Fig. 1: an iris getting high tall on in a pot on 4/20

@kestra is 19 this month (approximately) ๐ŸŽ‚ ๐ŸŽˆ

She now frequently wants company when going up the stairs.

CW: direct cat eye contact

I think I need to set up an online tech thrift/share store or something.

I just snagged all this stuff from a place I do some work for -- they're downsizing and moving, and had no interest in keeping this stuff. A lot of it is probably obsolete or not fully functional, but I suspect much of it is quite usable...

It would also be nice to acquire some local apprentices so it's not always me doing this stuff. I wonder if that's possible.

Please remain six feet apart in order to maintain your mental health.

my #TDOV post on Nextdoor 

Today is international Trans Day of Visibility. I'm trans, so I thought I should be visible! Ask me anything (or "", as the kids say on Reddit). If I have enough to say in response, maybe we'll do a video!

Here's some background: I discovered I was trans in 2000, but didn't have the funds to begin transition until 2016. I met my cis-female / nonbinary partner Sandy* (on the left in the photo) in 2001, and we have lived together since ~2003 raising her kids from her last marriage.

Did You Know:

  1. Some people claim "cis" is a slur? It's not; it's just a scientific term that means "not trans".
  2. The "epidemic" of transitioning, especially among trans men, is largely due to the de-stigmatizing of transness in the last decade or so. This is a good thing.
  3. Gender is a social construct, and biological sex is a multidimensional continuum. Grade-school biology is accurate as far as it goes, but leaves out a lot of edge-cases; trans people are among those edge-cases.

Hopefully that's enough to get some friendly conversation started. ^.^

* better known here as @Harena

So far, all of the responses have been positive (names omitted for privacy):

1

I saw President Biden's statement this morning. So glad this administration supports all Americans. Thanks for your offer of sharing info!

I'm not actually sure what statement she's talking about, but ok!

2

While I canโ€™t pretend to understand all of this, I celebrate your freedom to be who you are and hope for you a life free of judgement.

3

Thank you for sharing your lives & happiness. Understanding concepts of gender & sex from your perspective is so helpful, Woozle. At least we all can understand the words. "We don't have to agree on everything to be kind to each other." ๐Ÿ’ž

4 (same person)

For "binary" people, i.e. males & females with a "traditional" perspective, the meaning of words, especially "sex", "gender", and other kinship relations, also have important and valid but different physical, social, cultural and moral meaning(s). I hope we can all negotiate the distinctions in our views, and contextual uses of words and meanings over time, without acrimony. Peace be with you! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜

5

Thanks for this post! As a parent of a child who has come out as Trans within the past year thereโ€™s a lot that Iโ€™m learning and I appreciate the awareness you are bringing to this topic.

Whyizzit that both Kate and KDevelop know how to load a folder when it's on the local drive, but don't know how to load it when it's on a remote?

In the words of David Byrne, "So... how do I work this?"

I'm trying to figure out how to bypass the dubious "motion sensor" (the black rectangle with the two circular openings) so the panel will just Go On When There's Power.

The power comes in via the brass-colored contacts just next to that, and goes out to the light via the three white wires (the two that are next to each other on the left are connected together on the light-panel terminal, despite the fact that one of them is labeled "LED+" and the other is labeled "LED-").

I could post a photo of the underside, but it's not very... illuminating.

Shouldn't it be, like, illegal to decline a bank account application without explaining why?

It seems to me that this opens the door to perfectly legal discrimination against folks who normally would be legally protected.

This has happened to one or more members of our household with two different banks now (Chime and Simple).

We were trying to find a better replacement for Simple, which is closing down soon, but apparently Chime isn't it.

cc: @Harena @eryn

I feel like this should be a socialist slogan or something.

dark evil humor re aristocide 

I mean, I'll admit it's kind of a clever idea -- get all the rich retirees in once place, create a superspreader event which they'll spread to all their rich retiree friends -- and the only people who would care are the ones who don't believe in the pandemic anyway, so you get away with it clean. No guillotines needed, and it's self-selecting for willful ignorance.

I don't know if it's enough to really make a dent, though.

[Context: We used to get these regularly before the pandemic -- they're always for the purpose of attending some kind of information session on managing your finances and retirement, that sort of thing.]

me snarking on Nextdoor 

[transcript]

Tony Bolony:

Uhmm. I am running away from censorship platforms. Is this a safe space bubble?

Me:

Don't worry, you're completely unsafe here. We will do our best to ensure that you feel threatened and microaggressed at all times.

Please let us know your preferred insults, and whether there's any particular unpleasant content you'd like to be exposed to without warning.

Regards,

Woozle
Chief Agitator
The Thought Mafia

Tony Bolony:

I like Woozle Staddon already ๐Ÿคฃ

[/transcript]

Is it wrong to give a masochist what they want?

I've finally got a working turntable again, after nearly a decade.

Finding specific parts used to be a lot harder. It needed a new drive-belt, and those are rather particular. A large rubber-band won't cut it (yes, I did try).

I may be playing music in the office more now. >.>

๐ŸŽต
2020, 24* hour s to go-o-o --
I wanna be sedated!
๐ŸŽต
Done!

...but then I woke up and it's still 2020.

* more like 38, but whatever

It was confusing as fork, but I think I finally managed to get ownership (rather than just having some admin control) of the toot.cat domain -- just in time for the 2nd anniversary of my adminship. Woot!

I wonder if I can get "phone phobia" entered into my official medical record, preferably in the "contact" part.

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