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Hey everyone Iโ€™m Satsuma, you can call me Satsu if youโ€™d like

Iโ€™ve never done an introductions post bc I am fundamentally unsure whether I actually exist but in theory at least Iโ€™m a ace butch (they/them please) who likes learning about cool stuff and trying to make the world be a better place

Iโ€™ve been around on mastodon for a while so if youโ€™ve got questions or need help feel free to ask! Or also if you just want to say hello ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงกโค๏ธ

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In case anyone was somehow unaware, I'm very much a 'not gay as in happy but queer as in fuck you' kind of queer

Pinboardโ€™s bookmarklet for saving new links has this really neat feature where highlighted text will be automatically imported as the linkโ€™s description which I unfortunately only ever trigger accidentally

I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

Course typically offered: verify offering with dept

....probably a bad sign for me being able to take that next spring then?

:boost_ok: advice request from fellow autistic folk 

#actuallyautistic

i'm interested in hearing from folks who pursued an "official" diagnosis later in life (i'm 38)

I'm watching some yt videos about this but would appreciate thoughts on why I'd even bother to do this.

I don't understand what the benefit is, beyond "knowing," which, I already do.

boosts welcome

#SummerSchool will be in session soon!

May 12 we are going to be opening up the forms for y'all to submit your research proposals!

It is an interdisciplinary academic conference. We are so excited for the fediverse to come together and learn and share together.

So keep your eyes peeled and your minds a'thinking of your proposal.

Graphics designed by Csepp! @cspp@merveilles.town

So the trick is, make someone who writes emails for a living proofread your stuff until you figure out how to hit the right balance of politeness and brevity

Also, go hang out in your teachers office hours so youโ€™ve already mentioned how much you love their work like six times by the time you get to the forms email requests, so that you can skip that bit

Grad student email: "Hello, Dr. Gehl -- I'm so sorry to bother you. I just wanted to take a moment away from reading all of your books and articles to ask something. By the way, your work is so fundamental to my project. As you said in your article, "Power is relative." I really value that insight. [etc, etc, for 500 more words.] Anyway, can you please sign the attached form? Unless of course you're too busy."

Undergrad email "hey u need to sing this form so i can graduate. do it today"

Textbook: "Garden is Scandinavian"
Me: *squints*

Anyway I'm like 85% sure that's french, tho it's possible *they* got it from that time when they were invaded by the Norse? Idk it Just Feels Latin

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Y'all apparently "penguin" is Celtic and didn't originally mean penguin

This textbook will just drop facts that raise 50 questions and then move on like nothing happened

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(look usually we don't borrow pronoun sets unless language contact is *really high* ok it's not unreasonable to think Norse woulda hit 5%)

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(I figured Norse/Norman french influence alone had to account for at least a third, and that's before you start in on all the stuff from when it was fashionable to steal from Greek and Latin, or all the food words.

I was right about french--30% but scandanavian languages are collectively under 2%??)

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ยซA survey of the 1,000 most frequently used words in English found that only 61.7% had Old English (Germanic) origins.ยป this is actually much higher than I was expecting

crenelation (the word) is just in general underrated imo

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"Licence to crenellate" and "Adulterine castle" are both excellent phrases

I'm doing a Kickstarter! This is running for the whole month of May, if you want a little enamel Korok for your jacket it's your lucky day.

kickstarter.com/projects/magpi

#EnamelPins #MastoArt #crowdfunding #kickstarter

Dear crafters of the internet with cats: this is my first experience with kittens this young (12 weeks), so I had no idea they explored so much of the world by chewing on things.

In your experience, at what point can they be trusted around yarn/knitting? 6 months? 1 year? Never?

Oh huh

To be clear, this post usually gets boosted bc iโ€™m mad irl and not because iโ€™m aware of whatever discourse is happening on fedi lol

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