Folks for ten entire minutes I kept up the bit that I don't speak a word of French and the puppet is fluent. For ten entire minutes of Grandad looking like he was going to piss himself I kept interrupting this bilingual T-Rex's conversation with a small child so he could catch me up and/or translate my input for the kid. And the kid was young enough to believe us entirely.
Boy: (extremly quiet) je suis français
Dinosaur: vous êtes içi en vacance, ou-
Me: uh mate I can't understand a word you're saying
Dinosaur: (extremely a puppet on the end of my arm whose voice is coming out of my mouth) wot
Me: je nuh... er... juh ne comprond... I don't speak French, what are you two saying
(Grandad is absolutely creasing at this point)
Dinosaur to boy: ...mon humain ne parle pas français, elle ne comprends pas une mot.
Boy: je ne parle anglais...
Dinosaur: je peux traduire
Okay so: I'm in the shop, with the dinosaur puppet on my arm bc it's been that sort of day, and a grandad notices it and taps his grandson on the shoulder and says "[name], look!" Boy approaches the counter and
Dinosaur: can I help you there sir?
Boy: *confused smile*
Dinosaur: can I help you at all?
Grandad: il a dit "je peux vous aider?"
Dinosaur: ohhh, vous parlez français? Oui, j'ai dit je peux vous aider?
Grandad: ah ouais nous sommes français! [name] le dinosaur est français aussi!
This "decoupling" nonsense is not the powerful excuse the dude-bros think it is.
Some ideas on a space opera-themed Magic setting:
(I'm sure the list of tropes and card names could be expanded tenfold, I'd love more ideas for them!)
climate change, optimistic
In the last 18 months or so, that's abruptly changed. The big Business-y people actually want to hear about climate impact now. They volunteer questions about their carbon footprint. We can even sometimes sell to customers who are going to see dollar savings they would not invest in.
There's a real sea change happening in attitudes here.
climate change, optimistic
Here's a thought you may find heartening:
I work for a company, Carbon Lighthouse, that addresses #ClimateChange by retrofitting commercial buildings to use less energy. For most its existence, CL has had a very clear understanding that investors absolutely NEVER wanted to hear the "C-word." WE track impact in terms like "equivalent to taking X diesel power plants permanently offline" but to THEM we sold it exclusively in terms of utility bills.
a little while ago I posted on here and on twitter something along the lines of "When did you first know you were cis" I got a surprising amount of sincere responses from cis friends for what was meant to just be a poke at language about trans people and today a friend came back to me with "Remember when you asked..." So uh... remember to occasionally remind your cis friends to challenge the assumption that they are cis I guess?
Not like directed at specific individuals but like general.
@hummingrain So I didn't notice your avatar had changed, which lead to me wondering why I hadn't seen any posts of yours in a while... Because I was reading a post that reminded me of your style... Because it was yours. 🙈
So proud to have edited the Fate Accessibility Toolkit along with Amanda Valentine. A fantastic team of writers all bringing their stories and disability perspectives to the table to make a great gaming supplement.
Very excited to see it nominated for a Nebula for Best Game Writing! https://nebulas.sfwa.org/2019-nebula-award-finalists-announced/
Queer nerd from Oakland, CA. Literally the Space Core. Striving to make fiction as strange as truth.
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