May. 18th, 2014

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I just watched a kid break down in the bookstore because his books for the semester totaled $600 and that’s the american university system in a nutshell

I was on the verge of tears when I got to the cashier so yeah, that’s messed up

Go here and just, don’t waste any more money okay?

While I entirely support following that link, I also suggest going to Abe Books or Book Depository or even eBay to see if there are inexpensive print versions of books you need. I haven’t paid full-price for any of my texts while I’m in school… because that would DOUBLE the cost of school.
I use the ISBN of the require books and search the cheap sites for them.
Good luck out there, guys!

Paging FenrisLorsrai! Come work your resource magic on this post!

I HAVE BEEN SUMMONED. (but I’ll post on my actual bookstore account)

Quick anddirty meta search for books: Addall. it’ll crawl 40+ book sites at once including ABE, ALibris, Amazon, Half in both domestic AND foreign versions.

Meta search #2! GetTextbooks.com which focuses specifically on textbooks. It omits some foreign sites that AddAll includes, BUT it also includes a whole bunch of rentals as well.  Renting is probably the most cost effective method overall.

NOW, HOW TO SEARCH!

First determine a few things:

Make sure you have the ISBN

IF IT IS A BUNDLE: Determine if you need a software key/CD/workbook/lab book or not.  Many times you do not.  Math classes increasingly NEED the software key, but more on that later

ASK THE PROFESSOR: If this is not the first edition of the book, can you use a previous edition?  One edition back is generally half the cost of current, two is generally about 1/8th the cost.  Generally you can get away with this if its material that doesn’t change rapidly. Your course on the Civil War, you can probably use two editions back. Your computer programming class on latest greatest language… you probably need newest edition.

FOR LITERATURE CLASSES: determine if you book is from before 1929. If it is, its in public domain, you can almost certain get a free copy online.  If they want a SPECIFIC copy for an essay bundled with book, see below.

Now, run your search by ISBN using the two metasearch sites.  Open them in separate tabs.  

gettextbooks shows you WITH the shipping, Addall does NOT show you the shipping.  keep this in mind when you’re comparing.  You’ll see a lot of duplication.  GetTextbooks will also show you SOME variants.

Now that you have those open, open two more tabs.  Run a second search on same two sites using the author and exact title you picked up from search #1.  This will show you all the international editions and weird bundles that don’t exactly match the ISBN of the bookstore

WHAT THE HELL IS AN INTERNATIONAL EDITION: its a paperback version of the US version with an angry notice on the cover saying “NOT FOR SALE OUTSIDE INDONESIA”. Its the same book, but way cheaper.  ignore the angry warning, the US Supreme Court has your back. NO, REALLY. Right of first sale, baby!  ignore the angry warning and you basically have same book, it just isn’t printed with ink made from student tears and unobtanium.

Now filter results based on whether you need any Extra materials or not. 

IF YOU DO NEED THE EXTRA MATERIALS: this is where it gets tricky. an intact bundle is generally the most expensive option or near top end of price curve.  If you NEED the other materials, you may be able to get them cheaper in pieces.  and you can buy mismatched pieces!

Say for example you need a math textbook, but need the software key for the math problem program.  The professor said you can use older book.  Buy a math book that one or more editions back and then buy the software key separately from the SOFTWARE manufacturer.  You’ll find the software keys on booksites all by themselves, but they’re generally way more expensive than buying the key direct from software manufacturer. and no shipping then!

NOW A WORD ON LITERATURE: sometimes profs want you to get a specific edition of something to read a specific essay in the book. You have about 50/50 odds that the essay is in the front of the book. IF IT IS, you may be able to read the essay on Amazon by going to that books page and clicking on the “look inside”.  They generally preview between 10-30 pages of books and that often means its the essay you needed, not the actually BODY of the book.  So you can look up the specific copy of Frankenstein on Amazon, read the essay, then download a free different version from Project Gutenberg.

FOR RECENT NONFICTION, make sure you have an up to date library card for your HOME library and the LOCAL city library where your college is.  Many have digital loans available, where you can check out the ebook for free and popular nonfiction is frequently available that way.

IF YOU CAN GET YOUR BOOKLIST BEFORE GOING TO SCHOOL: shop for the mundane things locally first.  There will be 50 people in CollegeTown looking for that book, you may be the only one in your home town.  supply and demand, if you found it in collegetown, it may be 10X price of your local bookstore.

and check you local library as well!  You may be able to check out some of those books from your local library and take them to school with you and renew them online one or more times, depending on how in demand they are.  There will be NO copies in CollegeTown library because there’s 50 people asking for it.  But your HOME town, you may be able to renew it twice since its low demand. Write on your calender when they’re due or need to be renewed.  Renew them OR tuck the whole pile into a Priority Mail flat rate box and send them home to your folks.  The cost of the priority box to send several library books home is probably way less than what you’d pay for them. (or if its stuff you know you need AFTER a break where you’ll be home, request a hold from school, pick up at home)

ONE LAST WORD BEFORE YOU BUY…

You determined you HAVE to buy a book and you’ve narrowed it down to a few choices of source.  Run a search for “coupon + Sitename” what looked like the lowest priced may not if you find a coupon for the 2nd or 3rd lowest priced option. Gettextbook will generate some automatically, but you may be able to find even better ones.

So make yourself some food, get a beverage, put on some tunes and compare prices!

and if you’re reached point of wanting to curl up in a ball and die, you can send us an ask with the ISBN for your book and answers to questions aobe (extra materials, previous edition, etc) and we’ll send you back an note with a link to the cheapest one we can find.  I do this for a living, send an ask and I’ll get it done usually within about 12 hours.

WHOOP WHOOP MASSIVE EXCELLENT RESOURCE ADVICE ABOVE!!!!

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"no i don’t like disney it’s for kids" you need to bibbity bobbity back the fuck up out of my life

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This week on Tumblr:

It’s a metaphor. You’re a metaphor. I’m a metaphor. Your keybord is a metaphor. Everything is a metaphor. The universe is turning into one giant metaphor on a molecular scale. Run. It’s too late.

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college campus squirrels are like their own species and I think they’re all planning something I don’t trust them

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how do you pick sunscreen??? there are so many types??? and sunscreen feels so gross??? are the sprays better??? does the brand matter??? are there ones that smell less terrible??? do i need the high-number spf or can i get away with the 35-40 ones???

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It’s not that Kurt’s entirely ready for full-on sex, not yet, but he thinks that maybe he’d like to explore, figure out all the different ways that he can make Blaine spark against him. He’d just love to get to Brazil, at some point. For this GKM prompt: Klaine, bp!blaine was shamed for his bp by previous boyfriend and Kurt is determined to make him aware of how wonderful his body is through sex.!fic, site:archiveofourown, fandom:glee, rating:explicit, pairing:blaine.anderson/kurt.hummel, ~author:hedgerose, .shouldalreadybetagged, theme:queer-themes, queer-theme:intersexuality, kink:boy!pussy/girl!peen, warning:dysphoria, kink:phone!sex, kink:masturbation, so-real-it-hurts, sweet

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tinykirk:

things i’d like to see in the new star trek movies

star trek

#SHOTS FIRED SO LOUD THEY SCARED THE LENS FLARE AWAY

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sarah531:

The other day I had a really good idea for a story:

A high school Shakespeare club angrily splits into two groups when they can’t agree on the correct interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. One group thinks it’s a cautionary tale about the stupidity of youth and shallow lust; the other group think it’s a beautiful tragedy about poisonous hatred conquered by love. Reconciliation seems impossible-

-then a person from one group falls in love with a person from the other

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Universityofsmarts: The College Dorm Room Cookbook -ad

Living in a dorm doesn’t mean that you have to limit your diet to cafeteria fare or fast food. Check out these ideas instead!

Omelette in a Cup

Need a hot breakfast, but don’t feel like heading to the cafeteria? Try this take on an omelette you can make right in your microwave.
2 eggs
1 tablespoon milk
Chopped ham
Shredded cheese
Chopped veggies as desired
Salt and pepper to taste

Spray a 16 ounce coffee up with non-stick cooking spray. Crack the eggs directly into the cup, add milk, and whisk with a fork until well mixed. Microwave for 1 minute. Remove carefully and add cheese, ham, and desired vegetables. Microwave an additional 30-60 seconds, or until egg is cooked through and cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper. If you prefer, you can substitute cooked bacon or sausage crumbles for the ham.

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Now for actual attempts to be helpful: I’m looking up SPF regulations for the USA because I’m pretty sure they’re different for us but I know that on our sunscreens they can only list up to 30+ rather than listing numbers - because anything above 30 will protect you thoroughly. (oh okay apparently the same thing applies to 50+ products for you). if it’s the greasiness/smell that bothers you most, try a physical block one instead of a chemical block sunscreen - ie one based on Zinc Oxide rather than a concoction of the other chemicals. They’re usually thicker and take a little longer to rub in but they’re wayyy less greasy and yuck-feeling in my opinion. Often they’re marketed as for sensitive skin here, if that helps.

Also roll-on sunscreens are your friend if putting it on is bothersome. Any way to decrease the sheer amount that gets all over your hands is a plus in my book. I hate spray ones more, tbh, because they get EVERYWHERE. ick.

It appears that suncreen marketing is fairly heavily regulated in the USA as well as here, so basically the brand shouldn’t matter at all- it’s more about what type you want.

Anyway I hope some of that is helpful!

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alonglostletter:

Steve Rogers staring down anti-vaxxers who try to tell him that ‘their kids don’t really need it.’

“do you have any idea how bad polio sucked? let me tell you about how bad polio sucked”

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Sure, these Zoya Magical Pixie Dust polishes are pretty but omg what a pain in the ass.  This was my third attempt and even with a single coat it took a million years to dry and is weird sheer.  Always helps to whack massive charms on the top!

Details here.  

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check out my new and improved rope flogger, yo!

now with a 30% more comfortable and effective handle and the option of a new knotted mode for actual impact play!

still as soft and silky as ever! 1 out of 1 mkps would rate it as exceptional for sensation play!i

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dilemma: 

want coffee. have no creamer.

is it worth going to the 7-11 for creamer?

i really kind of want coffee.

i mean i’m srsly awake, but coffee.

also since i am not sure i actually slept i feel like the caffeine will at some point today come in handy.

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Today you will Do All Of The Things, self! It is decided!

Things What Need Doing:

Clean the Kitchen!

Dishes!

Counters / Stovetop!

Floor!

Clean the Living Rooms!

Stuffs What Do Not Belong!

Dust!

Vacuum!

Clean YOUR Room!

A Place For Everything & Everything In Its Place!

Goodbye, Trash! Goodbye, Recycling!

Goodbye, Things You Do Not Use!

Dust!

Vacuum!

Clean the Bathrooms!

Sinks!

Toilets!

Showers!

Floors!

Launder Things!

Pack For Camp! (Theoretically Only; Do Not Actually Pack All Of The Things A Week In Advance)

Write Moar Of The Fics!

Try to Make Sense of Tax Stuff! Extensions Only Last So Long!

NO TURTLING! THIS HOUSE IS A TURTLE FREE ZONE!

BE THE DUCK! EAT THE TOAD!

DO THE THINGS!

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Summary: Loki comes out ready to start Ragnarok! … his children refuse to help. <blockquote>”There’s no boat,” Hel said calmly, reclining on a white plastic chair, her face slathered with some manner of green foam and her eyes hidden behind two slices of unfamiliar vegetable. “I’ve renounced the patriarchal system of cyclical self-punishment and destruction, Father.” There was no language barrier, not for gods- the full clarity of every meaning behind every word was there, no matter the language or the dialect, spelled out in his mind as he heard it spoken. Loki blinked. “The boat is not yet prepared?” he ventured, testing the part of the sentence that he had understood. </blockquote>!fic, fandom:mythology, mythology:norse, entertaining, genre:gen, site:other, collection:yuletide, rating:G-PG13, ~author:mattador, via:blueMeridian

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yeah i already want to turn turtle and give it all up as a lost cause.

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@newleasemylove replied to your post:yeah i already want to turn turtle and give it all…

no turtling! you can clean ALL the things! *waves pom poms*

*CRIES* THERE’S TOO MUCH IT MAKES MY HEAD HURT THINKING ABOUT IT

THAT MIGHT ALSO BE THE LACK OF SLEEP

i think 7-11 is going to have to be a go. coffeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Or, “on the tip of the tongue.” Arthur meets Mal first. He inherits Dom, after. Everything else is on him.!fic, site:archiveofourown, fandom:inception, rating:mature, ~author:rageprufrock, character:arthur, character:mallorie.cobb, character:dominic.cobb, pairing:http://ift.tt/RuDOy6, pairing:arthur/eames

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@likearumchocolatesouffle replied to your post “Do The Thing!”

YAAAY You can do it! I believe in you! :D Set a timer, do it a little at a time, take short breaks, and remember to eat!

thetimesinbetween replied to your post “Do The Thing!”

…PERHAPS START WITH DOING ONE OF THE THINGS THIS IS MANY THINGS. *high fives* <3

newleasemylove replied to your post “@newleasemylove replied to your post:yeah i already want to turn…”

*pets you* you should go do that and then come back and pick one thing to do first. and then put blinkers on to the rest of it *nods*

so i went to my room to get my shrug to go over my sports bra-shirt so i could go to the 7-11 and then i got distracted doing stuff so i have now gotten the majority of the trash thrown away, pulled almost all of the shit out from under the bed except for the stuff i could not reach lying on the floor with a hanger and i have two big piles of stuff to go through and organize (somewhat divided by type)

plus i fixed my bookshelf, moved some stuff around, and got all of my dirty dishes except apparently one spoon (there’s always one, isn’t there?) loaded into the dishwasher and the dishwasher started so \o/

now i am going to sort through all of this tech stuff because i am 90% certain about half of it is useless and the other half will only be useful if i identify it and know where it is.

DOING THE THINGS WOOOOOOOO!

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@arrowsforpens replied to your post “@newleasemylove replied to your post:yeah i already want to turn…”

Maybe not all of the things then. How about one thing?

unfortunately one of the most frustrating things about having many things to do is that i can never seem to just do one and get it done i have to start multiple things

i’m not sure if i somehow decided long ago that was more efficient or if i just kept getting distracted by the other things

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ALSO FUCK YEAH I FINALLY GOT THE MULTIPLE-NOTIFICATION-REPLIES THING TO WORK

YOU WOULD THINK ALT+CLICK WOULD NOT BE THAT HARD BUT SOMEHOW I COULD NEVER MAKE IT WORK AND I AM NOT SURE WHAT I DID WRONG BECAUSE AS FAR AS I COULD TELL I DID THE SAME THING BUT SUDDENLY SHIT LIT UP GREEN AND LET ME SELECT IT

MOUTH. HORSE. WHATEVER. \o/

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breathegeek:

Leonard McCoy thinks you are absolutely trippin.

Leonard McCoy: patron saint of grumpybutts.

Our Leonard who art in sickbay
Hallow’d be thy Eyebrow
Thy nurses run
Thy physicals be done
On Earth as they are in this flying tin can
Give us this day our daily hypospray
And forgive us our away missions
As we forgive those who pull phasers against us
Lead us not into the transporter
But deliver us from Andorian shingles
For thine is the biobed, the quarantine and the Captain
Now and until the hull cracks and our blood boils in thirteen seconds
DAMMIT JIM.

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So reblog this if I can pop into your box and ask you questions about writing (You can probably make a version for art, too). And you can ask them to me if you really want to.
Specify fandom if you want for any of the questions.
1. Which is your favorite of the fics you've written for X fandom?
2. Favorite piece overall?
3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
4. Which has the most "you" in it, however you'd define that?
5. What is an image/set of images that you're particularly proud of?
6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
9. Favorite character to write?
10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you've written
11. If I'm showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don't actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
15. Does font matter to you when you're writing a draft?
16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.
17. Any mean comments? How'd you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
20. Go nuts, and talk about writing. Or write me a little ficlet-whatsit using a character/image/line I shall now specify:
Go on, my chickens, and ask each other questions
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okay so i just put pringles in the freezer and i think maybe it’s naptime.

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The night that his research partner (and sort-of ex) shows up at his apartment with a gun, Carlos decides to take a mysterious but exceptionally well funded two-year research posting in a town called Night Vale. A story in which Night Vale is there for the people who need it, Cecil’s propensity to wear his innocent heart on his sleeve is perceived as a threat (until it isn’t) and no one is allowed to hurt the Scientist. No one.!fic, site:archiveofourown, fandom:welcometonightvale, rating:mature, pairing:carlos/omc, pairing:carlos/cecil.(welcome.to.night.vale), ~author:branwyn, epic, theme:queer-themes, queer-theme:asexuality, warning:abuse, abuse:domestic, warning:stalking, warning:other/unspecified, awesome, warning:sexual-assault/rape, so-real-it-hurts, rating:PG13-R, character:carlos.the.scientist

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jennytrout:

I really dislike Colbert Report, but this is so awesome.

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Manic Pixie Nightmare Girl - Video

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straight people are nothing but a government conspiracy

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Naming Resources

Behind the Name 

the etymology and history of first names; also gives meaning when possible

has a name generator that is v. useful

20,000+ Names From Around the World! 

Baby Names, Pet Names, Sim Names, Story Character Names. Thousands of names from around the world sorted and categorized by country, language and meaning. Many of the names include detailed etymology; all include meaning.

Character Name Database

Writers! Feel free to explore this 60,000 name database in search of the perfect character name. This is the world’s largest database of forenames complete with origins, meanings, and numerology interpretations – brought to you by Vanessa Grant and Muse Creations Inc.

Think! Baby Names

Resource on names for writers. Provides the meaning, origin, history, religious significance, and popularity of first names.

Quick Baby Names

20,000 searchable baby names and their meanings, with popularity charts based on US statistics, and “a nifty little name “filter” that makes choosing a baby name a whole lot easier.” 

Meaning-of-Names.com

Nearly two million names and over 45,000 meanings and histories. 

Medieval Names Archive: English, Old English, and Anglo-Norman Names

Excellent lists of names and articles on names from a variety of periods; well-researched and definitive. 

Medieval Names Archive: Names from Other Countries

Names and articles on names from cultures and periods around the world. 

SCA College of Arms - Name Articles

The Society for Creative Anachronism’s page on names, naming, names by culture, names by history, and much more. 

BabyNameAddicts.com

"We have over 51,000 names, with meanings, origins, popularity graphs, surveys, and more! Pronunciation, full search functionality, and more are coming in early 2005." 

babynames.ch 

You have reached the website of a Swiss given name enthusiast who will try hard to infect you with some enthusiasm about that subject too. BabyNames.ch is not a mostly static website with just some basic search and browsing thrown in, but a web application with fast-growing functionality. Enjoy!

Most Popular: Most popular baby names from nearly 50 countries, provinces and cities

Languages: Over 100 of them, including Albanian,Tagalog and Malay

Nameberry

Nameberry includes an authoritative 50,000 name database developed over two decades, a daily blog on baby names, unique lists and features , and a vibrant community of expectant parents and name lovers. 

Baby Names Finder

We’ll help you find the perfect baby name. Search for boy or girl names by first letter, number of syllables, meaning, origin, and more — or look up a name you like and we’ll suggest related names you might love. Not sure where to start? Get tips for picking a baby name and browse our baby name inspiration lists.

judearaya said: baby center has a thing, where if you pick one name, it generates a web of names that are similar or that are often picked as sibling names, and you can poke around that way?

BabyNamer.com

Info about names at least sometimes includes info about popularity over time/region/etc.

Baby Names at BabyNames.com 

Last Name Meanings Dictionary 

NameVoyager | The Baby Name Wizard 

Character Name Database: Search the Database.

Naming Statistics

name trends (USA)

name statistics (USA)

babynamefacts: popular names by country 

Most Popular Given Names in the USA by Year 

Popular Baby Names by Birth Year (USA

The Name Machine: Ranks the popularity of names over the past 100 years.

Name Generators

Seventh Sanctum | Name Generators

Character Name Generator

Random Name Generator

Fictional Character Names Generator

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that was an amazing nap! it involved zero sleep but was somehow still at least somewhat restful!

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