Hello. Welcome to the blog of a college graduate. I majored in Ornithology and minored in Latin (because both are awesome). I am currently employed as a research technician and as an assistant to a waterfowl education program. I eventually want to enter a Master's program, but I have no idea what aspect of ornithology I want to study. I like birds and art and Romans and animation and fantasy novels.

This tumblr was supposed to be an art blog. But things happened. And now there is random stuff too.

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talonziart:

A drawing for the raptor rehab place at which I volunteer. Inspired by the time a volunteer gave one of our education birds a bill to hold. Hopefully will get this printed and hung somewhere where visitors can see it.

talonziart:

A drawing for the raptor rehab place at which I volunteer. Inspired by the time a volunteer gave one of our education birds a bill to hold. Hopefully will get this printed and hung somewhere where visitors can see it.

Just sent in a grant for my Wolf Spider Domestication project. The Kickstarter will be starting soon. Generous donors will have the option of adopting their own Wolf Spider before anyone else. Ultimately, these spiders will ride around the shoulders of field biologists and eat ticks as they are picked up.They will also make great hiking companions and home pest control.

I am entirely kidding, but I wish it were possible. I hate ticks.

Just sent in a grant for my Wolf Spider Domestication project. The Kickstarter will be starting soon. Generous donors will have the option of adopting their own Wolf Spider before anyone else. Ultimately, these spiders will ride around the shoulders of field biologists and eat ticks as they are picked up.They will also make great hiking companions and home pest control.

I am entirely kidding, but I wish it were possible. I hate ticks.

jtotheizzoe:

Doodling the Right Thing

With a few humble doodles, I think Google may have created the most widely-seen, and perhaps the most influential, science communication effort on Earth. Their series of Google search page tributes to female scientists (a few of which I’ve shared above) is a huge win for showcasing the efforts of women in science, which, unless you’ve been living under a very patriarchal rock for the past forever, you know is something the world needs very badly. 

It might seem silly to be talking about a picture like this, but we’re dealing with the Times Square billboard of internet graphics here. Every day, 730 million people visit Google.com a total of 17 billion times. Billion. Granted, not all of them see the same Google doodle, as only a small set of them are “global” doodles, but even if just 10% of daily unique visitors see a particular doodle, and just 10% of those people take the time to figure out who/what they’re looking at, that means 7+ million people a day (and that doesn’t even take into account repeated visits). I suspect that’s a low estimate, too, although I base that on nothing except my own optimism.

For comparison, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey drew just over 3 million U.S. viewers for its final episode. I’ll concede that’s not really a fair comparison, since Cosmos is a highly-produced, hour-long scripted TV series with very broad and lofty goals and a Google doodle is, well, a picture on the internet. The point I’m trying to make is not that Cosmos is less influential than a cartoon, because that’s ridiculous (although I must admit the more I think about it, I really don’t know how ridiculous it is). My point is that a Google doodle about science reaches a metric f**kton of people.

I am having a hard time thinking of another single Internet Thing that has the potential to reach so many people in a single day. No meme-filled Facebook page or educational YouTube channel comes close, and I don’t suspect any traditional science news/media sites are even in the ballpark. 

Google still has a long way to go to bring their doodle gender representation anywhere close to level. According to SPARK, only 17% of doodles between 2001-2013 were women (and 74% of them were white people). I can’t find the numbers, but on the bright side it seems like 2014 has showcased a high percentage of women in the doodles. In addition to monitoring women featured in doodles, the blog Speaking Up For Us keeps a running list of doodle-worthy women.Despite that remaining imbalance, I think this is an incredible effort on the part of Google, and we should demand even more doodles of underrepresented groups (both in science and beyond).

Can something so passive make any difference? To be honest, I don’t know, but I suspect that it does. When people only see one type of person recognized for accomplishing the Great Scientific Things of history, they consciously and subconsciously assume that only that type of person actually accomplishes Great Scientific Things. That is how underrepresented people stay underrepresented, which is the opposite thing we want to happen.

Google doodles aren’t going to cure cancer or send a human to Mars, but they just might help inspire the person who does. Not bad for a drawing.

rynnay:

outrising:

Gay Movie Needs Your Help To Improve Honest LGBT Representation In Sci-Fi

A team of British filmmakers are aiming to produce a groundbreaking new science-fiction movie that not only stars two gay men in the lead roles, but hopes to pave the way for improved representation of LGBT characters in the film industry.

Credence follows a gay male couple preparing to sell their worldly possessions to fund their young daughter’s evacuation from Earth in the wake of violent storms predicted to decimate the planet. While they will likely save her life for the right price, they may need to sacrifice their own lives in the process… Read more and watch the trailer and a behind-the-scenes video.

This looks like a really good story. The trailer almost had me in tears a little bit??

chocolateinthelibrary:

So my family stayed at my aunt’s beach house last weekend and

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there

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is

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literally

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a Harry Potter-themed

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reading nook

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in the cupboard under the stairs