spacemutants asked:

So Hank, what's the deal with Pluto right now? Is it a planet or not?

edwardspoonhands answered:

Pluto is not a planet. The IAU (in my book) gets to decide what the definition of a planet is because there has to be a definition and they are by far the most qualified body to define it. 

Pluto does not meet that definition, and thus should not be considered a planet. I agree with their definition, but even if I didn’t I would submit to it because I am not an expert. 

Recently, three people sat in a room and argued about whether pluto was a planet. The audience then voted…and they voted that Pluto was a planet. That, of course, means nothing. If you want random groups of people to define scientific terms…it’s going to be hard to get any actual science done. 

We had this exact same discussion in class yesterday. We concluded that it doesn’t matter what the fuck you call it, it’s still out there, and it’s still interesting.

If science were done by nostalgia and popular vote, our textbooks would still say that the sun orbits the earth. It’s science. It doesn’t require you to like it.




Successfully made Welsh cakes yesterday. Of course, I was a dumbass and forgot to sprinkle sugar on the hot ones until the last couple batches.

The things are certainly labor-intensive. My roommate came home from work, watched TV, went to the gym, and came back and I was still standing over the bake stone, willing the things not to burn. They’re good, though….so….success!

Achievement unlocked!

+10 Welshness

+10 Cakes

-5 time