adaptive running

Sometimes I have to laugh at the galra designs, from a purely affectionate frame of mind, because like. They’re so goshdanged lanky.

When they’re in action or in movement it’s all fluid and streamlined and intimidating looking, like- this species was probably developed at least partially to run down prey in a savanna or comparable setting like a pack of hyenas or a lion pride hunting- they’re built like sprinters, with those long, whippy limbs and big powerful hands.

But just hanging around, they look. Kind of hilarious, honestly, like. there’s just too much limb and shoulder for their head. If Kolivan, Antok and Ulaz didn’t have their fingers curled their fingertips would be on a level with their knees. They’re practically noodle people. Even more sturdy-built ones like Antok, Morvok, and Varkon have that whippy, elongated quality to them- stark with Morvok because he’s not even particularly tall, making his proportionate gangliness even odder-looking to a degree.

And I mean, on a general level, the looking a little silly thing is pretty much par the course for most creatures in nature. A cheetah could sure mess me up but their body and legs look too long for the rest of them. If anything that similarity between cheetahs and the galra might suggest galra are generally built less for endurance and more for sprinting, which would be reinforced because a common tactic in the Blade of Marmora’s fighting style is taking opponents on at a full run. (Keith does this too, even!) Big ribcage for big lung capacity, quite possibly a larger heart, long legs with (generally) well-defined calves and thighs- probably a build for running.

…Now I’m stuck on stuff I’ve said before about prey drives, and if the galra are more adapted to run things down rather than ambush them, they’re probably pretty good at tracking movement. Especially smaller things running in front of them. 

I am going to submit a random headcanon to you:  

Stiles dragging the pack to play Laser Tag.

Stiles that played once, when he was twelve. He asked it as his birthday present, and John and Melissa drove them to the nearest place from Beacon Hills. Stiles was absolutely delighted, until they learned that they would be put with strangers to form a team. It all went downhill from there. 

They were left alone to be shot at fifteen seconds in, and had to hide under a ramp. Scott had an asthma attack when the fog machines started and Stiles, terrified, had to drag both of them out. He then fell into a full blown panic attack in the changing rooms.

So, not their best memory.

But fast forward seven years later. They are nineteen now, Scott is a werewolf and Stiles has been tortured and shot at. Laser tag is gonna be easy. Stiles is so ready to avenge their younger selves.

He only need a team.

Stiles prudently presents the idea during pack night. He’s not worried for most of them, he knows that most of his friends have an unhealthy love for violence and winning. He’s also ready to make Scott cry in order to convince Isaac.

The only unknown variable is their taciturn alpha. Somehow, convincing him to play with lasers in a room reeking of teenager’s hormones and sweat seems like a difficult task. But Stiles has prepared his speech, he has perfectly reasonable arguments, and he will bullshit about pack unity and trust exercises if need be.

Of course, because this is Derek and he likes to fuck up with Stiles’ expectations, he’s only finished the first sentence of his passionate plea when Derek raises one hand in the air to stop him.

Yes,” he breathes, and smiles. They all blink at him a little. Derek keeps smiling, bunny teeth showing and looking almost… excited.


Derek’s family apparently used to throw their kids into the woods to pitch them against each other for fun.

Stiles is not surprised.

Stiles is awfully not surprised.

This was the family whose genes created Peter Hale.

Not noticing their stunned silence, Derek describes his childhood memories. During their monthly run under the full moon, adults used to hide colored pieces of tissue everywhere. The next day, Derek, his sisters and cousins were all let loose, in several teams, into the wood. At dusk, the team that was able to bring back the more targets to their home base while protecting said home base from enemy raids won. The prize was some old trophy, bragging rights and first crack at every dish during the huge dinner.

Derek is trying so hard to communicate his enthusiasm for his claws-and-fangs-allowed, hunger-game version of catch the flag that his hands are moving a little bit in the air. It’s adorable.

When Scott tries to get back on the subject of laser tag (Stiles glares at him, because Derek was sharing things), Derek immediately nods and explains helpfully that there is a place supernatural-friendly just 45 minutes away from Beacon Hills. There is no protest in the pack. Stiles bats the air with his fist in victory.

Their first game together teaches Stiles a lot of things.

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Quick fact. Ready?
Endurance training for a minimum of 5-6 hours every week can result in a physical enlargement of the heart itself known as Athlete’s Heart Syndrome.

The increase in size allows for the heart to pump out more blood with every beat, making it more efficient.
This is the body’s way of adapting to the increased oxygen demand being put on it during prolonged aerobic training.

Now, who wouldn’t want a bigger heart?



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No Sensei is prepared for this.

I know you want to be the best sensei/sifu/teacher that your students have ever seen! MAYBE you even have a teaching degree. So you got your black belt, your teaching degree, and off you go into the dojo with all those adorable, perfect little students!

Originally posted by 455

But what if your students are limited?

Limited because of a pre-existing condition, illnesses or a body issue?

I’d like to discuss the three most common types of ‘different’-students I’ve come across so far:

  1. Exercise-induced-astma
  2. Less- or lack of fine motor skills
  3. Overweight students

How to teach students with illnesses and/or pre-existing conditions

I have the black belt, and a degree in teaching karate, but guess what. Neither of them prepared me for teaching children who have autism, who lack fine motor skills or have ADHD. Those are kids, who need a different approach. You can’t expect them to do the same as your other students because they aren’t wired the same way.

Originally posted by lazyfebruary

Students with exercise-induced-astma

Imagine this:

You’re having a good time, you start enthusiastically running around, keeping up with everyone and *wheeeeeze* - no air. 

To help your students, you need to understand a little bit of what they’re up against.

What is exercise-induced-astma?

Great amounts of air need to flow close to the mucous membranes during exercise. With exercise-induced-astma, the air dries out and irritates those mucous membranes, which triggers an astma attack with shortness of breath.

Most people get an inhaler. It calms the mucous membranes.

So what can YOU do, Sensei?

You have a major part in this. First off, recognize the signs of an attack:

  • Wheezing, can’t breathe
  • Coughing
  • Pain on the chest (not always the case)

Besides that, exercise-induced-astma is triggered even faster if you start exercising quickly and suddenly.
So going from 

‘Hi, welcome students!’


… not your best idea.
Have a gradual build up with variation in it, triggering different parts of the body.

Is the student familiar with their condition? This is your chance to change things. Go up to them and talk to them before class.

Encourage your student to, when faced with the start of the attack, go just a little bit further.
Running laps? “Just do 1 more lap. Just one okay? Then take your medicine.”

Push their boundaries. Slowly, but surely!

Originally posted by mc-bearbear

Less- or lack of fine motor skills - dyspraxia

Karate promotes balance and fine motor skills and is actually a very good sport/martial art for this group.

What does it mean?

It shows different effects with everyone. There are a number of symptoms:

  • Balance issues
  • Having little control over their own strength
  • Starting or stopping at an exact moment is hard
  • Having a hard time understanding an explanation (visually or not)
  • Coordination of the body is hard, a.k.a having stiff movements

There are more boys than girls with this, and often it’s combined with ADHD or Asperger’s syndrome.

So how can YOU help, Sensei?

This group is tricky, because they are very diverse. No student will have the same problem(s).

There are many exercises that include balance, coordination and or strength. There also a ton of games that include those things for children. Extra balance and coordination exercises will benefit them greatly.

Originally posted by psykrateus

As far as teaching goes: be patient and to the point

Short explanations, separating speech from visuals. Explain your intentions first, then show them what to do (without speech) and then maybe speak again or verify if they understood you.

Encourage them and make them understand that even though it might take them a little longer, they are doing well. 

They probably get confronted with their issues every time they have P.E. or play with their friends. It will discourage them from doing anything if they just get put down because of their lack of skill. 

They know they’re not doing as well as the others.
Don’t expect the same thing from them on a belt grading as the other kids, if they get the core principles right, open hands or a foot pointing outwards is nothing compared to the joy the martial art brings.
There are more possibilities, if you are willing to see them.

Overweight students

This has been an increasing and well-known problem over the last 10 years. 

What are the problems of being overweight during practice?

  • Joint problems (adults)
  • Muscular pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling overall weak / self-esteem problems
  • Depression

Please bear in mind that I’m talking about being overweight, not obese or morbidly obese. 

Well Sensei, what can YOU do?

First of all, realize the fact that their body is working really hard, every day. Carrying around all that weight is a heavy job for the body, especially the knees, ankles and feet. Overweight people are likely to be very self-conscious and reluctant to go through all that pain of running and power exercises.

Originally posted by neogohann

Secondly, encourage and adapt. If they can’t run anymore, encourage them to keep walking instead.
Power exercises? Make them push-up on their knees and make sure that no one shames them for it.
Sit-ups? Lay down, bend the knees and encourage them to touch their knees. Squats? Don’t bend down too deep and vary with wide and small stances.
Fight their urge to give up and give in to the negative thoughts.

Lastly, make them stretch. Sounds weird?
Stretching allows you to get small results in a short amount of time. They might hate it at first, but it will give them their first results quickly and it’ll ease the muscle pain a little.

That’s it for now! Are there any type of students that you wonder about? Please let me know and I’ll put in my two cents!



Writing this article, I realized I hit two out of three there. I was diagnosed with exercise-induced-astma a few months after I started karate.
Because of the astma I knew when I hit the barrier and was supposed to stop and use the inhaler. That stopped me from pushing boundaries and when puberty hit I was well… a fat teen with glasses, braces, allergies AND exercise-induced-astma.
I really hit the jackpot didn’t I?

Originally posted by workingthroughpain

But there was a tipping point.

When I was 15, 5 years after the diagnose. I had a ruthless Sensei who tormented the whole group with his harsh warm-ups (of an hour.. ) and ‘breaking-you-will-build-you’ mentality. 

After observing me die a little every lesson with the 15 minute running laps he came up to me and said:
“Tirza, you know what you should do? Every time you feel like you can’t go on anymore, do one more lap.”
‘Hai, Sensei.’

Next class, I was dying, as usual, but right at the moment that I was slowing down, ready to walk, I heard my Sensei yell from across the dojo:
And so I did one more lap, coughing, wheezing, regretting my existence every step.

Next class, dying again, doing one more lap, dragging my butt to the inhaler: “COME ON TIRZA TRY JUST A BIT FURTHER!”

Originally posted by alvsjo

This continued, until he saw that I was pushing my own boundaries without his help. It was… no fun.
It was painful, my lungs CRIED and still cry a little thinking of him. But I am so very grateful. Nowadays, my stamina still isn’t great. I’ll never be a runner but I don’t have astma anymore. I haven’t used an inhaler for 10 years!

But don’t underestimate the scar that illnesses or (small) conditions like astma affect your mind. I didn’t throw away my inhaler until last year

Crazy, right?

Good luck my fellow instructors!

I think something I appreciate about Salmon Run, despite complaining SO much to friends about the weapons, is that it DOES force me to experiment with new weapons!

Back in the first game I knew, maybe a Roller and a Sploosh and part of a charger. Throw any other weapon at me and I’d be utterly helpless, but since Salmon Run makes you adapt, it can introduce you to other play styles or at least get you competent with some you’d never use before!

Still doesn’t make me scream any less though /dies

idk if anyone’s already done this but when I saw this post and the name Max I knew I had to adapt it for Run Away Home (though tbh it also fits in canon)

(I’m still re-learning how to draw after not doing it much for the last few years… I might clean this up later but for now you get this bc it’s 1 am. also I forgot to sign this oops)

Gwen is being a pain in Max’s ass and taking pictures of him and he’s like ‘why’ and then the picture makes her laugh so she sends it to David while he’s at work. he Absolutely Loves It and this ensues - Max is not impressed with the ‘i love u max’ text and is even less impressed when Gwen shoves her phone in his face to get a picture of his reaction

prompt: high school group project au where the SMH boys have to reinterpret whatever Western Classic they’re reading in english class and decide to go with Ice Dancing……so of course they have to convince that little figure skater transfer student to be in their group…..

I just stumbled over a vid of Interstellar + Queen’s ’39 and my soul is now at peace

anonymous asked:

A thought regarding the nature of Amethyst's weapon, and Bismuth's testimony that a whip is unusual for a quartz: perhaps the whip, along with Amethyst's shapeshifting virtuosity, expresses a flexibility and adaptability discouraged by Homeworld? (Whether the latter is a standard ability of amethysts remains to be seen--I've heard rumors that we're going to be meeting some more, but I'm waiting until the WInter '17 Bomb's legitimate airing.) Hope you're feeling better, by the way.

That’s a good point! In fact, Bismuth’s actual line is “Not every Quartz can make a whip like this,” which implies that other Quartzes can make whips, it’s just, they have fundamental differences from Amethyst’s that a skilled blacksmith can tell just by looking.

And flexibility is a pretty good way to put it. In this post I talked about how Amethyst’s other abilities, weapon aside, are all comparatively more flexible than those of other gems. The spin dash attacks that we see both her and Jasper do several times differ between the two of them.

Amethyst is able to manoeuvre more efficiently at the cost of overall power while Jasper has a lot of raw strength but it’s essentially a linear charge. And when we look at how Amethyst has always felt the need to change herself to adapt to the standards of the senior Crystal Gems and life on Earth, we get to see why flexibility is such an important trait for her. That’s why it’s not a huge surprise that Ame really likes to shape shift. 

When pushed very hard though, that versatility makes it difficult for her to pinpoint exactly who she is, which was the conflict central to On The Run, and never fully resolved.

As to whether Homeworld is against adaptability, I would say they’re not openly against it and annihilating gems who happen to be more versatile than are others. But Homeworld implicitly finds comfort in predictability and patterns. They are averse to change, perhaps because they don’t have a lot of extra padding if that change causes them to mess up. Recall that they are in a resource crisis. It’s likely that they’d rather tough it out with systems that might not be as efficient as they could be than change because of the risk of failure.

And it’s interesting that you mention it: There’s also a possibility that gems grown on Earth may, in line with the symbolical implications of Earth, be more adaptable. That everything on Earth supposedly grows and changes and has the opportunity to do so, may mean there’s something in the water, or in this case, soil, that makes it more conducive for gems to want to change things up.

Broad Strokes

More film terms, yay!

All matter wants to exist in a state of low entropy. Aspects of fiction (especially long running or adapted fiction) is no different… as long as the writer wants it that way.

“Broad Strokes” is another way of saying “canon is upheld as the plot demands.” Often, deviations from that canon are on purpose (after a lot of time has past) but it doesn’t always feel that way. 

Most uses of this in shorter form works are adaptations of books or reboots of older films where the way the new writers want to use it doesn’t call for some aspects of the previous canon, or time constraints don’t allow for certain details. What aspects of canon they do take are the “Broad Strokes” and the rest are washed in the swath. The JJ Abrams helmed Star Trek reboots are pretty recognizable examples of this in action.

Broad Strokes generally happens in longer form works when some aspect of canon is retained, but a more specific aspect of that canon is ignored in favor of some factor.. usually drama and stakes, or time. Stakes are hard to maintain anyway, if you’ve got some glaring aspect of the stakes that rendered them useless in a previous episode because “drama” at the time, but you need this particular stake, then “drama” is also the perfect excuse to just.. sorta… ignore that compromising factor and move on.

When a show lasts a really long time, and pretty much everything had some sort of further definition that seemed great at the time of addition but doesn’t really work so well right now for whatever reason(or never really did but it was used anyway to get the desired result), it’s often lost to the great swath of broad strokes. Pretty much every episode of a tv show is an adaptation of previous versions.

This is where “flanderization” technically comes from over time:  A character’s quirk eventually takes over their personality and everything else gets broadstroked out except the lowest form of recognizably. 

Serial dramas tend to fair better at retaining their nuance, but writers still use this technique quite a lot. It’s not always easy to write certain necessary scenarios, but sometimes tools like Broad Strokes can be used to retain the needed effect even if some aspect of consistency is lost. Sometimes that loss of consistency is the point. It depends on the scenario and the writer whether they can pull it off.

A variant of Broad Strokes is also used in symbolism since it’s supposed to be simple and traceable. An example of this is “Dean probably made that mixtape for Cas.” Yes it’s possible that he made it a long time ago, yes it’s possible that it was platonic in nature, but those are both unlikely because Broad Strokes. The complicated bits get lost in favor of maximum emotion. Whatever the most dramatic thing is, that’s probably the answer.


On this day in music history: August 26, 1978 - “Grease” by Frankie Valli hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also peaking at #40 on the R&B singles chart on September 16, 1978. Written by Barry Gibb, it is the second solo chart topper for legendary lead vocalist of The Four Seasons born Francesco Castelluccio. Following the Bee Gees work on the soundtrack for “Saturday Night Fever” and as the group are wrapping up filming on the Robert Stigwood helmed “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, Barry Gibb is asked by Stigwood to write the theme song  for film adaptation of the long running hit musical “Grease”. Gibb quickly writes the song on his own,  cutting the track at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL in April of 1978. Guitarist Peter Frampton, Gibb’s co-star in “Sgt. Pepper” plays guitar on the track. Barry Gibb is also instrumental in bringing in Frankie Valli to sing the title song to the film. Released as the second single from the “Grease” soundtrack on May 6, 1978, it quickly becomes a smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #69 on May 27, 1978, it climbs to the top of the chart thirteen weeks later. “Grease” is Valli’s second solo number one (seventh overall) giving him a span of nearly sixteen years since his first number with The Four Seasons in 1962. The success of the song drives sales of the “Grease” soundtrack to over 8x Platinum in the US, and worldwide sales of over twenty eight million copies. At the time of its domination of the charts, it is the second largest selling soundtrack album of all time after “Saturday Night Fever” (eventually displaced to second and third place by “The Bodyguard” Soundtrack). “Grease” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

“Honesty without tact is cruelty.” - The truth is never cruel. The truth is only the truth. If reality hurts you, adapt. Stop running.

Animalgamation #5 - red panda / owl.

These tree-dwelling creatures can sometimes be heard twittering at each other after dark. Their feet are adapted for running along tree limbs, so rather than perching to rest, they drape their whole bodies across branches.

Suggested by supidosan!

anonymous asked:

Do you have any suggestions for a tabletop rpg that could be adapted to run a Star Wars oneshot? I looked at Saga Edition, but the character creation was too complicated for a oneshot, and the new Fantasy Flight system is out of my price range. It doesn't need to be able to do Force powers, because we're more interested in space shenanigans. Less complicated combat rules would be a plus.

If you want something really super-light, there’s always Lasers & Feelings. (No, your download didn’t barf - the PDF really does only have one page.) For something a bit less minimalist, but still the sort of thing a group would be able to pick up in just a few minutes, you might also think about writing up a set of Star Wars-themed pregens for Lady Blackbird - it’s like 80% of the way to being Star Wars already.