an introduction to the science of life

how did i get here? pt. 1

so, as an introduction of sorts to the studyblr/gradblr/collegeblr community, i kind of wanted to go through a quick introduction of my undergrad experience. it’s still totally crazy to me that i’m going to grad school for planetary sciences in the fall, so maybe this is a little bit of an exercise in nostalgia as well.

i did my undergrad at columbia university. lovely place in new york city that’s far enough from downtown manhattan to feel a little homey, but in manhattan enough to feel like a city. 

(ID: Columbia’s campus on a particularly beautiful evening. The sky is painted with purples and yellows and oranges. There are a few people walking up and down the white marbley-stoney steps of the campus, as well across the red brick path adjacent to College Walk, cutting through the campus. A few academic-looking neoclassical buildings can be seen in the background. All the lights are just starting to turn on, and the campus feels tranquil.)

the one constant major i had throughout college was astrophysics. a lot of people talk about how so many people change what they do in college, but somehow, this didn’t happen for me. i knew i loved astrophysics, and the astronomy department at columbia was really lovely and supportive, and i found a niche there that i didn’t want to leave.

my first year, i was also a chemical physics major. i was really interested in polymers, nanoparticles, quantum chemistry, materials science, etc. my first summer - this was my first research opportunity ever - was spent in a chemical engineering lab working on click reactions of different polymers. and while i did enjoy what i was learning, i realized that the subject might not be for me.

i dropped the chemical physics major after i got screwed on my first orgo midterm during my sophomore fall. this involved a lot of crying, a lot of thinking i wasn’t ever going to be good enough to do things that were interesting to me, a lot of questioning if it was just my lack of perseverance, etc. but the one thing i learned during that time, and in the years afterwards, is that quitting is okay! i learned that, while i liked chemistry a lot, there was a subject i loved even more, and it was okay to pursue that in full.

i then picked up a computer science major in addition to astrophysics. this was done partly as an insurance policy for my family, who remained unconvinced that i could find any real career path in astronomy. but, weirdly, i ended up really loving parts of cs, and really enjoying the moments where i could apply things i learned in cs to my astrophysics work. i kept my cs major until senior year, where i had a….less than pleasant encounter with a machine learning professor who refused to let me take his class even though i needed it desperately to graduate on time. so, in a fit of rage and self-preservation, i dropped my cs major to a concentration (our version of a minor). i had done all the required classes, so i was able to chill out a bit senior year when i was applying to grad school, which was dope.

i think i realized i wanted to do research ~for real~ the fall of my senior year, when i was still applying to cs jobs. i was interviewing in SF for a job that i realized i really didn’t care that much about, and during dinner the day of that interview i just caught myself thinking about how sad i would be if i just let my love for astronomy go. i think, at that point, i really changed my perspective and viewed grad school not just as an option, but my first option. and somehow, some way, it worked out. i guess i’ll try to talk about that in later posts.

Guys Like Him [prequel to You Who | 01] (ft. Jeongguk)

Drabble game prompt 42. “His ego is so visible; I can almost watch it grow.”
→ badboy!jk, jock!au, prequel (part 1) to You Who [M] 
→ 6k words, (fluff, mentions of sex, tiny bit angst) 

Y/N: Originally didn’t want to make another series about jk, but You Who got a 1000+ notes and I decided to upload this as a surprise :) Enjoy! Split it into two parts, but I’m finished with part 2 so it’ll be uploaded in less than 24 hrs! 

“Nice job boys, that was a really good practice, let’s keep it up! Go home and get some rest!” Coach Kim blows his whistle as the boys all scatter and cheer as their practice comes to an early end. Jimin catches up to Jeongguk and claps the younger boy on the back, “Nice job kiddo, you’re stepping up into the quarterback shoes pretty well.” 

Jeongguk laughs and punches Jimin back in his shoulder pads, earning a playful laugh from him, “Thanks hyung.” 

“What’re you doing Friday night? Seokjin’s frat is throwing a party soon and is inviting the entire cheerleading squad the night before the game. And I overheard Jisoo saying that all of them were gonna be going. Wanna come?” 

Jeongguk smiles, shaking his head. “Sorry hyung, but I have a date with Y/N. I promised her way before that I wouldn’t flake. And since we have the game on Saturday, we planned for Friday.” 

Jimin groans, rolling his eyes. “C’mon, I miss the days when Jeon Jeongguk wouldn’t miss a frat party for the world. What happened?” 

They reach the lockers and begin removing their heavy gear. “I ended up dating the smartest, prettiest girl on campus. Can’t risk losing that.”

Jimin catches the slight blush on Jeongguk’s face. Smirking, he comments, “Damn man, you can literally get with any of the girls on campus. And you used to! What happened? You’re so whipped for her dude.” 

Jeongguk smiles as he walks towards the showers. With a wide smile, he adds, “I am.” 

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Reading Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World and it is beautifully relentless:

  • “Over the past thirty years, their way of thinking has in fact time and again damaged America and the world–the damage outweighing what good has been accomplished–yet we continue to take economists terribly seriously. Their culpability has scarcely been cited. Why?”

  • “Had economists been fully dedicated to their free-market views, they would also have been up in arms over the glaring lack of regulation of the new and deliberately opaque derivatives market on Wall Street.”

  • “The 1982 recession in the United States, for example, was the worst since the Great Depression–until the recession of 2008. Despite wide-eyed assertions by well-schooled economists that Americans were now enjoying the Great Moderation, the financial collapses and ensuing recessions had, as noted, cost Americans trillions of dollars in lost wealth and jobs, diminished investment, and failed companies.”

  • “To call economists overconfident during the modern laissez-faire experiment understates their hubris. The susceptibility of economists to new fashions in thinking, their opportunistic catering to powerful interests, and their walking in lockstep with the rightward political drift of America are disturbing for a discipline that claims to be a science.”

  • “Economists could benefit from the advice that the novelist Henry James once gave students: ‘Any point of view is interesting that is a direct impression of life. You should consider life directly and closely.’ In economics, theory is not just enough and is often patently wrong.”

This is all from just the prologue, it even opens on that first one

Seriously this book is great, I’m learning a lot. In the introduction alone it neatly ties together all these financial crises across the world from the 70s on and how they all trace back to the same egotistical fucks on Wall Street getting bailed out by the government whenever anything went bad for them, meanwhile leaving all these other countries totally fucked over. I’d already known some of this, but this lays it out nicely and cohesively, meanwhile explaining how it all led up to where we are now. Highly recommend.

masterpost of all the plant books i own

this is all the plant books i own minus some suuuper vintage ones that dont matter so imma just gonna. put the casual books up top and all the others under the cut

there are many. my interests are diverse. be warned


The Plant Messiah - Carlos Magdalena

Reaching for the Sun - John King

Brilliant Green: The surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence (Kindle Edition) - Stefano Mancuso and Alessandra Viola

In Praise of Plants - Francis Halle

The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How they Communicate (Kindle Edition) - Peter Wohlleben

Botany for Dummies (Kindle Edition) - Rene Fester Kratz

Lab Girl - Hope Jahren. This was given to me by my dad because he heard it was about a female botanist and her fun botany adventures but I haven’t read it yet because it’s currently popular and I’m petty and an edgy stubborn teen that must Avoid Popular Things™. that being said its supposed to be really good so putting it here out of the admittance that it’s probably really good and I should read it

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List of Free Science Books

Here’s an alphabetical list of all available free books. Note that many of the links will bring you to an external page, usually with more info about the book and the download links. Also, the links are updated as frequently as possible, however some of them might be broken. Broken links are constantly being fixed. In case you want to report a broken link, or a link that violates copyrights, use the contact form


  • A Beginner’s Guide to Mathematica
  • A Brief Introduction to Particle Physics
  • A First Course in General Relativity
  • A New Astronomy
  • A No-Nonsense Introduction to General Relativity
  • A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century, Fourth Edition
  • A Review of General Chemistry
  • A Simple Guide to Backyard Astronomy
  • A Text Book for High School Students Studying Physics
  • A Tour of Triangle Geometry
  • About Life: Concepts in Modern Biology
  • Acoustic Emission
  • Adaptive Control
  • Advanced Calculus
  • Advanced Learning
  • Advanced Mathematics for Engineers
  • Advanced Microwave Circuits and Systems
  • Advanced Technologies
  • Advances in Computer Science and IT
  • Advances in Evolutionary Algorithms
  • Advances in Geoscience and Remote Sensing
  • Advances in Haptics
  • Advances in Human Computer Interaction
  • Age of Einstein
  • Aging by Design
  • AMPL:  A Modeling Language for Mathematical Programming
  • An Introduction to Elementary Particles
  • An Introduction to Higher Mathematics
  • An Introduction to Many Worlds in Quantum Computation
  • An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
  • An Introduction to Mathematics
  • An Introduction to Proofs and the Mathematical Vernacular
  • An Introduction to Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
  • Analysis 1 (Tao T)
  • Analysis 2 (Tao T)
  • Analytic Functions
  • Astronomical Discovery
  • Astronomy for Amateurs
  • Astronomy Today
  • Astronomy with an Opera-Glass
  • Automation and Robotics


  • Basic Algebra, Topology and Differential Calculus
  • Basic Concepts of Mathematics
  • Basic Concepts of Thermodynamics
  • Basic Concepts of Thermodynamics Chapter 1
  • Basic Ideas in Chemistry
  • Basic Math: Quick Reference eBook
  • Basic Mathematics for Astronomy
  • Basic Physics
  • Basic Positional Astronomy
  • Basic Principles of Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Basic Principles of Physics
  • Basics of Physics
  • Beginner’s Botany
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry (practice book)
  • Biology
  • Board Notes for Particle Physics
  • Book of Proof


  • Calculus
  • Calculus Based Physics
  • Celestial Navigation, Elementary Astronomy, Piloting
  • Circuit QED — Lecture Notes
  • Classical Dynamics
  • Classical Geometry
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Climate Models
  • Collaborative Statistics
  • College Algebra
  • Complex Analysis
  • Computational Geometry
  • Computational Introduction to Number Theory and Algebra
  • Computational Physics with Python
  • Conceptual Physics
  • Consistent Quantum Theory
  • Cook-Book Of Mathematics
  • College Physics
  • Crude Oil Emulsions- Composition Stability and Characterization
  • Curiosities of the Sky


  • Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
  • Do We Really Understand Quantum Mechanics?
  • Differential Equations
  • Diophantine Analysis
  • Discover Physics
  • Dr. Donald Luttermoser’s Physics Notes
  • Dynamics and Relativity


  • Earthquake Research and Analysis
  • Earthquake-Resistant Structures – Design, Assessment and Rehabilitation
  • Einstein for Everyone
  • Electromagnetic Field Theory
  • Elementary Mathematical Astronomy
  • Elementary Linear Algebra
  • Elementary Particle Physics in a Nutshell
  • Elementary Particles in Physics
  • Elements of Astrophysics
  • Embedded Systems – Theory and Design Methodology
  • Encyclopaedia of Mathematics
  • Encyclopedia of Astrophysics
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Engineering Mathematics with Tables
  • Essential Engineering Mathematics
  • Essential Physics
  • Exoplanet Observing for Amateurs
  • Experimental Particle Physics


  • Fields
  • Foundations of Nonstandard Analysis
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Calendars
  • Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
  • Fundamentals of Analysis (Chen W.W.L)
  • Further Mathematical Methods
  • Fusion Physics


  • General Chemistry
  • General Relativity
  • General Relativity
  • Geometric Asymptotics
  • Geometry and Group Theory
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Geometry Formulas and Facts
  • Geometry Study Guide
  • Geometry, Topology and Physics
  • Geometry, Topology, Localization and Galois Symmetry
  • Great Astronomers


  • Handbook of Formulae and Physical Constants
  • High School Mathematics Extensions
  • Higher Mathematics for Engineers and Physicists
  • History of Astronomy
  • Homeomorphisms in Analysis
  • How to Use Experimental Data to Compute the Probability of Your Theory


  • Intelligent Systems
  • Intrinsic Geometry of Surfaces
  • Introduction to Astronomy and Cosmology
  • Introduction to Cancer Biology
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Introduction to Cosmology
  • Introduction to Elementary Particles
  • Introduction to General Relativity
  • Introduction To Finite Mathematics
  • Introduction to Particle Physics Notes
  • Introduction to PID Controllers
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics with Applications to Chemistry
  • Introduction to Quantum Noise, Measurement and Amplification
  • Introduction to Social Network Methods
  • Introduction to String Field Theory
  • Introduction to the Time Evolution of Open Quantum Systems
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • Introductory Computational Physics
  • Introductory Physics 1
  • Introductory Physics 2


  • Kinetic Theory


  • Laboratory Manual for Introductory Physics
  • Laws of Physics
  • Learn Physics Today
  • Lecture Notes in Discrete Mathematics
  • Lecture Notes in Quantum Mechanics
  • Lecture Notes in Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Lecture Notes in Particle Physics
  • Lecture Notes on General Relativity
  • Lectures on Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Cosmology
  • Lectures on Particle Physics
  • Lectures on Riemann Zeta-Function
  • Light and Matter


  • Mag 7 Star Atlas Project
  • Many Particle Physics
  • Math Alive
  • Mathematical Analysis I(Zakon E)
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Mathematical Methods 1
  • Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences
  • Mathematical Methods of Engineering Analysis
  • Mathematics, Basic Math and Algebra
  • Mathematics for Computer Science
  • Mathematics for Computer Science
  • Mathematics for Computer Scientists
  • Mathematics For Engineering Students
  • Mathematics Formulary
  • Motion Mountain
  • Music: A Mathematical Offering
  • Mysteries of the Sun


  • Natural Disasters
  • New Frontiers in Graph Theory
  • Noise Control, Reduction and Cancellation Solutions in Engineering
  • Nondestructive Testing Methods and New Applications
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Notes on Coarse Geometry
  • Notes on Elementary Particle Physics
  • Notes on Quantum Mechanics


  • Observing the Sky from 30S
  • On Particle Physics
  • Operating Systems: Three Easy Pieces


  • Particle Physics Course Univ. Cape Town
  • Particle Physics Lecture Notes
  • People’s Physics Book
  • Perspectives in Quantum Physics: Epistemological, Ontological and Pedagogical
  • Photons, Schmotons
  • Physics Lectures
  • Physics Tutorials
  • Physics Study Guides
  • Pioneers of Science
  • Practical Astronomy
  • Practical Astronomy for Engineers
  • Preparing for College Physics
  • Primer Of Celestial Navigation
  • Principal Component Analysis – Multidisciplinary Applications
  • Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Volume 1


  • Quantum Dissipative Systems
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Quantum Fluctuations
  • Quantum Information Theory
  • Quantum Magnetism
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics: A Graduate Course
  • Quantum Mechanics: An Intermediate Level Course
  • Quantum Notes
  • Quantum Physics Notes
  • Quantum Theory of Many-Particle Systems
  • Quantum Transients


  • Recreations in Astronomy
  • Relativistic Quantum Dynamics
  • Relativity: The Special and General Theory
  • Review of Basic Mathematics
  • Riemann Surfaces, Dynamics and Geometry Course Notes


  • Short History of Astronomy
  • Sintering of Ceramics – New Emerging Techniques
  • Solitons
  • Some Basic Principles from Astronomy
  • Special Relativity
  • Spherical Astronomy
  • Star-Gazer’s Hand-Book
  • Statistical Physics
  • Street-Fighting Mathematics
  • String Theory
  • Structures of Life
  • Supernova Remnants: The X-ray Perspective
  • Superspace: One Thousand and One Lessons in Supersymmetry
  • System of Systems


  • The Astrobiology Primer: An Outline of General Knowledge
  • The Astronomy and the Bible
  • The Astronomy of the Bible: An Elementary Commentary on the Astronomical References of Holy Scripture
  • The Basic Paradoxes of Statistical Classical Physics and Quantum Mechanics
  • The Beginning and the End
  • The Beginning and the End of the Universe
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Sun
  • The Convenient Setting of Global Analysis
  • The Eightfold Way: The Beauty of Klein’s Quartic Curve
  • The General Theory of Relativity
  • The Geology of Terrestrial Planets
  • The Geometry of the Sphere
  • The Handbook of Essential Mathematics
  • The Moon: A Full Description and Map of its Principal Physical Features
  • The Open Agenda
  • The Origin of Mass in Particle Physics
  • The Particle Detector Brief Book
  • The Physics Hypertextbook
  • The Physics of Quantum Mechanics
  • The Planet Mars
  • The Small n Problem in High Energy Physics
  • The Story of Eclipses
  • The Story of the Heavens
  • The Structure of Life
  • The Wonder Book of Knowledge
  • The World According to the Hubble Space Telescope
  • The Zij as-Sanjari of Gregory Chioniades (June 27, 2009)
  • Three Dimensional Geometry


  • Understanding Physics
  • Unfolding the Labyrinth
  • Utility of Quaternions in Physics
  • Uses of Astronomy
A-Z Book Recommendation

I heard @macrolit​ started a trend of A-Z Book Recommendations? I may be late to this party but it looked like fun, so here are mine!

(Much to my chagrin I had to cheat on Q and Z; and V is also a bit of a cheat since I haven’t actually finished reading the book yet. On the other hand I did manage to get through it without repeating an author. Enjoy.)

  • The Archer’s Tale by Bernard Cornwell (also published as Harlequin). An adventurous historical fiction novel diving into the life of an English longbow archer in 14th c Europe
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. One of my favorite books of all time; I sob like a baby every single time I read it. By turns heartwarming and heartwrenching, it tells the story of a young girl growing up in Nazi Germany, stealing books and finding escape and solace in reading. It is beautiful and unusual in its style, narrated by Death and painted in vivid imagery.
  • The Chimes by Anna Smaill. A moving and strange dystopia novel about a world where memories have been destroyed and people communicate using music.
  • Dune by Frank Herbert. A powerhouse science fiction novel, Dune is at once a space opera, a political thriller, and a study in religion and survivalism.
  • L’étudiant étranger by Philippe Labro. An autobiographical novel about the sometimes comedic, sometimes serious experience of Labro’s life as an exchange student at a US university.
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m sure this one needs no introduction - the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy remains, in my opinion, one of the best books ever published, and debatably the best fantasy epic of all time.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. A very dark but smart and exciting crime novel.
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. It’s more accurate to say that I experienced this work than that I read it. Part autobiographical, part stretching the factual truth to tell an emotional one, part wild invention, this is the story of Dave and his little brother, Christopher, making their way in the world after the death of both their parents. It is stylized and designed to pull the rug out from under you, toss you out of your comfort zone, and it’s either insane pretentiousness or exactly what it claims: staggering genius.
  • Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. A futuristic fantasy novel about a living prison, the society that built itself inside, and those on the outside living a lie. A fascinating world to dive into.
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. A massive brick of a book but well worth the time for the subtle and detailed world building. It takes place in a slightly different England, where magic was once a fact of life but has long been relegated to a purely theoretical field, until Mr. Norrell teaches himself how to be a practical magician.
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. A thrilling adventure story, following the journey of a young boy who ends up caught in the power struggles of 18th c Scotland.
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I don’t care how old I get or how many books he publishes, Rick Riordan will always make me laugh, and I was raised on Greek and Egyptian mythology, so I always adore seeing Riordan play with sticking the gods in the modern day world.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir. Even if you’ve seen the film, the book is still well worth a read. Weir’s story about a man stuck on Mars is both dramatic and funny.
  • The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay. The choppy style of this book can get on my nerves, but it’s a fantastic and smart crime novel that somehow gets you rooting for a professional hitman.
  • One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. A tragic but moving and at times inspiring dive into the oppressive and cruel world of psychiatric care in the 1960s.
  • Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov. A series of vignettes about an exiled Russian professor told through the eyes of an unreliable narrator.
  • The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran. Although she takes great liberties in the realm of historical accuracy, Moran’s Ancient Egypt is nevertheless a compelling and exciting world.
  • Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett. I could’ve listed any Discworld book on here because I have yet to read one I dislike, but I did particularly enjoy Raising Steam’s dip into steampunk and the Industrial Revolution, and its relationship with the fantasy life of Discworld
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. A story about a Shakespeare troupe in a post-apocalyptic world, so I was basically destined to love this. It follows the story of several different characters before, during, and after a near-extinction level plague, tying together the different narratives.
  • The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips. Written as if it were an autobiography, this is the story of a man whose father, imprisoned as a con man, leaves him what seems to be a lost Shakespeare play when he dies.
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I read this as a young teenager and I still love it; it’s a good combination of an adventurous YA sci-fi novel and a reflection on the societal fixation on beauty
  • The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman. A collection of speeches, essays, introductions, and more.
  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. The sequel to The Name of the Wind, Wise Man’s Fear keeps me just as captivated and invested in its main character as the first one did.
  • Xenocide by Orson Scott Card. In all honesty it’s been years since I read any of the Ender’s Game books and this was just one of very, very few books I could come up with that had an X in the title, but I remember it being really good sci-fi and social commentary.
  • The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro. An incredible book on the social and political context of Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra, and King Lear.
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. An amazing book set on Dejima at the turn of the 19th century, about the clash and exchange of culture between the West (primarily the Dutch) and the Japanese.
Undertail University

 Dear Student, 

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into Undertail University, taught by the most prestigious skeleton teachers. We implore you to ride utilize all of our available dicks programs in order to have the most filling fulfilling experience here at our school. 

Here at Undertail University, we expect our students to honor and uphold the school’s mission statement: Undying Determination for High Quality Education, turning you into productive members of society.  We here at the prestigious school only wish for your experience to be a pleasurable one–and for you to leave with a body that was molded into a wondrous vessel for knowledge. Our goal is to mold our students into flexible positions to meet a variety of achievements as well as filling you with cum knowlege to help obtain your goals of a bright future. Our teachers here always have a way to help teach a lesson that doesn’t sink in–they were certainly help things sink in, so be sure to give your instructors and mentors gratitude in helping you move forward. 

Below, is your current schedule. 

COMS101- Introduction to Communications with Prof. Blue 

ENGI105 - Mechanical Engineering and Practical Builds with Prof. Red   

HIST161 - History of Sex Culture with Prof. Stretch                                     

PHED102 - Introduction to Core Training Techniques with Prof. Fell and Prof Papyrus                                                                                                       

COOK100 - Practical Applications of Food Science with Prof Blackberry 

PHYS124 - Astronomical Physics with Prof. Sans

Be sure to utilize our array of resources, including our library, managed by Librarian Rus, to help with your studies. 

Good luck with your step toward a new chapter in your life. 


Dean Gaster

Created by the #discordcrew @dtk-imagines​, @parttimeslave​, @crappyartforyou​, @skribbleprince​, @sesrins-symphony , @undertaleauniverse(thanks for helping me write this guys!)

dayheronadale  asked:

Do you know any ya nonfiction worth reading? I'm trying to explore different writing styles.

Yesssssssss! :D 

This is Really Happening 

Written by @buzzfeed editor Erin Chack, this witty and moving memoir covers everything from first kisses, cancer-scares, studying abroad and landing a dream job. Fun, quirky, and literally so relatable, this is the perfect book for the teen or 20-something trying to figure out how to live life and have fun. 

Girling Up

Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory, puts her Ph.D. to work as she talks to teens about the science of growing up and getting ahead. A must-have book for all teenage girls.

This Star Won’t Go Out

With an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her, this is a collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Moving and touching, this is the perfect book to help you reach out to your family and tell them you love them. 

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hi there my name is glenes (glen for short) and this my introduction lol. i don’t really know how to start so i’ll just say some basic things about myself

-i’m 15 years old
-my birthday is April 17th
-anime enthusiast!
-i’m in my penultimate year of secondary school
-im awkward online and in real life
-in the future i want to be a neurosurgeon
-i live in london
-my favourite subjects are maths (ironic since I suck at maths), all sciences and music. i also kinda like english
-i can play 3 instruments (not so well though)
-in sixth form/college i want to study biology chemistry maths and music
-my favourite studyblrs are


i hope that I’ll be able to stay motivated to study hard and just deepen my studies (and make them look super pretty) so i can achieve everything i want to achieve. also message me because i don’t want to be lonely!

love, glenes x


hey there, i’m a new studyblr!

about me: 

  • My name’s Rainey (she/her) 
  • I’m from Canada
  • I’m 16 years old and in the eleventh grade (third year of high school)
  • I’m studying biology and chemistry, but I’m also super into English, French (languages in general), psychology and marketing
    • needless to say, I haven’t really narrowed down what I want to go into but deciding is part of the journey right?
  • I’m interested in Life Sciences at Queens University but hey, like I said, my future is currently pretty open-ended

some more?

  • hufflepuff :)
  • nap enthusiast
  • infp personality
  • capricorn/aquarius cusp
  • i love pretty little liars and greys anatomy and generally overdramatic tv shows

some of my bestest friends: @productivityplant @gracies-desk @etudieusee

other TOTALLY INSPIRING STUDYBLRS: @stuhdys @studyiblr @echostudies @gryfhindor @mystudyingtips @oikawastudies


Hello, I’m Jana and my blog is studyblr, book / reading, les mis (mostly Enjorlas) and animal rights related.

about me:

  • I’m 17 years old 
  • starting my first year of uni next september 
  • I’m Belgian (from Flanders)
  • Vegan for life
  • Ravenclaw (used to be a Slytherin but I did the test again and though Slytherin used to fit me very well, Ravenclaw fits my current self better)
  • INFJ-T
  • scorpio


  • I’ll be studying linguistics and literature for English and Swedish
  • I was / am also interested in political science
  • I hope to one day get back to improving my French
  • studyblr really has made me a more ambitious and academically focused person


  • les mis
  • damn I love Enjorlas, I feel like he’s both the person I want to be and someone I desperately need in my life 
  • dogs and my cat
  • animal rights
  • languages and reading
  • politics (Green Party / left wing)
  • educating myself on everything
  • damn this part is a mess

my favourite blogs:

@studentsandlattes ; @the-book-ferret ; @lattes-at-midnight ; @thebooknomad ; @stillstudies ; @thereallesmiscaptions

15 reasons we love Tony Stark

Inspired by the screen rant article

Let’s make this clear: we love Iron Man, and we have loads of fun watching him in the MCU. But, Tony Stark portrayer Robert Downey Jr. has recently started talking about hanging up his arc reactor sooner than later, and we disagree with him. It’s not something it happens often, mind you, but we just want more Tony Stark and Iron Man, because, as I said, we love him.

It hasn’t all been laughs, quips, and fun times with repulsor beams: we’ve had mixed feelings about the MCU’s version of Iron Man since he debuted amd started the entire shared universe back in 2008. For starters, Robert Downey Jr. is relatively shorter than most actors chosen to play superheroes (with the exception - until 2008 -  of Michael Keaton) and smaller in physique. Of course, it’s Iron Man, and Downey’s determination and pure talent -not to mention his expressive face and eyes- proved our worries wrong. Of course, the fact Robert Downey Jr. was considered one of the finest actors of his generation was also a problem for a while until we all realised it was a great start for not only beef guys but good actors were to be cast in other superhero movies.

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theostvdies’ studyblr introduction post


  • hi! I’m theo and i’ve been on this blog for about a month and made a little intro post, but here’s my big official introduction!

the basics

  •  theo, 17 years old
  • incoming high school senior (i attend a boarding school-esque school in the US)
  • gryffindor/infj


i don’t have my official schedule yet but these are some classes i requested

  • japanese 301
  • health science 160
  • AP english and composition
  • AP calculus AB
  • AP environmental science
  • botany
  • history through art and architecture
  • zoology
  • bioethics
  • american history II

why studyblr?

  • i’ve always been an above average student, but after transferring to my new, much much better and more challenging, high school last year i had to start studying for the first time in my life and, while i managed to survive, i would love to go into my senior year more prepared

what will i be working on outside of class this year?

  • SAT japanese, literature, and american history subject tests
  • college apps
  • scholarship apps
  • being president of the LGBT+ club at my school
  • being on 2+ academic teams

some of my fave studyblrs

@istudywithliz @splendidstudies @thecampusghost @studyoon @curiostudy @seatudying @procaffeinates @studynostalgic @emmstudying @prostudy @emmastudies @ibstudiblr @staestudy @journalsanctuary @colbystudies @studyingncoffee @sootudying @studyblr @abiistudies @stevenstudies @studyplants @stvdybuddies @snowystudiess


Introduction post:

I’ve been super inspired by seeing all these studyblrs and studygrams so finally I grew the confidence start one of my own!  Honestly seeing all these pretty notes, desk, etc.. gives me hella motivation.

Fun Facts about me:

  • My names is Madi. I’m 21.
  • Texas has been the the longest place that I’ve lived in. Grew up in a military family, and I basically lived over-seas my entire life.
  • I‘m going into my senior year of College. My major is: Bachelor of Science in Nursing. August 28 is when I start my second to last semester of my Nursing Program.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE animals especially fluffy ones
  • I’ve been with my boyfriend since my senior year of high school.
  • I love to doodle but I suck at it. HAHA

Courses I’ll be taking this Fall 2017 Semester:
Basically all my classes this semester is all nursing

  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Issues in Nursing


  • Stop Procrastinating
  • Boost my GPA
  • Be an RN by June 2018

Studyblrs that inspired me: (thank you :’))
@caffeineandcoding | @emmastudies | @blackcoffeeandhighlighters | @milkystudies | @prettynotesmakesmehappy | @universi-tea

Thanks for reading! Excited to be part of this new community!
Reblog this or follow me && I’ll follow back! Love making new friends 💋♥️

Forensic Science Book Rec

Ok lovelies, I just wanted to share this book I found with you.    It’s called Forensic Science: A Short Introduction by Jim Fraser.  It’s not very long, as the title suggests, the paperback version is about 160 pages, but it’s brilliant.  It’s pretty much a condensed handbook on forensic science, written by a highly experienced and well known expert witness and forensic scientist in the U.K.  

It’s clear, concise, it’s just really handy to have, especially if you’re trying to decide if this is what you want to do with your life.  You can find it on a=Amazon for about $10 for the paperback, or around $7 for kindle.

Hope you lovelies enjoy it!!

Hi everyone ! I recently discovered the studyblr community and thought I would give it a try !

about me
  º you can call me Blukki
  º I’m a 20 year-old female 
  º English is my second language
  º currently in university studying Biology/Life Science (3rd year)
  º I enjoy coding very much, I am aiming to get a masters degree in
  º I looove plants & got sucked into way to many fandoms
  º I am a a sucker for stationery obviously !

goals / why a studyblr ?
I am creating this blog mainly to hold myself accountable for studying harder, smarter and to find extra motivation in the community. It is also a way for me to keep practicing my English and I am planning to self-learn sign language.
Hopefully it will be of help to other students !

a few favorites

anonymous asked:

I'm a fan of yours seriously haha! Can you please recommend me a good book to read ? I see that you quote alot of good stuff :D

Aww, thank you so much! :D

Since this is about books, I shall endeavour to make this an extra pretty post! 

(Ante scriptum.: Some of my personal recommendations are in this post (x), the rest will be below. Oh, and by the bye, the quotes on my blog are a wild mixture of books I’ve actually read, quotes that simply caught my eye and some of my own poems, texts, etc

I don’t really know what genre you’re into, so I tried to make it as widely interesting as possible. If I had to recommend just one book, though, I’d say go for “Red Rising”, unless violence doesn’t work out for you)



Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None, Crooked House, The A.B.C. Murders, Murder on the Orient Express, Sad Cypress, The Pale Horse, Cat Among Pigeons, The Thirteen Problems
(ah, the Queen of Crime. If you can, just read all of her books. They’re worth it.)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Short Stories: The Five Orange Pips, The Blue Carbuncle, The Yellow Face, The Musgrave Ritual, The Crooked Man, The Greek Interpreter, The Final Problem, The Dancing Men
(no comment needed)

Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night, Murder Must Advertise, Strong Poison, Have His Carcase 
(very artistic writing style on top of intricate plots)

Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep, Farewell, my Lovely
(all the hardboiled, all the grimness, all the melancholy)

Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher, The Murders in the Rue Morgue
(mysterious, dark and unsettling)

Fyodor Dostoyevski: Crime and Punishment
(so good! Not at all dusty and boring like people keep claiming. I loved it)

Alexander McCall-Smith: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency 
(a lady detective in Botswana. She’s awesome)

Emma Donoghue: Room
(told from the perspective of a 5 year-old, who’s spent his whole life in just one room. Want to find out why?)

(Bonus: Ohba/Obata: Death Note 
(basically a visual novel. Very intricate, psychological mindgames and an epic rivalry))

Science Fiction

Philip Kerr: A Philosophical Investigation 
(literary and philosophical references and quotes left and right and they’re actually vital to the plot)

Orson Scott Card: Ender’s Game
(How to Use Your Brain and Rise to Fame 101. Also: How to Defeat an Alien Invasion. Brilliant. My second favourite book

Pierce Brown: Red Rising, Golden Son 
(amazing, current favourite book, soon to be a film, can’t recommend it enough. Imagine Ender’s Game meets Harry Potter meets Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones) 

George Orwell: 1984 
(2+2 = 5)

Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451
(so you like reading? Read this book, then learn it by heart and burn it)

Edwin A. Abbott: Flatland
(sexism aside, this flat book is brilliant - do you want to visit two dimensions? One dimension even?)

Jules Verne: Around the World in 80 Days, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
(old-school goodness)

Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
(don’t forget your towel!)

(Bonus:  Randall Munroe What if?
(scientific answers to all the random questions you ever had))


Markus Zusak: The Book Thief 
(told from the perspective of Death, it describes the life of an unusual girl growing up in Nazi Germany)

Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five
(the main character slips in and out of time as he’s trying to come to terms with his war experiences. Absurd, symbolic and ingenious. So it goes.)

Daniel Kehlmann: Measuring the World
(a beautiful, fictional retelling of the lives of two geniuses: Alexander von Humboldt, who explores the world to understand it and Carl Friedrich Gauss, who scarcely leaves his room and thinks in numbers)

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
(It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in posession of a tumblr blog already knows this book) 

Joseph Conrad: The Heart of Darkness
(stylistically beautiful, with a crushing atmosphere, the main character travels into the heart of the jungle and observes the cruelties of slavery in African colonies, while trying to fulfill his own quest)

Jonas Jonasson: The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
(the fictional life of a man who, for some reason or other, was involved in every single important world affair of the last 100 years and now escapes from his nursing home. Bizarre, funny and with educational value)

Julian Barnes: Flaubert’s Parrot
(the oddest biography you will ever read)

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
(I officially greenlight this book)

Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre
(independent heroine who uses her brain? Voilà!)

E. M. Forster: Maurice, A Room with a View
(1) is a refreshingly grounded coming of age story of a gay man, 2) is a proxy recommendation by a friend who’s enchanted by it)

Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisited
(tragic, decadent, aesthatical, philosophical, doomed. Includes a teddy bear)

Ovid: Metamorpheses
(I translated some of these in school - they’re delightfully weird)

Homer: The Illiad/The Odyssey
(according to one of my professors the very reason we have an educational system. Long story. Anyway, pays off)

The Brothers Grimm: Folk and Fairy Tales
(witches, wolves and princesses. The full package)

(Bonus: Apostolos Doxiadis: Logicomix
(a biography of Bertrand Russel on the outside, an introduction to logic and set theory on the inside))

Literary Fiction/Philosophical

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince

Hermann Hesse: Narcissus and Goldmund, Steppenwolf
(1) follows the lives of two very different men (one led by thinking, the other by feeling), who grow up together, walk different paths and never forget one another, 2) is the quintessential story of the tortured soul within an artist, which is half wolf, half man and torn between its desires. Discusses suicide)

Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis 
(one day, Gregor wakes up and is literally vermin. If that doesn’t hook you, I don’t know what will) 

Voltaire: Candide
(how does one live a good life? Very cynical satire)

Albert Einstein/Sigmund Freud: Why War?
(letters between Einstein and Freud in which they discuss why man has or doesn’t have to wage war)

Alan Bennett: The Uncommon Reader
(the Queen, yes, THE Queen, discovers the joys of reading. Delightful and teaches a lot about literature)

Margaret Atwood: A Handmaid’s Tale
(the protagonist lives in a world where most women have been reduced to breeding machines. Discover why and how she deals with it)

James Joye: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses
(1) semi-autobiographical, a young man with a curious mind grows up and gets to know himself, 2) I don’t even know, but I’m in the middle and enjoying it so far. Prepare for weirdness)

Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Grey
(what if you didn’t age, but a painting of you did? Welcome to Dorian’s crib! Lavish and beautiful)

Terry Pratchett: The Carpet People
(read this forever ago, still in love with the concept)

Michael Ende: Momo, The Neverending Story
(quintessential “children’s books” (I’m not very fond of that term), filled with imagination, empathy and philosophy)

William Golding: Lord of the Flies
(unleash a horde of young boys on an island and leave them hungry and scared. Welcome to the original Hunger Games. Disturbing, meant to show corruption of society)

E.T.A. Hoffmann: The Best Tales of Hoffmann
(basically: what did I just read? I don’t know, but I’m scared)

(Bonus 1: Alan Moore: Watchmen
(just, just do it, okay?)

Bonus 2: Isayama Hajime: Shingeki no Kyojin
(a plotting tighter than most books, with a gripping story and some really dark things to say (and graphically show) about humanity))


Karl Popper: All Life is Problem Solving
(changed the way I think, thus, changed my life. Amazing)

Edward Frenkel: Love & Math
(you’ll never love maths as much as Edward Frenkel)

John Lloyd: The Book of General Ignorance
(everything you think is wrong)

James Gleick: Chaos
(nifty science! Great introduction)

Alistair Moffat: Before Scotland
(WILL get you interested in anthropology. Would you bury your dead under your bed?)

Apt/Helfert/Wilkinson: Orbit
(gorgeous, full-spread pictures of Earth taken by astronauts)


Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest
(spoiler: Being Earnest is very important)

Shakespeare: Hamlet, Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V
(don’t let the anyone fool you: Shakespeare’s history plays are great fun and filled with eccentric characters who majestically talk about their own self-importance. Pro-Tip: Compare with The Hollow Crown, a TV series filled with everyone on British TV. Yes, that means Tom Hiddlestone)

Sophocles: Antigone
(A literal classic)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust
(tl;dr: Don’t make a deal with the devil, k?)

Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot
(cross my heart: the weirdest and somehow most relatable play you’ll ever see. Well? Shall we go?)


T.S. Eliot: Prufrock, The Waste Land

John Keats: Ode to a Nightingale, His Last Sonnet, Ode to Autumn

Oscar Wilde: Ave Imperatrix, Flower of Love

William Shakespeare: Sonnet 18, Sonnet 100

William Blake: The Tyger

William Wordsworth: The Daffodils

William Butler Yeats: The Second Coming

Happy reading, to all you (future) bibliophiles! :)

An introduction

So I’ve been in the studyblr community for about six months.. Realising I haven’t done a proper introduction:

• My name is Harpreet, but I prefer Rei
• I am 22 years old (ancient I know!)
• I am trying to get into University this year to study Chemistry, I was at Uni when I was 18, but dropped out due to personal reasons
• I love books, Harry Potter and science related especially!
• I love finding unique shops and cafes
• I hope to work for ESA/NASA
• I love drawing stuff (mostly still life)

Some studyblr s I love:

@theorganisedstudent @thestudyspace @castillos-co @college-cafe @spacetimestudies @the-girlygeek

Thank you to @genvine for inspiring me to write a similar post!


“Conveying the electrical horror of Montag’s daily life was an exciting challenge. Bradbury’s Dystopian vision takes the dumbing down of culture to it’s darkest and most pessimistic conclusion. It’s perhaps not an ugly world, but it is certainly cruel, inhumane and as relevant today as it was when he first wrote it over half a century ago.” - Sam Weber


Gorgeously painted depictions of key moments & characters from one of my all-time favorite short stories, Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” as seen in the newest edition released by Folio Society Publishing. This edition features a new introduction by famed science-fiction writer, Michael Moorcock with new, interior art above featuring (Top/Bottom: Clarisse in the rain/Captain Beatty/The Parlour/The Captain burning/The Mechanical Hound/The River and The Woods)

art by Sam Weber :

wormgirls  asked:

Hey, I'm a new phd student (immunology) and I want to start a blog but I have no idea where to start! As you can see my current blog is empty lol. Do you have any tips for a newbie?

Hi there! Welcome to tumblr/gradblr! And also welcome to the phd life! 

Your blog is what you make of it, and it can be anything you want! But here are a few general tips to make your tumblr life a bit more enjoyable:

  • Download xKit. This extension lets you smooth out some otherwise road bumps in the tumblr world. For instance, you can blacklist and hide posts with certain tags or words (like movie spoilers or triggers). 
  • Follow tags for new posts. Use the tumblr search bar to search for posts you’d like to see (ex. studyspo or gradblr or sciblr) and click the “Follow” button after the results load:

Then, on your dashboard on the right, you can see when new posts show up next to the tag:

Speaking of tags, gradblr and sciblr have the majority of grad blogs and science blogs posts, respectively, so I recommend following them :)

  • And in general, it’s nice to tag your posts to 1) share your posts in these tags, 2) as a courtesy for your followers who wish to blacklist certain posts, and 3) to make your life easier when you go back to search for a post. For example, I tag all my advice posts (like this ask) as #advice, so when I go to look through them, I use the url cancerbiophd.tumblr/tagged/advice. 
  • If you’d like more followers/exposure, you can make an introduction post in the studyblr, gradblr, and/or sciblr tag and then tag other blogs you like (using the @ symbol, which should pull up users as you type their URLs). The users you tag may reblog your post as a “thanks for the shoutout, and also hey followers, check this blog out!”. Putting out original content (whether it’s studyspo photos, posts about your research, silly science jokes) can also get you noticed. And lastly, simply reblogging from other blogs is good too. Some users follow their reblogs closely and may check out your blog. 
  • Strike up friendships. A community, whether online or in-person, that shares your interests and goals is a rich and supportive environment for sometimes life-long friends. Feel free to send asks or private chats to someone you’re interested in getting to know (or reblog their posts with questions or comments). Just be mindful of the safety/security concerns that come with online communicating/relationships. 
  • Take your time learning what all the options/settings/buttons are. We all started on this site with the “whaaaat is going on” experience. As with all new things, there is definitely a learning curve, so it’s ok to take your time to figure things out. If you have any questions on anything specific, let me know and I can lend you a hand!
  • And lastly, have fun!! As I said earlier, your blog and tumblr experience is what you make of it. But definitely make sure it’s something that makes you happy :)

Well, those are the basics! If you have any other questions, I’d be happy to help! Have fun with your new blog, and once again, welcome!! <3