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Maika Isogawa
Maika Isogawa is a freshman from Tokyo, Japan, studying Symbolic Systems. Since returning from a leave of absence to perform for Cirque Du Soleil, Maika is now an Opinions column writer, and plays for Stanford Women's Ultimate team, Superfly. When she's not working or doing handstands, Maika likes to make art, post on Instagram @maikaisogawa and get off campus.

He didn’t text me back

How long do you take to respond to a text? I’ve been told you can know all kinds of things by analyzing how long it takes the other person to respond. They could be having trouble figuring out what to say. They could choose not to respond, silence being a message on it’s own. They…

More thoughts than we have access to

In CS 106B, there’s an assignment called “NGrams.” The program you build opens a text file and then generates a certain number of words based on the probability of each word appearing after the previous set of words. The result is a stream of text that is generated “randomly.” After completing the program, I tested…

Downsizing

You have an option. The world’s brightest minds have discovered a way to shrink humans down to only 5 inches tall as an answer to overpopulation. Not only does it reduce human consumption and waste, but the procedure comes with a dramatic increase in the value of the individual’s money (an 8-inch car is much cheaper to…

There’s no place like home

It’s already been a week since Thanksgiving. By now, you’ve digested the copious amounts of turkey and gravy consumed over the holiday and hopefully recovered from the cherished “family time” that can leave people slightly scarred. What a wonderful time of the year. Campus was a ghost town while you were away. In the dorms,…

Frame of reference

On Nov. 3, the new iPhone X was released into the wild. Chaos and commotion ensued. Whether it was the iPhone “10” or “ex” did not matter to the hundreds of people standing in line outside the Apple store at the Stanford Shopping Center at four in the morning. I wasn’t one of those people.…

What did you say?

“Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.” This meaningless sentence was coined by Noam Chomsky, an American linguist and philosopher. It’s a perfect example of how a sentence can be grammatically correct yet have no semantic meaning whatsoever. On first glance, I thought it was some deep metaphor. Memories of English class came flooding back, hours spent…

To plan or not to plan

I sat outside of Tresidder Union, staring at my laptop, hoping some brilliant transition sentence would flow through my fingertips and into my essay that hadn’t changed in the last hour. Two girls walked past, playfully in conversation: “You should have a four year plan.” “No, because things change all the time.” I had a…
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