My mom teaches Kindergarten and I went to her classroom a few days ago and saw what appeared to be a small shrine dedicated to Jodie Foster in the corner of the room and I had literally no idea why it was there, so I asked my mom about it and she said it’s where the kids can go to tattle on each other so they don’t always do it to her

So basically my mom tells her little Kindergarteners to tell on each other to a magazine clipping of Jodie Foster that they call Miss Tattle and if you don’t think that’s the funniest thing then get out of my face

OMG, I can’t.

 Oh man yeah this is a super common thing, we have one of these in my preschool room, too, except ours is a picture of Obama. When the kids are upset or angry or want to tattle or whatever they “Go tell the President” and its my favorite thing.


But why Jodie Foster of all people? Like obama makes sense but LOL

My power outfit is tight black high waisted pants, jean jacket, and docs, but I have to be listening to pj harvey for it to be successful.

Anonymous asked:

Can you offer any tips for breaking into science communication?



Kick down the door and shout “I’M HERE.”

Generally, things you do not actually need to get into science communication:

  • a PhD
  • a degree in science communication
  • journalism credentials
  • permission

Things you need to get into science communication:

  • scientific background (can be self-acquired to quite an extent; most scientists do the bulk of their learning after undergrad anyway)
  • communication skills (can be improved/learned/acquired/faked, but only bother doing sci comm if you actually like doing it)
  • a wee droplet of charisma
  • a personality that takes rejection and either goes “eh, I can work on this/with this” or “fine, then I’ll build a doomsday machine and you’ll be sorry”
  • ability to find and reach your audience
  • MOXIE.

The moxie/charisma thing is because you have to put it out there. It’s just like writing a novel, or performing any other writing. You can’t sit on your butt, going “Ugh, I’m good at science and communication, but nobody has kicked down my door offering me stuff and a TV deal.” You have to go up to people, your heart in your throat, and say “Give me stuff! Pay attention to me.” You have to enter science writing contests. You have to put stuff on the internet. You have to be okay with people hating it. This is seriously difficult, and if you don’t think you’d like it, you’ll have to work out a way to make scicomm work for you.

I am really lucky in that I live in a place and time where standup science comedy is a thing, so one prong of my scicomm life is how I got into that. First I asked a friend to include me in her act; then I discovered that I loved doing it; then I became an organizer. I’m not sure how; I think it’s because I just kept showing up until it would have been weird to get rid of me.

I just did a lovely set last night at a packed gig. It’s always amazing to see People Whom You Know From The Internet laughing in person, because they think you’re funny and great and worth seeing. It’s always great when people come up to you at intermissions and tell you that you’re inspiring. It’s great when a scientist in a particular field tells you “YOU GET MY FIELD!!” 

I don’t have a PhD. I don’t have permission. I have stood in the hallowed halls of the Royal Society where I was invited to talk gibberish about gene regulation and swear like a motherfucker, and I did just that. I have sassed the science editor of the Guardian and deeply confused Robin Ince. I am not really getting paid for this, but sometimes people tell me that they like my work.

Break into science communication the same way that people like us have to break into anything: with a hammer and a terrifying warcry, ready to kick a hole in the fabric of reality to get to where we need to be.

Just cross out the words “science communication” and fill in any career field you want.

I’m so proud of myself for where I am with my anxiety. A lot of it in my everyday life was being too self conscious to do really basic things (phone calls, checking out at a store, getting out of my seat in a class..  now if I feel that I literally just say to myself ‘who the fuck cares, no one is looking at you and you looking fly as fuck today even if they are” and then do whatever I want.

But I also have no idea how I got this way? Meds and therapy have always been erratic things for me. My brain just changed somehow.