Jun. 30th, 2014

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Glee Crossover: Faith and Buffy are sent by the Watcher’s Council to reform Lima’s two newest rogue Slayers: Quinn and Santana. The cheer duo are apprehensive at first, but they long to start using their powers for what they were meant for. Faith and Buffy get frustrated when they find that Quinn and Santana are more like themselves than they’re willing to admit.

I just cried tears of pure, unrestrained lesbian joy, oh my god.

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…I’m. not positive I interpreted what my friend’s saying correctly, but it sounds awfully like ‘yeah, we know that guy’s a creep, but there’s not much we can do and he’s not in town all that often anyway’ and I think I might have just tripped over a missing step.

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“Being a feminist doesn’t mean suddenly no longer liking problematic things. If you stopped liking everything that was sexist in media and entertainment there would be no media or entertainment left. Being a feminist, to me, is being aware of what it is you’re liking, and of its problematic aspects.”
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I see people confuse these things all the time, so this is just an attempt to differentiate them.  Because I have them both.  And they’re worlds apart, completely different, even though sometimes they have similar results ona superficial level.

Auditory Processing Disorders

So a lot of people know about CAPD, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, and a lot of autistic people are diagnosed with it, or could be diagnosed with it.  CAPD basically means that whether or not you have any actual hearing problem, your brain has trouble making sense out of what you hear.  It often results in problems like:

Trouble differentiating between different sounds in words.  Like th vs f, ch vs sh, things like that.  Similar-sounding words get confused with each other.  Some people can barely differentiate between any consonants at all while other people only have trouble differentiating between very similar consonants in very similar contexts.

Trouble picking out one voice out of many voices.  So if two people are talking, you can have trouble focusing in on one of them, or you can get the conversations confused and mixed up.  Or it just sounds like a jumble.

Words may just sound like a jumble of sounds that you can’t make out anything about at all.  

Trouble hearing words against background noise.

Trouble remembering auditory information.

Trouble paying attention to auditory information.

Auditory distortions, both word and non-word.

Tendency to overload quickly when dealing with auditory information.

And that’s just a short list of problems, there’s a lot more.  But basically the thing about auditory processing disorders is that they are not language disorders.  They affect your ability to understand language through auditory channels.  If they’re severe enough, they can prevent learning language for the same reason that a hearing loss can prevent learning language.  But they are not, themselves, language problems.  They’re hearing problems, they’re just brain-based hearing problems instead of ear-based hearing problems.

Receptive language problems

Receptive language problems mean trouble comprehending language.  This means language in all of its forms: spoken, written, or sign language, although depending on the person, some of those may be easier or harder than others for various reasons.  But basically, a receptive language problem isn’t based in hearing, it’s based in the words themselves.  

The best way I can contrast an auditory processing disorder with a receptive language disorder is by extremes:

1.  You hear all the sounds in the words perfectly, you have no trouble differentiating any of the consonants, you have no trouble with any aspect of actually hearing the words. If you wanted, you could repeat back the words verbatim with no trouble.  And yet you can get no meaning out of the words at all.

2.  You understand that words are supposed to have meaning, you can think the words just fine, things like that.  But when you actually hear the words, they sound jumbled, garbled, muttered, mumbled, or like gibberish, or you have trouble differentiating some of the words from others, or things like that.  But you know they’re words and you can get meaning out of them if you could only hear them properly.

The first is a receptive language problem.

The second is an auditory processing problem.

When I was growing up, I had severe receptive language problems and much milder auditory processing problems (and severe visual processing problems).  They interact with each other in various ways, but they are not the same thing.  

Having a receptive language problem means that you have trouble understanding all language.  Sometimes it even means that you don’t know language exists, or could exist.  Words are just sounds — sounds that you may be able to make out perfectly well, but they don’t have meaning.  And that’s the difference:  Whether the problem is the sound, or whether the problem is that you can’t get meaning out of words.  A receptive language problem is a problem of meaning, not a problem of sensory processing.

Severe enough sensory processing issues can lead to receptive language problems, though.  Because if you can’t process sound well enough to hear words, you’re not going to hear the words, and you’re not going to develop the ability to understand words unless you find some alternate way to get words into your brain.  But there’s still a difference — receptive language problems that arise on their own, are a core cognitive issue, not a hearing or visual issue.

Receptive language problems can do very strange things to cognitive and language development.  Some people with receptive language problems can become accomplished mimics who can parrot back what we know other people expect to hear, and mask those problems altogether.  (This is apparently a known thing that even happens to people who lose receptive language during brain injuries and the like:  It can sometimes take really specific testing to keep them from fooling you into believing they understand every word you’re saying.)  Other people with receptive language problems aren’t able to compensate in that way.

Receptive language problems often change in intensity over time, or even over the course of a day, so at some times a person may understand language relatively well, and at another time they may not be able to understand it at all.

My situation at this point in my life is that I can understand language, but it’s always a struggle to do it.  It’s like every time I have to understand language, I’m climbing a cliff.  And every time I have to pay attention to something else I let go and fall back down to the ground, where language doesn’t exist.  And then if I want to understand language I have to climb the cliff again.

Sometimes I’m not able to make the climb, or to make the climb as high as other people.

My receptive language problems also shaped the entire form of my expressive language to the point that speech is unusable and writing is usable but difficult, and that’s a whole nother story in itself.

But basically I hear people throwing around the words ‘receptive language problems’ and ‘auditory processing problems’ interchangeably.  And most of the time it seems like they’re actually talking about auditory processing problems.  I’ve found that among autistic people online, auditory processing problems seem much more common than serious receptive language problems.  This is probably because only some people with serious receptive language problems manage to outgrow or overcome them enough to communicate easily online.  Whereas lots and lots of people with auditory processing problems learn language and have fewer problems with communicating online.  So in online groups of people, CAPD is going to be more heavily represented than severe receptive language problems.  

But lots of people have both, and people can have mild receptive language problems as well.  And for many autistic people, receptive language becomes iffy under stress, even if the rest of the time it seems fine.  Sort of like expressive language can go away under stress even in people with no significant delays in expressive language early in life.

Anyway, I hope I’ve made it easier to differentiate between the two.  And I hope I haven’t just added to the confusion.  My brain is kind of iffy at the moment, because I’m sleepy.


Thank you for tagging me in this, Sounding! I think I may have some very mild auditory processing issues because I have trouble focusing on words if multiple sources of words are happening at once (if there’s a conversation nearby that I’m not part of while I’m trying to have a conversation, or if I’m trying to write while the TV’s on, etc) and I sometimes need subtitles on to understand what people are saying on TV. I don’t have trouble hearing though, and I don’t have trouble understanding meanings of words.

This was informative!

I also found this really really interesting, although it also perplexed me as to what my own occasional listening-to-people issues are - because sometimes, when I haven’t taken my adderall, I hear words and I know at the moment I hear them I recognize each individual word but it’s like it goes in one ear and out the other - or with songs when I’m focused on learning the lyrics, I’ll understand the words, but it takes me a while to pull back and actually get the meaning of the words in combination with each other.
and that’s all sort of and yet not at all separate from the times when I only sort of hear what someone says and sort of put the best interpretation i can on it, which leads to dumb things like me saying okay yes and staying seated as the dental tech asks me to stand up multiple times because I heard ‘standard for me’ instead of ‘stand up for me’.
It’s really interesting how these two things are different and yet so interrelated.

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sarahexplosions replied to your post:"Let’s go steal the Department of Defense." …

quotes like this make me want to watch leverage



this feels rude but I just wanted to echo weeds’ statement with as much fervor as possible because leverage is the most amazing show for me in that even when i was in the worst depths of depression this fucking show could still make me laugh which is pretty much a miracle in my book so yeah WATCH LEVERAGE IT IS AMAZING

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Mated turtles share their shells!

Not always but often when a pair of turtles mates, the male will leave his own shell and move in with the female. After doing so the couple will coordinate their arm and leg movements to walk and even swim.

I call this “Trying to get notes with false facts.”

I assure you, Facts-I-Just-Made-Up would never post false facts just to get notes. I also do it to confuse, misinform, and hurt people.

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So, sex toys are made out of a wide variety of things, and some materials are vastly superior to others.  I’m sure you could find this information yourself with a little research, but I figured it would be a good resource for everyone to have.  As well since most sex toy companies create the products under the classification of novelties in the USA, the materials are not as well regulated as you might think.

Sex Toy Materials From Safest to Least Safe:

Silicone: Silicone is inert (meaning it releases no chemicals into you and will have no reactions with your body) and non-porous, meaning icky bacteria can’t crawl in there to live.  Bonus points if it’s anti-microbial (meaning it’s not even porous enough for viruses).  Silicone can be boiled for 3 minutes, popped in a soap free dishwasher or cleaned in a 10% solution of bleach.  It’s a bit more expensive but it’s a fantastic material and one of the ones I recommend most for sex toys.  Only use water based lubes with silicone toys (as silicone based lubes will melt the toys), and store each silicone toy separately from other silicone toys (I recommend keeping them in plastic baggies as they tend to attract dust).  It’s also hypoallergenic.  Basically, silicone is the safest of all soft materials.

Glass (pyrex or tempered glass): Glass is non-porous, can be boiled, and pyrex is resistant to temperature changes and holds a temperature well so it can be used for temperature play.  It’s compatible with all types of lubes, and hypoallergenic.  Glass toys should be stored in soft padded containers, because although they do not shatter, they can chip or crack if left with other hard toys, and if they become chipped or cracked they should not be used.

Stainless Steel: Non-porous, hypoallergenic, and compatible with all lubes.  Stainless steel can be steralized (you can boil it, bleach it (10% bleach, rest water, wash thoroughly with soap and warm water afterwards… as with all bleaching of toys), dishwasher it, and so on), make sure it’s surgical grade and you have a fantastic toy.

Very Safe:

Ceramic: Non-porous, and temperature resistant, compatible with all lubes and hypo-allerenic, less scratch resistant and more fragile than pyrex or tempered glass.  Do not use abrasive cleaners.  Wash with soap and warm water.  Do not boil.

Sterling Silver: Non-porous, compatible with all lubes, naturally somewhat anti-septic.  Can be boiled, or bleached. 

Aluminium: Compatible with all lubes, non-porous, retains temperatures well.  Wash with anti-bacterial soap and warm water.  Dry immediately after washing with satin or fine cotton cloth.

Stone: Stone is mildly porous, they contain no artificial chemicals and stone used in sex toys is usually lab grown.  They retain temperature well, are compatible with all lubricants (though sand stone is only compatible with water and silicone lubes).  Since it’s porous, don’t share these without a condom.  You can sterilize it in a 10% bleach 90% water solution, as always, rinse thoroughly and promptly after bleaching.  Dry immediately with a soft cotton cloth.

Intramed: Non-porous, hypoallergenic, can be cleaned in a 10% bleach solution, or with soap and warm water.  Do not boil.  Compatible with silicone and water based lubes.  Created by Rocks Off sex toys.

Elastomed: Non-porous, compatible with silicone or water based lubes (but not oil), and it can be washed with anti-bacterial cleaner and warm water.

Lucite (Aka: Acrylic): Non-porous, high density plastic, similar to glass.  Wash with warm water and soap, or sex toy cleaner.  Compatible with water or silicone based lubes.

Quite Safe:

Plastic: Non-porous, phthalate-free, smooth and firm. Compatible with water, oil, and silicone based lubes.  Clean with anti-bacterial soap and warm water, or wiped down with isopropyl alcohol.

Non-Porous TPR: Medical grade, latex free, and compatible with silicone and water based lubes.  Should be cleaned with soft soap and warm water.

Elastomer: Elastomer is slightly porous, and cannot be disinfected like silicone, but it is phthalate free, and doesn’t leach any nasty chemicals into your system.  You can share these toys if you use condoms (but not if you don’t), and they should be washed with warm water and soap between uses   Use with silicone or water based lubes.  

Velvet Cote Plastic: Velvety feeling, non-porous. Compatible with water and silicone based lubes.  Wash with anti-bacterial soap and warm water, or wipe down with isopropyl alcohol.

Kinda Safe:

Silicone-rubber composites:  Somewhat porous, and must be protected with condoms when shared or if used for multiple orifices.  Compatible with water based lubes.

Sil-A-Gel:  Sil-a-gel is anti-bacterial, but semi-porous, and prone to attracting dust.  Can be used with silicone or water based lubricants.  It should be protected with condoms and washed with warm water and mild soap before and after every use. It’s also non-toxic, and is free of cadmium and latex.

Superskin: What fleshlights are made out of.  Compatible only with water based lubes.  Rinse with warm water after use, DO NOT USE SOAP.  If it’s very tough to clean use a little isopropyl alcohol, always allow to dry before storing.  Dust with corn starch after cleaning, DO NOT USE TALC (which is carcinogenic).  Hypo-allergenic.  Not to be shared without a condom.

Not Safe:

Rubber: Porous, poisonous, and not good for those with allergies.  Clean with soap and warm water, compatible with silicone and water based lubes.  Don’t buy rubber toys.

PVC: Compatible with water and silicone based lubes, kinda poisonous, kinda porous.  Can’t be disinfected.  Not recommended for use without a condom.

Vinyl: Somewhat porous, use a condom, kinda poisonous.  Compatible with water or silicone lubes.  Wash with warm water and anti-bacterual soap.  

Skin like materials (Realskin, cyberskin, UR3, futurotic, softskins, softtouch, futurotic plus, pure skin, trueskin, techno-skin, private touch, sensafirm, passion skin): Extremely porous, use with condoms as they are highly prone to hiding dirt and germs.  These are extremely delicate, and some cannot even be washed with soap, but most can be washed with anti-bacterial soap and warm water.  After washing most of these should be dusted with corn starch to maintain their texture.  Only compatible with water based lubes.  Need to be stored in a cool dark place.  Fuckin’ divas.

Jelly Rubber (AKA: Jel-Lee, Aquagel, Satan): Contains toxic chemicals which leach into your body if used without a condom.  Porous.  Compatible with water and silicone based lubes… but evil.  Wash with warm water and toy cleaner.  Delicate, low end and evil.  Do not buy jelly toys.

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Because Bron wrote this and this. And then she wrote this, and whatever remained of my inhibitions was, fwip, gone. <3

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Red bandana inspired nails. The base is @candiedlustre_nails ‘Light my Sleigh’ from #thenailpolishtourist box and the rest is freehand painted with acrylic paints and my @stylishnailartshop brushes.

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well, re-reading my WIPs didn’t actually lead to me writing more of any of
them as of yet, but it did help me get back into the right mindset(s).

so hopefully more soon!

hashtag mkp doesn’t write fic

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IF YOU SHIP MY NOTP THEN YOU CAN have a nice day because you’re probably a nice person and ship wars are dumb as hell.

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“If Sherlock were a comedy show…how would the trailer look like? :)”


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If Dr. Seuss Books Were Titled According to Their Subtexts

And this is why Dr. Seuss was (and still is) one of the best authors of children’s books, period.

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Oh look, JulieDoesHerNails does even more Julie G dots. I’m beginning to sense a pattern here.

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True happiness exists and it is a piglet eating ice cream at a mini picnic table under a mini umbrella.

oh my god

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