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You know, a wreath of oranges. Get it here.
The artist doesn’t just restrict herself to narwhals.
This is not a drill, decoupage is the best.
It’s printed on a page from an 1888 German magazine.
Perfect for a very highbrow baby’s nursery.
The perfect way to blow that spare $800 you’ve had kicking around.
But who can really put a price tag on genius?
Like a little city for your mantel or desk.
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For some, it’s a nightmare as horrifying as going to class pantsless: the dreaded email thread faux pas.
When a student at NYU attempted to forward an email from the college bursar’s office to his mother, he instead hit “reply all” and exposed a bug in the school’s email system.
The result? He directly emailed almost 40,000 of his fellow students. When some of those students realized this bug in the email system was oh-so-exploitable, all hell broke loose. They began trading jokes, pictures of professional meme Nicolas Cage and –- in some cases –- pleas to end the madness. But for 24 hours, NYU endured what can only be called Replyallpocalypse.
Highly populated email threads are already notorious for spreading social anxiety. How long or short should a message be? What tone should you take? What if you inadvertently share email addresses you weren’t supposed to? What if you accidentally reply to only the last commenter, setting up an awkward exchange for the ages?
There are already a few simple rules of etiquette you should follow in any circumstance. And while the chances that you might accidentally spam 40,000 peers are probably pretty low, it’s good to keep a few more tips in mind to avoid your own personal Replyallpocalypse.
We’ve all been there. You send an email with utmost confidence, only to realize a moment later there’s a glaring typo or a factual inaccuracy. You sent it to the wrong person, or you said the wrong thing.
Gmail gives you the option to retract an email and avoid public shame, but you might not have the option turned on right now. Go to Labs under Settings and make sure the Undo Send option is enabled. After that, you’ll have the ability to snatch messages back immediately after you send them.
Always explain why you’re forwarding an email along. Be wary of using “FWD:” in the subject line –- some email services will throw you right in the spam folder for that misstep. And if you’re starting a thread you hope will garner multiple replies, make sure you mark it appropriately –- “RR” for response required, “NNTR” for no need to respond.
Before you press that send button, make sure your recipients are likely to have each other’s email addresses. If they don’t, get their permission to share, or use BCC.
BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) allows you to send emails to multiple recipients –- without them realizing there are multiple recipients. Dropping an address into the BCC field makes that person invisible to the rest of the thread, and vice versa. If you want to avoid reply all confusion for you and your contacts, BCC is your best bet. Repeat after me: BCC is your friend.
But don’t write too little, either. Emails should always be distilled down to the simplest form possible, because no one wants to scroll through half a novel before they get to the point. We deal with a lot of emails every day, and it can get trying. But if you’re responding to a group thread, make sure you have something to say when you post. Brief tidbits like “Great point!” or “Got it!” are good in theory, but really, they’re just a big waste of time.
Try to keep your emails focused, as well: If you have multiple requests, just send multiple emails. It’ll make it easier for your recipients to organize their tasks, and keep you in their good graces (at least until your next email).
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We are pleased to inform you that you have magical powers and abilities.
Yes, even longer than your history teacher.
Some believe in physical deities, others believe they are reflections of the magician’s psyche, and some believe something completely different—magick is what you make it. Regardless of what you choose to believe, by performing certain practices and rituals a magician can evoke these ancient things for advice, help, or just for the hell of it.
Okay, okay this isn’t sex, but you can’t deny it’s a magical moment.
A sigil is a desire or intent stripped down to its bare essentials then charged with magick. A desire is magical on its own, however it is easily muddled and burdened by other thoughts such as doubt, fear and over thinking in general. A sigil cuts through the excess noise to represent the true desire or intent.
Write out a desire, it can be almost anything, but try to be as specific and clear as possible and be sure it’s somewhat realistic. For example: “IT IS MY DESIRE TO WIN THE QUIDDITCH CUP”
Cross out any vowels and repeated consonants. Circle the consonants that only appear once.
Create a symbol with the leftover consonants. Manipulate the letters as you please, the more removed the symbol is from the original desire or intent the better.
Disassociate the sigil from the original desire or intent. Push the desire as far out of your mind as possible and view the sigil as a new and singular entity in and of itself. Perhaps let the sigil sit for a few days until you have forgotten what it represents. Now to charge the symbol with magick.
To access and use magick, you must banish all other thoughts from your brain and achieve a zen-like trance in which the sigil occupies your every thought. This takes an incredible amount of self-control and focus and is usually only attainable after much time and effort; luckily, the human body has built in methods that can be used to cause “no-mind states” and charge sigils.
An orgasm is an incredibly magical phenomenon. As Morrison puts it, “At the white-hot instant of orgasm, consciousness blinks. Into this blink, this abyssal crack in perception, a sigil can be launched…You must see the image of your chosen sigil blazing before the eyes of your mind and project it outwards into the ethereal mediaspheres and logoverses where desires swarm and condense into flesh.”
After the sigil is charged and sent into the ether (we won’t ask how), RESULTS WILL FOLLOW. Sigils always work. They may not work precisely how you intended, however changes will occur after the sigil has been charged. It is common to dispose of sigils by fire, water or simply releasing them into the wind. Some keep their sigils as reminders. It is your choice.
Each witch or wizard has their own views and beliefs as to what magick is and how it affects one’s life. It is encouraged to pick and choose the aspects that interest you and even invent your own personal brand of magick. Instead of Athena (Greek goddess of Wisdom), you can summon Dumbledore or Lupin for a chat about life. Anything is possible.
Don’t worry, there is no Restricted Section.
Like every facet of life, magick works best if you view it with a grain of salt. Even after a night of hanging out with Ganesh, you still need to do the dishes, go to work and interact with “normal” people without freaking them out. Laughter is your most useful tool in both success and failure.
First, a little background:
On Bill Bennett’s Morning in America program Wednesday, Ryan, who has become involved in the issue of poverty over the last year and a half, told Bennett there is a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.”
Right on cue, race-obsessed lefties immediately pounced on him, accusing him of outright racism. After all, he is a Republican.
UC Berkeley professor — and author of “Dog Whistle Politics” — Ian Haney Lopez was perfectly willing to entertain the idea that Ryan is a racist. And yesterday, Politico offered him the opportunity to share his thoughts:
— DogWhistlePolitics (@DogWhistleRace) March 15, 2014
Paul Ryan's black friend says he's no racist. So what? Race baiting is strategy, not bigotry. http://t.co/FAD1pX1oQY
— DogWhistlePolitics (@DogWhistleRace) March 15, 2014
And if anyone would know about race baiting, it’s a dog-whistle-blowing busybody like Haney Lopez.
But Politico gave that yutz an outlet anyway.
Well, what’s good for the goose …
— Dan Nassimbene (@DanNassimbene) March 15, 2014
Throwing it out is exactly what Politico should have done.