I am Kicking Television

ADHD is about having broken filters on your perception.

Normal people have a sort of mental secretary that takes the 99% of irrelevant crap that crosses their mind, and simply deletes it before they become consciously aware of it. As such, their mental workspace is like a huge clean whiteboard, ready to hold and organize useful information.

ADHD people… have no such luxury. Every single thing that comes in the front door gets written directly on the whiteboard in bold, underlined red letters, no matter what it is, and no matter what has to be erased in order for it to fit.

As such, if we’re in the middle of some particularly important mental task, and our eye should happen to light upon… a doorknob, for instance, it’s like someone burst into the room, clad in pink feathers and heralded by trumpets, screaming HEY LOOK EVERYONE, IT’S A DOORKNOB! LOOK AT IT! LOOK! IT OPENS THE DOOR IF YOU TURN IT! ISN’T THAT NEAT? I WONDER HOW THAT ACTUALLY WORKS DO YOU SUPPOSE THERE’S A CAM OR WHAT? MAYBE ITS SOME KIND OF SPRING WINCH AFFAIR ALTHOUGH THAT SEEMS KIND OF UNWORKABLE.

It’s like living in a soft rain of post-it notes.

This happens every single waking moment, and we have to manually examine each thought, check for relevance, and try desperately to remember what the thing was we were thinking before it came along, if not. Most often we forget, and if we aren’t caught up in the intricacies of doorknob engineering, we cast wildly about for context, trying to guess what the hell we were up to from the clues available.

On the other hand, we’re extremely good at working out the context of random remarks, as we’re effectively doing that all the time anyway.

We rely heavily on routine, and 90% of the time get by on autopilot. You can’t get distracted from a sufficiently ingrained habit, no matter what useless crap is going on inside your head… unless someone goes and actually disrupts your routine. I’ve actually been distracted out of taking my lunch to work, on several occasions, by my wife reminding me to take my lunch to work. What the? Who? Oh, yeah, will do. Where was I? um… briefcase! Got it. Now keys.. okay, see you honey!

Also, there’s a diminishing-returns thing going on when trying to concentrate on what you might call a non-interactive task. Entering a big block of numbers into a spreadsheet, for instance. Keeping focused on the task takes exponentially more effort each minute, for less and less result. If you’ve ever held a brick out at arm’s length for an extended period, you’ll know the feeling. That’s why the internet, for instance, is like crack to us - it’s a non-stop influx of constantly-new things, so we can flick from one to the next after only seconds. Its better/worse than pistachios.

The exception to this is a thing we get called hyper focus. Occasionally, when something just clicks with us, we can get ridiculously deeply drawn into it, and NOTHING can distract us. We’ve locked our metaphorical office door, and we’re not coming out for anything short of a tornado.

Medication takes the edge off. It reduces the input, it tones down the fluster, it makes it easier to ignore trivial stuff, and it increases the maximum focus-time. Imagine steadicam for your skull. It also happens to make my vision go a little weird and loomy occasionally, and can reduce appetite a bit.

Hope this helps and please do share this so that more people can learn what its really like to have ADHD.

— Tickd mobile by factnotfiction (via book—wyrm)

(Source: merganize)


varrics:

ah yes, civil war, where the government wants all 6 superheroes to register even tho one has a smithsonian exhibit, one never hid his identity AT ALL and the rest of the information shield had on everyone else was thrown onto the internet at the end of cap 2

what a great plot 

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You know, between all of the other reasons not to film this story, I didn’t even consider that Capt’s role in leaking all of the S.H.I.E.L.D. info would further obviate the whole storyline.

At this point this is either going to be a.) the worst thing Marvel studios has done, or b.) a completely different story with the ‘Civil War’ title tacked on, much in the way that ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is going to be straightforward Ultron story, rather than a joyless, pointless crossover that was Days of Future Past but with Ultrons in place of Sentinels.

Sadly, as is, we have no details to as to what the story would be.  So we pretty much have to go by the comic it’s being based off of.  :-/


jimchadwick:

IT’S JACK KIRBY DAY
Jack Kirby, the greatest and most prolific comic book artist of all time, was born 97 years ago today, August 28, 1917. Gone 20 years now, his legacy lives on now and forever. Long Live the King!

Today is the 97th Birthday of the  great Jack Kirby.  I’ll have more to say on this later, but for now I figured it would be best to re-blog this smattering of his artwork.jimchadwick:

IT’S JACK KIRBY DAY
Jack Kirby, the greatest and most prolific comic book artist of all time, was born 97 years ago today, August 28, 1917. Gone 20 years now, his legacy lives on now and forever. Long Live the King!

Today is the 97th Birthday of the  great Jack Kirby.  I’ll have more to say on this later, but for now I figured it would be best to re-blog this smattering of his artwork.jimchadwick:

IT’S JACK KIRBY DAY
Jack Kirby, the greatest and most prolific comic book artist of all time, was born 97 years ago today, August 28, 1917. Gone 20 years now, his legacy lives on now and forever. Long Live the King!

Today is the 97th Birthday of the  great Jack Kirby.  I’ll have more to say on this later, but for now I figured it would be best to re-blog this smattering of his artwork.jimchadwick:

IT’S JACK KIRBY DAY
Jack Kirby, the greatest and most prolific comic book artist of all time, was born 97 years ago today, August 28, 1917. Gone 20 years now, his legacy lives on now and forever. Long Live the King!

Today is the 97th Birthday of the  great Jack Kirby.  I’ll have more to say on this later, but for now I figured it would be best to re-blog this smattering of his artwork.jimchadwick:

IT’S JACK KIRBY DAY
Jack Kirby, the greatest and most prolific comic book artist of all time, was born 97 years ago today, August 28, 1917. Gone 20 years now, his legacy lives on now and forever. Long Live the King!

Today is the 97th Birthday of the  great Jack Kirby.  I’ll have more to say on this later, but for now I figured it would be best to re-blog this smattering of his artwork.jimchadwick:

IT’S JACK KIRBY DAY
Jack Kirby, the greatest and most prolific comic book artist of all time, was born 97 years ago today, August 28, 1917. Gone 20 years now, his legacy lives on now and forever. Long Live the King!

Today is the 97th Birthday of the  great Jack Kirby.  I’ll have more to say on this later, but for now I figured it would be best to re-blog this smattering of his artwork.jimchadwick:

IT’S JACK KIRBY DAY
Jack Kirby, the greatest and most prolific comic book artist of all time, was born 97 years ago today, August 28, 1917. Gone 20 years now, his legacy lives on now and forever. Long Live the King!

Today is the 97th Birthday of the  great Jack Kirby.  I’ll have more to say on this later, but for now I figured it would be best to re-blog this smattering of his artwork.jimchadwick:

IT’S JACK KIRBY DAY
Jack Kirby, the greatest and most prolific comic book artist of all time, was born 97 years ago today, August 28, 1917. Gone 20 years now, his legacy lives on now and forever. Long Live the King!

Today is the 97th Birthday of the  great Jack Kirby.  I’ll have more to say on this later, but for now I figured it would be best to re-blog this smattering of his artwork.jimchadwick:

IT’S JACK KIRBY DAY
Jack Kirby, the greatest and most prolific comic book artist of all time, was born 97 years ago today, August 28, 1917. Gone 20 years now, his legacy lives on now and forever. Long Live the King!

Today is the 97th Birthday of the  great Jack Kirby.  I’ll have more to say on this later, but for now I figured it would be best to re-blog this smattering of his artwork.jimchadwick:

IT’S JACK KIRBY DAY
Jack Kirby, the greatest and most prolific comic book artist of all time, was born 97 years ago today, August 28, 1917. Gone 20 years now, his legacy lives on now and forever. Long Live the King!

Today is the 97th Birthday of the  great Jack Kirby.  I’ll have more to say on this later, but for now I figured it would be best to re-blog this smattering of his artwork.

jimchadwick:

IT’S JACK KIRBY DAY

Jack Kirby, the greatest and most prolific comic book artist of all time, was born 97 years ago today, August 28, 1917. Gone 20 years now, his legacy lives on now and forever. Long Live the King!

Today is the 97th Birthday of the  great Jack Kirby.  I’ll have more to say on this later, but for now I figured it would be best to re-blog this smattering of his artwork.


Friday Music Playlist: Punk Rock Will Never Die Edition! →

donnys-boy:

Part of the soft spot I have for the Clash is how completely unpunk “Rock the Casbah.” Maybe it’s just a sign of selling out, I dunno, but I like to think they were just all, “Hey, look, we accidentally made a disco song. Huh. How ‘bout that.”

Funny thing about the Clash is they started out as a raw punk band sounding like this to developing an increasingly diverse sounds including reggae, rhythm and blues, soul music, pop, hip-hop, and yes…disco.  Their third album London Calling included the following disco-flavoured number “Lost In the Supermarket”.  On their fourth album, the triple album Sandinista!. they went for more dance, pop, and world music oriented sounds including two straight disco numbers: "Ivan Meets G.I. Joe" and "The Call-Up", the kinda-disco-kinda-funk "Lighting Strikes (Not Once But Twice)", and their first stab at hip-hop which clearly owes a huge debt to disco, "The Magnificent Seven"

And let’s not forget their non-album hip-hop single “Radio Clash” which lifted the bassline from Chic’s "Good Times", though less obviously than Queen.

So by their fifth album Combat Rock on which “Rock the Casbah” appeared they had moved very naturally towards making that kind of music.  It’s just that the singles from that album are the ones that get the most play on U.S. radio.

OOH. Next themed Friday Music Playlist is totally gonna be disco!

Oooooooooooo!  I need to line-up a companion disco punk playlist then.


Friday Music Playlist: Punk Rock Will Never Die Edition!

donnys-boy:

As I said when I posted my heavy metal playlist, I am not terribly concerned about the “authenticity” of specific groups or performers or whether they are true examples of [genre]. That way lies hours of boring and tedious music nerd wankery.

Related Fun Fact: Half the reason I’m including an Avril Lavigne song is to thumb my nose at the concept of Real True Punk.

Bonus points for the nose tweaking. :)

Funny thing this that for all of punk’s obsession with ideological and musical purity very few of the first wave of punk artists in the New York and British scenes actually stuck with it.  Case in point, “One Way Or Another” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” both appeared on albums with disco numbers (and in the Clash’s case, seemingly three years after disco “died”).

Personally I think that both songs are even further from the punk template than “Sk8er Boi”.


What the fucks happening in Ferguson? from spoopyvapor

pumpkinclem:

Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.