Artist Chris McMahon buys other people’s landscape paintings at thrift stores and puts monsters in them.

Previously: Artist Repaints His Own Childhood Drawings

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lovelycharts.com – create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.
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coralcdn.org – if a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN.
random.org – pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.
google.com/webfonts – a good collection of open source fonts.
homestyler.com – design from scratch or re-model your home in 3d.
join.me – share you screen with anyone over the web.
wetransfer.com – for sharing really big files online.
hundredzeros.com – the site lets you download free Kindle books.
polishmywriting.com – check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.
marker.to – easily highlight the important parts of a web page for sharing.
whichdateworks.com – planning an event? find a date that works for all.
everytimezone.com – a less confusing view of the world time zones.
gtmetrix.com – the perfect tool for measuring your site performance online.
noteflight.com – print music sheets, write your own music online (review).
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translate.google.com – translate web pages, PDFs and Office documents.
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bubbl.us – create mind-maps, brainstorm ideas in the browser.
kuler.adobe.com – get color ideas, also extract colors from photographs.
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scribblemaps.com – create custom Google Maps easily.
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On July 2, 1964, with Martin Luther King, Jr., directly behind him, President Lyndon Johnson scrawled his signature on a document years in the making—the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark legislation.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr., others look on, 07/02/1964. (The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library)

The first and the signature pages of the act will be on display at the National Archives Rubenstein Gallery in Washington, DC, until September 17, 2014. These 50-year-old sheets of paper represent years of struggle and society’s journey toward justice.

The most comprehensive civil rights legislation since the Reconstruction era, the Civil Right Act finally gave the Federal Government the means to enforce the promises of the 13th,  14th, and 15th Amendments. The act prohibited discrimination in public places, allowed the integration of public facilities and schools, and forbade discrimination in employment.

But such a landmark congressional enactment was by no means achieved easily…

Keep reading at Prologue: Pieces of History » Now On Display: The Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Anonymous said: I guess I just feel weird about it, and about their motivations in becoming a midwive or an OB- I mean, if you're pro abortion, why would you help pregnant women give birth? I get them becoming an abortionist, logically, but just... I don't understand them being a midwife or OB. And it makes me so uncomfortable I can't ask mine outright where she stands, because idk how much I can trust her with my baby's life.







I completely agree with you there, and I see what you’re saying. A pro-life OB or midwife would value your baby’s life better than a pro-abortion one.

What a crock of shit.

Midwives are medical professionals and as such they have a duty to make sure the pregnant person goes through a safe birth.

A pro choice midwife would understand that this person has CHOSE to have this child, and would endeavour to make it as safe as possible.

Such outrageous bullshit, you talk. - Leigh

My mom is a pro-choice midwife.
She’s delivered thousands of babies. She has witnessed countless times how emotionally and physically challenging/exhausting it is to be pregnant for nine months and give birth. She’s been there for mental breakdowns, panic attacks, health scares, abusive relationships, extreme poverty, medical emergencies, and even deaths. That’s why she’s pro-choice. Because it’s such an intensely difficult experience for people with wanted pregnancies. Forcing someone to go through that process when they don’t even want to is BARBARIC.

I don’t usually talk about this on Tumblr, but my doctor when I was pregnant was pro-life. When my very, very wanted pregnancy ended in miscarriage, she refused to give me the necessary procedure when I was hemorrhaging because it was “too close to an abortion” for her comfort. The procedure was a d&c, which is sometimes necessary if your body has trouble, which I did, because I have a back-tilting uterus. I ended up having emergency surgery at the hands of a more competent doctor, and multiple blood transfusions. The competent doctor was close to tears when evaluating me, and kept saying “I can’t believe she let it get this bad, a few more hours of bleeding and you could have died.” What was already a terrible time for me because I was losing a baby turned into an absolute nightmare, and I almost lost my life. So even though my pregnancy didn’t end in abortion, my doctor’s pro-life level of comfort for a procedure she deemed “close to abortion” (which, it’s not, a d&c has nothing to do with abortion), was placed above my own safety. So think again if you believe a pro-life doctor will handle your pregnancy better than a pro-choice one.

I’m SO glad you’re okay, wow.

And you’re not the only person this has happened to. A woman in Washington had her second pregnancy put in danger by her Catholic hospital’s mismanagement of her first miscarriage because they “valued” her fetus’ life over her own. Or "Janet," who almost died because her fetus’ heart was still beating while she was bleeding to death. And we all heard about the late Savita Halappanavar in Ireland, where abortion is illegal.

I don’t know if these people think pro-choice midwives are secretly performing abortions on their patients or what, but there are documented cases of what happens when “pro-life” ideology clashes with medical reality, so…

Never trust a pro-lifer, they’re anything but

Ask yourself, do I want somebody at my side who strongly values MY oppinion during this experience? Because, let me tell you, there is a system, there are plenty of doctors around who will take control if you let them. Not for necessary procedures in every case. But for loads of money always. You want somebody to believe you have a right to choose about what happens to YOUR body and what you do with your body all the way. Who will only rule over your ideals of your labor if it is absolutely necessary. Because giving birth can be a very, very empowering and strenghtening experience then (unless of course something goes terribly wrong in which case you want somebody taking the rational decisions. So.).
You should be in charge. You and the baby will do this together.



Talk about teamwork.

Holy fuck



Talk about teamwork.

Holy fuck

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S.M.A.R.T. Adventures: A Math Adventure Game for Girls Ages 9 and Up


So one of my sorority sisters from undergrad has been working on this amazing new Kindle/Android/iPad math game for girls! She’s actually currently getting her PhD in psychology and is studying math learning and gender…and she’s actually been working on this concept since high school! 

Check it out:

Empowering Personal Achievement

S.M.A.R.T. Adventures ™ games seek to empower girls to become self-assured and educated in math, science, and technology. Our goals are outlined here:

  • Create fun, engaging, and educational software that is designed specifically for girls
  • Help girls attain math, science, and technology literacy
  • Utilize scientific research in advanced learning and teaching techniques
  • Instill confidence in girls of all ages and stages of education
  • Collaborate with girls, parents, and educators to continuously improve our products

Our games allow girls to celebrate who they are and what they can achieve. Personalized interactive features allow each player to become the star of her own adventure by creating a custom avatar that looks like her. The story-based adventure includes an exciting mystery to solve, which helps motivate players to keep playing while practicing math skills. Our game world offers diverse characters that present problems to players and help them work through assignments and challenges.

We want players to have the freedom to explore and try new things, so our games include no timed activities and no penalties for wrong answers.  Players receive continuous feedback on progress, and each completed task leads to rewarding and amusing outcomes. The compelling storyline motivates players while introducing science and technology concepts in a light and fun way.

Imagine your child eager to tackle math concepts like basic arithmetic, fractions, decimals, bar graphs, place value, measurements of volume and mass, factors, multiples, angles, polygons, and spatial rotation. Watch her solve problems relating to space travel, chemistry, mechanical and electrical engineering, computer science, and more. Math practice has never been this much fun!

High Educational Standards

Our games utilize innovative techniques based on research in motivational and learning theory, specifically as it applies to girls studying math, science, and technology. We develop our games using national and state standards for mathematics education.

Our first educational game, Sabotage at the Space Station, is designed for girls ages 9 and up and is calibrated to what most students learn by the end of fourth grade. The game consists of a set of mini-games focused on different skills, and each mini-game has three levels of difficulty that present different challenges to the player. Many girls may need an adult’s help while playing the more difficult levels at first. The more they play, the more they will master the skills needed to play the most challenging levels.

Safe and Secure

Our games are age-appropriate and present positive images and role models for girls. There are no in-app purchases in our games, no additional modules to purchase to finish the game, and no links to websites. We will not spam you or sell your personal information.


Basically, it’s a game targeted towards letting girls save space stations with an avatar that can look like them, based on role models like Sally Ride. PS: I just talked to her and actually she told me one of the things they focused on was POC involvement! So yay! a game that girls of color can play to encourage them to love math!

Which is pretty darn cool and amazing.

Go check out the website! 

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