recounting of my own feelings inspired by She-Ra creator's comic about gender feels and names 

Damn, this is some relatable feelings: imfineimfine.com/p/name

I mean, different genders, yes, and different approaches to transition, and of course very different amounts of publication history.

Some of y'all knew me in the 3ish years of hormones but no new name/pronouns; I didn't talk much about how that felt, but it was absolutely a weird feeling of not having a name.

Glad I eventually picked one.

Should I try our the new Life is Strange?

I haven't played any of the other games, and I've heard a mix of things about the series-- as in, like, a bunch of praise but also a bunch of bitterness, I think, but I don't keep that close track of what people say about video games.

I don't know how well search.marginalia.nu/ actually succeeds at its goal of helping with weird serendipitous Internet discoveries, but it sure got a less boring response to my usual test query than the endless scroll of trite quotes about Love that I'm used to.

If I give it a few examples, I can get GPT-3 to change the style of a sentence. See how it improves my writing!

aiweirdness.com/how-to-improve

What is with this fanart made to murder me specifically but that I can't explain without spoiling both Revolutionary Girl Utena and Steven Universe 

"Little one, who bears up alone in such deep sorrow, never lose that strength or nobility, even when you grow up. I give you this to remember this day. We will meet again. This ring will lead you to me one day."

(I swear, if someone got her to read that line it would utterly destroy me.)

Source: nyxtastic.tumblr.com/post/6641

office anecdote, what is it like being a cishet white man 

At the end of a meeting, I asked my boss about a jarring visual artifact on his end-- one of those things where Zoom has background/foreground confusion, so something his kid left on his desk became a glitching meat cube against his green virtual background.

But he had no idea what I was talking about at first! Because, I guess, he doesn't look at the little moving image of himself in the corner? At all?

Just... imagine living like that.

From the bird site, this article is a dang journey through the world of women who remain married to deeply underwhelming men and why that happens to people who at first you might imagine to be able to have higher standards for their partners: annehelen.substack.com/p/blue-

I wish less software was just Google Chrome in a trenchcoat

ai generated british food 

I decided to give two neural nets a go at the Great British Bakeoff technical challenges. They did both much better and much worse than I had guessed.

aiweirdness.com/neural-network

silly response to other people's responses to a recently announced movie based on a long-running video game series 

A consequence of only learning about the new Mario Bros. movie from other people's reactions is that it took a while for me to realize that it was in fact going to be an _animated_ movie.

Good insight into figuring out that you're not cis: aninjusticemag.com/am-i-trans-

Written by a trans woman, so, more examples from that direction, but I'd recommend it to anyone who feels "as if their gender were a pair of wet socks that they could never quite find a way to take off".

Christine Love and collaborators just released a new game! It's a free 7-9ish hour lesbian road trip RPG, with a $10 swimsuit DLC.

mastodon.social/@christinelove

This game is SO STYLISH, every time I've looked at her laptop screen for the last 4 years of development something absurd & visually stunning has been happening. If you are a fan of ~color palettes~, you should play this game.

I know it's rather well known that excellent human Keanu Reeves has some obvious patterns in the characters he plays, but none of the other Matrix movies were released this soon after a Bill & Ted movie.

The Rabbit is a dear friend, and is moving, and doesnโ€™t need much, and all help is appreciated. gofundme.com/f/hopping-to-a-ne

more Wheel of Time ramblings 

Maybe you're saying that we shouldn't add trans villains without trans heroes and wondering who else should be trans'd.

And I say FRIGGIN' ANYBODY. There're no wrong answers here. Anything that'd help us tell characters apart would be swell.

And while we're at it, can we _please_ lean into the post-apocalyptic nature of the Aiel and reimagine them with a fantasy Mad Max vibe? Because otherwise that's gonna be Avatar / Pocahontas / Dances with Wolves all over again.

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Wheel of Time shitposty casting thoughts 

The casting news has been all about Moiraine, Lan, and the teens, but I wanna know how the show will cope with an Extremely Large Cast Of Darkfriends.

Like, they're gonna need actors for everyone from the Forsaken to partygoing randos like Jaichim Carridin for _over a decade_.

Also, it's 2021; can we have trans woman Lanfear, please? She already picks her own name, and I think this would make her actions so much more understandable. Like trans boy Lars.

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