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1. First things first, if someone wanted to read your stories where can they find them.

I post all of them on AO3 as well as on tumblr @cooperjones2020 under the tag #mine and on my master list. (also fyi it’s a sideblog, so if you ever get a reply from @acitrusmoon, that’s also me!)

2. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve tipped the scale into second half of my 20’s. I’m currently doing my master’s in English lit, focusing on early modern drama and cultural studies. Canada is the third country I’ve lived in. I’ve been in four separate countries within a 24-hour timespan on two separate occasions. I prefer children’s toothbrushes to adult ones. I made my parents let me drop out of preschool when I was four because they wouldn’t give me orange juice.

3. What do you never leave home without?

Nothing. I leave with the absolute bare minimum I can get away with. So 99% of the time I have my phone, but even that’s not a sure thing. If I can stick a card or some cash in my bra so I don’t have to carry a purse or wallet, I’m doing it. If I do have a bag, I definitely have my giant reusable water bottle and a book with me.

4. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Early bird. I’ve hit the level of adulthood where I wake up at like 6:30 sans alarm. And I have no excuse. I don’t have to be at work til 10.

5. If you could live in any fictional world which one would you choose and why?

I’ve been thinking about this question and I can’t come up with anything other than HP. I basically learned to read off those books and grew up alongside them. That fictional world is so embedded with my real one, it would be a disservice to pick something else.

6. Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met.

In general, I have no interest in meeting famous people, so I think the most famous person I’ve ever actually met was Roger Ebert at an ice cream shop in Michigan when I was 8. But I’ve been adjacent to famous people. I saw Josh Radnor in my college bookstore, I’ve emailed with John Green, and Chicago Fire used to film in my old apartment in Chicago before it became my apartment. They would still shut our street down to do external shots, and NBC paid my landlord not to gut the apartment when he rehabbed it, in case they needed to use it again.

Does Walk the Moon count as famous now? I’ve met Nick Petricca at parties (figure out what Josh Radnor, John Green, and Nick Petricca have in common, and you’ll learn something else about me).

7. What are some of your favorite movies/TV?

I’m the worst with “favorite” type questions because I change my mind all the time when my attention wanders. So TV shows I’ve loved a long time and will continue to rewatch ad infinitum: Gilmore Girls, Charmed, Boy Meets World. I don’t really re-watch movies, which is my general bar for loving something. I recently saw The Third Man and it blew my mind, so much so that it made it into chapter 5 of “Nobodies Nobody Knows.”

(but also I haven’t had consistent access to a television since 2006 because I went to boarding school for nerds, so I’m out of touch with a lot what’s been on unless I’ve been able to find it on the internet and binge watch it)

8. What are some of your favorite bands/musicians?

Again, I don’t know if I have anyone I would say is a favorite above all the music I like. I cycle through songs I get obsessed with for a week or two. The Spotify playlist I’m currently listening to on repeat includes Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon, Regina Spektor, Lorde, Cigarettes After Sex, Ed Sheeran, Adele, X Embassadors, and Sia. But it’s also my Bughead writing playlist. I’d really like to see Maren Morris in concert.

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anonymous asked:

Can you analyze on what subjects the gang as High-School teachers could be (including Heather)?

Fun question! This answer is going to be pretty similar to my answer for what college major each of these individuals would be. After all, if they’re going to teach a subject, it’s probably going to be closely related to the one they could have majored in!

Hiccup: Technology and Computer Science; Physics

There are usually some computer classes going around at public high schools, and assuming that Hiccup’s in a large enough school, that could be the totality of his teaching schedule. Computers are where Hiccup’s going to be at in a modern AU… Hiccup is canonically an inventor creating exemplary technology on Berk… so he’d be all over the latest technology of our times. He’d have his hands all over the latest and greatest computer software and hardware. That school has an AP Computer Science class? He’s teaching it.

If Hiccup is in a smaller high school, then maybe all they have is one computer science elective, and Hiccup’s teaching some related material for them. It’d probably be physics at that point. Again, canon DreamWorks Hiccup is exemplary with physics… no other way to construct such things as a bolas launcher, a tail fin for Toothless, or gliding wings!

If the high school has a robotics team or club after school, that would be the extracurricular Hiccup would most likely head and coach.

Fishlegs: Biology; Botany; Ecology; Life Sciences

Fishlegs is going to teach the life sciences at a high school. He’s extremely interested in both the botany of various plant species, as well as the biology and ecology of dragons. He’d be a great fit to teach any of the life science courses that his high school would offer - be it AP Biology or perhaps the less-commonly-seen Botany course.

Oh, and if the high school had a Science Olympiad or Science Bowl team… let’s be real… this nerd would be involved! A chance for kids to compete nerdily with science facts? Totally his game! 

Heather: Chemistry

Going off of school of dragons for this one. She’s the chemist in the game… only makes sense for me to plop her as the chemist in a high school teacher AU!

If you don’t want to go the School of Dragons route, then I’d suggest Psychology and/or Humanities as an alternative.

Astrid: Physical Education

Astrid has incredible discipline when it comes to her own physical fitness training. She’d be a good teacher to help other students work on their own fitness. Some might find her a little hardcore, though!

If Astrid helped coach one of the high school sports teams, I’d put my money on lacrosse. It’s energetic, it’s aggressive, and I imagine she’d be amazing at it. Or if the high school has a gymnastics team… well… she is basically canonically a gymnast… so that would fit very well, too!

Frankly, though, as I mention in the other post, Astrid is talented and gifted enough she could excel anywhere, and I could see her in many places. Astrid could very well be teaching other subjects outside of P.E. in a high school.

Tuffnut: English

Tuffnut is definitely the English teacher of the high school. He has an advanced vocabulary and is notably intelligent in verbal areas. He’d teach English courses - both the required curriculum materials - as well as some specialized courses. I could see him doing a Poetry class or British Literature.

One time Tuffnut got his hands on teaching a Creative Writing course. The high school administration quickly realized this was… problematic. They did not repeat the mistake, though, somehow, Tuffnut is still the club faculty member for the after school Creative Writing Club. That club seems to have… fewer restrictions… and more wild adventures… than most of the other extracurriculars in this school.

Ruffnut and Tuffnut together head the school yearbook. Or, alternatively, theatre.

Ruffnut: History; Government; Human Geography

I put her as a Finance Major in the other post, but here I’m thinking about how high schools tend to have less specialization of courses they can teach. Ruffnut would also be a great English teacher, but I imagine she’d be interested teaching another subject than Tuffnut. Sharing yearbook/theatre is enough with her twin.

I am suggesting history because Ruffnut might not fit in other areas as well - for instance, would not be an ideal mathematics teacher. History, however, could be entertaining. It’s not a perfect match but it’s amusing to envision. She might get… a little caught up on… the more dramatic and disturbing sides of history. Students are never bored in her class. They are, sometimes, however, confused.

Snotlout: Physical Education

I think Snotlout would have legitimate fun being a P.E. teacher. He’d be so stoked and energetic! At times he’d be a little tough, and maybe some unruly or annoying students would get noticeably under his skin, but I can imagine that an older, more matured Snotlout could make a legitimately fun physical education environment.

Imagine Snotlout setting up an obstacle course for his students to complete. They’re all being timed. Snotlout roots for everyone as they rush through the course. “JUS-TIN! JUS-TIN! OI OI OI!!!” “ZHU-FENG! ZHU-FENG! OI OI OI!” “LU-CAS! LU-CAS! OI OI OI!!!” By the time the period is nearing its end, the entire student class is shouting out, “KU-NAL! KU-NAL! OI OI OI!!!”

Eret: Business

Eret would teach business classes at the school. He’d be good at talking about the pros and cons of financial models, as well as showing high school students some basic business principles. He might also be drafted into doing a few of the bogus basic required courses high schools sometimes invent… like Critical Skills or something like that.

I could potentially imagine Eret coaching one of the high school sports teams after school - say, American football or soccer. But I honestly imagine he’s not going to be very good at it.

Lancea Longini #3

Summary: Modern-day AU where Steve is a college professor whose specialty is WWII. You work for Stark Industries and after leading an excavation of Hitler’s secret bunker, you find an object that was thought to be a legend.
Characters: Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanoff & Female Reader
Word Count: 1,333
Warnings: Angst and language, I guess.
Author’s Note: GIF credit [x][x] Picture found on Google.
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Steve was far from drunk, but Bucky was right. Left to his own devices, he would spend the rest of the night there, drowning his sorrows in whiskey and tequila. Sorrows that smelled like rain on a spring morning. With a dry chuckle, he pushed away from the bar and nudged Bucky’s shoulder. “Thanks, jerk.”

Despite the jet lag paired with whiskey and wine from the night before, you woke up feeling rather refreshed and ready to take on the day. You showered and dressed, drank a cup -or three- of coffee and checked your phone for any missed messages. To your surprise, no one from the office -particularly Mr. Stark- had called wondering where you were. Even more surprising, you had a text from an unknown number.

You couldn’t help but snort in laughter. While you had just met Steve yesterday, you knew a drunk man when you saw one. This would make for interesting conversation when you stopped by his office later. But for now, you wanted to take a stroll through town; reminisce a little. Pocketing your keys and phone, you locked the door behind you and ventured into the college town you hadn’t stepped foot in in over a decade.

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Aurora Levins Morales (born February 24, 1954) is a Puerto Rican Jewish writer and poet. She is significant within Latina feminism and Third World feminism as well as other social justice movements.

Levins Morales was born February 24, 1954 in Indiera Baja, Maricao, Puerto Rico. Her mother, Rosario Morales, was a Harlem-born Puerto Rican writer. Her father is an ecologist who is of Ukrainian Jewish heritage, born in Brooklyn. She has two brothers, Ricardo and Alejandro.

Levins Morales became a public writer in the 1970s as a result of the many social justice movements of that time that addressed the importance of giving a voice to the oppressed. At fifteen, she was the youngest member of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union and co-produced a feminist radio show, took part in sit-ins and demonstrations against the Vietnam War, guerrilla theater, women's consciousness raising groups and door to door organizing for daycare and equal pay.

She attended Franconia College in Franconia, New Hampshire. Levins Morales also studied at Mills College in Oakland, California, and holds a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and History from the online Union Institute & University.

In 1976, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked at the KPFA Third World News Bureau, reporting on events in South Africa, the Philippines, Chile, Nicaragua and what was still Rhodesia, and on environmental racism, housing struggles, and the movement to get the US Navy to stop bombing Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Levins Morales became part of a radical US women of color writers movement that sought to integrate the struggles against sexism and racism. She began doing coffeehouse readings with other women, organizing poetry series, producing radio programs, publishing in literary journals and anthologies, and eventually becoming one of the contributors to This Bridge Called My Back, where she focuses on depicting the race, class, and gender issues that together shape Puerto Rican women’s identities and historical experiences. Some of her major themes are feminism; multiple identity (Puerto Rican, Jewish, North American), immigrant experience, Jewish radicalism and history, Puerto Rican history, and the importance of collective memory, of history and art, in resisting oppression and creating social change.

In 1986, Morales and her mother and wrote Getting Home Alive, a collection of poetry and prose about their lives as US Puerto Rican women. In part as a result of response to this book, Levins Morales decided to go to graduate school to become a historian. While her dissertation focused on retelling the history of the Atlantic world with Puerto Rican women’s lives at the center, she also did extensive research on the history of Puerto Ricans in California, collecting several dozen oral histories, and preserving early documents of the San Francisco Puerto Rican community. From 1999 to 2002 she worked at the Oakland Museum of California as lead historian for the Latino Community History Project, working with high school students to collect oral histories and photographs, and create artwork and curriculum materials based on them.

In her collection of essays Medicine Stories: History, Culture, and the Politics of Integrity (1998) Levins Morales questions traditional accounts of American history and their consistent exclusion of people of color. She argues that traditional historical narratives have had devastating effects on those it has silenced, and oppressed. In an attempt to “heal” this historical trauma of oppression, she designs a “medicinal” history that gives centrality to the marginalized, particularly Puerto Rican women. Levins Morales strives to make visible those who have been absent from history books while also emphasizing resistance efforts.

In her book, Remedios: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriqueñas (1998), her goal is “to unearth the names of women deemed unimportant by the writers of official histories”(Levins Morales, p. xvii). Short pieces interspersed throughout the narratives describe medicinal herbs and foods that symbolize the healing properties of the narratives that follow those sections. In this manner she treats historical erasure as a disease that a curandera historian can heal through “home-grown” herbal history. The histories she portrays in the text demonstrate the strength and resistance of Puerto Rican women and their ancestors.

Levins Morales is one of the 18 Latina feminist women who participated in the gatherings of the Latina Feminist Group, which culminated with the publication of Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios in 2001.

In 2011, following the death of her mother and co-author Rosario Morales, Levins Morales moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to live with her father.

In 2013, she self-published Kindling: Writings On the Body through her own Palabera Press.


We’ve got our Banned Books Week display up a little early this week. This is a picture of the one in the Main Library and there are also displays going up in the Science Library and The Curriculum Materials Library in Aderhold. 

As you can see in the second picture, each book has a brief description of its plot/content, its publication date, and whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. The tag also tells you where, when, and why it was banned or challenged. We’ve included books banned around the world, historically and presently.

The CML in Aderhold will have an extra display consisting specifically of children’s books that have been banned or challenged. 

So stop by and pick up a book someone, somewhere thought you shouldn’t be allowed to read. 

anonymous asked:

Hi there ! I need some help about leaning kanji. I'm not sure how to start. Do I learn by radicals if I do can you direct to some books or a website that will help me with that method. Or do I just learn through vocabulary. I'm a bit overwhelmed since it's so much. Can you recommend a method to learn kanji ?

Hello! Hmm… First you need to know the reason as to why you want to learn kanji. Since the method will be different depending on your purpose. 


They are more complicated than the Chinese versions since it has more than one way to read it (kun-yomi/ on-yomi) . And it also have more than one meaning. But you can think of it this way…

Learning kanji is like being introduced to a new friend. Differentiate similar shapes of kanjis, is similar to differentiate your twin friends.

And to know how to read one kanji when it’s being combined with another kanji, is like learning someone’s nickname within a specific circle of friend! John is called Johnnie when he’s with his girl, but may be called Jo by his buddies.

So how do you able to memorize them? It’s by exposing yourself to them as much as possible. You won’t remember much about somebody you rarely meet. But you will instantly recognize your best buddies walking gesture even from far right! °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

So basically, best method to acquire kanji is by using them by reading them in a sentence. Keep exposing yourself to a specific kanji until you mastered it. 

Now to answer your questions:


Purpose: Enjoying Japanese books/ mangas/ games

1. Follow the curriculum of JLPT material from N5 to N3 (including vocabulary & grammar). Since even if you master hundreds of kanji, you will not be able to understand the language without learning verb conjugation, particles, and grammar patterns.
2. Learn the kanji through vocabulary, and create mnemonics for it’s shape & reading. Don’t worry about official radicals, you just need to be able distinguished the kanji from other similar shape. You can even make your own version of radicals! Call it a christmas tree or folding chair, anything that works for you!
3. After finishing N3 materials, start expanding your vocabulary by reading simple Japanese books/mangas/blogs.

If this is the very first time you want to acquire Japanese, check out our blog’s lessons index . We try to create JLPT based lessons from the very basics. It’s currently not much but we’ll keep adding more materials. We hope it will help you to learn Japanese easier~


Purpose: Cramming for a JLPT test, which doesn’t require you to write the kanji

1. List all kanjis that will be reviewed.
2. Create mnemonics for each kanji you have problem with, to help you remember the shape & spelling (like the one you found in this blog).
3. Expose yourself to the kanji as much as you can in a sentence (not as single kanji quiz).

Find Japanese example in online dictionary such as Tangorin

First try to read them with the furigana on top, then try to hide the furigana later on. A good amount would be 10 sentence, and then move on to next kanji. Don’t cram to hard, get a rest for every 1 - 2 hours of cramming.


Purpose: Cramming for KANJI school test which require you to write the kanji and fully mastered the reading / meaning of a single KANJI

To tell you the truth, we believe that this is not an effective method to learn kanji if your purpose to learn is to understand Japanese. The best way to acquire kanjis is by using it (reading).

One kanji have more than one way of spelling and meaning when they’re being used in a sentence or combined with another kanji. To learn just the kanji without it’s proper use in a sentence will be very ineffective since your brain won’t treat it as something useful and will get rid of it as soon as you finished the test/study. It’s similar as how you memorise dates for history test.

In any case, this is the best method for this purpose:

1. List all the kanjis that will be reviewed in the test.
2. Create mnemonics for all of it’s meaning & reading (do it only for kanji which troubles you)
3. For complex kanji, check out its OFFICIAL RADICALS from dictionary apps, and create mnemonics of the shape.

• List of official radicals

4. Write it out a lot of times (keep remembering the official radicals while writing since you will need the radicals later on for another kanji). Take a rest every 1 - 2 hours of cramming.


Happy learning!

If you follow me on twit you’ve prob heard me blab about it but one of my professors is a massive ass-hat and it’s at the point when I’m legitimately teaching the class for him and I’ve been teaching people arm assembly programming between classes and even just today in my calc class and its to the point I got my own curriculum of references and material sitting on my server like imaging having a professor so bad at his job that I’m doing it for him. These people really really want to learn and this is yet another professor that is failing to provide a proper learning environment.

That rodent up in one of them there Yankee states said six more weeks of winter. But in Bulldawg country, you get to decide what weather you want - if you’re a snow bunny who wants to dream of cold climes, pick up a “cold” book. If you’re tired of today’s teeth chattering wind, grab a “hot” book. Some books are fiction, and some are non-fiction (we’re even experimenting with some art books in the display this go-around.) but they all feature hot or cold settings. 

In the Main Library (where this picture was taken) we’ll be keeping track of what you choose and updating the temp gauge on our poster as the display goes on. 

Look for similar displays to pop up in the Science Library and Curriculum Materials Library (in Aderhold) later this week. 

And check back with the Main Library display throughout the month - as books get checked out, new ones will go on display, so the inventory is constantly changing. 


Very much liking this Kickstarter project: Detective Dot

Detective Dot is a story about a mischievous 8 year old coder with a special power – everyday objects come to life around her! From a memory chip with amnesia, to a football with an overinflated ego, these objects have big questions about who they are and where they came from.

Tech- savvy Dot uses computer science to solve problems, and encourages kids to ask ‘who made this?’, ‘where does this come from?’ and ‘what impact does this have on our world?’

  • Our hardcopy and digital books are for kids aged 7-9
  • We’re also making curriculum materials for teachers

Travelling around the world, from Indian tea fields, cotton crops in Uzbekistan (t-shirts), copper mines in Uganda (microchips) and swanky Silicon Valley offices, join Dot and her gang as they uncover the world, one household object at a time.