A E I O

Mostly reblogs relating to science, books/reading, and photography. Sometimes some original content. I also blog about whiskey, my teenager, and my forties elsewhere. I'll share if you ask nicely.

Aug 30
groupieguide:

sleeepynatural:

NOBODY IS KIDDING WHEN THEY SAY THINGS LIKE THAT ABOUT DAVID BOWIE.

Nobody.

groupieguide:

sleeepynatural:

NOBODY IS KIDDING WHEN THEY SAY THINGS LIKE THAT ABOUT DAVID BOWIE.

Nobody.

(via thedirtyoldgentleman)


wasbella102:

Collection of vintage globes

wasbella102:

Collection of vintage globes

(via smellmyhead)


Aug 29

gothiccharmschool:

Remember folks, the delightful skull sugar cubes are available from Dem Bones on Etsy!


This happened while I was at work.

This happened while I was at work.



Aug 28
“We tell our women “get into science, get into math, get into the pipeline.” Who wants to be in a pipeline full of acid?”

Alicia Menendez - The View

I’m at the car dealership, waiting for my service recall to be completed, and this statement caught the attention of every woman in the room. Unsurprisingly, they all nodded in assent while the few men in the room looked uncomfortable.

The point is valid: even if access to STEM and other male dominated fields is made available, we need to do something about the culture in the field. Access to a pipeline full of acid, while it is still access, serves to maintain inequality.

(via glintglimmergleam)

so my sister works in STEM & if you talked to her for like 5 minutes she can tell you how true this is. it’s fucking poisonous

(via verybereft)

Even the efforts to make things better often just reveal how bad they are.

(via geekycubil)

I got run out of reddit for saying this exact shit. So many cismen flooded my inbox explaining at me how their company took this or that measure to “attract women”. You know, the singular gestalt consciousness of Woman. AND BY JOVE IT DIDN’T WORK!?!??! So therefore, the paragraphs I just spent describing how terrible it is to be read as female while in tech didn’t actually happen. Or if it did, their company was exempt cause they made a fucking token effort.

I couldn’t take it. I got off that piece of shit site. But the point remains, and this quote puts it so well. It has nothing to do with getting into STEM. It has to do with staying in STEM, while everyone and everything around you is trying to make you quit. I promise you, take any random white cisman and put him in the same situation and he’d have a nervous breakdown within the week. Women and those read as women have to do this ALL THE TIME.

(via obscureliteraryreference)

Cosigned.

—a scientist in her 40s.

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godiseven:

ohokaybueno:

sigh-twombly:

yoconozco:

capturedcravings:

Mac n Cheese Chimichangas

i can’t breathe

omggg

Don’t fuck with me like this.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

I just started salivating.

godiseven:

ohokaybueno:

sigh-twombly:

yoconozco:

capturedcravings:

Mac n Cheese Chimichangas

i can’t breathe

omggg

Don’t fuck with me like this.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

I just started salivating.

(via thedirtyoldgentleman)


asylum-art:

Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman

Presented by Tampa Museum of Art at Tampa Museum of Art

Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman consists of twenty-nine, 6 x 7 1/2 ft. photographs taken by the artist in 2014. Eastman explores Havana’s changing cultural landscape in his images of the city’s architecture and lush,  by the effects of time. His large-scale photographs evoke the nostalgia and wealth of a bygone era, while shedding light on the harsh economic realities faced..

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becausebirds:

Shake what your momma gave ya

My patronus next week for shipwrecksf.

becausebirds:

Shake what your momma gave ya

My patronus next week for shipwrecksf.

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Always reblog.

Always reblog.

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charleypollard:

i want female villains whose backstory don’t revolve around men breaking their hearts or wanting to be more beautiful than another girl  i want female villains who are evil for the fun of it and i want female villains with tragic backstories that don’t revolve around men i want female villains with backstories and motives just as diverse and complex as male villains i’m so sick of female villains who are only motivated by men and girlhate

Be the arch-nemesis you want to see in the world.

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Aug 27

zacharielaughingalonewithsalad:

cellarspider:

twinkletwinkleyoulittlefuck:

purrsianstuck:

During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies. 

A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy. 

Mission fucking accomplished

Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.

It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.

You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.

The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.

The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.

Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.

So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.

Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.

These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!

reblogging for the sweet history lesson

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wnycradiolab:

thekidshouldseethis:

Water Balloons Falling (and Bouncing) in Slow Motion.
Rewatch the video.

Well. That’s awesome.

The white one has me humming “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” along with its wobbly wiggle.

wnycradiolab:

thekidshouldseethis:

Water Balloons Falling (and Bouncing) in Slow Motion.

Rewatch the video.

Well. That’s awesome.

The white one has me humming “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” along with its wobbly wiggle.


Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. LOVE.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. LOVE.

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Jupiter structural layer cake

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