Some TED talks that will change your life.

How to make stress your friend by Katie McGonial (14.5 minutes) 

“Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.”

8 secrets of success by Richard St.John (3.5 minutes)

Why do people succeed? Is it because they’re smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.

A simple way to break a bad habit by Judson Brewer (9.5 minutes)

Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they’re bad for us. Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.

Don’t regret regret by Kathryn Schulz (17 minutes)

We’re taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.

How to make hard choices by Ruth Chang (14.5 minutes)

Here’s a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that’s because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.

The danger of silence by Clint Smith (4 minutes) 

We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,“ says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

How to speak so that people want to listen by Julian Treasure (10 minutes)

Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.

Your body language shapes who you are by Amy Cuddy (21 minutes)

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

The happy secret to better work by Shawn Achor (12 minutes) 

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

A call to men by Tony Porter (11 minutes) [TW: graphic desc. of rape] 

At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don’t "act like a man.” Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the “man box.”

It takes a search and three clicks to find out the meaning of BLM and it’s principles..

So please tell me why y’all (take Rudy Giuliani for ex.) still yell out about only focusing on police brutality, the black on black crime argument, or that it’s racist all the time?

All you have to do is go to the site and look. It’s all there. The boxes even flip over and explain in detail. But, since I know y’all won’t do it. I’ll do it for you.

Diversity: “We are committed to acknowledging, respecting and celebrating difference(s) and commonalities”.

Globalism: “We see ourselves as part of the global Black family and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black folk who exist in different parts of the world”. 

Black Women: “We are committed to building a Black women affirming space free from sexism, misogyny, and male-centeredness”.

Black Villages: “We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and  “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable”. 

Loving Engagement: “We are committed to embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another”.

Restorative Justice: “We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting”. 

Collective Value: “We are guided by the fact all Black lives, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status or location”. 

Empathy: “We are committed to practicing empathy; we engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts”. 

Queer Affirming: “We are committed to fostering a queer-affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise”.

UNAPOLOGETICALLY Black*: “We are unapologetically black in our positioning. in affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. to love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a necessary prerequisite for wanting the same for others”. 

Transgender Affirming: “We are committed to embracing and making space for trans brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.”

Black Families: “We are committed to making our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We are committed to dismantling the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” that require them to mother in private even as they participate in justice work”. 

Intergenerational: “We are committed to fostering an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, shows up with capacity to lead and learn”. 


I advise you to research before you just let false ideas seep out your mouth. 


The last, but not least of starry scholastic month! 

This week’s entry: Black Holes

guide to swedish chat speak
  • e - är - is
  • ngt - något - something
  • vgd - vad gör du - what are you doing
  • venne - vet inte - dont know
  • nt - inte - not
  • mkt - mycket - much
  • a - ja - yes
  • ne - nej - no
  • ja - jag - i
  • ba - bara - literally 'just/only" but no direct translation for 'ba', it is used in the same way as 'was like' is used in english
Farewell to a true LGBTQ+ legend, David Bowie

Today, we say Goodbye to a man who has changed not only one, but multiple generations with his music, sense of entertainment and personality.

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. Bowie was a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, principally in the 1970s and 1980s.

LGBT People Reveal Why David Bowie Was So Important To Them:    

“He was an artist that made me feel OK to be trans, bi, and an outsider.”  

“First he came out as gay. It was 1972, just five years after Britain decriminalised homosexuality.

Elton John and Freddie Mercury were still in the closet. Boy George and George Michael were still at school. But in an interview with Melody Maker, Bowie, as ever, trailblazed. “I’m gay,” he told the journalist Michael Watts. “And always have been, even when I was David Jones.”

He would revise this description four years later and announce: “It’s true – I am a bisexual.” His first wife, Angie Bowie, would claim he had an affair with Mick Jagger.

In 1983, Bowie told Rolling Stone magazine that in fact he was a “closet heterosexual” and that announcing his bisexuality was the “biggest mistake [he] ever made”. But by then the impact of his statements – profound, political, and far-reaching – was already cemented.

Not least because there was the image that he entwined with the words – a succession of characters and costumes that defied gender boundaries, subverting everything that men were supposed to be.

He was called, in the 1970s, a “gender bender” – a term today we might shudder at. But he became a beacon for all who felt straitjacketed by having to be straight, or a man, or having to conform to any imposed definition of gender or sexual orientation. He made being different possible.

On Monday, LGBT people celebrated the scope of Bowie’s identity revolution by paying tribute to an artist who proved that to give gender constraints the middle finger was the ultimate liberation. To be different no longer meant being a victim; it meant triumphing.”


Thank you David, for changing the world for the better, giving us a platform to be ourselves, and celebrating all things “strange” and “different”. You will be missed dearly!


Too many of my friends are still freaking out at just the sight of even the most benign insect and it hurts me to my heart! How can I call myself the Bonafide Bug Envoy, The Insect Ambassador, if so many of people still turn tail and flee at the sight of a camel cricket or a carpenter bee?? Obviously I’ve still got plenty of work to do making inroads for the insects so I’m taking to YouTube! Insects are by far the most incredible creatures you’ve ever stepped on, I’ll have you well convinced of that in no time flat!

And to kick things off right, for the first episode we’ve got the incomparable Atlas Moth! =]

(Don’t forget to like and subscribe!)

-And keep those questions coming! My ask box is the fuel for this initiative!

Pixar's 22 Rules of Phenomenal Storytelling

Pixar is known for its stunning, high quality, photorealistic films, which have a special place in all our hearts. Their films are known to deliver positive, empathetic and moral messages about love, friendship and acceptance. Pixar has mastered the art of appealing to our emotional intelligence with a set of 22 phenomenal rules. We urge everyone to take a peek and learn from the masters.

Their guideline will teach you how to make people care about your characters, how to deliver a fulfilling narrative and how to create good and beautiful content. 

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Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt Children In All 50 States
A federal judge ruled Mississippi's ban on same-sex adoption is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, citing the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide last summer. The injunction blocks Mississippi from enforcing its 16-year-old anti-gay adoption law.

The Supreme Court ruling “foreclosed litigation over laws interfering with the right to marry and rights and responsibilities intertwined with marriage,” Jordan wrote. “It also seems highly unlikely that the same court that held a state cannot ban gay marriage because it would deny benefits — expressly including the right to adopt — would then conclude that married gay couples can be denied that very same benefit.”

The challenge to Mississippi’s law was filed last year by four same-sex couples, who were joined by the Campaign for Southern Equality and the Family Equality Council.

“Two sets of our clients have waited many (almost 9 and 16) years to become legal parents to the children they have loved and cared for since birth,” Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement. “We hope that it should finally be clear that discrimination against gay people simply because they are gay violates the Constitution in all 50 states, including Mississippi.”

The Human Rights Campaign’s Mississippi state director Rob Hill also praised the ruling.

“This welcome decision affirms that  qualified same-sex couples in Mississippi seeking to become adoptive or foster parents are entitled to equal treatment under the law, and commits to the well-being of children in our state who need loving homes,” he said in a statement. “Judge Jordan has repudiated reprehensible efforts by our elected leaders to deny legal rights to our families. They are on the wrong side of history, and today’s decision confirms, yet again, that they are also on the wrong side of the law.”

The one-sentence Mississippi law — which reads, simply, “Adoption by couples of the same gender is prohibited” — was adopted in 2000. While several other states, including Alabama, Florida, Nebraska and Michigan, had similar bans, all have since been overturned.

Mississippi remained the lone holdout until Thursday’s ruling. (Some states still have restrictions on fostering children, however, and other roadblocks for same-sex couples remain.)

In a 2013 blog post for The Huffington Post, former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, who signed the adoption bill into law, said he supported overturning it.

“This decision that all of us made together has made it harder for an untold number of children to grow up in happy, healthy homes in Mississippi — and that breaks my heart,” Musgrove wrote.

The ruling came soon after Mississippi’s Senate passed a “religious freedom“ bill, which would give businesses the right to deny service to LGBT people.

Read the judge’s ruling here

Forgot about these, PokéROM minidiscs (2000)

“This series of miniature, card-shaped CD-ROMs has 20 installments, each featuring a different Pokémon character. Collect and learn with replayable Pokémon activities, including more than 200 questions on math, reading, and more. Each disc includes a Pokémon viewer and five different skill levels. You can also develop your own personalized Pokémon sanctuary, where you can observe your Pokémon in their natural environment.”