silvarum:

Moss agate!

silvarum:

Moss agate!

Reblogged from barefootyogigoddess ★ Originally from silvarum




thebrainscoop:

Science Needs Women: 
For Women in Science; the L’Oreal Foundation 

I’m sharing this video on any platform I can because when I first found it last week it had something like 1,400 views, but it’s the most beautifully produced and succinctly narrated video addressing some of the most complicated issues facing women in STE(A)M fields I’ve found yet. 

I’m sharing this for every time I’m called a “feminazi.”

…for every time I’m told that my concerns aren’t valid, our that our issues are imagined.

…for every time I hear “women just don’t like science,” or worse - “women just aren’t good at science.”

…for every time we’re told that we can have a family or a career, but not both - and for every time we feel like we have to decide between the two.

…for every time a study comes out saying as many as 64% of women endure sexual harassment during field work

…for the fact that women earn 41% of PhD’s in STEM fields, but make up only 28% of tenure-track faculty in those fields.

…and because we need more women mentors in these fields to stand up for issues that are not “women’s issues” - these are people issues that affect our collective society as a whole.

The women in this video are my heroes and they should be your heroes, too.

Reblogged from shychemist ★ Originally from thebrainscoop


astronautdinosaur:

Two of my paintings which have been long sold out in print form have recently been re-released as a limited edition print on canvas. You can find They Come and BOOM at The Gauntlet Collection.

Missing captions:

"Check out these spaceships! Aren’t they cool!"

"Ah, crap."

Reblogged from wiratomkinder ★ Originally from astronautdinosaur


mythicarticulations:

Announcing the original “Chupacabra in a Can”! This poseable Chupacabra skeleton is finally completed and up for sale! You can find it in our Etsy store.

Reblogged from kittykittybewmbewm213 ★ Originally from mythicarticulations


Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.
— Actually a personal motto of mine
Reblogged from laurabroadberry ★ Originally from the-taintedtruth


 This is what your home on Mars could look like
Reblogged from nanodash ★ Originally from wildcat2030


New ambition.

New ambition.

Reblogged from ellietheasexylibrarian ★ Originally from ironyofchokingonjacksdick


Reblogged from neuroneptune ★ Originally from stannisbarathcon


匿名 asked:

Alright, I can understand you're arguments well. Let me first say that I only sent you the message because I am a follower who really enjoys your blog, but I feel it's important for people to know that Anita is not a nice person. I understand that a lot of the redditors and so fourth that threaten her are not her, but a majority of the "serious threats" that she discusses are actually her. As a fellow research scientist, I understand you skepticism with new ideas, and I must apologize for (1/2)
  invaderxan replied:

Appended: “Also as a side note, let me make it absolutely clear I do NOT approve of threats made against Anita. I only think she is a bad person and most of her criticisms are unwarranted and half truths. Maybe instead of dismissing criticisms as “desperate straight white men” and “male tears”, do approach the subject with skepticism and try to get an idea of why people are making the critiques that they are. I thank you for that page you linked though, it has a lot of interesting points I shall consider.”

[I wrote a longer response to this, but thought it was excessive. Also, I think perhaps one of your messages got lost there somewhere…]

In that case, I’m sorry if I was too hasty in my assumption. But the kind of people who stalk someone’s twitter timeline and harass people who retweet things are the same kind of people who would send anon messages to random rebloggers elsewhere on the internet. I’ve seen it happen. And that isn’t the kind of behaviour I tolerate. Clearly, you are not simply some random. That was my assumption and my mistake, and I apologise.

In honesty though:

  • You say she’s “not a nice person”. Is that relevant? If so, do you have anything to substantiate that claim?
  • It seems attempting to discredit her personality is an ad hominem response as opposed to a reaction to her commentary. Many public figures are “not a nice person. I haven’t had many anon comments about them though.
  • I have no more skepticism with new ideas than I have with old ones. All ideas should be approached with as little colour or bias as possible.
  • If this was about a male critic writing about violence on television, would anyone care? Would you feel it so important to make sure I know that he was “a horrible person”?
  • "Half truths" is an inadequate description. The point isn’t to weasel out of the criticisms by saying “you don’t have to do it that way” (a seemingly common argument, which only applies some of the time). The point is that the criticisms are there to be made in the first place.
  • I have written at least one fairly in-depth response to Sarkeesian’s commentary in the past, myself. But then, in that case (as many others) the point isn’t that there are instances where this doesn’t apply. A “not all video games” style argument is not really the point.
  • Given many of the reactions to her are about her gender and appearance rather than the content of her videos, it’s fairly obvious how women are treated by gamer crowds. There are many other women who’ve received similar treatment.
  • I’ve been watching Anita Sarkeesian’s videos for quite some time. Since long before the video game-related circus happened. I’ve always found her commentaries thought provoking and well structured. Her personality is irrelevant in this and irrespective of whether any of the personal threats against her are made up (something which I’ve yet to see convincing evidence for), it does not change the fact that genuine threats do happen. 
  • Also, most things which are “made up” don’t make national newspapers, high profile magazines and international news columns. Perhaps someone should make sure that they all know that she’s “making it all up”…

Ps: You say there’s evidence? Show me. Use a private browsing/incognito window if you wish to retain your anonymity.



It’s… It’s bad how many mornings I’ve had like this, right?

It’s… It’s bad how many mornings I’ve had like this, right?

Reblogged from terryuiu ★ Originally from catastrofe


Metaphorical. Though I was momentarily tempted to pretend that I’ve secretly been a dragon all along…



Absolutely!

Every time in the past when I’ve been without that for whatever reason, it’s always made me so anxious. I think perhaps it’s bad for my health…



More answers to more questions!

And another tag. I’ve been slow. Thank you kindly, null-hypothesis.

Five random facts about me:

  1. I like to grow plants. I have a superstition that it’s good luck to keep plants in your home. Currently, I’m most proud of the little mango tree on my office windowsill. I grew it from seed!
  2. Some days, I genuinely love catching a train to somewhere I’ve never been before, for the sole purpose of seeing what’s there. I guess occasionally I just wake up with an itch in the back of my head, and I need to scratch it.
  3. This month, I’ve assigned myself three (possibly four) journal papers to write, and a telescope proposal to submit. I seem to have a habit of biting off more than I can chew. I guess my eyes are just larger than my stomach. Or… brain. Or something.
  4. I keep a collection of coins. Every country I set foot in (or every province, for larger or more significant countries), I collect one coin of whatever size, shape, or colour takes my fancy.
    The list is currently: England, UK; South Africa; Oregon, US; Shikoku, Japan; Netherlands; Taiwan; Honshu, Japan; France; Switzerland; Hong Kong, China; Wales, UK; Spain; Canada; Jersey, UK-but-not-really. I still feel like the list of places I’ve seen isn’t nearly long enough. Also, technically the French coin should be a Franc or a Centime, seeing as I first went there before the Euro was a currency.
  5. In virtually all aspects of life – To be honest, I have no idea what I’m doing and I never have. I just, sort of, make it all up as I go along…

Tag people? Tag people.

jennhoney, caffeinatedcephalopod, kittensandscience, tinywrathfulartist, cassief

Feel free to write some stuff about yourself. Or not. You know, whatever’s clever.



Answers to your questions? I’ve got ‘em. Yep.

Courtesy of jennhoney – thanks for the tag, Lolly Waffle!

  • Name: Xan
  • Nickname: Some of my friends like to call me Neko-Senpai (猫先輩)… 
  • Birthday: December 28th
  • Gender: Unspecified
  • Sexuality: Presently? Hopelessly optimistic daydreamers, and exciteable physicists with curly hair. Apparently.
  • Height: 172cm
  • Time zone: Japan Standard Time (JST)
  • What time and date is it there: 2014年9月2日. 40 past midnight.
  • Average hours of sleep I get each night: 6 hours 25 minutes. Not enough. I actually measure this. 
  • OTPs: Good books and rainy Sunday mornings.
  • The last thing I Googled was: Cosmic latte. It’s the average colour of the Universe. I wanted to check the RGB value.
  • First word that comes to mind: Scintilla
  • What I last said to a family member: ”Anyway, I’ll hold fire for now. Take care, speak soon.” (I have no family members in this time zone, so I tend to write to them.)
  • One place that makes me happy and why: Bookshops. I love being surrounded by books. It feels comforting. Actually, I have a deeper reason than just that books are cool. When I was a small child, my mother worked as a book reviewer for a local newspaper. She was constantly being sent books to review, and as a result they were stacked up here and there in various parts of my home. I grew up surrounded by books. Scarce wonder I still love to surround myself with them now.
  • How many blankets I sleep under: Only ever one. In midsummer, technically only half of one.
  • Favourite beverage: Mojito. Or matcha. Or lychee juice.
  • The last movie I watched in the cinema was: Frozen. With a good friend who has now been to see it at the cinema at least 4 times.
  • Three things I can’t live without: Notebooks, photons, freedom to spread my wings if I so choose.
  • A piece of advice for all my followers: The observable universe is 93 billion light years in diameter and 13.8 billion years old, and you are the product of 4 billion years of evolution. Act accordingly.
  • You have to listen to this song: Still on my playlist is Kaze ni Naru (風になる) by Ayano Tsuji (つじ あやの). If you haven’t heard it you should. Also, Jimmy Wong’s cover of Want You Gone from Portal 2 is pretty awesome.

So I guess I should tag people? Feel free to answer and stuff. Or not. You know, whatever I guess…

neuroneptune, meanwhilenever, hybridhelical, runetangclan, ladyofthelog