The World’s First Female Author, Enhedu’anna

This ancient clay tablet from Babylonia is inscribed in Sumerian cuneiform and dates to the 20th-17th centuries BC. It mentions King Sargon’s daughter Enhedu'anna as the author of a hymn to the goddess Inanna. The tablet has lines written first by the teacher in the first column, with 2 students repeating the hymn in columns 2 and 3.

Enhedu’anna was the daughter of King Sargon of Akkad (2334-2279 BC), founder of the first documented empire in Asia. Enhedu’anna emerges as a genuine creative talent, a poetess as well as a princess, a priestess and a prophetess. She is, in fact, the first named, non-legendary author in history. As such she has found her way into contemporary anthologies, especially of women’s literature.

Here’s a compiled list of apps that is useful for school and everyday life. 

Note-taking

Paid apps:

  • Notability ($4.98 fav!)  
  • Goodnotes ($8.98 best for handwritten notes)
  • Noteshelf ($5.99)
  • Writepad ($7.99)

Free apps:

  • Evernote (fav!)
  • Keynote
  • Penultimate
  • Paper by 53
  • Bamboo Paper
  • Pages (iOS only)
  • Papyrus (Android only)
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft Onenote
  • Simplenote
  • Somnote (100MB of free cloud storage for every account)
  • Catch Notes

Calendars

Paid apps:

  • Fantastical 2 for iPhone ($4.99)
  • Calendars 5 ($6.99)
  • Agenda Calendar 4 ($2.58)
  • Clear ($4.99 only for iOS)

Free apps:

  • CalenMob (fav!)
  • Cal 
  • Google Calendar
  • Sunrise Calendar
  • Tempo
  • Horizon Calendar
  • SolCalendar (Android only)
  • WAVE

Clock/ Time Tracker

  • Forest: Stay Focused, Stop Phubbing (fav fav fav fav fav)
  • Day Box (countdown app) 
  • ColorClock
  • Fiqlo ($1.28)
  • Rise ($1.99)
  • Timely Alarm Clock
  • My Alarm Clock Free
  • Alarmy
  • Wake Alarm Clock

To-Do Lists

Paid apps:

  • Carrot ($1.99)
  • Todoist ($30/yr)

Free apps:

  • Any.Do
  • Google Keep (Android only)
  • Wunderlist

Flashcards

Paid apps:

  • Flashcards Deluxe ($3.99)

Free apps:

  • Evernote Peek
  • AnkiApp
  • Flashcardlet
  • STUDYBLUE
  • Flashcards +
  • Flashcards+ by Chegg
  • Cram
  • Quizlet

Languages

Free apps:

  • Memrise (fav!)
  • Duolingo
  • AnkiApp
  • Busuu
  • Google Translate
  • Dictionary Online 

SATs

Paid apps:

  • SAT Vocab Challenge for iPhone ($5)
  • SAT Connect ($9.99 for Apple, marked down from $24.99 :O )
  • Adapster (math- $9.99 on Apple)
  • Kaplan Portable SAT ($5.99)

Free apps:

  • SAT Up (fav!)
  • The Official SAT Question of the Day (Collegeboard!)
  • SAT Prep & College Search
  • SAT Vocab by Mindsnacks
  • IntelliVocab lite
  • Princeton Review’s SAT Score Quest for iPad
  • Kaplan SAT Flashcubes (free)
  • Flash of Genius: SAT Vocab ($1 Android, free on Apple)
  • ACT/SAT Math Booster (Free, Android)
  • SAT Challenge By The Princeton Review
  • English Vocabulary Flashcards Exambusters

Study Guides

  • iTunesU 
  • CliffsNotes Study Guides
  • Khan Academy

Music

  • Spotify (fav!)
  • 8tracks
  • Soundcloud
  • Pandora
  • Google Play Music
  • Vevo
  • iHeartRadio
  • Tidal
  • Shazam
  • Garageband
  • Sound Trap
  • Songza
  • Rdio
  • Youtube

Videos

  • BrainPOP Featured Movie
  • VideoScience
  • Khan Academy
  • TED Talks
  • Youtube

News

  • Yahoo News Digest (fav!)
  • The New York Times
  • NYT Now
  • BBC
  • CNN
  • Al Jazeera English
  • Circa News
  • AP Mobile
  • Flipboard
  • Google Currents
  • Buzzfeed
  • Pocket: Save Articles and Videos to View Later
  • reddit AMA - Ask Me Anything
  • Digg

Books

  • iBooks
  • Scribd ($8.99/mo)
  • Kindle
  • Kobo
  • Google Play Books
  • Nook
  • Ebook Reader
  • Wattpad (contrary to popular opinions, there are many great books)

Relaxation/ Stress Relief

Workout:

  • Nike + Running (fav!)
  • Workout Trainer
  • Runtastic Six Pack Abs
  • FitStar
  • Runtastic Six Pack Abs
  • Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App

Random:

  • Earthlapse ($0.99)
  • Sing! Karaoke by Smule
  • Yoga Relax
  • iBonsai
  • Zen Bound
  • Sheep Counter
  • White Noise
  • Just Rain

Games to stimulate your mind:

  • 1010!
  • 2048
  • Tsum Tsum
  • Blek

I have not tried most of the paid apps, please download at your own discretion :)

Holy butts, so I got this trimmer line for new pen nibs for my tablet and it is AMAZING. I highly recommend this over buying more premade ones, especially the wacom ones.
I have had my tablet for years and have always hated the scratchy plastic to tablet sound so I looked for an alternative on YouTube. Found this video –> ( videooo ) and it shows trimmer line, fine sandpaper and like 5 mins and poof, new nibs for cheap! (Like 10-12$ on Amazon)
Supposedly they last like 3 times as long as the Wacom ones (will see later!) But even if they don’t there is enough trimmer line to last me hundreds of nibs xD
So I tried out the one I made and it is like drawing with butterrrr, the sound as well as the smoothness of the lines are both a million times better than my old nibs. Anyone who has a tablet go buy these noooowww!


P.S. Happy Holidays to all of you lovelies <3

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I’m glad I was able to finish something for today. These past few months have been a bit rough but I’m glad you guys continued to support me. I’m really thankful for you all and the friends and family who stuck by. You all mean so much to me. So thank you.

A 3,800-year journey from classroom to classroom

Thirty-eight hundred years ago, on the hot river plains of what is now southern Iraq, a Babylonian student did a bit of schoolwork that changed our understanding of ancient mathematics. The student scooped up a palm-sized clump of wet clay, formed a disc about the size and shape of a hamburger, and let it dry down a bit in the sun. On the surface of the moist clay the student drew a diagram that showed the people of the Old Babylonian Period (1,900–1,700 B.C.E.) fully understood the principles of the “Pythagorean Theorem” 1300 years before Greek geometer Pythagoras was born, and were also capable of calculating the square root of two to six decimal places.

Today, thanks to the Internet and new digital scanning methods being employed at Yale, this ancient geometry lesson continues to be used in modern classrooms around the world.

“This geometry tablet is one of the most-reproduced cultural objects that Yale owns—it’s published in mathematics textbooks the world over,” says Professor Benjamin Foster, curator of the Babylonian Collection, which includes the tablet. Read more.