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how I revise for exams...

everyone revises for exams differently, and there’s no ‘one size fits all’, but an important part of revision for everyone is breaking your subjects down into manageable chunks. 

This year, I have really taken my methods seriously, so this has become a key way I revise for my exams. 

as you can see, there’s a blank table, but this can become so much more than that. 

Fill in your subject title at the top - you make take 4-5 subjects, so you can have 4-5 of these planners. 

eg. pharmacology 1

Break said subject into the individual topics you studied this semester

eg. cardiovascular system, nervous system, pain, opioids

Break individual topics into individual sections

eg. Cardiovascular system:

  • hypertension
    • A –> E of hypertension treatment
      • major side effects, minor side effects
      • contraindications
    • causes of hypertension
    • primary vs. secondary hypertension
    • outcomes of untreated hypertension
  • heart failure
    • stages
      • outcomes
    • identification of heart failure
    • treatment
    • drugs - indications, classes
      • side effects [major and minor]
  • coagulation
    • coagulation cascade
    • virchow’s triad 
    • coagulation risk factors
    • coagulation medication
      • new anticoagulants
      • warfarin
      • heparin
      • streptokinase
      • clopidogrel 
      • aspirin
    • indications for sole aspirin treatment
    • warfarin treatment planning

Now you’ve thoroughly broken down your subjects, it’s important to identify what needs more revising and what needs less revision. - before highlighting you may want to make an unhighlighted photocopy of your plan, so you can re-highlight it again in a few days - week time.

  • I tend to use 3 highlighters - one for each face on the chart - highlighting each individual broken down area of each topic - giving me an idea where to focus when I allocate time to said subject.

Once you have identified areas of the individual topics that may need extra attention, identify how well you understand the topic as a whole - here you can use the three faces as an overall measure. 

I tend to do this with a highlighted line in the box of the face for each topic - I also find it useful to put a date on when I make this identification, so when I move from 😟 -> 😕 ->😄 I know how long it took! 

 This has been a method that has worked quite effectively over the last exam period, and we’re all in the same boat - trying to find what works for us. When you annotate the life out of this revision planner and it moves from being a blank table to something full of life and writing and colour, it becomes your greatest tool and one of your best friends! 

happy studying

anonymous asked:

Hi my love. I have a problem, I really really love astrology but I really struggle with synthesizing the information & coming up with interpretations. I know the basics but reading charts is still so difficult. Any tips? (I asked someone else and they couldn't help, so I am asking you. I hope this is okay, and different than just copy and pasting)

Lol, you’re fine!

And as for your question… It’s hard to give tips because this is usually where you have to trust your own intuition and develop your own style of interpreting. This is ultimately what an astrologer has to do. Synthesize. Everybody has their own unique way of interpreting charts. However, I’ll give you some general tips that shouldn’t hurt.

General Tips on Synthesizing in Astrology

  1. If you feel something iffy in your intuition while you’re interpreting something, you are probably wrong. Trust your gut.
  2. Realize that it is very hard to read people that you don’t know. With that being said, be sure to hit the bases astrology is sure to cover. For example, with the 6th House, instead of covering pets since not everybody has a pet, be sure to focus on the work ethic and everyday routine, since everybody (hopefully) has that.
  3. However, it could be easy for you to read someone you DO know. But since you do know them, bias could take over and twist your interpretation. And speaking of bias…
  4. DO NOT LET YOUR BIAS TAKE YOU OVER. STAY AS NEUTRAL AND OPEN-MINDED AS POSSIBLE. I can’t stress this enough because it is very easy to be biased - which leads to misleading information!!
  5. If you are planning to do chart reading seriously, you have to realize every phrase you say is very important and potentially damaging to whoever is being read. The chart you reading essentially gives so much info. Be ethical, even if you’re reading someone you hate.
  6. If you find yourself stuck in an iffy spot, remember the “textbook” knowledge you’ve learned. The textbook knowledge you learn (like placements, etc) are here to guide you but it is not there to restrict your interpretation. Be sure to say things that are technically correct also.
  7. I think the biggest issue people can have with interpreting is mixing contradicting placements together. Embrace contradictions, even if society says you shouldn’t. Humans are naturally contradictory because they’re so unique and different. If you happen to see contradicting placements, intuitively see how they can work together because that’s ultimately happens in the real world.
  8. People are at different stages of their life when it comes to learning. With older and mature people, you are more likely to find people telling you that they used to be a certain way, but not anymore. With younger people, they can be more self-unaware and deny what you say. Stick to your integrity and be confident in what you have to say. The natal chart highlights someone’s strengths and weaknesses at birth. Realize that it is a starting point.
  9. Realize you’ll never be 100% accurate. You’re not gonna be 100% correct as long as you’re biased. Nobody will be 100% right. Try your best!
  10. With that being said, be open to learning something new! You’ll never know what you’ll see from certain charts and people!
G-Dragon Rises With "Untitled, 2014"; Soompi’s K-Pop Music Chart 2017, June Week 4

G-Dragon Rises With “Untitled, 2014”; Soompi’s K-Pop Music Chart 2017, June Week 4

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G-Dragon’s “Untitled, 2014” moves up nine spots to take over as our new No. 1 song this week! Due to the fact that G-Dragon’s album is in USB format and he did not come out to promote this song, “Untitled, 2014” wasn’t listed on some of our chart sources. However, it managed to win on “Inkigayo” and “Music Core” last week. Overall, it was enough to capture our top spot. Congratulations to…

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This time is about where are located the Valley of Peace and Gongmen city on the chart. I’d like to create fanon places around them, but with no knowledge about their coordinates will be impossible, so I’m asking for your help again.

A kind soul who knows about it can upload a chart with said places highlighted? Thank you, if you don’t know just reblog someone will eventually know the answer xd

@peaches2217 @cruciferousjex @thehumanishere @firecat17 @kciii @3431jessica @we-steer-the-ship @tigress15a @tigress-is-awesome

Highlight Tops Chart With "Calling You"; Soompi’s K-Pop Music Chart 2017, June Week 3

Highlight Tops Chart With “Calling You”; Soompi’s K-Pop Music Chart 2017, June Week 3

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Highlight scores their second No. 1 song on our chart this year with “Calling You.” This song debuted at No. 15 last week and jumped all the way to the top for this week, giving the boys their second No. 1 song this year. “Calling You” also won on “Music Core” and “M!Countdown” last week. Congratulations to Highlight!

“Calling You” is the title song from Highlight’s repackaged first mini-album.…

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Typical July Sells Off After 13th Trading Day

Today’s softness in the market lines up quite well with the typical July seasonal trading pattern. Based upon July’s recent 21-year performance chart DJIA, S&P 500, NASDAQ, Russell 1000 and Russell 2000 have all tracked closely to the historic pattern and today, the 14th trading day of July, has been frequently been the beginning of the summer soft spot. It is also worth reminding you that the first nine trading days of August are notoriously weak.

In the updated chart above I have highlighted this midsummer inflection point with circles and arrows for clarity. While it is encouraging that all the major US averages have just hit new all-time highs and done so many times this year. This is usually the time when markets are prone to a retreat. Throw in DC probes, investigations and presidential legal battles on top of tepid fundamentals, frothy sentiment and an overbought, cantilevered market; we are ripe for a fall.

Color Pie Friday: Aligning Black

Today’s article is a continuation of an exploration into the overlaps between the Dungeons & Dragons alignment system and Magic’s color pie. It began when I looked at how alignment matched up with the color pie. The result was that alignment is heavily weighted on White’s belief of peace and order. In addition, each axis on the alignment chart highlighted White’s conflicts with Black and Red, both enemy colors. I then asked, “Well, then could there be other alignment grids rooted in the beliefs of the other four colors?”

A few weeks ago I dove head-first into Blue’s philosophies and showed that it’s definitely possible. All you have to do is figure out Blue’s enemy-colored conflicts and portray Blue as “right” and Red & Green as “wrong.” This produces a grid that showcases Blue’s way of thinking.

Today it’s time to analyze Black’s worldviews and motivations in order to produce a grid that explains why Black thinks it’s the best. Because I can already see the controversy blooming on the horizon, remember that this article is all from Black’s perspective and is not a reflection of my ideas on Green & White nor a complete look at Green & White’s parts of the color pie. With that out of the way, let’s get into it.

The Basics of Black

If you read the article on Blue’s alignment, today’s article will be structured the same way and look very similar. For example, we can start with a basic grid that sets up our dichotomies:

As with past grids, we put our central color along the “positive” sections of the grid and the enemy colors on the “negative” sections. The top-left block is the monocolored block that represents the epitome of the color’s philosophies (This was Lawful Good on the original alignment, White’s ultimate identity.) On the bottom-right dwells Green/White, the thing Black hates the most.

Each neutral section is filled in by Black’s ally colors. These colors are also allies of Black’s enemy, so they usually take a middle-ground stance on the issue at hand (more on this later). With Blue and Red added in, the grid looks like this:

So Blue takes a neutral position in the Black/White conflict, able to side with either color. Red plays the same role in the Black/Green conflict. But what are those conflicts and how might they be expressed on an alignment grid like this?

The Philosophies of Black’s Alignment

First, we have to talk through Black’s conflicts with Green and White. In addition to looking at what each color believes, we need to figure out why Black thinks it’s the winning side of the argument.

The core of the Black/Green conflict is free will vs. determinism. Black thinks that you have the agency to make your own decisions in order to affect your life. Green believes that your actions are affected by things outside your control. Black values the power of choice, while Green values the power of fate. Its ultimate goal is power, which for Black means being in charge of its own life. A belief in any kind of predetermined action totally undercuts Black’s desires. Black is Ambitious, always striving for more and more control over its life. It values results and the ability to change things for the better. To Black, Green is Complacent. Green settles for less, showing no motivation to do anything. Black sees Green as a color that makes excuses for laziness.

The Black/White conflict is the classic bout of amorality vs. morality. Black feels that if it can do something, it should be able to do it. Nothing is off-limits to Black if it means getting the results it wants. White, however, thinks that a sense of right and wrong should govern actions, thoughts, and motivations. The main way this conflict is expressed is internalized motivation vs. externalized motivation. Black wants to do what is best for itself. Black is Independent. Black doesn’t need anyone to watch out for it since Black can take care of itself. White, however, is Subordinate, always kowtowing to the needs of others. Black thinks White is a fool for following false beliefs and sacrifice its own well-being.

These beliefs set up our two axes in Black’s alignment grid. Black is Ambitious and Independent, while its enemies are Complacent and Subordinate. Thus, Black’s grid looks like this:

Now remember that Blue and Red fill in these neutral positions. What are the philosophical reasons why?

Red sits between Black and Green, which means it also sits between the Ambitious and Complacent spectrum. In the free will vs. determinism argument, Red can’t really pick a side. It looks at Black’s sense of autonomy and says, “Eh, other things affect me all the time. If you punch me, I’m gonna get me mad. That would make me punch you back. I can’t help that.” Then again, Green thinks that the world is ordered and filled with patterns. Red chuckles and goes, “Well sure if I get punched I’ll punch back. But I can also be the one doing the punching. You could give me a flower and I might still punch you back.”

Blue sits between the Independent and Subordinate sides of the Black/White conflict. Blue is always looking for perfection, but it can be swayed on how big that goal is. Personal perfection leans towards Black’s ideas of independence, while social perfection leans towards White’s ideas of community.

Bringing It All Together

That’s a lot of information, but thankfully the alignment charts are designed to organize it all pretty conveniently. When we take the colors and what they stand for and slap them onto the grid, this is what we get:

This is a basic chart of how Black views the world. Black values ambition and self-reliance, but it can’t stand those that won’t take responsibility for their lives or who won’t work to make sure their own needs are met. But let’s take some time to break down each alignment with a little blurb.

Ambitious Independent (Black): This is the pinnacle of Black’s philosophy. These people have a goal and actively pursue it until they achieve it. They don’t rely on anyone’s help, only using assistance as a means to an end. They put their own needs before the needs of anyone else.

Neutral Independent (Red/Black): The most egocentrically reckless alignment thrives on disorder. They see themselves as a wild stallion with the power to do literally anything they want. Nobody puts restrictions on these people, who will desperately fight for their personal liberty.

Complacent Independent (Green/Black): These people enjoy being autonomous in their life, but they’re not really looking to change much about how they life. They’re fine with whatever happens to them, as they have the confidence and resources to ensure their survival.

Ambitious Neutral (Black/Blue): This is the group most result-oriented group. Whether they work for themselves or work for others, they want to get things done. They are people with clear-cut goals and a concrete plan to achieve them.

True Neutral (Red/Blue): This is the most balanced part of Black’s alignment grid. They may ambitious in some aspects of their life, but not others. Sometimes they’ll act in their own interest and sometimes they’ll act in the interests of others. They’re generally not focused enough on one part of their life to make significant change in it. They may be heavily conflicted individuals that have trouble choosing a path.

Complacent Neutral (Green/Blue): These people see everything as a part of a great system of interconnected parts. They see that everything has a cause and revel in looking back at how today got to be where it is. They’re not interested in trying to innovate, preferring to take what the world gives them.

Ambitious Subordinate (Black/White): They have lofty goals, working hard to change the world for the sake of others. They don’t necessarily want to help everyone, but the fact that they may compromise their own well-being for someone else means that they’re not totally self-serving.

Neutral Subordinate (Red/White): This group makes almost all of its decisions based on external factors. They will work in service of other people, ideals, or laws. They are the most self-sacrificial group, always willing to put their lives on the line for what they believe in.

Complacent Subordinate (Green/White): These people just go with the flow. They let the world happen to them and are perfectly fine with how things turn out. When the world gives them lemons, they don’t even make lemonade. They just eat lemons.

By the nature of the way these grids are set up, each one will be missing two different color pairs. For Black’s grid, it’s missing White/Blue and Red/Green. These pairs will probably end up in the bottom-left and top-right corners, respectively. White/Blue would tend to be more subordinate than independent, while Red/Green would tend to be more complacent than ambitious.

This incongruence speaks to an important thing to keep in mind when looking at these alignment grids: the colors on the grid don’t necessarily perfectly reflect the color pairs that appear. These grids are best used as a way to delve into a particular color’s philosophy at a different angle. This is a map of Black’s values, not a blueprint to the color pie.

The Final Grid

Of course, what better way to showcase the fact that colors are much more complicated than a simple alignment grid than by placing some planeswalkers on it? Let’s see here:

So while some characters might line up with the colors on Black’s grid, they don’t necessarily have to. After all, it’s going to take five whole alignment grids to match the basics of the color pie.

But what are the fruits of today’s labors? We learned an awful lot about what Black values and what it hates seeing in others. Black is the color that focuses the most on itself, making it the most independent and self-reliant color. Black hates when others make decisions for it and loathes having to play by someone else’s rules. Black is confident that it knows what it needs, and no other color is going to stop it getting what it wants.

Join me next week, planeswalkers, when things get a little messy.


* UMN is the motoneuron that undergoes pyramidal decussation.  

* If the UMN lesion is ABOVE pyramidal decussation the pt will experience spastic paralysis CONTRALATERAL and below the lesion

* If the UMN lesion is BELOW pyramidal decussation, the spastic paralysis will be IPSILATERAL and below the lesion.

* LMN lesion will manifest as FLACID paralysis IPSILATERAL and at the level of the lesion.

In other words…

  • Lesions above pyramidal decussation, motor deficit will be CONTRALATERAL
  • If it’s below pyramidal decussation, is IPSILATERAL
  • UMN lesion: spastic paralysis BELOW lesion
  • LMN lesion: flacid paralysis AT THE LEVEL of lesion

*** In this chart, I highlighted the 2 characteristics that are unique of each motoneuron. As you can tell, all of them are the opposite, except those 2***

Tumbling crude a possible early warning sign

Typically at this time of the year crude oil would still be enjoying a rally off of its February lows as the North American summer driving season lifts demand and pulls prices higher until sometime in early July (lower pane of above chart highlighted by blue arrows). This has not been the situation this year. Crude oil rallied off a November low to an early January peak just above $55 per barrel. It hung out around that level through early-March before entering its current downtrend. Crude’s losses really accelerated at the start of this month and it traded under $43 per barrel earlier today. Using the standard 20% decline from peak as the rule, crude oil is now in a bear market.

In the above chart, crude oil’s continuously-linked, non-adjusted, front month futures contract daily price is plotted. It is an ugly chart at this moment, with a series of lower lows and lower highs. It has plunged through projected monthly support (horizontal green dashed line), its 50-day moving average (solid magenta line) has plunged below its 200-day moving average (solid red line) tracing out a bearish death cross and Stochastic, relative strength and MACD indicators are all negative. Crude has not yet broken below its November closing low (solid green line) but could do so any day. The next level of support would be last August’s closing lows right around $39.50 (solid black line). 

Crude oil supply is more than ample while demand, at least here in the U.S. appears to be flat at best to lower at worst. There are more alternative energy sources available today than any other time in the past and economies are becoming more efficient with crude’s use, but persistent price weakness could be a warning sign that the global economy is not as strong as it appears. The Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow model is also showing signs of growth cooling as it now predicts Q2 GDP at 2.9%, down from 3.2% on June 14 and 4.0% on June 1. Slipping Q2 growth expectations could lead to a similar effect on Q2 corporate earnings expectations which in turn could lead to a choppy market in Q3.


There are good odds that both Wednesday’s story and EGS:NP comics will be posted during the day Wednesday. Here’s why:

I recently got a “Sleep Cycle” app on my iPhone, and contrary to what usually happens when I get some helpful app, I’ve actually been using it.

The data its gathered is basically that I’d been averaging five hours of sleep and never once going to bed at the same time over the course of a week. I suppose that second part was something I knew, but the app flung a chart at me highlighting just how absurdly random my sleep schedule has been.

I work from home and mostly on comics that take variable times to complete. I’m also playing catch up, behind on sketchbooks and the like, and it’s resulted in me going “I will sleep whenever”.

I’ve concluded this is a horrible plan, because seriously, how the hell am I supposed to have steady circadian rhythm when I’m going to bed at a different time every night?

Long story short, I’m going to be adhering to a sleep schedule. If I’m not done with whatever I’m doing at bed time, I’ll have to pick up where I left off in the morning. I’m basically asking for lethargy, depression, and sickness if I don’t, and all of those things are ultimately worse for the comic’s schedule than an update being delayed by a few hours, and stuff winds up being delayed anyway, so what’s the point of putting off sleep in the long run?

The timing of this decision is why I say there’s good odds of the story and EGS:NP comics for Wednesday being “during the day” updates. I’ve been so behind on sleep that intentionally slept late today, AND I’m forcing myself to adhere to a bed time. The math says “you’re PROBABLY not gonna get done with those before bed, yo”’

In the long run, however, this should do a lot more for update regularity than staying up stupid late ever could.