including the consumers

A Collection Of Books By Neurologist Oliver Sacks

If you’re interested in neuroscience or psychology, I’d highly reccomend any book by Oliver Sacks! I get asked a lot about books to read so you can also check out this video I made with my top 7 and this masterpost which includes websites where you can learn more!

1. Migrane

For centuries, physicians have been fascinated by the many manifestations of migraine, and especially by the visual hallucinations or auras- similar in some ways to those induced by hallucinogenic drugs or deliria–which often precede a migraine. Dr. Sacks describes these hallucinatory constants, and what they reveal about the working of the brain. 

2. Awakenings

Awakenings is the remarkable account of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen in a decades-long sleep, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, “awakening” effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of these individuals, the stories of their lives, and the extraordinary transformations they underwent with treatment.

3. The Island of The Color Blind

Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands, and this book is an account of his work with an isolated community of islanders born totally colorblind.  He listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow.

4. Uncle Tungsten

A book about Sacks’ childood;  his discovery of biology, his departure from his childhood love of chemistry and, at age 14, a new understanding that he would become a doctor.

5. An Anthropologist on Mars

This book talks about 7 seemingly paradoxical neurological conditions: including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette’s Syndrome except when he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an autistic professor who has great difficulty deciphering the simplest social exchange between humans, but has built a career out of her intuitive understanding of animal behavior. 

6.  Seeing Voices

 A journey into the world of deaf culture, and the neurological and social underpinnings of the remarkable visual language of the congenitally deaf. Sacks writes “The existence of a visual language, Sign, and the visual intelligence that goes with its acquisition, shows us that the brain is rich in potentials we would scarcely have guessed of, shows us the almost unlimited resource of the human organism when it is faced with the new and must adapt.”


Beware of this clever and devious “tech support” scam

  • Scammers, it seems, have endless ways to try to gain access to money and information. One especially common trick? Tech support scams.
  • These rackets have become sophisticated and can trap the best of us — including yours truly! As a consumer-oriented writer, I was confident I knew all the common tricks, like bogus pop-up windows claiming my computer is infected with malware.
  • But I actually almost got caught in a “tech support” scam myself.
  • It all started when I needed customer service for a problem with a router. I looked up the phone number by typing “Netgear tech support number” into Google, which is the way I look up phone numbers for everything, because companies sometimes make it hard to find contact numbers.
  • Alas, that turned out to be a rookie mistake when it comes to tech support issues — as scammers have figured out how to game the results. Read more (5/3/17)

follow @the-future-now

a wip that i kinda like as is, and hopefully it’ll still look decent once completed..?? …..i love kookmin…. lol that’s all i draw now…

edit: the completed version is done~~~

Old Superstitions and Cures for Everyday Maladies

Pt. 2

Every disease and malady nowadays is considered to be completely biological. Most are able to be treated as simply as popping some pills or applying some type of store bought ointment to the afflicted site. However, in ages where magic was practiced as often as medicine, and remedies were still being experimented with and discovered, superstition played a huge role in both diagnosing the cause of an illness and in its treatment. Below is a list of several common illnesses/afflictions and the superstitions that surrounded them.

Drunkenness: To cure someone from alcoholism, it was recommended that a person slipping something un-appetizing, like owl eggs, blood, the powder of a dead man’s bones, or live eels, into the person’s drink. If a person wants to sober up quickly they should roll around in manure, drink olive, and then be forced to smell their own urine. Males must then also bind their genitals to a vinegar soaked cloth. However, one can avoid the problem of getting drunk altogether if they eat the roasted lungs of a pig before going out to drink.

Ear issues: A tingling ear means that someone somewhere is talking about you. If it is the right ear that tingles, it means that good things are being said. On the other hand, if it is your left ear that is tingling, it means that someone is spreading malicious gossip. However, if the person with the tingling ear pinches the afflicted ear, or makes the sign of the cross, the person spreading the malicious gossip will immediately bite their tongue. Hearing ringing in one’s ears has a whole other superstition behind it. Because the ringing is said to resemble church bells, having ringing in your ears is said to warn of the death of a friend or family member. Another superstition says that if a person whose ear is ringing asks a friend to choose a random letter from the alphabet, that letter will tell the person the first initial of their future spouse.

Epilepsy: According to the ancients, epileptics were thought to be somehow in contact with the Gods. Therefore, people were extremely wary of the disease. Later, epileptic fits were blamed on witchcraft. Cures for this disorder included burying a black rooster alive at the place where the fit took place, piercing the ground with a nail, or wearing a ring made from a half crown that was given during a Holy Communion service. Another cure was to drink a potion made from mistletoe, and then consuming the heart and blood of a crow for nine days straight.

Eye issues: An itching right eye is said to be lucky for men, but unlucky for women. If the itching eye becomes intolerable, one should bathe their eyes with rainwater gathered from the leaves of a teasel, or that was collected on either Holy Thursday or Ascension Day. Stys can be cured by rubbing it with a gold wedding ring or hair taken from the tip of a cats tail nine times. The sty can also be washed with cow urine or rubbed with green garlic. A sty was also thought to disappear if a person rang a doorbell and then ran off before the door was answered. Cataracts could be treated by rubbing the ashes from a burnt cat’s head onto the affected eye. Conjunctivitis could be cured by applying a lotion made from powdered vine shoots, or an eye wash of egg yolk, curdled milk, and urine.

Fever: Superstition says that one of the best ways to get rid of a fever is to eat spiders alive on slices of apples. Cobwebs may also be rolled up into pills and eaten, or a spider can be worn in a box or bag around the persons neck until it dies. Another solution is to bury an egg at a crossroads in the middle of the night for five nights in a row. The fever will be buried with the eggs. If neither of those solutions is appealing, a fever sufferer can also wear two sets of underwear. Family and friends must then tear off a piece of the one worn closest to the skin until no more clothing remains. Feeding a salted bran cake to a dog can transfer the symptoms to it instead. The fever can also be transferred to a disliked neighbor if one places a bag of trimmed hair and nail clippings under their door.

Gallstones: These can be treated by drinking a mixture of boiled sheep droppings and milk daily.

Headache: There are many superstitious treatments for headaches. One remedy is to wrap the skin of a snake, or a hang-man’s rope around the afflicted person’s temples while having them hold tightly onto some scraped horseradish and pressing their thumb against the roof of their mouth. Another remedy involves drying and powdering moss that was found growing on a human skull and inhaling it through the nose.

Heartburn: One cure for heartburn was to drink the juice of St. John’s Wort that had been picked at the daybreak of St Johns Day. Another remedy was to suck on a lump of coal or to eat some powdered toenails.

Hiccough: An attack of the hiccups means that the sufferer is being talked about by someone else.  Anyone who has hiccoughs in church is thought to be temporarily possessed by the devil. Cures for hiccoughs include simply identifying the person who is thinking about the sufferer, or placing a damp paper cross on the sufferer’s forehead. Other cures include holding one’s breath until the count of one hundred, or dropping a cold key down the sufferers back. Those in the U.S say that hiccoughs can be stopped by surprising the sufferer with a loud noise. Alternatively, a person can grab their left thumb with their right hand while reciting one of several charms.

“Madness”: According to superstitious tradition, those suffering from “madness” were treated in contrasting ways. Some people would avoid those suffering from madness, believing those who were mad to be possessed by demons, while others would welcome them because they believed that they were harbingers of luck. Those who believed in the latter thought that the mad were chosen by God. It was considered lucky to meet a mad person in the streets. Regarding mental retardation, it was believed that “simpletons” could see into the future. They were not supposed to move out of their home district as it was thought that another person in the area would have to become mentally disabled in their stead. According to the Japanese, anyone who has their hair lit aflame is most certainly going to go insane. In Lincolnshire, it was thought that anyone named Agnes will eventually go mad. Cures for madness include consuming honey, ilk, and salt before sunrise. In Europe, madness caused by rabies could be cured by having the afflicted eat the burned and powdered liver of the diseased animal that bit them in bread and butter.

Menstruation: In ancient societies, women were considered harbingers of evil. When they had their period, they were considered extra dangerous. Therefore, they were (and in some places still are) disbarred from important ritual events or were otherwise isolated from human contact. It was also believed that menstruating women would pollute the Earth, cause fruit to fall from trees, make seeds infertile, kill swarms of bees, cause plants to wither and die, dull swords, and dull mirrors. It was said that menstruating women should never make mayonnaise or jam, as the eggs will curdle and the jam will not set. They should also not be allowed to bake bread or handle meat as the dough will not rise and the meat will spoil. In parts of Africa, menstruating women are not allowed to aid in preparing meals, and are also considered bad luck for hunting parties.

Toothache: Toothaches can be avoided by wearing a tooth taken from a corpse in a bag around one’s neck. Carrying a walnut or the legs of a mole is also said to prevent the problem. A person should also avoid eating anything when a funeral bell is tolling and take care to put their right sock and right pant leg on first. If one gets a toothache, they can ease the pain by nailing a few strands of hair and some nail trimmings from the person suffering to an oak. Chewing on the first fern of spring or a piece of wood taken from a tree that has been hit by lightning can also ease the pain. If a tooth must be extracted, the least painful way is to make a powder out of dried worms during their mating season and applying this to the tooth. The tooth should then fall out on its own.

(Source: Cassel Dictionary of Superstitions by David Pickering)

anonymous asked:

i am so ready for titanic andreil. that is some good shit right there.

fjhdjhdjh i’m so glad i decided to watch titanic yesterday so me and @reneewvlkers could spawn this actual monstrosity i hope people end up liking it but even if they don’t idc it’s been 10k words worth of fun and tears i don’t regret a thing

also we miiight be done tonight 

The Domestic Garden Witch: Drink and Charm

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!


It’s that time of the year now, where all across America, students are cramming for their week-long hell: finals. Before, sometimes during, and after finals, many students turn to various stress-reduction practices which may include consuming in some form or another alcohol, cannabis, nicotine, and caffeine. And hopefully safely (do as you may, in moderation… please always be safe regardless of what you take).

Especially after finals, the San Luis bar scene definitely becomes lively, and gives way to a week full of brightly lit and vibrant downtown nights. But when it comes to the waste, it can sometimes be a bit disheartening. Luckily, this city tends to be rather good about its waste, but there’s always that home party which produces a significant amount of beer bottles.

In the past, I’ve covered how to use bottles to create container gardens and miniature gardens. But there’s more to the garden than just the plants and their containers. Decor has a significant role to play in the design of a garden, whether it’s indoors or out. In the spirit of recycling, I’ve decided that this week, I’ll turn to a practice that has become a staple in the United States, but has its roots in Africa: bottle trees.

A Charm, A Statement, A Warning

Blue bottle trees are something of a regional thing in the US. They’re more common in the south and in some areas of Arizona and California, but have a history that predates the US. When African slaves were brought over to the United States when slavery was legal, some were allowed to continue certain aspects of their cultural practice. One of which was the use of placing drinking vessels on the ends of tree or bush branches. The reasons for this vary across both history and region, but often are linked to a particular use: protection.

According to some stories, the bottles will capture malevolent spirits who are attracted to the colors, trapping them through the night until the sun rises in the morning and burns them away with its light. Other stories link the trees to prosperity and good luck, or otherwise with bringing beneficial weather for crops and gardens. Regardless of what purpose used, they have stuck around and become a sort of tradition.

The subtitle for this section includes “A Warning” for a reason. There is an issue around taking on this practice, called cultural appropriation. It is a practice linked strongly to both African and African American culture. As such, I feel that it is important for me to mention that this tradition may not always be acceptable, especially without proper research. I present it here as an idea starter and as an aspect of garden witchcraft, from a neutral point of view.

All of that said, let’s take a look at what bottle trees have to offer to garden witchcraft!

From Wood to Glass and Color

If taking on this project, it’s important to consider the tree and the glass being used. First, ensure that the tree is dead first - no sense killing a healthy tree for the sake of a garden. The wood can be part of the charm, and examples of woods can be seen in my Domestic Garden Witch article from last week. If you don’t have a dead bush or tree available, it has become common practice to build your own, using either metal or wood frames made of a central post, with “branches” inserted. Traditionally, the bottles are placed on the branches of the myrtle tree - a connection to the tree’s presence in the Hebrew Exodus and diaspora of the Old Testament, and a link between the Exodus and the fight against slavery.

Next is the glass bottle itself. The most common of these trees makes use of blue bottles. Like “witch balls” or “gazing balls” often found in gardens, the choice of the blue color has significance in Hoodoo, as it is linked to the threshold of water and air - and also to life and death. This is a great way of incorporating symbolic thresholds into a practice through the use of color and intent. Consider what other colors may signify and incorporate them into such a project!

This kind of project is not only inexpensive, but can also lend a particular charm and aesthetic to a garden, as well as providing a lovely nod to American culture and heritage.

If you favor the idea of a witch bottle tree, but want to avoid appropriation, a common substitute is available in any craft, hobby, or garden store: the gazing ball! The gazing ball fulfills the same purpose as the bottle tree, and has links to European witchcraft and practices, as well!

May your harvests be bountiful, and best of luck with finals!
Blessed Be! )O(

anonymous asked:

what are the 'symptoms' of being hypersexual because i relate to a ton of things on this blog but it could be down to being a horny teen idk

symptoms of hypersexuality include:

-Excessive time is consumed by sexual fantasies and urges, and by planning for and engaging in sexual behavior.
-Repetitively engaging in these sexual fantasies, urges, and behavior in response to dysphoric mood states (e.g., anxiety, depression, boredom, irritability).
-Repetitively engaging in sexual fantasies, urges, and behavior in response to stressful life events.
-Repetitive but unsuccessful efforts to control or significantly reduce these sexual fantasies, urges, and behavior.
-Repetitively engaging in sexual behavior while disregarding the risk for physical or emotional harm to self or others.
-Significant, directly related negative life consequences in life and relationship stability, emotional and physical health concerns, or career and legal problems. [source]

what i consider interesting about how hypersexuality is diagnosed is that there is a lot of focus on what hypersexuality makes you do and you get defined by your actions a lot, so usually if you find yourself doing the same things they look for in a symptoms list, you can be considered hypersexual

however, i also personally believe you don’t actually have to do any of these things but can still be hypersexual as long as you have that pervasive compulsion for sex that is interfering with how you function, which i believe is the main/only symptom of hypersexuality. you can not be horny and still be compelled to fuck despite that (which actually happens to me a lot!) it’s pretty simple, yknow! it’s an addiction, which in itself is the symptom. 

Top 10 Bias tag

Tagged by the ever lovely @sonuyhshidae, who tries to make me swerve every day. This is a struggle because Pristin is a 10 member group asopdk (disclaimer: I just recently got back into Kpop after like 4 years and I’ve been hyperfocused on Pristin, so some of these ladies I adore but dont totally keep up with)

  1. Yuha/Kyungwon (Pristin)
  2. Xiyeon/Siyeon (Pristin)
  3. Nana (After School)
  4. Lime (Hello Venus)
  5. Hani (EXID)
  6. Yuri (SNSD)
  7. Mina (Twice)
  8. Hana (Gugudan)
  9. Eunjin (DIA)
  10. Sua (Dreamcatcher)

Tagging @konakonatheotaku @bossiyeon @pinkyungwon @kangrena @siyeon (of course you don’t have to do it + sorry if you already had pals!)

Dinner for who?!

Watching a movie isn’t an activity that most Americans associate with New Year’s Eve celebrations, but one short film is a staple of a German New Year’s. Dinner For One, an 18 minute black-and-white film, was released in 1963 featuring British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warder. The plot revolves around the 90th birthday of an upper-class Englishwoman who hosts a celebration dinner every year for her friends. The problem is that she has actually outlived those friends. As such, her butler James makes his way around the table, impersonating each of the guests in turn–including consuming that guest’s share of alcohol.

It has been estimated that nearly half the German population watches this film to mark the New Year. Is this classic film part of your New Year’s plans?


Unpopular Opinion?

Let’s be honest. The reason we wanted BTS to win the BBMAs was because

1. They deserved the recognition

2. To open doors for the world to get INTO kpop and not the other way around

Collaborations are great and all but the Korean Music/Media/TV Industry are already strong and independent global franchises and their consumers include but are not limited to ‘Korean Speakers’ or ‘English Speakers’ and are more inclined to overlook racial differences considering we endorse these people despite knowing the fact that they’re 'Asian’ and practice a completely different (but beautiful) culture.

To all the people who hate on kpop without giving it a chance especially post BBMAs and calling it Asian and being especially rude, keep your money. They don’t need it. Who needs disrespectful, racist and bigoted fans anyway?

Circumstantial evidence for Caryl

As requested. This is all the stuff that keeps me having hope, makes me believe Caryl is the only choice, and makes me think it’s looming closer.

Season 7:

  • Daryl’s flashes in One Day You Won’t Be include the No Sanctuary hug, and Seed shoulder rub. (they also show Rick twice, and Maggie once) 

On screen in s6:

  • Daryl turning back to Alexandria when they hear the horn. When asked if it was for Rick, Norman says he is not allowed to say whey but it’s not for Rick. 
  • Daryl seeing the Alexandria sign that says “A New Start” and spurred on to return home by that. When Daryl and Carol have had that exchange several times. Daryl: “Let’s start over” to Carol in 5x02 (see also Gimple quotes)
  • The Cherokee Rose in 6x06. Norman states it’s for Daryl and Carol. It is revealed it was Gimple’s doing to put the Cherokee rose in this episode, where it has no connection to the plot.
  • Abe asking Daryl if he’s thought about settling down.
  • Daryl’s scenes almost all being related to couples and what they will do for each other: Sasha and Abe, Tara and Denise, Dwight and Sherry
  • Daryl’s protective response to Jesus complimenting the cookie baker.
  • Daryl is shown to be the one who goes to Carol in Same Boat, and hugs her, when it could have been Rick or anyone else in the group. Their interactions are paralleled with Gleggie in the same scene.
  • Denise’s speech to Daryl before she dies. She impacts the knowledge that what is stupid is not telling someone you love them when you get the chance, and that not facing your emotional issues is bigger than anything else and she wishes Daryl (and Rosita) would do that:  “I could’ve gone with Tara. I could’ve told her I loved her, but I didn’t because I was afraid. That’s what’s stupid. Not coming out here, not facing my shit. And it makes me sick that you guys aren’t even trying because you’re strong and you’re smart and you’re both really good people, and if you don’t wake… up… and face your..”


  • In the LA Times interview, Melissa says Daryl and Carol’s stories are running in parallel.
  • Carol turning to cigarettes as part of her self-torture. The use of cigarettes is strongly connected to Daryl - including in Consumed with Noah, and in Twice as Far when they share smokes and Carol leaves Daryl her cigarettes. Gimple says Carol is strongly associated with smoke. 
  • Carol ends up at the Kingdom with Shiva the tiger. Daryl is shown and has the bat pointed to him when Negan says “catch a tiger by the toe”. (see also comic storylines)

S6 DVD commentary:

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm interested in if you have any DIY packaging examples for stickers, bookmarks, buttons or other small items. I'm on the fence about whether or not to leave them out or package them.

Kiriska: Most people package small items by putting them in a small cellophane/polypropylene bag, then folding a piece of paper with their branding over the opening and stapling it in place, like so:

Advantages to packaging:

  • Easier to sort, organise, and store
  • Easier for customers to see subject matter/fandom, if included on label
  • Allows you to create sets of things without worrying that one thing in the set is less popular than the rest
  • Looks more professional
  • Helps to build your brand/recognition
  • Easier to display

Advantages to loose items:

  • Allows customers to touch/make a personal connection with item (as dumb as that sounds, people are more likely to buy things they can touch)
  • Allows more freedom for customers to mix/match, which may also encourage more sales
  • You don’t have to think of what things to include in a set
  • Less time consuming/requires less prep

Was this post helpful to you? Consider patronizing or following HTBACA’s contributors. It takes time and effort to write these answers, so we appreciate your support!

anonymous asked:

hi im very niavie, due to how ive grown up and havnt really shown/seen racism, till Tumblr. I want to write a story and have one of the main's POC and the other white. most of where its set is where 90% is POC with some other colours put in, blue and such. is there a good way to write it with out offending people?

Writing POC with Little Experience

  1. Follow Mod Najela’s Braving Diversity series.
  2. Avoid colorblind writing.
  3. Research the characters’ you’re including by consuming media created by People of Color + looking into relevant issues to their given communities.
  4. Explore the common stereotypes and tropes associated with your characters in order to subvert or write away from it. You can start with our tags.
  5. Note that blue people do not exist (despite what Doug might have you believe) so should not be deemed interchangeable with real Black and Brown people who do exist and have the histories to show for it.
  6. Utilize beta-readers to give you feedback on your work, preferably PoC of the races you’re depicting, or at least the main character’s race.
  7. Keep in mind that you’ll offend people no matter what your story is about. It’s just the way it is with most any piece of writing. The best thing you can do, when receiving valid criticism, is to take it all in and get better.

~Mod Colette


Nintendo chief: # of Fire Emblem downloads less than 1/10 of Mario, but revenue is bigger than Mario.

Well there’s the story right there. Nintendo has been open to trying all sorts of approaches to mobile games, including different methods of charging consumers. The upfront $10 price for Super Mario Run didn’t sit well with many consumers. Fire Emblem Heroes takes the microtransactions approach, and while the install base for Heroes is much smaller, it’s clear the daily revenue from that title has helped it to surpass what Super Mario Run brought in.

You’re home sick, but you can’t really afford to be, because so many things are due soon and you only have so much time. Well, now that you have an entire day to catch up, you feel like crap and have lost your motivation. How do you get it back, and get rolling?

1. Assess and treat your symptoms. 

Your symptoms decide how much work you can get done today. Take the proper medicines. Drink something warm (not coffee). Get tissues, nasal spray, a bucket, whatever you think you will need and put them by your study space. Make sure you eat throughout the day, too!!

2. Make a list of things you would like to do today. 

If you have a lot of things, try to get the easiest ones done first. Don’t overwhelm yourself, either, because the most you’ll be able to do probably won’t be more than 4 medium sized assignments. Leave time for self-care and relaxation.

3. Start your first assignment/set of notes for two minutes.

It is said that if you can just do two minutes of something, you’ll be able to do the rest without stopping. Half of being sick is lack of motivation and if you can just pick up the notebook and a pen and write something, anything, you can keep going without hesitation. That being said, if you’re really not feeling it, take a break. The pomodoro method is also highly recommended during sickness, and feel free to increase the amount of break time between sessions if need be.

4. Don’t push yourself.

If your eyes are drooping, take a nap. Let yourself relax if your head starts to hurt. Remember that your immune system is fighting an intense battle and needs as much rest as you can allow.  

5. Read out of your textbook or watch subject-related material.

When you’re sick, you tend to stay in bed and watch Netflix all day (at least, I do). Instead of doing that the whole day and feeling like you wasted your entire day, either replace the media you would normally consume (including social media) with something related to what you need to learn or study. Read your textbook or watch educational media (such as Crash Course) to relax while still taking in information. Don’t force yourself to write notes.

6. Stay in contact with friends and classmates (and even teachers)!

Text or email someone who is involved in the classes you need to study/work for and ask what the day’s classes held! If it turns out something isn’t due, hooray! Take a break on it. If new information was taught, try and find that next chapter in your book and read through it a bit. Let your teachers know that you are sick, usually they understand! 

BONUS: How to Be Productive While Sick In Classes

Not everyone can afford to miss a day, so if you’re sick and stuck in classes, remember to take your daily dose of medicine at least 30 mins before you get to class, and bring tissues. DO NOT go to class if you are contagious or vomiting!!! Bad idea!! Ask for help from classmates if you missed a few notes here and there from wallowing in sickness and sadness. Tell your teachers you are off your A-game, which may not give you extra time, but can get you a bit of sympathy. Drink lots of water, and find people who don’t mind being around your sick self and let them support you.

Thanks for reading!!! (find more of my posts here)

As the new administration takes power, I want to make a suggestion regarding how we (myself included) should consume news media. 

It’s simple. Every time Donald Trump stirs up a media firestorm by using Twitter to lambast celebrities, pick fights with other politicians, and answer callouts (no matter how seemingly valid or incendiary), I want you to go and look at the following, using as many unbiased (or near enough) and varied news sources as you can get your hands on. (I would personally suggest Associated Press, BBC, NPR, and CSPAN)  

-Look at what Congress has done and will do in the 48 hours surrounding that tweet, and the resulting media feeding frenzy.

-Also look at what the president himself is doing. Executive orders. Meetings. Nominations.

-If the Supreme Court is in session, watch them as well.

Basically what I’m telling you is that every time Donald Trump opens Twitter to vomit into the internet, you should hawk the government for a couple of days. I guarantee you, whatever they’re doing while the media is focused on “OMG can you believe ect ect”, is more worthy of your attention than a Twitter flame war, because the long and the short of it is this simple truth:

The politicians don’t want you paying attention.

This sort of diversion is not a new tactic. Politicians of every stripe have been doing this as long as the idea of politics has existed. It’s as old as the disappearing coin trick, because basically it is one. “Look over here! Look where there’s vivid but completely vapid conflict! You won’t notice that I’m palming your healthcare, civil rights, and public services right out from under you.” 

The difference now is that a political party has never ever had such a fertile ground for creating hollow scandal on command, nor have they had such an expeditious means of spreading it. With Trump in the White House, they can pretty much pre-order a media circus to spin up whenever they’d like.

So listen, friends. Don’t fall for their game. Pay attention to what matters. Don’t let them enrage you with things that ultimately are window dressing fluff. Save your attention and rage for fighting for what is important.   

i don’t wanna lose more time
“i watched you change from an introverted and haunted man anchored down by the past into someone who found something to run to instead of run from. it started with iris.” 
(songs that have played during barry and iris scenes in the first two seaons)


Keep reading

From Westword:
Hershey Company is filing lawsuits against two medical pot edibles manufacturers, TinctureBelle (Colorado) and Seattle Conscious Care Cooperative (Washington), for copyright infringement, claiming that their marijuana products are packaged in a way that will confuse consumers, including children. Apparently, promoting childhood obesity and diabetes is not a problem for Hershey.