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September 28, 2014, 11:08pm
ANOTHER ANATOMY POST! Only three vertebrate groups have successfully evolved flight: Birds, Bats, and Pterosaurs, which are NOT dinosaurs, and are an extremely diverse group of reptiles! Pterodactyl is not the only one. However, birds ARE dinosaurs. Avian dinosaurs!
Wings are not some extra structure you tack on to a creature and somehow the arms go away— they ARE arms. Think about that when you are designing creatures with wings and also giving them arms. That means your creature has six limbs.
Next anatomy post: The anatomy and evolution of DRAGONS. If you guys have any requests, feel free to send them in!
September 28, 2014, 11:02pm
GIFS from my last video - How To Find Water Bears
Take a look at #4. Embrace the fail. I think it’s the best part of the video.
We could have faked it. We could have pretended that we found Tardigrades on our first try. But where’s the fun in that?
Making mistakes is a natural part of science.
When do you science and other life stuff, don’t worry about mistakes. Learn from those mistakes and keep moving forward.
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by Alex Smith
December 26, 2012
so glad I’ve had the privilege, in the last few years, to be able to
hang out with mostly queer people of color, many of whom are women, many
of whom are trans. It’s given me perspective, a chance to be around “my
people” and to see an alternative to ism’ist culture that isn’t
completely white/hetero/male. So, I have felt very comfortable, even
around the white and/or heterosexual allies who have internalized the
struggle and who make powerful advocacy with their art and protest. So, I
haven’t had to write anything like this for a long, long while. It’s
been so blissful being able to be around “my people” and not have to
worry about what “they” think and what “they“ are up to. But recently
I’ve found myself being hit up by a few well-meaning white dudes. Look,
it’s whatever; I’m not faulting people for their lack of education
(well, not too much anyway) and I’m not going to waste too much time on
this, but yo, with tons of LOVE, here you go:
THE ESSENTIALS OF ADVOCACY
1. Understand that oppressed minorities have complete say in how their
freedom from this oppression will be won. COMPLETE. Their bodies, souls,
and minds are being bombarded DAILY. Only they can say how this war
against oppression should be fought. Anything else is in direct
opposition to this pursuit of freedom.
2. When an oppressed
minority is speaking about issues of oppression, you listen, you don’t
“debate”. This isn’t a game of one-up-manship, this is your chance to
further your education, which in turn will further your advocacy.
3. Advocacy isn’t about getting everything “right” or trying so hard
not to be contradictory. There are many overlapping issues involving
race, gender, class, sexuality, ableism. There’s no point in trying to
line everything all up in a row into some kind of “belief system”.
There’s enough systems out there. The only thing that matters is that
oppressed minorities are SAFE from oppression and that they have the
tools to free themselves from this oppression. Further, and this is
really important: Don’t challenge oppressed people by saying, “but what
about this group doing this?” because that is venturing far, far away
from the point, and that point is THAT YOU ARE IGNORANT AND NEED TO BE
4. Give up some of the tools that will lead towards
freedom from oppression! Jesus, even the dumpster-divingest lowly white
punk rockers can manage to carve out space, to find resources, to put
on shows for bands where 8924234 people attend in this system. Why not
put on a workshop for free? Or just give oppressed people your tools and
money to help build their own communities in their own way? Why is it
so hard to donate your money and your actual, physical time to
communities that advocate for freedom of the oppressed? Understand, if
those same packed out basement shows or even the Occupy movement
featured mostly people of color, the city would have a serious problem.
Use your privilege to help.
5. Don’t expect to be educated by a
person your privilege oppresses. The oppressed classes of people have
better shit to do than to dredge up years of emotional, messed up stuff
in order to help you to process something you might not even be thinking
about in a serious way. If you’re white, don’t seek out arguments or
conversations with black people looking for answers. VOLUMES have been
written about the subject. Read one of them. (And read them with
openness and not your usual, privileged, sheltered “defenses”).
6. Understand anger; be angry WITH them. Don’t internalize any harsh
words, especially if you’re not in any immediate threat. If an oppressed
minority says something that seems to generalize the face of their
oppressor, don’t internalize it but examine how the systemic nature of
it impacts their daily lives. Remember, you have the power to simply
ignore it. Undoubtedly you won’t experience this feeling again for
awhile, but every time you do, understand that this is how oppressed
minorities feel everyday, multiple times a day, all of their lives.
7. As well, understand ways that you *are* contributing to systemic,
unconscious, or even, yes, outright oppression.; because, trust me, you
*are* doing it. DON’T LET YOURSELF OFF THE HOOK! Keep and sustain a
general level of consciousness and realize that years of this can’t be
undone in an instant.
8. Be a vocal advocate. Challenge
people in your position of privilege on their stuff, even if it makes
you uncomfortable to do so. It doesn’t mean getting all indignant, but
why claim to be an advocate if you won’t actually speak up? If someone
who shares your privileged class says something out of line, grow a
spine and calmly explain why this isn’t cool. Your attempts at educating
someone in a similar position of privilege, for instance white people
calling out other white people, is the best way you can “fight racism”
or any other ism.
This isn’t a definitive list. Advocacy and
allyship never end. For the record, I’m speaking about the nature of the
relationship of white people to people of color; men to women;
heterosexual identified to gay/queer folks; cisgendered to
transgendered; abled to differently abled. You get the point, so don’t
Alex Smith is a queer black activist, poet, dj, actor, musician, afro
punk/afro-futurist chronicler of the naughty universe. Smith’s work
speaks to the edge, to the post-fringe dystopia slowly creeping upon us.
Too cantankerous and flamboyant for the Saul Williams wanna-be/def
poetry set, too tribal for academia, Smith paints viral inscriptions for
an audience of armed pixie insurrectionists. http://facebook.com/theyarebirds
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