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Cat Update )

What I have been knitting lately )

Writing Meta )

Here's a short excerpt I wrote the other day that I am particularly proud of )

I've been on Twitter a lot in the middle of the night when I can't sleep because of hip pain, because there's lots of other people who can't sleep either, and also because when I have brain fog 140 characters is easier to handle than larger chunks of text.

However, joyously! my brain is letting me read now. Possibly because I am utterly sick of television, as for months I couldn't really do anything after 6 pm other than watch Netflix under a pile of cats. So, rec me your books! Quick, while I can enjoy them!
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I was talking to [community profile] altamira today about various and sundry historical things, including how peoples' descendants try to scrub the historical record of things that are considered offensive or scandalous. this got us talking about historical sources and sources in general, and so now you get a (minor) history-research-meta linkspam.

one of the reasons I feel people should hire more historians is that good historical methods training teaches you to find information and also teaches you to assess the inherent biases of all information and use the biases to your advantage. in the so-called Information Age, where we're hit with a firehose of social media and data, I would think having employees who could help sift through that data and/or locate some specific information for you would be invaluable. but, you know, maybe that's just me.

(what follows will be primarily US-centric, as despite my interest in global history, my experience actually studying history has been in the US)

unfortunately, mostly you don't get to the cool historical methods things until upper level history major courses, which means you had to enjoy the stuff enough to get there. social studies teachers are trying to change this, but with the focus on STEM and cuts to school funding social studies teachers are often the ones who don't actually have upper-level training in their field (sorry that I have lost my citation for this). so instead we teach students to memorize facts, as opposed to question facts that are presented and form their own opinions based on evaluating primary sources. the second would form a much more educated electorate, so...you know, perhaps there are other motivations for underfunding social sciences? or perhaps it's a fear of a challenge to American Exceptionalism. anyway, I digress.

if you are interested in learning how historians know what they know, here are some good sources:

Examples of Critical Reading
How to Read a Primary Source
How to Read a History Book
A Layperson's Reading List in American History

Some high school teachers are discussing sources and teaching methods on twitter under the hashtags #sschat and #hsgovchat

there are way more sources, but I am trying to not dive into a full fledged rabbit hole at the moment.

However, I will share a personal experience of my own morning's research rabbit hole, complete with internal meta analysis of sources, the order in which I found them, etc. You should know that it deals with white people I may be related to murdering Native Americans in the Ohio Valley, so. If you need to skip this, totally do that. I will try to post a different research rabbit hole that is an easier to read at another point.

racism, massacres, and problematic history be here )

tl;dr To get a more wholistic view on this, I would probably contact the resource room at the National Museum of the American Indian and ask about sources from the Iriquois perspective. (And also, what term is better than "Mingo" but more specific than Iriqois, which is a huge umbrella term.) Honestly, there may not be that many surviving records because historical whitewashing, but that is where I would go to make a start. Probably it is where I will go when I have email spoons.

final thoughts, includes some dealing with white guilt )

Anyway, that is what my historian internal thought process looks like, and in this case what it looks like when it's something related directly to me (and also hella gross historical racism that there is a "perspective" on but not an exoneration, iykwim).
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so if I have been posting sporadically of late, that is because Stardew Valley has eaten my soul free time.

It is a farming sim game a la Harvest Moon/Animal Crossing, but combines the best of a lot of games! general game thoughts )


I will give this warning: if you get visual seizures, this may not be the game for you? at least not on days when it snows/rains. the graphics there are very...well, they are close to being too much if I were to have a migraine day, so I would advise against the game if seizures are an issue, because there is a lot of blinky black/white contrast. :/

personal feelz about playing this game as a queer person )


So, uh. Yeah, I'm having feels with this game. Actually the feelz started with the intro, which was more related to feelings about capitalism and labor. You may want to play the game yourself to see it, but here is a screenshot from the intro to give you an idea:
cut for image and minor game spoiler related to image )


Oh, did I mention also that female characters can have beards? Yes. Yes they can. (I imagine there are not restrictions on male characters accessories, either. But.

Also you can have dinosaurs in your Big Coop once you upgrade. Yes. You can have dinosaurs on your farm.

I'm not sorry if this eats your life also. I have not loved a game this much since Glitch.

ETA: I am totally cool with you sharing this entry! Though prefer not too much bookface sharing, etc.
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I do not even know where most of this is from anymore, but I share with you becauase I found them interesting and I do so enjoy [personal profile] umadoshi's linkspam. I hope you find something of interest.

Writing

quote via this tweet: "In short, the most optimistic fiction you can write is fiction where people treat each other well under conditions of crisis." --C Doctorow

Read more... )

Gender & sexuality & feminism, oh my!

Overthinking it: Female character flowchart

Read more... )

Gaming and media

Can Live Action Role-Playing Bring about social change?

Read more... )

Various posts that I connect somehow to feeling crappy about work/not work/not the "right kind" of work

On Tumblr Skillz and their utility in the job market

Read more... )

Just for fun

The Kitty Convict Project -- IDing escaped indoor cats

the yarn harlot is giving me sock envy. good thing i am currently knitting weasley socks in autumn colors (*coughgreatlyaccidentallyalteringthepatternonpurposecough*).

(beware: gif/vine thing!) velociraptors attack outdoor christmas decorations

From the Point of View of the Cat, by Czech writer Karel ńĆapek, 1935 (note: text is in image file, transcription currently unavailable)

Comic about what the Oxfam goats think about Oxfam donations (note transcription currently unavailable

@hourlykitten If you use twitter, I've been following @hourlykitten rather than Emergency Kitten because @hourlykitten cites sources of photos and I find that admirable. (also, it's nice to be able to track back to the original photographer, etc.) I have no affiliation, but I recommend them.

There is an adorable rat on this chilled out cat's head. Not recommended at home.
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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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Confession time: when I'm depressed or upset, I read a lot of Thich Nhat Hanh and Ajahn Chah and other Buddhist teachers. I don't know if "enjoy" is the right word, but I obviously get something out of it because I keep coming back to books like Being Peace and Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? However, I know that topics like Meditation and Buddhism are triggery for some folks, so I'm just going to add a disclaimer here that I may talk about those things here in a positive light, but I'm talking about them for me as a good thing and I'm not saying you have to rush out and join a Buddhist Monastery or something, or even adopt this as a general practice in your everyday life. If it doesn't work for you, it doesn't work for you. Brains are different things.

Now that's out of the way, here's a quote from one of the piles of books about Buddhism about listening I thought is relevant to yesterday's post about my boundaries (note: not everyone's boundaries) and the listening/advice line:

tw: Buddhism, radical listening, mindfulness )
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  • [personal profile] brigid posted a very helpful list of Retail (and Fast Food) red flags for anyone who's job searching, as a follow-up to Captain Awkward's more white-collar oriented Job Search Red Flags. Both are worth reading.

  • [personal profile] sharpeningthebones has An open post for those who ned a safe space to vent, cheer, ask for help or anything else

  • I have a thread there wherein I vent about Crohn's and in particular open up about why the colonoscopies &tc are particularly triggering for me. (TW: new medical diagnosis, dis/ability, sick pet, anger and an*l r*** survivor). Breaking the silence, what.

  • Just a general FYI, I'm feeling really really shattered by this diagnosis in particular. I'm not sure why except that it comes on top of a very stressful week month year, so I'm feeling unlike my usual lovingkindness self and more...grumpy/grouchy. So if I come across that way, it is very much me and not you. Because being grumpy/grouchy is making me more grumpy/grouchy overall. Anywho, I deeply apologize if I offend in any way and ask that you gently bring it up with me if some of my actions really bother you/are problematic. Because I want to know/fix them.

  • That being said, I just wanted to make a general heads-up that at this time I'm finding unsolicited advice extremely triggery and I ask that folks not make it on my journal space. Thanks to a certain someone for helping me realize I was falling into this trap myself, and for helping me do some serious self-examination about whether I wanted to consider making unsolicited advice in general. Here's a partial list of why it's problematic for me (note that it's not a Universal Experience):
      I may have/probably have already considered the options you're listing

      I may not have the cope to be in "problem solving mode" at the moment, and instead just need a shoulder to cry on. Offering advice closes down the emotional safe space for crying.

      Offering advice has an underlying tone of "You don't know how to fix this yourself," and disempowers the listener to solve their own problems

    Thank you for being considerate of my feelings and thinking about whether or not your comments contain advice before clicking post, because this is a big thing for me. If it happens often, I may give you a gentle nudge privately to remind you of my preferences. Just FYI.

  • If I ask for advice (given certain caveats I may list in the post), then it's totally a different story and you're welcome (and indeed encouraged!) to give advice, etc.

  • If the unsolicited advice thing is triggery for you, and I unintentionally slip up and give you unsolicited advice, just give me a nudge and I'll try to remedy my ways. If we don't make mistakes - and get reminded - then we don't learn, amirite?
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Today I finished a shawl for my sister. I have been trying to knit something for her for ages, and have indeed finished several somethings and then deemed them "not good enough" and found them other homes. (I know, I know.)

Today's knitting is definitely "good enough" to take on any weasel. (That's not a dare, by the way. Shoo! weasels, shoo!)

Homespun heather affection shawl
Close up of a striped shawl done in the style of my earlier color affection, so stripey concentric circles intersecting at different angles is the best way to describe it? In shades of purple and white. One of the yarns, the one that is most variegated and has bits of pink and brown, is one I spun myself. (And I still have 50-60 yards to play with, woo!) For the curious, the cream/white yarn is a local yarn that is Border Leicester, and the other purple is a chunky Peruvia Quick (so Peruvian Highland Woo)
2 photos and knitting/spinning talk behind the cut )\o/

Now to hope that my sister likes it...but if she doesn't, that's not something I can control.

I guess that was what was so great about this project...I didn't really know where it was going from start to finish. When I was spinning I kept wondering how many yards I would get, what I could knit with it, etc., and it was mainly just fun to have an excuse to look at patterns on Ravelry. I didn't really know it was going to turn into a modified color affection until I started knitting. If I got stuck on one part of the process, I slept on it, and that usually made it better. I am so, so proud of the result and my "process knitting."

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Went rogue with the Amiga cardigan

me wearing multi-colored short sleeved cardigan with lace border at the bottom and two buttons

I finished my first cardigan for myself! Also, the first one for an adult. The button band truly wasn't as bad as I expected, although I did have to start it and restart it several times to get it right. Sleeves shorter than the pattern called for because I only had a limited amount of free yarn. (My mom had this in her stash for a year and didn't do anything with it, so...yes. ^____^)

Also, just FYI, my grandmother had never seen anyone use a drop spindle before. She found it "fascinating"2 medium spinning photos below the cut and me rambling about spinning :D )

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