Mastodon is the first time I can think of where theres a huge trans community which has a wide spread of ages and other demographics, is not locked off from cis people, and isn't constantly under attack. That's pretty momentous and It's incredibly normalising.

Love to all the cis allies with pronouns in their descriptions too. Y'all are great.


Just had a Hamilaria moment in real life. At Mass, and pastor was talking about Nathaniel sitting under a fig tree as a symbol of peace and prosperity (which makes it easy to indulge in prejudice).
And I did NOT go all I would have had to explain, in Dutch, and I just don't think it would have been a good use of anyone's time.
But I also think I deserve a halo.

Hey dudes of Mastodon! Can you leave the mansplaining on those other sites and not bring it here? It's easy! When you see a post from a woman you don't know:
✔️ Be friendly or insightful. Both is better!
✔️ Assume she knows the subject, even if you think she just made an error
✔️ Ask good-faith questions about her context
✔️ "Yes! And..."
❎ Neg
❎ Give unsolicited advice
❎ Act like she knows nothing about the subject
❎ Presume she wants to (or has any responsibility to) debate you.


Urgh. Better half is stuck at the airport on a plane that won't take off but hasn't been canceled. I really want to go to bed (work tomorrow) but also want to be able to pick him up if it actually is canceled.
Come on, universe, just make up your mind, willya?

Grumpy about homophobia and ill-intentioned commentary on birbsite. Kinda my own fault for going into a thread where jerks hang out, but more their fault for being jerks.

Thought from context on the birbsite:

Be the helpers that Mr Rogers wanted you to look for in the world.

Computers are rocks we tricked into thinking by shoving lightning into them, it’s all made up, eat trash be free.

This is my cat, you boost my toot I boop her snoot
Your move, elephant

Sermon today at church reminds me why I'm at this parish, with this priest. Don't want to embarrass him by going all 😍, and darn it, it shouldn't be so hard to stand up and say BAD STUFF IS BAD.
But here we are, I guess.

retoot to pet the cat
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    /  ヽ   ノ
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Not-Thanksgiving dinner here. Roast chicken, dressing, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, corn, bacon-wrapped string beans, gravy. Not food-coma levels of eating, but really good. And good conversation with the kids. Everything Thanksgiving should be.

You can get anything you want
at Alice's Restaurant
You can get anything you want
at Alice's Restaurant
Walk right in, it's around the back
Just a half a mile from the railroad track
You can get anything you want
at Alice's Restaurant

Being an American abroad is always a little weird on the 4th of July, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. And, in the Netherlands, Veteran's Day.

My worlds are out of sync.

what if the real server was the friends we made along the way?

And after further discussion, dented his worldview a little more with a discussion of the consequences of calling said tenor out too publicly in this context.

Morning, shop.

Just dented my 16 year old son's worldview a little by asking him whether I had the Dutch for "don't touch me" right. Handsy tenor was handsy again last night at (church!) choir practice; time to move from Ignore to Exclaim level reactions.

So the total death of the trackpad turns out to be a helpful! feature of High Sierra, which turned it off for my convenience, because I also have a wireless mouse. (If it you too, it's in the accessibility options.)

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