you may know me from such hard-hitting political takes as "what the actual fuck" and "dear god, why?"

COVID, other sick, public transport, ugh (-) 

a wee bit of context for non-UK folk--'the i' is the daily inexpensive digest version of The Independent, the furthest left mainstream paper here. It's doubtful an anti-vaxxer would read it.

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COVID, other sick, public transport, ugh (-) 

Grousing about Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks not being able to agree on anything makes my anxiety over my train ride this morning less poignant, so I'm here for it.

Maskless younger woman plunked down in the seat kitty-corner (no lanyard or badge). I try not to judge but it was awkward. She was reading the i, so I hope she's vaxxed at least.

And then there was the small child coughing...there's a cold going around town, so I'm extra anxious.

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I had forgotten just how frustrated I am that Buckingham/Nicks (1973) has never been rereleased.

It's a frustration I've had for 20 years and I am still not over it, but it's a pleasant frustration.

article: True Crime Is Rotting Our Brains, by Emma Berquist

“Crime stories are a fundamentally conservative way of looking at the world. Republicans bleat about high crime rates in lawless liberal cities because someone stole a toothbrush from a CVS. Suburban crime paranoia is as old as the suburbs themselves — hell, it’s why they exist to begin with. The reactionary basis of true crime is how you end up with ostensibly liberal podcast hosts defending the death penalty and arguing against double jeopardy protections. It’s easy and correct to condemn Fox News for increasing our grandparents’ blood pressure, keeping them in a perpetual state of fear about roving gangs of MS-13 coming to their gated communities, but we should also consider that other demographics might be susceptible to fear-stoking propaganda.”

Queer update: Just so you know, I'm feeling boldly queer.

mental health, neuroatypicality, ASD (~) 

Going through the cites...apparently there's some evidence of heightened empathy? Small study, but I anecdotally experience this in my own life: bpspsychub.onlinelibrary.wiley

Heightened empathy is often an ASD thing too, not trying to minimise that.

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mental health, neuroatypicality, ASD (~) 

I need to read this more thoroughly, and see if there's been any more research as a result of this--and I dislike the concept of 'deficits'. But at first glance, this could explain why I experience a lot of similarities to autistic folks with regards to some aspects of neurology, while diverging dramatically on others.

Basically: a review of the literature shows social cognition differences in people with OCD.

very mild injury (~) 

I am knitting socks* for the first time in ages, and I forgot just how sharp the KnitPro/KnitPicks sock needles are. My index fingers are now painful. I gotta build these calluses back up.

* For my grandma! because she's worth it.

The Discourse, SFF style (~) 

I'd not read the story because, at the time The Traitor Baru Cormorant came out, I was feeling A Way about a cis guy writing lesbians. I still sort of do, but there's a lot of water under the bridge since 2015.

(I'd already read a Dickinson piece where the MC is a Kurdish woman, and I really didn''t know how to feel about that one. Revisited last night and still don't.)

I'd add to my TBR, but it's reaching Peak Book due to my inability to read longform lately.

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Then I got to the bio and discovered Dickinson worked for Bungie on the original Destiny lore.

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Matt's been playing Destiny 2 lately, so I've been absorbing lore snippets. It's fascinating and I am kind of holding myself back from going down a wiki rabbit hole.

Unrelatedly, yesterday, I finally went and read Seth Dickinson's original story about Baru Cormorant (only a decade after publication, and I'd been spoiled for the end of the first book anyway). It was good but I had a weird stylistic deja vu vibe.

Wishing my fellow bi+ folk a very happy day of being visible. :bisexual_flag:

My usual quip is that Kel Mitchell bit from Mystery Men ('Look at me! I'm invisible! Can you see me?')

Do not buy NFT made with my art.
Do not make NFT with my Creative-Commons artworks.
If you respect my art, remember and apply this.

Here is my article about what just happened:

#NFT #NFTCommunity

A software tester walks into a bar. 

Runs into a bar.

Crawls into a bar.

Dances into a bar.

Flies into a bar.

Jumps into a bar.

And orders:

a beer.

2 beers.

0 beers.

99999999 beers.

a lizard in a beer glass.

-1 beer.

"qwertyuiop" beers.

Testing complete.

A real customer walks into the bar and asks where the bathroom is.

The bar goes up in flames.

The last few years have really done little to improve my generally cynical outlook, but also haven't managed to completely kill the small frisson of hope I always seem to have. It's weird.

covid-ish, mental health, neurodiverse ish (~) 

My anxiety wasn't impossibly high, but I was exhausted and still am after a night's sleep. And of course, paranoid I'll get sick anyway.

I also really need more behind-the-head masks--the ones my MIL made last year are perfect, but they're pre-Delta 2-layer ones without a filter pocket, so.

Sensory issues and worrying about the fit make ear loops kind of a pain. I've ordered some ear savers so we'll see if that helps.

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covid-ish, mental health (~) 

I was in town (Glasgow city centre, rather) yesterday to go to work for the day, for the first time in nearly 18 months. It was part of the segue to hybrid working and there weren't many of us in.

My anxiety was still wicked high, but my therapist feels I needed to try a relatively low-risk activity as I've been at home or local for the duration.

And of course I wore a mask except when drinking the very occasional liquid or adjusting it in the loos (alone).

Happy Friday to everyone except the person playing weird videos on the train home yesterday without headphones.

Actually, they can have a happy Friday too, but seriously, friend.

Progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated, and reimagined if it is to survive. - Zadie Smith

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