Halfling Sorceress: “Eww, corpses.”
Eladrin Artificer: “You loot corpses all the time.”
Halfling Sorceress: “Yeah but those were my corpses! I know where they’ve been!”
That is fantastic life advice.
Lemony Snicket doesn’t give a damn fuck
fun fact: the reason that the plural of goose is geese but the plural of moose is not meese is because goose derives from an ancient germanic word undergoing strong declension, in the pattern of foot/feet and tooth/teeth, wherein oo is mutated to ee. however ‘moose’ is a native american word added to the english lexicon only ~400 years ago, and lacks the etymological reason to be pluralized in that way.
Oh baby. Keep talking dirty to me.
Poetry Month, meet The Internet.
Dude I love how legit Darien Library is on the Tumblr, I used to work there!
Frankenstein enters into a body building competition and finds he has seriously misunderstood the objective
Lora Mathis is an amazing writer/woman/person and if you disagree with that I have no place for you in my life.
I really wish I could do the 30 poems in 30 days challenge for April, but I’m just not capable of turning work out in that volume and I’m just going to end up disappointing myself and feeling bad if I try.
Anyone doing 30/30?
Thermochromic table by Jay Watson
imagine banging someone on that table
imagine being home alone and seeing imprints on that table
Imagine having a friend sit at that table for a long while, but when they get up there’s no imprints at all.
What if you got up after trying to console a crying friend, and found that you had no imprints… and they were crying because they missed you?
aaaah it was a cool table now it’s a horror/drama story
Textbooks are fucking expensive, and if your professor doesn’t require a physical copy (most don’t - they just want you to have the book at hand. Or maybe even not. Some professors literally give no fucks about whether you have the book or not) and you don’t mind having your copy as an electronic copy - this is the post for you!
Most textbook companies put out new editions every year or so even though there isn’t really that much new information. Sometimes they’ll eliminate questions if it’s something like a math or chemistry book or they’ll add in a few sentences about updated legislation (the professor I work for teaches human sexuality, and the newest edition of the book she uses included the 2009 decision to allow same-sex couples have hospital visitation rights). These new editions are pointless and only created to make the textbook company money and to cut down on students selling to each other. You’re going to ignore that. We love older editions. Make sure when you’re searching on the following sites that you don’t include the edition number to give you more search results. If one with your edition comes up - great! If not, you can usually stick to something one to three editions behind without any major changes.
I should also mention that checking your school’s library for a book you can check out to either keep for the semester or scan the pages you need is also a great option. I saved $90 the semester after I wrote this by borrowing a chemistry lab manual from the library and just scanning the labs I needed instead of buying one for myself that I couldn’t even sell later on.
Sites you should be searching:
- FilesTube - FilesTube searches THE ENTIRE INTERNET for files uploaded to file-sharing websites such as Rapidshare, Mediafire, or WuUpload. Sometimes people will upload pdf files of your textbook. This is always an important first search.
- Google Books - You usually won’t find your textbook on Google Books, but it’s always worth a look. Sometimes pages are missing because it’s only a preview of the book, but again - always worth a look.
- Scribd - People upload documents to Scribd and by becoming a member (free!) or connecting through Facebook (if you’re lazy!), you can download whatever files you may find. This sometimes includes textbooks.
- BookBoon - website specifically for finding pdf versions of textbooks
- Curriki - free open source materials
- Flat World Knowledge - free business, humanities, and science textbooks
- California Learning Resource Network
- Open Culture
- Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
- TorrentScan - textbooks are also uploaded to torrent sites in some cases - you may as well check.
- If push comes to shove, you can try variations of googling “textbook name torrent” or “textbook name download” or “textbook name download free.” Sometimes things pop up and I never would have known about them.
- AMAZING Reddit post (Added 2 November 2011)
- Bookfi - I just briefly looked at this site and searched for a few common terms and it looks great! Download links are provided straight from the search results. Definitely useful! (Added 1 August 2012)
- Ink eBook - Recommended by a few. Seems to just be a general eBook search site! (Added 12 January 2013)
- Ebookee - This one had a few textbooks on the recently viewed section when I visited it, so it looks promising! (Added 12 January 2013)
- This subreddit (Added 31 March 2013)
- Textbook Revolution (Added 31 March 2013)
- GaTech Math Textbooks (Added 31 March 2013)
- Freebookspot (Added 31 March 2013)
- Free-ebooks (Added 31 March 2013)
- Get Free eBooks (Added 31 March 2013)
- Oerconsortium (Added 31 March 2013)
- Project Gutenberg - Always a classic. Can’t believe I haven’t added it until now. (Added 31 March 2013)
- Met Museum Art History Books (Added 20 June 2013)
- TextbookNova - Textbook torrents (Added 26 August 2013)
- IRC channels - irc://irc.undernet.org/bookz and irc://irc.irchighway.net/ebooks . Instructions on how to IRC and download from them here (Added 26 August 2013)
- IT eBooks - Exclusively for IT students! (Added 10 September 2013)
- Megareads (Added 8 January 2014)
I’ve found all 8 of my textbooks for this term (19 credit hours, six classes) through one of the methods above. I’m not even going to look at retail prices, but checking BigWords.com (which, if you want to buy your books/can’t find them anywhere with one of the previous methods, will give you the cheapest price on the internet), I saved $497.87 by doing this. It takes time, but it’s definitely worth almost $500 worth of time. If you know of more ways to find free textbooks - please let me know!
The National Department of Poetry
Each year, billions of dollars are spent on our country’s vast, complex poetry system. Our goal: to promote the practice of poetry among our own people, and to share the joys of poetry with all the nations of the world.
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