22 7 / 2014




Jesus Christ you guys.

If you wish to make waffles from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

have you seen this!!!

(Source: hellascience)

22 7 / 2014

Sensory Overload and how to cope.

(click on images to zoom)

I should totally print this out and share it with my coworkers. Although usually mine doesn’t get quite this severe at work. I did have to take a couple of hours to calm down after lunch with friends in a noisy bar the other day though.

(Source: recovery-community, via sinshine)

22 7 / 2014

"Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know."

Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

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21 7 / 2014



This is perfect.




This is perfect.


(Source: treerings-sing, via isitbatman)

21 7 / 2014

Cop Block
Cop Who Killed a Handcuffed Man is Same Cop Who Gave Homeless Man Boots [Video - http://bit.ly/1oLOd7E] What do you think? Planned PR stunt?

Cop Who Killed a Handcuffed Man is Same Cop Who Gave Homeless Man Boots [Video - http://bit.ly/1oLOd7E]

What do you think? Planned PR stunt?

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21 7 / 2014










Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!

1. Kill alpha male types
2. Achieve world peace

Got it.

I’ve actually read a lot of Sapolsky’s work.  He’s one of my favorite scientists in the neuro/socio world.

I just watched the documentary and there is so much more about the troop that isn’t in this photoset—not only does the troop have a culture of little aggression and greater cooperation, but any incoming jerk baboons learned within a few months that their shitty behaviour was in no way acceptable, that the troop only rewarded sociability, and they changed accordingly. 

If effin’ baboons can learn this there’s pretty much no reason to believe that our only option in dealing with assholes is to just ignore their behaviour and let it continue.

there really is no excuse.

"incoming jerk baboons" hahaha



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20 7 / 2014

"Why do police have quotas? If a doctor went around intentionally sneezing on people to get more patients, that would be seen as a travesty to their profession. But police, can sit around and wait for someone to turn on a red light or commit other mundane ‘offenses’ because they have quotas to meet. Quotas are all the proof we need that policing is not a public service vocation; it’s a business and a subsidiary of Wall Street."

19 7 / 2014

19 7 / 2014


it’s interesting but also terrifying to see the ways that capitalism has shaped our language and how we talk about bodies. can you be useful? can you be a productive member of society? can you work? can you make money? that is all this comes back to. so much ableist and fat phobic rhetoric is, at its core, does your body enable you to produce capital. if not, then you are useless and don’t deserve humanity. 

I’ve learned this during my 6 month recuperation. I still feel pretty fucking useless by usual standards. I’m not full time again yet.

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19 7 / 2014


It’s funny how I’ve grown up hearing that the United States is the greatest country on earth only to reach adulthood and find out that many other countries handle education, healthcare, gun control, incarceration (as in less people, not more), and the overall economy better that we do and they spend less money doing it.

I feel like all this patriotism is just overcompensating.

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