I was just a 17-year old kid from the Bronx with dreams of becoming a scientist, and somehow the world’s most famous astronomer found time to invite me to Ithaca in upstate NY and spend a Saturday with him.
I remember that snowy day like it was yesterday. He met me at the bus stop. He showed me his laboratory at Cornell University. Carl reached behind his desk, and inscribed this book (Cosmic Connection) for me:
For Neil Tyson,
With all good wisdom to a future astronomer.
- Carl Sagan
At the end of the day, he drove me back to the bus station. The snow was falling harder. He wrote his phone number, his home phone number, on a scrap of paper. And he said, “If the bus can’t get through, call me. Spend the night at my home, with my family.”
I already knew I wanted to become a scientist, but that afternoon I learned from Carl the kind of person I wanted to become. He reached out to me and to countless others. Inspiring so many of us to study, teach, and do science. Science is a co-operative enterprise, spanning the generations. It’s the passing of a torch from teacher to student to teacher. A community of minds reaching back from antiquity and forward to the stars.
There is now a measles outbreak in New York. A whole ward of cancer patients currently undergoing chemotherapy have been exposed to it. Imagine fighting cancer for years only to die because some jackass didn’t vaccinate their brat and you caught measles.
STUPID FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT PARENTS
more like Japanese cuisine
One of the last weeks I was a dishwasher at a sushi bar, the manager asked me to prepare sushi crab for him since he was running low and it was kind of busy. It was literally preminced crab and two entire bottles of mayonnaise, mixed together by hand. An entire shelf of the walk-in fridge was mayo.
I need to find more modern poets whose work I enjoy as much as Shane Koyczan.
On the morning of October 3, 1991, I woke to the sound of people shouting, “Susan kills babies!” outside our bedroom window. “Susan kills babies!” I heard again. Must be a nightmare, I thought. I’m home. I am not at work. I am in my bed, right next to Randy. But I was awake. I was in my own bed. This was real.
This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund
I remember seeing a video OneThirdGone posted about her group protesting outside a doctor’s home. I rolled my eyes at it and thought of how irritating they were. But after reading about the struggles of Dr. Wicklund and all the harassment she’s endured (and I’m not even halfway through the book yet), anti-choice protestors now make me physically sick.
They barricaded Dr. Wicklund’s home - they brought a mobile home and parked it in front of her driveway, and giant cement-filled barrels blocked the entrance. They stalked her daughter at her school, they posted “Wanted” signs all over their town. They made it nearly impossible for her family to leave their home.
If you think clinic protestors are okay, then I’m going to need you to do some rethinking.
mildly drunk comic draws
i cant believe how coherent this is
Pretty dang cute.
Bite It - Modified bike seat. Plastic, acrylic, spray paint and epoxy. Hot Art Wet City, Ayden Gallery.
Petition to make Pokemon Snap 2 with Viola as the protagonist:
With Professor Sycamore rating the pictures
Where’s the petition I will sign it with blood
all of Sycamore’s grades are written on pink sparkly post-its and say stuff like “you did a good job! very cute” and “so that’s what a snorlax’s back looks like”
PLEASE OH GOD
Honestly, I’m surprised there hasn’t been one already. The Wii U seems like the perfect platform for a photography-based game.
If you use magic in fiction, the first thing you have to do is put barriers up. There must be limits to magic. If you can snap your fingers and make anything happen, where’s the fun in that? … The story really starts when you put limits on magic. Where fantasy gets a bad name is when anything can happen because a wizard snaps his fingers. Magic has to come with a cost, probably a much bigger cost than when things are done by what is usually called ‘the hard way.’
Alright, so I’ve been SUPER CURIOUS how much money people actually paid through Patreon, after people have had a chance to cancel their payment before getting charged and how much of a percent gets taken up by processing fees.
And now I have stats for my first month!
I’m sharing this since Patreon is such a new thing and since there’s a big dollar amount right on my front page saying how much I’ve been pledged, then it can’t hurt to be transparent about how much of that I actually receive, right?
My $1 patrons get a pretty-much daily update blog post from me with a screenshot of my progress on the comic and a summary of what I worked on that day, as well as whatever else is on my mind. It reminds me of my Livejournal days, just enjoying taking the time to think about my day and sorting through my thoughts by writing about it.
If you’d like to check out my Patreon, man, here is a handy link right here.
I’m really glad Erika is sharing this, I’ve been highly curious about Patreon turnover rates!