Crash, Boom, Bang

30-something anglo-scottish person, fumbling along.

Once upon a time, I was an astrophysics PhD student. One very short postdoc convinced me that academia would never be for me, so I jumped ship to the Dark Side. But I still like the pretty pictures.

A repository for nerdiness and fangirling.

Occasional politics and feminism.

And cats.

Quite a few cats.

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geekgirlsmash:

aph-satan:

randomfandomteacher:

heretical-hypothetical:

artigosaurus:

queen-of-dork:

i-am-a-cat-eins-zwei-drei:

debisanacronym1:

WHY ARE NONE OF YOU FUCKERS FLIPPING SHIT?!?

NASA HAS DECLARED PLUTO A PLANET AGAIN

IT HAS MOONS!!!!! IT HAS MOONS!!!!!!!

WHAT. WHAT! PLUTO YOU FUCKING DID IT!

VIVA LA PLUTO, YOU DID IT!!!

THE UNDERDOG

I can’t find a source. Does anyone have any? I won’t believe it until I get a source.

http://time.com/3429938/pluto-planet-vote/

NASA HASN’T DECLARED SHIT!

Using Time link that’s above.

Before we even get to the meat of the damned article here is the headline:

The People Have Voted: Pluto is a Planet!

Followed by

A populist uprising restores a space favorite to the planetary ranks. Will the astronomers listen?

That alone is enough to say “NASA hasn’t declared shit”

Here’s another bit from the article:

The latest evidence: a debate at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in which three astronomers squared off to present both sides of the question: “Is Pluto a Planet?” And when the dust settled, the audience, made up mostly of ordinary citizens, declared once again that the answer is “duh, obviously.”

This isn’t NASA, this was a debate, and an audience vote. Bonus two of the three astronomers were for Pluto being a planet, so people got twice as much “yay Pluto” time. 

Science should never be decided by populist vote. That’s not how science fucking works. It’s evidence based, not a popularity contest. 

resin-heart:

semianonymity:

lazyevaluationranch:

4/4 We have bantam ducks, 25% the size of regular ducks. And yet somehow they are convinced the peacocks, who weigh at least ten times what they do and are about a meter and a half long with tails grown in, are The Most Beautiful Lady Ducks.
The ducks have been chasing the peacocks, climbing onto their backs, and attempting to mate with their necks. The peacocks are from a species that settles all arguments with Irridescent Dance-Offs. They are baffled and terrified of Tiny Lecherous Ducks Running Right At You. We had to catch the ducks and lock them in the henhouse before the peacocks would stop hiding in a tree.
Poor fancybirds.

THIS JUST GOT MY ADDED TO MY QUEUE AND THEN IT CROSSED MY DASH TWO MORE TIMES AND THIS ONE WAS TAGGED FOR ME AND AHHHHH I AM JUST. SO GLAD. SO SO GLAD ABOUT THESE RIDICULOUS BIRDS!

Oh, ducks.

resin-heart:

semianonymity:

lazyevaluationranch:

4/4 We have bantam ducks, 25% the size of regular ducks. And yet somehow they are convinced the peacocks, who weigh at least ten times what they do and are about a meter and a half long with tails grown in, are The Most Beautiful Lady Ducks.

The ducks have been chasing the peacocks, climbing onto their backs, and attempting to mate with their necks. The peacocks are from a species that settles all arguments with Irridescent Dance-Offs. They are baffled and terrified of Tiny Lecherous Ducks Running Right At You. We had to catch the ducks and lock them in the henhouse before the peacocks would stop hiding in a tree.

Poor fancybirds.

THIS JUST GOT MY ADDED TO MY QUEUE AND THEN IT CROSSED MY DASH TWO MORE TIMES AND THIS ONE WAS TAGGED FOR ME AND AHHHHH I AM JUST. SO GLAD. SO SO GLAD ABOUT THESE RIDICULOUS BIRDS!

Oh, ducks.

(via karnythia)

detrea:

The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family.  That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.

The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.

(via seananmcguire)