On Corrections

Before you decide to correct somebody, either in person or on the internet, ask yourself: Are you correcting them for any reason other than to make yourself feel smarter? Does your input add clarity to their statement, or enhance it in anyway? Does it promote conversation and reasoned debate, or are you just being pedantic? Are you actually understanding the point of what they’re saying, or fixating on minutiae? 

In case y’all are confused: Tips From Pip is an advice blog based on my ideal of what a perfect world would be. It’s just my opinions, and things I have found helpful. They may not all be applicable to you. I may not be able to encompass every circumstance the world may throw your way. Perhaps chewing gum will be proven to cure cancer. Perhaps you must leave your headphones on because you have a terrible anxiety disorder (in which event, I feel you, man). Perhaps you must bike on the sidewalk because Cthulhu is rising through cracks in the pavement on Bathurst Street (not unlikely).

I’m just saying: think before you just decide to contradict someone. Because sometimes it just shows how much you didn’t get the point at all.

On Choices

When the opportunity arises, never make the small choice.

On Money

Generally, the more expensive a thing is, the more difficult it’s going to prove in day to day life. This goes for kitchen appliances, clothing, and people.

FRINGE EDITION: On Expectations

When a show isn’t what you thought it would be, perhaps it is not so much the show’s fault.


As we gear up for our first full week of Fringe and the last day of our frat weekend, let me share with you what goes in my Fringe bag:
- My Fringe program, of course.
- A bottle of water. Obviously.
- Sunscreen for line standin’.
- A book for same.
- A sweater or button-down. Some venues are cold!
- Snacks to keep my energy up as I run from venue to venue.
- An accurate timepiece. Shows start on time!
- At least twenty dollars cash, for tickets or whatever surprises come my way.

What’s in your bag, Fringers?


Friendly reminder that you’re allowed to like a thing without knowing every single fact about the thing

You’re allowed to like a movie without having to know every crew member’s name

You’re allowed to like a book without having to memorize every page

You’re allowed to like a video game without having to know all the Easter eggs and cheat codes

You’re allowed to like things and not be an expert on things

Liking things isn’t supposed to be stressful

Double post today at Tips From Pip, because this is so true.


Never turn down a free popsicle. Who knows when you’ll get another one? (Answer: tomorrow)


It is not a bad idea to wait to discover your technicians’ preferences before bringing them a gift. But a box of Timbits will get that extra something-something way more effectively than promises in the moment.


On Skills

The most important skill you can ever develop is the ability to listen.

On Deserving

It’s probably best not to opine on what you think people deserve, be it good or bad, unless you intend to be the one to give it to them.