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reading journal toot 

Last week's reading: half a dozen back issues of Fireside, gobbled up at bedtime and on the commute

This week's reading: Ancillary Justice, also gobbled on commute, but also luxuriously whilst lying in bed on Sunday like some kind of cool person who reads on their day off, it was glorious

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Been thinking about interspecies communication and diplomacy a lot lately...

"So this is your alphabet. It has 26 glyphs in current use, it fits on a business card, and it makes no sense at all."

"No arguments there."

"This is your international phonetic alphabet. The alphabet of the human speech system. Can you memorize this sheet of paper?"

"Uh... Sure, yeah, if that's my job."

"Good." *phonebook-sized thump* "This is the intergalactic phonetic alphabet. We'll work up to that."

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Shit ton of stuff happened the past few weeks when I wasn't on social media because was visiting family.

One thing I wanted to share -- I talked a bit about how I was learning as a way to communicate when i can't talk (because and that happens). I am amazed and grateful at how quickly my family started picking up on ASL and using it with me.

Like, within a week or starting I was able to ask for food or tell my partner I'd get them water and stuff and be understood.

Accidentally read three days into the past. It's reassuring that the pace of this accounts follow and instance is slow enough that one can do that.

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Pro tip: having a handy little "forgot username" link is pretty weird if your signup process never asked for a username, and absolutely worthless if, when supplied with the email address for an account, sends a reminder email to that address informing them that their username is the email the user just entered.

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in broader American society, we’re still struggling to be recognized as agender, or non-binary, or genderfluid. so i do not mean to take away from that fight.

i also want to know what characters look like (otherwise i just default to actors with similar character voices).

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my general aesthetic is
1) comfort
2) lots of pockets
3) avoid being noticed

so i wind up being an agender person who presents male. and i fully admit the privilege of not having dysphora and looking male.

i just want more room for non-cis people who don’t have the emotionally energy/style motivation to design a presentation that communicates our genders.

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As part of their 2018 holiday decor collection, IKEA is selling metallic ants, flies and snails. I'm not sure what to do with that information but feel like it should be more widely known.

... several bots follow me simultaneously after I posted that. Looking it up, it seems that the entire instance is populated by these four bots.
Considering just blocking them/the instance, unless anyone has anything good to say about

tech, privacy, user empowerment 

Discovered AdNauseam and TrackMeNot today. Already use Brave and DuckDuckGo, so am kind of out side of their userbase, but some really cool software.
I would advise anyone who wants to actively push back against the likes of Google to take a look at these low effort technologies.
(Though I would say be mindful with TrackMeNot, if your employer monitors websearches. It could end up searching for NSFW content.)

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brazilpol, request for help for friends that need it 

This is a long shot, but if anyone here knows how to seek expedited immigration or asylum from Brazil into the EU, that information is urgently needed by friends of mine.

Capsule version: they have credible fear or persecution and harm under Bolsonaro, and any information that can get them out of harms way as they try to flee would be incredibly valuable right now.

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Sometimes I think the lack of awareness characters have in stealth games is absurd. But then I accidentally sneak up on people who are staring right at me irl, and it makes me wonder.


Well, just got through haunted barn. It's a tradition on campus to raise money for various student orgs.

It's really fun to work up your act, start to play off the tour guides and the others. A happy medium between improvisation and scripted.

Halloween costume 

Not a great pic, but will behave better this evening. Also will have proper pants.

If I catch an object thrown at random... 

Have I deyeeted it?

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🌻I'm officially 1 year on HRT!!🌻

The last year has been one of the most fulfilling and joyous years of my life even as the US government continues to try to deny me and my trans siblings basic human rights. I'm so thankful to be surrounded by such a loving and supportive community & I hope I can always keep paying that love forward 💞

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apple: *takes a dump over a desk fan, spraying shit in the user's face*
user: you know, it's certainly controversial, but in the end this is better for the end user. it's better to be covered in shit because that makes it harder to pick up a hammer and hit yourself with it accidentally

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