Saturday, April 25, 2015

Which Shakespeare Hunk Should You Hook Up With?

O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?

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Scholastic Will Sell Its Entire Education Technology Business

Costumed fans hold their copies of the book at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book release party at the Scholastic Book publishers headquarters in New York.

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Scholastic Inc., the publisher of children's books including the Harry Potter series, is taking itself out of the education technology game. The company said today it plans to sell its entire ed-tech business to the publishing giant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $575 million.

Both companies' stock fell on the news of the sale. Houghton Mifflin fell by 7.5%, to $24.50, and Scholastic fell 11.5%, to $39.

Scholastic's move to get out of ed-tech is an unusual one in an era where most education companies are scrambling to beef up their technology capabilities and pushing all-digital content on sometimes-wary schools. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and its two main competitors, Pearson and McGraw-Hill, have all made ed-tech central to their businesses.

Scholastic, however, said it wanted to refocus on its core book business, which includes publishing classic children's titles like Harry Potter, the Golden Compass, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Scholastic titles are sold in stores, used in classrooms, and through the company's much-beloved book fairs, are a longtime institution of American schools. The company also prints more traditional educational materials.

Scholastic's CEO, Richard Robinson, said in a statement that the company saw growth potential in a "renewed focus on books and reading in schools and at home." The ed-tech division, he said, had a "substantially different model for product development" that did not fit with print publishing and distribution.

The ed-tech division has some 800 employees, who will move to Houghton Mifflin, and revenues of $250 million in 2014. Its central product is a brand of computer-based software focused on remedial education for middle-grade students, called Read 180 and Math 180.

How Many Of These Classic British Novels Have You Read?

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Someone Made A Game Of Thrones "Too Many Cooks" Mashup And It's Perfect

Westeros really does have “Too Many Kings.” Warning: spoilers.

If you weren't living under a rock last November, you probably saw Adult Swim's wonderfully bizarre "Too Many Cooks."

If you weren't living under a rock last November, you probably saw Adult Swim's wonderfully bizarre "Too Many Cooks."

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Well now there's a Game of Thrones version called "Too Many Kings" and it's even more bloodthirsty than the original:

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Made by Youtuber Alex Cohen, "Too Many Kings" uses the audio from "Too Many Cooks" alongside cleverly cut scenes from HBO's Game of Thrones.

Made by Youtuber Alex Cohen, "Too Many Kings" uses the audio from "Too Many Cooks" alongside cleverly cut scenes from HBO's Game of Thrones.

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The first three minutes show just how many characters there are in Game of Thrones, but things get weirder near the four minute mark (as in the original video).

The first three minutes show just how many characters there are in Game of Thrones, but things get weirder near the four minute mark (as in the original video).

Here, the Three-Eyed Raven and King's Landing from Game of Thrones' title sequence replace the falcon and mansion sequence from "Too Many Cooks."

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Friday, April 24, 2015

An Honest Discussion About This Hilarious 1930s Guide For Single Women

All excerpts taken from the 1936 guide Live Alone and Like It.

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You have probably noticed that the lady of your acquaintance who thinks of herself as a duchess may cause a good many laughs, but usually, in the main, is treated like a duchess—in so far, at least, as her friends know how a duchess should be treated. It is equally true that it is the lady who expects orchids who gets them, while you and I are pinning on a single gardenia.

"Jesus, didn't realize i needed to get my Webster's out for this."
"I feel like I agree with this as a life philosophy. We should all expect orchids. We're all a duchess."
"Knowing how a duchess should be treated is kindergarten shit, right before time-telling and not pooping yourself."
"If people aren't treating you like a duchess or giving you orchids, remove them from your life."

There is not much use, however, in thinking of yourself as Ina Claire and then acting like Zenobia Frome, or any other mournful character in fiction.


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Can You Survive The Battle Of Hogwarts?

The night is dark and full or terrors. Choose wisely. Try not to die.

Which "Anne Of Green Gables" Character Are You?

Are you an Anne with an “E” or a Gilbert Blythe? You’ll never know for certain unless you take this highly scientific personality quiz.

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Photographer Transforms Ocean Waves Into Glorious Mountains

“The water has taught me lessons that will stay with me for life — respect, patience, and harmony were all learned in the sea.”

In his new book Found at Sea, Ray brings together over 180 pages of these mesmerizing ocean wave — frozen in time by his camera and rendered as beautiful mountain landscapes.

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Can You Guess The "Game Of Thrones" Character By These Emojis?

A Text of Ice and Fire. Warning: spoilers.

What Is Your Favorite International Book?

Happy World Book Day!

Today is World Book Day, which means we have a ~reason~ to celebrate books.

Today is World Book Day, which means we have a ~reason~ to celebrate books.

Not that we really need one.

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Every year around the world, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sponsors World Book Day events to encourage people to read.

Every year around the world, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sponsors World Book Day events to encourage people to read.

And to talk about copyrights and how to best support authors.

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Today's a good day to look beyond the books we usually read and expand our horizons, like with Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude.

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Or a new classic, like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah.

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