Sometimes here. Sometimes not.

 

MORE THAN A FEELING

clientsfromhell:

Me: Okay, so when would be a good time for me to follow up with you next week?

Client: Uh… you know.  Whenever.  Whenever your instincts tell you it’s a good time.

Me: Okay…

Client: Yeah.  So when you just get that feelin’, uh, like, ‘it’s time,’ then you can just call me.

Me: Okay… I’m just going to call you on Monday, okay?

Client: We’ll see how you feel. 

This is what it’s like trying to communicate with my mother (except that I’d be wrong. And her feelings would be hurt.)

Writing an email: A Guide for the Anxiety Sufferer

scifitwin:

By Gary O’Brien

Part 2 in my Mental Health guides. Part 1 here.

In the modern world we no longer have to fear our crippling social anxiety. Why, just a few clicks away we can find literally tens, maybe even several tens, of people on the Internet who are ready, willing and able to talk to us using our typed words. No more face to face interaction where you worry about having this conversation:

“Hey! How are you doing? You look fantastic. Have you been working out?”

“I need to report a fire.”

“Oh my god? Is there a fire?”

“I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH!”

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Unpacking Trauma

scifitwin:

I’m probably not going to be funny on here for a while, so feel free to unfollow.

I don’t think I was depressed as a child. At least I don’t think I thought as a child I was depressed. But looking back through the brilliant prism of decades of experience I suppose I was. What I considered myself to be back then was a terrific liar. I created a wonderful and colorful background for myself that hid how lonely and sad I was. I can say for certain that I held that veil of secrecy above me from about the age of five until roughly twenty minutes ago.

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Thank you for writing this, it’s so well said. And really, you can’t make trauma into not-trauma by calling it that. This really was. Really. You’re unburying it very well, I think.

The Guide to Living With a Depressed Person™

scifitwin:

Congratulations! You are now a proud owner of a Depressed Person™! This is a very exciting period of time for you as you unpack and understand your new living companion. While he may look like the previous model, Regular Person™, there are some key features of this model that are important to understand before you start using the product:

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funkyscribe:

theoneaboutscience:

A circle of dots, but every dot alone is just moving in a straight line.

Holy cats, this is better than television.

Design, meet Physics. Physics… Design.

funkyscribe:

theoneaboutscience:

A circle of dots, but every dot alone is just moving in a straight line.

Holy cats, this is better than television.

Design, meet Physics. Physics… Design.

merrowsith:

mynamesjustanoose:

wanderblog:

treehugger:

The Nourishmat comes with everything you need to start growing organic vegetables: seeds, fertilizer and know-how.

The mats last about 5 years and are printed with nontoxic ink that won’t leach into the soil.

The mats use a technique called square foot gardening. “The key is planting in grids instead of rows so you can maximize your space,” said Weiner. “More food in less space. We adapted the layout of the Nourishmat based on this popular method. We say natural because it embraces the idea of bio-diversity.” This method requires less water and fertilizer then conventional monoculture farming.

The square-foot method also makes plants into beneficial neighbors. “The layout of the plants revolves around companion planting,” said Weiner. “For example, the bugs that like marigolds are the same bugs that love to eat the bugs that love to eat tomatoes.”

Definitely have to look into this when I finally settle down somewhere I’ll be long enough to grow!

This is brilliant/lovely