“Dr. Who”!

So I just recently, despite the fact that it’s been on my radar for years, started watching “Dr. Who”, and I know this is a source of serious argument and personal taste, but I love Matt Smith as the The Doctor so much. He is my absolute favorite. I mean, David Tenant and Christopher Eccleston are awesome too, but I freaking love Matt Smith. He has that perfect combination of ancient wisdom and nine- year old on a sugar rush, with a dash of bad ass pacifist warrior (stranger combination of words I have never typed). So I decided to share some of my favorite moments from The Doctor, cuz I like sharing the things that I love.

That’s my favorite episode!

Soo…. I guess what I’m saying here is- I love Matt Smith, though only as The Doctor, don’t know him otherwise, and I want to marry him and have his babies. Matt Smith, if you’re reading this for some reason, sorry if that came across as creepy.

Oh! And I have two weird coincidence stories for you, in case you care. Okay, so a couple weeks ago, when I first started watching “Doctor Who”, someone finally answered my question on the “Libraries in Movies” post I did a while back, where it was obviously a screenshot, but I had no idea from what. Hang on-

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That, it was that. Anyway, so someone finally let me know what it was from, which was “The Silence in the Library” from Season 5. Well, again, this was maybe a week after I started watching the show, who knows how long since I had posted it to begin with, and then the next day I saw that episode on BBC America. It was too weird.

Also, today I was at work, telling my coworker about this show, since I was thinking about it and I can be a tad bit obsessive and while I was telling him about it I was making someone’s drink and they got all excited because it turns out they’re a big Who- fan too. They were even wearing a Bad Wolf Corporation t- shirt at the time. It’s freaking weird how this keeps happening 🙂

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Female Scientists

Something I found on Facebook, but I thought it was too cool not to post here. Female scientists don’t get nearly enough credit or publicity.

Science Is Awesome

Here are a few female scientists that you might not have heard of (but definitely should have). We haven’t included Marie Curie, because as much as we all love her, she is the automatic “female scientist” that always springs to mind and we think it’s time we branched out!

1. Ada Lovelace
Analyst, metaphysician, and founder of scientific computing. Read more about her life here: http://bit.ly/V3im
2. Rosalind Franklin
Biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. She received no credit for her contributions to the discovery of the structure of DNA. More on her life: http://bit.ly/4CJMC0
3. Rachel Carson
Marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. More on her life: http://bit.ly/16f4Hcm
4. Lise Meitner
A physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics. She was part of the team that discovered nuclear fission, but was overlooked for the Nobel Prize in favour of male colleagues. More on her life: http://bit.ly/3js4zk
5. Cecilia Payne
Astronomer and astrophysicist who, in 1925, proposed in her Ph.D. thesis an explanation for the composition of stars in terms of the relative abundances of hydrogen and helium. More on her life: http://bit.ly/n4RNqS
6. Mary Anning
A paleontologist who made many important finds in the Jurassic marine fossil beds at Lyme Regis in Dorset. More on her life: http://bit.ly/rGXKq

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Thank Science!

I, for some reason, couldn’t find this commercial online so I was forced to record it off my tv. Kind of sad, I’m sure. But anyway, I love the Olympics. Like, a lot. It’s the only sporting event that I get excited about so once every two years I get really excited about one thing instead of a little excited about a bunch of little things. Seriously, I embarrassed my sister and mother and there was no one else in the room. I shouted things like “Suck it China!” and “Don’t let them beat you! They’re the Bahamas! A byword for relaxation!” It’s probably a character flaw. Anyway, this commercial combines two of my favorite things, the Olympics and science. If they could have added Batman somehow, I would probably still be squeeing with joy.

Venus Transit!

How cool is it that today we got to see something that only happens every 105 years? Completely badass! I went to the special viewing at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and it was awesome except for the whole ninety- something degrees thing, especially with the heat index at 100. That was less than fun. I kind of had to leave early since apparently I was dehydrated and almost got heat stroke. Around the time I got nauseous, even though the transit had just begun, I decided it was time to go home. So that sucked. The rest was good though!

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Before the transit started; you can see sun spots if you look closely

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Pretty large turn out!

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Just starting! You have to look very closely, but in the bottom right corner there’s a tiny spot that’s Venus. I know it was technically at the top, but I guess the whole illumination thing made it upside down.

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A little more advanced! And the rest I watched on NASATV, which I had not realized was a thing before today.

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I’m sorry that I didn’t get to see the rest of it, but the pictures on TV were better. Hope everyone got to see it!