Effective Tarot Questions

Questions should be focused on yourself and your experience rather than someone else. For example the third question to follow is the most appropriate to ask rather than putting the focus on another person …

What is the reason behind Jamie’s bad grades at school?
How can I help Jamie get better grades at school?
What role do I play in Jamie getting bad grades at school?

Questions to Avoid

The Tarot cannot provide specific data such as dates or names. It is also unable to answer with a simple yes or no. So…

  • Avoid questions that ask for a time-related answer.
  • Avoid questions that require a name as their answer.
  • Avoid questions that would need a yes or no answer.
  • Avoid questions that require a choice between one thing and another. (In this instance it is better to gain more information in a reading and then for you to make this decision).

Effective Questions

Effective questions should be of a positive nature in order to attract constructive insight. Ask how to create something in your life rather than focusing on any negatives. They may begin something like this…

  • What is the energy surrounding …
  • What is the meaning / lesson of …
  • What is going on when …
  • What are the circumstances underlying …
  • What do I need to know about …
  • What do I need to know to decide on …
  • What do I need to understand / know about …
  • What do I need to know to get along better with …
  • What can I do to reconnect with …
  • How might I …
  • How can I resolve …
  • How can I advance …
  • How can I improve …
  • How can I improve my chances of …
  • How can I improve my relationship with …
  • How can I improve my ability to …
  • How can I make the transition from … to …
  • Can you help me find a way to …
  • Can you help me understand why …
  • Can you give me insight into …


Connect and develop ideas. History is based on a succession of events so having the correct order is key. Ensure that your notes follow a chronological order.  Books often cover events in lots of detail which it’s often not necessary to memorise. Instead, try to connect the facts. Mindmaps can be very useful n visualising these connections. Here’s a guide to mindmaps.

Use timelines to learn the order. You can make them on paper, or you can make interactive online timelines.

Learn how to read History

Know the key data. Relating dates and names is an important part of studying history. Using flashcards is a great way to do this.

Films. There are lots of great films available with depict historical events. Some of them deviate from history, but if you can find an accurate one, they’re a great resource!

Use a wide variety of primary and secondary sources! It’s important to use both types of sources to gain a full understanding of an event/period.

Other resources. See if there are other resources available, like summaries, practice questions, and quizzes. Sparknotes is a great place to start.

Practice your essays! It’s important to practice, and develop your writing style.

stuff i kinda just decided about pearl months and months ago when i first started watching SU that I have now headcanoned for so long that I get confused that it’s not canon:

  • she talks to herself a lot when nobody’s watching. she also talks to the picture of rose on the wall a lot when nobody’s watching. steven catches her sometimes but doesn’t say anything.
  • she has a near-photographic visual memory but is much more forgetful than she’d like to admit when it comes to left-brainy data like names and dates. she overcomes this by visualizing things like that when she needs to commit them to memory, but she has to concentrate hard to not show holograms of them while she does it
  • steven’s house is a prefab model but she *heavily* adapted the blueprints to suit her opinions about what it should be like and expected everyone to just Go With It
  • she secretly kinda likes disco music. it reminds her of music on homeworld.
  • she projects humanlike personality traits onto cars and machines and talks to them sometimes while she’s tinkering with them and she knows this is irrational so she tries not to talk to much about it but greg knows because he has a front-row seat to it with the van. and at this point peridot probably knows too
  • it pisses her off when people tell her she’s pretty. which again she knows is irrational (and rude! sheesh it’s a compliment) but like. she was made to be pretty. she didn’t put any effort into that. it’s so beside the point does anybody wanna talk about rocket engines
pretty star words: a-e
  • ablation: the process by where the atmosphere melts away and removes the surface material of an incoming meteorite
  • achondrite: a stone meteorite that contains no chondrules
  • apastron: the point of greatest separation of two stars, such as in a binary star system
  • catena: a series or chain of craters
  • chaos: a distinctive area of broken terrain
  • chasma: canyon
  • corona: the outer part of the sun's atmosphere. the corona is visible from earth during a total solar eclipse
  • eccentricity: the measure of how an object's orbit differs from a perfect circle. eccentricity defines the shape of an object's orbit
  • ephemeris: a table of data arranged by date. ephemeris tables are typically to list the positions of the sun, moon, planets and other solar system objects.

Additional Rights Acquired for Date A Live, Red Data Girl, Karneval, and Code:Breaker

Flower Mound, TX (Feb. 21, 2014) – FUNimation announced today that they have acquired the home video rights to the following anime series: Date A Live, Red Data Girl, Karneval, and Code:Breaker. Please see below for additional information on each title.

 From the studio that brought you Cat Planet Cuties and the director of Jormungand comes a hilarious new series. Watch what happens when dating sims and reality shows collide in Date A Live.

 Date A Live synopsis:

 30 years ago, a disaster known as a spacequake obliterated the center of Eurasia without warning, leaving 150 million corpses in its wake. Ever since that day, mankind has lived in constant fear of the spontaneously recurring spacequakes.

 One day, an ordinary high school boy named Shido Itsuka discovers a mysterious girl at ground zero of a recent spacequake. Shido learns, through the help of his sister Kotori, that the girl is one of the Spirits: mystical creatures responsible for the genesis of the spacequakes. As captain of the anti-Spirit airship Ratatoskr, Kotori recruits Shido to help “seal” the sprits, thus ending their threat to mankind.

 There’s just one catch: the only way to seal a spirit – is to make her fall in love with you.

 Date A Live will be available in June 2014. Catch up on episodes on

 From P.A.Works, the studio behind such beautifully rendered works as Hanasaku Iroha and Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea, comes a series where stunning animation and raw emotional power take center stage. See why Anime News Network calls Red Data Girl “one of the year’s best series.”

 Red Data Girl synopsis:

 Izumiko is a fifteen year old outcast who was raised inseclusion at an ancient shrine hidden deep within the forest. This mysterious teenager destroys any electrical device she attempts to use, and her painful shyness has left her with few, if any, friends. Her world begins to evolve after enrolling in Houjou Academy, a school home to students of supernatural origins. Accompanied by her fated guardian, the brooding monk-in-training Miyuki, Izumiko soon discovers the shocking truth about herself: she is a vessel for the spirt of a powerful and vengeful goddess from a time long since passed. As her bond with Miyuki growns stronger, the spirit lurking within Izumiko begins to awaken. Can this fragile beauty learn to control her newfound power– or will the secret she carries make her the enemy of all mankind?

 Red Data Girl will be available on DVD in June 2014.  Catch up on the series on

 Based on the manga by Touya Mikanagi and from the studio behind such hits as Deadman Wonderland, Michiko & Hatchin, and the Sacred Blacksmith. Karneval isa dark, twisted sideshow feature that blurs the line between fairy tale and nightmare.

 Karneval synopsis:

 Armed with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue, Nai searches for someone dear to him. After a run in with a pick-pocket named Gareki, the two find themselves involved in a government set-up that leaves them wanted criminals. Desperate and on-the-run, Nai and Gareki turn to the country’s most powerful defense organization – “Circus” – for help.

 Karneval will be available in June 2014.  Watch episodes on

 From the director of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and the studio behind .hack//Quantum.

 Code:Breaker synopsis:

 Sakura’s normal day is interrupted by a shocking sight: people burning alive in a blue fire – even as one nearby boy remains unharmed by the flames. When Sakura meets the boy, Rei, at school, she learns he’s no simple transfer student. He’s also a Code:Breaker, a government assassin with strange powers. Troubled by Rei’s deadly secret, Sakura sets out to show him the importance of life.

 Code:Breaker will be available on BD/DVD Combo in June 2014. Check out episodes on


Common infections and minor injuries — treatable now for decades — will once again become potential killers.

News release 30 APRIL 2014 | WHO, Geneva 
The new WHO report provides the most comprehensive picture
of antibiotic resistance to date, with data from 114 countries.

Antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country. 

Antibiotic resistance–when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work to treat infections–is now a major threat to public health.

“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” says Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security. “Effective antibiotics have been one of the pillars allowing us to live longer, live healthier, and benefit from modern medicine. Unless we take significant actions to improve efforts to prevent infections and also change how we produce, prescribe and use antibiotics, the world will lose more and more of these global public health goods and the implications will be devastating.”

The report focuses on antibiotic resistance in seven different bacteria responsible for common, serious diseases such as bloodstream infections (sepsis), diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhea. The results are cause for high concern, documenting resistance to antibiotics, especially “last resort” antibiotics, in all regions of the world.

  • The treatment of last resort for life-threatening infections caused by a common intestinal bacteria, Klebsiella pneumoniae is carbapenem antibiotics.  Resistance to this has spread to all regions of the world. (K. pneumoniae is a major cause of hospital-acquired infections such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections, infections in newborns and intensive-care unit patients.)
    In some countries … carbapenem antibiotics do not work in more than half of people treated for K. pneumoniae infections.
  • Fluoroquinolones are one of the most widely used antibacterial medicines for the treatment of urinary tract infections caused by E. coli– Resistance is now very widespread.
    In the 1980s, when these drugs were first introduced, resistance was virtually zero. Today, there are countries in many parts of the world where this treatment is now ineffective in more than half of patients.
  • More than 1 million people are infected with gonorrhea around the world every day. The last resort of treatment for gonorrhea is third generation cephalosporins, but treatment failure has been confirmed in Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Norway, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom. 
  • Antibiotic resistance causes people to be sick for longer and increases the risk of death. For example, people with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) are estimated to be 64% more likely to die than people with a non-resistant form of the infection. Resistance also increases the cost of health care with lengthier stays in hospital and more intensive care required.

Read more about WHO’s first global report on antibiotic resistance …

Transgender Americans Have Been Registering Their Transitions With Social Security Since 1936

Transgender rights may seem like the hot new issue in America today, but transgender people have been around—and have been making contact with the government—for at least the past few generations. That’s according to a fascinating analysis published last week by the United States Census Bureau.

For the analysis, Census Bureau economist Benjamin Cerf Harris looked through Social Security Administration data dating back to the administration’s inception in 1936. Harris sought records of people who had changed their first names from something that’s strongly associated (at least 90 percent of the time) with one gender, to something that’s strongly associated with another gender. He found that, since 1936, more than 135,000 Americans have putatively transitioned genders and registered a new name with Social Security as part of their transition. At least a few folks make this change in every year of Harris’ data.

Read more.

I think technology is a really useful tool to bring people together. But at the end of the day, it’s up to us. Technology has made a lot of things in life much more efficient, much easier. Love is something that takes work. And it takes work even if you found your soulmate… the person that you are looking for who is the perfect person for you. You both still have to put in some effort.

And technology can’t solve for that critical element of any relationship. For love to endure, it takes human capital. It takes sweat equity, understanding – and it takes people.

—  Amy Webb, who data-hacked online dating to find her soulmate, in an altogether fantastic episode of NPR’s TED Radio Hour on how we find love.