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Marie, 18, classy, sassy, smart ass-y. ENTP. Enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness, stories and anecdotes, stars and galaxies, philosophy, and certain fandoms. Highly opinionated chronic procrastinator. Just your average over-achieving aspiring anthropologist, really.

This is a compilation of things I like, and stuff I have written. Viewer discretion is advised.

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fakescience:

The ancient Mayans, as explained in Fake Science 101.

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Top 5 lines of poetry and/or prose

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thetargetbird:

1. “So it goes.” — Vonnegut
2. “Now I am quietly waiting for/ the catastrophe of my personality/ to seem beautiful again,/ and interesting, and modern.” — O’Hara
3. “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” - Marquez
4. “He asked me when I planned to come back. Always, I said.” — Bolaño
5. “It is the desperate moment when we discover that this empire, which had seemed to us the sum of all wonders, is an endless, formless ruin, that corruption’s gangrene has spread too far to be healed by our scepter, that the triumph over enemy sovereigns has made us the heirs of their long undoing.” — Calvino

But there are so many lines of poetry that I’m just plain forgetting.

18 hours ago with 66 notes

A Studio Ghibli food appreciation post.

thebrainscoop:

nprglobalhealth:

The Unfixed Brain

This video is a bit graphic, but it’s also pretty amazing.

Most of us “think that the brain is sort of the consistency of a rubber ball,” says neurobiologist Suzanne Stensaas of the University of Utah. That’s because the only experience we have is with fixed brains soaked in formaldehyde. 

When alive and firing, the brain is actually really soft and compressible, like a sack of goo. “It’s much softer than most of the meat you see in a market,” Stensaas says. 

In this video, the neurobiologist explores the anatomy of 1,400 gram brain just removed from an autopsy. The video gave me a whole new understanding and appreciation for how remarkable — and vulnerable — this amazing organ is. 

Wear your helmets!

Video from University of Utah Brain Institute/Youtube.com

This. Is. Amazing. 

Your consciousness is a ball of roped jelly. 

“The girl and the woman, in their new, their own unfolding, will but in passing be imitators of masculine ways, good and bad, and repeaters of masculine professions. After the uncertainty of such transitions it will become apparent that women were only going through the profusion and the vicissitude of those (often ridiculous) disguises in order to cleanse their own most characteristic nature of the distorting influences of the other sex. Women, in whom life lingers and dwells more immediately, more fruitfully and more confidently, must surely have become fundamentally riper people, than easygoing man, who is not pulled down below the surface of life by the weight of any fruit of his body, and who, presumptuous and hasty, undervalues what he thinks he loves. This humanity of woman, borne its full time in suffering and humiliation, will come to light when she will have stripped off the conventions of mere femininity in the mutations of her outward status, and those men who do not yet feel it approaching today will be surprised and struck by it. Some day (and for this, particularly in the northern countries, reliable signs are already speaking and shining), some day there will be girls and women whose name will no longer signify merely an opposite of the masculine, but something in itself, something that makes one think, not of any complement and limit, but only of life and existence: the feminine human being. This advance will (at first much against the will of the outstripped men) change the love-experience, which is now full of error, will alter it from the ground up, reshape it into a relation that is meant to be of one human being to another, no longer of man to woman. And this more human love (that will fulfill itself, infinitely considerate and gentle, and kind and clear in binding and releasing) will resemble that which we are preparing with struggle and toil, the love that consists in this, that two solitudes protect and border and salute each other.”

Rainer Maria Rilke // Letters To A Young Poet (via nietzxsche)

1 day ago with 375 notes

edwardspoonhands:

karenhallion:

miss-nobody13:

itsprongs:

Oh god guys. JK Rowling is a genius, and so is this person.

the thing I love about this fandom is that there are 7 books and 8 movies to observe. so every once in a while some blessed soul finds a piece of information that makes all the magic resurface again

Mind. Blown. 

Oh Lord…it’s a metaphor too. It’s symbolic of Neville holding on to his past, the horrors of what happened to his parents, of being a passive vessel for that atrocity. As if the terrible thing kept happening and would never stop happening. 

When he moves forward and becomes part of his own story instead of the story of his past, his strength surges. 

If a Time Traveller Saw a Smartphone

newyorker:

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If a well-educated time traveller from 1914 met one of us, he would conclude that, in the past century, humans achieved a new level of superintelligence. But do a mobile phone and an Internet connection make us extraordinary? http://nyr.kr/1hk91vX

Illustration by Hannah K. Lee.

2 days ago with 203 notes

mermaidchan05:

taijavigilia:

The recently re-redesigned Princesses sans Poca’s feathers.   Playing with shapes is much too addictive.  Hazelnut brown ink with watercolours and gel pens.

This is the way to draw them. Gorgeous! 

Sherlock: Irene saved herself.

ascandalinbakerstreet:

bittergrapes:

sordidcrayons:

God. When people state that Irene “lost” because Sherlock saved her…ugh. That is so wrong. I like to thing of it as her biggest gamble. Face it, sometimes even the badassiest people get into situations that they can’t win alone. That’s where their previous badass actions come into play (i.e. their friends or insurance packages or whatever the hell they did to make sure they have a chance to get out alive) and that is what Sherlock was to Irene.

Yeah, she might have fallen a bit in love (sexuality and romanticism is NOT the same thing, people! Don’t make me pull the asexual card, here) but she managed to get Sherlock to like her enough to COME TO HER RESCUE.

I like to think she straight up manipulated him into it. Her personal feelings were just pesky and not under her control, but they were the final straw in binding Sherlock to her.

When Sherlock saved Irene, she did not LOSE. In fact, she proved Sherlock wrong in that moment. Emotions? That’s what fucking SAVED HER LIFE. Whether they were hers or Sherlock’s.

I’m not the most eloquent person, and I’m crap at saying what I mean, but my point is this: Irene is a fucking badass. And she managed to make Sherlock her 2nd insurance package. But she wasn’t convinced that she had accomplished that, thus the crying and the text message. That smile at the end? That wasn’t a damsel in distress who was ~relieved at being rescued. That was a woman who’s plan came together at the last second, saved by her own freaking genius. Sherlock was her tool, the entire time. Their emotions were incidental and unplanned, but were the hail mary that surprised them both.

Irene fucking WON. All by her lonesome. So please, stop taking everything at face value and assuming every woman who is “saved” had no agency in her own saving.

FUCKING. THANK. YOU. THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG.

Watch the last scene again. Fucking watch it again. Now watch Irene’s face and tell me that’s not the face of a woman who is taking a big gamble and holding her breath to see if it pays off. That’s not of the face of a victim. That’s not the face of someone who’s been beat. That is someone for whom the power and intensity of playing the game is the greatest reward there is, and right then? She knows she’s put all her cards in the right place. Sherlock is there when she needs him because she put the plan in motion and she orchestrated her own escape. Sherlock was just a part of her plan. He was NOT her savior. 

And even if he was? Look at all the other people who have saved or been saved by Sherlock!

There was:

  • John saving Sherlock in Study in Pink
  • Sherlock saving John and Sarah in The Blind Banker
  • Sherlock and John going to save Soo Lin in The Blind Banker
  • Sherlock attempting to save the bomb victims in The Great Game
  • John saving Sherlock in The Great Game (planetarium scene)
  • John attempting to save Sherlock in The Great Game
  • Irene saving John and Sherlock at the beginning of Belgravia
  • Irene saving Sherlock (by telling him to duck) when they were in her house
  • Mrs. Hudson trying to save Sherlock by hiding the phone in her bra
  • Sherlock saving Mrs. Hudson in their flat
  • Sherlock attempting to save Irene when she shows up in their flat
  • Sherlock saving Irene at the end.

And there’s probably several that I’ve forgotten. Anyone who suggested that John was weak because Sherlock saved him once or twice would get shouted down with evidence of the other times that it’s been reverse, so why is this any different? Irene saved John and Sherlock’s life by calling Moriarty at the right time, offering the right things. She could have let him get a bullet to the brain in her sitting room, but she caught his eye and told him to duck. The whole thing is reciprocal; it’s saving and being saved, over and over again, because that’s what it’s about. It’s about the fact that THEY ARE EQUALLY MATCHED and they save each other’s asses when it’s necessary, just like John and Sherlock but in a different, more intellectual way.

I’ve said it several times now, but look deeper. The fact that Gatiss wrote it to have Mycroft say the whole “damsel in distress” line when they were in the airplane is not a mistake! Irene knows how to manipulate a situation and play with people’s feelings and sympathies in order to get what she needs. Sherlock is the master of intellectual manipulation, and Irene is a master of emotional manipulation. 

It’s been really frustrating to me to see people espousing what they believe are feminist ideals but are in fact very negative and not particularly feminist. Thanks for articulating this so well, both of you.

2 days ago with 226 notes

reapersun:

for DERLAINE

your boy is hard to draw, laine :/

“No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  (via apoetreflects)

3 days ago with 2,278 notes

thebrainscoop:

thatssoscience:

Less “Big Bang Theory,” More Dana Scully: What It’s Going to Take to Lead More Girls Into Science

This article touches on the profound impact cultural icons have and the lack of icons for women in STEM fields today.

Dana Scully influenced generations of women (including me!). “The Scully Effect” inspired women to flock to fields typically dominated by men, like science and law enforcement, because of the bad ass role model Dana Scully was. The actress who played her, Gillian Anderson, knows of the effect her character had.

Anderson responded that she’s long been aware of the Scully Effect, and has frequently heard from girls “who were going into the medical world or the science world or the FBI world or other worlds that I reigned, that they were pursuing those pursuits because of the character of Scully.”

Yet Dana Scully is no where to be found now. Where Dana Scully once ruled we now have Penny on The Big Bang Theory who gets played for laughs as a “silly woman” among serious male scientists. (Don’t even get me started on the treatment of “nerds” and “scientists” on that show. Just listen to where the laugh track plays. They aren’t laughing with Sheldon, they are laughing AT him.)  

Emily Graslie said it best “There should be some woman on some show on some channel, I keep searching for her, and I don’t think she exists. There is no female equivalent of Brian Cox, Neil DeGrasse Tyson.”

While these men do great things for the image of science in the public eye, there is literally no female version, on scripted programs or otherwise. They aren’t there. So Emily, myself, and many others have had enough. We’ve taken matters into our hands.

If the 741,343 views on Emily’s video on the subject are any indication, I don’t think we are the only ones who are fed up. 

Read more at Yes Magazine

Some day soon we will have actual women scientists and engineers as positive role-models in the media, instead of having to settle for being inspired by fictional characters.