Is every single book you’ve ever read
this shit fucked me up
What pisses me off is that there’s that little squiggly line right there on the right side near the middles that IS NEVER FUCKING USED AND I WANT IT TO BE USED SO BADLY BUT IT NEVER GETS USED.
I think that squiggly was supposed to be the Q, since where they light up Q makes much less sense.
It bugged me a whole lot as well.
I just spent the last 2.5 days at a closed-door conference on the MIT campus with some of the greatest innovators and creators I’ve had the honor to meet. I’m not going to disclose any particular names, but I will tell you that the guest list included individuals that I can guarantee you are familiar with - writers and authors, public figures, artists and rappers and movie makers and story tellers. The reason for this collective anonymity isn’t so much for secrecy as it was for modesty: ultimately it doesn’t matter who said what, so long as matters were addressed. It was a way to level the playing field, for the lack of better analogies.
The entire reason we were assembled here - 73 of us in all - was because we all share the common goal of science communication, and it was about time somebody recognized that the task of teaching our fellow humans is not one left to teachers or science writers or the National Geographic or whatever. Science communication seems to be in the hands of creators and content makers in general, and the art of talking about our natural world and all of its functions and byproducts and abstractions is a nauseatingly overwhelming task if left up to a select few. Many times during the last few days did I feel as though my brain completely shut down, and it mostly occurred when we got to talking about this chore of communicating and sharing science when it wasn’t contextualized but instead addressed as an ambiguous phenomenon.
And for a long time I couldn’t figure out why I was there or why I was being asked to speak. I’m not a scientist (a point both affirmed and denied throughout our lengthy discussions). I’m not well experienced with what I do, having been on YouTube only nine months and at The Field since July. My following is incredibly loyal and supportive, but comparably not large in number if you’re looking at how many people are now wondering what does the fox say?
But what it came down to for me is that I love what I do. I don’t need to sift through abstract thought to try and justify that point or infer deeper meaning in something that is otherwise obvious and simple. Sitting in that room I felt very naive, but also grateful that I hadn’t already spent years of my life mulling over this, like running your tongue over a never healing sore in your mouth.
When it comes down to finding a point I ultimately don’t think it’s important to know why what I have been doing is or isn’t effective. Personally it’s more important for me to realize that there are so many other mediums in which to talk about science other than the obvious books or lectures or even video. And these mediums and projects and ideas for expression are not exclusive to science - they can easily be translatable to talking about art, history, literature.
So I don’t need to know why you watch what you do, or why you’re interested in science, and I don’t need the concept of a scientist to be defined. I don’t think that adds the amount of value to the discussion that we are looking for. But what I do need is for you to never forget to be awesome and for you to continue to help decrease world suck, because that is how we get things done.
Are you a Chicago-area 10-12 grader with an elective you want to fill this semester, you want the opportunity to work in a museum, AND have a chance to check out SUE once a week?
If you are, then you’re totally in luck because I was just informed of the sweetest program I’ve ever heard of and I wish they offered something like it when I was in high school.
The Youth Design Program is a chance for you to take a class in the Museum. It’s part design class, part museum studies course, and part SCIENCE class! You’ll get to come to the Museum every Thursday for an academic year, get to know employees and staff and researchers here at The Field, hang out with me once in a while, and get class credit so I don’t even know why you haven’t applied yet.
Applications are due Friday. I wish I would have heard about this before then because I would have shouted it from the mountain tops weeks ago but SERIOUSLY APPLY. I’m jealous I can’t take it so you need to take it for me.
I can’t get over the fact that the angle makes it look like there are tiny people riding on the back of Sue.
I am Sirius / Hermione (I don’t test as either introverted or extroverted…I am, in fact, simply troverted.)
I’m definitely, very much, Hagrid. No question. Although I want to be Lupin. Partially because I wish that description fit me, and also a lot because Lupin is by far my favorite character from the series. ;3