Raised by a bear who in turn was raised by an alcoholic Russian, I had an interesting childhood which makes it sometimes difficult to relate to humans who were raised by humans. I like a myriad of things which, when put together, no one else likes. This is the place where I try to explain myself in words. It may not work. I do not apologize.
And, my advice to you: take your friends to parties, but don't let parties take your friends.

 

Art must not be concentrated in dead shrines called museums. lt must be spread everywhere – on the streets, in the trams, factories, workshops, and in the workers’ homes.

Vladimir Mayakovsky (via itsquoted)

design-is-fine:

Carl Auböck, Scotch Terrier sculpture, 1928-30. Brass. Vienna. An early work of Auböck in Art Deco Style. Via 1stdibs

design-is-fine:

Carl Auböck, Scotch Terrier sculpture, 1928-30. Brass. Vienna. An early work of Auböck in Art Deco Style. Via 1stdibs

design-is-fine:

Otto Nebel, Runen Fahne 4, detail, 1924/25. Illustration for his poem Unfeig. Via Otto Nebel-Stiftung
Nebel was experimenting with art and language, those runes on the banner are characters, letters, “loaded with sense”. 

design-is-fine:

Otto NebelRunen Fahne 4, detail, 1924/25. Illustration for his poem Unfeig. Via Otto Nebel-Stiftung

Nebel was experimenting with art and language, those runes on the banner are characters, letters, “loaded with sense”. 

ornaments-of-the-world:

Art Nouveau Hallstand tile of a Water Lily by raaen99 on Flickr.
Via Flickr: This beautiful Art Nouveau majollica tile appears on a side panel of an ornate Edwardian mahogany hallstand. The tile features a wonderfully stylised and colourful depiction of a vibrant pink water lily. Private collection.

ornaments-of-the-world:

Art Nouveau Hallstand tile of a Water Lily by raaen99 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
This beautiful Art Nouveau majollica tile appears on a side panel of an ornate Edwardian mahogany hallstand. The tile features a wonderfully stylised and colourful depiction of a vibrant pink water lily.

Private collection.

cultureandkitsch:

Box, Marie Zimmerman, 1910-20, wood, silver alloy, brass, ivory, amethyst and semi-precious quartz, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Marie Zimmerman was primarily known as an Arts and Crafts metalsmith, but was also an accomplished woodworker. This box shows both skills combined, the shapes, colours and materials perfectly embodying Arts and Crafts ideals. 

Anonymous asked
Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it

feckyeslife:

hannahoort:

astropheminism:

nonlinearfluctuations:

chemistry-of-chaos:

dinostuck:

scientistsarepeopletoo:

adventuresinchemistry:

smilesandvials:

shychemist:

It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

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Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.
But…
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It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.

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I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.

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imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA

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Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 

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Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:

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Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:
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And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop

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Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.

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Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:

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"don’t belong there"?! excuse you! 
Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?

In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops
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Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils  

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On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)

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Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire

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So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions 

(I don’t have pretty pictures buttt)

WHAT? Someone definitely should have told me that girls aren’t allowed in the STEM fields before I spent these last three years in my chemistry program running undergraduate labs, working on developing data analysis programs, and running experiments on techniques for nanopores. And I really should have been told before I was accepted as the only Undergraduate intern for my state’s Crime Lab EVER. Wow. If only I’d been warned that my gender made these things impossible.

I believe that the scientific name for “women scientists” is scientists.  You are all amazing.  As a woman with a doctorate of history (not a scientist), I can tell you that there have been women in the STEM fields for far longer than you think.  In fact, it was Dr. Rosalind Franklin who did the crucial work in the discovery of the DNA double helix.