also i like the leveling system

I have no concept of the pain scale, like…I just realized that last week I said I was in especially awful hip pain and when my pt asked to rate it I said “3”. And then this week I said I felt a lot better than last week and when she asked me to rate it I said “3”. I really don’t know what the numbers are supposed to be. I know it’s supposed to be out of ten but like. I think I rate the pain by what time of the day it is. Like “i will rate the pain I’m in at a 5 at the end of the day, so compared to what my pain level will be later, what I’m feeling right now is a 3.” I also think i rate in overall pain rather than specific pain? Like, systemically I’m at a five. Some parts will be worse or better but i just rate it all at five because that’s the average

anonymous asked:

please give us more batfam acting like a family

jdkdjd now i cant remember anything and im formatting on mobile chrome so sorry for the mess but ok listen

[Dick, via comms, sounding desperate] ROBIN, ARE YOU STILL NEAR MY HOUSE? 

[Damian, alarmed] YES


  • and when Damian arrives, bursts through the window, batarang in hand ready to kick ass, he finds Dick in bed, in a blanket burrito watching tv.

“Dami can you please turn off the lights and close the door.”

Damian sighs irritated. Throws the batarang at the light switch. Kicks closed the door.

“Thank you Dami my beautiful baby brother that i would die for, can you~”

“I am not getting you food from the kitchen, goodbye grayson”


  • they used to spit into a drink or lick food to stop a sibling from eating it.. (jason and Cass used to eat/drink that shit anyways while staring at you dead in the eye… Tim used to do it ONLY with Cass’ food and sometimes Dick’s…) but now they don’t even care.. all 6 of them share a lollipop while in the batplane (because cass found only one in her pocket and Bruce insisted they either share it or no one would eat it, to avoid fighting) (yes, even duke, who at first was also disgusted with them but now he’s like *shrug* pass me the licked food damian)




  • also

“Todd. I need a favor.”

 "Uh uh. “

 ”… Could you please help me with this videogame level..“

  • “That’s enough that’s enough give me back the-that’s ENOUGH LET ME PLAY TODD-FATHER!!!!”

“Cass are those my clothes”

 ”.. They fit”


 "will not!!! And you let Kon wear my shirt and now it’s too big for me!“ 

“First it’s not my fault he thought that was mine and you always let Stephanie wear my stuff I leave at your house too!!“ 

  • [everyone watching a movie together] [a character with a really ugly haircut appears] “DICK WHY DIDNT YOU TELL US YOU WERE IN A MOVIE" 

“Hey dick, Wally is on the phone" 

"ugh I’m not in the mood tell him I’m sleeping or someth-”

 ”[on phone] he’s right here I’ll pass him the phone" 

“I know where you live Timoth-hey Wally whatsup man!”

  • “I’m gonna shower!” [cass, thrown over the sofa playing with Tim’s laptop, clearly not intending to get up any time soon] “no wait I was gonna shower!!“ 


"it wasn’t me!!" 


  • everytime one of them is getting lectured by Bruce the others try to make them crack up.. please… 

“is there something funny about throwing a mug at your brother, Tim?" 


  • they steal each others stuff all the time just to be annoying and put the blame on each other…

“I left my phone right here where is it.." 

[everyone sniggering] 

"c'mon guys!! Who was it??”

[more sniggering] 












[screams, trying to wrestle the house phone from Dick’s hand, kicking, biting, spiting]

 [finally cass, who has been watching everything go down from afar, comes forwards a drops the phone in dicks chest] “here”

  • movie nights… are a mess…. they always complain about each other’s movie taste and end up watching a movie picked by bruce so they won’t fight… aka a boring ugly mess and they spend the whole movie glaring at each other like “this is your fault!!”

[bruce, in the batcave] “Jason would you call Damian, I need to verify-”

 “yeah sure… [not even looking up from phone] DAMIAN!!!!” 


[from afar] “WHAT DO YOU WANT TODD” 



  • and that’s all I have now.. let me think for a while and I might make a part 2..
So You Think You’re Not Racist

Alternate title: “Levels of Racism: Why White Fans and Creators Have a Responsibility to Confront Our Biases”

So here’s a thing I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’m pretty sure it’s nothing new and if anyone knows of resources written by Black people that address this, please send me the info because I definitely want to read them. 

(Also if I’ve misstepped or misspoken in any way, please let me know. Criticism is welcome.)

Part of the difficulty of discussing racism, particularly with other white people, is that we don’t actually think about the same thing when we talk about racism. The way I see it, there are three levels:

  1. Individual beliefs and actions that are rooted in racial prejudice
  2. Subconscious racial bias that comes from socialization
  3. Systemic racism enshrined in institutions of power

There are probably more in between, and obviously these aren’t strict black and white categories; there’s a lot of overlap and blurred lines involved. I don’t know if any particular level is worse than the others, and I don’t think I’m qualified to speak on that. But I think these work well as large bucket categories.

The problem is that often people are talking about different levels without actually realizing it. When I try to get my parents to understand why level 2 might lead them to judge Colin Kaepernick’s method of protest unfairly, they respond as if I’ve accused them of level 1 racism. When I tell my coworker that I don’t like the Bruins because the crowd booed PK Subban every time he had the puck, I can tell he’s desperately trying to come up with a reason other than race because he doesn’t want to accuse an entire stadium of people of being level 1 racists, when really the problem is probably a mix of 1 & 2.

And obviously, they’re all bad. They’re all racism and we should fight against all of them. But I think we have to fight against the different levels in different ways, which is why people get frustrated with these conversations.

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Lesson 28: Cosmic Witchcraft 101 - Part 5

By: Teacher Nova

Live class date and time: 03/30/2017 at 6:30pm CST

Now that we have covered some of the basics, I’d like to delve into the actual practice of cosmic magick using spells.

Planetary Intent:

  • Banishing: Sun, Saturn, Pluto
  • Beauty: Venus
  • Binding: Saturn, Pluto
  • Cleansing/Purification: Sun, Moon
  • Communication: Mercury, Jupiter
  • Confidence: Mars, Jupiter
  • Courage: Sun, Mars, Jupiter
  • Creativity: Moon, Venus
  • Cursing: Saturn, Neptune, Pluto
  • Divination: Moon, Uranus, Neptune
  • Dreams: Moon, Neptune
  • Energy: Sun, Mars
  • Fertility: Moon, Venus
  • Happiness: Sun, Jupiter
  • Healing: Sun, Moon
  • Hex-Breaking: Saturn
  • Independence: Mars, Uranus
  • Invisibility: Moon, Neptune, Pluto
  • Legal Matters: Saturn
  • Love: Venus
  • Luck: Mercury, Jupiter
  • Manifestation/Power: Sun, Mars, Saturn, Pluto
  • Meditation: Moon, Neptune
  • Mental Clarity: Sun, Uranus
  • Mental Power: Uranus, Neptune
  • Peace: Moon
  • Prosperity/Wealth: Mercury, Jupiter
  • Protection: Mars, Saturn
  • Psychic abilities: Moon, Uranus, Neptune
  • Relaxation/Calming: Moon, Neptune
  • Sexual Relations: Venus, Mars, Pluto
  • Spell-breaking: Saturn, Pluto
  • Strength: Sun, Mars
  • Success: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn
  • Travel: Moon, Mercury
  • Wisdom: Mercury, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
  • Wishes: Sun, Jupiter


Lunar Phases

  • New Moon –  new beginnings, health, cleansing, inner harmony, peace, love
  • Waxing Crescent – growth, wealth, prosperity, luck, attraction
  • First Quarter – balance, decision-making, challenges
  • Waxing Gibbous – motivation, positivity, success, attraction
  • Full Moon – power, cleansing, charging, healing, divination, emotions, psychic awareness, enlightenment, banishing
  • Waning Gibbous – reassessment, letting go, clearing away, cleansing, releasing, undoing bindings, opening up, making amends, making space
  • Third Quarter – letting go, banishing, breaking bad habits
  • Waning Crescent – achievement, rest, peace, deep wisdom, completion, banishing 
  • Dark Moon – retreat, reflection of self, destruction, banishing, justice
  • Blue Moon – achieving goals, focus, major wishes and dreams, divination 
  • Black Moon power, manifestation

Days of the Week

  • Moon - Monday
  • Sun - Sunday
  • Mercury - Wednesday
  • Venus - Friday
  • Mars - Tuesday
  • Jupiter - Thursday
  • Saturn - Saturday
  • Uranus - Wednesday, Saturday
  • Neptune - Thursday, Friday
  • Pluto - Tuesday

Planetary Hours

Planetary hours utilize the seven classic planets including the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (although the other 3 planets may be used as well). The first planetary hour of any given day will correspond to that day of the week: for example, the first planetary hour on Saturday will be the hour of Saturn, beginning at sunrise on Saturday and ending before sunrise on the following day. The time that the sun rises is different for everyone, so planetary hours are location-specific.
To calculate planetary hours, you need to know what time the sun rises and sets in your area. The length of daytime equals the time between sunrise and sunset, so figure out how many minutes are between the two, and divide by 12. This will give you the length of time between each planetary hour. Do the same for nighttime (the time between sunset and sunrise the next day).
You can also just visit to calculate planetary hours for your location: click the link, click “edit” next to the location and date on the page, choose your country/city, and click “Save Preferences.”

The general order of planetary hours based on the Chaldean Order is as follows:
• Saturn
• Jupiter
• Mars
• Sun
• Venus
• Mercury
• Moon

The Chaldean Order is listed from the slowest moving planet in orbit to the fastest, although, we’ve since discovered that the Earth and other planets actually orbit around the Sun, the Moon orbits the Earth, and that the Sun is a fixed object.
Because this system was also put into place before the outer planets were discovered, they usually are not included, but I have still found ways to use them in my personal practice.
The outer planets are said to be “higher octaves” of the “lower octave” planets - the associations of lower octave planets are basic, and the higher octave planets take those associations to a more in depth level.
Low and High Octave Planets:
Mercury - Uranus
Venus - Neptune
Mars - Pluto
With that being said, I like to associate the outer planets with their lower octave counterpart when it comes to using planetary hours and even “day of the week” correspondences.

A collective list of “the best time” to do certain spells - includes days of the week, planet, and lunar phases

  • Cursing - Tuesday/Saturday, Mars/Saturn, Waning/Dark Moon
  • Protection - Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday, Mars/Jupiter/Saturn, Waxing/Full Moon
  • Cleansing - Monday/Saturday, Moon/Saturn, Waning Moon/Blue Moon
  • Banishing - Saturday, Saturn, Waning Moon/Dark Moon
  • Binding - Tuesday/Saturday, Mars/Saturn, Waning Moon/Full Moon
  • Healing - Monday/Thursday/Sunday, Moon/Jupiter/Sun, Full Moon/Blue Moon
  • Enhanced psychic power - Monday, Moon/Neptune, Full Moon/Blue Moon
  • Love/Friendship - Friday, Venus, New Moon/Waxing Moon
  • Manifestation/Power - Monday/Tuesday, Moon/Mars/Pluto, Full Moon/Black Moon
  • Success - Thursday/Sunday, Jupiter/Sun, Waxing Moon/Blue Moon
  • Luck - Wednesday/Thursday, Mercury/Jupiter, Waxing Moon/Blue Moon
  • Wealth - Wednesday/Thursday/Sunday, Mercury/Jupiter/Sun, Waxing Moon
  • Peace - Monday, Moon, Waning/New Moon
  • Courage/Strength - Tuesday/Sunday, Mars/Sun, Waxing/Full Moon
  • Intelligence/Wisdom - Monday/Wednesday, Moon/Mercury/Uranus, Waxing/Full Moon
Things can’t LOOK like a sexuality. It’s very tempting to make easy jokes about Dan looks like a lesbian, Dan the pastel video is gay - that’s actually problematic to say that. Stereotypes. I mean obviously correlation between behaviour and stereotypes do exist but when things are kind of feeding into heteronormativism and the harmfulness of everyone’s living inside of a patriarchy and the bullying that exists within the male system with things threatening their masculinity that's just a bad thing, you know. Stereotyping sexuality and behaviour and gender isn’t a good thing. So you can say “oh, that guy looks like a lesbian” or “oh, the flowers that’s a bit gay” and it’s not necessarily the most offensive thing but on a level it is slightly bad ‘cause you are reenforcing those things, you know.

@danisnotonfire during his live show on the 14th of February 2017

Quotes from Dan (31/?)

I’m so happy he spoke up about this. I also love how he did it in such a non-threatening manner. He’s hoping to educate the people, who might not be aware of how harmful their actions and words can be. I stan the right people. 

What’s your fave bland recipe?

So here’s the thing, I’m a two time cancer survivor and have had a lot of abdominal radiation. This unfortunately causes life long side effects that impact my digestive system. Meaning I get these attacks that can last from anywhere between a few hours and a few weeks where I literally cannot eat most things. It also comes with fun nausea that makes even the idea of cooking most things completely abhorrent. I’ve been having a lot of these attacks in the past six months. (Yes I am following up with medical professionals but that takes time.) This means I’ve been spending a lot of time living on cheap ramen, toast, bagels, and sometimes chips because bland and salty are what my messed up system can handle. 

Obviously when you’re not getting things like protein and vitamins your energy level drops and regular life things are hard to do. Like laundry, and leaving the house. So I’m trying to find some not gross, bland things I can eat that meet the following criteria:

1. Are quick and easy to make.

2. Does not contain fresh fruit or veggies. (I love’em but my tummy says no)

3. Has protein but does not require cooking, seeing, smelling, or thinking about raw meat. Eggs are hit or miss but not entirely off the table.

4. Doesn’t taste like salt and blah.

5. Does not require rare/difficult to find/expensive ingredients. 

6. Has flavor but is not spicy. 

7. Does not include both dairy (like sour cream) and mayo.

8. Small amounts of cheese and butter are okay, but lots of dairy isn’t. 

9. Does not have sea food.

10. Does not require tomatoes/tomato based sauce, or anything else acidic like citrus.

11. Does not have cauliflower, mustard, onions, beets, lots of sugar, or anything pickled.

So if you have any recipes that you think could work please let me know. I’m so damn sick of ramen…

Signature Weapons

So, I don’t think anyone will argue with me when I say that a lot of Fantasy stuff draws pretty heavily from Tolkien’s work. Like, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Humans… regardless of your particular brand of Fantasy thing, odds are they’re gonna follow a lot of the same rules and tropes as established by J.R.R. But one thing that I rarely see emulated/copied/whatever is the idea of a Signature Weapon.

‘Cause, like, if you think about the LotR books or the Hobbit (admittedly the only 4 Tolkien books I’ve read, but I feel like most people fall into that category), the gang doesn’t really swap out their kit too much. Like, once Bilbo gets Sting, he kinda sticks with it, and then once it gets passed to Frodo, that’s just what Frodo uses from then on (until he gets kidnapped by a spider and it becomes Sam’s for a bit but that’s not really important). Aragorn maybe swaps swords while he’s in Ranger mode, but then once he gets his Legendary Family Weapon, that is his. I mean, hell, in the books he straight-up calls Sauron out by using one of the Palantir and, rather than showing himself, he shows the sword. That sword is the symbol of him and his office as future-king. That sword is him. There’s a running theme that the weapons used by these characters are, in a sense, extensions of themselves, a part of who they are, and not something to just be swapped out on the fly.

But nothing really follows that trope. More specifically (for the sake of my personal interests), no games follow that trope. Like, unless you are very high level (in whatever system/game you’re playing), odds are you’ll be constantly swapping out your weapons. Every time you beat a boss/encounter/whatever, you’ll check the weapons you got vs what you had and, if there’s something better, surprise, time to swap.

And, like, I get it. Of course that makes sense. Obviously you want the best stats and whatever, but also, like, it feels inherently wrong to me whenever I (or one of my players) is like “Well, I used this +2 Longsword to kill that dragon and that was cool but, hey, here’s a +3 Longsword so time to throw out the old blade!” Again, I understand it from a mechanical perspective, but it kills me from a narrative perspective.

Because, like, (and let’s talk Pathfinder here for a moment) yeah, you can upgrade that +2 Longsword to be better than the +3 one. Or just equal! But like, to do so requires the proper feats (either for yourself, a party member, or an NPC ally/shopkeeper), a fair amount of downtime (1 day per 1k gp of cost), and a fair amount of money. Getting that +2 Longsword to a +3 would cost 10k at a vendor (or 5k if you can do it yourself), which would also take 10 days, which is often a lot in Fantasy Time. Whereas, hey, when you killed that dragon, it had as part of its loot a +3 Longsword for free (which, by the way, only sells for 9k gp so even if you sell it that doesn’t cover the cost of upgrading your old sword).

Like, maybe it’s different for other systems, but I know in most RPG video games, I’m constantly swapping out my kit for better shit (Diablo and Diablo-like games are notorious for this, actually). But I almost always feel bad for doing so. ‘Cause I really like the idea of the Tolkien-style Signature Weapon. “Ah yes, this is my blade, DudeSlayer, that I have used to slay a thousand dudes!” (we can’t all be Tolkien-tier wordsmiths but you get my point, I hope). And, like, a lot of the time I try to do that in games, even when you’re clearly not supposed to. Like, in Elder Scrolls games, even if I don’t keep with the same weapon for a long time, I often have weapon racks and display cases in my home that I store my old swords and stuff in. Because, like, think about it. Even if it is just, like, a random sword that you found in a ditch somewhere, that is a sword that the Dragonborn used, and in a hundred years that sword will be Legendary.

I don’t really know if there’s a good solution to this. I mean, for most games/parties I don’t think this is even really a problem that needs solving. It’s just always been a thing that’s kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I’ve homebrewed a few rules in my own games (though I don’t think they’ve really come up yet), but nothing’s really clicked in a way that seems right. I know that Matt Mercer has done a lot with the Vestiges in Critical Role, which as a kind of leveling-up weapons/armors/misc can kind of fix this issue. 

My revision timetable over the Easter holidays: I have put in 2 blocks of work each day and am aiming to do 4-5 hours in total each day. I didn’t have a system for which subjects I revise on any particular day, I just put them in so I wasn’t doing anything for loads of days straight. I have grouped similar chapters in bio/chem to help roughly shape what I’ll go over that day - but I like to be quite flexible and just revise what I feel needs most work - and I’m also planning on doing timed past papers as part of revision too.

Waiting (Part Four)

Tony impresses Steve with his genius, and Steve realizes that Tony really has one of the softest hearts in the world. Then sexy times because… well, you know. And feels. You guys thought I was joking about the stupid amount of fluff in this fic and I totally wasn’t. These two are ridiculous.




“So this…” Steve turned in a slow circle, trying to take in the enormity of Tony’s lab. “This is all yours? This is incredible.”

“Yeah, it does alright.” Tony grinned at him from his desk chair, tapping idly on his tablet and watching the 3D graphic hovering in the air above him change with each typed command.

“Where would you even find technology like this?” Steve was just in awe, couldn’t stop staring at the computers, at the huge screens, at the diagrams and projections Tony could manipulate with just his fingers. He was even impressed/ scared to death by JARVIS, and Tony had laughed for a full five minutes when JARVIS had calmly greeted Steve as he entered the lab, and Steve had hit the ground, looking around for who could have such a booming voice.

“Baby, I invented this.” Tony waved his hand around the room. “Some of it is re-dos from Dads things, but most of it is just mine.”

“You invented all this?”

“Theres a reason Fury is pressing you to play nice with me so I help the military out.” Tony responded drily. “It’s not for my charm. Definitely for my tech. Not just the weapons we build either, Fury wants things like my AI’s and this little program–” he set his tablet down and waved his hands towards a corner, and a life size hologram of a man filled the space, detailed down to the pumping heart and  the veins running through the see-through fingers.

“This gem is something I’ve been working on for a few years. It basically acts as a 3D xray of a patient, that a doctor can then walk up to and mess with, see where breaks are or nerve blockages or tumours. Then the doctor can simulate a fix or a medication, and see in real time how the body would react. No more experimental procedures, no more hunting around in someone’s body to find cancer. It’s all right here. Obviously it’s more complicated than that, but that’s… I mean thats basically it.

“Tony, something like this could change the world.” Steve said earnestly. One of his favorite things about this new century was medical technology. Nobody died from small pox anymore. Diabetes was completely manageable. Asthma was barely a bump in the road. It was incredible. “Why wouldn’t you share this?”

“Because men like Fury don’t want it to cure cancer.” Tony said bitterly. “Fury wants it to test biological weapons on soldiers without actually using soldiers. To test things like that lovely serum you have pumping through your veins. He wants to use it to find better ways to kill people, and that’s not what the program is for. He told me it would help soldiers because as they fire simulated weapons at the hologram they can see exactly where the bullet goes and how much damage it can cause. They can test better ammunition, different bullets. No more trial and error.” He shook his head. “No, I know that the military can absolutely do some good with this program, but it would end up just being used to find faster ways to kill soldiers and I am not okay with that. Stark Industries has made enough money designing weapons. 99% of what we do now is purely tech and armor. Defensive not offensive.”

“So you just keep it here?” Steve asked, and watched the hologram curiously. “You’re never going to share it? I admire you for not just handing it over to the military, not with reasons like that, but isnt it wasted sitting in your lab?”

“Actually.” Tony clicked on something on his computer and the hologram switched from pale blue to red, the veins turning white. “When you and I go to the Captain America Annual Ball and Charity Gala for the Children tonight, I will be donating the program to the New York City Children’s hospital.”

“Sorry, the Captain America—”

“Annual Ball and Charity Gala for the Children.” Tony finished. “Dad started it after he and Mom got together. Named it after you because everyone’s willing to donate to something patriotic like the memory of a soldier. And now that you are home again, it will be a hell of a turnout. Last year something like seventeen million was donated to the Children’s hospital from this event. I imagine we will double that this year.”

“Wow.” Steve was impressed, floored really at that amount of money. “So you are just going to give them this program?”

“Right.” Tony started shutting down his programs, even though the hologram in the corner stayed there. “Because kids shouldn’t have to be held down and poked and prodded and sent for dozens of tests just for the doctors to tell the parents something awful. No this will change all that. Maybe won’t change the diagnosis, but now at least they will know right away what’s wrong and options instead of finding out too late.”

“And I’m donating it,” he continued, folding his arms over his chest. “Because it shouldn’t cost money to find out what’s hurting your child. I’ve known people who lost their homes paying for medical bills and that's…” his jaw clenched. “That’s the worst thing I’ve ever heard. This program will cost the hospital nothing, and I’ve written into the contract that if they charge the patients when they  need to use it that I will absolutely take it back.”

“You’re amazing.” Steve murmured, and held out his hand to pull Tony to his feet. “You’re amazing, do you know that?”

“Yeah well, my soulmate spent an awful lot of time sick.” Tony half joked, his eyes serious. “The least I can do is make sure everyone else’s soulmates grow up healthy right? At least until super soldier serum becomes available over the counter?”

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Brain foods- a masterpost

Since I read about brain foods very recently I decided to collect a little more knowledge about this topic and now, I’ll share it with you guys.

Of course brain foods won’t make you smart and they won’t give any special powers to you but the consumption of special foods can help to increase your performance, your concentration and can even help to reduce stress. With the vitamins and minerals they contain they can help obviate energy slumps, lacks of concentration and tiredness. 

Except different groceries even drinks can help your brain to stay focused. 2L of low-calorie drinks per day are a must. Light headache and difficulties in concentration can be first signs for dehydration. Drinking is/ can be good for our oxygen supply and the blood flow of our brain and body. Water, herbal teas and water mixed with juice are good choices when it gets to hydration.

20% of our daily energy demand are used by the brain! Sugars, fats and carbohydrates are the best nutrients to get the energy you need. Whole grain products are a good way to stock up carbohydrates but also legumes are a good choice because they contain many antioxidants and lecithin; choline, a component of lecithin, is a neurotransmitter and can obviate stress. Legumes also have a high nutrient content and a low energy density. 

Walnuts can help to prevent lacks of concentration and motivation and can even reduce nervousness. Cashews and brazil nuts are full of magnesium, which ensures a regulated protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Nuts also contain loads of B vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and choline.

Very important for your nerves and your memory are omega-3 fatty acids, which especially can be found in fat sorts of fish e.g. salmon. If you don’t like fish, canola oil, flaxseeds and nuts are a good fallback procedure. 

Blueberries are filled with vitamins and minerals, have high levels of gallic acid and they can help your cogitation. Plus, they protect our brain from degeneration and stress. 

Note: Berries with anthocyanins that belong to the antioxidants in their dark pigments/ dye are great energy suppliers for your brain and they also are very good radical quenchers. (Free radicals are damaging oxygen molecules that can injure your brain cells.)

Another fruit with amazing properties is the banana; it’s a fast energy supplier and can even brighten up your mood! That’s because of it’s amino acid tryptophan. Our brain converts tryptophan into serotonin, a substance that makes us happy. 

Apples contain important B vitamins, the vitamins C and E and the provitamin A, which protect our brain against free radicals. They also are full of lycopene; it can enhance your responsiveness and concentrativeness and protects the brain cells.

The avocado furnishes our brain and nerves with loads of energy and brightens our mood. It is filled with the vitamins B1, B6 and E, contains folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and lycopene. Also, it has a low sugar content (the lowest of any fruit) and holds many fiber-rich carbohydrates, which act calming to the blood level and make you feel full. Avocado is good for your blood sugar levels: it keeps them steady. It also keeps your skin glowing and helps to prevent blood clots in the brain.

Yes, the avocado is full of fats (30%, “good” fats) but these fats are unsaturated and have positive effects on our body. 

Green vegetables, which are full of iron, are packed with the vitamins C and E.  Vitamins are great radical quenchers and protect and stimulate the brain. 

Beta-carotene is a good radical quencher too.

Our brain needs oxigen to work but during the working process, free radicals emerge and, as already said before, the can damage your brain. 

Broccoli is a good radical quencher and keeps your memory sharp.

Beets are some of the most nutritious plants you can eat. Their natural minerals boost blood flow to the brain and beets are high in cancer-protecting antioxidants. They also help reduce inflammation and help rid your blood of toxins. 

Bone broth boosts your immune system, improves joint health and helps overcoming food allergies. It’s high levels of collagen help reducing intestinal inflammation and healing amino acids like proline and glycine keep your immune system functioning and improve your memory. 

With very few calories (only 16cals per cup), many antioxidants and polysaccharides, which are natural anti-inflammatories, celery definitely is a brain food. Also, it’s full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. 

Well, that’s everything I found out so far. Feel free to message me, if I forgot something. It took me almost two days to write and translate this (I’m German), so I would appreciate reblogs♥

And now: Go grocery shopping, cook ,eat and be full of energy and vitamins, nutrients and minerals! 

I hope this post was helpful for at least some of you.

30 Things to Love About Exercise (None of Which Have Anything to Do with Your Weight, Your Size, or What You Look Like)

I got this from the book called  “ The Unapologetic Fat Girl’s Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts” by Hanne Blank. I found it both enlightning and motivational, so I decidd to share :)

1. Working out is an immune-system booster, which is great since no one actually enjoys being a mobile snot fountain.

2. Exercise builds ferociously sturdy little old ladies (and men): it’s fantastic for your bones, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s, and improves balance and coordination.

3. Exercise reduces symptoms of both depression and anxiety. Organic, legal DIY mellowness is a pretty sweet side effect.

4. Working out helps regulate your blood pressure, reducing the effects of things like traffic jams and not being allowed to strangle that one coworker who really, really needs it.

5. Exercising makes you smarter: research shows that exercise incorporating complex movement, especially, makes people learn better and faster.

6. Working out hath charms to soothe the savage metabolic system, encouraging insulin sensitivity and making diabetes management a little easier.

7. Regular exercise tends to generate major mojo. And by mojo, I mean increased sex drive and sexual responsivity. Yeah, baby.

8. If you suffer from insomnia, exercise helps, and not just because it tires you out; it also helps your body regulate its own rhythms.

9. Workouts boost levels of neurochemicals like dopamine and serotonin, which is like getting a biochemical massage in terms of counteracting stress.

10. You’ll be able to sing louder and dive deeper with your improved lung capacity.

11. Your joints get stronger and less prone to injuries and diseases, including tricky ones like repetitive stress injuries and arthritis.

12. It enables you to satisfy those urges to reenact dance numbers from Broadway musicals. So what if you’re in the grocery store?

13. Will you be able to snatch a speeding bullet out of the air? Maybe not, but working out does improve people’s reaction time.

14. Endorphins—mmmmm, sweet, sweet endorphins: the “runner’s high” isn’t just for runners, ya know.

15. Outrunning the zombies.

16. It makes you strong. You never know when you’ll need to be that person who can carry the suitcase full of gold bars through the airport without anyone being able to tell that it’s so heavy.

17. Your body and your brain get superbly and thoroughly oxygenated, which tends to make you feel peppy and full of mischief.

18. Most of us like to think we’re flexible people who can roll with the punches. Exercising makes it more likely that it’ll literally be true, not just figuratively.

19. If, God forbid, you should get sick, being a regular exerciser can help reduce the length and severity of your illness. It has even been shown to reduce cancer mortality for some kinds of cancer.

20. Exercise can help pregnancy and labor go a lot more smoothly. Afterward, it helps you keep up with the kid.

21. Probiotics and antacids have their place, but if you want to give your digestive system the best possible advantage, there’s nothing like fiber, water, and exercise.

22. Physical competence—just knowing you can count on your body to do stuff effectively and without trouble—is pretty damn nice.

23. It makes your heart happy and efficient to the point that your resting heart rate may get lower.

24. Four words: Exercise-induced mitochondrial biogenesis— exercising can increase the number of mitochondria in your muscle cells, which is just completely geeky cool.

25. Stamina: “Another ten rounds? Sure,” you say. “Bring it … if you can.”

26. You’re much less likely to fall and much more likely to be able to get right back up and brush yourself off if you do.

27. It’s kind of nice not to think twice about getting down on the floor to look for that thing that just rolled under the entertainment center or about how you’ll get up again.

28. It’s eco-friendly. No matter how much you sweat or howhard you breathe, you will not produce toxic waste or greenhouse gases.

29. It gives you a bulletproof excuse. “Sorry, Aunt Linda, of course I’d love to hear all about your colonoscopy, but I have to go or I’ll be late to Pilates.”

30. Juicy ideas and spicy epiphanies seem to be attracted to sweat and gym socks. Moving your body is a fantastic way to jump-start your brain.

A Terrible Past

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Title: A Terrible Past

Pairing: Gibbs x Reader

Word Count: 959

Warnings: implied abuse from childhood, angst

A/N: I hope you are all having a great monday. Feedback is welcomed and appreciated! <3 <3 I love you all so much!

This was requested by anon: Gibbs learning about your abusive past? Possibly while you’re both captured by the very people who abused you when you were younger? #Angst

You and Gibbs were chasing a lead.  It wasn’t much of one, but a lead was a lead.  When you and Gibbs kicked down the door, you were surrounded by masked men.  They had their guns pointed at you and the Marine.  When you looked at Gibbs for further direction, he held his hands up in surrender.

“Nice to see you again [Y/N],” one of the men spoke.  You knew that voice.  It brought back terrible memories from your past.  It was one of your step-dad’s friends.  Your step-dad abused you as a child.  This man knew about all of it, yet he never did anything to help you.  He was the one who set your mom and your step-dad up.  “We’ll have to let the bossman know that you’re here.  He’ll want to see you.”

They escorted you and Gibbs to a small room.  They locked both of you inside, keeping one of the gunmen outside of the room as security.  There was no way out of this small room.  Your leaned your back against the wall as you sat down on the floor.  You couldn’t help but feel hopeless as you started to cry.

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Species, Sense8, and Incomplete Dominance: A Nerdy Post by Me

So i just came across this post from Jenna @ww-n-double-d​ and I started to write up a response, but it kind of got away from me big time and I didn’t want to creat a gigantic wall of text, so I thought I’d split it and post my response separately. Definitely read that post before this one to understand what I’m talking about!

I’ve been thinking about the topic of species in Sense8 since I watched What Is Human in 2015, but I really started to put more work into it when I finished s2 because we were given much more material to work with in. Plus I am a biology nerd who doesn’t know when to stop, so  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ *wolfie voice* it’s my nature.

First, I think it’s important to understand that the show is using the term “species” very loosely, and we shouldn’t exactly hold their use of the term to its real definition. As Jenna​ said to me a few days ago on PM, we should look at the show’s usage of “species” more like “breeds”, ie. the difference between Sapiens and Sensoriums lies in a few key alleles (different versions of the same gene that yield different traits, like blue vs. brown eyes) instead of a more profound structural difference in their genomes that would be associated with separate species.

Side note: There ARE a few liberties that can be taken with the concept of species that would allow them to stretch it VERY thinly over what they need it to mean. Feel free to drop by my inbox if you want a more detailed explanation on this, but I’m working with the more standard definition of species here.  

These alleles are what Jenna refers to as being dominant or recessive in the post linked above, and while the explanation is spot-on I do differ on one point - if the sensorium trait is recessive and the sapiens trait is dominant, that would mean sensoriums can only be actual-real-life-physically-expelled-from-a-womb born from two sensorium parents, meaning all the parents we know in the show would be sensoriums, which we know they aren’t. Even if their sensate abilities haven’t been “activated” by a cluster birth and they believed themselves to be sapiens, they’d have the ability to visit with their children all the time because they’re sensates too, which they don’t.

We don’t know if the reverse - that sensorium is dominant and sapiens is recessive - can or can’t be true for the same reason. We haven’t seen any two sensates have biological children together, so we can’t know if said hypothetical children could be sapiens.  However, I’d lean more towards “no” on this.

Instead I’d like to propose a different angle on this that we haven’t considered: incomplete dominance. Incomplete dominance happens with only some traits when two allels of the same gene, say, curly vs straight hair, can exert the same, intermediate level of dominance over the expressed trait. Taking hair texture as an example, if a person has two curly-haired parents, they will also have curly hair. Same goes for two straight-haired parents. However, if one parent has curly hair and another has straight, the child will have wavy hair, because both alleles will be expressed in equal measure. Then, if two wavy-haired people have children, said children could potentially have curly, wavy, or straight hair because they’d have the possibility of inheriting two curly alleles, two straight alleles, or one of each.

If we take that same example, with both ends of the spectrum being “sensorium” and “sapiens”, it would explain two very important things simultaneously:

1. Why the pattern of sensorium trait inheritance is so fuzzy; why we can’t clearly identify who will have what kind of child at a simple glance, and why we can’t draw up an “if-then” rule for when a sensorium child will be born so clearly, and:

2. Sapiens’ different degrees of production and/or response to the chemical DMT

This second point takes me to these two posts [x] [x] also by Jenna. I HIGHLY encourage you to read the posts but to summarize, DMT is a real molecule present in all living things, and DMT levels tend to spike during near-death experiences. In the show, DMT is what allows sensates to be sensates; they seem to either produce much more of it than sapiens, or be much more responsive to its presence in their system, which allows them to connect with other sensates with the same ability.

However I can see three instances at least where non-sensate characters have sensate-like experiences over the course of the show. First we have Will’s dad see Will through his visit with Riley. This is due to that spike in DMT that occurs near death, allowing Will’s father to have that sensate-like connection even though he is not a sensate himself. We also get the anecdote from Grace about how she found Amanita when she got lost during a fireworks show through a similar connection. Last but not least, one that most people miss - the profound, nearly violent emotional response Gunnar’s music elicits in Riley and by extension the cluster, causing them to relive their births and eventually Riley to bleed and pass out. How can these things happen, if these characters not actually sensates?

If we take into account our new theory of incomplete dominance, that means that some people are fully sapiens, some are fully sensoriums, and some are somewhere in between, and that people who are not sensoriums can birth ones who are. The people who are in between, while not sensates, are more sensitive to DMT/produce more of it naturally, allowing them brief experiences of the connection. My theory is that these three parents - and it’s not a coincidence that they’re parents - are some of those in-betweeners, hence their ability to a) “create” sensates, and b) to have discrete sensate-like experiences while not being sensates themselves.

anonymous asked:

My diet is aweful, but i'm naturally very skinny, to the point where people think I have anorexia. Because of my diet i'm very weak and my immune system isn't the best, but I can't eat massive meals because I have a small stomach. How do I get a healthier lifestyle without stuffing myself or losing more weight?

Hey anon, I understand what you’re saying.

In your case you will have to eat calorie dense food like nuts, avocados, fruits… They will help you get a high level of nutrients without eating big meals. You can also consume them in a shake:

Since your immune system isn’t the best, the goal is to eat healthy foods so you can get a maximum of micronutrients. Also, don’t hesitate to take a multivitamin supplement:

Keep up the hard work!

anonymous asked:

A lot of high profile kickstarter games seem to have been suffocated by "feature creep." The developers had some small core idea when they pitched their kickstarter to the public, got way more money then they expected, thought they could make a much bigger game, then ran out money before they finished even making the proper foundations of their expanded idea. I have to ask, does feature creep kill AAA games as well, and if so how common is it?

So it turns out that making video games is actually really, really hard, and that’s primarily because estimating how long it takes to complete big tasks is not very accurate. The biggest reason for this is because no single part of a game is really on its own. If we want to add or update a big feature like the animation system, it doesn’t just mean we’re affecting the animations in the game. It also means that we are affecting the AI, the riggers, the modelers, the visual effects, the level design, combat design, and all sorts of other things. Also, by taking up a lot of engineering time, it means that other lower-priority engineering tasks would have to be cut. 

I think part of it is that game development scope just isn’t as scalable as people think, and it’s really easy to make a mistake when doing so. It’s a huge pitfall that a lot of experienced developers fall into. Feature creep happens in the AAA space all the time and has killed many projects. One of the most dangerous phrases in game development is “Wouldn’t it be cool if… ?” because it can easily start with something that seems totally innocuous, but balloons to a black hole of resources that is both mission critical and requires an inordinate amount of work to bring to a shippable state. Feature creep accounts for many of the games that were delayed or cancelled, but also just as many games you’ve never heard of that were killed before announcement. Another big sign of feature creep is when a game has had a really long development time, but the finished product still feels rough or unpolished. In such cases, it’s often because the team poured resources into features and content that were cut during development, which left the core experience feeling rough, especially around the spots where the cut content was excised.

One of the biggest flaws with crowdfunding titles specifically is that the feature list and stretch goals are inviolate - in traditional game publishing, almost all features can be cut if they prove to be too expensive or just not working. The publisher understands that this sort of thing can happen and is focused on the big picture - they did not fund the game for its specific features, and will work with the developer to come up with a better solution for the project. Crowdfunding isn’t done this way - the people who put their money up in these games are often doing so for the express purpose of delivering these features, which makes them sacrosanct. If those features end up becoming too expensive, it’s not possible to cut them because they were promised to the backers. This makes feature creep much more dangerous to the crowd funded title, because a bad feature can end up dragging down the entire project.

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anonymous asked:

Social Competence: How do increase the density of insightful things I say in conversation? I want people to like talking to me, but I think I have a low signal-to-noise ratio. This mostly comes up at parties/social gatherings. I don't say anything because nothing I think of is interesting. Is there a way to improve SNR?

I hope you don’t mind if I don’t answer the object-level question (how to increase insight-density in a conversation) in favour of answering what I think is the meta-level question (how to be a pleasant conversationalist). [Also, all advice given here is aimed at the readership in general.]

I want to focus on the latter because signal-to-noise ratio is a terrible way to think about conversations.

This is because conversations have basically no “noise”. A lot of people with the not-geek not-autism thing hate when conversations go over things that don’t feel deep or insightful. Similarly, a lot of people who like clear systems would like to purge all the irregular verbs from their language. However, natural communication doesn’t work that way. Just as fully-regular constructed languages are hard to speak, conversations purged of “noise” are hard to have.

Firstly, because the “noise” serves an important purpose. It’s the bit of the conversation where people display the pattern of their own thoughts. When you’re aiming to be insightful, you give the other person what you think they want to hear, which tells them little about the kind of person you are. However, when you freely meander through conversation space, it lets people trace what pattern your thoughts generally follow.

Furthermore, the “noisy” parts of the conversation are generally the ones where personal information is shared. It’s where you talk about your weekend, your family, your hobbies, and all the other things that make you uniquely you. As I’ve said before, letting people see into you is what allows you to make close friends.

I think I’ll just quote HPMOR!Draco on it over and over again forever, because this is the first law of friendmaking:

Harry glanced away uncomfortably, then, with an effort, forced himself to look back at Draco. “Why are you telling me that? It seems sort of… private…”

Draco gave Harry a serious look. “One of my tutors once said that people form close friendships by knowing private things about each other, and the reason most people don’t make close friends is because they’re too embarrassed to share anything really important about themselves.” Draco turned his palms out invitingly. “Your turn?”

It doesn’t actually matter whether or not it’s embarrassment causing it. It could also be an unwillingness to seem inane. Whatever causes you to not show others who you are, that is an obstacle to becoming close to them. It’s not the signal-to-noise ratio that makes people feel connected to you, but actually feeling like they know you. 

Seeming insightful can get people to listen to you, but it won’t form a friendship on its own. It’ll be more like being a lecturer. People may seek you out to hear you speak about that particular topic, but they will only care a little about you-as-a-person. They may remember what you said on the philosophy of identity, but they won’t remember your birthday (which’ll be your fault for never telling them).

The second thing is that artificial attempts to increase the signal-to-noise ratio are generally self-defeating. If you’re trying to filter out all the uninteresting things you might say, you’ll often end up saying nothing at all. Far too many times, I’ve seen two nerds have a brief interaction, followed by both of them staring at each other trying to come up with things to say, and then drifting away from each other for the rest of the evening. Almost invariably, they wonder why the conversation died.

Conversations die when you hold yourself back from speaking. In my opinion, not wanting to seem boring is a particularly bad reason to have that hesitation. In the worst case scenario of being boring, the other person stops talking to you and drifts away. In all scenarios where you let a conversation die, the other person stops talking to you and drifts away.

However, even if you can keep the conversation by throwing out random bits of insight-porn, you will usually end up talking about the least insightful things out of the set of insightful things you could talk about. You’ll talk about the few things you manage to throw out as non-sequitur, which are generally not where the most stimulating interactions lie.

Most of the really interesting conversations I’ve had have been ones that evolved organically. The conversations you can have when both sides have a general feeling of understanding and common knowledge are usually far superior when to the ones where each person is trying to see how many layers of signalling they can be on.

So, in conclusion: Don’t hesitate to be inane. Say the things that are on your mind! Explore conversation-space! Avoid being frustrated by a conversation not being 10 lightbulbs a minute. The best conversations - and all close friendships - are built on background knowledge.

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Autistic People Accommodate Non-Autistic People ALL THE TIME

I was journalling and talking about my usual frustrations with how I can’t just be blunt, and how I have carefully construct my sentences so that the non-autistic person I’m talking to doesn’t misunderstand me and become offended. Or consider me rude, malicious, etc.
I’ve also recently been having some issues with getting sensory accommodation. And people finding my stims annoying.

And I was finally able to put my frustrations into words: I’m constantly having to accommodate non-autistic people, but they can’t be bothered to accommodate me.

Because here’s the thing: autistics and non-autistics are like two computer systems that are mostly incompatible, but can work together with a little effort. But the burden of getting us to a compatible level is placed solely on the autistics’ shoulders. Any amount that the non-autistic person has to do is too much.

We aren’t asking you to go out of your way for us, we’re asking you to meet us in the middle so that we don’t have to go so far out of our way for you.
Because it’s fucking exhausting.

anonymous asked:

Hi Emma, I want to start a studyblr too. Please give me some tips. :(

Hello! These are my top tips:

  • set with a related url and icon - whilst some people choose not to have a study related url, it can help to have something that gives people an idea what your blog is about! Also personalised icons are super popular and a cool way to differentiate your blog! @annistudio makes awesome custom icons for a minimum of $3 which is great for the quality of work she does! Otherwise you can make your own!
  • have a user-friendly theme - my pet peeve is themes! I also like mine to look pretty, be functional and free from glitches. Make sure your followers can see everything clearly, navigate through your posts quickly and there are clear links to all your pages. My favourite theme makers include @modernisethemes​​, @neonbikethemes​​, @acuite​​, @pohroro​, @magnusthemes​, @bychloethemes​, @sorrism and @themesbyflorels.
  • make an introductory post - these are super cute in the studyblr community and people love to find new blogs and read a little about someone. Tag your favourite blogs or your most inspirational blogs and hope they’ll see it and reblog it too!
  • upload your own tips/advice posts - people love reading tips and tricks that other studyblrs use so feel free to share you own! If you make a post, feel free to submit a link to my masterpost blog @studyblrmasterposts
  • use popular tags - this includes #studyblr, #studyspo, etc. This can help give your post a little bit of extra exposure. Tag some of the urls of your favourite blogs. For instance if you take a post with #emmastudies I’ll see it and reblog it!
  • join studyblr networks - I’ve seen a few of these pop up around and about so if you see one, join in! It is also a great way to make friends and get some mutual followers!
  • use a queue - if you use the queue option you don’t need to be on Tumblr 24/7 and that means you can still have an active blog when you’re not around. If you’re having an off-Tumblr day or week, it doesn’t matter because you’ll still be seemingly online!
  • join my studyblr directory list - I created a list of studyblrs which you can see here. It is a collection of different accounts in categories like their education level, their examination system, what country they’re from or the language they study, etc. If you’d like to add yours too it, go to here!

I think running one is great, I’d totally recommend it! :-) xx