urban nightlife reflections wallpaper, the selfish benefits of learning self-control, conservatives who mentally live in the dark ages

urban nightlife reflections wallpaper


Building Self-Control, the American Way

Effective approaches for building self-control combine fun with progressively increasing challenges. Rather than force activities onto an unwilling child, take advantage of his or her individual tendencies. When children develop self-control through their own pursuit of happiness, no parental hovering is required. Find something that the child is crazy about but that requires active effort. Whether it’s compiling baseball statistics or making (but not passively watching) YouTube videos, passionate hobbies build mental staying power that can also be used for math homework.

Play allows children to practice skills that are useful in adult life. Young children build self-control through elaborate, imaginative games like pretending to be a doctor or a fireman. Preschool teachers can promote self-control with simple techniques — for example, handing a child a drawing of an ear to remind him that it’s his turn to listen. Frequent practice is crucial. Montessori preschool instruction, which has been shown to lead to strong academic achievement, incorporates self-control into daily activities.

Learning a second language strengthens mental flexibility, an aspect of self-control, because the languages interfere with each other and because children must determine which language the listener will understand. Bilingual children do well on tasks that require them to ignore conflicting cues, for example reporting that a word is printed in green ink even though it says “red.” Bilingual children are better at learning abstract rules and reversing previously learned rules, even before their first birthday. People who continue to speak both languages as adults show these benefits for a lifetime.

My best arguments for learning my control are selfish ones, though they do ultimately benefit others both in the way of being a social being in the community or by providing others the benefit of my learning and productivity . To have as much control over my life as possible and to do as much as I can considering my physical and financial limitations, and sometimes the limitations imposed on me by society – which are of arguable merit. The more I can show a little self-discipline the more I can learn and experience. All of that becomes grist for my mind. It becomes part of a massive puzzle where I can move around the pieces. In my mind I can step onto  one of those movie cranes where the camera can move around and look at things from as many angles as possible. People generally hate and complain about rote memorization, but for me, it has paid off. Even stuff that I forget for lack of use. There always comes a time that I need to recall that information. If I can recall fragments that it is enough to push me in the right direction to research whatever it is and refresh my memory. The more I commit to memory the more I can call on to associate with the new to incorporate that into long-term memory. Every piece is potentially a tool to figure out something else. One point on which I differ with the authors of the article is the learning as fun bit. Maybe for very young children. Children are going to reach a point where there is something they need to learn and there probably is not a way to make it fun. You can make the study process less tedious with scheduled breaks, little rewards like listening to a few minutes of music while you eat a few strawberries, but the learning itself is going to be difficult.

standing woman in a green shirt by egon schiele. note the tendency towards the triangular. schiele (June 12, 1890  – October 31, 1918) was a protegé of Gustave Klimt who had a similar approach, using angularity to create a dramatic tension. schiele was also not one to overly romanticize. there are remnants of impressionism, though just barely, shiele was clearly in the expressionist school.

At this point I wonder if these videos find me as much as I find them – Some body paint that changes colors as the video progresses – Lady Strangelove || Sweet Exchange (UNCUT). Not safe for work.

LADY STRANGELOVE are AZZ SHAW – Bass / Keyboards, JOSH VAN LOOY – Guitars, BRENDON SHAW – Vocals / Harmonica and FOX FAEHRMANN – Drums.

Make Up & Bodypaint Artists – Anita Rutter, Rebecca Burrato, Foliage Howlett
Production Assistants – Kabelo Sebesho, Levon Hudson

Model – Alisa Marie

fighter by egon schiele. again in this painting the impact is more about drama and tension than perfect physical representation. it also contains a little commentary about man’s animal nature.

If you set up video cameras everywhere you’re going to get a lot of helpful geographical information, along with people caught in the act of being themselves – legal and not so – The street views Google wasn’t expecting you to see – in pictures

The Tree of Diversification (or why the March of Progress is wrong) by David Winter. I love the march of progress. The problem is that the ape slowly turning into man is not the best representation of human-like diversification. Dave’s tree is nice, but perhaps if someone could make a tree that is a little more artistic, it might help in terms of visual appeal.

In addition to the time travel via human wormholes suggested by Jason Kottke I may have found another form of time travel. Admittedly an obvious discovery, but just in case some of us have not noticed. There seems to be a number of Americans who live in the 18th or 16th or even 15th century inside their heads. They see women as property, every gamete as sacred, believe church dogma beliefs trumps enlightened rational thought and freedom to worship as one chooses. I wonder if the locked metal chastity belts and tin-foil helmets poses a problem at TSA check points – How Conservative Lawmakers Lost Their Sense Of Shame

Connie Johnson is not afraid to be outrageous. The Democratic state senator from Oklahoma has watched in frustration for several years now as colleagues have rammed through bills limiting women’s reproductive rights.

She tried debating and making speeches. Finally, earlier this month, she thought of something that made her point more clearly, or at least more graphically.

She introduced an amendment that would define life as beginning not at conception, but at “ejaculation.”

“It wasn’t until I got graphic that people finally heard what I was saying,” Johnson says. “It was wonderful. If this is what it took to draw attention — to draw the world’s attention to Oklahoma — I’m willing to do it.”

Other legislators have used similarly provocative means to underline their point that bills addressing reproduction seem to be targeting women unfairly.

The Virginia Senate, for instance, last month rejected by two votes a measure, offered by Democrat Janet Howell, that would have required men to undergo a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before they could be prescribed drugs for erectile dysfunction. Howell’s measure may have been a stunt, but it was also intended as a serious comment on the underlying measure being debated, which would have required women to undergo an intravaginal ultrasound exam prior to an abortion.

If conservatives really want to get medieval they might want to have a long talk with themselves on whether they could truly handle that type of culture.

The Third & The Seventh. Have you ever wished you could rediscover the world the way you discovered it as a child. To see objects and structures in a fresh way. This video might help.

A FULL-CG animated piece that tries to illustrate architecture art across a photographic point of view where main subjects are already-built spaces. Sometimes in an abstract way. Sometimes surreal.

Credits: Modelling – Texturing – Illumination – Rendering by Alex Roman

Sound Design by Alex Roman

Based on original scores by: Michael Laurence Edward Nyman. (The Departure)
Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns. (Le Carnaval des animaux)