The New York Film Academy (which I also attended) has put together this Infographic about what I feel is a pretty SERIOUS subject, not just because of my location and career field, but because despite all the advancements in the world Gender Inequality is still so prevalent.
From The New York Film Academy blog:
In light of the record-breaking opening of the female-led action film Hunger Games: Catching Fire this past weekend, the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any, advancements women are making. After reviewing the data, it is clear that Hollywood remains stuck in its gender bias. Of course, it’s not all disparaging news and there are a number of female filmmakers, characters, and emerging talent challenging the status quo. In addition, in the independent sphere, women made up roughly half of the directors at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, yet still struggle when it comes to films receiving a wide release. By shedding light on gender inequality in film, we hope to start a discussion about what can be done to increase women’s exposure and power in big-budget films.
Non-Newtonian fluids sure seem like they’d be fun to play in. As a kid, I used to have loads of fun mixing water and corn starch together and just rubbing my fingers around in it. I can’t even imagine the amount of joy this large of an amount of “oobleck,” the technical term for this mixture, would bring to me.
That said, non-Newtonian fluids behave as both a solid and a fluid…or as neither. I’m not 100% sure on the science behind it. All I know is that I want to run across it and that’s good enough for me.
Is there anyone in the world out there who thinks, “Gee, mosquitoes are really great! I love when they bite me and leave me all itchy and swollen. And that buzzing sound? Man, that buzzing sound is just so peaceful, especially when they do it right in my ear while I’m trying to sleep. I love mosquitoes.”
If there are, slap that person because they be crazy.
As awful as mosquitoes are, they’re still unfortunately an important part of the food chain, which means that we can’t wipe them out entirely. Frogs, birds, fish, and plants all need mosquitoes in order to survive, so we’re just going to have to put up with them.
Until we all move to space.
We’ve been hearing about 3D printing for a while now, including the story about the dad who built his son a prosthetic arm using a 3d printer. But what exactly is it and how does it work?
As AsapSCIENCE explains, it works essentially like your computer printer (though hopefully not as temperamental and evil), except that instead of printing ink onto paper, it prints layers of whatever design has been input into the system.
3D printing looks like it’s going to change the world. Unless, of course, big business gets a hold of it and tries to kill it like the electrical car of the past. Because by the looks of it, 3D printing is set to make the world of science, medicine, and even food a lot easier for all of us.
I know that Vsauce videos tend to be a little long and some people can find them to be kind of annoying, but this one on the origins and etymology of “bad” words is actually pretty interesting.
Back when I used to attend church regularly, I would get into constant arguments with people about curse words or “bad” language. I held firm to the belief that, according to Christian standards as they pertain to current culture, words are merely words until the user puts the meaning behind them as it comes from their heart. For example, “crap” uttered in a moment of frustration essentially equates to using the word “shit.” Same meaning from the person who uttered it, just a perceived degree of more severity with the latter.
Of course, I got into a massive amount of shit for saying this. It’s unfortunate that these “bad” words get such a bad rap, especially considering the degree to which they evolve as language evolves over time. And if you watch the video, you’ll see how it has evolved and how society has responded in kind.
Also, shout out to my Washington peeps for being so clean-mouthed! I blame the Canadians for rubbing off on us. Absolute fuckery, the lot of ‘em.
It turns out that my assumptions on how sea level is measured have been grossly wrong this entire time. This explanation makes sense, but it also makes me want to go back to bed, because that is way too complicated for 9am. Science and nature? You weird.