I’ve just spent the last fortnight, in between my own studies, marking first year assignments. At times, I’ve seriously wondered about the future of Australian science, but then one wonderfully written piece arrives on my desk and I stop trying to design drinking games (a student wrote something unintentionally rude because they didn’t proofread – one drink). I feel like I need some particular comments on a rubber stamp, I had to say them so often. So from a tutor who isn’t quite so bitter and twisted yet, I’d like to offer my general advice as the end of semester approaches.
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Not undertaking any kind of hair removal on my legs this summer wasn’t any kind of feminazi protest against today’s beauty standards. And I certainly have been showing off my calves regardless – it’s been far too hot to shy away from my sundresses. And look, I have to be honest, my friends do get a little jealous that my leg fuzz is fair and thin – I’ve been waxing and epilating since I was 14, slowly destroying the hair follicles each time I rip the hairs from their roots. But when I put it like that, I do start to question why girls do what we do – why is it that hairy legs on a girl is considered gross? Continue reading
Inspiration comes from many places. Today’s article comes from somewhere in between Valentine’s Day making me reflect on things that make me happy, my recent run in The Color Run (recently reviewed by Penny) and the fact that I moved house last week.
So what do my red rose, purple-stained scalp and new, rainbow lounge have in common? The red rose makes me feel loved. The purple hair reminds me of the look I had going last weekend and makes me feel happy. The bright cushions on our lounge make our new apartment feel like a fun place. All of these colours make me feel some emotion – so what’s going on?
Colour itself is our brain’s reaction to light of different wavelengths hitting our eyes. Think about a rainbow – it shows off all of the colours that the human eye can see. Violet has the shortest wavelengths (the distance from the peak of one wave to the peak of the next), then as the waves of light get progressively longer, we go through the spectrum of blue, green, yellow, orange and red with the longest wavelengths. As the light enters the eye, it hits various, specialised receptors in the retina which then send signals to your brain which are interpreted as different colours. Continue reading