i don't know what's up with tumblr trying to display this so large

anonymous asked:

Hi! Sorry I was wondering if you'd give me tips on becoming a little bit more known for art on tumblr. My art only gets 2-5 reposts but my random stuff can get 300 or something. I was wondering how you get people to see your art ?_? I get it's people opinions of art and stuff but i don't know id like people to see what I spend my life doing Thank you, love your art !^~^

Hello Nonnie! 

Thank you for your ask. This treads close to a topic close to my heart actually so prepare your syrup and berries, this is going to smell like a fat stack of sweet morning waffles. 

I’ll start by answering your question, well trying to as best as I can. I don’t have a magic formula to give you, no such popularity, success mermaid has ever been seen treading these waters as far as I know. However, I can share with you what I find appealing, what is likely to make me follow one blog over another. Think about what you look for when scouring the seas for accounts to follow, what commonalities do popular blogs share? Why are you more likely to follow X over Y?  I think when you turn it round like that, the patterns are a little easier to see and a little less personal. 

Firstly, If you want your art to be seen, It should be front of house, even in your blogs URL/name somewhere. Not under an obscure header that takes someone 10 minutes of searching heavy HTML to find.  If you need to set up a separate account then i’d say do it. Not a secondary, square, side chick of a blog, an entirely separate entity that’s exclusively focused on your art and your creative journey. Personally, I am far more inclined to follow a focused, on topic, one topic blog. Like I say, It’s about finding your people. Make it as easy as possible to be found. Don’t get me wrong, you can totally have that other, off shore, tax haven of a blog too, lord knows, I do but I really think an Art only account will stop your treasures getting lost or competing with the really hot Adam Driver pics. He is really hot though. Like woah. 

Secondly Tag. Tag Tag Tag. Responsibly of course - no abuse of unrelated, trending ones. I can’t advocate for that kind of behaviour ha ha. I know tumblr has made it really cringe now, displaying 30 hours of pain all at once but I’ve found after a while, your shame spirit hardens to it. 

Be Nice. This one goes a long way. There’s nothing more soul crushing than finding out that your favourite creator or personality is actually a bit of a tool on the quiet. Rightly or wrongly, it bleeds out onto your work and can leave a bad taste for some. I’m not say you need to take to the streets donning a neon vest or clipboard here but be polite and courteous. Be conscientious and respectful to the needs of others. Be generous and give back, it feels really, really nice too. 

Be active. Communicate any absences. It should make sense that there’s a correlation between your activity and your lovely followings engagement. No one wants to be following Zombies. Well maybe some people do actually but that’s a another story.

Lastly, make great stuff. You don’t need to be the most skilled artist in the world to put out your personal best. I don’t know how large a role your art plays in your life Le Nonn but it’s always best to give yourself entirely to the cause. It shows and it’s attractive. I don’t think there are half measures in this game, at least I haven’t found a way to make it happen that doesn’t involve that risk, the exposing of your true heart. I know it’s scary but to get the most fulfilment, and believe me you’ll need that to stay on the path, you gotta get real on its ass. Give yourself the opportunity to fail. That’s how we learn. We make mistakes and we learn from them. Each failure shapes us. 

I think this leads me to the breakfast of the situation. These numbers, and I mean any of them, don’t matter. Not if your true intentions and desires are to articulate yourself in creation and do so at a high level. Your validation, your sense of self worth has got to come from within. The gratification is not as quick as a burst of viral attention, but it’s not as junky either. It’s harder work but you stay full for way longer and it’s way better for your heart. I have spent the best part of a decade floating round in the internet ether. A good 70% of the time, I have been or am singing to the wind. But that’s never stopped me. It’s what I want to do regardless of anything or anyone else. I’m not saying I don’t have my confidence wobbles when the hearts aren’t rolling in, I’m still a flawed human being with an ego that can be injured, I can just check myself now.

I hope in someway Nonnie, this has helped. May your Journey be fruitful <3

arlessiar  asked:

Thanks for your reply. I didn't quite know how to send you the Kingsman screenshots so I made a tumblr post with them, I'll send you the link in a second. Btw, one thing one cannot see in the caps is that the heart rate is actually changing in the scene where he wakes up, which is sth I don't see often on TV.

No problem!

(And thanks for your reminder! I know I haven’t done much on this blog recently… I have very little motivation for a lot of things as of late and this week in particular sucked pretty terribly, but I’m going to try to answer the best I can)

Disclaimer: I’m not an ICU nurse, nor have I seen (or read fanfic of) this movie. Everything is based on my critical care classes/clinicals in nursing school and my conjecture as to what happened based on what I’m seeing in these screen shots.

From what I’ve seen of ICU settings, this was pretty well done. They clearly did their research and/or hired a consultant when designing this set. Certain things I particularly appreciated were the presence of a central line (an IV that ends in a large, central vein- necessary for drugs that could injure smaller vessels, like many that would be used in an ICU setting), the not-overly-neat wires/tubes/hoses, and the changing vitals on the monitor screen.

(The following is mostly an explanation of what you’re seeing in the screenshots- nitpicks and a real-life pic for comparison at the end)

Here’s what’s present in a couple of those screenshots:

Monitor display: Showing two leads’ worth of ECG readings (green), heart rate (green), central venous pressure (the pressure in the vein that carries blood into the heart- yellow), oxygen saturation (blue), and non-invasive (cuff) blood pressure (purple).

  • The blood pressure cuff: Hooks up to the monitor display and will cycle (take a reading) at set intervals. While manual blood pressure is taken by listening to a pulse as the cuff slowly deflates, automatic cuffs sense vibration in the blood vessels as the cuff deflates, which can be interpreted by the computer.
  • Hardwire ECG leads: These are leads that go directly from the pt and physically plug into the monitor. They measure the electrical activity of the heart and present a graph of that electrical activity. They are common in ICU settings but mean the pt has to be physically disconnected if they ever want to get out of bed. 
  • Pulse-Ox/SpO2: This is a device that optically or physically measures pulse (which can be different than heart rate as measured electrically) and optically measures oxygen saturation. In this case, it would be helping to determine whether the ventilator settings were correct.

Syringe pumps: syringe pumps are used when only teeny-tiny volumes of medication are needed. They’re a lot more common in pediatric settings, but are definitely used in adult ICUs for very high potency drugs (especially drugs to increase blood pressure, sedatives, and painkillers). Syringe pumps are usually not the only pumps in the scene though- likely there would be at least a few “line pumps” controlling delivery of larger volumes of fluid like IV hydration, antibiotics, and electrolyte replacement fluids that come in hanging bags. Line pumps look like this:

(EEEP EEEP ………… EEEP EEEP<— that’s the sound they make. A lot.)

Endotracheal (ET) tube and securement: This is a tube that goes from just outside the pt’s mouth to their lungs, maintaining the pt’s airway and allowing the ventilator to deliver breaths while the person is paralyzed/sedated and unable to breathe for themself. The securement device keeps it from accidentally coming out or moving out of place. Missing is an NG or OG tube to deliver tube feedings, which would be necessary in this situation.

Central Line: This is an IV with a very long catheter (tube) that is placed in a vein (inserted surgically into the arm or upper chest) and that ends near the heart. This allows for administration of drugs/fluids at high pressure/volume and administration of drugs that could harm smaller peripheral veins. Simple versions (PICCs) may just provide reliable IV access to people who don’t have great veins, but they can be very advanced and include monitoring devices built in.

Because the monitor display is reading central venous pressure (CVP) (something that can only be measured by a sensor very near the heart), this guy’s central line is one of the more advanced ones (I’m still not seeing the external component to the CVP monitor but maybe its just hiding).

Also I’m going to guess that his injury has something to do with his chest and they’re monitoring for tamponade/pneumothorax? Because he seems a little young and healthy to be stricken with heart failure.

Peripheral IV: In addition to the central line, he’s also got a peripheral IV. These are much shorter catheters (about two inches at most) that can take IV fluids and many IV medicines that don’t need to go in a central line.

Miami-J collar: These are hard collars that do not allow movement of the neck (versus the soft foam ones that are for comfort only). Usually you see them in the field when injury is suspected, and they’re taken off once it’s ruled out in a hospital. The fact that he’s wearing one in this scene means that they’ve done the necessary imaging and determined that his neck was indeed injured in whatever happened to him. I’m guessing this guy was in a coma for a while (it would be arguably more important when he’s awake and moving around, so I’m guessing he had some time to heal and they took the collar off).

Ventilator: These devices breathe for pts who can’t breathe on their own, or assist for pts who find breathing prohibitively difficult. The screen shows a real-time graph of the breaths delivered and how much air was given with each breath.

There’s really not a whole lot that I’m downright “well that’s not realistic” about, but here are a couple nitpicks based mostly on ease of nursing care for him:

  • How would you suction that ET tube? (I’m sure there’s a way to do it but I’ve only ever used in-line suction before and it seems strange that this setup doesn’t have that given this movie came out so recently)
  • Why no line pumps? Why is EVERYTHING going through a syringe pump? That seems tedious…
  • Why are no lines labeled? That seems dangerous and confusing…
  • If they gave him a CVP monitor, why not also give him an arterial line? Especially since they’re probs going to need lots of arterial blood samples to make sure the vent settings are working right and it would be easier than sticking him that many times IN AN ARTERY…
  • Feeding tube- if he’s out as long as I’m guessing he’s out for (via the collar) and there’s no problem with his digestive tract, I’m gonna guess he’ll need some food (but tube feeds are rather icky for the whump community, so I get why they omitted it aesthetically).

Compare the screenshots you took with a similar scene from an actual ICU:

NOTE: I got this pic from a google image search, if you recognize it and would like it removed, let me know!


Here’s the thing—guns at carnivals are always rigged. 

Dean’s been using all kinds of guns since he was nine and has never missed a shot since he was nineteen when he put his heart into it, but guns at carnival games are a completely different ball game. Okay, fine, Dean is shit at this stupid game, but only because everyone is supposed to be shit at it. Rigged guns for easy money and all.

So how in the world is Cas so good at this?

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