thetrolliestcritic:

nkhamiltons:

Because it’s still happening, i’m making this post

STOP USING THAT MILKY WASHED OUT PSD ON PEOPLE WITH OLIVE/BROWN/DARK SKIN

not only is it ugly anyway, but it lightens skintone, and that’s obviously a problem. that psd is only made for pale people and its meant to only compliment pale people - do not use it on brown/black! this is problem not only found in the 5h fandom, but all around tumblr as well. you need to understand that whitewashing poc is wrong and if you honestly don’t know why please google it.

don’t be afraid of vibrance and high saturation, it doesnt matter if it was a 2011 trend or w/e, it looks better than those milky psds. use more yellows and reds in your curves - brighten your colors!

i’ve made two things to help people edit less like this and here are the links:

tutorial on coloring edits with dark skinned people

psd that doesn’t lighten dark skinned people

if you want another psd or tutorial you can request me, i’ll do it

JUST STOP USING THAT UGLY MILKY WASHED OUT PSD

Y’all remember that time when I told these roleplay helpers to stop whitewashing people of color’s skin when they make edits, and lost some friends over it? Yep.

rainydaypaperback:

shadesofmauve:

songscloset:

nihilisme:

ittybittylittleworld:

punkasslouis:

I just watched a kid break down in the bookstore because his books for the semester totaled $600 and that’s the american university system in a nutshell

I was on the verge of tears when I got to the cashier so yeah, that’s messed up

Go here and just, don’t waste any more money okay?

While I entirely support following that link, I also suggest going to Abe Books or Book Depository or even eBay to see if there are inexpensive print versions of books you need. I haven’t paid full-price for any of my texts while I’m in school… because that would DOUBLE the cost of school.

I use the ISBN of the require books and search the cheap sites for them.

Good luck out there, guys!

Paging FenrisLorsrai! Come work your resource magic on this post!

I HAVE BEEN SUMMONED. (but I’ll post on my actual bookstore account)

Quick anddirty meta search for books: Addall. it’ll crawl 40+ book sites at once including ABE, ALibris, Amazon, Half in both domestic AND foreign versions.

Meta search #2! GetTextbooks.com which focuses specifically on textbooks. It omits some foreign sites that AddAll includes, BUT it also includes a whole bunch of rentals as well.  Renting is probably the most cost effective method overall.

NOW, HOW TO SEARCH!

First determine a few things:

  • Make sure you have the ISBN
  • IF IT IS A BUNDLE: Determine if you need a software key/CD/workbook/lab book or not.  Many times you do not.  Math classes increasingly NEED the software key, but more on that later
  • ASK THE PROFESSOR: If this is not the first edition of the book, can you use a previous edition?  One edition back is generally half the cost of current, two is generally about 1/8th the cost.  Generally you can get away with this if its material that doesn’t change rapidly. Your course on the Civil War, you can probably use two editions back. Your computer programming class on latest greatest language… you probably need newest edition.
  • FOR LITERATURE CLASSES: determine if you book is from before 1929. If it is, its in public domain, you can almost certain get a free copy online.  If they want a SPECIFIC copy for an essay bundled with book, see below.

Now, run your search by ISBN using the two metasearch sites.  Open them in separate tabs.  

gettextbooks shows you WITH the shipping, Addall does NOT show you the shipping.  keep this in mind when you’re comparing.  You’ll see a lot of duplication.  GetTextbooks will also show you SOME variants.

Now that you have those open, open two more tabs.  Run a second search on same two sites using the author and exact title you picked up from search #1.  This will show you all the international editions and weird bundles that don’t exactly match the ISBN of the bookstore

WHAT THE HELL IS AN INTERNATIONAL EDITION: its a paperback version of the US version with an angry notice on the cover saying “NOT FOR SALE OUTSIDE INDONESIA”. Its the same book, but way cheaper.  ignore the angry warning, the US Supreme Court has your back. NO, REALLY. Right of first sale, baby!  ignore the angry warning and you basically have same book, it just isn’t printed with ink made from student tears and unobtanium.

Now filter results based on whether you need any Extra materials or not. 

IF YOU DO NEED THE EXTRA MATERIALS: this is where it gets tricky. an intact bundle is generally the most expensive option or near top end of price curve.  If you NEED the other materials, you may be able to get them cheaper in pieces.  and you can buy mismatched pieces!

Say for example you need a math textbook, but need the software key for the math problem program.  The professor said you can use older book.  Buy a math book that one or more editions back and then buy the software key separately from the SOFTWARE manufacturer.  You’ll find the software keys on booksites all by themselves, but they’re generally way more expensive than buying the key direct from software manufacturer. and no shipping then!

NOW A WORD ON LITERATURE: sometimes profs want you to get a specific edition of something to read a specific essay in the book. You have about 50/50 odds that the essay is in the front of the book. IF IT IS, you may be able to read the essay on Amazon by going to that books page and clicking on the “look inside”.  They generally preview between 10-30 pages of books and that often means its the essay you needed, not the actually BODY of the book.  So you can look up the specific copy of Frankenstein on Amazon, read the essay, then download a free different version from Project Gutenberg.

FOR RECENT NONFICTION, make sure you have an up to date library card for your HOME library and the LOCAL city library where your college is.  Many have digital loans available, where you can check out the ebook for free and popular nonfiction is frequently available that way.

IF YOU CAN GET YOUR BOOKLIST BEFORE GOING TO SCHOOL: shop for the mundane things locally first.  There will be 50 people in CollegeTown looking for that book, you may be the only one in your home town.  supply and demand, if you found it in collegetown, it may be 10X price of your local bookstore.

and check you local library as well!  You may be able to check out some of those books from your local library and take them to school with you and renew them online one or more times, depending on how in demand they are.  There will be NO copies in CollegeTown library because there’s 50 people asking for it.  But your HOME town, you may be able to renew it twice since its low demand. Write on your calender when they’re due or need to be renewed.  Renew them OR tuck the whole pile into a Priority Mail flat rate box and send them home to your folks.  The cost of the priority box to send several library books home is probably way less than what you’d pay for them. (or if its stuff you know you need AFTER a break where you’ll be home, request a hold from school, pick up at home)

ONE LAST WORD BEFORE YOU BUY…

You determined you HAVE to buy a book and you’ve narrowed it down to a few choices of source.  Run a search for “coupon + Sitename” what looked like the lowest priced may not if you find a coupon for the 2nd or 3rd lowest priced option. Gettextbook will generate some automatically, but you may be able to find even better ones.

So make yourself some food, get a beverage, put on some tunes and compare prices!

and if you’re reached point of wanting to curl up in a ball and die, you can send us an ask with the ISBN for your book and answers to questions aobe (extra materials, previous edition, etc) and we’ll send you back an note with a link to the cheapest one we can find.  I do this for a living, send an ask and I’ll get it done usually within about 12 hours.

A MASTERPOST OF MASTERPOSTS BY LUKE EGAN

notquiteluke:

WRITING SHIT: 

BOOKS, GOD DAMN: 

MOTHERFUCKIN FILMS AND TV MASTERPOSTS I’VE BEEN SQUIRRELLING AWAY: 

HOW TOS/CRAFTY BULLSHIT/OCCASIONAL RECIPES FOR ALCOHOLIC THINGS?

HERE’S SOME OTHER RANDOM SHIT I’VE PICKED UP I DONT KNOW WHERE ALL THIS SHIT CAME FROM I SWEAR TO GOD WE’RE NEARLY DONE NOW:

THERE IM FUCKING DONE TAKE THESE THINGS FROM ME 

A MASTERPOST OF MASTERPOSTS BY LUKE EGAN

notquiteluke:

WRITING SHIT: 

BOOKS, GOD DAMN: 

MOTHERFUCKIN FILMS AND TV MASTERPOSTS I’VE BEEN SQUIRRELLING AWAY: 

HOW TOS/CRAFTY BULLSHIT/OCCASIONAL RECIPES FOR ALCOHOLIC THINGS?

HERE’S SOME OTHER RANDOM SHIT I’VE PICKED UP I DONT KNOW WHERE ALL THIS SHIT CAME FROM I SWEAR TO GOD WE’RE NEARLY DONE NOW:

THERE IM FUCKING DONE TAKE THESE THINGS FROM ME 

"I feel like I'm not doing enough. There's all kinds of stuff I want to do (travel, play music, study, hike, cook, etc) and all kinds of stuff that I do now (mostly school and music and some side feministy projects) but I'm not writing enough or making enough music or helping people or changing the world or contributing, and I feel like I'm falling into a pattern of being really passive and not actually participating in life because it's easier to cry in bed and listen to wtnv. Any advice?" —cellogeekery

fuckingconversations:

THE PROBLEM WITH PASSIVITY IS THAT IT IS SO EASY TO FALL INTO, AND SO DIFFICULT TO GET OUT OF.

LIKEWISE, IT IS HORRIBLY EASY TO REALIZE THAT YOU’RE NOT DOING THINGS. 

MY BRAIN IS THE TYPE THAT CAN ONLY SIT IDLE FOR SO LONG - THE MORE I AM DOING/ THINKING/ LEARNING, THE EASIER IT IS FOR ME TO HANDLE HUMAN INTERACTION AND NOT BE A COMPLETE ASSHOLE. IF I DON’T WEAR MY THOUGHTS DOWN ON ENGINEERING OR COOKING OR PICKING APART SOME NEW ARTICLE, I BECOME RESTLESS AND IRRITABLE AND UNREASONABLY SHORT-TEMPERED.

NOT MAKING A DIFFERENCE THOUGH - THAT FEELING IS COMMON IN YOUNG ADULTS. 

THERE IS THE INTERNET - THROUGH THAT YOU CAN TALK TO OTHERS, LEARN, BE INSPIRING. 

YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD MEAN THE WORLD TO SOMEONE. 

LIKE THAT OFT-REPEATED STARFISH STORY. 

—-

One morning I went for a walk on the beach in the very early morning. The night before, a wild storm had passed and thrown thousands of starfish upon the shore. Looking up and down the beach, starfish littered the sand in every direction. As I walked along I passed a young boy who was wildly picking up the starfish one at a time and throwing them into the ocean.

“What are you doing, young man?” I enquired

“I’m saving the starfish before the sun comes up and dries them out,” he replied without pausing his labours.

I shook my head at the folly of youth. “Just look at all these starfish, and the sun is rising already. You will never make a difference.”

The boy looked straight into my eyes and then down into the starfish in his hand. He threw the starfish out into the ocean with a smile. “I made a difference for that one,” he said as he continued to work.

—-

SET A TIME AND DATE TO DO SOMETHING. 

DO IT. 

SET A TIME TO DO ONE MORE THING. 

DO IT. 

WORK YOUR WAY UP A TINY CHECKLIST, AND MAKE SURE IT GETS DONE EACH NIGHT. IF YOU REALIZE YOU’VE FORGOTTEN THE LIST, AND IT’S 10pm, GET YOUR ASS UP AND DO IT. 

HAVING A FRIEND TO TALK TO ABOUT THOSE KINDS OF FEELINGS ALSO HELPS.