Crazy day at the barn today. 8:30 to 2, thirteen riders, and five staff members. Our last lesson was supposed to be three riders, which was bumped up to five because they brought their nephews with them. After the lesson, I shit you not, the mother actually tried to haggle down the price. It’s like the setup of a joke. “So an Israeli Jew tries to haggle with a Swede…”
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
We call for a final end to the crimes and oppression against us. We call for:
- Arms embargos on Israel, sanctions that would cut off the supply of weapons and military aid from Europe and the United States on which Israel depends to commit such war crimes;
- Suspension of all free trade and bilateral agreements with Israel such as the EU-Israel Association agreement;
- Boycott, divestment and sanctions, as called for by the overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society in 2005
I don’t really belong anywhere. I don’t feel wanted by anybody. I feel like a giant loser all the time.
I’m considering taking a beginner sewing class. I’ve always done everything by hand and it takes forever. It might be nice to learn to work a machine, but I’m afraid that the machine aspect might make sewing might lose its charm. So much of the appeal is the quiet, pleasant monotony of poking and tucking and pulling and the feeling I get when I realize “my hands made this.”
I stopped being able to envision a future for myself a long time ago and I think that’s why I feel like I’m just spending my life wandering aimlessly after other people’s goals and dreams.