anonymous asked:

Okay, this is going to be a bit longer so this is just part 1/?? but honestly, this was too funny not to share. So, at the moment I'm taking a course at uni which focuses on body language and microexpressions. We're using mostly Paul Ekman's studies and methods, just in case someone wants to look that shit up, because it's super interesting. Anyway, our tutor is an ex-profiler whose job used to be to watch suspects during interrogations and figure out if they were lying or (1)

if their body language gave away their emotions/motivations etc. Sometimes, as like a sort of warm up, he makes us bring clips of mostly politicians or celebrities during interviews and then wants us to examine their reactions to some questions, or their general body language during an interview, which is tons of fun, by the way, because most of them are terrible liars. (2)

so i saw my opportunity and brought the clip of Danielle and the awful Freddie/Louis/Briana interview, because from a body language expert’s perspective, it’s hilarious. So we played it and then my coach just laughed and said “Oh my, who’s that poor young lady?” And we spent like thirty minutes discussing her behaviour and how WRONG it is. Like nothing adds up. (3)

My coach said that her answers were probably prepared and carefully chosen in advance, yet she still struggled and repeated her words. She’s so clearly uncomfortable and doesn’t believe her own words, she’s actually shaking her head sometimes and it’s so SO funny because she tries way too hard to come off as natural. So yeah, that happened the other day during my summer course. Just wanted to share because I thought it was funny. Have a nice day xxxxx

that’s sooo funny omg. and that class sounds like a lot of fun :o

like, think about it this way. if you’re about to go on a long mountaineering trip, you go to the doctor’s office to get a physical examination, right? so if you’re about to go through some hugely emotionally strenuous process, where your mind is the #1 that will affect your success, checking in on your mental health is a good idea, too, even if you feel fine. that’s not a prompt to start being afraid that you’re not mentally healthy, but it is a good time to start talking about things that might overwhelm you in the long run. 

I’ve realized in the past couple of weeks, that in most cases, I tend to be a bit more creative when I’m around/or talking to the man I love.

Imagine the creativity and joy inspired when surrendered in the freeing, never-ending, unconditional, always celebrating, pursuing, knowing, and all/over-encompassing love of Christ.

Isn’t it amazing? Love and creativity, such a beautiful, inspiring, and immensely interesting relationship.

Why are aliens visiting Earth?

Most people believe that extraterrestrials are visiting Earth to monitor the progress and behavior of humanity.  To a certain extent that might be true, but it is much more likely that they are periodically coming here to examine the health of Planet Earth. After all, even our scientist are beginning to come around to the idea that Planet Earth is a living sentient being. In the greater cosmos, human and extraterrestrial life may be fairly common. On the other hand what little we know about other planets, and the universe at large, indicate that our home planet is an extremely desirable and rare occurrence within the cosmos.

If we want to improve peer review, we’ll need to invest in training | Higher Education Network

You’ve just accepted your first invitation to peer review a journal article. The paper is the culmination of years of the author’s research and its publication is an important next step. You want to get it right; give constructive feedback, check whether it works for the journal, and generally improve the quality of the article. But how can you achieve those objectives without the right training and support?

We’ve been analysing data emerging from our year-long research project on peer review. First we focused on what academics would like to see change in the process. Now we’ve examined how new reviewers feel about embarking on reviewing, and it seems clear that many would like significantly more guidance on how to get it right.

Alongside issues of transparency, much of the criticism of peer review revolves around the quality of individual reviews – from the “short and snitty” (as one researcher put it in a focus group we held) to those that may be biased by the reviewer’s personal views.

The majority of reviewers learn on the job, plunged into assessing their peers’ work as a natural progression of their academic career. This will need fixing if everyone’s overall experience of the peer review process is to improve.

So… Today i stepped on a fucking nail. And went to hospital. But even in that situation all i was thinking is “oh no. no! I hope it ends quickly i don’t wanna miss a chat nooo!” 😂 And fortunately i didn’t miss the chat lolol. But i’m so surprised like “what is happening to me? I should be more worried about myself, my health and my foot not mystic messenger.” I mean am i becoming some kind of insane fangirl omg 😂 it is not like i hate otome games but still this is strange… so strange…

anonymous asked:

and that's the problem, you aren't willing to believe you're sexist and then self examine and find your problems, Someone telling you that you're being sexist isn't good enough, you have to have proof. Like every sexist, racist, etc bigot out there, they want proof they did something wrong.

I actually spend a decent amount of time in self-examination. But that’s not a 100% perfect process, and it’s hard to find where you’ve mistepped sometimes. It’s called a blindspot for a reason. Which is why I also try to listen to the advice of other people, because there are people out there smarter than me.

Telling me my process is wrong can be useful, but doesn’t do much to help fix the process. Telling me my process is wrong and citing a specific example helps me understand where I’m off base and how to fix it.

Trying to insult me because I admit I have weaknesses and sometimes need the help of others doesn’t really do much positive at all.

mercy loves her chocolates , especially swiss chocolates . yeah , she would be scolding her patients how bad sweets + candies are to their health  eat more fruits & vegetables . they’re good for you !!!  but her medbay is full of them . either if its for her or her patients , she hoards those chocolate .  

she love chocolate because it reminds her of her mother , tbh . her mother used to be a patisserie and she’s really good at making anything with chocolate . that’s why mercy can make a mean dessert if she’s on food duty .

Time Has Told in the Seinfeld vs Friends Debate

And the winner is Seinfeld. By a lot.

Several months ago, Julia, Wendy and I looked at some older pieces of media and asked the question “how did they age?” We took a little time to specifically examine the two NBC sitcom giants of the 90s: Seinfeld and Friends. The conclusion that was loosely reached was that the former is aging far, far better than the latter for one very simple reason: shows about despicable people stand the test of time.

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I’ve been spending some time thinking about my relationship with alcohol for a lot of reasons: first, people around me are all starting to get pregnant. There’s a “joke” at work that it’s contagious; at least one member of my team has been out on maternity leave at all times since I started here more than a year and a half ago. My hard-drinking (and medium-drinking) friends and colleagues going cold-turkey to care for their babies-to-be has caused me to examine my own drinking more than I had been. 

My husband doesn’t drink, either; he’s allergic. He’ll have a (very) occasional cocktail, but just one of those doesn’t get him any more affected than it would you or me and he’s left with a severe hangover after, so it simply isn’t worth it. When picking out restaurants for the two of us to try, I always check the menu for interesting nonalcoholic options: mint lemonades, mocktails, housemade sodas. Sometimes I’ll check even before looking at the cocktail or wine list. 

I’m also not as thin as I once was, so I’ve had to find a lower-calorie way to wind down after work or on the weekend. And booze notoriously has a way of creeping up: a glass of wine at dinner turns into a glass of wine before dinner, also, and then maybe-why-not a whiskey afterwards. (Last night I put bourbon in my root beer float for dessert. It was delicious, but did I need it?) 

Plus: I’m Irish Catholic. (Irish-American lapsed-Catholic, anyway.) Alcoholism is in my heritage as sure as mashed potatoes and martyr complexes. So I’ve been thinking about how to reset in a way that makes sense and feels good to me. I’m not sober now, but I’m drinking less. I liked this a lot, and tried out the “pacing myself” line a few times. It felt good. Also, and most importantly: it’s nobody’s business why somebody is or isn’t drinking! 

In any case, it’s been on my mind. This essay by Kristi Coulter is a nice read – especially if it’s been on your mind too.

anonymous asked:

I recently watched a TED talk by Abraham Verghese where he talks about how important the "human touch" is, especially in this time where technology is continuing to grow and implement itself into the medical field. From your perspective and experience, do you think that doctors nowadays lack that "human touch" and rely too heavily on technology?

I think ‘medicine’ is a hugely varied field. It encompasses surgeons working with robots in the US and doctors in understaffed clinics in Uganda; no generalisation can encompass all our experiences around the world.

In the UK at least, I don’t think we rely too much on technology; the NHS just can’t afford to. From the first day of medical school we are trained to factor in the cost of investigations and treatment, so we always start with the basics first. History and examination, bedside investigations and then those with the least risk and cost. Being broke forces us to go back to the basics as much as we can, which is good for clinical skills. But there’s such a thing as too much frugality; cutting too much means that your staff members are stretched and have to sometimes make difficult choices about care.

General practice in particular, makes up a huge proportion of medical consultations in the UK, and relies most heavily on the information you can get whilst in the room with the patient. Blood tests take days to come back, scans can take weeks, so whilst they are used there is definitely an emphasis on The information you can get from the patient themselves. I think the main limiting factor in GP these days isn’t technology but understaffing and increased demand: when there aren’t enough doctors appointments around and the ones you get are short, it is understandable for patients to feel that it’s not enough.

There’s no easy way to fix this; we can’t magic it better. We need more GPs to make the workload less horrific and so that we can offer more appointments and longer ones. I believe that would do so much to improve people’s relationships with their GPs. I constantly hear patients complain that there are never enough appointments and that they are too short; but we need to actively fund and prioritise a better NHS if we want it.

I feel that hospital medicine is similar; I’d we were better staffed we could afford to spend more time with patients and their families. The problem isn’t technology but lack of resources. People try so hard to be good doctors and nurses in spite of the limitations of the system but we as a society need to understand that a better health care system can’t be made out of cuts and scaring everyone away from working in health care.

Incidentally, your point is precisely why I don’t think we’ll ever be truly replaced by computers or robots. There’s something about the doctor patient interaction that can’t be replaced. Actually listening to people is a huge part of what we do, and it’s not always strictly medical talk, either. Sometimes the things people need to get off their chest aren’t health related at all. But it is therapeutic, and I’m proud of the ways in which we can make people feel better even when we can offer no diagnosis or medication to 'fix’ things.

I don’t think many people would just want an algorithm to dispense drugs or tell them their kid has cancer. Or to tell them they have to lose weight and get their cholesterol under control when they have serious problems in their life much more consuming than their poor diet.

Our patients’ lives are so much more complicated than what you see on paper, and the best clinicians aren’t just healers and fixers, they look beyond the collection of symptoms and risk factors to the person underneath.

Ashley Madison looks like it was always a big sad scam #1yrago

Annalee Newitz reports that very few of the female profiles at the hacked site appear to represent real people.

The world of Ashley Madison was a far more dystopian place than anyone had realized. This isn’t a debauched wonderland of men cheating on their wives. It isn’t even a sadscape of 31 million men competing to attract those 5.5 million women in the database. Instead, it’s like a science fictional future where every woman on Earth is dead, and some Dilbert-like engineer has replaced them with badly-designed robots.

Her examination of the dataset (generally described as representing about 37m accounts) is that there were perhaps 12,000 paying women users. Which means, of course, that very few of the paying male users were actually having affairs. Of that total, only 1,492 female-profile users ever checked their messages, compared to 20m men.

One thousand, four-hundred and ninety-two.

Ashley Madison employees did a pretty decent job making their millions of women’s accounts look alive. They left the data in these inactive accounts visible to men, showing nicknames, pictures, sexy comments. But when it came to data that was only visible on to company admins, they got sloppy. The women’s personal email addresses and IP addresses showed marked signs of fakery. And as for the women’s user activity, the fundamental sign of life online? Ashley Madison employees didn’t even bother faking that at all.

Here’s what Ashley Madison is: a swizz. You pay up to “have an affair”, you get strung along for a while, you realize the site is garbage, then you pay the “fee” to have your data deleted. They don’t even do that, because why would they? Then everyone gets exposed, because they never had any real interest or competence in keeping user data secure.

Like the classic Nigerian money-laundering scam, it’s personally compromising to expose yourself as a victim. So it stayed under the radar—until they got hacked.


anonymous asked:

Can i have a general reading?

Hey! Here’s what I got for you:

Your Cards:

Four of Beetles (traditionally four of pentacles)

The Fool (reversed)

The Magician

Ace of Dragonflies (traditionally Ace of Cups)

Definitions for the Cards directly from the book:

Four of Beetles:

Your efforts are rewarded with deserved success and security after a time of hard work. This card is reassurance that all will be well, and it is also auspicious for property, such as finding a new home. You are entering a phase during which money and security are important. An addition meaning of the Four is good health.

The Fool (reversed):

The Reversed Fool leaps before he looks. Spontaneity and idealism is not the right approach for you just now. Hold back and examine the detail. 

The Magician:

Like the phenomenal Victorian escapologist Harry Houdini or the conjuror Evanion, The Magician is a true showman. With him are his assistants, the symbols of the four tarot suits that represent the four elements of the world. 

In your reading, The Magician shows creativity, action, and positive change. You will make practical decisions, while your lateral thinking will help you solve problems so that you can make progress in your life. What you desire can manifest.

This is a time for important journeys and, along with The Flying Machine (card VII) The Magician with his hot-air balloon predicts traven and broadening horizons. All offers are worth exploring. 

My take (TL;DR reading)

I think the cards are saying you’ve worked hard to achieve something, and you’re finally almost there. It’s been a long journey to get to wherever you wanted to get, and you can see the end. BUT you have a tendency when things get good to jump in head first. I think the cards are applauding your efforts thus far, and only telling you not to rush into anything. Take it slow and things will go your way.

Feel free to let me know if this helped!

Back in Stock! Tropes: CalArts Graphic Design / Available at www.draw-down.com / A publication developed and designed by CalArts graphic design students. This issue of PUB focuses on design tropes: plants as props, occult symbols, manicules, gradients, glitches, and much more. Each individual trope is examined in an essay, while the publication as a whole acts as a critical lens, and a visual furthering of, the contemporary zeitgeist. Includes visual research, an interview with Norman Klein, and a series of “metatropes.” PUB VOL. 4 is a product of two courses at CalArts. The first, led by Anther Kiley, developed a series of research, writing, and design projects with BFA and MFA students, developing a core architecture for the publication. This content was handed off to a smaller groups of students the following term, who worked with Michael Worthington to shape the material into book form. Includes Kiley’s project brief (with assignments) and introduction. Articles by Mina Shoaib, Caroline Renzelman, Jaejin Ee and Sohee Kim, Jessica Lee, Jimin Kim, Kate Ludwig, Margaret Andersen, Miyu Shirotsuka, Monique Wilmoth, Nadia Korepanova, and Tina Hung. Interview of Norman Klein by Aamina Ganser. Designed by Margaret Andersen, Nadia Korepanova, Jessica Lee, Jimin Kim, Caroline Renzelman, Mina Shoaib, and Monique Wilmoth #calarts #tropes #graphicdesign #typography #publication #metatropes #AntherKiley #MichaelWorthington #PUB

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Curiosity at Murray Buttes on Mars

(via APOD; Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS )

What are these unusual lumps on Mars? As NASA’s robotic Curiosity rover continues rolling across Mars, it is now approaching Murray Buttes. Several of the 15-meter high buttes are visible ahead in this horizontally compressed 360-degree across image taken inside Gale Crater earlier this month. The buttes are thought similar to Earth buttes in that they are capped with dense rock that is relatively resistant to erosion. In the image center is Curiosity’s “arm” and “hand” used to examine rocks up close, drill into rocks, and collect samples. Curiosity has reached its four year anniversary on Mars and has been cleared to spend the next two years further exploring the slopes of Mount Sharp, the peak of which is the distant light-colored structure visible on the far left.

Rest Easy, Tom

I’m still pretty shook from the death of Tom Searle. It’s hard to explain. I don’t think I’ve ever been affected by the loss of a public figure before like this.

I guess it’s a combination of our similar ages and the profound impact his music had on me. He was like a peer and my contemporary, but at the same time, I aspired to be more like him. His parts gave rise to some of the deepest emotions I’ve ever experienced. His music made me re-examine who I was as a musician and a person. I want to reach people the way he reached me.

His sudden passing at such a young age was a shock, and a sobering reminder of my own mortality. I’ve thought long and hard on his legacy, and by extension, my own. My hope is that someday I could be as great as him.

Malaria of Interest

There are many ways to tackle an epidemic like malaria – one is to go on the attack. Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) is a parasite that carries the disease but it also relies on a protein called Hsp90 to survive. Pharmacologists are examining the chemical structure of Hsp90 (purple) looking for weaknesses – the bobbly surface hides cracks and holes which drug molecules can slot into, changing the way the protein behaves. This virtual approach speeds up expensive drug design – identifying a yellow-coloured compound that fits into a specific ‘pocket’ of Hsp90, stopping it from working and potentially killing the Pf parasite. Sometimes it can seem like a long way from the lab bench to the real world, yet here is a process that can now be used to quickly 'screen’ large numbers of anti-malaria chemicals, potentially saving thousands of lives.

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anonymous asked:

hey kiddo, i'm real sorry about what starbccks said to you, but i really think you should re-examine your stance on transgender people like... it's not cool to be transphobic ok? :( be careful, you could be hurting people without even knowing it, and i get that you need to defend and protect yourself and that's totally valid, but try to see where other people are coming from too, yeah? we can all be friends, i'm sure!!

It’s not transphobic to believe males are males and females are females, if anything, it’s transphobic to deny biology and INCREDIBLY homophobic to pretend males can be lesbians and females can be gay men. eat my ass buddy