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Tas | BFA in Illustration | Hobby Artist | Fanartist | Fanfiction Writer | Secularist | Admirer of the performance and visual arts | Admirer of Ancient Egyptian history | Admirer of all the sciences, especially astronomy

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I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

(via magnius159)

Ancient Egyptian “Blackness” in the Graeco-Roman Imagination

owning-my-truth:

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[image description: A bust of King Tutankhamun showing him with dark skin and text overlaying it, “Ancient Egyptian ‘Blackness’ in the Graeco-Roman Imagination”]

Alex Proyas’s new film “The Gods of Egypt" is getting ready for release in 2016, and to nobody’s surprise was formerly slated to have an all-white cast starring Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (from "Game of Thrones") and others. After a determined campaign by petitioners pushing for more historic accuracy, black actor, Chadwick Boseman was cast in a supporting role in the film adding a drop of color to the all-white cast. 

But why are we still having this discussion in the first place? Why does it take a petition drive for a white director making a film about ancient Egypt to think, “Oh wait, maybe ancient Egyptians didn’t look like they were from Scotland?” Why do Hollywood representations and the popular imagination of ancient Egyptians almost always cast them as either white people (in the modern sense) or as really “tan white people”?  I find conceptions and constructions of race and ethnicity to be fascinating, and have explored it in my research during college, and also on this site in my extended piece on conceptions of “Whiteness” in European contexts.

The “debate” on ancient Egypt, though, frankly bored me because race is not a biological but rather a social construct. For us to retroject our own conceptions of race onto the past is inherently anachronistic and so if “blackness” meant little to ancient Egyptians and the world they inhabited (despite them clearly being a black and brown people) then why should it matter to me?

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[image description: A movie still of the white British-American actress Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in the 1963 film Cleopatra]

I was therefore fascinated to stumble across an extended work of scholarship by a young scholar named Tristan Samuels titled “The Riddle in the Dark: Rethinking ‘Blackness’ in Greco-Roman Racial Discourse.” In this extensive 146 page work, Samuels explores the constructions of “blackness” from the Greek and Roman perspective. These, the actual ”dark skinned white people” (in the modern sense) of antiquity clearly and systematically labeled and saw Egyptians and other peoples as “black” in their world (as a racial characteristic and parameter in “othering”), and so this “debate” did in fact matter. Much of this essay will therefore be spent exploring the ideas laid out in Samuels’ impressive work, but to start I’d like to explore how the ancient Egyptians saw themselves.

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Track: Where is my mind
Artist: The Pixies
Album:
Plays: 12,723

victoriademoor:

With your feet in the air when your head on the ground

Try this trick and spin! Yeahh!

Your head will collapse when there is nothing in it

And you ask yourself

Where is my mind?

thedemon-hauntedworld:

IC 1805: Light from the Heart
Image Credit & Copyright: César Blanco González

Sprawling across almost 200 light-years, emission nebula IC 1805 is a mix of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds about 7,500 light-years away in the Perseus spiral arm of our galaxy. Stars were born in this region whose nickname, the Heart Nebula, derives from its Valentine’s-Day-appropriate shape. The clouds themselves are shaped by stellar winds and radiation from massive hot stars in the nebula’s newborn star cluster Melotte 15 about 1.5 million years young. This deep telescopic image maps the pervasive light of narrow emission lines from atoms in the nebula to a color palette made popular in Hubble images of star forming regions. The field of view spans about two degrees on the sky or four times the diameter of a full moon. The cosmic heart is found in the constellation of Cassiopeia, the boastful mythical Queen of Aethiopia .

· Astronomy · nebula · science · science! ·

Enjoying the view, Bakura? I know I would!

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My little repository for depravity…

Please visit at your own risk! The highly sexually nature of the material is not intended for minors and sensitive individuals.

Plus, I have a lot of weird turn-ons…. So there!

[sighs] So good to reminisce…

I’ve been digging around my sketchbooks and archives and found all the stuff that survived my mental breakdown nearly two years ago. Most of the physical copies were destroyed.

I found these gems on my portable hard drive. I fell hard and fast for Disney’s Clayton Tarzan back in 2009, and I’m rediscovering my love of the movie again.

The lady in the first fanart is Lady Waltham, Clayton’s sister from the episode ‘The Gauntlet of Vengeance.’ The second is… well, requires too long of an explanation.

And yes, it should be ‘Greystoke,’ not Greystroke. I always make that mistake >_<;

I really should start a side-blog for all my NSFW artwork because I’ve got tons of it.

TONS

arthurclennam:

This scene brings about one of the many reasons why I love Tarzan. Even after Clayton had betrayed him, imprisoned his family in cages, and shot Kerchak, Tarzan still showed forgiveness. Tarzan did not kill Clayton. The jungle, a world “blessed with love”, ultimately brought upon Clayton’s death. 

· disney · tarzan · tw: hanging · clayton ·
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