’ll get a new freakishly adorable kitten “randomly selected from Flickr’s “most interesting” photos matching the tags “kitten” and “cute,”’ according to their about section, every time you hit the word goal you’ve set for yourself. Genius right? Let’s see it in action:


Here, we set the goal to 100 words (you can also set it to 200, 500, or 1000). Since the “paper” exceeded that, it gave us a kitten! And look, it’s almost asleep. D’AWWWWW IT CAN’T KEEP ITS HEAD UP.

See, if you use this beauteous tool to write your papers, you’ll never be bored or deprived of cuteness again. And if you do get bored? Well, there’s a new kitten in probably a few words! And in no time, you’ll be done with your paper and cute-ed out. The best of both worlds. And with all that excess dopamine in your brain, you’re sure to do well on the paper! Dopamine helps brain function, right? Don’t quote us on that, we’re not psych majors.





DISCLAIMER: Let it be known that we just copied and pasted the same phrase over and over so we could see what was in kitten store. We do not advise this to all you paper-writers out there. That’s cheating!

Happy writing! The time is meow.

Image sources: (1) Hailey Simpson, Daily Cal,  (2) ankakay under Creative Commons, (3) BigTallGuy under Creative Commons