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.
This must be the most beautiful DIY tutorial I have ever seen. And it so happens to be in style of this weekend. Found on Ulicam, a very nice blog by Ulrika Kestere, photographer and illustrator. For the whole tutorial and lot’s of inspiration, click here.
You have to learn to say no without feeling guilty. Setting boundaries is healthy. You need to learn to respect and take care of yourself.
Veritasium’s new video has an awesome demonstration featuring acoustics, standing waves, and combustion. It’s a two-dimensional take on the classic Rubens’ tube concept in which flammable gas is introduced into a chamber with a series of holes drilled across the top. Igniting the gas produces an array of flames, which is not especially interesting in itself, until a sound is added. When a note is played in the tube, the gas inside vibrates and, with the right geometry and frequency, can resonate, forming standing waves. The motion of the gas and the shape of the acoustic waves is visible in the flames. Extended into two-dimensions, this creates some very cool effects. (Video credit: Veritasium; via Ryan A.; submitted by jshoer)
this. is. AWESOME. If only high school science classes had been this cool…
Reminds us of Fabian Oefner’s science-inspired art.
I rarely ever do this but she melts my heart. Poor little baby Hope was chained up, doused in kerosene and set on fire by her owner who has since been arrested. She may have some permanent eye damage but that is the least of her struggles. You can donate here to help with her medical expenses so she can receive the treatment she needs. Every little bit counts so even though they have surpassed their goal I still suggest you donate even a tiny amount. I have zero tolerance for people who hurt innocent animals they are just sick and disgusting. What could this precious little baby have done to deserve such a thing? All I can say is he will get his and I hope it’s just as painful for him as it is for her.
SIGNAL BOOST for Cat Lovers in Ohio (Marietta area)
Ohio Valley Humane Society - Marietta, Ohio
This shelter has literally hundreds of cats and lots of beautiful black cats right now! Some have sponsored adoption fees!
"Harmar" is a handsome adult male kitty who came to the HSOV on February 27, 2014 after he was found on Harmar Street in Marietta, Ohio. He has a black short smooth coat, a long tail, and a sweet face with golden eyes and a black nose. "Harmar" has a calm, quiet disposition and is quite friendly. He received vaccinations and wormer on March 4, 2014. "Harmar" was also neutered on March 4, 2014 so his adoption fee would be just $10 with an approved adoption application. He has been combo tested and is negative for both feline leukemia and FIV. His adoption fee has been sponsored. SPONSORED!!
"Harmony" is a beautiful one-year old female kitty who was surrendered by her owner on February 28, 2014 alon gwith her housemates (Marietta, Morris, and Rene’). This little sweetheart has a black short smooth coat, a long tail, and a darling face with large golden eyes and a black nose. "Harmony" has a calm disposition and a friendly disposition. She is a fairly small girl who weighs 7.6 lbs. "Harmony" has already been spayed, so her adoption fee would be just $10 with an approved adoption application. She received vaccinations and wormer on March 1, 2014.
Rene’ is a beautiful one-year old female kitty who was surrendered by her owner on February 28, 2014 along with her housemates (Harmony, Marietta, and Morris). This pretty young lady has a shiny black short smooth coat, a long tail, and a darling face with golden eyes and a black nose. Rene’ has a gentle disposition and a friendly personality. She seems sad sitting alone in a cage these days, and we can certainly understand. Rene preferred to have her glamour photos taken in an unlikely spot and she actually had a nice fluffy green blanket in her cage which would have been much more comfortable. Rene is a fairly big girl who currently weighs 9.6 pounds. She has already been spayed, so her adoption fee is just $10!
"Timothy" (formerly known as Tabitha) is a 3-year old male kitty who was surrendered by his owner on March 1, 2014. This good-looking guy has a black short smooth coat, a long tail, and a handsome face with large golden eyes, a black nose, and long black whiskers. "Timothy" has a calm, quiet disposition and a very friendly personality. "Timothy" received vaccinations and wormer on March 2, 2014 and received rabies vaccine on March 14, 2014. He has been neutered, so his adoption fee would be just $10 with an approved adoption application.
"Bustopher Jones" is a magnificent 3-year old male kitty who was surrendered by his owner on March 15, 2014. This debonair young man has a black long smooth coat, a long tail, and a handsome face with large golden eyes, a black nose, and long black whiskers. "Bustopher Jones" has a delightful personality and is a pushover for attention. He kept rolling over on his back for belly rubs during his photo session. He currently weighs 9 pounds but looks like a much larger kitty because of his long hair. The adoption fee would be $20 and includes vaccinations, basic wormer and a $20 voucher for local vets. SPONSORED!!
Belle” is a beautiful adult female kitty who was surrendered by her owner on March 17, 2014. This gorgeous girl has a black short smooth coat, a long tail, and a lovely face with golden eyes, a black nose, and long black whiskers. “Belle” has a sweet personality and enjoys being petted. Belle is a rather large girl who currently weighs 15 pounds. Her adoption fee is just $20.
"Babe" is a beautiful 8-year old female kitty who was surrendered by her owner on March 19, 2014. This sweet lady has a black short smooth coat, a long tail, and a pretty face with golden eyes, a black button nose, and long black whiskers. "Babe" will surely melt your heart when she looks up at you and seems to be ‘smiling’. She has a friendly personality and a calm disposition. "Babe" has the appearance of being fairly large even though she only weighs 9 pounds. Her adoption fee is just $20!Babe seems to have some neurological issues and is a little un-coordinated. But she eats, drinks and uses her litterbox just fine. SPECIAL NEEDS!
"Cinder" is a beautiful 2-year old female kitty who arrived at the HSOV on March 27, 2014 after a Good Samaritan found her in Marietta, Ohio and brought her to the safety of our shelter along with two other kitties (Ella and Pollyanna). This lovely young mother-to-be has a black velvet short smooth coat, a long tail, and a very pretty face with golden eyes and long black whiskers. "Cinder" has a lovable, affectionate personality and was a pushover for attention while she had her glamour photos taken. She received wormer on March 27, 2014 and will be vaccinated after she gives birth to her kittens.
Ella” is a beautiful 2-year old female kitty who came to the HSOV on March 27, 2014 after a Good Samaritan found her and two other kitties (Cinder and Pollyanna) in Marietta, Ohio and brought them to the safety of our shelter. “Ella” has a sleek black short smooth coat, a long tail (which appears to have been broken), and a pretty face with golden eyes, a black nose, and long black whiskers. This sweet girl has an affectionate personality and a calm, gentle dispostion. She loves attention and head-butts against your arms/hands to beg for petting and loving. She is special needs because she walks with a limp, but she doesn’t seem to notice that she is any different.
Ohio Valley Humane Society
90 Mt. Tom Road
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone 740 373-5959
Canine Rescue/Adoptions - Steve Herron/Ex. Director/Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org(740) 373-5959)
Celeste Ridgway-Rescue Coordinator at email@example.com
Feline Rescue/Adoptions - Email Steve Herron at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Paul at email@example.com
12 Noon - 5 pm Monday - Friday
10am - 4pm Saturday
By Appointment Only Sunday
Adoption fees for Dogs and Puppies range from $42.75 - $117.75 depending on shots and vetting.
Adoption fees for Cats& Kittens range from $25 to $40.00 depending on shots and vetting.
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