Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Hunting

Look at the art of Mikhail Vruben.

Mikhail Vruben

Reading about random ethnicities is interesting. See: the Adyghe, or Circassians, originally of the North Caucasus.

Old Goss post on valuing yourself.

putting yourself down is cowardly. It’s a way of making yourself safe, of hurting yourself before anyone else hurts you. Although, again as I mentioned, it doesn’t actually work, does it? It doesn’t make you feel safe, just sort of sad.

So how do you value yourself? It’s difficult to change your mental state, but it’s easy to change your actions. And changing your actions changes your mental state. So you must act as though you are valuable. You must act as though you are the best friend you’ve known and loved since childhood. When your best friend is sad, what do you do? Tell her how wonderful she is. When your best friend is sick, you bring her soup. You listen to her, you care about her, you buy her presents on her birthday. You draw her bubble baths. (All right, maybe not. Think of yourself as a friend even better than your best friend. After all, you were there when you were born, you will be there when you die. Who is closer to you than you are?)

If anyone insults her, you stand up for her. You never put her down or allow anyone else to do so. If she puts herself down, you tell her to stop. You tell her you won’t tolerate such behavior.

And you would be honest with your best friend. If the dress really was ugly, you would tell her, you wouldn’t let her wear it, you would take her shopping for another. You would certainly not stand there and insult her! You would tell her the truth and help her become the person she wants and deserves to be.
Surreal illustrations by Andrew Ferez. This one is my absolute favorite:

While I was in Hawaii I saw an exhibit of Herb Kane paintings. I rather loved this one:
Peleleu War Canoe
Herb Kane

How to Remember Things:

  • Become interested in what you're learning.
  • Find a way to leverage your visual memory.
  • Create a mental memory tree.
  • Associate what you're trying to learn with what you already know.
  • Write out items to be memorized over and over and over.
  • When reading for retention, summarize each paragraph in the margin.
  • Do most of your studying in the afternoon.
  • Get adequate sleep to consolidate and retain memories.
  • To decrease the risk of dementia:
    • Exercise your body.
    • Exercise your mind.

Hey, Federalist Papers. I had an ambition of reading all of them but ended up only going for summaries of the essentials.

While researching Ubermadchen ver. 1.0, I read up on the Biedermeier period. I like the "clean lines and utilitarian postures" of the furniture, while seeking something a bit more...disruptive, engaging, in the art.

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