Sifsdóttir

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right

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malisteen:

huffingtonpost:

Are Nasty Comments Like These Keeping Women Out Of Science?

"It’s death by a thousand cuts. Every day you’re faced with some comment, some snide remark, some inability to get a name on a research paper. And with an accumulation of those experiences, women tend to walk with their feet."

Go here to read more infuriating stories about women in science. 

So much respect for the women who choose to go into stem fields despite this bullshit.  Not only do hey do fantastic amazing work, but they also lessen this burden on their female peers and those that follow after them.

This doesn’t just limit itself to STEM fields, but to any place which is considered male. I have lost count of how many times I’ve been told I can’t do this or that because I’m a woman and it’s too heavy or technical. While I agree that I’m not as physically strong as most my male counterparts, it’s still not me sitting here with a broken body at 40-something. You know why? Because if you use your brain once in a while you’ll come up with ways to complete a task without breaking yourself. It’s the same brain that can pick apart and put together a machine for maintenance, just as anyone else can.

Also, there’s a lot of ideas about what’s actually heavy duty work. Builders are often so full of themselves but would whine their arses off if they had to work in elderly care. You try lifting another grown human being who isn’t capable of helping themselves - an entire ward of them, several times a day, to change, clean, take them to activities, to the loo or what ever they need to be taken. Some jobs that used to be male that now are considered the only area where women are allowed,are those that are dull, repetitive - and heavy. Yet women are told they can’t do certain things because it’s too heavy, despite the technical development in that area negating much of the physical strain, whereas in female dominated areas there’s hardly none at all and things haven’t really changed the past 100 years.

Add to this the constant barrage of misogyny you’re simply supposed to accept, and if you say something, you’re a feminist bitch. Companies like to hire a few women just to show some sort of good will, but you know it’s just for show, and women who get to climb the ladder a bit will defend that position at all cost, because we all know there’s no room for more up there. You may very well be replaced if someone else comes along with more experience and/or education, because unlike the men, we’re not ever safe. The back scratching does not include a woman and you do well to not trust other women in your field because they will turn on you.

There is a reason that most fanfiction authors, specifically girls, start with a Mary Sue. It’s because girls are taught that they are never enough. You can’t be too loud, too quiet, too smart, too stupid. You can’t ask too many questions or know too many answers. No one is flocking to you for advice. Then something wonderful happens. The girl who was told she’s stupid finds out that she can be a better wizard than Albus Dumbledore. And that is something very important. Terrible at sports? You’re a warrior who does backflips and Legolas thinks you’re THE BEST. No friends? You get a standing ovation from Han Solo and the entire Rebel Alliance when you crash-land safely on Hoth after blowing up the Super Double Death Star. It’s all about you. Everyone in your favorite universe is TOTALLY ALL ABOUT YOU.

I started writing fanfiction the way most girls did, by re-inventing themselves.

Mary Sues exist because children who are told they’re nothing want to be everything.

Clint Barton’s ringtone for Agent Coulson is the Men in Black song.

Clint Barton’s ringtone for Agent Coulson is the Men in Black song.

Clint Barton’s ringtone for Agent Coulson is the Men in Black song.

Clint Barton’s ringtone for Agent Coulson is the Men in Black song.

natashi-san:

reallifescomedyrelief:

viforcontrol:

beautifuloutlier:

gwydtheunusual:

too—weird-to-live:

zafojones:

Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.

how the hell do you bend and braid a tree

Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together. You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.Frankentrees.

As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.

On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.

But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:

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I am both amazed and horrified of nature as we all should be

If this freaks you out, I suggest you start looking at fungus. We’re looking for alien life in space when we have it right under our noses.
natashi-san:

reallifescomedyrelief:

viforcontrol:

beautifuloutlier:

gwydtheunusual:

too—weird-to-live:

zafojones:

Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.

how the hell do you bend and braid a tree

Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together. You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.Frankentrees.

As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.

On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.

But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:

[source]

I am both amazed and horrified of nature as we all should be

If this freaks you out, I suggest you start looking at fungus. We’re looking for alien life in space when we have it right under our noses.

natashi-san:

reallifescomedyrelief:

viforcontrol:

beautifuloutlier:

gwydtheunusual:

too—weird-to-live:

zafojones:

Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.

how the hell do you bend and braid a tree

Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together. 
Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together. 

You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.

Frankentrees.

As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.

On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.

But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:

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I am both amazed and horrified of nature as we all should be

If this freaks you out, I suggest you start looking at fungus. We’re looking for alien life in space when we have it right under our noses.

schuckthetruckup:

ringokotomi:

Do authors cry when they kill the best character or do they smile, laugh and have a cup of tea with satan

the difference between jk rowling and george rr martin 

My back is broken thanks to the afternoon paint job (crawling around on the floor while twisting your back 90 degrees is NOT a good thing).

Also, gif sets that has started to pop up on my dash from a TV show I don’t even watch are making me feel uneasy, which is rare for fiction. It hits a bit too close to home for comfort.

You wouldn’t believe the grime coming off in the kitchen as I’m finally starting to sort it out properly.

fostertheory replied to your post “So. How do you tell a sub they’re unfit for the profession they have…”

Yeah. Are you able to switch the 5YO’s classroom? Really, it’s the principal’s responsibility to remove unsuitable staff, but that can take time to accomplish. Good luck.

Here’s how it usually works. Each unit has about 18 kids and the premises are more like an ordinary house in layout; not at all school-like. The centre she’s at is a large one though and they have some 20 units, spread out over a huge compound which is a maze of houses and gardens, all built in the late 1960s. Some are geared towards the very small ones, from 1 to 3 and some are for those who are 3 to 6. Kids don’t start daycare until they’re 1 here since we have paid leave the first year of a child’s life (360 days which you can distribute as you wish the first 8 years of a child’s life - though the access to daycare usually means most will use them during the first year). We can stay home longer, but the pay drops dramatically during the added 90 days. Many do space out the paid days though and it’s not uncommon to have kids not starting daycare until they’re 18 months.

Though the municipalities are under obligation to provide daycare, many are struggling and once you get a spot in one centre and a unit, that’s usually it. You can change but it takes time. Months. Also, in this case, the 5 YO is in a very specific kind of unit tied to her daycare centre, an outdoor daycare unit whose base of operation is a large bus (think those large tourist buses or greyhounds), converted to accommodate their needs, which they use to travel to various locations in and outside Malmö for the day. The outdoors is their classroom so to speak. We chose this arrangement because the 5 YO is a very active child who thrives on change and social interaction - she’s an extrovert de luxe unlike her mother. I blame Darling’s older brother - personality-wise she’s a spitting image of him.

The drawback is that it becomes a very tight knit group and if something happens, such as someone not fit to work in that environment, it’s difficult to do much about it. You have to yank that person out of there - you can’t just shuffle things around a bit. Now, this person is a sub, so she’s not there much, but the past weeks she’s been standing in for one of the regular staff, whom I suspect may be having some issues due to her pregnancy. I’d say she’s somewhere 22-23 weeks along and though she should be over the worst, there are check ups and sometimes issues just crop up. She also has one or two kids already, and they get ill sometimes too.

August next year the 5 YO starts school. How time flies.

In my neighbourhood exciting things are happening, involving axes.
In my neighbourhood exciting things are happening, involving axes.

In my neighbourhood exciting things are happening, involving axes.

Be careful what you post. Everything may end up drowning in Jamiroquai notes.

The Fell Winter - Chapter 13

Title: The Fell Winter
Rating: M
Spoilers: For the Hobbit mainly.
Warnings: This is AU. It’s AU with fierce determination too, because I couldn’t write this keeping strictly to Tolkien canon.
Disclaimers: The only thing I own is my imagination.
Summary: Even a small pebble can start an landslip, and as evil stirs in Middle Earth an unlikely person starts changing history as we know it.

A/N: The two-front conflict continues, though a cease-fire is reached on the home-front.

AO3

FF.net

So. How do you tell a sub they’re unfit for the profession they have chosen? Because this woman clearly isn’t cut out for dealing with children and I quite frankly don’t want her near my 5 YO. I’ll need to bring it up with the principle of course, but it’s coming to a point where I have to bite down hard on my tongue to not lash out and tell her to shut up and take her attitudes elsewhere.

That thing about not sleeping at night…

Arch Enemy are… cute (and it’s not because they have a female singer). Aside from one MAJOR thing. It’s not the metal part - that’s pretty unavoidable considering the genre they’re sticking to and that’s fine with me - but it’s the bloody spirit of Eddie Van Halen hovering over the guitar solos I. Just. Can’t. Abide.