outerspacecake:

love and support and celebrate fat girls who don’t have a booty or like in general fat girls with the fat in places that never get celebrated p l e a s e for the love of everything that is good in this world

like let’s not pretend curvy is a synonym for fat curvy is literally just this one specific socially acceptable way to be fat and I am getting increasingly frustrated about it

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fluffyplant:

invisiblesbians:

4gifs:

The floor is lava. [vid]

This is one of the best gifs

omfg I’ve only ever seen the end part of this gif this is amazing

fluffyplant:

invisiblesbians:

4gifs:

The floor is lava. [vid]

This is one of the best gifs

omfg I’ve only ever seen the end part of this gif this is amazing

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zacharielaughingalonewithsalad:

cellarspider:

twinkletwinkleyoulittlefuck:

purrsianstuck:

During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies. 

A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy. 

Mission fucking accomplished

Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.

It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.

You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.

The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.

The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.

Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.

So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.

Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.

These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!

reblogging for the sweet history lesson

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So I got tagged by venerablehomeboy and lurknomoar.

Ten things about me:

My tolerance for tomatoes grows every year but I still hate whole tomatoes.

Everyone on my mum’s side of the family is a ‘water baby’ - we have lots of ties to the west country and swim/swam in the sea a lot. My grandad once swam with a basking shark.

Having braces made me more nervous of dentists.

Having blood drawn has made me more nervous of doctors.

I’m planning on getting a piercing (or piercings) after the end of the summer. It’ll be my first one – I never got my lobes pierced as a kid.

I used to be a massive nerd for constructed languages and scripts.

I own a necklace made of metal feathers that makes me feel like a stormwing from Tamora Pierce’s Immortals series. They were awesome. Talk to me about Tamora Pierce, people.

I think my daemon might be a little fluffy monkey. A cute one tho, not a terror one.

I had to spend 3 months on crutches at age 11 and we still don’t know exactly what was wrong.

Someday I’d like to have an entire blank wall to decorate, and to be able to do something awesome to it. I like really big art.

Bonus #11 lurknomoar I also fear failing at memes. I’m just like OH GOD I DON’T KNOW HOW TO WORDS ON THE INTERNET

I’m tagging ali-chan, a-curious-creature, malalupa, orange-om-nom and ofc anybody else who wants to jump in :P

yeah so i just realised the reason my crochet was hard to interpret is that half the stitches are upside down relative to the other half. that is why they looked creepy and weird!

jean-luc-gohard:

What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This is a reward. He’s getting a $250,000 reward for murdering an unarmed black kid, two days away from starting college, in broad daylight.

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concernedresidentofbakerstreet:

tony-the-intelligent-goon:

ashiibaka:

Science.

I can’t tell what my favorite part is, but it’s either
scientists wasting budget and time to see if ants count their steps
the idea to put ants on stilts
there had to be a guy who made ant stilts and put them on the ants
confused ants

somebody had to put the stilts on the ants

don’t forget the one where they gave beetles tiny head visors to see if they used the sky for navigation

concernedresidentofbakerstreet:

tony-the-intelligent-goon:

ashiibaka:

Science.

I can’t tell what my favorite part is, but it’s either

  • scientists wasting budget and time to see if ants count their steps
  • the idea to put ants on stilts
  • there had to be a guy who made ant stilts and put them on the ants
  • confused ants

somebody had to put the stilts on the ants

don’t forget the one where they gave beetles tiny head visors to see if they used the sky for navigation

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asker

theasday asked: i was wondering how you got your virology lab job, if you don't mind talking about it? i've just graduated with a biology degree and am looking for jobs atm :)

nethenclawpuff:

Ah, to be honest I probably got it differently to you as you’d be looking for a diff role there than what I have but I’ll answer.

I was looking on the NHS jobs website (I live in England) as I was jobless and saw an opening for a HSSW (Healthcare Scientist Support Worker) at a lab for what was then the Health Protection Agency and is now Public Health England. I applied via that website, hoped for the best but expected nothing as I’d been unemployed for two years but got asked in for an interview.

Went to the interview and then got the job.

That was two and a half years ago, and at the time was for a temporary contract though I’m now permanent and in a grade higher though the same work title. Wont bore you with the details of what I do day in and out but there’s lots of swabs, sputum and TB patient samples that need higher levels of containment.  As an aside, strange thing, virology lab doesn’t just do viruses, who’d have thought? So much chlamydia.

But to be a BMS, or Biomedical Scientist aka the ones who run the tests, put up results, code things and do most of the higher level work unless you need a virology consultant you need a specific degree. Specifically, a degree in biomedical science, and they have to be accredited as such by the relevant board, I’m not sure. I think it’s mostly the same.

There is a guy my grade who has a degree in neurological science but it isn’t the right type of biology degree to become a BMS because he studied the wrong stuff for that job. There’s a woman with a degree in ocean biology who obviously doesn’t have the right set of biology skills.

So for where I work you need the right degree and to be accredited before you even apply.

I don’t know if it is the same in private labs and I don’t know what it’s like in Wales or Scotland if you live there. It may be the same, may not. 

We also have virology consultants who are actually doctors with a specialisation in virology and that is another possible route but I don’t know much of anything about that I’m afraid.

I do know that there is a woman who works my grade who had the biomedical science degree but never got the portfolio together and so no accreditation and I think she’s been working on that. And another guy who had been my grade who was at university studying biomedical science who recently graduated and applied for a recent opening at that grade and got it. So it’s possible to get a lower band grade and hang around, get experience in the lab in general and apply for a higher grade if you have the qualifications later when a position opens.

I hope that helps?

Thank you so much, that’s definitely helpful!

I don’t know much about all this stuff even though I’m applying for lab jobs atm. I’m not biomedical scientist but I’d be quite happy being that neurological scientist or ocean biologist - I don’t mind much if I’m the person making the decisions or not xD