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This is my personal blog, filled with a plethora of geeky/nerdy stuff I find interesting. I'm a 31 year old, Extra Virgin, introverted, slightly socially awkward, ADHD bookworm, geek-flag flyer and Christian from a small town in West Virginia. ISFP. For those seeking my knitting blog, head over to Fifty Four Fifteen Designs. For those who are looking for some fanfiction that doesn't suck, head over to Well Written FanFiction. It's not mine, but I've linked some excellent stories that might catch your eye. For those wishing to drool over ... I mean admire some perfection, head over to Holy Shnikies! What A Hottie! and Oh! Hot Damn Hiddles! (You can thank me later.) ;D

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

My dad uses this, and he loves it! He’s been multilingual for a long time (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) and he says it’s taught him things that even he didn’t know. I might be using it for my german soon too, ‘cus I’m definitely rusty on that. Harumph

yooooooooooooo

(via the-red-in-our-ledgers)

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arthur:

CAMELOT

CAMELOT

CAMELOT

its only a model

shh

On second thought … let’s not go to Camelot. Tis a silly place.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
How many books must a man buy a girl before they may date and live happily ever after?
thatknitchick thatknitchick Said:

bluestockingbookworm:

booksandhotchocolate:

Got it? Good. 

Yup. Exactly this many.

That’s a good place to start.

americangothgirl:

During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.

Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. 
She was not selected. 
Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

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To Celebrate My Birthday
Time for another Marvel Mystery Box Giveaway.
Box is bigger than my head and contains: ¤The most random Avengers shit you can think of, including Iron Man Personal Tissue Packs and crap.
Rules: ¤ Like and/or reblog ¤ Do NOT need to be following me ¤ Tell me I’m pretty ¤ Winner chosen by random generator ¤ Will ship anywhere (I live on the West Coast of America so you’ll get it eventually because customs sucks sometimes)
 Winner will be chosen this Wednesday the 3rd of September at like noon-ish or whenever I remember. 

Happy birthday tom-nippleston!! And per the rules (and cuz you are):

celtickaye:

tom-nippleston:

To Celebrate My Birthday

Time for another Marvel Mystery Box Giveaway.

Box is bigger than my head and contains:
¤The most random Avengers shit you can think of, including Iron Man Personal Tissue Packs and crap.

Rules:
¤ Like and/or reblog
¤ Do NOT need to be following me
¤ Tell me I’m pretty
¤ Winner chosen by random generator
¤ Will ship anywhere (I live on the West Coast of America so you’ll get it eventually because customs sucks sometimes)


Winner will be chosen this Wednesday the 3rd of September at like noon-ish or whenever I remember. 

Happy birthday tom-nippleston!! And per the rules (and cuz you are):

firefly everybodys got somebody wash tell me Im pretty gif Imgur

firefly were I unwed I would take you in a manly fashion gif Imgur

firefly because Im pretty gif Imgur

firefly because youre pretty gif Imgur

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Coffee porn.     (Cinemagraphs and gifs from this cool article.)

sweet nectar of the gods.

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Is there anyone out there that is 30 or over? Sometimes I feel like the oldest person here.  If you are 30+ please reblog this.

An then some :P

You are not alone :)

I am. Mom of 2.

Unfortunately…nearly 40

I’ll be 40 next month.
*yikes*

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31 … for the next 3 months.

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celticskye86:

Alrighty guys, Giveaway number 1 is Marvel and the prizes are as follows-

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The first one is the official Avengers Age of Ultron movie poster and the second one is just because we all love Loki so much, I thought I’d add a Loki decal sticker….

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Please be kidding.

(This is why we can’t have nice things.)

whoever blocked out that girl’s credit card info

thank you

"The scientists found out that pluto dont exist"
I sigh for humanity

And no one had the courage to tell them their mistakes…

Nothing like starting off the day laughing at a bunch of morons….

"You can medicate crazy, but you can’t cure stupid"

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I am a princess

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one girl scrolled past this and woke up without boobs

Forever reblog cuz I don’t wanna wake up without boobs.

The fucking notes

Just read the notes

I’m not gonna risk anything

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An 87 Year Old College Student Named Rose


The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know.
I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me
with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?”

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.

“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.

She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”

“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.We became instant friends. Every day for the
next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine”
as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and
she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was
introduced and stepped up to the podium.

As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell
you what I know.”

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop
playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day.

You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.
We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!There is a huge difference between growing
older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.

If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.

Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.
Have no regrets.

The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those
with regrets.”

She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.

At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died
peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s
never too late to be all you can possibly be .When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they’ll really enjoy it!

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS
OPTIONAL.

We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.

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