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Mauna Kea 

If you feel like there's no point in leaving the womb, does that make you a fetalist?

State Farm wanted to know how I'm using each of my vehicles.

I decided to be completely honest, since none of the options they gave (top part) matched how we actually use them.

Under each car, I've pasted:
1. My answer to the question about how the car is used
2. My answer to another pair of questions on the back of the form, about mileage.

re: trying to interrupt trans sui attempt in UK 

trying to interrupt trans sui attempt in UK 

stranded in Gatwick, boosts OK 

nazis, please help 


In the 9-5 I do a weird mix of #clinicalpsychology, #datascience, #software dev, and #linguistics. Off-hours it's mostly memes and shitposting with a lefty bent.

Also: #bikes, #saxophone, #dogs, tech, #tattoos, #usenet, TV, walking, and podcasts. Not in that order.

Of particular interest here: Idly dreaming about getting the ell out of #philly and splitting time between working fully remote and establishing a self-sufficient, sustainable homestead.

(Avatar: Introspection suggests that #siflandolly froze my sense of humor in late-90s MTV late-night surreal comedy mode, and everything after that has just been variations on a theme.)


@Harena and I are gleeing and totally flashing back because the mall in Stranger Things 3 is OMG TOTALLY SOUTH SQUARE MALL. Like, EVERY DETAIL.

Except the logo for Sam Goody's had records for the "o"s.

...and wasn't at South Square. South Square's two record stores were Record Bar and Camelot Music.

(My sister was classmates with one of the daughters of the founder of Record Bar.)

(For those who don't know, the fictional Indiana town in which ST is set was heavily based on Durham, where the Duffer Brothers grew up. ...they were born the year before I first left, the year was found, the year WQDR switched from album rock to country... it wasn't a good year.)

I got commissioned to draw some cathats! Look how cute they are!

Idea I had yesterday: The Human Karaoke 

slightly damaged fortune -- does anyone know if they still work in this condition?

...and while I'm snarking about web ads...

...I'd like to comment on the text here.

Is it only marketeers who don't get that if you're helping members of some generic group "stay competitive" with each other, you're not actually helping any of them?

...because for every entity you help to compete, you're also stiffening the competition?

...or are they helping universities and colleges compete against, I dunno, kindergartens and elementary schools?

I'll admit, it'd be nice if they were helping universities and colleges compete against Fox News and/or other right-wing media. That would actually be useful.

But somehow I doubt that's what they mean.

I can only think they're just fueling an arms race, and trying to make it sound like a good thing.

Sylvester McMonkey McBean, but with investors.

I love how Google Fiber keeps telling me I can sign up for their service, but when I go to the sign-up site it's not actually available in our neighborhood yet and they won't give an ETA or even show a map of current progress.

Way to go on transparency, Google. No wonder people love you so much.

I'm raising money to help pay for gender affirming surgery I just found out will be nearly $5000 after insurance. If you are able please consider donating. Boosts appreciated

~~ Misgendering du Jour ~~

photo: me about 5 minutes after being called "sir"

To be fair, I think the waitperson recognized us (me & @Harena) and was carrying forward her pre-transition gender assessment.

(photo CW: selfie, eye contact)

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