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Guinevere
molecular biology has never been so chic.
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Maybe the giant ramp up in women winning this year's Nobel Prize selections is a fluke, but I sure hope not. Of the 13 winners this year, 5 are women. Last year? There was 1. I went crawling through Wikipedia and found that in the past, there are only 3 other years EVER in which more than one woman received a Nobel Prize of any kind.

2 in 1976 (shared the Peace Prize)
2 in 1991 (Lit/Peace)
3 in 2004 (Lit/Peace/Medicine)

Seriously. Whereas this year:

5 in 2009 (Chem/Econ/Lit/Medicine x2)
- first woman to win an Economics prize
- first woman in 45 years to win Chemistry, and 4th ever (2 were Curies)

I'd like to think it's because the Nobel committee has finally started recognizing more recent achievements, ones that occurred after women began to infiltrate the sciences. The last woman to win Chemistry was Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin in 1964, but for other two you have to go back to 1911 and 1935 for Marie Curie and her daughter Irene. Physics will be a tough category to crack, since the "harder" the hard science, the longer it takes women to infiltrate the ranks. So far there have been two - one in 1963, and Marie Curie again (yes, she won two).

Progress is our most important product?
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...I've seen many things in my time, but never before a tsunami warning on the weather page.
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They found Annie Le's body. I'm still kind of in shock. I didn't know her - but I very easily could have. She was in Yale BBS and pretty close to my year. All three of my roommates work in labs down at the med school. It could have been any of them. Hell, it could have been me. Very freaked out right now, and very glad I'm now living 3000 miles away from there.

Stay safe, y'all. I'll ship you a case of tasers.
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Dude: busted. ON TAPE.

An Orange County lawmaker who inadvertently broadcast explicit remarks about his sexual conquests over an open microphone during a lull in a Sacramento hearing abruptly resigned from office this afternoon. Legislative leaders had earlier expressed disgust at the comments of Assemblyman Mike Duvall (R-Yorba Linda), who was vice chairman of the Utilities and Commerce Committee and a member of the Rules Committee.

Duvall's remarks were caught on videotape during a July hearing of the Assembly Appropriations committee and aired on a KCAL television news report Tuesday night. In the videotape, the married, socially conservative Duvall talks with a colleague in uninhibited detail about his apparent trysts with two women, neither of them his wife.

The KCAL report says one of the women is a lobbyist for a major utility with business before Duvall's committee. In the videotape, Duvall says her birthday is July 6, the same date as a Sacramento lobbyist for the San Diego-based energy firm Sempra. Sempra officials did not return a call seeking comment.
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I love my iPhone. I HATE iPhone updates. This is the second time one has managed to brick my phone and forced me to spend half a day fixing it. This particular update decided to bugger off half way through, thoroughly hosing my phone. It also decided to uninstall Apple's USB Mobile Device drivers from my PC while it was at it so it wouldn't even *recognize* my phone to restore it after the update catastrophe. For whatever reason, pointing the "install new hardware" wizard or the Device Manager "install driver" wizards to the proper location on my hard drive just didn't work (and believe me, I tried: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers can bite me). Doing a repair install of iTunes didn't work either, possibly because it doesn't touch that folder in the process. I ended up having to uninstall all things Apple - iTunes, Quicktime, Mobile Device Support, Apple Update Manager - rebooting, and reinstalling iTunes 8.2.1 from scratch to fix the driver issue. Only THEN could I begin the long slog of restoring my phone to factory default and recovering from backup. GRARRRR. ME SMASH PUNY APPLE.
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Henry Louis Gates' arrest for being an uppity black man has reminded me just how subtle and obnoxious institutionalized racism really is. There's two commercials that bother me every time I see them on TV, and I was wondering if anyone else had noticed them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIU9FHAe8FE
In this flea medicine commercial, the "clean" dog is white, while all the flea-ridden "dirty" animals are brown and black. Maybe it's just a metaphor for clean v. dirty, but the lead dog is done up very much like a nice, Aryan boyscout with his neckerchief. What's wrong with using a beagle puppy, I ask you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNW4Rnx0kxk
This Orkin commercial is just blatant. The roach trying to sneak into the woman's house is clearly portrayed as being black/hispanic from the ghetto. The nice white Orkin man comes to the rescue of the threatened white woman, and the commercial actually says that he puts the ghetto bugs "in their place". Seriously? SERIOUSLY?

I hate this stuff, and none of my friends even seem to notice it. I always remark on it when I go to events and the attendees are vast-majority white (see: the crowd at the NCAA basketball tournament, Boston July 4 fireworks). Maybe growing up in a state where it's not taboo to talk about racism really does help you see it.
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Finally, something I could submit to FailBlog. What's wrong with this Weather.com graphic?

http://cheezburger.com/view.aspx?ciid=4584813
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Huh, I'm not crazy. I've been checking the weather on my iPhone for both New Haven and Tuscaloosa, and been weirded out by the consistent 95+ in AL and 60-70 and rainy here.

"According to information from the weather-tracking firm Planalytics, the Northeast has had one of the wettest, coolest Junes in history, while areas of the South have experienced extreme heat."

http://www.wwd.com/footwear-news/erractic-weather-impacts-retail-2196883?src=rss/recentstories/20090629

Also, it's hosing retail sales for June.
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AAAAAAAAAG JUST STOP FUCKING RAINING ALREADY!
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Apparently, until only last month, beers over 6% alcohol by volume or in containers larger than 16 oz. couldn't be sold in Alabama. No wonder I was so amazed by the beers available on tap and in the grocery store in Connecticut!

http://www.freethehops.org/index.php
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A no-kill animal shelter near my home town has completely run out of funds due to lack of donations, and may have to euthanize all 300 animals if they can't pay their utility bills. Please consider sending a few bucks their way:

http://theanimalshelter.chipin.com/save-opals-shelter

So far, two anonymous donors have stepped in and agreed to match all donations up to a total of $10,000.
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Just caught a spam post over at feminist_rage before it got deleted, soliciting articles for a feminist zine. Two of the categories were "How being pregnant honors your uterus" and "How not being pregnant honors your uterus". Honors my uterus? Really? The only "honor" I want to give mine is a hysterectomy, possibly followed by taxidermy and mounting it over the fireplace like a big game kill. I hate touchy-feely "your body is a temple" people.
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Another sign of the "I'm getting old" apocalypse: I have a favorite dishware pattern. On Sunday, I went down to Macy's to acquire a Cuisinart on super-sale, and brought my roommate Erica + her fiance Matt for funsies. They're planning to register there, so we spent an amiable half hour moseying through the stemware and china section. Whereupon I found this awesome line of Denby stoneware plates, and now I want them - well, the plates and serving platter, not the teapot/sugar bowl stuff so much. Damn you, poverty! I want shiny things! /shakes fist
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In reference to Obama's speech on Guantanamo/terrorism/etc., the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights released a statement which I feel is more snicker-inducing than he intended:

"The president wrapped himself in the Constitution and then proceeded to violate it."

I'm not sure how you have sex with the Constitution of the United States, and furthermore, I'm not really sure I WANT to know.
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Today was Day O' Finances. Finally got my old California checking account shut down, and switched my AmEx back over to the one with an annual fee but twice the airline miles (hello, more flights from California!). I also got them to raise my credit limit, just to pad my credit score. It was already $14,000 a month and I only make $30,000 a YEAR. But apparently that's no obstacle to upping the monthly limit to 20k. WHAT. Absurdity!
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Need to buy pots and pans? There's the sale of the century on a 10-piece Cuisinart set over at Amazon.com. Alas, I already have all of those, or I would totally buy it for myself.
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Double helix scarf pattern!
http://www.twosheep.com/helix/

Too bad I am moving somewhere too warm to need scarves. No wait - actually, that is AWESOME.
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OH SNAP - Arlen Specter just switched parties! I knew I always liked that guy for a reason.
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Morninggloria
I'm convinced that if Dick Cheney hadn't been elected to a high public office, he'd be satisfying his bloodlust by killing hookers or strangling children or something.

Tangy nihilist
...and he would troll Craigslist for victims!

Etoiles
I always pictured him more as the volcano lair and white cat type.

Only he'd probably strangle the cat.

Megnificent
What did you think his retirement plans were, gardening?
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My roommate is obsessed with her 2-year-old niece. She, who swears she doesn't want kids and will never have them, has become one of those annoying people who want to tell you ALL about the damn kid ALL the damn time. She trapped me for 45 minutes last night, including tales of Sienna's cereal eating prowess and her "adorable" 1-word descriptions for EVERY DAMN THING ("Book!" "Cookie!" "Potty!"). She tries to make me coo over her baby pictures. I'm now listening to her rehash this whole business with my other roommate, who missed the fun last night.

Do I want kids? Yes. Do I give two shits about someone else's kid? No. Please shut up about it, for the love of god (and my sanity).

Current Mood: aggravated aggravated

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