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it's not even 8am yet and already it's a "what would Captain America do" kind of day (you may make canon suggestions in comments.)
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+Andrew Oplinger I'm sure they forgave you after reading same :)
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The LST 325, a ship known for making over 40 trips between England and France during World War II to deliver troops and supplies, will make its second trip to Pittsburgh in September to deliver a glimpse of history to locals. “There was a tremendous amount of enthusiasm here the last time the ship was here,” said Dan Cinowalt, a Pittsburgher who became a crew member when the ship made its first appearance in the city in 2010. “They figured they’d...
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Yeah just impulse buy this right now.
This is $2 at the moment. TWO BUCKS. If anyone in earshot doesn't yet have this book, science the shit out of it right now. 
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+Jason Parker-Burlingham, yeah, I suppose. The vigorous numbers-wanking wasn't really interesting to me, and it came at the sacrifice of... everything else that makes a book worth reading IMHO (e.g. character development). It was only one evening's worth of reading, though, so it's hard to be too mad at it.
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LOL apparently my head is the circumference of an XL jersey-knit sleeve. It is a small head.
(This one is L and would cause a headache after a minute. No slack.)
Ye internet says eyeholes in a cloth mask are best achieved by using a plastic mask underneath
so I guess I need to pop out to a party store, or maybe Michael's (it's not quite mask season. I should have laid in more when I was doing Jawas months ago. And I should respray the Jawa masks matte black. Gloss black was wrong black, you get shine through the veil. One of these days. #butidigress)
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You need an earring with that. :D
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Star Wars patiently explains:
"It's armor. On a woman. It doesn't have to look feminine."
Screenshots have surfaced of a Stars Wars community manager taking a commenter to task over their ideas about "female armor."
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my "Inner Mean Girl archetype" is:
Overly Optimistic, Partying Cheerleader
this sounds pretty good \o/ let's celebrate!   #onlinequizzes  
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Not the kind of logo that involves a turtle and pen.
Google's got a new logo! I thought it was weird when I first saw it — but it's grown on me, and I think there are good reasons for it.
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#chatstatus survived Minions.
think it may have lowered my max SAN though. #gazingintotheabyss #eldritchhorrors #alsoiatetoomuchpopcorn
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I'm reading/responding to this about 15 minutes after seeing Ant-Man with four 10-year-olds. I think I survived.
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Why I don't tell people where I went to college unless they pry it out of me, dissatisfied with "<cityname>" (or unless I actually want to disrupt the conversation.)
You Are Not Stupid

“So what do you do for a living?” I always cringe a bit when that question comes up among strangers, because when I reveal that I’m an astrophysics professor the response is almost always the same. “Um…wow…. You must be really smart!”

While it’s often intended as a compliment, it really isn’t. Smart didn’t allow me to become an astrophysicist. Hard work, dedication and the support of family and friends did. It’s also one of the most deeply divisive misconceptions about scientists that one can have: scientists are smarter than you. Part of this stems from the idolization of brilliant scientists. Albert Einstein was so smart that fictitious quotes are attributed to him. Media buzzes whenever Stephen Hawking says something about black holes. Any quote by Neil Tyson is a sure way to get likes on Facebook. We celebrate their genius and it makes us feel smart by association. But this stereotype of the “genius scientist” has a dark side.

For one there’s expectation that to do science you must be super smart. If you struggle with math, or have to study hard to pass chemistry, you must not have what it takes. The expectation to be smart when you don’t feel smart starts to foster a lack of self confidence in your abilities. This is particularly true if you’re a girl or minority where cultural biases presume that “your kind” aren’t smart, or shouldn’t be. Lots of talented children walk away from science because they don’t feel smart.

Then there’s the us vs. them mentality that arises from the misconception. Scientists (and fans of science) are smart. Smarter than you. You are stupid. But of course, you’re not stupid. You know you’re not stupid. The problem isn’t you, it’s the scientists. Scientists are arrogant. For example, when I criticized a particular science website for intentionally misleading readers, the most popular rebuttal was that I (as a scientist) was being elitist.

Where this attitude really raises its head is among supporters of fringe scientific ideas. Some of the strongest supporters of alternative scientific ideas are clearly quite intelligent. Presidential hopeful and evolution denier Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon. Pierre Robitaille made great advances in magnetic resonance imaging, but adamantly believes that the cosmic microwave background comes from Earth’s oceans. Physicist and Nobel laureate Ivar Giaever thinks global warming is a pseudoscience on the verge of becoming a “new religion.” None of these folks are stupid.

If there’s one thing most people know about themselves it’s that they’re not stupid. And they’re right. We live in a complex world and face challenges every day. If you’re stupid, you can quickly land in a heap of unpleasantness. Of course that also means that many people equate being wrong with being stupid. Stupid people make the wrong choices in life, while smart people make the right ones. So when you see someone promoting a pseudoscientific idea, you likely think they’re stupid. When you argue against their ideas by saying “you’re wrong,” what they’ll hear is “you’re stupid.” They’ll see it as a personal attack, and they’ll respond accordingly. Assuming someone is stupid isn’t a way to build a bridge of communication and understanding.

One of the things I love about science is how deeply ennobling it is. Humans working together openly and honestly can do amazing things. We have developed a deep understanding of the universe around us. We didn’t gain that understanding by being stupid, but we have been wrong many times along the way. Being wrong isn’t stupid.

Sometimes it’s the only way we can learn.
One of the most deeply divisive misconceptions about scientists is that they are smarter than you.
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Where DID you go to college? /prying
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"The novel Young Wizards: Lifeboats will drop (as we say) some time on Monday, August 31." SYNCHRONIZE YOUR WATCHES
or something. I assume "drop" here means "be available for purchase".
Our 60%-off-all-ebooks sale is ending, folks: because "Young Wizards: Lifeboats" is about to launch. More info here...
Seriously. This would be because something that some of you have been courteously inquiring about in the Ask Box is finally almost ready. The novel Young Wizards: Lifeboats will drop (as we say) some...
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that is all
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Groot (Rarity) generosity
Rocket (Rainbow Dash) loyalty
Drax (Applejack) honesty
can't go any farther without damaging my mind. anyway there are the wrong number.
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Facepainting happened at work. Because that's the kind of place I work.
Maybe I should update my Linkedin photo? Think recruiters are bored of the Jedi yet?
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Any place that skips over you for that photo is not a place you can stand to work.  Go for it.
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If you know me even slightly or in an on-the-internet way, feel free to say hi; I'll be happy to hear from you.  You might want to remind me how we know each other, because I am a ditz.

Can't place the quote that's under my name?  It's from Swallows and Amazons.
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Younger than Ewan McGregor, shorter than Martin Freeman. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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