I’ll just keep posting the photos of cool bikers every day before the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride takes place on the 28th of September. I am going to the San Diego event and post pictures after.

This is one of the rare times when fashion and bikes (some of my favorite things) come together into a single event. Support your rider :D


Bone turquoise 

Also known as odontolite, this beautiful rock is formed in the depths of sedimentary stacks, as bones like this fossil jaw are preserved for the aeons during the process that turns their surrounding sediments into rock. Teeth are the most common part of the skeleton that turn into odontolite, hence its name. It was long thought to be coloured (like turquoise) by copper, and when analysis failed to reveal its presence, by the iron phosphate mineral vivianite (seehttp://tinyurl.com/mnvy6vx). Recent research has shown that it consists of crystals of blue apatite (seehttp://tinyurl.com/l5rzpag), coloured by trace impurities of manganese.

In the old days it was called occidental turquoise to distinguish it from the oriental version which is a clay rock coloured by copper oxide, and occasionally the former has been erroneously (or fraudulently) sold as the latter. They can be told apart by their hardness, with the oriental version being harder. The most famous locality is in France, especially in the southwestern Languedoc region, where they accumulated in river sediments derived from the erosion of the nearby Pyrenean chain. They preserve bone structure beautifully and are much sought after by palaeontologists. 

The jaw in the photo (size 5.7 x 5.3 x 3.3 cm) is recent, and belonged to a Pleistocene rodent…


Image credit: Rob Lavinsky/iRocks.com

A paper on how it forms, paywall access: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1293255800010670

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

Arthur C. Clarke, Hazards of Prophecy

This is Clarke’s Law


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- Caragh M. O’Brien talks The Vault of Dreamers and the YA community.
- Christina Farley talks Silvern and writing a series all in one go.
Leigh Bardugo will tour the U.S. this November to celebrate Ruin and Rising.
Steven Gould will tour the U.S. to celebrate Exo.
Sara Raasch will tour the U.S. in October to celebrate Snow Like Ashes.
The National Book Foundation will award Ursula K. Le Guin the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Literature.
The National Book Awards announced their longlist for the Young People’s Literate award.
- Proceeds from Barry Lyga’s novella Blood Boy will support HANY.
- Todd Lockwood took home the Chelsea Award for Best Cover Illustrator for his work on A Natural History of Dragons.

A.S. King will publish I Crawl Through It, a surrealist story following four teens, with Little, Brown in 2015.
Writer Chad Hodge will adapt Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds for Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Fox.
- Greenwillow bought two new novels from Amy Zhang.
- Stephen Emond’s illustrated YA novel Bright Lights, Dark Nights sold to Roaring Brook for publication in spring 2015.
- Random House’s Wendy Lamb Books bought a companion novel to the 2013 documentary Girl Rising.
- Carrie Arcos’ Neruda in Love sold at auction to Philomel.
- Disney-Hyperion bought Dhonielle Clayton‘s debut solo novel.
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquired Ashley Herring Blake’s Suffer Love.
- Jessica Cluess’ A Shadow Bright and Burning sold to Random House.
- Valerie Tejeda’s Hollywood Witch Hunter sold to Bloomsbury Spark.
- Lee Bross announced the sale of her new novel Wish Right Now.


- In Off the Page, Paula Botelho draws scenes from Legend.
In this week’s column on writing YA, E.M. Caines talks about how writing contests can help you land an agent.
Editor Nicole Brinkley talks to Garret Pinder about gay representation in young adult literature.

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- We round-up ongoing and upcoming author tours.

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Few thoughts + FAQs about SAOII Episode 12

Finally!!! I really liked this week’s episode! The action scene looked darn cool in animation. I felt that cliffhanger coming… I wonder if they can really fit everything in one episode next week? I feel like it would be so rushed so maybe they’ll wrap up everything in episode 14 instead. Well, I might get some more idea about it on Monday. This episode covered volume 6 chapter 14 until the 3rd ellipsis.

Some interesting adaptation notes/FAQ:

  • During the time of SAO, many of the clearers developed “outside system skills”. Those skills are only gained from excessive training and battle experiences. Here’s a list of them:
  1. Pre-recognition: Knowledge about the position of the sword and the avatar’s center of gravity.
  2. Insight: Predicts attack patterns of monsters from long range.
  3. Distinguish: Allows players to distinguish the enemy’s sound effects from the background sound in order to pin-point their position (this is used by Kirito in episode 5 and 12).
  4. Mislead: To lure the AI monsters’ learning capacity and impose a heavy burden on them.
  5. Switch: Allows multiple players to switch positions in battles in order to allow them recover their HP (everyone should be familiar with this one because it was shown so much in season one).
  6. Hypersense (presence sense): Basically a skill to allow you to sense killing intent. This skill is usually treated as supernatural because it is technically impossible to detect the so-called killing intent in a virtual world where everything is digital data sent from your brain to the NerveGear. So it’s really hard to believe that vague things such as killing intent or sixth sense can exist in a virtual reality. The explanation is logical and Kirito also had a hard time to believe something like that existed. However, during the two years he spent in Aincrad, he did feel something that can be considered “killing intent” a few times. Back then, he didn’t exactly hear or see anything, but only had a uneasy feeling that someone was watching him so he decided not to move deeper into the dungeon. In the end, he managed to save his own life a few times. In this episode, Kirito tries to focus on Death Gun’s killing intent and was able to dodge the first bullet.
  • In GGO, guns all have a fixed durability for each part. It’s not uncommon for a gun to be worn out. If that’s the case, the player can simply restore the durability through maintenance. No matter which part of the gun gets hit, it’s very hard to completely reduce the durability to zero. So as long as there’s durability left, the gun can be restored. However, it’s a different matter if the weak part of the gun get hit by a large caliber. Thus, in Death Gun’s case, the Silent Assassin he was holding can no longer be restored. However, parts such as the gun stock, barrel and scope can still be reused. The scope of Hecate II which was destroyed can still be replaced for Sinon.
  • While making her way to Kazuto’s hospital room, Asuna thought that he probably felt the same anxiety when he released her from the cage during the Fairy Dance arc.
  • It was briefly mentioned in the light novel that upon seen nurse Aki leaning above the topless Kazuto, Asuna felt somewhat unhappy when she saw that (refer to the part in the anime where Asuna opened the patient room’s door). However, that thought merely flashed through as she was more concerned for Kazuto’s safety.
  • It was stated in the light novel that Asuna has never seen Kirito look so frantic before while diving into a game. It’s normal for a player’s heart rate to rise while playing VRMMORPG. However, for Kirito who was a solo in the death game SAO and who brushed close to death the most to look that nervous in an ordinary game really surprised Asuna.
  • The move Death Gun (Sterben) used at the end of the episode is called “Star Splash”, an 8-straight thrust attack. It’s a high-level skill made for rapiers which Asuna was proficient with. Since the skill doesn’t involve any slashing or hacking, it can also be done with an estoc which was derived from the rapier.

That is all I have to comment on this week’s episode. It was quite fulfilling in my opinion compared to the previous two. Hoping that they keep it up in the future. However… I can already sense the incoming hate for that scene.

john green is overrated. there’s only one book of his that i truly liked and it was mostly written by the co-author. i can distinguish their styles pretty well. 

all of his stories are about straight, white couples and romanticizing shit that shouldn’t be romanticized. it’s so repetitive that it hurts.

  She likes long hair. In fact, in every iteration of every Cher concert I have ever performed in, she insisted that I grow mine out. Before D2K, as was the case with our three-year stint at Caesar’s Palace, I had just come from a Broadway show whose period conventions (and headwear) made it necessary to start my tresses from next to nothing. But she wanted them long anyway, unbothered by the degree to which my unruly hair kinked and curled on to itself through its torturous in-between stage. And on me, a very fair-skinned dancer otherwise difficult to distinguish as black under lighting, my hair always tells the story. In an afro, out and free, or in cornrows, it screams my heritage loud and proud. So I am disheartened to know that racism is part of the charge leveled in a lawsuit at my boss. To read in various news outlets that the quality of the racism is so specific, that skin color is the platform, is baffling. First, there is my general    irritation with the quite trite marginalization that happens when a darker brother or sister, or anyone else really, discounts me (and in this case, a caramel female counterpart still employed on the tour) in the conversation about blackness. But even if there is some shred of merit here, the lack of consideration for the three brown band members (of which there are only seven) still in Cher’s camp befuddles me. In fact, one of the most interesting experiences I’ve had dealing with the color quota represented on stage happened on Cher’s stage in Vegas years ago. A brunette out for her wedding was replaced by the cousin of another black dancer on the gig. Adding two of the plaintiffs (who were also there) brought the count of bona fide chocolate up to four, and then there were the two of us too light to figure in. Among the other six dancers were a Latino and a Tongan, both with enough pigment to type them out of a Mayflower Voyage film. We didn’t know whether to take a picture (because who would believe it) or accuse our boss of Blaxploitation. Because of course there were also the two black backup    singers, the keyboardist and the drummer… This doesn’t happen with a racist performer.

In fact, since my first gig with Cher twelve years ago, I have missed only 2 of her 568 full stage shows. Never in any of them have I experienced any form of racial or sexist prejudice. It’s not her style.  I was there every time she strutted around stage in a Native American feathered headdress singing about her Cherokee heritage.  

Early in a career older than all of her dancers, she was notorious for entering the back door of venues and restaurants that would not allow her colored staff through their front. She argued with her fans via Twitter that the Tea Party supports racist policies.  She funds the Peace Village School in Kenya for black orphans. And the available dance captain promotion on this tour came to me, not the white guy. You know, there was a budget for my hair. When I ran out of Mixed Chicks conditioner    on the road, or couldn’t find a barber for a manicured fro, Cher reimbursed receipts for cornrows. It did not bother her any when I walked on stage wearing them, black pants and    a white tank—a look that might have gotten me shot by police in Ferguson—to stand in her spotlight and present her a stool. This is the conversation we should be having instead, how my “Burlesque” costume with this hairstyle is life-threatening around those who would see a dangerous, uber-sexualized Negro thug. Cher was simply happy that it was Jamal bringing her the stool. 

During a delay in the tech rehearsal for the number “Dressed to Kill,” she sat waiting on the chandelier and smiled at me.  “I’m getting a weave,” I told her. “Really??!!” she said, ecstatic. I laughed uproariously.  Although if she finds out about my hair cut I might need one… (don’t tell her ;-)

anonymous said:

What's the difference between a panic attack and an anxiety attack? (If there is one - I was unsure, that's why I ask. Sorry if I seem stupid..)

In the DSM there are no separate definitions and actually only the term “panic attack’ is given. So, in a sense, there really isn’t such a thing as anxiety attack.

Colloquially, however, they are one in the same. The lay man uses them interchangeably which is completely fine, and… well technically they are not exactly wrong due to there being no real definition as an anxiety attack.

But if you were to ask a mental health professional, they’d say the above but also tell you that the two terms have different connotations and are used to distinguish what somebody is feeling more accurately.

First the definition of a panic attack (DSM 5):

Discrete periods of sudden onset of intense fear or terror, often associated with feelings of impending doom. During these attacks there are symptoms such as shortness of breath or smothering sensations; palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate; chest pain or discomfort; choking; and fear of going crazy or losing control. Panic attacks may be unexpected, in which the onset of the attack is not associated with an obvious trigger and instead occurs “out of the blue,” or expected, in which the panic attack is associated with an obvious trigger, either internal or external.

Symptoms of a panic attack (DSM 5):

Note: The abrupt surge can occur from a calm state or an anxious state.

  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate.
  • Sweating.
  • Trembling or shaking.
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering.
  • Feelings of choking.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Nausea or abdominal distress.
  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chills or heat sensations.
  • Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations).
  • Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself).
  • Fear of losing control or “going crazy.”
  • Fear of dying.

Note: Culture-specific symptoms (e.g., tinnitus, neck soreness, headache, uncontrollable screaming or crying) may be seen.

Definition of anxiety (DSM 5):

The apprehensive anticipation of future danger or misfortune accompanied by a feeling of worry, distress, and/or somatic symptoms of tension. The focus of anticipated danger may be internal or external.

Symptoms of anxiety:

  • Muscle tension
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Increased startle response
  • Increased heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness

So, a panic attack is always a panic attack. But an anxiety attack is what one may call a sudden onset of symptoms from and anxiety disorder.

One should also note that a panic attack peaks at generally 10 minutes and doesn’t last more than 15 at most. They can be successive however. Anxiety, on the other hand, doesn’t really have a limit. It can be as short as a few minutes, or as long as several days.



Come home to BIGBY’S

This restaurant has deliberately tried to maintain a low profile since it opened 16 years ago, but as with all good things, no secret can remain for long. Bigby’s has distinguished itself as one of the city’s premier dining spots, and has become a favorite of high-powered business executives and  foodies in the know. 

As Bigby’s turns 16 in Cagayan de Oro, they invited 130 guests (All thanks to Mikko Mahinay) as they launched their new menu taking us back to the beginning, and continue to choose our own adventures in their new space (which will be blogged on a separate post) and rediscover our own journeys on a plate. Due to popular demand, a lot of signature dishes makes a comeback! Few of which are theKimmy’s Chunky Stew, which was introduced as a special on the menu for their first Father’s Day treat in 1999, is back in its original form: rice topping in a bowl! Their popular grilled chicken with Ceasar dressing sandwich, the Chicken Julius, also makes a triumphant return. Their version of tonkatsu, Tsunami Chops, is another one making a comeback, to the delight of loyal customers.

Patrons can feast on all kinds of simple fare that are reassuringly familiar to the tastebuds. Every meal here makes a pleasurable homecoming, leaving one well-fed and content!

Don’t forget to visit Bigby’s Cafe & Restaurant at GF, Centrio-Ayala Mall, Cagayan de Oro City and enjoy the awesome flashback dining experience!


anonymous said:

I don't want to sound rude or anything but the whole volleyball family thing you guys have got going on kinda makes other ask blogs feel excluded. Like, you only interact with each other, and because you're all popular artists it's fine to just ignore the rest of the fandom and make us feel like shit?

when we made the blogs we made them because a group of friends wanted to draw hq together since we all liked it and thought itd be fun. it became a ‘family’ coz well… it is… its a group of pretty close friends making blogs to have fun. we chose the urls so that we could be distinguished as a group coz that’s what we were tbh

i really don’t think were excluding people though?? I, and the others I’m pretty sure have all interacted with ‘non family’ ask blogs but frankly speaking I don’t even have asks in my inbox from any askblogs to begin with so everyone is really ignoring me?? as a mun im pretty shy and kenma like to begin with so im not that keen about talking to people

im sorry if it may seem like were excluding people but like we arent making askblogs for other peoples sakes……

Women are not a class in themselves but are divided among different classes. Upper class women, for example, tend to live and work where they associate with upper class men, and hence, remain in a social environment that distinguishes them from the mass of working-class men and women. As a consequence of these material conditions they share with men of their class, i.e. higher levels of education and occupational positions/incomes, women of higher classes are in a position to demand more respect not only from men of their class, but from men of lower classes as well. This means that segregation based on gender tends to blur when we consider: (i) the commonality of interests between men and women of a class; (ii) the sharp inequalities borne by working-class men in contrast to upper class women, and (iii) the inequalities borne by impoverished lower caste men in contrast to affluent higher caste women.

Simply put, while a patriarchal or sexist culture which reinforces gender inequalities may prevail, there is also the tendency for patriarchal households and sexist men to share a common interest with their women. We see such convergence of interests when wages or salaries earned by women are encouraged in conditions where women’s wages substantially improve family budgets. The employment of a maidservant in many upper class homes also reflects how sexist upper class men have come to accept that housework is a burden for their partners, which should rather be shared or passed onto a paid help. All such conjunctures that represent a convergence in men and women’s interests reflect the following: (i) that the gender division is not a universal, independently constituted system of segregation, and (ii) that segregation based on class, caste and race ultimately determine how much and in what ways gender divisions will articulate themselves. Importantly, unlike gender segregation which is subsumable within other segregations, these other segregations based on class and caste cannot be subsumed within the men-women social division.

What this means is that the aforementioned complex web of social divisions tends to separate the interests of middle-class and working-class women to the extent that they are often antagonistic to each other. Hence, once middle-class women gain certain rights due to their membership to a particular class, or due to the struggle for such rights, they do not hesitate in unleashing the whip of exploitation on their working-class sisters. Winning the right to work, for example, has been accompanied by employment of the maid—a development which has culminated in the brutal exploitation of working-class women as domestic ‘helps’. Most of these domestic servants are impoverished tribal girls/women who migrate to cities after marriage or in search of employment. The heavy manual work performed by them in most middle and upper class homes clearly shows just how little the feeling of sisterhood tends to exist amongst women of varied classes.

What is then lost in brazen generalizations about the ‘gender-over-class’ experience are the following: (i) that women are sharply divided amongst themselves along the lines of class and so are men separated from women along class lines; (ii) that some women have become stakeholders in the commodification of women’s sexuality; and (iii) that once the demand for women’s autonomy over their bodies is abstracted from the larger social relations which shape current sexual codes, such a demand can only pave the way for half-baked freedoms.

If you can’t distinguish between people arrested for alleged support of Islamic State and innocent Australian Muslims going about their business, then you need to do your homework.

Over 1/4 of the people in the world are Muslims. The majority of Muslims live in Indonesia (our nearest neighbours), not the Middle East - and have nothing to do with IS.

Those supporting Islamic state are a tiny fraction of this number and mostly concentrated in the Middle East. Of Australian citizens suspected of supporting IS, the federal government themselves report that security agencies are watching 60-100 people out of Australia’s 23 million people (over half a million of which are Muslim).

If you have paid any attention to the experts discussing the topic: Islamic State want you to launch reactionary attacks against innocent Muslims and make enemies of them. You feed terror with senseless attacks against Muslims. You make them feel like they need to find some support so that people won’t abuse, threaten and commit acts of vandalism toward them. You make them feel like their fellow citizens do not have their backs, you make people feel foreign and unwanted in their own homes. This is how the radicalization process begins.

I want to see arrests and charges for anybody who commits these acts, threatens or harasses people or vandalizes their cars. I want to see these hate crimes seriously pursued and prosecuted as such by the police.

Take home message: Islamic State is a tiny group of self-identified Muslim people who are as far removed from mainstream Islam as the Westboro Baptist Church are from mainstream Christianity. If you go out and commit crimes against Australian Muslims to ‘retaliate’, you are as stupid as somebody attacking random Christians indiscriminately because of abortion clinic bombers or the Westboro baptist church.

Remember, approximately .012% (according to Tony Abbott himself!) of Australian Muslims are currently suspected (not 100% known, not charged and convicted) to be linked to IS terror abroad. Attacking Australian Muslims over the awful things Islamic State carry out just makes you fucking stupid and a danger to civil society.

This will be my first, and last post about Islamic State, as I believe they are given far too much publicity and that this is exactly why their media tactics work.

Still, please don’t get scared into stupidity and find yourself becoming the monster.

Another Leia&Vader AU idea, in reserve after more Vader comics/novels and Rebels.

From the time she’s very young, Leia is met by a mysterious man in her dreams. He is tall and strong and very, very sad. The dreams are barely distinguishable from being awake, and the man seems to know who she is, though she can’t say the same in return. Over time, she begins to look forward to their meetings, because the man is smart and funny (if rather mean) and has interesting stories to tell. He seems to grow attached to her in turn. “I was supposed to have a little girl,” he says. “I like to think she would’ve been a lot like you.”

Vader, meanwhile, bides his time. Because he’s decided on the person that he’s going to make into his apprentice.

It really bugs me how so many people act like disliking Anita Sarkeesian means you hate women and don’t want them in video games, either as consumers, developers, or anywhere else.

I dislike her because I feel her information, though it supports a noble truth, is faulty and at times flat-out misleading, to the point it couldn’t have been accidental. I don’t care how noble or true the argument you are making is if you’re building it on a foundation of lies. If your argument is true and right, then there are solid, correct, proven/provable facts that will reach the same conclusion. To use misinformation and incorrect claims rather than that truth to back up a noble cause is breeding a culture of ignorance and a lack of critical ability to distinguish misinformation from truth that makes people more gullible to more dangerous misinformation that supports less noble causes. I don’t give a crap what you’re arguing or defending, you have to be using real information and facts to do so.

I dislike her because her claims that women are nonexistent amongst developers is a complete slap in the face of women like Roberta Williams, Corrinne Yu, Kim Swift, and others who have had incredibly well-known and/or influential work in the field, and the hypocrisy of advancing women by trampling on the accomplishments of women befuddles and aggravates me.

I dislike her because I question the commitment, earnestness, honesty, etc. of someone who raises almost 27 times their goal in funding, yet, two years after they were scheduled to be finished, has not completed the project that the original budget called for immensely less funding for.

I dislike her because of the scandal where one of the images she used for her logo was either traced or outright stolen from an artist without her permission.

I agree 100% that seeing more women in gaming would be awesome, both as characters in prominent roles, as players of big-time games, and as devs and programmers. But everything about her methods and her claims and arguments reeks of either ignorance or manipulation to me. And it pains me to see her propped up as this martyr for women in gaming, because it’s proliferating this “end justifies the means” methodology of making arguments where misinformation and inaccuracies are okay as long as you have a laudable end conclusion, it’s erasing the accomplishments of women who actually are in the industry, it’s spreading bad information, and it’s choosing an awful spokesperson for a delicate and relevant issue who will only serve to polarize the issue and force decent people who could’ve otherwise had a civil, reasonable, intelligent discussion into yelling at each other incoherently in a dogmatic game of who can be louder.

Jim Collins’ Good to Great (2001) is a popular book within the business world that outlines research into what separates ‘great’ from ‘good’ companies. Differing from other popular bourgeois titles by its comparative qualitative approach, Good to Great is a great distance from crypto-oppressive titles by authors like Napoleon Hill, Anthony Roberts, and Rhonda Byrne. Collins is not attempting to understand or explain the systemic features and fundamental processes of capitalism. Rather, he is attempting to explain the concrete features which distinguish highly successful (‘great’) firms, rated based on the stock prices, from mediocre yet similarly situated (‘good’) competitors. By taking a comparative approach and avoiding sweeping claims about the nature of success, Good to Great avoids much proposing a grandiose pseudo-scientific view of “success” while affirming aspects of Communist organizational thought.

It’s not that I can’t fall in love. It’s really that I can’t help falling in love with too many things at once. So, you must understand why I can’t distinguish between what’s a platonic and what isn’t because it’s all too much and not enough at the same time.
—  Jack Keroac