Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

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The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

The Icelandic Phone Book – A Study in Naming Conventions and Emergencies

People from, you know, other countries, countries where they do proper family names and call each other Mr and Mrs and suchlike, are usually pretty aghast when they see the Icelandic phone book.

The Icelandic phone book lists everyone by their first names. Then comes your last name, then your address, then your occupation [to set you apart you from all the other Jón Jónssons, what else?] and finally your phone number[s].

Everyone is listed by their first names in the phone book because here in Iceland we call everyone by their first names. We don’t do Mr or Mrs. Not even when we’re kids. Your teacher is Gunna. Your friend’s dad is Jón. Your president is Óli. Your Prime Minister is Geir. Your friendly local pop star is Björk. And so on.

In addition to the jovial first-name basis, we operate on a system of patronyms, meaning that you take your father’s first name and simply add the suffix -son [if you’re a boy] or -dóttir [if you’re a girl]. Björk Gudmundsdóttir is the daughter of Gudmundur. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is the son of Grímur. And so on.

That said, we do have a few family names floating around, that have infiltrated the culture throughout the ages, for various reasons. Names like Laxness, Gudjohnsen, Pedersen, Clausen, Mathiesen … come to think of it, a lot of -sens. Thanks to our Danish colonial masters, no doubt.

Our phone book contains a lot of useful information, as well. Apart from regular stuff like emergency phone numbers and so on we also have useful information about things like the tallest mountains and waterfalls in the world [in case you want to plan your next vacation around that], the longest rivers in Iceland [for river rafting possibilities, perhaps], the solar system [YOU ARE HERE] and all the national flags in the world [good to know in case you accidentally wind up in, say, Iraq]. Not to mention EXTREMELY useful information about what to do in case of natural disasters: volcanic eruptions [put a helmet on], hurricanes [make sure your roofing material is secure], flooding [clear your outdoor drains], mud slides [stay in the side of the house that is furthest from the mountain], snow avalanches [ditto] and earthquakes [dive under the nearest table].

Seriously, you could spend hours just reading the Icelandic phone book. It’s eminently entertaining and totally rocks.

Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks)

Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks)

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A perfect gift for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds, this collection of five beloved Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, and Fox in Socks—will be cherished by young and old alike. Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, they will begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime!5 beloved beginner books by Dr. Seuss will be cherished by young & old alike.
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Includes: The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop and Fox in Socks.
Perfect gift for new parents, birthday celebrations & happy occasions of all kinds.

ESL Teacher Textbook Review – The Oxford Picture Dictionary

If you are an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher looking for the ultimate textbook to teach your students vocabulary, then you are going to love the Oxford Picture Dictionary (Monolingual English). This textbook is perfect for any ESL student and any ESL teacher. It can be used by students of all levels, and contains important English words or vocabulary. We use this book at our ESL school, Hawaii Literacy’s Drop In Center, because it can be used with any level of student. As long as the student has learned their basic ABCs and basics of English reading, they can learn from it effectively.

To understand the amazing adaptability of this ESL textbook, I will discuss a little more about how it is used in our school. The Drop-In Center is a free ESL school for the local immigrant community of Hawaii, hence student attendance is not consistent. Students are free to come and go and thus it is difficult to have a traditional lesson plan structure. In addition, since the school is mostly run by volunteers, there are often not enough ESL teachers to divide students into different levels.

The Oxford Picture Dictionary offers many advantages for us:

1) It has relevant vocabulary for all levels of students (you can check out the table of contents on

2) Students and ESL teachers can begin on any page at any time (so new students will not feel like they are behind the class).

3) Pictures can be understood even if the student has a very minimal level of English.

4) All levels of students find the book useful and engaging.

5) The teacher’s manual and workbooks are excellent and make teaching and learning much easier.

6) It is inexpensive for most students (about $17)

Of course, even with these many advantages, the book is a reference book…a picture dictionary. Therefore, in order to make it interesting to students, the ESL teacher will need to integrate it into an effective classroom experience.

For my class, I usually use the Teacher’s Manual, which already has ready made sample dialogues, lists of sentences for dictation, discussion questions, related vocabulary and other suggested activities. I might throw in a quiz or two to help the students check their comprehension.

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The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2016 – 2017

The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2016 - 2017

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Everything you need to know about the 2016-2017 ACT test, with real full-length practice tests from the makers of the ACT!

The Official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017 is the bestselling resource for students gearing up for the ACT test. This comprehensive guide walks you through the entire test experience, from registration through results, with expert advice straight from the test’s creators. You’ll find effective test-taking strategies, tips for boosting your score on the English, math, reading, and science tests, and detailed information on the enhanced optional writing test. Three new full-length practice tests help you assess your readiness so you can spot weak areas well in advance, and the ACT experts provide valuable advice on preparing both mentally and physically so you can manage anxiety and be fully confident on test day. You also get free online bonus content to help you start college on the right foot, including tips for preparing an application that gets noticed, getting into your first-choice school, being a successful student, and much more.

The 2016-2017 version of the ACT guide includes a number of changes, including reading test sections with two shorter prose passages and the enhanced writing test’s prompts. This guide provides a preview of what to expect for the entire exam, so you can go into the test feeling fully prepared and ready to excel.

  • Get insider tips and strategies from the exam’s creators
  • Improve your score in all five content areas, including the optional writing test
  • Practice with full-length test forms taken from the actual ACT
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The ACT is different from other standardized tests. It tests your accumulated skills and knowledge, so sheer memorization and vocabulary lists are unproductive prep strategies. For preparation strategies that actually make a difference in your score—and beyond—go straight to the source with The Official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017.