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The best part? “Dobri Dobrev” means “The Kind Son Of The Kind One.”

This man is literally kindness incarnate.



12-year-old invents Braille printer using Lego set
The Braigo printer cost its inventor about $350, making it more affordable than other Braille printers that can retail for more than $2,000.

And because I seriously side-eye this Western journalism trend of never crediting and NAMING the actual inventors in the headlines (especially when they’re young POC)

this inventor’s name is Shubham Banerjee, and he is making his glorious design completely open source, publishing it online FREE of charge! Just remember this kid’s name before some crusty old white dude “innovates” his design and takes all the credit.


For those who might have not have seen this yet, this is Yuzuru Hanyu’s skate for Japan last night at the 2014 Olympics.   He scored a 97.98 on this skate, and currently sits in 1st place!

This is one of the best skates I’ve ever seen and I had to share!


First Day of School

I thought I’d post last week’s Dailies all at once this week because it’s a single storyline. But don’t worry, I’ll still post other comics and sketches throughout the week.  

Ooh, I love comics like these, where you could read into it several different ways depending on your background, but the high concept and narrative is still the same. <3 Plus, it’s simply executed and just very well done!




Paloma Noyola: The Face of Mexico’s Unleashed Potential

When a report emerged in September 2012 that a girl from one of Matamoros’ poorest neighborhoods had attained the highest math score in Mexico, some doubted its veracity. It must be fake, they said.

But it wasn’t fake. Her name is Paloma Noyola, and what most reports failed to mention is that almost all of her classmates also scored very high on the national math test. 10 scored in 99.99% percentile.

Paloma and her classmates also scored in the top percentile in language. Something special was happening at José Urbina López primary school in Matamoros, and Wired went to take a look.

The high test scores turned out to be the work of a young teacher who also came from humble beginnings. Sergio Juárez Correa was tired of the monotony of teaching out of a book and wanted to try something new to help engage his students when he came across the work of Sugata Mitra, a UK university professor who had innovated a new pedagogy he called SOLE, or self organized learning environments. The new approach paid off.

Although SOLE usually relies on unfettered Internet access for research, Juárez and his students had very limited access. Somehow, he still found a way to apply Mitra’s teachings and unleash their potential.

From the beginning, Paloma’s exceptional abilities were evident:

One day Juárez Correa went to his whiteboard and wrote “1 = 1.00.” Normally, at this point, he would start explaining the concept of fractions and decimals. Instead he just wrote “½ = ?” and “¼ = ?”

“Think about that for a second,” he said, and walked out of the room.

While the kids murmured, Juárez Correa went to the school cafeteria, where children could buy breakfast and lunch for small change. He borrowed about 10 pesos in coins, worth about 75 cents, and walked back to his classroom, where he distributed a peso’s worth of coins to each table. He noticed that Paloma had already written .50 and .25 on a piece of paper.

As Mr. Juárez implemented more of Mitra’s teachings in his classroom, Paloma continued to stand out as an exceptionally gifted student:

Juárez Correa was impressed. But he was even more intrigued by Paloma. During these experiments, he noticed that she almost always came up with the answer immediately. Sometimes she explained things to her tablemates, other times she kept the answer to herself. Nobody had told him that she had an unusual gift. Yet even when he gave the class difficult questions, she quickly jotted down the answers. To test her limits, he challenged the class with a problem he was sure would stump her. He told the story of Carl Friedrich Gauss, the famous German mathematician, who was born in 1777.

When Gauss was a schoolboy, one of his teachers asked the class to add up every number between 1 and 100. It was supposed to take an hour, but Gauss had the answer almost instantly.

“Does anyone know how he did this?” Juárez Correa asked.

A few students started trying to add up the numbers and soon realized it would take a long time. Paloma, working with her group, carefully wrote out a few sequences and looked at them for a moment. Then she raised her hand.

“The answer is 5,050,” she said. “There are 50 pairs of 101.”

Juárez Correa felt a chill. He’d never encountered a student with so much innate ability. He squatted next to her and asked why she hadn’t expressed much interest in math in the past, since she was clearly good at it.

“Because no one made it this interesting,” she said.

Although this Wired piece focuses mostly on Sugata Mitra, it does once again highlight the story of Paloma Noyola. Unfortunately, after a brief spurt of media attention, little on Paloma was ever mentioned and, as was pointed out by Wired, nothing was ever said of Mr. Juárez.

As with most stories in the Mexican press — and with in the middle-class — things suddenly become very important once it’s featured in a gringo publication. Which is a very sad commentary. We hope, however, that this story pushes those in the press, state and federal government to look not to the United States for validation but to Mexicans like Sergio Juárez doing good work in places like Matamoros.

The clear message in this story is that there are thousands of Paloma Noyolas going to school in Mexico who, just like her at one time, are not being challenged and therefore aren’t very interested in school. This story can, if we want it to, raise enough awareness to shift the discussion from poverty to opportunity.

Paloma truly personifies both Mexico’s challenges and unleashed potential.

Read the entire Wired story here: How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

Editor’s note: As an addendum, Wired provided information on helping support Sugata Mitra and his School in the Clouds project, and although they donated school supplies and equipment to José Urbina López School, we’re interested in seeing if we can help set up a similar fund for Sergio Juárez, the teacher featured in this story.

Also, $9,300 was raised to help fund Paloma’s education last year. We going to follow with the economist who led the fundraising campaign to see how she’s doing. Stay tuned for updates.

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Thats a horrible title. Steve jobs was a self centered, credit stealing, asshat. She is hopefully the next Gates or Wozniak, 


;___; awesome girl, I hope to hear more about your accomplishments as we both get older!


I so wanna make a comic of this

you and me both sista!


Did you know that you can make houses out of plastic bottles? By filling them with sand, and molding them together with mud or cement, the walls created are actually bullet proof, fire proof, and will maintain an comfortable indoor temperature of 64 degrees in the summer time.

And it’s not like there is any shortage on used plastic bottles out there. Here are some statistics from

“The United States uses 129.6 Million plastic bottles per day which is 47.3 Billion plastic bottles per year. About 80% of those plastic bottles end up in a landfill!”

To build a two bedroom, 1200 square foot home, it takes about 14,000 bottles.

The United States throws away enough plastic bottles to build 9257 of these 2 bedroom houses per day! That’s just over 3.35 million homes, the same number of homeless people in America.

(via America Could End Homelessness in One Year by Doing This - The Mind Unleashed)

On Culture: Strangers


A stranger can be anyone from a foreigner to someone from the other side of town to that neighbor you don’t really talk to.  How someone classifies and deals with a stranger can be extremely informative about their culture; people tend to fall back on social norms in such cases, since they don’t have any personal information to work with.

  • Classification - How one classifies a stranger has a lot to do with how society is set up.  Are they very communal, or are there different social classes?  How complex are those social classes?  Ranking systems can be very basic (“I’m a banker and you’re a farmer; I own your balls.”) or exceedingly complicated (“I’m a banker, but I’m younger than you farmer, but I own more land than you, but you’ve got family connections, but my boss is pretty high ranking, but you’ve got a contract with a noble family.  Add it all together and…I think you out-rank me?”).  Strangers can be classed by age, gender, profession, family, seniority, wealth, or a hundred other factors.  What social or visual cues are there to determine rank?  Are these classifications necessary?  Is there a standard “I’ll treat you like everyone else until I know better” classification for unknown parties, or does ones rank need to be determined beforehand?

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A woman’s father need not be “absent” for her to potentially miss out on important lessons…Maintaining the fallacy of a flawless father figure won’t help your daughters develop the strengths they’ll need to manage relationships #FatherYourDaughters

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Not just that

I am going to need fathers to tell their fucking SONS that the shit they say is wrong and sexist.

I am going to need fathers to sit their sons down and tell them “this is how you respect women”

I am going to need fathers to tell their sons that their sexist foolishness is disrespectful and should never be done

I am going to need men to actively stop other men on the street when they see street harassment happening

I am going to need men to collar other men for telling women they are ‘overreacting’ when street harassment exists.


You must be thinking, “Who’s that badass?”

That’s Keiko Nobumoto. She was the head of Series Composition for Cowboy Bebop, as well as the screenwriter for a third of the series, including the first episode, all the two-parters, and the Faye-focused episodes.

She’s also the creator of Wolf’s Rain, had another jam with Shinichiro Watanabe as the writer of Macross Plus, and wrote the Satoshi Kon-directed classic Tokyo Godfathers, which I hope is part of your holiday movie playlist.

This season you’ll find her on the writing staff of Watanabe’s new TV series Space Dandy.

So let’s raise a glass to a writer who’s had a hell of an influence on our generation of storytellers.