guide to the universe


A lot of people ask for recommendations from me, so I’ve compiled a few photo collages of some of my favorite books. This theme is graphic novels/manga featuring the following titles:

Persepolis vol. 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi | V for Vendetta and Watchmen by Alan Moore | Alex + Ada vol. 1-3 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn | Saga vol. 1-6 by Fiona Stables and Brian K. Vaughan | Fruits Basket vol. 1-23 by Natsuki Takaya | Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe by Tim Leong | In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang | Baby’s in Black by Vivek J. Tiwary | Library Wars vol. 1-15 by Kiiro Yumi and Hiro Arikawa

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

—  Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


I’ve learned it all from personal experience. Those tips may not work for you, but they helped me so I thought I could share and maybe help you too.
This is what I do (chronologically I guess) when I study, to optimize time and energy. Also sorry for my English I tried my best

  • You study to remember, so try to avoid passive reading. I recommend not to highlight/underline your text the first time you’re reading it.
  • Collect the more information you can get about one paragraph/chapter at a time and then stop reading.
  • Now try to remember easy concepts and keywords about what you just read (reread if you realised you forgot something)
  • Highlight/underline those concepts in the chapter you read and if you prefer, shortly summarize them (just a few words) next to the paragraph.
  • Repeat what you learned aloud until you’re fluently speaking or you know you’ve got it.
  • If you’re studying for a test, you could avoid repeating the lesson aloud and make flashcards instead.
  • Repeat this phases until you reach the number of pages/chapters you need to do.
  • But remember to take breaks in order to avoid cerebral explosion. Organizing breaks between study sessions is totally up to you and to your capacity of staying focused. The complete concentration may last 20 minutes or 1 hour, so short breaks are cool to make you breathe and gather your strenghts. Don’t study for 2874654876 hours even if it’s for an emergency. It’s scientifically impossible for a human being to stay focused every single minute for a very long time. Even 5 minutes off can help.
  • The next day, before starting to study again, dedicate some time to quickly remember what you did the day before in your mind by reading flashcards or the keywords you’ve highlighted/written.
  • Highlighting almost everything may create a nice piece of coloured art but it can also foster passive reading, specially when you need to revise and read your text again a second time
  • If you read your whole book just to have a complete overview and without repeating/annotating, you may think you fixed concepts in your mind but you didn’t and your revision will become harder. If you want an overview about what you’re going to study you can have a general approach by reading the index. It’s easier and quicker.
  • Fight anxiety the best you can: it’s your worst enemy. Exams are just exams and your health and happiness are definitely more valuable.

Let me know if this helped you, I really really hope so! This is basically my study method or at least the method I use when I don’t procrastinate and I pretend to be a serious person and student.


How to Schedule Your Study Time

I’ve been asked multiple times to make a post about how to schedule your study time, so here it is! This is a little bit different of a schedule because it’s over mid-semester break (Easter break for most), but it still works.

Step 1: Write down everything you need to do.

Get out a piece of notebook paper or open a new document on your computer and unleash your brain’s to-do list. Write everything down from classes, work, events, and extracurriculars to your work outs, meals, showers, and sleep. Nothing is too small to be written on the list, so if you need to remember to shave your legs, write that down!!

Step 2: Assign each task an estimated amount of time it’ll take to complete.

This part is really crucial for me because it takes my organization a step further to help me achieve my studying and planning goals. It also gives me a reality check – sometimes I’m so ambitious I try to bite off more than I can chew. If I know from the beginning that I most likely won’t achieve everything I need to do, I won’t be as disappointed come the end of my planning and studying. It also tells me I probably need to pick it up during the week and stop procrastinating…

Step 3: Open up Excel, create a table on another computer program, or grab a piece of paper.

Next we’ll make the calendar with a readout of our obligations. I generally use Excel or a piece of paper, but I find that excel works best because I can edit future events easier if I didn’t quite complete a task I planned for.

Have the first column for times, then a column following for each day you want to plan. It helps to have the time column skinnier with the days’ columns wider so text can fit in easily. I leave two rows per hour (therefore one line is equal to one half hour) so I can plan for events or tasks that won’t be taking up whole hours.

Step 4: Designate a color for each of your scheduled categories.

These colors are the same as in my planner:

  • Purple: Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pink: Genetics
  • Blue: Beverage Management
  • Orange: Economics
  • Red: Work
  • Green: Extracurriculars
  • Black: Personal (showers, meals, sleep, relaxation, etc.)
  • Yellow: Travel

I enter in all of my class, work, event, and extracurricular times first – things I can’t miss. These are important to put into your schedule first because you can easily schedule studying around them. 

Step 5: Once all of your obligations are plugged into your schedule, it’s time to fill in your studying.

This is where the required times for your tasks help a great deal! It’s easy to spot an hour block here or there and plug in a 45 minute or hour task… something that may be a little hard for some when they’re just going through their day and have a block. I know whenever I get an hour block I try to nap or rest as much as possible, but this frequently puts me behind. :(

Also, it may help you to pull out your planner and see what exams, quizzes, or assignments are coming up soon. You should rank these at a higher priority and complete these sooner rather than later to ensure you complete them.

I also group lesser tasks; for example, on Thursday night at 11:00 PM I grouped two homework assignments because they really shouldn’t take that long and they’re on the computer at the same time, etc. It’s just easier for me to get them done at the same time. Just like if you need to go to a few different stores, try to go to them all in one trip. It’ll save you time, money, and gas!

Step 6: As you’re adding tasks to your schedule, make sure you’re crossing them off your list you made. You don’t want to miss anything or add something twice!

This is pretty self-explanatory but also important! Make sure you’re adding everything and not missing anything. 

Step 7: Make sure to schedule enough sleep during your night as well as time to eat/relax.

This is the most important step of them all! Without recharging your smart little brain and body, how are you going to have the fuel to move on? Also, try snacking on fruits and veggies and drinking water when you’re studying. I’m one to love candy when I’m studying and it’s hard to say “no” to my precious chocolate and skittles, but I know they’ll just bring my metabolism and energy down. Drinking a lot of water helps too because that means more bathroom breaks – which means more study breaks! ;)

I hope you found this post helpful. If you’d like to see other posts about my studying tips and tricks, please share this post and leave me a message about what I can improve or what you’d like some advice on. Happy studying! – grxeek

It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.
—  Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.
—  Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

laurenjauregui: Second year in a row I get to celebrate next to yo ass(: HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY MY LOVE!! @lucyvives we had so much fun yesterday I didn’t get a chance to post anything🙈that’s when you know a 21st went well. Thank you for being alive and continuing to stand by my side. No matter what this crazy world ever hands us I know that in each other we’ll always find a safe place. Thank you for the countless hours of advice and mind probing conversation and love and sanity. You are such a beautiful light in this world and I’m so grateful to have you close. May the universe continue to bless you and guide you into sharing that light with everyone you meet❤️ thank you for the laughs and the tears and the growth and the unconditional. You’re my favorite forever☺️ happy birthdayyy❤️❤️

College Survival Tips

1. Don’t schedule classes before 9:30

2. use study resources


4. always bring headphones

5. find a coffee shop

6. always carry a snack

7. print out lecture slides

8. steal bananas and fruit from the dining halls

9. bring a water bottle everywhere

10. sit near the front of your classes

11. find a study parter (emphasis on only one other person!!!)

12. never forget a phone charger

13. learn the bus system

14. say yes to anything you’re passionate about

15. learn to spend time alone

A Spotter’s Guide to Sports Elves

Íþróttaálfurinn: Exists in the universe the plays do. Wants everyone to be healthy and active, but can be kind of aggressive in his methods. Restricts Ziggy to one candy day a week and stuffed Halla into a trash can once. Means well and loves the people of LazyTown, and is always encouraging them to be better than they are, just doesn’t quite realize that he can get pushy.

Sportacus: Softer and gentler version that exists in the tv shows. He’s not pushy at all, and prefers to lead by example, is very gentle and softspoken with the kids. Literally incapable of sitting still. Somehow survives on single bites of fruit. His face is pictured next to the word Extra™ in the dictionary. Loves the kids and wants them to be happy. Spends a lot of time touching Robbie.

Magnús Scheving: Obscenely rich Icelandic Olympian who decided to dedicate his life to motivating kids to move. Somehow less plausible than either of his alteregoes.

hello everybody! i’m back here with one of my awful guides about how to survive university. i’m back because i struggled a lot last semester (aka my first academic semester, yay) but i guess i’ve finally found my balance!

What was hard to get is that the fact that i’m very busy with academic life doesn’t allow me to let myself rot. You heard that: you gotta take care of yourself, buddy. It was hard to learn, at least to me, because i get totally absorbed by work and everything but i’m trying to think about myself as well. Here’s what i wish i knew when i first move out:

  • eat yummy food: i spend four months dying to go back home just to eat something which wasn’t almost uncooked meat or terrible veggie burgers but this semester i’ve somehow decided i wanna treat myself. I trying to cook myself food (a+ food) and sometimes i make extra food so that i can freeze it and eat it whenever i don’t feel like cooking. I’ve discovered nice recipes just browsing the internet! (unfortunately, i’m italian and i can’t link you my cook blog references but i’d be happy to translate it for you so just text me if you wanna know more!)
  • body lotions: fucking use it! they make you skins softer and scented and i swear they make me feel like i’m truly taking care of myself!
  • clean your room: sometimes you are just overwhelmed by work and everything but you’ve gotta remember that a nice and tidy environment is truly helpful! (i can’t tell you more because i’m still working on it lmao)
  • allow yourself to relax: sometimes i feel guilty when i’m not studying so i force myself to keep my eyes on books but sometimes i feel like it’s  counter-prodictive.  The more you study the more tired you are and it’s tolerable when exams are on because you know you’re gonna relax as they’re over but how about when they’re still far? Just chill: you’ll be refreshed and stronger for your exams!
Important Stuff from “Guide to the Crystal Gems”

-The rebellion took place 5,500 years from the present.

- ‘You can be a Crystal Gem too!’ “If you believe in the radical doctrine of Rose Quartz!” -Pearl.

- Rose’s “manifesto:” Fight for life on the planet Earth, Defend all human beings, even the ones that you don’t understand, Believe in love that is out of anyone’s control, And then risk everything for it!

-Steven’s getting better a drawing.

-Gems have no internal organs unless they consciously reconfigure their bodies. All three CGs have lungs and stomachs in order to “experiment with the human experience.” Not directly stated, but Rose did shapeshift a womb.

- Love doesn’t come as naturally to gems as it does to humans, apparently.

-Amethyst openly considers herself an earthling now.

- It is implied that Rose could have birthed a child that was entirely human and still exist, but wanted Steven to be able to bridge the gap between their races. 

- Two of the same type of gem can fuse (like Pearl and another pearl) but the result would only be a slightly powered version of the same gem (beefy pearl). This may actually be a more typical form of fusion on Homeworld, as Garnet’s first formation was “unusual.”

- While it wasn’t apparent, in “Tiger Millionaire” Amethyst WAS holding her own against Garnet as the Purple Puma.

- Peridot’s weapon is specifically listed as “Modern Gem technology.” She may not have a traditional one.

- Garnet on fusion: “(A) truly great Fusion is like a truly great relationship: Its power is amplified by trust, respect, absolute honesty, and constant communication.” (Seriously, her entire passage is pure platinum)

- Opal tends to be very forgetful. This is a regular problem for her (but great for us because characterization)

- Alexandrite’s weapon is listed as “All of them.”

- “Malachite is the worst relationship imaginable.” -Garnet (the expert)

- Stevonnie’s formation is described as “A spontaneous Fusion of love, as impossible as it was inevitable.” Garnet is extremely proud of both Steven and Connie.

- Sardonyx isn’t in the book.

- Neither is smol Peridot, but her limb enhancers are addressed.

-This. Freaking. Picture.

Hello, it’s #optomstudies here again with another Sunday Study Tip on university life! This will be a multi-part series that hopefully will give a unique insight, since I can go on and on about university, and I love giving advice and helping others :)


Figure out your major as soon as possible. I think this generally helps no matter which education system you’re in (US, UK, Australia, etc.). Just a brief explanation: in Australia, you enrol in a degree, which is the name of 3-5 year program that will appear on your testamur, and you can usually choose to major in at least one stream, made of usually 48-60 units of credit at my university (each course you take, e.g. MATH1131 is usually worth 6 units of credit). 

Just knowing what direction you want to take can really help you to maximise the use of your time, particularly regarding the use of your electives. I have a friend who is doing a double degree and will graduate with four majors on his testamur because courses in those majors overlap, and because he has planned out which courses he will take for the rest of the degree. 

Once you know your major, figure out which courses you take in advance to avoid trouble with prerequisites and co-requisites using your university handbook. It could potentially save you at least one or two semesters just waiting around for the course to be available. And that’s equivalent to an additional year that you can spend in the working force. 

Get to know your student support centres. There are plenty of places at uni that are funded by your student amenities fee, so take advantage of it. At my uni, apart from clubs and societies, there’s also the student union/SRC, legal advice, psychological services, academic advice, and much more. You might not end up using all the services, but it’s good to know that it’s there. 

The other thing about student support and administration is that it’s often incredibly inefficient and no one knows who has the information you need. Especially if you’re doing something that’s a little different from most of the student population, trying to get approval for something like a class clash can send you all around campus twice over. Do your research and be thoughtful about who you go to for information and what you say to them. Some people just send you around and the others can approve things in no time. Other people even make it more difficult for you. Also, act like you know what you’re doing and what you need (because if they secretly don’t know they’re more likely to waver in your favour). 

Read university guides made by your uni. I don’t think a lot of people pay attention but these are actually pretty comprehensive and can be used as a studyblr all by themselves hahaha. Apart from having step by step tutorials on all administrative matters, they usually have study tips for students transferring from high school to uni :)

A personal note~ being in optometry is really good on the administration end of things. Your whole degree is basically decided for you, and you have four choices to make. What level of maths, what level of physics, and which two general education (gen ed) courses you want to do. Everything else in optometry is pretty much a straight up ladder system because of the requirements listed by Optometry Australia about what an optometrist has to know, so there aren’t any hassles as long as you don’t fail any subjects. Although we don’t get much flexibility, we do save a little bit of stress :) That was my little personal tidbit :)

Enrolling in classes is hell. If you go to a uni that decides your timetable you get to avoid this biennial click-fest and stress/freak out session. Waiting for the clock to tick 1 second over the enrolment time before logging in and scrambling for classes for the best timetable is the worst. I imagine it’s even worse if you miss out on classes or have a part time job and needed a specific time. 

Don’t arrange early classes the first semester. Unless you live on campus, you will have your head stuck to the table from sleeping. Aim to start classes such that you sleep from 11pm ish to 7am. For me, 10ams are a good start. Only after you get used to it should you try anything earlier. 

Don’t worry about course fees. The education system in Australia is completely different than the situation that many American students have to face, so I do not understand why people act like their student fees are a big problem. Course fees all go into your HECS-HELP loan, meaning you don’t have to pay it back until you earn more than $54000, and only as a percentage starting from 4% to a maximum of 8%. You don’t have to pay a cent towards actually attending the university until you are enjoying the benefits of it. 

Mark census dates down if you are changing courses. I haven’t personally had to deal with these, but the university gives you a large leeway in regards to changing courses, so try to adhere to it lest you be stuck with the fees for a course which you never completed. 




There are many layers of ourselves that are within unity consciousness, we are the light and always have been. We are whole, we are divine and infinite, don’t be fooled by the illusions of this earthly life.

finalfantasy-vi  asked:

Alternate universe where revali is the one who guides link when he wakes up at the beginning of the game. (Not a voice request just an idea)

“Get up, you Hyruloser.”