1. silversarcasm:

    disabled people deserve to have their stories told, disabled people deserve representation, disabled people deserve stories that are not just pity ploys, and yes we deserve fucking superhero stories, fuck your abled norms

    moyaofthemist more reason to write your superhero story. Did you have a disabled character planned already? :o

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  2. briangefrich:

    giddytf2:

    the-last-teabender:

    Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.

    And that is just one reason why I love Weird Al.

    Note how Weird Al doesn’t make songs mocking fat people anymore either. It’s almost like people are capable of learning and changing their behavior for the better.

    Is this the real life?

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  3. zeroanaphora:

    reblogged before, but… too good.

    (Source: itsvondell, via miniprof)

     
  4. moyaofthemist:

    moyaofthemist:

    Born to the vivid heat and unyielding sunlight of Phoenix, Ray dives into her pool and surfaces in a cold lake. 

    There is no sun in Qol. She has no family. Ray has never existed—only Laenyn. 

    Or so the mad scientist claims. But her younger sister, older and yet smaller than she ought to be, seems to remember their life rather differently… 

    Now available for free!

    Fallacy is now available for free on a number of different platforms! 

    Check it, kids! It’s free and you should read it.

     
  5. hi mewblood happy birthday here is your cat from me

     
  6. allrightcallmefred:

    fredscience:

    The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here

    I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”

    Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.

    The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.

    Read more at Scientific American, or the original study.

    I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.

    (via moyaofthemist)

    Tagged #knowledge!
     

  7. jaunepois:

    In Portland, we don’t say “i love you”, we say “tree tREE RAIN recycle green put bIRd on it LOCALLY gROWn toms shoes BEER” which roughly translates too “i dont know how to pump my own gas” i think that’s really beautiful

    (via monteraecruso)

    Tagged #portland #pdx
     
  8. agent-hardass:

    perspicious:

    WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
        
    1. Stay with us and keep calm.
      The last thing we need when we’re panicking, is to have someone else panicking with us.

    2. Offer medicine if we usually take it during an attack.
      You might have to ask whether or not we take medicine- heck, some might not; but please, ask. It really helps.

    3. Move us to a quiet place.
      We need time to think, to breathe. Being surrounded by people isn’t going to help.

    4. Don’t make assumptions about what we need. Ask.
      We’ll tell you what we need. Sometimes; you may have to ask- but never assume.

    5. Speak to us in short, simple sentences.

    6. Be predictable. Avoid surprises.

    7. Help slow our breathing by breathing us or by counting slowly to 10.
      As odd as it sounds, it works.
                                                                                                                     
    WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T DO:

    1. Say, “You have nothing to be panicked about.”
    We know. We know. We know. And because we know we have nothing to be panicked about, we panic even more. When I realize that my anxiety is unfounded, I panic even more because then I feel like I’m not in touch with reality. It’s unsettling. Scary.

    Most of the time, a panic attack is irrational. Sometimes they stem from circumstances — a certain couch triggers a bad memory or being on an airplane makes you claustrophobic or a break up causes you to flip your lid — but mostly, the reasons I’m panicking are complex, hard to articulate or simply, unknown. I could tell myself all day that I have no reason to be having a panic attack and I would still be panicking. Sometimes, because I’m a perfectionist, I become even more overwhelmed when I think my behaviour is “unacceptable” (as I often believe it is when I’m panicking). I know it’s all in my mind, but my mind can be a pretty dark and scary place when it gets going.

    Alternate suggestion: Say, “I understand you’re upset. It is okay. You have a right to be upset and I am here to help.”


    2. Say, “Calm down.”
    This reminds me of a MadTV sketch where Bob Newhart plays a therapist who tells his patients to simply “Stop it!” whenever they express anxiety or fear. As a sketch, it’s funny. In real life, it’s one of the worst things you can do to someone having a panic attack. When someone tells me to “stop panicking” or to “calm down,” I just think, “Oh, okay. I haven’t tried that one. Hold on, let me get out a pen and paper and jot that down, you jerk.

    Instead of taking action so that they do relax, simply telling a panicking person to “calm down” or “stop it” does nothing. No-thing.

    Alternate suggestion: The best thing to do is to listen and support. In order to calm them down without the generalities, counting helps.


    3. Say, “I’m just going to leave you alone for a minute.”
    Being left alone while panicking makes my heart race even harder. The last thing I want is to be left by myself with my troubled brain. Many of my panic attacks spark from over-thinking and it’s helpful to have another person with me, not only for medical reasons (in case I pass out or need water) but also it’s helpful to have another person around to force me to think about something other than the noise in my head.

    Alternate suggestion: It sometimes helps me if the person I’m with distracts me by telling me a story or sings to me. I need to get out of my own head and think about something other than my own panic.


    4. Say, “You’re overreacting.”
    Here’s the thing: I’m not. Panic attacks might be in my head, but I’m in actual physical pain. If you’d cut open your leg, no one would be telling you you’re overreacting. It’s a common trope in mental health to diminish the feelings or experience of someone suffering from anxiety or panic because there’s no visible physical ailment and because there’s no discernible reason for the person to be having such a strong fear reaction.

    The worst thing you can tell someone who is panicking is that they are overreacting.

    Alternate suggestion: Treat a panic attack like any other medical emergency. Listen to what the person is telling you. Get them water if they need it. It helps me if someone rubs my back a little. If you’re in over your head, don’t hesitate to call 911 (or whatever the emergency services number is where you are). But please, take the person seriously. Mental health deserves the same respect as physical health.


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    This is great.
    One thing I’ll mention though is that some people (like me) can’t answer questions verbally if it’s bad. Stick to simple yes or no questions, and if you’re close to someone who has attacks maybe ask them when they’re ok what helps them.

    Oh and be sure to ask before touching them (for a hand-hold, back rub, what have you). Personally, touch tends to help me a lot—but for some, it makes it about a bazillion times worse.

    (via monteraecruso)

     
  9. pettyartist:

    think-progress:

    mediamattersforamerica:

    Fox News spent a segment mocking and laughing at Illinois State University’s decision to accommodate LGBT students with all-gender restroom signs, stating, “we’re all a little confused by it.”

    Turns out, a lot of people don’t share Fox’s bewilderment. 

    The following day, host Steve Doocy conducted man-on-the-street interviews with the sign, asking random “Fox fans” what they thought it meant. 

    Much to Fox’s dismay, not a single fan (including a young boy) responded to the question with the confusion and outrage that Fox expected. 

    Watch the full interview — it’s pretty great. 

    Womp womp

    THEIR REACTION TO THE STREET PORTION OF THE INTERVIEW THOUGH

    YOU CAN SEE THE SMOKE FROM THEIR BRAIN AS THEY TRY AND BACKPEDAL OUT OF THAT STORY BECAUSE THERE WAS NO OUTRAGE TO REACT TO

    "….Why is the torso so big……………….. and the dress so small?"

    [awkward silence]

    So good. So awkward. 

    My fave is when the reporter is like “It means transgender people, too.” And the dude is just all smiles like “yep, transgender people!”

    (via moyaofthemist)

     

  10. Help a little girl get her name and gender marker changed!

    kiriamaya:

    Help a young girl get her name changed!  My five year old niece has been in transition for the last year, and she is reaching one the most important parts of the journey - her name change.  Even with the new laws in California, the legal cost is still much too high for her family (of five) to afford.   Her family of five doesn’t qualify for the court fee waiver either, even though they are low income.  

    Getting her name changed now will guarantee her eventually entry into school (and other things) less scary and complicated.  To raise money, I’m giving away some of my art as a reward for participating.  Please consider donating to help make this young girl’s life brighter than ever!

    We’re at $245 of $423!!!  More than half way!  Click on the link below to learn more:

    http://www.gofundme.com/princessmagic

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    HOLY CRAP SO IMPORTANT. BOOST BOOST BOOST FOR THIS LITTLE GIRL!!

    Uwaaahh

    (Source: mysocalledqueerlife, via maishaparadox)