The Victory Forge: Blacksmithing Self-Sufficiency in A Time of Crisis

I was in the middle of learning how to forge a spoon out of steel when COVID-19 struck. Last semester of university, repetitively pummeling an otherwise intractable object made malleable by fire—finally, I was developing my self-sufficiency. And I felt strong. Naturally, I made myself a forge driveway forge as a quarantine project. Continue reading The Victory Forge: Blacksmithing Self-Sufficiency in A Time of Crisis

Roots to STEM: The Underrepresentation of Black Women in the Sciences

Black women face a very specific and unique set of stereotypes that strain the degree of their engagement in many societal and public spheres. One such rarely-investigated sphere is the STEM fields, where black women are exceptionally underrepresented. In response to an academic Documentary Video Challenge, my colleagues and I at Drake University sought to … Continue reading Roots to STEM: The Underrepresentation of Black Women in the Sciences

The temporally-integrated dolphin on etymology relating to newspapers

There’s a reason why the words text and textile are so similar. They both stem from sheep’s wool. Wool shows up in many places in the English language. The Latin word for tuft of wool is burra, which incidentally often covered desks, giving us words like bureau and bureaucracy.  The first printing press in England … Continue reading The temporally-integrated dolphin on etymology relating to newspapers

Action at a distance: science fiction or fact?

It is certainly fanciful to entertain the idea of nonlocal causality. Telekinesis, telepathy, action at a distance—it’s the matter of science-fiction, really. As one obsessed with the concept of communication—how it is fourfold, according to modern understanding: comprised of source, receptor, message and medium—the possibility of trifold communication is exhilarating. Truth disseminated instantaneously and through … Continue reading Action at a distance: science fiction or fact?