roachpatrol:

ceruleanmakesasplash:

smalldisgruntledcorgi:

tardis-mind-palace:

smalldisgruntledcorgi:

fun things to do in front of nerdy boys

intentionally mix up zelda and link
mispronounce “anime”
refer to anime as “japanese kids cartoons”
pronounce pokemon as pokey-mon
respond to everything they say with “oh yeah my baby brother likes that!”

I am a nerdy boy and I assure you the only reactions you would get from this are crying or outbursts of rage

you act like your tears aren’t EXACTLY what i want

pokey-mans works a little bit better, but might make it too obvious that you’re trying to make them upset

pikachus. call them all pikachus. digimon? pikachus. magic cards? also pikachus. sexy catgirls? definitely pikachus. ”That’s a cool pikachu,” you say of their twilight sparkle figurine. after whatever blistering explanation results, just nod. “there’s a lot of pikachus out there, huh.” you say. “that’s nice.” 

(Source: cephalodogs)

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Languages animate objects by giving them names, making them noticeable when we might not otherwise be aware of them. Tuvan has a word iy (pronounced like the letter e), which indicates the short side of a hill.

I had never noticed that hills had a short side. But once I learned the word, I began to study the contours of hills, trying to identify the iy. It turns out that hills are asymmetrical, never perfectly conical, and indeed one of their sides tends to be steeper and shorter than the others.

If you are riding a horse, carrying firewood, or herding goats on foot, this is a highly salient concept. You never want to mount a hill from the iy side, as it takes more energy to ascend, and an iy descent is more treacherous as well. Once you know about the iy, you see it in every hill and identify it automatically, directing your horse, sheep, or footsteps accordingly.

This is a perfect example of how language adapts to local environment, by packaging knowledge into ecologically relevant bits. Once you know that there is an iy, you don’t really have to be told to notice it or avoid it. You just do. The language has taught you useful information in a covert fashion, without explicit instruction.

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K. David Harrison, The Last Speakers (via perugu—-annam)

(Source: simhasanam, via paratactician)

Anonymous said: Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it

hannahoort:

astropheminism:

nonlinearfluctuations:

chemistry-of-chaos:

dinostuck:

scientistsarepeopletoo:

adventuresinchemistry:

smilesandvials:

shychemist:

It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

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Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.
But…
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It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.

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I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.

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imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA

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Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 

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Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:

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Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:
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And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop

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Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.

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Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:

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"don’t belong there"?! excuse you! 
Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?

In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops
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Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils  

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On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)

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Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire

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So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions 

wayward-mobs:

*makes mushy facebook post*

*torn between hiding forever and nervously checking if anyone’s replied*

I strongly believe in mushy facebook posts, tho, is the thing.

sure, for certain things I feel like there’s a time for Facebook and a time to have conversations in person, but I also know that I got lots of friends I don’t actually talk to face to face very often, and loads of friends I’m not used to talking about feelings with.

and I know when I see other people being honest and kind and grateful to one another on Facebook it makes me happy for them, whether or not I know what they’re talking about. down with trying to look cool on facebook, up with the happy dorky kind posts saying thanks to one another.

*makes mushy facebook post*

*torn between hiding forever and nervously checking if anyone’s replied*

platoapproved:

isabelthespy:

spitefulbitch:

the stupidest thing in the entire harry potter series was when they go down to the slytherin dormitory and it’s all dark and slimy and freezing and shit. as if lucius malfoy would let his son live in squalor like that. the house with the highest concentration of spoiled purebloods are happy to live under the goddamn lake? no.

wow this is the #1 best harry potter criticism i have ever read

the essential dichotomy of the two very different things jkr seemed to be trying to embody in slytherin which are just not compatible if you ask me.

you’ve got the malfoy side of slytherin.  blood purity, deliberate class metaphors, deliberate race metaphors.  this kind of slytherin is all about old wealth, british identity, and privilege-based violence.  the malfoys are SUPER WHITE they are the WHITEST WHITE, and with that goes this image they project as benevolent philanthropists, while they privately (and then not so privately) degrade and exploit and abuse those they consider categorically lesser (muggle borns, house elves, people poorer than them, etc).  this is the slytherins-are-privileged-racists side of the house traits.

the other side has always kind of struck me as jkr’s-privilege-seems-to-have-led-her-to-use-racist-tropes-to-make-slytherins-more-loathesome side of things.  it’s the snape side of slytherin.  the side embodied by snakes (and all that weight of judeo-christian inflected nastiness they are supposed to carry).  why is the house of POWERFUL pureblood families not represented by some animal associated with institutional power in britain (like I DON’T KNOW A FUCKING LION).  this version of slytherin is the kind of evil that is “obvious” because everyone knows snakes are bad (just like rats are bad!!! :|).  everyone knows the guy with the black eyes, the greasy hair,  the “”“”“sallow”“”“” complexion, and the hooked nose (always comes back to the Ambiguously Ethnic thing doesn’t it) is evil.  you know it even before he says a fucking thing.  you can tell he’s evil by his body, by his phenotype.  because this shit doesn’t exist in a vacuum and like it or not, certain traits have a history of being coded in certain ways, racially/ethnically speaking.  the idea of sneakiness, of cleverness, of ruthlessness and questionably moral doing-what-it-takes-to-get-ahead, none of that is coded ROBUST HETEROSEXUAL WHITE CHRISTIAN let me tell you that.  slytherins are bad at sports (not like the VIGOROUS HEALTHY GRYFFINDORS) and when they do get close to winning it’s by cheating.

but the thing is if you are running the system, you don’t need to cheat the system.  the two sides of slytherin just don’t mesh together.

THIS IS SUPER INCOHERENT I need to structure this into something formal with capitalization when I’m not quite so beset with insomnia and inarticulate rage.  I’M NOT EVEN A SLYTHERIN.  I just care because if JKR had been really serious about the radical and anti-authoritarian message she seemed to WANT for harry potter, it would have been gyffindor that was the dangerous, privileged, racist house.  that’s the house with the traits associated with POWER, and so much of that second slytherin has been associated with groups that are ruthlessly marginalized.

this old post explains it pretty well actually, the antisemitism / anti-foreigner sentiment seething just beneath the surface.

i love harry potter but sometimes i fucking hate harry potter you know?

(via nine-worlds-geekfest)

frittahz:

frittahz:

frittahz:

frittahz:

frittahz:

The Doctor has hair and is called Doctor Van Gogh, Kess is an old lady with a grandson and no memory, and Chakotay is the Captain?? Wtf is happening?

Kess married Tom?

Omg and did Kess’s daughter marry Harry??

Neelix is chief security officer and Tuvok is commander

Aw Janeway and B’Ellana both died? :(

I can’t decide if this sounds awesome or terrible

otoh killing Janeway is not allowed so I’m kinda glad I missed whatever the fuck this episode was

S3e11

raemanzu:

wayward-mobs:

frittahz:

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psst DS9 is not like the other star treks, it takes what was exceptionally good about voyager and multiplies it aka amazing character development amazing female characters and amazing overarcing plotline of crew becoming like weird dysfunctional family it’s so beautiful

I love voyager too, voy and ds9 are my very favoites and I’ve seen all of next gen and a fair bit of TOS.

hrrrrm “weird dysfunctional family” that does kinda sound like my thing.

okay neat I have now heard DS9 recommended by two people with good opinions on media! I will take this under due consideration. *serious nod*

frittahz:

wayward-mobs:

frittahz:

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I’m pretty sure I’ll be fangirling (wtf autocorrect tried to change that to “fingerling”??) too much to not let tumblr know when 7 does finally show up XD
And thanks :D I’d looked up a tutorial on how to do Janeways hair but…

hehe!

congrats on your excellent hairstyling skillz :D