"You’ve likely never heard of 82-year-old computer scientist Lynn Conway, but her discoveries power your smartphones and computers. Her research led to successful startups in Silicon Valley, supported national defense, and powered the internet.

Long before becoming a highly respected elderly professor at the University of Michigan, Conway was a young researcher with IBM IBM . It was there, on August 29, 1968, that IBM’s CEO fired her for [being trans]. Nearly 52 years later, in an act that defines its present-day culture, IBM apologized and sought forgiveness."


Dogs play the game where you don't let the balloon touch the ground. On a beach. I watched at least a dozen loops already and I'm not even close to done

Crane and Tree - watercolor & ink

I'm really happy with this and want to do more experiments in this style.

#drawing #painting #watercolor #ink #nature #tree #art #mastoart

RT @KiwiEV@twitter.com

Now, if this isn't the coolest thing you've seen today then you need to close the refrigerator. It's an animation of how bridges were built in Central Europe in the middle-ages.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/KiwiEV/status/1316

Didn't get enough sleep last night and is about to make it everybody's problem.

Thanks outdoor walk-up clinic! Now I am partially vaccinated against some strains of influenza! 🪄💉

Neeeew sticker designs have dropped today! We've got old favorites and new designs up. Support a queer indigenous artist if you can 🎉 And plz boost.

October 17th, I will be closing my shop for nearly a month for a much needed vacation, so order before then to ensure you get it ASAP.

Credit to: @unfitmisfit who designed the QBIPOC flag (bottom right pic). Profits of this sticker goes towards the artist, a QBIPOC artist themself

If you're wondering whether you should vote at all, the answer is unequivocally "yes, you should". You should also do a bunch more immediate and effective work.

But there are good reasons why fascists spend so much effort trying to get people not to vote:

Who the President is matters

Who the national representatives are matters

Who your local officials are matters

No, simply voting will not fix a broken system. Just like bailing water doesn't fix a leaky boat. That doesn't mean it's not important! Voting in a system that's less broken gives people the time and space to do the other work.

Some folk : hey check out my shelter in place beard!

Other people : why even cut my hair this year? I'm a forest troll now!

ME : claws. I want claws.

TIL Raul Julia played Dracula on Broadway in the 70s, and Edward Gorey designed the sets.

THINGS I JUST GOOGLED: earliest known office chair

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