organizing patterns

Typically measuring ~88 centimeters (but with recordings found up to 104 centimeters), the venomous golden cow-nose rays migrate in groups of up to 10,000 as they make their way towards their summer feeding grounds in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Humans and Music

So after a talk with @ii-thiscat-ii we realized how weird music could be to a species that doesn’t have music. Think of it, what is music, it’s sound organized in specific patterns that evokes emotions in us. Our brains are wired to recognize music. Just tap on the table with our fingers and if we do it regularly enough most people can recognize it as a tune.

But imagine how it would be for a species that have no concept of music. Like they could probably wrap their heads around the idea that we find certain sounds more appealing than others, and that we have tools specifically made to create these appealing sounds.

But imagine them trying to make sense of a movie soundtrack. Like, why is there this sound? There’s no sound like that in an abandoned house? What do you mean it adds atmosphere? Is that what you hear when you go into a place like that?

What about an alien attending an event where they sing the national anthem. Suddenly every human is standing up, and they’re all acting serious, and suddenly they all start making the same sounds, all at once, in unison. They’re also saying the same words, but they’re not saying it the same way they say it when they speak. The words are recognizable, but the pitch and tone are completely different. What’s going on!?

We also have different types of music for different occasions. We have cheery music, dark music, sad music, and so many different varieties of each. The aliens have no idea how we figure this out, or how we can have “cheery” music with accompanying words that are sad.

What if because they didn’t evolve to use music, other species of aliens can’t even really hear the components of music. Like, they can tell that two pieces of music sound different, they can’t really hear things like beat, tune or melody. Or at least they don’t recognize such thing as musical. Like, a human is tapping out a tune on a tabletop and the alien at the table thinks they are trying to communicate through code or something. They know there is a pattern to the tapping but can’t figure it out. It probably blows a few minds that we have our own languages that exist specifically to record these strange sounds humans like to make.

What if species that have dances can’t understand why humans need these strange sounds in order to dance and can’t really see the connection between music and dance that humans seem to have.

What if a crew of a ship suddenly hear the strangest sounds. None of them recognize the sound, but its coming from the engine room so that can’t possibly be good. They burst into the engine room expecting the worst, only to find the human crew members having a jam session.

What if aliens can understand that we would make specific tools to make specific sounds, but a bewildered at the sheer variety of means we will use to generate it. From electronic speakers, to fine instruments, to an upturned pot and a half-empty bottle, to our own voice and bodies.

What if the only thing that blows them away is the fact that one human can start up a tune and the other humans can pick it up and add to it and still create something more or less harmonious.

people are constantly telling me that i’m great at everything i try and “there isn’t a single thing i’ve seen you not be the best at” and i always respond with “i’m bad at lots of things” and they’re like “like what????” and i don’t want to get into it because of self-esteem issues but now im tempted to answer with “i don’t know the difference between right and left” but i think that would seem cheeky

trashydearest  asked:

Is it weird to have adhd but still be pretty organized? I have as few tabs open at once as possible bc if not it makes me feel like the world might crash down on me. I also organize things in patterns and stuff to calm down and space from emotions. I never have seen adhd connected with any of this and i constantly feel like I need to prove that I actually do have adhd

There are plenty of ADHD people who are organized. Disorganization is often a symptom of ADHD but ADHD effects each person differently and it’s not unheard of for someone with ADHD to find organizing calming and helpful. Not displaying a few symptoms doesn’t make your ADHD any less valid.

I can’t tell you how many time I’ve been corrected after telling someone I have ADHD with a condescending “You mean ADD?” And no, I don’t mean that at all because ADD isn’t in the DSM anymore. And if they bothered to wonder why - it’s because it’s the same condition no matter what type of symptoms are the ones primarily displayed by the individual. And I do have hyperactive symptoms, maybe not right then and there and maybe not in the stereotypical way they were thinking of, but someone can face hyperactivity and not be climbing all over the place. Someone can experience ADHD/executive dysfunction and be organized.

Ask me questions!
  • 1: If you got married, what songs would you put on the playlist?
  • 2: What is your favorite fabric?
  • 3: What is your favorite bag that you own?
  • 4: what are your favorite holiday decorations?
  • 5: what kind of popsicles do you like?
  • 6: how organized is your bookshelf?
  • 7: What was your favorite thing to learn about in history class?
  • 8: What kind of toothpaste do you use?
  • 9: tempera, oils, watercolor, or acrylic?
  • 10: what song reminds you of school?
  • 11: milk or orange juice?
  • 12: what kind of soap did you use as a kid?
  • 13: who is the last person you tumblr messaged?
  • 14: how would you describe your voice?
  • 15: can you draw humans or trees better?
  • 16: how many stuffed animals do you have in your room?
  • 17: how many trees can you see from your front door?
  • 18: explain the last book you read in the shittiest way possible.
  • 19: How recently have you done laundry?
  • 20: what kind of sheets do you have?
  • 21: have you ever volunteered? If so, what did you do?
  • 22: what is the worst item of clothing you own?
  • 23: how many candles do you own?
  • 24: what is your favorite board game?
  • 25: what is the last sport you participated in?
  • 26: what is on the wall directly in front of you?
  • 27: can you whistle?
  • 28: geometric patterns or organic patterns?
  • 29: Do you walk and talk on the phone or stay in one place?
  • 30: what was your favorite show to watch as a kid?

I, like most people, had those years where you just don’t know what happened that caused you to suddenly lose your motivation to study and do work at all. You know, that moment where you wonder what happened to the student who always brought home straight A’s and the one teachers always liked and talked about, but then you realize that sometime in late elementary/middle school/puberty etc. something major happened that caused some serious procrastination. Here are some of my tips to prevent this and get back on your feet just in time for higher schooling platforms (if you’re still a youngin and/or college time)!

before it happens 

  • go over your current daily routines. what happened to me was glacial- some people will notice themselves slowly slipping, but others will see a subtle change until it’s too late. if you notice that you’re somehow sinking, going over your current daily routines will show you just how much order you have in your life 
  • go to your “mind palace” and map out a timeline. this is optional but “retracing your steps” can help with knowing what not to do and how to fix certain things
  • the “what if?” method. i’m going to call this the what if? method: getting ahead of yourself and thinking of what your life would be like in an x number of years (ex.: i was a freshman in high school and weirdly started stressing about college applications, dorms, scholarships, etc. even though i didn’t have to stress about those until junior year). you know when you think of conversations with people in your head and already think of snarky responses to what they would say if *this* happened? do that with studying. it’s better to be prepared and kind of the know the outcome than to be unprepared and throw you off

how to get your mojo back!

  • decide on what you want to do to achieve your goal. in my experience and personal kind of biased opinion, this is the only real motivation you have because you are the only one who decides what you want to do with your life. this in no way means to decide on your major in college or what job you want!!! consult the “what if?” method and think of those concept text post memes on tumblr and how you’d get there
  • find inspiration! personally, i got back on my feet (still trying) by looking at some studyblrs and starting my own. find something (or someone) that inspires you to get back on your feet and stand your ground when it comes to studying
  • start a routine you are comfortable with and stick to it. start thinking of your daily patterns and organize it. i started my routine by having a trial week with my new schedule just so i could edit it as i went along and then sticking to it
  • get a planner and/or a calendar. write down all your assignments and their due dates as you could forget and this helps with time management (consult your daily routine and decide on time blocks for your assignments) the planner doesn’t have to be fancy as it’s more for convenience than luxury and you could get some at WalMart for $10 or less. calendars would come in handy when you have events or long term projects etc. as calendars are (mostly) large and catch the eye easily
  • start all your work the day it is given to you. if the assignment isn’t due the next day, you don’t even have to finish it but it’s easier to finish a chunk of it just in case something comes up the following days and you can’t finish it without pulling out a red bull and an all nighter
  • turn! in! all! your! late! work! ASAP! if you had any late work, turn them in immediately. partial points is better than none, but if you’re okay with not turning them in because your grade is at a point you’re happy with or they don’t count as much as the teacher says, then that’s fine. although it’s better to have some more grades in the gradebook in case you flop a quiz or something, but even then, at least do the homework for practice
  • get the amount of sleep you know you are able to function properly with.  you don’t have to have 8+ hours of sleep daily but it’s preferable. if you know you can function properly and stay awake with just 5 hours of sleep, then that’s fine. figure out your sleeping pattern and catch up on sleep on the weekends if you need to. don’t always pull all nighters because you’d just be drained of all your energy
  • organize your study space. decluttering my room and adding some hella nice smelling candles definitely helped me center my energy and get me going so organize and tidy up your study space so you don’t have to spend 15 minutes looking for certain things and getting sidetracked
  • prepare yourself and your materials. know what you need to study beforehand and take out the materials you need before you start diving into your studying, even get some snacks and eat dinner beforehand so you don’t have to interrupt your study time. and before you head to bed, pack up your backpack, make your lunch, fill up your water bottle, plan your outfit, write in your planner, etc. so you’d be ready to go the next morning and not stress over having to rush to get to school
  • start to cut down on the social media. this was my biggest problem and it’s still a hard habit to try to stop, but start to be independent without your phone. keeping it on silent or shutting it off when you’re doing your work can help with your concentration and if deleting some apps helps you then go ahead. you don’t have to stop social media if you don’t want to because i know we all keep up with our friends and classmates through apps but lessen your time scrolling through instagram 

additional tips/reminders

  • your grades do not define you! know that you tried your hardest and that D you got on that one quiz will not affect your future as hard as you’d think
  • study smarter, not harder. spending 2 hours reading history notes that you don’t understand will not help you retain the information so find a way that helps you remember things and spend less time reading the same thing over and over again
  • if you want it, go get it. motivate yourself! your future is just as important as the next person’s and be confident in what ever you have to do to get to your goal (except if it’s illegal. keep it legal and sane)
  • life is hard and it doesn’t always turn out the way we want it to. sometimes our hardest is not enough but even then, it’s okay. as long as you are happy and enjoying your life, even though you didn’t get that degree you wanted, it’s alright and you did good. 

Wish these tips helped! some of these tips might not work out for some of you but that’s fine as this was my personal experience, but I still hope this could somehow help! feel free to drop by my inbox if you have any questions (or concerns)!

anonymous asked:

Djskk I love your writing ☺❤ do you mind if you could do some fluff with Iwazumi? Like a surprise marriage proposal?

I just, omg, I loved doing this so much! And originally I had this fancy thing where they got all dressed up and went out dancing or something but it felt forced and nothing like Iwaizumi, so this was the final outcome!


It was a typical night, really. They were on the couch with them lay sprawled out on their back and Iwaizumi nestled against their chest. Their arms wrapped around him and their feet nudged playfully against one another while both their eyes remained set on the television where the TV version of Godzilla was playing.

With the glowing screen being the only light in the room, Iwaizumi found his eyes being drawn away from the TV to their arm where his fingers were tracing small organic patterns. Their skin was soft and warm against his own calloused fingers and he always felt a tinge of pride when goosebumps would rise after he had moved in any particular way. And then there was their hand gently digging through his dark hair to his scalp where they pressed lightly into the skin there, easily bringing a satisfied sigh to his lips.

Yup, there was absolutely nothing special about this night and yet… he felt his love swelling for them in this beautiful, mundane routine of theirs.

His eyes fell shut when they moved to press a chaste kiss to the top of his head, their fingers smoothing over his hair. Trailing his hand up their arm, he easily traveled over their wrist and traced the lines of their palm before letting their digits intertwine. A small hum rose from his throat as he shifted, turning his head to rest his chin against their chest and allow their gazes to meet. With a short moment where they both paused, Iwaizumi found he couldn’t keep his grin to himself and it only grew when they beamed back at him before moving to peck at his lips over and over.

The pounding of his heart grew harder, seeming to want nothing more than to break through both sets of ribs and meld with the one beneath him. And judging by the way theirs seemed to match his own beating, he happily assumed they felt the same.

So when that mouth came down chastely against his again he knew this was the moment. This right here. Because there was no way he would be able to recreate this no matter what he tried to do.

“Hey,” he spoke softly against their mouth, his voice barely above a whisper as his orbs met with theirs.

They smiled, fingers squeezing at his gently, “Hey.”

“You’re beautiful, ya know,” cause they were. And damn whatever he had initially rehearsed over and over again with Oikawa to say exactly what he felt without sounding stupid, because this was rawly them and they deserved to hear it without some stupid script. “Like, really,” he continued when he heard them produce with a huff of a laugh, “insanely so. God’s missing an angel.”

Now a real laugh bubbled forward, their head tipped back before returning to gaze fondly down at him. “Okay, someone is spending too much time with Makki.”

“Yeah,” Iwaizumi chuckled himself, focus completely on them and every movement they made, “that one was pretty bad, huh?”

“Probably the worst.”

“Take two then,” he gave himself three seconds to swallow whatever nerves were left inside him and to gather a confident breath before speaking, “Marry me?”

The reaction to those words were instant. Their smile faltered, lips parting as their eyes widened in surprise, and their grip on his hand loosened as they seemed to comprehend the two words that were being spoke to them. Iwaizumi waited - he would always wait for them - as they went through any stages of emotions they needed to. “What?” was what they finally answered with.

Maybe he shouldn’t have laughed, but there was no stopping it as he pressed his elbows into the couch cushion in order to push himself up slightly. Kissing them sweetly, he reached over the armrest to pull open the small drawer of the side table, fingers easily finding the small box he had hidden away. “Marry me, [First Name],” he fiddled with it a moment, keenly aware of their eyes locked on it, “for nights like these. For the bad microwave dinners we actually like. For every morning you wake me with raspberry kisses. Marry me for maybe considering finishing that game of Monopoly that I’ll beat you at.”

Their lips spread wider into a grin with each thing he listed, an emotion choked laugh following with it as they watched him carefully. And he found it easy to continue from there, “I am so in love with you - madly, if you wanna believe such things - and I don’t wanna argue about dishware colors with anyone but you.” He smiled widely as they laughed, choosing to ignore the comment of ‘beige hiding food stains’ for now as he went to speak again. “So? Wanna be my at home movie partner for the rest of our lives?”

“Oh, god, yes,” they breathed, tears shimmering in the corner of their eyes as they swiftly moved to mash their mouths together again. This time, they didn’t allow him to part even as he attempted to, but he supposed that didn’t matter. Just as the ring that still lay undisputed in its box didn’t label their love of how Iwaizumi didn’t need a fancy evening out to show how much they meant to him. All that mattered was that they would be in each other’s arms - just like this - for as long as they both shall live.

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Note Taking Systems

The Cornell Method

The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes without laborious recopying. After writing the notes in the main space, use the left-hand space to label each idea and detail with a key word or “cue.”


Rule your paper with a 2 ½ inch margin on the left leaving a six-inch area on the right in which to make notes. During class, take down information in the six-inch area. When the instructor moves to a new point, skip a few lines. After class, complete phrases and sentences as much as possible. For every significant bit of information, write a cue in the left margin. To review, cover your notes with a card, leaving the cues exposed. Say the cue out loud, then say as much as you can of the material underneath the card. When you have said as much as you can, move the card and see if what you said matches what is written. If you can say it, you know it.


Organized and systematic for recording and reviewing notes. Easy format for pulling out major concept and ideas. Simple and efficient. Saves time and effort. “Do-it-right-in-the-first-place” system.



When to Use

In any lecture situation.

The Outlining Method

Dash or indented outlining is usually best except for some science classes such as physics or math.

  1. The information which is most general begins at the left with each more specific group of facts indented with spaces to the right.
  2. The relationships between the different parts is carried out through indenting.
  3. No numbers, letters, or Roman numerals are needed.


Listening and then write in points in an organized pattern based on space indention. Place major points farthest to the left. Indent each more specific point to the right. Levels of importance will be indicated by distance away from the major point. Indention can be as simple as or as complex as labeling the indentations with Roman numerals or decimals. Markings are not necessary as space relationships will indicate the major/minor points.


Well-organized system if done right. Outlining records content as well as relationships. It also reduces editing and is easy to review by turning main points into questions.


Requires more thought in class for accurate organization. This system may not show relationships by sequence when needed. It doesn’t lend to diversity of a review attach for maximum learning and question application. This system cannot be used if the lecture is too fast.

When to Use

The outline format can be used if the lecture is presented in outline organization. This may be either deductive (regular outline) or inductive (reverse outline where minor points start building to a major point). Use this format when there is enough time in the lecture to think about and make organization decisions when they are needed. This format can be most effective when your note taking skills are super sharp and you can handle the outlining regardless of the note taking situation.


  • Extrasensory perception
    • definition: means of perceiving without use of sense organs.
      • three kinds
        • telepathy: sending messages
        • clairvoyance: forecasting the future
        • psychokinesis: perceiving events external to situation
      • current status
        • no current research to support or refute
        • few psychologists say impossible
        • door open to future

The Mapping Method

Mapping is a method that uses comprehension/concentration skills and evolves in a note taking form which relates each fact or idea to every other fact or idea. Mapping is a graphic representation of the content of a lecture. It is a method that maximizes active participation, affords immediate knowledge as to its understanding, and emphasizes critical thinking.


This format helps you to visually track your lecture regardless of conditions. Little thinking is needed and relationships can easily be seen. It is also easy to edit your notes by adding numbers, marks, and color coding. Review will call for you to restructure thought processes which will force you to check understanding. Review by covering lines for memory drill and relationships. Main points can be written on flash or note cards and pieced together into a table or larger structure at a later date.


You may not hear changes in content from major points to facts.

When to Use

Use when the lecture content is heavy and well-organized. May also be used effectively when you have a guest lecturer and have no idea how the lecture is going to be presented.


The Charting Method

If the lecture format is distinct (such as chronological), you may set up your paper by drawing columns and labeling appropriate headings in a table.


Determine the categories to be covered in the lecture. Set up your paper in advance by columns headed by these categories. As you listen to the lecture, record information (words, phrases, main ideas, etc.) into the appropriate category.


Helps you track conversation and dialogues where you would normally be confused and lose out on relevant content. Reduces amount of writing necessary. Provides easy review mechanism for both memorization of facts and study of comparisons and relationships.


Few disadvantages except learning how to use the system and locating the appropriate categories. You must be able to understand what’s happening in the lecture

When to Use

Test will focus on both facts and relationships. Content is heavy and presented fast. You want to reduce the amount of time you spend editing and reviewing at test time. You want to get an overview of the whole course on one big paper sequence.


The Sentence Method


Write every new thought, fact or topic on a separate line, numbering as you progress.


Slightly more organized than the paragraph. Gets more or all of the information. Thinking to tract content is still limited.


Can’t determine major/minor points from the numbered sequence. Difficult to edit without having to rewrite by clustering points which are related. Difficult to review unless editing cleans up relationship.

When to Use

Use when the lecture is somewhat organized, but heavy with content which comes fast. You can hear the different points, but you don’t know how they fit together. The instructor tends to present in point fashion, but not in grouping such as “three related points.”

Three Examples:

Example 1:

A revolution is any occurrence that affects other aspects of life, such as economic life, social life, and so forth. Therefore revolutions cause change. (See page 29 to 30 in your text about this.)

Sample Notes:

Revolution - occurrence that affects other aspects of life: e.g., econ., socl., etc. C.f. text, pp. 29-30

Example 2:

Melville did not try to represent life as it really was. The language of Ahab, Starbuck, and Ishmael, for instance, was not that of real life.

Sample Notes:

Mel didn’t repr. life as was; e.g., lang. of Ahab, etc. not of real life.

Example 3:

At first, Freud tried conventional, physical methods of treatment such as giving baths, massages, rest cures, and similar aids. But when these failed, he tried techniques of hypnosis that he had seen used by Jean-Martin Charcot. Finally, he borrowed an idea from Jean Breuer and used direct verbal communication to get an unhypnotized patient to reveal unconscious thoughts.

Sample Notes:

Freud 1st – used phys. trtment; e.g., baths, etc. This fld. 2nd – used hypnosis (fr. Charcot) Finally – used dirct vrb. commun. (fr. Breuer) - got unhynop, patnt to reveal uncons. thoughts.