another bucket challenge refused in the name of drought

another bucket challenge refused in the name of drought

"Right now there is a shortage of water in California. One of the worst in its history. The people in the cities may be fortunate enough to not notice it, but it’s those in the rest of the state are being hit hard. I’m surprised by this because of California’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, which is almost nothing but water. According to my calculations it’s about 80% water, 10% fish, and 10% mystery."

TED WILSON REVIEWS THE WORLD #246: the California Drought gets 2 out of 5 stars. (via therumpus)

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nevver:

Design Crush
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If I ever make it to that massive concrete arch-gravity structure in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, I too will utter this sentence.

If I ever make it to that massive concrete arch-gravity structure in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, I too will utter this sentence.

five-sixths:

What does this even fucking mean? (/why am I drink on a Tuesday night?)



 




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ignore grimalkina

I am pretty sure this means dick pics? Because there is nothing more soothing!






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spaziergaenge


ignore spaziergaenge

I don’t know, but I have the feeling that if I were drunk, I would be able to mangle it into a weird poem. Or something.




grimalkina, once i worried that my distaste for such items could call into question my attraction to men. in fact, photographers now report that if it would ever be possible to tastefully and attractively photograph genitalia, it would not be done through the use of smartphones.
spaziergaenge, if you are nearly as much of a lightweight as i am, might i propose paypaling you funds to aid you in reaching such as state as to mangle a poem out of this so-called ether?

five-sixths:

What does this even fucking mean? (/why am I drink on a Tuesday night?)

 
grimalkina replied to your photo“What does this even fucking mean? (/why am I drink on a Tuesday…”
grimalkina
I am pretty sure this means dick pics? Because there is nothing more soothing!
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spaziergaenge
I don’t know, but I have the feeling that if I were drunk, I would be able to mangle it into a weird poem. Or something.
grimalkina, once i worried that my distaste for such items could call into question my attraction to men. in fact, photographers now report that if it would ever be possible to tastefully and attractively photograph genitalia, it would not be done through the use of smartphones.
spaziergaenge, if you are nearly as much of a lightweight as i am, might i propose paypaling you funds to aid you in reaching such as state as to mangle a poem out of this so-called ether?
grimalkina:

aniggainrio:

After a 20-minute flight over the city of New York, Stephen Wiltshire, diagnosed with autism, draws the whole town with only his memory.

This description is lacking.
Stephen Wiltshire is an architectural artist, famously written about by Oliver Sacks in “An Anthropologist on Mars.” Stephen was diagnosed on the ASD spectrum, true, but is also recognized as someone with savant abilities, which is a separate cluster of characteristics from autism. Although, interestingly, a large but not overwhelming proportion of the people with savant characteristics are on the ASD spectrum, the converse is not true—only a very small minority of people with ASD also have savant characteristics. A significant proportion of savants do not fall on the ASD spectrum. 
Savantism is often called savant syndrome, and people with these characteristics are also often called prodigies. All of these terms are used in vague and confusing ways by media and popular press. Many people with savant abilities appear to be hyper focused in those abilities, famously described as “deep but very narrow.” For instance, an exceptional recall for very specific mathematical items and processes, or a calendar recall that is nondiscriminatory when it comes to meaningful events and circumstances. Many savants have expressed frustration and isolation in not being able to filter these abilities down to personally meaningful data. On the other hand, Daniel Tammet is an excellent example of a very successful person who uses his savant abilities to aid that success (also on the ASD spectrum; these people are often called “autistic savants” but I really don’t like that term because it perpetuates the myth that all people with autism are secret savants, or all savants are autistic). 
Stephen Wiltshire is another good example of this type of success. Like Daniel Tammet, he’s also remarkable, even among savants, for the artistic and meaningful quality of his work. So much more than “autistic person with photographic memory.” 
The relationship between ASD and savant syndrome is contested, and not understood. It’s clear that ASD people have a significantly larger chance of being savants than non-ASD people, but that’s not saying much since the baseline chance of being a savant is so incredibly low. It’s also clear that some savant or at least savant-like abilities emerge after certain types of brain trauma (“acquired savant syndrome”), and possibly as a side effect of certain types of degenerative brain conditions. It’s possible that acquired savant syndrome and other types of savant syndrome are also operating by different mechanisms that merely appear to yield the same results.
Understanding the mechanisms at work behind these incredible abilities has a big theoretical link to understanding a range of conditions like Alzheimers and other forms of brain damage, beyond the intriguing idea that maybe someday we could all be savants. Unfortunately, all the evidence points to these abilities coming at a severe cost to other forms of functionality. It seems likely that the hyper-focus of savant abilities is only possible within a system that does not filter information in the way that proves so efficacious and adaptive for our everyday lives.

beautiful commentary, beautiful pano, and sexy sexy staedtler pigment liner sketch pens

grimalkina:

aniggainrio:

After a 20-minute flight over the city of New York, Stephen Wiltshire, diagnosed with autism, draws the whole town with only his memory.

This description is lacking.

Stephen Wiltshire is an architectural artist, famously written about by Oliver Sacks in “An Anthropologist on Mars.” Stephen was diagnosed on the ASD spectrum, true, but is also recognized as someone with savant abilities, which is a separate cluster of characteristics from autism. Although, interestingly, a large but not overwhelming proportion of the people with savant characteristics are on the ASD spectrum, the converse is not true—only a very small minority of people with ASD also have savant characteristics. A significant proportion of savants do not fall on the ASD spectrum. 

Savantism is often called savant syndrome, and people with these characteristics are also often called prodigies. All of these terms are used in vague and confusing ways by media and popular press. Many people with savant abilities appear to be hyper focused in those abilities, famously described as “deep but very narrow.” For instance, an exceptional recall for very specific mathematical items and processes, or a calendar recall that is nondiscriminatory when it comes to meaningful events and circumstances. Many savants have expressed frustration and isolation in not being able to filter these abilities down to personally meaningful data. On the other hand, Daniel Tammet is an excellent example of a very successful person who uses his savant abilities to aid that success (also on the ASD spectrum; these people are often called “autistic savants” but I really don’t like that term because it perpetuates the myth that all people with autism are secret savants, or all savants are autistic). 

Stephen Wiltshire is another good example of this type of success. Like Daniel Tammet, he’s also remarkable, even among savants, for the artistic and meaningful quality of his work. So much more than “autistic person with photographic memory.” 

The relationship between ASD and savant syndrome is contested, and not understood. It’s clear that ASD people have a significantly larger chance of being savants than non-ASD people, but that’s not saying much since the baseline chance of being a savant is so incredibly low. It’s also clear that some savant or at least savant-like abilities emerge after certain types of brain trauma (“acquired savant syndrome”), and possibly as a side effect of certain types of degenerative brain conditions. It’s possible that acquired savant syndrome and other types of savant syndrome are also operating by different mechanisms that merely appear to yield the same results.

Understanding the mechanisms at work behind these incredible abilities has a big theoretical link to understanding a range of conditions like Alzheimers and other forms of brain damage, beyond the intriguing idea that maybe someday we could all be savants. Unfortunately, all the evidence points to these abilities coming at a severe cost to other forms of functionality. It seems likely that the hyper-focus of savant abilities is only possible within a system that does not filter information in the way that proves so efficacious and adaptive for our everyday lives.

beautiful commentary, beautiful pano, and sexy sexy staedtler pigment liner sketch pens

"In case you needed proof that I was a 22-year-old virgin — behold, my four thousand dollar gaming laptop!"

wittingpolyamory:

Someone wrote me asking, more or less, the classic “How did you know you were poly?” question. I answered them privately since I wasn’t sure if they wanted me to post their url publicly, but I figured I’d share my response with you guys even if I don’t share the question.

I think the key knowing…

"Yeah, I don’t want my partner(s) to feel (s)he has to be limited to only me!”

(I mean, as awesome as I am, I do want them to have other awesome people in their lives, too!)

Tags: poly monogamy

"Hello, my old heart / How have you been?"

written by Harry Styles and Johan Carlsson

i don’t ever ask you
where you’ve been
and i don’t feel the need to
know who you’re with
i can’t even think straight
but i can tell
that you were just with her
and i’ll still be your fool
i’m a fool for you

[chorus:]
just a little bit of your heart [x3]
is all i want
just a little bit of your heart [x2]
just a little bit is all i’m asking for

i don’t ever tell you
how i really feel
'cause
i can’t find the words to
say what i mean
nothing’s ever easy
that’s what they say
i know i’m not your only
but i’ll still be your fool
'cause i'm a fool for you

[chorus]

i know i’m not your only
but at least i’m one

i heard a little love
is better than none

[chorus x2]

poly-mono relations

(Source: quitespecial, via comeonsweetcatastrphy)

More for you grimalkina, after I accidentally drunkenly replied to the first one.

Tags: okcupid

timeshaiku:

A haiku from the article:  A Menagerie of Ideas, Unlocked in Odd Jobs
Message not in English. Minus five thousand points.

Message not in English. Minus five thousand points.