Thanks to the SXSW craziness, and the fact that I crashed the crap out of my car a few days ago (thanks to a blown tire - I’m fine, luckily) and had to do booooooring adult stuff like car shopping the past few days.
BUT … (there’s always a but) …
Tomorrow morning I’ll have a special interview up on my personal channel (which I am going to start using more) with none other than physicist Brian Greene! Stay tuned.
This adventure is made possible by generations of searchers strictly adhering to a simple set of rules; test ideas by experiment and observation, build on those ideas that past the test, reject the ones that fail. Follow the evidence wherever it leads, and question.. everything. Accept these terms, and the cosmos is yours.. —
Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey - "Standing Up in the Milky Way" - Neil deGrasse Tyson
'Twas good. My (mind) body is ready.
There is a culture of acceptance around mental health issues in academia -
Important read in The Guardian
It’s time to end the academic culture that says working yourself to sickness means you’re just working hard enough. It’s time to end the culture that says taking time for yourself and your own health comes at the expense of doing good work. It’s time to end the culture that says sleep deprivation, anxiety attacks, and binge drinking are just part of the game. It’s time to end the culture that says if you’re not getting along with your mentor, then it’s all your fault. It’s time to end the culture that says advisors and faculty don’t have to take responsibility for the health of their students. It’s time to end the culture that says seeking help means you’re weak, or a bad researcher.
I’m not afraid to admit that this is an issue that touched my life during my Ph.D. Thankfully I had amazing friends and family outside my program to help me through tough times. But I know that not everyone has a support system like mine. I also watched in sadness when, after a fellow Ph.D. student committed suicide, our program, university, and health services did nothing to acknowledge that it happened, or that the culture of academia could have contributed to it, and (as far as any of us have been able to tell), has done little if anything to stop it from happening again.
Some graduate programs are putting better student support systems in place, and for every bad advisor we can find an exception that cares and helps their students to the utmost of their ability. But academia, overall, still possesses a culture of acceptance and ignorance when it comes to mental health issues, especially in graduate programs.
It’s time to end that culture.
You might find it hard to imagine gravity as a weak force, but consider that a small magnet can hold up a paper clip, even though the entire earth is pulling down on it. —
I have never thought about gravity this way. Really puts it in perspective, eh?
Forget stardust—you are iron. Your blood is nothing but ferrous liquid. When you bleed, you reek of rust. It is iron that fills your heart and sits in your veins. And what is iron, really, unless it’s forged?
You are iron.
And you are strong. — n.t. (via thelittle-hobbit)
We live in a rusty universe. Oxygenated heme is the color of life, the color of passion, the reason we see red as ripe and warm, the reason we see it as dangerous and frightening. Blood, breath and Earth, we’re all rusty.
Physicist is both to my mouth and ears so awkward that I think I shall never use it. The equivalent of three separate sounds of “i” in one word is too much. —
Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was not fond of that new-fangled word “physicist”.
Instead, he was an “experimentalist”, a “natural philosopher”, or simply a “scientist”. It seems a modern trend, this need to hyper-specialize both our questions and our means of answering them. Fight it.