So let’s talk about your new favorite website and app, Duolingo.
I haven’t seen anyone on my dash talking about this and that’s a fucking crying shame because Duolingo is the shit. You can use Duolingo to learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese. Even…
Speaking as someone who tried Duolingo, I’m not here to hate on the program, but I kind of wanted to speak up and say that this is not for everyone. For people who learn better in a very structured, linear way (like me) it’s extremely difficult and frustrating to be asked to memorize tenses and conjugations without a full set. The program asks you to memorize nouns at random, which is reasonably standard, but does the same with verbs and pronouns. It doesn’t provide you with a straight-up list of conjugations for a given verb, even just as a reference, and on occasion it doesn’t actually give you the gender of a noun. For me this was all very difficult because I had no way of comparing the various conjugations of a verb and sorting out for myself which was which.
This may be a great way of learning for a lot of people. And it’s free, so it’s not like you miss anything by downloading it and trying it out. But if you end up as frustrated and annoyed as I did, please don’t beat yourself up for not being able to work well with a program that is designed for one very specific and not terribly cohesive learning style. By the time I removed it from my phone (and then unsubscribed from the email) I was irrationally angry about it, and I want people to know that failing to learn using Duolingo is not a personal, isolated failure.
Conversational learning is not for me. At one point I realized I should work out a conjugation table based on the examples it was throwing at me, but then I realized that I might as well look out for some cheap, vintage German textbook instead.
It’s not “bacon,” it’s a pig.
It’s not “veal,” it’s a calf.
It’s not “steak,” it’s a cow.
It’s not “meat,” it’s an animal…
its not “fruit”, its dividing cells that accumulate fructose…
it’s not delivery. it’s digiorno.
It’s not a scene, it’s a god damn arms race
It’s not “levioSA”, it’s “leviOsa”
Maybe it’s Maybelline
Endless list of things that should have been in the movies
↳ Half-Blood Prince, p 137
A teenage boy with a pale, pointy face and white-blond hair appeared from behind the rack wearing a handsome set of dark green robes that glittered with pins around the hem and the edges of the sleeves. He strode to the mirror and examined himself; it was a few moments before he noticed Harry, Ron and Hermione reflected over his shoulder.
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Reid Wiseman is a national treasure.
"You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to— especially since you’re probably really frigging busy, but a sketch of human Rocky would be nice. It doesn’t have to be glamorous; I’ll love it anyway even if it looks like a clustershuck of spaghetti noodles. I just got my test results and I could seriously use some of Rocky’s chipper mood."
If you’ve been keeping up with what the media is saying about Darren Wilson, you may have read this article that claims he suffered a blowout fracture: a fracture of one or more bones surrounding the eye. Here is a screencap from the article of “Darren Wilson’s” CT scan. Also known as “lol_bc_not_darren_wilson.jpg”
When the article later stated that “police sources” said 12 witnesses had taken Wilson’s side, I was incredible skeptical, obviously.
[I also want to mention that this article is using pictures of the convenience store where the owner’s lawyer blatantly stated that Mike Brown did not steal anything.]
This article lists the side effects of an orbital blowout fracture. It also posts a video taken by Piaget Crenshaw, a woman who lives on the street where Mike Brown was killed. The video shows Darren Wilson standing around Mike’s body soon after his murder, showing no signs of pain; and you see the officer he’s reporting to acting like Wilson hasn’t been injured at all. That isn’t very likely for someone who would have visible signs of trauma.
The second article also shows “Darren’s” CT scan, and one that looks exactly like it, but: in the corner it says UNIV OF IOWA ETC-TC. Just to check up on this, I looked up the words “university of iowa blowout fracture” and set Google to where it would show posts from before this year, guess what.
On uiowa.edu, this CT scan was on a page made in 2008. [It’s about all kinds of eye trauma.] Here’s a screencap with the url in it so you can see what I’m talking about, if you don’t want to scroll through a page with graphic injuries.
I don’t know why they thought they could get away with this at all, oh my god. The article that says Darren Wilson was injured is a complete fallacy, and the police released this information to make Mike Brown seem like a “thug.”
(“There’s no more racism in America! We have a black President!”)
Now listen to me. If an article does not post credible sources (“two local St. Louis sources” does not count at all) or only goes off what the police is saying: double, triple, quadruple check it before you share the information, just to cause less hysteria for everyone trying to stay updated on these horrific events.