Can I think about titles later?

Hi.

My name is Gabi. I'm about to be a biology major in Canada. I'm more or less an INTP.

This is stuff I feel like posting. I like science, MBTI/cognitive functions which I sometimes like to pretend are science, terrible puns, books, and a number of other things.

There will be whiny personal posts and mostly confusing posts about my indecisive cultural/religious/sexual/everything identities. Also a bunch of other things.

Quality varies widely. Everything varies widely. Sorry. (I also apologize too much)

I really wish there were two-sided explanations of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict because being in Israel and staying with Israelis makes me realize how important an approach based on the current, actual state of things is.

(btdubs Israel has many arab israelis in government seats, arab israelis are voting citizens, and it is most certainly NOT an apartheid state. like, it has problems but apartheid is not one of them.)

i’m becoming increasingly annoyed by the skewed information on my dash right now and its complete ignorance of how any solution ever has to be two-sided.

the only thing the average israeli wants right now is peace. the only thing the average gazan wants right now is peace. it’s upsetting that people forget that.

my friend’s house got hit by a rocket two days ago and i am so not ok with this detached black and white powerpoint shit because it’s actual people involved and actual people getting hurt. right and wrong in the grand historical scheme of things starts to matter a lot less and saving lives starts to matter a lot more when you hit this point.

i’ll stop myself before i actually give an issue specific opinion because i’d like to sleep, i’d like to avoid angry asks, and i’m still trying to reach a more comprehensive understanding before i opinion-spew. so this is all.

currentsinbiology:

Another scenario with nightmare potential…kissing bugs…yuk!
Dogs Carry Kissing Bug Disease In Texas And Latin America (NPR)
From shelter mutts to purebred show dogs, canines across the state of Texas are becoming infected with a parasite that causes a potentially deadly disease in people, scientists Wednesday in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Although the dogs aren’t spreading the parasite directly to people, they are helping to make the disease more prevalent in the southern U.S. (Not to mention the parasite can make dogs sick and even kill them.)
The disease is called Chagas . And it’s transmitted by an insect known as the kissing bug.
Don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t a friendly bug. The insect bites the faces and lips of sleeping people, then passes on the Chagas parasite through its fecal matter. (The parasite is a protist called Trypanosoma cruzi.)
Don’t let the name fool you. The kissing bug, or Rhodnius prolixus, isn’t your friend. The insect transmits the Chagas parasite when it bites someone’s face.

currentsinbiology:

Another scenario with nightmare potential…kissing bugs…yuk!

Dogs Carry Kissing Bug Disease In Texas And Latin America (NPR)

From shelter mutts to purebred show dogs, canines across the state of Texas are becoming infected with a parasite that causes a potentially deadly disease in people, scientists Wednesday in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Although the dogs aren’t spreading the parasite directly to people, they are helping to make the disease more prevalent in the southern U.S. (Not to mention the parasite can make dogs sick and even kill them.)

The disease is called Chagas . And it’s transmitted by an insect known as the kissing bug.

Don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t a friendly bug. The insect bites the faces and lips of sleeping people, then passes on the Chagas parasite through its fecal matter. (The parasite is a protist called Trypanosoma cruzi.)

Don’t let the name fool you. The kissing bug, or Rhodnius prolixus, isn’t your friend. The insect transmits the Chagas parasite when it bites someone’s face.

(via timecubed)

phosphorescentadolescence:

annieelainey:

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My friend gabby
planetaryelastic
had some really really good commentary on this post a while ago that I wish I could find because she accurately described everything I felt was wrong with calling Anne Frank the “Holocaust Princess.”

Here it is! I later learned that the entire photoset is supposed to satirize our need to prettify/sexify women who are remarkable in their own right, but I was never able to see it as that because of the Anne Frank naming (which the artist apparently rectified) being rather distracting.

(I also don’t find the illustrations particularly exploitative, which could be because I’ve been desensitized but whatever.)

I’m safe and happy and have a lot to write about when I get home.

(via neurogeo)

On Tuesday morning I will go to Israel, and I will be in Israel for about a month.

So bye.

If you wanna get in touch with me use methods besides tumblr. If you don’t have any of those methods and we’re mutuals, ask me for contact infos before I leave.

Also packing is the worst thing ever. 

the-art-student-in-221c:

glow cloud bless this cast

(via scienceclassrebel)

thepostmodernpottercompendium:

Children. They were teaching children

Rowena, Godric, Salazar; they tended to forget that. They saw young minds, young acolytes - eyes that would look up to them. Not innocence. Not childish wonder.

Toughen them, said Godric.

Make them smart, said Rowena.

And ambitious, above all, said Salazar.

But war and the real world; that was not where children belonged. Aye, they would belong one day, but it was not their part to turn them cruel, make them hard, make their eyes dart sideways always looking for ways to twist the world to further their own ends. They were to protect them. Shield them from the worst so that some good, some kindness would find its way into an ever darkening world. To give them weapons and teach them how to use them, but never tell them that those weapons were their only hope.

She’d seen in all the battles she’d rode out to just how dark the world could be. Was it not their duty to bring light into this world? To fight darkness with light; not with more darkness - with divisiveness and strife and hatred?

I will take them all, she said. 

I will protect the ones you will not. I will save them. I will give them a home. They will be the last rays of all that is good in this world. I will teach them kindness. I will teach them loyalty. I will teach them selflessness.

I will teach them how to be the backbone, the heart of this world. I will teach them how to stand steadfast, when all hope is lost. 

I will teach them how to be human, to be more than just one single word.

No, she knew, theirs would not be an easy path, or a glorious one. They would have no songs. No great tales in books. No laurels. No consolation, no thanks.

But they would be the reason why, when the darkness finally came, all of them in all their different colours would stand shoulder to shoulder and draw their wands as brothers in arms.

Not for achievements. Not for trophies. Not for power.

For goodness. For hope.

And when the time came for them to choose the words that would forever guide the children that would come to them, Helga smiled and engraved, upon a bronze plaque, these words:

Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.

(But her students remembered a very different set of words. Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.)

(Helga Hufflepuff requested by boney-eyes-jefferson)

(via noravon)

Lies I’ve Told My 3 Year Old Recently

Trees talk to each other at night.
All fish are named either Lorna or Jack.
Before your eyeballs fall out from watching too much TV, they get very loose.
Tiny bears live in drain pipes.
If you are very very quiet you can hear the clouds rub against the sky.
The moon and the sun had a fight a long time ago.
Everyone knows at least one secret language.
When nobody is looking, I can fly.
We are all held together by invisible threads.
Books get lonely too.
Sadness can be eaten.
I will always be there.
Raul Gutierrez, “Lies I’ve Told My 3 Year Old Recently” (via creatingaquietmind)

(via alienlibrarian-deactivated20140)