J Flagler

229 Flips | 14 Magazines | 11 Likes | 10 Following | 27 Followers | @joannaflagler | lover of words, tech and design. baker (and eater) of baked goods.

7 Challenging Behaviors in Pre-Teens, and How to Cope With Them

Everyone thinks the teen years are bad. But have you ever met a tween? Here are some challenging pre-teen behaviors, and how to cope with them.7 …

Everyone’s a copywriter. Right?

There’s a joke in the creative industry that “everyone is a designer”, making light of how infuriating it is to have someone (without a visual …

17 Best Tools to Create Images for Social Media

At this point, you’re probably aware of the importance of including images in your social media posts. You know that images in Tweets can boost …

Best Sci-Fi Books Of 2018 (So Far)

Reading escapist fiction has never been so necessary<p>There's never been a better time to take some time off from reality and escape into some much-needed sci-fi. 2018 has been a great year for great reads, and luckily we still have 6 more months to go. Here are the 10 books that we've already loved …

Abortion Policy in the Absence of Roe

Background<p>The current make up of the U.S. Supreme Court have led some state policymakers to consider the possibility that <i>Roe v. Wade</i> could be …

5 Design & Development Skills to Learn This Summer

Summertime is here – at least in the northern hemisphere. And while our thoughts often turn to vacations and outdoor activities, this time of year is …

7 UX Principles for Creating a Great Website

We spend a lot of time online reading news, navigating websites and using web apps. In some cases, our experience online is not the best that we …

UI Design

How The West Was Wrong: The Mystery Of Sacagawea

<b>If Grace Hebard</b> gave half a damn about the opinions of men, perhaps she would’ve married one. But she never had the time: Since ditching Iowa in 1882 for a pioneer’s life in Wyoming, she had become one of the most renowned scholars in the West. So when U.S. government officials kept rejecting …

Wind River

50 Must-Read Books with Gorgeous Writing

We book lovers read so much, and so widely, that we’ve seen it all. The good, the bad, the so-bad-it’s-good, the meh, the life changing. And we’ve …

Books

We Made Plastic. We Depend on It. Now We’re Drowning in It.

Planet or Plastic?<p>The miracle material has made modern life possible. But more than 40 percent of it is used just once, and it’s choking our waterways.<p><b>If plastic had been invented</b> when the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England, to North America—and the <i>Mayflower</i> had been stocked with bottled water …

Waste Management

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies | America's Test Kitchen

Technique<p>Measure It Right<p>Even a tablespoon too much or too little flour can have an impact on cookies. Here's how to measure accurately.<p><b>PREFERRED:</b> …

Trump just took the first step of an aggressive effort to drill in the Arctic

By Darryl Fears<p>Darryl Fears<p>Reporter focusing on the Chesapeake Bay and issues affecting wildlife<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The Trump administration took the first step Thursday toward an aggressive effort to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the country’s most pristine and …

Oil & Gas Industry

The Sad, Sad Story of Laika, the Space Dog, and Her One-Way Trip into Orbit

With a pounding heart and rapid breath, Laika rode a rocket into Earth orbit, 2,000 miles above Moscow streets she knew. Overheated, cramped, …

My Experience with Overcoming ‘Writer’s Block’ (Plus how I haven’t run out of writing ideas lately)

When I started writing a couple of months ago on my personal blog (www.pearlsglobalimpact.org) there were times that I just got stuck, with no idea …

Creative Writing

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Flight of the Conchords review – an intense hit of comic bliss

We knew months ago that Flight of the Conchords were to tour UK arenas. We didn’t know until it was upon us that they’d start with a week’s run at London’s bijou Soho theatre. The run sold out without a shred of publicity, and the show – 90 minutes of blissfully funny musical comedy – reminded us …

There's a striking difference between Obama and Trump's responses to school shootings

On Friday, President Donald Trump visited Parkland, Florida in the wake of a school shooting in a high school that left 17 people dead. But Trump has …

Donald Trump

Don't know where to start? The essential novels of Ursula K Le Guin

From the fantasy of Earthsea to ambisexual planets, these masterpieces offer brilliant introductions to a dazzling writer who broke entirely new ground

Planets

Tech firm is fighting a federal demand for data on visitors to an anti-Trump website

By Ellen Nakashima<p>Ellen Nakashima<p>National security reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>A Los Angeles-based tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify visitors to a website set up to coordinate protests on Inauguration Day — a request whose breadth the company …

Surveillance

30 Feminist Children's Books That Every Child Should Read

There are no stories about princesses being rescued in here.<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.</i><p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Books

The Nitty Gritty Practical Guide to Giving your Characters Unique Voice

10 Key Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Characters<p>Character Voice is as difficult to pin down as it is critical.<p>Plenty of writing advice …

Creative Writing

The Playboy President and Women’s Health

Donald Trump’s name adorned the first casino in America to have an in-house strip club. He is the first American president to have made a cameo appearance in a soft-core pornography film, and he has called his struggle to avoid sexually transmitted diseases while sleeping around his “personal …

25 graphic design freebies to make your life easier

In an ideal world, we would carefully, lovingly handcraft every graphic design asset ourselves. But in the real world of tight deadlines and squeezed …

10 Cult Classics That Are Worth The Read

It's a question that keeps book nerds up at night: what makes a book a <i>cult</i> book? Usually, a "cult" book isn't actually a book about cults. Rather, …

What Every Web Designer Needs to Know About HTML Tables

HTML tables are here from the early days of the web. According to some sources, tables were part of HTML standard since version 3.2. It can be …

63 Differences Between British And American English That Still Confuse Everyone

The UK and the USA were once referred to by George Bernard Shaw as “two countries divided by a common language”. To this day, Brits and Americans …

Information In North Korea: Kim Jong Un's Government Cracks Down On Media, Cellphones, Internet

In an already tightly censored society, the North Korean government has developed increasingly advanced ways to stop information from spreading among …

Diplomacy Fail: How a Shunned North Korea Could Grow Increasingly Dangerous

North Korean officials were set to gather with private American experts for unofficial talks this week in New York, but the Trump administration …

Why invading North Korea would be insane

The North Korean regime is the closet thing to Nazi Germany still in existence. Toppling it would free an enslaved people. There is perhaps no …

North Korea