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Parts of speech

August 12th, 2012 Comments off

A Pronoun

A pronoun is a word which stands for a noun. In speaking and writing, we should find it very awkward to be continually repeating the names of person and things; so we make use of words which are called PRONOUNS, because they take the place of nouns. Pronoun means ‘for a noun’

A Verb

A verb is a word that declares or asserts something about a person or a thing. Verb is simply the Latin name for ‘word’.

An Adjective

An adjective is a word used to qualify or limit the meaning of a noun or pronoun. The name signifies something ‘added’ to the noun or pronoun by way of description.


An adverb is a word used to modify or limit the meaning of a verb or an adjective. Adverb means ‘added to a verb’.

A Preposition

A preposition is a word that joins a noun or pronoun to some other word, showing the relation between them. The word preposition means ‘placed before’.

A Conjunction

A conjunction is a word used to join words, phrases or sentences. The word means ‘joining together’.

An Interjection

Interjection is an exclamation used to express a feeling, as of pain, joy, fear, surprise, contempt, sadness, disgust, etc. The word means ‘thrown into midst’. Examples of this are Oh! Ah! Hurrah! Bah! Pheww..

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Developing a research proposal

August 9th, 2012 Comments off

Area, topic, purpose

  1. What is my research area? Have I clearly identified it?
  2. What is my topic? Have I clearly identified it, and shown how it fits within the research area?
  3. What is the overal purpose of my research?

Background and context

  1. Into what background and context does my research fit?

Research questions

  1. What are my general research questions?
  2. What are my specific research questions?
  3. Does each specific research question meet the empirical criterion? That is, is it clear what data are required to answer each question?

Relevant literature

  1. What literature is relevant to my study?
  2. What is the relationship of my study to this literature?
  3. How will my study deal with the literature?
  4. How does my proposal use the literature?


  1. Is there a particular perspective behind my research?

Substantive theory

  1. What is the role of theory in my study?
  • Does the description-explanation distinction apply? If my purpose is explanatory, is the focus on theory verification or theory generation? What is the logic behind my position?
  • Does the distinction between theory verification and theory generation apply? What is the logic behind my position?
  • Is my focus is theory verification, what are the hypothesis and what is the theory behind them?

Pre-structured versus unfolding

  1. To what extent is my study pre-structured or unfolding? Does this apply differentially to different parts of my study?

Methods and data

  1. Will my study use quantitative methods and data, qualitative methods and data, or both?
  2. What strategy(ies) will  my study use?
  3. Does my study have a conceptual framework?
  4. Who or what will be studied?
  5. From whom will data be collected? Specifically, what is the sampling plan, the sample size and the basis for sample collection?
  6. How will I collect the data?
  7. What instruments (if any) will be used? Will I use already existing instruments? If so, what is known about them? Will I develop instruments for this study? If so, using what steps?
  8. What data collection procedures will be used?
  9. How will these procedures maximize the quality of my data?
  10. How will I analyze my data?
  11. What computer packages will be involved?

Consent, access, ethics

  1. What issues of consent are involved in carrying out my study, and how will they be dealt with?
  2. What issues of access are involved in carrying out my study, and how will they be dealt with?
  3. What other ethical issues are involved in carrying out my study, and how will they be dealt with?


  1. Does my proposal constitute a logical and coherent argument, with interconnected sections? Do its parts fit together?
  2. Have I given enough information for readers to make the judgements?
  3. Have I been clear? Is the proposal well organized, easy to follow and clearly written?
  4. Is my proposal presented in an appropriate scholarly form?

#In the middle of shorting out sheets @M303


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Writing good paper

August 8th, 2012 Comments off
  1. The questions are important and interesting to others
  2. The outcomes are believed to add knowledge
  3. It has solid theoretical foundation
  4. It has strong on research method
  5. Rigorous, parsimonious and fruitful models
  6. Care in samples selection and data collection
  7. It has appropriate data analysis and correct inferences
  8. Robustness checks
  9. Intuitive checks on reasonableness of findings
  10. Adequate discussion and valid interpretation
  11. Sound appreciation of implications
  12. Limitations are acknowledged
  13. Well-written
  14. Directed to audience

As delivered by Philip Brown, UNSW, UWA & Lancaster Univ., FCGC, Melbourne, 2011

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Attaching conscience

August 4th, 2012 Comments off

In a long 14 hours flight from New York City to Seoul, in continuing my way back to Fukuoka, Japan, I was drown by lots of movies. Sitting tired on my seat, got bored from looking at big carpets of cloud outside and could not have stretched and relaxed my bones, my attention had drawn to the best resort, watching movies. Subsequently, I watched four movies, then forced my self to sleep. But, my mind was attached to one astonishing performance of Adrian Brody, Detachment (2011). This was my second movie of Adrian Brody, after The Pianist (2002), that I watched in a flight from … to …  hheheeh I forgot :D Anyway, I am not usually writing a synopsis for a movie, but I was so impressed. There are some lessons we could get from the movie.

Detachment’s story focuses on a high school teacher, Henry (Adrian Brody), who becomes a temporary and substitute English teacher. In the first day of his class, he got challenges from students in his class. Anger, hatred, sad, frustration, annoying, have no respect to teachers or parents were shown by every student. Students curse a lots, get mentally illness, only see darkness in their futures.

Henry: “They dont believe that you have something meaning to share”

Unfortunately, Henry sees that his fellow teachers also cannot handle their bad feeling. They were disappointed when the students were uncontrollable, they tend to be judgmental, corrupted and selfish. It seems to be miserable to everyone. No ways out for a better tomorrow. Henry is surrounded by problems as well. His mom was died because of drugs, his father is unknown, therefore, he grow up with his grandpa. He is desperate of his ‘inability’ to take care his grandpa appropriately. However, he still has conscience and eager to herd his students find happiness and the meaning of life.

One day, he introduced three words in his class, assimilate, ubiquitous and double think His student answered the meaning of ‘assimilate’ as to absorb, to take something in, and ‘ubiquitous’ for everywhere all the time. Double think is having two believes or thoughts deliberately. And he elaborated the meanings to give a framework of thinking and seeing any phenomenon in live. These words are such keywords at which every one, students or teachers or parents, shall hold tightly, to keep and attach good conscience in our mind, to get happiness, instead of letting bad feeling and darkness occupy our mind. The movie shows how it ends up if people’as ability to embrace these seems to be loosened, while family and school could not guarantee to be able to defend and preserve children’s minds.

These lessons still make me think ;)

Very good movie, indeed.

#packing up at M303


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‘Sporting’ Uniqlo

August 3rd, 2012 Comments off

I watched men’s singles tennis match tonight. It was a quarter final at Olimpic London 2012, between Kei Nishikori from Japan and del Potro from Argentina. I dont want to make a comment from how the sporty match was going on. Though it was interesting, i dont get such confidential level to be such sports commentator :D

My point is on the jerseys. While del Potro wore Nike labelled t-shirt, pant, headband and shoes; Nishikori wore Uniqlo label on his red t-shirt and white pant. Nishikori wore headband too, but it was plain red, without any brand name on it. For me, along with the famous name of Nike, the worldwide brandname on sportswear, look at Nishikori with his Uniqlo t-shirt has raised an inquiry. Indeed, the brand name is not new for me. However, this interesting side is the fact that Uniqlo has jumped into international competition on sportswear manly.

Sportswear is one of fashion design, which prioritizes on comfortable fashion for practicing sports. Thus, it has to be well-ventilated and be able to absorb sweat sufficiently. In the production process, manufactures have ready-to-wear and mass-production strategy and do not to have specific target.

Uniqlo or Kabushiki-gaisha  yunikuro, was originally a division of the Fast Retailing, Co. In March 1949, a company Ogori Shoji  operated “Men’s Shop OS” based in Ube, Yamaguchi. In May 1985, the company opened a unisex casual wear store “Unique Clothing Warehouse” in Fukuro-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima. Apparently, Uniqlo was named from the contraction of this store.

The Uniqlo’s first step plunged in international area was started in 2001 when the company established Fast Retailing (Jiangsu) Apparel Co. Ltd in China, and opened first overseas outlets in London. The first Chinese outlet was opened in Shanghai in 2002. The expansion continues. By 2005, the company has stores open in Europe, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taiwan, Philippines, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, with 700 Uniqlo stores throughout Japan. In Tokyo, the company operates 99 stores.

Along with the resurgence of buyers’ shopping power, the company gains significant profits. From September 2011 to February 2012, sales in the international division rose 68% to 84.8 billion yen or $1.07 billion.

Uniqlo supported Japan’s Olympic Athletes in 1998, 2002, 2004. The company sponsors Japan #1 tennis player, Kei Nishikori. In May 2012, Novak Djokovic, world #1 tennis player, has signed 5 years contract to wear Uniqlo’ products. So, after doing a little research, this is what I get so far. As started from ready-to-wear clothing, exploring Uniqlo’s strategies to gain position in sportswear area is still interesting. Japan’s market is aware of international products. Hence, well-known international brand names such as Adidas, Puma, Nike and so forth are also well-accepted in Japanese communities. It seems become a new project to me ;)

#MMR during Japan’s hot summer 2012

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Are you a good boss or a great one?

August 3rd, 2012 Comments off

Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback (Harvard Business Review, January-February 2011) highlight three imperatives factors that can guide managers to becoming great bosses:

  • Manage yourself. To know how good you are as a boss, answer these questions:
  1. Do you use your formal authority effectively?
  2. Do you create thoughtful but not overly personal relationship?
  3. Do others trust you as a manager?
  4. Do you exercise your influence ethically?
  • Manage your network. How about you?
  1. Do you systematically identify those who should be in your network?
  2. Do you proactively build and maintain your network?
  3. Do you use your network to provide the protection and resources your team needs?
  4. Do you use your network to accomplish your team’s goals?
  • Manage your team. Ask your self in these indicators below.
  1. Do you define and constantly refine your team’s vision for the future?
  2. Do you clarify roles, work rules, team culture and feedback about performance for your team?
  3. Do you know and manage your people as individuals as well as team members?

And the last is: Do you use daily activities and problems to pursue those three factors?

*yosh..がんばってください =D

#ps. this is a reposting article

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