https://twitter.com/Gaydarade/status/1101642984645365761 might be the best story I've read in a while
Organizing, "problematic" people, trauma
Me at 22: I want to organize to change the world! Most people are high functioning and good. So as long as we exclude the handful of problematic bad apples, we can do this thing!
*ten exhausting years later*
Me at 32: Basically everyone is traumatized and damaged, and we desperately need spaces and structures geared towards healing, personal growth, and redemption if we're ever going to hope to have the critical mass to make it happen.
KDE (FOSS accessibility) thread
Understand this. Diversity means a change of culture. You cannot maintain a professional culture, attractive to capital, while acheiving actual diversity. Actual diversity means women who talk about their bodies, black people who mention their experiences, queer people who discuss their relationships, and people with disabilities who challenge you on accessibility
disability; bike lights; PSA
Friends and fellow cyclists.
Consider using just steady lights instead of blinking ones. I am epileptic and have to bike everywhere to get around. Blinking lights, at best, give me a searing headache, and at worst a seizure.
Yes, it may take more battery or more charge power, but you are Still visible and not hurting people's heads and putting them at risk.
Folks who don't care like to tell themselves--and everyone else--they have a "thick skin." They don't. They have no skin. Not caring is easy. It's just what broken, fragile people do when they're embarrassed and afraid. They're not fooling anyone, either.
I'm gonna give a shit. It's hard. It hurts like Hell. I'm gonna do it anyway, and so are you. We're strong enough, there are always more of us, and we won't back down.
Keep thinking about this for the PNW...
"It is raining. It has always been raining. You're not sure when it started or when it will stop.
'It's just the winter,' your friends insist. 'It will be better soon'.
Rain runs into their mouths as they speak, drowning them on dry land.
'True natives don't use an umbrella.'
Everything is wet. No one notices.
'It's better in summer,' they repeat."
Autism and it's connection to being Transgender
On HBomber stream something I researched before coming out further confirmed.
"Laura Dale is on the stream talking about the correlation between being autistic and being trans that nobody has done any research on
Like.... autistic people are 10x more likely than neurotypical people to be trans and.... we know the numbers and don't really know why"
FYI this includes Enby's people too <3.
The story I'm writing works better with boredom and rebellion as the impulse for change, but to seem 'true' to current life the characters would be provoked into anxiety.
Reconciling this, I think I might be a bit out of sync with either my generation or some aspect of characterization in an important way, and I'm trying to understand it.
Writing a teen transgender urban fantasy. Ask me about it.
I study natural language processing, parsing, & graph theory.
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