For the first time in 2017, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida was shaken by the roar of a rocket. On January 20, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lofted a satellite that will make the world a safer place. The Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS GEO-3) will monitor the globe, watching for missile launches using its infrared sensors, serving as an early warning detection system for potential threats.

     I made these photographs while standing 1.9 miles from Launch Complex 41. From this distance, the rocket was alarmingly loud. It took intense concentration to operate the camera in this violent acoustic environment. The supersonic flow exiting the RD-180 engine nozzles caused a crackling sound which I could feel thumping against my chest.

     I watched as the rocket disappeared into its orbit, but even after the vehicle was out of sight, I still heard its engines. After this, the only remaining remnant of the rocket was the strong scent of RP-1 (refined kerosene) exhaust, wafting about. I love the smell of jet fuel in the morning and rocket exhaust at night.


When I first moved to CA, I drove this little 3 cylinder Geo Metro. It hit 100k miles driving over the Donner Summit one day, and I remember holding my breath. I thought that it was going to be like a scene from a cartoon, where all four wheels simultaneously fell off, and the engine failed with a dramatic poof of black smoke in the air. This morning, I woke up on my 40th birthday and I thought the same thing was going to happen to me 😂 That my engine would fail and things would fall off. Instead, I woke up and realized that I wish I would have felt as amazingly confident, determined, and at peace with who I was when I was 20 or 30 or any of the years in between as I do right now in this moment. I don’t think I’d go back in time to tell my younger self how much better things get, because every experience fits together like puzzle pieces in the bigger picture of it all. Makes me wonder what kinds of things my 50 or 60 year old self will have to say… .
Hello, 40. You are officially my bitch.
#happybirthdaytome #imadeitthisfarsomehow #hotsprings #ca #tattoos #olderandwiser

hello! im not new to the studyblr community, but i am restarting my studyblr! i was super active about two years ago, but im about to go into my second take of my senior year after dropping out last year!
my names jason and im 18 from texas! my pronouns are he/him and im super queer!
this year im taking ap lit, ap stats, ap physics, preap precal, preap world geo, french 3, and health/speech!
i love ap classes, pens, pretty notes, and pretty bullet journals. i have a passion for space and astrobiology and plan on getting my phd in planetary sciences!
my favourite studyblrs are @equaticns and @studyquill!!!!

Lesson #13: This, That, It, Thing:

As promised this lesson is a continuation of the last one and we will be learning how to say ‘this, that, it, thing".

First let’s start with what we learned last lesson; 이거 (i-geo). We learned how to use this to say ‘this is a’

Well that’s what we’ll do
again but with more things!

1) If we break up 이거 into 이 + 거

이- this (near to you)

거 - thing

이거 basically means ‘this thing’.

2) So let’s move onto how to say ‘that’.

저거 - that (over there)

저 - that

거 -thing

3) We use 그거 (geu-geo) to say 'that’ also but 'that (near someone else)’

그- that (near someone else)
거- thing

4) To say this/that ______

Just take 이/저/그 + noun

5) To say this/that is _____

Just take 이거/저거/그거 + noun+ 이에요/예요

(I have lesson on -이에요/-예요 if you haven’t seen it already)

- 이 책 - this book
(i chaek)

이거 책이에요 - this is a book
(i-geo chae-gi-e-yo)

-저 사전 - that dictionary(over there)
(jeo sa-jeon)

저거 사전이에요 - that is a dictionary(over there)
(jeo-geo sa-jeon-i-e-yo)

-그 아이스크림 - that ice-cream (near someone else)
(geu a-i-seu-keu-rim)

그거 아이스크림이에요 - that is ice cream (near someone else)
(geu-geo a-i-seu-keu-rim i-e-yo

Add 뭐예요 (mwo-ye-yo) which means 'what’ to 그거/저거/이거 to say 'what is this/that?’

This was quite hard to explain I don’t know why but I hope you understand it well enough and continue to revise it. If this lesson wasn’t detailed enough or didn’t help, let me know so I can post an alternative version or edit this one!

As always, I am not a teacher, tutor, native or fluent speaker - I am doing these lessons to help out people like me!

Thanks guys!


{ Huevember Compilation }  

DAY 3: Geo, one of my main inspirations @legendwaker
DAY 4 & 5: On Sundays, Rock likes to take Kris to her favorite café @the-whipple-effect
DAY 6: precious boy, Chef @inklingray
DAY 7 & 8: Midna, friend from my Sploon Clan
DAY 11 & 12: Marina, my octo baby. 

yeah, i gave up on day 9 & 10 :^)

short recap of things u missed while i never get on here anymore

1. i chopped off all of my hair with scissors from my desk, still unclear as to whether i was having a breakdown or if i was just feeling zaney

2. i got accepted to study abroad at a geography field school in the british isles where i would study earth science and human geo

3. im head over heels in love with this guy im good friends with but i dont know if he feels the same and cant ask because…. see 4

4. im currently in a mini breakdown trying to figure out whether my friends actually like me or if they just use me as a last resort so they’re not alone

5. i went from having 2 roommates to 0 because one of them was crazy and literally accused me of theft to the police and she drove out my good roommate and then left herself and now im alone

anonymous asked:

It was a busy day in The Coffee Spoon. Mat was overworked, having only Pablo around to help him out, though he wasn't much help anyway. Mat jogged out of the back room to help a customer at the counter, looked up to take the order, and was immedietly stopped in his tracks. The customer was absolutely gorgeous, whoever he was. "H-hey, welcome to The Coffee Spoon! What can I get for you?" he asked, tucking a dreadlock back into place as he did. @dreamdaddies-rp (for whoever you want! <3)

Geo gave a tired smile as he held on to a small child’s hand, trying to keep her from running off. “Can I get a coffee with a lot of sugar and milk? And a small hot coco for her?” He asked softly, blue eyes rimmed red as if he hadn’t slept decently in a while while the girl bounced slightly and hastily asked for something in another language. “And a slice of banana bread?”

(take big bro/basically a worried mom Geo)


it is 1am and I’m gonna forget all this if I don’t write it now so bear with me. At the time I’m writing this, 13th, is not on Netflix’s recently added section or trending section. It is listed near the very end of their documentary section. I found it by searching it. This to me is strange considering the film was the first doc to open NYFF, it was directed by Ava DuVernay a well respected director who gives them content through ARRAY. The peripherals of this film seem like something Netflix would actively promote.

I watched it with someone who just knew the term Prison Industrial Complex by name only. He was initially hazy on why it was called 13th at all. As for myself, I was a part of an anti-prison school group that worked against the GEO Group. That was 3-4 years ago and I have done nothing since. So I do have knowledge, but not working knowledge of the prison system in the US. With that said, I would say this film is a good primer of the issues of mass incarceration. 

The best thing the film does is chart the history of mass incarceration from reconstruction through Jim Crow, the Government reaction to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements & their aftermath, into the Post-Regan era of Mass Incarceration. At the same time detailing how integral, yet often intentionally invisibly so, the prison system is to US society. I was legitimately shocked it went into ALEC. 

But the film is lacking. I am writing this freshly seeing it so please bear with me if this section is kinda muddled.

First, the section on the prosecution of Zimmerman was lacking. And this could be because I’m a Floridian but Angela Corey needed to be mentioned and the disparity of her handling of the Zimmerman case and her handling of Marissa Alexander’s case is very telling. At the same time, Angela was notorious for sending minors to adult prisons. In actuality the Zimmerman section should have been her section to segue into the School-to-Prison Pipeline. That is the single biggest missing part of the doc. How our schools, particularly those in impoverished neighborhoods, are designed to prep and send it’s students to prison. To my mind a documentary on prison is unthinkable without a section on the School-to-Prison Pipeline. 

Next, no mention of how American brand prison (either American companies like GEO or, more menacingly, the idea of mass incarceration) is exported globally like G4S (British based; operating infamously in Palestine). Bush Jr’s War on Terror, specifically Abu Ghraib & Guantanamo Bay, should have been mentioned.

And speaking of presidents whose involvement in Mass Incarceration is noticeably skipped over, no mention of Obama’s policies especially toward undocumented immigrants. 

There is no straightforward mention of LGBT anti-prison work. CeCe McDonald or  Reina Gossett would have been excellent choices to interview. [EDIT] Importantly CeCe, a black transwoman held in a men’s prison, said of her experience that being held in a women’s prison would not have made her safer because “No prison is safe”.

I will default to women on this point but I think the film lacked proper analysis of women in prison. No mention that black women since about the dawn of the new millennium have been the fastest growing demographic in prison populations. No mention of forced sterilization and Mass Incarceration as population control. And the statistic, last I checked, on black women in prison is overwhelmingly women in their reproductive years. Meaning, the prison system scoops up women in their reproductive prime and holds them past it. To recall the point of Obama, the film does not state that the FBI in 2013 listed Assata Shakur on its most wanted terrorist list, the first woman in its history. Where the fuck was Saidiya Hartman? You got fucking Van Jones & Corey Booker??? But not Saidiya Hartman…ok.

Very little is said about recidivism. And the section on probation and parole would have been a good spot to talk about that. [EDIT] It was mentioned but not impacted how nonviolent felony offenders can’t get public housing, food stamps, etc. In addition, many state’s make people pay for their incarceration in some manner. The impact is: You can’t get a job, food, a house…so you resort back to crime. Putting you in prison again. 

An important conversation about the nomenclature of this phenomenon was not had.Prison Industrial Complex or Mass Incarceration? Is it primarily a capitalistic endeavor or it is mostly population control? 

Solutions. Every time I hear Angela Davis talk about Mass Incarceration, she always mentions reparative justice and gives examples (see Are Prisons Obsolete, her speech at FIU, etc) of how it works in operation. I know many prison abolitionists, in solidarity with the Palestinian movement, adopt a BDS-like plan to stop Mass Incarceration. Alternatives including community outreach, raising the minimum wage, healthcare exists in cities across the country that ameliorate Mass Incarceration. Was it Detroit that recently used meditation as opposed to detention for kids? [EDIT] It was the Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, MD. 

Finally, there’s a section that offers pitiful debate over whether or not the video & images of dead black people should be seen. 1 person spoke out against it. And the film is clearly in favor showing such images throughout. Firehoses, dogs, lynching, phone footage, CCTV footage are shown throughout the film. And again, as I’ve been saying for years now it is not necessary. At these parts I just looked away. Whenever such images are shown I leave the room. So for me this was the first time hearing these unarmed black men’s murder. Most of my followers know that Saidiya Hartman quote that I seem to have to post every week so I won’t link to it here. But, I cannot stress that these images are really damaging & their intended purpose has proven ineffectual. 

The realities of expecting a 100 minute film to cover everything (thoroughly) is ludicrous.  And I’ve mentioned this before, good film criticism can take what a film lacks and supply that to the without disparaging the film or the limits of the medium. I usually like to link to research and info on posts like this but its 2am now and I’m going to bed. Google and Youtube can point you to where you need to go if you need statistics and such.