izzykarkoff:

diy:

How to grow an avocado tree from an avocado pit.  For more gardening tips and tricks, check out the Gardener skill.

Well…

izzykarkoff:

diy:

How to grow an avocado tree from an avocado pit.  For more gardening tips and tricks, check out the Gardener skill.

Well…

diy

New Internet speed record blows away Google Fiber

Bento - Learn how to code

This is pretty cool — looks like they compile a collection of tutorials and activities from other sources like codeacademy and various “learn to code” websites. Then they order them according to what knowledge you need to have to do them well. 

ilovecharts:

The US Geological Survey published a global geologic map of Mars this month, based on an unprecedented variety, quality, and quantity of remotely sensed data.
Click through for a larger image. The source is here, with a legend here.

ilovecharts:

The US Geological Survey published a global geologic map of Mars this month, based on an unprecedented variety, quality, and quantity of remotely sensed data.

Click through for a larger image. The source is here, with a legend here.

xysciences:

How a key works.



I could watch this a million times

xysciences:

How a key works.

I could watch this a million times

You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.
Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison (via fuckyeahliteraryquotes)
All the hardest, coldest people you meet were once as soft as water. And that’s the tragedy of living.
Iain Thomas, I Wrote This For You (via hefuckin)

Video: Easily Encrypt Your Email

thetechgets:

Microsoft says strong passwords alone won’t help you stay secure

You know all the time and trouble you put into making and memorizing unique strong passwords for every website you visit? Well, Microsoft says a lot of that was likely misspent energy

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thetechgets:

Microsoft says strong passwords alone won’t help you stay secure

You know all the time and trouble you put into making and memorizing unique strong passwords for every website you visit? Well, Microsoft says a lot of that was likely misspent energy

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What The World Needs Now Is A New Enlightenment

Oh, What a World

The other morning, while driving a route I’ve taken so many times over the past two months, between the Garden State and the mountains of upstate New York, I was listening to the radio, as I do, and I heard a song. 

It was TLC. Remember TLC? Remember: Ain’t too proud to beg?

If you don’t, that’s okay. It’s just a reminder that you’re newer to this planet. Or maybe you’ve been on this planet a lot longer and bypassed that cultural moment. Or maybe you’re from another part of this planet where TLC means and meant nothing. 

For me it was a glimpse on the past. 

Everyone dotes on the past. Recalls it. Pines philosophically about the way things change. About how different we are from the people we were, or how we’re essentially the same. And if you’re like me, these windows onto the past make you think about the future. 

Take this moment on Earth today. Freeze it. Look at it. As you examine each interaction, each emotion, each death, each birth, each betrayal, each joy, each insecurity, each decision made, each decision in the making, you see the entirety of who and what we are as a whole. In it you can spot the evidence of the trajectory we’ve followed to get to this moment, and when you’re this far out, looking at this planet and all its life together, you can even begin to make out where it is we’re headed. 

Jump ahead a hundred years. Or a thousand. Freeze the planet, like you’re doing right now. Take a look. Who are the major players? What are the values that drive decisions? Are humans better off or worse? Animals? The natural environment? What will we know about our place in the universe that we don’t today? It will be a changed world, one that we won’t recognize if we suddenly woke up in it one morning, just as people from a hundred years ago or a thousand wouldn’t recognize our own if they woke up today. 

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can look up at the night sky uninterrupted and begin to feel just how small you are in the grand scale of the universe. We think we’re big because we surround ourselves with a material life that doesn’t make us feel small. We think we’re important because our minds are only filled with our own thoughts and not the thoughts of others. Your happiness is all encompassing when you feel it. Your problems, your anxieties, your stress: they’re bigger than life when they happen to you. It feels like they’re the only things that exist.

But you can remind yourself how small you are. How your thoughts and actions are part of a bigger network of people and other beings you interact with daily that also feel as though their thoughts and actions are the most important. You can remind yourself of this truth even as you take part in the truth of your own subjective experience. 

It’s harder to remind yourself that the time you have on this earth is but a blip in the story of the universe. That frozen in each moment on this planet, is a hidden record of how it came to pass and where its headed. That one day someone like you or me will hear a song play from a time long ago or see a video of men wearing lengths of fabric tied around and hanging from their collared necks and wonder at the time that’s passed since those days.

When our descendants look back at the evidence of the world we live in, will they think of us like we remember the greeks or the arabs or the chinese: when civilization experienced the birth of inquiry and art and beauty and the individual? Will they think of us like we remember the age of empires, when states sought to conquer, to grow rich, and exercise power? Our “now”, which seems everything to us, will merely be a speck in the long run-up of history. Today our future is a vast unknown, but one day that story, like all stories, will be written in stone. The question is: do we really have any control over how it’s written?

gjmueller:

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

Over the last 13 years of teaching English, I’ve developed a system of folders for work, held regular quarterly conferences with every student, and instituted cover letters in which students introduce, explain, and critique their writing at the end of the year. I also teach California State University’s Expository Reading and Writing Course, a curriculum for high school seniors that encourages teachers to coach writing and students to write for real audiences. After the course, students report growth in their writing — new confidence, success in their next-year college classes, higher EPT scores, and perhaps most importantly, ownership of their writing. Scholarship from the 1980s to the present supports my own findings and reiterates that portfolios and writing conferences can sometimes be very successful. 
But I wish the research would point to these systems as consistent and universal means of student growth. It does not. 

image via flickr:CC | Brande Jackson

gjmueller:

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

Over the last 13 years of teaching English, I’ve developed a system of folders for work, held regular quarterly conferences with every student, and instituted cover letters in which students introduce, explain, and critique their writing at the end of the year. I also teach California State University’s Expository Reading and Writing Course, a curriculum for high school seniors that encourages teachers to coach writing and students to write for real audiences. After the course, students report growth in their writing — new confidence, success in their next-year college classes, higher EPT scores, and perhaps most importantly, ownership of their writing. Scholarship from the 1980s to the present supports my own findings and reiterates that portfolios and writing conferences can sometimes be very successful.

But I wish the research would point to these systems as consistent and universal means of student growth. It does not.

image via flickr:CC | Brande Jackson

Headed out to sand island for the afternoon.

Headed out to sand island for the afternoon.