I got started too late, so I got less done than I would’ve liked, but all the totes I wanted to bring down are properly packed. The majority of what’s left to do is book or clothing related. I’d like to get at least most of that done tonight so I can relax tomorrow, since mom’s coming over the early afternoon, and I have to at least dust/sweep/mop the room so our other friend can store his stuff in it.

If I don’t get a chance to talk to some of you online before I leave, have a good few weeks! Hopefully we’ll have internet by September 6th or 7th.

archiemcphee:

Today we join the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders in astonishment at the golden mesh marvel that is the cocoon of the Urodidae moth. Also known as “false burnet moths,” these small to medium sized moths spend their pupal stage in unusual and incredibly beautiful open-mesh cocoons, which are sometimes suspended on a very long thread below a leaf.

"This type of cocoon is known as a "open-network cocoon" and is unlike other cocoons in that it doesn’t completely enclose the pupa in silk. Instead, it only partially surrounds it, likely enabling better airflow to control for humidity and may help prevent fungi from growing on, and eventually killing, the pupa. This cocoon very likely belongs to a moth in the family Urodidae, which is known for making this type of lattice-structured cocoon surrounding its pupa."

Click here to watch a video about these amazing structures.

Photos by Jeff Cremer, click here to view more.

[via Reddit, formakers and Smarter Every Day]

pyra-mugetsu:

tg-i:

officialkia:

pennameverity:

This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more. 
But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.

I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for? 
It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.
Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.

Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson. 
The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.

And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!
Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.
Okay, what else?
Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.
Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.
You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.
And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE. 
If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!

Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.

My dad uses this, and he loves it! He’s been multilingual for a long time (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) and he says it’s taught him things that even he didn’t know. I might be using it for my german soon too, ‘cus I’m definitely rusty on that. Harumph

I’ve used this to brush up on my German.  Duolingo is pretty darn amazing.  There’s even a nifty smart phone app you can get for too.
I found Duolingo better and easier to use than Rosetta Stone.  And it’s free! :O

pyra-mugetsu:

tg-i:

officialkia:

pennameverity:

This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more. 

But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.

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I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for? 

It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.

Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.

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Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson. 

The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.

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And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!

Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.

Okay, what else?

Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.

Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.

You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.

And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE. 

If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!

Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.

My dad uses this, and he loves it! He’s been multilingual for a long time (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) and he says it’s taught him things that even he didn’t know. I might be using it for my german soon too, ‘cus I’m definitely rusty on that. Harumph

I’ve used this to brush up on my German.  Duolingo is pretty darn amazing.  There’s even a nifty smart phone app you can get for too.

I found Duolingo better and easier to use than Rosetta Stone.  And it’s free! :O

loish:

my latest illustration! an ode to my troubled love/hate relationship with clutter.

loish:

my latest illustration! an ode to my troubled love/hate relationship with clutter.

Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better
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hufflepoofed:

cutedeadgxrl:

I didn’t know I was lonely ‘til I saw your face. 

Timeline of a tragedy: The Michael Brown story so far

shortformblog:

msnbc:

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Violence continues to erupt in Ferguson, Mo., more than a week after the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by policeman Darren Wilson. The 18-year-old’s family demands justice be brought to their son with the arrest of the six-year veteran officer. Protesters have clashed with authorities as control over security shifted from local police to St. Louis County officers to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Gov. Jay Nixon has since called in the Missouri National Guard. And the Brown family continues to prepare for the teenager’s funeral arrangements amid completion of three separate autopsies.

http://on.msnbc.com/1vepKqA

Great timeline.

That said, my parents are picking me up tomorrow or the next day, and I won’t be headed to Boston until Sept 5th, so unless I visit the public library/someplace else with internet, there’ll be radio silence from me until I get down there. (We probably won’t have wifi in the new place for at least a few days, either.)

But I’ll have my queue going, and will try to check my messages when I can. :)

Tbh logically I know that organizing my stuff and packing it up shouldn’t take more than the afternoon at most, and I have two or three loads of laundry max, but making myself get out of bed to do anything is hard today??? What the heck.

vastderp:

Re-reading my comic and feeling super proud of this scene in particular.

(btw the nick is totally taking a piss in the last panel)

artrubzow:

If you cant attend life drawing sessions. This is the best thing for you

Let me show you something I recently found : Croquis Cafe!

You get to see models of different colors and shapes in a life drawing setting. They move and breath while posing (breathing like in real life :O) ambient music is playing in the background and you have 1, 2  and 5 minute sessions. I find it very helpful , you should try it.

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arler:

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.
This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:
Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

http://www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson

arler:

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.

This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:

Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

http://www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson

qnq:

kyuenkyu:

This site has some cool arm anatomy, especially about how it changes as it twists, which is often neglected in ref!

Main account reblog if you didn’t see this fun thing *v *

qnq:

kyuenkyu:

This site has some cool arm anatomy, especially about how it changes as it twists, which is often neglected in ref!

Main account reblog if you didn’t see this fun thing *v *

real-madecima:

heyfunniest:

random-and-interesting:

Introducing, Dodocool Lightning Cable

Dodocool - $9.97

Apple - $19.00

IT’S CHEAPER TOO GUYS 

NO MORE BROKEN LIGHTNING CABLE FOR ME YESS

What about MacBook chargers

Also I watched the beginning of Tales of Xilia 2 at future!Roomie’s, and it got me interested, so I’m watching a playthrough of the first one- and JUDE IS SO CUTE!!!? oh my god, tiny sweet, clueless kid who fights with his FISTS I’m gonna cry?

So I had this dream the other night that I fell into a random high school classmate while holding a knife, and he got hurt?? So they were sent to the hospital and I was trying to get a ride there to donate blood to help, because I got a call saying it was urgent (and even my dream-self knew that I didn’t know my blood type ;;; ). I ran into this tiny store that was in a lot that’s empty in reality, right next to where my parents live, and the owner told me they could help.

And then the store started zooming along like it was a car, down the road? The owner said they’re help the classmate out, since he was important in some way- the price was that I’d have to work at the store and for the company in a magic-related way, I guess. 

I had a Xxxholic dream, what the heck.