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I’m getting second thoughts about whether accepting this job was a good idea.: <?php header("Content-type: text/html; charset=utf-8"); *This is a warning to any poor soul who may have to deal with this code. *I took over this criminal piece of chaos from a monkey named Joel who I assume had been given a typewriter by Mephistopheles himself. For reasons I have yet been unable to fathom, he decided to patch together this thing *using a BaseX setup hardwired into an unfixably broken Manjaro VM, queried by a handwritten plate of uncommented PHP spaghetti fit to feed an army of people with a serious death wish, without any framework or CMS. The very long BaseX script, very long PHP presenter and very long XSLT *stylesheet mostly perform the same heuristic document structuring for different components and are supposed to produce compatible results, but I bet they have mismatches somewhere. *Since Prof. T just wanted a few small functional enhancements, I decided to just patch it and keep the general setup. Unless you were hired to *correct some spelling mistakes, DO NOT FOLLOW IN MY STEPS. Putting up with this simulation of how a goldfish would design a system has literally given me CLINICAL DEPRESSION. This is not an exaggeration, I am writing this after a prolonged medical therapy - mostly successful, thanks for asking, but not fun. I wouldn't wish this code on anybody who isn't a manager at Oracle or Facebook, and therefore give you this sincere advice: *Nuke this. Take the XSLT if you must, and then nuke the app and recreate it *in Django or whatever works for you. I would do it myself, but I risked a relapse simply by opening this file again to write this comment. *Dear brother or sister, I wish you all the luck and strength in the world * and hope it will be enough. Farewell. error_reporting (E_ALL) ; ini_set("display_errors",true); print('<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF - 8 " ?>'."\n") ; ?> I’m getting second thoughts about whether accepting this job was a good idea.

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juenavei: on growing up negative, popular things, and letting people like what they likemaybe i’ll make this neater and redraw it laterpeople think i’m always nice but i can be a total jerk and i’m trying not to be anymore because it’s not nice and it’s not fun and it’s not fair to anyone!there is always room to improve and be a better person, you’re never too old to change this sort of behavior : iuse to hate and d "Popular things friends i hated the things loved! ok. iMa wheni worked at blouk bster itell peopie deep Person only do artsy tnings! meh! drivel ihght was bad wheni a in midde school id tale the Covt 0f harry pot loookSas embarralethat i likel them Sometimes i cant help but See populal things -iend wle and i Still blauklst them because imalls m Feel e a mean person awOD athany Speas blah blan i Kinda leat ned i felt stupid and a shartd it i iked tnis papular things S0rd hide \oa because oak Strt bay So,i Hhem was soVola glbut how ileyNow m Sorta i love dly negative pentolhy ey were ba out of ambienie fiell eirdnj's Jummy ike ICeel like a Jerk for Puting my fricnts don more artsy na m let pcople Tt'S Hany aitHa bitch! Hyin to enoy let people ike ang! things! and don't eel ashared ot what u like the end! juenavei: on growing up negative, popular things, and letting people like what they likemaybe i’ll make this neater and redraw it laterpeople think i’m always nice but i can be a total jerk and i’m trying not to be anymore because it’s not nice and it’s not fun and it’s not fair to anyone!there is always room to improve and be a better person, you’re never too old to change this sort of behavior 
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Don’t read the source, Luke!: <?php header("Content-type: text/html; charset-utf-8"); This is a warning to any poor soul who may have to deal with this code. I took over this criminal piece of chaos from a monkey named Joel who I assume had been given a typewriter by Mephistopheles himself. For reasons I have yet been unable to fathom, he decided to patch together this thing using a BaseX setup hardwired into an unfixably broken Manjaro VM, queried by a handwritten plate of uncommented PHP spaghetti fit to feed an army of people with a serious death wish, without any framework or CMS The very long BaseX script, very long PHP presenter and very long XSLT stylesheet mostly perform the same heuristic document structuring for different components and are supposed to produce compatible results, but I bet they have mismatches somewhere Since Prof. T just wanted a few small functional enhancements, I decided to just patch it and keep the general setup. Unless you were hired to correct some spelling mistakes, DO NOT FOLLOW IN MY STEPS. Putting up with this simulation of how a goldfish would design a system has literally given me CLINICAL DEPRESSION. This is not an exaggeration, I am writing this after a prolonged medical therapy mostly successful, thanks for asking, but not fun. I wouldn't wish this code on anybody who isn't a manager at Oracle or Facebook, and therefore give you this sincere advice: * 4 Nuke this. Take the XSLT if you must, and then nuke the app and recreate it in Django or whatever works for you. I would do it myself, but I risked a relapse simply by opening this fíle again to write this comment. Dear brother or sister, I wish you all the luck and strength in the world and hope it will be enough Farewell * error_reporting (E ALL); ini set("display_errors", true) print'<?xml version= "1.0" encodina="UTF-8" ?>' "An") : ?> Don’t read the source, Luke!

Don’t read the source, Luke!

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Who needs license agreements when you got this! F: <?php header("Content-type: text/html; charset-utf-8"); /* *This is a warning to any poor soul who may have to deal with this code I took over this criminal piece of chaos from a monkey named Joel who I assume had been given a typewriter by Mephistopheles himself. For reasons *I have yet been unable to fathom, he decided to patch together this thing using a BaseX setup hardwired into an unfixably broken Manjaro VM, queried by a handwritten plate of uncommented PHP spaghetti fit to feed an army of people with a serious death wish, without any framework or CMS. The very long BaseX script, very long PHP presenter and very long XSLT stylesheet mostly perform the same heuristic document structuring for different components and are supposed to produce compatible results, but I bet they have mismatches somewhere *Since Prof. T just wanted a few small functional enhancements, I decided to just patch it and keep the general setup. Unless you were hired to correct some spelling mistakes, DO NOT FOLLOW IN MY STEPS. Putting up with this simulation of how a goldfish would design a system has literally given me CLINICAL DEPRESSION. This is not an exaggeration, I am writing this after a prolonged medical therapy mostly successful, thanks for asking, but not fun. I wouldn't wish this code on anybody who isn't a manager at Oracle or Facebook, and therefore give you this sincere advice: Nuke this. Take the XSLT if you must, and then nuke the app and recreate it in Django or whatever works for you. I would do it myself, but I risked a relapse simply by opening this file again to write this comment. *Dear brother or sister, I wish you all the luck and strength in the world and hope it will be enough Farewell. * error_reporting (E_ALL) ini set("display_errors", true); print ('<?xml version-""1,0" encoding- "UTF -8 " ?>"\n") : ?> Who needs license agreements when you got this! F

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kedreeva: When I say “writers don’t want your unsolicited criticism” and “leaving unsolicited criticism on fanfiction hurts writers” THIS is what I mean. This isn’t even all of them, this is just from a FEW posts on the subject. Read through these, and then look me in the eyes and say you’re ~helping writers~ by leaving that criticizing comment on someone’s fic when they didn’t ask you to. You’re hurting or, at best, annoying us. You’re hurting fandom. You’re not helping us. : Positive feedback makes me write more. And writing more makes me a better writer. I've received a fair amount of negative comments, and EVERY one of them has simply made me give up writing for a while. Sometimes months Anonymous asked: Honestly I appreclate what you've been saying about unsolicited comments an fic b/c when I was small & first started writing fic - I didn't speak English very well my 1st language ls Hawaiian Pidgin which uses some English words but they're spelled VERY differently & the grammar is VERY different & anyways I was lke a tiny child getting roasted by grown adults In the comments of my fic for spellingigrammar & it wasn't helpful It just made me an Insecure writer.I dan't write fic anymore i have literally never had good I once had a "concritter" on ff.net fail to understand the difference between Amazon reviews and fanfic reviews/comments. She used the existence of the former to justify being harsh in the latter. And l could not get her to comprehend that Amazon reviews are not the same thing as fanfic reviews #stop hurting us for your own personal ego trip if you've ever wondered why i stopped writing, it's because of exactly this. i was in a highly emotionally fragile place, writing was one of my very few healthy cathartic outlets, and one person too many decided to be 'helpful in the comments #but the one time I got a lot of negative feedback on something I posted #it stuck #it hurt #it ruined my entire day Hand bled into the rest of my week #now this was multiple people writing paragraph on how I was wrong and #something that hits home this week an have #1 dont care if they think my writing sucks #but they didnt need to share it lose to home ause all theyve done is mad and made sure ill never touch tha delete arac or fear of the se people coming after me #ionly got a couple of negative reviews but i thought about them long after l should have yeah. It didn't drive me out of the Sterek fandom. But it could have, very easily Ten years previous it almost certainly would have, because belleve me, before I was on anxlety medication, that sort of comment would have left me in a spiral for weeks. #see actually this is why I'm not writing currently and like that really made me deflate and not wanna work on the next fic #idk #dumb petty problems #I'm still a little sad about it #I'll admit that I ta te harshly -even if it's worded well #1 was almost put off writing fic forever when the forst fic i ever posted got scathingly-picked apart and l was he #l thought I was a terrible writer and never wanted to post fic again #really tho #i didn't write more tsyl for months bc of one horrible review 've gotten very tired of comments #tired and leery eaction now is more on't wan #just #sigh -don't get me wrong! #1 leay hell alone #it's not fun at all like 98% of why I'm on a03 mainly now ere so many lovely people on fnet cause there were who seem in something because i enjoy writing #like #what #why #all of this -particularly the constructive criticism section #don't be a dick -fanfic problems #and things like that are why I barely write for that ship now very important #(and a huge reason i can't bring myself to keep writing a story I'm very #-because someone wrote a nasty comment on a couple of chapters and ican't get past that) #all of my fics have been beta read by 2-3 ppl on't want any unsolicited opinions ove #as much as i wrote this fic with my whole soul #if I'm happy with it then it doesnt matter -I don't care/ #actual criticism is har arranted its impossible to just appreciate it and being a beta fjust throwing in a sentence about how you didnt like one thing or one fact is wrong isnt actually helping most of the time #and forgive my arrogant ass but unless I specifically asked for your negative critique m not gonna trust what you say anyway always despis #1 en ad to pass our papers around the class for people to metaphorically rip apart #agreed #iam the same #if I dont ask for critique then dont do it pls even if you are being good mannered #if I want critiques i will ask someone spe #if I'm looki ing for constructive feedback # why are you telling me about a perceived plot hole in a 104k word fic #pst it wasnt a plot hole I did th npurpose cknowledge given that we've gotter having free fic #some don't want to improve! #maybe in a broad sense yes #if I knit a blanket and give it as a gift none of these autho you improvement #1 don't want the only thing out of the recipien ! #that's just shitty you were given a gift ay someo tiny comment alon in it wasn't that bad actually othered m #even if they specifically told me that they liked it #it took an 11 friend's comment about it for me to let it go and be at peace #they knew enoug different culture #someone might get 99 praises flame) that stays with them #1 have a pretty good ego about my writing eta readers sometimes an en ис #there's plenty of stuff i wouldn't share online simply because the criticism ould hu on away from my passion #this #this so much #i accept criticism from very few people #because they know how to tell it to me #even if sometimes it does sting #1 trust these people to know what is missing/lacking/bad about my writing ince i have asked for it ont wa m when i finally post my stories #1 just wanna know if people have lik #1 don't care #clearly it wasn't written for you #the improvemen one reason only #because I've kept writing- and reading) #I've honed my skilled by myself ed them #ifn ot #don't tell me ar een made for ou can say something nice about thi for a friend and spent years of my life on for you can shut up i feel like these are the pe writing workshop #they need to grow the fuck up are forever stuck in their creat #and get out of our comment sections #well i am glad someone thinks this way! #1 always feel bad for wanting po sitive feedback #1 don't mind people asking me questions #and I don't always mind comments about how i've improved #but god it pisses me off when you point out typoes y own editing bc i don't always use a beta -and that's it #fin e?? #I'm doing this for free fuck off ffanfiction #i get that people want to be helpful Abut you're supposed to ask if your help is needed for wait for your help to be requested hank you #im so shy abot my writing and then i got a comment that started hmmm dove into all the things they didnt like and thought ishpuld an change Hand genuinely i wasnt sure theyd even read it because this stuff was so backward ho did it make me feel shit #It's true #1ike if you wanna give it to me then ask and I'll be okay probably but someone else might not be #and goddamn it's for fun #THANKYOU #slow clap e number of time pent all day obsessing over mean little #mood #im dealing with this rn and it's pissing me off Hunless you're someone I Actually Know #then fuck off in # agree so much with this #and I get shit over it occasionally #but honestly #I'm not a published author #this isnt my job it's just a bit of fun #and I am not about that negativity #let me play in peace #some people think their opinion or correction is SO to be said great that it just HAS as i #as if they are fucking experts on antic #1 don't care if you are an editor in real life #if you aren't my beta #keep your mouth shut on concrit #it's simple #really much #people can tell me all they want about my spelling errors at opinion is somehow (because there's always one or two) #and i-don't care #im not tDing it #especially not spending hours writing #yes this #i'm not a native speaker and I already know i make mistakes #so give us a break 1 still posted the thing for you #fanfiction #I'm honestly probably never going to write fanfic ever again #you'll never catch me writing TW fic ever again #I've learned my lesson I have peopleI take my work to for critique. Serious critique. I want that criticism, and to be better. If l post something and don't say it's in some level of a finished form or hey let me know what you think, probably best to assume I'm not looking for your red pen insight in my inbox. literally like, I got my first comment on a fic a while back that wasn't just keysmashing or compliments or wtv, it was literally just advice, but it hit me like a sack of bricks to the face and lost the will to continue the fic I was working on when I read that comment my mood plummeted off a cliff in the span of a couple sentences. This is pretty Rich actually, because l have had my life destroyed by online Critics on stories I just posted for fun Thank you, Kedreeva. This is also how I feel when my partner tries to give me concrit on my Overwatch game play. I didn't ask you for concrit. Please leave me alone. You're ruining my fun thing by turning it into homework. Unsolicited concrit is entitled wank #honestly keep it to your damn selves # constructive criticism is a huge part of why I don't fucking write anymore ck off with that shit #I've seen too many writers give up tAnd stop writing few a ss holes who thought they needed to tell these people that they didn't like their story for some reason #1m sometimes still thinking about that one Concrit comment I got years ago #important #fanfiction #writing #criticism #that's one of the reasons I never write sterek again #whereas with my writing? Dont -please #even if y #1m going to remember the one inconsequential bad thing #AT MOST you can point out like a spelling error or two #but honestly don't bother if I missed them on the proof then I probably don't care enough to edit it again ou leave the nicest comme nt otherwis NOW #as someone who writes #i hate hate hate concrit on works that are posted unless I've specifically asked for more bad that im s ometimes way too much of a wimp when it comes to concrit #Tbh I'm very wary of criticism #I've had most people do it in a way that negatively affected the way I see my work #Asking first is a wonderful way to go about it! kedreeva: When I say “writers don’t want your unsolicited criticism” and “leaving unsolicited criticism on fanfiction hurts writers” THIS is what I mean. This isn’t even all of them, this is just from a FEW posts on the subject. Read through these, and then look me in the eyes and say you’re ~helping writers~ by leaving that criticizing comment on someone’s fic when they didn’t ask you to. You’re hurting or, at best, annoying us. You’re hurting fandom. You’re not helping us.
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Im getting second thoughts about whether accepting this job was a good idea.: <?php header("Content-type: text/html; charset utf-8") * This is a warning to any poor soul who may have to deal with this code. I took over this criminal piece of chaos from a monkey named Joel who I assume had been given a typewriter by Mephistopheles himself. For reasons *I have yet been unable to fathom, he decided to patch together this thing *using a BaseX setup hardwired into an unfixably broken Manjaro VM, queried * by a handwritten plate of uncommented PHP spaghetti fit to feed an army of people with a serious death wish, without any framework or CMS * The very long Basex script, very long PHP presenter and very long XSLT stylesheet mostly perform the same heuristic document structuring for * different components and are supposed to produce compatible results, but I *bet they have mismatches somewhere. * Since Prof. T just wanted a few small functional enhancements, I decided *to just patch it and keep the general setup. Unless you were hired to correct some spelling mistakes, DO NOT FOLLOW IN MY STEPS. Putting up with * this simulation of how a goldfish would design a system has literally * given me CLINICAL DEPRESSION. This is not an exaggeration, I am writing * this after a prolonged medical therapy - mostly successful, thanks for * asking, but not fun. I wouldn't wish this code on anybody who isn't a * manager at Oracle or Facebook, and therefore give you this sincere advice: * Nuke this. Take the XSLT if you must, and then nuke the app and recreate it *in Django or whatever works for you. I would do it myself, but I risked a *relapse simply by opening this file again to write this comment. Dear brother or sister, I wish you all the luck and strength in the world * and hope it will be enough. Farewelt. error_reporting (E ALL) ini set("display errors" , true); print('<xml version-"1.Q" encoding-"UTF-8" ?"n"):?> Im getting second thoughts about whether accepting this job was a good idea.

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cas-kingdom: fluidityandgiggles: kittyinhighheels: homolesbians: shingeki-no-nononono: thatgirlmustbeawesome: What’s so bad about periods At first I was like “no don’t reblog it’ll weird people out” then I was like “oh right that’s the point” STOP INCLUDING CRAMPS THAT MAKE YOU PASS OUT IN THESE LISTS AS IF THEY WERE NORMAL THEY ARE NOT IF YOUR CRAMPS ARE THIS BAD AND YOU’RE NOT A TEENAGER, SEE A DOCTOR I REPEAT: THEY ARE NOT NORMAL. YOU COULD ACTUALLY BE ILL YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO PASS OUT FROM YOUR PERIOD CRAMPS I actually passed out at the start of my period a couple of times and three years ago I found out I have polycystic ovaries, but yknow. What’s so bad about periods. i get really sick every time…… not fun Dont forget shivers while also being boiling, clutching a hot waterbottle to try and soothe the pain even though you feel incredibly overheated.And, idk if this happens for people without sensory disorders, or even all people with sensory disorders, but my senses can go absolutely haywire sometimes.Oh and we have to pay a shitload of money so we dont bleed on everything everwhere we go :\\: Blood comes out of your vagina for anywhere from 3- 7 days That blood you lose can be around 4 tablespoons to a cup a cup of blood, vaginal mucus, and endometrial tissue You get cramps that will make you cry. You can vomit and/or pass out from them You will get horrible mood swings You get headaches Backaches e e e e e Your breasts hurt so bad sometimes you can't even touch them You get acne everywhere Your actual vagina could be sore Your feel constantly tired You have a constant fear of soaking through your pad/tampon e e e You can't lay a certain way in bed e e e You take pill after pill and it still doesn't help You bloat and gain weight You might have anemia (iron deficiency) which can not clot your blood causing so much blood loss it'lIl be deadly e You never feel ful e Everything irritates you e You will cry a lot Once you get up in the morning, your center of gravity has shifted and all the blood settling in you during the night will now rush out of you causing you to clench your legs tightly to avoid leaking You get made fun of for having a period /1//?/?/ You're forced to go to school/work You get told that you're overreacting e but ya know, fixing your dick discreetly in public is bad too cas-kingdom: fluidityandgiggles: kittyinhighheels: homolesbians: shingeki-no-nononono: thatgirlmustbeawesome: What’s so bad about periods At first I was like “no don’t reblog it’ll weird people out” then I was like “oh right that’s the point” STOP INCLUDING CRAMPS THAT MAKE YOU PASS OUT IN THESE LISTS AS IF THEY WERE NORMAL THEY ARE NOT IF YOUR CRAMPS ARE THIS BAD AND YOU’RE NOT A TEENAGER, SEE A DOCTOR I REPEAT: THEY ARE NOT NORMAL. YOU COULD ACTUALLY BE ILL YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO PASS OUT FROM YOUR PERIOD CRAMPS I actually passed out at the start of my period a couple of times and three years ago I found out I have polycystic ovaries, but yknow. What’s so bad about periods. i get really sick every time…… not fun Dont forget shivers while also being boiling, clutching a hot waterbottle to try and soothe the pain even though you feel incredibly overheated.And, idk if this happens for people without sensory disorders, or even all people with sensory disorders, but my senses can go absolutely haywire sometimes.Oh and we have to pay a shitload of money so we dont bleed on everything everwhere we go :\\
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violent-darts: charlesoberonn: jelloapocalypse: These bother me sometimes. We all start as literal useless babies. No one gets a magic ticket that makes them better at anything. If someone says they “never practice” it’s probably because they like doing the skill and see it as a fun use of their time instead of “practice”. I will qualify this a small but I think important amount, because what it is is actually complicated:  Some people’s brains and nervous systems are wired for better hand-eye coordination. Some people’s brains and nervous systems are wired for better pattern recognition. Or translations of audio input. Or whatever.  What this does is combine with @jelloapocalypse‘s EXTREMELY WELL-OBSERVED COMMENT (If someone says they “never practice” it’s probably because they like doing the skill and see it as a fun use of their time instead of “practice”.) in a way that can be both invisible and give this kind of person a massive leg up while being really discouraging to someone who doesn’t have that wiring.  It doesn’t get to the actual original comic’s level of “oh I just started here”. But let’s take two people called Riley and Kennedy, and we’ll do singing, since that’s what I teach.  Riley and Kennedy have exactly the same kind of background: parents who listen to the radio sometimes, the usual social stuff around popular music of whatever genre, etc, but no formal training. Neither of them sings in a church choir, neither of them falls into a formal disability category, whatever.  The first time Riley shows up in my studio and we sing a really simple song I use as a diagnostic, she gets it mostly right. She can follow the tune; she can hear pitch, and it takes very little work for her to chivvy her voice into matching that pitch as long as there’s not something pulling her off. (In other words: as long as I’m singing the same notes as her and playing them on the piano, and as long a she can hear both herself and those notes).  For Riley the lesson is really fun and validating and she goes home and sings along to her own music for a while and comes back next week with six songs she wants to try learning. And most of her lessons are like that: pretty easy positive feedback. That means Riley “practices” a lot in exactly the way @jelloapocalypse describes, even if she doesn’t think she’s actually practicing (that is, sitting down to sing the songs we’re working on together in a systematic way) at all.  In contrast, the first time Kennedy comes to my studio, she struggles. It’s harder for her to hear the difference between notes, and it’s much harder for her to make her voice actually match the pitch she wants to sing at. When we pull out the diagnostic tune, she mostly manages to drone a few clusters of semi-tones, and while she can hear that she’s Off, it’s actually very hard for her to tell HOW she’s off, or what she should do to correct it.  In most cases, for Kennedy, lessons - and in fact the overall experience of singing - is not fun. It’s not validating. It’s a whole process of Not Being Good, of Doing Things Wrong, and given the way humans are often in casual situations being laughed at. When Kennedy goes home she doesn’t sing along with any music she plays: she keeps her lips pressed together and at best enjoys other people singing (and maybe feels envious and demeaned because she can’t do it).  Now the thing is, the practical “skill” difference for Riley and Kennedy here at the beginning is minimal. But the Rileys will tend (if they like what they’re doing) to ROCKET UP THE SKILL LEVEL, because of the “practice is fun so it’s just the thing I do” - because there is always a bunch of validation and positive reinforcement in the act of doing whatever it is, be it doodling or singing or math.  The Kennedys won’t. In fact if they’re not lucky enough to have a good teacher, and one who can put a lot of this into perspective for them, they will tend to be inhibited. The worst time is when a Riley and a Kennedy are friends and sign up to learn together, and Riley takes off and Kennedy’s left sitting there feeling like she’s somehow Deeply Flawed.   And in fact the whole Doctrine of “It’s Just About How Hard You Work” will in and of itself become part of what inhibits them, because they will watch the Rileys - and even the Annas, Anna in this metaphor being the Totally Normal Student who never really exists - grasp things faster than they do, even if they ARE working hard. And this will HAPPEN. They will watch this reality happen in front of them … and then people say to them “oh, it’s all about how hard you work, dear.” And it’s like being gaslit. (Well, to be fair: it IS being gaslit, just without malice intended on the part of the people doing it.)  And that message is horribly horribly toxic: here Kennedy is, and she IS working hard, but she’s still not progressing as fast as Riley or Anna no matter what she does! But it’s All About Hard Work, right? So that must mean that no matter how hard she THINKS she’s working, she’s actually just lazy, or doesn’t want it enough. It’s clearly a moral flaw in her.  I actually have, personally, really good luck with teaching the Kennedys because I literally have this conversation with them when they come to my studio. I actually outright tell them: firstly, anyone who has working vocal chords can sing. Anyone who has working vocal chords and the ability to distinguish audio pitch can even sing on key in tune! But some people have an easy time learning this and some people have a hard time, and sometimes which it is has some relationship to, say, “early exposure to music” or whatever but sometimes it seems to be utterly fucking random - pure luck of the draw.  You CAN SING. The capability is there. And if you want to we will find out how to make it happen. It might not happen as fast as for some other person, it might take more work, it might take more care, but that’s okay: that’s not your fault, that doesn’t mean you’re NOT working hard, but it does mean that here at the beginning we do things like recalibrate victories, we make your progress about YOU, not about Riley or Anna.  But I’m also not going to gaslight you or make you feel like you’re either delusional or somehow especially So Terrible You Don’t Fit In The Rest Of The World: sure, I’ve got some Riley-types who walk in here, noodle around, and we go on to Art Songs. They exist.  So what? Tall people exist. People with broad shoulders exist. People with dark hair exist. Physical embodiment and neurology hand out luck of the genetic roulette with no interest in outcomes. If you’re born blonde, it’s always going to take more work for you to have brown hair than someone born with brown hair, but much like dyeing your hair to match what you want, we can train the muscles of your voice and the neural pathways for hearing to do what you want.  The differences between Rileys and Kennedys are very small. If Riley didn’t discover she liked singing and Kennedy worked at it for years then no, Riley would not “start out” as good as Kennedy is after those years. And you can be Riley and if you DON’T do the fucking work, the Annas of the world especially will blast past you and leave you in the dust.  But on the other hand the Rileys get this wonderful cycle of positive reinforcement that does often start from a place of their coincidental physical embodiment giving them a slight leg up. And pretending that’s not the case does a big disservice to the Kennedys.  We just absolutely do need to reframe that for what it is (a tiny fundamental difference and then a HELL OF A LOT OF “this is fun so I practice more so I get more validation so I -” and more or less no moral meaning at all), what it doesn’t mean, and how to compensate for it.  : SKILL HARD WORK TO ACHIEVE A LEVEL OF SKILL IN ANYTHING YOU HAVE TO STAND ON A PILLAR OF HARD WORK. OH, I JUST STARTED HERE TALENT & I HARD WORK TALENTHARD WORK owLTURD.com violent-darts: charlesoberonn: jelloapocalypse: These bother me sometimes. We all start as literal useless babies. No one gets a magic ticket that makes them better at anything. If someone says they “never practice” it’s probably because they like doing the skill and see it as a fun use of their time instead of “practice”. I will qualify this a small but I think important amount, because what it is is actually complicated:  Some people’s brains and nervous systems are wired for better hand-eye coordination. Some people’s brains and nervous systems are wired for better pattern recognition. Or translations of audio input. Or whatever.  What this does is combine with @jelloapocalypse‘s EXTREMELY WELL-OBSERVED COMMENT (If someone says they “never practice” it’s probably because they like doing the skill and see it as a fun use of their time instead of “practice”.) in a way that can be both invisible and give this kind of person a massive leg up while being really discouraging to someone who doesn’t have that wiring.  It doesn’t get to the actual original comic’s level of “oh I just started here”. But let’s take two people called Riley and Kennedy, and we’ll do singing, since that’s what I teach.  Riley and Kennedy have exactly the same kind of background: parents who listen to the radio sometimes, the usual social stuff around popular music of whatever genre, etc, but no formal training. Neither of them sings in a church choir, neither of them falls into a formal disability category, whatever.  The first time Riley shows up in my studio and we sing a really simple song I use as a diagnostic, she gets it mostly right. She can follow the tune; she can hear pitch, and it takes very little work for her to chivvy her voice into matching that pitch as long as there’s not something pulling her off. (In other words: as long as I’m singing the same notes as her and playing them on the piano, and as long a she can hear both herself and those notes).  For Riley the lesson is really fun and validating and she goes home and sings along to her own music for a while and comes back next week with six songs she wants to try learning. And most of her lessons are like that: pretty easy positive feedback. That means Riley “practices” a lot in exactly the way @jelloapocalypse describes, even if she doesn’t think she’s actually practicing (that is, sitting down to sing the songs we’re working on together in a systematic way) at all.  In contrast, the first time Kennedy comes to my studio, she struggles. It’s harder for her to hear the difference between notes, and it’s much harder for her to make her voice actually match the pitch she wants to sing at. When we pull out the diagnostic tune, she mostly manages to drone a few clusters of semi-tones, and while she can hear that she’s Off, it’s actually very hard for her to tell HOW she’s off, or what she should do to correct it.  In most cases, for Kennedy, lessons - and in fact the overall experience of singing - is not fun. It’s not validating. It’s a whole process of Not Being Good, of Doing Things Wrong, and given the way humans are often in casual situations being laughed at. When Kennedy goes home she doesn’t sing along with any music she plays: she keeps her lips pressed together and at best enjoys other people singing (and maybe feels envious and demeaned because she can’t do it).  Now the thing is, the practical “skill” difference for Riley and Kennedy here at the beginning is minimal. But the Rileys will tend (if they like what they’re doing) to ROCKET UP THE SKILL LEVEL, because of the “practice is fun so it’s just the thing I do” - because there is always a bunch of validation and positive reinforcement in the act of doing whatever it is, be it doodling or singing or math.  The Kennedys won’t. In fact if they’re not lucky enough to have a good teacher, and one who can put a lot of this into perspective for them, they will tend to be inhibited. The worst time is when a Riley and a Kennedy are friends and sign up to learn together, and Riley takes off and Kennedy’s left sitting there feeling like she’s somehow Deeply Flawed.   And in fact the whole Doctrine of “It’s Just About How Hard You Work” will in and of itself become part of what inhibits them, because they will watch the Rileys - and even the Annas, Anna in this metaphor being the Totally Normal Student who never really exists - grasp things faster than they do, even if they ARE working hard. And this will HAPPEN. They will watch this reality happen in front of them … and then people say to them “oh, it’s all about how hard you work, dear.” And it’s like being gaslit. (Well, to be fair: it IS being gaslit, just without malice intended on the part of the people doing it.)  And that message is horribly horribly toxic: here Kennedy is, and she IS working hard, but she’s still not progressing as fast as Riley or Anna no matter what she does! But it’s All About Hard Work, right? So that must mean that no matter how hard she THINKS she’s working, she’s actually just lazy, or doesn’t want it enough. It’s clearly a moral flaw in her.  I actually have, personally, really good luck with teaching the Kennedys because I literally have this conversation with them when they come to my studio. I actually outright tell them: firstly, anyone who has working vocal chords can sing. Anyone who has working vocal chords and the ability to distinguish audio pitch can even sing on key in tune! But some people have an easy time learning this and some people have a hard time, and sometimes which it is has some relationship to, say, “early exposure to music” or whatever but sometimes it seems to be utterly fucking random - pure luck of the draw.  You CAN SING. The capability is there. And if you want to we will find out how to make it happen. It might not happen as fast as for some other person, it might take more work, it might take more care, but that’s okay: that’s not your fault, that doesn’t mean you’re NOT working hard, but it does mean that here at the beginning we do things like recalibrate victories, we make your progress about YOU, not about Riley or Anna.  But I’m also not going to gaslight you or make you feel like you’re either delusional or somehow especially So Terrible You Don’t Fit In The Rest Of The World: sure, I’ve got some Riley-types who walk in here, noodle around, and we go on to Art Songs. They exist.  So what? Tall people exist. People with broad shoulders exist. People with dark hair exist. Physical embodiment and neurology hand out luck of the genetic roulette with no interest in outcomes. If you’re born blonde, it’s always going to take more work for you to have brown hair than someone born with brown hair, but much like dyeing your hair to match what you want, we can train the muscles of your voice and the neural pathways for hearing to do what you want.  The differences between Rileys and Kennedys are very small. If Riley didn’t discover she liked singing and Kennedy worked at it for years then no, Riley would not “start out” as good as Kennedy is after those years. And you can be Riley and if you DON’T do the fucking work, the Annas of the world especially will blast past you and leave you in the dust.  But on the other hand the Rileys get this wonderful cycle of positive reinforcement that does often start from a place of their coincidental physical embodiment giving them a slight leg up. And pretending that’s not the case does a big disservice to the Kennedys.  We just absolutely do need to reframe that for what it is (a tiny fundamental difference and then a HELL OF A LOT OF “this is fun so I practice more so I get more validation so I -” and more or less no moral meaning at all), what it doesn’t mean, and how to compensate for it. 
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astrakiseki: itsdetachable: queen-of-hearts92: princess-of-positivity: justabitnotgood: bruddabois: ayajalil: weavemama: holy damn oh fuck no If I die, I die with a mouthful of fried chicken and no regrets Because the post doesn’t really explain, as a heads up the tick in question is the lone star tick. It’s a brown red tick with an iconic white dot on its back. Much bigger than a deer tick, it’s easier to spot but the above is true! A bite from a contaminated lone star tick can make you allergic to RED MEAT, so poultry and fish you’d still be good on. Have fun this tick season folks and remember to always always wear tick repellent if you’re going off the sidewalk into leaf litter or tall grass. Lyme disease isn’t any better at all and is more prevalent. Ticks are not fun! I have this and it’s definitely not fun. I miss pork and beef so much. This is a real thing, unfortunately. I can’t stress this enough; PLEASE be cautious and definitely wear tick repellent. Heres the area where it lives y’all! From wikipedia. stay safe! hats and bug spray are your friends. And an article explaining about it: https://www.forbes.com/sites/carmendrahl/2017/06/22/this-is-what-we-know-about-how-the-lone-star-tick-causes-meat-allergies/ So in other words.It’s not reprogramming your immune system. It’s just introducing data that sets your immune system on things you eat. : sad boi @faguettte The vegans have launched their first attack on mankind Ken Rutkowski @kenradio A tick that makes you allergic to meat is spreading. A single bite can reprogram your immune system. goo.gl/e16gxX astrakiseki: itsdetachable: queen-of-hearts92: princess-of-positivity: justabitnotgood: bruddabois: ayajalil: weavemama: holy damn oh fuck no If I die, I die with a mouthful of fried chicken and no regrets Because the post doesn’t really explain, as a heads up the tick in question is the lone star tick. It’s a brown red tick with an iconic white dot on its back. Much bigger than a deer tick, it’s easier to spot but the above is true! A bite from a contaminated lone star tick can make you allergic to RED MEAT, so poultry and fish you’d still be good on. Have fun this tick season folks and remember to always always wear tick repellent if you’re going off the sidewalk into leaf litter or tall grass. Lyme disease isn’t any better at all and is more prevalent. Ticks are not fun! I have this and it’s definitely not fun. I miss pork and beef so much. This is a real thing, unfortunately. I can’t stress this enough; PLEASE be cautious and definitely wear tick repellent. Heres the area where it lives y’all! From wikipedia. stay safe! hats and bug spray are your friends. And an article explaining about it: https://www.forbes.com/sites/carmendrahl/2017/06/22/this-is-what-we-know-about-how-the-lone-star-tick-causes-meat-allergies/ So in other words.It’s not reprogramming your immune system. It’s just introducing data that sets your immune system on things you eat.
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<p><a href="http://tall-dark-n-creepy.tumblr.com/post/118450956230/krispythinkings-fugdamatriarchy" class="tumblr_blog">tall-dark-n-creepy</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://krispythinkings.tumblr.com/post/116577704132/fugdamatriarchy-lejacquelope">krispythinkings</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://fugdamatriarchy.tumblr.com/post/116570066254/lejacquelope-foreverokayandalways-this-is-so">fugdamatriarchy</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://lejacquelope.tumblr.com/post/116539574371/foreverokayandalways-this-is-so-true-reblog">lejacquelope</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://foreverokayandalways.tumblr.com/post/115950865361/this-is-so-true-reblog-it">foreverokayandalways</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>This is so true reblog it</p></blockquote> <ul><li><a href="http://belgiumresearch.be/sekscontractsite/paperboy-innocent-victim-vigilante-case-false-rape-accuse">Paperboy is an innocent victim of violence after a false rape charge is made against him by a woman he friendzoned</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/PG-Student-Throws-Acid-on-Teacher-For-Not-Marrying-Her/2014/12/21/article2581259.ece">Woman throws acid at teacher for rejecting her</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href="http://nypost.com/2013/08/27/rejected-minn-woman-kills-boyfriend-hides-body-in-freezer/">MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota woman beat her boyfriend to death, wrapped his body in plastic and duct tape, then hid it in a freezer because he was trying to break up with her, prosecutors said</a>. </li></ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2205067/Woman-stabbed-man-refused-sex-threatened-rape-went-hospital-treatment.html">Woman stabs man for refusing to have sex with her, threatens to cry rape</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href="http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&amp;d=LAH19080719.2.31.14">Woman kills man for refusing to marry her</a></li><li><a href="http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/05/pregnant_chicago_woman_kills_boyfriend_over_failure_to_buy_gift_1.html">Woman kills boyfriend for not buying her a gift</a><br/></li><li><a href="http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/florida/woman-92-goes-ballistic-after-being-denied-kiss-874093">Woman fires handgun into the home of man who denied her a kiss</a><br/></li><li><a href="http://blog.chron.com/hottopics/2014/02/police-florida-woman-stabs-fiance-after-he-rejects-liquor-store-trip/">Woman stabs fiance for refusing to take her to the liquor store</a></li><li> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2548417/Florida-woman-pulled-knife-boyfriend-refused-CUDDLE-not-face-criminal-charges.html">Woman assaults and threatens boyfriend with knife for not cuddling</a></li><li><a href="http://gawker.com/woman-accused-of-stabbing-beerless-man-with-ceramic-sq-1490929759">Woman stabs man with ceramic squirrel for not bring home beer</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2600488/Sex-crazed-Angelina-Jolie-lookalike-given-suspended-sentence-forcing-taxi-driver-sex-twice-stabbing-not-manage-time.html">Woman stabs taxi driver after he refuses to have sex with her</a> <br/></li></ul><p>Nah, women don’t complain about being rejected.</p></blockquote> <p>Rekt</p></blockquote> <p>Fuck right off. When I told a girl I considered a friend I wasn’t interested due to the little fact I’m HOMOSEXUAL she threw me on a bed and tried to force me. </p><p>She carried on saying that I wasn’t really gay I was just playing hard to get.</p><p>But nope, she threw me on a bed and put herself on top of me and began to touch me.</p><p>Not only that but because men are told from a young age never to hit a woman I couldn’t even defend myself.</p><p>FUCK. RIGHT. OFF.</p></blockquote> <p>So the moral of the story is “Women don’t complain about the friend zone” because it doesn’t fit into societies narrative, not because it doesn’t happen.</p><p>The question you should be asking yourself is, does anything we say actually reflect reality, or are we just reinforcing expectations?<br/></p></blockquote> <p>I don&rsquo;t even get this &ldquo;women don&rsquo;t complain about the friend zone&rdquo; business. I definitely do. There&rsquo;s this guy I&rsquo;m crazy about and he&rsquo;s Friendzoned me hard-core and it sucks. Obviously I&rsquo;m not going to kill him over it, but I definitely acknowledge that it&rsquo;s a thing and it&rsquo;s not fun. When did it become something only men complain about? That&rsquo;s news to me.</p>: 02-UK 17:53 66% Tweet @yee7us Ever noticed that giris never complain about the friendzone???? It's because they understand what it means when someone says no April 9 33 RETWEETS 46 FAVORITES Reply to , lydia Home Notifications Messages Me <p><a href="http://tall-dark-n-creepy.tumblr.com/post/118450956230/krispythinkings-fugdamatriarchy" class="tumblr_blog">tall-dark-n-creepy</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://krispythinkings.tumblr.com/post/116577704132/fugdamatriarchy-lejacquelope">krispythinkings</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://fugdamatriarchy.tumblr.com/post/116570066254/lejacquelope-foreverokayandalways-this-is-so">fugdamatriarchy</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://lejacquelope.tumblr.com/post/116539574371/foreverokayandalways-this-is-so-true-reblog">lejacquelope</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://foreverokayandalways.tumblr.com/post/115950865361/this-is-so-true-reblog-it">foreverokayandalways</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>This is so true reblog it</p></blockquote> <ul><li><a href="http://belgiumresearch.be/sekscontractsite/paperboy-innocent-victim-vigilante-case-false-rape-accuse">Paperboy is an innocent victim of violence after a false rape charge is made against him by a woman he friendzoned</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/PG-Student-Throws-Acid-on-Teacher-For-Not-Marrying-Her/2014/12/21/article2581259.ece">Woman throws acid at teacher for rejecting her</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href="http://nypost.com/2013/08/27/rejected-minn-woman-kills-boyfriend-hides-body-in-freezer/">MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota woman beat her boyfriend to death, wrapped his body in plastic and duct tape, then hid it in a freezer because he was trying to break up with her, prosecutors said</a>. </li></ul><ul><li><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2205067/Woman-stabbed-man-refused-sex-threatened-rape-went-hospital-treatment.html">Woman stabs man for refusing to have sex with her, threatens to cry rape</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href="http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&amp;d=LAH19080719.2.31.14">Woman kills man for refusing to marry her</a></li><li><a href="http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/05/pregnant_chicago_woman_kills_boyfriend_over_failure_to_buy_gift_1.html">Woman kills boyfriend for not buying her a gift</a><br/></li><li><a href="http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/florida/woman-92-goes-ballistic-after-being-denied-kiss-874093">Woman fires handgun into the home of man who denied her a kiss</a><br/></li><li><a href="http://blog.chron.com/hottopics/2014/02/police-florida-woman-stabs-fiance-after-he-rejects-liquor-store-trip/">Woman stabs fiance for refusing to take her to the liquor store</a></li><li> <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2548417/Florida-woman-pulled-knife-boyfriend-refused-CUDDLE-not-face-criminal-charges.html">Woman assaults and threatens boyfriend with knife for not cuddling</a></li><li><a href="http://gawker.com/woman-accused-of-stabbing-beerless-man-with-ceramic-sq-1490929759">Woman stabs man with ceramic squirrel for not bring home beer</a> </li><li><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2600488/Sex-crazed-Angelina-Jolie-lookalike-given-suspended-sentence-forcing-taxi-driver-sex-twice-stabbing-not-manage-time.html">Woman stabs taxi driver after he refuses to have sex with her</a> <br/></li></ul><p>Nah, women don’t complain about being rejected.</p></blockquote> <p>Rekt</p></blockquote> <p>Fuck right off. When I told a girl I considered a friend I wasn’t interested due to the little fact I’m HOMOSEXUAL she threw me on a bed and tried to force me. </p><p>She carried on saying that I wasn’t really gay I was just playing hard to get.</p><p>But nope, she threw me on a bed and put herself on top of me and began to touch me.</p><p>Not only that but because men are told from a young age never to hit a woman I couldn’t even defend myself.</p><p>FUCK. RIGHT. OFF.</p></blockquote> <p>So the moral of the story is “Women don’t complain about the friend zone” because it doesn’t fit into societies narrative, not because it doesn’t happen.</p><p>The question you should be asking yourself is, does anything we say actually reflect reality, or are we just reinforcing expectations?<br/></p></blockquote> <p>I don&rsquo;t even get this &ldquo;women don&rsquo;t complain about the friend zone&rdquo; business. I definitely do. There&rsquo;s this guy I&rsquo;m crazy about and he&rsquo;s Friendzoned me hard-core and it sucks. Obviously I&rsquo;m not going to kill him over it, but I definitely acknowledge that it&rsquo;s a thing and it&rsquo;s not fun. When did it become something only men complain about? That&rsquo;s news to me.</p>
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