Clarity by Zedd feat. Foxes - Union mix

I’m not usually big on remixes, but this one is a GORGEOUS instrumental remix under the vocals.








Seriously, it kills me when I see people hold scientists up as pinnacles of logic and reason.

Because one time the professor I was interning for got punched in the face by another professor, because mine got the funding, and told the other professor his theory was stupid.

This same professor told me to throw rocks to scare the “stupid fucking crabs” into moving so we could count them properly.


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I have witnessed:

Two professors hiding around a corner and snickering, “Shhh, here she comes!” While a female professor approached and, when she finally found them, she proceeded to scream while pointing from one to the other, “You! I called your office but you weren’t there! So I tried to call YOUR office to figure out where HE was but YOU weren’t there!”

Two grad students standing outside a closed and locked door yelling, “Come out of the damn office. You haven’t left for days. If you didn’t have a couch in there I’d be concerned as to where you were sleeping!”

A religious studies professor apologizing for being late to class because, “security stopped me because I’m dressed like a hobbit”

Watched a professor snort the results of my experiment to determine if I had the right final compound.

Two archeology professors toss priceless fossilized teeth back and forth in an attempt to figure out who is smarter by “guessing the type of tooth and species of animal before it lands”

Multiple fully degreed individuals throw dry ice at one another in an attempt to be first to use the lab/get that piece of equipment/or change the iPod song.

A genetics professor build furniture out of stacks of paper and planks of wood because she is that far behind in grading papers/responding. One of the impromptu furniture pieces housed a fish tank.

I could go on but I think that covers the larger portion of the insanity…

Every time it comes around on my dash, it gets better.

I have had a professor buy a huge fuckoff bottle of rum during fieldwork in Costa Rica and let the undergrads get wasted because “you’re not underage in Costa Rica and we’ll be up all night with the bats anyway!”

- Same professor hung a bat from her headlamp and wore it as a decoration for an entire night. 

- A whole swarm of older women - and these are women with PhDs and world-renown bat experts, the bigwigs - all, to a woman, go to the formal charity dinner at an international research symposium in Toronto in late October dressed in skimpy Batgirl costumes. Because Halloween was that weekend, you see.

- At a different conference, a professor get blackout drunk and pass out on the side of the road. 

- “Yeah, we have to say we did it properly for the grant but to be really honest, Miracle-gro works better.”

- Teaching lab: we had liquid nitrogen for a demo, and after class the professor, the other TA, and I spent a good two hours freezing and breaking things in it. 

a chemistry class begins with 30 students nine months later just six of us left sitting on tables dipping paper into contaminated chemicals to see what happens when we burn it teacher making idle suggestions while he marks our work

"go to the fume hood thing, yeah now put some potassium in chlorine" can i burn the results sir? "fuck it sure whatever its tainted anyway"

The prof I’m working for just asked me if I knew how to pick a lock, and when I responded “yes” she replied, “see, this is why I hire the former delinquents instead of the suck-ups. You’re actually useful.”

I then let her into her office.

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Fireworks as seen from the air!



The planets - just because its a wonderful image.


The planets, aligned.

(Source: jonyorkblog, via contemplating-mormonism)










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National Bike Challenge

I’ve been doing this lately! Kind of fun and helps motivate me to ride my bike instead of driving to work and nearby places.


Blue sky day on the east side of Glacier yesterday.Photo: National Park Service

Wish I could be back!


Blue sky day on the east side of Glacier yesterday.

Photo: National Park Service

Wish I could be back!

The Fault in Our Stars

By John Green.

Finished this in two days - it was a fast read. Also I have this crazy defense mechanism which makes me read sad stuff super fast so I don’t suffer too long.

Anyways, overall I enjoyed the book. I was impressed by John Green’s sense of humor. I thought it was well done and I was frequently smiling throughout the book. Also, I enjoyed that John Green broke a few cliches in the storytelling. There was some really cool wisdom too that stuck out to me and even applied to my life currently (quote spoilers and rest of review below):

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The Drinkable Book

Concept design for Water is Life

Chemist: Dr Theresa Dankovich
Biochemical Engineer: Corinne Clinch

Chief Creative Officer: Matt Eastwood
Executive Creative Director: Menno Kluin
Group Creative Director: Andrew McKechnie
Head of Design: Juan Carlos Pagan
Associate Creative Director: Sam Shepherd
Associate Creative Director: Frank Cartagena
Senior Designer: Brian Gartside
Designer: Aaron Stephenson

The Drinkable Book is a life saving tool that filters water and teaches proper sanitation & hygiene to those in the developing world. 

Each book is printed on technologically advanced filter paper, capable of killing deadly waterborne diseases. And each page is coated with silver nanoparticles, whose ions actively kill diseases like cholera, typhoid and E. coli. 

Once water is passed through the filter, bacteria count is reduced by over 99.99%, making the filtered water comparable to tap water in the United States of America.

The paper costs only pennies to produce, making it by far the cheapest option on the market. Each filter is capable of giving someone up to 30 days worth of clean water. And each book is capable of providing someone with clean water for up to 4 years.


For my work I actually help with research on copper and zinc nanoparticles. Having read lots on the subject, my concern would be leaching of nanoparticles or silver ions into the water. While it kills pathogens, would it also be harmful to consume the cleaned water with the nanoparticles or ions? They do appear to show toxicity to some fungi, as well as plant, bacterial, and mammalial cells. So I don’t know. It would be interesting to find out. This is an innovative idea, however.

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Do you ever see a post that you apparently liked a long time ago but have absolutely no memory of liking it?

Photos from Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone

This week I got to visit Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks. It was freaking awesome. Pics to come.