Middle-aged, US expat in W. Europe. Married to Loving Spouse. Share custody of 2 adult cats and many interests accruing from 30+ years of marriage.
Lots of my interests are listed in my profile, but it's not exhaustive. I'm comfortable in my cis-het being, but try to be sympathetic to all types; It's hard being human.
I curate followers pretty hard, but if you like what you see, you'll improve your chances if you drop me a line to start a conversation.
I gave a talk last night at a friend’s birthday party and magazine launch about Ursula LeGuin, Star Trek, and how the arts might help us achieve a post-scarcity society. I hope you enjoy it, shares happily welcomed.
No opt-out, food network? At least they tell what cookies are for. And fortunately I have an ad blocker.
technology, ableism, and environmentalism Show more
disabled people rely on technology. we rely on social media when we can't leave the house and need people to talk to. we rely on non-recyclable plastics to distribute safe, sterile medical supplies. we rely on cars when public transit isn't accessible. we rely on plastic straws, delivery services, and more.
your concerns for the environment cannot leave us out.
the answer to "what did you do before those things?" is "die or suffer, mostly."
Relatedly, I made a separate thread about how if you're on Food Stamps or Medicaid, you can get a discount on Amazon Prime, which has free shipping, so it can save you the cost of transportation to shop, plus having free on-demand TV: https://dragon.style/@frameacloud/102113871492867122
I want to write a free, copyleft book about how to thrive on low income in the USA, because all the books on personal finance give advice like "don't buy a latte every day," instead of "first, get your staples at the food bank, and *then* any other food via food stamps."
I've been writing an outline, and I need more sources. What books and links can you tell me about that are like more the food stamp example? (And please retoot!)
If a stationmaster cat can become a kami, surely it’s time to create shrines to Grumpy Cat. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11704428/Cat-stationmaster-Tama-mourned-in-Japan-and-elevated-as-goddess.html
The passing of an Internet meme (sad) Show more
So, sic transit gloria mundi - Grumpy Cat has died.
I knew, since "Tard" (for "Tardar Sauce") was a living cat, that her time on this earth would be finite. And that a lot of the Grumpy Cat meme was more about how we as humans "read" the combination of her facial markings and the way her body was influenced by feline dwarfism. But still, there was a touch of "spirit of the times", and a big-hearted cat (and carer) behind it.
minor health whining Show more
... and also fulfilled my request for a cough suppressant to be taken at night, strictly after all of the slime buster had worked itself out my system for the day. She also checked my oxygen levels with this cute gizmo that looked like an electronic clothespin - the final test before giving her OK to the nighttime cough suppressant.
It was nice to hear that I was already doing the good & necessary things in other departments. (This whole practice is nice like that.)
minor health whining Show more
Lets see... I'm now on day *ten* of this rotted cold.
I *thought* I was getting better on day 7, so I did some catch-up outside and... whoa, my lungs decided to throw a strop, and a ton of phlegm, and I didn't stop coughing the whole night.
At least the chat I had the next day (yesterday) with my GP let me know that, yes, while everything was still in order, she gave me instructions on applying an extra tablet of "slime-buster" in the day... (more on next rock)
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