Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fireworks by That Guy, Dustin

 This post is from That Guy, Dustin from his blog called The .gif Life. This is a fun pictorial on his view of fireworks on the 4th of July. 

Hope you all enjoy. If you want to see more on Dustin's creative way of expressing his viewpoints through animated gifs you can check his blog out at:




So every year, you see the big 4th of July fireworks displays in like, NYC and stuff on tv 
and it's all like 

And you're just sitting there, watching it all like 

But then you realize that it's in New York and you'll never get to see it in person, so you 
reluctantly get dressed to go see the fireworks show in your small town and you're like 

But then you get there and you see all your friends and everyone's like 

And you think it's gonna be pretty good, but then they start the fireworks, and all you see is 

So then everyone's like 

So then everyone goes to WalMart and buys their own fireworks and then it's all like

And everyone's proud of themselves and we're all like 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Where is Jill Nye the Science Gal? by ghasynchroduck

Today we are featuring a cleverly written account of inspiration and enlightenment titled, "Where is Jill Nye the Science Gal?". Written by ghasynchroduck the author of the blog Just Another Thought Online. 

Here is a link to ghasynchroduck's blog "Just Another Thought Online"

Where is Jill Nye the Science Gal? by ghasynchroduck

Warning:  I went a little serious again, but I had to get this off of my chest.  I know it's a little long, but I hope it makes you think a little.

I am in the process of trying to start an Association for Women in Mathematics chapter at my University.  I wasn’t really inspired to do this until recently when I came to a sad realization while viewing the “people who inspire you” section on my Facebook profile…none of them are women.

What is worse is that when it comes to literature, history, and business I know of many examples of women who figured prominently and made significant contributions, but in science and mathematics I can only think of a few.   Of those few, most are in the social sciences and some met with some pretty terrible fates (i.e. Marie Curie).  I am also well aware of the stories of women who would have had their names in the history books, but alas their work is overshadowed (and not credited properly) in history books by their male contemporaries, even thought their work is what made it possible for those men to make important discoveries.

I began to also realize that as a child growing up I had no female role models in math or science when it came to pop culture.  I loved Indiana Jones and wanted to be an archeologist for the longest time.  I watched Beakman’s World and Bill Nye the Science Guy every chance I could.  All of my childhood science heroes were men. 

Even today when I watch television or go to the movies it is still mostly male characters that dominate the world of math and science.   Women, when cast as scientists, are often characterized as brilliant, but so socially flawed that they are to be pitied.  

In the media women who are gifted at math and science and who are also cool, fun, interesting, and desirable are mostly portrayed as doctors, psychologists, or nurses.  All of these are noble fields, but these are not the only science fields. Women are rarely portrayed in the applied and theoretical sciences such as engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and researchers. 

Even my favorite shows like Big Bang Theory and Bones do this.  The one “normal” character Bernadette in the Big Bang Theory still had to contend with the possible emasculation of her future husband by her earning a PhD.  Although she is normal, especially in comparison to most of the other characters in the show, Bernadette’s character is subjected to the sexist storyline that she should walk on eggshells because she dared to be an accomplished female scientist who would make more money than her less educated and less accomplished husband to be.  Other characters like Amy Farah Fowler are meant to comically mirror the bizarre Sheldon Cooper character, or as in the case of Leslie Winkle are characterized as women who behave as men do (even sexually); one would assume because she is in a male dominated profession. 

In Bones Dr. Brennan is so dependent on her logic and facts that she pushes people and her feelings away because they aren’t as reliable.  She is brilliant but damaged, so damaged that the audience often wonders if she can ever really be happy.  In one of my favorite cancelled shows Numb3rs, Amita is portrayed as a brilliant and beautiful mathematician, but her role is largely supportive of her love interest Charlie Epps.  This support even threatens her ability to move forward in her career.  The audience is led to want Amita to give up her goals for Charlie for the sake of the love story.  Amita doesn’t really get a chance to focus on her own work until the show ends or when she is briefly broken up with Charlie; thus emphasizing to the audience that her work is not as important in the grand scheme of things, or that women in the sciences must choose between love and success.

One of the few positive featured normal role models in science pop culture right now (that children would be exposed to…sorry Dr. Ruth) is on the TV show Mythbusters.  Kari Byron has been on the show for years and shows young kids that women can be good at science and be just as successful as men.  We need more Kari’s so that little girls can have that woman that makes them feel that they can be a mathematician, scientist, or engineer. 

I was lucky.  I had parents that encouraged my interest in the sciences and made it clear to me that I was capable of doing anything I wanted to in any intellectual pursuit. I am also lucky that social norms did not stifle my exploration into math and science.  But if the media is still portraying female mathematicians and scientists in sexist and denigrating ways, how do we encourage young girls into math and science?  How do we change the perception in society to women who are good at math and science are normal, interesting, cool, and desirable?    I don’t know the answer yet, but I’ll keep trying to think of one.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

25 Ways to Entertain Yourself During Summer by Abby Noel

The following humorous and informative article was written by a very clever and intelligent blogger named Abby Noel.

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Summer's great- no school, no responsibility, lots of free time. Unfortunately, free time often equals boredom. So I made a list of unusual ways to entertain yourself. Enjoy :)

  1. Go fishing like a bear. All you have to do is find a river, get naked, and try to catch fish with your mouth.
  2. Steal a cat from an old cat lady. She'll never even notice.
  3. Call a McDonalds and ask if they serve pickled rat. When they say they don't have any, start yelling angrily in a foreign language.
  4. Stand in front of Walmart and protest against the sale of toilet paper.
  5. Mess with the pizza guy. Order a pizza and give the pizza guy the address of an old warehouse.
  6. Mess with the pizza guy again. Order a pizza and when it is delivered, argue with the pizza guy and tell him that you never ordered a pizza.
  7. Write a letter to a prisoner.
  8. Get a big, fake, fluffy mustache and go to the razor aisle of a store. Then ask people which razor they would suggest. 
  9. Mess with people on Yahoo answers. Go on Yahoo answers and answer people's questions with things that are ridiculously false, but talk using a lot of elevated language and include facts and stats and see how many people believe you.
  10. Go to a car dealership and ask if they sell the cars that can transform.
  11. Walk around in a mall with a stroller with a wrapped up baby doll in the stroller and ask people if they would like to purchase your child.
  12. Swim in a community pool and bite peoples legs, and if they get mad tell them you are a shark and can't control yourself.
  13. Take a makeup kit with you and go to the makeup section of a department store and ask people if they want a makeover.
  14. Go to a neighborhood with big fancy houses and ask people if you can have a tour of their houses.
  15. Take a camera into a Laundromat and tell people that you're making a documentary. While they are putting their dirty clothes in the washing machine, get way too into their personal space and see how long it takes them to get mad.
  16. Dress up like a giant piece of fruit and walk around in the fruit section of a grocery store. Whenever anyone puts some fruit in a bag, start crying.
  17. See how long it takes you to get kicked out of a movie theater by throwing popcorn at the people in front of you and laughing loudly at everything.
  18. Take a stuffed animal to Pet Smart and try to get them to groom it.
  19. Midway through a conversation with a friend, randomly say something in a foreign language and then act as if it never happened.
  20. Go to a karaoke place and sing terribly on purpose, then ask people whether they liked it or not.
  21. Run around in the road screaming "THE BRITISH ARE COMING!"
  22. Go to the beach, and after swimming for a little bit, run out of the water flailing your arms and screaming "MERMAID!"
  23. Go to a bowling alley with friends and have a competition of how many times you can "accidentally" throw the ball into someone else's lane.
  24. Go to a pet store and start talking to the animals. Then get angry when the animals don't talk back.
  25. Go to a sports game and cheer loudly for a team that isn't playing.
Have fun :)

Abby Noel

Monday, July 18, 2011

No One Can Replace Daddy* by Perfectly Imperfect

This article is written by a fantastic blogger who goes by the name Perfectly Imperfect. She is a typical teenage girl who shares her feelings through her blog.

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The article she wants to share is called:

No One Can Replace Daddy*

Written by Perfectly Imperfect:
What all thoughts run across your mind when you hear this word ?
When i hear the word "dad", all those moments I spend with him flashbacks in front of my eyes.
Dad is the one who taught us how to walk, how to talk, how to read. He is the reason we all are here on this PLANET very much alive.
He was our first teacher, first superhero and the first man in our life.....
...and today when we have reached our teen years, we argue with him and say he is too old fashioned to understand us. Is this is the way we pay back him ?
As a teen, I admit my relationship with my dad is not smooth.. After all, I am a teen and I have my mood swings in which I argue with my dad instead of telling him meaningfully of what I need, but believe me It's not worth it!
Arguments leads to nothing but disasters and broken hearts. Both the parties loses and the worse part : we can't reach to a solution. Think it over, when you and your dad had a fight, wasn't it for a really stupid reason? Wouldn't have it been worked if you have said the same thing in a more polite and understanding way ?
P.S I am my father's lil' princess
I love him a lot! <3
The next time, you meet your dad, apologize him for the times you disappointed him or broke his heart and thank him for what all he did for you. Don't forget to say "I love you dad" and then see the changed expression on his face!
Well, Father's day is coming on the coming Sunday, where I live and I am out of ideas this time...
A branded watch or a really expensive perfume could work, but I don't really believe in materialistic things..
Well, would have to put my thinking caps on for a really touching father's day gift.
You have any ideas ? I need help this time!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The First Guest Writer

Since this is the first post and I don't have a real guest writer yet I will attempt to be the first guest writer. Hopefully I will get a few guest writers to write some interesting articles.

This blog will feature articles from all over the scope of topics. From how to build things to self help, fun puzzles to poems and literature.

Whatever your interest is I'd love to hear from you and give you just one more outlet to share your thoughts.

Please email me through my profile, on the left of this page, to submit your articles.

I will contact you if your article is chosen for publication.

In return I will post a link back to your blog or website when I publish your article.