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8 Precious houses that were very Cheap

Gone are the days when luxury homes were associated with high costs. Thanks to the advanced technologies that have brought to us the cheap home …

LSD Makes Your Brain More Like A Thesaurus

Scientists found the drug actually elevates an innate language ability.<p>For a severe case of writer’s block, a dose of LSD might seem appealing.<p>The psychedelic is known for dramatically altering people’s state of consciousness in otherworldly ways. Now, new research suggests that the mind-expanding …

Why mid-century modern is forever

Design trends come and go, but is mid-century modern forever? The minimalist movement that first swept through U.S. suburbs in the 1940s and ’50s has gone through so many streaks of popularity over the years that it’s beginning to feel like a design staple. The current craze, which has lasted …

Furniture

54 Design Terms Every Marketer Should Know

Do you know what the following words mean?<p>Kerning<br>• Triadic<br>• Skeuomorphism<br>• Knolling<p>It’s like learning a new language, isn’t it? Welcome to the world of …

A lot of people have asked me how I make my mindmaps, the only trouble is I have lots of different styles (especially as I take both English and Maths, which are polar opposite), and I couldn’t explain them all in one post because It’d probably end up looking like a murder scene knowing me, so I’ll start with how I make English (and other essay-based subjects) Mindmaps. In English it’s important that you link quotes thematically for your exam. The main reasons for this is so that you can A) Recall and remember themes/quotes easily and B) So you actually write about things that are relevant to the paper. It works the same way for History, Geography, Psychology, Sociology etc, but obviously with things such as Events, Case Studies, Time Periods, Key dates, Key terms and so on, instead of just Themes and Quotes. Even in English it’s useful to produce historical mindmaps on literary periods, so hopefully in the future I can post something similar to help out History students a little more. There are three components to my mindmaps; The Centre - This is where you outline what the whole thing is going to be about. In my case ‘Prose and Themes’. Other examples may be titles focussing on one; text theme technique period case study quote/piece of evidence concepts person(s) The Offshoots - Here, I have divided up the main themes for my course, i.e. ‘Unrequited Love’ or ‘The Geography of Love’. I like to plan these out before I start my mindmap, so that I know how evenly I am going to space them out, and thus know how much space each section needs be by mentally dividing my page. I also nearly always start my mindmap in the spot where ‘The Geography of Love’ is placed, and work clockwise around, fitting my text/pictures into all space as I go. This is the best advice I would give in trying to fit in everything you want, as a lot of people will draw out all the arms before they start, and it ends up looking more sparse than you would like. Doing it in this way doesn’t just benefit you in not wasting space, but also makes you finish them, because they look so naff unfinished. Other things you can put in instead of key themes could be any of the title focusses listed above, it all depends on what you put in your centre, and what you’re choosing to link it to (for example you could have a text in the middle and be linking it to themes, or a theme in the middle and be linking it to texts) For each one of my offshoots, I like to do a little drawing to help me remember it in the exam and think ‘Ahh, when did I draw that? Oh it was for such and such!’ The Offshoots of the Offshoots - This is the most variable part of the mindmap, and the part that can get most messy, so it’s very helpful to colour code like I’ve done above with my quotes. It’s difficult to explain exactly what to put here, as it is so specific to what you are studying, but you could include some of these things; quotes/evidence diagrams drawings and doodles themes/concepts/ideas case studies key people graphs/charts (if applicable) As you can see, I underline within the offshoots, so that I can refine what I need to know down even further, in this case the most important part of the quote to remember in relation to the theme it is linked to. Within the offshoots, it’s also useful to link between themes to make further connections. I haven’t done that here because I wanted to categorise very definitely and keep it simple, but if you struggle with making links, a simple line between two items can really help you. I would usually illustrate my mindmap more, most of the time in this way, but because it was very tightly packed, (and it was just quotes) I stuck with a few little drawings. I hope this helps you guys out! Best of luck with everything! A post on how I do my maths mindmaps with follow soon (she says with hope).

A lot of people have asked me how I make my mindmaps, the only trouble is I have lots of different styles (especially as I take both English and …

6 Courses (39+ Hours) of Content to Build Products That Both Look & Work Beautifully

<b>Become a Senior UX Design Strategist</b><p>Ensure Your UX Project's Success By Effectively Managing Your Clients, Team & Product<p>Take your UX design skills …

"The Archipreneur Concept": A Business Book That Brings Architecture Practice into the 21st Century

<i>This review of "The Archipreneur Concept" by Tobias Maescher was originally published on Archsmarter as "The Archipreneur Concept: A Review."</i><p>When I …

Small Business

Will Ferrell jokes he could play 'Jamie Vardy' role -- in his 'later, fatter years'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Comedian Will Ferrell has never been one to shy away from a physically challenging -- or hilarious -- movie role.<p>The star of "Elf" and "Anchorman" has proven his rugged prowess in basketball pic "Semi-pro," figure skating romp "Blades of Glory" and NASCAR comedy "Talladega Nights."<p>But …

Scholars Have Been Working on a Dictionary of Old English For 46 Years

The English language’s long history has yet to be fully written, and in fact, experts are still just working on the glossary. Since 1970, a group of …

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DEA Plans To Decide Whether To Reschedule Marijuana By Mid-Year

The agency gave no clue whether it will remove pot from its Schedule 1 category of dangerous drugs.<p>The Drug Enforcement Administration plans to decide whether marijuana should reclassified under federal law in "the first half of 2016," the agency said in a letter to senators.<p>DEA, responding to a …

This Artist Reimagined Iconic Nintendo Characters As Beautiful Mayan Paintings

Somebody just 1UP'd their art game.

Professional Joint Roller Earns Thousands of Dollars for His Smokable Masterpieces

At just 26 years old, Tony Greenhand is considered the master of artistic joint rolling. From smokable renditions of Pokemon and popular superheroes, …

Washington State

Jared Leto Loves Atlas Shrugged, Because Of Course He Does

In the latest “surprise no surprise” revelation about <i>Suicide Squad</i>’s Joker, turns out the actor behind him has the most predictably unpredictable …

Jared Leto

Illinois Is the Latest State to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed a law decriminalizing possession of a small amount of marijuana, making the state the 21st to do so.<p>Under …

Cannabis

Happy birthday, Aldous Huxley!

"You shall know the truth," Aldous Huxley once said, "and the truth shall make you mad."<p>You'd be hard-pressed to find a quote more emblematic of the late English author, who was born 122 years ago today. Best known for his dystopian novel "Brave New World," Huxley predicted some of the most …

Literature

Why Your Brand Needs A Real Style Guide

A well-developed style guide is an essential tool for establishing brand identity. A brand style guide (also known as a brand book or brand guide) acts as a key document that helps content creators communicate a consistent message to your audience, so it’s a great asset for creating consistent, …

Graphic Design

I took a weed bath and I kind of freaked out

<i>Welcome to Weed Needs, in which we review new and dope products coming out of the cannabis industry!</i><p>I love baths. I only take a proper bath probably …

Cannabis

A Mouse Watches Film Noir And Offers Clues To Human Consciousness

Letting mice watch Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.<p>At least that's one premise of the Allen Brain Observatory, which launched Wednesday and lets anyone with an Internet connection study a mouse brain as it responds to visual information.<p>"Think of it as a …

Someone Allegedly Found A Poisonous Gas Pokemon In The Holocaust Museum

The runaway success of <i>Pokemon Go</i> is at this point not up for debate, the developers are making fat stacks of cash and it’s become the new “it” thing to talk about all over social media. <i>Pokemon</i> are making appearances in all sorts of strange places, from people’s places of employment to churches, …

Pokémon

Drawing on the Road: The Story of a Young Le Corbusier's Travels Through Europe

Voyage Le Corbusier<i>, by Jacob Brillhart,</i> <i>collects for the first time a compendium of sketchbook drawings and watercolors of Charles-Edouard</i> …

Le Corbusier

The Ancient Origins of Consciousness by Todd Feinberg and Jon Mallatt review – how the brain created experience

What does it mean to say that I am conscious? For sure, consciousness is a protean term, with multiple meanings. Among its features are some or all of the following: trivially, that I am awake and not asleep or “unconscious”; more positively that I am aware of my surroundings, experiencing and …

Consciousness

Got a Mac and a Samsung TV? Now you can AirPlay Mirror without an Apple TV

If you have a Mac and a Samsung Smart TV, AirPlay mirroring to the TV would usually require an Apple TV. But now there’s an app for that …<p><i>Mirror for Samsung TV</i> is a $9.99 Mac app that allows you to stream whatever’s playing on your Mac screen to any Samsung Smart TV from 2012 onward. That is to …

Scientists Gave Depressed Patients Psilocybin in a First for Psychedelic Therapy

And the results are promising.<p>In a recent UK trial, 12 patients with major depression took a pill quite different to commonly prescribed antidepressants: 25mg of psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms.<p>Though it's early days (the study is the first of its kind), the results of …

Handcrafted Miniature Worlds by Secret Wood – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Vancouver-based jeweller Secret Wood handcrafts finely detailed, snow globe-esque scenes out of wood, resin and beeswax. More images below.<p><i>Secret</i> …

Miniature

Let's All Go Ahead and Agree to Make "No Problem" the Song of the Summer

This summer, it’s your duty to leap over like 12 picnic tables listening to these verses.<p>I’m already comfortable saying that Chance the Rapper’s new album <i>Coloring Book</i> is something of a masterpiece: It’s a thoughtful ode to Chicago, a gorgeous vision quest through the realm of gospel and jazz and …

How to Pick Music for People on LSD, From a Scientist Whose Job That Is

Neuroscience PhD student Mendel Kaelen researches the relationship between psychedelics and music. He explains how he picks the songs.<p>Since its 60s counterculture heyday, LSD has been closely associated with music. But it's not just artistic proclivities that link them: Researchers have found that …

The Cheesecake Factory Reaches Peak Drake In One Glorious Tweet

Your Move, Drake<p>Some observers have been vocal about the lack of singles on Drake's new album <i>Views</i>, and well, they're right. One thing it's not short on, however, is meme-worthy content. The cover, which features mini Drake atop Toronto's CN Tower, has already become one of the biggest memes of the …

Cover Art