At least we didn’t default…
We should probably convert to yen at this point. Here at Shmoop, we are not worried because classic literature has our backs. Cassius talked defaultin’ in Julius Caesar…
“Default dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
Right? Right. (OK, we may be paraphrasing a bit.)
Anyway, let’s focus on some good stuff.
SHMOOP SPECIAL OFFER: FREE DEMO LOGIN
Looking to get a better understanding of the Shmoop Test Prep products for your school or district? The folks at Shmoop HQ have come up with a never-before-seen, one-time offer:
If you contact us within the next 14 days (by Aug. 16), you will receive a free Shmoop demo account that will give you access to all of our paid products. You will also be granted an opportunity to score 15% off any group rate.
Big August Birthdays (Yours Can Count Too):
- The Birth of the Internet
That’s right, on Aug. 1st, 1969, Momma Internet pushed the .com revolution into existence. Good ol’ Mr. Gore tried to take credit for being the father, but it was more of an immaculate conception of many minds and circumstances.
If you’d like to know more, check out this Smithsonian article.
- The Birth of MTV
On Aug. 1st, 1981, the first broadcast of Music Television commenced at 12:01 AM. The station that effectively killed the radio star grew into the global label that has given us such culture-changing shows as TRL, The Real World, and Jersey Shore.
In honor of MTV’s musical origins, Shmoop invites you to analyze some of your favorite songs in our Music Section.
TEACHERS & ADMINISTRATORS: WEDNESDAY WEBINAR
We will be giving a webinar tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 12 PM PDT (3 PM EDT).
It will be short, sweet, and, once it’s completed, you’ll have ninja-like prowess in all things Shmoop.
- Attend a 30-minute Shmoopinar by registering here.
Two Free Shmoop Apps. w00t!
Thanks to our sponsor, Microsoft Office 2010 (Yeah, Bill Gates called), you can have both the Shmoop Hamlet App and the Shmoop Macbeth App for iOS absolutely free. This sweet deal is good through the end of September. Badda bing, badda boom.
Shmoop Shout Outs: Baseball, the American Pastime
The summer months bring long days, fireflies, and good ol’ ball games. We at Shmoop are proud to see that the game still brings people together in amazing ways.
- When you go to see your team play, there is nothing more satisfying than catching a souvenir ball. Well, there is one thing. Check out this young fan giving his trophy to younger fan.
- A beautiful rendition of our National Anthem sung by Lily Anderson, a 10-year-old cancer patient and activist.
Shmoop Shout Out 2.0: The JediBot
Ever feel you are not effectively prepared to combat the Empire? Need more practice fighting a Sith Lord? A group ofStanford researchers have solved your woes with a Jedi training bot.
Shmoop Shout Out Three Point Oh, oh, oh: Girls Sweep Google Science Fair
Boy, if only the dudes on Mad Men could see this… Congrats to this year’s winners. Impressing Google is no easy task.Read more about the fortuitous females here.
Happy birthday, media as we know it,
Grateful Users of the Internet