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George Takei Calls Out Anti-Gay Arkansas School Board Member

The way he says ‘douchebag‘ is excellent.

[image] Chinese: A story where every syllable is pronounced /shi/

[article: sex education]Wake up and smell the condoms

The ability to control one’s sexuality and make informed, responsible decisions about one’s sexual health is a basic human right. The Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, France and Germany protect this right by providing comprehensive sex education in their schools and implementing public programs to promote sexual health. Abstinence-only education in the United States denies American youth the right to sexual autonomy and prevents them from developing healthy sexual identities. Youth in the United States are far less sexually healthy than youth in these other countries. This paper will examine sex education policies and sexual health agendas in each of these countries and look to them for inspiration in proposing a new sex education and public health agenda for the United States.

[blog with lots of illustrations]Abstract City


I like coffee so much that I have tea for breakfast: The first cup of the day in particular is so good that I’m afraid I won’t be able to properly appreciate it when I am half-asleep. Therefore, I celebrate it two hours later when I am fully conscious.


[image] On religion and those who profit from it

Disclaimer: I’m not saying religion is bad. Just pointing that out.

[news article] Paris baby ‘survives six-storey fall unharmed’

French media are describing as a “miracle” the unscathed survival of an 18-month-old infant who fell from a sixth-floor apartment.

The boy was left unattended by his parents when he somehow fell, then bounced off the awning of a cafe below.

He had a further stroke of luck when a passing doctor saw him fall and caught him before he hit the ground, witnesses were quoted as saying.

LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy on being a Pathetic Failure (and how he stopped being one)

Tim Minchin – If I Didn’t Have You

[wallpaper] The 493 – Pokemon wallpapers (Kanto – Sinnoh)

[image] To all non pet owners

[web-app-ish] | Create your own vampire story

Based off the book Dracula.

Family Guy: British Porn

[image] Reddit: This actually made my day.

The 8pen – a keyboard for touch-based phones

[article] Think you know how to study? Think again.

Here’s a list of Carey’s tips for getting the most out of your study time:

Test yourself: Doing practice quizzes can help you retrieve information on test day. “Tests have a very bad rap as a measurement tool,” Carey says.  But psychologists have found self-tests slow down the forgetting of material you’ve studied. “If you study something once, and then you test yourself on it,” Carey says, “you do better than if you study it two times over.”

Move around: Changing up where you study can help you retain more information. “If you move around and study the same material in several places,” he says, “you may be forming … multiple associations for the same material, the same words and so on.  So it’s better anchored in your brain, and you can pull it out easier.”

Mix it up: Think about a football player who does strength training, speed training and drills. Carey says alternating between different facets of a subject in a single sitting can “leave a deeper impression on the brain.” For example, when studying French, do some verbs, some speaking and some reading. Spending your time in deep concentration on just verbs, say, isn’t as effective.

Space it out: Information learned in a hurry is lost just as fast. Carey likens cramming your brain to speed-packing a cheap suitcase — it all falls out. So if you really want to learn, space out shorter, hourlong study sessions. “There’s no doubt you can cram your way through an exam,” Carey says. The problem is that it’s so easy to forget what you just crammed — and once it’s gone, Carey says, “It’s gone. You’re not getting it back.”