This is the sound of the aurora on Saturn. Pretty eerie, no?
There is no sound in space. Outside planets and stars, molecules are spread out too thin for sound to propagate. It follows, then, that we can’t really hear sounds planets emit into space. But radio waves—electromagnetic waves with wavelengths longer than infrared light—are, as we know, handy for representing sound. And so it makes sense for us to interpret radio waves, whether originally encoding sound or not, as sound. These are radio waves emitted in conjunction with auroras around Saturn’s poles, similar to the northern and southern lights on Earth. They were picked up by the Cassini spacecraft and then interpreted as sound. But the sound was not in the audible range, so it has been downshifted by a factor of 44. And finally, so as not to bore us to death, it has been speeded up by a factor of 22. Realize, then, that many human choices were made in order for us to be able to “listen to space.” But if you can accept that, you can enjoy this.
We are on the far side of the San Diego ComiCon. This is a con where DC’s creators have had their most direct exposure to their current fanbase’s reactions to the New 52. In particular, they’ve heard loud and clear that the ongoing lack of gender parity both in the comics and behind the scenes…
It may be considerably early to be thinking about this, but for the first time in years, I’m really excited for Halloween, I don’t know why, but Im just really excited to dress up. Last time I went out for Halloween I was a really lil boy(like 4) dressed as Wonder Woman, it did not go well, ergo I didn’t go out again up till now. This year I’m thinking Captain Jack Harkness, or maybe Wonder Woman again =D
Considering this week has been dedicated to Wonder Woman, I advocate your latter choice.
“Trans people have often been described as those whose physical sex does not match the gender of their mind or soul. This explanation might make sense intuitively, but it is nonetheless problematic for transfeminism. To say that one has a female mind or soul would mean there are male and female minds that are different from each other in some identifiable way, which in turn may be used to justify discrimination against women. Claiming an essential gender identity can be just as dangerous as resorting to biological essentialism.
Transfeminism believes that we construct our own gender identities based on what feels genuine, comfortable, and sincere to us as we live and relate to others within given social and cultural constraints. This holds true for those whose gender identity is in congruence with their birth sex, as well as for trans people. Our demand for recognition and respect shall in no way be weakened by this acknowledgment. Instead of justifying our existence through reverse essentialism, transfeminism dismantles the assumption that sex and gender ‘naturally’ cohere
“Love, to me, is not a commitment. Commitments are commitments, and love is love. They can be totally mutually exclusive. Love is an affectionate, heart-warming, sweet feeling you have toward someone else. In general, you want to protect them (even if you know you can’t or shouldn’t), you want to spend time with them and or enjoy time with them, you want them to be happy. You give a shit about them. You think of them fondly. You seek them out when you’re sad or happy. You want to share your life with them. That’s it.”—
Trina “And I love you. I love most people, and I love you because you are great. You’re my friend.” (via solaciolum)
(Note by Trina: This is in no way meant to be comprehensive, but something I wanted someone close to me to know. V liked it.)