systemic process

  • When to use flash cards: memorizing words/vocab, numbers, equations, names, dates, and verbatim facts or lines.
  • When to use mnemonic devices: memorizing steps of a process or sets of facts/information/people, especially in an order.
  • When to use concept maps or drawings: learning (rather than memorizing) relationships, processes, concepts, systems, etc.
  • When to use tables or charts: learning or memorizing systems (eg. conjugation in a foreign language), sets of sets of information (eg. people and when they lived and what they did), and other large/complex groups of information.
  • When to use songs: for learning or memorizing anything.
  • Disclaimer: this is a general guideline. If something else works for you, do it!

Yesterday, following another decline in the night and an emergency x-ray, Thomas was admitted to the emergency veterinary surgical clinic, where an ultrasound confirmed that a foreign mass was completely blocking his lower intestine, rendering him unable to defecate or absorb nutrients from any food he managed to consume.  When he did drink, the liquid couldn’t get through his digestive system to be processed into urine, and was backing up and causing him extreme discomfort, which is why he’d stopped drinking.  He was severely dehydrated, and had lost a total of nine pounds.

All of this was considered BEST CASE SCENARIO in terms of how quickly we caught it and started reacting, by the way.  When a cat–even a very healthy, vigorous cat–begins to crash, they can crash extremely fast, and very conclusively.

The doctor took us into a room, and said, with that face that means “this is where I see a lot of good pets die,” that the surgery would be very expensive, with no guarantees.  I said fine.  She said, “no, I have to tell you this, you can’t just agree,” and informed me that the estimate for the surgery and aftercare would be in the neighborhood of $8,000.  And that’s after the $1,500 or so we’d already spent on x-rays and fluids and medication and anything the vets told us to try because please don’t let my baby die.  So yeah, there were some sharp breaths.

And I handed her my credit card and told her to save my cat.  Because that is what had to be done.

Thomas went into surgery last night, and came out about forty-five minutes later.  There was no necrosis; they were able to remove the obstruction (an impacted hairball) and sew him back up without complications.  He isn’t out of the woods yet, but given that yesterday morning, the vet was telling me that it might be time to start managing my expectations regarding his survival, I will take it.

I am so grateful right now for everyone who bought my books in 2016, or supported my Patreon, or in any way made it possible for me to save my cat.  I thought my mother–who raised three daughters on welfare, who made some veterinary care choices behind closed doors that I will never, ever ask her about–was going to cry, because for her, “$8,000″ is the moment where she would have had to say “that is groceries for a year, I am so sorry, I can’t.”  And thanks to everyone out there, I could.  I could save him.  Or at least I could try.

It will be a little while before we know anything.  I have hope again.  (I also have a PayPal, because holy shit, $8,000 is a lot of money: if you’d like to throw a few bucks my way, it’s at  If you can’t, that’s fine too.  Look at my boy.  He has a chance again.  That’s better than money.)

My poor, sweet, good boy.  I am praying, so hard, that he comes home.

mentallybrokengay  asked:

Do birds experience any emotion? Like obviously they aren't mammals but please, give me something here.

Birds absolutely have complex internal experiences, although I’m not sure if we know how analogous they are to human ones. Think about their range of natural behavior - parrots can be gregariously social, many birds mate for life, corvids show a knack for creative thinking and seem to have an awareness that other animals have minds (because they use it to screw with us), and so much more. With complex social structure and a wide range of behavior comes a complex system to process it. 

i opened the last package of starbursts today and they were both pink i think the universe is trying to tell me that things will get better



One of the rarest and most strategically capable personality types, INTJs are analytical problem-solvers, eager to improve systems and processes with their innovative ideas. They are often perfectionists with extremely high standards of performance for themselves and others and may become cynical and ruthless when these standards are not met. INTJs are not overly demonstrative of their emotions, and are not likely to give much praise or positive support to others. That doesn’t mean that they don’t have affection for others, they simply do not feel the need to express it.


This is, hands down, the most calming video I’ve ever watched.

I usually hate watching videos. The sound and movement is just too overwhelming. If I’m feeling tired, or upset, or low on spoons, whatever, I just can’t do it. I only watch videos if I’m energetic and sensory-seeking.

But this video is (unintentionally) made for low-spoon days. It’s quiet, NO DIALOGUE, beautiful macro shots, a methodical system process in action, and the sound that is there is such a perfect kind of ASMR stim that I actually turned my volume up high to enjoy it even more.

Even my cat loved it (she was watching over my shoulder, entranced).

Anyone who’s feeling tired, stressed, anxious, or depressed, who needs some help calming and centering, this is the video for you.


Upgrading to PS4 Pro? | PS4 > PS4 Pro Transfer Guide

If you’ve upgraded to the PlayStation 4 Pro, or are thinking of upgrading. Here is a guide I’ve put together on how to transfer data from your current system to a new PS4 Pro System. 

You will need: 

  • 2X PlayStation 4 Systems (Current + New Machine) 
  • Ethernet/LAN Cable


  • Sync Trophy Information: Any trophies that have not been synced to the PSN will be lost in the transfer process.


  1. System Check: Make sure that both PS4 Systems are switched on & running the latest PS4 firmware version. (Only your new system will need to be plugged into the TV)
  2. Connect to your broadband: Ensure both old & new system are connected to the internet either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable. Using your new PS4 Pro System, Sign into the PSN network using your PSN ID.
  3. Prepare your Data: The new system will detect that you are signing into a new console and will ask if you wish to transfer your data from your old PS4 the new PS4 System, press confirm & follow the on-screen instructions. 
  4. Connect the Consoles: Using an Ethernet/LAN Cable, connect the two machines together using the respected Ethernet ports on the back of the system or alternatively via a router.   
  5. Choose what you want to Transfer: After following the on-screen instructions, you’ll now be asked to select the data you wish to transfer by selecting from a tick box style menu, when completed press next.
  6. Activate your Primary PS4: Finally you’ll now be asked if you wish activate your new PS4 system as your primary machine once the process is complete. Enabling this will allow the new machine to receive automatic updates from games & other background features.
  7. Wait.

I promised I’d explain how I understand capitalism – I’m going to take this explanation from a paper I recently wrote about how love functions under capitalism, and how that function is sustained:

it is important to understand that when I refer to capitalism here, I am not referring to a mere economic system, but also

  1. to the set of social structures, systems, and processes it produces and is maintained by, and
  2. to the way of perceiving the world around us that is the result of living under capitalism, especially as that relates to the way we perceive other people

in being an economic system, capitalism is centred around private ownership (of property, labour, and the means to make goods) and wealth accumulation, as well as a pricing system that assigns value to goods, services, labour, and the means to make goods

under capitalism, people are not exempt from being assigned value

  • for certain groups of people, this works in their favour, because they are the intended beneficiaries of capitalism – they are most conducive to its continued existence, directly benefit from it, and thus have a vested interest in its persistence; these people’s lives are inherently valuable, because capitalist ends align with their own
  • however, certain people’s lives are only valued in terms of their capability to be used as a means to capitalist ends – these people have instrumental value, as opposed to inherent value
  • for people who cannot be used as a means to meet capitalist ends, or who are a hindrance to meeting those ends, their lives have no value, or are instrumentally valuable only insofar as they can be erased

currently, and in the West, particularly North America, people who are White, cis, male, heterosexual, able-bodied and of a particular socioeconomic status are primary beneficiaries – they directly benefit from the structures (i.e., capitalist political, economic, and social institutions), systems (such as the prison-industrial complex and the school-to-prison pipeline, the medical/psychiatric-industrial complex, etc.,), and processes (e.g., settler colonialism and the extermination of Indigenous peoples, anti-Blackness and the denigration, suppression, and murder of Black peoples, misogyny and the subjugation of women, imperialism and the exploitation and extermination of people in destabilized nations, etc.) that are reliant on the dehumanization of others for their sustenance – processes sustain systems sustain structures

this having been said, social identities and locations are complex, and people benefit and suffer as a result of capitalism on myriad axes – people are valued differently on these axes in terms of capitalist ends, and who is valued and the way people are valued can and do shift over space and time

ultimately, capitalism is dependent on the reduction of all people to their worth in meeting capitalist ends – in this way, capitalism is necessarily dehumanizing for all, and this dehumanization manifests itself in myriad ways

it is important to understand that capitalism is woven into our social fabric – it permeates the way we think about those around us on an individual level; it causes us to view others not only in terms of their value to capitalist ends, but in terms of their value to our own ends [which are usually capitalistically-aligned themselves]

we come to think about people in terms of what they can do for us, and often form relationships on this basis, even if we do not intend to

the way we love each other is not exempt

Information overload (also known as infobesity [1] or infoxication[2] ) refers to the difficulty a person can have understanding an issue and making decisions that can be caused by the presence of too much information.[3] The term is popularized by Alvin Toffler in his bestselling 1970 book Future Shock, but is mentioned in a 1964 book by Bertram Gross, The Managing of Organizations.[4] Speier et al. (1999) stated:[5]

Information overload occurs when the amount of input to a system exceeds its processing capacity. Decision makers have fairly limited cognitive processing capacity. Consequently, when information overload occurs, it is likely that a reduction in decision quality will occur.

In recent years, the term “information overload” has evolved into phrases such as “information glut” and “data smog” (Shenk, 1997). What was once a term grounded in cognitive psychology has evolved into a rich metaphor used outside the world of academia. In many ways, the advent of information technology has increased the focus on information overload: information technology may be a primary reason for information overload due to its ability to produce more information more quickly and to disseminate this information to a wider audience than ever before.


Analysis paralysis or paralysis by analysis is the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. A decision can be treated as over-complicated, with too many detailed options, so that a choice is never made, rather than try something and change if a major problem arises. A person might be seeking the optimal or “perfect” solution upfront, and fear making any decision which could lead to erroneous results, while on the way to a better solution.[1]

The phrase describes a situation in which the opportunity cost of decision analysis exceeds the benefits that could be gained by enacting some decision, or an informal or non-deterministic situation where the sheer quantity of analysis overwhelms the decision-making process itself, thus preventing a decision. The phrase applies to any situation where analysis may be applied to help make a decision and may be a dysfunctional element of organizational behavior. This is often phrased as paralysis by analysis, in contrast to extinct by instinct (making a fatal decision based on hasty judgment or a gut-reaction).