German Cases

I started teaching myself German halfway through 2013 (less than two years ago) because it was school holidays and I had absolutely nothing better to do. I didn’t get into linguistics until much later, so at the time I still had absolutely no idea what cases were and I was reluctant to learn them, not because I thought they were difficult, but because I was afraid of the unknown. I put off learning them in the hope that if I ignored them, they would just go away.

Unsurprisingly, 8 months later, they hadn’t.

I had nobody to blame for my own lack of progress but myself, so I decided it was time to bite the bullet. I started copying tables and colouring them in to overcome the boring content, and it actually turned out that highlighting each declension in a different colour helped me to see the patterns and relationships between the genders more clearly and remember them more easily. Over time I began to find it more and more intuitive until eventually I didn’t need to look at a table or even think about it anymore.

After having tackled my biggest grammatical fear, I’m now really looking forward to learning other languages with more complicated case systems like Icelandic and especially Finnish in the future, because I can appreciate cases and I know just how useful they are!

­10/10 would learn again.

I’ve made a ready-to-print PDF with all the German declension tables you could ever need plus footnotes, which you can download right here right now for the extremely low price of absolutely nothing, because language learning should be free for everyone :)


BLANK VERSION (for those who want to use their own colours or don’t have access to a coloured printer)

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have found any of it useful or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I’d love to hear from you! <3

Viel Spaß beim Deutsch lernen!

I figure it might be helpful to post the Mohs scale of mineral hardness with examples of how tough each level is; I always forget how strong a 6 or 7 is, and I’m sure some of you do too. so here’s a scale from to refer to for your gems!

Resource: Writing Hierarchies 

So you want to write a war story, or perhaps a royal time piece; no matter the year or setting of your novel or short story, hierarchies play a place in all military, police, and royal settings, and it’s important to know how they work in order to tell these stories authentically. Here are some resources on their ranks, badges, and requirements that I hope will help: 

Military Hierarchies:

Police Hierarchies: 

Royalty Hierarchies:

Once you pick your type of hierarchy, it’s important to twelve deeper into that time period and society. Find specific examples and go from there. 

Updated my Art Cycle image thingy to make it a little easier to read. Still lots of info packed in there with my sub par infographic making skills but ah well. 

Whenever you feel bad about your art ability, please remember this! Art improvement for many is a cycle, art blocks do not mean you are doing worse. You are just getting better at seeing your mistakes, which is CRUCIAL to getting better at making art!! 

(If you want to translate this to your native language here’s a blank!

Portuguese by sulamoon

// FY SHINee Masterlist.


+ others







JONGYU (onew - jonghyun)

ONKEY (onew - key)

ONHO (onew - minho)

ONTAE (onew - taemin)


JONGKEY (jonghyun - key)

JONGHO (jonghyun - minho)

JONGTAE (jonghyun - taemin)

MINKEY (key-minho)

TAEKEY (key - taemin)

2MIN (minho - taemin)

TAEKAI (taemin - kai)


If something is wrong or missing, please, don’t hesitate to let me know.

I added the inactive ones because I’m pretty sure some bloggers will return soon (because of SHINee’s comeback, of course). Enjoy the list! Reblog and spread the love and support for SHINee.

first off, let’s get some shit straight. i hate waking up. i fucking hate it. at any given moment in my life, there is a 93% chance that i would rather be asleep. that being said, becoming an early riser when i started graduate school was the best thing i’ve ever done for myself and for my productivity. so an alternate title for this post could be 


  1. put your alarm someplace far, far away from your bed. when i was in undergrad and i really had to get up for something important, i used to put my phone in a box on top of my dresser. in order to turn it off i had to get out of bed, drag a chair over to the dresser, stand on the chair, and open the box before i could shut it off. this required way more in the way of motor skills than just rolling over in bed and swiping the screen. this is an extreme example. now that i’m an “adult,” i put it just far enough away from the bed that i need to walk to it. other, saner options include apps that require you to solve a math problem or a puzzle, but in all honesty, i’ve tried those and just rolled over and passed back out anyway.
  2. pick a wake-up time and stick to it. mine is anywhere between 6:30 and 7:00 (which, I know, is not that early for those of you in high school, and believe me when i say i am so sorry). eventually your body will begin waking up at that time by itself, which is kind of horrific, but which also makes your life a lot easier. my advice is to gradually work your way towards that time, in 15- or 30-minute increments. on the weekends, when i stay in bed until 8 or 9, i feel like a goddamn kardashian. height of luxury.
  3. have some early-morning jams ready. here are some playlists i love, or you can pick one song for the week. i’ve been using this one. on the days i’m feeling particularly daring i let myself lie back in bed until the song’s over, and then i get up. this is pretty dangerous, though, so use cautiously.
  4. drink water. you can do this when you wake up, like all the fitblrs tell you. or you can do what i do, which is to drink between 8 and 12 ounces immediately before going to bed, so that when my alarm goes off my first thought is how badly i need to pee. unless you’ve got some ongoing health issues, that usually requires you to get out of bed and walk to the bathroom. 
  5. open all your blinds before you go to bed. i know, this seems counter-intuitive. but i’ve got a roommate who has those fancy light-blocking curtains and i never see her before 10:00. i, on the other hand, have an entire wall of windows and no curtains, just broken blinds circa 1980, and am up earlier than god himself. i’m not saying these things are related, but i think the facts speak for themselves.
  6. in an emergency: early morning flight? time for a nap after an almost-all-nighter? make the alarm harder to get to, sleep with the light on, or have a friend or parent in another time zone call you to make sure you’re awake.

also, maybe most importantly, remember that even though the act of waking up itself sucks ass, once you’re up and moving things are great. i get my best studying and reading done in the morning, and it’s the best time to sit for a minute and plan our your day. plus, you know, the sooner you get going, the sooner you can get back in bed. good luck my little bumblebees!!! 

How to Schedule Your Study Time

I’ve been asked multiple times to make a post about how to schedule your study time, so here it is! This is a little bit different of a schedule because it’s over mid-semester break (Easter break for most), but it still works.

Step 1: Write down everything you need to do.

Get out a piece of notebook paper or open a new document on your computer and unleash your brain’s to-do list. Write everything down from classes, work, events, and extracurriculars to your work outs, meals, showers, and sleep. Nothing is too small to be written on the list, so if you need to remember to shave your legs, write that down!!

Step 2: Assign each task an estimated amount of time it’ll take to complete.

This part is really crucial for me because it takes my organization a step further to help me achieve my studying and planning goals. It also gives me a reality check – sometimes I’m so ambitious I try to bite off more than I can chew. If I know from the beginning that I most likely won’t achieve everything I need to do, I won’t be as disappointed come the end of my planning and studying. It also tells me I probably need to pick it up during the week and stop procrastinating…

Step 3: Open up Excel, create a table on another computer program, or grab a piece of paper.

Next we’ll make the calendar with a readout of our obligations. I generally use Excel or a piece of paper, but I find that excel works best because I can edit future events easier if I didn’t quite complete a task I planned for.

Have the first column for times, then a column following for each day you want to plan. It helps to have the time column skinnier with the days’ columns wider so text can fit in easily. I leave two rows per hour (therefore one line is equal to one half hour) so I can plan for events or tasks that won’t be taking up whole hours.

Step 4: Designate a color for each of your scheduled categories.

These colors are the same as in my planner:

  • Purple: Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pink: Genetics
  • Blue: Beverage Management
  • Orange: Economics
  • Red: Work
  • Green: Extracurriculars
  • Black: Personal (showers, meals, sleep, relaxation, etc.)
  • Yellow: Travel

I enter in all of my class, work, event, and extracurricular times first – things I can’t miss. These are important to put into your schedule first because you can easily schedule studying around them. 

Step 5: Once all of your obligations are plugged into your schedule, it’s time to fill in your studying.

This is where the required times for your tasks help a great deal! It’s easy to spot an hour block here or there and plug in a 45 minute or hour task… something that may be a little hard for some when they’re just going through their day and have a block. I know whenever I get an hour block I try to nap or rest as much as possible, but this frequently puts me behind. :(

Also, it may help you to pull out your planner and see what exams, quizzes, or assignments are coming up soon. You should rank these at a higher priority and complete these sooner rather than later to ensure you complete them.

I also group lesser tasks; for example, on Thursday night at 11:00 PM I grouped two homework assignments because they really shouldn’t take that long and they’re on the computer at the same time, etc. It’s just easier for me to get them done at the same time. Just like if you need to go to a few different stores, try to go to them all in one trip. It’ll save you time, money, and gas!

Step 6: As you’re adding tasks to your schedule, make sure you’re crossing them off your list you made. You don’t want to miss anything or add something twice!

This is pretty self-explanatory but also important! Make sure you’re adding everything and not missing anything. 

Step 7: Make sure to schedule enough sleep during your night as well as time to eat/relax.

This is the most important step of them all! Without recharging your smart little brain and body, how are you going to have the fuel to move on? Also, try snacking on fruits and veggies and drinking water when you’re studying. I’m one to love candy when I’m studying and it’s hard to say “no” to my precious chocolate and skittles, but I know they’ll just bring my metabolism and energy down. Drinking a lot of water helps too because that means more bathroom breaks – which means more study breaks! ;)

I hope you found this post helpful. If you’d like to see other posts about my studying tips and tricks, please share this post and leave me a message about what I can improve or what you’d like some advice on. Happy studying! – grxeek

Bra Making

As someone on the larger end of boob having and also with friends on the small end, I know the pain of looking for a bra.  So i’ve collected a few links about making bras.  It’s always nice to have the option, right?

Female Superheroes Under the Costume by JohnRaptor

If superheroes really existed, I don’t think the female ones would look anything like they’re usually depicted in comics. I mean we’re talking about women who’ve dedicated their lives to violent conflict with extremely dangerous people (and aliens, and robots and monsters).

Very helpful comparison between what image of female superheroes media tries to sell us versus what real crimefighter physique would look like.

We’d like to point out, though, that the “chest like a stripper/athlete” bit is problematic and poorly informed. Presumably the artist was referring to the fact that most superheroines are drawn with really big breasts, but framing that as a stripper/athlete dychotomy implies that strippers and athletes don’t come in all shapes and sizes. It also implies that there’s something inherently bad about big boobs and sex work.

Let us propose changing it to from “chest like a stripper” to “magical breasts that stay put without any support” and “chest like an athlete” to “breasts with supportive and comfortable underwear”.

Also a minor note compared to that, but long hair, if tied up or otherwise managed properly, don’t have to get in the way.


similar comparison for barbarian characters | more references | more resources

the following statements:

  • “don’t judge people for being judgmental”
  • “don’t be intolerant of intolerance”
  • “don’t fight hate with hate”

are logical fallacies - they create a false equivalence: by using parallel language, the statements equate intolerance with the condemnation of intolerance

the act of being racist, misogynist, or cruel is called “intolerance” being “judgmental” or “hate” and so is the act of criticizing or condemning these actions, creating a false sense that they are the same. even if you want to criticize how activists go about tackling intolerance, there is no logical reason to equate the two–this is simply a matter of language and is thus illogical

saying a statement like the above is like saying “don’t bully the bully” when someone stands up to their bully for being cruel to them. standing up against wrongdoing is not the same as committing wrongdoing, but the phrasing makes it seem that way


Here it is guys! Let me know if it’s been helpful. If there’s anything else you think I should add, let me know! 


SUPER HELPFUL WEBSITE - features useful videos, outlines, and tons of extra resources. If I had to pick one resource to use besides the textbook, it’d be this site. Adam Norris is bae.

study guide #1 (29 pages)

another study guide #2 - from 2006, but still relevant (95 pages)

study guide #3 (32 pages)

giant list of terms - from quizlet, covers the colonial period to 9/11

list of important court cases

another website w/more resources


chapter outlines 

more chapter outlines - based on Brinkley’s textbook (stops at Cold War)

even more chapter outlines

VIDEOS- for if you’re more of an auditory learner:

Gilder Lehrman- splits up material into 9 periods, and features a separate video on each period

Crash Course US History- can’t forget john green’s videos 


practice test- according to the new format

practice multiple-choice questions -based on time periods (sadly, you have to pay to gain access to the more difficult questions) 

a ton of old frqs/dbqs





somepresidents - not active anymore, but features quick review on each individual president starting from Johnson, I believe

Y’all will get 5s!!!!