My amazing lunch today. Chili tofu and rice with steamed carrots and snow peas. I can’t believe how good this was! Tofu recipe here.
You can have the perfect outfit and beautiful makeup, but if your hair doesn’t look right it can throw the entire look off. Getting a hair treatment done at a salon can be pricey, but it will give you the results you need. But, where’s the fun in all of that when you can create a hair mask at home…
Textbooks are fucking expensive, and if your professor doesn’t require a physical copy (most don’t - they just want you to have the book at hand. Or maybe even not. Some professors literally give no fucks about whether you have the book or not) and you don’t mind having your copy as an electronic copy - this is the post for you!
Most textbook companies put out new editions every year or so even though there isn’t really that much new information. Sometimes they’ll eliminate questions if it’s something like a math or chemistry book or they’ll add in a few sentences about updated legislation (the professor I work for teaches human sexuality, and the newest edition of the book she uses included the 2009 decision to allow same-sex couples have hospital visitation rights). These new editions are pointless and only created to make the textbook company money and to cut down on students selling to each other. You’re going to ignore that. We love older editions. Make sure when you’re searching on the following sites that you don’t include the edition number to give you more search results. If one with your edition comes up - great! If not, you can usually stick to something one to three editions behind without any major changes.
Sites you should be searching:
- FilesTube - FilesTube searches THE ENTIRE INTERNET for files uploaded to file-sharing websites such as MegaUpload, Mediafire, or WuUpload. Sometimes people will upload pdf files of your textbook. This is always an important first search.
- Google Books - You usually won’t find your textbook on Google Books, but it’s always worth a look. Sometimes pages are missing because it’s only a preview of the book, but again - always worth a look.
- Scribd - People upload documents to Scribd and by becoming a member (free!) or connecting through Facebook (if you’re lazy!), you can download whatever files you may find. This sometimes includes textbooks.
- BookBoon - website specifically for finding pdf versions of textbooks
- Curriki - free open source materials
- Flat World Knowledge - free business, humanities, and science textbooks
- California Learning Resource Network
- Open Culture
- Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
- TorrentScan - textbooks are also uploaded to torrent sites in some cases - you may as well check.
- If push comes to shove, you can try variations of googling “textbook name torrent” or “textbook name download” or “textbook name download free.” Sometimes things pop up and I never would have known about them.
- LibraryPirate is a torrent search site specifically for textbooks. (Added 10 October 2011)
- AMAZING Reddit post (Added 2 November 2011)
- JenkThat - I haven’t tried this out yet, but I’ve heard good things from others. It’s also a good place to find other ebooks that aren’t textbooks. (Added 29 December 2011)
I’ve found all 8 of my textbooks for this term (19 credit hours, six classes) through one of the methods above. I’m not even going to look at retail prices, but checking BigWords.com (which, if you want to buy your books/can’t find them anywhere with one of the previous methods, will give you the cheapest price on the internet), I saved $497.87 by doing this. It takes time, but it’s definitely worth almost $500 worth of time. If you know of more ways to find free textbooks - please let me know!
Any old VCR has a programmable timer that connects to motors for recording TV shows. This is analogous to feeding a cat, and following this principle, you can convert a VCR into a weekend pet feeder. You set the VCR’s timer, and when feeding time comes, the motor that would ordinarily spin the video head operates a food delivery mechanism instead.
Click on the link to see how to build this gadget.
DIY Easy Knotted Leather Beaded Charm Bracelet Tutorial from Meli Melo here. This is so easy because you use the leather to knot on the lobster clasp and use head pins for the beaded charms. I used Chrome to translate from German to English but there is a translation button on the lower right hand side. For more than 80 pages of DIY bracelets go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/bracelet
DIY Knockoff CC SKYE Lucky Horn Rosary Bracelet Tutorial from Sprinkles in Springs here. This is an elastic bracelet which makes it so much easier to wear - just slip it on. Top Photo and Right Bottom Photo: DIY by Sprinkles in Springs. Left Bottom Photo: $60 CC SKYE Lucky Horn Rosary Bracelet here.
For more DIY knockoffs go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/knockoff
Would someone pretty please make a DIY of the $350 Amazing Colorful and Whimsical Vanessa Arizaga Cabo Sunset Necklace on the LEFT? Well someone made an “inspired version” (right photo) with comments ranging from “love it!!!!!”, “WOW!” and “Cute!!!”. Stripes & Sequins tutorial.
DIY Stained Glass Votives Holder DIY Projects | UsefulDIY.com on @weheartit.com - http://whrt.it/11mzTRs
DIY MAWI Inspired Spiked Jeweled Bracelet Tutorial from Sprinkles in Springs here. All the supplies were from Michaels Craft Store except the mini spikes. Top Photo: $740 MAWI Spiked Pink Oval Bracelet here, All Other Photos: DIY by Sprinkles in Springs. For more DIY knockoffs go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/knockoff
Roundup 18 Friendship Bracelet Tutorials I posted last year including a site with hundreds of patterns for bracelets (#9 Bottom Photo). Go here for more friendship bracelet DIYs here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/friendship and more dyeing DIY here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/bracelet
Top 9 Photos (original post here)
- Six Strand Friendship Bracelet or the “Fastest friendship bracelet ever” Tutorial from Oh So Pretty here.
- Tie Dye Effect Friendship Bracelet Tutorial from Quiet Lion here.
- Heart Friendship Bracelets Tutorial from Purlbee here.
- Fishtail Braid Friendship Bracelet Tutorial from Oh So Pretty here.
- Woven Friendship Bracelet Using a Circular Cardboard Loom Tutorial from Michael Ann Made here.
- Fisherman’s Friendship Bracelet Tutorial from Etsy here.
- Knockoff ASOS Retro Skulls Friendship Bracelet Tutorial from Quiet Lionhere.
- Twelve Strand Braided Friendship Bracelet Tutorial by Oh So Pretty here.
- Diamond Pattern Friendship Bracelet tutorial from stripes + sequins here.
Bottom 9 Photos (original post here)
- Three Restyles for Friendship Bracelets from Honestly…WTF here.
- Square Stitch Safety Pin Friendship Pins Tutorial from Bella Online here.*Not a bracelet but cute gift/stocking stuffer/fund raiser project.
- Beginner’s Friendship Bracelet Tutorial from Honestly…WTF here.
- Braided Fishtail Friendship Bracelet Tutorial from stripes + sequins here.
- Braided Leather, Thread and Chain Friendship Bracelet Tutorial from into mind here.
- Macrame Friendship Bracelet Done Three Ways Tutorial from The Purl Beehere.
- Braided Seed Bead Friendship Necklace Tutorial from remarkably domestichere.
- Ten Strand and Eight Strand Chevron Braided Friendship Bracelets Tutorials from By Wilma here.
- DIY Friendship Bracelet Patterns Site: friendship-bracelets.net here.