I’m turning into that grumpy old science lady who says things like, “I don’t know why you’re having such a problem understanding this,” and “Didn’t I already show you how to do this?”

Well, OK, I haven’t said those things out loud yet.  I’ve just been thinking them, very loudly.

marginalutilite:

geekyangie:

marginalutilite:

I’ve started to read Ready Player One and I’m deeply disappointed. It’s the shallowest nerd wish fulfillment fantasy ever, complete with a Bill Gates-esque hero-god. Basically, Richard Dawkins Writes Sci Fi. I thought it was one of the acknowledged…

Sorry, I didn’t realize that was a tumblr faux pas. Sincerely. You’d think I’d have caught on to the rules by now, right?
Anyway, I’m still reading—maybe 25% in—bc the world building is compelling and believable, so I might change my mind.
It’s odd that virtual reality never really caught on widely, given how popular a prediction for the future it was in speculative lit. Second Life and such aside.

If it helps at all, I really didn’t like it either.

It may be somebody’s wish fulfillment, but it’s not mine.  I have some weird 80’s obsessions (Nan Goldin and her cronies, post-punk, early ACT-UP) but most of the 80’s nostalgia in Ready Player One is for the kind of terrible stuff.  Like, seriously, everyone knew the AD&D modules were dumb.  The point was to make up your own stuff (I invented a base 12 number system and a way of quantifying the effects of scars on your charisma but then I got kicked out of my role playing group).

I felt better about the book when I thought of it as YA.

My cyberpunk favorites are:

A Scanner Darkly by Phillip K Dick

Neuromancer by William Gibson

All Tomorrow’s Parties by William Gibson

Vurt by Jeff Noon

And I loved Joan D Vinge’s Psion when I was a teenager but haven’t tried rereading it

vileharpy:

yeah i admit i’m not exactly a practicing bisexual anymore…i pretty much only go to services on the high holidays…i slept in on freddie mercury’s birthday…i don’t even think i can name three david bowie albums anymore

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forprancyboys:

Stephen Linard and Boy George at Blitz club, early 1980s

forprancyboys:

Stephen Linard and Boy George at Blitz club, early 1980s

Disappointing, but not that surprising.

Tags: hiv

nanodash:

scienceyoucanlove:

These condoms include Vivagel, a new antiviral compound that disables 99.9% of HIV, herpes, and other sexually transmitted viruses:http://bit.ly/1ne3B9V
from Science Alert

Discuss.
Additional, slightly more detailed, article (x). It uses nanotech!

None of the clinical trials of this drug relate to HIV: http://www.starpharma.com/vivagel/vivagel_clinical_trials
Twenty years ago, we were constantly being told to use nonoxynyl-9 condoms, but they were all burny, so I only used non-spermicidal ones, and always felt kind of guilty about it.  Nonoxynyl-9 (essentially detergent) worked really well to kill HIV in the test tube, but when they tested it as an anti-HIV microbicide, it made HIV transmission more likely because it caused vaginal inflammation.
I think microbicides will be a really important way to prevent HIV transmission, but I doubt this microbicide is going to be the one.
Summary of current state of microbicide research, including info on nonoxynyl-9: http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/microbicides/microbicides/en/

nanodash:

scienceyoucanlove:

These condoms include Vivagel, a new antiviral compound that disables 99.9% of HIV, herpes, and other sexually transmitted viruses:http://bit.ly/1ne3B9V

from Science Alert

Discuss.

Additional, slightly more detailed, article (x). It uses nanotech!

None of the clinical trials of this drug relate to HIV: http://www.starpharma.com/vivagel/vivagel_clinical_trials

Twenty years ago, we were constantly being told to use nonoxynyl-9 condoms, but they were all burny, so I only used non-spermicidal ones, and always felt kind of guilty about it.  Nonoxynyl-9 (essentially detergent) worked really well to kill HIV in the test tube, but when they tested it as an anti-HIV microbicide, it made HIV transmission more likely because it caused vaginal inflammation.

I think microbicides will be a really important way to prevent HIV transmission, but I doubt this microbicide is going to be the one.

Summary of current state of microbicide research, including info on nonoxynyl-9: http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/microbicides/microbicides/en/

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I need to be more careful about trying on perfumes.  The other day I sprayed some Chanel Cuir de Russie on my wrist (not realizing it was created in 1924) and spent the rest of the day smelling like my grandmother’s closet.  Not that my grandmother wore that specific perfume, maybe some knock off?  It also smells a lot like Roux Fanci-full Rince which I used to use to tone my super-melted platinum hair.

I’m not sure arithmetic mean is the best statistic to represent the age of users.  It can be skewed by high outliers.  And, in some cases (deviantART, Tagged) the mean is in a higher age bucket than the median.

But nice to know that I am not the actual Oldest Person on Tumblr.

rapiddescent:

Common wisdom has it that Tumblr is filled mostly with people in their  teens and early twenties. I keep seeing people talk about being “older than the average” Tumblr user and naturally, that makes me curious to know, well, how old is the average Tumblr user, really? Fortunately, other people are interested in this, too, and have already done some surveys. This data comes from Google Doubleclick Ad Planner data that has been available to advertisers. It is from 2012, but it probably hasn’t changed significantly since then. This data came from the United States only, and the demographics may vary somewhat in other countries. 

Tumblr skews toward the younger end of the social media world, but the average age of Tumblr users is actually 34.6 years old. This is only a little bit younger than the average age for social media users as a whole (36.9). The youngest Tumblr users (0-24) are about 30% of total, while the next two groups (25-44) look like added together they’re a bit over 40%. Another website breaks down the same Ad Planner age data a bit differently and shows that people over 35 are 47% of Tumblr users. (13-17=8%; 18-34=45%). Compared to Facebook, where 66% of users are over 35, Tumblr definitely has a younger set of users. The average age, however, is still around going to be around 34 years old. No matter how you slice it,Tumblr is younger than most other social media sites, but not as young as you might think it is.

In terms of gender, the surveys only gathered data on male and female.Tumblr has 62% women, a fairly higher amount of women than Facebook (57%). but not nearly as much as Pinterest or Blogger.

So, while it’s fair to say that Tumblr is a more “youthful” site than most other social media sites, the idea that the “average” Tumblr user is in the youngest age group is incorrect.

I’m extremely curious about all this and this is my first inquiry into the topic. I haven’t even looked into the academic literature yet. So this is sort of a first look. I’ll definitely post about it when I find a properly designed, peer reviewed and published survey on the matter.

Source of graphs and information 

Additional information

(Source: fiftysevenacademics, via destinationtoast)

edithshead:

Christy Turlington by Peter Lindbergh for Comme des Garcons, 1986

edithshead:

Christy Turlington by Peter Lindbergh
for Comme des Garcons, 1986

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