anonymous asked:

A lot of conservationists try to maintain an ecosystem that would exist without human intervention, but climate change is affecting every ecosystem globally. How can conservationists respond to climate change while still maintaining a "natural" ecosystem?

Rather than trying to preserve protected areas such as national parks as little pictures of a past to which we cannot return, conservation science and practice are examining how we can conserve ecosystem function, such as fire, and individual species across landscapes under potential future scenarios. Integration of historical and projected climate change trends and ecosystem changes and future vulnerabilities into resource management can allow us to manage ecosystems and species under climate change. Fire management re-targeted to areas of higher risk of catastrophic fire under climate change, conservation of potential climate change refugia for endangered species, invasive species control targeted to areas more vulnerable under climate change, and other measures can help conserve ecosystems and species.

When I was, young and fantasized about becoming a wildlife filmmaker, I imagined I would be living in some remote wilderness meticulously documenting the wildlife that lived there. But it soon became clear that my idea of wilderness was in grave need of revision. In my travels around the world it became clear that our influence extends to every corner of this globe, and there are few natural ecosystems, if any, that are not in some way managed by humans. While working on our most recent film in Yosemite National Park, I asked a few forest ecologists this same question, how do you manage the forests of the Sierra’s in the face of a rapidly changing climate? They told me that they are now looking at climate models to help craft conservation strategies based on what they think the future climate may be. Part of that strategy is to identify refugia, places where special environmental circumstances may enable some species to survive as the climate grows warmer. During past climatic events it is believed that these refugia allowed some communities of species to survive, while others in the surrounding area, passed into extinction. But this is just a piece of that conservation puzzle, and curbing carbon emissions must be a part of that solution, because every species has a tipping point from which recover is impossible. An interesting read that has made me think a lot about our role in conservation (not specifically climate change) is Jon Mooallem’s book: “Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America” a fascinating and thought provoking read.

I’ve been trying to formulate this for awhile, so here we go:

Today, I am juggling single motherhood, evading an abusive ex, full time school admission stuff while taking 9 hours of transfer classes, keeping this blog limping along, working full time in my current job while simultaneously training on a new job and handling huge IT project integration thing, handling the fallout from my two support systems in terms of child care falling through in one week, two different soccer schedules, my brother is in the hospital, and my mom and grandma both facing long-term chronic illnesses. 

And I am doing, like, okay. Not great, but good, some of the time, and okay, most of the time. That isn’t a humble brag! I never would have given myself credit to do a quarter of this a year ago, half of this six months ago, or even all of this three months ago! 

So many factors have kicked my ass into gear. Therapy is key, and that isn’t accessable to most people. I have the endless support of great family + friend. Surprisingly, going analog and using a bullet journal is the key to all of this. It started with just writing shit down.

Suddenly, I was making appointments on time. Paying my bills. Writing down my work tasks and getting them all completed. 

And this isn’t one more “drink water and your depression will go away post” or “will the sadness away.” That isn’t reality.

I’m doing all of this, and obviously my anxiety is ratcheted up, like, a lot. (Finals! in two weeks! Shit!) I’m still not sleeping, but I am overall killin’ it. I’m pretty proud of myself. For me, it started with one good decision. my goal at first was just, “OK, Linds, Make one good, forward-thinking decision today.” 

I started small: start a yoga routine. I mean, I still don’t have a yoga routine, but I do, by and large, have my shit together. Or I’m getting there. 

And now I pay my bills on time, am excelling in my job, have more confidence, got myself and kids in therapy, and am managing all of the above. 

You can come back from anything.

It started with taking fucking care of myself first. Learning that I was worth taking care of. I am still learning this. Getting whatever help I could. I read books at the library (free!) that helped teach coping strategies for managing anxiety. They weren’t cure-alls, but every little bit helps.

Anxiety doesn’t go away. I had a panic attack at work last week because I stood up to my boss. You know what? It was okay. My coworker was a great support. And my boss actually admitted he was wrong, gave me a HIGHER RATING on my review, and thanked me for bringing his slip-up (not looking at the new rating system criteria) to his attention. You can, however, have anxiety and still Kill It.

Confidence doesn’t build overnight. It is a process. Proving to yourself on, like, a daily basis that you can do it. This is my therapist’s #1 gripe with me. But look at me praising myself up there! Give yourself credit where credit is due.  Give yourself some grace, babe. You are doing your fucking best. And for today, that is good enough.

Failure is still part of the equation. I fucked up at work today! I apologized and moved on. I would have let that clobber me a year ago. Every single person makes mistakes. The world still moves on. So will you. It’s ok.

I am not a Mental Health Expert or a motivational coach, but I do believe that our stories can empower each other. It is possible to live with anxiety and still get shit done. Make ONE forward-thinking decision today, even if that one thing is taking care of yourself as best as you can. Doing homework in 20 minute increments until you finish an assignment. Whatever you can manage. 

Tomorrow, do it again plus one more.

Things I learned during my PhD

1. The impostor syndrome is real (google it!) and can be quite crippling if you allow it to be. My first year in graduate school was rough. I was a bio major that took a handful of psych courses (and surprisingly, no neurobiology courses). This means that when I started the neuroscience intro course at NYU I was fascinated but clueless, which was evident in my first neuro grade. All of this resulted in me feeling like I wasn’t “good enough” to be studying neuroscience at NYU and that somehow they/I had made a mistake. Luckily, many of my friends were quick to point out that I was being ridiculous and laughed it off. That, coupled with the Dean’s support, made me snap out of my doubt and insecurity and take on a more proactive approach towards my education. This included tutoring, but hey, it worked! 1 year later I was cracking jokes with the Dean about my first year freak-outs LOL. 

2. You do not need to know everything. As a graduate student, whose job is to be trained as a scientist, you are expected to do not only a lot of reading, but also a lot of learning. During my first two years, I took all sorts of neuroscience courses and remember wondering how I was going to remember it all. Newsflash: you don’t. Your learning experience is not confined to those two years of formal coursework- it stretches throughout your entire PhD and continues even beyond that. In my experience, I found that many of the concepts that I had trouble understanding re-appeared throughout my PhD. Sometimes through talks, other times through journal clubs, and other times by doing literature searches. A beautiful thing about science and learning is that all the knowledge builds on top of each other, and even though it may not seem like it to you, you are retaining this information. Also, important information will likely be repeated throughout your PhD, thereby facilitating your retention of the material. Just remember, you are being trained on how to think, and you will learn many things along the way. 

3. Be thankful of constructive criticism and use it as an opportunity to grow. This one was hard. Receiving feedback (especially criticism) is difficult in general, but I find that it’s even harder when you’re in academia. I mean, you become invested in a project and/or research topic, and sometimes you’re wrong or don’t know what to do with a certain piece of data. Or you need an extra control. Or somebody doesn’t understand the clinical relevance of your project. Or like me, you have a thesis project that integrates multiple disciplines and is hard to think about because the findings are counterintuitive. Bottom line is: at some point you will receive criticism that either A) you haven’t thought about B) you don’t agree with or C) you don’t understand. One of the many things that my PhD mentor taught me is to be grateful when somebody outside the lab (or your field) makes a constructive comment about your work. As she put it, this is indicative that they are thinking critically about your project, which they do NOT have to do. Lesson learned: when someone gives you constructive criticism, listen, and kindly thank them for their feedback because they are helping you think about your work in a different way. 

4. Build and maintain a network. Talk to people! This includes graduate students, postdocs, professors, collaborators, bloggers and many other people you meet at conferences, etc… I know, small talk is sometimes awkward and uncomfortable, but be thankful that you all have a common denominator: an interest and passion for science! Use that to your advantage. Networking is essential for a number of reasons. First, it’s a great way to meet other academics that you have things in common with and may even result in collaboration. Second, you can use their experiences and advice to help your own academic training and development. Third, if you maintain that network, you get to see what kinds of things they go on to do. For me, this is incredibly inspiring and helps to keep me motivated despite whatever I may hear about the pains and perils of science. 

5. Patience is a virtue and good things come to those who wait. In science, things usually take longer that you think they will. While this may not be a surprise to fellow PhDs and other scientists, a lot of incoming graduate students don’t realize this and end up feeling disappointed when they don’t get that grant they applied for on the first round, their data is not ready for publication and/or their paper gets rejected multiple times (thus lengthening the time it takes to publish). Therefore, think of your PhD as a marathon, not a sprint. 

6. Write your papers as your experiments go along. Once you have a hypothesis and a preliminary approach, start drafting the paper. I know, it sounds crazy given that you don’t have any data yet, but it will help you have a clear rationale and organize the methods. For example, start off with a preliminary title and abstract, make a bullet list of points you want to cover in the introduction, insert the methods section and make a list of preliminary results (and how you would interpret them). This will help you start thinking about what your story could be and what it would look like. Also start building an EndNote library containing the references you know you already need or think might need. 

7. Make it a habit to read regularly. You’d be surprised at how easy (and fun) it can be. Follow neuroscience blogs, twitter accounts, attend a journal club, create a Scizzle, use Google scholar, friend people on ResearchGate, etc… Do whatever works, but try to read new papers every week. You can even have journals that you check every week/every month/etc… I, for example, look at J Neuro and NPP every week, Biological Psychiatry/Nature Neuroscience when there’s a new issue and such. 

8. Know your talk well. Once you have your committee’s approval to write/defend, start creating your talk. Normally, this will be a merger of previous committee meeting presentations or any other presentations you have given. Your goal is to tell your PhD story through your data in a clear and concise way. This means that it is up to you to fill in the knowledge gaps, ensure a smooth and logical transition from slide to slide, and connect the dots regarding the meaning of your work for the audience. Needless to say, this is much easier when you know exactly where each slide is and what slide is coming next. As one of my committee members said, this takes the stress out of being “surprised” by your own data and allows you to be more personable, as your personality is more likely to come through. 

9. Find a committee that is critical, yet supportive. Keep in mind that your thesis committee holds your fate in their hands. Thus, don’t make this decision lightly! Ideally, you want these people to be “fans”, meaning that they think you are bright, capable and are actually interested in helping you develop as a scientist. Try to schedule individual meetings with potential members BEFORE asking them to be a part of your committee. Tell them about your ideas and potential projects, see how they respond. Are they genuinely interested? Do they have good questions? Do your interests overlap with their research line? Furthermore, ask around! It is likely that someone else in your program (from upper years) has them in their committee. Find this person and ask what they’re like. 

10. Strive to become not only a better scientist, but also a better person :) As a former PhD student, I know that it feels like everything revolves around your PI, your project, all the work you have to do, etc… Although I personally believe that in order to do this job you need to lose yourself to it (to a certain extent), this doesn’t mean that you have to let yourself go and be consumed by it. The world is bigger than just academia, and you also need to grow as a person (and not just as a scientist). Find time to cultivate other interests, make new friends, rediscover yourself as you go along the PhD track. Your mental health will thank you for it. 

Disclaimer: All PhDs are not created equal. The points made above reflect my own personal PhD experience. I’ve always said that two people can even be in the same lab and same year and still have radically different experiences. Regardless, I hope everyone can find something that is useful to them :)

Astrology: Relationship Difficulties and Breakups

Throughout life, we experience a variety of relationships with other people. This includes relationships with friends, family and especially romantic relationships.

There’s no doubt that we often experience relationships where they start out as wonderful, magnetic and beautiful, leaving you feeling an all time high, then all of a sudden, some can come crashing down. There are fights, and sometimes often result in breakups.

If you have experienced this often, you may often wonder why is it that the people you end up with seem to always fall out over time, especially if you’ve only been able to manage to hold onto relationships for a short period of time.

There are several reasons why we end up in rocky relationships, and I wish to address the top 3 reasons why we experience difficult relationships and how to overcome them.


This is quite common in the charts of people who contain many oppositions, especially to the Sun, Moon, Mars, and in particular, Venus.

Due to the nature of oppositions, these aspects cause a split in ones personality, where by they swing between two expressions of a planetary energy. They seem to act out one energy and swing to another, acting out between different signs and aspects of the personality.

Example: Someone with Venus in Leo opposite Uranus in Aquarius. This may indicate someone who has a strong devision in the way they wish to give and receive love and affection, being overly glorifying and expressive one moment, then seeming cold and detached the next.

If someone with an opposition CAN NOT integrate two parts of their personality, the natural result of the rejection causes a magnetic affect to someone of the opposing qualities, therefore bringing to us someone with the rejected personality so we can EXPERIENCE it and learnt to HARMONISE is (libra/7th house relationships). You essentiality become a magnet for the missing part of the personality, brought forth to you in the form of another person (also how the 1st and 7th house works “Me and You”).

You end up playing one planetary role, while the relationship partner plays the other.

This is the Law of Attraction in affect, drawing to you another to experience a rejected part of the personality.

So what happens when you CAN’T integrate these energies?

This is where conflict begins to happen in the relationship. Oppositions can act as a point of attraction at first, but due to its nature of needing balance, if balance can not be found, then repulsion happens. The initial qualities you may have found attractive become a point of annoyance, because the other person seems to ‘change’ from who they originally were.

Continued example: The person who’s now projecting the Uranus qualities onto another may have at first been very attracted to their eccentricities, genius and sense of humour, though after a while, their sense of overriding intellect, aloofness and detachment becomes a point of resentment.

Essentially, these are the qualities of yourself being played out by another.

If you are able to recognise your constant flux in the nature of your oppositions, and become consciously aware of the internal imbalance, you can start to learn to integrate these two aspects of your personality to keep them both satisfied.

Continued example:

Unbalanced = Leo Venus: Being overly demonstrative, bossy and dramatic

                      Aquarius Uranus: Being cold, detached, ‘just friends’, and unpredictable

Balanced = Expression great love and affection for the partner, while taking time to spend time alone or just with friends + not putting your romantic relationships over your friends (and vice versa), but keeping things fair.

(This point ties in with point 3)


Did you know the most attractive aspects seen in synastry are squares?

The reason being actually stems from a much broader concept - which is the purpose of incarnation.

We are essentially a part of source experiencing itself in an individual form to learn about itself. Everyone around us is a reflection of a part of us, especially those who we form close intimate relationships with. Intimate relationships are the closest thing we can experienced in regards to source energy - which is love, hence why we as people have such a strong desire for love and romantic connection - it feels like ‘home’.

With squares, the attraction comes from the lessons is has to offer. Square propose friction and challenge in personalities, hence the point of attraction becomes so great - we are magnetically pulled into the experiences that the friction will FORCE an outcome - as is the nature of squares.

We learn who we are from others, and challenge in a relationship shows us what parts of ourselves we have trouble integrating and/or understanding, and this is how we further distinguish ourselves as ‘us’ from ‘them’.

Squares can find a positive solution as I have written about in this article:

It’s important to understand that challenge and conflict in relationships is an essential part of learning about the natures of ones own personality and how you can consciously integrate difficult energies into a beneficial outcome.


This point often manifests dysfunctional romantic relationships due to the nature of the relationship we had with our parents growing up.

The Natal Chart acts as our energetic imprint map. It does not dictate what we are or who we are, it shows us the two way flow of what we experience externally, how we internalise that and integrate it as part of our personality DUE TO the energetic composition of our soul that incarnated to gravitate certain experiences towards us.

The Natal Chart tells us how we internalised EVERYTHING in the nurturing environment into our personality.

Remember the example I use in point 1? The Venus in Leo opposite Aquarius in Uranus shows how this person was given and received love and affection during childhood, then integrating it into the personality and expressing those qualities into adulthood.

Continuing this example, this person may have experienced a caregiver who was overly affectionate and demonstrate to the child. The child then learns that this is the way they’ll love another. However, the Uranus opposition may suggest the other parental figure was aloof and detached from the child, showing little to no affection growing up, thus developing a trait where they win back and forth between two characteristics.

This is where point 1 AND 2 come in. We begin to attract these situations and relationships in search to heal what we experienced during childhood AND as an act of soul growth.

The Venus Leo person may be in search of the parental figure who never gave them the love and affection that they craved, playing out the same dynamic in a romantic situation in order to heal themselves.

If this is you, I want you to stop and think about your childhood relationship dynamic with your caregivers growing up. They are your prime examples during development, and absent or not, the relationship with them will affect you.

In fact, your may have had a seemingly fantastic relationship with your caregivers - but I want you to look closer and think a bit deeper.

  • Did you get everything that you wanted?
  • Or do you simply think you did because thats what you’ve been told?
  • Was there something you felt may have been missing?
  • If you’re not sure, what do you seem to gravitate towards in relationships? (For example, emotionally detached people, careless people, aggressive people - how did these relationship partners reflect a parent, particularly the one of the opposite sex?)

We go in search to mend what we feel we lacked in romantic relationships, because as I mentioned previously, love is the closest energy to source that we can experience.

The ultimate advice for any relationship:

  1. Understand the perspective of others as a reflection of yourself in some way.
  2. Know that once you love yourself fully as you are, your relationships will become much healthier as well - as it the Law of Attraction
  3. Heal your Inner child
  4. Understand the partner, their needs, and if that coincides with your own
  5. Know thyself ~

As above, so below,

As within, so without

As the universe, so the soul

Thank you and blessed be…

With lots of love from ©ellie-mae-astrology on Tumblr <3

Art ~ Spring In Love by Ines Honfi


Breaking Surface table by Sophie Hardy Design

This table is the object of Sophie Hardy Designs for a project with the task of designing an object around ‘stories by the water’. Inspired by the Swedish village Dals Långed, this table is created with inspiration Habib Alraii, an Syrian Artist. The name Breaking Surface refers to an object emerging from the water and is meant to inspire breaking through the mental barriers in our heads according to other cultures.

sofiiperezjb  asked:

Why do you think there is so much hatred in Scorpio? I have my theories but I would like to know your opinion <3

scorpio is a sign of personal power and inner sorcery direct from the underworld via the unconscious, scorpio is the demon dweller, the figure that moves past physical form into the eternity of people, their centuries past and present, they guard the threshold and battle the demons of other people secretly alongside them. the scorpio power inside of all us that has not been integrated into awareness is projected like shadowy figures from us, heading directly for scorpio as they embody this dark and light symphony we all must bring together, life and death, our fears, inner devils, and unprocessed disturbance is projected toward scorpio 

anonymous asked:

To Patrick, how do you expect to adapt NPS efforts to the consequences of climate change which alters how environment responds to conservation efforts negatively? I mean that the ecosystem does not respond to removing invasives, rehabilitating endangered species of animals, etc. in the same way (regenerate as quickly, return nutrients, , etc) as before.

Based on published scientific information on human climate change, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) is developing measures to achieve its mission of conserving national parks for future generations. NPS has re-examined the goals of resource management. Rather than trying to preserve parks as little pictures of a past to which we cannot return, the agency now seeks to manage for potential future scenarios. Integration of historical and projected climate change trends and ecosystem changes and future vulnerabilities into resource management can allow us to manage species and ecosystems more effectively under climate change. Fire management re-targeted to areas of higher risk of catastrophic fire under climate change, conservation of potential climate change refugia for endangered species, invasive species control targeted to areas more vulnerable under climate change, and other measures can help conserve species and ecosystems.

To my boss - I can see this eating you alive.

My boss (we’ll call him Steve) is one of those guys who’s always attached to his email. Whether he’s at his desk or answering them from his phone, he will stop the conversation immediately and read the email. No warning. The sound will go off, he’ll stop mid-sentence, read and reply to every email. This annoys me. A lot. While going over a very important project (well into the $40-$50 million dollar range and long-term), I’m briefing him on talking points and covering the power point on the projector. A few slides in, he gets an email. Immediately Steve pulls out his phone and begins reading and replying. I’ve dealt with this for years, and this is where the revenge begins.

I’m on slide 6, and while he’s buried in his phone, I progress the slide to 13 and patiently wait for him to end. He looks up, oblivious to my trickery. Mind you, he has to present this within a few hours to top-tier business management, and this a project that we’ve been working on for months. I finish briefing him on the rest of the slides, we take lunch, and eventually the guests arrive for their briefing. Steve’s taking charge of the meeting, and I retreat to my office, where I can still clearly watch the presentation but don’t have to participate.

Steve’s hob-knobbing, talking our guests up, laughing and joking. As he’s talking to one particular VP, he gets an email, and in normal sh*t-lord fashion, he stops mid conversation and reads it. The VP did not like this, not one bit. He interrupts Steve’s email reply with a hand wave and a, “let’s continue.” This is where I get my second idea for revenge.

Eventually Steve gets to the power point presentation, yammering on like he’s the one who spent all the time on the fancy fly-in’s, formatting, research, etc… Until he gets to slide 7. I can see him pause, break his jovial manner, and begins reading word for word what’s on the slide. He’s no longer chipper and poised, he’s floundering. Little does Steve know that I’m about to launch an email war on his psyche that he is ill prepared for. See, since I’ve been in my office, I’ve been collecting all the emails that came in that needed replies, drafted the replies, and have them sitting on my desktop. I’ve CC’d Steve to every one of them, because I’m just that good of an employee. As he skips to the next slide, I send the first email. I hear his phone jingle. He pauses and instinctively reaches for his phone, throwing him off his presentation. He looks around, and then continues. A minute later, I send the next email, then after a short pause, the next… And the next… I can see him sweating bullets, his brain imagining some catastrophic failure somewhere in our building, in shipping, in product sourcing, etc… But he can’t check his emails without breaking from the presentation and pissing off the executives.

It’s still going on. I have about 8 more emails to send, and he has about a hour until he’ll be able to slink away and cower over his phone like Gollum holding the one ring.

I’m glad I went to work today.


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flutterhunter  asked:

Have you seen Big Hero 6, another superhero film about a multicultural cast getting over their differences and working together as a team to defeat the bad guys? It's like Power Rangers, except this time they're all college students and scientists and they're integrating their pet projects into their armour and weaponry. Also, there is totally a Trini and Kimberly parallel with GoGo and Honey Lemon, and they are also pink/yellow POC lesbians with major height difference.

I was literally thinking about this yesterday!! I absolutely love both of these movies and it makes me so upset that both of them are so slept on when comparing them to other superhero movies. 

There are so many parallels between Trini and Kimberly and Honey Lemon and GoGo, I love it. Like both of them include women of latinx/asian descent, they’re also Pink and Yellow™, and let’s not forget my favorite trope, the optimistic tall and sarcastic small. I’m really glad that I wasn’t the only one that noticed all of the similarities  

The Mystic Messenger Harvest Moon AU No One Asked For

 But I did anyway because I’ve been binging Stardew Valley nonstop.


Occupation: Farmer

One day, you drop everything and spend your meager savings on purchasing a small plot of land in Mystic Valley, a town that’s marketing itself as a great new start for those looking for a new life. Upon arrival, you realize that the farm you bought is overgrown with weeds, riddled with stones, and more forest than arable land, and the town around you is slowly dying due to the absence of the local Goddess. The crops won’t grow right, the animals get sicker than they should, the bounty of the sea is less… bountiful, and the wind feels dry, poisonous, and far different from the scenic country town you expected.

But you decide to take a shot at living there anyway, because there’s nothing left for you in the city… and hey. Nothing else in your life has worked out; it’s not like you aren’t used to disappointment, right?


Occupation: Rancher

Loved Gift: Tomato, Melon, Flowers

Hated Gift: Coffee

His mom and dad own the farm right by yours, but instead of growing crops, they raise animals. Yoosung seems to like this well enough, but it’s fair to say being a rancher isn’t something he’s passionate about. For awhile, he had dreams of going off to school and coming back with new, amazing skills that could help his small town thrive… but those dreams have since died after the death of his cousin, Rika. Now, he’s complacent to let Mystic Valley slip into obscurity as he plods along, taking care of chickens, cows, and not thinking too hard about his dying dreams.

When his cousin, Rika, was still alive, he helped her with all sorts of “improvement projects” to aid their ailing town. This included an attempt to wake the local deity - the Harvest Goddess - up and return her blessing to the land, but it failed, leaving Rika strangely reclusive and despondent. After her “suicide”, he gave up hope entirely, and quietly abandoned all those improvement projects in favor or goofing around.

It just seemed pointless to try without her, y’know? But maybe the cute new farmer can give him his drive back…


Occupation: Musician

Loved Gift: Gemstones, beer, Bungeoppang (fish bread)

Hated Gift: Tiger’s Eye

Once a gang member in a nearby city, he - much like you - dropped his entire life to come to Mystic Valley. He came a few years before you with a guitar and a hat full of dreams, and those dreams haven’t quite died, even though all of his efforts to start a theatre in town have been thwarted by the mayor, Jumin, who says “it would be a waste of already scant resources.”

Zen thinks that music, acting, and culture would restore the town to its former greatness and make it a thriving tourist hotspot, and when Rika was alive, she tried to get him the theatre he so desperately desired. It never got built, however, and after her death, the project lost all steam. Zen still hopes, but for now… it seems like all he can do is practice until his fingers bleed and try to forget his parents telling him that he’d always be a failure.

Perhaps the new farmer has some insight into his problems?


Occupation: Secretary

Loved Gift: Coffee, Tea, Picture of Zen

Hated Gift: Dirt, Stone

A profoundly overworked civil servant who is trying her best to keep the town running despite the profound unpopularity of her boss, Jumin. The financial wellbeing of Mystic Valley is dicey to say the least, and she often needs to go to elaborate lengths to make the most of very, very few resources.

She came from the city when she was fresh out of college, and is bound to the town by debt and fear of unemployment. Jumin was the first person to offer her a job in a shaky job market, so part of her is loyal to him and Mystic Valley for that… but part of her just wants to give up on everything, because she’s been trying so hard and nothing ever seems to work.

Every time she listens to Zen’s music, she remembers the dreams that brought her to Mystic Valley in the first place, and she finds the strength to continue. Perhaps you’ll help her position become a bit more secure?

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the taste of tears

Summary: Felicity experiences some new symptoms, she and Oliver visit Moira in prison, and something shocking happens at Queen Consolidated.

Chapter: 8/?

Word Count: 6962

Tagging: @wrongshipper @releaseurinhibitions @scu11y22 @lovelycssefan @sakura-blossom62 @pleasantfanandstudent  @almondblossomme (let me know if you want to be tagged in my fics)

Felicity’s Outfits: At Felicity’s Apartment | At the Prison | Felicity during the Night | At Queen Consolidated


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I have designed and hand printed t shirts promoting conservation for Earth Day (April 22nd).  All profits will be going to the organization Cool Earth, which helps indigenous people conserve and protect the rainforest in which they live!   The design is printed on used (but in great condition) tees, to protect the environmental integrity of this project–it takes around 2,700 liters of water to make a cotton t shirt.  You can purchase one of the shirts here

Mankind’s error: A fractured Remnant(closed)

There was a reason why the relics were kept safely hidden from the public. Why it was best to keep them locked away. Because if they fall in the wrong hands, everything will change, and everything will spiral out of control. Ever since the Great War’s resurfacing, everything went awry. Another era of bloodshed, another era of despair and destruction. That, and the Grimm didn’t helped, either, as they made things difficult for everyone. And since some of the relics were involved in the war, this time, everything went down the drain further.

This, in turn, have caused such an imbalance on the world, in general, causing several disruptions in the ecosystem, various earthquakes, storms, and a reported polar shift, as if the world itself is resetting, or at least, adapting to the sudden imbalance. While such change also granted some advantage over the Grimm, such advantage have also been a disadvantage for mankind in the long run, as constant adaptation on Remnant’s erratic changes has been a must.

Years later, a mutant virus spread like wildfire, a result of the world’s imbalance, curbing mankind’s chances of survival even more. Prior to the virus’ drastic effects towards those that are infected, it was eventually dubbed as the “Genesis Virus”.

Faustine Amarillo, a head scientist from Atlas’ R & D, have proposed a mass scale project in hopes of preserving mankind on the brink of extinction. It would be eventually dubbed as the Neuro-astral Integration Project, or simply, and publicly known as Reciproco. Reciproco was a project heavily inspired by the concept of astral projection, in which it  booted an individual’s memories and soul, over to a techno-organic clone, while the original individual is to undergo stasis for a set amount of time. And as soon as Remnant has achieved its state of balance again, the clone would be active, and coordinates to the original individual would be made available for the clone to track down, and soon, would activate the Reciproco protocol as soon as it had located the original individual. To move the soul and memories back to the original owner once the time is ripe, while the clone deactivates, as its role is over. That is the goal of Reciproco.

Then again, who says that the techno-organic clones, or androids, for the presence of better term, won’t have glitches and errors?

Remnant, many years of polar shifts, continental drifts, and other natural phenomena, and now its as different as it gets. However, still bears the remnants of mankind’s folly, remnants of civilization, remnants of once was.

And from these remnants, one of the units of a now forgotten project started to resurface.



















As soon as she had woken from slumber, C.H.I.O.N.E walked out of her pod, looking at her left, then at her right, observing the ruins of the facility she was kept in. It was then moments later, a protocol was issued to her systems. A built-in protocol, it would seem.




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Doing some reading

The integrative practice assignment “Get a book out will ya!” (probably the worst name for an assignment) has caught me at a pretty unfortunate time. 

Coming back from my trip that I haven’t really had alot of downtime on, I’m faced with the daunting task of reading about 2 books and a few documentaries in one week. Doing all that I’ll be able to create a report that links the ideas of 5 different topics 

“The content of the paper will vary depending upon the selected area for research and investigation, but will typically derived from a range disciplines. Students will examine a number of disciplines from a theoretical perspective and then apply the knowledge in a team based integrative project. In addition, a number of generic topics will be included which typically would build on previous knowledge of ideation techniques and extend this in to a consideration of team dynamics and the management of creative projects.”

Pretty much what this means is that we are researching a range of topics that we examine and start to create links between the different chosen topics. With these links creating new perspectives on the subjects, in discussion with Laurent he discussed with me that the main outcome and the aim of our piece is to create these connections between the subjects in a broad and complex nature. 

So to tackle the first part pretty much I just need to approach it as a research topic and choose a handful of topics/subjects of knowledge (6-7) which preferably will be subjects that I have some sort of personal attachment to or will find some sort of enjoyment in. 

The way I’m going to attack it is I’m planning on researching a rather broad amount of subjects/topics and from there I’ll narrow it down. 

My first ‘batch’ of research things are going to be 2 books that I’ll read then I will see if books are a good way to gain knowledge for me (since I haven’t read a book in a LONG time)

The books that I have got out are; 

Cells, Gels and the engines of Life (Biology) - Gerald M. Pollack 

Cosmic Clouds - Birth, Death, and recycling in the galaxy (Space/Physics) - James B. Kaler

I feel like these books do hit most of my interest areas apart from music. In all honesty the book about music seems as if its more about commerce which will be interesting but maybe not exactly what I wanted. 

Well pretty much all that there is to do is to get to it so I will actually be able to get it done in time. 


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anonymous asked:

Wait so you want Bashar to step down but like what happens next? Bashar is a terrible person and a terrible leader. He's committing atrocities against his own people. But like what's the opposition's plan for the next leader? If Bashar steps down there's no government. Like there's no plan post-Assad. Even John Kerry kept on saying that Assad couldn't be part of a future government but then struggled to name an alternative. What happens when Bashar leaves?

i don’t know and i won’t be part of the decision making. but this is very similar to when palestinians are asked “how are you going to liberate the land?” or “what are you going to do afterwards?”, and frankly, we do not know. all we know is that we have a source of evil that needs to be eliminated. and don’t ever think that by assad stepping down the work will be done, it’ll never be done. 

i also love this quote from the journal of queer nihilism and thought it might put things in perspective to what i mean

Activists, progressive and revolutionary alike, will always respond to our critique of the social order with a demand that we articulate some sort of alternative. Let us say once and for all that we have none to offer. Faced with the system’s seamless integration of all positive projects into itself, we can’t afford to affirm or posit any more alternatives for it to consume. Rather we must realize that our task is infinite, not because we have so much to build but because we have an entire world to destroy. Our daily life is so saturated and structured by capital that it is impossible to imagine a life worth living, except one of revolt.