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Parenting tip: If your kids lose a toy, money, or something of value that belonged to them, don’t focus solely on THEIR loss, but rather the greater impact of their loss.

Too often we respond to these scenarios by focusing solely on the loss itself and how to recover it or how our child was responsible, etc., but this is a very limited lens that doesn’t teach our children the concept of rizq or qada'a wa qadr.

A better approach is to focus on how their loss may be someone else’s gain, or how perhaps by losing something of lesser value now, God is protecting them from losing something of greater value later, etc.

For example, if your child lost a toy at the park, suggest to them that perhaps God wanted their toy for another person who needed it more; maybe a child whose family is poor and who doesn’t have very many toys picked it up, or maybe a homeless person found it and sold it so that they could eat for that day. There are many possibilities, but ultimately, God willed that they lose it for a reason.

This perspective helps them cope with these losses better by seeing the bigger picture and realizing that ultimately God willed the loss. In other words, it wasn’t in vain. It will also help them to detach from material things and not give them so much power when they see that not everything “belongs” to them, but rather belongs to God and He distributes things as He wills.

May God guide our children, increase their love for Him, and help them always accept to His will. Ameen.

—  Hosai Mojadiddi

“Big Sky NM” (Day 6/365) by Milmon F Harrison

From the window of the Sunset Limited train, somewhere between Benson AZ and Lordsburg NM. The clouds kept my attention the entire day. I discovered that the colors of the earth were reflected back up onto the clouds, and that there were shafts of light that shone down between them. I also loved the shadows on the bottom of the clouds.

July 6, 2017

unitedplanets  asked:

43. Hey, you're safe now, it's over. orrrr 72. I'm going to absolutely wreck you.

43: “Hey, you’re safe now, it’s over.” - Coldflash (read on ao3)

Barry woke up groggy and chilled, and it took him a moment to recognize his surroundings. The Cortex looked vaguely sinister in the dark, lit dimly by an unfamiliar blue glow. He shivered, and had just begun to cast around for a memory of why he was at STAR Labs at night (and why it was so cold) when his eyes landed on the source of the strange blue light.

It was the core of the cold gun, glowing steadily where it rested across the knees of a figure sleeping in the chair a few feet away. Len had one gloved hand still wrapped around the cold gun’s grip, but his head was tipped back against the wall and his eyes were closed. He looked younger like this, the sharp lines of his face thrown into relief from the faint blue light, and his lashes dark against his cheekbones. 

Barry spent a moment watching the slow, even movement of his chest as he breathed, and tried to remember why Captain Cold was sitting guard at his bedside.

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INDEPENDENT LENS: A glimpse into the lives of long-term LGBTQ couples

In tandem with the premiere of Limited Partnership (premiering on Independent Lens Monday, June 15), as well as with the imminent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Independent Lens presents a collection of photos and essays by photographer B. Proud from her book First Comes Love.

Chris & ABilly: 36 years

Chris and ABilly agree that their shared experience of having been married to women has helped strengthen their relationship.

“We both very much loved our wives,” Chris adds, “and we continue to love them as people, and I think that was one of the things that attracted us to one another, that we had had that experience, and that we wanted to maintain a relationship, not a married relationship but a good relationship with our exes. And we both wanted children.”

Del & Harriet: 45 years

Del and Harriet met on a hockey field in 1969. They were both physical education teachers and coaches, but it was a different era and being openly gay in the school systems was definitely not the norm.

“It was 1969. Nobody was out,” Del remembers. “You went to clubs in New York to dance but you were always afraid of being raided. You kept everything secret and circulated discretely.”

John & Stuart: 27 years

John, an attorney, and Stuart, a policy analyst with UC San Francisco’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, are politically driven comrades. They met at a small political house party, during the race for Congress between Harry Britt, Harvey Milk’s successor on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and a then relatively unknown newcomer, Nancy Pelosi.

Tony & Richard: 40 years

The story of Filipino American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan’s incredible journey together is told in Limited Partnership. They met in Los Angeles in 1971 at a bar called The Closet, and quickly fell in love. In April 1975, thanks to a courageous county clerk in Boulder, CO, became one of the first same-sex couples in the world to be legally married.

Limited Partnership, the final film of this Independent Lens season, will air on PBS this Monday June 15th.

See the complete Portraits of Partnership series

anonymous asked:

do you have tvd fic recs?

I’m kind of the worst with reading fanfic lately, but I feel 100% confident reccing anything by @sarcasticfina (she has both Bamon and Steroline stuff and she’s prolific as hell and a seriously gorgeous writer - everything I’ve read of hers, I love. Check her stuff out here). Also, on the more Bamon side of things, @jamessirivs​ (ao3) has a couple of wonderful AUs (I think Seeing Stars is staying incomplete, though) and @lightninginmyeyes ( has such a creative, engaging AU that even has its own tumblr for all your B&B needs! I also friggin’ loved the story Second Verse, Same as the First, which is another Bamon AU (do you see a trend?) and probably the first TVD fanfic I ever really devoured. On the Steroline side of things, I’ve heard incredible things about Waking Up In Vegas (lmao another AU fuck canon), so if you haven’t checked that one out, you probably should. Anyway, I’m sure there are a ton of incredible fics out there that I’m missing (feel free to rec ones in the replies, guys!), but from my limited lens, those are my recs!

“Big Sky NM” (Day 6/365) by Milmon F Harrison

From the window of the Sunset Limited train, somewhere between Benson AZ and Lordsburg NM. The clouds kept my attention the entire day. I discovered that the colors of the earth were reflected back up onto the clouds, and that there were shafts of light that shone down between them. I also loved the shadows on the bottom of the clouds.

July 6, 2017

(Re-posted due to problems with Flickr linking of the original and cutting off the top and bottom of the picture.)


On and off over the past 7 months I have been working on building a 4x5 monorail camera using 3d printed parts and hardware from Lowes/Home Depot. Last night I finished building the first working version. Today, I present to you the first (as far as I know - if not show me) 3d printed large format camera. This is a prototype, and I will continue to make improvements as I go forward. Be on the lookout for updates. I will post them here.


  • With a lens it weighs ~2.75 pounds (~2.2 pounds without)
  • Front standard movements are only limited by the bellows/lens(swing/tilt).
  • Rear standard currently has no movements.
  • It can extend from ~75mm to ~320mm (the limitation on the long end is the rail, which could be made longer)

I will post updates and pictures I take with it as I go forward!



It takes Kira a long time to learn how to take pictures without allowing her fiery fox’s aura showing up. Once she does, she takes approximately a million to make up for lost time. Then, she tries to teach Malia how to limit her lens flare in order to add more photos of her lovely girlfriend. 

“Look a little to the right. No, Malia, my right.” 

“Kira, this is dumb.” 

“It’s for Instagram!”

“What the hell is an Instagram?” 

The lessons usually dissolve into a make-out sessions, but after a few months, they have a breakthrough. 

Malia doesn’t quite understand the point of Instagram (or Facebook or Snapchat). But she makes sure to post every now and then to appease Kira. At first, they’re all shots of forest critters with captions of how much Malia wants to eat them. But soon, Malia realizes it’s much more fun to see her girlfriend’s face on her phone screen and starts to mix it up. She even gives Kira her phone so Kira can follow back the other pack members. Whatever that means. 

For Malia, the most important part of all of this useless Instagram crap is getting to see Kira’s megawatt smile. And the accompanying kiss, of course. 


WATCH: excerpt from upcoming Independent Lens documentary, Limited Partnership.

Filipino American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan talk about how they first met and fell in love in the early 1970s in Los Angeles, and how immigration laws at the time gave them no rights as a gay couple. They were men without a country.

In 1975, Richard and Tony became one of the world’s first same-sex couples to legally marry. The pioneering couple’s fight for justice raged on for 40 years, paving the way for the eventual defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Limited Partnership premieres on June 15th - check out your local PBS listings here.

Learn more about the film

anonymous asked:

Long story short: I have a Canon Rebel t3i which I adore. I had some extra holiday money so I went to my local camera shop. These guys are pretty good and haven't let me down on advice just yet on which lenses I should be getting. The guy sold me a lens that doesn't do what I thought it would. I came home with an EF-S 10-18 mm 1:4.5-5.6 IS STM and I don't know what to do with it. It's too late to return it. Help?

Hey there! Bex here!

A 10-18mm lens is a super wide angle (even for a cropped frame sensor like yours) that’s great for some things, like landscapes and architecture, and not so great for other things, like portraits (unless you’re looking for a whimsical portrait of a child or animal). You’re going to see a lot of distortion with it, but you can use that to your advantage!

Here are some examples of awesome wide angle photographs:

Photo by EJP Photography

Photo by Taivasalla

Photo by Tambako

Photo by extranoise

My best advice would be to go forth and explore. Push the limits of your new lens and really create some images that challenge people’s perceptions of the world. It’s a great lens. Have fun with it!!

Good luck!


smc DA 40mm f/2.8 limitedを購入しました。
21mm f/3.2に続いて2本目のリミテッドレンズです。



all these reviewers are so fucking stale and boring… they desperately want there to be some kind of post boyband formula so all their reviews are influenced by that shit and completely inane comparisons instead of looking at zayn as a debuting artist, like i get the reasons why but it’s still unfair and just a blatant bias lmao like it’s impossible to be objective about an album if you’re looking at it through the limited lens of ‘the robbie williams’ or ‘the justin timberlake’ or whatever other fucking asinine lazy assumption 


Probably the best BBC Knowledge Explainer about DNA ..

BBC Knowledge and Learning is exploring a wide variety of topics from social history to science in a series of three-minute online Explainer documentaries, and commissioned Territory ( to produce an animated film on the subject of DNA.

As Will Samuel, lead designer and animator on the project explains, the approach taken wasn’t just to look into a scientific future. “We needed to find a graphic style to communicate the beauty and intricacy of DNA. We wanted to create nostalgia; taking the audience back to the days of textbook diagrams and old science documentaries, such as Carl Sagan’s COSMOS and IBM’s POWER OF TEN (1977). Using the double helix circular theme as a core design we focused on form, movement and colour to create a consistent flow to the animation, drawing on references from nature, illustrating how DNA is the core to everything around us.”

Three minutes is a short time to explore a subject where most doctorates only scratch the surface, so writer Andrew S. Walsh teamed up with molecular biologist Dr Matthew Adams to distil the script down to the most fundamental elements required to understand not only DNA’s form and function but how our understanding of these discoveries has affected the wider world. While this length may feel restrictive, the team found that this limitation acted as a lens, focusing the piece on the essentials.

The Explainer series is designed to intrigue and inform, encouraging those who discover the documentaries to further explore through links to additional information found on the BBC website.
(by Territory)

Pyry Kääriä and Juho Sarno, both 31-year-old circus artists from Finland, are on the journey of a lifetime as they drive from Bangkok to Helsinki in a Tuk-Tuk – the Thai version of the three-wheeler not much different from the rickshaws frequently seen in Pakistan.

Kääriä and Sarno reached Pakistan a week ago, and are excited to continue their journey. “Pakistan is an amazing country,” Sarno said, adding, “In other countries, we have seen people try to build an illusion about their homeland, but that is not the case here. Pakistanis are far more vocal about the problems they face.”

“In Finland, we see Pakistan through the very limited and mostly negative lens of the media. But being here, we have found it to be completely different,” Kääriä said. “Our experience has been totally different from what we see in the media – Pakistanis are adorable people,” he added.

Kääriä and Sarno have named their Tuk-Tuk the “Vehicle of Peace”, because they say, everyone rides it and it is open from all sides.

“It’s a rollercoaster ride. We got stickers printed in Rawalpindi that say Awam ki Sawari in Urdu, to use during the rest of our journey,” the pair said.

The pair recounted some of their more memorable experiences in Pakistan.

“We needed a mobile SIM card but didn’t have a local registration number (CNIC). I asked the mobile phone vendor to let us use his mobile to call my contact in Lahore, but he was out of town,” Sarno recalled. “And then the shopkeeper called a friend, who called another friend, and we ended up following a motorbike through the traffic, to a place called Gulberg II, where mechanics fixed our Tuk-Tuk while we rested amongst plants in a nursery,” he said.

Neither of them could speak Urdu, and none of the mechanics knew English, and yet Sarno says they communicated easily with facial expressions and hand gestures. The pair say this has happened often in Pakistan, and that language is not a major barrier here.

“Since we entered Pakistan I haven’t felt threatened even for a second,” Kääriä said, adding, “Pakistan is indeed a peaceful nation.”

Sarno and Kääriä spent some time in Bangkok as teenagers and were so inspired by their brief trip that they began their journey in Thailand. They entered Pakistan through the Wagah border crossing from India. They travelled to Murree and then arrived in Rawalpindi.

“I have never seen a planned city like Islamabad in my life,” Sarno said. “I regret that I could not drive the Tuk-Tuk in Islamabad,” he added.

“Compared to what we experienced in India, Pakistanis are totally different. From officials to the common people, they are generous, and everybody tries to make things comfortable for us,” Sarno said.

Kääriä and Sarno explored different parts of Rawalpindi during their time in the city. “Seeing so many people waiting for food at Murree Road, just before sunset, we joined them and they shared their food with us,” Sarno said. “Everyone was waiting for the sun to set to break their fast, but several people asked us to eat before the Azaan,” he added.