the concept of privilege pisses me off.
2. The Earth’s Crust
8. Phases of Matter
10. Simple Machines
11. The Moon
15. Earth’s Seasons
16. Light and Colour
19. Outer Space
3. Blood and Circulation
4. Chemical Reactions
5. Static Electricity
6. Food Web
7. Light Optics
8. Bones and Muscles
9. Ocean Currents
13. The Sun
14. The Brain
1. Planets and Moon
4. Rocks and Soil
7. Water Cycle
12. Ocean Life
14. Spinning Things
16. Human Transportation
20. Animal Locomotion
1. Rivers and Streams
3. Marine Mammals
5. NTV Top 11 Video Countdown
7. Pollution Solutions
2. Space Exploration
6. Life Cycles
7. Do-It-Yourself Science
8. Atoms and Molecules
9. Ocean Exploration
10. Lakes and Ponds
15. Comets and Meteors
19. Science of Music
I can not count the number of times this trick has saved my ass.
And people say Tumblr doesn’t teach you life skills…
this will come in handy one day
ATTENTION GRADUATING CLASS OF 2012: COLLEGE SURVIVAL 101
REBLOGGING FOR MY SISTER
or you can always make a copy of an mp3 file and re-label it as a doc. it will do the exact same thing
I hate getting ripped off by on campus bookstores that charge you three times the amount that most people online charge for! The truth is that most of the time campus rental stores ignore the fact that your tuition is already very high. With pell grants and student loan interest rates going out the roof, I compiled a list of the best sites that I guarantee will save you up to 70% or give you the highest check for used textbooks.
These are my absolute favorite places to save on textbooks:
Amazon student - You will probably find the cheapest prices through this link. Simple to use, over a million text books from previous students or discount companies at the click of a button. They’re even offering free delivery on sign-up.
Chegg - Plants a tree every time you buy a book (I know, it’s a beautiful business plan). Their delivery is fast and on average you save about 450 dollars per order. Mostly everyone I know buys from here.
RentText - This one is possibly my favorite, it’s very independent and has a wonderful design and customer service. You can only rent or sell books on this one, but with high turn out.
BookByte - Extremely popular with sellers and also very great with purchasing, fast delivery. Super easy to use website.
What are some of your favorite sites?
Paperback Swap - Trade books for free
BookCloseOut - Bargin Books
ReadPrint - Free Online Books
Today, I told my best friend all about my fear of writing prose. About the ideas I keep tucked away to myself, for fear that they won’t come out smooth, luminous, like so much gypsum after the rain.
Without fail, I want to jot down something every day. Recently, my mind has been on the Frank Ocean essay I promised myself months ago. There was just this point where I was listening to Nostalgia, Ultra every day, thinking over and over about how songs like “Swim Good” and “Nature Feels” were doing all this radical work in terms of helping me think about Black eco-critical performance, about Stevie’s conversations with plants and all those writers who took to the sea when terra firma failed them. I wanted to talk about that, but in a way that people could feel, you know? There had to be more there, more to be said, than just the echoes of Derrida I hear in my head every now and again. More than Whitehead’s glorious cosmology, or the shards of Moten I picked up back in junior year that haven’t let go of me since.
What I’m really getting at, I think, is a struggle for voice. I’m a poet that wants to write essays. I’m a loner who constantly meditates on love. I’m an ex-preacher-in-training. Not even sure what that last one brings on stage, other than the fact that I’m a strange dude with a short, complicated history and a lot to say. A gut full of words, but not enough fire under me to make those suckers sing.
In the age of Twitter and Tumblr, I just figure it makes more sense to give my ideas out in pieces. Little glimpses into my mind that will eventually add up to something. Often times (and this may just be my delusions of grandeur speaking) this makes me feel like I’m cheating myself. Like I could maybe make something good, something really, really good, if I just sat still for a week or maybe even a month and just wrote and wrote until it all poured out. Fables with no denouement. Moths and machine hearts and dioramas of heaven.
What do you do with an idea like that? Where do you put it? Am I supposed to just sit on my futon, with my laptop and try to pen some nomadic opus? I can’t even stay on topic for more than a few sentences. And sometimes, I actually want to! I want the work to be understood and imbibed and enjoyed. But I also want to measure up to the great hearts that have coaxed me here.
Put differently, there are books, essays, poems, and songs that have changed my life.
I don’t want the loudest pen. I just want to do justice to that rhythm.
I hate routine. Except when it comes to morning routines :) That’s something I try and stick to! ;)
There’s something about starting your day on a number of pre-planned actions that really set your day straight. Below I describe the ‘ideal’ ProductiveMuslim morning routine. (Note: I assume that Fajr Athan is at 5.00am and that work starts at 8am, feel free to ‘adjust’ the routine below to suit your timetable inshaAllah)
4.00AM – 5.00AM: 5 Essential Actions
1. Wake up!
Perhaps the first and most important step to having a great morning routine is waking up early! And it is in that moment of indecisiveness – whether you should wake up immediately or enjoy your nice comfy bed for ‘5 more minutes’- wherein lies the secret to either a great day or a crazy one. Here’s a tip that always works with me for waking up: You know how shaytaan whispers in your ears “just sleep for 5 more minutes”… I simply whisper back to myself “just wake up for 5 minutes” ;) Yup, you can imagine the rest. As soon as you’re awake and begin reciting the Adkhar and making wudhu, you can imagine what happens to sleep – (Gone! Left the building!).
2. Make the Dua(s) for waking up and recite last 10 verses of Surah Al-Imran
Alhamdulillah, we have a beautiful set of “waking up” supplications which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us. A collection of Wake Up Supplications can be found on MakeDua.com. My favorite is the recitation of the last 10 verses of Al-Imran (Chapter 3 of the Quran). You can almost feel your heart coming to life and being ‘juiced’ when the first thing you do as soon as you wake up is remember Allah & recite His Glorious Words from the Quran.
3. Make Wudhu
We can all agree, there’s something about wudhu that really focuses your positive energy and cleanses you inwardly as well as outwardly. I had a friend who used to call this feeling “WuBuzz!” short for the “Buzz” you feel after wudhu ;) Don’t forget to say Bismillah before starting wudhu and the dua after finishing wudhu! The 8 gates of Heaven will be opened for you, (not a bad way to start your day ;) and you’ll feel refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
4. Tahajjud & Witr
Tahajjud or Qiyaam has been described as the “honour of the believer”, because who else would go through what you just did (wake up, wudhu..etc) just to stand up and pray? The beauty of Tahajjud is hard to describe; from the feeling of tranquility in your heart and understanding the Quran better at this time, to feeling closer to Allah at a time of isolation from others and wishing that you would never get up from that prostration, to self-reflection moments that we rarely get a chance to exercise in our busy world… all of them and more come from Tahajjud! Finally, praying Witr after Tahajjud and making sincere dua to Allah is a true booster to your day!
5. Istighfar moments
Don’t forget to use the last 5-10 minutes before Fajr to ask Allah for forgiveness and making lots of istighfar so that you are among those Allah mentioned in the Quran:“And in the hour of early dawn, they (were found) praying for Forgiveness” (Quran, Chapter 51, Verse 18).
5.00AM – 5.05 AM: Fajr Athan
Say as the muaddhin (The person who calls to Prayer) says and don’t forget the Dua after athan. Supplications Related to Athaan can also be found at MakeDua.com
5.05AM – 5.30AM: Between Athan & Iqama
1. Pray the 2 rak’ahs Sunnah of Fajr
Don’t miss this! Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The two rakahs before the dawn (Fajr) prayer are better than this world and all that it contains. (Riyad-us-Saliheen (Hadith # 1102). Just think about this hadeeth for a moment; 5 minutes of your time to pray 2 short rak’ahs are better than this whole wide world with all its’ lands, people, treasures, nature and beyond! SubhanaAllah!
Also, if this is the importance and merit of the Sunnah of Fajr, what about the obligatory Fajr prayer itself? (There is a heartwarming video reminder to those who neglect Fajr Salah called: ‘Are you neglecting the Fajr Prayer?’)
Did you know that the time between the Athan & Iqama is a prime time to make dua? Make the most of it! Narrated Anas ibn Malik: “The supplication made between the athan and the iqamah is not rejected.” (Sunan Abu Dawood, Book #2, Hadith #0521)
3. Lie on your right side
Narrated ‘Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her): “Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) used to pray two light rakahs before the morning (compulsory) prayer after the day dawned and the Mu’addhin had finished his adhan. He then would lie on his right side till the Mu’addhin came to pronounce the Iqama.” (Sahih Bukhari, Book #11, Hadith #599)
4. Brainstorm session
I sometimes use this time to either plan my day, or brainstorm ideas for ProductiveMuslim/articles or just reading and writing. You’ll be surprised how active your brain is at this time! You’re awake, alert and kicking ;)
5. Quran memorization
Speaking of your mind being active, memorizing Quran at this time is incredible as well. I have tried memorizing Quran after Asr/Maghreb when I’m tired and back from work Vs. after Fajr. The difference is overwhelming, SubhanaAllah! After Fajr, your brain is truly like a sponge and it is the best time to memorize verses from the Quran :).
5.30AM – 6.00am: Fajr Salat & Dhikr
If you are a brother, and can get to a mosque no matter how far – go for it! The beauty of praying Fajr in the masjid is hard to describe. I prefer walking to the Masjid Vs. driving (cycling is good as well ;) since you get a chance to breath in the fresh morning air; Allah says in the Quran: “And the Dawn as it breathes away the darkness” (Chapter 81, Verse 18)
continue reading at http://www.productivemuslim.com/whats-your-morning-routine/