“This May Not Be Our Country, But It Has Always Been Our Land”
Protest sign seen Wednesday in San Diego at a demonstration in solidarity with child migrants and their families. In the spirit of Yolanda López, Gloria Anzaldúa, and many more, its truth is powerful and undeniable.
“We want to be the voice of all these children. With their situation, their rights are violated by the government. We ask that they be treated with dignity and respect, to be provided with legal assistance in order to be legally represented,” reads a statement posted by one of the demonstration’s organizers.
Thanks to Kim Moore for sharing it with us.
Oh, take me back to the start.
I love how this show has so many parallels, how it shows how much Buffy grows up. It shows what growing up really is. At first, you start out knowing it won’t be easy, but you’re determined to do it and do it well, because that’s what we do as adults. It’s what growing up means. Then something bad happens. You lose your first apartment. You lose the person you thought you loved. You experience the loss of a loved one but still have to get up and go to work the next morning because you can’t lose your job. You learn what being hungry is. That moment, when you experience your first real pain as an adult (not that teens don’t experience real pain, I still remember how hard that is, and believe me, it sucks, especially because your brain is soaking in hormonal stew and it feels like you’re being pulled every which way, but adult pain is something different because, as a teen, you’re forgiven if you ride out the storm; but as an adult, you have to pretend the storm isn’t happening and go about your business as if yesterday is the same as today, because it’s okay to be an emotional teen, but not okay to be an emotional adult) that’s when it hits you that, even though you knew it wasn’t going to be easy, you never knew it was going to be this hard. I love BtVS for this reason. The entire show is a perfect metaphor for growing up and every time you watch it, you find another little gem like this.
My friend called me a fecal wizard as an insult the other day, but I thought it would be a really fantastic mutant power, and I haven’t been able to shut up about how cool it would be, and now he regrets ever saying the words “fecal wizard”, so I win.
That redacted panel is where you get to use your imagination about what happens. The black box is where all the fanfiction happens. (Oh, god, let there be fanfiction of this.)
People have been reblogging this again, and it remains one of my favorite comics I’ve ever done.
Melba Roy, NASA Mathmetician, at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland in 1964. Ms. Roy, a 1950 graduate of Howard University, led a group of NASA mathmeticians known as “computers” who tracked the Echo satellites. The first time I shared Ms. Roy on VBG, my friend Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, a former postdoc in astrophysics at NASA, helpfully explained what Ms. Roy did in the comment section. I am sharing Chanda’s comment again here: “By the way, since I am a physicist, I might as well explain a little bit about what she did: when we launch satellites into orbit, there are a lot of things to keep track of. We have to ensure that gravitational pull from other bodies, such as other satellites, the moon, etc. don’t perturb and destabilize the orbit. These are extremely hard calculations to do even today, even with a machine-computer. So, what she did was extremely intense, difficult work. The goal of the work, in addition to ensuring satellites remained in a stable orbit, was to know where everything was at all times. So they had to be able to calculate with a high level of accuracy. Anyway, that’s the story behind orbital element timetables”. Photo: NASA/Corbis.
Today’s picture/t-shirt of the day will be this Guardians of the Galaxy themed Venn Diagram, because Rocket Raccoon is about as awesome as it sounds.