Do I have any? I try not to idolise people to be honest, because people are people. There are a few people who I admire, however. A few of the more well known names include Carl Sagan, Lise Meitner, Richard Feynman, and David Attenborough. There are a few less famous people who in many ways I’d consider role models, but you probably wouldn’t know who they are...
“It’s my estimation that every man ever got a statue made of him was one kind of a son-of-a-bitch or another. Ain’t about you Jayne. It’s about what they need.” – Malcolm Reynolds
My most used phrase(s): Recently? I think it’s しょうがないよ (shōganai yo) – translates as “it can’t be helped” or “c’est la vie”.
Something I plan on learning: A lot more Japanese, how to code in Python, radioastronomy techniques, about interstellar ices, how to play “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz on my Ukulele, and how to make baklava. Is that too much…?
Once you get this you have to list five things that you like about yourself, publicly, then send this to ten of your favorite followers (non-negotiable)
Five things that I like… about… myself? Erm…
I can be remarkably tenacious when I want to be. This is a trait which I like and dislike, depending on context.
I’m ridiculously curious. I don’t like to leave things unexplained, I want to know how everything works. Everything. I like when I can look at an object and understand it fully, from the subatomic level upwards. There are a few objects for which, this is true. But only a few.
If I consider you a true friend, I will go to great lengths for you if need be. You’ll always be welcome under my roof, you can help yourself to any tea in my kitchen, and I will defend you with everything I have. Provided I’m able to.
I’m fond of unusual hobbies. These have, in both past and present, included: firedancing, cocktail mixing, hatching and raising triops, graphic design, abstract painting, molecular gastronomy, contact juggling, playing jazz trumpet, poetry, airbrush/stencil art, urban exploration, chess, and keeping a tank full of pet shrimp. I guess I consider every new experience, however eccentric, to be valuable…
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
Courtesy of jennhoney – thanks for the tag, Lolly Waffle!
Nickname: Some of my friends like to call me Neko-Senpai (猫先輩)…
Birthday: December 28th
Sexuality: Presently? Hopelessly optimistic daydreamers, and exciteable physicists with curly hair. Apparently.
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.
Hello friend. I saw you rebloged that post about Anita Sarkeesian, and I just wanted to clear a few things up. The reason she is so popularly hated is she has a fantastic reputation for being a horrible person. She raised a ton of money to produce a video series that is five episodes long after two years. Many youtubers do more work in less time for free. She also steals artwork and footage from others. She makes up threats against herself and theres strong evidence that she has done so again.
Wow… You’re so committed to your crusade that you’re actually sending messages to people who reblog things about her? Your level of conviction would be impressive if it wasn’t so ridiculous. Do you do this about every vaguely famous person who does things you disagree with? I doubt it. Your arguments are all false. Please take my advice: learn a little more about the facts.
Popularly hated? Not really. Mostly by straight white men desperate to make her go away and leave their precious video games alone – who also manage to prove all of her points in the process. “It’s a woman suggesting that violence against women is a bad theme? Why don’t we threaten violence against that woman! Hurr hurr!”
Speaking as a research scientist, fully analysing a subject and giving it proper consideration takes time. If someone in my position publishes 5 journal papers in two years, that’s pretty normal. Judging by the videos she’s produced, a similar amount of work goes into them. Also perhaps if people were to stop sending her death and rape threats, she might have more time to actually do her job.
Also, if you know how to use Google, Reddit, or YouTube you’ll find an awful lot of people threatening violence against her. Being as I’m fairly certain she’s not pretending to be several thousand people, I’m pretty sure she isn’t making up threats. No one makes up threats of violence against themselves. As you’re pretty obviously a white American male, you wouldn’t know that.
In addition, it’s interesting how no one really knew who she was before. Interestingly, people like you are doing an excellent job of promoting her and drawing attention to her ideas and messages. Without all of the male tears like this anonymous message, she’d still be relatively unknown. Instead, she’s become a minor celebrity. Have you considered a career in PR?