theatlantic:

My Students Don’t Know How To Have a Conversation

Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their desks, checking their Facebook feeds and texts.

As I called their attention, students’ heads slowly lifted, their eyes reluctantly glancing forward. I then cheerfully explained that their next project would practice a skill they all desperately needed: holding a conversation.

Several students looked perplexed. Others fidgeted in their seats, waiting for me to stop watching the class so they could return to their phones. Finally, one student raised his hand. “How is this going to work?” he asked. 

My junior English class had spent time researching different education issues. We had held whole-class discussions surrounding school reform issues and also practiced one-on-one discussions. Next, they would create podcasts in small groups, demonstrating their ability to communicate about the topics—the project represented a culminating assessment of their ability to speak about the issues in real time.

Even with plenty of practice, the task proved daunting to students. I watched trial runs of their podcasts frequently fall silent. Unless the student facilitator asked a question, most kids were unable to converse effectively. Instead of chiming in or following up on comments, they conducted rigid interviews. They shuffled papers and looked down at their hands. Some even reached for their phones—an automatic impulse and the last thing they should be doing.

Read more. [Image: Adam Fagen/Flickr]

stormbornvalkyrie:

 I am Daenerys Stormborn. Your Masters may have told you lies about me, or they may have told you nothing. It does not matter. I have nothing to say to them. I speak only to you. First, I went to Astapor. Those who were slaves in Astapor now stand behind me. Free. Next I went to Yunkai. Those who were slaves in Yunkai now stand behind me. Free. Now I have come to Meereen.

I am not your enemy. Your enemy is beside you. Your enemy steals and murders your children. Your enemy has nothing for you but chains and suffering, and commands. I do not bring you commands. I bring you a choice. And I bring your enemies what they deserve.

(via melissa-smith)

wnyc:

I wish.

- Sean, Sideshow (via)

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vanityfair:

In the Details | David Chang 

A panoply of eccentric biographical data RE: chefdom’s fretful ramen master.

HE IS the Virginia-raised son of Korean immigrants—educated in Vienna, a suburb of Washington, D.C., but well acquainted with Richmond, where his father had a business. Culinarily, this background has come to bear on such Chang creations as his Honeycrisp-apple kimchi with jowl bacon and Noodle Bar’s fried chicken served two ways, southern-style and Korean-style.

HIS FAVORITE extra-vocational activity is fly-fishing, which satisfies him, paradoxically, “because it’s constant dissatisfaction.”

HE HAS spent much of his life deliberately evading anything that smacks of normalcy. Of late, however, he finds himself thinking, “Man, normal might be really nice right now.”

Read more here. 

Photograph by Gasper Tringale. 

Darwyn Cooke’s Batman Beyond Animated Short (2014)

Made for the 75th anniversary of Batman

fastcompany:

Forget The Penthouse, This Drone Has the Best Views Of NYC
Despite all the hype surrounding drones (rumors that Amazon will be unleashing a drone delivery service among them), “drones are not what they seem to people who haven’t played around with them,” Slavin says. “They’re just remote controlled quadcopters.”
Read more> 
fastcompany:

Forget The Penthouse, This Drone Has the Best Views Of NYC
Despite all the hype surrounding drones (rumors that Amazon will be unleashing a drone delivery service among them), “drones are not what they seem to people who haven’t played around with them,” Slavin says. “They’re just remote controlled quadcopters.”
Read more> 
fastcompany:

Forget The Penthouse, This Drone Has the Best Views Of NYC
Despite all the hype surrounding drones (rumors that Amazon will be unleashing a drone delivery service among them), “drones are not what they seem to people who haven’t played around with them,” Slavin says. “They’re just remote controlled quadcopters.”
Read more> 
fastcompany:

Forget The Penthouse, This Drone Has the Best Views Of NYC
Despite all the hype surrounding drones (rumors that Amazon will be unleashing a drone delivery service among them), “drones are not what they seem to people who haven’t played around with them,” Slavin says. “They’re just remote controlled quadcopters.”
Read more> 

fastcompany:

Forget The Penthouse, This Drone Has the Best Views Of NYC

Despite all the hype surrounding drones (rumors that Amazon will be unleashing a drone delivery service among them), “drones are not what they seem to people who haven’t played around with them,” Slavin says. “They’re just remote controlled quadcopters.”

Read more> 

(via npr)

A cloudy day is still better than fluorescent lights

escapekit:

True Facts
Comedy website Kind Of Normal has a series of funny and insightful infographics that reveal the truths about our daily routines and habits. 
escapekit:

True Facts
Comedy website Kind Of Normal has a series of funny and insightful infographics that reveal the truths about our daily routines and habits. 
escapekit:

True Facts
Comedy website Kind Of Normal has a series of funny and insightful infographics that reveal the truths about our daily routines and habits. 
escapekit:

True Facts
Comedy website Kind Of Normal has a series of funny and insightful infographics that reveal the truths about our daily routines and habits. 
escapekit:

True Facts
Comedy website Kind Of Normal has a series of funny and insightful infographics that reveal the truths about our daily routines and habits. 
escapekit:

True Facts
Comedy website Kind Of Normal has a series of funny and insightful infographics that reveal the truths about our daily routines and habits. 
escapekit:

True Facts
Comedy website Kind Of Normal has a series of funny and insightful infographics that reveal the truths about our daily routines and habits. 
escapekit:

True Facts
Comedy website Kind Of Normal has a series of funny and insightful infographics that reveal the truths about our daily routines and habits. 
escapekit:

True Facts
Comedy website Kind Of Normal has a series of funny and insightful infographics that reveal the truths about our daily routines and habits. 
escapekit:

True Facts
Comedy website Kind Of Normal has a series of funny and insightful infographics that reveal the truths about our daily routines and habits. 

escapekit:

True Facts

Comedy website Kind Of Normal has a series of funny and insightful infographics that reveal the truths about our daily routines and habits. 

Me as soon as someone starts to say “We should go on a vaca-”

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New York City - by: SamAlive

New York City - by: SamAlive

New York City - by: SamAlive

New York City - by: SamAlive

New York City - by: SamAlive

New York City - by: SamAlive

New York City - by: SamAlive