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This cool mechanical pencil sharpens itself

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The inexpensive Uni Kuru Toga is my favorite mechanical pencil, because it automatically rotates the lead everytime you touch the tip to paper. This keeps the lead nicely rounded. It does this without making the pen feel clicky or clunky, which would render it useless. Instead the mechanical action is so smooth as to be unnoticable.

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Sandy Hook Promise releases brutal back to school PSA

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Sandy Hook Promise, an organization dedicated to protecting children from gun violence released a truly chilling Back to School PSA earlier today. Titled "Back to School Essentials," it's a graphic look at the ways children are expected to defend themselves at school because their government refuses to do anything to protect them.

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Latest Sandy Hook Promise PSA gives nightmarish look at school shootings (USA Today) (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

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19 Things You Can Do in iOS 13 That You Couldn't Before

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Happy iOS 13 day! If you’ve got an iPhone 6s or something newer, get ready for your iOS 13 update, which will roll out today. We’ve seen beta releases and on-stage demos, but here’s the definitive list of all the new features and settings you can now play around with on your phone.

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Divorce for Kids

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How Can I Deal with
My Parent’s Divorce
Hewitt
2007

An alert reader of this site sent this along. I have always had a problem with picture books that attempt to explain situations that are beyond the grasp of adults, let alone children. We have featured many on this site and I have hard time endorsing anything. I will give this book points for trying. I also think authors have a near impossible task in front of them.

The 2007 date, although old, it’s not that old that isn’t an automatic weed. Divorce, although painful and awful for the participants, it isn’t uncommon as it was when I was a child. I remember when I was in junior high one girl was so ashamed of her parents she told the story that her dad died, rather than admit her parents were divorced. (I found out through the town grapevine, years and years later.) Divorce simply wasn’t talked about.

So this book, walks a pretty fine line and does a pretty decent job trying to show all sides and not blame a specific parent. Depending on the circulation, I might be tempted to toss this one in the weeding pile just because the photography, especially of the parents, is a bit jarring for my tastes.

I would probably defer to my colleagues with more experience of what children and parents would need in this situation. I will say that I have never been asked for a book like this in 20 years. Youth librarians: please weigh in on this.

Mary

 

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Extremely epic video shows how pencils are made

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Faber-Castell's been making pencils since 1761 and wants to show-not-tell you about them. Wordless cinematography and a epic soundtrack right out of Hollywood.

Producing 2.3 billion pencils a year and being in the business for over 257 years, Faber-Castell has a sound know-how of how quality pencils are made. Have a look behind the scenes of our manufacturing.

The beauty of this video is the tension between two advertising concepts: "make the industrial process look artisanal" vs "glorify the scale of the industrial process." So you end up with intimately-recorded pencil-scatching noises played comically loud, fighting for attention against Logic Pro's orchestal sample library.

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This is the art of pantomime. In church.

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"Pantomime at church, in school, or on TV is another form of dramatic expression for anyone who wants to give deeper meaning to words and to thoughts."

This is "The Art of Pantomime in Church" (Meriwether Contemporary Drama Service filmstrip FS-33, 1982).

(r/ObscureMedia)

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