some good

Jul. 24th, 2015 08:43 am
Had last evening off (ish, it was free discussion of our own data sets but the thing I most needed to discuss was SILENCE ALONE).

http://counterfeitcontent.tumblr.com/ remains a constant source of awesome.

When you watch a vid and you're like, yes, that is the show I saw. (Leverage OT3, "Parachute", thingswithwings) And then because it's so well done it brings out bits that are even better than I remembered!
(rushthatspeaks, more Leverage soon yes? and gaudior is caught up to us or nearly, all together now?)

Maybe it's more like Kinsey 5 these days, because Idris Elba is among the best-looking men on the planet and mostly I covet the stretchiness of his sweater here.
(but look at that sweater, how deliciously comfortable must it be and what nice cables)

Still exhausted, so unfortunately even with good things I am doing something really hard, and this averages out around wanting to cry. :(

things

Nov. 29th, 2014 10:44 pm
jinian: (c'est la vie)
Really stellar Kaidonovsky cosplay

Holy cow, best Hogwarts founders fancasting possible

Some hints on rocking androgynous looks with a curvy build

Flawless Christmas-sweater victory

And then there was this...

Dad: So do you do all the cooking for the group of you in your apartment?

Me: What? WHY WOULD YOU THINK THAT?

Mom: *snickering quietly in the background*

Dad: ...

Me: We are all grown adults and we cook for ourselves.
jinian: (c'est la vie)
Monday:

1. Introvert comics! (Buzzfeed)

2. Cottonwood fluff all over in the air. I batted at them happily and caught a few. The greenhouse managers hate the cottonwoods, and rightly so -- the fluff clogs the fan intakes and the seedlings get everywhere. I assume the trail maintainers are just as unhappy about the fast-growing roots. But not me, I am all Mogami Kyoko over the fairylike floating puffs of magic.

3. So far, smartphones appear to be primarily useful for buses, mapping, and flirtation, with a side of cute dog pictures. I approve entirely.

4. textsfromlastnight.com is a reliable source of hilarity. "He started french braiding my hair while I was blowing him. The question is not why, but how."

Tuesday:

1. Luxuria Superbia on my phone! The era of possible boredom in the universe is over. Provided I remember to plug the phone in all the damn time.

2. My candy-colored braids are now entire inches long.

3. The Hunger Games movie is really well done. Mirrormask is visually stunning, and I enjoyed watching it with my friend despite some major plot issues.
jinian: (c'est la vie)
(I keep going to sleep or getting laid and forgetting to post. Sorry!)

Wednesday:

1. I got both new lab managers to agree to join me in wearing polka-dots this Friday. I missed this game a lot! Clothes and low-key bonding, hard to beat. [note: this is TODAY, expect outfit pic later]

2. Chilly low mist over the lake in the morning, just beautiful. Graceful, gauzy horizontal streaks of sunset in blue and cyan and peach.

3. Good couple of days for historical scholarship acknowledging women:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131008-women-handprints-oldest-neolithic-cave-art/ (thanks to Lauren Faust on Twitter)
http://judithweingarten.blogspot.com/2013/10/how-prince-became-princess.html (in response to which sovay said what I was also thinking)

4. Also a good day for other people's strange clothing. I saw a hat that was also a scarf by way of an elongated crown (actually being worn) and a truly horrid bridesmaid dress made of sheer netting and fake autumn leaves (not being worn by a real person, thank goodness).

5. Pho and M-pig time.

Thursday:

1. Got enough sleep and feeling halfway decent.

2. Ovulation is distracting but fun. Did you know that a bottle of Mexican Coke feels entrancingly smooth on your lower lip? Try it!

3. Moved money back into savings for a change.

4. Successful managerial-type talk with underperforming person. I think we did great with this, pretty proud of myself.

5. Elementary season 2 episode 1 (in which pigeons do not work like that), pizza, Rock Band, sweetie.

links

Oct. 5th, 2013 10:46 pm
City planning in Vienna includes "gender mainstreaming" for universal usability

Hilarious sarcasm at Lullabies for Misandrists -- the comments have some wonderful things too.

An entire long article on sex toy UI! I love the idea of Aneros being for HEALTH, NO REALLY.

Funny interactions from Tumblr (which I am still resisting, but get linked to a lot)

The bobtail squid is gloriously beautiful.

Well, the Alaska weather service's forecast acrostic is brilliant, it's just THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO DO IT.

The best response to "are your boobs natural?"
jinian: (manjuu)
Wonderful things on the internet include:

A grizzled wizard embracing femininity for an important tea party (gifset)

Mae Martin on gay babies (gifset)

"Bohemian Gravity" (music video)

What your taste in music says about you on a date
The ones of these that work are really great. The Shins does not work, though I now wonder if maybe I should watch that movie.

Seen lots recently, as it deserves: Sailor Moon vs. Wonder Woman dance battle (music video)

The Bloggess meets a bear head (immoderately hilarious)

Older people on gay sex (gifset)

Nina Davuluri is an awesome geek
jinian: (bold bananas)
1. Talked to my dad on the phone. He says my great-grandma was a secretary to the poet Robert Service for a while, back when they lived in Vancouver, B.C.

2. Mica Angela Hendricks and her daughter made really fantastic portmanteau art together. http://www.themarysue.com/drawing-with-daughter/

3. Furminator Day has yielded the usual mind-boggling results resembling an entire fourth cat.

4. Accomplished all my chores (including the optional playing of Rock Band).

5. Hachiko appears fungus-free! That was easy.

6. Tomorrow is another weekend day!
jinian: (queen of cups)
Started back in my doctoral lab for a short-term postdoc position yesterday. Granted PI still wants me to stay forever, and that is going to keep being a hazard, it's pretty damned great to be finishing my projects for publication and making a lot more money than the grad stipend. I have time to look for proper postdocs in labs I really want to work in, and I'm continuing to do so as none have panned out too well so far. Meeting new people at a conference, and fingers crossed for interviews, next month!

I'm still a bit dehydrated from Wednesday's road trip to Mt. Rainier, which is being annoying as I can't drink in the lab and haven't grown back my drink-tons-at-meals habit yet.

Eventually got back to sleep after waking way WAY too early this morning, then woke up to Cut Copy followed directly by New Order's "Temptation", so spent breakfast feeling loopy but blissful. And today? Time lapse, laser ablation, and future plans. Weird to be back, but highly satisfying.

In other news, I kind of want to have Chris Hadfield's babies: https://twitter.com/search?q=from%3ACmdr_Hadfield%20until%3A2013-03-28
jinian: (birdsquee)
Thumbs and Ammo posts images of photoshopped thumbs-up hands into movie stills that formerly had guns. I disagree with the proton packs, but overall this is both adorable, because some of them work really well as encouragement instead of violence, and hilarious in its juxtaposition, because Batman. Thanks, [personal profile] telophase!
jinian: (yamamaya)
Having hung my laundry out on the balcony on a little round clippy thing like a good resident of Japan, I am off to the zoo and botanic gardens. First, some images to share.

I would date with this person: Oregon Trail cosplay

New baby capybara OMG

I have my quibbles, but human ponies with different body types are pretty great, especially Pinkie Pie.

Food paintings/dioramas must be seen to be believed

asst

Oct. 8th, 2012 10:00 am
jinian: (mokona dessert!)
How is there ready-made tuna salad onigiri in this world? Tuna salad onigiri, mind you, that is labeled "shii chikin mayoneezu". CHICKEN OF THE SEA. I mean, it was good. But what?

Wonderful things:
Serious awesome Black Widow fic
Ridiculous cute Avengers and Darcy fic
Adorable affirming Avengers fic
The Problem with the Big Bang Theory -- really glad someone else sees this so articulately, I just knew I felt really sad that my parents like it so much
Human skin tones as Pantone colors -- needs more dark, but really fun to see all the variation so far

There are a few things I pass while walking to the lab that are pretty Japan-specific, like the gutter-covering tiles. I confess, every time I see them I think of rolling them up in my katamari.

When I got home yesterday, there were five Chinese girls eating in the kitchen. That's more than live with us! Two of them were new Master's students, and they pressed me nicely to eat with them all. We had some good conversation -- they were really curious about Halloween, they know about Seattle from watching the American drama Grey's Anatomy, Chinese women have a lot of trouble getting jobs without advanced degrees and we all think sexism sucks. And the food was great. They glossed one thing as kung pao chicken, but it wasn't spicy at all, just delicious: little chicken bits and carrots and a little broccoli, green onions and avoidable tomatoes, with some amazing spice I need to inquire about further. Lulu bought some spaghetti, so I am required to show her how to cook it!
jinian: (Collomia grandiflora)
German dad wears skirts to support his skirt-wearing son

Surreal uterus statements

"An Unexpected Ass Kicking"

In other news, I continue to have personal epiphanies by way of manga analogy. This is sort of inherently embarrassing, but the outcomes are good.
jinian: (worms' meat)
From Smithsonian magazine (because presumably not everyone gets it sent to their house for free?) a couple of months ago: Henry VIII as a chicken

Wonder Woman being spanked by a giant doll? I have no explanation for this.
jinian: (Thalictrum uchiyamai)
A link roundup of amazing and wonderful things I've seen on the web recently has got to begin with Sex Is Not the Enemy, which shows obviously often pornographic, often utterly adorable sex-positive photos and quotes. I am not remotely done looking at all the pages, but I imagine I will get through them eventually; I may save some for when I want something tremendously cheering, though.

Corpus Libris, an entire blog of people (and a store cat) holding up books that mimic their body parts with varying degrees of accuracy to often-creepy effect.

Two things I never thought to see combined: merkins and breakdancing. Amanda Palmer's "Map of Tasmania" video.

My new favorite "Hark! A Vagrant" strip: Queen Bess at Tilbury.

Stefanie Posavec's graphical representations of books are simply fascinating. I can't explain her slight fixation on Kerouac, but I love looking at the First Chapters comparisons and considering how they represent narrative rhythms. And which end do you start at? (I am convinced that Gatsby must start with descriptions and end up in dialogue, but I haven't verified that at all.)

Was I the only one who hadn't seen the German "life's too short for the wrong job" ad campaign? Brilliant.

And a game to keep you busy until the next link roundup appears on your reading list: Refraction lets you save friendly little animals trapped in space by powering their ships with bounced laser input, while slowly training you to split and combine beams, even when you have to adjust their denominators to be the same... Nice pun, CS guys.
jinian: (real scientist)
Lots going on lately that's making me think about women, sexism, and science.

It all started with the Science Cheerleaders. I was surprised at the amount of uncritical happiness I saw about them from feminists, since I had strongly mixed feelings from the first moment of exposure. Over at Blag Hag, I wrote:
"Represents empowerment right now" is exactly where I am on the Science Cheerleaders. Do I think they're making a free choice without social coercion to value and promote their sexiness? Of course not; they're getting literal, monetary compensation for being sexy, and I'm just guessing but there might be some tiny amount of social approbation as well. (Note that I am not saying they're not athletes; their brand of sexiness requires physical prowess.) But I am thrilled to see them, because they're compensating for other social pressures that are leading girls not to develop as the scientists they may want to be because it's considered unsexy, and sexiness is supposed to always be a good and necessary thing for girls. The reinforcement the cheerleaders provide to that idea worries me, but I predict that more critical thinking skills taught to more different people will lead to more questioning and social improvement later.


(I don't agree with much of Jen's very-third-wave original post, but I think my fellow UW grad needs to keep posting as long as the amazing Twisty Faster does, and I liked the discussion that ensued.)

In Science last week there was a review of two books on How Neuromythologies Support Sex Role Stereotypes (link probably requires subscription, sorry). The books are Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences by Rebecca M. Jordan-Young and Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine Norton. As usual, when people get started on gender differences, even supposedly impartial scientists can say some idiotic shit, and the books point this out at length. The reviewer, Diane F. Halpern, wrote Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities, which I have not read, and she does maintain that differences exist across cultures:
"Consider the finding that, in more gender-equal societies, females perform as well as males in mathematics (7), much better than males in reading (7), and much worse than males in visuospatial tasks (5). No simple theory, such as the hypothesis that sex differences reflect societal norms or that gender-equal societies will reduce all sex differences, can explain this pattern of results."


Halpern wanted a more balanced view of actual gender-difference science rather than mere mocking of pseudoscience, which is what these books deliver. I admit that I am more likely to read the mocking than I would be to read the balanced view; not only is it more entertaining, but it seems like you have to go too far to get anyone to listen to you at all, see also Richard Dawkins. Balance those scales, authors!

In a fine example of similar mocking, we have Fannie with Breaking: Boys and Girls Are Inherently Different, Except When Boys Prove Worse At Stuff. I particularly like her point that "...while I agree with many societal explanations for such [performance in school] disparities, especially racial ones, I think it's worth noting how rare it is for anyone to say, 'Well, now that girls have been attending school on parity with boys for awhile now, we are seeing that they are actually inherently smarter than boys.'" It's obviously untrue, but does that stop people from saying a bunch of other crazy shit? It does not, and the omission's noteworthy.

Tony Porter's TED talk about getting out of the "man box" (social rules for men) is pretty phenomenal. He owns up to complicity in perpetuating the nasty stuff, complete with creepy rape story, but he's clearly gotten way past it and he's telling people why. I was disappointed to see almost all women in his audience; this is a talk for men to hear.

Late in the game but well worth reading came Sady Doyle's wonderful "Ellen Ripley Saved My Life" (http://www.theawl.com/2010/12/ellen-ripley-saved-my-life). Doyle explicitly ties her own life to those of fictional heroines, and goes a beautiful job of it. I'm grateful that she doesn't fall into the fallacious science-as-villain trap despite noting that institutions are a real problem for these strong women.
jinian: (Carthamus)
There's a great post about the Transgender Day of Remembrance over at Shakesville. Just looking at the page-long list of names has an impact, but I hadn't realized that so many people had died as a result of apathy and mockery as well as violence.
jinian: (real scientist)
For the first time, my electronic subscription to Science has been helpful! I discovered that the herpes vaccine study I was in a few years ago showed the vaccine to be completely unhelpful. Initially, a previous study had shown no benefit to most people, but there was a seemingly significant result that women who had no herpes virus infection whatsoever might have had boosted immunity against HSV-2 ("genital herpes" though either can infect you anywhere really). HSV-2 isn't usually considered all that dangerous, though it's really not pleasant and it's known to act synergistically with HIV. Because HSV-1 (cold sores) is so similar to HSV2, it's thought to offer some protection against later infection with HSV-2, and the people who did the original 2002 study thought that effect might have been swamping a weak vaccine effect in those with HSV-1. It was worth following up; a weak effect is a sign that the vaccine is doing something right.

Since I've never had a cold sore or anything resembling initial herpes infection, I joined the study and found that indeed I was virus-free. (Most people do carry HSV-1, even if they don't know it, so this was lucky!) I was vaccinated in two stages, and over about a year and a half, I returned to the study site and had blood draws. I never did hear whether I was treatment or control, or the study result, though I've moved since then. I'd been starting to wonder what the result had been. Turns out there was no benefit from this vaccine after all. No one can quite explain the protective effect that seemed to appear in the last study, though there's some idea that the populations recruited were different; the original study looked at women in "discordant relationships" where they were involved with someone HSV-2 positive, and this one didn't have that criterion. Possibly there's low-level exposure to herpes antigen in that situation, and the vaccine was sufficient to build immunity from that but not from zero.

Unfortunately, there is no other promising vaccine in development. It's now known to be non-easy, so it'll be harder to get funding from industry and others to work on the problem.

(In other disastrous science news, robots think we taste like bacon.)

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