calleo:

tranblogger:

fairlyqueer:

tranblogger:

wtfsocialjustice:

um ok

ask cis person about their pronouns and they either will laugh at you or get offended (“uh are you saying I look genderless or what?”)
ask me about my pronouns and i will never talk to you again because it will give me anxiety (I will feel really dysphoric and in panic that I don’t pass as a man again) 
i’m so tired of ~queer~ activists who are trying to “help” trans people without even asking us if it is helping and not hurting us 

like I get that some non-binary people are okay with it, but most people (hell, most trans people) are not. I don’t expect someone to ask my pronouns. I’ll tell someone my pronouns if I know them well enough to let them know I’m trans. Asking someone’s pronouns is just like asking someone if they’re cis or trans. It’s personal and they’ll tell you if they want to tell you.

Yes, only some non-binary people are ok with it. but I can’t even imagine this working well for other people, like
1. gender conforming cis person will be offended or just like “wtf are you even doing?” 
2. gender non conforming cis person will think it’s another way to insult them because they’re feminine (“not real”) man, or masculine (“not real”) woman. they have probably heard a lot of this shit in their lives already 
3. binary outed trans person will probably get annoyed, like (“I just said I am a trans MAN, why are you all asking me about my pronouns, it is obvious”)
4. closeted trans person will be afraid they are perceived as trans even if they hide it (and usually people are closeted because of serious reasons like own safety)
5. stealth trans person will feel like shit because they will seriously think they somehow don’t pass as their gender (and if you are post-transition, it can be traumatic). how the hell am I supposed to know you’re crazy enough to ask every cis dude about his pronouns, and this is why you asked me, and not because you realized I am not cis 

When I get the obnoxious, prying weirdo that actually asks something like that, my preferred reply is, “Guess”, because the only obnoxious prying weirdos that ask this shit are Tumblr types and I enjoy making them uncomfortable while they try to figure it out and get increasingly more anxious, fearful that they’ll guess incorrectly and offend me.
Once I had someone actually think that I meant my pronouns were “guess”, which was all levels of hilariously amazing.
Also, bolded for emphasis on why it’s just fucking rude to ask random people “their pronouns.”

Uh, correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the original post was talking about just going up to random people on the street and asking about their pronouns. I think they were talking about doing this at spaces for LGBTQ+ people such as within advocacy groups/gay straight alliances & similar groups. After all, they do say “it’s getting to be a thing in queer spaces…" Maybe the area I live is weird but asking for pronouns at meetings for an LGBTQ+ group is more or less standard practice in my experience. I always thought it was about making sure that we don’t misgender people in a place where everyone is supposed to feel respected. I guess it’s possible they’ve been driving people away because of that though, it never occurred to me!
I do agree that in any other context it’s probably best to be safe and refrain from asking, though.

calleo:

tranblogger:

fairlyqueer:

tranblogger:

wtfsocialjustice:

um ok

ask cis person about their pronouns and they either will laugh at you or get offended (“uh are you saying I look genderless or what?”)

ask me about my pronouns and i will never talk to you again because it will give me anxiety (I will feel really dysphoric and in panic that I don’t pass as a man again) 

i’m so tired of ~queer~ activists who are trying to “help” trans people without even asking us if it is helping and not hurting us 

like I get that some non-binary people are okay with it, but most people (hell, most trans people) are not. I don’t expect someone to ask my pronouns. I’ll tell someone my pronouns if I know them well enough to let them know I’m trans. Asking someone’s pronouns is just like asking someone if they’re cis or trans. It’s personal and they’ll tell you if they want to tell you.

Yes, only some non-binary people are ok with it. but I can’t even imagine this working well for other people, like

1. gender conforming cis person will be offended or just like “wtf are you even doing?” 

2. gender non conforming cis person will think it’s another way to insult them because they’re feminine (“not real”) man, or masculine (“not real”) woman. they have probably heard a lot of this shit in their lives already 

3. binary outed trans person will probably get annoyed, like (“I just said I am a trans MAN, why are you all asking me about my pronouns, it is obvious”)

4. closeted trans person will be afraid they are perceived as trans even if they hide it (and usually people are closeted because of serious reasons like own safety)

5. stealth trans person will feel like shit because they will seriously think they somehow don’t pass as their gender (and if you are post-transition, it can be traumatic). how the hell am I supposed to know you’re crazy enough to ask every cis dude about his pronouns, and this is why you asked me, and not because you realized I am not cis 

When I get the obnoxious, prying weirdo that actually asks something like that, my preferred reply is, “Guess”, because the only obnoxious prying weirdos that ask this shit are Tumblr types and I enjoy making them uncomfortable while they try to figure it out and get increasingly more anxious, fearful that they’ll guess incorrectly and offend me.

Once I had someone actually think that I meant my pronouns were “guess”, which was all levels of hilariously amazing.

Also, bolded for emphasis on why it’s just fucking rude to ask random people “their pronouns.”

Uh, correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the original post was talking about just going up to random people on the street and asking about their pronouns. I think they were talking about doing this at spaces for LGBTQ+ people such as within advocacy groups/gay straight alliances & similar groups. After all, they do say “it’s getting to be a thing in queer spaces…" Maybe the area I live is weird but asking for pronouns at meetings for an LGBTQ+ group is more or less standard practice in my experience. I always thought it was about making sure that we don’t misgender people in a place where everyone is supposed to feel respected. I guess it’s possible they’ve been driving people away because of that though, it never occurred to me!

I do agree that in any other context it’s probably best to be safe and refrain from asking, though.

Periods aren’t an excuse to get out of anything.

People who have never experienced blood pouring out of their genitals (via wiifitting)

Except, they’re not. Like woman the fuck up. If you’re periods are THAT debilitating, go and see a doctor because they are not supposed to be that bad and there’s ways to ease them.

(via bethelionqueen)

That’s true, but at the same time…serious medical conditions often take time to take care of. It’s entirely possible that someone IS going to see a doctor and they’re in the midst of finding something that works. Or they can’t get their hands on the necessary treatment, for whatever reason.

Also, if you’re on your period, you should be allowed to get out of anything that involves going in the water. :P

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agist9:

New Super Black Material Absorbs 99.965% Of Light
 Goths of the world, rejoice. Scientists have produced Vantablack, a product so dark it becomes impossible to make out shapes formed from it.
Surrey Nanosystems, a British nanoelectronics company have used carbon nanotubes 10,000 times thinner than a human hair to absorb 99.965% of visible light, a world record. The tubes are so small photons cannot get inside, but can fit into the small spaces between the tubes, where they are captured.
For comparison, fresh asphalt reflects 4% of the light that falls on it, and after a while this rises to 12%, while coal seldom gets below 0.5%.
"You expect to see the hills and all you can see … it’s like black, like a hole, like there’s nothing there. It just looks so strange," Surrey Nanosystems’ technical director Ben Jensen told The Independent.
The manufacturers grow Vantablack (Vertically Aligned carbon NanoTube Array) on aluminum foil, making it easy to create complex topography that is entirely invisible to the eye. They point out their low-temperature nanotube growth processes give it a significant advantage past super-black materials that require high temperatures to produce, and are therefore incompatible with sensitive electronics.
While there is probably a market for practical jokes, Surrey Nanosystems are talking up the capacity of Vantablack to calibrate astronomical cameras and infrared scanners, which need to be shown the darkest object possible for comparison with tiny points of light. They also hint darkly at military uses, which may benefit from the enormous tensile strength and heat conductivity.
“We are now scaling up production to meet the requirements of our first customers in the defense and space sectors, and have already delivered our first orders,” said Jensen. So far at least Vantablack is far too expensive to be used for clothes or toys but Jensen said, “You would lose all features of a dress. It would just be something black passing through.”
The properties of Vantablack have been described in Optics Express.
 Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/technology/new-super-black-material-absorbs-99965-light#CUwUbfHdcEJjqIW3.99

agist9:

New Super Black Material Absorbs 99.965% Of Light


Goths of the world, rejoice. Scientists have produced Vantablack, a product so dark it becomes impossible to make out shapes formed from it.

Surrey Nanosystems, a British nanoelectronics company have used carbon nanotubes 10,000 times thinner than a human hair to absorb 99.965% of visible light, a world record. The tubes are so small photons cannot get inside, but can fit into the small spaces between the tubes, where they are captured.

For comparison, fresh asphalt reflects 4% of the light that falls on it, and after a while this rises to 12%, while coal seldom gets below 0.5%.

"You expect to see the hills and all you can see … it’s like black, like a hole, like there’s nothing there. It just looks so strange," Surrey Nanosystems’ technical director Ben Jensen told The Independent.

The manufacturers grow Vantablack (Vertically Aligned carbon NanoTube Array) on aluminum foil, making it easy to create complex topography that is entirely invisible to the eye. They point out their low-temperature nanotube growth processes give it a significant advantage past super-black materials that require high temperatures to produce, and are therefore incompatible with sensitive electronics.

While there is probably a market for practical jokes, Surrey Nanosystems are talking up the capacity of Vantablack to calibrate astronomical cameras and infrared scanners, which need to be shown the darkest object possible for comparison with tiny points of light. They also hint darkly at military uses, which may benefit from the enormous tensile strength and heat conductivity.

“We are now scaling up production to meet the requirements of our first customers in the defense and space sectors, and have already delivered our first orders,” said Jensen. So far at least Vantablack is far too expensive to be used for clothes or toys but Jensen said, “You would lose all features of a dress. It would just be something black passing through.”

The properties of Vantablack have been described in Optics Express.


Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/technology/new-super-black-material-absorbs-99965-light#CUwUbfHdcEJjqIW3.99

(via scienceyoucanlove)

kill3rtcell:

Just researcher-y things ~

I’m looking at you, PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) and CuNT (Copper nanotubes). 

kill3rtcell:

Just researcher-y things ~

I’m looking at you, PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) and CuNT (Copper nanotubes). 

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terminus-est:

odins-one-eyed-fuck:

gettingcrazywiththecheezewhiz:

The dad cat liked to hang out in the sink by himself

AND THEN THE KITTENS FOUND HIM

HE LOOKS SO ANNOYED

I DIDN’T SIGN ON FOR THIS SHIT.

it literally can not get cuter than this

I will always reblog Angry Dad Cat

(via maderr)

guy:

*aggressively stabs at each individual letter when retyping password*

(via maderr)

Huh, apparently if I reblog something from myself I get a note. I feel like that’s…cheating, or something. XD

ansilica:

divineirony:

Science “journalism” is why we can’t have nice things.

Ugh, it’s almost like they’re TRYING to obfuscate the truth. How hard is it to say “When cells get sick, they try to draw in hydrogen sulfide, which helps them live. We’ve managed to make a compound which will slowly provide sick cells with hydrogen sulfide in case they fail to accomplish this themselves.” This is much simpler for the layperson and MUCH closer to what the work actually says.
In case anyone was wondering where Time’s title comes from, hydrogen sulfide is one of the gases present in some farts (it’s also one of the gases which can be responsible for the smell). But it took me at least a few read-throughs of the original to be able to discern the connection between the top and bottom, and while I’m no biologist, I am familiar with scientific literature.

Also, as a clarification, in my first sentence I’m referring to TIME, not the researchers who wrote the original piece. Though I do think that trying to make science more understandable for the masses is a noble goal and the paragraph in the screenshot definitely does not advance us toward this goal.

ansilica:

divineirony:

Science “journalism” is why we can’t have nice things.

Ugh, it’s almost like they’re TRYING to obfuscate the truth. How hard is it to say “When cells get sick, they try to draw in hydrogen sulfide, which helps them live. We’ve managed to make a compound which will slowly provide sick cells with hydrogen sulfide in case they fail to accomplish this themselves.” This is much simpler for the layperson and MUCH closer to what the work actually says.

In case anyone was wondering where Time’s title comes from, hydrogen sulfide is one of the gases present in some farts (it’s also one of the gases which can be responsible for the smell). But it took me at least a few read-throughs of the original to be able to discern the connection between the top and bottom, and while I’m no biologist, I am familiar with scientific literature.

Also, as a clarification, in my first sentence I’m referring to TIME, not the researchers who wrote the original piece. Though I do think that trying to make science more understandable for the masses is a noble goal and the paragraph in the screenshot definitely does not advance us toward this goal.