Squatting is also an intervention in urban development and renewal, i.e. urban and housing politics and spatial adjustment, which is reinterpreted and shifted. Squatting often involves attempts to practice non-hierarchical and participatory organizational models. Squatted social centers offer an alternative mode of activities such as critical and radical political meetings and counter-cultural events outside of, and in antagonism with, commercial circuits. Social center activists and squatters are thus often engaged in broader protest campaigns and social movements, fighting against precariousness, urban speculation, racism, neo-fascism, state repression, militarization, war, locally unwanted land use, privatization of education/university reforms.
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Miguel Martínez, Gianni Piazza and Hans Pruijt 'Introduction'

to ‘Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Stuggles’ by Squatting Europe Kollective

anonymous said:

Hey! What kind of planner or agenda would you recommend for school?

Hey there!

Well, my opinion may be a little biased because I think I have the best agenda known to man :p but I’ll give some of my some choices and voice my opinions on each. 

I think planners are supposed to suit your needs so it really depends on where you are at this point in time and what you want to accomplish, and most importantly, what purpose your planner will serve for you.

  1.  The Day Designer by Whitney English - This is the planner I currently own, and could not be any happier. It has an entire page dedicated per day for ample room to plan! The layout of the page is what I love the most, it’s split between a daily timed schedule to plan out your entire day, and a complete list of blank “tasks" you can fill out for everything you need to get done. It also provides a section for your "TOP 3" tasks that above all else must get done ( i love this for prioritizing), a "dinner" box, "dollars" box, "Due" box, "don’t forget" box, & a lovely "daily gratitude" box. All in all, I think this planner goes above and beyond and covers all needs throughout my day. I have used it for both high school and college and am a huge advocate for the Day Designer system.

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  2. Erin Condren Life Planner - This planner is a great option for anyone who loves to customize and tweak their planner to include things like: a custom cover with your name, designs, gold foiling and making it your own. The planner itself is very sturdy and made out of an amazingly strong laminate that will not even scratch while being jolted around in your purse. It includes lots of fun colors and inspirational quotes, and depending on how many add-ons you buy, you can get your own customized stickers with pictures or pre-printed labels, a band to hold together your pages, colorful markers that work well with the page material and many more. As far as the inside layout goes, it’s definitely not my favorite. You only get a week at a glance and each day is split up into Morning Day and Night, each with their own tiny boxes that did not work for writing down everything I needed to get done throughout the day. But I would recommend this if you are using this as a "LIFE" planner ( i.e fitness or health or financial) and but not for a school planner.

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  3. Green Room Planner - My favorite inexpensive planner! The Green Room brand is not only eco friendly but also has great customer reviews and accolades. The brand itself carries a wide variety of planners each different sizes and colors with unique designs. I’ve seen the designs range from different colors of faux leather to floral or eco patterns. For the most part they are sold at Target and I’d advise to buy from the store vs online because there a so many more designs to pick from, as they are all not posted online. Again, I can’t compare any planner to the Day Designer because nothing really measures up in my eyes, but if you’re looking for a simple and inexpensive planner that will just get the job done without much though, this is definitely it. 

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I can only speak for myself when I say that my planner has truly changed the way I operate throughout my day to make it more efficient. I have enough space to write everything from notes to scheduled meetings or classes, to tasks such as errands or homework/studying that needs to get done, AND, on top of that it enables me to track my spending, eating habits, and due dates. I used to be the kind of person that would buy $10-$15 planners every other month (there is absolute nothing wrong with an inexpensive planner, some are pretty amazing) but they just were not suiting my own personal needs, and would end up spending so much money and still get nothing done. After I invested in a great planner that would help propel my day forward, it was the first time in my life I had used every single page of the Day Designer for an entire year! If you have the resources, take a few minutes to map out what your needs are, and invest in a planner that will satisfy your  unique goals for the upcoming year.

Happy Planning everyone! xx

Going back to college!

I’m so excited to start senior year. I thought I would share with you what I’m doing to get ready to go back. So here we go!

Supplies I’m Packing:

I never buy my school supplies from the college bookstore unless I’m absolutely desperate because the price markup is ridiculous. Usually, I wait for the end of summer back-to-school sales and stock up. This year I found some great deals!

I’m bringing:

  • a one subject notebook for each of my classes (4)
  • a file folder for each class
  • a single 3” binder that I use to store copies of my typed notes
  • an academic planner
  • my social/life planner
  • post-it notes/flags
  • pens/pencils/highlighters

This may seem like a short list, but its everything I really need to get the work done without my system becoming crazy complicated. Yes I use two planners. One is strictly for school assignments. Its small and easy to pack around. The other has my entire life in it and it spends a lot of time safe at home on my desk.

Study Schedule:

I have always tried to plan a basic layout of my week ahead of school starting. Knowing a little better what I’m in for makes the semester run more smoothly from the start. With a basic study schedule in place I can inform my boss what hours I’m available, make necessary appointments with my advisers and ease into classes without feeling crazy.

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Here’s what my basic schedule looks like so far. It looks packed, but remember this is just an attempt to layout all of the things I think I might need to do in any given week. I will be much more flexible in reality.

Planning for Individual Classes:

Before classes start, I label my notebooks and set up a note system I think will work. I also print the syllabus provided and put all of the important dates on my calendar. If the professor makes materials available ahead of time, I print them and begin reviewing. Summers are a slow time for me and I love using the spare minutes to get ahead.

These are just a few of the things I have been working on to get ready for my senior year. If you have any questions or want more details let me know!

Good luck and happy studying!

xx

Why We Don’t Recommend Couples Counseling for Abusive Relationships

Therapy can be very effective for some couples who are working through difficult relationship issues. However, if abuse is present in the relationship, we do not recommend that couples seek counseling together. The primary reason we don’t recommend couples counseling is that abuse is not a “relationship” problem. Couples counseling may imply that both partners contribute to the abusive behavior, when the choice to be abusive lies solely with the abusive partner.

Head over to thehotline.org to read this blog post in its entirety.

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The Animators Eye - Planning and Composition
Francis Glebas, Director, Animator, Storyboard Artist, and author of “Directing the Story” discusses planning your animation.
This two-part series is shared via FocalOnline

Part one embedded above, part two here:
http://youtu.be/D54gmLGRxiM

A waffle wedding cake! 

"My cousin got married last year and at the reception they had a really delightful breakfast-for-lunch affair, with a giant griddle and a jolly chef flipping pancakes dramatically. I thought of that wedding when I spotted this charming waffle cake — hello, wedding brunch!"

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Hello, dear followers!

A lot of you were asking about outlining/planning a novel. Particularly about my thoughts on which outline method is the ‘best.’ So I thought I would remind you all that I have actually done a video about this c;

In this video I answer the question:

Max, do you think it’s better to outline a novel before you write the first draft? Or, is it better to dive in and see what unfolds?

Additionally, if you’re looking for more writing advice about getting started with writing (or writing your first novel) make sure to check out my MEGA Masterpost! Oh, and if you enjoyed the video above— you should subscribe to my Youtube Channel~ ♥︎

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