On my drawing table right now. That’s Dionne, who you meet in issue #2 of Parallel Man. If the first mini-series does well, there are plans for a spin off series starring her and her comrades.
*sigh* I’m so tired why
I also need cuddles pls someone
Just finished Briar’s Book! I am not emotionally damaged at all, I didn’t do nothing else for the past hour and a half, and I most certainly am not a complete fucking liar.
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!
I have like 277262 kisses saved up for you
Being an adult is realizing that $5,000 is a lot of money to owe and very little money to own.
Stuff Nobody Tells you About Getting An Apartment.
This’ll cover the basics, such as financial expectation, rental history, what to bring for the application process, etc.
Review of Parallel Man: Invasion America - Added More 8/30/14
[Diamond Code for pre-ordering the comic - Aug141505]
[Hits shelves October 8th, 2014]
This is one of those stories that will give people who have trouble with time travel time lines and Different Verses a bit of a headache. Mainly because it does use the theory of each choice a person makes creates different universes where the person made a different choice. Despite that, I think I will at least pick up the second comic (and this one because this girl likes to support hometown projects so even though I’ve read it I will get a copy for my shelves).
Knowing this is only the first comic (of seven), I still wish that the female lead had been, well, good. She seems forceful and a little cruel. And having the lead be another blond white guy is, well, kinda boring. Even if he has a parallel version of himself that is more of a video gamer then a hero it doesn’t really make it much better. I would have been much more interested in seeing the lead be a female (a girl can dream that the kick ass lady can be a lead).
I also really want to know why this guy is doing what is he doing. I feel like I got dropped in the middle of the very complicated universe(s) and didn’t study for the history final I have to take.
So the one Verse is trying to take over/conquer over Verses because it is running out of resources because of the way it’s version of America won WWII and so they have a way to jump (they call it skip) between Verses. So Verse 1 (Referred to as Alpha 1) sends their agents to our Verse (Beta 76). Beta 76 is our world as we know it. Obama is President, we won WWII with the Atomic Bomb, etc. It seems mainly to take place in one version of Chicago or another currently.
I do like the use of the Multi-Verse theory as it is one of my favorite theories in the world (Or at least this world) and I want to wait to judge the characters until they have been fleshed out a little more. I really feel like there was not enough information on the motivation behind several actions (Why did Alpha 1 deplete their resources so much faster then other Verses causing them to need to take over? Or is that not the motivation behind their attacks? Why is Nick Morgan going against The Ascendancy? Why does Nick care about a Parallel version of his grandfather? And how in the world does the grandfather know so much?
I think for me I would give it a 3.5 out of 5. It left me intrigued enough to want to keep reading (Also a visit back to the planet with dinos riding dinos would not be ill-fated in my opinion. Cause I love dinos.)
If you wanna check out what is out there for Parallel Man, here is their website: http://futuredude.com/titles/parallel-man/
Remember, if you are interested in a copy of Parallel Man: Invasion America, go to your Local Comic Shop and give them this code to pre-order it - Aug141505
**I was giving a free digital copy of the comic Parallel Man: Invasion America for the sole purpose of reviewing the comic, all views expressed within are my own.
Okay! I just learned something very, very cool about this series. The main character is Asexual. That’s right. There will be no love interest for him, OR ANY OF HIS PARALLEL SELVES!
Finally a series that has some real representation in it. While this may not come up in the plot of this first arc, if the series manages to do well enough (Hey guys, pre-order this. I will be doing so tomorrow with my weekly stop in at The Source Comics and Games) then it may be something that comes up later on.
So here is a reason to support this comic, it is working on representation.
This little fact, actually bumps my rating to a 4 of 5 stars.
So, I am adding how important it is to boost presales of a comic. Especially from a smaller publisher. So please, please, please, put in a preorder. You have a whole month to make and set aside three dollars.
Remember, it only takes one type of representation doing well to tell others theirs can do well too. This could really set off more, better representation. (It also only takes one not doing well to discourage others from straying from the ‘norm’)