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July 14 2015 7:16 AM

Which Types of Sushi Best Test a Sushi Chef’s Abilities?

Answer by Kaz Matsune, private sushi chef, sustainable fish director at Breakthrough Sushi:

Traditional Edomae or Tokyo-style sushi chefs consider teate, or prep work, an important part of their skills. Teate consists of salt-and-vinegar curing, lightly searing and smoking, or soy marinating as the techniques to enhance the flavor of fish, carrying the tradition from the time when Nigiri was invented. Edo-style sushi chefs thrive on their teate techniques to make fish taste better than when they were raw. Therefore, any sushi showcasing the sushi chef's teate would be a good one to test his skill.

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July 13 2015 7:28 AM

How Do You Respond to a Child Who Asks Lots of Questions?

Answer by Shefaly Yogendra, engineer, MBA with a Ph.D. in decision-making:

Count your blessings! A curious and intelligent child is a gift to cherish and do one's best with.

I have been that child. Thanks to my father's vast knowledge, enormous patience, and immense creativity, I developed both curiosity and the lack of hesitation in asking about things I do not know.

July 12 2015 7:25 AM

Which Is Better: Star Wars or Star Trek?

Answer by Jon Ferreira, American stage director:

The Pros and Cons of Star Wars

Although I was exposed to Star Wars first, as I grew older and more discriminating,Star Trek offered me more substance and what I needed as a more mature adult. I agree with what many have said about Star Wars being very black and white, pitting good against evil, and filled with common archetypes. George Lucas drew heavily on Japanese film and culture and the mythology of Joseph Campbell. His movies are epic and rightfully called space operas. They have a very overblown, deeply felt, dramatic tone to them and are very operatic in style.

July 11 2015 7:24 AM

Should Schools or Parents Teach Kids to Be Good Members of Society?

Answer by Jonathan Brill, parent of three kids, two dogs, and two fish:

Yes, schools should teach and reinforce lessons consistent with what's commonly accepted to be good citizenship, or at the very least social best practices—if for no other reason than these kids have to be trapped in confined, highly social spaces with one another for something like 13 years. They should know how not to be beastly to one another for the 30-plus hours a week they're spending at school.

July 10 2015 7:19 AM

What Skill Will Be Essential in Future Workplaces?

Answer by Auren Hoffman, CEO of LiveRamp, started and sold five companies (and many more that failed):

The future of work is about focus and resilience.

In a more connected world, the spoils will go to fewer and fewer people. The winners will be the ones who are the very best in their fields. These people will be extremely focused on the one thing, because to be the very best will mean to spend less time on other matters. 

July 9 2015 7:09 AM

Why Are Anime Characters’ Voices So High-Pitched?

Answer by William Flanagan, longtime manga and anime translator:

The high-pitched tones of some of the characters are there to serve the story. They are there to emphasize the childlike qualities and innocence (or, in some cases, contrast the innocent sound with evil intent) of the characters. No, most Japanese people in real life do not have high, squeaky voices. Again, this is simply to serve the story and not to represent real life accurately. I will elaborate.

July 8 2015 7:10 AM

What It’s Like to Be a Woman in a Male-Dominated Profession?

Answer by Michelle Victor, desktop support technician:

I'm an IT, and from what I've been told, there's a general push from most companies to hire more woman in tech. I would say that being a woman gave me an advantage in that sense. To be quite frank, I believe I may have been given interviews because I am a woman, but I got hired because of my skill. I'm not afraid to command the respect I deserve from the very first interview, which makes entering the male dominated workforce pretty easy for me.

July 7 2015 7:32 AM

Should All Children Learn to Play Musical Instruments?

Answer by Julie Anne Exter, board-certified music therapist:

The benefits of starting your child down the path to learning a musical instrument are easy for parents to fantasize about but hard to quantify. Bear in mind that I'm talking about the actual nuts-and-bolts competencies of learning how to read music, play scales, improvise, and eventually play Carnegie Hall. When we start our kids off in piano lessons, or violin lessons, or [insert your fantasy instrument of choice] lessons, it's my feeling that we need to be careful not to make the mistake of doing the dreaming for them.

July 2 2015 7:35 AM

What Qualities Make a Good Vineyard?

Answer by Lucas J. Meeker, winemaker at the Meeker Vineyard:

I think this question is a bit leading, and I'll explain why, but first I'll take the bait.

The primary qualities I assess at any vineyard site are:

Drainage: how, where, and how quickly water goes through the vineyard. This is an assessment of the kind of soil, slope, elevation, and surrounding topography.

July 1 2015 7:36 AM

How Realistic Is the Psychology in Inside Out?


Note: This post includes spoilers.


Answer by Anita Sanz, clinical psychologist:


I just saw Inside Out with my family, and I really enjoyed the movie. I'll leave it to the memory experts to comment on whether the way the film portrayed the way that short-term memories are encoded, stored, and used is close to accurate. I loved the way it was done using the little balls, tinted with the color of emotions.