@error_1202 I think that Ken Tremendous / Michael Shur will be particularly saddened by today's passing of Joe Morgan.

@error_1202 I suspect Andrew would be amused by this but it's almost certainly a fabric he can't wear.

[Mask with "these are difficult times" and some presumably hard time signatures]

@error_1202 Suspect you will find this useful for explaining linguistics to people (weekly series of 10-ish minute videos)

@error_1202 Foz Meadows has this in their birdsite bio and it made me think of you:
"Jack of all pronouns, mxtress of none."

For anyone who has struggled with all the bad pronunciation guides for Kamala Harris' first name, it's /ˈkɑːmələ/.

I do wish that more people would learn IPA; we spend a lot of time trying to do phonetic spellings here on the internet that we'd all save time by learning IPA.

@error_1202 I see they made the bad mistake of not picking you for VP. Poor form.

Hey remember that person who was like "enbies don't exist, you are not oppressed if you are bi" and shit?

They're admin at mthld @ dirtytrans dot club now

Mars Perseverance launch livestream

Launch at about 1250 UK Time (0750 EDT, 1150 UTC).


if the only thing that defines queer community is shared experiences of oppression when everyone is liberated queer community becomes obsolete. If the thing that defines queer community or lesbian community or trans community or all community is shared experiences of joy and life then more people are invited to the party, ya, but also then even when everyone is liberated we still get to love each other and nothing dissolves. everything is fine.

do cis people they can just use whatever they're grouping people for to describe that group?? like for instance, if you're trying to describe the various people who experience misogyny you can just say "people who experience misogyny". it's entirely inclusive, and it's more accurate/pertinent to your point

tired: gender binary

also tired: gender trinary (enby is The Third Gender)

also also tired: gender quaternary (man, woman, femme enby, masc enby)

wired: stop putting people into boxes you fucking shithead

If you don't know any other visually impaired fedinauts, feel free to tag me in! I love conversations like this and I'm usually happy to give this labor away for free.

If you do know other ones, make sure you ask first if they're willing to be consulted! Because it can be a real pain in the ass and people don't always like being the ambassador for their marginalization.

But it happens to be one of my Special Interests, so you can't say you don't have anyone to check with when this comes up.

I appreciate sighted fediverse users concern about image descriptions and ways to be "screenreader friendly." Mostly I agree with you, maybe with quibbles but they're not worth trying to nitpick and I'm aware I'm not the sole authority, just one visually impaired person.

But sometimes you all end up talking to each other and I worry that some of the advice that makes me wince is getting solidified into prescriptivism. Please make sure visually impaired people are part of these conversations.

Does anyone have a copy of that meme where an ally is trying to use bigotry (shown with a flashlight beam) against a bigot, but it's reflected and hits a marginalized person instead?

I need it for something and don't seem to have saved it.

I like this video about how the team had to persevere through the pandemic to get the Perseverance Mars rover ready for launch.

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