Post #1: Introducing SentioScribe
I told a friend that I had started a new blog here on SciLogs; he seemed interested enough, so I told him the name: SentioScribe. He sort of turned away from me and laughed a bit.
But after my naming-scheme's pride was hurt, he turned back and told me, "No, no, no. It's just that the name reminds me if this:"
And he kept giggling.
Now, I've no real idea how to relate this "effect" to what my blog's aim is, but he was referring to the Tyndall effect: the scattering of light particles through a colloid dispersion. Trees don't quite cut the definition, but it still looks pretty. An interesting note, too: Komorebi is the Japanese word for this phenomenon, the dispersion of light through a forest. We don't have an everyday word for this aesthetic delight in the English language--at least not one I'm aware of (let me know if there is). Also, if I'm not mistaken, the way English forgot to name something another language picked up on is called a lexical gap. Or semantic gap.
Who am I?
My name is Rhiana--like the singer, you know? Whenever someone asks for my name (e.g. for an order), I tell them this exactly, so I'm pretty used to spelling my name "Rihanna." Close enough, right? I'm currently an undergraduate studying neuroscience and some genetics here and there. I actually help out in a neurobiology research lab dealing with epigenetics, so I have some (limited) experience of benchwork and the like. So, basically, I'm a neuroscience student, writer, artist, and peer instructor. Aspiring scientist and avid insect collector, too.
If for some reason you'd like to contact me, shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, what's the deal with this blog?
SentioScribe is just pasting together a prefix and a suffix. Sentio: to feel and Scribe: to write. Hence, "to feel the issues, to write the issues." I wanted to start a blog that would focus on issues everyone can relate to: anything dealing with people, their health, and their environment. Basically, I grew up in an area with the country's worst tap water (looking at you, Pensacola) and am currently studying at a university in one of the South's most polluted cities (maybe my track record isn't that great thus far). This university also happens to have Alabama's largest medical center and research grounds; so, all of these factors together gives me inspiration for content.
This blog's purpose is to write about social and scientific matters on a personal level. However, the best way to define the blog is through its content. So, uh, I'll get to working on that.
Looking forward to being a part of the community!
(next up: a post on brainwashing?)