janeellensmith

23 Flips | 7 Magazines | 5 Likes | 8 Following | @janeellensmith | Keep up with janeellensmith on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “janeellensmith”

12 TED Talks That Will Make You Sound Smarter

This playlist of TED talks explores theories and insights about language, words, and linguistics.<p>So many TED talks, so little time. It's impossible to watch them all.<p>If you need help figuring out which ones to watch, you're in luck. TED has curated playlists so you can dig into a particular topic. …

Linguistics

From the Archives: Preparing for the New Semester

It’s that time again . . . here are some tips from the ProfHacker archives.<b>Designing/Revising Your Syllabi</b>If you’ve only got a few minutes, check out …

Christmas Cactus: Tips for Growing, Care & Propagating

If you mention the Christmas cactus to friends, you're likely to hear stories of people who've had them for decades, but have never been able to get …

Ira Glass, the Host of This American Life, Breaks Down the Fine Art of Storytelling

Since 1995, Ira Glass has hosted and produced <i>This American Life</i> (iTunes - Feed - Web Site), the award-winning radio show that presents …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 28 – The Hedgehog and the Fox by Isaiah Berlin (1953)

The great historian of ideas starts with an animal parable and ends, via a dissection of Tolstoy’s work, in an existential system of thought<p>“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” When Isaiah Berlin, as a young Oxford don in the late 1930s, first encountered this …

Literature

19 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier

We tend to think of learning a new skill or “going back to school” as something you’d do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your …

5 tips for Scrivener for iOS

You wouldn't think something as mundane as a word processor could inspire a cult following, but that's pretty much the story of Literature & Latte's Scrivener -- a tool built with long documents (novels, screenplays, research papers, etc.) in mind.<p>For a long time, it was strictly a desktop program, …

Donald Trump’s nomination is the first time American politics has left me truly afraid

Tonight, Donald J. Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president of the United States.<p>And I am, for the first time since I began covering American politics, genuinely afraid.<p>Donald Trump is not a man who should be president. This is not an ideological judgment. This is not …

Donald Trump

Download 502 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

You <i>could</i> pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's catalog <i>The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean</i> …

John Aubrey: My Own Life by Ruth Scurr – review

This ‘autobiography’ of the 17th century writer stitched together from literary fragments is a bold work of genius<p>“I was born about sun rising in my maternal grandfather’s bedchamber on 12 March 1626, St Gregory’s Day, a sickly child, likely to die.” So begins Ruth Scurr’s deservedly acclaimed and …

10 Useful Math Tricks You Probably Never Learned In School

Memorizing Pi<p>Want Some cool tricks for solving math problems in just second. Here it is.<p>If you always hated maths just because you were not able to …

From Orphan to Founding Father: A Look Back at the Incredible Life of Alexander Hamilton Ahead of the Tony Awards

Alexander Hamilton’s incredible life story is the subject of this year’s hottest Broadway musical, <i>Hamilton</i>, which earned a historic 16 nominations …

A Wildly Inventive Fantasy Series That Began on the Web and Became a Best-Seller

Even if they made no difference to the history of Y.A. fiction, or fantasy fiction—and they do—Catherynne Valente’s five Fairyland novels would matter in the history of publishing: “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Craft of Her Own Making,” released in 2009, began as a crowdfunded …

Books

3 fantasy writers to read while you wait for George R.R. Martin to finish Game of Thrones

Last year, George R.R. Martin released the latest new chapter from the next book in his <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> series, <i>The Winds of Winter.</i> It offers a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in the world of <i>Game of Thrones</i> as it exists on the page, but it’s really just a glimpse: As of this writing, <i>The</i></i> …

Books

Simple Sew Kitchen Towels | Centsational Style

One of the gifts I like to give to a host or hostess when invited to their home is a set of pretty kitchen towels coupled with a few treats. In years …

Chintz Borders: The 9%

Quilt date-inscribed 1881<p>An outlier, part of the 9%.<p>A couple of weeks ago I did a post about chintz borders as a clue to a quilt's …

A Few Quiet Days

Yes, a few quiet days before all the hustle and bustle starts again. We've been lucky and have had perfect June weather. I am making another …

A Seaweed Print: Document & Reproduction

<i>Everybody's Favorite by Denniele Bohannon</i><p><i>Block 13 in the Grandmother's Choice Block of the Week.</i><p>Denniele used the smallest reproduction print in</i> …

Dixie Diary Blocks: Free BOM Pattern

<i>#2 February</i><p><i>Checkered Allegiances</i><p><i>Star2Tia</i><p>Over at my <i>Civil War Quilts</i> blog we are doing a block of the month this year called <i>Dixie Diary.</i><p>The blocks are …

5 quick and dirty tricks for the terminally busy researcher

<i>This post is written by Dr Inger Mewburn, over at the Thesis Whisperer, who is struggling on a number of fronts to keep her research work cooking and</i> …

Revision tips: why sleep and repetition will boost your brain power

With so many different revision guides, it can be hard to know what's good practice and what's not. We talked to a brain expert, as well as students …