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Regular

bunjywunjy:

Target continues to be my remorseless enabler. also, I probably freaked some people out because I cackled loudly in the dressing room the whole time I was trying this thing on

*GASP*

Last time I raided the kid’s department at Target, I got these sweet shark shirts (I don’t remember if I saw the button-up or not—if I did it was too expensive!):

The tooth one glows in the dark! I’m still a huge fan of my gateway shirt into the children’s clothing department:

Front and back, shiny silvery letters containing an animal fact, anatomically correct representations of sharks with their names (again, shiny silvery letters), and in the little girl’s section. The sharks are CUTE!!! Just like they are in REAL LIFE!!! I want to kiss all their little noses!!!

Anyways yeah I also have an addiction. I think the Target people figured out they have two key customer bases. They just need to start making the same shirts in adult sizes! I’m lucky I’m relatively small and can squeeze into the kid’s shirts, everyone else deserves them, too! Maybe we should start a petition.

April 19, 2019

It’s like I’m a real writer now

nanonaturalist:

Oh boy. I don’t half-ass things. Apparently that includes coming out of the HEY GUYS I’M AUTISTIC closet. Which I did earlier this week. In a nature magazine. They did a feature on birders with disabilities, and wanted to get a written piece from a birder with autism. And I was like *waves arms furiously*. (Because it paid and I’m unemployed right now)

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A 200 word limit is VERY SHORT for an essay, holy carp. But the web piece will be longer (it’s not out yet). Do you like my kinglet?! I took that picture!

Anyway, this is a tiny little essay tucked into some obscure nature magazine nobody reads, right?

*cough*

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Well, what are the odds that somebody I know will read this issue cover-to-cover and notice my name at the bottom of this short little article? I’m quoted in the Editor’s Note at the beginning of the Issue

The best part? When I was talking with the editor of this section in the beginning, I sent her some writing samples so she could get an idea of my ability to actually write. Those samples included some posts from this blog. 

I got my copies of the magazine shipped to me super quick, but I’m not sure when regular subscribers will be getting them. I did post about this on my NanoNaturalist facebook page, so all my IRL nature people who follow me there know my secret (although to be honest, I am highly suspicious of anybody who didn’t notice I was a little weird to begin with).

Life continues to be fun and exciting!
March 16, 2019

The longer version is up on the website now! Check it out: 

Why Autism Makes the Outdoors More Beautiful–and Complicated [link]

And now, I don’t have to worry about my nature people stumbling across the article and finding out I have special brain flavors and acting weird around me. Now I get to worry about potential employers googling my name when they decide if they want to interview me or not and finding this. The joys of having a unique name *sigh*. I had a job interview yesterday that I think went really well, so hopefully that won’t be an issue. Not like it should matter!

The Audubon people are wonderful to work with, I need to think of another story idea so I can do it again soon.

April 17, 2019

Why Autism Makes the Outdoors More Beautiful—a…

Why Autism Makes the Outdoors More Beautiful—and Complicated:

My article is up with a bunch of my bird photos! Now It’s almost like I’m a real photographer or something.

Now I just need to think of more stories to write about birds for future issues!

April 17, 2019

It’s like I’m a real writer now

nanonaturalist:

Oh boy. I don’t half-ass things. Apparently that includes coming out of the HEY GUYS I’M AUTISTIC closet. Which I did earlier this week. In a nature magazine. They did a feature on birders with disabilities, and wanted to get a written piece from a birder with autism. And I was like *waves arms furiously*. (Because it paid and I’m unemployed right now)

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A 200 word limit is VERY SHORT for an essay, holy carp. But the web piece will be longer (it’s not out yet). Do you like my kinglet?! I took that picture!

Anyway, this is a tiny little essay tucked into some obscure nature magazine nobody reads, right?

*cough*

image

Well, what are the odds that somebody I know will read this issue cover-to-cover and notice my name at the bottom of this short little article? I’m quoted in the Editor’s Note at the beginning of the Issue

The best part? When I was talking with the editor of this section in the beginning, I sent her some writing samples so she could get an idea of my ability to actually write. Those samples included some posts from this blog. 

I got my copies of the magazine shipped to me super quick, but I’m not sure when regular subscribers will be getting them. I did post about this on my NanoNaturalist facebook page, so all my IRL nature people who follow me there know my secret (although to be honest, I am highly suspicious of anybody who didn’t notice I was a little weird to begin with).

Life continues to be fun and exciting!
March 16, 2019

Halp need Headline for WEB VERSION

I’m working on the edits for the web version of this essay (it’s like, 4x longer), and I have been asked for input on the HEADLINE and SUBHEADLINE for the piece. Of course, knowing that I needed to get this done tonight, because I have a job interview on Tuesday, I spent all day doing yard work and cleaning my kitchen (finally, my kitchen has been a disaster since December!). I will probably “think about the headline a little more” when I submit my edits at 4 am.

Anybody have witty ideas? Themes of the article: 

Birds
Autism & ADHD
Looking at birds
Holy hyperfixation, Batman
Taking pictures of birds

Some recent headlines and subheadlines as examples:

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Previous articles as examples: Audubon Magazine: Birding Articles [link]

You uh… think they’ll say no if I want to work a handflapping / stumpy wings joke into the title? I mean, it IS April, after all. 😉

April 14/15, 2019

mikelikesscience: Computer Science Is A Lot!I…

mikelikesscience:

Computer Science Is A Lot!

In case you didn’t know, I went back to college for a Master’s in Computer Science. My original degree is Fine Arts. 

But before I can start the Master’s Program, I have to do a bunch of Math and Computer Science Undergrad courses. Calculus, Data Structures, Object Oriented Programming, and so on.

How hard could it be? I’ve made so many Science Raps and watched so many Education Channels–it should be a piece of Cake!

OMG. I was so wrong! Studying Computer Science is so difficult! For me it was not Cake. It was more like Brussels Sprouts.

And just like my experience with vegetables, the discipline for Computer Science is an acquired taste. I had to dedicate a lot of time to studying and doing homework. I got help from tutors, mentors, peers, and professors. I had to make a lot of mistakes in order to succeed.

Now I’m about ¾ of the way done with the Undergrad requirements. I’ll be starting the Master’s Program in the fall!

So if you were wondering what the context and inspiration for my latest video was–now you know!

Hi Mike! I was in your shoes, too! I had a BA in Psychology, but it was really hard to keep finding contracts at Microsoft during the recession (I graduated in 2005) when I was competing with people who had computer science degrees and way more experience.

So I went back for a BS in engineering (I studied chemical) and eventually continued on to a masters in biomedical engineering. But that first term back in school, I had to retake Calculus I, since the last time I took it had been 10 years ago—it had been so long since I had taken a math class that I had to relearn algebra at the same time!

This stuff is HARD, and it’s important for people considering STEM majors to know that if they are struggling, it’s not just them! So thank you for posting this! Before I graduated, one of my undergraduate professors would half jokingly introduce me as the best student in the department, and I often felt like a total idiot in some of my classes.

It’s rare for scientists and engineers to also be effective science communicators, so I’m looking forward to seeing what direction you take as your education progresses!

April 14, 2019

Regular

pterygota:

nanonaturalist:

zoologicallyobsessed:

nanonaturalist:

thelepidopteragirl:

zoologicallyobsessed:

Anyways where’s my lgbt scientists at? Let’s talk about how we’re queer + scientists.

yoo

Y’all I am so queer but the last time I tried to date it was a disaster (she lied about being interested in bugs to initially catch my attention–then literally screamed when I booped a spider in my yard and asked what I use for pest control… um), so I’ll stick to kissing caterpillars and moths until I run into another hot mess crawling through the bushes with a camera.

April 7, 2019

Dating when your an entomologist is so hard. Just need me a cute boy that isn’t going to freak out when I bring home a specimen jar of dead honeybees or when he opens the freezer and sees a bunch of dead insects.

Ah yes, the “freezer full of insects” issue

Someday I’ll deal with this mess.

April 8, 2019

so what i hear is there needs to be some sort of entomology oriented dating site

@sitta-pusilla:

#but in all seriousness the biggest stumbling block I run into in dating as an ecologist is that I’m too damn busy#I go through regular periods of absolutely garbage work life balance#you can measure them by how much mail piles up on my counter and how many household chores go undone#and I’m pretty much gone one fourth of the year for summer field season#it’s tough maintaining a social life

^THIS

For reals, though, this is why I haven’t even bothered attempting to date besides that one horrible failure cited above. And I’m not even a professional bug scientist, I just pretend to be one on the internet, I (usually -_-) have a real job I have to work all week, and THEN I get to choose: do I spend my weekend catching up on chores I didn’t do all week because I was working? Or do I drive to east Texas and get eaten alive by mosquitos crawling through swamps looking for pitcher plants, then spend the next several weeks editing photos and posting them to iNat? I have a bag of laundry from over a year ago I haven’t finished putting away yet.

I’ve joked that the only reason I would want to be in a relationship was so somebody could do my chores and cat/bug-sit for me while I was on trips. Maaaaybe that’s the wrong reason! 

I’ve promised myself that if I do attempt dating again (shit guys I’m 34 my dating pool is full of weirdos), that dates consist 100% of outdoor activities with high likelihood of bug contacts because y’all, I know the vast majority of you haven’t met me in person, but

the bug people at the last iNaturalist gathering I went to thought I was an obsessed maniac. At one point I had at least 8 scarabs and 4-5 sphinx moths on my hands and arms… at the same time [link], and they were like, whoah!

Anyway, I guess that’s what the six cats are for!

April 8, 2019

Regular

slytherfriends:

nanonaturalist:

thelepidopteragirl:

zoologicallyobsessed:

Anyways where’s my lgbt scientists at? Let’s talk about how we’re queer + scientists.

yoo

Y’all I am so queer but the last time I tried to date it was a disaster (she lied about being interested in bugs to initially catch my attention–then literally screamed when I booped a spider in my yard and asked what I use for pest control… um), so I’ll stick to kissing caterpillars and moths until I run into another hot mess crawling through the bushes with a camera.

April 7, 2019

i’m not a biologist (i wish! i should’ve become a herpetologist tbh) but i’m a lesbian working in STEM! (r&d engineering)

‘Sup. I’m a chemical engineer and worked in polymer/advanced materials R&D before my company moved out of Texas and left me unemployed. I did my masters in Biomedical Engineering, but otherwise have no formal education in biology besides my Texas Master Naturalist training (it’s a volunteer-based service organization). I talk about biology for fun cuz why not?

You can still go chasing herps on the weekends! Hobbies are a thing! I met up with other people interested in nature during bioblitzes (some are professional wildlife biologists, some are just in it for fun like me), and it was a great way to learn more and visit new places. City Nature Challenge is coming up (last weekend of April), and a lot of places will have these kinds of events if you’re interested!

citynaturechallenge.org

April 8, 2019

Regular

zoologicallyobsessed:

nanonaturalist:

thelepidopteragirl:

zoologicallyobsessed:

Anyways where’s my lgbt scientists at? Let’s talk about how we’re queer + scientists.

yoo

Y’all I am so queer but the last time I tried to date it was a disaster (she lied about being interested in bugs to initially catch my attention–then literally screamed when I booped a spider in my yard and asked what I use for pest control… um), so I’ll stick to kissing caterpillars and moths until I run into another hot mess crawling through the bushes with a camera.

April 7, 2019

Dating when your an entomologist is so hard. Just need me a cute boy that isn’t going to freak out when I bring home a specimen jar of dead honeybees or when he opens the freezer and sees a bunch of dead insects.

Ah yes, the “freezer full of insects” issue

Someday I’ll deal with this mess.

April 8, 2019

Regular

thelepidopteragirl:

zoologicallyobsessed:

Anyways where’s my lgbt scientists at? Let’s talk about how we’re queer + scientists.

yoo

Y’all I am so queer but the last time I tried to date it was a disaster (she lied about being interested in bugs to initially catch my attention–then literally screamed when I booped a spider in my yard and asked what I use for pest control… um), so I’ll stick to kissing caterpillars and moths until I run into another hot mess crawling through the bushes with a camera.

April 7, 2019

this again (thanks tumblr)

That’s strange, this post [link] managed to get over 1,000 notes and I never got an email before it was hidden and marked for deletion. Hmmmmmmmm. Let me check…

Right. Back to manually checking all my damn posts again.

y’all better keep backing up your own blogs… I for sure never stopped doing mine. 

How to backup your tumblr posts [link to github]

April 6, 2019