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I’ve been working at for awhile and a lot of what I’ve written seems to stick to a specific theme.

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     “I was in graduate school, but things got to be too much, so I came to a halfway house in Boston for mental health treatment.  I’m schizophrenic, so it was not realistic to continue my studies.”
     “Was graduate school the first time you realized you had a problem?”
     “I had known for years that I had pretty bad mental health issues, yet I could still do my studies well. I was afraid of being sent away forever to a mental hospital, so I didn’t want to go into treatment until I absolutely had to. It turns out that mental health treatment is not as bad as I thought it would be. Referring to an entire group of people as ‘the mentally ill’ implies that it’s a permanent condition and there is nothing you can do about it. I’m employed and pretty functional, so I think I’m a good example that things like this are treatable and can happen to anyone.”
     “Do you think that the stress of graduate school had anything to do with your mental health getting worse?”
     “It definitely did. I was pretty isolated in graduate school – the people I knew were more my colleagues than my friends, and we talked mostly about work. When I first got there my assigned advisor had gone on sabbatical, so I didn’t have an advisor for my first year, which I felt was negligent. Also, math was starting to feel sterile and abstract. I didn’t feel that I was doing anything useful with my life; I was just solving little puzzles. I remember having an idealistic view of what it was like to be a professor; in reality, it wasn’t nearly as nice.
     “There were minor things too, such as my office not having any windows, which after six months made me feel stuck. Since then I’ve learned, of course, that my problems are fundamentally neurological, so it’s not like having a window would’ve cured anything. At the same time, mental hygiene is important. It’s possible that if I had found an environment in graduate school where I was happier, I might have gone to treatment before I had to go to the hospital. Instead, I wanted to work on short term goals, pushing through my papers and assignments to avoid focusing on the long term.”
     “Does your condition affect your current work?”
     “It does. I was hired full time, but I moved down to part time fairly recently. I needed more time to space out my week in order to resolve all the issues I was accumulating. My illness also strongly affects my professional advancement. It’s difficult to accept that I can’t think too far ahead about my career. Making sure I’m employed is enough of a challenge that I can’t afford to have my head in the clouds and set great goals for myself.”
     “What else have you learned from this experience so far?”
     “I’ve learned that once people get to know you, the stigma tends to go away. Often people will get to know me not realizing that I have any problems. We come to like each other really well, but then they say something insensitive. Schizophrenia is the archetype of mental illness and, for many, is synonymous with crazy person. So people would see someone and say, ‘Oh, that guy must be schizophrenic.’ Then I would say, ‘You know, that’s actually not very nice because… ‘
     “I think a lot of people haven’t been exposed in their personal lives to schizophrenia or severe bipolar disorder. Once they are, the stigma goes away. That’s why I think that someone going through something very severe should open up to their friends about it, without worrying about the reaction. It’s not going to be as bad as your brain is telling you. For me, it was very difficult to sort of ‘come out.’ I think a lot of people have the fear that they are going to lose friends. The truth is, if people are going to ditch you, they are not really your friends. That is not a good reason to end a friendship.”
     “Did you ever think, I can deal with this myself. It’s not a neurological issue, and I’ll be OK.?”
     “Not really. Instead, I blamed myself a lot. I would think, ‘I’m sitting here thinking about suicide when I should be doing work. What’s wrong with me?’ The correct answer was ‘I need to go to the doctor’, but instead I interpreted my condition as just being lazy. I think that’s a good example of why you need a therapist, someone outside your own brain who can help you through it.
     “One of the problems, I think, is that we as a society don’t view mental illness in the same way as physical illness. We have a hard time accepting that the brain is a physical organ where things can go wrong. We prefer to ignore that fact because mental illness affects people’s behavior and personality. I’m not ashamed to talk about my condition because I view it as a medical diagnosis like anything else.” 

Ok, so all of the HONY posts usually have 30,000 posts within a day of posting. Right now this has 604. So while the commentary is long, I am posting it again. The content is so DAMN important!

About a week later and only 707.
Read the content and then reblog. It explains so much.

897, and about a month later.

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We went to a cat cafe in London!

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Most grammarians and teachers agree that “alright" is informal, which basically means that you shouldn’t use it in essays for school.

However, so many people are—and have been—using “alright” that it might soon be “all right” to use “alright” in essays. But until then, avoid “alright” at all costs in formal writing.

It is understandable that many people use “alright” (and assume that it’s correct); after all, other common words that begin with “al-" are considered standard:


So remember,


In closing, even though “all right” is better than “alright,” you should consider using “adequate,” “satisfactory,” or some other synonym to make your writing sound a bit more sophisticated. After all, “all right” is only all right; it’s not great.

All right?


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Mismatched Surely it can’t be that hard to use a single typeface or typeface family here? We see Trajan, Adobe Garamond and Monotype Garamond with this sign at the Amora Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Do not feed halluciongens to the sign-maker This sign was not well planned. Here we have Linotype Helvetica Bold in different widths, with the amount of electronic condensing or expanding varying with each line other than the first two. A smaller point size should have been considered from the start, or Helvetica Bold Condensed should have been used throughout at a larger size.


Do not feed halluciongens to the sign-maker This sign was not well planned. Here we have Linotype Helvetica Bold in different widths, with the amount of electronic condensing or expanding varying with each line other than the first two. A smaller point size should have been considered from the start, or Helvetica Bold Condensed should have been used throughout at a larger size.

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[social sandbox] creating images for facebook and pinterest


Good morning,

On tap for this week: Tom Huizenga is doing a Reddit AMA on Thursday at 12PM ET with Beethoven biographer Jan Swafford. The chat will take place in /r/classicalmusic.

The Planet Money team will also be doing a Reddit AMA, on Friday at 1PM ET.

Editing Images…

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Artist Allison Greenwald took digits from her personal information, overlapped them, extracted the counter forms created between them, and then laser cut the resulting shapes. 

Pretty legit way to visualize a single person’s identity through datapoints.

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  • Question: awww what a cutie! Although I'd say she has more of a Korat than a RB :) How old is she? :) - love4my2cats
  • Answer:

    Faile is about 3 or 4. I definitely cannot tell yours apart. But it’s double cutie. :)



25 creative ways to help animal shelters
Short or time or money (or both) but still want to help your local animal shelter? Here are smart ways that you can make a big difference.

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Today is international Tiger Day, and Greenpeace are calling on the cats of the world to help save the 3,000 tigers who are left in the wild. @iamlilbub, @pudgethecat, @hamilton_the_hipster_cat and more have already joined the initiative. Your cat can too - visit to view the video and take part #CatsSaveTigers #catsofinstagram #internationaltigerday [source: ]

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Why do birds sunbathe?
This unusual behavior, which varies by bird species, plays two important roles in protecting healthy feathers.

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