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I keep seeing self defense posts going around tumblr, so here’s one full of videos for wheelchair users!! 

#2: Striking Drills
#3: Stopping the Ground & Pound
#4: Techniques on your Back
5: Stick Fighting Techniques
#6: Learning how to Fall (when pushed from yr chair)
#7: Sticking and Sensitivity
#8: Drills: Knife Flow
9: Ground Flow Pressure
11: Training Ground Defense and Locks


[This video demonstrates some physical defenses against basic attacks. No effort is made to demonstrate the mental and physical aspects of self defense. The subject is a T4-5 paraplegic and 42 years old. Warning: proper training is required. The makers of this video disclaim all liability in connection with this video.

Transcript note: for each attack we first see the attack with no defense, and then with the described defense.

Situation 1: the push attack. Hard push from the front. Defensive action: Attack the attacker. Control his head. Finish with a double arm choke to the back of his neck.

Situation 2: The rear attack. Circles and taken down from the rear. Defensive action: Attack the attacker. Control his head. Finish with a choke or attack the eyes, nose, ears and throat.

Situation 3: Attempted rear attack. Defensive action: Attack the attacker. Control his legs. Get to his head and finish him. (Tackle to prevent the circle to rear)

Situation 4: The front tackle attack. Tackled from the front. Defensive action: Attack the attacker. Control his head. Finish with a guillotine choke.

Situation 5: Front kick attack. Defensive action: Attack the attacker. Trap his kicking leg. Take him down and finish him. 

Double leg takedown. Finish with a rear choke. Single leg with strike. Redirect stomp, takedown and toelock. Redirect kick, takedown and choke. Attack shin, takedown and brain buster.

The techniques shown in the preceeding video were executed at 75% speed and 50% intent for demonstration purposes. The techniques represent the DISRUPT step of the Not-Me! Strategy of DECIDE, DETER, DISRUPT and DISENGAGE. No attempt was made to simulate a realistic self defense situation. For more information, please visit our website]

I don’t know how useful this would be in practice (it’s not relevant to my specific set of disabilities, at any rate), but it’s certainly cool for imagining action scenes with paraplegic heroes.

[animated gifs of long objects with sails and multiple sets of complex articulated front and back legs that methodically move them forward across a beach filled with onlookers. One object has pointed ends that move around like the head of a curious worm made of thin triangular scoffolding. Each object is about 2m high and 10m long and it all looks like some freaky live action Ghibli movie]




Theo Jansen  Strandbeest

Side note: These don’t have motors. They’re completely momentum/wind-powered and literally just wander around beaches unsupervised like giant abstract monsters.

Check out the Strandbeest website there are videos omg so bizarre.


ive never believed in passive aggressive vagueblogging, unlike SOME people i could mention


[An adorable round pillbug/slater/woodlouse design]



Do you like rolypolies? HELL YEAH YOU DO. Wanna hug one? Because I’ve got a design up for voting on Squishable that would let you do JUST THAT.

Please spread the word! Also vote! And maybe vote for the other cuties up there. Like there’s a cute scorpion and stuff. VOTE!

OK somehow I managed to post this on my sideblog like a loser, so here it is in the appropriate place.

Yuri manga by women about women (who aren’t in high school)



Sadly a lot of them are one shots, but there’s a few longer ones. A lot of yuri manga is tragically too short and I’m always left wanting more. D: 

After some struggles with myself, I ended up putting stories about college aged women so long as it’s not “innocent school life” heavy. 

Yamaji Ebine

  • Love my Life (this one has a movie. A uni student coming out to her father and finding that her parents were both queer as well.)
  • Indigo Blue (A novelist caught between feelings for her boyfriend but also her feelings for another woman.)
  • Free Soul (22 year old aspiring manga artist writing a manga about a black jazz singer. Artist falls for a trumpeter of a jazz band.)
  • Sweet Lovin Baby (A young woman befriends a lesbian couple and falls for them. With three other short stories.)  

Morishima Akiko

  • Conditions for Paradise- An OL in love with a world hopping freelance journalist
  • We’re Aiming for Love Now (Journalist and a cutie in a cosplay store)
  • Happy Picture Diary - (REALLY FUNNY. An social worker and an editor’s daily life together. All chibi but with some really real lesbian life jokes)
  • Off-Time (an aging lesbian short one shot)
  • 20-Year-Old Girl x 30-Year-Old Maiden- (one shot, a 30 year old sensitive about her age with a 20 year old woman in her art class)
  • Princess of the Stars- (short- almost didn’t make it b/c high school flashbacks but it’s college roomies and it’s short and sweet- and challenges that “girls experiment with girls in high school then grow out of it” thing that people in Japan sometimes think)

Other Artists: 

  • Ohana Holoholo: Torino Shino (Saya lives with her bisexual former girlfriend and her son. Nico, an actor living up stairs and a close friend, drops by for a visit almost everyday.  Somewhat like family, and somewhat not, a story about their lives)
  • My Unique Day-Sakamoto Mano (women in an acting troupe together. one shot)
  • Abracadabra- Tanaka Minoru (a magician and a cute girl dealing with confessing to a girl for the first time)
  • Lonely Wolf, Lonely Sheep- Mizutani Fuka (two women with the same name meet. Warnings for self harm)
  • Cirque Arachne: Saida Nika (Two women working in the circus in a trapeze act. Stellar cute.)   
  • Maple Love- Otsu Hiyori (meeting in college; really cute)

Two that I recommend but are set apart from the others because one is written by a man and one is written with the male audience in mind respectively

This is by no means an exhaustive list and I know there’s more (one particularly that I wanted to put on here but couldn’t remember the title of) so feel free to add on your favorite adult queer lady manga to the list!

Just started “Love My Life” and I’m really enjoying it! Just remember, if you’re new to manga, to read the panels right to left!

[Don’t have energy for a full description, but there’s pictures and descriptions of the following fruit: Buddha’s Hand, African Cucumber, Black Sapote, Durian Fruit, Monstera Deliciosa, Physalis, Sugar Apple, Rambutan, Wood Apple, Snake Fruit] 







Wow I like weird fruits and I have only heard of three of these before. Only actually tried one-the kiwano melon. I eat those regularly.

I made the mistake once of trying the African cucumber.  It, uh.  Tastes like cucumber.  Yeah.

Kiwano is absolutely delicious wtf you talking about


Blew my fucking mind when I tried one. 

ooh we used to have a custard apple tree. i love the taste but i don’t like the texture? it’s been AGES though

also i’ve had black sapote and it was pretty good

I want to try all of these.

Man this is such a lesson in the cultural specificity of “exotic”/weird. I mean quite a few of these I’ve never seen in person and some I’d never heard of before this post, but rambutan you can buy at the local supermarket for about the same price as raspberries (which are equivalently “exotic” to Perth’s mediterranian climate) and physalis (“as exotic as it’s name”) aka cape gooseberry is a common garden plant. I can’t see how most of these are inherently more interesting than, say, pineapples. I will admit to the inherent weirdness of durian: it may be common in South East Asia but that just means they have to put up signs about the smell (but even then south east asians may disagree with me on that being interesting!)


Happy birthday emberkeelty! I attempted to combine two of your favorite things and wrote you this short monstrosity! 

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This is adorable.

[A guinea pig sniffing at an abacus then standing over it’s defeated foe]



I have found my new accountant.

Hey, i was wondering if you could give me some advice. I think i may have alexithymia, or at least i have difficulty identifying and describing emotions, and i get that thing where i will mistake physical signs for emotions and vice versa. Do you have a list of things that you could suggest that i check next time I'm feeling really horrible and not sure why? Because this will happen and it will turn out that i just needed to sleep, or eat, etc.




I’ve been thinking about this a lot and while I don’t think this will be a comprehensive list, I’ll try. Often emotions will manifest as one or more interoceptive (physical) sensations and interoceptive sensations can be confused for emotions (especially anxiety or nervousness). Here are some ways to identify both that I’ve found helpful.

Common interoceptive sensations: 

Am I hungry? Signs: stomach pain/nausea, stomach making noises, irritable, tired, lightheaded, headache, trouble focusing, more than a few hours since last food intake

Am I dehydrated? Signs: persistent thirst, dry mouth/tongue, dry eyes, worsening headache, physically sluggish, dizziness, very yellow urine

Do I need to sleep? Signs: trouble focusing, frequent yawning,  decreased alertness, memory problems, irritable, muscle soreness/discomfort, eyelids feel heavy, headache, slurred speech, decreased coordination, whole body tremors, dizziness, blurred vision, hallucinations [some of these are extreme effects, i.e. you haven’t slept for more than 24 hours]

Am I cold? Signs: whole body shivering, fingers or toes noticeably cold when touched to thigh or abdomen skin, teeth chattering, bluish tint around lips, numbness or tingling in fingers or toes  

Am I hot? Signs: sweaty or clammy skin, red/flushed skin - especially of the face, ears, neck or upper chest, lightheaded, prickly or itchy skin (with or without red bumps), headache, muscle cramps, nausea, confusion [those last few are really serious - seek medical attention/cool off immediately]

Do I need to use the bathroom? Signs: pressure or pain in the lower abdomen, cramping, gas, feeling more comfortable when curled in the fetal position than stretched out flat

Common emotions and how to identify them: 

Am I anxious? Anxiety is usually future-related. What’s going to happen in my short or long term future that I might be scared or nervous about? Is there anything new or out of the ordinary? Is something changing? Have new expectations been placed on me? Do I feel like there is something I need to avoid, even if that means doing something out of character or drastic?

Am I sad? Sadness is usually related to loss. Have I lost or am I losing something important to me? Is a part of me that I like going away or changing? Is something coming to an end? Do I feel like crying or withdrawing? 

Am I happy? Happiness is usually related to fulfillment. Have I gotten something that I wished for or wanted? Has someone done something for me or given me something? Am I reaching a goal or milestone soon?  [Note: happiness can sometimes feel like anxiety or be mixed with anxiety if it’s too intense.]

Am I angry? Anger is usually related to violation. Has someone done something that violates my beliefs, rights, trust or property? Has someone taken something from me or damaged something that I value? Do I feel like lashing out physically or verbally at someone?

Am I afraid? Fear is usually related to preserving safety. Am I in danger emotionally, physically, socially or mentally? Do I feel like fleeing or hiding? Is there a person in my life who I try to avoid being around? Am I engaging in behavior that carries a high risk of injury or self-harm? Is my future uncertain in ways that I’m not sure I can handle?


Like I said, this is really first draft-y and rough but hopefully it’s a start. What works for me might be different than what works for you. 

My input: I interpret emotions as physical sensations, and I am more likely to recognize my emotions from the physical sensations they cause me than from the mental thought patterns unless they’re extreme. So I’ll give my interpretations of the emotions in case that helps.

Anxious/afraid: I’ve put these two together because the symptoms are pretty much identical for me on the physical level. Anxiety is generally milder then full fear, but that’s it. Symptoms are: stomach ache, funny feeling in the stomach (kind of almost-sick but also tingly, hard to describe), pacing, vision changes (everything seems brighter), increased sensory sensitivities, increased clumsiness, hand tremors and reduced fine motor control, tense muscles, either no or increased appetite, fidgety, nausea, overwhelming urge to do something about the situation regardless of how practical or safe that something is, whole-body trembling/shivering, a sensation of being cold, (I often mistake being anxious for being cold because of these last two).

If getting close to panic, which is just extreme anxiety, all of the above except for fidgeting and pacing. When panicked, I instead become extremely still unless someone triggers the flight response. In addition: crying or an urge to cry, screaming or an urge to scream, rapid breathing, lightheadedness (related to the hyperventilation, not always present for me), headache (also related to the hyperventilation, not always present for me), a sensation of falling a great distance, temporary loss of language skills (I tend to become unable to say more than simple words in full-blown panic or to become completely nonverbal. This might be an people-with-language-issues-specific thing) and an extreme aversion to being held, touched, or otherwise restrained. Violence or flight if restraint is attempted or other threats are perceived. When I am panicked, I am incapable of being reasoned out of my anxiety and not exactly thinking rationally, and I may or may not be fully aware of what I am doing. Likewise, I may or may not have full memory of things done during panic.

Sad: sharp pain in the throat, a sensation of tightness in the throat, stinging in the eyes, headache that gets worse with the intensity of the emotion, runny nose, stomach ache, complete loss of appetite, crying. In cases of extreme sadness, my speech becomes slurred and I start to stutter a lot more. In cases of extreme sadness (e.g., bereavement), I become completely nonverbal and have a meltdown that may last for anywhere between a half hour and all day. The meltdown is often followed by a shutdown, wherein I’ll sleep for 12+ hours. For me, there is often a period of feeling physically and emotionally numb where I can function apparently as normal as I process the sadness-inducing news, but once it’s processed, I cannot contain it. The period is often longer the more extreme the resulting sadness will be - in the case of bereavement, I will often be numb for a day or two before I process it fully and react.

Happy: Fidgety, flappy, bouncy, feeling of lightness, grinning, sore cheeks from involuntary grinning, a desire to hop, jump, dance, or otherwise frolic. Muscles feel relaxed.

Angry: Stinging in the eyes, a sensation of heat about the face, shoulders and arms, tingling hands, tightness in shoulders and back muscles, vision changes (when I’m angry, it’s like someone turned up the contrast on the world - bright things seem brighter and dark things seem darker), hands may involuntarily clench into fists, rigid posture, involuntary shouting or an urge to shout, a feeling of pressure on the chest. May or may not be crying. Urge to do violence to the source of the anger.

Reblogging for the awesome additions

Not autistic but often anxious without realising it, and this is a great description!

how about AUSTEN :D


Ooooh, awesome!

  • my favourite female character: Mary Crawford, easily
  • my favourite male character: Fitzwilliam Darcy, also easily
  • my favourite book/season/etc: Pride and Prejudice is the one I most enjoy, when it comes down to it :)
  • my favourite episode: Ch 35 of P&P, Darcy’s letter
  • my favourite cast member: probably Hayley Atwell
  • my favourite ship: Darcy/Elizabeth, ship of ultimate destiny
  • a character I’d die defending: Darcy, including from things that are meant to be compliments. >_<
  • a character I just can’t sympathize with: probably Mrs Norris.
  • a character I grew to love: Mary!
  • my anti otp: so many choices, really. Marianne/Brandon or Darcy/Bingley probably win out.

"Hayley Atwell? Who did she….OMG PEGGY IS MARY CRAWFORD"