but how do you feel about the whole baby/timothy thing?
Oh, I’m fine with them having a baby, really. It’s crazy? Yes, maybe but if it’s something that they both want then let them have a baby. What I hate, though is Timothy’s role in this. I really don’t want him to be the donor. Lena asked if she was crazy, they already have all these kids but she’s failing to realize that one more kid is not the problem. One more adult to interfere is the problem.
Could he sign a lot of stuff giving up all the rights and everything? Yes, I think so (now that I’m thinking about it I have no idea how half of this process work, I’ll do some research) but, you know, someday this kid is going to be running in the school’s hallway and Timothy is going to feel something and we know how that goes.
It’s not going to turn out well for them. I hope that with Mike trying to meddle and all the things Dani will manipulate him to do (because c’mon, we know she will) they’ll stop and think things through. Also Callie and Jude’s father possibly trying to get his kids back maybe? Can you imagine? It’s an awful lot of “dads” in the picture already. Adding one more will only complicate things.
I’m all in for a baby. I just don’t need to necessarily meet the donor.
"omg i hate small talk its so fake!!" like damn u must be so fucking annoying. its called being nice. if i was at a party and i was like "how r your classes going" and you were like "ugh lets skip that i KNOW u dont really CARE about my classes and i dont care about YOURS" i would log out of there so fucking fast
Patients taking the antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine) should be aware that the drug manufacturer Pfizer has issued a recall of one lot of the medications after they discovered one bottle contained a heart drug used to treat atrial fibrillation.
The medication found is Tikosyn that was discovered in one bottle of Effexor XR. The heart medication could cause abnormal heartbeat that could cause symptoms of dizziness, sweating, pallor and fainting.
Patients should check their antidepressant for lot numbers 130142 and V130140, with expiration date of October 2015. Also recalled is Effexor XR with Greenstone lot number V130014, which expires in August 2015.
The antidepressant recall includes two lots of Effexor XR® 150 Mg Extended-Release Capsules and one lot of Greenstone’s Venlafaxine HCl 150 Mg Extended-Release Capsules.
The FDA warns the interaction between the heart drug Tikosyn and venlafaxine “could be fatal”.
Hi friends - if you know anyone who might use the medication, please reblog/signal boost
Yesterday, I had a conversation with a friend of mine about our experiences as women in science grad school. We got on the topic by discussing my impending job search, and I mentioned that I would be okay with working for Planned Parenthood or another women’s health organization.
"Yeah, but that wouldn’t really use your master’s in molecular plant biology," she said.
"I know. But it would use my penchant for sending a big ‘fuck you’ to ‘pro-life’ people," I replied.
She hesitated. “I used to call myself pro-life. But everyone has to be able to make their own choices.”
She continued on, talking about how only a cruel, heartless person would force a mother of three making minimum wage to have yet another child. We talked about birth control, and how inaccessible it can be in predominantly Catholic central Illinois.
And then we talked about our work. “If I got pregnant now, I would have to have an abortion,” she said. “Maybe next year, when I was about to graduate, it would be okay, but I couldn’t even be pregnant and stay in school now.”
I agreed. As graduate students at a Master’s university, we are given four straight semesters of assistantship consisting of a tuition waver for our classes and a stipend that isn’t enough for one person to live above the poverty level. There are no exceptions for pregnant women. There is no deferral. You have two years to complete your academic credits and finish the data collection for your thesis, and then you have to get a job elsewhere to survive- there are no jobs within commuting distance of the university.
As employees, we receive what the university laughably calls “health insurance.” While we actually work 60+ hours a week, our contracts say we only work 19, which makes our plan ineligible for protection under the Affordable Care Act. We do not have coverage for any form of contraception or the annual exam required to get it. Prenatal care is not covered. Labor and delivery is covered only for the mother, but no expenses for the child are eligible. We cannot add dependents of any kind to the plan.
And as biochemists, we work with nasty substances. And we aren’t always given safety warnings about what we have. She shared that as an undergraduate, she spilled a bottle of ethidium bromide and was told to clean it up, gloveless, with paper towels. I was recently involved in an accident where a colleague exploded a bottle of organic reagent, and I had skin exposure where I was not covered by my gloves and lab coat. Every day we work with chemicals that can cause teratogenic effects, even when extreme safety protocols are in place.
We literally cannot be pregnant while we do our thesis research. It probably wouldn’t be safe for us to be pregnant for some time after we finish here, and it definitely isn’t safe to be pregnant now. In the case of an unplanned pregnancy, the minimum two weeks of exposure before a positive test would be enough cause horrific defects- and that’s assuming immediate discovery of the pregnancy.
For many women in science, this is the ugly truth. Parenting isn’t an option. Adoption isn’t an option. Pregnancy is not an option. Abortion is literally our only choice.
And we aren’t special. The issues surrounding women in laboratory science are only a drop in the ocean of reasons women need to be able to make their own reproductive health choices. Telling women to “just give it up for adoption” is condescending and insensitive to the circumstances we live with.
so here’s the thing. i work for books. (hence the tag “will work for books.”) and a big perk of my job is free books in advance of their publication (called advance reading copies, arcs, or galleys). and i have a lot of them. most of the books in my apartment are galleys. most of them are galleys i have never and will never read. this is a sad fact of working for books. i don’t even know where half the galleys i’ve brought home and started are.
which brings me to my point. in honor of world book day (even though it’s almost over), i want to send you some books. i’m not kidding. if you are reading this, i want to send you a book. so i am going to.
here are the rules.
put your address in my askbox.
i will send you a book.
if you want to tell me some things that you’ve read recently that you liked, you can do that. if you want me to look at your blog and guess what you’d like to read based on what you post, i can do that, too. or i will select a book at random and put it in the mail.
i will send you books if you live in the united states. i will send you books if you do not live in the united states. i will send you books if you live on the moon—or at least i will try. let me send you a book.
“Let’s face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn’t a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.”
But, no, because there are reasons for all of those seemingly weird English bits.
Like “eggplant” is called “eggplant” because the white-skinned variety (to which the name originally applied) looks very egg-like.
The “hamburger” is named after the city of Hamburg.
The name “pineapple” originally (in Middle English) applied to pine cones (ie. the fruit of pines - the word “apple” at the time often being used more generically than it is now), and because the tropical pineapple bears a strong resemblance to pine cones, the name transferred.
The “English” muffin was not invented in England, no, but it was invented by an Englishman, Samuel Bath Thomas, in New York in 1894. The name differentiates the “English-style” savoury muffin from “American” muffins which are commonly sweet.
"French fries" are not named for their country of origin (Belgium or Spain, depending who you ask), but for their preparation. They are French-cut fried potatoes - ie. French fries.
"Sweetmeats" originally referred to candied fruits or nuts, and given that we still use the term "nutmeat" to describe the edible part of a nut and "flesh" to describe the edible part of a fruit, that makes sense.
"Sweetbread" has nothing whatsoever to do with bread, but comes from the Middle English "brede", meaning "roasted meat". "Sweet" refers not to being sugary, but to being rich in flavour.
Similarly, “quicksand” means not “fast sand”, but “living sand” (from the Old English “cwicu” - “alive”).
The term boxing “ring” is a holdover from the time when the “ring” would have been just that - a circle marked on the ground. The first square boxing ring did not appear until 1838. In the rules of the sport itself, there is also a ring - real or imagined - drawn within the now square arena in which the boxers meet at the beginning of each round.
The etymology of “guinea pig” is disputed, but one suggestion has been that the sounds the animals make are similar to the grunting of a pig. Also, as with the “apple” that caused confusion in “pineapple”, “Guinea” used to be the catch-all name for any unspecified far away place. Another suggestion is that the animal was named after the sailors - the “Guinea-men” - who first brought it to England from its native South America.
As for the discrepancies between verb and noun forms, between plurals, and conjugations, these are always the result of differing word derivation.
Writers write because the meaning of the word “writer” is “one who writes”, but fingers never fing because “finger” is not a noun derived from a verb. Hammers don’t ham because the noun “hammer”, derived from the Old Norse “hamarr”, meaning “stone” and/or “tool with a stone head”, is how we derive the verb “to hammer” - ie. to use such a tool. But grocers, in a certain sense, DO “groce”, given that the word “grocer” means “one who buys and sells in gross” (from the Latin “grossarius”, meaning “wholesaler”).
"Tooth" and "teeth" is the legacy of the Old English "toð" and "teð", whereas "booth" comes from the Old Danish "boþ". "Goose" and "geese", from the Old English "gōs" and "gēs", follow the same pattern, but "moose" is an Algonquian word (Abenaki: "moz", Ojibwe: "mooz", Delaware: "mo:s"). "Index" is a Latin loanword, and forms its plural quite predictably by the Latin model (ex: matrix -> matrices, vertex -> vertices, helix -> helices).
One can “make amends” - which is to say, to amend what needs amending - and, case by case, can “amend” or “make an amendment”. No conflict there.
"Odds and ends" is not a word, but a phrase. It is, necessarily, by its very meaning, plural, given that it refers to a collection of miscellany. A single object can’t be described in the same terms as a group.
"Teach" and "taught" go back to Old English "tæcan" and "tæhte", but "preach" comes from Latin "predician" ("præ" + "dicare" - "to proclaim").
"Vegetarian" comes of "vegetable" and "agrarian" - put into common use in 1847 by the Vegetarian Society in Britain.
"Humanitarian", on the other hand, is a portmanteau of "humanity" and "Unitarian", coined in 1794 to described a Christian philosophical position - "One who affirms the humanity of Christ but denies his pre-existence and divinity". It didn’t take on its current meaning of "ethical benevolence" until 1838. The meaning of "philanthropist" or "one who advocates or practices human action to solve social problems" didn’t come into use until 1842.
We recite a play because the word comes from the Latin “recitare” - “to read aloud, to repeat from memory”. “Recital” is “the act of reciting”. Even this usage makes sense if you consider that the Latin “cite” comes from the Greek “cieo” - “to move, to stir, to rouse , to excite, to call upon, to summon”. Music “rouses” an emotional response. One plays at a recital for an audience one has “called upon” to listen.
The verb “to ship” is obviously a holdover from when the primary means of moving goods was by ship, but “cargo” comes from the Spanish “cargar”, meaning “to load, to burden, to impose taxes”, via the Latin “carricare” - “to load on a cart”.
"Run" (moving fast) and "run" (flowing) are homonyms with different roots in Old English: "ærnan" - "to ride, to reach, to run to, to gain by running", and "rinnan" - "to flow, to run together". Noses flow in the second sense, while feet run in the first. Simillarly, "to smell" has both the meaning "to emit" or "to perceive" odor. Feet, naturally, may do the former, but not the latter.
"Fat chance" is an intentionally sarcastic expression of the sentiment "slim chance" in the same way that "Yeah, right" expresses doubt - by saying the opposite.
"Wise guy" vs. "wise man" is a result of two different uses of the word "wise". Originally, from Old English "wis", it meant "to know, to see". It is closely related to Old English "wit" - "knowledge, understanding, intelligence, mind". From German, we get "Witz", meaning "joke, witticism". So, a wise man knows, sees, and understands. A wise guy cracks jokes.
The seemingly contradictory “burn up” and “burn down” aren’t really contradictory at all, but relative. A thing which burns up is consumed by fire. A house burns down because, as it burns, it collapses.
"Fill in" and "fill out" are phrasal verbs with a difference of meaning so slight as to be largely interchangeable, but there is a difference of meaning. To use the example in the post, you fill OUT a form by filling it IN, not the other way around. That is because "fill in" means "to supply what is missing" - in the example, that would be information, but by the same token, one can "fill in" an outline to make a solid shape, and one can "fill in" for a missing person by taking his/her place. "Fill out", on the other hand, means "to complete by supplying what is missing", so that form we mentioned will not be filled OUT into we fill IN all the missing information.
An alarm may “go off” and it may be turned on (ie. armed), but it does not “go on”. That is because the verb “to go off” means “to become active suddenly, to trigger” (which is why bombs and guns also go off, but do not go on).
gay students need sex education specific to their lifestyles just as much as straight people, saying that straight sex should be the main focus of sex ed “because they are the majority” is like saying you only care about kids’ safety if they act the way you think they should and it is discrediting the lives of 9 million people (and thats just america) because it “makes you feel uncomfortable”
I can’t tell you how many college aged queer guys I know who don’t realize anal sex is dangerous if you don’t use protection, how many queer women I know who don’t realize dental dams and finger cots are even a thing, how many trans* people don’t understand that hormones change the way sex works and change the need for protection, how many ace people think they’re broken because not wanting sex isn’t seen as an option.
A school dropout from a poor family in southern India has revolutionised menstrual health for rural women in developing countries by inventing a simple machine they can use to make cheap sanitary pads.
*not just women menstruate, not all women menstruate
if all cis women in hollywood were replaced by men and cis women were never recognised or even had the chance to represent themselves and other cis women it would be immediately seen as an extremely important feminist issue
so why aren’t we seeing the exact same thing that’s happening to trans women as what it is, an extremely important feminist issue