Life Out/In the Valley

shadesofmauve:

rainydaypaperback:

shadesofmauve:

songscloset:

nihilisme:

ittybittylittleworld:

punkasslouis:

I just watched a kid break down in the bookstore because his books for the semester totaled $600 and that’s the american university system in a nutshell

I was on the verge of tears when I got to the cashier so yeah, that’s messed up

Go here and just, don’t waste any more money okay?

While I entirely support following that link, I also suggest going to Abe Books or Book Depository or even eBay to see if there are inexpensive print versions of books you need. I haven’t paid full-price for any of my texts while I’m in school… because that would DOUBLE the cost of school.

I use the ISBN of the require books and search the cheap sites for them.

Good luck out there, guys!

Paging FenrisLorsrai! Come work your resource magic on this post!

I HAVE BEEN SUMMONED. (but I’ll post on my actual bookstore account)

Quick anddirty meta search for books: Addall. it’ll crawl 40+ book sites at once including ABE, ALibris, Amazon, Half in both domestic AND foreign versions.

Meta search #2! GetTextbooks.com which focuses specifically on textbooks. It omits some foreign sites that AddAll includes, BUT it also includes a whole bunch of rentals as well.  Renting is probably the most cost effective method overall.

NOW, HOW TO SEARCH!

First determine a few things:

  • Make sure you have the ISBN
  • IF IT IS A BUNDLE: Determine if you need a software key/CD/workbook/lab book or not.  Many times you do not.  Math classes increasingly NEED the software key, but more on that later
  • ASK THE PROFESSOR: If this is not the first edition of the book, can you use a previous edition?  One edition back is generally half the cost of current, two is generally about 1/8th the cost.  Generally you can get away with this if its material that doesn’t change rapidly. Your course on the Civil War, you can probably use two editions back. Your computer programming class on latest greatest language… you probably need newest edition.
  • FOR LITERATURE CLASSES: determine if you book is from before 1929. If it is, its in public domain, you can almost certain get a free copy online.  If they want a SPECIFIC copy for an essay bundled with book, see below.

Now, run your search by ISBN using the two metasearch sites.  Open them in separate tabs.  

gettextbooks shows you WITH the shipping, Addall does NOT show you the shipping.  keep this in mind when you’re comparing.  You’ll see a lot of duplication.  GetTextbooks will also show you SOME variants.

Now that you have those open, open two more tabs.  Run a second search on same two sites using the author and exact title you picked up from search #1.  This will show you all the international editions and weird bundles that don’t exactly match the ISBN of the bookstore

WHAT THE HELL IS AN INTERNATIONAL EDITION: its a paperback version of the US version with an angry notice on the cover saying “NOT FOR SALE OUTSIDE INDONESIA”. Its the same book, but way cheaper.  ignore the angry warning, the US Supreme Court has your back. NO, REALLY. Right of first sale, baby!  ignore the angry warning and you basically have same book, it just isn’t printed with ink made from student tears and unobtanium.

Now filter results based on whether you need any Extra materials or not. 

IF YOU DO NEED THE EXTRA MATERIALS: this is where it gets tricky. an intact bundle is generally the most expensive option or near top end of price curve.  If you NEED the other materials, you may be able to get them cheaper in pieces.  and you can buy mismatched pieces!

Say for example you need a math textbook, but need the software key for the math problem program.  The professor said you can use older book.  Buy a math book that one or more editions back and then buy the software key separately from the SOFTWARE manufacturer.  You’ll find the software keys on booksites all by themselves, but they’re generally way more expensive than buying the key direct from software manufacturer. and no shipping then!

NOW A WORD ON LITERATURE: sometimes profs want you to get a specific edition of something to read a specific essay in the book. You have about 50/50 odds that the essay is in the front of the book. IF IT IS, you may be able to read the essay on Amazon by going to that books page and clicking on the “look inside”.  They generally preview between 10-30 pages of books and that often means its the essay you needed, not the actually BODY of the book.  So you can look up the specific copy of Frankenstein on Amazon, read the essay, then download a free different version from Project Gutenberg.

FOR RECENT NONFICTION, make sure you have an up to date library card for your HOME library and the LOCAL city library where your college is.  Many have digital loans available, where you can check out the ebook for free and popular nonfiction is frequently available that way.

IF YOU CAN GET YOUR BOOKLIST BEFORE GOING TO SCHOOL: shop for the mundane things locally first.  There will be 50 people in CollegeTown looking for that book, you may be the only one in your home town.  supply and demand, if you found it in collegetown, it may be 10X price of your local bookstore.

and check you local library as well!  You may be able to check out some of those books from your local library and take them to school with you and renew them online one or more times, depending on how in demand they are.  There will be NO copies in CollegeTown library because there’s 50 people asking for it.  But your HOME town, you may be able to renew it twice since its low demand. Write on your calender when they’re due or need to be renewed.  Renew them OR tuck the whole pile into a Priority Mail flat rate box and send them home to your folks.  The cost of the priority box to send several library books home is probably way less than what you’d pay for them. (or if its stuff you know you need AFTER a break where you’ll be home, request a hold from school, pick up at home)

ONE LAST WORD BEFORE YOU BUY…

You determined you HAVE to buy a book and you’ve narrowed it down to a few choices of source.  Run a search for “coupon + Sitename” what looked like the lowest priced may not if you find a coupon for the 2nd or 3rd lowest priced option. Gettextbook will generate some automatically, but you may be able to find even better ones.

So make yourself some food, get a beverage, put on some tunes and compare prices!

and if you’re reached point of wanting to curl up in a ball and die, you can send us an ask with the ISBN for your book and answers to questions aobe (extra materials, previous edition, etc) and we’ll send you back an note with a link to the cheapest one we can find.  I do this for a living, send an ask and I’ll get it done usually within about 12 hours.

WHOOP WHOOP MASSIVE EXCELLENT RESOURCE ADVICE ABOVE!!!!

harmonyinkpress:

I’m putting these up again because apparently I failed horribly at clicking earlier tonight. And at noticing I failed horribly at clicking. And two of the banners we made got left out. Sorry!

So, like I said in the original post, I know I mentioned that we were working on a campaign to increase the variety of submissions we get.

Well, here is the first round of graphics. I know this doesn’t cover everything (even when you consider we deliberately left gay out because we have close to 70% gay stories), but it’s a start.

Feedback is welcome. If there’s an orientation/identity you’d like us to include in our next round, please let me know. We truly want to publish books that represent the whole rainbow spectrum, and we want to spread around graphics and posters that represent that.

For more details, see our submission guidelines.

fogwithwheels:

fogwithwheels:

ok, I’m just going to do this

My wonderful wheelchair that allows me to get around is a used chair I purchased off e-bay.  It’s great, but it’s not 100% right for me.  It’s close enough though that with new wheels I could use this chair for a very long time.

But right now because the wheels are too small for me and the hand rims don’t provide with enough grip, it’s causing me a lot of pain.  This went from being a bit of a problem to turning into the type of a situation where this could seriously limit my mobility again.  

After doing some research, it looks like my best option is to order the same wheels I currently have (round-betty dinos), with natural fit handrims.  However, this is going to cost $1000, plus there’s shipping and customs fees.

I don’t have that money right now.  

I’m personally going to be saving up, I’m going to be trying to sell my purple wheels, and I’m already trying to sell my old chair.  If I can sell those things and get the money I need, I’ll take this post down.

I have nothing to give you if you donate, and I know I am far from the most in need, so I understand if this is a post you choose to pass right now.

I’m not used to asking for help and I’m not used to taking any if it’s offered.  

But I’m at the point right now where I need to.

So if want to and are interested helping, 

a signal boost is great, 

my paypal e-mail is aerynrae18@gmail.com

you can also get e-gift certificates from Sport aid which is where I plan to buy the wheels from.  They can be sent to the same e-mail address.  (although, just to note in advance, those start at $25 and I know that’s a lot of money.  Like honestly I will be happy with $1.)

I am so thankful to those that have helped so far

and I was going to let this just spend it’s days in my archives, thinking that things were actually going to work themselves out.  But, well, that didn’t happen and I went from suddenly maybe being financially ok to back to being unable to handle a lot of this health related stuff again.

So I’m reaching out again.

Anything you can do is appreciated, thanks!

I need to make 1559.23 in 2 weeks

bolexbabe:

Okay. Story time. 

So, when I lived back in Windsor, if you were following me then you woulda known that I was in a horrible place. I hadn’t told my mom about the sexual assault i went through with my ex, all she knew about was the miscarriage.Before coming back home, my older sister stayed with me for about a month maybe a month and a half and I thought that I was doing better. but as soon as she left, I lost control again. I was sleeping/spending all day in my bathroom, not eating, my moods cycling faster than they ever had at that point. My dad broke my laptop back in December, and all I had was my cell phone. I racked up a bill that totalled about 900 dollars, mostly in data charges. How? Well, I wasn’t exactly in my right mind. I was eating 10 spoonfuls of peanut butter a day, and all i would do is sit in my bathroom over the heater,  using my phone. I can’t even really tell you what I was using it for, all I know is that for about a week, i ate like that and slept in my bathtub. Somehow I only felt safe there. 

Today my dad got a call from the collections agency, it’s rolled over to 1559.23 and if it isn’t paid in two weeks it’s gonna fuck up my dad’s credit score, more importantly than that is what he might do to me. I hate to talk like this cause it sounds like a guilt trip but honestly he’s gonna hurt me if this isn’t fixed. And I can’t take that anymore. I already am scared every day here, just hearing him walk up the stairs makes me want to hide. I can’t imagine what it’s gonna be like for me living here if I can’t fix this. I have a job interview tomorrow for something that’s pretty much a slam dunk but i gotta make too much money in not enough time. I know that in two weeks I would be able to pay half of it, around 780 bucks. The other 780, I’m gonna have to figure something else out. 

I’ve added a donation button to my blog and if you could give anything, anything at all i would love you forever. I can write you short stories or poems, i know its not a lot but my writing is all i can really offer in exchange for these donations. I’m praying that I can get to 780 in two weeks but that’s a lot of money, and honestly at this point I’ll take anything I can get. 

I’m so sorry to do this again but I’m really desperate and freaking out.

neoliberalismkills:

I really hate asking for donations. but, as it is, I am currently mentally/physically stuck in a house that is really, really bad fo me.

as most of you know, I went thru a pretty shite situation recently. my best friend and lover was murdered, then I lost my two partners, then I was raped by two different people in the space of a week, one of which was at gunpoint.

my work, I’m a sex worker. I’ve been trying to make myself recover enough to get back into the game, but I can’t. due to the sexual assaults of recent, I’ve been really, really unable to work. too triggering. the second assault resulted in my living with the rapist for a few weeks and it’s kind of torn me apart.

Alastair (my partner) and I are trying to get out of the house we are currently staying in. it’s my parents’ house, but it is not a place I should be in for reasons you can assume but I can’t really type out. I need to get out so I can get back on my feet and get my life started again. I want to get us a hotel for a month ($800 here for a month; criminal record means I can’t get an apartment right off the bat). if you can donate, I’d be so fucking appreciative.

please. please help us if you can. donate button is on my blog, email for paypal is either hoekstraliebe@gmail.com or eattherichh@gmail.com, either one will work. thank you so much and I’m sorry to ask again, I really am. there’s also a donate button at the bottom of my description on my page. thank you.

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feministroosterteeth:

thishalfisforjean:

THESE ARE SOME OF THE TAGS THAT THE 4CHANNERS ARE HITTING.
PLEASE, JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE TAGGING SYSTEM.
The caption was to a gory photo, under the #feminist tag.
This is serious.

Signal boost, please. People need to stay out of these tags for now.

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feministroosterteeth:

thishalfisforjean:

THESE ARE SOME OF THE TAGS THAT THE 4CHANNERS ARE HITTING.

PLEASE, JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE TAGGING SYSTEM.

The caption was to a gory photo, under the #feminist tag.

This is serious.

Signal boost, please. People need to stay out of these tags for now.

blue-author:

Back in Omaha, my former housemate’s rescue kitty is going through a rough time, and she can’t afford to foot the vet bills given her own medical expenses. Please boost!

disabilityfest:

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Hey, everyone! Too often, disability gets ignored, and disabled characters are too often left unsung. This July, we want to celebrate disability in fandom!

WHEN:

July 1 - July 31

WHAT:

Any fanwork is welcome, whether it’s meta, fanfic, graphics, playlists, reclists, videos etc. Anything goes!  

We do ask that you prioritize canonically disabled characters first, but disabled interpretations are always welcome!

HOW:

  • Tag your work with #disabilityfest so we and other people can find your post celebrating disability!
  • Reblog this post so people know about #disabilityfest!

If you have any questions, check our #faq tag or ask away!

Disabilityfest starts in less than a week, everyone!!!

adoptpets:

thenagaqueen:

I have been a cat owner my whole life and I literally never knew that tiger lilies and stargazers were also highly toxic to cats.  Even drinking the water from the vase that lilies are in can kill the cat!  I brought in a tiger lily from our yard today and just thought to look it up and found out (and of course removed the lily from our house as soon as I saw).  How scary!

Other toxic flowers for cats:
Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)
Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)
Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)
Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)
Lilies (Lilium sp.)
Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)
Yew (Taxus sp.)

adoptpets:

thenagaqueen:

I have been a cat owner my whole life and I literally never knew that tiger lilies and stargazers were also highly toxic to cats.  Even drinking the water from the vase that lilies are in can kill the cat!  I brought in a tiger lily from our yard today and just thought to look it up and found out (and of course removed the lily from our house as soon as I saw).  How scary!

Other toxic flowers for cats:

  • Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)
  • Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)
  • Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
  • Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)
  • Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)
  • Lilies (Lilium sp.)
  • Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
  • Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
  • Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
  • Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
  • Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)
  • Yew (Taxus sp.)
ATTENTION

skythemoonwarrior:

wordlessconversation:

the-red-hurricane:

IF ANYONE SEES THIS POST:

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do not click the link

IT IS MALWARE

I REPEAT, IT IS MALWARE

thankfully my avast! stopped it. Others won’t be so lucky. please spread the word about this, so people won’t loose their stuff!

Well shit, I’m glad I didn’t click the link when I reblogged it earlier.

WOOPS! I DID! RBR GOING TO DELETE IT! DON’T CLICK ON IT TILL THEN!! D: