"Biology’s cruel joke goes something like this: As a teenage body goes through puberty, its circadian rhythm essentially shifts three hours backward. Suddenly, going to bed at nine or ten o’clock at night isn’t just a drag, but close to a biological impossibility. Studies of teenagers around the globe have found that adolescent brains do not start releasing melatonin until around eleven o’clock at night and keep pumping out the hormone well past sunrise. Adults, meanwhile, have little-to-no melatonin in their bodies when they wake up. With all that melatonin surging through their bloodstream, teenagers who are forced to be awake before eight in the morning are often barely alert and want nothing more than to give in to their body’s demands and fall back asleep. Because of the shift in their circadian rhythm, asking a teenager to perform well in a classroom during the early morning is like asking him or her to fly across the country and instantly adjust to the new time zone — and then do the same thing every night, for four years."
Sleep and the teenage brain (via explore-blog)
This is why you have every right to be tired.
And, in defiance of every medical study on the subject that’s been run, they keep pushing the start time of high school earlier and earlier.
#child abuse #systematic child abuse
I used to sleep through my first period class every morning. I’m really lucky that the year I had the most trouble staying awake, I was taking creative writing with a teacher I’d made friends with: she knew it was no reflection on her and I did extra projects to make up for it.
Still, shit ain’t right.
(Source: explore-blog, via moniquill)
Tear Gas pro tips: →
- If you do not have chemical goggles, swim goggles will suffice and are easier to keep from confiscation.
- Keep a plastic baggie with a bandana/rag soaking in lemon juice or cider vinegar to take out and breathe through if you encounter tear gas
- Do not wear contact…
Petition to unplug white people from the Matrix and not invite them to the party in Zion.
This is an illustration I did for the August 2014 issue of Popular Science Magazine. The assignment was to show a scifi take on human aging in the future. I wanted to do something relatively positive, so I drew a lady whose life has been been prolonged through cybernetic enhancements and augmentation, so she gets to spend time with her great-great-great-great grandchildren.
Thanks to AD Michelle Mruk!
this is beautiful
She had curves in all the wrong places - some of them cast a 3-dimensional shadows, still others hummed a low, discordant note as they flitted about like flies. She was nothing like other girls - she was an abomination from the 6th plane of torment
Meet Cory Nieves. He’s a dapper, 10-year old CEO of Mr. Cory’s Cookies who started his own booming cookie business in an effort to help his mom buy a car after moving from NYC to New Jersey in 2009.
Don’t you just love this?
EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS OMFG
He dresses better than I do
“He is one the greatest cinematographers alive, the man directors call when what they want has never been attempted. He has shot films for a slew of legends (Mike Nichols, Tim Burton, Michael Mann, Terrence Malick, Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers), but it’s Emmanuel Lubezki‘s relationship with his childhood friend from Mexico, director Alfonso Cuarón, that’s truly one of the great partnerships in the history of the medium. If this sounds overblown, then you probably haven’t seen their work together, which can now be acclaimed, 22 years after their first feature film together, as one marked by a commitment to making films that are marvels of innovation, technique, and most importantly, visceral emotion.” —One of the Greatest Cinematographers Ever: Gravity‘s Emmanuel Lubezki
There are very few director/cinematographer teams working today as well known for a certain aspect of filmmaking as you and Alfonso are, which is that long extended take, or the seamlessly edited take. What it is like actually shooting those scenes?
I’m going to tell you something, the reality is that the movie was so new that when we finished a shot we would get so excited people would scream on set—probably me before anybody else. There were moments when we were shooting and Alfonso said ‘cut’ we would all just jump and scream out of happiness because we’d achieved something that we knew was very special. In Children of Men, we also had moments like that. When we finished the first shot inside that car [the aforementioned ambush scene], the focus puller started crying. There was so much pressure that, when he realized he had done a great job, he just started crying.—Emmanuel Lubezki
Thanks to Larry Wright for the heads up
Dumbledore, notorious for giving second chances Dumbledore, let Sirius rot in Azkaban for twelve years.
He must have known Sirius well due to his time in the Order, he must have known what James meant to Sirius. Dumbledore was a…
Your friend didn’t read the books then. The spell only worked if he lived with blood relatives. You see, when Lily Potter sacrificed herself for her son, Harry, she left him the magical protection of love. He could not be touched by Voldemort (however, eventually, Voldemort takes Harry’s blood in the 4th book and then he can harm him, though not kill him) and as long as Harry was with any of Lily’s blood relatives(in this case, Petunia), he was safe and Voldemort couldn’t find him.
The magical protection he had at the Dursleys lasted until he was of age (17) or until he no longer considered it ‘home’ .
Dumbledore explained why he left Harry with the Dursleys when he was a baby at the end of Order of the Phoenix in the chapter ‘The Lost Prophecy’, however he did not put a spell to protect him. The only possible spell that could be cast upon a house/home would be a Fidellius Charm, however this wouldn’t have been nearly as safe because Lily and James had the exact same protection charm on their house.
THATS why he couldn’t live with anyone else BUT the Dursleys.
Normally I don’t respond to book pedantry to the tune of ‘THE BOOK EXPLAINED THIS’ but this is really fucking important:
The magical rationale given does not remotely justify turning a blind eye to gross abuse and negligence of a child.
The spell only worked if he lived with blood relatives?
Then you find a different spell.
You mean to tell me that Dumbledore is the brightest wizard of his age, runs a damn magical SCHOOL and has access to a vast support network of magical geniuses of varying disciplines. Yet the only way he could protect a child is to abandon that child in an abusive environment until such time as he needed him?
That’s not “protection,” my friend. That’s grooming. A common tactic abusers use to manipulate children.
Because after 12 years of constant abuse, how could Harry not feel such undying love and gratitude for the first person to show him kindness? For the person that “saved” him from his abuse? Why would he scrutinize Dumbledore’s actions? Why would he doubt anything Dumbledore said? Why would he question it?
After all, Dumbledore gave him magic. Dumbledore made him "safe", gave him the means to “protect” himself from abuse he never should have had to endure in the first place.
And so, because Harry is grateful to Dumbledore, because he’s afraid to lose this safe place he found in the magical world, he goes to war.
Dumbledore wasn’t protecting Harry. Dumbledore was building the perfect child soldier.
And it worked.
A++ comment, also I’m 99.9% sure that Harry does not consider the Dursley’s house his home.
Dumbledore’s perfect child soldier. We already know Dumbledore groomed him from birth to be sacrificed for the cause. And although Dumbledore knew Harry would ultimately survive (of course he knew) he ignored all of the psychological damage that was necessary to complete the narrative.
Dumbledore was a twisted fuck, completely detached from human suffering. He knew that in order to “defeat evil” he had to find someone who would do ANYTHING to defeat Voldemort so he created that person.
Absolutely all of it was intentional. Harry learns as much in the last chapters. He still chooses to go through with it. What free choice did Harry really ever have?
I’d also like to talk more about how Harry’s latent magic protected him from some of Dudley’s bullying over the years (he’s able to escape while being chased, for example) but for the most part it did not protect him from the abuse laid into him by Vernon and Petunia (his hair magically grows back overnight when Petunia chops it off, but he’s locked up for it and nothing changes, it’s just a defense mechanism that he EVENTUALLY UNLEARNS)
I think the implication here is that Dudley’s bullying, as a symptom of his own neglectful upbringing (which Dumbledore points out TO THE DURSLEYS, if you recall, having done nothing, ever, to alleviate Dudley’s suffering, because he felt Harry needed the bullying), is relatively innocent. But the adult Dursleys are fully responsible for the damage they are inflicting on the child Harry, and that sort of damage magic cannot help you with.