mind standards

i can’t decide between quoting lucky i’m in love with my best friend and lucky we’re in love in every way from this song that resonates with this picture, and my feelings, perfectly

seamus and dean you guys


How To Be Attractive

 Whether you think you are ugly or attractive - you’re right. The perception we hold of ourselves dictates the way others perceive us. The vibration you give out into the universe determines who and what you attract to you. If you maintain the belief that you are ugly - you will see this manifest in your life.

Changing the perception you have of yourself is the key to changing the way others perceive you. The universe understands what state of mind you are embodying - not what you want others to think of you. If you want others to perceive you as attractive - you must first hold this perception of yourself.

Easier said than done, right? Of course, because those who consider themselves to be attractive are seen as “full of themselves”. This is an interesting saying because it illustrates the fact that these people have filled their own cups instead of seeking their fulfilment from the outside world. 

Having confidence about one’s own looks can be difficult in a world where we’re surrounded by media imposing their views on how we’re “supposed to look” to be considered attractive. I have seen that comparing myself to people in magazines, advertisements or TV shows is irrelevant.

The overwhelming majority of these people are promoted to us as the “ideal” so that we begin to doubt ourselves. This self-doubt is exploited so that companies can sell us products to look more like those considered attractive. Make-up, supplements, accessories, jewellery - these are just a few examples.

Regardless of your looks - there’s one key attribute that you must embody if you would like to feel attractive and that’s confidence. Loving yourself first signifies to the universe that you are embodying the love vibration - which you will see reflected outside of you in those you meet & how they respond to you.

The greatest way to doubt yourself is by comparison to others.

Peace & positive vibes.

Russell T Davies on Steven Moffat

We do not know how lucky we are.

When asked to consider Steven’s finest moments, I was overwhelmed by images. Heores and villains. Battles and beauty. Monsters and children. Then I realised that I’d only got as far as 20 minutes into The Empty Child -round about the joke about Marxism and West End musicals - and had to sit down for a cup of tea.

I think, as fans, we can focus on the detail - Mondasian Cybermen! - at the risk of missing the bigger picture. That picture being, in Steven’s case, that we’ve just seen one of the greatest sci-fi body-horror thriller action-adventure romances (plus comedy) of our entire lives, beamed on to our TVs for less than 10p, written by a world-class master of his craft who’s now so in command of his talent, he’s riffing on ephemera from 1966 and turning it into gold, whisky, sex, whatever turns you on best. We truly do not know how lucky we are to have a man of this calibre writing our favourite show.

Since leaving Doctor Who, I’m approached, now and then, by strangers who remember my withered husk from Doctor Who Confidential. There’s a glint in their eye as they say, “What d’you think of it now?” An awful lot of those people are dying for me to trash it. I think, genuinely, they’re trying to achieve an intimacy. I think, nastily, they want me to say something bad so they can take it online and have some strange sort of fun. And when I say, “I love it!” they often think I’m lying.

I love it. I love every episode the man’s written. I love the other episodes he’s rewritten and I think few people know how many that is. I love the detail, I love the scale, I love the people, I love the jokes. I love the fact that Steven himself is quite down on The Beast Below. The whole of the UK on a spaceship? The whole of the UK is a spaceship? I’d retire there and then, complete. Nope, for him, it just wasn’t good enough.

I love the man, in truth, I love his mind, I love his standards, I love his rigour, his darkness, his kindness, his ambition, his love of TV. I love the man who wrote the very last line of Coupling, which shows what a lovely human being he is.

I love his women. Consider, in bad fiction, which is most fiction, how women’s roles, which have suffered so many years of neglect that they can be summarised as ‘women’s roles’, fall into the same old categories. They are reduced to the Mother, the Wife, the Daughter, the Bride. Agents of sex and childbirth, nothing more.

But then look at what Steven does with those categories. The Bride stands tall at her reception - literally in her wedding dress - and summons the Doctor back itno existence with an Old Maid’s rhyme. When the Bride has a Daughter, it’s a vital part of a galaxy-spanning revenge. The Daughter then becomes the Wife, a woman of such swagger and joy and tenderness, the Time Lord finally falls in love. We’re not done yet. A lesser category pops up, the Dominatrix, complete with eye-patch, but don’t worry, the Bride who’s the Mother of the Daughter who’s the Wife kills her stone dead! Then a lesbian travels the universe and everyone adores her. And nestling at the heart of the show is Doctor Who’s very own problem category, the Companion, a title inherently subordinate to the Man. Until Clara comes along! Companion to every single moment in the Doctor’s life. A woman so strong that in her first appearance, and her last, Death itself cannot stop her. A decade before Wonder Woman, Steven started weaving his own vast female mythology across the stars, in a funny old children’s show on Saturday teatimes.

I could mansplain all day, but the other thing I love in Steven’s writing is the complexity. I’ve heard some tiny, distant rumours that some people might have a problem with that. But I think it’s the very thing that will ensure Doctor Who’s logevity. You see, in the old days, us older fans fell in love with this show because it was porous. It had gaps. It was cheap, it was rushed, it was lovely and brave and unapologetic, using three walls in Lime Grove to create an entire Dalek invasion of Earth. All those gaps allowed us in. We imagined the offstage armies. We embraced the wobbles and bumps. If Sutekh had a secret hand on his cushion, we hooted, or invented a reason why (Clara!). But we either imagined it better, or saw how good it was underneath. Which is exactly like falling in love.

Now, the modern show has a lot more money. You can see those armies centre-stage. Gallifrey is so gorgeous, it has a spare city. Cyber-fleets can explode behind Rory’s head as a throwaway joke. And sometimes, a lossy show allows the mind the slide off. But Steven has created a brand-new porous surface. He invites us into the plots. He gives us stories which vault and somersault and double-back and trick and trap and treat. It’s not so much porous, it’s more like a great big spinning double helix and we’re clinging on, spinning for our lives, and yelling with joy. Yes, it’s complicated, but that’s wonderful. It will keep people thinking about the show forever.

Okay, my favourite moment? It’s my favourite joke. A Good Man Goes to War. Rory approaches River Song in the Storm Cage, and she says she’s been on a date with the Doctor, to the frost fair in 1814. “He got Stevie Wonder to sing for me underneath London Bridge.” And for a second, there’s that lovely shiver as you anticipae the punchline. “Don’t tell him.”

That’s a small momnt from a man who’s created empires. But a favourite joke is a beautiful thing. I just looked up the line and it turns out, I’ve long since paraphrased it, but that’s even better - like I said, Steven makes us part of the text, and now I own it! The point is, I think of that line every few days. Literally, a couple of times a week, every week. Every now and then, when I’m washing up or watching TV, or walking into town, or whatever, it pops into my head. “Don’t tell him.” And I laugh. I laugh, every single time. It’s been making me laugh for six years and it will make me laugh for the rest of my life. Very few people can write a line capable of that.

We have been so lucky.

ziggy9911  asked:

Just curious on how you approach composition and perspective. I feel as if sometimes I think too hard, not really about what to draw but how to draw it and make it look interesting. The comic panels you have been doing are amazing. Any tips/references on improving my knowledge of composition and perspective? What do you think about as you lay your pencil on the drawing paper? what goes through your mind?

*STANDARD DISCLAIMER* I’m not handing down life lessons or trying to assert that there’s a ‘correct way’ to draw. I’m just trying to make perspective more approachable for thems that want to tackle it.

Okay. Let’s do this.

1. Understand what perspective is and what it’s for. Stay away from rulers while you get comfortable.

Everyone struggles with perspective because 1. it’s not well or widely taught and 2. artists tend to see linear perspective as a set of rules rather than a set of tools.

Linear perspective is a TOOL we use to create and depict SPACE. That’s it. That’s all it is. Your goal is not to draw in ‘accurate linear perspective.’ Stay away from the ruler and precision for as long as you can. Your goal is to create the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. Perspective is just a tool to help you construct and correct that space.

2. Know in your bones that you can ONLY learn to draw in perspective through physical practice. There is no other way.

Grab some paper and draw with me. If you match me drawing for drawing you will be more fluent in linear perspective and spatial drawing by the end of this post. Unfortunately if you don’t, you won’t be.

3. Sketch around in rough perspective. NO RULERS.

So let’s make some simple space. let’s start with a two dimensional surface…

K. We have a flat, 2D surface. Let’s create some depth by putting a vanishing point in the middle, and having parallel lines converge towards it. Make a gridded plane inside that space.

Good. Let’s make that space meaningful by adding a dude and a road or something. (Again, parallel ‘depth lines’ will converge into the vanishing point along the horizon)

And now we have the rough illusion of some space. I didn’t use any rulers, and it’s not perfectly accurate, but we got our depth from that vanishing point right in the middle of the page. And since we have a little dude in there, we’ve got human scale, which allows us to gauge the size of the space we’ve created. Gives it meaning.

You need people or cars or some recognizable, human-scale THING in there as a frame of reference or your space won’t mean much to your viewer. Watch. We can make that same basic space a whole lot bigger like this:

Same vanishing point in the same place, completely different scale, and a totally different feeling of space. Cool, right?

3. Sketch around in rough perspective MORE. STAY LOOSE.

See what sort of spaces and feelings you can create with vanishing points and gridded planes on a post-it or something. Super small, super rough. Feel it out. Pick a vanishing point or lay out a grid in perspective, and MAKE SOME SPACE. Do it. Draw, I don’t know, a lady and her dog in a desert. I’ll do it, too.

Good job. LOOK AT YOU creating the illusion of space! This is how you’ll thumbnail and plan anything you want to draw in space. All of my drawings start this way. I think about how I want the viewer to feel and then play around with space and composition until I find something that works.

Once you have a sketch you like, and space that you feel, THEN you can take out the ruler and make it more accurate and convincing.

4. Draw environments from life.

I cannot stress this enough. Draw the world around you, try to draw the shapes and angles as you see them, and you will ‘get’ how and why perspective is used. Use something permanent so that you’ll move fast and commit. I usually use black prismacolor pencil.

You’ll learn or reinforce something with every drawing. I learned a lot about multiple vanishing points from this drawing:

Learned from the receding, winding space I tired to draw here:

Layered, interior spaces:

You get the idea.

Life drawing will also help you develop your own shorthand and language for depicting textures, materials, details, natural and architectural features, etc. Do it. Do it all the time. Go to pretty or interesting places just to draw them.

Take a second and just draw a quick sketch of whatever room you’re in.

5. Perspective in formal Illustration: apply what you’ve learned.

1. I always start with research. For this particular location I looked at Angkor Wat.

2. Once I had enough reference, I did a bunch of little thumbnail sketches with a very loose sense of space and picked the one I liked best.

3. Scanned the thumbnail and drew a little more clearly over it. Worked out the rough space before using formal perspective.

4. Reinforced the space with formal perspective. I dropped in pre-made vanishing points over my drawing. If I were drawing in real media here’s where I’d get out the ruler to sketch in some accurate space.

5. Drew the damn thing. Because I do my research, draw from life, and am comfortable drawing in perspective, I can wing it. I just sort of ‘build’ the ruins freehand in the space I’ve established, keeping it more or less accurate, experimenting and playing with details along the way. I erase a lot, too, both in PS and when drawing in pencil. Keeps it fun for me.

And that’s what I know about composition and perspective. If you want more formal instruction on perspective and it’s uses, you can use John Buscema’s How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. Or If you want to get really intense about it, Andrew Loomis can help you.

-Jake Wyatt

Meet Blue-Metal, Green-blue. This is an incredible individual– he has the greatest extent of red I’ve seen on his species yet, and he’s only a third year (young by woodpecker standards)! Don’t mind the floofy flank feathers– it’s hard to keep a wild bird preened up in the hand.

He lives by a church and shares portions of his territory with some red-headed woodpeckers.

not to be salty, but why do people keep calling romantic f/f scenes in shows as fanservice?

like, i don’t mean sex scenes, but romantic scenes of the couple just interacting with each other?

if an m/f relationship, no matter how poorly developed, interacted on screen, you wouldn’t dare call it fanservice, but somehow if an f/f couple does it, it is??? fuck off mate.

6 Ways Feminism Can Be Accessible to Autistic People
  1. Tag facetious comments - Autistic people have difficulty with figurative language, especially when given a dry delivery. Keep in mind that it’s hard for autistic people to read social signals, and it’s harder for everyone to understand the delivery of plain text online. You might think it’s clear that “Kill all men” is an extremely sarcastic declaration of annoyance but to autistic people unfamiliar with the feminist in-group culture, it looks like a legitimate call to gendercide, especially to those who may be more familiar with the hateful exaggerated stereotype of a feminist popularized in mainstream media than with real world examples of feminists and feminist discourse. This all can be avoided with sarcasm tags or by using literal language like “Men annoy me so much, I can’t even.” (Although “I can’t even” is figurative language, it’s more readily understood as a facet of mainstream slang.)
  2. Don’t expect everyone to take college classes - It’s not as prominent as it was a few years ago, but there is an attitude among feminists that because they learned feminist theory in college classes that everyone should. Keep in mind that college classes are not accessible to everyone because of reasons of class or disability, the latter of which includes autism. I encountered this myself, where in order to pass a Women’s Studies class, I would have had to perform charity work such as feeding the homeless, which was beyond my mental ability at the time. If I had to do it now, I might have the mental fortitude to maintain calm in those kinds of stressful situations, but that was not accessible to me in 2012. By saying “I’m tired of ignorance, so you have to have taken a college class on the subject before I’ll talk to you about it,” or “I learned in a class, and you learned in a class, so I think feminism 101 articles are bad,” you’re cutting out autistic people who lack the ability to take such classes.
  3. Don’t demonize masculine autistic traits - In the struggle against creepy entitled guys, there is a tendency to lump autistic traits in with their warning signs. Autistic people have difficulty with body language, may have difficulties with articulation, and often overlook tact. That can lead to things like too much eye-contact, which can be interpreted as aggressive or a sexual advance; not enough eye-contact, which is interpreted as shifty behavior; taking up too much space, including “manspreading” and getting fat, as might produce a “neckbeard”; rambling about their interests, which is interpreted as dominating the conversation or “mansplaining”; and being too overt about sexual interest, not knowing how to play the elaborate game of alluding but not too distantly, being assertive but not too much, and when “coffee” means “sex” or is just “coffee”. Autistic women have the same behavior, but it doesn’t receive the same demonization due to sexism imbuing men with an aggressive characterization and women with a passive characterization. Typically, feminists are against that, but they tend to forget when staring at “weird people”. Keep in mind that a standard stereotype of an anti-feminist is a “neckbeard [fat] nerd [person with passionate interests who doesn’t know when socially appropriate to shut up] who doesn’t understand the most basic of cues women broadcast to signal disinterest, and who lives in his mother’s basement [lacks the ability to perform in society because of mental issues]”, demonizing autistic traits instead of the anti-feminist beliefs such people may have.
  4. Don’t infantilize feminine autistic traits - This is the feminine counterpart of the above problem and also has to do with traditional gender roles. Instead of being seen as creepy for not achieving the expectations of social performance, autistic women are seen as childlike. This is a manifestation of benevolent sexism where autistic women are disrespected out of good values, where empathetic feminists try to keep them safe, but it is fundamentally indistinguishable from male notions of chivalry that put women on pedestals. The characterization of immaturity leads to the dismissal of autistic women’s sexualities, which are regarded as unhealthy behavior for the infantilized autistic women to demonstrate, and men who find autistic women sexually attractive are inappropriately demonized as pedophilic. (This is sometimes hard to untangle from sexist autistic men attracted to autistic women and displaying chivalrous notions that infantilize them and the separate concepts must be distinguished before their outlines can be seen.) Basically, don’t treat adult women like kids. Don’t laugh when they do something that surprises you. Don’t call their behavior “cute”. Don’t talk down. Respect their ability to be sexual.
  5. Don’t dismiss “mentally ill” people - Feminists typically don’t like to be told that they’re not understandable when they use figurative language or in-group memes and may declare in a snotty tone that even translates through text that “Only mentally ill people wouldn’t understand! Totally whacked out loonies!” In statements like this, mentally ill individuals are dismissed as not really human and not worth caring about, evoking the conservative idea that mainstream culture represents civilization and that any outliers represent savagery that must be removed to keep society safe. They don’t want to even have to think about them. They want them quietly removed to asylums and assume that the existence of mentally ill people reading and misinterpreting their very clear words represents a failure of the government’s ability to locate and institutionalize mentally ill people, so their comprehension isn’t even a concern to them. It’s a deeply ableist mindset, borne of a deeply ableist society. If they gave it some thought, they’d probably realize it, but they’re too angry at the challenge to their very clear wording to do anything more than resort to dismissing the issue with very ableist wording. The truth is, ableism is a feminist issue; “mentally ill” people can lead happy lives without being problems to society and should be empowered to do so; and at one point, feminists would have been condemned as madwomen and sent to asylums. 

    “It’s all to do with reproductive organs / Which are naturally unstable in a dame / You see, from ‘lunar’, we have ‘lunacy’ and ‘lunatic’ and ‘loony’ / And they’re always ovulating by the cycle of the moony!”
    – ”Girls! Girls! Girls!” by Emilie Autumn
  6. Be receptive to questions, even “weird” ones - There is a profound problem where feminists are really adverse to answering people’s questions about feminism. Feminists are wary of negative questions, such as are attached to trolling or sealioning, but there is a general resistance to answering questions that just makes it hard for ignorant people curious about feminism to actually learn anything about it. Part of this ties into the expectation that newcomers take college classes, where the in-group is established by its members undergoing a rite of passage where no one helps them along the way, and they learn themselves and get to dismiss people in turn, similar to hazing. (In absence of college classes, the instruction is to instead lurk in forums.) There is also a widespread belief that asking questions of feminists is anti-feminist because answering questions takes away from time that might otherwise be spent on important activist work, which might be accurate in some cases, but typically what people do when they go online is look at cute cats and reblog memes, so spending that time answering questions would be activistic work and of greater value than browsing cat videos. Where this fits in with accessibility is that autistic people are going to have a harder time understanding feminism, as they have a harder time understanding almost everything in human culture, which is going to lead to questions, especially questions that look weird because the problems with comprehension are going to be dramatically different than with other people. I’ve asked feminists multiple questions that have been outright ignored, and I’m pretty sure it’s because they looked so weird that they were dismissed as trolling. I’ve encountered this behavior AFK with regard to asking about social protocols that seem obvious to people. They’ll either just stare at me blankly for a minute and then ignore me or get angry because they think I’m playing a trick on them (i.e. trolling). Questions need to be answered and not just with links to Google, which represents a misunderstanding of how Google works. Google personalizes results to be more effective to individual people. You might Google a feminist term and get tons of useful articles, while someone else might Google the same term and get completely unrelated stuff or even MRA articles about why that concept is unfounded. Basically, if you’re going to just link off somewhere, use Google yourself and take advantage of your personalized results to find articles that you can link. And keep in mind that weird questions can be honest.

tbh as much as i’ve warmed to percy/pike and like it a lot now, i don’t think i would’ve liked it if they became a couple in canon unless they interacted waaaaay more before it happened, because in the show itself they’ve barely interacted and i would need way more to get behind a ship happening in canon

it is absolutely fascinating to think about what would’ve happened if pike had gone first in his rez though, because to this day i’m pretty certain pike was going to kind of confess but she couldn’t because vex already did and, well, nat20.

and THAT raises a lot of questions that are fascinating to think about: if pike confessed first, would vex have confessed in hers? or would she have stayed quiet for the rest of the campaign like pike is now?

and even if pike confessed, would percy reciprocate? because to me, it seems like taliesin and percy were already set on being in love with vex, if “he’s had a thing [for vex] for ages and ages and ages”, “never forget you’re my favorite”, and “especially her, i couldn’t [live with myself if she stayed dead]” are anything to go by. would he have percy realize he’s in love with pike to avoid awkwardness or would he turn her down?

hello its me your local chubby geek who is also recovering from a past eating disorder here with an important PSA

DONT shame skinny people who call themselves fat!!! do not!!! i know its infuriating to see a skinny person call themselves fat (because they dont know what its like to be what is widely considered “fat”) but we have to keep in mind that everyone’s standard of beauty is different and how people perceive themselves as well as others is completely relative.

maybe that skinny person has dysmorphia? maybe they’re anorexic or bulimic? maybe theyre just insecure? you dont know their situation or what theyre thinking when they look at their body in the mirror.

the best thing to do is to reassure them that all bodies are beautiful, be they skinny, stocky, tall, short, bulky, muscular, splotchy, dark-toned, discolored, disabled, wrinkly, hairy, scarred, chubby, non-proportional, missing a part or two, average, or otherwise. 


“I used to have to work in boiling hot rooms all the time, so I don’t see why anyone else should be comfortable now!”

I watch a lot of documentaries. I think they are incredible tools for learning and increasing our awareness of important issues. The power of an interesting documentary is that it can open our minds to new possibilities and deepen our understanding of the world.

On this list of mind expanding documentaries you will find different viewpoints, controversial opinions and even contradictory ideas. Critical thinking is recommended. I’m not a big fan of conspiracy documentaries but I do like films that challenge consensus reality and provoke us to question the everyday ideas, opinions and practices we usually take for granted.

Watching documentaries is one of my favorite methods of self-education. If I find a documentary inspiring, I usually spend more time researching the different ideas and interesting people interviewed in the film. I hope you find these documentaries as enlightening as I did!

[1] Life In The Biosphere

Explore the wonder and interconnectedness of the biosphere through the magic of technology.

How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth
The Magical Forest
Ants: Nature’s Secret Power
Mt. Everest: How It Was Made
Mariana’s Trench: The Deepest Spot On Earth
Natural World: The Andes
Shining Mountains: The Rockies
Grand Canyon: How It Was Made
The Intelligence of Plants

[2] Creativity and Design:Advertisements

Learn about all the amazing things that people create with their imaginations.

Everything Is A Remix
The Creative Brain: How Insight Works
Design: The New Business
PressPausePlay: Art and Creativity in the Digital Age
Infamy: A Graffiti Documentary
Influencers: How Trends and Creativity Become Contagious
RIP: A Remix Manifesto
Design: e² – Sustainable Architecture
The Genius Of Design

[3] The Education Industrial Complex:

The modern school where young minds are moulded into standardized citizens by the state.

The College Conspiracy
Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk
The Forbidden Education
Default: The Student Loan Documentary
College Inc.
Education For A Sustainable Future
Networked Society: The Future of Learning
The Ultimate History Lesson With John Taylor Gatto
The Education System in Communist China
The War On Kids

[4] The Digital Revolution:

The Internet is now the driving force behind change and innovation in the world.

The Age of Big Data
Resonance: Beings of Frequency
Life In A Day
Networked Society: On The Brink
Us Now: Social Media and Mass Collaboration
WikiRebels: The WikiLeaks Story
The Virtual Revolution: The Cost of Free
How Hackers Changed the World


[5] A New Civilization:

We are at the dawn of a new golden age of human inventiveness.

THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?
Zeitgeist III: Moving Forward
Paradise or Oblivion
2012: Time For Change
The Crisis of Civilization
The Collective Evolution II
The Quickening: Awakening As One
2012 Crossing Over: A New Beginning
The Awakening

[6] Politics:

Explore the politics of power and control and how it affects your life.

Owned and Operated
The Power Principle
The True Story of Che Guevara
Earth Days
Capitalism Is The Crisis
WikiLeaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower
The Putin System
The War On Democracy
Rise Like Lions: Occupy Wall Street and the Seeds of Revolution

[7] Biographies of Genius:

The biographies of modern geniuses who pushed humanity forward.

Isaac Newton: The Last Magician
The Unlimited Energy of Nikola Tesla
The Missing Secrets Of Nikola Tesla
Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius
How Albert Einstein’s Brain Worked
The Extraordinary Genius of Albert Einstein
Leonardo Da Vinci: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

[8] War:

War is history’s oldest racket for stealing from the powerless and redistributing resources to the powerful.

Psywar: The Real Battlefield Is Your Mind
The Secret History of 9/11
Robot Armies in the Future
The Never Ending War in Afghanistan
Shadow Company: Mercenaries In The Modern World
Why We Fight
The Fog Of War
The Oil Factor: Behind The War On Terror

[9] Economics:

Learn about the financial system works and how people and societies are enslaved through debt.

The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The World
The One Percent
Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street
The Last Days Of Lehman Brothers
The Four Horsemen
Inside Job: The Biggest Robbery In Human History
Capitalism A Love Story
Money and Life

[10] Digital Entrepreneurship:

Profiles of the entrepreneurs who used technology to change the world.

The Life Of A Young Entrepreneur
Profile: Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Profile: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
Starting-Up in America
Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
Steve Jobs: The Billion Dollar Hippy
Elon Musk: Risk Takers
The Story of Twitter

[11] Sports:

Watch the inspiring stories of amazing athletes.

Fearless: The Jeb Corliss Story
Carts of Darkness
Usain Bolt: The World’s Fastest Man
Wayne Gretzky: The Life and Times
Mike Tyson: Beyond the Glory
The Legacy Of Michael Jordan
We Ride: The Story of Snowboarding

[12] Technology:

Find out more about the impact of exponential growth and the approaching Singularity.

Ray Kurzweil: The Transcendent Man
How Robots Will Change the World
Human 2.0
Trance-Formation: The Future of Humanity
The Venus Project: Future By Design
Bionics, Transhumanism And The End Of Evolution
The Singularity Is Near
Car Technology Of The Future

[13] Origins of Religion:

Explore the original religious experience of mankind at the dawn of civilization.

Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within
Manifesting the Mind: Footprints of the Shaman
Ancient Egypt and The Alternative Story of Mankind’s Origins
The Hidden Knowledge of the Supernatural
Re-Awaken: Open Your Heart, Expand Your Mind
Shamans of the Amazon
The Root of All Evil: The God Delusion
Ancient Knowledge
The Naked Truth
Before Babel: In Search of the First Language

[14] Western Religion:

The fascinating history of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Secret Quest: The Path of the Christian Gnostics
The Secret Gate of Eden
Forbidden Knowledge: Lost Secrets of the Bible
Banned From The Bible: Secrets Of The Apostles
The Road To Armageddon
Muhammad: The Legacy of a Prophet
A Complete History of God
Gnosis: The Untold History of the Bible

[15] Eastern Religion:

Expand your mind by also studying the entirely different religious worldviews of the East.

Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds
The Life Of The Buddha
The Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World
Mysteries of the Cosmic OM: Ancient Vedic Science
Where Science and Buddhism Meet
The Yogis of Tibet
Taj Mahal: Secrets To Blow Your Mind
Light at the Edge of the World: Tibetan Science of the Mind
Myths of Mankind: The Mahabharata
Ayurveda: The Art of Being

[16] Consciousness:

Learn about the basic unity of existence and the miracle of consciousness.

Athene’s Theory of Everything
Theory of Everything: GOD, Devils, Dimensions, Dragons & The Illusion of Reality
The God Within: Physics, Cosmology and Consciousness
5 Gateways: The Five Key Expansions of Consciousness
Return to the Source: Philosophy and The Matrix
The Holographic Universe
DMT: The Spirit Molecule
Neuroplasticity: The Brain That Changes Itself

[17] Mysteries:

Indiana Jones-style explorations into the unsolved mysteries of the past.

Alchemy: Sacred Secrets Revealed
The Day Before Disclosure
The Pyramid Code
The Secret Design of the Egyptian Pyramids
Decoding the Past: Secrets of the Dollar Bill
Origins of the Da Vinci Code
Forbidden Knowledge: Ancient Medical Secrets
Secret Mysteries of America’s Beginnings: The New Atlantis
Secrets in Plain Sight

[18] Mass Culture:

Learn about how our thoughts and opinions are influenced by mass culture.

The Century of the Self
All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace
The Power Of Nightmares
Starsuckers: A Culture Obsessed By Celebrity
Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century
Obey: The Death of the Liberal Class
Motivational Guru: The Story of Tony Robbins
Bob Marley: Freedom Road
Radiant City

[19] Corporate Media:

Discover how the mass media and advertisers channel our irrational impulses.

Weapons of Mass Deceptions
Secrets of the Superbrands
Orwell Rolls in his Grave
The Esoteric Agenda
The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
Symbolism in Logos: Subliminal Messages or Ancient Archetypes
Edward Snowden: A Truth Unveiled
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism

[20] Art and Literature:

Explore the lives of famous artists and how art opens people’s minds.

Cosm: Alex Gray’s Visionary Art
Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop
New Art and the Young Artists Behind It
Salvador Dali: A Master of the Modern Era
The Day Pictures Were Born
Off-Book: Digital Age Creativity
This Is Modern Art

[21] Health:

Explore issues in health, how our bodies work and the incredible power of our brains.

The Human Brain
The Truth About Vitamins
How To Live To 101
America’s Obesity Epidemic
The War On Health
The Beautiful Truth
Food Inc.
The Truth About Food
The Living Matrix

[22] Drugs:

Documentaries on the effect of drugs — legal and illegal — on the body and mind.

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
The Drugging Of Our Children
How Marijuana Affects Your Health
Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging
Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis
LSD: The Beyond Within
The War on Drugs: The Prison Industrial Complex
Are Illegal Drugs More Dangerous Than Legal Drugs?
The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
Run From The Cure: The Rick Simpson Story

[23] Environment:

Thought-provoking documentaries on the environmental movement and the growing threats to our biosphere.

Blue Gold: World Water Wars
Shift: Beyond the Numbers of the Climate Crisis
All Things Are Connected
The Fight For Amazonia
Flow: For Love Of Water
Here Comes the Sun
The World According To Monsanto
The Story of Stuff

[24] Cosmos:

Expand your mind by exploring our indescribably large and beautiful Cosmos.

The Search for Planets Similar to Earth
Cosmic Journeys : The Largest Black Holes in the Universe
The Mystery of the Milky Way
Fractals: The Hidden Dimension
Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking: The Story of Everything
Pioneer Science: Discovering Deep Space
Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
The Strangest Things In The Universe

[25] Science:

The history of scientific discovery and how scientific instruments expand our perception.

The Complete History of Science
Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the Cell
Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time
Quantum Mechanics: Fabric of the Cosmos
The Light Fantastic
DNA: The Secret of Life
Parallel Universes, Alternative Timelines & Multiverse
What Is The Higgs Boson?

[26] Evolution:

The story of our evolution and the emergence of self-aware human beings.

The Origin of Life
Homo Sapiens: The Birth of Humanity
Beyond Me
The Global Brain
Metanoia: A New Vision of Nature
Birth Of A New Humanity
Ape Man: Adventures in Human Evolution
The Incredible Human Journey
The Human Family Tree

[27] Psychology and The Brain:

New research is shining a spotlight on how we can improve our brains.

How Smart Can We Get?
The Science of Lust
The Secret You
What Are Dreams?
A Virus Called Fear
Beyond Thought (Awareness Itself)
The Human Brain
Superconscious Mind: How To Double Your Brain’s Performance
How Does Your Memory Work?
Secrets of the Mind

[28] Modern History:

The story of the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the modern world.

History of the World in Two Hours
The Industrial Revolution
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
The French Revolution
Big Sugar
The American Revolution

[29] Pre-Modern History:

The story of the Americas and European history in the pre-modern world.

Socrates, Aristotle and Plato
The Medici: The Most Influencial Family In The World
A History of Celtic Britain
The Crusades: Victory and Defeat
The Vikings: Voyage To America
Copernicus and the Scientific Revolution

[30] Current Events:

Become more informed about current events that are shaping the world.

Syria: The Reckoning
Empire: Putin’s Russia
The New Arms Race
The Killing of Yasser Arafat
Egypt In Crisis
Inside Obama’s Presidency
The Untouchables: How Obama Protected Wall Street
Behind The Rhetoric: The Real Iran
A History of the Middle East since WWII
Climate Wars

[31] Ancient Civilizations:

Fascination explorations into the ancient civilizations of our past.

The Persian Empire : Most Mysterious Civilization in the Ancient World
What The Ancients Did For Us
What the Ancients Knew
Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids
Secrets of the Ancient Empires
Graham Hancock’s Quest For The Lost Civilization
Atlantis: The Lost Continent
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

I hope you enjoy watching some of these mind expanding documentaries! If you have a personal favorite, please share it with everyone in the comments.

Credits: DIY Genius

We’ve all been there. You walk into your class and…everybody else is frantically reviewing their notes and textbooks? There’s a test today? NOOOO!

I got caught in a nerve-wracking situation when the ACT totally slipped my mind. But miraculously, I still got a 35–perfect score is 36, so hey, not shabby! Here are the tips that helped me do my best.

  1. Don’t freak out. I cannot emphasize the importance of this. I once spent months studying for a super-important test, but the day of the exam, I drank tons of coffee, which made me super jittery. That, on top of nerves, made me crazy-anxious and I made lots of silly mistakes. No test is worth compromising your mental health for. If you find yourself getting really nervous, just take a moment to breathe in and count to ten. Then exhale. If you’re prone to testing anxiety, you might find it helpful to rub lavender essential oils on your hands, and to take calming whiffs throughout the exam.
  2. Don’t read everything. Seriously, don’t. The ACT is all about time management, and you almost certainly won’t have time to read all of the passages, especially in the science section. The good news is, you don’t have to read everything; just skim the passage to get a good sense of what it’s about, and focus on the specific parts that the questions ask about.
  3. Play it by ear. The English section will ask you to suss out sentence errors. It’s often helpful to listen to the phrases in your head and figure out which part sounds funky. Watch out for awkward sentence structure or pronoun ambiguity.
  4. Chug and plug. Your math teacher probably frowned upon “guessing and checking” but hey, in a multiple-choice exam, nobody’s going to know. If you’re really stuck on a math problem, it can be helpful to substitute variables with numbers, or to insert answer choices into equations.
  5. Be fearless with your pencil. Your exam booklet is going to be recycled afterwards, so might as well mark it up, right? Circle and underline important sections, draw diagrams that help you visualize the questions.

I hope these tips help, but do keep in mind that standardized test scores are just a number and do not define you! Good luck :)

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