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Nintendo figures are “Amiibo” ⊟

Super Smash Bros. will be the first to support them. Save data goes from the figure to the game and back, adding attributes to the custom character. You can put a figure on the GamePad and it’ll appear.

Mario Kart 8 will also support them later. 

I see you in that pic, “Marth”/Tom Nook. What’s up.

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The ally you want: ENTJ
The ally you need: INTJ
The ally you fight hard to impress: ENTJ
The ally that secretly wants to impress you: INTJ
The ally that will get your shit done: ENTJ
The ally that will plan around you not getting shit done: INTJ
The ally that will best motivate you: ENTJ
The ally that will best inspire you: INTJ
The ally that will silently think they are smarter and more equipped than you: ENTJ/INTJ
The ally that will silently adore you like you are a incapable child: ENTJ/INTJ
The ally that will say “aw thats cute” when you make plans: ENTJ/INTJ
The ally that they want but have massive trouble befriending: INFP/INFJ
—  I present to you my life lessons. -Suzannah (INFP)
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Nintendo making Skylanders-style figure series for Wii U and 3DS ⊟

Called “NFP” (NFC Featured Platform/Nintendo Figure Platform) the characters will allow users to carry save data between games, building a customized character on the figure. They’ll work with the Wii U GamePad’s NFC, and Nintendo will also sell a thingy for 3DS.

Nintendo will show more software and details of this program at E3. Other news out of the latest investor presentation: a Mario Kart 8 “TV” smartphone app, allowing sharing of in-game videos and ranking data. Oh, and a Wii U update that speeds up startup by 20 seconds, coming in June. Okay, there’s some news, good night!

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Let’s Talk About Fertility Awareness-Based Methods!

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Someone asked us:

When it comes to birth control, why doesn’t PP ever discuss the fertility awareness method? Used correctly, it’s 100% effective (as you can’t get pregnant if you aren’t having sex when ovulating). I think it’s another great contraceptive method, especially for women who are sensitive to hormones/don’t react well to them, and allows for a woman to be more in tune with her body and be proactive about her gynecological health.

We do discuss it! Fertility awareness-based methods or FAMs (also called “natural family planning”) are when you carefully track your menstrual cycle and/or other body signals to know when you’re ovulating, and then avoid unprotected vaginal sex during that time. Like you mentioned, it can be a great way to avoid pregnancy without using hormones, and it’s a great way to get in touch with how your body works, too. 

But — and this is a big ol’ “but” — fertility awareness methods have a higher failure rate than many other kinds of birth control.  One reason why it’s hard to rely on FAMs is because sperm can live inside a woman’s body for up to six days, so it’s actually possible to become pregnant even if you’re not ovulating right when sex occurs.  No birth control method is 100% effective, even when used correctly (the exception, of course, being round-the-clock abstinence from vaginal sex).

FAMs require you to keep careful records, and avoid sex (or use another birth control method) for at least 10 days per menstrual cycle. It can take lots of patience and time to learn to use FAMs correctly, and many people find that kind of commitment doesn’t fit into their busy lifestyles.  It’s also not very effective for people with irregular periods (especially teens), frequent abnormal discharge, or a partner who’s not committed to using FAMs correctly and consistently. And FAMs don’t prevent the spread of STDs, so that’s something else to consider.

If none of these things are issues for you, FAMs are a fine option. I’m all about people being proactive about their health, but that includes being realistic about what makes FAMs most effective and whether or not that will jive with their day-to-day lives. It’s great that you’ve found a method you’re stoked about, and many other people use and love it too, but the reason it’s not discussed as often as other methods is because it tends to have a higher failure rate in practice.

Birth control methods are like people (and snowflakes): no two are alike.  And the best method is the one that works best for you. 

-Kendall at PP

If we look at the four components of God’s love for us (free, total, faithful, fruitful) and compare God’s love to marital love, we can discover how to live the Sacrament of marriage as the ultimate expression of spousal love.

Free: We need to be able love our spouse freely. If we ask for conditions, that’s not love. If we force our spouse to do something, that’s not love. If we cannot say no to our sexual urges, then we are not free.

Total: The love for our spouse must be total. We can’t say, “Well, I’ll give you everything, honey, except for my fertility.” Total means total. (Re: CCC 1643).

Faithful: Obviously, faithfulness means we must only have intercourse with our spouse and no other. But if we want to be truly faithful to our spouse, we must be faithful in word, action and thought.

Fruitful: Marital relations must be fruitful, open to children, each and every time. That doesn’t mean we will conceive (or want to conceive) a child with every marital embrace. It just means we need to be open.

Birth control, in fact, destroys all four of the essential components (free, total, faithful, fruitful). Birth control violates not only God’s plan in fruitfulness, but it also encourages an “I can’t say no” mentality to sex. When an action, device, medication or operation is purposefully used to remove fertility, a couple cannot give themselves totally, no matter how much they love each other. Contraception says, “I give all of myself to my spouse – except my fertility.”

Natural Family Planning allows a couple to love each other as God loves: freely, totally, faithfully and fruitfully. Couples using NFP chart the wife’s cycle and, if avoiding pregnancy, they abstain in the fertile time. If they are planning a pregnancy, they engage in relations during the fertile time. They are not using devices; they are fully giving of themselves and they are open to children with each and every act of marital relations.

NFP allows us to love our spouse as God loves us: freely, with no reservation, faithfully and open to children. Marriage can be a holy vocation when a couple loves as God loves: freely, totally, faithfully and fruitfully.

Want to live the highest expression of your marital love? Use NFP and be open to life.

For more information about the Theology of the Body:
http://thetheologyofthebody.com

For more information on NFP:
www.ccli.org
www.woomb.org
www.creightonmodel.com

Copyright 2012 Ellen Gable Hrkach

Nintendo reveals NFP

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Nintendo is making figurines of their many beloved characters that can be used across several games on Wii U & 3DS.

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It seems they’re interested in having some of that sweet sweet cash brought in by the success of Skylanders and Disney Infinity.

And so, I’m sure many of us Nintendo fans will collect them all until we end up with our shelves cluttered like:

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Check out the Amiibo figurines ⊟

Nintendo sent out a few pics of the Smash Bros. Amiibo figurines. Here’s what they do:

In Super Smash Bros., players can battle alongside or against their amiibo characters, leveling them up in the process. They can then bring them to a friend who has a Wii U and the game to show off how they’ve trained and customized their characters.

Bet you never thought you’d be excited about buying a tiny statue of the Wii Fit trainer, but that’s where we are now. In addition to the Wii U version, Nintendo will release an NFC reader for 3DS next year so you can put toys into your games there too.

Trailer after the break (gonna see that a lot today):

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Thankful for this Clot.

I am so thankful for this clot. Now before you think I’m crazy, let me explain: so I have a new wonderful Dr, and this evening he came to speak to me about the plan for the next few weeks. After he let me know that we’re going to take it day by day, he asked about most of my history in regards to the pregnancy and the clots. When I was finished telling him about my past he told me that he was there to help me, “under his wing” so to speak, and he was going to do whatever it took.

I needed to just tell him one last thing. I told him the reason why many of my other Doctors refused to see me; is because I refused sterilization, or take contraception. Even my prenatal specialist angrily told me he had no reason to see me the rest of this pregnancy because I refused sterilization and contraception, in the last office meeting filled with tears. I explained that I just wanted a doctor that treated my blood condition, without treating my fertility like it was the disease.

I told him that I know it’s dangerous, and we don’t plan on having more without careful planning and consideration, but that I plan to use NFP only. I told him I know that I probably wouldn’t be able to have more children, but I didn’t want to sterilize myself. I explained that if I didn’t have this disease I would probably have 15.

What he said in response was the greatest thing I have ever heard. He told me that “You know us doctors make decisions based solely on logic, and we always think we know what’s best, we don’t understand that some people not only use logic, but also prayer in their decision making.” He said “it is not true that you can never have children again, I want you to know you can still live the life you want, because my job is to help you not judge you.” He continued, “so don’t think that you will never have anymore, we can do this so it is safe for you, I will do my best, so no more worrying okay?”

After he said this I started crying, because for the very first time a doctor is willing to treat my blood disorder, not the one part of my body that is healthy and in good working order. He is the very first doctor that didn’t blame my pregnancy but my disease for the clots. He didn’t shame me, or judge me, or call me selfish.

Chances are it is unlikely we will be able to have several more children, but in the event we are called to have another, I have a doctor I can trust, that assures me it will be safe, and honestly there is nothing more I can ask for. I’m not sure what my future holds, i just don’t want to shut all my doors, and I’m just grateful I have a doctor that is there no matter what.

I’m so grateful to be understood. And I’m just so so blessed. I feel as though a part of my life has just began, and for the first time I’m not worried!

"One step at a time." He said, and that’s all I ever asked for. :) So even if you don’t share the beliefs as us, we hope as our friends and family you can share our happiness too!

Now, I personally know couples who contracept who are beautiful people…they just don’t know the truth. They don’t know the harmful side effects of the pill, or that NFP is actually 98% effective (more effective than the condom or the pill) at avoiding pregnancy, or that couples who use NFP have a divorce rate of less than 2% (compared 50% of the contracepting population). They may also not know the spiritual ramifications of contracepting their union (that contraception trains our hearts to fail to love the other freely, totally, faithfully, and fruitfully, and is a grave sin).  I feel like if they knew the beauty, truth, and goodness of how God designed sex, they would never use contraception.

Another great post on this blog written by Bobby is “Marriage: A Big, Beautiful Inconvenience" discussing the difficulty of chastity, worth waiting until marriage.

anonymous said:

Hello, I don't wish to be a bother, but does NFP really work? A lot of the families that I know practice it have a lot of children. Thank you and have a wonderful day

This is a really common question, and one that needs to be asked, so no bother for me!  I love answering questions about NFP. :)

First, let me rephrase the question like this:

Does artificial birth control really work? A lot of the families that I know practice it have a lot of children.

Obviously that sounds weird.  A woman may have used the Pill to space her kids, or used condoms in between pregnancies until she felt ready for another.  Even if one of the children was a “surprise baby” due to bc or user failure, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the woman spaced pregnancies using her chosen method of birth control.

With NFP, it is no different.  When the rules are followed conservatively, it’s effectiveness is on par with hormonal methods.  And I would know: my cycles have been odd since they came back after postpartum bleeding, but I just started my sixth cycle a few days ago!  Totally not pregnant here, lol.  If someone like me can learn NFP on her own using proper literature while breastfeeding postpartum, then a couple can most certainly use it effectively with a trained instructor to teach and aid them.

However, couples who use NFP do tend to have more children, as you have observed.  If it is so effective, why do they have children?  Shouldn’t they have the two or less numbers like most families?

You have to consider this: most people who use NFP are devoutly religious, and believe that they should only avoid pregnancy in an emergency, such as emotional distress or financial problems.They do not follow the small family trend nor should they be expected to.

While each couple will have to discern on their own whether they are ready for another baby, either they use a method of NFP to space their children by a couple years or they simply do not use NFP at all, letting babies come as they may and only applying NFP when the need arises.

Not every family desires so few children, and many who use NFP love large families!  Because barrier methods are not as effective in avoiding pregnancy and hormonal bc can take a while to wear off when no longer being used, it makes sense that those who want lots of kids will want a natural method that does not hinder their fertility and will aid them when pregnancy is desired.

Speaking of desired pregnancy, another reason is that NFP is more than just a form of birth control: it is also used for pregnancy achievement.  Couples struggling with infertility will not ask for a prescription of hormonal bc, or an insertion of an IUD.  Instead, they may use charting methods of NFP to increase their chances of conception.  So when someone says they use NFP, it could be for birth control, pregnancy achievement, or a combination of both depending on what their life situation is like.

Finally, this general openness for children often leads to my next point: if a couple does not have a serious reason to avoid pregnancy, they may be lenient with the rules!  Because the thought of another baby isn’t a death sentence, they would take more risks and not care too much if it ended up as a pregnancy.  As mentioned before, NFP is effective but only when the rules are applied conservatively.  Otherwise, loosely following such rules will increase chances of pregnancy.

So to answer your question: yes, NFP is effective!  It simply depends what “effective” means for each couple, as it could be used for pregnancy achievement or pregnancy avoidance, or they simply chart while taking chances because they neither dread nor desire another pregnancy. 

I hope that answered your question!  It’s a legitimate concern people have and one that deserves answering.  If you want to learn more, feel free to check out iusenfp.com.  It has a lot of sources and also an FAQ that could possibly answer other questions you may have.

Take care!

Related ask: http://patron-saint-of-smart-asses.tumblr.com/post/92080035054/did-you-see-the-new-post-in-the-nfp-tag-i-was

Watch on infpconnection.tumblr.com

Interesting video about INFP/INFJ differences using Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield as examples.

-S

I feel like people who are Pro-choice have forgotten what Pro-choice means

I will start this off my reminding you that I am Catholic, and am therefore Pro-life.

I just read this article about how a group of feminists in Argentina attacked a group of men praying outside of a Cathedral for an end to abortion.

First of all, attacking peaceful protesters with violence and obscenity does nothing to help one’s cause. I am a feminist (except for the whole pro-choice part) and am appalled. These women just made the feminist movement look like a stupid, uneducated group that deserves no respect.

But this got me thinking, along with some other posts I have seen on here recently, do people who are pro-choice even know it means to be pro-choice?

To be pro-choice means to allow a woman to make her decision to keep her baby or to abort it. You respect her decision to believe that little human in her uterus IS a baby, or you respect her decision to believe that it is not, and you encourage her through which ever she decides.

At least, that is how I see it. I’d really prefer that the pro-choice side didn’t exist, but because it does, I’d just like to clarify for those who are.

On another note, I don’t think many people actually fully know what being pro-life is either. To be pro-life means you respect human life from conception to natural death. It encompasses everything from Natural Family Planning and being against abortion to chastity and respect for the elderly. Being pro-life is not just about saving babies, it is so much more, the abortion aspect is just the only part that gets a lot of coverage in the media.

Well, thanks for reading, I hope everyone is a little more educated. If I got anything wrong, I’m sorry, and if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask!

anonymous said:

hi :) i was looking through your various tags (your opinions on homosexuality, abortion, etc.) and had a question: what are your thoughts on the use of contraception?

Hello friend! (: First of all, thank you for taking the time to look through my previous tags, I’m sorry that I didn’t cover that topic in the past as much as I should have (if I have at all?).  This is a very good question!

I stand with the Catholic Church with my opinion, but I believe in it with my whole heart, and even if the Church had a different view, I would most definitely have this same view:

I do not believe in the use of contraception. There are two major purposes to sexual intercourse- a bond between two people and the creation of life.  When contraception is thrown into the mix, it closes off the ability to create life, and that sex is not open to even the possibility that a child could result. When two (married) people are partaking in sexual intercourse, they should both be open to the idea of children. 

Now, if there is a reason why the family is not able to take care of children for whatever reason, I do believe in the use of NFP, or Natural Family Planning.  The nutshell version of NFP is that it is basically using the ovulation schedule of the woman and planning out love-making accordingly.  There are certain times of the month where a woman is more fertile and certain times where she is less fertile.  By using this, you are not stopping a birth from occurring, as opposed to the use of contraception.  NFP is not a birth control.  It is just timing your sex differently by having sex when you’re more likely or less likely to get pregnant. 

Note: I am not in any way saying that sex is a bad thing and that you can only have sex for the purpose of having children.  I am simply stating that both parties should be open to the idea of children and should not close off the possibility. 

I hope this helps!! (: Let me know if you have any further questions!

For more information on some of these topics, please see the links below:

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Contraception

It is a strange irony that in a culture nearly obsessed with going green and eating organic, it would promote women ingesting up to 20 times the normal level of hormones into their system (through contraceptives). Natural Family Planning (NFP), on the other hand, is 100 percent organic, and 98 percent-plus sustainable.
—  Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (Oakland)
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