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Udemy and 3DTraining.com have Recently Launched Four New Courses with Live-Online, Instructor Led Workshops


New York, NY (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

3DTraining.com and Udemy are proud to announce they have recently partnered to offer 3D design & animation courses with the first live online instructor led workshops in the Udemy Platform! To celebrate the launch of this unique offering, Udemy and 3DTraining are giving students the opportunity to register for Autodesks 3dsMax, Maya, Revit, and Inventor programs for only $ 19 for a limited time. This training, a $ 199 value, includes two hours of self-paced video instruction and a four hour live online class with an actual instructor.

Through the 3DTraining.com and Udemy partnership, students will be able to experience the best of online learning. Students will register for a course through the Udemy Platform, watch the specially prepared, interactive videos and complete a 3D project. Students will then sign up to attend a four hour live online, instructor led class where they will receive feedback on their project, get questions answered, and be taught how to produce high quality 3D work with industry insider tips and tricks. This will help anyone who is interested in finding out if they enjoy working with 3D software and if this is a viable career choice for them.

During this course, students will get a chance to try out the 3d software (Autodesk is providing a free 30 day trial of 3ds Max, Maya, Revit, and Inventor), get to experience live online learning, and find out more about the booming career opportunities within the 3D field. For anyone who has ever wondered where the jobs are in the 3D field and if they could learn the necessary skills to become a 3D professional, this is the perfect chance to explore these possibilities and talk with industry experts.

Right now there is a huge demand for 3D professionals in movie studios, video game companies, medical illustrations, advertising, architecture, construction, real estate, legal re-enactments, product testing, and government simulations. Theres also an infinite number of entrepreneurial possibilities through owning your own animation company and 3D printing. says Ben Katt of 3DTraining.com. All of these areas are expected to increase exponentially in the coming years.

3DTraining.com has over 15 years of experience training people in Autodesk software. They have developed a proven training methodology that teaches 3D software in a simulated production environment. Students learn the software skills from watching interactive proprietary videos, practicing on projects, and meeting with their supervisors in a live online production session that simulates a real world working environment. Students are able to talk directly with the instructor and show their projects through special screen sharing technology.

Udemy is at the forefront of providing educational opportunities and courses to anyone with a computer and an internet connection. Udemy students are able to find free or reasonably priced courses online in a wide range of subjects. Bringing a diverse array of courses to anyone around the world is part of the exciting new world of learning. Udemy and 3DTraining.com are also committed to making 3D animation and design courses affordable and available to almost anyone in the world.

Udemy is dedicated to connecting people with the skills they need to achieve goals and excel in their career path, says Frank Visciano, Director of Content at Udemy. Through this exciting partnership with 3DTraining.com we are able to make high quality education in the booming field of 3D animation and design accessible to interested students all over the world.

If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about 3DTraining.coms 3D Animation and Design workshops, click here to sign up for the software of your choice, and use coupon code LEARN3D19 to redeem your $ 19 workshop.

About Udemy

Udemy is the leading marketplace for online learning, offering people everywhere the opportunity to advance their careers, change professions, develop their personal passions or simply learn something new. With an ever-growing offering of 20,000+ courses, students can transform their lives by learning any subject they chooseat their own pace, on their own time, on any device. For companies, Udemy offers instant access to a comprehensive course library and easy-to-use course-creation platform. Founded in 2010, privately owned Udemy is funded by Norwest Venture Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Lightbank, MHS Capital, Learn Capital, and 500 Startups, among others. Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco.

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About 3DTraining.com

3DTraining.com is the leading provider of short-term production-based training programs in Autodesk Software. Popular trade magazines have recognized 3DTi as “One of the top schools, where students can put their careers on the fast track.” 3DTraining.com was one of the first companies to offer simulated on-the-job training in a live online production environment and is an authorized Autodesk Training Center (ATC). For more information, visit http://www.3DTraining.com.







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eSchoolPLUS and PerformancePLUS Recognized in 19th Annual Education Software Review Awards Program


Bethlehem, PA (PRWEB) October 21, 2014

SunGard K-12 Education today announced two of its solutions, the eSchoolPLUS student information system and the PerformancePLUS assessment and curriculum management system, were named Best Online School Management Solution and Best Online District Management System, respectively, in the 19th Annual Education Software Review Awards Program (EDDIE Awards).

Sponsored by ComputED Gazette, the EDDIES target innovative and content-rich programs (including apps for iPad and Android) and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Some selection criteria are academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, subject approach, and management system. Winners were selected from titles submitted by publishers worldwide.

Part of the PLUS 360 suite, eSchoolPLUS is a comprehensive student information management system that helps K-12 schools and districts manage student administration, monitor student performance, and facilitate communications between district staff, parents, and students. The software solution includes a powerful classroom management tool that provides just-in-time insights that help teachers support student achievement. It also offers online enrollment, a parent portal, and mobile access. eSchoolPLUS was named to District Administrations Top 100 products list and was a finalist in the 2014 CODiE Award Program.

Also part of the PLUS 360 suite, PerformancePLUS provides school districts nationwide with a single connection point for anywhere, anytime access to all of their assessment data. The software helps track longitudinal assessment results through interactive graphs correlated to state standards. Teachers and administrators have the ability to aggregate and disaggregate assessment data and use this information to establish and monitor goals, modify curriculum, and ultimately enhance the teaching and learning environment. In addition, PerformancePLUS offers educators a simple way to create, score, and analyze local assessments, making them a powerful solution set to help guide instruction.

Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Educations director of product management, says the K-12 administrative software solutions provider is honored by these recognitions. eSchoolPLUS provides educators access to information and tools that help support student achievement. PerformancePLUS arms them with information to make data-driven decisions that enhance instruction and help increase individual student achievement as well as overall district achievement, says Hames. With eSchoolPLUS and PerformancePLUS, educators quickly glean insights that help support the on-the-spot decision making necessary for teaching and learning.

About SunGard K-12 Education

SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. The PLUS 360 products are a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suitewhich provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district informationcan be deployed to work together to help meet educational goals and requirements or implemented as stand-alone systems. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at sungardk12.com.

About SunGard

SunGard is one of the worlds leading software and technology services companies, with annual revenue of about $ 2.8 billion. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education, and the public sector. SunGard serves approximately 16,000 customers in more than 100 countries and has more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit http://www.sungard.com.

Trademark Information: SunGard, the SunGard logo, eSchoolPLUS, PerformancePLUS, and PLUS 360 are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Online classes: Students, teachers adapting to demand for online learning

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Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education
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Waldorf College Offers Public Safety Announcement on Smoke Alarms

FOREST CITY, IOWA (PRWEB) October 03, 2014

Waldorf College recently partnered with the Alabama Firefighters Museum and Education Center to produce a public service announcement for National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11, and Fire Prevention Month (October).

Sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association, Fire Prevention Weeks goal is to educate and assist citizens, particularly children, in learning the basics of fire safety and planning. This years theme is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.

In promoting this valuable message, Waldorf asks all media outlets and websites to air the PSA in support of smoke alarm safety. The 30-second video features Billy Hayes, a member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Firefighters Museum, offering instructions on testing and maintaining smoke alarms.

To download the PSA, visit http://www.waldorf.edu/firepsa2014. Specifications can be adjusted if needed for video formats.

Based in Forest City, Iowa, Waldorf is a liberal arts institution that offers regionally accredited residential and online degrees that address popular career skills such as organizational leadership, criminal justice, fire science, communications, human resource management and more.

The Alabama Firefighters Museum, which will be established in Calera, Ala., will house an expansive collection of artifacts documenting the history of firefighting in Alabama while honoring past and present fire and rescue heroes and providing interactive fire prevention and life safety education.”

To learn more, visit http://www.alabamafirefightersmuseum.org







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Washington Adventist Universitys School of Graduate and Professional Studies Starts Fall 2nd Session Classes Oct. 19

Takoma Park, Md. (PRWEB) October 12, 2014

October 19 marks the start of the second session of fall courses offered by Washington Adventist Universitys School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS). The adult evening program, now in its 30th year, offers 11 accelerated undergraduate programs and eight masters programs.

Anyone interested in earning a new degree or completing one that is still unfinished should call the SGPS office staff at 301-891-4092 for assistance in finding the program and schedule that best suits their needs.

Former Washington Adventist University (and Columbia Union College) students who have already completed at least 75 percent of their degree program can benefit from the universitys One Step Away Program, which helps returning students reach their degree faster and with greater ease. It provides credit for life experience and offers classes on campus and online. Financial assistance is available to eligible students in the form of application fee waivers and scholarship funds. The program also offers participants academic and writing support, along with tutoring services. Anyone interested in matriculating under the One Step Away Program should contact Sharon Grey-Coker at 301-891-4163 or onestep(at)wau(dot)edu

The SGPS office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. During those hours, SGPS advisors will be on hand to answer questions and help with class registrations. New classes start the week of October 19-23.

The university campus is located in suburban Takoma Park, Md. near the intersection of Carroll Ave. and Flower Ave. with convenient, free parking and easy access to bus stops and a Capital Bikeshare station on campus. The Takoma Metro station is 1.5 miles away.

For more information, go to http://www.wau.edu .

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Washington Adventist University is a four-year private college that is part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education. The university has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nations capital. A total of 1,185 students of all faiths participate in the universitys eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:

Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews(at)wau(dot)edu

Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler(at)wau(dot)edu







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Andover Education Launches the High School of the Future: HSx


Westport, CT (PRWEB) October 01, 2014

Students can now earn credit by demonstrating mastery of any core high school academic course. And anyone without a high school diploma now has access to an impressive, accredited high school degree. HSx is not defined by conventional standards of credit hours and semesters but rather by demonstrating mastery of a single subject for individual credit or across all subjects for a diploma. HSx programs include content mastery assessments, essays, and labs, but the time required per subject is entirely dependent on the length of time it takes a student to master it.

The GED and other online diploma programs are proficiency based, so that one earns a diploma by demonstrating a minimum amount of knowledge. HSx is mastery based, so its a more difficult diploma to earn, but its also much more prestigious, said Andover CEO Nathan Allen. You really want to open doors? Aim for an Andover diploma. Theres finally an option to the GED.

A diploma from Andover College Preparatorys HSx can be earned at each students individual pace, with no artificial barriers. HSxs objective is to assess a students content knowledge and readiness to earn a high school diploma; HSx is not interested in how long it takes. HSx courses also provide significant resources and guidance for students who do not demonstrate content mastery. The resources are both online and through a global network of advisors and tutors. Course curricula and assessment standards are made available so that students may prepare for the assessments however they best see fit. Students submit essays and labs to Andover online. Students may also transfer credits, and transfer documents are submitted online and reviewed by Andover staff for approval.

The first step is to take the mastery exams, which only cost $ 1. The entire degree process typically costs $ 200for the review of essays and lab reports, which come after the mastery exams. For those who need high school credit, individual course credit typically costs less than $ 50. We designed this process to be very inexpensive, commented Allen. Often less expensive than the GED.

Andover College Preparatory is fully accredited, and courses typically require the same content mastery, essays, and labs as top U.S. high schools do. HSx assesses content mastery across all core academic subjects encompassing four years of English, three years of math and science, and two years of history. HSx does not give credit for life/work experience or project portfolios.

Allen adds, A diploma from Andover is different. Its designed to show that you have a significant grasp of content knowledge. Colleges and employers will appreciate the difference a diploma from Andover makes. A diploma from Andovers HSx is a substantial achievement, and students dont have to settle for a GED.

Open House

Interested students are invited to join the Andover HSx team for an online open house. Upcoming open houses are Thursday October 2 at 3pm EST and Monday Oct 6 at 7pm EST. Registration is required in advance. The registration form is here.

For more information about the HSx program, visit http://andovered.com/hsx/.

For more information about the school, visit http://andovered.com/hsx/school-information/.

To register for the open house, visit http://andovered.com/HSx/learn-about-HSx/.

About Andover Education

Andover College Preparatory was launched in Westport, CT in 2003 to develop educational content and quickly became known for its metric-based solutions for districts. Andover developed its own technology once it became apparent that the technology to deliver solutions was limited and out-dated. While a technology company, Andovers foundation is in teaching and learning. Andover operates an accredited school (grades 6-12), and online school (HSx) and employs a full complement of teaching staff. As a technology company, this enables Andover to develop ed-tech solutions that best address education challenges.







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Comdata SmartSight Wins CSP 2014 Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest in the Technology-Hardware Category


Brentwood, Tenn. (PRWEB) October 07, 2014

Comdatas SmartSight, its fuel site controller system, was selected as the winner in CSP magazines 2014 Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest in the Technology-Hardware category. SmartSight was nominated by the publication for the award, and readers and convenience-store retailers voted for the nominees in their category.

Comdata, a leading provider of technology for the fuel industry, introduced its SmartSight equipment for unattended fueling sites last year. SmartSight processes diesel, gasoline and natural gas transactions from popular fleet, retail and proprietary fueling cards. The equipment allows fuel site owners to remain in communication with the fuel site. SmartSight provides the ability to monitor transaction data and pump controls in real time as well as manage site maintenance remotely through a robust Web portal, setting it apart from most other site controller systems.

As a leader in fleet and fuel merchant solutions with more than four decades of experience, Comdata provides tools and data to help customers drive successful business operations. Randy Morgan, executive vice president of fleet at Comdata, expressed his enthusiasm for being recognized as the winner in the Technology-Hardware category in CSPs 2014 Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest.

As a company, we are proud of our SmartSight system, and it is exciting that our teams hard work has been acknowledged and voted by CSP readers and convenience-store retailers for such a prestigious award, Morgan said. We are honored that SmartSight has been recognized as one of the convenience retailing channels best new products of 2014. We strive to bring innovative products to the market that streamline business processes and provide real-time data insight.

CSP award winners were selected by convenience-store retailers in the industrys most significant new-product awards for 28 different categories from a pool of hundreds of products that were nominated. The contest included products released in the convenience-retailing format between Aug. 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014. Candidates were narrowed to a list of three in each category, chosen over the course of one month of online voting.

About Comdata

Comdata is a leading businesstobusiness provider of innovative electronic payment solutions. As an issuer and a processor, Comdata provides fleet and corporate payment solutions to over 20,000 customers. In 2013, Comdata managed over 625 million cards and processed over 1.4 billion transactions from over 48 countries and in 37 currencies. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee with approximately 1,300 employees globally, Comdata enables over $ 54 billion in payment volume annually. For more information about Comdata solutions, call 18002663282 or visit http://www.comdata.com.







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Maryland University of Integrative Health Launches First Doctoral Degrees in January 2015


LAUREL, Md. (PRWEB) October 03, 2014

Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has been given approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and permission by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to begin offering three new doctoral programs in January 2015. The professional doctoral degrees are in acupuncture, Oriental medicine and clinical nutrition. Applications for all three programs will be accepted immediately for the January 2015 trimester.

Approval to offer doctoral degrees in our unique disciplines has long been a dream of Maryland University of Integrative Health, said Judith Broida, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. This tremendous achievement is a testament to the vision of our leaders and the steadfast work of our faculty. These programs meet a growing market demand for scientific and compassionate healers in integrative health and MUIH is proud to be a national leader in offering them.

About the Doctorate in Acupuncture (DAc) and the Doctorate in Oriental Medicine (DOM):

MUIH will be one of only two accredited acupuncture schools (and the only school east of the Rockies) to offer either of these first professional doctorate where students can enter the program with a just bachelor’s degree;
Graduates of either program will be able to practice in a number of health settings including hospitals, medical offices, and integrative health practices as well as establish private or shared practices;
Both programs may be completed on campus in 13 trimesters, or a little more than 4 years.
MUIH alumni will be able to complete either doctoral degree by transferring their masters credits and completing an additional 22 credits.

About the Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN)

Graduates of this program will be able to work in a number of health and wellness settings, teach at the college level, publish independent research, and serve in leadership positions in the nutrition and health arena;
The program will be delivered in a hybrid format; over the course of two years, students will complete 42 of the 48 doctoral credits online and study on campus during four weekends for the remaining six credits.

For more information about these programs, visit our doctoral degrees page.

About Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH)

Maryland University of Integrative Health, formerly Tai Sophia Institute, is the leading accredited academic institution for integrative health in the nation. For nearly 40 years, MUIH has educated practitioners in health and wellness through transformative and relationship-centered programs that draw from traditional wisdom and contemporary science. MUIH offers graduate degrees and certificates both on campus and online in a wide range of health disciplines, as well as programs for professional and personal development. Currently, more than 1000 students from 30 states are enrolled in academic programs and 1900 alumni practice throughout the nation. The on-campus Natural Care Center offers compassionate and affordable healthcare from student interns and professional practitioners, delivering more than 35,000 clinical treatments a year. Visit http://muih.edu for more information.

Contact

Ashley Harvard

Ph: (410) 888-9048 ext. 6639

aharvard(at)muih(dot)edu

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Election

ImageIt begins. The first couple of weeks of college have, perhaps predictably, been difficult. The dentistry’s taken care of, at least for the moment, but there’s been a horrible cold going around, bad enough to keep me out of college for two days feeling miserable, and rob me of a nice weekend. But the upside is that I’m back, although still not feeling great, and come the 18th I’ll be running for election as student LGBT officer.

I already know the post’s going to be contested, so unlike the leader of Glasgow City Council (who sees fit to send me flyers about it) I won’t be running unopposed and get in automatically. Those who know me know that I have a wicked competitive streak, so it’s certainly tempting to wheel out the deranged bloodlust and vow to make a sandwich spread of the crushed spines of my enemies. But I’m not going to, on something vaguely approaching principle. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of a bunch of (largely) teenagers and tell them why you think you’re awesome enough that they should support you. So anyone who does that has my admiration to a certain extent. I’m fairly certain most, if not all, of the candidates for the various posts will be younger than I am, and they cared enough to run for them instead of just doing joyriding or flavour crystal meth or dubstep or whatever it is the kids do these days. That’s awesome.

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Thy Venom’d Stang

Well, of course I was going to pay for my arrogance, wasn’t I? I have three and a half hours before I have to leave for my first day at Langside, and for the past week or so I’ve been having progressively worse toothache. I’m not sure if it’s wisdom teeth, general neglect, or both, but the entire right side of my face hurts like a bastard, as well as my throat. It’s not swollen or anything, I just look like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle. That’s about how I feel, too.

I’m just about getting by due to magical painkillers, but if it doesn’t recede on its own at least a little bit, there’s no way I can go in today. I’ll be trying to provoke neds into punching me in the face to get rid of all my teeth at once. Either that, or a complete zombie. So I’m waiting for 0830; that’s when I should be leaving, but also when the Glasgow Dental Hospital opens. If I’m not feeling any better by then, I’m making myself an appointment and not going into college until I can actually sit through a lesson or get any sleep without painkillers.

Fuck.

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Unconditional

I’m in. Now I just have to stay that way. I have a student ID card with a ludicrous photo, a small mountain of paperwork, and just under a week before my classes start. Since you didn’t ask, I’m enrolled for Highers in English, History, Psychology, Sociology and French. That’s a huge workload, complicated significantly by anxiety and having forgotten all the French I’ve ever learned.

Told you it was bad.

Of course, there’s more. There always is, with me. In a few weeks, elections for student government start. Compared to Croydon, it actually seems like it’s organised properly; affiliated to the NUS, proper positions and everything. So in keeping with my habit of getting overconfident and overextending myself, I’ve decided I’m going to stand. On the off-chance I actually win, you might be looking at the next LGBT officer. I mean, it’s not like I ever desperately wanted a position of responsibility in the past to satisfy my own insecurity and ego.

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Back to School

I have kind of a storied history with education. I went to an expensive, if second-flight, public school (public as in private, Americans) in south London, only to drop out at seventeen. I’ve always been highly-strung and weird. Highly-strung and weird and gay was not really a combination suited to that environment. Add in the pressure of A-levels, and it’s not wholly surprising. I had something like a nervous breakdown, spent what felt like six months in bed crying, and that was it.

I’ve spent basically the last five years trying to get back into education. Problem is, mental illness keeps getting in the way. My last attempt, at Croydon College, went pretty much the same. Stayed six months, and then essentially collapsed right before exams started. But, I’m either persistent or stupid, because I’m trying it again. This time at Langside College in Glasgow. Now, granted, I can cope with stuff a lot better now, and I actually have a support network in husband-shaped form. But I guess it also brings to mind an old idea; the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

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An Approximate Scot

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the mess that is the Scottish independence debate. Partly, that’s due to my own particular identity crisis. I’m half English and half Scottish, with a fair amount of Irish mixed into the Scottish side. I was born and raised in London, but most of my family are clustered around the west of Scotland. And for the past two years I’ve been living in Glasgow. That’s an uncomfortable confluence of circumstances, especially when forms ask me for my nationality and ethnicity. The first seems like an obvious ‘British’, but is that an ethnicity?

There’s a perennial thing in the British press about what, if anything, ‘Britishness’ means. For me, it’s a nebulous sort of catch-all. Am I proud to be British? Of course, history of violent colonialism and boy bands aside. I can’t really be proud to be Scottish, because until fairly recently I’d never lived here. My accent certainly marks me as English. But what’s Englishness? The playing fields of Eton? Grandmothers bicycling to church? I’m several counties and a couple of generations away from that seeming even faintly plausible. These days, ostentatious Englishness seems to be wholly the province of fat-headed racist morons and Morrissey. But I repeat myself. So fuck that, right?

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Stranger Here Myself

I can’t say I’m back by popular demand, because I’m not. Probably, on reading the tagline, a handful of people will have the same unspoken thought: “Who invited her?” I also can’t say I’m back because I had burning insights to deliver about the state of the world today, because I don’t. My name is Alex, and I have some opinions. I don’t particularly expect anyone to care much, but I’m writing them down.

I used to write a moderately successful blog about being seventeen and insane. I stopped being seventeen but kept being insane. At age 19, two years ago, I moved from London to Glasgow. I made a vague attempt to keep writing about it, and then… radio silence. I disconnected myself from the outside world; not wholly intentionally, but after a while it stops making any difference. I grew my beard, smoked a lot and wrote precious little. I did this because I don’t like people – not in the abstract, anyway. Certainly there are people I like, I’m just not very good with the species as a whole. Sometimes that means my relationships with people I care about suffer. I’m not very reliable. But I’m also 21 and (still) insane. I’m learning, and this is a part of that.

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