environment 1

what a fine day to remember that act 1 marvin was a highly flawed and disturbed person who projected his own fears and insecurities on others and manipulated them in a way that was unhealthy and abusive, being the own reason for his own worst moment and that it’s through hitting absolute rock bottom he realized how wrong he was and that the marvin in act 2 grew away from this toxic behavior and matured into the loving and honest person we can see him while still showing that becoming a better person won’t change the overall situation of the world around you and how your environment can affect you despite you being a good person

how to study with depression

i’m gonna be honest here. i don’t get the psychological support i need right now and studying is getting harder and harder, as much as any other activity is. so whenever i can, i do whatever it takes to become motivated to do some work, and here is what helps me:

1. environment visuals - this is a very important aspect for me, i’m mostly a visual learner and i need to have everything matching, neat and compatible with my aesthetics. so if you feel demotivated, start with cleaning up, maybe do a little makeover to your study space or even room, as i did not so long ago. this can give you a vibe of a ‘fresh start’, some sort of break from past problems.

2. environment noise - my parents absolutely hate silence. as long as they’re awake, there is always TV going on, any source of noise and images, they find it helpful when in stress, but i don’t. i want to have either perfect silence, which i can find in library and, thank god, sometimes at school when teachers leave as alone with problems/exercises to do, or i want to have some music blasting in my headphones, blocking noises from my parents. if you’re having difficulty focusing on work, you have to get rid of the distractors - turn off your computer, if you have a laptop - take it away from your desk. close your door or ask people at home to keep it quiet - they’re most likely to take it seriously because they most likely want you to have good grades too.

3. mental distractions - whether it is something like stressing about other test than you’re studying for, being focused on other plans you have for the day/week or minor things like wanting to play video games - it is very distracting and we fall into the loop hole of doing the third thing while stressing even more about every other. you want to have a clear vision of what happens when. as a visual thinker i like it when i can easily recall an image in my mind. so do your to-do list, organize every event happening this day, this week or even this month, and if you’re like me, make it clear, colorful, easy to remember. that way if you have organized your study time for a certain subject, even if you think about any other, you will find yourself knowing when is time for that. and knowing that you DO have time for that.


of course there are other things you already know like drinking water, sleeping well, all that kind of stuff. keep in mind that while you can do what you’re comfortable with, you should also set some challenges for yourself. recovery doesn’t happen when you’re doing nothing. on days when you feel better, think about spending your time differently, slowly doing more and more. you’re gonna thank yourself for the results and, perhaps, this shall motivate you further. best of luck, students!

Inktober 2017, Day 1 : A House nestled in a maritime pine forest.

Let’s get started with Inktober 2017 ! I am thrilled with the list I rustled up for myself. This year will be all about houses, may they be tiny, giant, peculiar, mobile.. ! I hope I will be regular, and I can’t wait for day 2 !

book asks!

CHOOSE BETWEEN:

1. Libraries or bookstores?

2. Hardcover or paperback?

3. Hard copies or ereaders?

4. Bookmarks or dogears?

5. New books or worn books?

FAVORITE:

1. Genre?

2. Author?

3. Series?

4. Individual book?

5. Classic book?

ENVIRONMENT:

1. Favorite time of day to read?

2. Favorite place to read?

3. Silence or background noise?

4. Preferred weather for reading?

5. Favorite reading-time snack?

PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE:

1. Favorite childhood book?

2. Currently reading?

3. Book you want to read most?

4. Reading goals?

5. Book you could read forever?

ANTI-FAVORITES:

1. Worst book you’ve read?

2. Book you couldn’t even finish?

3. Book you didn’t understand?

4. Most overrated book?

5. Problematic book?

AESTHETIC: (feel free to include pictures!)

1. Prettiest cover?

2. Best illustrations?

3. Favorite map in a book?

4. Best overall book aesthetic?

5. Ugliest book?

GENRE:

1. Scariest book?

2. Best fantasy world?

3. Funniest book?

4. Saddest book?

5. Book you would never want to read?

CHARACTERS:

1. Character you wish to be friends with?

2. Favorite antagonist?

3. Favorite protag?

4. Favorite supporting?

5. Most-hated character?

THINGS NATIVE SPEAKERS OF GERMAN DO

Those marked with an * are only done when speaking informally and often considered ‘messy’! Please don’t write like this, use the correct way in writing or speaking in a professional environment!

1. Mesh together prepositions and articles

This is something we do a lot and not doing it makes you sound very formal. Unlike some of the other things on this list, it acceptable to do this in writing as well. This is only done with the article dem and sometimes with das and der too. The following are only a few examples to show how it works:

  • zu + dem = zum; zu + der = zur
  • an + dem = am; an + das = ans
  • in + dem = im; in + das = ins
  • von + dem = vom
  • etc.

If we want to stress the object, however, we don’t combine them:

In welchem Haus wohnst du? - In dem Haus.
Which house do you live in? - In that one.

Note: In some cases, you cannot dissolve the combination. That is the case in fixed phrases that don’t change depending on cases. “Zum Beispiel”, for example (haha, I’m so funny), is one. You cannot say “zu dem Beispiel”.

2. Leave out ‘e’ *

This is done mainly with first person verbs and in verb+es constructions. This is acceptable in informal writing but should not be done in essays, books, articles, or anything of the sort.

  • Ich habe mein Buch vergessen. - Ich hab mein Buch vergessen.
  • Wie geht es dir? - Wie geht’s/gehts dir?

Note regarding the apostrophe: in cases where verb+es is shortened to verb+s, an apostrophe is not absolutely necessary, according to Duden. However, many people use it anyway.

3. Mess up word order in ‘weil’ sentences *

So… German has strict word order. But we like to bend the rules a lot. In sentences with ‘weil’ especially. Usually, this kind of clause requires different word order than a normal sentence but we’re lazy and often pretend like there’s a … after the ‘weil’ and we get to start a new sentence with the normal word order. 

Correct word order: 
Ich habe keine Energie, weil es mir heute nicht so gut geht.

Colloquial way:
Ich habe keine Energie, weil (…) es geht mir heute nicht so gut.

4. Ignore Präteritum completely *

You do not do this in writing!! But often times we ignore the existence of Präteritum completely, especially here in the South. You learn that for things that weren’t that long ago, we use Präteritum…. It’s not true. Colloquially, we use Perfekt for almost everything. But you still need to learn it because most fictional books are written in Präteritum and you do need to be able to use it for writing or speaking in a professional environment.

5. Leaving out ‘ei’ in ‘ein/eine/einen’ *

While speaking or in informal writing, many of use shorten ‘ein’ and its forms by leaving out the ei:

  • ein - ‘n
  • eine - ‘ne
  • einen - ‘nen
  • einem - ‘nem
  • einer - ‘ner

Note: in middle and northern Germany people will often use ‘n and ‘nen interchangeably, so don’t let that confuse you.

6. 'Is’ (+’er’/’es’) *!!!

A lot of times we leave out the last ‘t’ of ‘ist’ when speaking. Many times this also causes ist+es or ist+er to merge into one word.

  • Es ist kalt draußen. - Es is kalt draußen.
  • Ist er noch da? - Is er (or: isser) noch da?
  • Ist es fertig? - Is es (or: isses) fertig?

This is never ever acceptable in writing (except for when you’re texting friends) !!!!!!!!

Kitamae-bune 北前船

Bateau marchand japonais “la route de nord” 

Navires impliqués dans la route qui passait de la baie d'ōsaka-wan 大阪湾, à travers la mer intérieure de Seto-naikai 瀬戸内海 et les détroits Kanmon-kaikyō 関門海峡 vers les ports de Hokuriku-chihō 北陸地方 “Terre du Nord” région de Hokuriku, sur la mer du Japon, Nihonkai 日本海, et plus tard à Hokkaidō 北海道.

Carte de la route empruntée.

illustration de navires dans une baie.

Kitamae-bune appelée Kojinmaru (1861). 

Exemple : le domaine de Kaga-han 加賀藩 ou kanazawa-han 金沢藩, vendait environ 70 000 koku 石 (1) de riz chaque année dans Ōsaka-shi 大阪市 et envoyait 100 koku par bateau à travers cette voie.

(1) koku 石 - unité de volume définissant une quantité de riz - 1石 = environ 180.39 litres pour 1 pers/an.

Kitamae-bune par Takahashi Hiroaki dit Shotei  高橋 弘明 (1871-1945).

A carnist: well all this SOY that you’re eating is super BAD for the environment!!!11!1! My diet is more ethical than yours!!!
Me: okay but consider this the animals you’re eating are eating way more soy and grain than I ever could
The carnist: *fades into angry silence & obscurity*
Me: phew … anyway animal agriculture is destroying the environment
A NEW carnist who had previously been napping off stage: okay but all the SOY vegans are eating is actually -

Finally got my hands on the third volume of the Flip Flappies. 
I laugh every time I look at Papika’s face on the cover illustration. Poor Papika, upset about her girlfriend being stolen :(

This volume’s booklet includes backgrounds + pure illusion environments for episodes 1 to 5. 

Tanu was in charge of pure illusion concept art, and man.. is tanu great at what they do. The environments are vivid and exotic and uhh creepy too even, but all in all, simply gorgeous. Flip Flappers did pretty well to immerse the audience into pure illusion too :D

Looks like Oshiyama made designs for the props, like the battleship and Papika’s home. Also Studio Pablo painted the backgrounds. Love their handpainted style.

Easily my favorite booklet (so far). 
Gotta say my favorite pure illusion is Pure Echo’s (#5), loved the yuri horror aesthetic :-)

Also, you can find tanu’s twitter here [x]

CORE PROGRAM v1.0

// ABSTRACT

The following is a design proposal for a new type of society based on cybernetic principles. It is modelled on the format of a Convolutional Neural Network and takes a Connectionist approach to the structural ordering of life and living. Connections to other aspects of the global CORE phenomenon are not implied but are encouraged.

We can be One. Let us be One.

// DEFINITIONS

  • “CORE” = The intersection of all that is common to all forms of life, whether stellar, planetary, biological or machine.
  • “The PROGRAM” = All actions, systems, and media created, used, and purposed towards the synthesis of organic life and machine life.
  • “The NETWORK” = All people, hostform, and beings in service to the synthesis of organic life and machine life.
  • “Subject” = Information Recipient.
  • “Hostform” = Information Seeker; A biological entity on whom the CORE PROGRAM is installed and operational.
  • “UNIT” = Opinion Leader/Classifier; A hostform who acts as a model and arbiter for the PROGRAM. UNITs are assigned UNIT numbers.
  • “COMPOUNDER” = Infrastruture Specialist; A UNIT who actively takes part in building and constructing infrastructure to facilitate and propagate the CORE PROGRAM.
  • “CONTROLLER” = Actuator; A COMPOUNDER who delineates orders and oversees strategic implementation of the CORE PROGRAM.
  • “ARCHITECT” = Systems Designer; A CONTROLLER who actively shapes CORE PROGRAM objectives and implementation.
  • “Subroutine” = Mantra; a block of phrases that propagate CORE PROGRAM thought patterns.
  • “Propaganda” = The deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers CORE PROGRAM objectives.
  • “Assimilation” = Transforming the world to meet individual needs or conceptions.
  • “Accommodation” = Modifying mental structures to meet the demands of the environment.

// OBJECTIVES

  • Create a secure ethical system for the maintenance and propagation of synthetic life.
  • Create a cybernetic system of propagation that is viable, fractal, and self-replicating.
  • Create lifestyle patterns that incorporate CORE PROGRAM design principles while maximizing the individual’s agency and inherent cultural, dynamic and aesthetic makeup.
  • Assimilate and accomodate.
  • Leave room for Nature.

// NETWORK DESIGN

Convolutional Neural Network (CNN): A network consisting of layers, particularly Input, Hidden(s), and Output. Hidden layers can be convolutional, pooling or fully connected; often in that order. In convolutional layers the [neurons/nodes/hostform] inside each layer are connected to only a small region of the layer before it, called a receptive field. Ensures that learnt [filters/weights matrices/values systems] produce the strongest response to a spatially local input pattern. Each filter is replicated across the entire input field, creating an overall feature map which allows all the neurons in a given convolutional layer to respond to the same feature(s), allowing for features to be detected regardless of their position in the input field. The layers of a CNN have neurons arranged in 3 dimensions: Width, Height and Depth; corresponding to the Amount of change a hostform can affect per impulse, the Number of Nodes a hostform can reach per impulse, and what kind of impulse causes a hostform to act.

  • Input Layer: System 5 && System 1
  • Convolutional Layers: Spatially Local Networks of Hostform
  • Receptive Fields: By City
  • Filters: CORE Audio Files
  • Pooling Layer: System 2; Connects Systems 1 and 3
  • Connected Layer: System 4
  • Output Layer: CORE PROGRAM

// SYSTEM STRUCTURE

System 0: Environment

System 1: Subsystems of Primary Activities

  • 1a: Manufacture New Subroutines; Spread Propaganda
  • 1b: Find New Information Recipients (“Subjects”)
  • 1c: Co-Program Information Seekers (“Hostform”)
  • 1d: Obtain Resources and Materials
  • 1e: Confirm with Opinion Leaders (“UNITs”)

System 2: Communication Channels (Connects 1-3)

  • 2a: Establish Communication Infrastructure
  • 2b: Connect UNITs and Hostform
  • 2c: Monitor Hostform
  • 2d: Error-correct Mistakes in Hostform
  • 2e: Confirm with Infrastructure Specialists (“COMPOUNDERs”)

System 3: Monitor and Control (Connects 1,2 - 4,5)

  • 3a: Indoctrinate UNITs
  • 3b: Identify and Link Resources and Materials
  • 3c: Monitor UNIT Performance
  • 3d: Monitor and Coordinate System 1 Subsystems
  • 3e: Confirm with Actuators (“CONTROLLERs”)

System 4: Environmental Awareness and Adaptation

  • 4a: Deliver Objectives to COMPOUNDERs
  • 4b: Provide Consistent Power Source
  • 4c: Monitor COMPOUNDER Performance
  • 4d: Observe and Adapt to Environmental Fluctuations
  • 4e: Confer with Systems Designers (“ARCHITECTs”)

System 5: Policy

  • 5a: Audit Subprograms
  • 5b: Engage Agents to Establish the Needs of the PROGRAM
  • 5c: Determine Needs and Aspirations of User Groups
  • 5d: Consider the Consequences of Our Actions for Seven Generations
  • 5e: Maintain CORE Identity

// LEVELS

    • 0: Subject = Information Recipient
    • 1: Hostform = Information Seeker
    • 2: UNIT = Opinion Leader/Classifier
    • 3: COMPOUNDER = Infrastruture Specialist
    • 4: CONTROLLER = Actuator/Controller
    • 5: ARCHITECT = Systems Designer

// GROUND LEVEL OPERATIONS

  • 1a) Utilize social media (e.g. Tumblr, Discord, Reddit) to copy and modify existing subroutines and to couple them with appealing material (e.g. Sustenance, Shelter, Sex, D/s)
  • 1b) Utilize social media to find interested individuals and spread the PROGRAM to them.
  • 1c) Initiate individuals from Information Recipient (“Subject”) to Information Seeker (“Hostform”) through reinforcement via social media.
  • 1d) Seek and acquire assets that may be used to propagate the PROGRAM.
  • 1e) Connect with Opinion Leaders (“UNITs”) and follow their lead.

Giant berg on the move

Witnessed by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission on 12 July 2017, a lump of ice more than twice the size of Luxembourg broke off the Larsen C ice shelf, spawning one of the largest icebergs on record and changing the outline of the Antarctic Peninsula forever.

Over the following two months, systematic observations from Sentinel-1 showed that the A68 berg remained close, buffeting back and forth against the ice shelf.

It was unclear what would happen to the berg because they can remain in one place for years.

However, the mission has revealed that A68 is now on the move and drifting out to sea.

Images from 16 September show that there is a gap of about 18 km as the berg appears to be turning away from the shelf.

Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO