Megan Massa

"We'll live to die some other day."

bowdoin polar bear '14. hths '10.
nerd. scientist. atheist. feminist. anti-bias.
...i'm currently rebuilding my faith in humanity

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Bad news. A major vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr.

We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.

But this still means that the little lock icon (HTTPS) we all trusted to keep our passwords, personal emails, and credit cards safe, was actually making all that private information accessible to anyone who knew about the exploit.

This might be a good day to call in sick and take some time to change your passwords everywhere—especially your high-security services like email, file storage, and banking, which may have been compromised by this bug.

You’ll be hearing more in the news over the coming days. Take care.


Through the Looking Glass, Into the Brain

Book review! I just read Neurocomic (Amazon), a new graphic novel by Drs. Hana Ros & Matteo Farinella (who is on Tumblr). While not perfect, it presents the history and science of brain research in a way I’ve never before seen. I wish there was more of this art/science crossover in science books, don’t you?

Neurocomic is one man’s Lewis Carroll-esque journey through the human brain (his own?), where, after becoming trapped in a daydream, he encounters micro-avatars of the very neuroscientists who first unlocked the secrets of neuroscience. He also gets some rather psychedelic biology lessons along the way, falling through axons, parachuting out of synaptic vesicles, fighting the Kraken (who I assume has come for revenge on all that giant squid axon research that scientists have done over the years), discovering the power of hallucinogens (the hard way… no, make that the FUN way), and even breaking up some fisticuffs between Messrs. Golgi and Ramon y Cajal.

But like any book that attempts to hit every highlight of neuroscience, as well as the people who have studied it, in less than 150 pages, it was often superficial, and I was left wanting in parts. This book’s a bit like the cerebral cortex in that way: Interesting and full of action, but ultimately concealing a lot of cool stuff going on underneath. While the text was a bit academic in parts, the illustrations are superb, both fantastic and fantastical. I half expected the Cheshire Cat to pop up (instead I got a talking version of Pavlov’s dog).

Neurocomic won’t leave you ready to enter a neuroscience PhD program, but it does present some amazing science in a genre-busting, outlandish, imaginative way. All in all, journey through the looking glass into an imaginary world inside our own minds. And isn’t that what reading a story is all about?


A+ April fools joke that adds a top-hat to everyone’s icons.  Cue the lolz


Adults acting out scripts that kids have both written and voiced. 


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The emails have been sent!  And to those of you on tumblr who have received good news, I’d like to be the first (or second, if you count the acceptance email) to welcome you into our family.  As a current senior, you will be the first of many younger classes that I will not have the pleasure of sharing this campus with.  And while that’s disheartening for me to think, I know you all will do your best to keep Bowdoin awesome.

No matter if you’re still deciding whether to attend or if Bowdoin is your first choice, you can now breathe a sigh of relief — you will be going to college!

And please know that my ask box is always open!  I do my best to answer all questions that come my way to the best of my ability. :)

Congratulations again.  Go U Bears!

Puerto Rican beaches under that Caribbean sun

Hiking through the El Yunque Rainforest

Views from the Castillo San Felipe del Morro