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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)

This is incredibly spot on for my experiences, right down to my wife’s reminders.

In fact, I was just about to post something interesting when I found this post and now I have no idea what it was. I’m going to spend the next 20 minutes looking back over my feed to see if something re-triggers that exact random thought.

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Oh my god, this is exactly it. This is my brain. This is my life. Seriously if I’m doing something DO NOT INTERRUPT

In an essay for graduate school, I likened having ADHD with anxiety like having a brain full of a cloud of rainbow butterflies… Made of fire and razor wire. I can’t help but chase the thoughts, but then I realize that I’ve lost control of the task and have an anxiety attack / I’ve caught the butterfly but it’s dead and I’m bleeding and burned.

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Oh boy, basically welcome to my life. I’ve never understood how people can just clear their mind to sleep. I have to race my ind around till it literally shuts down from exhaustion.

(Source: merganize)

A public service announcement about Satin

notbadcosplay:

Poor satin. Everyone assumes satin is terrible. HOWEVER when it’s used well and carefully, it is an AMAZING material to work with. See what CASA and BRIDAL satin are capable of (though NEVER use costume satin, it’s the cheap shiny stuff)

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Poor Casa Satin. Everyone just throws you right in with Costume Satin.

Hey, You should the cosplayers in here!
I’m the Beatrice in the first picture!
Though it’s funny, I used cotton sateen and drapery shantung for this this particular costume. I use high quality satins a lot in my work. I absolutely love it!

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

sheepuppy:

korriganbleedingink:

suck-my-bumblebee:

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raygender:

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themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.

This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. 

Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

can someone explain this to me with small words

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

i do not approve in the slightest

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

Frickin Frack this is important, please sign!

Oh what the fuck. 

signed!

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.

In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.

I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.

Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.

-Morgan

P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

little-star-sweeper:

So, a few weeks ago, Fox13 posted a costume contest to their website for Salt Lake Comic Con and I was really disappointed to see a lot of stolen photos had been entered.

One in particular (the Black Widow pictured in the screenshot above) took the lead, however, and even though I’ve contacted the people in charge of the contest, nothing is really being done about it.

To the person who stole KarenScarlet’s photo to pass it off as their own:

Did you really think nobody would notice?

Re-blogging to boost this. This happened in my home state and continues to happen in my cosplay community. Absolutely. Not. Ok. and will NEVER be ok.

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pligeons:

faidflourite:

Here are some of the pics released by Pastel-colored-cosplay of our shoot at the capitol! We realized we hadn’t taken any together of these cosplays we worked so hard on, so it was great to get them done! We thought the capitol was a great location since the finale of Guilty Crown takes place in their own government building. XD  (Also the central grid was perfect for Mana to dance on! Such a lovely location!)
These are all raw images, no photoshopping or alterations.  Hopefully you can see all the detail in Elrowiel’s bodice (over 10,000 rhinestones!) and Gai’s uniform(okay detail is hard to see with black on black XD;;; )  Anyway, hope you enjoy!
Series - Guilty Crown
Characters - Elrowiel as Ouma Mana, Pannon(that’s me!) as Tsutsugami Gai.

omg i think you guys are in my home town

It’s the Salt Lake City Capitol building. We’re from Utah!

For those curious about what on earth I’ve been up too! Here is a photo set of the Mana Ouma costume I completed for the World Cosplay Summit. With these costumes we place 1st at nationals to win the spot of Team USA. We will be in Nagoya Japan to compete in the world championships this summer!

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