June 14th, 2013
My best Saturn to date
back in the game
Handsome chemistry professors are going to be the death of me.
Is being a total babe one of the requirements for becoming a chem professor?
I work at a chem lab as the lead supervisor/safety technician, and it’s part of my job to give a talk about emergency situations to each class on the first day, as well as show everybody’s favorite cornball 90’s safety film.
Today I gave the first talk about the situation of an active shooter on campus due to the recent shooting at Santa Monica.
The atmosphere in the room went from silly to completely dead silent as I transitioned from the earthquake talk to the shooter one.
It’s sad to think that we now have to implement this into our education because of how widespread it is, but it’s incredibly informational and potentially life saving.
Listen to your class’ instructor(s) and remain calm. Our job is to keep you safe in that kind of situation, but there may be an instance where we cannot do so. Please think beforehand what you would do to stay safe and calm if a shooter were to come into your class.
Our lovely Luna is hiding behind clouds tonight
Comet C/2012 F6 Lemmon captured the night before the annular eclipse. The comet surprisingly retained well defined dust and ion tails long after perihelion passage.
My favorite shot from the star party last night behind the Evans Facility up in Sunspot, New Mexico.
There was less global hoopla when Yang flew than when Ride did, and much less than when Tereshkova did. The fact that human beings travel in space continues to be—and should be—something that delights and even surprises us. The fact that women are among those explorers is, at last, becoming routine.
There’s one thing that really makes me angry as a Native, and that is Americans saying they are Native American too on the basis that they were born in the states, and so therefor they are Native to America.
Look, generations of my family were displaced into California to build a Mission, they became slaves, were forced through the assimilation schools, almost lost their culture and language, were pushed onto a reservation where white people now outnumber the Natives (I’m still laughing at that irony), and I have to identify with an English name to fit in to society because my given name is too Native. I can handle that, I can live with it and grow from it, but don’t tell me I can no longer use the term Native American.
You may have been born in the U.S. but you are not Native American. Don’t you dare take another part of my identity.
And I know a lot of Natives (ie. Russel Means) feel that anyone born in the U.S. is a Native American, but seriously, what else will be taken from us in the end?
We’re still here, we’re the Natives, you are American.
White people in America are a trip… they exterminate the Native American and then try to dress just like them. What kind of necrophilia is that?