Build your vocabulary with fanfic

Promstuck is an illustrated Homestuck fanfic that's longer than many original works, strikingly true to the voices of its huge cast of characters, and genuinely funny (if you already know Homestuck). Every time something reminds me of Promstuck, I have to look up a favorite panel.

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The right tool for the job

When I had to do an unplanned dissection of an overheating laptop, I was pleasantly surprised that I already had the perfect tool for cracking the case in a watchmakers' tool kit. (It's the yellow tool in the photo, though that's not the actual set I have, which seems to be unavailable.) I hoped it had a cool evocative name, but it just seems to be a "watch case opener" or a "push-type opener". Instead of anxiously pulling on the plastic, trying to find the right balance between pulling the connectors free and snapping them right off, you can just run it along the crack and pop the parts free. Whoever invented this deserves a medal.

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Neighbors

Do what you will, there is going to be some benevolence, as well as some malice, in your patient's soul. The great thing is to direct the malice to his immediate neighbours whom he meets every day and to thrust his benevolence out to the remote circumference, to people he does not know. The malice thus becomes wholly real and the benevolence largely imaginary.

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100 Days of Duolingo

After a hundred days in a row of Duolingo, I'm wondering whether I established a good habit — studying a foreign language every day — or a bad one — wasting time acquiring meaningless points every day.

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Vriska Serket's vision eightfold, part 1: What do we actually want?

I'd toyed for a while with the idea of building Vriska Serket's vision eightfold – excuse me, "vision 8-fold" — glasses and lighting them up with LEDs. Now that I've done it, I'm posting the instructions — and I'm also going to explain how I designed them in the first place. You don't have to use these pages to build glasses just like mine; they also work as a starting point for your own LED project.

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