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04 Jan 19:09

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Fic idea I was struck with the other day and keep thinking about: a Vulcan adopts a cat.

Still thinking about this, even though I’m not writing the fic!

This Vulcan, I’m calling her T’Pen, goes to a shelter and gets a cat, and the shelter employees are like, a bit weirded out? But obviously they’re going to give her a cat, I mean, she’s a Vulcan, she’s Super Responsible, she takes all the pamphlets and listens attentively to all the advice the shelter employees give her, even though it is obvious she researched a lot on her own.

Then T’Pen asks the shelter folks what she should name the cat and runs into That Thing Humans Do Where They Confound a Vulcan With Their Weird Ways

Shelter Employee 1: oh, you can name a cat anything! That’s what’s great! People names, common nouns, whole phrases.

Shelter Employee 2: yeah, nothing sounds weird on a cat. Everything from Chad to Cupboard is fair game.

SE 1: yeah, I mean, you can’t call a dog Chad, that would be weird

SE 2: I wouldn’t fuckin’ trust anyone who named their dog Chad

SE 1: oh word


T’Pen: ….fascinating.

Later, in the interest of furthering her anthropological study of Earth, T’Pen has a houseparty and she invites her coworkers, many of whom are human, but others which are aliens, and are fascinated by T’Pen’s cat

Vulcan Co-worker: T’Pen, what have you named this small Earth feline?

T’Pen: I have named him Marmalade.

Vucan co-worker: Is that not the name of a type of Terran fruit preserve? I do not understand the logic behind this choice.

T’Pen: the logic is self-evident to a human.

Human Co-worker: T’Pen, omg, you have a cat! What’s his name?

T’Pen: thank you for your inquiry. His name is Marmalade

Human Co-worker: oooh! yeah, that makes sense, because he’s orange and sweet! lmao, great name

Vulcan Co-worker: …

Vulcan Co-worker: ….fascinating

Human: So, how’s Marmalade?

T’Pen: He has the peculiar habit of walking on my workstation.

Human: Aggravating, isn’t it?

T’Pen: We Vulcans do not feel human emotions. However, I would prefer it if Marmalade stayed off my workstation, particularly when I am working.

Human: Get a box.

T’Pen: Murdering Marmalade seems an overreaction.

Human: No, you need a box with interior dimensions approximately the same as Marmalade’s body, and set it on the floor next to your workstation. Marmalade will sit in the box.

T’Pen: Why do you believe that this will work for Marmalade?

Human: We don’t know. It’s just something cats do. If he fits, he sits.

T’Pen: … Fascinating.

Vulcan Commander: T’Pen, you are posting videos of your cat. Explain.

T’pen: My colleagues are amused and entertained by Marmalade’s interactions with his environment. I am amused and entertained by their reactions as reflected in the comments.

Vulcan Commander (reading): “U haz done me a startle”?

T’Pen: Some of them like to verbalize what they believe are Marmalade’s thought processes. He is a cat, so they imagine that he does not grasp human spelling and grammar.

Vulcan Commander: … Fascinating. As you were. (signs off)

T’Pen (returning to her meal): Now I can haz lunch.

I need more people to write more bits of this.

The Vulcans going “…Fascinating” is hilarious for some reason.

It’s hilarious because it’s the closest they can get to saying “what the fuck”.

04 Jan 19:07


24 Dec 20:11

This Rotating Circles Illusion is the Best We’ve Seen in Recent Memory

by twistedsifter


This is one of the coolest optical illusions I’ve stumbled upon in recent memory, it just works so well! As you follow the arrows the circles appear to move in the same direction. They also appear to expand and contract in size, but of course it’s all an optical illusion and the circles never move or change size.

If you don’t believe it, try blinking really fast while staring at the image and you will see the circles never move or change in size. Awesome!!!


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03 Dec 19:44

The (Not Failing) New York Times

by MSD
Al Navarro

Very interesting reading!

21 Mar 18:35

A Sixty-Second Way to Feel Good

by Joanna Goddard

Julie Houts comic

Do you follow illustrator Julie Houts on Instagram? She made this amazing series to help everyone quell their anxiety for a moment. Take a deep breath and play along…

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How great is that?… Read more

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16 Mar 21:35

How Coronaviruses Spread [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy

A fantastic comic by artist Weiman Kow explaining how coronaviruses, including COVID-19, spread and how we can prevent community spread through simple everyday actions.

[Source: Weiman Kow Art | Weiman Kow Art on Facebook | Weiman Kow Art on Instagram | Weiman Kow Art on Twitter]

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14 Jan 17:44

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Time Machine


Click here to go see the bonus panel!

In the new future, everyone is awful, but we're all DINOSAURS.

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13 Jan 14:31

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Concept: The Art of War, released as a coffee table book with the title in a friendly ‘live laugh love’ font across the front and and some appealing, inoffensively artsy cover design. Military strategy for stay-at-home moms.

08 Dec 05:16

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Evolution

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Bwahaha! natural selection joy

Click here to go see the bonus panel!

Laugh all you want, but that moth is gonna have total choice of mates.

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08 Nov 13:20

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Happy Birthday Carrie Fisher!
[B. October 21st, 1956-∞]

“When I love, I love for miles and miles. A love so big it should either be outlawed or it should have a capital and its own currency.” - Carrie Fisher

Happy birthday, Space Mom.

07 Nov 13:45

Loving Technology

Al Navarro

Yuck! but, so true...

Make sure to check out my latest project: But can you do this - THE SONG

Bonus Panel:

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More technology-related comics:

Update And Restart

Windows Update

Unsaved Work

Slow Laptop

Daily Exercise

Loving Technology <- You are here!

Electric Scooter vs Regular Scooter

04 Nov 17:43

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The white tears in the notes are… WOW. You’d think I’d be used to it by now but I am always boggled by the intensity of white fragility.

23 Oct 16:07

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Watch: Leslie Jones gave a touching tribute to Whoopi Goldberg about why representation matters

Gifs: The View

Just beautiful <3 @lemonade-time

oh my god. Imagine being Whoopi and hearing that though.

Well, when I was nine years old Star Trek came on,“ Goldberg says. “I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, ‘Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t no maid!’ I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be.” - See more at:

That’s three generations. Nichelle Nichols to Whoopi Goldberg to Leslie Jones.

Originally posted by geekandsundry

Representation fucking matters.



God, I was hoping someone was going to tell the Nichelle inspiring Whoopi part of the story. It is literally why she did Next Gen.

Add The Next Generation to things that Whoopi Goldberg made possible. We were going to be cancelled at the end of our first season, but Whoopi Goldberg (who was the biggest star on the planet at the time) went to the heads at Paramount and told them she wanted to be on Star Trek. So they gave us another season, specifically for her.

I think about all the people who saw themselves represented on TNG over the years, and all the kids who are now scientists and engineers who were inspired by the show, and I hope that Whoopi Goldberg always gets the credit she deserves for making it possible for TNG to grow the beard.

07 Oct 13:07

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Student: I can’t find any scholarly articles on this subject!

Me: Okay, what’s the subject?

Student: Creating a culture of sharing in west-coast technological companies.

Me: Alright, and what/where have you tried searching?

Student: I searched “creating a culture of sharing in west-coast technological companies” on the library website!


I’m still mad about this because it happens frequently. Students at all levels of education need library and research instruction–they should get it before graduating high school, they should be getting it in several different classes in college, and there should be something in grad school–seriously, there are people in my master’s program who don’t know anything besides Google.

And don’t say “they should have learned in [previous level of university education].” Do you think every person continues education within a few years of their first degree? THEY DON’T. Even if they did get a then-good introduction to research, you think nothing changed between 2008 and 2018? How about the doctoral student I met today whose last degree–and last experience with academic libraries–was in 1996? How about the guy in my master’s cohort who got his bachelor’s degree in 1987?

Because look. See that very specific topic the student wanted? There may or may not be actual scholarly articles about it. But here are a few things you can do:

  • First, zoom out. Start broad. Pick a few phrases or keywords, like “tech companies” and “culture.” See what comes up.
    • Actually, back up. First, does your library’s website search include articles, or do you have to go into a database? My library’s website searches some of our 200+ databases, but not all. And you’ll need to find (in advance search or adjustable limiters that pop up after your initial search) how to limit your search to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed articles.
  • What other keywords are related or relevant? For the search above, you could use a combination of “silicon valley,” “company/ies” or “organization/s,” “sharing,” “collaborative,” “workplace culture,” “social culture,” “organizational culture,” and those are just the ones I can come up with off the top of my head.
  • Did you find something that looks promising? Great! What kind of subjects/keywords are attached (usually to the abstract, sometimes in the description section of the online listing)? Those can give you more ideas of what to search. Does it cite any articles? Look at those! Some databases (ilu ProQuest) will also show you a selection of related/similar articles.
  • If you’re researching a very specific topic, you may not find any/many articles specifically about your subject. You may, for example, have to make do with some articles about west-coast tech companies’ work cultures, and different articles about creating sharing/collaborative environments.

That said, this student did the right thing: they tried what they knew to do, and then reached out for help.

They tried what they knew to do, and then reached out for help.

I get goddamn professors pulling this shit, there is not one single level in the academy where research literacy isn’t lacking.  

Also: Everyone has forgotten how to browse the stacks. As in, find a book that’s relevant, go to the stacks, then look at what’s near it on the shelf. You will find stuff that way that would never turn up on a search. It really works and can be a useful supplement to electronic research even though it involves your corporeal form and books made out of paper. 

my law school requires a legal research class. you take it as a 1L, and it’s mandatory. you are signed up for it automatically along with all your other 1L courses. it’s a wise thing to do, because you’re fucked as a lawyer if you don’t know to find, you know, the law.

I have a library and information science degree, which I often refer to as a degree in google, and I’m only being a little facetious with that. I often impress people with my ability to find things online, but it’s only because I’ve taken so many classes in research methods that I know how to phrase a search well. It’s so important, not just in school! 

Goddammit there is so much information and so many way to access it that it burns my biscuits when we don’t give students the tools they need to succeed at this. Hell yeah all y’all above!

And here’s what I’ve got to add:  

Ask a Librarian

Seriously guys librarians are here to help. We would love to help you find the right resource for your particular informational need and we’ve been trained to do so as efficiently and effectively as possible. Nowadays you don’t even have to go to the library in person as many libraries offer online chat services as well as the option to contact via email. Further, and I think very importantly we are dedicated to our patrons rights to privacy. To quote the American Library Association the “rights of privacy are necessary for intellectual freedom and are fundamental to the ethics and practice of librarianship.”  

Search the Stacks

This is one of my favorite ways  to immerse myself in an area of study. While a good subject or keyword search will lead you to some good results sometimes is just as fruitful to go the library and plunk yourself down in section and browse all the books in a topic area. Libraries will label the (book)stacks based on whichever classification system they use and you can use the links below to figure out which area of the stacks you’ll want to look through.

Dewey: used in public libraries

LOC /Library of Congress: classification system used in university libraries

Online Books

Some websites like gutenberg project are dedicated to making public domain books accessible to the public. Using the search term public domain books is a good way to go about looking for more sources of them. Open sourced is another good term to use when trying to find freely accessible books online and that’s not just limited to fiction books but textbooks are also offered by various sites.

Project Gutenberg is an online archive of tens of thousands of  books that have enter the public domain that can be freely accessed.

Openstax is one website that provides access to Higher Ed and AP open sourced textbooks.

Libguides and Pathfinders

As stated above librarians are in the business of connecting people to resources. If we can’t do so in person then we also do so by creating guides that can be found and used when we aren’t around. These guides are filled with search terms, books, articles, reviews, lists, links, and anything else we think would be helpful for patrons trying to explore a particular topic area. 

Pathfinder is a particular term used for these guides. Libguides is a particular platform which to host these guides. Using either word at the end of your search terms online will bring up guides that have been created in that particular subject area. Or you can explore libguides directly with your search terms to find what guides librarians across the country have created.

Note: Using pathfinder in your search terms may pull up resources about Paizo Publishing’s same titled tabletop RPG series and while dragons are cool you can modify your search to library pathfinder to exclude these resources.

Other than using a search engine or libguides directly I find a great many pathfinders on university library sites. Usually what I do is find a university’s library webpage, find their pathfinder/research guides/guides section, and then browse through their lists of guides. These are generally organized by field of study so just pick the one you are interested in and look through the resources they have listed.

Some of the resources will be accessible for anyone while some might be locked for students of the particular university.  If the article, book, or resource is locked by a school portal you can either search for it online outside of the university portal or you can go to your own university/public library to see if they have access to the resource there. Even if they don’t have it currently in their collection libraries are often connected with other branches and may be able to request an interlibrary loan of what you need.

Online Reference Resources

Sometimes the problem isn’t finding information but finding good information. Below are two sites that I use regularly to help me with this issue when searching online for resources.

The Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association gives a list of the best free reference sites on the internet

The Ipl2 is a good authoritative source to find general information on a variety of topics. Even though the website is no longer updating there are still a plethora of subject guides that can be explored.

Open Sourced Journals and Articles

Just as there are open sourced books and textbooks so too are there open sourced journals and articles available. Again  you can add the term open sourced when searching for these resources.

DOAJ is the Directory of Open Access Journals and you can search through here to find both articles and journals freely available to access.

Journal Article Tips

Finally whenever I’m searching through journal articles there are a few things I always like to keep in mind.

Build context. Once you find an article that is relevant to your search you can do this by exploring the citations. Both those that the article you are using references in its bibliography and those that reference the article itself. 

Every database is going to do this differently but generally with a few clicks you can find out who has cited an article that you have read. If nothing else try popping the title of your article into google scholar and you’ll see a blue ‘Cited by’ below the description. Also in some cases you can click on the author directly in a database to see what else they have written in the subject. Totally ask your librarian for help navigating the particular database you are using again they will be stoked to do so. 

Building this context of literature by finding and reading these extra articles is important to building a critical understanding of your topic and will allow you to build the best possible defense of your arguments. This will also allow you to see if the article you’ve initially selected is in itself a viable position or if it is an outlier of its field.

If you can try and find reviews of literature articles and special issue/special topic editions of journals. These are your best friends in the resource world as these types of articles and journals compile a great deal of information on particular topic in a tiny space. They are immensely helpful in building context in an area of thought and useful to finding out what to read further to be informed in an area of study. Add those words to your search terms to see if you can get some useful resources.


We should be taught this in MIDDLE SCHOOL.

This is a more important skill than being able to WRITE COHERENTLY.

This is not just a writing or academic skill, this is a CITIZENSHIP SKILL.

Did…did they take this out of school? When I was in middle school we were taken By Class to the school library and the librarian gave a lecture on how to us the library and it’s resources. Of course, at the time all they had was the card catalogue, but we were taught how to read the cards. We were taught the dewey decimal system and how to search the stacks. Then the teacher gave us an assignment that made us go to the public library and use the knowledge we were given. I don’t remember if I was taught to look through journals then or if that came later, but I eventually learned it. Either way, I was taught that way back in the 80s…


Gods…we are failing kids so fucking hard in this fucking country…

04 Oct 13:53

The 5 Best Free Online Dog Training Courses to Teach Your Pup New Tricks

by Emma Roth

You just adopted a new dog, but you don’t know how to go about training it. Maybe you even considered hiring a dog trainer for your unruly pup. Fortunately, you don’t have to turn to a professional to do the training when you can do it yourself.

If you have no idea where to begin, that’s okay. These free online dog training courses will help you teach your dog some new tricks without breaking the bank.

1. Leerburg University’s How We Manage Dogs in Our Home

Leerburg University Free Online Dog Training Course

Leerburg University is an online school dedicated to dog training. While most of its courses cost money, it offers one class for beginners: “How We Manage Dogs in Our Home.”

The course is taught by Ed Frawley, owner of Leerburg University. He’s a seasoned dog trainer with decades of experience. In other words, you can expect to learn a lot from his lectures.

The course centers around the best ways to integrate a puppy into your household. When you first bring a dog into your home, you’ll almost always encounter behavior problems. Whether your puppy chews shoes, nips, or is out of control on the leash, you can always work with your dog to solve these problems.

Frawley goes over solutions for almost every dog training issue you might come across. It’s broken up into a series of 69 videos for a total of about three hours.

2. Wagfield Academy

Wagfield Academy Free Dog Training Course

Wagfield Academy offers three free courses that you can take advantage of. The goal of the academy is to provide affordable dog training, and that’s exactly what it does. You have to sign up to the site to start taking the courses, but it’s well worth it.

If you have a new puppy, you should begin by taking Puppy 101. Here, you can find information on everything from crate training, house training, leash walking, and much more. Each segment is accompanied by a video, written instructions, as well as helpful hints. You can also take a quiz that tests your knowledge of what you’ve learned.

Once your dog reaches adulthood, you should tune into Wagfield Academy’s course titled The Basics. It starts by helping you teach your dog to listen and ends with the best ways to socialize your dog. If your dog has the bad habit of running away, you might want to think about getting a GPS tracker for your dog, and honing in on teaching it those listening skills. Although some of these segments come with articles only, it’s still a very helpful course.

Wagfield Academy also offers Resue Refresher, which is specifically for untrained dogs you’ve just rescued. However, these courses are identical to the ones in the Puppy 101 course.

3. American Kennel Club (AKC) Training

American Kennel Club Free Dog Training

The AKC is a registry of purebred dog pedigrees and is most known for its extravagant dog shows. Even if you don’t want to show your dog, you can benefit from reading through the Training section on their site.

Most of the content of this section is in the form of in-depth articles. However, you can choose to filter the content by videos only. Just note that there are only a handful of training videos, and most of them have to do with training your dog for shows and agility competitions.

Despite the lack of videos, the AKC still gives you plenty of helpful training advice. Most articles offer detailed instructions on how to handle certain situations with your dog.

For example, the article titled “Alone Time for Dogs: How Much Is Too Much?” informs you of the proper amount of socialization for your dog, and the signs of separation anxiety. Whether your dog is a puppy or an adult, you can find articles suitable for your needs.

4. Blue Cross Dog Advice

Blue Cross Free Dog Training Course Online

The UK’s Blue Cross has an entire section on its website dedicated to dog advice. This section doesn’t only include training tips—it also houses dozens of articles related to dog care, health, pet hacks, and more. It’s a great resource for first-time dog owners, or for anyone struggling to resolve their pet’s behavioral issues.

The Training and games subcategory has the tools you need to train your dog. Each article provides easy-to-follow solutions for common training issues.

You can learn anything from the basics of playing with your dog, toilet training your puppy or adult dog, the best ways to train your puppy, and how to stop your dog from pulling on the leash.

You’ll notice that some articles are also accompanied by videos. These short videos give you a more thorough understanding of what’s written, so make sure you watch them!

5. Puppy Raiser Course for Retrieving Independence

Puppy Raiser Course Free Dog Training

You can find thousands of helpful courses on Udemy, including some that pertain to dog training. This specific course is completely free, and comes with several lectures to help you better understand dogs and training in general.

As you might notice from its title, “Puppy Raiser Course for Retrieving Independence,” the course has been specifically made for a nonprofit organization called Retrieving Independence.

Although the course is meant to help volunteers train and raise service dogs, it’s still beneficial to anyone raising a puppy.

Since you’re not a volunteer in the organization, you can skip the first introductory segment of the course. Start at the segment titled “Understanding Dog Behavior.” Knowing why your dog has certain instinctual habits can help you in the training process.

From there, you can proceed to watch the actual training videos. It addresses everything from common puppy problems to the fundamentals of socialization. The last segment of the course has to do with your dog’s everyday behavior, including feeding and leash manners.

Simple and Cheap Dog Training

After taking all these free dog training courses, you’ll soon become an amateur dog trainer. These courses cover almost everything you need to know about your pup and they provide a solid foundation for you to start the training. Remember that you don’t need to have a puppy in order to start training either—older dogs still have hope!

Since your dog isn’t fully trained yet, you might want to keep an eye on it when you’re not home using one of these pet cameras to monitor your furry friend when you’re away.

Read the full article: The 5 Best Free Online Dog Training Courses to Teach Your Pup New Tricks

16 Sep 15:36

Guy Makes Oversized Novelty Weapons from Old Amazon Boxes

by twistedsifter
Al Navarro

I sure hope he's publishing some instructables... those look seriously cool!

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Japanese artist, the ‘Crafty Transformer‘, has amassed a large online following for his amazing DIY cardboard creations.

Drawing inspiration from popular videos games, anime, and manga, he recreates well-known character gadgets, weapons, and tools. He even provides templates you can download (found in his YouTube video descriptions) along with step-by-step instructions in his videos.

Below we’ve embedded some of his most popular vids along with some gifs, photos and even a fan-made compilation of his awesome work. For more, check out his YouTube page!



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11 Sep 18:52

Empathy Is a Superpower and Other Free Educational Posters by Elise Gravel

by Geeks are Sexy
Al Navarro

What a nice and simple way to make a point, I love it!

Elise Gravel is an amazing artist and a popular author and illustrator here in Quebec. In a new series of free printable illustrations (for educational purposes,) she tackle serious issues such as racism, immigration, and other important concepts that are difficult for kids to understand such as empathy and autism.

My girlfriend and I, and most of our kids, are HUGE fans of her work! Thanks for all the laughs, Elise!

[Elise Gravel | Via Laughing Squid]

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26 Aug 22:40

Young Geeks are the New Cool [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy
Al Navarro

Malditos milenials! joy

16 Aug 14:17

Old Game Worlds

Al Navarro

That's... I've never tought of that... what about fiction? does Hogwarts have WiFi yet?

Ok, how many coins for a cinnamon roll?
09 Aug 15:22

35 cursos online y gratis que puedes comenzar durante este mes de agosto

by Toni Castillo

35 cursos online y gratis que puedes comenzar durante este mes de agosto

Agosto es el mes vacacional por excelencia en muchísimos países. El mes en el que menos gente hay en las oficinas y más en las playas o las montañas. Sin embargo, agosto es también el mes que muchas personas dedican a cultivarse intelectualmente y aprender algo nuevo que emplear —o no— en su vida.

Las clases de universidades y centros de estudios están completamente vacías, no cabe ninguna duda. Pero como decíamos el mes pasado en los 42 cursos que comenzar en julio, el verano es una época perfecta para aprender una nueva habilidad y la formación online no cierra por vacaciones.

Por ello, a continuación te proponemos una amplia variedad de cursos que puedes iniciar este mismo mes de agosto para comenzar el nuevo curso profesional o académico, el próximo mes de septiembre, con nuevos conocimiento que poder aplicar o, sencillamente, algo nuevo e interesante a lo que dar vueltas en nuestra cabeza. Si te animas, sigue leyendo sobre estos cursos online y gratis que puedes comenzar durante este mes de agosto.

Programación, informática e Internet

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  • Programación para todos (empezando con Python): este curso en línea de la University of Michigan es una introducción "sin prerrequisitos", aseguran sus responsables, a la programación en Python. El objetivo es que el alumno aprenda sobre las variables, la ejecución condicional, la ejecución repetida y cómo se usan las funciones.

  • Introducción a la Ingeniería del Software: la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid es la responsable de este curso mediante el cual conocer las distintas fases de desarrollo por las que pasa un proyecto informático, así como las actividades de gestión necesarias para lograr finalizar el proyecto con éxito.

  • Introducción a las tecnologías para la Educación: desde la Universitat Politècnica de València nos proponen esta introducción a las tecnología para educación que pretende enseñar a sacar partido de las nuevas tecnologías a los docentes en su labor, enseñándoles a crear una experiencia de aprendizaje nueva y enriquecedora.

  • Cálculo Diferencial: la Universidad Galileo es la responsable de este curso de cálculo diferencial, una disciplina que, aseguran, marca una diferencia en la formación y capacidad de una persona para utilizar las matemáticas en otras ciencias y la ingeniería.

  • Resolución de problemas por búsqueda: ofrecido por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, este curso trata de la resolución automática de problemas por medio de algoritmos de búsqueda, enseñando al alumno a abstraer un problema como un grafo de estados-acciones y a dimensionar su complejidad por medio de la identificación de parámetros, entre otros aprendizajes.

  • Introducción a la inteligencia artificial: este curso introductorio a la inteligencia artificial de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México se dirige a personas con interés en conocer más sobre los diversos desarrollos que han sido generados en décadas recientes en el área de inteligencia artificial´.

  • Desarrollo de Aplicaciones iOS: este programa especializado del Tecnológico de Monterrey cubre los fundamentos del desarrollo de aplicaciones iOS, incluyendo programación con Swift, conceptos básicos de diseño UI, integración de contenido en iOS y prototipado con la misión de crear un proyecto final a partir de todo lo aprendido.

  • Aprende a programar con Python: la Universidad Austral presenta este curso especializado dirigido a personas que deseen en conocer y aprender sobre la programación con el lenguaje Python a partir de sus conceptos básicos de su versión 3.0.

  • Diseño y Creación de videojuegos: la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona te introduce mediante este programa especializado en la creación y diseño de un videojuego a través de cinco cursos que comprenden desde la idea que da inicio a todo el proceso de creación hasta la implementación del título en sí misma.

  • Diseño de sistemas de información gerencial para intranet con Microsoft Access: la Universidad del Rosario es la responsable de este curso en el que se pretende enseñar a crear bases de datos profesionales y sistemas de información de nivel básico-intermedio para intranet con las que poder tomar decisiones empresariales, mediante trabajos realizados con esta aplicación de Microsoft, sin necesidad de saber lenguaje de programación.

Negocios, empresas y finanzas

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  • Empresa familiar: gestión, dirección y sucesión: ESADE nos presenta un curso en el que se analizarán las complejidades de la empresa familiar y se darán las claves para gestionarlas de forma exitosa gracias a la comprensión de marcos conceptuales, instrumentos de gestión e instrumentos de transformación.

  • Estrategia de marketing: La escuela de negocios IE Business School es la responsable de este curso en el que se enseñan los conceptos y las herramientas que se necesitan para desarrollar con éxito la estrategia de marketing de una empresa, un producto o un servicio, empezando por comprender a los consumidores y las principales técnicas de investigación de mercado.

  • Programa en Desarrollo de nuevas empresas: en este curso de la Universidad de los Andes el objetivo es que los alumnos tengan a su disposición las herramientas para convertir sus ideas emprendedoras en una empresa adquiriendo los conocimientos necesarios y las habilidades imprescindibles para idean y poner en marcha un negocio.

  • Habilidades Gerenciales: dirigido a personas que trabajen en instituciones públicas y/o privadas que ocupan un puesto en mandos medios o superiores que deseen mejorar notablemente su desempeño directivo, este curso de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ofrece la oportunidad de desarrollar las habilidades adecuadas al puesto, aunque cualquier persona que desea desarrollar su potencial y prepararse para ocupar puestos en niveles gerenciales también puede tomarlo, por supuesto.

  • Marketing enfocado en la estrategia de servicios: el consumidor del siglo XXI ha cambiado sus hábitos de consumo y en este curso de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba el alumno descubrirá qué hay detrás de estas tendencias y cómo puede ser capaz de ofrecer nuevas experiencias de servicio como las que ofrecen grandes empresas multinacionales.

  • Gestión de personas: Recursos Humanos: la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba pretende con este curso enseñar a observar, analizar y diseñar experiencias memorables para el cliente interno que sean capaces de impactar en la fidelización incremental del cliente externo porque los empleados más satisfechos producen también clientes más satisfecho.

  • Gestión de identificación para recaudo de facturas: este programa educativo de Logyca X va al grano a la hora de instruir sobre cómo los sistemas de recaudación están diseñados para hacer que una empresa reciba o genere de manera eficiente pagos a través de la lectura de códigos de barras en las facturas, siendo esta una forma de organizar de mejor modo el dinero y la operativa comercial.

  • Desafíos y oportunidades en la economía digital: el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo es el responsable de este curso que se propone dar a conocer al alumnado que se inscriba los impactos y las oportunidades que los avances tecnológicos están generando tanto en América Latina como en el Caribe.

Literatura, arte o ciencias humanas

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  • Fundamentos de fotografía documental: este curso de la Universidad del Rosario pretende proporcionar herramientas teóricas y técnicas para emplear la fotografía como parte de una investigación en las ciencias sociales, artes y las humanidades, permitiendo al alumno desarrollar tanto capacidades interpretativas como creativas de la fotografía.

  • Creación musical con Soundcool: Introducción: la Universitat Politècnica de València nos ofrece aprender gracias este curso los conceptos básicos para poder emplear el sistema Soundcool para educación musical y creación colaborativa mediante móviles, tabletas y Kinect.

  • La España del Quijote: este curso de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid pretende trazar la historia de aquella época en la que se desarrolla la famosa obra El Quijote.

  • Soundcool: Módulos de vídeo y propuestas creativas: el sistema Soundcool va más allá del sonido y este curso de la Universitat Politècnica de València nos permite aprender los conceptos básicos para poder usar la parte correspondiente a vídeo para educación musical y creación colaborativa mediante todos los dispositivos compatibles.

  • Tecnología musical con software libre: la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México junta en este curso sobre tecnología musical con software libre cultura y tecnología mostrando cómo un músico puede producir sus propias canciones y programar sus propios instrumentos musicales gracias al software libre.

  • Introducción al Arte Sonoro: la Universitat de Barcelona nos introduce mediante este curso, dirigido a personas formadas en cualquier disciplina y que se sientan atraídas por la creación artística vinculada al sonido, al arte sonoro comprendiendo la escultura y la instalación sonoras, la música experimental, la improvisación, la poesía, la performance y otras prácticas artísticas que han terminado trascendiendo el ámbito tradicional de las artes plásticas y las escénicas.

  • Gabriel García Márquez entre el poder, la historia y el amor: este curso de la Universidad de los Andes ofrece al alumno identificar los aportes narrativos del escritor colombiano Gabriel García Márquez a la literatura universal a través del estudio de tres de las grandes obsesiones del autor: el poder, la historia y el amor.

  • Perspectivas de música colaborativa: la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México permite con este curso adentrarse en las tendencias estéticas que se derivan del encuentro entre la experimentación musical y los planteamientos filosóficos del software libre y el movimiento de código abierto.

Ciencias exactas, biología y otros

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  • ¡¿Cómo?! ¿Química en mi casa?: la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México nos presenta este curso en el que conocer la química cotidiana que nos rodea, ofreciendo elementos de juicio para ser consciente de que la química no es tan mala como nos quieren hacer creer.

  • Sexualidad... mucho más que sexo: el objetivo de la Universidad de los Andes con este curso es permitir que los alumnos, una vez terminada la formación sean capaces de hablar de la sexualidad de manera clara, directa, usando información actualizada y sin sentimientos de vergüenza, pudiendo además diferenciar la sexualidad de los conceptos de sexo, género, orientación sexual y genitalidad.

  • Cómo vivir una vida saludable y activa: la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid nos permite mediante este curso aprender los comportamientos que debemos llevar a cabo regularmente para llevar un estilo de vida activo y saludable que se vea reflejado en nosotros mismos mediante una longevidad positiva con gran calidad de vida.

  • Primeros Auxilios Psicológicos (PAP): porque no solamente existen los primeros auxilios físicos que todos conocemos, la Univeristat Autònoma de Barcelona nos ofrece este curso mediante el cual descubrir los primeros auxilios psicológicos, destinado a entrenar en la aplicación de este tipo de socorro a personas afectadas por situaciones altamente estresantes, abarcando tanto emergencias cotidianas como emergencias comunitarias y/o masivas.

  • Nutrición y obesidad: control de sobrepeso: la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México presenta este curso sobre nutrición y obesidad en el que el alumno reconocerá una herramienta para evitar, manejar y controlar el sobrepeso y la obesidad, al destacar la importancia del autocuidado y el apoyo familiar en el manejo de este padecimiento.

  • Fundamentos de anatomía y técnica quirúrgica básica: desde la Universidad del Rosario nos llega esta formación en fundamentos de anatomía y técnica quirúrgica básica en la que, de una manera creativa y diversida, aprendemos cómo está constituido el cuerpo humano a través de casos casos clínicos seleccionados basados en hechos históricos reales.

  • Introducción a los ritmos y relojes biológicos: meidante este curso, creado por la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, aprenderemos cómo funcionan los ritmos biológicos y el impacto que estos tienen en nuestras vidas descubriendo cómo este sistema de los organismos vivos, que funciona prácticamente como un reloj, nos permite adaptarnos a cambios ambientales y contribuye a nuestra buena salud.

  • Introducción a la genética y la evolución : la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid es la responsable de este curso de introducción a la genética y la evolución que nos permitirá conocer estos dos mundos a través de una aproximación accesible y entretenida en la que se verán en detalle los mecanismos evolutivos, la especiación y el origen de la vida y de toda la variedad de especies de bacterias, hongos, plantas y animales que existen en la Tierra.

  • Agricultura urbana y periurbana: este curso de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México explica un conjunto de conceptos y herramientas básicas y necesarias para la producción de alimentos agrícolas y pecuarios en pequeños espacios haciendo énfasis en la sustentabilidad de los mismos.

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01 Aug 14:41

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Happy Birthday Nintendo Game Boy

On this day in 1989 the original Game Boy system released in North America, placing exciting Nintendo games right into the palm of your hand. Here’s to 30 years of playing with Portable Power.

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Nice message :)

11 Jul 21:04

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Hemp is so threatening to the Commodities Industry, they have Lobbied Against Legalization since the 1920s.


weed will set us free


*clears throat*

They’re cousins. They look similar, but Hemp can be used to make durable clothing, paper, biodegradable plastics, and has high nutritional value. It’s oil is good as an anti-inflammatory if taken in pill form with other medication. If you smoke hemp, you’re not going to get high. There’s no THC in hemp.

Doing the above things with Marijuana is a waste of THC ;p

Pot = medicinal and recreational depressant drug

Hemp = practical and nutritional plant capable of replacing tree-pulp, cotton and synthetic fibers. Also replenishes the nutrients in farming soil when other food crops have depleted the nutrients (Such as corn)


All of this is true shit. Hemp is an extremely diverse, multi-use plant with soooo many incredible possibilities and I really hope we start using it more in every day products because we need to

Totally agree with everything here about hemp and its many uses. BUT! This is important: pot is not a depressant the way alcohol is a depressant.

06 Jul 14:30


12 Jun 15:28

Plastic Bag Bans Might Do More Harm Than Good

by Jason Kottke

Yesterday I wrote about a Vancouver store offering plastic bags with embarrassing messages on them to encourage customers to use their own bags for their groceries. Under new laws that took effect on June 1, stores in the city must stop offering paper/plastic bags or charge for them.

NPR’s Planet Money team pulled some research together that suggests that banning plastic bags might do more harm than good (at least in the short term).

Taylor found these bag bans did what they were supposed to: People in the cities with the bans used fewer plastic bags, which led to about 40 million fewer pounds of plastic trash per year. But people who used to reuse their shopping bags for other purposes, like picking up dog poop or lining trash bins, still needed bags. “What I found was that sales of garbage bags actually skyrocketed after plastic grocery bags were banned,” she says. This was particularly the case for small, 4-gallon bags, which saw a 120 percent increase in sales after bans went into effect.

Trash bags are thick and use more plastic than typical shopping bags. “So about 30 percent of the plastic that was eliminated by the ban comes back in the form of thicker garbage bags,” Taylor says. On top of that, cities that banned plastic bags saw a surge in the use of paper bags, which she estimates resulted in about 80 million pounds of extra paper trash per year.

The waste issue is better, but paper bag production increases carbon emissions. And tote bags, particularly those made from cotton, aren’t great either.

The Danish government recently did a study that took into account environmental impacts beyond simply greenhouse gas emissions, including water use, damage to ecosystems and air pollution. These factors make cloth bags even worse. They estimate you would have to use an organic cotton bag 20,000 times more than a plastic grocery bag to make using it better for the environment.

Tags: economics   global warming   recycling
06 Jun 15:12

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Why Movies About College are Actually Full of Shit.

This is very important because my brother and I grew up thinking college was like this. Like we would live out a beer commercial.

And when I got to college and it DIDN’T happen, it stressed me out. I thought I was doing something wrong again. I had, apparently, messed up high school according to the media, and now college?! The supposed best time of my life?! It created a big depression, and living far from home made it worse as I had no friends or family I could immediately talk to. It took a long time for me to understand that movies and commercials and shows that portray college like that is complete and utter bullshit.

Also, a reminder: 

Most Americans don’t have college degrees. Of the ones who do, tons of them don’t finish in four years. 

Lots of people go to community colleges. 

Lots of people live at their parents’ house while in school. 

The TV and movie stereotype of college–even just the “everyone goes to college and lives in a dorm” thing–only a tiny minority of Americans actually live that out. 

Also just because you finished school and DO have a degree doesn’t mean you’ll get the perfect high end job right after graduating. You may not even get jobs that cater to your degree until later down the road.

Real life isn’t like a movie.

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no territorialism between different kinds of moral eels, they know they’re all the same ridiculous thing

moral eels

the cool 70s space age orange and white one is a Japanese dragon eel.  the other three screm bananas are morays.  the tech is changing the water in their tank so eel crew is chilling in a corner.

04 Apr 21:43

Descubren ballena prehistórica de cuatro patas que habitó las costas de Perú y... ¿quizás de Chile?

by Diego Bastarrica
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Wow, new things everyday, what a world!

Una ballena de cuatro patas que vivió en el periodo del Eoceno en las costas peruanas fue descubierta por investigadores que publicaron su hallazgo en la revista Current Biology.

Este mamífero antepasado de los actuales cetáceos habitó las costas sudamericanas y asiáticas hace unos 42 millones de años atrás y tenía pezuñas en sus extremidades.

La ballena viajera del Pacífico

La especia fue bautizada como Peregocetus pacificus , que sugiere “la ballena viajera que llegó al Pacífico” en latín. Sus restos muy bien conservados se encontraron en 2011 en un sitio llamado Playa Media Luna, donde los paleontólogos recuperaron la mayor parte de su esqueleto, incluyendo su mandíbula, patas delanteras y traseras, fragmentos de columna vertebral y cola.


Con estas patas podía nadar y además caminar en la época del Eoceno medio.

“Este es el primer registro indiscutible de un esqueleto de ballena cuadrúpedo para todo el Océano Pacífico, probablemente el más antiguo de América y el más completo fuera de India y Pakistán”, el autor principal Olivier Lambert, un paleontólogo del Real Instituto Belga de Ciencias Naturales.


Este cetáceo medía alrededor de 4 metros  de longitud y otra de sus características es que tenía huesos de la cola similares a los de castores y nutrias, lo que significa que su cola jugó un papel importante en sus habilidades acuáticas. Finalmente, el tamaño de sus dedos y pies sugiere apéndices palmeados, según los investigadores.

El recorrido de la ballena hacia América del Sur

Una de las teorías acerca de estas ballenas de cuatro patas es que probablemente llegaron a América del Sur cruzando el océano Atlántico sur desde la costa occidental de África. Una vez en Sudamérica, Peregocetus se asentó en las aguas del Pacífico a lo largo de la costa peruana, y luego de esto emigró hasta las costa de Norteamérica.

“Seguiremos buscando en localidades con capas tan antiguas, e incluso más antiguas, que las de Playa Media Luna, por lo que los cetáceos anfibios más viejos pueden ser descubiertos en el futuro”, dijo Lambert.

El paleontólogo Felix Marx, de la Universidad de Lieja en Bélgica también deslizó que esta ballena pudo haber llegado a Chile.

“Hemos sabido por un tiempo que las ballenas de cuatro patas habían llegado a América del Norte, pero este es el primer registro confiable de América del Sur y, por lo tanto, también el primero del hemisferio sur. Estaré ansioso por saber qué tan al sur lo hicieron realmente. ¿Quién sabe, quizás alguna vez hubo ballenas antiguas en las costas de Chile también?”.

Ballena cuatro patas