Reluctant optimist, music lover, graduate student of engineering, and alumnus of Virginia Tech

 

smithsonian:

Protip: This is a really bad question to ask when visiting the National Mall. We have 8 buildings surrounding the Mall, and a total of 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo. A S.H.I.E.L.D agent should know better! 

(We think she means the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in this case.)  

(Source: runakvaed)

Choose One.

"While the images and emotions of April 16 are seared into our collective consciousness, our own lives, with all of the demands of the modern world, will cause the memories to fade, likely more quickly than we might think. Over time, we will struggle with remembering so many names and, unfortunately, the only name we will probably always remember will be the one that we should all do our best to forget.

For this reason, I ask all members of the Hokie Nation and others touched by our tragedy to choose one name, to select one of the 32 victims to remember. Study their pictures to remember their smiles. Take note of their passions, their accomplishments, and their dreams and wishes. Learn everything you can so that no matter how much time passes, at least a little memory of that person will remain with you. Perhaps, after many years, the name you have chosen will be all that is left, but it will be a name worthy of remembrance.

Let us all lift upon our shoulders the victims we have chosen and carry them with us so that they may, through us, live the lives that they should have. Every time we don the orange and maroon, let’s think of them. Every time we meet up with fellow alumni, think of them. Every time we see “VT” or the HokieBird and every time we jump up and down as “Enter Sandman” plays while the football team takes the field, let them whisper in our ears, “Go, Hokies.” Let us carry them forward so that we can forget the one name we shouldn’t remember and instead recall more than just a date.

Choose one.”

Michael Olsen M.S. ‘00, Alexandria, Va.

(Source: vtmag.vt.edu)

In an effort to remember the names of the victims and not the shooters, I remember Juan.Juan Ortiz-Ortiz’s name always stood out to me for the simple fact that he came from Bayamon, Puerto Rico - the same place I visit almost every year. Reading about him is heart-breaking because he and everyone else had so much potential…

http://www.weremember.vt.edu/biographies/ortiz.html

In an effort to remember the names of the victims and not the shooters, I remember Juan.

Juan Ortiz-Ortiz’s name always stood out to me for the simple fact that he came from Bayamon, Puerto Rico - the same place I visit almost every year. 

Reading about him is heart-breaking because he and everyone else had so much potential…

http://www.weremember.vt.edu/biographies/ortiz.html

Puerto Rico probes darkening of Vieques bio bay

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico announced Wednesday they are investigating why a glowing bay that attracts thousands of tourists a year has grown dark in recent weeks.

The popular Mosquito Bay on the island of Vieques is considered one of Puerto Rico’s top attractions, and government officials say they are worried about the bay’s loss of bioluminescence.

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Carmen Guerrero said she is reaching out to local and international scientists to launch an investigation.

"Puerto Rico is one of the few places in the world that has bioluminescent bodies of water," she said.

The bay’s waters glow thanks to microscopic plankton known as dinoflagellates that emit a blue-green light through a chemical reaction when disturbed. The bay went dark in early January because of rough seas, but Guerrero said it is unclear why the glow diminished again in recent weeks.

This is troubling to see