21 4 / 2014

"

I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

"

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

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This was beautiful

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18 4 / 2014

"too many dudes. i’m so sick of dudes. every time i see something with a dude in it i’m like ‘fuck you, i don’t want to watch this.’"

my glorious roommate, as she spreads peanut butter on a saltine (via baby-fish-mouth)

Guy, look! I said this! This is something I said! People think I’m funny!

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I’m totally going to use that…

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10 4 / 2014

02 4 / 2014

So much for playing a fucking board game.

31 3 / 2014

edwardspoonhands:

iwillartforyou:

I made a Welcome to Night Vale Dress! <3

I want to be a girl so bad right now…

Omg, this is beautiful!

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30 3 / 2014

A proposed experiment

nerdcornerstuff:

Please reblog if you play RPGs (D&D, Pathfinder, WoD etc) or are a video gamer AND have been in or are in relationship.

Id like to show the world that the stereotype of someone being undateable because they are a gamer is total BS.

I’m a female (human- I’m no unicorn!) gamer (RPG and computer) who’s been married for nearly 11 years to a non-gamer.

More of my gaming friends are married than not.

Stereotypes are dumb.

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30 3 / 2014

"It turns out procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.

You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive an unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability — which is pretty much everything."

Procrastination Is Not Laziness | Thought Catalog (via rachelkiley)

Oof, this hits a little close to home…

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27 3 / 2014

landonsphotography:

AB14 Friday: Really cool Cecil with a glow cloud, like woah. I believe the Cecil is dehearmont! Can also be viewed on flickr.

!!!

I kind of want to cosplay Cecil… or Cecelia…

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25 3 / 2014

chartermagic:

The Nine Gates of death.

-from Sabriel by Garth Nix

(c) Laura Tolton 

I <3 the Abhorsen series.

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24 3 / 2014

"Developing the ability to piss other people off (or even to RISK pissing them off) without knuckling under is pretty much the Holy Grail of emotionally abused kids, I think. We are programmed to respond at the first sign of displeasure, and we don’t have the faith in ourselves and our decisions to weather the storm– or even a mild sprinkle– so we tend to freak out as if the world was ending if a cloud crosses the sun. We freak out about the possibility that we’re wrong, that we’re doing the wrong things, that we’re making the wrong choices, that we’ll make someone angry, because there’s this awful certainty lurking at the back of our minds that says “If you do the wrong thing, you will be in TROUBLE.” And being in TROUBLE is the worst thing, ever, because that part of our brain is forever three years old where our parents are our whole world and being in TROUBLE is the end of everything.

It takes a lot of practice to gain that sort of gut-level knowledge that we’re strong enough to handle this stuff and that the world doesn’t end if someone else is angry at us. It’s not an innate quality that some people have and some don’t; people who grow up in non-abusive homes learn it when they’re young, is all, and the rest of us have to learn it when we’re grown up. And it sucks, and it’s not fair, and it’s not fun, but there’s no getting around it, and you can do it, you CAN.

You can piss people off.

You can be wrong.

You can fuck up.

You can do stuff that everyone thinks is weird.

AND IT IS ALL OKAY. The world won’t end. You will still be a good person. And the likelihood is that most of the things you do WON’T be wrong, and WON’T piss people off, and WON’T be up-fuckery, and WON’T be weird, but if it is? The hell with it; fix it, if necessary, and move on."

PomperaFirpa @Captain Awkward (via ladysaviours)

Well that hit me right in the gut

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fucking ouch

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This is nice to hear/read, and it’s very true stuff. It’s okay for people to be mad at you, or for you to be mad at people. That’s just a part of life and being human.

Man, I’m *still* working on this.

Like- a mistake isn’t the end of the world? I can say a wrong thing and people won’t instantly hate me? Huh.

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22 3 / 2014

octojosh:

null3593:

burlesque-kanaya:

btprincessgirl:

herrmedic:

lollipocalypse:

sublimesublemon:

These are… actually pretty inspiring.

Cool.

Forever reblog.

“you are never taller than when you stand up for yourself”

thats just awesome

“You’re the result of 4 billion years of evolutionary success; F***ING ACT LIKE IT.”

My fave right there.

When life gets harder, you must have just leveled up.

Inspirational fucking post right there.

YEAH

You are never taller than when you stand on the backs of your fallen enemies

'When life gets harder… you must have leveled up'

Awesome.

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22 3 / 2014

theartofanimation:

Riikka Auvinen

Too pretty not to reblog…

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22 3 / 2014

I want to give her all the hugs!

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20 3 / 2014

thingsfortwwings:

[Image: A screencap from Iron Man of a fragment of code with a progress bar in front of it; the code is reproduced below.]
moviecode:

From: http://deeperdesign.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/is-iron-man-made-of-lego/
I was re-watching Iron Man recently and noticed something interesting.  During Iron Man’s first “boot up sequence”, in the “terrorist” caves of Nowhereistan, some butchered C code is displayed on a faked up laptop screen.
The code displayed on screen, although missing some syntactically important characters such as semi-colons, is actual valid C source code.  So valid in fact that I wondered where it came from.
After a quick Google I found it. This code is in fact as follows:
    send[0] = 0x65;
    send[1] = 1;
    send[2] = 3;
    send[3] = 5;
    send[4] = 7;
    send[5] = 11;

    if (rcx_sendrecv(fd, send, 6, recv, 1, 50, RETRIES, use_comp) != 1) {
	fprintf(stderr, "%s: delete firmware failed\n", progname);
	exit(1);
    }

    /* Start firmware download */
    send[0] = 0x75;
    send[1] = (start &gt;&gt; 0) &amp; 0xff;
    send[2] = (start &gt;&gt; 8) &amp; 0xff;
    send[3] = (cksum &gt;&gt; 0) &amp; 0xff;
    send[4] = (cksum &gt;&gt; 8) &amp; 0xff;
    send[5] = 0;

    if (rcx_sendrecv(fd, send, 6, recv, 2, 50, RETRIES, use_comp) != 2) {
	fprintf(stderr, "%s: start firmware download failed\n", progname);
	exit(1);
    }

    /* Transfer data */
    addr = 0;
    index = 1;
    for (addr = 0, index = 1; addr &lt; len; addr += size, index++) {
The code above comes from a firmware downloader for the RCX (a programmable, microcontroller-based Lego brick), written in 1998 at Stanford University by Kekoa Proudfoot. You can get the full source file here and it is distributed under the Mozilla Public License.  This is the same license used by Firefox and many other Open Source software products.
The sequence in the film in which this code appears suggests that the code is either being downloaded as firmware to the Iron Man suit or being used to upload firmware to an RCX Lego brick that is somehow involved in the operation of Iron Man.
So it appears that Iron Man is either powered by Open Source software or made of Lego.  I’m not sure which is cooler.



Both. Both is good.

thingsfortwwings:

[Image: A screencap from Iron Man of a fragment of code with a progress bar in front of it; the code is reproduced below.]

moviecode:

From: http://deeperdesign.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/is-iron-man-made-of-lego/

I was re-watching Iron Man recently and noticed something interesting.  During Iron Man’s first “boot up sequence”, in the “terrorist” caves of Nowhereistan, some butchered C code is displayed on a faked up laptop screen.

The code displayed on screen, although missing some syntactically important characters such as semi-colons, is actual valid C source code.  So valid in fact that I wondered where it came from.

After a quick Google I found it. This code is in fact as follows:

    send[0] = 0x65;
    send[1] = 1;
    send[2] = 3;
    send[3] = 5;
    send[4] = 7;
    send[5] = 11;

    if (rcx_sendrecv(fd, send, 6, recv, 1, 50, RETRIES, use_comp) != 1) {
	fprintf(stderr, "%s: delete firmware failed\n", progname);
	exit(1);
    }

    /* Start firmware download */
    send[0] = 0x75;
    send[1] = (start >> 0) & 0xff;
    send[2] = (start >> 8) & 0xff;
    send[3] = (cksum >> 0) & 0xff;
    send[4] = (cksum >> 8) & 0xff;
    send[5] = 0;

    if (rcx_sendrecv(fd, send, 6, recv, 2, 50, RETRIES, use_comp) != 2) {
	fprintf(stderr, "%s: start firmware download failed\n", progname);
	exit(1);
    }

    /* Transfer data */
    addr = 0;
    index = 1;
    for (addr = 0, index = 1; addr < len; addr += size, index++) {

The code above comes from a firmware downloader for the RCX (a programmable, microcontroller-based Lego brick), written in 1998 at Stanford University by Kekoa Proudfoot. You can get the full source file here and it is distributed under the Mozilla Public License.  This is the same license used by Firefox and many other Open Source software products.

The sequence in the film in which this code appears suggests that the code is either being downloaded as firmware to the Iron Man suit or being used to upload firmware to an RCX Lego brick that is somehow involved in the operation of Iron Man.

So it appears that Iron Man is either powered by Open Source software or made of Lego.  I’m not sure which is cooler.

Both. Both is good.

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20 3 / 2014

sunnyrea:

bespectacledbibliophile:

magenmagenmagen:

quantumspork:

welcome to night vale genderswap pt 3

lucy liu as cecilia
gina torres as carla

[pt 1[pt 2]

screeching

If this were a TV show, I would watch the fuck out of this.

I NEED THIS

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