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Sep 7
sweat-and-smiles:

long-distance-runnerr:

nezua:

motivation-station123:

bodydiy:

How to tie shoes for running

Wait I need this for my dystonia!!!!

seems like valuable info to pass along

I would have threw out 115$ shoes if I didn’t use the Toe problem one. God bless this post.

I use the heel slipping one and it actually works.

sweat-and-smiles:

long-distance-runnerr:

nezua:

motivation-station123:

bodydiy:

How to tie shoes for running

Wait I need this for my dystonia!!!!

seems like valuable info to pass along

I would have threw out 115$ shoes if I didn’t use the Toe problem one. God bless this post.

I use the heel slipping one and it actually works.

(via domesticnoise)


Sep 4
girl-havoced:

I believe in free education, one that’s available to everyone; no matter their race, gender, age, wealth, etc… This masterpost was created for every knowledge hungry individual out there. I hope it will serve you well. Enjoy!
FREE ONLINE COURSES (here are listed websites that provide huge variety of courses)
Alison 
Coursera
FutureLearn
open2study
Khan Academy
edX
P2P U
Academic Earth
iversity
Stanford Online
MIT Open Courseware
Open Yale Courses
BBC Learning
OpenLearn
Carnegie Mellon University OLI
University of Reddit
Saylor
IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)
TED
FORA
Big Think  
99u
BBC Future
Seriously Amazing
How Stuff Works
Discovery News
National Geographic
Science News
Popular Science
IFLScience
YouTube Edu
DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)
wikiHow
Wonder How To
instructables
eHow
Howcast
MAKE
Do it yourself
FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS
OpenStax CNX
Open Textbooks
Bookboon
Textbook Revolution
E-books Directory
FullBooks
Books Should Be Free
Classic Reader
Read Print
Project Gutenberg
AudioBooks For Free
LibriVox
Poem Hunter
Bartleby
MIT Classics
Many Books
Open Textbooks BCcampus
Open Textbook Library
WikiBooks
SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS
Directory of Open Access Journals
Scitable
PLOS
Wiley Open Access
Springer Open
Oxford Open
Elsevier Open Access
ArXiv
Open Access Library
LEARN:
1. LANGUAGES
Duolingo
BBC Languages
Learn A Language
101languages
Memrise
Livemocha
Foreign Services Institute
My Languages
Surface Languages
Lingualia
OmniGlot
OpenCulture’s Language links
2. COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING
Codecademy
Programmr
GA Dash
CodeHS
w3schools
Code Avengers
Codelearn
The Code Player
Code School
Code.org
Programming Motherf*?$%#
Bento
Bucky’s room
WiBit
Learn Code the Hard Way
Mozilla Developer Network
Microsoft Virtual Academy
3. YOGA & MEDITATION
Learning Yoga
Learn Meditation
Yome
Free Meditation
Online Meditation
Do Yoga With Me
Yoga Learning Center
4. PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMMAKING
Exposure Guide
The Bastards Book of Photography
Cambridge in Color
Best Photo Lessons
Photography Course
Production Now
nyvs
Learn About Film
Film School Online
5. DRAWING & PAINTING
Enliighten
Ctrl+Paint
ArtGraphica
Google Cultural Institute
Drawspace
DragoArt
WetCanvas
6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY
Music Theory
Teoria
Music Theory Videos
Furmanczyk Academy of Music
Dave Conservatoire
Petrucci Music Library
Justin Guitar
Guitar Lessons
Piano Lessons
Zebra Keys
Play Bass Now
7. OTHER UNCATEGORIZED SKILLS
Investopedia
The Chess Website
Chesscademy
Chess.com
Spreeder
ReadSpeeder
First Aid for Free
First Aid Web
Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Please feel free to add more learning focused websites. 
*There are a lot more learning websites out there, but I picked the ones that are, as far as I’m aware, completely free and in my opinion the best/ more useful.

girl-havoced:

I believe in free education, one that’s available to everyone; no matter their race, gender, age, wealth, etc… This masterpost was created for every knowledge hungry individual out there. I hope it will serve you well. Enjoy!

FREE ONLINE COURSES (here are listed websites that provide huge variety of courses)

IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)

DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)

FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS

LEARN:

1. LANGUAGES

2. COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING

3. YOGA & MEDITATION

4. PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMMAKING

5. DRAWING & PAINTING

6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY

7. OTHER UNCATEGORIZED SKILLS

Please feel free to add more learning focused websites. 

*There are a lot more learning websites out there, but I picked the ones that are, as far as I’m aware, completely free and in my opinion the best/ more useful.

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Aug 26
harriscountypl:

Very cool gif showing the evolution of the American states.
via Upworthy

harriscountypl:

Very cool gif showing the evolution of the American states.

via Upworthy

(via synmirror)


Aug 3
writersnoonereads:

Excerpts from Jonathan Clements’ Encyclopedia of Science Fiction entry on Kiodomari Allan (今日泊亜蘭), pseudonym of Yukie Mizushima (1910-2008):

…A renowned polyglot, supposedly conversant to some extent in thirty languages, he also created his own, Heresugo, which he used in some of his genre works. A monocled eccentric and suspected anarchist, he led an adventurous early life, including being deported from Germany in the early 1930s, where the would-be scholar had arrived after stowing away on the Trans-Siberian railway at Harbin, China.
…For such a child prodigy in languages, Kiodomari came relatively late to fiction…In collaboration with Tetsu Yano and Keisuke Watanabe, he formed Japan’s first SF fan group, the “Omega Club”, in 1957 and published the fanzine Kagaku Shōsetsu [“Science Novels”]. Owing to a feud with an early editor of SF Magazine, Kiodomari’s work did not appear in Japan’s other primary journal of sf record until the 1970s.
He is best remembered for Hikari no Tō [The Spires of Light] (1962) in which Earth is attacked in 2011 by unknown invaders, who construct mysterious glowing towers all around the world…[continue reading]

Also see the Japanese wikipedia entry.

writersnoonereads:

Excerpts from Jonathan Clements’ Encyclopedia of Science Fiction entry on Kiodomari Allan (今日泊亜蘭), pseudonym of Yukie Mizushima (1910-2008):

…A renowned polyglot, supposedly conversant to some extent in thirty languages, he also created his own, Heresugo, which he used in some of his genre works. A monocled eccentric and suspected anarchist, he led an adventurous early life, including being deported from Germany in the early 1930s, where the would-be scholar had arrived after stowing away on the Trans-Siberian railway at Harbin, China.

…For such a child prodigy in languages, Kiodomari came relatively late to fiction…In collaboration with Tetsu Yano and Keisuke Watanabe, he formed Japan’s first SF fan group, the “Omega Club”, in 1957 and published the fanzine Kagaku Shōsetsu [“Science Novels”]. Owing to a feud with an early editor of SF Magazine, Kiodomari’s work did not appear in Japan’s other primary journal of sf record until the 1970s.

He is best remembered for Hikari no Tō [The Spires of Light] (1962) in which Earth is attacked in 2011 by unknown invaders, who construct mysterious glowing towers all around the world…[continue reading]

Also see the Japanese wikipedia entry.


Jul 30
explore-blog:

Ann Friedman's Disapproval Matrix for handling criticism is a thing of genius, not to mention essential internet-age literacy. She explains:

Critics: These are smart people who know something about your field. They are taking a hard look at your work and are not loving it. You’ll probably want to listen to what they have to say, and make some adjustments to your work based on their thoughtful comments.
Lovers: These people are invested in you and are also giving you negative but rational feedback because they want you to improve. Listen to them, too.
Frenemies: Ooooh, this quadrant is tricky. These people really know how to hurt you, because they know you personally or know your work pretty well. But at the end of the day, their criticism is not actually about your work—it’s about you personally. And they aren’t actually interested in a productive conversation that will result in you becoming better at what you do. They just wanna undermine you. Dishonorable mention goes to The Hater Within, aka the irrational voice inside you that says you suck, which usually falls into this quadrant. Tell all of these fools to sit down and shut up.
Haters: This is your garden-variety, often anonymous troll who wants to tear down everything about you for no rational reason. Folks in this quadrant are easy to write off because they’re counterproductive and you don’t even know them. Ignore! Engaging won’t make you any better at what you do. And then rest easy, because having haters is proof your work is finding a wide audience and is sparking conversation. Own it.
The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about you who are engaging with and rationally critiquing your work—you should probably take their comments to heart. When you receive negative feedback that falls into the bottom two quadrants, you should just let it roll off your back and just keep doin’ you.

Complement with Benjamin Franklin’s trick for neutralizing critics, Daniel Dennett on how to criticize with kindness, and Anne Lamott’s definitive manifesto for handling haters.

explore-blog:

Ann Friedman's Disapproval Matrix for handling criticism is a thing of genius, not to mention essential internet-age literacy. She explains:

Critics: These are smart people who know something about your field. They are taking a hard look at your work and are not loving it. You’ll probably want to listen to what they have to say, and make some adjustments to your work based on their thoughtful comments.

Lovers: These people are invested in you and are also giving you negative but rational feedback because they want you to improve. Listen to them, too.

Frenemies: Ooooh, this quadrant is tricky. These people really know how to hurt you, because they know you personally or know your work pretty well. But at the end of the day, their criticism is not actually about your work—it’s about you personally. And they aren’t actually interested in a productive conversation that will result in you becoming better at what you do. They just wanna undermine you. Dishonorable mention goes to The Hater Within, aka the irrational voice inside you that says you suck, which usually falls into this quadrant. Tell all of these fools to sit down and shut up.

Haters: This is your garden-variety, often anonymous troll who wants to tear down everything about you for no rational reason. Folks in this quadrant are easy to write off because they’re counterproductive and you don’t even know them. Ignore! Engaging won’t make you any better at what you do. And then rest easy, because having haters is proof your work is finding a wide audience and is sparking conversation. Own it.

The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about you who are engaging with and rationally critiquing your work—you should probably take their comments to heart. When you receive negative feedback that falls into the bottom two quadrants, you should just let it roll off your back and just keep doin’ you.

Complement with Benjamin Franklin’s trick for neutralizing critics, Daniel Dennett on how to criticize with kindness, and Anne Lamott’s definitive manifesto for handling haters.

(via kobbygraham)


Jul 22
nprmusic:

No hits, no singles; just raw, graceful tunes from the inventive Shabazz Palaces.
Stream Lese Majesty from NPR Music’s First Listen. 

nprmusic:

No hits, no singles; just raw, graceful tunes from the inventive Shabazz Palaces.

Stream Lese Majesty from NPR Music’s First Listen

(via dhool)


Jun 7
wolfandfox:

Viva La Libertà (Roberto Andò, 2013)
Lincoln Center hosts Open Roads, a showcase of new Italian cinema, right now. Like many of the festival’s entries, Viva la libertà is a critique of Italy’s decaying political regimes.  In this case, the approach is farce, and the plot lifted from identity swap comedies like Dave and The Parent Trap.   When politician Enrico abruptly leaves his post, his mad twin brother Giovanni fills in.  Giovanni’s brazen bipolar honesty finds immediate popularity, while his depressive brother, unburdened by public scrutiny, revisits a past love in France.  The matter at hand is personal and professional transparency.
The dual role of twin brothers — errant politician and labile professor lately released from the madhouse — is perfect for Toni Servillo, who is astonishingly distinct in every appearance.  Servillo does not employ the broad colors of a character actor, or the shimmering virtuosity of professional chameleon like Peter Sellars.

Rather, Servillo is cloaked by nuance. His voice’s register and tone, his face, his hair, his comportment are anchored in distinct and believable personal histories— every time.  A fair number of Servillo’s films are available to watch in the US. Very few hallmarks link these performances.  There’s a balletic physical presence that Servillo uses at times to telegraph elegance and sophistication; and then there are his eyes, great registers of humanity that make the audience feel as though Servillo has seen and digested all emotional experience. 

wolfandfox:

Viva La Libertà (Roberto Andò, 2013)

Lincoln Center hosts Open Roads, a showcase of new Italian cinema, right now. Like many of the festival’s entries, Viva la libertà is a critique of Italy’s decaying political regimes.  In this case, the approach is farce, and the plot lifted from identity swap comedies like Dave and The Parent Trap.   When politician Enrico abruptly leaves his post, his mad twin brother Giovanni fills in.  Giovanni’s brazen bipolar honesty finds immediate popularity, while his depressive brother, unburdened by public scrutiny, revisits a past love in France.  The matter at hand is personal and professional transparency.

The dual role of twin brothers — errant politician and labile professor lately released from the madhouse — is perfect for Toni Servillo, who is astonishingly distinct in every appearance.  Servillo does not employ the broad colors of a character actor, or the shimmering virtuosity of professional chameleon like Peter Sellars.

Rather, Servillo is cloaked by nuance. His voice’s register and tone, his face, his hair, his comportment are anchored in distinct and believable personal histories— every time.  A fair number of Servillo’s films are available to watch in the US. Very few hallmarks link these performances.  There’s a balletic physical presence that Servillo uses at times to telegraph elegance and sophistication; and then there are his eyes, great registers of humanity that make the audience feel as though Servillo has seen and digested all emotional experience. 


Jun 1

dynamicafrica:

African Dances from A-Z by The Dance Hall.

Here’s a new way to learn the English alphabet. The first urban dance center in Senegal, ‘The Dance Hall’, have made a video that chronicles some of Africa’s dances from A-Z.

(via kobbygraham)


May 31
“COMPLIMENTS THAT AREN’T ABOUT PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

1) You’re empowering.
2) I like your voice.
3) You’re strong.
4) I think your ideas/beliefs matter.
5) I’m so happy you exist.
6) More people should be listening to what you have to say.
7) You’re a very warm hearted person.
8) It’s nice seeing such kindness.
9) You’re very down to earth.
10) You have a beautiful soul.
11) You inspire me to become a better person.
12) Our conversations bring me a lot of joy.
13) It’s good to see someone care so much.
14) You’re so understanding.
15) You matter a lot to me.
16) You’re important even if you don’t think so.
17) You’re intelligent.
18) Your passion is contagious.
19) Your confidence is refreshing.
20) You restore my faith in humanity.
21) You’re great at being creative.
22) You’re so talented at ____.
23) I don’t get tired of you the way I get tired of other people.
24) You have great taste in ___.
25) I’m happy I stayed alive long enough to meet you.
26) I wish more people were like you.
27) You’re so good at loving people.”

3:29 p.m. feel free to add to this!  (via expresswithsilence)

28) the way you articulate yourself is so refreshing
29) you have that “brighten-up-a-room” effect
30) you’re just really good to be around
31) you foster my growth
32) you’re really good at dancing!
33) i can share silence with you

(via carlosofthecosmos)

(via kobbygraham)


May 28
npr:

Ooooo.
jtotheizzoe:

Genetics of the Beautiful “Glass Gem” Corn
Corn gone viral? You’re looking at an ear of a corn variety called “Glass Gem”, grown by Greg Schoen of Seeds Trust. This is real corn! How does it grow this way?
First you have to understand a few things about corn. Each corn kernel is actually a sort of unique plant. A corn plant’s male parts (the “tassels”) sit at the top of the stalk, and drop pollen downward. Unfertilized ears (the female parts) catch the pollen with the sticky ends of their corn silks. Each corn silk (I hate when that gets in my teeth) grabs a pollen grain, shuttles it allllllll the way down inside the ear, eventually creating one kernel for each pollen-silk-ovum combination. It’s one of the more interesting and inefficient breeding schemes I know of.
If you’ve taken genetics, you know that the parents’ genes will combine by chance, leading to certain ratios of inheritance in the offspring. This is the basis of Mendelian genetics (great Khan Academy video here).
With corn, we’ve simply carefully bred all the interestingness out of them. Native Americans were used to multi-colored corn, because corn plants held many varieties of color genes that could combine at random. Now all we are left with are one-color clones.
This “Glass Gem” corn is the other extreme of the spectrum, a combination of corn color hybrid genes and random pollination. It’s almost too pretty to eat!  
(via Discover Magazine)

npr:

Ooooo.

jtotheizzoe:

Genetics of the Beautiful “Glass Gem” Corn

Corn gone viral? You’re looking at an ear of a corn variety called “Glass Gem”, grown by Greg Schoen of Seeds Trust. This is real cornHow does it grow this way?

First you have to understand a few things about corn. Each corn kernel is actually a sort of unique plant. A corn plant’s male parts (the “tassels”) sit at the top of the stalk, and drop pollen downward. Unfertilized ears (the female parts) catch the pollen with the sticky ends of their corn silks. Each corn silk (I hate when that gets in my teeth) grabs a pollen grain, shuttles it allllllll the way down inside the ear, eventually creating one kernel for each pollen-silk-ovum combination. It’s one of the more interesting and inefficient breeding schemes I know of.

If you’ve taken genetics, you know that the parents’ genes will combine by chance, leading to certain ratios of inheritance in the offspring. This is the basis of Mendelian genetics (great Khan Academy video here).

With corn, we’ve simply carefully bred all the interestingness out of them. Native Americans were used to multi-colored corn, because corn plants held many varieties of color genes that could combine at random. Now all we are left with are one-color clones.

This “Glass Gem” corn is the other extreme of the spectrum, a combination of corn color hybrid genes and random pollination. It’s almost too pretty to eat!  

(via Discover Magazine)

(via synmirror)


May 9

sassycelery:

dere you go

(via talix18)


May 8
recoveryisbeautiful:

Even though some of the links go directly to the iTunes or Android store, still double check them because most of them are available of both platforms as well as others :)
12 Steps AA Companion (iTunes/Android)
Alura: Cognitive Therapy
ASK & Prevent Suicide (iTunes/Android)
AutisMate
Beating the Blues
Beat Panic
Beat Social Phobia (iTunes/Android)
BellyBio Interactive Breathing
Bipol-App
BioZen
Body Beautiful
BrainHQ
CBT Referee
Circle of 6
Cogmed
CogniFit
Cognitive Diary CBT Self-Help
Cognitive Enhancement Therapy
Constant Therapy
COGPACK
Control Alcohol (iTunes/Android)
DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach
DBT Self Help
Depression CBT Self-Help Guide
Eating D
eCBT
eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker
Emotions and Feelings - AutismFeelings Book
Fit Brains
Focus Trainer
Guardly
Happy Habits: Choose Happiness
HAPPYneuron
HELP Prevent Suicide (iTunes/Android)
iCBT
iCounselor
iMoodJournal
ImQuit – Quit Addiction
iPromises
iStress
Just-in-Case
Kissy Project
Life Mood
LifeLine Response
Live Happy
Lumosity
Mobicip Safe Browser with Parental Control
Mood and Anxiety Diary
Mood Panda
Mood Tracker
Mood Tracking Journal and Diary
Mood Watch
MoodGYM
MoodKit
Moodlytics
MoodMaster Anti-Depression App
Moody Me
MyBrainSolutions
MindShift
My Mood Tracker
MyThoughts
OneHealth Meeting Finder
OnWatch (iTunes/Android)
Operation Reach Out (iTunes/Android)
Optimism
Overcoming Social Anxiety
Panic Aid
Project Toe
PSSCogRehab
PTSD Coach
QPR Suicide Crisis Support
Recovery Box
Recovery Record
Rise Up + Recover
Sad Scale
SAFE Alternatives
Safe Helpline
Safety App
Safety Plan
SAM – Self Help for Anxiety Management
SAS – Social Anxiety Support
Scientific Brain Training Pro
Self-Esteem Blackboard
Self Help Classics
Sobriety Counter
Stop Panic & Anxiety Self Help
Stop Drinking (iTunes/Android)
STOP!T
StopSelfHarm
Suicide Lifeguard
T2 Mood Tracker
Take Control
Teen Hotlines
The Now
This Way Up
Thought Diary
Watch Over Me – Personal Safety App
Way of Life
WhatsMyM3
Wingman Project
Worry Box- Anxiety Self Help

recoveryisbeautiful:

Even though some of the links go directly to the iTunes or Android store, still double check them because most of them are available of both platforms as well as others :)

(via talix18)


Apr 28
pajarosymunecas:

amandaonwriting:

Bookshelves

In love. How can I do this on a budget? Having bedroom decorating fantasies for when I move to Virginia…

pajarosymunecas:

amandaonwriting:

Bookshelves

In love. How can I do this on a budget? Having bedroom decorating fantasies for when I move to Virginia…


Apr 13
pajarosymunecas:

I hadn’t read a book like this in a long time. One of those swallow you up whole and spit you back out, fish bones and all, kind of book. It reminded me of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild in that they both conjure up strange memories of heartache and water, but really Ward has crafted a jewel separate from them all. This book is beautiful and raw, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. 

pajarosymunecas:

I hadn’t read a book like this in a long time. One of those swallow you up whole and spit you back out, fish bones and all, kind of book. It reminded me of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild in that they both conjure up strange memories of heartache and water, but really Ward has crafted a jewel separate from them all. This book is beautiful and raw, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. 


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