Taco Tuesday

I’m finally excited for school, even if it’s already two days into the semester. I’m sitting in the University Center reading a paper on epistemology’s influence on cultural development and listening to the student run radio station broadcasting from the room just behind me. I have a leadership/officers meeting for Student Feminist Organization in 15 minutes, after which I will head to Rec for some cardio and then a group fitness class called “Booty Bar” in the dance studio/room. Then later, I’m having friends over for some homemade tacos and beer. 

Aside from all of the activities and work and exercising that i’ll be busying myself with, I am really excited for my classes this semester. I ended up switching out of Human Variation and into Latin American Perspectives and Studies. I’m kinda intimidated by my courses this semester, but i feel like I’m up for the challenge. I thinkkkk I’ll be able to take on all of the research papers and readings and French-perfecting. I can do it. Can’t I? 

I know I can try my best. I know that’s what I have always wanted to do. 

25 August 2014  /  28,983 notes


Seriously tumblr.
I dont ever ask you guys for anything.
But this is a time where we need your help.
Call. Email. Reblog. 

25 August 2014  /  161,360 notes







Two brides have become two of the most kickass women in the world by marrying to protest against homophobia in Russia.

Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, donned matching white floor-length bridal gowns and married at a civil registry office earlier this month.

As Davis is still legally regarded as male, the office had no choice but to hand them a marriage certificate.

The couple said officials chided them, and appeared to be violent.

‘She called us the shame of the family and said we need medical treatment … I was afraid my pussycat [an affectionate pet name in Russian] would beat the fuck out of her,’ Davis said on her VK page.

But the couple were allowed to sign the papers, meaning a gay couple in Russia are legally recognized as married – even if it’s through a loophole.

‘This is an important precedent for Russia,’ Davis said.

Russia banned same-sex marriage and outlawed ‘gay propaganda’ in 2013.

holy jesus look at these two warrior princesses

they are my heroes


"Oh, you don’t wanna recognize my gender? Okay then lol guess you have to recognize my marriage"

that is amazing


Okay but other reports state that Alina identifies as androgyne but feels more comfortable as a woman, it definitely is trans excellence but the label she uses is not reported correctly here.

Thanks for the info! (This means it’s not only trans excellence but also NONBINARY EXCELLENCE YEAH!)

25 August 2014  /  9,893 notes


Today in Solidarity: Brazilians Against Police Brutality! (8.24.14)

solidarity in brazil!

William Bratton: Investigate Ryo Oyamada's Death




Ryo Oyamada, a 24 year old student from Japan, was struck and killed by an NYPD vehicle in a hit & run.  Witnesses say the police car had no lights or sirens on and was going over 70 mph.  The released footage by NYPD was proven to be heavily altered in a cover-up, showing “lights” on the vehicle, when compared to footage from the NY Housing Authority on the same street with the same timestamp. 

On a personal note: I know that this will probably not be shared or reblogged very much, because Asians are not very prominent in American culture.  I understand this, because Asians (like me) are partially at fault for being so passive.  But I am begging you to please consider signing this petition out of human decency.  Ryo was just a student walking home, then struck by a nearly silent police cruiser going at excess speed, and the NYPD covered it up. 

Here is the side-by-side comparison of the released video footage, including updates from the case.  *Edit*  This article contains a link to a graphic video moments after the crash, showing the body of Ryo Oyamada and NY citizens yelling at the police.  Please advise, it is highly disturbing. 

And the following is an excerpt from the petition, which as of now only has 286 signatures.


24 August 2014  /  53,750 notes

Got this outfit the other day and I really felt cute in it. Maybe I’ll wear it my first week back?

21 August 2014  /  141,104 notes


Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]

21 August 2014  /  99,447 notes






In The Not So Distant Future, Glow-In-The-Dark Trees Could Replace Street Lights

Is that… is that even healthy?

There are sea organisms and fungi which glow in the dark and there’s fireflies and jellyfish which glow in the dark. It doesn’t do them any harm nor does it do the people around them any harm. I would say its pretty healthy, as well as it would mean more photosynthesis happening in cities which mean cleaner air.

I was just curious about how they were doing it and for some reason I didn’t think to click the link. But thanks! It makes more sense now. I was afraid it was some kind of chemical thing.

nah just genetic modification using existing bioluminescent genes. Genetics is really cool, and so is bioluminescence. I mean they’ve already made pigs glow using jellyfish genes and pigs are waaay more complicated than trees iirc. So they’re actually (i think) less likely to muck it up with trees.

In which case







(I like glowy things)

i want glowy thingssss

21 August 2014  /  158 notes


Food Waste May Be Turned into Bioplastic

Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, scientists are now reporting. The novel process they have developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journal Macromolecules.

Athanassia Athanassiou, Ilker Bayer and colleagues at the Italian Institute of Technology point out that plastic’s popularity is constantly growing. In 2012, its production reached 288 million tons worldwide, but its ubiquity comes at a cost. Synthetic plastics persist for hundreds or thousands of years while releasing toxic components with the potential to harm the environment and human health. Also, plastics are made out of petroleum, which is a nonrenewable source. The shift to more environmentally friendly bioplastics has been challenging and expensive. Athanassiou’s team wanted to find a simple, less costly way to make the transition.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/food-waste-may-be-turned-bioplastic


"every moment is a new opportunity to be happy. you must choose to be happy now. saying that you’ll be happy tomorrow, when you get x, y, or z, is not productive."

as much as i wish this was true, it’s not. especially for people with mental disorders such as myself. sometimes your body decides for your soul that you absolutely can’t be happy at this moment. i’m not trying to play the victim. you must understand that mental disorders affects the very core of your being. sometimes you have no sense of self. no sense of choice or free will. sometimes all you can do is wait and say “tomorrow will be better.” and that is okay.

21 August 2014  /  2 notes

Le matin

eggs with mushrooms, salsa, and Mexican cheese, strawberries, coffee, and raisin toast, The Matrix, family, and bad news. All in all, I am thankful and happy this morning. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my mini summer vacation, and I’m looking forward to the semester to begin. 

  • ARTH: Northern Renaissance 
  • ANTH: Asian American Studies
  • ANTH: Human Variation
  • ARTH: Art and Architecture of India
  • Elementary French II