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Hi! I may have subscribed to your journal because you wrote something interesting that showed up while I was browsing dreamwidth or reading my network page. Perhaps you're reading this because you think I wrote something of note. Either way, welcome.

I try to avoid hate speech of any kind on my journal. If I slip up and say something heedless of my own privilege, please tell me - in a non-flaming way. These are teachable moments, not times to whack people over the head with a newspaper.

I could list an alphabet soup of identities, but suffice it to say thatRead more... )
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"Where's My Cut?" Emotional Labor MetaFilter summary (in case you too got overwhelmed by the number of comments on the original post)

Melissa Lozada-Oliva - "Like Totally Whatever" (NPS 2015) spoken word poetry, via [personal profile] shehasathree

'An American Wedding', poem by Essex Hemphill, NSFW, also if you're interested a brief biography of Hemphill

Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage

Underwear/Binders for trans* people are becoming less cumbersome, not necessarily more affordable

Don't Criticize Black Lives Matter for provoking violence. The Civil Rights Movement did, too.: The Washington Post actually had an article I liked for once!

Tongues Untied, a 1991 Documentary by Marlon Riggs about being Black and Gay -- in case you want to counteract the effects of the new whitewashed movie about Stonewall (note: for non-US'ers, you might do better checking out the IMdB link. Not sure where/if it's streaming atm, but it's worth tracking down if a local library has it.)

Before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin

anyone else have links to share?


Oct. 1st, 2015 01:10 pm
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Anxiety alligator (video, French with English subtitles) via hunningham

Cringe Monster (comic) via hunningham

Omelette (super cute video about a dog, a tired owner, and making omelettes)

Bioluminescent sea turtle!

I have finally gotten on the Hamilton bandwagon and it hit me halfway through the first song. All The Toast commenters & Mallory were totally right. (It's a musical about Alexander Hamilton and how could I have doubted this would be awesome?)
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I wish to signal-boost [personal profile] truelove's post about her survey for her final project for a course. The survey, linked from that post, is about social expectations with respect to one's body and one's food and activity choices, and I understand [personal profile] truelove has not much turnaround time and is hoping for more than a handful of responses in that time.


Sep. 24th, 2015 12:45 pm
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Cute Animals

17 Bunnies for all the sad people out there (note: via Buzzfeed) also because **I got to snuggle a 3 month old bunny yesterday**

Giraffes hum to each other at night and zookeepers never noticed (via [personal profile] umadoshi )


Mummy Brown and Other Historical Colors comic (via [personal profile] umadoshi , plus as a bonus the text and extra info is at the bottom)

Morning Me (comic) ... aka why evening self is an asshole


It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers (via [personal profile] umadoshi )

An Open Letter to Pumpkin Flavored Treats

Homeric Hymn to Demeter (cn: you know how the Persephone legend is creepy? this is that story told from her mother's perspective in a contemporaneous poem. I also really like it, but just...emotional space may be needed for this poem because kidnapping and also the dysfunction of Greek deities)

The Toast (older links I've been meaning to post for awhile)

A League of Their Own Inspired Thinkpieces

Let's Be Real: Two Women in Their Latter 20s Watch the 2005 Pride and Prejudice

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You know how a lot of "white-collar" offices have a policy where you can donate sick days to someone who needs them? Like you have been healthy, but someone else in your office has had surgery or needs to do major caregiver stuff and used all of theirs.

I wish there was a way to do some sort of "spoon donor" thing. Like, physically. I mean I can see ways for it to be creepy and exploitative, obvsly. But it would be reallllly nice to have the equivalent of a "take a penny, leave a penny" jar. Or just to store one's own excess spoons for later.

(I mean, if you could harness the power of your toddler self for later years...)
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Sorry for so many posts today, but I keep meaning to mention this because I think it would interest some of you. Then I forget because it happens so often.

We have a bird bath outside. Almost daily, someone has to fish out a soggy piece of bread. We finally figured out that someone nearby must be leaving out stale bread for local wildlife, and the local crows take it to our birdfeeder and let it soak *just enough* that it is the right consistancy for them. They then break it up amongst themselves -- possibly accompanied with fending off the grackle population -- but usually leave a bit behind.

I'm not sure why they leave a bit behind? Maybe it gets too soft at that point? They leave a certain piece of the bread? IDK.

But yeah. I also don't know if this counts as "tool use" officially, or just "more smart crow behavior."
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things my cats have never experienced before today (as judged by their behavior):
  • a litterbox that has just been cleaned
  • washing machines (off or on)
  • trash bags
  • vacuum cleaners (off or on)
  • cardboard boxes
  • food, ever. they have never, ever been fed. (this resets...every minute or so?)
  • open windows
  • the other cats in the house
i don't judge.
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Highly rec the following TED Talk about Whitopia (run time about 12 minutes)

As America becomes more and more multicultural, Rich Benjamin noticed a phenomenon: Some communities were actually getting less diverse. So he got out a map, found the whitest towns in the USA — and moved in. In this funny, honest, human talk, he shares what he learned as a black man in Whitopia.
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so [personal profile] maramcreates  and I were visiting with my friend yesterday. she just moved back to the area from NYC and is trying to save money for 6 months or so by staying with family, and is doing some caregiving for her grandmother. she was talking about her grandmother's deep-seated distrust for the digital thermostat and ensuing problems; I think everyone is familiar with these types of things to some degree. (i mean, the number of times we've gone to help parner's aunt's mom "fix the broken television" by pressing the input button a few times...)

anyway, maram and I were running some errands and speculating on what the equivalent culture shock might be once we get older (if we should live to see that day, etc.) it got silly fast. i share it here with you as comic relief.

cut for length )

also, my friend and I were talking about how the internet giveth (wonderful things) and the internet taketh away (via trolls, etc.). we also started talking about how a lot of "modern inventions" have similar pluses and minuses, we just stop thinking of them that way after awhile.

like roads! you can go places! meet new people! have more job opportunities! on the other hand, there's traffic fatalities and young people joyriding and car exhaust. Also, if you look in the right historical newspapers you'll find hand-wringing articles about The Automobile (and possibly also asphalt roads, though it's not my time period so IDK) of a similar tone to those about The Dangers of the Internet.

i know this is not a new comparison (via "generational gaps" etc), just I think it bears repeating.

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Hello fellow dw cat people!

So Chance appears to have some sort of food-related allergy. The "is it food or is it environmental" has been up in the air for awhile, as the symptoms are intermittently GI but also sometimes involve sores on his face (which he sticks into *everything* so it's like "well maybe he stuck his face in a dust bunny again"?).

backstory including what he currently eats )

Meanwhile, here's the real question: does anyone have recommendations for dry cat food that is poultry-based (preferably chicken and duck) and does not contain fish, states where the ingredients are sourced? Our budget could probably absorb about $20/5 lb bag, but once it gets into $30/5 lb bag range it's a bit of a stretch, though we can probably shop around as we have with Orijen and find the least expensive supplier.

standard disclaimer you are not a vet (or at least, my cat's vet), etc.

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Since I'm hitting a paywall on Ancestry (which apparently holds most of the UK military records on WW I but I may be able to access through a local library), I thought I'd take another route to try to determine which regiment my g-grandfather was in. This is also useful since he had a fairly generic Irish name, and it will help narrow things down once I *do* get access.

I am actually kind of proud that I think I figured it out?

I know from oral history from several relatives several battles he was in, that he was injured, and bits and pieces of the name of parts of the branches he served in. (He was in a fusilier branch, for example, that was from Northern Ireland. Not sharing too much atm because don't want to doxx myself.)

Anyway, I basically figured out that he was in the Irish Guard, then narrowed it down to which of the three branches he was in at the time. Then I figured out which battalion was present in each of the battles family oral history accounts states that he was in.

Now, caveats of course: oral history is unreliable, and he also could theoretically have been switched around between multiple battalions due to injuries etc.

But I'm pretty sure that if family info is accurate and he was in one unit the entire time, I've got it narrowed down.

Doing some reading of first person accounts of those battles, I can totally understand why he would *never talk about the War*, why he wouldn't mind my mom cutting up his medals' ribbons for doll clothes, and guess there were a lot of complicated survivor guilt feelings not unlike friends I've known who lived through the AIDS crisis. This is part of why I'm doing this research -- not so much "what things did my family do" but "how did the events my family lived through likely shape intergenerational family and behavioral patterns?"

(Also, wow, that type of information is *super* scattered across the interwebs. It was also hard to find on websites I find "reliable", though that could be because I haven't done enough research in this area to know which ones to look in. Still, win!)

I also couldn't help thinking that finally all those school math(s) problems of, "If Anna sits next to Bob and Susan sits next to Derek and..." actually were paying off.

In some of the letters we have, I found out that another Great-Grandfather fought in WWI. He's the one where there was a huge family rift over a will and a second wife, though, so I have no information other than "he fought in WWI and then he was a coal miner and then the family rift over a will and a second wife." Digging may have to wait til Ancestry access.
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So I was reading a lot of meta about various shows/fandoms and disability politics tonight. Er, this morning. Anyway, one thing I kept seeing in a lot of articles -- even ones written by PWD -- is that "people with disabilities can do whatever they want to."

And I was like...wait, no, I don't feel that way actually.

Read more... )

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OK, first, as someone who's a white woman, I see a lot of that aspect of my identities on TV. I see some portrayals of queer women on TV, but there's a lot of problematic stuff. Like, "And how long until one of these characters meets a horrible fate?" is basically how media has gone for a long time, or the film was made by an indie company because that is how they could get funding and so it's not terribly well made. And please don't get me started on the L-word.

OTOH...there's not that many great depictions of disability in television media? Also, usually when disability is portrayed people pick something very visible ("look this is the character who's disabled you can tell by looking at their accessibility device or some sort of visible difference") and making the Entire Fucking Storyline about the fact that they have a disability. And it's basically the ooooonly thing you know about them. And that they're inspirational and brave. *barf*

So along comes Switched at Birth, which I know I have raved about before. I am raving again. Partly because *look here are lots of intersectional identities* and *here are Deaf people arguing about disability politics and toeing the 'party line' and cochlear implants on ABC Family*. Also, they're multi-dimensional characters.

Yes, Daphne is Deaf. Her main storylines (to where I am in season 2 *don't spoil the rest I know there's more*) are about the whole switched-at-birth thing, her complex relationships with her now-blended family, class differences, "wait technically I am white but I was raised Latina til I found out about the switch so...", all the boyfriend drama, and aspirations to be a chef. Probably more things too. Like I said -- so much more than "she's the Deaf one" because there's LOTS of Deaf Characters. Also, it's a very "social model of disability" show.

Ahoy be spoilers for a couple points in the show where I felt the show did things *really well*, just so I can truly convince you to watch it. Also, links to a couple clips.

minor spoiler in season 1, I'm not sharing how this event happens it's mostly about a one to two minute clip )

spoilers for a couple plot points in season 2 with longer scenes involved )

I just.

Bring the teenage soap opera drama. Bring it all. I lurv you so much, this show.

P.S. I've been off-and-on pondering some thoughts on Daredevil and disability. This blog post has a lot of the things I had feelz about, as does this science one. I just...feel like while there's some good "here's accessible devices in action" and "here's the occasional person being a douche," Matt Murdock doesn't actually lose that much privilege via being blind-with-superpowers. That would not be such a big deal except for general lack of representation, because then Average Person gets tons of misconceptions about being blind. But there is no *one* experience for any one disability. Just, I think Matt Murdock is very outside the average range.
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[personal profile] jjhunter  is running a How are You (in Haiku) today! it is fun! I wrote a haiku about cats and windows and laps, because that is my day so far. <3
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Brought to you by yet another unsatisfactory medical appointment. (Though fortunately, not as fraught as the last one.)

(I also have a text-only version, but I'm not sure where I can upload it. However, if you are using a screen reader and know where I can put it I'm more than willing to share!)  ETA: [personal profile] kaberett  has kindly added html table version in the comments!

crappy medical appointment bingo, dark humor about crappy medical shit below )
"Winners" get comfort food/beverage/blanket fort and optional fuzzy animal of their choice.

(Feel free to share as you wish. Or not.)
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I am having a lot of feelz lately when I do recognize something in my health experience or queer experience in mass media represented and it's not just "oh look and inspiring story about how lazy we all are if we don't run a marathon like this kid in the special olympics" or "don't get close to these two women in love, they're about to experience a horrible fate to remind us all that queers can never be truly happy!"


A show which has been counteracting these depressing trends and giving me warm fuzzies, which I will pimp *again*, is Switched at Birth.

I won't go into the particulars of how this scene came up, because spoilerz, but:

A character with an invisible disability (Person A) who was closeted about it was talking to a Deaf character (Person B) who is strongly involved in the Deaf community. They were frustrated that someone they knew had a physical disability (Person C) that was interfering with their ability to sign, and thus have a really close form of communication (versus lip-reading).

Person A told Person B that, "[Person C] is probably a hundred times more frustrated, because it really sucks to have your body betray you."

[mic drop]

I'm sorry, I lost my shit. For several days. Someone on ABC FAMILY just spoke my truth to millions of viewers while navigating the waters of intersectionality and hiding disability and that being a legit choice and that there are different types of disability and it sucks and it's no one's *fault* and there's all kinds of adjustments and grieving that happens when you have a new diagnosis.

Excuse me while I recover from my swoon


At the suggestion of [personal profile] kaberett , I've been checking out

additional example, cn: ER visits, the suckage therein, validation around the suckage, feelings about how invasive medical exams can feel like assault )


So, does anyone have any recs for fic or books or media or whatever that will give me similar tingly feelings of "omigod other people feel this too??"

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(sorry for the posting spam today)

In regards to my earlier post about difficulty with competition and competitive games (tw: evil bees/dysfunctional families), just wanted to say that I do really enjoy collaborative games.

Herein be an open list of collaborative games. Feel free to add more in the comments!

Polaris (a GM-less RPG about being a doomed knight in the Northlands; my first session lasted 9 hours; I don't do tabletop much). Tao games also has a lot of other promising-looking RPGs, including Hot Guys Making Out.

Crap Scrabble looks amazing but I have not had a chance to play it yet (example from the rules: "If the cat lays down on your tiles they are no longer yours and you must play around the cat until she leaves.")

Improv games (honestly probably where I first learned cooperative gameplay). Simple ones include the kind where someone starts a story and then passes it on to another person, etc. Can also be facilitated by Story Cubes.

Obviously harder to plan, but those things where you have a murder mystery party at your house or wherever. I assume a lot of LARPing also falls somewhere in this category, but some does not.

(For definition's sake, I am non-scientifically definining a collaborative game as one in which no one person "wins", and/or the point is just to have fun or create something together and points are not emphasized.)

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My family is, on the whole, fiercely Herein be evil bees, mostly of the dysfunctional sibling variety and also multi-generational, on why it's important to let kids win sometimes )
(thanks to [personal profile] tyger  for conversation reminding me I've been wanting to write this post for awhile)


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