Today’s a day to go outside your comfort zone. Look at all those ideas and hopes you’ve been hanging onto for so long. Are they still helping you, are they still what you want to be, where you want to go? Or are you using them as a crutch - or, worse, an excuse?

Don’t let yourself settle, today. Somewhere outside this comforting morass of inertia, there’s a life more complex and wonderful than anything you’ve yet dreamed of. Dare to chase it. I trust you. =)

Today’s a day to go outside your comfort zone. Look at all those ideas and hopes you’ve been hanging onto for so long. Are they still helping you, are they still what you want to be, where you want to go? Or are you using them as a crutch - or, worse, an excuse?

Don’t let yourself settle, today. Somewhere outside this comforting morass of inertia, there’s a life more complex and wonderful than anything you’ve yet dreamed of. Dare to chase it. I trust you. =)

On the bus home. I was feeling more disgruntled than this, though.

On the bus home. I was feeling more disgruntled than this, though.

Today’s Tarot spread. 

What I want: The Five of Disks, Reversed. The Five of Disks is about taking-for-granted, about the loss of understanding created by familiarity. I want to get past that, erase it, make things new again. Definitely relevant, to work and to life. 

What I need: The King of Cups. A teacher, a mentor, a compassionate leader. Trustworthy guidance. Expertise. Yeah, that’s lacking. Yeah, I miss it. 

The Struggle: The Chariot, Reversed. Imagination, stymied and blocked. Dead ends. Ruts. Routines. Not knowing how to get out of the situation. Not knowing how to move forward. Not knowing what forward is. Trudging. Begrudging. Seeing only walls, and no windows. No gates. No paths. 

Advice: The Ace of Disks. Beginnings. The Dance of Creation. Starting fresh. New. The origin. It’s time to start new projects,  not pound your head against the old ones. Advice that plays to my strengths.

Today’s Tarot spread.

What I want: The Five of Disks, Reversed. The Five of Disks is about taking-for-granted, about the loss of understanding created by familiarity. I want to get past that, erase it, make things new again. Definitely relevant, to work and to life.

What I need: The King of Cups. A teacher, a mentor, a compassionate leader. Trustworthy guidance. Expertise. Yeah, that’s lacking. Yeah, I miss it.

The Struggle: The Chariot, Reversed. Imagination, stymied and blocked. Dead ends. Ruts. Routines. Not knowing how to get out of the situation. Not knowing how to move forward. Not knowing what forward is. Trudging. Begrudging. Seeing only walls, and no windows. No gates. No paths.

Advice: The Ace of Disks. Beginnings. The Dance of Creation. Starting fresh. New. The origin. It’s time to start new projects, not pound your head against the old ones. Advice that plays to my strengths.

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.

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.

reallifescomedyrelief:

viforcontrol:

beautifuloutlier:

gwydtheunusual:

too—weird-to-live:

zafojones:

Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.

how the hell do you bend and braid a tree

Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together. You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.Frankentrees.

As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.

On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.

But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:

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reallifescomedyrelief:

viforcontrol:

beautifuloutlier:

gwydtheunusual:

too—weird-to-live:

zafojones:

Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.

how the hell do you bend and braid a tree

Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. 
Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together. 

You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.

Frankentrees.

As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.

On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.

But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:

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returnthegayze:

#NoHomonationalism Teach-In on Gay Imperialism by @DarkMatterRage (follow us to keep the conversation going)

For the rest of the tweets from the teach-in check out this storify

pludox asked
How many times could you go to college with 17,000?

17000dollars:

waftymingess:

17000dollars:

Depends on which school and where you live.  For some private colleges in the US, it wouldn’t pay for one semester (financial aid aside).

for $17000 you could attend a university for the rest of your life in norway and still have $17000

prolonged bitter laughter

This is a love song, which, if you’re familiar with my love songs, means that something is going to have to get broken before it gets done, and then two or more people will have to gather around the broken pieces that remain and try to read them like fortune tellers divining the future in animal entrails. I have some news for the people in this song and for anyone who shares their notions: animal entrails can’t tell you anything. The future will be brighter if you stop breaking stuff, no matter how exhilarated it makes you feel in the short term. What is the use, though, in trying to convince our lovers that the road to ecstasy doesn’t pass through the valley of total damage? It’s not that they want to “learn it the hard way.” It’s that they don’t want to learn.

John Darnielle - on his song “Psalm 40:2” (via paperbagsdocs)