My Mind Won't Stand Still

Just a collection of what I do and what interests me.

You know what really intrigues me?

shirabliss:

The fact that mathematics is the most hated subject in education received in 1st world education, even though it is the most honest and universal subject that we’re taught.

Science can be censored depending on the school/governing office’s belief system. History can be censored and bent to conform to social desires. Art can be censored and restricted. Social studies can be censored and bent to say what can only be deemed worth learning.

Math cannot be censored; for every mathematical question, there is an exact solution that cannot be censored, rewritten, or altered in any way. A school board cannot tell you that 2+2=5, nor can they tell you that Pythagoras’ theorem is a^2+b^2=abcdefg. You can debate science, history, and art, but you can’t debate numbers. It’s the most honest and objective subject taught in school. Despite that, it’s usually deemed “not worth learning” and “useless”.

… Why?

The certainty of numbers moves us forward. How do we explain and theorize science? With math. How do we objectively explain why art is so appealing in one composition, but not in another? With math. How did we explain that in a 24 hour day, 365 1/4 of those days will pass for the Earth to make one full rotation of the Sun? With math. How can we tell the circumference of the moon? With math. How do we explain how big our universe is, in a way that our minds can actually comprehend its size? With math. 

Math is amazing. If you have the right equation, you can find an answer to pretty much anything.

So why do we hate it so much? Because it’s too much work?? Because we need to practice it to understand it? Because math is non-sensory? I am genuinely curious as to why math, the tool that the most brilliant minds use almost every day to explain life itself, is hated by so many. 

Also, I’m tired of seeing things like “I don’t know how to do useful things like taxes, but I know what a hypotenuse is” (seriously, why use the most useful subject that you’re taught in school as ‘proof’ that 1st world education is suffering??)

leanmeanworkoutmachine:

Breakfasts
1. Fortified whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk and blueberriesFights depressionThe cereal’s fortified with vitamin B, which studies have linked to good mental health. Plus recent research suggests people who slurp down vitamin D in a serving of milk don’t just build strong bones — they’re also less likely to get depressed. And those berries may be blue, but they keep us from feeling that way. So get crunching tomorrow morning. Even a soggy bowl says smile!
2. Banana-almond-flax smoothieFights depression and stressSlurp some happiness on the go with a smoothie that does wonders for the mood and the taste buds. The potassium in bananas is a super stress-buster; plus nuts and flaxseed are great sourcesof omega-3s, which may help fight depression.
3. Buckwheat pancakes with sliced bananaBeats stressWhether they’re for breakfast or dinner, pancakes can almost always brighten up a bad day. And there’s science behind it, too: Buckwheat pancakes pack flavonoids that may help reduce stress(at least in mice). Top the stack with some sliced banana, filled with potassium, another stress-buster!

4. Full-fat Greek yogurt with honey and granolaFights depression, boosts pleasureThis positivity parfait packs a bunch of happy ingredients: protein from a creamy cupful of Greek yogurt increases levels of pleasure-boosting neurotransmitters, and the yogurt’s probiotics may be a tasty way to fight depression. Honey really is a spoonful of sweetness, with compounds that may fight depression by reducing inflammation in the brain. (Throw on some berries for extra healthy points!)
Salads
5. Salmon salad with vinaigretteFights depressionWhen a bad mood hits, try a forkful of fish to feel better. Keep things cheery and green with this salmon salad, chock-full of omega-3-filled ingredients (like salmon and olive oil) that can help prevent symptoms of depression. Swap plain ol’ lettuce for spinach leaves for a bunch of mood-boosting B vitamins.
6. Warm quinoa, spinach, and shitake saladFights depression and anxietyQuinoa’s not only an awesome vegan protein source — it’s also a complex carbohydrate that can help prevent depression and anxiety by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain. And beyond the B vitamins in spinach, mushrooms are a source of selenium, a compound that may help fight depression. This superfood-packed salad‘s got all the goods!
7. Beet, citrus, and avocado saladBoosts energyThis colorful concoction brightens up the mood and the dining table. A bowlful of beets helpsincrease happiness with tons of folate; the vitamin C in citrus fruit recharges the body; and the flavonoids in a squirt of lemon juice benefit the brain. Tell a bad day to beet it!
8. Wild seaweed saladFights depression and anxietyVegetarians and carnivores alike can enjoy the positive feelings that come from a bowl of thissnazzy salad. Seaweed’s a source of iodine, which can help fight depression; brown rice is a complex carb that helps stabilize mood with serotonin; and the omega-3s in EVOO, flavonoids in lemon, and anthocyanins in honey may all boost mood.
Main Dishes
9. Poached eggs and asparagusFights depression and anxietyEggs are a (perhaps surprisingly) good source of vitamin D, which may be important for fighting depression; they also provide mood-boosting vitamin B. And asparagus is filled with tryptophan, which increases levels of serotonin in the brain and helps prevent depression and anxiety.
10. Brown rice and black beansFights depression and anxietyBeans aren’t just good for the heart — they’re good for the mind, too, since the selenium in them can help reduce inflammation in the brain. Plus brown rice can boost mood by regulating serotonin levels. Try this great recipe for happiness.
11. Almond-crusted barramundi fishFights depressionThe name of this meal is fun to say, but that’s not all that’s great about it. Barramundi fish andalmonds are excellent sources of omega-3s, which can help reduce depression and anxiety. Serve it with a side of spinach for a dose of B vitamins that also help create a positive mood. (Can’t find barramundi fish in the local grocery store? Try sea bass instead, although it doesn’t have quite as many omega-3s.)
12. Seared lamb chops with anchoviesFights depression and beats stressGo classier — and happier — than chicken wings and use grass-fed meat in this dinner recipe. Lamb is packed with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a compound that reduces stress hormones, and anchovies provide depression-fighting omega-3s.
13. Turkey burger with sweet potato friesFights depression and anxietyStep up the traditional burger ’n fries with a meal that’s easier on the belly and the brain. Thetryptophan in turkey increases levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood. Plussweet potatoes are filled with mood-boosting B vitamins. Fry them in olive oil for some extra omega-3 happiness power!
Pasta
14. Spaghetti with steamed musselsFights depression and anxietyMussels — and most types of shellfish — are loaded with B vitamins, important for a good mood[11] Try this recipe, which features whole-wheat pasta and EVOO. Certain food combinations have a lot to do with mood: A meal that includes carbs, protein, and fat (like this one) can stop a case of the Debby Downers in its tracks.
15. Whole-wheat pasta with cauliflower and collardsFights depressionThis vegetarian pasta dish has complex carbs, which help regulate mood, plus a serving of healthy veggies. Pack an extra punch with purple cauliflower — it not only looks cool, it also prevents depression with a hefty dose of B vitamins.
16. Walnut-miso noodlesFights depression, anxiety, and stressEverything about this dish screams healthy, happy, and delicious. Whole-wheat pasta is a complex carb that increases serotonin levels, and walnuts pack omega-3s that fight depression and anxiety. And chop up some chard for a tasty topping that’s a great source of magnesium, which can improve snooze time and reduce stress levels, especially for ladies.
Soups and Stews
17. Chicken soup with vegetablesBoosts alertnessTry a bowlful of the good stuff for the soul and for a smile. Chicken packs the protein that helps us stay alert and ready to tackle the day. And orange you glad vegetables like carrots and squash also improve mood. Loud slurping required.
18. Lentil and vegetable stew with kaleFights depressionCurl up with a cup of lentil stew on a rainy day to keep things sunny inside. Kale and the little legumes are great sources of folate, important for a good mood.
Side Dishes
19. Braised collards with tomatoesFights depressionThis picture-perfect side dish features B vitamins and lycopene, which may fight depression by reducing inflammation in the brain. Substitute cherry tomatoes for the whole tomatoes in this recipe, since it’s easier to eat more of the lycopene-packed skin that way.
20. Fresh corn and blue potato hashFights depressionDon’t worry, these potatoes aren’t moldy, but they are delicious ways to get happy. Blue potatoes (and their skins) are loaded with anthocyanins and iodine, nutrients that reduce inflammation in the brain and help regulate mood. This creative recipe adds an extra bonus with the mood-boosting B vitamins in spinach.
Snacks and Desserts
21. Trail mix with nuts and dark chocolateBoosts alertness and beats stressThis crunchy combo is filled with monounsaturated fats that help prevent blood sugar crashes, a major cause of grouchiness. Plus they can increase levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood (and digestion). And a smidge of dark chocolate can prevent sluggishness with high levels of theobromine, a stimulant similar to caffeine. Plus even a few bites of the sweet stuff can reduce levels of sneaky stress hormones.
22. Granola bars with chocolateFights depression and anxietyThese homemade treats may look like cookies, but they’re actually nutritious ways to perk up. They’re filled with ingredients that fight depression and anxiety, like the omega-3s in flaxseed and anthocyanins in honey. Even better, dark chocolate’s a stress-buster and oats are a source of soluble fiber that helps prevent mood swings.
23. Chocolate chia seed puddingFights depression and anxietyCh-ch-ch-chia! And chocolate! A more nutritious alternative to the standard pudding cup, this recipe’s a double whammy for a good mood. Chia seeds are a source of those depression-and-anxiety-reducing Omega-3s, and dark cocoa powder helps keep bad moods in check.
Beverages
24. Coffee with cinnamonBoosts energyThere’s no Red Bull required to make it through a long afternoon. Coffee’s a natural stimulant, brightening a dismal day by boosting energy and metabolism.. A cup o’ Joe may also create feel-good feelings (in humans and in rats) by increasing levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. And a sprinkle of cinnamon’s all it takes to put some more pep in that step.
25. Green tea and honeyRelieves anger and anxietySip a cup of the green stuff at breakfast, before bedtime, or during a relaxing afternoon break. Green tea’s a great source of theanine, which helps reduce anger and improve concentration. Add a spoonful of honey to reap the benefits of anxiety-reducing anthocyanins.

leanmeanworkoutmachine:

Breakfasts

1. Fortified whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk and blueberries
Fights depression
The cereal’s fortified with vitamin B, which studies have linked to good mental health. Plus recent research suggests people who slurp down vitamin D in a serving of milk don’t just build strong bones — they’re also less likely to get depressed. And those berries may be blue, but they keep us from feeling that way. So get crunching tomorrow morning. Even a soggy bowl says smile!

2. Banana-almond-flax smoothie
Fights depression and stress
Slurp some happiness on the go with a smoothie that does wonders for the mood and the taste buds. The potassium in bananas is a super stress-buster; plus nuts and flaxseed are great sourcesof omega-3s, which may help fight depression.

3. Buckwheat pancakes with sliced banana
Beats stress
Whether they’re for breakfast or dinner, pancakes can almost always brighten up a bad day. And there’s science behind it, too: Buckwheat pancakes pack flavonoids that may help reduce stress(at least in mice). Top the stack with some sliced banana, filled with potassium, another stress-buster!

4. Full-fat Greek yogurt with honey and granola
Fights depression, boosts pleasure
This positivity parfait packs a bunch of happy ingredients: protein from a creamy cupful of Greek yogurt increases levels of pleasure-boosting neurotransmitters, and the yogurt’s probiotics may be a tasty way to fight depression. Honey really is a spoonful of sweetness, with compounds that may fight depression by reducing inflammation in the brain. (Throw on some berries for extra healthy points!)

Salads

5. Salmon salad with vinaigrette
Fights depression
When a bad mood hits, try a forkful of fish to feel better. Keep things cheery and green with this salmon salad, chock-full of omega-3-filled ingredients (like salmon and olive oil) that can help prevent symptoms of depression. Swap plain ol’ lettuce for spinach leaves for a bunch of mood-boosting B vitamins.

6. Warm quinoa, spinach, and shitake salad
Fights depression and anxiety
Quinoa’s not only an awesome vegan protein source — it’s also a complex carbohydrate that can help prevent depression and anxiety by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain. And beyond the B vitamins in spinach, mushrooms are a source of selenium, a compound that may help fight depression. This superfood-packed salad‘s got all the goods!

7. Beet, citrus, and avocado salad
Boosts energy
This colorful concoction brightens up the mood and the dining table. A bowlful of beets helpsincrease happiness with tons of folate; the vitamin C in citrus fruit recharges the body; and the flavonoids in a squirt of lemon juice benefit the brain. Tell a bad day to beet it!

8. Wild seaweed salad
Fights depression and anxiety
Vegetarians and carnivores alike can enjoy the positive feelings that come from a bowl of thissnazzy salad. Seaweed’s a source of iodine, which can help fight depression; brown rice is a complex carb that helps stabilize mood with serotonin; and the omega-3s in EVOO, flavonoids in lemon, and anthocyanins in honey may all boost mood.

Main Dishes

9. Poached eggs and asparagus
Fights depression and anxiety
Eggs are a (perhaps surprisingly) good source of vitamin D, which may be important for fighting depression; they also provide mood-boosting vitamin B. And asparagus is filled with tryptophan, which increases levels of serotonin in the brain and helps prevent depression and anxiety.

10. Brown rice and black beans
Fights depression and anxiety
Beans aren’t just good for the heart — they’re good for the mind, too, since the selenium in them can help reduce inflammation in the brain. Plus brown rice can boost mood by regulating serotonin levels. Try this great recipe for happiness.

11. Almond-crusted barramundi fish
Fights depression
The name of this meal is fun to say, but that’s not all that’s great about it. Barramundi fish andalmonds are excellent sources of omega-3s, which can help reduce depression and anxiety. Serve it with a side of spinach for a dose of B vitamins that also help create a positive mood. (Can’t find barramundi fish in the local grocery store? Try sea bass instead, although it doesn’t have quite as many omega-3s.)

12. Seared lamb chops with anchovies
Fights depression and beats stress
Go classier — and happier — than chicken wings and use grass-fed meat in this dinner recipe. Lamb is packed with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a compound that reduces stress hormones, and anchovies provide depression-fighting omega-3s.

13. Turkey burger with sweet potato fries
Fights depression and anxiety
Step up the traditional burger ’n fries with a meal that’s easier on the belly and the brain. Thetryptophan in turkey increases levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood. Plussweet potatoes are filled with mood-boosting B vitamins. Fry them in olive oil for some extra omega-3 happiness power!

Pasta

14. Spaghetti with steamed mussels
Fights depression and anxiety
Mussels — and most types of shellfish — are loaded with B vitamins, important for a good mood[11] Try this recipe, which features whole-wheat pasta and EVOO. Certain food combinations have a lot to do with mood: A meal that includes carbs, protein, and fat (like this one) can stop a case of the Debby Downers in its tracks.

15. Whole-wheat pasta with cauliflower and collards
Fights depression
This vegetarian pasta dish has complex carbs, which help regulate mood, plus a serving of healthy veggies. Pack an extra punch with purple cauliflower — it not only looks cool, it also prevents depression with a hefty dose of B vitamins.

16. Walnut-miso noodles
Fights depression, anxiety, and stress
Everything about this dish screams healthy, happy, and delicious. Whole-wheat pasta is a complex carb that increases serotonin levels, and walnuts pack omega-3s that fight depression and anxiety. And chop up some chard for a tasty topping that’s a great source of magnesium, which can improve snooze time and reduce stress levels, especially for ladies.

Soups and Stews

17. Chicken soup with vegetables
Boosts alertness
Try a bowlful of the good stuff for the soul and for a smile. Chicken packs the protein that helps us stay alert and ready to tackle the day. And orange you glad vegetables like carrots and squash also improve mood. Loud slurping required.

18. Lentil and vegetable stew with kale
Fights depression
Curl up with a cup of lentil stew on a rainy day to keep things sunny inside. Kale and the little legumes are great sources of folate, important for a good mood.

Side Dishes

19. Braised collards with tomatoes
Fights depression
This picture-perfect side dish features B vitamins and lycopene, which may fight depression by reducing inflammation in the brain. Substitute cherry tomatoes for the whole tomatoes in this recipe, since it’s easier to eat more of the lycopene-packed skin that way.

20. Fresh corn and blue potato hash
Fights depression
Don’t worry, these potatoes aren’t moldy, but they are delicious ways to get happy. Blue potatoes (and their skins) are loaded with anthocyanins and iodine, nutrients that reduce inflammation in the brain and help regulate mood. This creative recipe adds an extra bonus with the mood-boosting B vitamins in spinach.

Snacks and Desserts

21. Trail mix with nuts and dark chocolate
Boosts alertness and beats stress
This crunchy combo is filled with monounsaturated fats that help prevent blood sugar crashes, a major cause of grouchiness. Plus they can increase levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood (and digestion). And a smidge of dark chocolate can prevent sluggishness with high levels of theobromine, a stimulant similar to caffeine. Plus even a few bites of the sweet stuff can reduce levels of sneaky stress hormones.

22. Granola bars with chocolate
Fights depression and anxiety
These homemade treats may look like cookies, but they’re actually nutritious ways to perk up. They’re filled with ingredients that fight depression and anxiety, like the omega-3s in flaxseed and anthocyanins in honey. Even better, dark chocolate’s a stress-buster and oats are a source of soluble fiber that helps prevent mood swings.

23. Chocolate chia seed pudding
Fights depression and anxiety
Ch-ch-ch-chia! And chocolate! A more nutritious alternative to the standard pudding cup, this recipe’s a double whammy for a good mood. Chia seeds are a source of those depression-and-anxiety-reducing Omega-3s, and dark cocoa powder helps keep bad moods in check.

Beverages

24. Coffee with cinnamon
Boosts energy
There’s no Red Bull required to make it through a long afternoon. Coffee’s a natural stimulant, brightening a dismal day by boosting energy and metabolism.. A cup o’ Joe may also create feel-good feelings (in humans and in rats) by increasing levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. And a sprinkle of cinnamon’s all it takes to put some more pep in that step.

25. Green tea and honey
Relieves anger and anxiety
Sip a cup of the green stuff at breakfast, before bedtime, or during a relaxing afternoon break. Green tea’s a great source of theanine, which helps reduce anger and improve concentration. Add a spoonful of honey to reap the benefits of anxiety-reducing anthocyanins.

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olechandserif:

Barry, can you but in a floating burger with eyes, smiling, gently floating right to left across the screen. 

image

Thank you Barry

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Two cats need temp-home!!!

satoshi-the-wizard:

I know that I’ve posted this before but its really really urgent. My fiance and I have been in a bad place financially, and we can’t afford rent where we live now, in michigan. We’re moving in with my fiance’s parents, and we cannot find ANYONE to take in the cats for the 2-3 months it would take to save up money to afford an apartment.

They are both well-trained, fixed, and non-aggressive cats. One is a big, fluffy, very playful male named Shiyin, and the other is a tiny, shy girl named Berryboo. They have claws but I can supply a scratching post for them to use. I can pay for their food and litter expenses.

We really don’t want to surrender our cats to a shelter. I rescued my cat, Berryboo, from my abusive home, and I’ve watched her bloom from the underfed, underloved, fearful animal she was before. She’s improved so much over the past two years, and I’m afraid she’ll wither away in a shelter environment, because she is afraid of loud and continuous noises, and would likely be branded as a “problem cat” because she isn’t immediately friendly and attention-seeking like her brother.

All we’d need is someone willing to keep them in, say, a spare room for a few months. I can pay for their food and litter, they come with a single food bowl and water dish (they share well) and I can provide a scratching post if neccessary. My cat might meow the first night, but they generally aren’t too loud or anything.

I’m just afraid of losing my baby. WE got out of a dangerous situation together and I can’t bear the thought of putting her into a shelter, and having her never leave it. I’ve worked in animal shelters before, I have seen what happens to cats that don’t acclimate to a shelter environment well.

I’ve even contacted organizations that help with placing cats into a temporary home or shelter and so far every single one has turned us down because of having two cats, or because of the time frame. My only other option would be to put them into some sort of kennel or boarding home and they would likely be underfed, get no attention, and probably get kennel cough, fleas, ticks, and other horrible things that happen in kennels, not to mention it would cost about a thousand dollars or more for both of them for that time frame and I just don’t have that sort of money

takeoffyourpantsandjagket:

sitting in silence with your best friend is actually really nice because youre together and youre just happy to be together even if the both of you are just scrolling through tumblr and twitter because you occasionally point something else to the other person and laugh and maybe talk but youre just comfortable and together and thats enough

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shohou-exorcist:

cheshirewolfy:

roidyraw:

As soon as I learned Nicki Minaj voiced Sugilite, I had to

fdvysfd swagginmun

plus bonus:

I stoped the video to reblog it and

Aaaaaaayyyyy

I couldn’t just simple scroll pass this and NOT fuckin’ reblog it. This is fuckin’ perfection right here.

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