strippermuffins: YOU HAVE GOT TO WATCH THS FOOTAGE OF JFK. Like I’m not even American, but goodness me. You guys have handsome presidents.THE MUSIC OH MY GOD I’M LAUGHING this is super attractive tho yes THANK YOU FOR SHARING I do agree our presidents are mighty fine.
On the 50th anniversary of his passing, we honor the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. We trace our roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. His inspiration led to the establishment of this agency in 1961 with a mission to promote world peace and friendship.
Today, we are more vital than ever, working in collaboration with public and private partners in emerging and essential areas such as education, information technology, agriculture and environment, and business development in countries around the world. The Peace Corps is committed to giving all Americans who want to serve the opportunity to make a difference and bring their experience back home to enrich their communities here in the United States.
Since 1961, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds have responded to Kennedy’s enduring challenge, demonstrating how the power of an idea can capture the imagination of an entire nation.
Sunset in Tuscany
tribute to several people:
- Wesley Willis
- Henry Darger
- Yago Hortal
- Angelo Franco
People I could never hold a candle to but who inspire me to play around.
Getting the Chemistry Right on Breaking Bad
BytesizeScience, a project of the American Chemical Society, put together this great feature on how they get the chemistry right (or just right enough, more on that in a sec) on AMC’s Breaking Bad.
Vince Gilligan and crew really wanted to get the details in the show right. As someone born in Albuquerque, I can tell you that they do a pretty great job of capturing the essence of “The Q”. But none of the writers are scientists, how could they capture the knowledge of Walter White, the chemistry teacher, so that he could evolve into the evil genius Heisenberg?
Enter Donna Nelson, a chemist and scientific consultant for the series. Nelson and Gilligan (and the DEA) are careful to leave just enough detail out of the meth chemistry so that you can’t write your own recipe for El Azul. But from Gale’s notebooks to the chemical structures on the board in Walt’s classroom to the aluminum/mercury metal amalgam used as a reducing agent (that actually works!), the chemistry is on point. You’re probably wondering about the blue color? You’ll have to watch the video for that.
If you’re interested, r/AskScience has an interesting thread about the accuracy of Breaking Bad's chemistry.
This is not a (totally) rhetorical question.
Your answer may be as serious or ridiculous as you’d like. Like really, anything.
This is Clarence Anglin, one of the three people to ever successfully escape from Alcatraz Prison. Sent to Alcatraz after robbing a bank with his brother, John, he remained there for 6 years before escaping with his brother and another inmate named Frank Morris. They were never heard of again. Many theories surround the breakout, with scholars disagreeing as to whether the three lived or drowned in the San Francisco Bay. I like to think Clarence escaped and is still alive today (he’d be 82). It’s too sad to think that piercing gaze met its end at the bottom of the bay.
Slough. Acrylic on panel.
New episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart! Let’s all do the “new video” dance:
My latest creation is an ode to space exploration, from its rather war-themed beginnings, to the pure adventure of Apollo, to the golden age of the shuttle era, to the curiosity of Curiosity.
Where do we go from here? Special thanks to the National Air and Space Museum for letting me hang out with a real-life space shuttle for a few hours.