regional guide

Pokémon Ultra Sun & Pokémon Ultra Moon: The Official Alola Region Strategy Guide 

Set Off for More Adventures in the Alola Region!
Whether you’re heading back to the islands or it’s your first time in the tropical Alola region, there are many fun surprises waiting for you to discover! Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • A detailed walkthrough of your whole adventure!
  • A Pokémon List to help you fill the Alola Pokédex!
  • The scoop on where to find items, how to use advanced battle strategies, and more!
  • An updated bonus pullout map showing every island in the region!
  • Price: $24.99
  • Released date: November 24, 2017
  • Contains 480 pages


leranem  asked:

I guess you've already done that But can you recommend some resources for studying politics & political science? Thank you so much, I absolutely love your blog 😌

Thank you!!

Full disclosure: I was a joint political science and international relations major, so some of the following resources may be more international relations focused.

Generally, the most ‘useful resources’ will depend on the region and system you’re studying. I’ve included a range of general sources (for those pesky ideology based topics), and some region-specific sources.  

 Penguin Dictionary of International Relations (.pdf format) 

Using a subject dictionary is a brilliant way to get an overview of a new topic. You can use the concepts and theorists noted in the definition to expand your research and refine your understanding on the topic.

Note: don’t follow definitions blindly - even"official" dictionaries hold some political bias.

Open Yale Courses: Introduction to Political Philosophy

[Resources] [Watch Lectures Here]

Yale (and other leading universities) offer online “intro courses”, recorded on youtube. While the topics are US centric, the lectures on philosophers and theories (e.g. Hobbes, Locke, John Stuart Mill, Marxism etc.) provide a useful introduction, regardless of region.  

The Conversation

Editions: Australia, United Kingdom, United States, France, Africa

Stay ontop of “current issues”. They may serve as useful examples to illustrate theories, explain concepts and solidify your argument. A good way to do so is to follow a monthly magazine or read academic journals (See below) 

For example, The Conversation is written by leading academics and practitioners, but targeted at the layman. It deals with contentious current (and often complex) affairs in an accessible manner. I find that it’s an easy way to get a brief intro into current events, without getting bogged down by political jargon etc. 

Academic Journals (e.g. accessed through JSTOR)

Dear god, please utilise your university/ school’s access to academic databases. They should be your point of call when doing a research essay/ any other assignment - not google.

Look at the authoritative journal in your region. It’ll give you a good idea of 1. what the important issues/ discourse in the current literature are and 2. The opinions of the leading academics. For example, the Australian Political Science Association ranks and lists a variety of academic journals here.  

Oxford University Press Resources

Aside from being a leading publisher of introductory textbooks, OUP has an interactive site to support its publications. It contains flashcards, revision exercises, examples, and further commentary by the authors. It’s very handy regardless of whether you have the textbook or not. 

Crash Course

Sometimes, simple is best! With particularly complex topics,I find its always easier to take a broad stroked view, and then slowly build upon the detail. For example, Crash Course does a brilliant intro to the US system.

Ted ed: Government Declassified

Many of these videos are US centric. Nevertheless, there’s a few interesting videos on political philosophy. And heck, its always a lot more interesting to watch a video than struggle through a 20+ page article!  

By region/ subject area

The following resources list a range of additional websites etc which are helpful if you want specific information on a particular region. 

UK: Keele’s Guide 

US: Library of Congress 

AUS: USYD’s resources for political science and international relations and you can find a list of uni resources, think tanks and other orgs here.  

Hope that helps! 

- fuckstudy 

Advice on pan-Asian themes/countries

We continue to receive asks/submissions that ask the same basic question: Can I have/create a pan-Asian country in my work? (We get this question at least two times a week, no joke!)

And the answer is: Our recommendation is that you don’t create pan-Asian anything in your works. So, no. Don’t. Please don’t. Just don’t.

But since we keep getting questions about it, we thought we’d specifically address why pan-Asian themes/cultures/countries are problematic.

There’s an assumption that there is a generic “Asian culture” that exists. It doesn’t. It goes along with this racist idea that Asians look the same. White supremacy often takes the tack of looking at Asians as robots, and you see see this mentality continually espoused in articles about the education systems in East Asia, or the factories in China and India, or the idea that Asians “naturally” gravitate towards mathematics and engineering. These are lies. The emasculation of the Asian man and the hypersexualization of the Asian woman also treats us all like robots or dolls instead of human beings.

The continent of Asia is gigantic. It boasts the greatest population in the world. It’s huge and it’s extremely diverse. Its diaspora is also extremely diverse.

India’s population alone is over 1 billion. There are at least 17 languages spoken there and over 900 dialects. It’s the birthplace of four major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. India has more than 2000 ethnic groups and EVERY major world religion is represented there. It’s one of the most diverse countries in the world.

Even trying to define a generic “Indian” culture (both in India and among its diaspora) is very difficult to do! So it simply isn’t possible to have a generic “Asian culture” when it’s nigh impossible to do that for ONE country in Asia. India is not a monolith. Indian diaspora is not a monolith. Asia is also not a monolith. “Asian culture” doesn’t exist. When people write pan-Asian themes/countries/cultures into their works, they’re propagating this myth.

This doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of cultural similarity between certain regions in Asia or that there’s never any cultural sharing or melding. If two countries are located close to each other geographically, there’s a good chance that some ideas and traditions have made their way across both countries. This is the same all over the world.

But sometimes, this sharing of culture is not mutual. Asia is no stranger to forced assimilation, colonization, imperialism, genocide, war, and the oppression of native and indigenous peoples.

Pan-Asian works ignore this historical context. They give no regard to the atrocities that have taken place and often align themselves with imperialism. In fact, pan-Asianism (that is, the unification of Asia) was often used in Japanese imperialist propaganda, which sought to unite Asia under Japanese supremacy.*

Also, many traditions, religions and cultural practices have origins in the geography, climate, and ecosystems surrounding the people groups in question. By using only some aspects and not others, you run the risk of eliminating the very reasons why certain cultural traditions might have come to be.

Again, even if your novel involves distant planets “inspired” by currently existing countries or an alternate history, we strongly advise against pan-Asian countries or cultures. If it isn’t possible for many currently existing countries in Asia to have a single homogenous culture, then how is it realistic for the countries in your work to have pan-Asian cultures or themes?

People are often proud of their cultural traditions and history, including things like traditional dress, architecture, religions, and customs. If you are not Asian, then it isn’t your place to separate people groups from their countries and cultural traditions for your artistic work. Asia is not your playground. 


Here’s a submission we had from a reader on why pan-Asian themes are harmful: Representation in Avatar the Last Airbender.

Here’s a link to our cultural appropriation tag.

*Please do not ever use Japanese imperialism as an excuse for why white supremacy “isn’t so bad” or “White supremacists aren’t the only racist ones!” Yes, there have been multiple people groups in history, on every continent, that have done atrocious things. None of it justifies or excuses current white supremacy. That’s false equivalence, and we do not play that game here at WWC. 

Here’s a post I wrote (from ThisIsNotJapan) about this very issue.

anonymous asked:

Hey Laura! I'm going to spend ten years in Paris very soon, what foods should I absolutely try? Thanks!


good for you (don’t forget your umbrella)! (ten YEARS? didn’t you mean days?)

my mind obviously goes to croissants (preferably before 11 am otherwise they won’t be warm and that’s a bit of a pity) but also actual baguettes - i’ve never found real bread outside of france. and cheese. go to any carrefour or auchan you’ll see and go nuts with the camembert and the brie, dear.

when it comes to desserts, you can visit angélina’s tearoom (fancy af), try a merveilleux at les merveilleux de fred’s (meringue + whipped cream + bits of dark chocolate, a speciality from the north - where i’m from), get some of our national macarons at ladurée’s and a paris brest at la goutte d’or’s

you can also get croques-monsieur or gratins dauphinois in pretty much any brasserie (check yelp for help). in terms of actual restaurants i shall advise you to check my friend morgan’s season square (vegan, organic, v cute, and if you’re lucky his little fox-doggo will be there) #spon and le pain quotidien (they have pot-au-feu), my faves. but to be fair you can try every restaurant you’ll see and they’ll always have something new for you, we do love our food.

just remember to be v polite/quiet and everything will be alright! 

hope this helps! x 

a map of regional dishes : x 

my guide to french touristing : x

Originally posted by heavydynamics

Since everyone else has listed books for their field, I figured I'd share the vet tech-related titles on my shelf :)

• All Creatures Great and Small — James Herriot. This book has inspired generations of vets and vet techs! If you read any “pop culture” book on vet med, this is it! Treatments may have changed, but people certainly haven’t lol we’ve even got a client we refer to as “our version of Tricky Woo’s mom”!
• Tell Me Where It Hurts — Nick Trout. A glimpse into life at a very large veterinary emergency and referral hospital in New England.
• Disease: The Extraordinary Stories Behind History’s Deadliest Killers — Mary Dobson (Human focus, but many are zoonotic)
• Woodsong — Gary Paulsen.
• My Life in Dog Years — Gary Paulsen.
Paulsen isn’t veterinary focused, but he captures perfectly the bond between people and their dogs, both pets and working animals.

And for technical reference:
• Anatomy of Domestic Animals: Systemic and Regional Approach — Pasquini, Spurgeon, and Pasquini
• Applied Pharmacology for the Veterinary Technician — Boyce P. Wanamaker and Kathy Lockett Massey
• Cattle Health Handbook — Heather Smith Thomas
• Clinical Anatomy & Physiology for Veterinary Technicians — Thomas Colville and Joanna M. Bassert
• Clinical Laboratory Animal Medicine: an introduction — Karen Hrapkiewicz and Leticia Medina
• Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians — Dennis M. McCurnin and Joanna M. Bassett
• Common Diseases of Companion Animals — Alice Summers
• Developmental Biology — Scott F. Gilbert
• Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician — Bonnie Ballard and Ryan Cheek
•Glossary of Agricultural Terms: English-Spanish/Spanish-English — US Peace Corps
• Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians — -Elizabeth A. Hanie
• Living with Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock — Jay Rossier
• Merck Veterinary Manual
• Microbiology — Joanne M. Willey, Linda M. Sherwood, Christopher J. Silverton
• National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals
• Restraint and Handling of Wild and Domestic Animals — Murray E. Fowler
• Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary
• Small Animal Surgical Nursing: Skills and Concepts — Sara J. Busch
• Smithsonian Handbooks Birds of North America, Eastern Region
• Storey’s Guide to Raising  Rabbits — Bob Bennett
• Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia — Diane McKelvey and K. Wayne Hollingshead
• Veterinary Clinical Parasitology — Anne M. Zajac and Gary A. Conboy
• Veterinary Hematology: Atlas of Domestic Species — William J. Reagan, Teresa G. Sanders, and Dennis B. DeNicola
• Veterinary Technician’s Daily Reference Guide — Candyce M. Jack and Patricia M. Watson
• Where There is No Animal Doctor — Maureen Birmingham and Peter Quesenberry
• and a myriad of booklets (ex. “Quick Reference Tick Guide” by Bayer Animal Health, and “Pet Emergency Care: What to do When Emergencies Happen,” by Southpaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center)


As a big thank-you for all the support, I’m going to hold a big ol’ giveaway! Since I don’t do fancy art or anything, I guess I’m gonna share the bird love by sending two incredible books about wild bird life and bird identification!

But seriously, thanks for following this blog. The end-goal here is to permeate the inner core of tumblr filled with angsty teens posting pictures of girls with coffee and whatnot to show them that there are these crazy dinosaurs beeping outside their window if they’d only look away from the computer for a second. 

…Okay, this is probably misplaced regret from since I was basically that same angsty teen. Except, substitute tumblr with Warriors RP forums and Zoo Tycoon. 

I DIGRESS. Let’s talk about free stuff.

How do I do the thing?!

  1. Reblog this post! You only have to do it once. You do not need to follow me. If you do choose to follow me, you should know that you’ll be rewarded with all sorts of nifty birdy and biological content generated by a 100% certified nerd.
  2. On Sunday, June 26th, I will randomly select four lucky winners! WHAT?! The *grand prize* is a copy of Sibley Guide to Birds, 2nd ed. AND Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior. THREE RUNNERS UP will receive a copy of a regional Sibley Guide to Birds, 2nd ed. The region will be up to you (options are East and West).
  3. ENJOY, nerds

Any restrictions?

Alas, yes. This giveaway is to the continental 48 states only, because shipping costs elsewhere become exorbitant, and I’m already spending $$$ on these books! Please don’t hate me, everyone else– I’m still thinking of you, and your beautiful far-flung birds. 


Taking a Deep, Cold Antarctic Breath with @acacia.johnson

To explore the Arctic alongside Acacia, follow @acacia.johnson on Instagram.

Muddy-breasted penguins, blubbery crabeater seals and jumbles of whale bones are everywhere, but in the still, icy world of Acacia Johnson (@acacia.johnson), spotting a person is a game of Where’s Waldo. Mostly there are just clues, like the footprints in slush, a lone flag, a tiny boat. “It’s very far removed from civilization. It’s just completely pristine. Nobody owns it,” Acacia says from a boat in the middle of Antarctica, where she is spending three months as an expedition guide. “Polar regions are a place where I feel most alive. The first time I came here, I was so profoundly moved that I knew it was going to be my life for some period of time.” The 25-year-old photographer spends roughly half of the year on the water, leading passengers on wildlife tours and lecturing on basic photography. “It’s a much more vibrant place than people might envision,” she says. “Every day feels like waking up on almost a different planet. It can’t possibly be part of this earth. It’s too good to be true.”


Cat-fishing Leopard gets covered in mud catching its fish-supper!!
The fishing leopards in the Savuti Channel in Botswana are known for their unique skills in catching fish - but have rarely been photographed.
This sighting was captured by 57-year-old, electrical engineer, Abel Coelho, while on a photographic safari with Earth Ark Safaris in the region. Abel said: “Our guide got a tip off there was a leopard in the Hippo Pool area, so off we went to investigate.
Picture: Greatstock / Barcroft Media
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