PARTY BLOG by BirdsParty|Printables|Parties|DIYCrafts|Recipes|Ideas: Kids Birthday Party Ideas: Mad Scientist Science Inspired Birthday Party! Check out all the inspiring details below, as told by Cris: Mad Scientist Birthday Party Ideas: Inspiration, Decor and Printables What is a better way to lean about Science than having a Mad Scientist Party? Our dessert table was turned into a real lab with edible sweets like atom balls, lab rats, brains, frogs, crystal rock and bacteria culture, to name a few. Mad Scientist Birthday Party Ideas: Desserts table The party icons from the Mad Scientist printable collection were used to decorate the push up pops to look like real test tubes, colored water was served in a Beaker set, jello with gummy balls and worms in petri dish and green and blue MandMs in test tubes were a must to make the edible lab a success. To add more details to the dessert table, a snake and a giant ant were displayed in glass containers and metal trays were used to display some of the goodies. Mad Scientist Birthday Party Ideas: DIY Party Styling Mad Scientist Birthday Party Ideas: Party Credits
Hexagons! And other reasons to get excited about math Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón suspects that when people ask him what’s the use of math, they’re really asking a more pointed question. “They’re asking you, ‘Why did I have to study that bullshit I never used in my life again?’” he says. Sáenz de Cabezón (TED Talk: Math is forever) sympathizes, but as a mathematics professor at the University of La Rioja in northeastern Spain, he has come up with a spirited defense of his chosen profession. Math reveals unfathomable truths. Hexagons! Why it turns out truncated octahedrons aren’t great after all. The truncated octahedron has 14 faces, 36 edges, and 24 vertices. Why mathematicians find math thrilling. Featured photo: iStock.
How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months The Okano Isao judo textbook I used to learn Japanese grammar. Post reading time: 15 minutes. Language learning need not be complicated. From the academic environments of Princeton University (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian) and the Middlebury Language Schools (Japanese), to the disappointing results observed as a curriculum designer at Berlitz International (Japanese, English), I have sought for more than 10 years to answer a simple question: why do most language classes simply not work? The ideal system — and progression — is based on three elements in this order… 1. Effectiveness, adherence, and efficiency refer to the “what”, “why”, and “how” of learning a target language, respectively. Let’s cover each in turn. Effectiveness: If you select the wrong material, it does not matter how you study or if you study – practical fluency is impossible without the proper tools (material). If you have no interest in politics, will you adhere to a language course that focuses on this material?
The Crafty Owl's Blog | Minecraft Creeper Pop-Up Birthday Card Today I'm sharing my Design team card for this week's challenge over at The Paper Players. This week LeAnne is hosting and she has a clean and simple challenge to create a child's birthday card this week: Those of you who follow LeAnne's blog, Wee Inklings, regularly will know that today young Miss Cassidy is celebrating her fourth birthday - hooray! having seen the other Design Team members cards this week, I can vouch for the fact that mine looks quite different to everyone else's! My cards today are not made with four year old girls in mind (nowhere near enough pink for that!) however as the mother of two young children, I make lots of children's cards. First I am sharing another of Ben's birthday cards from last week; this time, the one I made for him from his big sister. A simple pop-up - how fun is that?! I also wanted to share another clean and simple birthday card that I have made so many of, I can't quite believed I've never blogged before! Stampin' Up!
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Space Invaders Pop Up Tutorial How to make an origamic architecture pop up space invader card Download template in PDF, or DXF page 1 and DXF page 2. Cut page 1 and 2 from contrasting colors. Cut black lines. Score and fold red fold lines. Cut and fold the single cubes at the top very gently. Once the invader is cut and folded, slide the background cut out onto it. Back with black card. Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts. How a great conversation is like a game of catch Barry Lee When you play catch, you have to do an equal number of catches and throws, right? It’s not possible to play catch with somebody and throw more than you catch, for the most part. There’s a great study out of Harvard in which researchers discovered that talking about yourself actually activates the same pleasure centers in your brain as sex and cocaine. How do you go beyond small talk to have a meaningful conversation with somebody? Not every single conversation that you have is going to be in-depth and serious. What about that awkward silence when you don’t know what to say next? By the time that you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. What should you do when it is very clear from body language that the other person is not listening? End it. You make the case that all experiences are not equal. People always push back on this topic. But the truth is, you haven’t — you haven’t been through something the same. So you shouldn’t say, “I know how you feel”? That’s the worst.
City Brights: Howard Rheingold : Crap Detection 101 “Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him.” Ernest Hemingway, 1954 The answer to almost any question is available within seconds, courtesy of the invention that has altered how we discover knowledge – the search engine. Materializing answers from the air turns out to be the easy part – the part a machine can do. The real difficulty kicks in when you click down into your search results. At that point, it’s up to you to sort the accurate bits from the misinfo, disinfo, spam, scams, urban legends, and hoaxes. Unless a great many people learn the basics of online crap detection and begin applying their critical faculties en masse and very soon, I fear for the future of the Internet as a useful source of credible news, medical advice, financial information, educational resources, scholarly and scientific research. Today, just as it was back then, “Who is the author?” Use the following methods and tools to protect yourself from toxic badinfo. Resources:
Pacman Halloween garland By Kate on September 23, 2011 I vividly remember playing pacman when I was younger and I used to get the heebie-jeebies just before one of those little ghosts gobbled me up. Anyhow…I still think they are a bit spooky (in a friendly kind of way) so thought they would make an excellent Halloween garland. The shapes are pretty simple, so very easy to chop out. I’ve left my feet in this picture to give you an idea of how big the cut-outs are. Want to play pacman? How-to 1) Download the template here! 2) Lay your master template onto some black card and draw around it using a pencil. 3) Chop out (whilst watching guilt-free crappy telly). 4) For the eyes: I chopped up some scrap plastic but you can use clear acetate (I hang on to loads of stuff that would normally go in the recycling bin). If you want your garland to be seen from both sides simply chop another ghost out and stick on top with some double-sided tape. See picture below to understand construction.
8 practical ways to help refugees Melissa Fleming of the UN’s Refugee Agency shares some ways to help refugees right now. When a million refugees showed up in Europe this past year, the world began to take notice of a problem that has been steadily growing before our eyes. Ten years ago, 38 million people had been driven from their homes because of war or persecution; right now that number stands at over 65 million. That’s equivalent to the population of France … drifting, stranded, with little hope of returning home, and few chances to thrive in neighboring countries. In Europe, the lack of a unified system to manage the influx of refugees and migrants is exacerbating the problem. On the streets of European cities, I have seen both remarkable generosity and irrational fear. People often ask me what they can do to help. But of course you don’t have to volunteer in person. 1. Help refugees where you are. 2. 3. 4. For refugee students, losing the chance to pursue their studies is devastating. 5. 6. 7. 8.
The death of computing : Articles : Future of Computing : BCS Neil McBride says computer science was populated by mathematicians and physicists but now virtual robots can be created by eight-year olds without needing programming, logic or discrete mathematics skills. Does that mean we have a dying discipline? We all know there's a crisis in university computer science departments. Student numbers are dwindling - down 115 just last year. At the same time the computing unit of funding has fallen. Dropping numbers of A Level students, a view that IT is a job for geeks and social misfits and a perception that there’s nothing interesting in computer science doesn’t help. And the problem's global. In such dire circumstances, it's tempting to hanker after the glory days when computer science ruled, departments were full, and students flocked to a leading edge discipline where the ideas were fresh. As the ship sinks, we computer scientists fiddle on the deck hoping to avoid the icy waters. Something significant has changed. Relationships are important.
8-bit popup cards Hello! Remember that pixel heart card I made a while back? Well it has been one of my most popular tutorials to date so I thought I would add another few designs to the collection. Meet ‘space-invader popup’ and ‘skull popup': Like the heart card, they are really minimal (which I just love) and easy to make once you have got the hang of it. You definitely need a craft knife (and a steady hand) to make these cards this project is only really suitable for adults or teenagers. If you want to have a go at making them you will find full instructions and downloadable templates after the jump. Suitable for: Teenagers & grown upsCard size: 8.5cm x 6.5cmEnvelope size: 9cm x 7cm You will need: ♥ Paper ♥ Craft knife ♥ Ruler (preferably a metal one) ♥ Cutting mat (optional) ♥ Needle (or compass point) for scoring 1. Then cut and score along the correct lines on the template (see diagrams below for more guidance). 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. If you have any questions then do ask (leave a comment below).
7 lessons about finding the work you were meant to do Emily Pidgeon Whether it was during a career aptitude test or in a heart-to-heart chat after getting laid off, chances are someone has talked to you about how to “find your calling.” It’s one of those phrases people toss about. But StoryCorps founder Dave Isay takes issue with it … specifically, the verb. “Finding your calling — it’s not passive,” he says. In other words, you don’t just “find” your calling — you have to fight for it. Over a decade of listening to StoryCorps interviews, Isay noticed that people often share the story of how they discovered their calling — and now, he’s collected dozens of great stories on the subject into a new book, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.