This weekend it was rainy, as it often is this time of year here, but I was feeling good and wanted to do something. So I went to the art gallery. I saw five exhibitions, which required a break for … Continue reading
Trailer for a movie I cannot wait to see on migraine. Looks like they’re still raising $$$ to finish it. I think I’m going to have to watch this movie with some friends and a giant pile of tissues – just the trailer makes me cry. It’s simultaneously extraordinarily painful and an impossible relief to hear my experiences described by others and to see them treated with kindness and respect.
There’s a real need for stuff like this – people just don’t know what life with chronic migraine is like and so it doesn’t get the research $$$ it needs and sufferers don’t get the support they need.
Antarctic Edge is a great documentary. It’s gotten pretty mixed reviews – reviewers seem to think it should be a snappy political piece or a focused scientific piece.
By way of their warts-and-all stories, these individuals closely connect with the audience, but what the work and findings in each of the scientists’ respective fields means in the context of handling climate change seems secondary to how this work affects them on a personal level. … This unintentionally gives her film the feeling that it’s not a first-person account of working to figure out the effects of climate change, but an ensemble character study filled with quirky individuals who happen to be stuck in a cataclysmic event. [link]
And that’s what’s great about this film. It actually captures very well the day-to-day of being a scientist, from the way it feels to be working on a problem like climate change, to how a desire to spend more time with your family influences technological advances in the field, to the exhaustion, tedium, frustration, and bad jokes that are part and parcel of field work.
You can watch the full film on Netflix or here.
You should really watch this movie.
March 18, 2014
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Finding effective treatments for Lyme disease and other chronic illnesses has become much more difficult. As usual, it’s all about the money: The problem, they say, started back in 1980, when Ronald Reagan changed the rules governing how scientists (and … Continue reading