Even if you’re so rich that replacing everything you own in one Ambien-fueled, smart-home shopping spree is no big deal, you’re going to find that your new stuff is super difficult to install and absolutely none of the components are compatible with one another. Finally and most importantly, smart home developers create their technology so rapidly that their homes are obsolete before they’re even finished being built. You know how a new computer or smartphone gets replaced by a newer, better computer or smartphone within like six months? Picture that, only it’s your entire house.

Every year new smart home systems are released. Which is great for the general advancement of technology but not so great for the homeowners who built their houses with the equivalent of avocado-colored refrigerators.

In the rush to get a platform advantage, companies can’t decide standards for products, rendering the appliances and hardware obsolete in about a year when they should last for a decade. They’re having a technological arms race, but nobody can go to war because their weapons keep being recalled.

6 Amazing Inventions You’re Being Denied For Stupid Reasons

anonymous asked:

My manager told me about a month ago that I can't smoke outside anymore even if I'm far away from the building and out of uniform because I've been working there for so long that customers recognize me. Yesterday, I spoke with my newer coworkers and they said he never said anything to them. EITHER BAN SMOKING FOR EVERYONE OR FOR NO ONE. Before someone says I should stop smoking, the last time someone tried to force me to quit, I relapsed and ended up smoking significantly more than I ever had.

Editor’s Pick Wednesday

Today’s author is a favorite around these parts, and newer to the XF writing scene on Tumblr.  But literally everything they write is near-perfection when it comes to Mulder and Scully, and today’s fic is no exception.  Taking a prompt of Mulder and Scully in the ring together, @somekindofseizure manages to make not only the dialogue, but the situation, believable.  We absolutely can see this happening, not only because we know our feisty, petite Scully is definitely an asskicker, but also because we can see how Mulder would be simultaneously excited and nervous about taking her on in such a way.  The author also manages to turn the match into an erotic kind of foreplay, which is quite a challenge, and something you need to read to believe.  Enjoy, dears!

Title:  Shadowboxer

Author:  @somekindofseizure

Rating: T

Length:  2K / word count: 1,500+

Synopsis:   Written for a prompt to get Mulder and Scully in the ring together.

Spoilers:  None

Possible Triggers:  None

anonymous asked:

What are some newer sansan fics that are out? Preferably some modern au ones.

Home Run

Just the Thing




Late Night

Playing Games



The C Train

Hold, Please

The Baratheon Brothers Present


Cut and Run

Little Lemon Drops

High Hopes

Lovesick Blues

Run For Your Love

Car Crash

To Cross A Stark 

Lemon Addicts

I’ve Got Your Number 


The Lot Checker

Old Wounds Make New Art

[[Reaper76. Old and new. Aka fluffy old man dad drabble. Ao3.]]


Gabriel lets his fingers trace over the length of one of Jack’s many scars. So many are new. Newer, anyways. Gabriel has become more acquainted with them over time, but he doesn’t know them like he wants to.

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This is the most emotional I’ve been for a Steam Powered Giraffe album release.

The progress they’ve made with these old songs of theirs, the newer versions of them… My heart is swelling with so many emotions and so much pride.

This band has come such a long way since the beginning of their career an I’m so so proud of them. I’m so grateful for all your hard work and for how beautifully you’ve grown.

Congratulations to my friends and my family; Steam Powered Giraffe. I love you dearly.


Quite a few people have asked about where some of the newer Special gifs I posted came from. I guess it’s not very easy to find so here it is. All his hand motions and all


two years ago my bby @025geru asked me to design characters for a short fluffy vampire story that she wanted to illustrate. And because she got me under her spell I was like YEAH SURE! lol

On the left you see my old designs from 2 years ago and on the right a newer doodle of Agatha - still love her design a lot.

You can read the story in her webcomic GRRRLS!  (check it out there are other really interesting stories as well!!)

anonymous asked:

Pretty sure that WatchCartoonsOnline has all of Steven universe~ :) it's missing a few newer episodes but other than that it's got everything!


here you go anon!!

anonymous asked:

I have all the symptoms of DID as far as I can tell and have noticed but the only thing that stops me from wanting to get a professional diagnoses, besides money issues and a fear of telling someone I need help, is that I only experienced trauma between the ages of 10-13 and I scrolled through your blog and you said the cut off time was 9 I believe but I've looked into it a lot and a lot of sources have said its not entirely impossible just not as common to develop DID at a later age?

A lot of sources say a lot of things about DID, some of which are better backed by research than others. The problem is that sources that state that DID can form later in life are often operating under the assumption that DID results from some type of self hypnosis that children are more capable of due to their fantasy proneness and their understanding of the world. Newer research suggests that DID actually develops due to the effects of chronic severe stress on the development of brain regions that are responsible for allowing a child to integrate a sense of self and self history. While there are some natural variations between individuals in regards to development, major critical periods tend to be pretty standardized.

For example, it’s pretty well established that between ages 6 to 9 is a period of rapid maturation of the orbitalfrontal cortex, a part of the brain that’s essential to developing a coherent sense of self. Interpersonal trauma can interfere with this development and so interfere with the development of an integrated self, but in the absence of trauma, the individual should emerge from this period sufficiently integrated so as to prevent the formation of alters. (see: “Dissociation and the Dissociative Disorders: DSM-V and Beyond” edited by Paul F. Dell and John A. O'Neil ). Again, the problem is that DID can’t form once an individual has a sufficiently integrated sense of self, and that process can really only occur so late. 

Hart, Nijenhuis, and Steele talk about this a bit as well. In “The Haunted Self,” they have this to say about when DID forms (Note that secondary structural dissociation can refer to C-PTSD, BPD, and OSDD-1 while tertiary structural dissociation generally refers to DID):

[S]econdary structural dissociation is likely to occur as a result of the
intersection of a number of factors, such as age, degree and severity of traumatization, lack of social support, relationship to perpetrator, tendency to avoid traumatic memories, and possibly genetic factors (Becker-Blease et al., 2004). The older the child is prior to abuse and neglect, the more likely action systems of daily life have become more cohesive, and thus it is less likely that more than a single ANP would develop. Tertiary dissociation is much more likely to develop in earlier childhood traumatization (prior to age 8) that is an ongoing part of daily life, so that ANP also becomes structurally dissociated.

These same researchers make the same claim in slightly more technical terms here:

The first years of life are important in laying the groundwork of a personality organization that is rather cohesive across contextual variables, such as place, time, and state. This developmental process can be threatened by the occurrence of traumatic experiences during the formative years…

As Perry and his colleagues (Perry, 1999; Perry, Pollard, Blakely, Baker, & Vigilante, 1995) have argued, repeated activation of specific trauma-related states, or, in our terms, EPs, leads to neurobiological “hard-wiring” of the brain. In particular, the wiring of the developing brain seems to be dependent on the child’s life experiences, with the first six years of life as a critical period. Because young children have not yet been able to develop a personality structure that allows for the integration of very stressful experiences, early and chronic childhood traumatization can shape the mind and the brain in ways that promote state-dependent functioning or functioning that is dependent on dissociative parts of the personality.


In short, children aren’t born with an integrated personality. In the absence of trauma, the structures of the child’s brain that are responsible for allowing an integrated self generally become sufficiently formed so as to support the integration of one self by around age 6. Then a period of rapid development occurs, and again, in the absence of trauma, the child will emerge from this period with a coherent sense of self. This should occur by age 9 but for most children would likely occur closer to age 6, sometime before or during the rapid maturation and not at the very tail end of it.

After this point, it’s still possible for someone to form one or more EP, or emotional parts (such as could be found in PTSD, C-PTSD, BPD, or OSDD-1), if they were exposed to the “right” trauma and environment. However, the main self, the ANP, would be firmly integrated. What makes DID unique is that it involves not just multiple dissociated parts but that these parts can be highly differentiated and are present not just for different aspects of trauma but also for different aspects of daily life. This isn’t something that could form once an individual had one sufficiently integrated ANP.

Again, DID forms when trauma prevents sufficient integration from ever occurring. This occurs when traumatic stress interferes with the development of brain regions such as the hippocampus, prefrontal cortices, and orbitalfrontal cortices. This brain development can only be halted and caused to occur differently. It can’t be reversed once it’s occurred. By the time that someone is 10 or so years old, it’s almost certainly occurred. The individual might still be able to develop OSDD-1 for a little while longer before they become too integrated for even that, but DID would likely not be a possibility. 

Do keep in mind that what you think of as trauma may not be the only trauma that you’ve experienced. For example, if you were abused by someone other than an immediate family member from ages 10 to 13, that’s clearly traumatic! It would also raise questions about your relationship with your immediate family and why they didn’t step in to stop the abuse from occurring. Of course, not all traumas work like this – if you experienced bullying, it may well be that your parents tried their best to help but were unable to be effective for whatever reason. Medical trauma could be similarly confined in time. If there’s a chance that your early environment was more traumatic than you’re acknowledging, however, it might be something to consider. This is something that a therapist could help you to determine.

In any case, if you have some or all of the symptoms of DID or have other significant mental health problems, please do try to get help from a professional. Regardless of what’s causing your symptoms, you deserve help with them. You also deserve help with the trauma that you experienced regardless of what age it occurred at. It can be difficult to reach out, but there’s no shame in needing help.

tl;dr  DID forms when trauma disrupts the development of brain regions that support the integration of a coherent sense of self and self history. This development hits a critical period around age 6 and should almost certainly have sufficiently occurred by age 9 because of the rapid development of involved regions that occurs between 6 and 9. OSDD-1 can likely form a little later than DID can, but once an individual has a single sufficiently integrated ANP, a main self that handles daily life, they can’t form DID. However, keep in mind that trauma isn’t always as obvious as some might think, and someone who thinks that they have symptoms of DID should get help regardless of what their trauma was or when it occurred.

Take care,

-Katherine of Those Interrupted

anonymous asked:

*whispers* gaiden remake next




also gaiden would…. really benefit from newer fe mechanics holy shit

Exile Atsushi going on hiatus till 2018....

Surprisingly I’m not sad about this at all. He’s venturing off into the world to grow as an artist and to do that, sometimes you have to return to the basics. I hope he succeeds in his journey…..I hope i see him wandering in the US too lol. I love Atsushi so I can’t even be sad that he’s taking a break to work on himself.

As for Exile’s limited activities….my only concern is with Taiki and Sekai bc they aren’t in any other groups, although Taiki does act. Takahiro has Ace of Spades and acting. Akira blends into the Second so well and he also acts. The rest of the members are involved in their respected groups. Also taking some of the focus off of Exile and turning towards Exile the Second, Sandaime, GENE, The Rampage, and Project Taro is a major plus. Gaining more fans through the newer groups (compared to Exile) will most likely build a stronger fan base. 

Originally posted by knightwitch

One more fatal flaw in American policy soon began to bite hard.
Largely in order to pacify the public and to demonstrate that so powerful a nation as the United States was hardly troubled by this distant police action, the Johnson administration decreed that the tour of duty for American troops would be twelve months (thirteen for the hard-luck Marines).
No citizen-soldier would have to stay in Vietnam a day longer.
Those who had survived and learned how to fight in this difficult environment began going home in the summer of 1966; with them went all their experience and expertise.
Replacing them was an army of new draftees, which in due course would be replaced by newer draftees. The level of training drifted ever lower as the demand for bodies grew.
—  We Were Soldiers Once… And Young, by Colonel Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway

roxanna-la-mexicana  asked:

Soooo, i'm new in the phandom and i tried to ask other people this but they wouldn't respond... What is the v-day video?

first of all,, hi welcome to hell. so the v-day (valentines day) video was a private video on phil’s channel from a lonngg time ago, until youtube glitched and made it public a few years ago. it was phil talking to dan and you know,, valentines day, personal and private things were said, all that Stuff. it caused drama and the guys were harassed about it, which is absolutely horrible. it’s been mostly erased but some rude people who enjoy disrespecting d&p’s privacy post it still (if you see it at any time pls report the blog who posted). while i don’t enjoy talking about it, i think it’s good for you and other newer fans to know so there’s no further conflict.

anonymous asked:

Are there any songs from musicals which invariably make you cry or almost-cry?

This was such a tough ask because a lot of songs when they’re newer to my playlist tend to have a much bigger impact but I don’t tear up as much after repeated listening. Generally anything with a really slow tempo and soft melody with themes of death or the idea of leaving.

However, for the longest time Quiet Uptown from Hamilton broke my heart into itty bitty pieces because it was just so raw and moving. In the past it’s also been the last handful of songs from Next to Normal: So Anyway, I am the One Reprise, etc. And finally the Miss Saigon Finale, because that one combines death AND leaving for a guaranteed tear jerker!