anonymous asked:

Omg I think I may live near you, do they have oatcakes where you live ????

I fucking love this I’ve been laughing for 5 minutes straight. Yes we have oatcakes. I admire your ability to determine geographic locations based on consumption of oat based goods

Drought isn’t just threatening the livelihood and health of people living in California and America’s Southwest. According to the Global Drought Information System, water scarcity is forcing cities around Taiwan to implement water rationing. In Madagascar, drought-caused crop failure is now threatening 200,000 people, while conditions are sliding throughout Africa’s equatorial region and south. Dengue fever is up in Brazil because of meager precipitation. Meanwhile Australia bakes, with parts of New South Wales not seeing rain in the last three years.

Lack of fresh water is a big, global problem. Yet insult is added to injury by the fact that 98 percent of the water covering Earth is salty. It can’t feed crops. It can’t quench thirst. It can’t cool power plants. The only way to use ocean water is to put it through desalination, which strips out minerals to make it fit for consumption and industrial use. But that process requires an often prohibitive amount of energy.

So it’s too bad that the filter shown above isn’t yet ready to go to work. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab have demonstrated a much more energy efficient way to make potable water from the ocean. The trick is to make the filter out of the celebrated supermaterial graphene, which is a sheet of linked carbon atoms just one atom thick, with holes poked in it by oxygen ions whizzing through. Their work joins other projects advancing graphene as the heart of future energy-efficient production of safe water. Learn more below.

Keep reading

evry time i wake up i force myself to jus chug a cup of water and then i probably dont drink enough water for the rest of the day but thts still like. a 10000% increase in water consumption

anonymous asked:

why do people still think niall's all about the unhealthy food tho.... he seems to eat well enough like what an average person eats. his beer consumption is definitely uncalled for tho

i’m all about the unhealthy food idc if he eats unhealthy as long as he can still raw me


So I’ve recently become a vegetarian for a few reasons.
1.) Poison basically, everything that is put in and on our meats today is terrifying.
2.) The way we eat meat today is excessive. Meat used to be a delicacy and eating during special times of the year. There were no massive factories for the consumption of another living thing.
3.) leading off the top point, animal abuse. Disgusting and humiliating animal abuse, the amount of pain to get a piece of chicken on your plate is saddening.
4.) environment, the way animals are being harvested is putting an impact on the world around us, our soil, water, etc.

Honestly I do not entirely believe eating an animal is wrong, but the way the world has transformed eating meat into a slave factory is disgusting. I don’t want part in it. I think within the next few years I’ll become vegan . My only problem right now is trying to find a substitute for scrambled eggs lol

I mean, I think what I’m saying is that I don’t really care about people’s amateur academic analysis of what is and is not subversive etc.  I just am pro the consumption of media that includes both 1)more than just one woman and 2)things that go boom.

I am a simple midwestern gal with simple tastes. 

anonymous asked:

I agree with you r34 of child characters is super gross but what about adult characters from childrens shows, and it's tagged in ways that make it difficult for any children to accidentally stumble upon it? Like say if you're a Garnet/Pearl shipper.

Shipping is one thing. Cute cartoon couple (Esp Garnet/Pearl. Parnet? Gearl?). Harmless. But I’m just personally against taking these cartoon characters intended for the consumption of little kids and giving them heavily adult-themed features like giant oversexualized breasts and juicy bulging genitals. It doesnt sit right with me. It just something I’d rather not witness.

Air Jordan 11 Low | Throwback Thursday

Air Jordan 11 Low | Throwback Thursday

It’s rather perplexing that we are already approaching the midway point of 2015. Throughout the aforementioned first half, a variety of intriguing silhouettes have been made available for consumer consumption and this weekend is no different as yet another Air Jordan 11 Lowcolorway will be available. For those keeping count, this marks the second makeup released during this calendar year, as the…

View On WordPress

Late-night snacking: Is it your brain’s fault?

After gobbling the fourth Oreo in a row while bathed in refrigerator light, have you ever thought, “That wasn’t enough,” and then proceeded to search for something more?

Researchers at BYU have shed new light on why you, your friends, neighbors and most everyone you know tend to snack at night: some areas of the brain don’t get the same “food high” in the evening.

In a newly published study, exercise sciences professors and a neuroscientist at BYU used MRI to measure how people’s brains respond to high- and low-calorie food images at different times of the day. The results showed that images of food, especially high-calorie food, can generate spikes in brain activity, but those neural responses are lower in the evening.

“You might over-consume at night because food is not as rewarding, at least visually at that time of day,” said lead author Travis Masterson. “It may not be as satisfying to eat at night so you eat more to try to get satisfied.”

The study, which appears in academic journal Brain Imaging and Behavior, also reports that participants were subjectively more preoccupied with food at night even though their hunger and “fullness” levels were similar to other times of the day.

Masterson, who carried out the research for his master’s thesis under faculty advisor James LeCheminant, said the intent was to better understand if time of day influences neural responses to pictures of food.

The researchers teamed up with BYU neuroscientist Brock Kirwan to use functional MRI to monitor the brain activity of study subjects while they viewed images of food. The participants viewed 360 images during two separate sessions held one week apart—one during morning hours and one during evening hours.

Subjects looked at images of both low-calorie foods (vegetables, fruits, fish, grains) and high-calorie foods (candy, baked goods, ice cream, fast food). As expected, the researchers found greater neural responses to images of high-calorie foods. However, they were surprised to see lower reward-related brain reactivity to the food images in the evening.

“We thought the responses would be greater at night because we tend to over-consume later in the day,” said study co-author Lance Davidson, a professor of exercise sciences. “But just to know that the brain responds differently at different times of day could have implications for eating.”

Nevertheless, researchers noted that the study is preliminary and additional work is needed to verify and better understand the findings. The next research steps would be to determine the extent that these neural responses translate into eating behavior and the implications for weight management.  

Masterson, who is heading to Penn State University to work on his Ph.D. in the fall, said the study has helped him pay better attention to how food makes him feel both in the morning and the evening. And as for his late-night eating habits?

“I tell myself, this isn’t probably as satisfying as it should be,” he said. “It helps me avoid snacking too much at night.”


We are a consumptive society and we thrive on the idea of having stuff. Things. Personal belongings. Possessions. This has long been a large part of what makes us what we are. Religions teach us to be cautious about it. People have told numerous stories and made many movies about it. George Carlin even cracked jokes about it.

For some it’s a status thing, others an attachment thing. Actually, regardless of one’s reasoning for owning things, it’s all inevitably an attachment thing if you strip one’s reasoning to its fundamental, bare-backed concept.

Regardless, a lot of people’s lives are overcomplicated by having too much stuff.

We want for things. Stuff, ideas, other people, certain feelings.

I feel like my stuff is running me out of house and home. I have a dresser full of art supplies, desks covered in post-it notes scrawled full of ideas, drawers, tables, a tv. Underneath my bed you can see nothing but stacks of portfolio envelopes full of artwork from both college and high school. Oh, and shoes. Because owning more than 8 pairs of shoes is one of the many keys to leading a happy and fulfilling life, right? Musical instruments that collect dust, jewelry making equipment that produces a lot of dust, books, pictures…

I like to sit down with my thoughts often. Conjure ideas and silly theorems. I can also overanalyze certain life situations, pine for things that are not plausible at times. I worry about people who don’t want help, I sometimes worry about my own trying circumstances. I try to hold on to transient moments for too long sometimes.

It clutters the mind to be perpetually surrounded by stuff

“The origin of suffering is attachment to transient things and the ignorance thereof.”
One of The Four Noble Truths. 
All things, good and bad, come to an end, and when good things that we have attached ourselves to cease to be, suffering commences. Most things will inevitably end or disappear, causing us misery in the long run. We have to let go of this junk. Eliminate the stuff. Eliminate the need to suffer.

I’d like to think that I’m a relatively simple person. I know that’s probably not true, but I’m working on it. I don’t really want for too much physical, tangible crap. I don’t find myself wasting money on superfluous shit like tattoos, clothes, alcohol, overpriced cups of coffee… Yeah, my art supplies are slowly overtaking my living space, but I suppose it could be worse. But the intangibles. The intangibles get me sometimes.

Last night, rather than working late into the night on my jewelry designs until my hands were too tired to function I sat around. I worked until maybe 8 and called it quits to read for a bit and wait around for stuff. Did my 11o'clock yoga bit, and went to bed before midnight.I found myself doing something that I never do. I was waiting rather than acting, rather than creating.

Why do we want for things?
For a sense of belonging.
For a sense of fulfillment.
Sometimes things give us a sense of purpose.

Why are people unable to feel fulfilled without pretty clothes, fancy cars, money, mounds of comic books, boyfriends, expensive televisions with surround sound, exclusive titles (president, C.E.O., blah blah…), blah blah? Is it so much to ask that we cast some of these things aside and try to find happiness inside of ourselves? It’s there. Somewhere. We all have talents and strengths. So why do we spend so much time focusing on shit we don’t have to make ourselves better? Improve upon the things already instilled within you. Show me what ya workin’ with. You can paint. You can write. You can make things with your hands. You have a natural inclination to help people. You’re exceptionally intelligent. You have a knack for algorithmic equations. You understand biological processes. You understand how to compose music.

Stop worrying about how so-and-so still hasn’t called back, or how you can’t wait to get your hands on the iPhone 17, or the fact that your car isn’t nearly as lavish as so-and-so’s car. 

Paint. Write books. Sculpt. Cook. Volunteer. Become a teacher. Improve technology. Become a doctor. Compose symphonies. Utilize your talents to spread joy inside of yourself, through your fingertips and pores and inevitably into other people around you.

Stop wasting time, effort, energy on shit you don’t necessarily need in order to function.

He drove slowly down-town and, affecting abstraction, traversed the deserted streets of the business section, peopled here and there where a movie was giving out its crowd or where consumptive or pugilistic youth lounged in front of pool halls. The clink of glasses and the slap of hands on the bars issued from saloons, cloisters of glazed glass and dirty yellow light.
—  “Winter Dreams,” F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Two truths about electricity: vampires are real and preheating is a fallacy.

Generation of electricity accounts for close to half of the total energy consumed in the U.S. Electricity provides us heat, light, power to light our stoves and refrigerate our food — it powers our lives.

Like many modern advances, developed nations have an insatiable craving for electricity. In 2013, the average American home used over 10,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh). To give you some perspective, it takes about 1.05 pounds of coal to produce a single kWh of energy.

Read the rest of today’s article, “Losing Power.”

Old George Orwell got it backwards. Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed. He’s making sure your imagination withers. Until it’s as useful as your appendix. He’s making sure your attention is always filled. And this being fed, it’s worse than being watched. With the world always filling you, no one has to worry about what’s in your mind. With everyone’s imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat to the world.
—  a comment on media consumption from “Lullaby” by Chuck Palahniuk
Tag Expenses as Productive, Consumptive, or Destructive for an Organized Budget

You can save money without much effort by cutting down what you spend. Garrett Gunderson suggests you label each expense as productive, consumptive, or destructive to know which ones to cut.

Read more…

from Lifehacker