Random Asides

The Zimmerman Verdict

The Zimmerman Verdict

I’ve seen a lot of people on my facebook feed saying that we have no way of knowing whether racial bias influenced the Zimmerman “not guilty verdict.” I don’t think it’s a coincidence that, although most of the white people on my friends’ list are outraged at the verdict, all of the “the system works!” contingent are a familiar shade of pale. Conside... »

Microagressions

Microagressions

I’ve had some weird experiences lately. Today, a good friend’s parents, whose known me for many years (long enough to have seen my magical transformation from person with untreated chronic illness, to person with treated chronic illness), asked me, “Have you ever tried not being on anything? Like not taking any medications?” Yea I did. Remember how I used to be in constant ... »

AI: Unwanted Education

AI: Unwanted Education

This semester, I’m taking what is probably the worst course I have to take in order to become a biologist: parasitology. First class consisted of an hour and a half of Ascaris lumbricoides, look it up (or, you know, don’t). First month will consist solely of helminthes, which are worm-like parasites. And the professor comes nowhere near the social issues that are involved or the awareness and educ... »

AI: Carnaval

AI: Carnaval

So this next week is Carnaval here in Brasil! Since my girlfriend is somewhere in Europe right now, to me this means I get a week off to try to read and study and sleep as much as I never have time to during working weeks, but for most Brazilians it means one week of a partying – some of it involving a lot of particular cultural elements (and I think it maybe even has some religious background?), ... »

Late Night Lulz

Perhaps the best thread I’ve ever read on Reddit:   (Click to enlarge)       »

AI: Back to the Routine

AI: Back to the Routine

Last week, after about one month taking time off, I returned home to resume my day-to-day obligations. Working at the lab, doing field work, taking microbiology classes, seeing the girlfriend, all back to the routine – and I’m already exhausted again. My question to you is very simple, from someone having a lot of trouble coming back to healthy sleep patterns and intense physical activities: How d... »

Thinking like a Mathematician

Thinking like a Mathematician

Warning! Math-related post! Don’t let that scare you off! Math can actually be fun, and will help your reasoning abilities. — As I was wandering around the blogosphere, I stumbled upon an interesting article over at Michellalianna that has nothing to do with what I am going to write about. Well, nothing but the image that was used for the post. The image is in fact the featured image f... »

Context matters.

Context matters.

So as you all know, I’m a buff dude. Well-muscled. Eats-protein-powder-straight-from-the-can burly. Featured-image-is-that-time-I-shaved ripped. And I generally pride myself on the don’t-fuck-with-me vibe, unheeded only by fools, I deliberately waft. Yet, this dude at the gym the other day creeped me the fuck out. »

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