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  2. wnyc:

    There are GIFs and then there is the snow globe jaw-dropping work of Rafael Varona. Thank science! 

    http://bit.ly/1mfpKGV

    Wow.

     
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  4. usnatarchivesexhibits:

    Constitution of the United States

    Item From: General Records of the United States Government. (05/14/1787- 09/17/1787)

    The Federal Convention convened on May 14, 1787 in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to revise the problematic Articles of Confederation. Since only two states had delegations present, any substantive debate was postponed until a quorum of seven states was attained on May 25th. After exhaustive deliberation well into the middle of June, the Convention concluded that the Articles were not salvageable and needed to be replaced with something that represented their collective interests while ensuring their continued independence.

    Through subsequent closed sessions, the delegates continually debated, drafted and redrafted the articles of this new Constitution until it resembled the one we have today. The main points of contention were how much power was apportioned to the Federal Government, how many Congressional representatives were allotted to each state, and whether these representatives would be directly elected by their constituents or appointed by their state legislatures.

    This new Constitution was the cumulative result of many minds coming together to conceptualize and debate the future course of the country. Through subsequent generations it has been amended and reinterpreted many times, but its continued success stems from adherence to these early promises of representation and compromise.

    Source: http://go.usa.gov/DQ6Y

    (via ourpresidents)

     
  5. micdotcom:

    Feminist gamer Anita Sarkeesian’s fight against online threats just earned her a standing ovation 

    "One of the most radical things you can do is to actually believe women when they talk about their experiences," feminist gamer Anita Sarkeesian told the XOXO Festival audience in Portland earlier this week.

    Sarkeesian made her first public appearance since threats against the activist and her family drove her into hiding last month. The creator and face of a popular Web series, Feminist Frequency’s Tropes vs. Women, Sarkeesian tackles the use and abuse of women in video games. And all too often, she has found herself the victim of that same kind of abuse. 

    Hating her became a viral meme

     
  6. bigbraingene:

    60 Awesome Search Engines for Serious Writers

    Finding the information you need as a writer shouldn’t be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of search engines out there that are designed to help you at any stage of the process, from coming up with great ideas to finding a publisher to get your work into print. Both writers still in college and those on their way to professional success will appreciate this list of useful search applications that are great from making writing a little easier and more efficient.

    Professional

    Find other writers, publishers and ways to market your work through these searchable databases and search engines.

    1. Litscene: Use this search engine to search through thousands of writers and literary projects, and add your own as well.
    2. Thinkers.net: Get a boost in your creativity with some assistance from this site.
    3. PoeWar: Whether you need help with your career or your writing, this site is full of great searchable articles.
    4. Publisher’s Catalogues: Try out this site to search through the catalogs and names of thousands of publishers.
    5. Edit Red: Through this site you can showcase your own work and search through work by others, as well as find helpful FAQ’s on writing.
    6. Writersdock: Search through this site for help with your writing, find jobs and join other writers in discussions.
    7. PoetrySoup: If you want to find some inspirational poetry, this site is a great resource.
    8. Booksie.com: Here, you can search through a wide range of self-published books.
    9. One Stop Write Shop: Use this tool to search through the writings of hundreds of other amateur writers.
    10. Writer’s Cafe: Check out this online writer’s forum to find and share creative works.
    11. Literary Marketplace: Need to know something about the publishing industry? Use this search tool to find the information you need now.

    Writing

    These helpful tools will help you along in the writing process.

    1. WriteSearch: This search engine focuses exclusively on sites devoted to reading and writing to deliver its results.
    2. The Burry Man Writers Center: Find a wealth of writing resources on this searchable site.
    3. Writing.com: This fully-featured site makes it possible to find information both fun and serious about the craft of writing.
    4. Purdue OWL: Need a little instruction on your writing? This tool from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN can help.
    5. Writing Forums: Search through these writing forums to find answers to your writing issues.

    Research

    Try out these tools to get your writing research done in a snap.

    1. Google Scholar: With this specialized search engine from Google, you’ll only get reliable, academic results for your searches.
    2. WorldCat: If you need a book from the library, try out this tool. It’ll search and find the closest location.
    3. Scirus: Find great scientific articles and publications through this search engine.
    4. OpenLibrary: If you don’t have time to run to a brick-and-mortar library, this online tool can still help you find books you can use.
    5. Online Journals Search Engine: Try out this search engine to find free online journal articles.
    6. All Academic: This search engine focuses on returning highly academic, reliable resources.
    7. LOC Ask a Librarian: Search through the questions on this site to find helpful answers about the holdings at the Library of Congress.
    8. Encylcopedia.com: This search engine can help you find basic encyclopedia articles.
    9. Clusty: If you’re searching for a topic to write on, this search engine with clustered results can help get your creative juices flowing.
    10. Intute: Here you’ll find a British search engine that delivers carefully chosen results from academia.
    11. AllExperts: Have a question? Ask the experts on this site or search through the existing answers.

    Reference

    Need to look up a quote or a fact? These search tools make it simple.

    1. Writer’s Web Search Engine: This search engine is a great place to find reference information on how to write well.
    2. Bloomsbury Magazine Research Centre: You’ll find numerous resources on publications, authors and more through this search engine.
    3. Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus: Make sure you’re using words correctly and can come up with alternatives with the help of this tool.
    4. References.net: Find all the reference material you could ever need through this search engine.
    5. Quotes.net: If you need a quote, try searching for one by topic or by author on this site.
    6. Literary Encyclopedia: Look up any famous book or author in this search tool.
    7. Acronym Finder: Not sure what a particular acronym means? Look it up here.
    8. Bartleby: Through Bartleby, you can find a wide range of quotes from famous thinkers, writers and celebrities.
    9. Wikipedia.com: Just about anything and everything you could want to look up is found on this site.
    10. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Find all the great philosophers you could want to reference in this online tool.

    Niche Writers

    If you’re focusing on writing in a particular niche, these tools can be a big help.

    1. PubGene: Those working in sci-fi or medical writing will appreciate this database of genes, biological terms and organisms.
    2. GoPubMd: You’ll find all kinds of science and medical search results here.
    3. Jayde: Looking for a business? Try out this search tool.
    4. Zibb: No matter what kind of business you need to find out more about, this tool will find the information.
    5. TechWeb: Do a little tech research using this news site and search engine.
    6. Google Trends: Try out this tool to find out what people are talking about.
    7. Godchecker: Doing a little work on ancient gods and goddesses? This tool can help you make sure you have your information straight.
    8. Healia: Find a wide range of health topics and information by using this site.
    9. Sci-Fi Search: Those working on sci-fi can search through relevant sites to make sure their ideas are original.

    Books

    Find your own work and inspirational tomes from others by using these search engines.

    1. Literature Classics: This search tool makes it easy to find the free and famous books you want to look through.
    2. InLibris: This search engine provides one of the largest directories of literary resources on the web.
    3. SHARP Web: Using this tool, you can search through the information on the history of reading and publishing.
    4. AllReaders: See what kind of reviews books you admire got with this search engine.
    5. BookFinder: No matter what book you’re looking for you’re bound to find it here.
    6. ReadPrint: Search through this site for access to thousands of free books.
    7. Google Book Search: Search through the content of thousands upon thousands of books here, some of which is free to use.
    8. Indie Store Finder: If you want to support the little guy, this tool makes it simple to find an independent bookseller in your neck of the woods.

    Blogging

    For web writing, these tools can be a big help.

    1. Technorati: This site makes it possible to search through millions of blogs for both larger topics and individual posts.
    2. Google Blog Search: Using this specialized Google search engine, you can search through the content of blogs all over the web.
    3. Domain Search: Looking for a place to start your own blog? This search tool will let you know what’s out there.
    4. OpinMind: Try out this blog search tool to find opinion focused blogs.
    5. IceRocket: Here you’ll find a real-time blog search engine so you’ll get the latest news and posts out there.
    6. PubSub: This search tool scours sites like Twitter and Friendfeed to find the topics people are talking about most every day.

    (via yeahwriters)

     

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  8. lowfi666:

    Tea time fuckface

    This = me every day. Multiple times a day.

    (via themessesofmen)

     
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  10. Mr. Teacherman, who’s been teaching here for 30+ years, just walked by as I was weeding through our stacks and was kind enough to offer his opinion.

    "I really think we should keep all these books so they can be used."

    I replied, “Used by….you?” Said with maybe just a little attitude, I’ve been expecting this conversation.

    Teach: “No, the students. They should be here so they can peruse.”

    Me: “OK, well I don’t think students are ‘perusing’ these [conservative christian books published in 1930]. We also don’t need six copies of each title.”

    Teach: “Well they used to be used for reference.”

    Me: “These are all available online, for free.”

    Teach: “Sometimes it’s difficult to get online and it’s nice to have the book.”

    Me: “That can be true. But I’m saving one or two copies, so they’ll be here if students need them.” Students will never ‘need’ these books.

    Teach: “This is just my two cents. I think it’s good to save things and books.”

    Me: “It’s hard for me to get rid of books, too. But we can’t just save things to save them. We don’t have enough room. They aren’t being used. I think we need new books.” Or any books published since 1972.

    Teach: “Oh I think so, too, new books would be great.”

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