crash course in awesome

inthekeyofjulie  asked:

I'm a music major and the required music history course for majors at my university is really lacking and I realized that it would be awesome if there were a Crash Course series about music history to help fill in the gaps in my knowledge. Is there a chance of there ever being a Crash Course Music History? I know the idea of music theory was thrown around (which I wholeheartedly support) but history would be awesome too. :)

Believe me when I say, “We’re working on it.” :) 

- Nick J.

Crash Course aka. our saviours. 
(other crash course masterposts coming soon!)




Anatomy & Physiology


Brilliant interactive shows just how huge the solar system really is

The universe is pretty freaking huge. 

While this concept isn’t foreign to us, it can be difficult for our puny human brains to grasp. But in just a few minutes, you can get a crash course on how big our solar system is, thanks to this awesome, mind-blowing interactive graphic by designer Josh Worth. The feature is a scaled representation of the solar system that allows you to scroll through outer space as though you are a spaceship traveling to its limits.

Most of space is just space Follow micdotcom

I would like to defend: John Green

It’s honestly fascinating and also a huge shame how literally anyone on the Internet or in the media will try to target and shoot down ANYONE at all who has become a visible and well known celebrity, regardless of what kind of celebrity they are.

Specifically, I’m talking about John Green. fishingboatproceeds

Y'all know he’s a famous author and his books are incredibly popular in the young adult category just about everywhere.

Recently I’ve been seeing quite a few people, specifically on tumblr, who try to make him seem problematic. Specifically about his interview on the Colbert Report where he talks about how he made him self cry while writing TFIOS, which is a book dedicated to his good friend, Esther Earl, who passed away at the age of 16 from cancer.

I know that John may never see this, and I know that I don’t know him on a personal level, but as someone who admires him dearly, I feel the need to take a moment to defend someone who’s work, humor, YouTube videos (including Hank), projects and advice has truthfully helped me ever over the years.

I never knew John was an author. I only ever knew John as half of the vlogbrothers channel. I had no idea how big of a deal John and Hank were. I just thought they were two very funny, very smart, very wise, very admirable, very selfless, and very awesome people who ran a YouTube channel together. I watched their videos daily and I followed along with all of the Projects for Awesome and all of the Nerdfighter activities that they created for their fan base. I never knew that John was a famous author until he mentioned his books in his videos. So to me, I never saw John as this famous author and I never saw his books as some huge franchise like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. I always saw his books as a passion that one of my favorite nerds on the Internet had. As if being an author wasn’t his primary job. That vlogbrothers came first and writing was a side thing. So, any time I saw someone; whether it be one of my friends or some kid in school or some stranger in public, reading his books, my mentality towards it was “that’s just one of my friends on the internet’s book that they’re reading. That’s pretty neat.” Feeling as if they didn’t know John the way that I knew John. To them, he was an author, to me, he was just regular, nerdy, John Green of the vlogbrothers.

So let me just say this, as someone who really admires John for so many other reasons other than his writing: John is the most selfless man I have ever seen in my life. He is intelligent, friendly, and hard working. John and his brother, Hank, have created so many charitable outlets and organizations and even several educational web series that have helped so many people since they’ve been started.

This includes the Project for Awesome, VidCon, the “This Star Won’t Go Out” foundation, DFTBA Records, Crash Course, SciShow, and a bunch of other awesome helpful things that I can’t think of right now.

On top of that, John and Hanks videos on the vlogbrother channel alone are some of the most well put together and un-problematical content I’ve ever seen, from addressing social/political issues from level headed stand points, to educational content, to videos made specifically to help and offer advice to certain individuals in the fan base, to life updates and personal videos to give you a look into their lives to make them more tangible to you, to genuinely hilarious and innocent and whole-hearted awesome videos that are genuinely entertaining. John is a co-founder of an entire community of people, including myself, who have found a home in what he and his brother started 8 years ago.

John has been a role model and a very important person to me since I was in 7th grade. Here I am, at age 20, looking up to him just as much as I did back then. Like I said, obviously I don’t know him on a personal level, but whether this man knows it or not, he and his brother have helped me through so many tough times in my life and they have taught me so many important things and they have educated me on so many topics and they have given me such useful advice on life and they both positively influenced me.

John Green should never be a celebrity that is targeted negatively. After all the work he has done, he simply doesn’t deserve it. Ultimately, no one does.

So, just chill, and DFTBA.

-Colin Bibza

Websites/media/pop culture for studying

This is by NO MEANS a complete list.

-Crash Course: they’re videos, technically, but they are an awesome way to be entertained and learn at the same time. I used these to “take breaks” while studying for APUSH exams, and it relieves stress to watch something funny. Plus, John Green. Enough said.

-Animaniacs- also videos, but this is how I survived memorizing the presidents in order. If anyone ever comes across this for some reason and wants the rest of the song, I wrote the final few presidents through Obama for myself that I might post someday.

-Quizlet- Quizlet is my go-to for memorization. I love having online flash cards so I’m not wasting so much paper, and plus, they have games you can play to help yourself- the “learn” setting is especially helpful for languages, because you actually have to spell the word right before it lets you move on.

-Slader- I had no clue that Slader existed until my senior year in high school and I was so mad. Slader has a lot of answers to math problems, and other subjects as well, and it allows people to post explanations for the problems so you can solve along step-by-step. Disclaimer: DO NOT USE THIS TO CHEAT. The answers are there to help you CHECK yours, and most questions have a written tutorial to show you how to solve it, so do the work- it seriously helps you understand what’s going on. Slader is like 60% of the reason I passed Precalculus- the tutorials taught me more than I ever learned in class.

-Sparknotes- everyone knows about sparknotes, but here’s a suggestion of how to use it. I will use my experience with Hamlet as an example. When reading Hamlet, I would read the passage we were assigned, and then, the night before comprehension quizzes, I would read the Sparknotes summaries to jog my memory. Sparknotes has other great tools, such as a list of characters, in case you can’t remember who that random dude from page 3 was.

-Netflix- WAIT WHAT??
Hear me out. If you’re studying Political Science or some sort of Civics/Government class, I strongly recommend watching at least a little bit of The West Wing. Not only is this one of, if not the best show to grace television, but it is highly educational about American politics. It’s very fast-paced and hard to understand every political plot, but watching The West Wing gave me a greater appreciation for politics and history.
*someday I might try to post a list of the most educational West Wing episodes- they are very helpful for understanding concepts. For example, if you’re studying the Senate, there is a wonderful episode on Filibusters.

-If you’re learning a language, listen to pop tunes in that language. This helped me enormously with French, and I think it would work with anyone learning a new language. Find an artist you like, and become a fan!
(Fun fact- my favorite French artist came to my city twice, and I saw him live in concert 😍)
-if you’re in band or orchestra, listen to the pieces you’re practicing and learning while you do other homework. It will give you a greater understanding of how your part works with the other parts in the ensemble. I used this frequently.

-Books for language learners-
Depending on what year you are in a language, reading a chapter book in your language can help. I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in French and really enjoyed it! Helped me a lot with vocabulary.

luthorchickv2  asked:

Head cannon for Bobby, who interviewed for a position with Leverage inc finding out about Hardison/Parker/Eliot OT3?

I suspect it would take Bobby like two and a half minutes, in the company of all three of them, to work out that they were an item, but I don’t think he gets the chance to figure it out on his own because Parker is SUPER PROUD of her boyfriends and how she has TWO BOYFRIENDS, which is clearly way superior to just having one. So while he’s in training with Parker (pocket and lock picking, basic grifting, lots of falling off buildings, etc) she’s just constantly talking about them. Not in a creepy way, just, making it super clear that they are her boyfriends and that’s awesome. 

So once he actually passes Parker’s Crash Course In Crime, which he absolutely loved but only got a 3.2 GPA in (it’s easy to enjoy the idea of picking pockets, harder to actually do it), she brought him back to the gastropub and Eliot and Hardison saw him and were like “Parker said a lot, huh.” 

Bobby’s never really been exposed to much real life polyamory, or even much theoretical polyamory, so he’s not really sure how to deal with it on a day to day basis. But baffled acceptance has gotten him this far, and eventually he gets used to it. 

Parker keeps trying to set him up with nice couples she thinks could be good for him, until finally he has to explain to her that while he’s flattered he’s really only capable of handling one romantic partner at a time. At which point it’s Parker’s turn to practice baffled acceptance. :D 


Hank discusses the natural law theory! Thomas Aquinas’s version involves basic goods and not forgetting to be awesome.


Crash Course: Astronomy premieres tomorrow, January 15th on YouTube!

The next iteration of Hank and John Green’s awesome education series Crash Course, now part of the PBS Digital Studios family, debuts tomorrow. Crash Course: Astronomy is hosted by Phil “The Bad Astronomer” Plait, who is my favorite reference for all things astronomy, and who happens to look very good in a toga (no?)

We are all star stuff, so we might as well learn a bit about where we came from, right? Look for the first episode tomorrow, and visit Phil’s blog for more details

anonymous asked:

"things you said when you were crying" for Kabby (bonus point if Kane is the one crying) :)

[A/N: Combined this with 18 since they kind of seemed to go hand in hand storywise. Also, this one makes the most sense if you read the preceding one.]

when you thought i was asleep | after we kissed | when you were drunk | that made me feel like shit

things you said when you were scared and crying

Somehow, everything goes wrong, but they still succeed.

He’s still alive.

He’s exhilarated and exhausted as he exits the reactor room. There’s an angry burn on across his arm, a throb in his chest that he thinks is a cracked rib or five, a half dozen cuts all over his body, a gash on his head that won’t stop bleeding - but he’s alive.

The only thing he can think as he walks down the hall is Abby, Abby, Abby - her name a mantra that pushes him forward, keeps him moving one foot in front of the other.

He rounds the corner, hand out against the wall for support, and feels the blood drain from his face.

Propped against the wall of the hallway is Abby, pale and unmoving. The hallway is dimly lit, but he can see  clothes are covered with blood - so much of it that it’s starting to gather on the ground around her. Bellamy is leaning over her, his head tipped low.

He can’t breathe. He can’t speak. He thinks his heart has stopped beating. He thinks his lungs must no longer work. The world slows and the colors bleed into black around him. He finds himself unable to move; wonders if he’ll spend the rest of his life in this room, trapped in this moment.

Bellamy lifts his head. Looks at him for a breath, eyes wide with surprise. Then, relief.  

“You’re alive.”

At Bellamy’s words, Abby’s chest rises slightly; Marcus watches as she lifts her head a fraction from the wall to meet his eyes.

The world comes screaming back into color, into motion, into noise. His lungs ache with the force of the breath he takes in and his heart jumps into his throat, strangling the next word he tries to get out.


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