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Political Conversations?! Nooooo!!

By Jon_SkindzierFebruary 3, 2010
If you have absolutely no interest in arguing about politics, then you may have noticed that people who can only talk about politics are hopelessly drawn to you. They can't help themselves. They can barely keep from crashing through your bedroom window at night ... More  →
Political Conversations?! Nooooo!!

Oh No! It's Bad Metaphors and Similes!

By Jon_SkindzierFebruary 1, 2010
"All the world's a stage," mused Shakespeare as he finished watching Jersey Shore, "and all the men and women merely players." But wait! Don’t look around for a stage director or worry that you've apparently forgotten your lines; this was merely a metaphor, a device ... More  →
Oh No! It's Bad Metaphors and Similes!

Et Tu, Computer?

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 27, 2010
Computers are unique in the entire history of inventions, in that each and every one of them is both a miracle of productivity and a crafty disaster that wants you to fail all your classes. Whether it drives you moderately insane with its many enticing ... More  →
Et Tu, Computer?

Swim Tests: Should They Be Completely Illegal?

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 22, 2010
Yes. Yes they should. If that analysis isn't convincing enough for you, then you must be one of those kids, the ones who draw favorable comparisons to water-dwelling mammals while the rest of us are just try to swim marginally better than, say, a television. But ... More  →
Swim Tests: Should They Be Completely Illegal?

Avoiding an Awful Yearbook Photo

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 20, 2010
Unless part of your life plan is to get arrested and provide the world with a hilariously weird mugshot, the picture most likely to embarrass you down the line will probably come from your yearbook. Granted, fashions change over time, and when it's The ... More  →
Avoiding an Awful Yearbook Photo

Driving Test Perils

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 19, 2010
Some kids coast through their driver’s license tests with confidence and aplomb. If you are one of these, then go buy some lottery tickets, because Lady Luck evidently wants to have your babies. The rest of us are beset on all sides by horrible perils, ... More  →
Driving Test Perils

What's Your Academic Superpower?

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 14, 2010
If you think about it, and then sort of lie a little bit, you guys are basically superheroes. In a chaotic world, you regularly confront tyranny and wickedness (high school), and against all odds (cruel teachers, kids you hate) achieve a noble goal (surviving high ... More  →
What's Your Academic Superpower?

What Does Your Locker Say About You?, Part II

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 7, 2010
A few SparkLife writers have different ideas about what the inside of your locker really means. To check out Kia's interpretation, read What Does Your Locker Say About You?, Part I! —SparkNotes editors There are plenty of effective, sciencey ways to gauge your personality, but what ... More  →
What Does Your Locker Say About You?,  Part II

If You Can Survive A High School Cafeteria…

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 5, 2010
Most students enjoy high school cafeterias only slightly more than they enjoy being relentlessly punched in the nose, so the fact that cafeterias are awful is not much of a headline. But to take that a step further, we're here to make the case that ... More  →
If You Can Survive A High School Cafeteria…

Doing Internet Research Like It's Your Job (It Sort of Is)

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 24, 2009
When you're looking for really specific sources for a research paper, the internet might seem like a hopeless maze of teeth-whitening ads and outright lies. This does not have to be the case! We're here to help, which is fortunate, because the internet isn't going ... More  →
Doing Internet Research Like It's Your Job (It Sort of Is)