I’ve wanted to put this up for months now, but I don’t know how to even begin to explain it.
This is a picture that someone took of me standing on the top of a car park, seconds from ending my life. The person that took this uploaded it to twitter with the caption ‘tense moment…’ and it was put in the paper the next day.
It really bothered me that this person took this, but did nothing to stop me. The last thing I wanted at that moment was to be saved, I just wanted to be dead, gone forever, away from the pain. Despite this, it really hurt me that someone could take a picture of me literally seconds from being dead, and act like it was okay. Luckily I was talked down by a woman who then took me for a coffee and comforted me while I cried for hours, but this person just stood, watching, doing nothing.
When I saw this it made me think, does anyone actually care? This person uploaded a photo of someone about to commit suicide to the Internet, probably for attention and retweets. I don’t particularly care for myself or how I feel, but the fact this person was so heartless and didn’t even care to call the police or even a member of staff in the car park just makes me so angry. I don’t understand how you can watch someone doing this to themselves and not even blink an eye.
I don’t really know where I’m going with this, but I just want to say that whoever took this is selfish and has no soul, and I hope whoever they are feels fucking ashamed of themselves.
this girl is dead now.Rest in peace, my dear.
this made me sad
by the way, when i saw the great gatsby in theaters today, i was texting my friend and then THIS COMMERCIAL FOR THE NOKIA LUMIA PHONE CAME ONSCREEN AND I RECOGNIZED FITZ FROM THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES AND NEARLY DROPPED MY PHONE (commercial on youtube here)
and then grace helbig was on a separate commercial and then i saw a few gratuitous shots of benedict cumberbatch AND IT WAS LIKE I WAS STILL AT HOME ON TUMBLR.
Teen’s invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds
Waiting hours for a cellphone to charge may become a thing of the past, thanks to an 18-year-old high-school student’s invention. She won a $50,000 prize Friday at an international science fair for creating an energy storage device that can be fully juiced in 20 to 30 seconds.
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Everybody, remember this face.
Remember this name.
If this becomes a commonly used & highly lauded discovery, at some point a White guy is going to take credit, even if he has to word it like “Improved upon a previous…”
No no no
Fuck that guy.
Remember this brown girl.
How the fuck does Bill Nye expect this to happen? What do you want to do, force women to enroll in science courses, regardless of whether or not they want to do it? Just for the sake of having “enough” women? Why the fuck do these fractions matter so much? It’s not like people are holding guns to our head and threatening to kill us if we become interested in science.
Maybe, just maybe, a lot of us DON’T FUCKING WANT to be scientists. Is that a crime?
Hi there, princess-munchkin. Female engineering student here.
Bill Nye is not saying that you HAVE to be a scientist, and you are right that no one is holding a gun to my head because I am interested in science, but let me tell you some of the struggles of being a woman in the STEM fields.
1) Because I am a woman, I am not expected these fields. I first fully realized this when I was in high school, on my robotics team. See, although my robotics team was about 50% female, most of the women were part of the “business administration” side of things: finance, marketting, PR, membership, etc. Was this a problem? Absolutely not. But I was there to be an engineer, and specifically, to be the robot programmer. This was met with a lot of hesitation at first from some of the other students (all of whom happened to be male. This is not necessarily a bad thing.) You see, all of the robot programmers before me were guys. Computer programming is just a thing that guys do, or so they thought. Even after I had proved myself to the mentors on the team, many of the students still underestimated my abilities. There were rumors going around that I wouldn’t have been able to program the robot at all if the lead software mentor wasn’t there to help me. This was just flat-out false, but it wasn’t until I won an award for the team that the other students actually saw my merit.
2) There is not a lot of encouragement for women to go into these fields. I first noticed this when I was in elementary school. I was always interested in math, science, you name it, but many of my teachers and family members pushed that to the side for a long time. When I asked for legos for christmas, I would get ballet slippers. In fact, for a long time, I was training to be a professional dancer. I loved to dance. I loved math more, but no one seemed to notice that about me. It wasn’t until I had a long conversation with one particular teacher in high school that I decided to look into engineering. I had never even considered it as an option before, because no one decided to encourage me to pursue my interest in science. If it hadn’t been for that teacher, I would probably not be at the school I am at right now.
3) For a long time, Engineering/Science/Math WAS a “boys only” club. Let me tell you when some of the top technical schools and societies started letting women in:
- RPI, The oldest tech school in the country, founded in 1824. Started admitting women in 1942 to “replace men called to war.” Campus housing for women wasn’t constructed until 1966.
- Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honors Society - Founded in 1885. Started admitting women in 1968.
- Caltech - Currently rated #3 in undergraduate engineering. Founded in 1891. Started admitting women in 1970.
- Georgia Tech - Currently rated #5 in undergraduate engineering. Founded in 1885. Started admitting women in 1952.
Do you see the implications of this? Engineering has been a part of our society since around the late 1800s (in the case of RPI, since the 1820s), but women weren’t even allowed in for the most part until the 1950s, regardless of their merit.
4) Because of the fact that it was a “boys only” club for such a long time, there are not a lot of women engineers and scientists to look up to. When you’re reading your physics, chemistry, and math text books, the majority of those theories were came up with by men. It is true that much of our history was written by White Men, but this does not mean that the fact that there are few women scientists to look up does not matter.
So, as you can hopefully see, princess-munckin, or anyone else that shares the opinions of princess-munchkin, Bill Nye was not arguing that women that are not interested in STEM should go into those fields anyway. But he IS arguing against all of the systematic barriers set up against women who ARE interested in engineering and science. There are several women out there who are just as good as the boys at math and science, but will never pursue their interests because it just doesn’t seem like an option. That was me for a long time. I am super grateful for the fact that I fought against that, and that I ended up where I am.
if you don’t like science, fine. Don’t be a scientist. But if one day you have a daughter and she shows interest in being a scientist, PLEASE encourage her. Because Bill Nye is right, there needs to be more women scientists in the world.
IM ON THE PHONE WITH A VITAMIN COMPANY TO FIND OUT WHY THE BOTTLES ARE SO BIG IF THE PILLS ONLY TAKE UP 10% OF THE SPACE INSIDE
IT’S BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO PUT ALL THE INGREDIENTS AND WARNINGS IN BOTH FRENCH AND ENGLISH SO THE BOTTLE HAS TO BE BIG ENOUGH TO SUPPORT A LABEL WITH ALL THAT TEXT
why are you screaming
I’M JUST REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THESE VITAMINS
If a mathematician wants to cross a road, they will think carefully about their optimal path. The total distance of the path should be minimised, but they prefer walking on the sidewalk to the road. If there is no extra discomfort from being on the road, the best path is a straight line, but as it increases it is better to cross the road more directly. The resulting path is exactly the same as a ray of light refracting through a block of glass [with relative refractive index equal to the ratio of these ‘discomfort levels’]. Fermat’s principle says that light will want to spend less time in the glass (on the road), as it actually travels more slowly in the glass. [video] [code] [more]
Two types of people.
apparently kurt hugo schneider was at spring sing.