interactive education


Viking artefacts and design, ‘Vikings: Rediscover The Legend’ Exhibition, Yorkshire Museum, York, 20.5.17. 


Colorful interactive installation by Daniel Escobar

What is music like when you can’t hear it? Colombian interactive artist, Daniel Escobar Vásquez, created an interactive installation called Marimba Inclusiva that helps deaf people feel the music. In this case, a marimba de chonta, a traditional instrument from Colombia’s Pacific coast, acts as an interface, which allows deaf people to experience sound through vibrations. Thanks to a combination of sensors and colorful educative video mapping projections, any deaf person can feel the rhythm and learn to play the instrument.

Video of the first experience:

the 1st House
The physical birth into the world.  Where the world comes to see someone, the mask worn or the authentic self (depending on what placements project outward in the horoscope.)

the 2nd house
We exist physically (1st house) now “groundwork” is needed.  The resources compiled, how it is spent, what becomes possessed, what is actually valued.  

the 3rd house
Conscious thought and understanding beyond the physical inception (1st house) and planting feet (2nd house.)  The immediate environment and how one interacts, responds and comes to think about things.  Early education and interactions with people immediately around.

the 4th house
How someone comes to know themselves internally.  What feels like home, makes one feel secure and what the basis someone draws from before they go out into the world (To Midheaven.)  Can be seen as “i think (3rd house) therefore I am. It is the gateway to beginning to establish a real identify for oneself.

the 5th House
How we create with what we have.  Taking personal values (2nd house), mental thought and stimulation (3rd house) and how one perceives them and putting them into action.  Creating art, children, love and risks based on perception of what is important.

the 6th house
The routine that is created out of what is valued (2nd house), how we see ourselves (4th house) and getting to work and making service out of creations (5th house).  Gravitation is towards employment that suits how one views themselves internally.

the 7th house
The gateway to others and opening oneself up outside of themselves (1st house).  The important relationships that are formed that complete the "self.”  It is the beginning of understanding how to balance the opposite side of oneself.  Some say “The shadow self.”

the 8th house
Taking resources (2n house) and “breaking them” to make something better of them. Taking comfort and finding more to life.  The house of transforming and renewing; finding intense experience or interaction outside of the comfort zone. Where others resources are allowed to merge with their own.

the 9th house
Taking one’s thought and basic interactions (3rd house) and opening up the possibility of higher thought.  Taking thoughts and putting them into philosophy; morals and belief systems.  Understanding basic ideas and wanting to learn more about them.

the 10th house
How someone wants to come to be known (or conversely becomes known) in the world.  The interactions with the public and ways in which someone becomes widely known.  How one becomes recognized, achieves and “anchors” themselves in the world.  Structure created. More then likely supports the need to feel emotionally secure from the 4th house.  What we learn from the 9th house of greater expanded ideas can be applies to career.  

the 11th house
Where we take the sense of individuality gained in the 5th house and apply to society and others.  Understanding one’s creative self and finding like minded friends and groups.  Taking one’s sense of who they are developing and developing hopes and aspirations to achieve in the world.

the 12th house
The house where everything comes to end (Experience of house 1-11.)  It is the house of karmic understanding, that death is not physical, rather “dissolving” into everything.  How a soul comes to realize it’s greater place among everything.  It is the house someone accepts the greater collective, or wallows in a sense of loss of themselves.  When acceptance of something greater exists it is how one give themselves away for the betterment of all.  If rejected it how someone may “due themselves in.”  May be contributed to fear and personal sorrows.  Surrendering the ego.

me, tapping on your window, speaking softly: hey! as a member of the american gsa network and someone who has been involved in real life lgbtq+ organizations for several years, let’s please please please please stop the hatred of less popularized orientations & gender identities on this silly site!!! there’s a ton of misinformation being spread and I’ve honestly never seen this kind of internal hatred in any of my real-life organizations. please! be kind to each other !!!! gender is a spectrum! human ability to self-identify differs from person to person and is based on culture, experience, education, ect. we are a diverse, loving, widespread community. don’t center around the solely White Gay narrative

Cultural Appropriation

Cultural appropriation IS taking culturally significant items like headdresses or special ritual garbs out of context and using them as costume. 

Cultural appropriation IS NOT utilizing cultural garbs within their proper context. 

Cultural appropriation IS taking religious practices out of context or with minimal knowledge and using them regardless.

Cultural appropriation IS NOT respectfully following a religions practices as prescribed. 

Cultural appropriation IS choosing to participate or self initiate into religions that are closed to outsiders.

Cultural appropriation IS NOT being initiated by a practicing member of that closed religion, even though you’re not from that region or ethnicity

Cultural appropriation IS disrespectful use of any aspect of a culture that is culturally significant to that culture.

Cultural appropriation IS NOT respectfully learning about and engaging within a specified cultures practices

Culture IS complex. Cultures spread and wane in phases over time and over geographical locations, especially now in a world where many countries are no longer geographically isolated from one another

 Culture is NOT a clearly delineated arrangement of highly divided groups of people. Cultures rarely exist in a singular space or among a singular group of people anymore. Globalization has contributed to cultures being scattered, mixed, and blended among one another throughout the last several hundred years or more. 

Many practices are not reminiscent of one particular culture and exist across many of them. 

All cultures pull connections from a similar set of long-gone ancestral practices that evolved in separated pockets over the last several thousand years.

Cultural appropriation can be a serious and damaging problem, but this site has a horrible tendency to throw it around every time someone who SEEMS disconnected from a particular region expresses even the slightest iota of interest in learning about another culture. This behavior is divisive and unproductive. We need to celebrate and respect the cultures that have flourished and evolved throughout our history WITHOUT condemning anyone’s willingness to learn and interact with them. 

Educate kindly and engage thoughtfully. There’s a great deal of beauty to this world, the knowledge of which should be encouraged to be learned about by as many people as possible. Knowledge is powerful. It can stomp out ignorance and replace hate with understanding and acceptance. 


Gold Celtic Torcs and Jewellery, Bronze Age and Iron Age, The British Museum, 2.8.17.

theabioticlifeform  asked:

Hi! I'm about to pursue a degree in mathematics. Throughout high school, the farthest I got in math courses was AP Calculus AB. I was good in class, and enjoyed the subject, I'm just worried that I don't have an adequate mathematical foundation to go through this curriculum. I'm enrolled to take Calc. I in the fall, and my question is: At this point in my education, will my background or my ambition matter more? Because I'm willing to work as hard as I have to.

Colleges don’t expect high school students to know any math further than calculus, if even that.

As for background vs. ambition: From what you’re saying, you’ll do great. I’ve said it over and over, the best way to be good at math is to work hard at it. Practice beats talent any day.

Though background/foundation does matter some; math classes build on previous math classes. If you don’t know algebra, you won’t be able to do calculus. But many things you’ll either remember because you’re using them, or forget because you’re not using them so you don’t need to know them anyway. And if you forget, say, partial fraction decomposition (bane of my existence I stg) you can always look it up.

Basically, if you don’t have an adequate foundation you’ll figure it out pretty quick because you’ll find something you should know how to do, but don’t. When that happens (and it always happens, the question is just how often) your textbook, wolfram alpha, and google are your friends (just don’t plagiarize it’ll only screw you in the long run).

I hope that answered your question! If not, my inbox is open.


Decode a message, strum a tune, amplify sound…with the help of paper and scientific principles, artist Kelli Anderson has created an interactive experience that’s as educational as it is extraordinary.

This Book Is a Planetarium transforms into six fully functional tools (and explains the science behind each one), like an infinite calendar, a geometric drawing generator, and, of course, a real working planetarium. 

Echoing Souls.  CaptainSwan BigBang 2017

Hey shipmates, here is my contribution to the CaptainSwan BigBang 2017

Summary: Young Professor Swan leads a quiet but hectic life as the newest member of the Anthropology Department at University of Maine at Storybrooke, as well as being head curator for the University’s brand new museum. Killian Jones is a hardened detective who forms one half of the best homicide team in the small city of Storybrooke. When tragedy strikes, Emma and Killian find themselves thrust together, each feeling an inexplicable and frustrating attraction to the other. As the young couple works to find answers to the mystery that will take them on a journey together, they will also explore their undeniable chemistry and connection. Sometimes the universe has plans wherein the past, present, and future converge to assure that destiny is reached in every life.

Rating: Explicit 

Content Warning: minor character death 

First off, special thanks to @ilovemesomekillianjones for supporting me through this adventure and for always having the right words when I have struggled.

Secondly, a huge thanks to @swanemma and @jenswans for their collaboration with artwork. Each chapter that links to their work will be credited and tagged.  

For Chapter one we have the wonderfully talented @swanemma

Will also be posted on FFN and AO3

Also tagging some readers who may be interested. @ultraluckycatnd @katie-dub @its-like-a-story-of-love @lenfaz @cat-sophia @xhookswenchx @mayquita

if there are other out here who want a heads up please let me know. 

Chapter 1: Beware the Dark

Emma Swan rounded the corner of the hall, taking the short flight of stairs down into the converted basement offices. Even the addition of new lighting and carpeting couldn’t disguise that it was still a basement. Someday, maybe she would graduate to an upstairs office with a window, but right now the basement office was the place to be.

Stopping on her way to her office at the end of the hall, she opened the TA’s lounge to see if her personal assistant was anywhere in sight. Seeing the small brunette sitting at a table with a few other graduate students, Emma entered the room and poured herself a cup of the worst coffee that Storybrooke had to offer.

“Belle, did the shipment arrive yet?” Emma tried not to notice how a few of the students jumped up when she entered and started grabbing their books. This University wasn’t a happy one. The departments were fragmented and at war, and the Department Head was a first-class jerk.

“Oh no, not yet, Emma…um…Professor Swan!” Emma smiled at Belle’s lapse in using her name and then calling her professor. It really didn’t matter to her, but ‘The Powers That Be’ had sent out another memo last week reminding all Department Heads that a certain amount of professional decorum needed to be maintained at all times between faculty, staff, the underpaid student workers, and the students themselves.

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White women just love viewing themselves as temperate, patient teachers and use womanhood to place themselves in this position when interacting with men of color, but they hate they can’t do the same thing with women of color.

The Ugly Truth: Manipulation and the Sugar Bowl

I have promised to always be honest here. This is the truth: I got an ask that made me so uncomfortable that I avoided all of my asks for about two weeks. I have decided today to stop being such a coward and address the question and my own fear head on. It was not the entire question that made me nervous but rather one section, one sentence “What type of manipulation is this?”. Manipulation. The word jumped out at me and I recoiled in horror. Manipulation? Is that what she thought I was doing? But I wasn’t. I’m not. Manipulation is so dirty, isn’t it? Those were my immediate thoughts and when I took a moment to analyze them I was surprised at myself.

It is used in every area of life from the legal and political arenas, to marketing, sales, religion, non-profits, social media, social interaction, and education. It is everywhere. In fact, I would posit that there is no such thing as the unbiased purposeless opinion, free lunch, or selfless deed. We all want something from someone. In every other area of life, strong skills in manipulation are encouraged, taught, and celebrated. So again I wondered, why did I recoil?

Manipulation is, in my opinion, the ability and desire to not only make someone agree with you but to also make them want to stroll happily down the path that you lead them. Robert Greene calls this seduction. Seduction, when I first joined the bowl, made me anxious. I was raised in a strongly Christian household. I attended Christian schools. And I was raised with strong southern values. The idea of the good girl bombarded me from all angles. I was raised to be a good girl who would go on to be a good wife, a good mother and a good girl did not seduce or manipulate men. A good girl is led off the path of righteousness. She would never dare to lead. That would take away her title of good girl and replace it with titles like hussy, Jezebel, loose, and fast and all of those titles greatly diminished her value in the eyes of men. And the male gaze in the eyes of society and based on the religious dogma I was routinely fed was more important than anything. That dogma, both from society and religion, along with my own trepidation regarding the morality or lack thereof in sex work combined to make manipulation/seduction a word I avoided. But eventually, I became agnostic which silenced the religious dogma and found myself some ho friends and things got easier.

Robert Greene broke down the different seductive types in his book The Art of Seduction. Upon reading the book I knew exactly which seductive type I wanted to be: the siren. All of  the sugar babies whose advice I wanted so badly to follow were self admittedly sirens. That was who I had to be. Except I wasn’t. It didn’t sit well with me. It didn’t sit well on me. I was uncomfortable in that role. It felt like a shoe that was two sizes too small. Like jeans that were supposed to be sexy but just didn’t fit. I felt like I was lying. The men I was sitting across from were confused. So was I. I felt like I was lying. And lying felt wrong. This was the part of manipulation that felt icky to me. This was the part that left the bad taste in my mouth.

I took a step back and stopped trying to be what I thought I should be. I decided instead to be myself. My whole self. Not my ideal self, the woman I would morph into in a “perfect” world. No, instead I accepted who I was. My whole self was good, bad, and ugly. My whole self, my true self, was a masculine dandy.

I also admitted that I was not going to seduce everyone and forgave myself for it. It was okay. I did not need to seduce everyone, I needed to seduce the right ones. The failures were not failures. They were lessons in personality types. They were lessons in what types would not work. Manipulation for me, as a masculine dandy, means never forgetting the goal or forgetting that I have more than one goal. It means never forgetting that I am my only necessity. It means having an answer for every question he’s asked before it’s been asked. My next gift? My next trip? My next romantic step? I already know. He never has to ponder or decide, just wander happily down the path I’ve laid. And I don’it have to worry about a siren’s call, whatever that may be. I just have to be myself. That fits perfectly.

What is your seductive style? How did you develop it? Are you comfortable with it?

The more our technical civilization advances and the more, therefore, the study of things as distinct from the study of men and their ideas qualifies for the more important and influential positions, the more significant becomes the gulf that separates two different types of mind: the one represented by the man whose supreme ambition is to turn the world round him into an enormous machine, every part of which, on his pressing a button, moves according to his design; and the other represented by the man whose main interest is the growth of the human mind in all its aspects, who in the study of history or literature, the arts or the law, has learned to see the individuals as part of a process in which his contribution is not directed but spontaneous, and where he assists in the creation of something greater than he or any other single mind can ever plan for.  It is this awareness of being part of a social process, and of the manner in which individual efforts interact, which the education solely in the sciences or in technology seems so lamentably to fail to convey.  It is not surprising that many of the more active minds among those so trained sooner or later react violently against the deficiencies of their education and develop a passion for imposing on society the order which they are unable to detect by the means with which they are familiar.
—  F.A. Hayek, Studies on the Abuse and Decline of Reason

Neolithic artefacts from Skara Brae site and Scotland as digital art, National Museum of Scotland, 16.4.17.