Before we get all 'The Sky is Falling' with Alt-Right knuckleheads migrating to specific instances that cater to them, remember:
1. The block feature actually works here and should be used liberally if you see bad faith arguers or worse.
2. Instance-level personal blocks can be executed on the web client by going to the user, opening the additional […] menu and clicking 'Hide all from this instance'.
3. Petition your local moderating team to ban and suspend instances outright. We'll listen!
I'm not sure how much sense this will make to people who aren't regular listeners to Planet Money, but it was brilliant https://one.npr.org/?sharedMediaId=662292653:662344602
If you find you see red emergency cords in disabled toilets/changing tied up or lifted off the floor a lot, you can get sent cards to attach to them to let people know of their importance. They're free in the UK from Euan's Guide. Applying them to cords can help spread awareness and let people get help when they need it. https://www.euansguide.com/news/red-cord-card/ #accessibility
I declare #CakeForTransFriendsDay.
I'm fed up of "coming out" days that ask trans people to come out in an unsafe world, doing all the risky stuff, while cis people ignore us.
Trans people's genders are what they say they are. This has been known and settled for decades.
People's access to gendered spaces is currently based on their gender, and that's how it should be.
The transphobes calling themselves feminists are participating in patriarchy.
My heart goes out to everyone who has been traumatized and is having it brought up again. You have the right to take care of yourself today, whether that means engaging more or pulling back.
DWP brown envelope, + Show more
I got an unexpected brown envelope today.
It said my PIP had been reviewed after some change in the law.
There hasn't been any change to it, but it's a big long letter that didn't (to my panicked self anyway) make that very clear until my heart had skipped SEVERAL beats.
If I've had this, probably lots of other people have too, so... brave hearts, everyone. And I hope your letter is as benign as mine.
Today is Petrov Day, celebrating the courageous call made by Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov in 1983.
This man correctly identified the warnings raised by the Soviet missile detection system as a false alarm, probably preventing significant military conflict between the US and the SSSR.
Moral of the story: whenever you have the opportunity to stop an all-out nuclear war, do it.
Quoth my (so far clearly delightful) copy editor for The Raven Tower: "Note: This author sometimes uses commas in an unorthodox way, to indicate pacing or tone." It's a fair cop, Copy Editor!
Queer Eye but it's 5 trans computer programmers teaching a cishet techbro to not be a douchenozzle
Racist words in tech Show more
I wrote about use of m*ster and sl*ve in tech:
A note for U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. Show more
The midterm elections are really important this year, and it's super easy to register and ask for your ballot to be sent to you. I just did it in a few minutes I had to kill before I left for work. :)
Pol. liberalism Show more
Successfully tabled one amendment for debate at #LibDem conference next week :) If adopted, it would amend the business policy motion to commit the party to fighting for provision of low-interest startup loans for cooperatives, mutuals, and social businesses, and to a statement of principle that running businesses only for their shareholders is "fundamentally outdated and inadequate" as a business governance model.