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Bus Roots is a living garden planted on the roofs of city buses (NY). It’s an effort that rose out of New York City designer Marco Antonio Castro Cosio’s graduate thesis at the NYU

Olga James in Carmen Jones (1954)

such a good musicalll. rivals carmen, the hip hopera.


Tyler, August 2014

Me in the shower: oh look, bobby pins
Me going to bed: oh look, bobby pins
Me in the car: oh look, bobby pins
Me at school: oh look, bobby pins
Me during dance class: oh look, bobby pins
Me watching TV: oh look, bobby pins
Me fixing my hair: WHERE THE HECK ARE THE BOBBY PINS?!?!


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.

feeling lonely, slightly repulsive and pouty about our fellow people who are oppressed, gunned down and enslaved. i feel quite useless and strange lately. i feel like i have good intentions, but also like some sort of pretentious,drawing room revolutionary prophesying about change, but not inciting it. i hope to find contentment in myself soon. i hope to find ways to be useful and and to quell my feeling of not belonging.

im tired of feeling dependent on reassurance from others. i wish i were more headstrong about implementing my ideas and learning more about them. im just so unorganized. my notes are everywhere. i was depressed and high for like a year so i just feel scattered and unable to really center myself. and i dont know how to rebuild myself or remind myself of who i am, and no one here knows how diligent and passionate i tend to be when im not like constantly in emotional/mental peril. 

im so frustrated with myself. and everyone who seems repulsed by me. i just hope i have a productive year.  



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