There are many transmen who do a lot for their community and advocate for the people who don’t have a voice. Here are 5 transmen who live lives that anyone would be proud to live up to. Of course there are many more out there than these 5 but these are who I personally look up to.
Sgt. Shane Ortega: Shane is an openly transgender soldier in the US Army as well as a bodybuilder. He served 3 tours for our nation, 2 before testosterone and 1 after. With the ban against transgender individuals in the military, he did not hide his transition. He ended up being placed on desk duty before the ban had begun reevaluation. As of now we are still waiting for a verdict but Transgender individuals who are in the army now will not lose their jobs. Shane Ortega became a spokesman for transgender soldiers in the US Army and has done his part fighting for trans soldiers as well as the nation itself. I have personally spoken to Sgt. Shane Ortega and can honestly say he is an amazing man and role model who lives a life that is selfless and brave.
Aydian Dowling: Dowling is a model, activist, another trans bodybuilder, and runner up in the Men’s Health Ultimate Guy competition. He lives a life that trans athletes and other advocates can look up to. You can see him often on the cover of FTM Magazine. Aydian Dowling is the first transgender man to be featured on the cover of Men’s Health and Gay Times Magazine. @
Malcolm Rene Ribot: Malcolm Ribot is another trans advocate that is just an amazing human. He has been on the road now for 11 months “connecting our community and spreading visibility.” You can follow his journey on Instagram and Tumblr. @gorillashrimp
Arin Andrews: Arin is another trans advocate I have personally talked to. He is an amazing young man who has shared his voice to many by speaking for the community on tv and in speeches in front of many people. He is also the author of an autobiography, Some Assembly Required, telling his journey through his transition in a close minded area. He is a young college student who has devoted his life to just being awesome.
Jason Robert Ballard: Jason Ballard was pointed out to me by my mother who’s friend pointed him out to her. He was born and raised in the area that I was born, and still am being raised in which is in Western New York. He is the founder of FTM Magazine and The Self Made Men. His magazine raises so much awareness for the LGBT community and is such an amazing resource. “Celebrate. Promote. Entertain.” @jasonrobertballard@ftmmagazine
Explorers on a frigid extrasolar world marvel at a bizarre, gargantuan monolith apparently composed of ice. In fact, this strange formation is a virus-like, self-assembling silicon/protein-based pseudo-organism employing ice crystals as a structural building material. These entities “grow” only in mountainous regions where geological veins of specific mineral concentration occur close to the surface, usually iron ore containing significant traces of tungsten and molybdenum. Conductive metallic needles, uniquely compounded from the above elements, sprout from the top of the crystalline formation to collect the substantial radio energy produced by the magnetosphere of the world’s super-Jovian fluid giant host. This radio energy is converted into exploitable electric current and employed in the electrolysis of various gases and organic compounds necessary for the growth and maintenance of the exotic crystalline form.
tldr; organosilicon “trees” made of ice feed on radio energy rather than visible light.
Alexander Hamilton: tries to physically roast marshmallows by verbally roasting them; eats a random mushroom and starts hallucinating; tries to lead the group in the C-A-M-P-F-I-R-E-S-O-N-G Song with Laurens but Burr gets annoyed and shuts it down
Aaron Burr: is that one dude who doesn’t put chocolate on his s'mores; brings a self assembling tent that doesn’t work correctly; uses like 3 bottles of mosquito repellent and basically stays in his tent for the whole evening
Eliza Schuyler: used to be a Girl Scout when she was a kid, so shes basically an encyclopedia of camping tips and tricks; tried to warn Alexander about the mushrooms but of course he didn’t listen and now he’s running around singing Nicki Minaj songs
Angelica Schuyler: prepares all the food items for the night; can arrange the perfect s'more with perfectly proportioned ingredients; the mosquitos don’t even go near her, like, she’s so flawless that she doesn’t even need to use bug spray; makes bacon and eggs for breakfast in the morning
Peggy Schuyler: thinks moths are gross af; gets a little whiny because there’s no wifi; has an Anna and Elsa sleeping bag
George Washington: the one hardcore camping extraordinaire dad, complete with hiking boots and crew socks and floppy tan hat; brings a giant backpack filled with camping supplies for like a week; claims to know exactly where he’s going but then realizes he’s been holding the map upside down
Thomas Jefferson: tells the really spooky campfire ghost stories; instead of roasting the normal hot dogs everyone else is having he brings his own applewood smoked bratwurst sausage from Monticello; pokes around at the campfire with his pimp cane
James Madison: gets really scared when Thomas tells his ghost stories but tries not to show it; goes to sleep first but doesn’t actually sleep because he secretly believes that the woods are haunted and that Bigfoot is out to get him
John Laurens: ultimate weenie chef; the only one around the campfire that’s down to sing “kum-ba-yah”; stays up until like 1:30 making shadow puppets with Alexander inside his tent
Marquis de Lafayette: likes his marshmallows cooked until they’re on fire and completely burnt; wanders away from the group and comes back riding on a grizzly bear that he’s tamed at 3 o clock in the morning
Hercules Mulligan: literally bear grylls; leaves the campsite so he can prove to the rest of the group that he can survive the elements; comes back in the morning without pants and holding a raw fish
Phillip Hamilton: runs around catching fireflies and then showing them off to Eliza; decides to climb a tree but gets stuck up there and someone has to help him get down
King George III: brings a fuckin giant RV with air conditioning and a refrigerator; parks it like 5 minutes away from his house
Samuel Seabear-y: plays the clarinet badly; waves his flashlight back and forth really fast; stomps on the ground; eats cubed cheese; wears a sombrero in a goofy fashion; wears clown shoes; wears a hoop skirt; SCREECHES LIKE A CHIMPANZEE
Today was absolutely insane! We trekked through farmland and along a river to arrive at these crystal-blue, freshwater springs. The plants all around us were lush and untouched, the water was bloody freezing but I had to go in. Truly rejuvenating.
I would make the 10 kilometre trek every day if I lived here. One of the most incredible places I’ve ever been in my life.
The weight of their history hangs in the words left unsaid, and standing so close to the empty distance of space beyond the window gives Ezri a touch of vertigo… It’s like they’re at the edge of an airlock, the vast unknown looming beyond, willing themselves not to jump.
Now that drones can fly in intricate patterns researchers at Queens University have created flying robots that self-assemble into floating shapes and can “3D print” objects in midair. The drones, called BitDrones, come in three varieties.
Mutually tangled colloidal knots and induced defect loops in nematic fields
Colloidal dispersions in liquid crystals can serve as asoft-matter
toolkit for the self-assembly of composite materials with pre-engineered
properties and structures that are highly dependent on particle-induced
topological defects1, 2, 3.
Here, we demonstrate that bulk and surface defects in nematic fluids
can be patterned by tuning the topology of colloidal particles dispersed
in them. In particular, by taking advantage of two-photon
photopolymerization techniques to make knot-shaped microparticles, we
show that the interplay of the topologies of the knotted particles, the
nematic field and the induced defects leads to knotted, linked and other
topologically non-trivial field configurations
5 things you didn’t know about…metal organic frameworks
1. First developed in the 1990s,
MOFs are crystalline hybrid materials created from both organic and inorganic
molecules via molecular self-assembly.
2. They are formed from linkers –
long chains, typically of carbon and hydrogen oxides decorated with nitrogen
atoms – and positively charged metal ions, which form nodes that bind the arms
of the linkers together.
pea-sized gram of MOF material can host the equivalent surface area of 40
tennis courts, and because most of their bulk is empty space, MOFs are also
chemist Professor Omar Yaghi has pioneered research into MOFs. He authored the first published report of a MOF in 1999 and
estimates that his lab alone has created in excess of 1,000 different MOF
5. One of
the most promising features of MOFs is that they are applicable to carbon
capture and storage (CCS). In a study by Pike Research (now part of Navigant),
USA, they are expected to reach a potential market value of US$221bln by 2030.
To find out more about the history of metal
organic frameworks, read our upcoming Material of the Month feature by Simon
Frost in the October issue.