Totem Soup Science – Buffalo Museum of Science Nanodays Exibit

I know I will feel bad in the long run about this, because of how much I love the Buffalo Museum of Science. A ball was dropped, and it is quite sad. Over the last few years I have noticed the museum has been shifting gears to target a much younger demographic, to this I say job well done. Every time I have gone there this month (about 5 times) it has been kids wall to wall, which is great. The problem is when I go there without my kids, alone, at 33, and an overly apparent love of science…I look a bit strange to the parents who are obviously there for the gimmick of the whole thing to keep their children busy. When I do happen to explain a question the children pose when the parents give their “I don’t know”, I get the “possible pedophile” stare-down. Little do they know my 9 year old could school their high school kid and my 5 year old probably could too. It seems all the adult exhibits have been replaced with kid friendly simple learning they could pick up from a YouTube video. Where have all the adult exhibits gone?!?

The meat and potatoes, so to speak, as to what sparked this is the “Nanodays exhibit”. This was supposed to start today, but when I got to the museum promptly at 11am, I searched for an hour and a half before questioning the staff…who had little clue what was going on. After waiting for 10 minutes I was informed the exhibit was in the normal nanotechnology area of the museum. On the website this is the advert for the exhibit:
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It looks like it is supposed to be an exciting exhibit with many features and things to do for all ages, right? Very wrong. I walked into this:
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A single activity. Draw a space elevator and a print-up about carbon nanotubes. That was it. The most important emerging science of our generation gets a coloring activity, and a laminated xerox. Also, take note, not one staff member on site to explain the activity, or even what nanotechnology is. To make up for this I offer my services by giving a list of videos that are entertaining and educational on the most exciting up and coming nanotechnology. Most of them are a few minutes, but I have included a couple that are full documentaries as well. Enjoy!

And that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Nanotechnology is worth so much more than a single, unmanned exhibit. It is the future.

That’s it for now!
– The one, The ONLY, Holytotemic

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Totem Soup Update – Life Is Getting Better

Sorry folks, I have been between contracts, and with a family, that gets very stressful. I have a few new opportunities that may lead to some solid work. Most of my time has been spent bouncing from website to website submitting applications and interviewing.
Coming soon I will have a post on my new aquaponics setup that replaced the original. This one I built myself and I have the photos for a semi-how-to. If I can get the time together I will likely post it up this weekend. Here is a quick preview:
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That’s it for now!
– The one, The ONLY, Holytotemic

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Totem Soup Update – Dark Skies Are Gonna Clear Up, Put On A Fuck You Face

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As of late I have been in the most horrible and vile of moods, which has kept me from blogging even more than usual. Had a good job, had good pay, had a bright outlook…all three good things now gone. Contract work, I think especially in the IT Industry, is soul sucking. You feel disposable. Easily discarded. In most cases you are. I felt recently I was at a job I could work at happily the rest of my life, only to have the contract end and it not get renewed. Sometimes you can pour your soul into something and it just isn’t enough.

It has been so hard to do much of anything this past month, even typing out what’s swirling in my head seems like a chore. I have become furniture. I like to work, I hate unemployment. The last moth I have been restless mentally, but physically…well, I’ve worn a hole in my couch.

That’s it for now!
– The one, The ONLY, Holytotemic

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Totem Soup – A Rant #Morningdump

pulling-hair-outTuesday arrives with all the glitter and glamor Monday did. Memory is at an all time low and the shit list gets longer with more opportunity to forget than ever. Some shit doesn’t even hit the list because it’s forgotten before it can even be noted. It is amazing that life has turned into this. We are hyper intelligent ants, but we have no idea who the real queen is. We serve our bosses and false gods all the same. We work for the money to struggle only to have things break that are out of our price range when the light starts to glimmer in the tunnel. Lower middle class under the boot of inflation and low wages.

Here I sit broken hearted…read on a high school bathroom stall never rang so true. However, with the current state of food and what the middle class is forced to sustain themselves on, shitting is never a problem…more inconvenient and uncomfortable generally. I am not a politically correct man, I am honest. You try feeding a family of 4 on organic meats and fresh vegetables. See how many months you can go without paying the bills. The middle and lower classes are forced to dine on pre-packaged, chemical ridden, cancer causing sustenance that may be about as nutrient as dog food in some cases, I am not sure if that speaks to the human food or dog food industry the most honestly.

As I sit here, getting more and more allergic to my surrounding world, I wonder if it’s my surrounding worlds fault or my genetics. Things I had no allergies to for the first 20 years of my life can now kill me, or make me extremely sick. Is it out of my realm to think it’s not my genetics, but the way the dollar is held over life? Everyone deserves to reach the end of the tunnel and walk into daylight. I work hard, I barely have time for my children and wife, isn’t that the American dream? Apparently so.

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That’s it for now!
– The one, The ONLY, Holytotemic

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Totem Soup Thoughts – Mentally Dry and Down

The sandwich shop at the end of the desert.

Life is like crossing a desert only to find a sandwich shop with another desert immediately after it. It seems to me it’s a lifetime of trudging only to get a snack and a sip of water only to continue trudging on. The only ones who have it good, own the sandwich shops.

Be warned I will be dropping an “A” word that causes undue discomfort, but read on, I don’t dive into it. I started my life as a Lutheran, but now see absolutely no evidence in any god. It’s harder to become an atheist, than to be raised as one. No matter what you do, dogma remains in the darkest corners of your self and perceptions of the world. I find myself struggling for a meaning of it all. I have been a sickly specimen most of my life, but I hide it well with my outward appearance.  Slap on a smile and make someone laugh…it has served me well for years. I am finding it harder to crack a smile or a joke as of late. Masking pain and getting older is taking its toll.

I find the general disconnect between people to be disturbing. It was different when I was younger. I’m only 32, but the change between then and now is observable in a big way in my generation. Less hello’s, more anger and boredom. This self serving, single serving, fast food culture is hollow. The sandwich shop is becoming less and less satisfying.

I have started making an effort to be friendlier and pay it forward when I can afford to. Paying for someone’s fast food order and striking up conversation is rewarding. Unfortunately conversation is met with strange stares and standoff behavior generally, where when I was younger it was more socially acceptable.

Social media is now the tie that binds society and a face to face conversation is tldr (too long didn’t read) in essence. This behavior is breaking what makes us human. Physical touch and intimate conversation has been replaced by 2 minute videos and 140 character blurbs. How many people would fall apart if all forms of social media vanished over night? I would be willing to bet a good portion.

The reason I don’t set a schedule for blogging or posting on social media like most is exactly why I decided to sit down and write this. Let life come as it comes. Talk to a stranger. Pay for a random persons meal. Kindness comes in circles. Even if it doesn’t come back to you immediately, the feeling that comes to your most human side is rewarding.  Don’t be a disconnected connection.

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That’s it for now!
– The one, The ONLY, Holytotemic

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Totem Soup Review – Predestination

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%
My Rating: 8.5/10

I was perusing my movie collection and stumbled on one I have yet to watch. The title, in itself, is ominous, so I figured what the hell. This movie had me on edge and chanting “what the fuck” through a good portion of it. Predestination was the title.

This is a smart, well written, time travel movie that will leave you guessing and on the edge of your seat until the very end. “Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) on his final assignment, must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.” With a synopsis like that I went into this prepared for a terrible campy cliche of a movie, but I could not have been more wrong.

I will drop no spoilers because I feel this movie must be stumbled into. Just the knowledge of the synopsis is enough. If it’s already in your list, move it to the top. If it’s not in your list, add it as soon as possible.

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That’s it for now!
– The one, The ONLY, Holytotemic

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