He is living in Japan (Oita prefecture) and shoots a 4x5 Graflex Speed Graphic exceedingly well.
Ditto. Wonderful photographs.
Have you ever wondered whether you’re “cut out” for science? I mean, it just seems so easy for everyone else, right? In science as in life, our personal paths can often seem impassably bumpy and twisted when we compare them to those of our peers.
But life is never so simple. For too long, there has been an idea that there’s a “right” way to land in a science career, a “traditional” path to the scientific way of life. Their way or the highway. When you start to dig into it, though, you find that no such thing exists.
Kevin Zelnio, SciAm blogger and Deep Sea News editor, is an all-around bad-ass dude, and he came to science in a decidedly non-traditional fashion. He wouldn’t trade it in for anything, and he figured he wasn’t the only one out there who found science outside “traditional ways”.
Magical things can happen when you enthusiastically open your mouth on the internet. One of these magical things is learning how personal experience shapes people’s lives. Looking into others causes you to look into yourself. And then something really magical happens – we learn we are not alone. Among our unique, personal experiences lies a universal experience we all share – the events of lives have shaped who have become to a great extent.
Preposterous as it may seem, everyone – even in science – is pretty unique. We of the generations X and Y just talk about it. In fact, the distinguishing characteristic between those scientists online and those offline is our unfathomable ability to not shut up. Somehow, we tend to be just as productive on average. Individual mileage may vary.
So he started the #IAmScience tag on Twitter, and people from all branches of science have been sharing their personal histories, twisted paths and surprising motivations. I came into science in a more-or-less “traditional” path, from hating pre-med to loving labs, then tiptoeing my way up the ladder through research jobs and grad school. It was eye-opening to learn how varied our community really is.
It’s a living history of the beauty of non-traditional paths into science. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking you’re alone on your path, you should give them all a read.
Camera: iPhone 4
Vantage Point: Manhattan Bridge. This bridge is just east of the Brooklyn Bridge but offers…
I know you said this we must show our faces, but this is not mine personally. I found it in a newspaper with OWS as the cover story.
Who ever you are, I understand. We are hurting, too.
“Growing up, I constantly saw my mother overcome financially extreme adversities. My father abused my mother daily, but she was strong. She fought back. Once left with a house with no degree, no job, and myself at 8 years old. She became determined. In a span of 5 years, she in a job that was paying her 50,000 annually.
But over that time, she was constantly laid off. Multiple times of extreme stress, also on me. Dealing with an emotionally unavailable father, and financial problems burden a burden for me.
My mother lost plenty of times. So why, why if she gained alot as well, why doesn’t it seem enough? An honest, hardworking single mother with a house and two children. With financial burdens the banks seemed to make a mockery of. Why is it, that I cannot attend college because we can’t “afford” it?
I’m not trying to make a pity party for myself, but we need to WAKE UP. The more I look around at the biggest problems we face, the easier it is to think of an obvious solution. But people seem willfully ignorant. And that bothers me.
So much wrong doing in the world, while we settle for “just because.” What have people become? To put profit over the people? How addicting is money, and when is it enough for you? When an innocent Iranian child dies? When an honest, hardworking, middle class resident who can’t keep up with the bills anymore? When?
Because I have been looking for an answer. I am angry. Angry, AT US. For allowing this to be. Also upset because it hit me personally. I feel like the United States will completely disintegrate in my lifetime.
But why? Ask yourselves, why. Why does this have to be? If we didn’t know about this corruption, it’s one thing. But when it’s in our faces, why do we still choose to accept it?
As my mom is one missed check away from losing everything, I wonder why too.