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Your oldest brother is a military genius. Your little sister has cured three types of cancer. The twins are working on a new method of locating planets fit for terraforming. And you… You are mom’s favourite.

Polishing Up a Reading

This is how I personally do readings when I’m being fancy. I’m not saying your way is wrong.

INTRODUCE yourself. “Hi, nice to meet you! Thank you for letting me read for you today!”

DISCLAIM if you need to do this in order to feel comfortable. “Just as a reminder, this reading, as with all readings, should be taken in context of your personal experiences and with a grain of salt.”

RESTATE their question, especially if you had to slightly alter the wording to fit your method of divination. “I am reading for the question, ‘what will my love life be like next month?'”

INTRODUCE your reading. “Today I drew for you three cards…” “Today I cast these fives stones…” etc.

NARRATE your interpretations. “The Lovers card means you will have a healthy and fruitful romantic life in the upcoming month!”

DESCRIBE what about your tools helped draw you to this interpretation. This adds an extra layer of depth to any reading. “I was especially drawn to how the Lovers are holding hands, with a dove over them.” “I noted the close proximity of the Fehu rune to the Isa rune, which…”

SUPPORT your reading with the holy trinity: Intuition, Appearance, and Book Knowledge. Allow your intuition to flow forth and unite your spread in to a coherent narrative. Read the spread as it lies before you. Research extra textbook meanings to ensure nothing is missed.

SUMMARIZE your entire spread in to a paragraph. Hit your main points, reiterate the important messages, and give your querent a bite-sized takeaway of the entire reading. I believe summarizing is important even for one card, one rune, etc., spreads.

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Historical Paints Series - Grantaire + Verdigris

Verdigris is a blue-green pigment that has been used since antiquity, whose name derives from an Old French phrase meaning “green of Greece.” Though it was the most vibrant green pigment available for much of history, it had an unstable color prone to changing over time, making it tricky to work with. It ultimately fell out of favor in the 19th century as newer, more stable greens became available.

PSA from an autism spectrum aroace:

“Aspec” has never, ever, been used as an autism spectrum phrase. It has always been an aro/ace spectrum term.
Please stop speaking over actual autistic people telling you this. Thanks in advance yo

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Added this straddle as a little variation to the pull up. Forces more compression in the quad and turns on those hip stabilizers and abdominals. Always remember to lock in those shoulder blades before you pull
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May 1st 2015. 7 pm. The Astros’ game is starting now. Didn’t wanna miss it but at the same time I wanted to do something, so I brought all the stuff to the living room. It’s my first time to watch a baseball game and also to use muji pens for studying. Lol I’m excited for both. By the way, the Lipton honey green tea that I’ve been drinking all day is awesome! Ahhh it’s a good Friday evening.

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The evolution of our Camilla armour draft! Drafting armour for legs and arms can be really tough to do by yourself, so luckily Jenn has me and my problem-solving determination to push through this long process.

Brief timeline of our work (not all stages shown in these photos):
1) Use the clingwrap and tape method for the form-fitting parts of the calf armour. Draw a centre line on the front and back so you can mirror details accordingly.
2) Mark where the three-dimensional parts will be. Cover with clingwrap so the 3D layer can be easily removed without damaging the form-fitting layer; this will also make it easier to correct the shapes on the 3D pattern pieces.
3) Start building up a rough structure out of aluminum foil, twisting and shaping it to give you the height you’ll need for the 3D parts. Tape the foil shapes to the clingwrap layer to hold them in place.
4) Experiment with creating the 3D shapes. We used heavyweight drawing paper (180gsm) and masking tape for this. For curves, try cutting a curve from two stacked pieces and taping along that curve, so when you open it up, you create a convex shape.
5) Keep messing around with this until you’re happy with it. You can do subtle corrections without wasting a ton of paper by simply building small paper pieces on top of your in-progress pattern. You’ll be cutting it all apart and tracing it onto paper for final pattern pieces anyway, so these mockup pieces don’t need to be super clean-looking.
6) Do test runs with the footwear (or similar footwear) that you’ll be wearing with the finished costume. Jenn borrowed my in-progress Tiki boot for this. Since Camilla’s greaves extend into talons at the ankle, we needed to base the claw angles on how much clearance they’d need when Jenn walks.
7) Do one final marking of where you’ll be cutting your pattern apart.
8) Admire metal-as-fuck greaves.
9) Have your drafting friend cut you free from your tape/paper/clingwrap prison, preferably along the seam where your finished armour will open up for you to slide in your leg.

We’re super proud of how this came out!!

- Kat

There are so many tips and tricks to increase productivity throughout the day, but these are 10 of my favorite tips! I’ve found that incorporating these into my daily routine has really helped me focus my energy and get more work done. 


Tip #1: Do a little bit every day.

This is huge! Breaking down big tasks and working on them in really really really tiny bits helps more than one would think. Knowing that a particular task will only take 5 minutes a day will help reduce the overwhelming feeling of having too much work and not enough time. This tip is something that some of the best students do, and it’s also key if you want to develop a new habit or get better at a skill.

Tip #2: Don’t worry about stuff.

You don’t need every single app or notebook or planner to get things done. Find a system and stick with it! What works for someone else might not work for you, so spend some time trying out different methods and find your fit! Remember that how you use your system is more important than what it consists of.

Tip #3: Choose 3 tasks that must get done and finish those first.

The easiest way to reduce a large to-do list is to work on the most important tasks first. Sometimes finishing everything on your list just isn’t realistic, and focusing on the most important things can prevent you from spending time on something that really doesn’t matter.

Tip #4: If something only takes 2 minutes, finish it right away.

It takes more time to plan when to do the task in the future than to do it right away. You’ll feel accomplished and you won’t spend valuable energy on something that ultimately doesn’t matter.

Tip #5: Use the Pomodoro technique.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Pomodoro technique you can read more about it here, or just by looking it up. Essentially, it’s a method of time management that breaks up work times in 20 or 30 minute intervals with breaks in-between. If you struggle with procrastination (and everyone does at some point) this technique is definitely worth trying out. So many people have had success with this method!

Tip #6: Take breaks and don’t feel bad about it.

It’s impossible to work in large stretches without giving yourself breaks. You’re going to burn out, and recovering from that won’t be enjoyable. Don’t feel guilty either. Enjoy your break wholeheartedly. Tell yourself that you deserve that break.

Tip #7: Say no.

You can’t do it all, so don’t try to. You know your limits, so don’t push them! Your precious time and energy won’t be wasted on something that you really don’t want to do, and in a few years you may not even remember doing said thing.

Tip #8: Keep a sheet of paper next to you to write down things that come to your mind, especially if your mind wanders a lot during work.

Part of my procrastination was due to the fact that my mind wandered a lot every time I sat down to try to get something done. Keeping a list of things that came to my mind while I was studying made it easier for me to focus on what mattered. Since the task is written down, you won’t forget it and when you have time later, you can go back and take care of it.

Tip #9: Keep temptations far away from you when working.

Whether it be your phone, email, or the TV, go far away from it when trying to get work done. There are a number of extensions and plug-ins that can block certain websites for a period of time which reduces the temptation to check Facebook one more time.

Tip #10: Monitor your progress.

I like to keep a list of all the things I’ve already done that day right next to my to-do list. I write down everything I’ve completed, no matter how small the task was. Sometimes seeing all the things that you’ve accomplished can make you feel better about the work in front of you. Applying this on a larger scale can be immensely helpful as well.


And that’s all! A lot of these have helped me with procrastination, so I definitely recommend trying these out. Let me know if you guys want any more posts like this, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! Best of luck!

-Ankita

Hi! I’m Leah aka politicalsexkitten, blogger, professional shitposter, and admin of NYCLAG

I think this is an important opportunity to celebrate our ancestor’s history, but also acknowledge that the Philippine’s “Independence Day” has been yet another transaction between colonial and imperial powers from Spain, to the United States. 

I know a lot of my fellow Pilipinx struggle with coming to terms with their identity, rejection, acceptance, or feeling of not belonging anywhere. I used to hate myself, where I came from, because self-hate is taught as a method of oppression and “fitting in” has become a way of survival. 

It’s extremely important to decolonize our minds, literature, and question problematic ways in which we’ve been socialized (i.e. colorism, “West is Best” mentality).

Some of my favorite books that helped me through a lot of my own identity crisis: 

1) Pinay Power by Melinda L. de Jesus 

2) Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino-/American Postcolonial Psychology by E.J.R. David

3) Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition by Dylan Rodriguez

I also started a YouTube channel, where I’ll be filming more videos covering various topics such as decoloniality, mental health, sex ed, advice and personal experiences, and identity politics (specifically affecting Asian women and Pilipinx). I only have one video up so far but I’ll be coming out with more topic-related videos soon! I hope it will provide some more exposure and insight to all things Pilipinx, since we’re severely underrepresented everywhere. 

Happy PFAD Day! 

-Leah

I really like the method of fitting everything onto a sheet of paper to study! All of my black pens had run out of ink a few days ago, so I ordered a box of sharpie pens and they arrived today to help me create this masterpiece.

To finish off my review of complex analysis, I’m going to look over my flashcards and do some practice midterms. I think I’m close to feeling prepared, but the test is tomorrow so I’m still feeling a bit anxious, haaa…

But, at least I know that, even if I don’t do as well on this midterm as I’d like to, I’ve got all the time from now until the final to master the material 💪

We all know my notebooks come in phases -there’s a reason i try to date my pages. My writing is constant across time, but never in location. There’s hardly any system to my madness - hardly any method, beyond what fits in my bag and a need to clear my head. To anthologize my words chronologically would be a mess, it causes even their creator some distress.
—  12 March 2016 // Grazia Curcuru
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Boxing and Muay Thai Kickboxing class at RCW


Last week we covered a variety of slip drills and evasive head movement as it relates to boxing. This week we continue the trend in Muay Thai as the use of the slip, bob and weave, and other evasions are performed under different context in Muay Thai.

Kickboxing is known as the science of eight limbs, they count the two knees and elbows as part of the physiology. As such with more tools available there’s a greater range of offensive and defensive knowledge required when compared to boxing. Both are incredible chess games with the human body and tons of fun. Yet both are unique in their approach, footwork, mechanics and delivery. Often the similarities pay off and make learning one method a natural fit for the other.

Other pieces like stance can be mission critical that you know the difference. For instance a wide stance as demonstrated here is great for punching power in western boxing and allows the trunk to be more nimble. In Thai Boxing it exposes the leg to the heavy kick and inhibits mobility. Sometimes in the UFC you can observe this when the fighter with the wide stance repeatedly takes shots to the leg.

It’s important if you pick an MMA coach or start taking kickboxing classes that your coaches understand the unique approach required for cross training. At RIver City Warriors we offer a variety of stand up classes in Tigard including Muay Thai, Boxing, MMA, Grappling, and Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee’s method.)

Don’t be fooled by others who say MMA is a simple blend of a little bit of this or that. At RCW you’ll find experts who’ve spent decades in each program studying them individually and as a cross training regimen. We can do the same for you, and you’ll find it a rewarding education. Casual in our attitude, serious about the training, welcome to RCW.

Yoga has become a diverse phenomenon throughout the world from spiritual gurus and meditation methods to physical fitness programs. Yet there is no doubt that Yoga as a term and as a movement overall has its roots in the Hindu and Vedic tradition over the last several thousand years and its prime texts like the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Shastras and Upanishads – including the use of Om, the essence of all Hindu teachings and mantras. Yoga philosophy follows Hindu concepts of karma, rebirth, liberation and Self-realization, and Hindu cosmology of the chakras and lokas.

Some people today say that Yoga is universal and so not limited to Hinduism. Yet the true name for Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma, the “eternal truth or dharma.” Hinduism is also formulated as a universal tradition and yogic concepts of universality reflect those already existing at the core of Hindu teachings, which occur in all Yoga, Vedic and Vedantic texts.

In other words the universal view behind Yoga rests upon the universality of Hinduism and is not an outside or new concept that just recently has come into being. Hinduism is not formulated as one religious belief against another but as a set of dharmic teachings relevant to all creatures and to all worlds. It is not limited to One God, one scripture, one savior, prophet or revelation, but embraces all valid paths to Self-realization, wherever these may occur.

Does this mean one has to formally become a Hindu to practice Yoga? That is not the case, but one need not deny the Hindu roots of Yoga in benefitting from its teachings. One does not say that Zen is not Buddhist or Tai Chi is not Taoist, though these practices have been widely used outside of their original traditions.

Yoga is a great gift of India and Hinduism for all humanity. It has spread beyond India not only today but in many centuries past as well. May that sharing of Yoga continue and flourish!

—Vamadeva Shastri