anonymous asked:

I just arrived on your blog and I instantly understood why they keep proposing to you. *sigh* is there a room for me to fit in? To be yours truly? I offer you a life together on canis majoris. We can shoot asteroids and anything

That sounds fun!

1914-10-14: On the operating table, a wounded soldier is being given chloroform before being operated on by British women surgeons at Hotel Claridge, Paris. The chloroform is being administered by the Surgeon-in-Charge Dr Flora Murray (seated figure, seen from the back), and she is assisted by Dr Majorie Blandy (right). They both are members of the Women’s Hospital Corps.

© IWM (Q 107325)

9 Black Women Game-Changers in the STEM Fields

“It’s no secret that Africans had pioneered advancements in agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering hundreds of years before being brought to the Americas. And we used these skills to help build new nations.

Today, there is a stereotype that Black children—specifically Black girls—are unable to excel in areas like mathematics and science, because the concepts are too difficult. This could not be further from the truth.

I am not a scientist, nor was I ever really interested in science. However, I have met a number of mentors and colleagues during my time in the academy who are leaders within the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. I wonder if I had met them earlier in my life, maybe I would have had a greater interest. Nonetheless, I think it is important now as an educator that I expose my students to Black women who are scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and leaders within these and other related fields.

Here are nine Black women who have or who currently are changing the world of STEM and serve as motivation for other Black and Brown girls to pursue their interests in the same fields.”

See the full list here

Where Was Ford When Stan Opened the Portal?

(Aka it’s 2:30 am and I have entirely lost control of my life)

Alright people, I’ll get right to it. I think I know whereabouts Ford was when the portal opened to bring him back. I’ve just spent the last few hours sciencing the shit out of what we know so far, and I’m gonna share it with you.

I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, by while doing a little research earlier this evening I found out that the symbols around the edge of the portal are actually the symbols for the Behenian fixed stars. These are fifteen stars, used for magical and alchemical purposes back in the medieval days.

Now, there are sixteen symbols around the edge of the portal, but I figure that, if this portal is designed to be used both ways, there should probably be a ‘home’ symbol, right? So my guess is that that last unknown symbols stands for our own sun, Sol.

Now, when the portal stabilises and Ford finally does come back through, some of those symbols are lit up, like in the top image. Why is this important?

Because if you have six points of reference in space, you can calculate the midpoint to get a destination.

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A comiXologist (Tia) recommends Monstress #2

Words by Marjorie Liu

Art by Sana Takeda

The monster-sized debut issue of Monstress (66 gorgeous pages!) introduced readers to the brutal and magical world of Maika.  A teenage girl with a psychic link to a formidable monster, Maika is searching for answers about who she is and what this ability means for her identity.

In issue 2, Maika refers to the monster as “the Hunger.”  In a book that seems to embrace word play in its very title (monstress/monstrous), naming her monster the Hunger hails a powerful association with the ultimate sin of femininity.  We just can’t seem to get over that story about Eve eating the apple. (You couldn’t wait until lunch, Eve?  Come on!)  Historically, in the real world, “good” femininity rejects hungers, denies desires, speaks softly, takes up as little space as possible. But in the world of Monstress, magic is the ultimate power, and magic is located in the bodies of creatures called Arcanics, who are traded as slaves among the ruling class of sorceresses who literally consume Arcanic flesh to possess their magic.  Hunger, therefore, is the precedent to power, and one’s agency in such a transaction is shaping up to be a central theme in this book.

Maika fears her Hunger because she feels powerless over it, and I can’t help but think of this as a metaphor many women can identify with.  I look forward to seeing what direction Liu and Takeda take the relationship between Maika and her Hunger.  Operating in what I can only describe as a Miyazaki-esque paradigm (coming from me this is extremely high praise), Liu strikes a satisfying balance of whimsy and gravitas in the writing, and Takeda’s art is resplendent with texture, pattern, and light. I can think of no better team to explore such important themes.

Tia Vasiliou is a Digital Editor at ComiXology.  Her favorite Miyazaki film is Spirited Away. Wait, no.  It’s Howl’s Moving Castle.  No, Nausicaä!  Or maybe Princess Mononoke?  You know what, don’t make her choose…


A collection of classic and requested Gene Kelly films with links to watch online:

Christmas Holiday (1944)
Cover Girl (1944)
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
The Pirate (1948)
On The Town (1949)
Summer Stock (1950)
Black Hand (1950)
American In Paris (1951)
Singin In The Rain (1952)
Bridgadoon (1954)
It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)
Les Girls (1957)

Majorie Morningstar (1958)
Inherit The Wind (1960)

For always-getting-into-trouble and mindelann

Wide-field view of the sky around VY Canis Majoris

This wide-field view shows the sky around the very brilliant red hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris, one of the largest stars known in the Milky Way. The star itself appears at the centre of the picture, which also includes clouds of glowing red hydrogen gas, dust clouds and the bright star cluster around the bright star Tau Canis Majoris towards the upper right. This picture was created from images forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2.

Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2.
Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin