Fiona {Bluestocking}

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Is Parkinson’s an Autoimmune Disease? →


The cause of neuronal death in Parkinson’s disease is still unknown, but a new study proposes that neurons may be mistaken for foreign invaders and killed by the person’s own immune system, similar to the way autoimmune diseases like type I diabetes, celiac disease, and multiple sclerosis attack…


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I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.


Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

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Sing Sing Sing       →



Is it just me…

Or are other swing dancers really really really REALLY tired of hearing Sing Sing Sing at dance events, despite how good of a song it might actually be?

Second response to this one. I may have mentioned that I’m reading Frankie Manning’s autobiography?…

I really need to read this autobiography!

That’s quite interesting to me, actually, that the Savoy dancers didn’t even *like* “Sing, Sing, Sing”. I wonder why it’s been considered as a classic song for swing dancing, then. If none of the original lindy hoppers ever danced to it, I can’t help but wonder: when and where did it first come into play for dancing? If I were a DJ, and even if “Sing, Sing, Sing” wasn’t (weren’t? It’s late, pardon my grammar or lack thereof) so overplayed, I still wouldn’t play it for a dance. It truly isn’t that great of a song to dance to, especially in a jam circle. Like Frankie said, the drums are too heavy. And I think the song’s aesthetic doesn’t lend itself very well to lindy hop. It’s odd that so many bands and DJs choose to play it for dancers, when most of us are tired of it (or never liked it in the first place)!

At least, like you said, people are starting to realize that “Sing, Sing, Sing” isn’t the best for dancing. (Although, if you look up swing dances at weddings on YouTube, a large number of them use that song. I guess they haven’t gotten the memo.)
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Dancers & Martial Arts?


Do any of you lindy hoppers also practice a martial art?

I was involved in karate for about four years. I ended up dropping out a few months ago, but I definitely did both martial arts and dance for awhile!

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This is my life

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Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

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Blouse Collars, 1940s-50s - By Charlotte Dymock.

there was a lot of bullshit in the forties and fifties but the style was not part of it

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