eKestrel's Musings
mapsontheweb:

Map of Roman Britain (150 AD)

mapsontheweb:

Map of Roman Britain (150 AD)

pansypanters:

solar-tsunami:

fuckingwhoremouth:

sheepyichigo:

kylerspears:

I’ll stop the world and smelt with you

jesus christ

Wasn’t expecting that

True love is world domination and that is beautiful

This is the best relationship to have hands down,

pansypanters:

solar-tsunami:

fuckingwhoremouth:

sheepyichigo:

kylerspears:

I’ll stop the world and smelt with you

jesus christ

Wasn’t expecting that

True love is world domination and that is beautiful

This is the best relationship to have hands down,

I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

(via magnius159)

fozmeadows:

nothingman:

via http://www.listen-tome.com/save-me/

IT’S 2AM AND I’M LAUGHING WAY TOO LOUD HELP

fozmeadows:

nothingman:

via http://www.listen-tome.com/save-me/

IT’S 2AM AND I’M LAUGHING WAY TOO LOUD HELP

tamorapierce:

sandandglass:

For a little background on Mitch McConnell’s strategy, here’s a New York Times article

This Congress is a disgrace.

blindsprings:

secondlina:

Here is “Knot”, a short comic I drew to sell at Mocca and TCAF this year. The printed version is going to be SO PRETTY. I’m in love with the cover (which I will post later).

I just wanted to do something fairy-tale-like that talked about doubts and frustrations and how to deal with them. I’m really happy with how colorful and adorable the story turned out to be. 

If you enjoyed “Knot”, please consider reblogging it and/or checking out my ongoing webcomic Namesake! HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!

Isa’s been showing me wips of this for awhile, look how pretty this is finished, ahhh!!

comedycentral:

Click here to watch Jon Stewart discuss the ongoing controversy surrounding Coke’s Super Bowl ad on last night’s Daily Show.

saydolly:

Aziz Ansari is like the king of callouts.

mamasam:

stopthatimp:

nani was NINETEEN and such a fucking badass who was so protective of lilo and just ROLLED with aliens being a thing towards the end of the movie. #1 Disney relative of all time.

I have honestly been waiting AGES for the right gifset to express the wonderful perfection that is Nani. She is not only protective of Lilo, she respects the way Lilo’s imagination and quirkiness works.

Pudge the fish got a peanut butter sandwich every Thursday. Nani does not argue the logic of feeding him, only suggests an alternative sandwich when they are out of peanut butter. Lilo was allowed to take as many photos of whatever mundane or odd subjects as she wanted and Nani would get them developed. Nani recognized what were important habits for Lilo.

When Lilo asks for a pet lobster, Nani does not tell her that lobsters are not pets. She tells her, “We don’t have a lobster door, we have a dog door.” She makes sure the woman at the pound does not tell Lilo that “Stitch is not a real name”.

NANI SPENDS THE ENTIRE MOVIE MAKING SURE THAT LILO NEVER FEELS LIKE HER IDEAS ARE WRONG.

The only time we truly see Nani get angry with Lilo is when she is scared of Lilo being taken away. Nani spends the entire movie stressed out over taking care of her sister, trying to find a job, trying to make sure her sister has a friend, and yet she is always willing to put that extra effort, over and over again, to make sure that Lilo always believes that anything is possible.

skeletongarden:

trekkiee:

mcroosa:

Mommy teaching babby easier water drinking way because drinking water is hard experience u get it in your nose. Jesus how she puts her paw on his head in the second one. Such concern and love.

THIS IS THE CUTEST THING I HAVE EVER FUCKING SEEN FROM CATS EVER

ahhhmggg

jtotheizzoe:

via fuckyeahfluiddynamics:

Earth Unplugged has posted some great high-speed footage of a peregrine falcon and a raven in flight. Notice how both birds draw their wings inward and back on the upstroke. By doing so, they decrease their drag and thus the energy necessary for flapping. On the downstroke, they extend their wings fully and increase their angle of attack, creating not only lift but thrust. The falcon boasts an incredibly streamlined shape, not only along its body but also along its wings. In contrast, the raven has broader wings with large primary feathers that fan out near the tips. Splaying these large feathers out decreases the strength of the bird’s wingtip vortices, thereby reducing downwash and increasing lift, much the same way winglets do on planes. That extra lift and control the big primaries provide is important for the raven’s acrobatic skill.

(Video credit: Earth Unplugged; via io9)

No drafting table used, no wind tunnel needed, no engineer required … save for natural selection.

A fantastic look at the dynamics of animal flight.

sarahmjfan:

awesomephilia:

Here tiny human. Pick it up and throw it away. Then I’ll go get it!

OH MY GOSH

sarahmjfan:

awesomephilia:

Here tiny human. Pick it up and throw it away. Then I’ll go get it!

OH MY GOSH

naterpie:

she-kicks-she-throws:

tin-pan-ali:

sanguinarysanguinity:

zuky:

poodleduke:

yungtoothpic:

Dad goals

that’s the cutest demonstration of wingchun i have seen my entire life

Gently demonstrating two dozen blocks, traps, intercepts and strikes in a few seconds — an early and advanced education for a child who will likely grow up with an acute eye and feel for how the body works.

Just lovely.

Plus a smooch! :D

Baw….!

eeeeebb babyuy

naterpie:

she-kicks-she-throws:

tin-pan-ali:

sanguinarysanguinity:

zuky:

poodleduke:

yungtoothpic:

Dad goals

that’s the cutest demonstration of wingchun i have seen my entire life

Gently demonstrating two dozen blocks, traps, intercepts and strikes in a few seconds — an early and advanced education for a child who will likely grow up with an acute eye and feel for how the body works.

Just lovely.

Plus a smooch! :D

Baw….!

eeeeebb babyuy