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First Black NASA Administrator Charles Bolden ‘Pleaded’ To Get Into Naval Academy

First Black NASA Administrator Charles Bolden ‘Pleaded’ To Get Into Naval Academy

This is an interesting short read/listen that appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition about a moment in one person’s journey. From the strategies employed when asking for help to the personal resilience and effort it takes to get where you’re going, there’s a lot to pick up from this piece.

h/t Leland Melvin

Immigrant Apparel Seeks To Unite Us All, CEO Betty Penate Discusses the Birth of a Brand

Immigrant Apparel Seeks To Unite Us All, CEO Betty Penate Discusses the Birth of a Brand

I met Betty Penate last summer at the Amber Rose Slut Walk in Los Angeles. Betty is the Founder and CEO of Immigrant Apparel. Betty was there to showcase her clothing line and show support for the event dedicated to combating gender inequality, sexual injustice, and derogatory labeling.

A Love Letter to Mindy Kaling

A Love Letter to Mindy Kaling

As a Latina, the daughter of an immigrant, an aspiring writer, a pop-culture enthusiast, and a lover of comedy, Mindy Kaling is definitely a hero of mine.

Burger King Proposes Fast Food Truce with McDonalds to Promote the International Day of Peace

Burger King Proposes Fast Food Truce with McDonalds to Promote the International Day of Peace

What if I told you that two mega fast food chains proposed a marketing campaign to bring awareness to the International Day of Peace? Would you support the idea, would you criticize their business practices, would you consider purchasing their product?

What is the Indie Galactic Space Jam?

What is the Indie Galactic Space Jam?

We had an opportunity to speak with Peter Smith about the Indie Galactic Space Jam. Peter is an Assistant Professor of Game Design at the University of Central Florida and he also co-founded the Indie Galactic Space Jam which is occurring at the Melrose Center in downtown Orlando, Florida from August 13-16, 2015.

How to Make an Axe Cop Costume for Cosplay

How to Make an Axe Cop Costume for Cosplay

Making high quality costumes for comic conventions can be tedious for non-cosplayers, so I decided to create a quick tutorial on how to make an Axe Cop costume.

The Overprotected Kid by Hanna Rosin

The Overprotected Kid by Hanna Rosin

As someone who doesn’t have a kid yet, I talk a big talk when I say to let kids get dirty, get hurt, and make mistakes. However, I have a siblings that are 10 and 20 years younger than me. My brother and sister have happily let me throw them into the proverbial deep end knowing I’d be there to back them up when things got rough. Our fears manifest themselves in peculiar ways, the rules we create for young and old often say as much about our insecurities as what we think of others. Check this article out and consider what it means to let children light fires and play with sharp objects.

Photograph by Peter Yang for The Atlantic
h/t to Tim Bailey for the heads up on this article

The Science of Hipster Music

The Science of Hipster Music

Priceonomics created a chart that scientifically measures the hipster factor of music. This is an application of their data crawl service. They used ratings data from the independent music review site Pitchfork and correlated it against the number of Facebook ‘likes’ of the review.

Lexical Differences Among European Languages Visualized in a Graph

Lexical Differences Among European Languages Visualized in a Graph

Nearly 75% of the words in the English language come from French, Latin, and the Romance Languages. Yet, English is considered a Germanic language.
Why?

Learn How to Do A Proper British Accent In Less Than 3 Minutes with Professor David Ley

Learn How to Do A Proper British Accent In Less Than 3 Minutes with Professor David Ley

‘Ello, whats all this then?
We can all fake a British accent. Or so most of us would think. Professor David Ley, a voice and speech specialist from the University of Alberta shows us how to speak in a standard upper middle class English dialect in a youtube video.