Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze (previously featured here) recently completed a fascinating new series of his exquisite taxidermy Fairies. These delicate sculptures are primarily composed of parts from many different insect species, but if you look closely you’ll notice bones, seeds and even a few scorpion parts as well.
Visit Cedric Laquieze’s blog for many additional images and to check out some of his other enchanting creations.
[via Cedric Laquieze]
Waffles, Mango, and their awesome mom also sent me my very own name plate!! It has my name in big bold letters, three pretty tortles, and even sparklies! All hand-painted in beautiful colors! I was so excited that I tried to nom all three of the pretty tortles right away. Mommy is going to hang my beautiful new name plate right above my home where we can see it every day!
This it’s like the cutest blog I’ve followed yet. HOW CAN YOU NOT FOLLOW FIND THIS TINY THING ADORABLE!?
This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more.
But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.
I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for?
It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.
Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.
Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson.
The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.
And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!
Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.
Okay, what else?
Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.
Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.
You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.
And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE.
If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!
Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.
This is Chester. When I was in Afghanistan I got a care package from one of those “Adopt a Soldier” programs that lets families send care packages to service men and women who are deployed overseas. Anyway, I got this care package, and it came with the usual stuff: Baby wipes, crackers, peanut butter, the Dad threw in a pack of cigarettes, and there was some jerky. But there was also a little beanie baby gold fish and a hand written note from a 7 year old girl that said
“Dear Soldier, (I wasn’t even mad)
I hope you are doing well. I’m sorry you have to miss thanksgiving with your family. This is my friend Chester. He keeps me safe from monsters, but I think you need him more than I do. I hope he keeps you safe from the monsters you’re fighting. Take good care of him for me”.
You bet your ass that little fish was in my pocket every time I went on patrol.
August 13th was officially the 10th year anniversary of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, so I felt like it was time to do some fanart.
So here’s 18 year-old Mac picking up Bloo after school to hang out.
who is she
Kid Cassidy Coconut Stew
Named for a race horse, who died, because I am a terrible vegan with a terrible sense of humour. Tofu is the vegan horse meat. There must be a million horse meat jokes already out there, I’m just adding (very belatedly) to the fray. Fuck you, zeitgeist.
And when I saw ‘stew’, I really mean noodle soup. But there yeh have it. This is creamy without taking too much of a fat hit from the coconut milk. The recipe takes about 20 minutes, including all prep and uses one pot, a bowl and a chopping board (or destroy your kitchen counters like me!) You can eyeball quantities or use a measuring jug / cup like a real person. Pah.
- per person -
2 tsp soy sauce
50ml coconut milk
200 ml stock
1 tbs red thai curry paste
1 tbs siracha
70g firm silken tofu (no need to press), cubed
Handful broccoli, in small florets
Handful frozen peas
100g udon noodles
2 big handfuls of lettuce, shredded
2 scallions, in 3cm batons
Juice of half a lime
To Serve: Chilli flakes and more lime juice (optional)
Put the pan on high high. Chop and add the scallions. Sear them until just turning colour, moving frequently. This will only take about a minute. Remove the scallions. Lower the heat a little (to medium-high). Add the curry paste and cook in the pan for a minute, flattening and mushing into the base. Add a few tablespoons of stock and dissolve the paste in it. Then add the rest of the stock, coconut milk, soy sauce and siracha. Return to a high heat. Prepare the other vegetables while you wait for it to come to the boil. When it’s boiling, add the broccoli and peas. Leave to simmer for five minutes. Then add the tofu and udon. Cook for another three minutes. Pour into a bowl and mix through the lettuce, scallions and lime juice. Add chilli flakes if you wish, and more lime juice to taste.
hummus and spuds