exercises in not processing moving out

Fitness is like gardening. If you sow a seed, you don’t come back the next day and don’t start digging in the soil to see if the plant has already begun to grow. The same applies to working out. You can’t do a work out and stand in front of the mirror the next day expecting to see your muscles already growing and fat melting. Trust the process. It is a slow one but it is happening. The change is already happening deep within but you have to wait a few weeks or months to finally see it. But once you do, you will feel proud and accomplished.

Trump’s tweets attacking the judiciary go well beyond conventional criticism of judicial opinions on the substance or of “unelected judges” who are said to be overstepping their power. The description of the judge who first blocked his ban as a “so-called judge” directly targeted the judiciary’s institutional legitimacy. And it’s not hard to imagine where Trump’s explicit claim that any terrorist attack should be blamed on the judiciary will take him next, if such an attack does occur.
Trump recently claimed that “any negative polls are fake news,” particularly those from major networks like CNN, NBC and ABC. He added: “Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.” In other words, any poll that finds that Trump or his policies are unpopular is suspect or invented by definition. Multiple polls have shown that majorities reject his travel ban and his border wall, and global protests have broken out against the ban in particular. In other words, the public backlash to the first two major efforts to translate Trumpism into policy reality has been severe. In response, Trump is explicitly telling his supporters that any empirical evidence of that backlash must be discounted as fake news — particularly if the polls in question come from major news organizations, who are thus being cast as deliberate deceivers of Real Americans.

You cannot divorce that last point from the larger context here: Trump and Sean Spicer spent days attacking the news media for accurately reporting on his shriveled inauguration crowds, and Stephen Bannon has claimed that Trump’s “populist nation-state policies are supported by the vast and overwhelming majority of Americans” — in other words, that a vast silent majority is rooting for Trumpism to succeed. But that’s just nonsense. The effort to falsely inflate impressions of popular support for Trump — and for policies that in reality are deeply controversial and divisive and are being rejected by majorities — is concerted and deliberate. And the unabashed use of obvious and demonstrable lies to carry out this deception campaign is remarkably brazen.

Trump is now claiming that the media is covering up terrorist attacks, saying that “ISIS is on a campaign of genocide, committing atrocities across the world,” and that “in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.” The larger context here is crucial, too: The media has in fact been invaluable in rooting out the dangerously incompetent process that led to the creation of this ban, as well as the ugly, discriminatory ideological underpinnings of the idea. In response, Trump, once again, is moving to obliterate the very possibility of shared agreement on the legitimate institutional role of the news media in informing the citizenry — right when it is playing that role to great effect by shedding light on the truth about his latest and most visible exercise of executive power, thus demonstrating that it can function as a check on him.


Trump is now attacking all the institutions that could limit his power.

This is not what a president in a democracy (or, pedants, representative republic) does. This is what an autocrat who hopes to be a dictator does.

Congress is doing fuckall to stop this madman and his puppet master, Steve Bannon. We have to keep calling, keep marching, and when we have a chance, defeat these cowards in the next election. This means we start working now, and we don’t stop until they are gone. We will lose more battles than we win, but the ones we win will be fundamental to protecting our country.

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Goa                         Feb 20/21,  2017                  Mon/Tue 12:02 am

‘Port out and starboard home’ .. a description of the more expensive rooms on a ship liner, described so, because of its position in ship language .. the rooms being of greater value in rent, because of its positioning to the rays of the sun .. only the very rich could afford this room and that is how the word POSH was discovered ..

The acronym of Port Out Starboard Home  is .. P.O.S.H .. !!

NO .. this is not some great brilliance of yours truly and his informative best .. I just read about it on the very likeable medium that goes by the name of Twitter !!

And why would I want to initiate my conversation today with the possession of such knowledge .. ? I truly am not in possession of any idea or reason .. perhaps … perhaps .. put it out before I forget the details of the ship lingo of ‘port’ and ‘starboard’ .. 

Yes .. forgetting, is a more valid condition that invades age .. mine inclusive .. and before it gets embarrassingly putrid, efforts must be made to defeat it .. or at best delay its onslaught ..

AND .. that brings me to the efforts prescribed for its defeat .. defeat of forgetfulness ..!!

An sms - and they come in droves to my number from known and unknown sources - suggests to me that in the morning hours after the night of relative sleep, while washing or after brushing your teeth, if you were to stick your tongue out of your mouth to its maximum and moved it left and then right, about 10 times, the exercise would assist you in your memory loss that may have percolated or is the process of doing so … !

I tried it twice this morning .. and forgot my password for the laptop ..!!  hehe

But sincerely though, the science is, that the human tongue is connected in some way through nerves etc., to the brain and its non use or limited use, hardens it, causing memory loss, or what is more dangerously described as Alzheimer’s .. !!

The above is not substantiated by any medical journal or professional report  .. its practice therefore is no guarantee of its worthiness, and is certainly beyond any purview of law .. 

The DISCLAIMER is to be paid attention to .. any loss or misuse is at your own risk .. sticking your tongue out at your mirror image, is at most times the innate honest opinion that we all have of ourselves, especially when it is the first sighting of the morning after !!

Alleluia .. !!!!

More general knowledge follows ..

The reference and mention of the film ‘2001, Space Odyssey’ has another interesting bit of information. The spacecraft in the film, on a journey, has a computer on board, that speaks and is called HAL .. HAL is acronym, and we are really obsessed with this term today, for ‘Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer’ .. so HAL .. and many believe that when Clarke, the scientist associated with the research on the film had visited the IBM company to study information, he discovered the IBM 704 computer singing a song titled ‘Daisy Bell’ .. this is the song that HAL also sings in the film, an inspiration from this visit of Clarke .. AND , many are of the opinion that HAL the name was chosen in the film not for its scientific technical naming, but because the letters of HAL, were one ahead of the letters of IBM .. you know … ghij…abcd…klm.. 

A subtle device to express that HAL was the superior or ahead of IBM ..???

The entire universe is laden with coincidences .. and here too the explanations are falling to many, within similar construct !!

Enough then of science and acronyms and the lot .. more on the day and the events and the expressive words that invite the BLOG for the DAY .. right ?

WRONG ..!!

There isn’t anything that deserves mention today. It has been an idle bundle of shivering body parts .. shivering because the air conditioning in the room is a replicant of the North Pole !!

BUT .. seriously, there has been time to read the pile of scripts brought, to think on probable projects and to invite some directors across to discuss subjects and frames and interpretations for characterisations .. and the exercise has been given some validity !! Thankfully ..

Solitude is a forbearer of silence .. silence is the harbinger of inner thought .. inner thought has the habit of defeating every thought that develops after a very short period of time - like a couple of seconds ! What is left, is the need to STOP.

So STOP it is ..

And back to the grind tomorrow and in familiar grounding ..

My love and attention .. undivided to all .. scientifically and affectionately too ..

Amitabh Bachchan

Second, the initial stages of learning a skill invariably involve tedium. Yet rather than avoiding this inevitable tedium, you must accept and embrace it. The pain and boredom we experience in the initial stages of learning a skill toughens our minds, much like physical exercise. Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life, which makes them constantly search for distractions and short-circuit the learning process. The pain is a kind of challenge your mind presents - will you learn how to focus and move past the boredom, or like a child will you succumb to the need for immediate pleasure and distraction? Much as with physical exercise, you can even get a kind of perverse pleasure out of this pain, knowing the benefits it will bring you. In any event, you must meet any boredom head-on and not try to avoid or repress it. Throughout you life you will encounter tedious situations, and you must cultivate the ability to handle them with discipline.
—  Robert Greene, Mastery
Tangled - Just… How?!

I like Tangled. It is entertaining and pretty, and I love the scene where Rapunzel leaves her tower (featuring my favourite song reprise and everything!). BUT there has always been one detail in this scene that I just cannot get my head around. This is not a critique on the film itself, just an annoying thing that keeps me awake at night.


“Uuuuh, daah! She used her hair to get down, idiot! Did you even watch the movie?!”

Yes I have. A gassiolion times actually. And that is why I am asking this question. According to the creators, Rapunzel’s hair is 70 feet (21m) long. Down below is a concept art scale comparing Punzy to the tower (Source)

In the finished product the tower seems to be even taller, but Rapunzel’s hair still remains 70 feet. If we look at the movie we can then see that her hair can reach the ground completely, while still having some “extra” by her side in the tower. 

To the point - What has this to do with her getting down? The hair obviously reaches the ground. Yes, but the only way she can come down with this amount of hair is this; 1. Tie her hair onto something in the tower. 2. Slide down. 3. Have Pascal (or movie magic) undo the knot. Done!! However, this is not what happens. THIS happens:

1. She throws all her hair outside. 

2. Slides down while holding 2 bundles of hair.

3. Comes down, STOPS and then slowly puts her feet down. 

(Don’t even get me started on how her hair soundlessly just appeared all nicely and neatly on the gourd!!)

This was really pretty and all, but completely illogical! We have already established that the hair is around 70 feet long, ja? So in order for this scenario to work, Rapuzel would need the dubble amount of the hair that she already has, which would mean 140 feet of hair! Let’s throw that idea in the garbage right away, because anybody can see that she does not carry around 40m of hair. The little “extra hair” that is out of sight inside the tower would not be of any help either.

So what should have happened here? Her hair would have ended midway, and she would have made a free-fall to the ground (SPLASH!). Or she would have gotten stuck in the middle, realised that she had not thought this one through and had been forced to do an extreme trust exercise A La Anna, and would most likely have killed Flynn in the process (that would have been a completely different movie…). 

Now when you look at it like this, the stopping makes even less sense. What made her stop?! What could ever have worked as breaks!? If the scenario with the knot had been used, then yes, it would have worked, but here? JUST HOW?!

Another detalj that bugs me, and kinda throws this whole theory on a loop is that when you watch the movie, the hair that she threw out DOES NOT MOVE (I’m talking about the shot where Flynn is looking down at the hair). The hair remains the same length! This would indicate that Rapunzel DOES have 140 feet long hair, but we already know that that is not the case (CANON FACT). Is the tower shorter than we expected? Maybe she only needs 35 feet/10m of her hair to reach the grouuuu- *looks at movie* -uuunoooPE! The tower is super tall. So the creators just fucked up?! Cheated in order to get a cool shot (cus it really is pretty)? Just magical hair that does not follow any rules?! 

What is the answer? I have no idea. She just… Came down. 

Why did I share this? 

Because I want to spread sleepless nights to everybody else! Moahahahahahahaaaa!!! (Yes, I am an evil master mind) >:D

PS: I KNOW that I am over-thinking this! X,D I know that this is not something fundamental that ruins the experience of the film. I just enjoy finding plot-holes in movies that I like, that’s all. :P 

Fitness is not about how many crunches you do or what number shows up on the scale. It is not even about fitting into smaller clothes sizes. It should be about gaining back your confidence and belief that you can do anything you set your mind to. Fitness should be about getting stronger, both physically and mentally. It is about learning to get back to work after setbacks, failures, and times of inactivity. Learn to accept and love obstacles on your way and you will find the true meaning of fitness.

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Having sat at her desk in her office for 84% of the week, Gia realized upon standing after a couple of hours that she needed to just move. Yoga would’ve been nice though quite a long process, and a nap in her bed – a bed that has a comfort level that should’ve been illegal – would’ve left her way too groggy to continue, but she just needed to get up and out to do something. She figured a run would’ve been the quickest way to get outside, to drink up some of the sun she felt as though she hadn’t seen in ages and get a bit of exercise. A run on the beach, she decided, was how she was going to spend her time considering the beach was what she was looking the most forward to once her vacation time kicked up. So it was with that decision that she grabbed her gym bag in the corner and changed quickly, picking up a pair of sneakers on her way out and heading out of the Institute to go across the beach.

She was lucky to always be so close to the sand and water, her apartment only a few corners away from the most gorgeous area, and her office quite literally across the street from her favorite spot. Gia, ever since she came to LA, had been in love with the beach. From running along the cool sand in chillier weather, to lounging out on a blanket for hours on end with her sketchbook, the beach was where Gia felt like she belonged most. That was why, with this limited time she had, she was going to head over and make the most out of the forty minutes she gave herself. Sure, it was going to spent running, but seeing as Gia had also not had the chance to keep up her workout routine, this was the best option she could’ve mustered up.

It was only fifteen minutes into her run did Gia find herself with a running partner, laughing when she realized that a dog had come up to her side to run with her, jumping around her to make her stop. So she did, slowing down until she was at a complete stop and bending down a little to let the large Great Dane smell her hands. It was when it started licking them did she take that as the go ahead that she was okay to pet the pup, scratching behind sharp ears and crinkling her nose when a long tongue lolled out. Fully distracted with her happy company, Gia didn’t notice when she was approached and jumped a little when a name was shouted a few meters away, turning around to see a familiar face. It was a face she was chuckling at when she recognized it, the coincidence too good for her to not find entertaining, and she was standing fully while keeping a hand on the dog’s head while its tail started thumping against the sand.

“No need for apologies, I suppose this was just the fun way we were supposed to meet instead of the park.” Grinning at Dawson, Gia let the dog – who she remembered was called “Dobby” – go back to Dawson’s side and she folded her arms after pushing a loose piece of hair behind her ear. “I’m doing good, though. I’m happy to finally get out of my office and be out here, that’s for sure. How about you?”

Dawson tried to catch his breath for a moment. He was thankful that Gia was there to distract his dog. Dawson noted that she was much taller in person. Reaching down, he grabbed Dobby’s collar so he couldn’t run off again. “Thanks for being so cool about it at least… a lot of people get scared of him or yell at him. He’s a good dog, he’s just big.” He smiled shyly and gestured lightly with his hands. “If I knew I was going to be running into you I would have dressed differently.”

Dawson smiled and nodded. “I understand wanting to get out of the office. My days can be long but then it makes it a real treat to go outside. I’m doing well, just filling some time. That and Dobby seemed like he needed some fresh air.” Dawson scratched Dobby’s head, unable to stay mad at him for long. Dobby was a great dog, but he did cause Dawson a lot of trouble. However, Dawson was learning that the trouble Dobby caused seemed to lead to good adventures and fun. “Would you like to join us for the rest of our walk?” He gestured towards the beach and the gorgeous light spilling over the hill tops.

He moved to lead her down the beach, hoping she’d agree. She seemed so nice, and he was always happy to meet new people. Dawson let go of Dobby’s collar so he could walk alongside the both of them. Dobby ran over to the water to splash around as they walked. “So.. remind me again what you do for a living?” Dawson was sure she had told him but he had been so busy these days, he was forgetting details of other things. He looked at the tall brunette with a sincere and friendly smile.

One of the problems with clip studio paint is that, when you set the canvas to “animation”, you basically can’t copy/paste anything, also the move/modify tool and the selection tool simply doesn’t work. so when you animate in clip studio paint you basically have to do and re draw everything from scratch. It’s an amazing exercise, but it slows down the process. A lot.

I just found out why it’s actually important to draw every 1 frame instead of 2 if you are animating at 24fps(Im trying to make the chameleon rotate it’s head a bit while it’s head up how do I make him LAUGH this is tricky af, also why it is really important to have a refference sheet of all your characters and not jump straight to animating them .__.

One of the main feedback I got from the walkcycle was that he had no follow through, resulting in a very mechanic movement, basically, foxy lacks more life. So I spent all day pretty much watching studying follow through and character animation. Watching atlantis because every character has a very specific personality and a lot of it is based on the movement, Also Mignola’s style is everywhere in this movie why is atlantis so underrated.

So far this has been like, a day’s work. I really recomend this guy’s youtube channel btw. If someone else is planning on doing something for personal purposes and stuff. It’s really good!! You should check his other videos as well.

Twisted fairy tales: Aurora, dawn of a new age

Aurora signed up for the Sleep Personality Improvement and Developing Longevity Existence (SPINDLE) cryogenics program when she was 16 in 2018. Sleeping for years had seemed perfect back then; her parents were dead, the world was falling to shit, and the smoggy atmosphere made it difficult to breathe without costly oxygen masks. Plus she’d be given a set of active mind programs that meant learning cool shit without actually needing to do anything. It had seemed too good to be true when the technicians promised she’d only be woken when the world had repaired itself.

A hundred years later, Aurora saw for herself that the world had done exactly that. Instead of waking to buildings and freeways (and at least one flying car; seriously it was 2018 and there wasn’t a single flying car?!), Aurora woke to forests and streams, no flying cars in sight. It wasn’t all bad, though. While she’d slept, SPINDLE had kept her body free from disease and, as promised, her mind active. She missed the bubonic plague of 2025 (the result of anti-vaxxers who’d preferred that their child died rather than care for a child with mental disabilities; if they were going down, so was the rest of the world), and narrowly avoided a nuclear war thanks to the eradication of politicians in 2020.

As for the programs SPINDLE had added in her brain, well, Aurora didn’t really know what to do with all of the new information. She’d initially chosen only a few programs that seemed interesting, but since she’d slept for so long, the technicians had decided to just keep adding new programs when her brain waves stopped fluctuating for more than a few days. Now her mind was overflowing with information and she could barely keep up, her mind desperately trying to process the information while she was awake. She had to work through a series of exercises to improve her muscle tone - cryogenics could only do so much, after all - and while Aurora instinctively knew all of the moves, her body didn’t. Her trainer within the SPINDLE organisation was a man named Charming who was anything but charming. Aurora found that training with Charming was a bitch, mostly because she always seemed to end up flat on her back. Besides, Charming only ever called her sleeping beauty, which wasn’t as cutesy as it sounded when coming out of his sarcastic mouth.

You know how to do this, it’s all there in your pretty little head, sleeping beauty. Now stop thinking and do it already!

She usually went to bed sore and aching, and wishing she’d spent another hundred years sleeping just to avoid Charming.

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anonymous asked:

My boyfriend has just dumped me and said that he doesn't love me anymore. I don't know what to do.

Oh, hun. I’m so sorry that you’re going through this. Breakups suck, and the sadness stays with you for a long time. *hugs you tight*

First of all, I want to tell you five things:

  • This breakup does not diminish your worth.
  • You are still just as beautiful as ever.
  • It’s okay to feel sad and cry your eyes out.
  • As cliche as it sounds, it really is true when they say “Only time will heal the pain.”
  • You will find love again, and it will be wonderful.

That being said, here are a few tips on how to move forward after this breakup:

1. Give yourself time and patience as you learn to live without your ex. Don’t rush it - healing will only happen when you are ready.

2. Let yourself cry all of the grief out, but then make a conscious choice to move forward. Get rid of reminders. Throw out any mementos you still have from him/her - don’t wear the old hoodie to bed anymore, don’t save your old couple pictures, don’t hold onto old love notes or handwritten letters. Toss it all out. Let yourself mourn and then start over fresh, with no lingering reminders or memory triggers of what once was.

3. Journal. Pour out your thoughts and feelings onto paper, and give your troubled mind an outlet. Instead of revisiting old feelings, write out all of the emotions to help you process them. Reread your words and try to identify what is really bothering you - what underlying themes are occurring here? What have you learned from this experience? What would you like to do differently next time? You could even try writing your ex a letter, and then burning it.

When you look back on your relationship, don’t romanticize it. Don’t forget to remind yourself why it wouldn’t have worked out; it ended for a reason. 

4. Stop analyzing and regretting. After you’ve talked and journaled about your frustrations, stop analyzing the relationship. Rather than getting stuck in the “would haves” and “should haves”, stop looking for reasons and explanations and learn to accept the finality of the breakup.

5. Stay active. Exercise is good for both the body and the soul. Whether it be running, sports, an intramural team, the gym, or even just walking your dog, physical activity will help. A little exercise and fresh air can go a long way when your mind is numb and your heart hurting.

6. Keep busy. Don’t isolate yourself. You don’t have to go out all the time, but try to find a healthy balance so that you don’t end up staying in your room all day ruminating over what happened. 

6. Don’t try to bury the pain of the breakup by rushing into a new relationship. Make sure you’ve fully processed your feelings and moved on before getting involved with someone new - otherwise it won’t be fair to you or your new interest.

7. Focus on YOU. You’re single, so take advantage of that extra time and freedom. What are your passions? What activities make you happy? Reading, writing, journaling, scrapbooking, swimming, dancing, photography? Or, how about something about more domestic like cooking or sewing? Whatever those things are that bring you joy, go do them. Pamper yourself with a spa day every now and then, enjoy a few more girls’/guys’ nights out, volunteer at an animal shelter, take a class, or indulge in a few guilty pleasures. Focus on doing things that make you smile again. Learn to pursue happiness in areas other than relationships.

8. And finally, be gentle with yourself. Even after doing everything on this list, understand that moving forward from a relationship can take a lot of time and hard work. There is no timeline for getting through this. Let yourself take it one day at a time, and don’t beat yourself up over feeling sad and missing your ex - not only are those feelings valid, but they are also essential as you move forward. Don’t criticize yourself for having them. They are normal. Give yourself permission to heal slowly, and at your own pace - one day at a time.

This is a new chapter in your life, a clean slate, a fresh start. Embrace it.

Experiences like these are hard, but they aren’t the end of the world. Right now, it probably feels like everything is falling to pieces around you; you can feel that chunk missing from your heart, that empty space in your soul. That feeling won’t go away for awhile; it might never go away. But, you’ll learn to live with it. You’ll learn to keep surviving, to keep on pushing through each day even when you don’t want to. You’ll continue to keep on waking up in the morning, getting out of bed, getting dressed, and going throughout your day. And eventually, slowly, surely, and almost unnoticeably, this immense pain you’re bearing will start to subside. You might not recognize it at first. But, as time passes, you’re going to find that the good days start coming more often, and the sadness is more manageable, and your heart once again feels whole.

It’s heavy now, but one day it won’t be. Keep on going for that.

In the meantime, take time to refocus and pursue the things you enjoy doing. Go out to the movies, spend an afternoon at the mall with friends, write, pick up some new books from the library, volunteer somewhere to help make a difference. (Etc.) You’ll be great. It’s perfectly okay, normal, and necessary to feel sad. But then, choose to learn from this painful experience and use it to build you into a stronger, wiser, better person.

Some links to check out:

I can’t promise you that it will get better any time soon - but I CAN tell you that it will, eventually. And in time, you’ll come to realize that this breakup was only a bump in your journey… not the end of it. 

Hugs to you, though. I know it hurts. :( Take care of yourself, okay? You know right where to find me if you need somebody to talk to/vent to/cry to. You don’t have to do this on your own. 

anonymous asked:

What do you recommend to eat for long term weight lose? I need meal ideas please?

An abundance of HIGH CARB, low fat vegan foods!! Fruit, lots of veggies, grains, greens, lentils, beans, pastas, potatoes, sweet potatoes!!

All of which are the perfect fuel for the body!! High in fiber, low in fats. Of course you can still eats good fats like avo and nuts but they shouldn’t make up majority of your diet, they should accompany the high carb foods as a condiment :)

Long term you will loose weight eating a healthy diet like this, but to speed of the process you have to move your body !!! Burn fat by exercising, but never let weight loss be your main focus, focus on getting fitter and healthier and naturally you will learn out 😘



By now you’re probably aware of the extraordinary works produced by art collective Poetic Kinetics. The giant astronaut? That’s them. The huge snail with a foam party machine in the tail? That’s them. This years caterpillar -> butterfly installation at Coachella? That’s them too! 

We caught up with Patrick Shearn, the President and Co-Founder of the LA-based collective, last month to learn more about the process of bringing these amazing concepts to life at festivals around the world year after year.

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anonymous asked:

I saw that you don't clip your birb wings. If I were to take that route with my future birds, what is the best way to make sure they don't hurt themselves in transit to their destination, or hit a window or something like that?

Okay so technically there’s two ways to do this, the bare minimum way or the full on training way. But first off I would like to state that clipped birds are more likely to hit objects than flighted birds. Flighted birds have the strength and resistance to stop on front of an object and change direction and have faster response times due to neurone development gained through flight while a clipped bird lacks these things.

With the bare minimum way you’re basically just bird proofing everything you can and teaching your bird a few basic commands so if they get out there’s a better chance of them coming back.  The full on way is you bird proofing everything, teaching a variety of concepts to exercise flight muscles, putting in a sort of minor training course so the bird learns to fly at certain angles, through things, and sudden change of direction as well as stimulating the brain to sort of jumpstart the process of them developing certain symbiotic neuropathways (basically exercising reactions, I see a tree I know I need to move out of the way, exercising this makes reaction times faster and allows them to avoid flying in to things)

The absolute BARE MINIMUM things you need to teach a bird regardless of their feathers is recall.  Whether it’s getting them to walk along the floor to you on command or flying they NEED to understand how to come back in case anything ever does happen. You also need to do everything you can to keep the room a bird-safe zone, this is especially important when they’re just learning to fly or are just recovering from a clip.


Cover windows, cover mirrors, keep the area spacious so they can’t fly in to anything, removing any toxic woods from the environment, etc.  When birds are just learning to fly or recovering from a clip they have not developed essential neuropathways which are required for flight so we have to make the environment as easy for them to fly in as possible.  At this time they will not have the reaction time necessary to see an oncoming danger and have the power to move out of the way so we need to eliminate those dangers and work on strengthening their reactions.


Getting a bird to come to you on command is a complete necessity.  If that bird ends up in danger, gets outside, lands up high, goes missing in the house it needs to understand how to follow the sound of your voice and be focused on getting back to you regardless of the circumstances. While teaching flight recall the birds are just starting to develop some of those symbiotic neuropathways, in order for them to land on you properly they’re learning how to judge distance, when to prep for landing, and all the little neurones that process that information develop.  So through teaching recall your bird is already starting to get a stronger mind, also, they learn to better control their flight, start building some muscle and their respiratory systems start getting much needed exercise.


Teaching a bird to fly to where you point allows for a lot of extra exercise, flying straight at you doesn’t exercise all the muscles necessary to truly have control of their flight.  By teaching them to fly where you point they can exercise ascending and descending from various heights.  This also strengthens their ability to judge distance, how high they need to fly in order to reach the end goal, when to slow down and again, all those little neurons are getting stronger, faster, and more precise.

Now, I’ve been talking a lot about symbiotic neuropathways and you might now know what that has to do with your question: strengthening those neuropathways is the only way to ensure your bird won’t fly in to anything!  Those little pathways are what causes the body to see something and have an instant reaction to get out of the way, if a bird doesn’t exercise that they will take off, not see the window until they’re close to it, not realize the window is a hazard until they’re even closer and then won’t be able to fly away from it because they’re too close.  A bird which has had the training to strengthen the neuropathways will see the window right away and in that same moment change their direction so they avoid the hazard.  All this training will help strengthen their eyesight since, like all of their internal structures, it’s built to work with flight.  Once they start exercising flight more frequently their systems can properly exercise and develop.

To really exercise those neuropathways there’s a couple things I do to work on different reactions.  These things should only be done if you know what you’re doing as moving a step too quickly could very easily result in your bird flying in to something.   You need to be able to tell when your bird is strong enough to avoid these structures and move on to the next step, moving too fast is hazardous.

Object Avoidance

Sounds just like it is, put a pole in the middle of the room, a lamp, ladder, something that’s sturdy and place it right in the middle of an empty room, you stand on one side, your bird the other then recall them.  The bird has to learn to fly around the object to get to you, this helps them strengthen their flight muscles that are required for quick turns, teaches the brain to see oncoming objects and avoid them faster and really helps them learn to control their flight.  Over time you can change how many objects there are, make narrower spaces and so on so the bird better strengthens their flight and response to various situations. You can also introduce moving objects, get someone to gently sway something soft (pillow, blanket, rope) to begin with so the bird has to better develop those reactions.

Narrow Flight

Flying through something big and gradually making it smaller, you can teach a bird to fly through a hula hoop and gradually make it smaller or you can use a system of interior double doors.  Have the doors wide open and recall through the door and then gradually close the door so the bird starts to understand how to time their strokes.  This teaches the bird how to gain even more control of their flying abilities, strengthens different muscles, makes them use a lot more of their brain to focus on HOW they are flying and teaches them to pace themselves given different situations.  Again, this strengthens neuropathways between not only their vision and reaction but now between their vision, reaction, and physical change.

Ascending/ Descending

Birds really need to strengthen these the most, in a captive environment they don’t do a whole lot of vertical flying straight from the ground up to a tree top like they do in the wild, these muscles are among the weakest in captive birds but just may be the most important.  The action of flying upwards exercises the same muscle that is required to pull up to slow down or stop, when a bird see’s an oncoming object they tend to pull up and then turn, if these muscles are weak they will not be able to slow down as fast and ultimately hit something.  It’s also important to exercise this in case of an emergency, if your bird flies outside and lands high in a tree they will not have the strength to fly back down, against wind, in a scary environment without exercising these muscles!


This is something I’m actually refusing to teach anyone since it can be used for outdoor purposes but unless you have one on one with a professional trainer you shouldn’t EVER take a bird outside unrestrained.  But your bird needs to strengthen their respiratory system through how long they fly, I do this through indoor free flight I increase the amount of air time they have each session and gradually their lungs have gotten a LOT stronger.  You could also do this through long distance recall.

If all of this sounds like a whole lot of work I urge you to read why I keep my birds flighted.  Yeah training is a heck of a lot of work and it can be hard some days but seeing just how happy, healthy, strong, confident, and powerful they’ve become is really worth it, not to mention seeing how they’ve developed over this past year it’s very clear to me just how much safer they are after all this training than they were before we started. You can check out my free flight tag to watch in on some of our flight training sessions, goof ups, bad days, and some text posts where I explain the progress each of them have made.

TL;DR:  If you just want a bird to be flighted and remove SOME of the risk of hitting things, cover up objects, put nets in front of windows, teach them basic recall and try to keep the area as vacant as possible while they learn to develop symbiotic neuropathways and muscle on their own.

If you want them to CONTROL their flight and fly with power and precision you need to teach them a few concepts and set up a training schedule to help develop muscles and work on certain things to keep them safe.

It’s completely possible for almost every bird out there to be happy and flighted, whether or not you’re willing to put in the effort for their happiness and safety is another thing.

What I do is hard work but it’s only 15 minutes out of my day, every day, which is making their lives a thousand times better.  Once you get in to a rhythm it gets easier, seeing the way they get stronger with every session is really worth the effort you put in to it. Not to mention, look how pretty those wings are!

If all of that sounds like too much to you then a bird might not be the right choice!  Even the simplest of tasks take that much effort, something like getting them to eat veggies can take MONTHS.

‘’You’re not afraid of me’’ Ch. 3

A/N: I hope you like how this story is going! Please note that english is not my first language so there might be grammar mistakes 

Pairings: Bucky X Reader

Bucky doesn’t get afraid without having a reason to be.. To him, you don’t seem to be a reason enough. Fluff


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Originally posted by dailystan

You stepped out on the paving slabs, feeling a small discomfort against your bare feet. You drew a heavy breath, letting the fresh air fill you up. You took another step, reaching the lawn. A shy smile made it’s way to your face as you enjoyed the feeling against your skin. You took a few steps further before siting down. You closed your eyes, taking a moment to enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass and flowers around you. A cloud moved, letting the sun hit you in the face and you hummed at the pleasant feeling. You sat there in silence, enjoying the moment. 

You were overwhelmed by your own feelings, not hearing the man that had approached behind you. He watched you in silence, leaning against the doorframe, a shy smile playing on his lips. You drew long breaths as if you were trying to gather air, your hair swaying in the breeze. You never wanted to leave this place, you had been longing to get outside for so long. 

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the person I was vs. who I am today. A lot of it is brought upon by my recent download of Timehop because I’m a sucker for anything nostalgic.

But I don’t think it’s been the way I eat or active then vs now that stands out most but where I am in terms with my anxiety. If you just met me now then you might not even know it’s something I struggle and have struggled with in the past. If you knew the girl in the top photo 7 years ago, it was something that very much defined my life.

I had a bad case of anxiety to the point where more times than not I wouldn’t leave the house. If I knew it was going to be a new situation or new people involved I avoided it. I used to stress myself out to the point of being sick over going somewhere I wasn’t familiar with. I tried to look up ways to help with it and at that point in time I was annoyed with so many ways to anxiety being “self help” because at that point I didn’t really have confidence in myself.

I first faced it head on in getting a job at a movie theater which was new people and experiences every shift. That helped a bit but I would be nervous before every time I went into work and mostly slept as much as possible between shifts to avoid the reality that I had to go be around strangers soon.

Then I moved home and with my sister and my life started to change. I slowly began to exercise and eat better and through that process I gained more confidence. I started teaching my classes with the seniors and I had to pick out what my chronic problem was and it was always anxiety. Through teaching those classes and helping others I grew a lot and got better about it. This year when I taught those same classes I didn’t even feel like anxiety was my major issue.

It’s still there. I still get anxious with new things. I can overthink a situation before it happens, I sweat, my shoulders tense up, my heart rate increases. I still have moments where I’m scared and afraid. I think the difference is now I have much more confidence that no matter what happens, I’m capable enough to handle it. With the type of job I do now and all the new things in my life(like driving in the snow), it’s a big deal that I haven’t had a panic attack and completely shut down.

One of my favorite song lyrics that kinda changed the way I looked at life is “No need to fear what you can’t avoid”.

Some days are not the easiest. Like I said I still get anxious and nervous from time to time but I’m not afraid of life anymore and that’s a major accomplishment.

I don’t think I’ve really addressed my anxiety much on here but it’s something and a place in my life I wanted to share.

George Harrison in the gardens at Friar Park, screen capped from the Brainwashed EPK.

“Though he loved architecture, George [Harrison] told Olivia he was happy to live in one room of the mansion and take on what he needed when he needed it. Originally, he intended to go about the garden in the same way, but gardens have a way of snagging you and not letting you go. By the time Olivia arrived [at Friar Park] in 1974, he had already developed what was the beginning of a life-long passion. He started by fixing the fountain up by the house, the lawns were mown, the ivy cleared and, fittingly, he put two goats on the Matterhorn to clear the brambles. One day he lowered himself on a rope into one of the subterranean caverns under the lakes only to find the incredible remains of the waterways and grotto that [Sir Frank] Crisp had created there. The grand project had found a new custodian.

‘We never set out to make the garden a restoration, we were just doing it for the joy of it,’ Olivia said of the process of unveiling the grounds. 'You don’t have to know anything or everything to make a garden and George set out quite independently to do it his own way. “It’s amateur hour” was a mantra and clearing away the dark Victorian palette of laurel and yew and overgrown box was key to being able to move the garden forward.’

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anonymous asked:

How do you deal with your mental health when you take an unexpected hit? Like, a retread of an unpleasant memory or some event you really weren't ready to handle?

There are a few strategies I’ve found some traction with, and I’ll detail them here:

Pick a direction, keep moving: Go for a brisk walk. A long one if you can. Headphones and music can help here. The combination of being on the move, going somewhere and exercise can help stabilize you.

Stay busy: If you can manage it, throwing yourself into a project can sometimes occupy enough of your emotional processes that worry and despair can’t get uptime.

Gentle sensory overload: Two (or three) things you like at the same time. My cocktail is a good long twitch broadcast of Dark Souls or Magic Coverage where there’s a continual feed of light dialogue, combined with playing something attention-demanding like Overwatch. I’ll sometimes add my own music to this mix. This can help drown out invasive thoughts and settle you down enough to get on with your day.

Talk it out: This one can be tricky, but just talking over your problems (or some other topic) with somebody face to face or over IM/texting can bail you out of the internal mind loop that that you can get caught in. If you don’t have anyone available personally,  there are many eager ears in and around the DB chat http://irc.dbcommunity.org/ as well as the LRR chat on twitch. Beyond that, I’ve had success with listeners on https://www.7cups.com/ which is a live, anonymous, free service that connects you to trained listeners who are there specifically to help talk you through your troubles. You may need to try a couple of people before you hit on a connection that works but it definitely helped me.

Hope this helps!

Yesterday after camping I just decided to focus on myself and relax. I don’t do that very often, but it was a nice evening and it felt good. So many things are changing in my world right now and it’s hard to mentally process sometimes.

I feel like there are so many things I want to get done these next few months. I need to write it all out because it’s a lot. I want to stayed focused with my eating and exercise, I want to start teaching as prepared as possible, I want to declutter and pack efficiently for my move, and I want to continue budgeting and getting myself out of debt. Things are mostly okay over here. Or they will be. I am too driven for them not to be.