Stories and Stuff

espybounce:

lepreas:

framesjanco:

wine tastes so bad. I’m convinced the whole world is in on an inside joke together trying to persuade me that wine tastes good to them. there’s no way any one can like the taste of it. it’s like bug spray. the whole frickin world pretends to like bug spray. I don’t understand why. stop the madness

wine is an acquired taste. if you don’t like it, acquire some taste

  Wine is not an acquired taste, it’s just not for everybody.  That bug spray taste you’re mentioning are the Tannins.  Tannins are a naturally occurring polyphenol. In wine the Tannins come from grape skin/seeds/stems and from the wooden barrels wine is stored in.  Tannins give the wine it’s signature dry and bitter taste.  While it’s impossible to make wine without the transference of tannins, you can reduce the dry/bitter taste of a wine before drinking.  Ever wonder why those decanters people put wine in are so ridiculously wide, or why on earth people swirl wine before drinking it.  Well believe it or not it has nothing to do with show or having culture.  It’s to let the wine breathe.  Through aeration the tannins actually lessen potency and soften.  You may have heard from your wine drinking friends that you’d love red wine as it’s more fruity and less dry.  Red and high boiled wines have the highest tannins potency due to their longer or more intense exposure to grapes.  Thus, they are actually dryer and need the most time to breathe, but tend to give the most reward due to their fruity nature.  White wines require less time to breathe due to a lower tannins potency, but have less grape potency.  You are not uncultured or dumb for not liking wine.  However, you are also not a fopish fake trying to seem impressive by liking wine.

Fun fact#2 Alpha and Beta acids released from hops are responsible for the bitter taste in beer.  More bitter and dry beers are actually stronger.

…Huh

…Huh

Back when I actually still liked this show.

Back when I actually still liked this show.

catbountry:

jesuschristmarie-theyreminerals:

fatirl:

neurowonderful:

(Image description: A partial screenshot of a blog post. The title reads “How I reduced screaming and verbal stimming in my child with autism”, and below that is a colour photograph of a hand holding a rectangular plastic “clicker” device.)I think I may have mentioned this blog post, and the sadness and confusion I felt when I came across it, in one of my videos. This screenshot is from the blog of an “autism parent”. Yes, that is a clicker. Yes, she is encouraging the use of animal training methods on Autistic children. Yes, she considers any kind of vocal stimming, not just screaming, to be a “bad behaviour”. To top it all off, her blog banner reads, “Discovering SOLUTIONS to the Everyday Problems of Living with AUTISM”. Here is an excerpt from her tutorial on how to train your disabled child like a dog to have a “Quiet Mouth”:

Third, I sat back and watched my child. Since he was making bad noises, I decided to reinforce Quiet Mouth (i.e., lips together, no sound). Whenever he had a split second of Quiet Mouth, I immediately tagged (made a click-sound with the device) and handed over a treat. Every time his mouth was Quiet, I tagged (clicked) and treated. Soon there was much more Quiet Mouth behavior. When doing this it is important to ignore and pay no attention to vocal stims or screaming. Do not look at the child, do not speak to him/her or explain. Just say nothing, and immediately tag and treat as soon as there is even a split second of Quiet Mouth. You can also tag and treat a child for any appropriate vocalizations. If he/she says a nice word, or makes an appropriate comment, then tag and reinforce that. Your goal is to increase Quiet Mouth and appropriate vocalizations.

And sadly, as bad as this attitude and treatment of Autistic children is, this is a relatively tame example when compared to the other unethical treatments, therapies, and methods of discipline that Autistic children are being subjected to every day (all in the name of making them appear less obviously Autistic). This is why we need Autism Acceptance Month and not the fear-mongering, negative, misinformed “awareness” that Autism Speaks and its allies are pumping out this April.
We need acceptance because Autistic children should be loved and accepted wholly and completely for who they are, not hurt and mistreated in their parent’s frantic search for a “cure”. Because Autistic people deserve to be treated with respect and listened to, not silenced and forced or coerced to conform to an ableist, non-disabled ideal. Because Autistic children need accommodation and understanding to live healthy, happy lives, not sketchy “treatments” and intensive, soul-crushing “therapies” to try to make them appear more neurotypical and less Autistic.
For more information on ASAN’s Autism Acceptance Month, see the about page on the website here: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

oh what the fuck :(

oh my…….gOD Idc what kind of mental condition your kid has, they’re not some kind of animal or pet or object, what the fuck is wrong with people who treat the disabled like this

It’s like that lady watched that episode of South Park where Cartman’s mom resorts to asking The Dog Whisperer to help control Cartman and she was like “wow why didn’t I think of that?”

It’s story time.  Once upon a time when I was five I was wrongly diagnosed with ADHD.  To rectify my behavior I was given several mind altering substances that changed my brain chemistry and how I process things forever.  Why?  Because the doctors said if I didn’t get these drugs I would never be able to function properly in society and I would fall behind and pretty much become a retarded imp with no social skills.  I’m not a parent but I can imagine that getting the news that your child is “different” and will not function like other children, that your child will be socially outcasted and pretty much die alone, can be pretty devastating.  I can imagine that a parent would want to do anything and everything just to get them to behave normally so they will be seen as normal.  I do not believe that parents hate their autistic children or that the behaviors their children have make the parents want to have a different child.  The screaming/verbal outburst is a constant reminder to the parent of what the doctors have told them.  Your child is different and your child will never function the same as other. I do not blame parents, it’s in their very DNA to want a good life for their children.  I blame advertisers and pill pushing doctors who use scare tactics.  Children who are “different” are not consumers or clients, they are not test subjects or data.  I encourage parents to look for solutions to behavioral issues.  However, keep in mind your child is a mini you, a human being who deserves consideration.  They cannot legally or mentally make decisions for their early life, it is up to you.  So by all means look, ask, ask some more, talk to others, hear the stories, see the other options.  Also, learn to deal.  Not everything is a problem, not everything is an issue.  Talk to the school and teachers, let them know about limitations and issues, and that you’re not just going to quite your child by any method just to make them happy.  It is ok to be different, we all are.

catbountry:

jesuschristmarie-theyreminerals:

fatirl:

neurowonderful:

(Image description: A partial screenshot of a blog post. The title reads “How I reduced screaming and verbal stimming in my child with autism”, and below that is a colour photograph of a hand holding a rectangular plastic “clicker” device.)

I think I may have mentioned this blog post, and the sadness and confusion I felt when I came across it, in one of my videos. This screenshot is from the blog of an “autism parent”. Yes, that is a clicker. Yes, she is encouraging the use of animal training methods on Autistic children. Yes, she considers any kind of vocal stimming, not just screaming, to be a “bad behaviour”. To top it all off, her blog banner reads, “Discovering SOLUTIONS to the Everyday Problems of Living with AUTISM”. Here is an excerpt from her tutorial on how to train your disabled child like a dog to have a “Quiet Mouth”:

Third, I sat back and watched my child. Since he was making bad noises, I decided to reinforce Quiet Mouth (i.e., lips together, no sound). Whenever he had a split second of Quiet Mouth, I immediately tagged (made a click-sound with the device) and handed over a treat. Every time his mouth was Quiet, I tagged (clicked) and treated. Soon there was much more Quiet Mouth behavior. When doing this it is important to ignore and pay no attention to vocal stims or screaming. Do not look at the child, do not speak to him/her or explain. Just say nothing, and immediately tag and treat as soon as there is even a split second of Quiet Mouth. You can also tag and treat a child for any appropriate vocalizations. If he/she says a nice word, or makes an appropriate comment, then tag and reinforce that. Your goal is to increase Quiet Mouth and appropriate vocalizations.

And sadly, as bad as this attitude and treatment of Autistic children is, this is a relatively tame example when compared to the other unethical treatments, therapies, and methods of discipline that Autistic children are being subjected to every day (all in the name of making them appear less obviously Autistic). This is why we need Autism Acceptance Month and not the fear-mongering, negative, misinformed “awareness” that Autism Speaks and its allies are pumping out this April.

We need acceptance because Autistic children should be loved and accepted wholly and completely for who they are, not hurt and mistreated in their parent’s frantic search for a “cure”. Because Autistic people deserve to be treated with respect and listened to, not silenced and forced or coerced to conform to an ableist, non-disabled ideal. Because Autistic children need accommodation and understanding to live healthy, happy lives, not sketchy “treatments” and intensive, soul-crushing “therapies” to try to make them appear more neurotypical and less Autistic.

For more information on ASAN’s Autism Acceptance Month, see the about page on the website here: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

oh what the fuck :(

oh my…….gOD Idc what kind of mental condition your kid has, they’re not some kind of animal or pet or object, what the fuck is wrong with people who treat the disabled like this

It’s like that lady watched that episode of South Park where Cartman’s mom resorts to asking The Dog Whisperer to help control Cartman and she was like “wow why didn’t I think of that?”

It’s story time.  Once upon a time when I was five I was wrongly diagnosed with ADHD.  To rectify my behavior I was given several mind altering substances that changed my brain chemistry and how I process things forever.  Why?  Because the doctors said if I didn’t get these drugs I would never be able to function properly in society and I would fall behind and pretty much become a retarded imp with no social skills.  I’m not a parent but I can imagine that getting the news that your child is “different” and will not function like other children, that your child will be socially outcasted and pretty much die alone, can be pretty devastating.  I can imagine that a parent would want to do anything and everything just to get them to behave normally so they will be seen as normal.  I do not believe that parents hate their autistic children or that the behaviors their children have make the parents want to have a different child.  The screaming/verbal outburst is a constant reminder to the parent of what the doctors have told them.  Your child is different and your child will never function the same as other. I do not blame parents, it’s in their very DNA to want a good life for their children.  I blame advertisers and pill pushing doctors who use scare tactics.  Children who are “different” are not consumers or clients, they are not test subjects or data.  I encourage parents to look for solutions to behavioral issues.  However, keep in mind your child is a mini you, a human being who deserves consideration.  They cannot legally or mentally make decisions for their early life, it is up to you.  So by all means look, ask, ask some more, talk to others, hear the stories, see the other options.  Also, learn to deal.  Not everything is a problem, not everything is an issue.  Talk to the school and teachers, let them know about limitations and issues, and that you’re not just going to quite your child by any method just to make them happy.  It is ok to be different, we all are.

mecksickan:

So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift?

Happy Birthday to THE GROUND!!!

mecksickan:

So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift?

Happy Birthday to THE GROUND!!!

drewsanity:

durkin62:

watchoutboy:

OH MY GOD WHY, WHY DO YOU DO THIS ON A SITE WITH 13 YEAR OLDS WHO WILL ACTUALLY TRY THIS, STOP

Natural selection.

If you don’t already know why that’s a bad idea at 13, you’re living on borrowed time anyway.

Wait not everybody has done this four times before the age of thirteen…I mean…ha silly people.

drewsanity:

durkin62:

watchoutboy:

OH MY GOD WHY, WHY DO YOU DO THIS ON A SITE WITH 13 YEAR OLDS WHO WILL ACTUALLY TRY THIS, STOP

Natural selection.

If you don’t already know why that’s a bad idea at 13, you’re living on borrowed time anyway.

Wait not everybody has done this four times before the age of thirteen…I mean…ha silly people.

pazzojinn:

bryanthephotogeek:

pleatedjeans:

[available here]

I know a lot of people that would get these as gifts. 

I have a mighty need.

otlgaming:

SEVERED ANNOUNCEMENT TRAILER

Drinkbox Studios (the developers behind Guacamelee have announced their next game, Severed, and it looks amazing. I’m excited to see what kind of action fantasy adventure this game will hold especially with the visual flair that Drinkbox brings to their games.