A Masterclass in Acting: A Novel by Tatiana Maslany
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
I was tagged by nigelbruce
- take a screenshot of your desktop
- don’t change anything
- don’t delete anything
- tag 5 more people
So here you are. There’s my desktop.
I have lots of unread emails (I don’t know why I always get so many) and actually less applications open then usual. The pictures on the right hand side are “Bildschirmfotos” because for some reason people who configured this computer for German-speaking countries didn’t think we’d understand the word screenshot, which is the word we usually use for screenshots?!?!?
Also the background is Kensington Palace in Kensington Gardens, London, from when I was there last September. My background alternates daily between pictures of that journey.
There you go. Now you know more about my desktop then you probably wanted to know.
I’m not tagging anyone because I’m lazy. Whoever wants to do this thing, feel tagged.
Have a nice day.
The next time a man starts yelling at you, cut him off and tell him you just can’t talk to him when he’s being so emotional.
I have done this and can confirm that is a LOT of fun to watch them implode afterward.
It was this guy:
Charles II, huge royal babe and 17th-century fashion icon.
Richard Armitage on The Hobbit (Interview MTVca - 2012)
Neverwhere Cover for an inking assignment. This is for the BBC Radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, featuring:
James MacAvoy as Richard
Natalie Dormer as Door
David Harewood as the Marquis
Sophie Okonedo as Hunter