I am too cowardly to actually say this on Facebook
Preface: i am horrified by the events in Charlottesville this past weekend and by the rise of white nationalist sentiment in the U.S. I have no intention to denigrade the importance of paying attention to those things.
A lot of my organizer FB friends are posting calls to action with the addendum “we are in an emergency! This is not the time to do self-care!”
So, here’s the first thing. The world has never stopped being an emergency. It was an emergency this time last week, this time last year, this time ten years ago. Right now, 200,000 children are at risk of death from malnutrition in Sudan. Thousands of children die from preventable diseases every single day. 25 million chickens are slaughtered every single day.
If we focus on ethnic conflicts (which this whole white supremacy thing is?), there’s one of those going on in Myanmar that’s fucking brutal. If we focus on our own country or states? Something like 80 people die every day in the U.S. from opioid overdose. There are 20,000 homeless students in the state of Oregon.
Everything has been an emergency since long before any of this stuff with the alt-right blew up.
I am absolutely not saying that standing up to white supremacy isn’t worthwhile or necessary. It is!
I am just balking at the rhetoric that “now is NOT the time to do self care or tune out!”
There are a lot of people out there who are already embedded in The Work ™ of making the world better. They might be working on the big global problems or the smaller subtler ones, that’s fine. But when you are embedded in your work, you are going to need to do self care sometimes. “Put on your own oxygen mask first”, as they say.
I am probably saying all of this for nothing since these calls to action are ostensibly not directed at me anyway, they’re directed at the supposedly complacent folks on the sidelines, whatever. There’s a lot of these calls to action going around now, even non-organizers are getting in on it. But as long as there aren’t concrete actions associated with it, there’s only so much I can do but tune these out (not tuning out the news, by the way. Just tuning out Facebook chatter.)
Usually, if a sea star gets an infection in an arm, it has a trick up its sleeve: The limb drops off and the sea star builds a new one.
But in 2013, scientists studying the early days of what they later named sea star wasting disease noticed that the new infection progressed too quickly for the critters to regenerate their way to health.It’s a gruesome fate.
The creature shifts from healthy starfish to detached limbs wandering the seafloor and bodies made of mush, and all in less than two days.And the disease isn’t picky about what kind of sea stars it infects; scientists estimate it hit between 15 and 20 species along the Pacific Coast of North America.
The Hanahaki Disease is an illness born from severe one-sided love, where the patient throws up flower petals until they suffocate to death. The only cure is to have that love reciprocated, or to undergo surgery to remove the plant which wipes all memories and feelings for their beloved.
It starts on a Monday.
Jian Yi’s throat has been increasingly scratchy, ever since he saw the love letter tucked in that girl’s palm.
Here are one hundred adventure seeds you can use to
generate ideas for your adventures and campaigns.
A ancient and evil balor sorcerer imprisons old friends of the
player characters, holding them hostage in return for a
A band of several death slaadi rogues and sorcerers
begins to waylay all planar travelers who chance
through their recently claimed turf on the Astral Plane.
A ranger hero recognized around the world begins to
organize a group of explorers for reasons unknown…
A bardic college develops a style of music that charms
and dominates any that listen to it too long.
A beholder cluster, made up of many beholders driven mad, begins to war with lesser beholder communities,
apparently all seeking a beholder artifact.
A prominent deity grows sick and will die if the cause of
its divine ill is not discovered.
A beloved prophecy long accepted as true fails to
occur because of the characters’ meddling, and the
world turns against them…
A blinding, yellow haze seeps down from the sky,
covering the world…
A celestial tree hundreds of miles long reaches its
roots down and begins to grow on the world’s
surface. Creatures from other worlds live in the
heights of the tree.
A child is born who prophecy indicates will one day
ascend to godhood.
A black disease blights the forest, killing all vegetation
as it continues to expand without limit at an ever-accelerating
A clan of psionic militants breaks away from the
kingdom — literally. A huge chunk of land hundreds of
acres wide floats up and away (taking with it many
terrified non-psionic people).
A conjunction of parallel planes somehow energizes a
lowly peasant to the power of a greater deity — but only
until the conjunction ends.
A cross-time catastrophe has cut off the Material Plane
from all others.
A dragon kills the ruler of the largest nation and takes
over, calling itself the Dragon King.
A flaw in a true resurrection spell leaves one player character
undead by night and alive by day.
A floating city arrives from across the sea, apparently
fleeing the depredations of the Warlord, a barbarian of an epic caliber.
A flock of angelic avengers and celestials is ravaging across the continent.
A meeting is called by a storm giant blackguard.
Powerful giants from around the world (and
other worlds) begin to congregate. Though no one knows the meaning of this calling…
A glorious gemstone in which the first light of creation
still lingers is purportedly languishing in an ancient,
A great chase ensues through endless parallel dimensions
as wizard researchers follow the faint trail of the
long-vanished elder elves.
A group of gargoyle paragons claims the Cathedral of
Pelor as its own new home.
A hero of renown (a quasi-deity, really) is to be wed to
an elven prince, but the prince’s royal family claims the
prince is under a spell.
A hole is gouged in the veil separating life and death.
As the tide of life pours out into the void, all creatures
everywhere begin to die as they accumulate negative
levels. The hole must be mended.
A red dragon and two of its siblings emerge from a
red-lit cavern in the earth.
A lesser deity declares the PCs as its mortal enemies,
enjoining all its worshipers and allies to find and slay
A longstanding illusion is pierced, revealing that the
king is nowhere to be found, and that all dictates of
the kingdom have been actually flowing from the
A new deity decides to leave the Outer Planes to set up
its palace on the face of the Material Plane. Once it
arrives, it demands worshipers and servitors.
A mad chronomancer with a mastery of time, has determined how to destroy the past (and
therefore the present). Unless it can be stopped, time
itself will unravel.
A planar conjunction will soon come to pass, allowing
the legions of hell (or worse) direct access to a
selected part of the Material Plane for 24 hours. It
can’t be stopped, but some famous characters may attempt to
defend key cities or strongholds from the onslaught.
A player character’s heart is stolen and replaced with a
magical gem or a strange alchemical creation. Who
knows how long the replacement will last?
A powerful wizards’ guild enters all-out war with the
dominant religious order of the world.
A quasi-deity wants an escort as it ventures into the
Abyss to release a companion quasi-deity from bondage.
A rogue moon threatens to crash down upon the
world, ending all life.
A sentient spell-virus is raging out of control among
spellcasters. All who fall victim to it become part of one
unified mind controlled by a malign intelligence.
A species of “fish” introduced from another plane has
provided good eating and relief from famine over the
last year. Now, thousands (possibly millions?) of the fish-like
creatures begin a sudden growth spurt, transforming en
masse into terribly powerful and bloodthirsty predators.
A splinter community of humans evolves into a
sub-race sporting strange and variant powers.
A syndicate of assassins dramatically expands its
membership by introducing a mind-control potion
into a city’s water supply.
A team of nightmares draws a chariot driven by a
powerful fighter into the city.
A titan seeks those brave enough to release it from its
age-long bondage; its rescuers may face the wrath of
A vampire scion from another plane begins to conquer
world after world with the help of a reforged artifact of
legend, Midnight’s Heart.
A volcano erupts. In the aftermath, a portal to the City
of Brass on the Elemental Plane of Fire remains open
A well-known wizards’ guild’s magical dumping ground
of failed experiments and stale spell components
A wizard attempting to summon a powerful devil slips
up and somehow summons an abomination instead:
an infernal lord of the hells.
A wizard claims to have developed an epic spell ritual
that, if cast, will slay a deity.
All magic items crafted from a particular city begin to
bestow negative effects on their owners with each use.
All who fall asleep on a selected world cannot be awakened
and eventually die in their sleep. Exhaustion is beginning to take a hold on even the greatest heroes of its realm…
An adventuring party stumbles upon the tomb prison
of an long dead half-god and releases it.
An anti-magic plague is released by an unknown agency,
causing sickness and eventually death to any who
prepare or cast arcane spells.
An artifact belonging to one of the characters must be
destroyed, lest some great catastrophe, which has
secretly been gathering, come to pass.
An artifact capable of forever dominating all red dragons everywhere
An enclave of gnomes customizes an iron colossus
into a walking war platform.
A group of NPCs known for good deeds suddenly
embarks on a death spree, murdering merchants and
A group of NPCs decides to destroy the PC adventurers,
for reasons that are initially obscure.
A sentient, free roaming, self-casting disintegrate spell
breaks loose from a wizard’s laboratory.
A legendary paladin leads a crusade to hell.
An inter-dimensional caravan must float on the River
Styx through the dangers of several lower planes.
Spirits begin to manifest from machines as complicated
as simple steam-powered wheels — is it a warning
from the gods of the forge to desist?
Angry druids raise the beasts, animals, and dire
animals of the wild, intent on beginning a new world
order in which nature comes first.
As the world ages, frequent earthquakes threaten to
plunge the major nations under the sea.
Blue-skinned merchants begin to sell enormously popular
items composed of dreamstuff — “mined from the
very dreams of a deity,” claim the merchants.
Deeper than the Underdark, the world is discovered
to be hollow. Hanging in that vast opening is an
unknown, uncharted inner world of strangeness.
Dwarf miners follow a vein of adamantine to a hinged
valve sealed with divine magic of an age older than any
of the current deities.
A group of seemingly amateur rogues steal the magical scepter of the
Evil opportunists slay the Guardian of the Flame of
Destiny, hoping to remold the Law of Reality to their
Ghosts of every sort begin to rise again, and they won’t
recognize their own undead state.
Mind flayers successfully gain control of a surface
nation, plunging the region into permanent darkness.
Jade pyramids of prodigious size rise from the earth.
Sounds unlike any heard before echo faintly from
within their stony cores.
Construct-like creatures of insane complexity called
“machines” move across the land, preparing the way
for a larger invasion of automated entities.
Magic begins to fail, supposedly because it is being
“used up” faster than it naturally regenerates.
Mercenary half-dragons who ride chromatic dragons as
steeds sell their swords (and spells) to an evil empire.
Newborns begin to be born without souls.
Off-plane raiders begin to steal people away for use as
slaves and food.
Once every ten years a small cave provides access into
a magical, underground world where all living beings
give off colorful light, ruled by mysterious fey lords
with mysterious agendas.
One of the player characters learns about his or her
real mother or father — in fact, that parent was a
demon, and that demon has come calling.
Planetars and solars bring heaven’s war to the Material
Plane, slaying any and all they deem evil or immoral.
Chromatic dragons decide that their “species” is the
only true draconic race, and they begin a campaign of
genocide against all other dragon types.
Several well-known cities and all their inhabitants
suddenly disappear without a trace. More could follow…
Someone is breaking the Seven Seals that maintain the
integrity of the multiverse…
The ancient Great Library has secret vaults where the
Words Once Spoken are supposedly inscribed in the
Book of Sleep. To speak them again would remake the
The Clock that Rules the Universe is under attack by
insane gnome alchemists, who are raiding it for parts.
The End Times threaten to begin.
The gods of Law put all humanoid races on trial for
The Lord High Priest of Pelor denounces her deity and
The most feared and reviled weapon of legend, an artifact
sword that drains life energy with a touch, is lost
by its owner.
The Mother of Spiders emerges from her Cocoon of a Million Years
to find a mate for her next spawning.
A vast necropolis undergoes a mystical transformation.
Now, each coffin, sarcophagus, and mausoleum leads
to separate cemetery dimensions and realms of death.
The PCs’ stronghold mysteriously gains new extra-dimensional
halls and rooms of unknown origin,
content, and extent.
The populace decides that they want one of the PCs as
their new ruler, which doesn’t please the current ruler.
The secret texts of a prominent religion, recently
discovered, call into question the church’s real goal, its
actual origin, and the agenda of its god.
The souls of a good queen and her family are drawn
into the Abyss by an unknown demonic agency.
The spirits of the dead begin to possess the bodies of
the living at an ever-accelerating rate.
The sun is infested with moon-sized parasites, and
may soon fail like so many other stars have fallen to
this celestial infestation.
The winter, which was overly cold, lasts too long — the goddess of winter, Auril, is suspected to be the cause…
The woods begin to grow without bound, invading
field, plain, and city.
The yuan-ti attempt to awaken the Slumbering Serpent,
a little-known abomination born of their own race and
a god of serpents.
Twenty percent of all astral travelers begin to disappear
in mid-trip. Mid-travel diversion spells are suspected.
Two parallel planes move too close to each other, and
denizens and objects of one constantly slip onto the
other, and vice versa.
Unless stopped, an ancient demi-lich will inject itself
onto the Negative Energy Plane, where it can possess
any undead anywhere in the multiverse.
When a friend or a respected associate is resurrected,
the soul returned to the body has different memories
from the original. Whence does this soul come?
Ever since the unicorn frappucino was released, I’ve seen an uptick in “diabeetus” jokes. I’ve also seen people posting pictures of candy and cake and saying “Look at my diabeetus ha ha ha,” as if diabetes is some type of joke.
Diabetes is not a frappucino. There is no such thing as “diabetes on a plate” or “diabetes in a cup.” Let me tell you what diabetes actually is.
Diabetes is a small child dying of ketoacidosis because the doctor in the ER thought that child had the flu.
Diabetes is parents who can’t sleep through the night because they have to get up and check their child’s blood sugar during the night to make sure their child hasn’t gone into insulin shock or diabetic coma.
Diabetes is waking up in the middle of the floor covered in bruises and rug burn because you fell asleep after taking insulin but before eating the food that you took the insulin for, and your blood sugar crashed, causing you to fall off the couch and have a seizure.
Diabetes is having to decide whether there is enough insulin to last until you get paid or whether you will skip a meal or two so that you can take less insulin and save money on groceries.
Diabetes is not getting enough sleep because your blood sugar was too high, meaning that you got out of bed to go to the bathroom multiple times, or too low, meaning that you got out of bed to treat the low and then stayed awake to be sure it didn’t go low again.
Diabetes is going to a trendy eating place and discovering they don’t serve diet drinks because “aspartame is poison” and having them tell you to drink orange juice instead.
Diabetes is finding out that your kidneys or eyesight or digestive system or circulation is failing after you’ve lived with the disease for decades.
Diabetes is having people say “So lose weight and it will go away” or “Your kid got that because you fed them too much sugar”.
Diabetes is living every day with a disease that you know could shorten your lifespan while politicians blame people who have your disease for costing the health care system money, as if it’s your fault your immune system decided to attack you.
Yes you, over there! What do you know about diabetes?
No, it’s not being fat, and it’s actually more complicated than not eating sugar.
Well, since it seems most people don’t know that much about it, for World Diabetes Day, we’re gonna do a quick crash course.
There are two kinds of diabetes: Type 1 (formerly known as ‘Juvenile Diabetes’) and Type 2.
Type 2 is the more commonly known type. This can come about from flooding your body with more sugar than it can process. While many type 2 diabetics do have larger body types, they are not the only ones. Even if you are burning off the calories that you eat, your body still has to process the sugar you feed it, and while it you can’t get diabetes by eating healthy foods, nearly everything has sugar in it- bread, sauces, and even fruits and veggies all have sugar.
Type 1 is by far the lesser known of the two, for all that it is fairly common. No one knows exactly what contributes to Type 1, though there are many factors that are suspected to have a hand in it. Type 1 Diabetes is an irreversible autoimmune disease where your body’s immune system recognizes your body’s beta cells as foreign entities and destroys them. Beta cells are found in the pancreas and are responsible for producing insulin to break down sugar.
As of yet, there are no proven cures for Diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetics sometimes can technically ignore their Diabetes without fatal consequences. However, this can lead to serious health issues, including loss of nerve function in the feet (hence all those commercials you see on tv), irritability, and general unhealthiness. Type 1 Diabetics cannot.
Living with Diabetes is manageable, but some days it can be tough. Some of the realities kinda suck. To list a few:
- giving yourself a shot every time you eat or else wearing a pump
- managing your numbers every day
- screwing up your numbers can mean anything from feeling dizzy to death depending on the situation
- needing to carry insulin and a kit everywhere
- needing to know the nutritional facts of everything you eat, or at least be able to make an accurate guess
So, in order to help your friends with Diabetes, here are some things you can do to help them out (A/N: many of these are geared more towards Type 1):
- do not tell them that they cannot eat sugar. Especially if they are full grown. They know their bodies and their limits, and it is insulting to insinuate otherwise. (Besides which, this is inherently untrue, otherwise they would all die as everything has sugar of some kind. Diabetics just need to dose themselves with insulin to eat it.)
- do not harass them about their kits. Yes, it looks like they are taking drugs. Yes, they’ve heard that joke about a million times. No, it is not funny or okay to inform teachers that they are taking drugs. That is discrimination and bullying, and nobody needs that.
- if somebody close to you has Diabetes, ask them to teach you how and when to use their glucagon pen just in case. Also, keep hard candies, juice boxes, or other fast-release sugar sources on hand.
- give them the recipes of the food you make them. This will make their lives so much easier. Homemade food is nearly impossible to measure accurately, especially without at least an ingredients list.
- provide protein (i.e. cheese, beef) with meals, as it is one of the few things Diabetics can eat without dosing (though, if it’s drowned in sauce, this is no longer true)
- give them prep time if you want to plan trips. Lantus (long term insulin used for sleeping) needs a fridge. Insulin kits and snacks must be packed.
- do not pull on their pumps. Pumps are attached to the body like IVs- under the skin. This hurts.
- be generally accepting of their dietary needs and do not get frustrated when accommodating them. Remember, this is their life every day, a bit of inconvenience for their sake can go a long way.
- do not call them fat, or shame them for their Diabetes.
- DO NOT provide people who ask for diet soda with regular soda. This is not a joke. I don’t care how you feel about dieting, Diabetes is often not a visible thing, and while diet soda is okay to drink without dosing, regular soda will throw your numbers out of whack in a dangerous way.
tylerl_hoechlinThe last few days have been some of the saddest, and most shameful days that I’ve ever witnessed in this country in my lifetime. They’ve also been some of the bravest and proudest. Witnessing the actions and hearing the words of the people who have spoken up and out against the hate and intolerance that some in this country still display, preach, and harbor.
These repulsive groups, the KKK, neo-nazis, white supremacists, teach hate, and spout rhetoric that is beyond closed and small minded. It’s nauseating. My parents always taught us to love and respect every person the same. So clearly, that it is hard to even comprehend that someone could feel this much hate and intolerance for another human being. But this is sadly all too clear.
If anyone has not seen the VICE News ( @vicenews ) story about Charlottesville, I urge you to watch it. It brought me to tears to see so graphically and openly this demonstration of hatred. But we must have our eyes open and we must acknowledge what is happening if we are ever going to hope to one day truly overcome this most horrific of diseases, this racism that still lives on. Many have said this, and I’m only going to echo it, hate is taught, and it has to stop.
To Heather Heyer’s family, friends, and loved ones, I offer my sincerest condolences. To say the words spoken by Heather’s mother at the memorial were brave and inspiring, would be a severe understatement.
“This scar? It’s from when I had hanahaki disease and I needed to have flowers removed from my lungs. I’m okay, but it’s like, I’m terrified of developing any crushes now.” AU
Character A has been cycling through the hanahaki disease. They’ll be coughing up flowers for a few weeks, but fine the next. Character A is the type of person who picks up crushes and passes on pretty easily…but their one-sided crush on Character B is lasting an unusually long time.
While hanging out with their friends, Character C has to keep excusing
themself to go to the bathroom and cough. Characters A and B figure that
Character C is just having allergies, until Character A begins to find
flower petals around Character C’s apartment.
“So I googled my symptoms and apparently coughing up flowers means that I
have the hanahaki disease…but I don’t have an unrequited crush on
anybody? At least, I don’t feel like I do?” AU
Character A is secretly in love with their best friend, Character B, but doesn’t want to admit it and has been hiding their symptoms of the hanahaki disease from everybody. One day though, Character A accidentally walks in on Character B as Character B coughs out a mouthful of petals. Turns out that Character B has been hiding their symptoms as well.
It’s known that Character B has hanahaki disease, but they don’t want to admit who they have a crush on and so their symptoms have just been getting worse over time. While hanging out with Character A one day, Character B suddenly doubles over coughing and unable to breath because of the amount of flowers in their lungs.
“I thought that I had a crush on you, but even after admitting my feelings and having you reciprocate them, the flowers in my lungs haven’t gone away.” AU
Request: Can I get a Sub Jungkook smut where their on the couch and he cums in his pants while the reader is grinding on him on his lap and dirty talks to him in his ear??? Thanks☺️☺️☺️
Word Count: 6.9k words (heh heh)
Let me ruin you goddammit
one thing straight. You never claimed to be a good person, never did charity
work, never been the perfect daughter for your parents. And you sure as hell wasn’t someone’s little
You did what
you want, who you wanted and slipped out of their sheets before they murmur
good morning in your ear. You were a ‘no strings attached’ girl, making sure
that you would never become someone’s puppet. Of course, you weren’t immune to
the disease called ‘love’, your innocent high school days plagued with your
naive mindset of finding the ‘one’. It still haunts you, one of the reasons
your night doesn’t end with a shot of whisky and half a pack of beer. The only
person who was willing to put up with you was your best friend, Jungkook.
Sleepy all the time? You might have a sleep disorder.
I know Rare Disease Day is for illnesses people don’t know much about, but sleep disorders can often be misunderstood even if the names are well-known.
I have a sleep disorder called narcolepsy, also known as “excessive uncontrollable daytime sleepiness.” And that’s basically what it is. You’re extremely sleepy during the day, and you can’t really control it by how much you sleep.
Important: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FALL ASLEEP DURING ACTIVITIES TO HAVE NARCOLEPSY. One book actually said this rarely occurs in people with narcolepsy. You need to have a sleep study to be properly diagnosed, but here are some defining symptoms (these can go along with a lot of sleep disorders).
Main symptoms (everyone experiences narcolepsy differently, so not everyone has every one of these symptoms):
-excessive daytime sleepiness (again, you do not have to fall asleep during activities)
-cataplexy. this basically means you experience muscle weakness during strong emotions. you could be shocked, crying, laughing, etc. it can affect any or all muscles. some people may collapse (this mostly happens for me during shock or laughter).
-nightmares, especially realistic ones.
-sleep paralysis. this occurs during asleep to awake/awake to sleep transitions. when someone gets sleep paralysis, they are unable to move for often a few seconds to a few minutes.
-hypnogogic hallucinations. these are described as dream-like experiences that occur when someone is awake. they often take place during awake to sleep/sleep to awake transitions and can go along with sleep paralysis.
(Keep in mind we all have different symptoms. Daytime sleepiness is the main symptom shared by narcoleptics.)
-issues with alertness and concentration.
-dreaming instantly after falling asleep
I could be missing other symptoms, but those are some main ones. If you’re extremely sleepy during the day for no known reason, that isn’t supposed to be “normal,” and you might want to get a sleep study. It might help you rule out a number of sleep disorders. Plus, if you have diagnosis, you can get treatment, which might make life much easier.
Narcolepsy is known as a neurological disorder. Basically, narcoleptic brains don’t know how to regulate sleep. This leads us to enter REM (rapid eye movement) sleep soon after we fall asleep when we’re supposed to enter it much later in the sleep cycle. For those who don’t know, the REM sleep period is when most dreaming occurs. The brain also seems to crave REM sleep, leaving us on the verge of REM throughout the day.