You know where it's NOT fun to feel an earthquake? In a chemistry lab. Sheesh. I ducked and covered because of the chemicals in here, and I have never seen anything - not even the fire klaxon - clear out this building faster. You can tell everyone here was wondering "was that an earthquake or did someone blow something up?" There was a horrible chemical fire in here last year, so the first thing through my mind wasn't "earthquake" but "holy shit explosion".
Ottawa's on a fault, though an old and relatively stable one, and I've felt maybe five earthquakes in my twenty plus years here. This one was by FAR the biggest and most abrupt - mad instant shaking rather than slow waves. Funny thing, though - organic chemists share my lab, complete with dozens of tiny glass vials all over the counters, and none of them tipped over.
Potentially shitty thing is that I'm running a rheometry test right now, and that could have blasted my sample to hell. I'm hoping it survived, and it's early enough that if it's still there it won't destroy my data, but still! Too bad it wasn't taking data continuously.
ETA: Apparently it was a 5.5 on the Richter scale, and it was centered *just* north of me, thanks to this really awesome real-time reference
with specific data already
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My province has unrolled the first overhaul to its sex ed curriculum
since 1998 (is that really twelve years ago?), and this stood out to me as being awesome (and thus is also the most contentious part for all those conservative objectors who think telling a kid about sexuality will result in them being sluts.)
Some of the most controversial changes are in the Grade 3 curriculum. In a discussion on human development and showing respect for people’s differences, for example, teachers are invited to discuss “invisible differences,” including gender identity and sexual orientation, in an effort to reflect the fact that more and more students have same-sex parents.
I liked boys enough I wasn't troubled by also liking girls until the middle of high-school, but so much of the pain I read about queer kids growing up is that nobody tells them they exist
. This is grade three, so I'm sure it will be couched in pretty light terms, but there will be terms
with which to talk about not just sexual orientation but GENDER IDENTITY. In public school! To ten year olds! Go Ontario.
(The suggestion that this is too early is clearly laughable - I want to hit that Reverend over the head for thinking (a) it's going to make kids want to be transgendered or (b) that clearly these things aren't an issue for ten-year-olds.)This post has comments at Dreamwidth. Leave a comment!
I just took the "Project Implicit" Gender-Science association text
, having read about it in the book Blink
. By all accounts, this is an essentially impossible test to fake. And I ended up with:
Your data suggest a moderate association of Female with Science and Male with Liberal Arts compared to Male with Science and Female with Liberal Arts.
Whoo! I mean, yes, I'm female and in physics, but I am surrounded by men, have male teachers, read about male scientists, etc. I would have thought I was conditioned to assume men = science. However, it occured to me that many of my female friends are in biology fields, so that may have helped unconsciously!
Here's their general breakdown:
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TOTALLY GOT AN A+ IN THEORETICAL PHYSICS.
That course was hardcore
, man, and I went into it with really crappy math skills - and the course is essentially mathematical tools for physicists, fourier and complex and differential analysis.
It was curved, and like whoa, but I put twenty hours a week into that course more often than not, so that was definitely earned. And the three people I worked with, Joseph, Jeff, and Zack, all got A+'s too, which is awesome, because that course was such a team effort.
Just thermodynamics left, and I realized today that if I get 56% on the final, I get an A- in the course. Everything after that is just gravy! Awesome.This post has comments at Dreamwidth.
DAMN YOU KEL. DAMN YOU TO PIECES.
No, not really. *blows kisses to kel_reiley
But it is her fault I just dropped too much money on this cape, especially after factoring in shipping and exchange rate (andtheextraheadbandithrewin), because I'd never heard of Modcloth before she linked to it.
My excuse? I live in Canada. I have to wear a coat for a good six or seven months out of the year. I need variety! (Plus, CAPE.)
I've never bought clothes
online* before, but the reviews are good so... *crosses fingers*
*I have trouble with this phrase, because I really want to say "off online", but it gets shortened to "off line" and then the total opposite of what I really mean.This post has comments at Dreamwidth.