I'm a scientist, editor, non-fiction writer, fangirl, shipper (mainly Johnlock), and am old enough to remember Star Trek in reruns, Star Wars in theaters, animated Hobbit and LOTR films, and the Fourth Doctor.

I love Science!, language, fandoms, and artsy stuff, so that's what you'll see here. Random walks are random. And statistically satisfying.

Occasionally NSFW--you've been duly warned.

 

peashooter85:

An ornate 6 shot wheel-lock revolving musket decorated with gold, silver, ivory, and bone.  Originates from Russia, 16th century, possibly restored or added onto in the 18th or 19th century.

(Source: liveauctionworld.com)

thistimewhereareyouhouston:

overnight-shipping:

camerapits:

noobtheloser:

quotes-n-hoes:

This is an ancient Roman amulet for luck. Yes those are flying penises.

Also of note, the Roman god of marriage, Mutunus Tutunus, whose name is derived from two Latin slang words for penis. His name is essentially Dick Wiener. If you have ever wondered just how much like us the Romans were, read the etymology section. 

Oh look.
It’s a flying fuck.
It used to be given, and now look, it’s no more.

LITERALLY. A FLYING FUCK.

This is culturally and historically important, so I can reblog this without feeling childish. (Look, flying dicks!!)

thistimewhereareyouhouston:

overnight-shipping:

camerapits:

noobtheloser:

quotes-n-hoes:

This is an ancient Roman amulet for luck. Yes those are flying penises.

Also of note, the Roman god of marriage, Mutunus Tutunus, whose name is derived from two Latin slang words for penis. His name is essentially Dick Wiener. If you have ever wondered just how much like us the Romans were, read the etymology section

Oh look.

It’s a flying fuck.

It used to be given, and now look, it’s no more.

LITERALLY. A FLYING FUCK.

This is culturally and historically important, so I can reblog this without feeling childish. (Look, flying dicks!!)

I LOVE EVERYONE IN THIS BAR…

MEETING BREAK FOR TEN MINUTES

Time for replies!

professorfangirl answered to your post “Meetings back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-the hell with it.”

DRAW COCKS. Sincerely, yr classy prof friend.

LOVELY IDEA I LOVE IT. Doodling porny man bits should be an action item on the agenda. Maybe lady parts, too. Just tryin’ to stay classy over here too, my classy prof friend oh yeaaah. And will try to work the word subtext into the conversation just for you.

kryptaria replied to your post “Meetings back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-the hell with it.”

Bring a velociraptor and train it to do tricks. Failing velociraptor availability, you can substitute a hyena or any of the great cats (though we all know how it is to train cats). I guarantee you’ll never be asked back.

This is a crowd that would WANT to see a velociraptor because SCIENCE! Trained big cats or hyenas may be hard to get (but I might have a shot at getting a bear). Can you just ship me some scorpions or other AZ-wants-you-dead things that I could let loose next time? :)

beltainefaerie:

Happy Anniversary, Granada!
Oh how I love your stories that are true to canon, your sweet domestic moments and your amazing acting!

beltainefaerie:

Happy Anniversary, Granada!

Oh how I love your stories that are true to canon, your sweet domestic moments and your amazing acting!

bigboxcar:

This is excellent:

"Meet Antonio La Cava, a retired Italian teacher who travels around the country in his "bibliomotocarro" or "librarymotorcar" to get children excited about books."

bigboxcar:

This is excellent:

"Meet Antonio La Cava, a retired Italian teacher who travels around the country in his "bibliomotocarro" or "librarymotorcar" to get children excited about books."

(Source: facebook.com)

"Fangirl" is not an insult.

“I like fangirls how I like my coffee. I hate coffee.” Three days after being spotted on a T-shrt for sale at WonderCon, this idiotic slogan is still making waves in the geek community.

Why? Well, for one thing, it seems like a perfect example of the hostile environment women have to deal with when they attend conventions. However, the T-shirt’s manufacturer, Tankhead Custom Tees, has just come forward to explain why the shirt isn’t sexist.

“the fangirl/fanboy shirts can best be explained like this: fangirls/boys =/= fans. Fans are people who like and genuinely respect a fandom, and it’s creators. Fangirls/boys are like those creepy fedora wearing neckbearded bronies, or hetalia fanfiction shippers, who make us all collectively cringe in pain at what they do to the things we love.

No one should ever defend these kinds of people. Seriously, they make the rest of us look bad.”

So, just to be clear here, the shirt isn’t insulting toward all women, just the ones who are the wrong kind of fan. And that’s totally not a gendered insult because bronies (i.e. male fans of a media source that’s traditionally aimed at girls) are repulsive as well. Right?

The idea that it’s OK to be disgusted by certain types of fan is pretty widespread in geek culture, and it’s ridiculous to suggest that this habit isn’t connected to sexist prejudice. In the nonsensical social strata of geekdom, “serious” sci-fi literature fans are somewhere at the top, Trekkies and comic book nerds are somewhere around the middle, and anything women are interested in is invariably right down at the bottom. Popular examples: Supernatural, YA novels with female protagonists, fanfiction, shoujo anime, and pretty much anything that’s popular on Tumblr.

It’s no coincidence that “fangirl” is most commonly used to describe women who read and write fanfiction. By the logic of people who use fangirl as a pejorative term, fans who spend hours reading and collecting superhero comics are at the cool, respectable end of the geek scale, while “fangirls”  who write tens of thousands of words of superhero fanfic are embarrassing weirdos. In other words, if you conform to the old-fashioned, male-dominated form of fandom then you’re fine, but if you prefer to join the subculture that was primarily founded on the work of female fans, then it’s acceptable to publicly mock you at an event like WonderCon.

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(Source: hellotailor)

The Trouble With Too Much T

Worse really IS worse. Hormone therapy or even surgery to reduce naturally occurring testosterone. Shame on the IOC!