18% of online adults have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information. That’s an increase from the 11% who reported personal information theft in July 2013.
21% of online adults said they had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over without their permission.The same number reported this experience in a July 2013 survey.

More online Americans say they’ve experienced a personal data breach | Pew Research Center (via onaissues)

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a few years ago i trained my dog to respond to harry potter spells and i was just wondering if he still remembered them so i looked at him and said “avada kedavra” and he rolled over and played dead

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Wow, 5000 followers! thank you so much! This giveaway is to say thanks for following me and putting up with my shenanigans. Featuring some of my favourite YA books!


  • The giveaway will run until May 16th 2014
  • You must be following me
  • You may like or reblog this post to enter
  • A winner will be chosen on the closing day (above). Keep your askbox open! If the winner does not reply within 24 hrs, I will choose a new winner. 
  • International! I will be ordering through the book depository 
  • The winner will choose two of the above books as their prize (in paperback format)
  • please do not spam your followers by reblogging multiple times at once

good luck!


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April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is Assassinated

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story motel room in Memphis, TN.

Revisit the life and legacy of Dr. King with a special collection from PBS.

A collection of original posters created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross PBS series features quotations by famous African Americans, including leaders, intellectuals and cultural figures. The posters, which can be downloaded, printed and shared, can be found here: http://to.pbs.org/1efp1fy


Animagraffs: 3 Awesomely Animated Instructional Charts

Graphic designer Jacob O’Neal has broken down the complicated into these easy to follow gifs for all you lazy people out there. We’d thank him, but we’re too busy learning how to Moonwalk.

Make sure to check out the rest of Jacob’s work on his website animagraffs


The first ever Pew Internet tweet.

Tomorrow is the 8th anniversary of the first tweet, tweeted by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006 (https://blog.twitter.com/2014/on-twitters-8th-birthday-find-your-first-tweet).

Around the time Twitter was launched, only 16% of online adults used social media (http://pewrsr.ch/1iPluZe). A little over 4 years later, we asked our first stand-alone question on Twitter usage, and found that 8% of online adults used Twitter (http://pewrsr.ch/1m8sqoW). As of September 2013, 18% of online adults use Twitter, and 73% of online adults use a social network of some kind. (http://pewrsr.ch/1iPfCiG).

Take a look at your first tweet using  http://first-tweets.com/. It’s interesting to think about how Twitter has transformed into breaking news, professional social networks, communities, brands, etc. And now Pew Internet is even using Twitter to study Twitter: http://pewrsr.ch/1oWq6Am (#SoMeta)

What was your first tweet?



The only 12 1/2 Writing Rules you’ll ever need (1600x1000)

Right on!

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Education Center Erasmus University Medical Center  KAAN Architecten

Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands   |   Photo: Bart Gosselin

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Earlier today I received an email from a high school English teacher in Strasburg, Colorado who plans to teach an elective Young Adult literature course. A group of parents created a petition to “cleanse” the book list, claiming that the majority of the books on the curriculum, “are profane, pornographic, violent, criminal, crass, crude, vile, and will result in the irreparable erosion of my students’ moral character.”

Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska have been targeted in particular, and the press attended the most recent school board meeting. The motion has been tabled for the next meeting at 7:00 pm on April 9th at Strasburg High School: 56729 e. Colorado Ave, Strasburg, CO 80136.

Please join me in emailing letters of support of the teacher at Strasburg who has heroically stood by her curriculum and stood alone at School Board meetings defending the books. It’s important to keep your letter as civil as possible, even if this kind of thing turns you into a giant squid of anger.

Letters should be addressed "To the School Board" and emailed to StrasburgYALiteratureCourse@gmail.com. It would also be a great help to attend the next School Board meeting if you live in the area.

I am extremely grateful to those who have come out in support of my books on the various occasions they have been challenged, who understand that I am not out to corrupt teenagers, and who further understand the importance of reading books critically and thoughtfully as a whole, rather than focusing on individual scenes ripped from their context. Thanks for supporting my books, and thanks for being awesome.

Full proposed curriculum below the jump.

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