I thought I have no specific theme on what to write about today, so I am going to show up and just make things up as I go along. As I decide on lists (lists are always good) and work on the items, the theme finally emerges: Women Are Amazing and Every Day I am Overwhelmed About This Fact™. So here we go:
- I’m sure you’ve heard, but we just had the first image ever of a supermassive black hole! The image was captured using a series of algorithms from 8 telescopes to harvest data, send the data back and to earth, and get them processed. The team was led by 29-year-old assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences Dr. Kate Bouman, who was also instrumental in the processing of this raw data. Her face, upon watching the image being reconstructed, is priceless.
- I’m studying the legitimacy (or the lack of it) of leadership in protest movements, as modern movements are no longer precipitated by the effort of one single individual, but I could not help being so fascinated by 22-year-old Sudanese protester Alaa Salah.
- Maria Dahvana Headley has decided that the first word in her Beowulf translation (out next year!) would be ‘bro’. And the dragon in Beowulf is going to be a ‘she’!
- If you have not yet picked up Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey, you should. Her first line was, “Tell me about a complicated man”. She is also always ever willing to share her extensive translation process, of which I would never see myself do without the expertise that she has.
- 15-year-old social climate activist Greta Thunberg tells it like it is. “You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to us children.”