Life In An Electric Box

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I continue to feel guilty that I watch Game of Thrones instead of Cosmos. 

I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

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I love me some Neil

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Gotta love NDT.

The Sherbet Gallery

m-v-b:

Some of you who have been following me for some time probably know by now that I write a comic called Sherbet, about a female pastiche of Sherlock Holmes who lives in the future, takes lots of drugs and solves paranormal mysteries. Some of you may also know that I am plotting a Kickstarter to crowd-fund the publication of our first Sherbet trade paperback, compiling all of the old stories and the new ones that the artist Josh Mathus and I have been slaving away on over the last two years. The time is almost upon us. 

To remind you why you should care about the totally awe inspiring adventures of our favourite Baker City resident and the evil, ugly, sometimes sexy and often just weird things she encounters, I decided to share this equally exciting Sherbet pin-up gallery that I’ve been  slowly cobbling together with the help of several of the best comic artists and illustrators on this little blue planet we call Earth. 

HYEONDO PARK:

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YAO XIAO:

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AMY REEDER:

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Y. SANDERS:

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JOSHUA MATHUS:

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LEILA DEL DUCA:

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KATELAN FOISY:

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FRED HEMBECK:

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TINTIN PANTOJA:

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ALICE MEICHI LI: 

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ROB MORAN: 

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D. Yee: 

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JOSHUA MATHUS JR.

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LISANDRO DI PASQUALE:

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MIKE ROOTH:

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PAIGEY:

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SIR JOSHUA MATHUS III:

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PAUL HANLEY:

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NATE BEAR:

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If you’re interested in contributing to our little kickstarter and owning a book (containing each of the above treasures), then add me on Tumblr and watch this space for details!

-MVB

P.S: The Sherbet logo was provided by none other than Jared K. Fletcher, letterer extraordinaire.

I am preparing a long joke piece about Pete Campbell. I am INSPIRED!

YTMND - I Am Your Father Remix

Batten down the hatches, folks. Howie’s back in Star Wars mode. Hide your R2-Units. 

The Empire Strikes Back : VS : The Clone Wars s05e18 The Jedi Who Knew Too Much

This one image set has made me decide to watch Clone Wars. Get ready folks. Darth Howie’s back in business. 

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not just followers, everyone.

same

I’m here if any of you need to talk<3

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A friend of mine had to talk somebody down only last night - so I’m forwarding this.

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Dear Matthew Weiner…

Bring back Sal for the last season. Just for a what’s up. Don’t hurt the guy too bad.

Almost 100 hate-crime murders linked to single website, report finds

Hey NSA! Just watch this site!

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Springtime for TV

Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Orphan Black coming back is like a visit from an old friend you’d missed. It’s like my dead, fannish enthusiasm has been brought back to life and aged back to its prime. Life might not be perfect, but the distractions from it are damn close.