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Oh, and the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens is the greatest museum in the world. It’s not huge but it’s so perfectly put together. The exhibitions are the perfect mix of media — videos that were crafted just for this museum and weren’t remotely dull; interactive screens; nicely-presented panels of text; inspiring quotes on the walls; and of course a ton of interesting stuff to look at, from sketches of the sets of Silence of the Lambs to the costumes and face-masks from Mrs Doubtfire. Plus they have actual old-school arcade games you’re allowed to play.
It was so perfect that even the free pamphlet telling you about the museum was read like an actual book and printed on nice paper, not some trashy “fold out three times and be confused by our incredibly dense technical drawing of where all the exhibits are”.
If you’re ever in New York, you should totally go. It’s way, way better than the American Museum of Natural History. 

Oh, and the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens is the greatest museum in the world. It’s not huge but it’s so perfectly put together. The exhibitions are the perfect mix of media — videos that were crafted just for this museum and weren’t remotely dull; interactive screens; nicely-presented panels of text; inspiring quotes on the walls; and of course a ton of interesting stuff to look at, from sketches of the sets of Silence of the Lambs to the costumes and face-masks from Mrs Doubtfire. Plus they have actual old-school arcade games you’re allowed to play.

It was so perfect that even the free pamphlet telling you about the museum was read like an actual book and printed on nice paper, not some trashy “fold out three times and be confused by our incredibly dense technical drawing of where all the exhibits are”.

If you’re ever in New York, you should totally go. It’s way, way better than the American Museum of Natural History. 

…And I should point out that ordering pizza barely made me anxious at all. Admittedly it was done entirely via an app, but I’ll probably get a phone call and have to answer the door, so I’d normally say “fuck it” and eventually make pasta for myself. Again. But today I’m feeling great!

I LOVE New York.

I LOVE New York. I’ve said it a bunch of times recently, to others and to myself, and I really think it’s true. Today I went to the Brazil Day parade near Times Square with my housemate and met a few of her friends, then went to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. I headed home on the subway but got off a few stops early and walked the rest of the way. I felt perfect. I wasn’t too hot, too cold, thirsty, hungry, didn’t need to pee, wasn’t anxious about anything, and felt in general great health. It was perfect.

Now I’m home and I’ve ordered pizza and I have beer and I’ll probably watch something on Netflix.

And it’s Labor Day tomorrow so I don’t have to work.

It’s early days, and I definitely need to get through a winter before I can officially say this, but I really think I might’ve finally found a place in the world I’d be happy to spend the rest of my life.

I promised myself I’d eat out tonight. Not many people have to encourage themselves to eat out, but I do.

I find it so incredibly difficult sometimes to walk into a restaurant or diner or fast food place and have dinner.

I ended up walking past one place I wanted to go into three times. It made me anxious because there were menus on the tables AND a counter to order. I was anxious about the process and the paradigm of ordering. So I ran away.

Eventually I found another diner that was clearly service to table and I only had to walk past that one once before I went in the second time. It was nice. I had a Texas burger and a beer.

I emailed a former university professor of mine letting her know how I was getting on in life. Her reply started, “Wow!! You lucky little shite!”

Are professors with English PhDs allowed to use “shite” and two exclamation marks at once? Aren’t there rules against that?

Philadelphia

Went to Philadelphia today. I invited my girl but she didn’t want to come. No real excuse, just that she “wanted to rest to prepare for the week ahead” because she’s travelling for work. Can’t decide if that’s a reasonable excuse or not.

My gain either way though I think. It was my first piece of “proper” travelling since I moved to NY and it was as perfect as I could’ve wanted. No hiccups, no issues, not even much social engagement. I probably said less than 50 words all day.

Philly is amazing. I wasn’t expecting much but it was as good a Sunday afternoon as you can spend. Wandering around parks and looking at old buildings and learning some US history.

Last night (comedy show) was great. Didn’t really get on with the other two people but I wasn’t expecting to.

Tonight - Friday night - I’m at home in my room playing video games, drinking beer, and listening to Electro-Shock Blues by Eels. It feels right.

Going to a comedy show with my girl tonight, but we’re also going of her other friends because she got 4 tickets.

Really, ridiculously anxious about it. Would much rather just stay home and keep watching this marathon of Every Simpsons Ever.

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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.


Really need to get back into Duolingo

officialkia:

pennameverity:

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

Really need to get back into Duolingo