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Land-grab universities
"There’s a basic, underlying need for settlers in settler colonial states to have these kinds of mythological narratives about the benevolence of their own governments and about the progress that they supposedly brought to this place,” said Sharon Stein. “Having a conversation about the colonial foundations of those nation states really complicates those narratives, and it starts to bring into question our very right to be here and our right to make claims on this place and on the institutions that we are generally so attached to.”"
8 hours ago
Land-grab universities
"The University of California located all of its grant among these stolen lands. To capitalize on its 150,000 acres, the university ran a real estate operation that sold plots on installment plans, generating a lucrative combination of principal and interest payments. In the late 19th century, income from the fund — traceable to the lands of the Miwok, Yokuts, Gabrieleño, Maidu, Pomo and many more — covered as much as a third of the University of California’s annual operating expenses."
8 hours ago
Land-grab universities
"“There would be no higher education as we know it in the United States without the original and ongoing colonization of Indigenous peoples and lands, just like there would be no United States,” said Sharon Stein, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. “There is no moment or time or place or institution that is not deeply entangled with the violence of colonialism.”"
8 hours ago
Land-grab universities
"MINNESOTA'S WINDFALL
Consider the Dakota cession of 1851. Four Dakota bands signed treaties at Mendota and Traverse des Sioux, Minnesota, in the summer of 1851, relinquishing nearly all Dakota territory in Mni Sota Makoce, “The Land Where the Waters Reflect the Clouds.” They did so in response to the withholding of rations, the threat of violence, enforced starvation, the killing of game and the destruction of agriculture. Call it coercion.

In the following years, Congress unilaterally altered the agreements and delayed annuity payments. Faced with crop failures and widespread graft by white traders, a Dakota faction fought back in 1862. In response, Gov. Alexander Ramsey called for the extermination or exile of the Dakotas and deployed U.S. Army and militia units to end the so-called “Dakota War.” Congress would go on to abrogate Dakota treaties and expel the bands from the state, but before it did, Lincoln authorized the largest mass execution in U.S. history: In December 1862, the U.S. Army hanged 38 Dakota men for their participation in the insurrection."
8 hours ago
Land-grab universities
"Like so many other U.S. land laws, the text of the Morrill Act left out something important: the fact that these grants depended on dispossession. That went without saying: Dubiously acquired Indigenous land was the engine driving the growing nation’s land economy."
8 hours ago
Land-grab universities
"In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which distributed public domain lands to raise funds for fledgling colleges across the nation. Now thriving, the institutions seldom ask who paid for their good fortune. Their students sit in halls named after the act’s sponsor, Vermont Rep. Justin Morrill, and stroll past panoramic murals that embody creation stories that start with gifts of free land.

Behind that myth lies a massive wealth transfer masquerading as a donation. The Morrill Act worked by turning land expropriated from tribal nations into seed money for higher education. In all, the act redistributed nearly 11 million acres — an area larger than Massachusetts and Connecticut combined. But with a footprint broken up into almost 80,000 parcels of land, scattered mostly across 24 Western states, its place in the violent history of North America’s colonization has remained comfortably inaccessible."
8 hours ago
Between the Lines - Sholio - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
"A persistent habit, this saving each other's lives. More persistent, in fact, than some of John's other habits: letting go, never getting close, moving on."
6 days ago
This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For
"Instead, the world feels larger, not smaller. Right now, with over a third of the world on some sort of lockdown, with the entire world going through some version of the same crisis at once, we are suddenly frantic to touch one another. It seems more important to reconnect with friends. It seems more important than ever to be sweet and silly. We all know someone who’s stuck in a house by themselves, trying not to go bonkers. We all know someone who’s stuck in a house with someone awful, trying to survive the hotboxing of an already toxic relationship. And many of us, by now, know someone who’s sick."
7 days ago
As much space as we can imagine
"How are we supporting clients (and ourselves) to hold on to knowledge that powerful systems would diminish and deny, or to remember, as Kinouani says, that lived experience/reality does not have to be subject to approval or debate?"
9 days ago
“Access Points”: A Conversation with Bethany Stevens on Disability, Sexuality, and Technology
How have digital technologies changed the sex lives of people who identify as disabled? Well, it’s important to start by stating that I cannot speak for all of…
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10 days ago
Why Is Same-Sex Sexual Behavior So Common in Animals?
"Moreover, most scientists who study SSB tend to focus exclusively on its presence in a single species of interest, leading to the unacknowledged assumption that SSB evolved independently in each of the animal species in which it is observed. But are these assumptions well-founded? We argue that they are not, and that they are perhaps rooted more in cultural norms than in scientific rigor.

First, the costs of SSB are often assumed to be high because engaging in SSB leads individuals to waste time, energy and resources without obvious gains in fitness. The costliness of SSB is often emphasized in comparison to the benefits of having sex with an individual of a different sex (different-sex sexual behavior or DSB). While DSB can certainly lead more obviously to higher fitness through the production of offspring, these comparisons assume that DSB is highly efficient."
15 days ago
How Oregon's Second Largest City Vanished in a Day |History | Smithsonian Magazine
The mere utterance of Vanport was known to send shivers down the spines of "well-bred" Portlanders. Not because of any ghost story, or any calamitous…
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15 days ago
Opinion | How We Make Black Girls Grow Up Too Fast - The New York Times
Opinion How We Make Black Girls Grow Up Too Fast A courtroom artist’s rendering of the singer R. Kelly at his 2008 trial on child pornography charges. Credit...…
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15 days ago
Access is for Everyone: Interview with Patty Berne, Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid
Lindley Mease May 1, 2018 · 10 min read Patty Berne. Photo Credit: FIXED Lindley Mease: Would you share one or two moments in your journey before Sins Invalid?…
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15 days ago
Access is for Everyone: Interview with Patty Berne, Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid
"Lindley: What are some of the most common mistakes that you see allies making when they are attempting to support disability justice?

Patty: I think that people see disability justice as a framework and a praxis for disabled people. And it’s not. It’s for anyone with a body. Nobody is made to serve capitalism — not just people with disabilities. Our bodies are not controllable and define-able within the productive standards of capitalism. For example, take 40 hours a week — I cannot do that. But most people are not able to work 40 hours per week every week and function happily. Nobody’s body is built like that! Interdependence is a natural part of every living system, including human systems."
15 days ago
Access is for Everyone: Interview with Patty Berne, Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid
"Many organizations have relied on ableist practices to survive and checking those — things like overwork, like expecting people to sacrifice their mental or physical health for an organization or movement ideal and not being there when the person needs support — that’s kind of the classic example."
15 days ago
Catapult | Catapult | What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Mental Health and Medication | s.e. smith
This is An Unquiet Mind, a monthly column by s.e. smith that explores disability identity and its interaction with the world at large. I’ve spent my entire life…
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15 days ago
Everything Happens Invisible - rageprufrock - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"In the doorway, Georgiana is holding her peonies in the cradle of one arm and a grocery bag in the other, and she looks like she's trying very hard not to laugh. In the twilight, under the ambient glow of nearby store marquees and Christmas lights, she seems to him otherworldly, someone pulled out of a dream — only Mycroft had never dreamed of anyone like her, could not have imagined her. Georgiana is the miraculous accident of fire, the discovery of oranges, something beyond the capacity of even Mycroft's vast intellect: a synchronicity of all good things, and she's still just there in the deepening cold of a December night, waiting for him with a smile."
16 days ago
Everything Happens Invisible - rageprufrock - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"Mycroft's history of lovers has been varied. He'd spent his schoolboy years experimenting in the usual way with the usual sorts, and in during university he'd expanded his remit considerably. Mycroft is neither prudish nor particularly hedonistic — but he savors. He enjoys an interesting mind, a beautiful face, the curve of a back, the sting of teeth. He finds the puzzling complexity emotional entanglements intriguing — in theory — and the clean transaction of a professional useful. He has a preference for warm brown eyes, silvering hair, that it is so dire that — in the interregnum between his bringing Georgiana a blue cashmere jumper and coaxing her close enough to touch — he ended up having a torrid but poorly conceived affair with a barrister fitting those characteristics. He enjoys sex, appreciates its various benefits, but Mycroft has never gotten so lost in the heat and hunger to lose himself"
16 days ago
Everything Happens Invisible - rageprufrock - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"Before her, Mycroft never discounted his own judgment for bias, he was never grateful for a 3 a.m. telephone calls; he'd gone his entire adult life without giving himself a head wound on a coffee table. His existence had been curated and vital and blissfully complicated."
16 days ago
Moving On - flawedamythyst - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
This was not how the Great Canadian Adventure was meant to go, thought Ray for the hundredth time as he tried to balance on the ladder, get the banner to hang…
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17 days ago
Fic: Little Forks and Merrythoughts - cathedral_carver - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"The kiss is messy and desperate and questioning. It’s also almost painful in its abrupt desire, in its effort to both make up for lost time and forge a new path. John puts his hands on Sherlock’s shoulders, then the sides of his face, which are hot, then wraps his arms right around him (all bone and sinew, he is, long and lean and—)"
18 days ago
The Curious Case of the Origami
"Asking Sherlock to slow down his brain enough for anyone but Mycroft to keep up was rather like hitching an excitable racehorse to a geriatric donkey and applying a switch to both their hindquarters. The donkey tried to go faster and Sherlock strangled himself in the traces."
19 days ago
Can Broken Be Whole?
"Requiring that our basic needs are met is an act of love for ourselves. Creating a culture around us that centres illness and disability is an act of love for our communities."
19 days ago
The Love Song of Two Idiots - SkipandDi (ladyflowdi) - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Some years ago -- a few decades, in fact -- Sherlock Holmes was a little boy living in a big house in the country, ensconced comfortably with both his parents,…
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21 days ago
The Love Song of Two Idiots - SkipandDi (ladyflowdi) - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"Sherlock lost his battle with the milk and half-hurled it into their empty trolley, during which their audience held its collective breath to see if this domestic was shifting into the property damage part of the proceedings. The milk had dented but held together, and fully one-third of the viewing party was openly disappointed. Sherlock meanwhile had forgotten the milk as soon as he sent it sailing into the hands of physics."
21 days ago
The Love Song of Two Idiots - SkipandDi (ladyflowdi) - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"Why are you so afraid of making what we have, what we will always have, a binding legal document?” Sherlock asked. He looked lost, and frustrated, but in his opinion better that than the hurt he’d never admit to in the first place. Sherlock had been quite convinced he’d managed to extricate those kinds of bothersome emotions quite some time ago, long before he’d even met John. To be wrong about the same thing in two different ways was incredibly obnoxious."
21 days ago
The Love Song of Two Idiots - SkipandDi (ladyflowdi) - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"He didn’t think Sherlock had even noticed, as the man wasn’t a vegetarian so much as a nothingtarian, until one day (day fourteen, red lentil curry with basmati rice) Sherlock had stated, "Three and a half pounds."

John had glanced at him over the top of his glasses. "Are we talking money or weight?"

"Weight. You've lost three and a half pounds in the last two weeks." He didn't make it sound like good news. He did, however, manage to make it seem like John had lost the weight just to be difficult.

"Between the walking and the lack of biscuits it was bound to happen," John had answered, turning back to his paper. It was entirely fair for him to assume the conversation was over; Sherlock had a habit of throwing out seemingly random observations about John's person and then resuming his previous activities as though once he’d made them both aware of the details there was nothing further to discuss. John generally found it rather flattering, despite the way one of every three comments were announced in public venues and less than that could only very generously be considered back-handed compliments."
21 days ago
The Adventure of the Horrible Goose - winterhill - Untitled Goose Game (Video Game) [Archive of Our Own]
The man crept in by the gate from the laneway; a dangerous thing to do, really. He was headed for the flock of geese that his sister kept, the group of them…
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21 days ago
The Adventure of the Horrible Goose - winterhill - Untitled Goose Game (Video Game) [Archive of Our Own]
"More infuriatingly, they kept seeing white feathers disappearing around corners, beaks sneaking into people’s pockets, footprints in the virgin snow. A HONK rang out in the clear air, but by the time they’d run it down, it had vanished."
21 days ago
The Adventure of the Horrible Goose - winterhill - Untitled Goose Game (Video Game) [Archive of Our Own]
"Trudging through the snow next day, they went from house to house, like the gloomiest carollers, and in each house, the same story prevailed: the christmas goose had been stolen, along with several small and portable items. Not valuables, but things like spectacles, the coal scuttle, marzipan mice, and oranges. Following the waddling tracks in the snow led to caches of tat, although the marzipan mice all seemed to have been eaten."
21 days ago
The Exchange - winterhill - The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells [Archive of Our Own]
ShipShipAI: Sooooooo Murderbot: ? ShipShipAI: We’re at the same episode of Sanctuary Moon Murderbot: And? ShipShipAI: Wellllll I thought you might like to talk…
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21 days ago
The Exchange - winterhill - The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells [Archive of Our Own]
"Maybe there was a such thing as functional determinism, Murderbot thought. Maybe, if you were a murderbot, a certain amount of cynicism was required that other AIs didn’t necessarily need? Life on GCD was great. A small room, a huge supply of entertainment, no human interaction except for the exchange, no responsibilities of any sort, no having to murder people."
21 days ago
The Exchange - winterhill - The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells [Archive of Our Own]
"“You’re brilliant at our episode conversations.”

“I’d ruin everything.”

“Aw,” said ShipShip. “Don’t be so hard on yourself.”

“That wasn’t a measure of my capacity,” said Murderbot. “That was a description of my intention should you forcibly make me interact.”"
21 days ago
Terra Nova - winterhill - The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells [Archive of Our Own]
“Well,” said Captain Ky-Yen. “That is fucked up.” I wasn’t about to argue. The corpse was indisputably fucked up; half of it had been melted and half of it had…
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21 days ago
Terra Nova - winterhill - The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells [Archive of Our Own]
"I had to come to terms with cracking my governor. I guess if I’d thought about it at all, I hadn’t thought it would be in response to crisis, or clients, or anything stupid like that. I’d thought it would be a deliberate, momentous occasion. I’d thought I’d feel substantially different, too — I was prepared not only for the removal of the limiting effects, but I thought I might possibly go on another murder spree, particularly with these clients. But I hadn’t. I didn’t know what that meant, and I don’t know what that means now. I went back to the company, because I had nowhere else to go, and I just took myself and my broken governor back in. I was afraid that a physical overhaul would be the logical outcome of such a terrible mission, but in the end it was decided I didn’t need one, because the company is cheap, and aren’t we all better off for that?"
21 days ago
Terra Nova - winterhill - The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells [Archive of Our Own]
"I settled in for an uncomfortable night. I did not remove my helmet, and no-one asked me to, and instead I just lay under the furthest curve of the dome. There was basically enough room for all of us if we sat down in the same direction, although the humans broke up into groups and huddled up, so there was a bit more room than there otherwise might have been. I lay and looked at the feeds, calculating our journey back, the length of the storm, the possible snowfall, the possibility I’d have to dig us out of here. It was almost trancelike. I poked at my systems, checking everything over and over, and I realised, in that moment, that I’d gotten away with it.

I’d cracked my governor. I was free.

Well, actually I was lying on my back in a portable dome and trying to ignore the clients who were almost-but-not-quite copulating with one another, but in theory, I was free."
22 days ago
Questions to ask when writing a trans inclusion policy – alexwlchan
Doing more to help our trans colleagues is a big focus for the LGBTQ+ Staff network and the Diversity & Inclusion team this year. Part of that is a proper policy that affirms our support for them, and setting some expectations for how trans people should be treated as Wellcome.

I was vaguely aware that other organisations were doing good work around trans inclusion, but I didn’t have many details. I can guess at what might be useful, but that’s not the same as seeing some real examples. I have a lot of trans followers on Twitter, so I was hoping I’d get a few replies to guide my thinking – and I was pleasantly surprised!

Dozens of people reached out with suggestions, pointing me to policies and good practices, and giving me lots of material to read. I’m incredibly grateful to everybody who sent me a message. It was useful to read policies from a variety of places, and think about the challenges people face in different roles.

This post has some of my initial notes, with some common themes and ideas I spotted. As we actually write the policy and have more conversations, I expect I’ll have more to say.
trans*  politics  metaphor  resources 
23 days ago
Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk Awkwardly About Race by Jen Graves - Seattle Features - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper
""Rather than thoughtfully discussing race," he writes, "Americans love to reduce racial politics to feelings and etiquette. It's the personal and dramatic aspects of race that obsess us, not the deeply rooted and currently active political inequalities. That's our predicament: Racial debate, in public and private, is trapped in the sinkhole of therapeutics.""
24 days ago
Where Am I?
"how every disability is really an on-ramp to universal human design. We all need help. We all have to ask each other questions to fill in what we do not know — everyone does. Just as wheelchair ramps assist adults pushing kids in strollers and people with troubled knees and scritchy hips, or trailing roller bags, any problem one person faces is likely a shared problem, forcing a question, an ask for help from a fellow human, and once you realize that, here comes the gentler world, the connected world, the world of contact."
27 days ago
Where Am I?
"Way-finding requires ongoing effort, practice, review. Some humans are excellent navigators because they automatically perceive and process visual clues provided by objects and landscapes. Others don’t rely as much on space and geometry; they create a holistic landscape out of stories, feelings, and memories in order to understand, access, and execute a route. Some people “just know” how to get across campus and back to their car. I have very limited abilities in any of these realms, but I have developed another set of skills.

I know how to remain calm. I know how to ask questions. I have my paperwork in order."
Outstanding essay exploring topics of high interest

- wayfinding
- accommodations
- self compassion
- coming out as disabled
- later life inisghts
27 days ago
Where Am I?
"I didn’t understand my confusion. That’s the signature move of confusion. It creates pervasive static in your brain and covers the world with a veil."
27 days ago
Performance Piece « The Hooded Utilitarian
"When we talk about my gender as though it were a performance, it seems to me that we let the audience — with all of their interpretations, prejudices and assumptions — completely off the hook."
27 days ago
Performance Piece « The Hooded Utilitarian
"Instead of saying that all gender is this or all gender is that, let’s recognize that the word gender has scores of meanings built into it. It’s an amalgamation of bodies, identities and life experiences, subconscious urges, sensations and behaviors, some of which develop organically, and others of which are shaped by language and culture. Instead of arguing that gender is any one single thing, let’s start describing it as a holistic experience."
27 days ago
Performance Piece « The Hooded Utilitarian
"I know that many contemporary queer folks and feminists embrace mantras like “all gender is performance”, “all gender is drag” and “gender is just a construct”. They seem empowered by the way these sayings give the impression that gender is merely a fiction. A facade. A figment of our imaginations. And of course, this is a convenient strategy, provided that you are not a trans woman who lacks the means to have her legal sex changed to female, and who thus runs the real risk of being locked up in an all male jail cell. Provided that you’re not a trans man who has to navigate the discrepancy between his male identity and female history during job interviews and first dates. Whenever I hear someone who has not had a transsexual experience say that gender is just a construct or merely a performance, it always reminds me of that Stephen Colbert gag where he insists that he doesn’t see race. It’s easy to fictionalize an issue when you are not fully in touch with all of the ways in which you are privileged by it."
27 days ago
The Instant Pot Understands The History Of Women's Labor In The Kitchen
The following is an excerpt from Women on Food: Charlotte Druckman and 115 Writers, Chefs, Critics, Television Stars, and Eaters, an anthology of essays,…
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27 days ago
Performance Piece « The Hooded Utilitarian
"Instead of trying to fictionalize gender, let’s talk about all of the moments in life when gender feels all too real. Because gender doesn’t feel like drag when you’re a young trans child begging your parents not to cut your hair or not to force you to wear that dress. And gender doesn’t feel like a performance when, for the first time in your life, you finally feel safe and empowered enough to express yourself in ways that resonate with you, rather than remaining closeted for the benefit of others. And gender doesn’t feel like a construct when you finally find that special person whose body, personality, identity and energy feels like a perfect fit with yours. Let’s stop trying to deconstruct gender into non-existence and instead start celebrating it as inexplicable, varied, profound and intricate."
27 days ago
The biggest myths about the next billion internet users
"We must not forget that behind all this, they are inherently teenagers with the deep need to develop their identities."
27 days ago
The biggest myths about the next billion internet users
"The shocking result from years of studying how the global poor engage with new applications is that they are like us.

They are not extraordinarily disciplined or significantly virtuous or productive with these digital resources. They want what we want: connection, entertainment, fun. If anything, they spend disproportionately more time on this leisure than we do. A significant amount of their monthly income gets diverted to their data plans, so, for instance, a boy can at last chat up a girl on Facebook. While people in wealthy nations spend about 2% of their monthly income on data, this can go as high as 5% among people in low-income countries. This should not be surprising. Many of these young people live in deeply conservative societies where arranged marriages are the norm. WhatsApp and Facebook double as Tinder and Grindr as young people go about hunting for the possibility of romance."
27 days ago
The biggest myths about the next billion internet users
"Myth # 2: Privacy will be the center of future global tech"
27 days ago
The biggest myths about the next billion internet users
"This blind optimism of mobile phones empowering people comes from a long legacy of wealthy nations, international corporations, and aid agencies in the West “doing good” through tech innovations. A mobile phone, for instance, is expected to help the poor “leapfrog” their way to a better life, the ultimate self-help solution to global inequality. Poverty is an opportunity and scarcity is a resource; the poor are the experts in leveraging mobile apps to get a better life for themselves, if we are to believe this narrative."
27 days ago
The biggest myths about the next billion internet users
"I have been working as a researcher and as a liaison for aid agencies for more than a decade in India, Brazil, and in recent years in, South Africa and Namibia. I was very much part of the “doing good” tribe. However, since early 2000, I encountered a pattern of usage among low-income young people that didn’t quite align with the pervasive tech evangelism"
27 days ago
Opinion | How Can You Appreciate 23rd-Century English? Look Back 200 Years
"The early 21st century was also a golden era for linguistic innovation related to using indirect constructed dialogue to convey actions and mental states. In speech, this era saw the rise of “be like” and in writing, the “me:” and *does something* conventions. (And I’m like, how did people even communicate their internal monologues without these?? also me: *shakes head* yeah I have no idea.) We now take these linguistic resources for granted, but at the time they represented a significant advancement in modeling complex emotions and other internal conditions on behalf of oneself and other people. Imagine being limited to the previous generation of dialogue tags, which attempted to slice everything into sharp distinctions between “said,” “felt” and “thought.”"
Gretchen McCullough deploys her research into internet usage to imagine a look back from the 22nd Century at our time.
27 days ago
Opinion | How Can You Appreciate 23rd-Century English? Look Back 200 Years
"writers who had grown up with a rich inventory of typographic signals of importance or enthusiasm would develop the maturity to repurpose them into the detailed inventory of ironic double meaning that the world had been craving since a 1575 printer first proposed a mirrored question mark (؟) to distinguish rhetorical questions. A book from 2019 details the beginnings of such a list, including “scare quotes,” Pseudo-Important Caps, the ~ironic ~tilde, ✨faux-enthusiastic sparkles✨, s p a c e s t r e t c h e d d e a d p a n, and the. passive. aggressive. period."
27 days ago
A Complete List of iOS and iPadOS Gestures Available to VoiceOver Users | AppleVis
A Complete List of iOS and iPadOS Gestures Available to VoiceOver Users
4 weeks ago
The Autistic Detective: Sherlock Holmes and his Legacy | Loftis | Disability Studies Quarterly
"Indeed, the myth of the autistic detective is largely based on the premise that sensory integration dysfunction is a savant skill that makes one unusually observant—and that this"
4 weeks ago
An Unreliable Mind: Being OCD in the Academy
"My OCD gets me praise. If I have scrutinised every detail of a piece of work or of an event, my OCD will still have me check again, and again, and again, and again. I am early for deadlines, always there for meetings and the most reliable collaborator – until I’m not. Until the compulsion that drives me to check, and recheck, and check again, pushes my brain too far, and I have to lie in the dark to try to make it stop. How can I feel well in an Academy where other people look at pain and see productivity, see the shadow on the wall cast by a pathology and declare it a work ethic? How can I function here? How can I function anywhere?"
The Chronically Academic blog gathers essays from disabled people working in higher education. Here $name explores how her neurodivergent brain provides tools to “perform” as well as inhibit her role as an assistant Professor
5 weeks ago
Quiet Hands | Just Stimming...
TW: Ableism, abuse Explaining my reaction to this: means I need to explain my history with this: 1. When I was a little girl, they held my hands down in tacky…
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5 weeks ago
Homepage | Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, Annual Disability Statistics Supplement, and State Reports for County-level Data are web-based tools that pool disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place.
facts  disability-culture  disablism  datamining  disability-rights  disability-studies  transportation  healthwork  statistics  database 
5 weeks ago
What to Do When You Lose a Dog
"Dogs’ lives are short to us, but not to them. To them, their lives are the length of lives.

The burden of this, the hardship, falls on us—we outlive our best friends. But it also allows us to give them a gift. A dog can pass through puppyhood, adulthood, and old age in the company of caring humans. They can live their whole lives on earth in a cocoon of love.

Dogs exist in each moment. They are shallow in the best of ways: their life consists of the things they’re experiencing now. They want to be loved, they want attention and snacks and walks, they want gentle hands on their fur while they drift to sleep. The best thing we can do for dogs is to make their moments good. If their moments are good, then their lives are good, too.

And when we lose them?

They give us one last gift, which is that we can grieve like dogs. Moment by moment. Not by living in the past or the future, but by taking the sorrow as it comes."
@blairbraverman.twitter addresses the grief we feel after losing a dog, and how we can imagine the next dog.
5 weeks ago
Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?
"The problem with these words isn’t only their floating capacity to enrage but their contaminating quality. Once you hear a word, it’s “in” you. It has penetrated your ears and entered your brain, from which it can’t be selectively removed. Sometimes a phrase will pop into my head that I haven’t heard in years — holistic road map — and I will feel as if someone just told me that in July 2016, I ate a bowl of soup that contained a booger. I’m overcome with aversion; I’m too late to do anything."
5 weeks ago
Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?
"As the leaked Slacks make clear, Korey, as well as her employees, were working under the new conditions of surveillance-state capitalism (or, from the company’s perspective, a culture of “inclusion and transparency”). One reason for the uptick in garbage language is exactly this sense of nonstop supervision. Employers can read emails and track keystrokes and monitor locations and clock the amount of time their employees spend noodling on Twitter. In an environment of constant auditing, it’s safer to use words that signify nothing and can be stretched to mean anything, just in case you’re caught and required to defend yourself."
5 weeks ago
Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?
"Our attraction to certain words surely reflects an inner yearning. Computer metaphors appeal to us because they imply futurism and hyperefficiency, while the language of self-empowerment hides a deeper anxiety about our relationship to work — a sense that what we’re doing may actually be trivial, that the reward of “free” snacks for cultural fealty is not an exchange that benefits us, that none of this was worth going into student debt for, and that we could be fired instantly for complaining on Slack about it. When we adopt words that connect us to a larger project — that simultaneously fold us into an institutional organism and insist on that institution’s worthiness — it is easier to pretend that our jobs are more interesting than they seem. Empowerment language is a self-marketing asset as much as anything else: a way of selling our jobs back to ourselves."
5 weeks ago
Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?
"In Megan’s syncs, I found myself becoming almost psychedelically disembodied, floating above the conference room and gazing at the dozen or so people within as we slumped, bit and chewed extremities, furtively manipulated phones, cracked knuckles, examined split ends, scratched elbows, jiggled feet, palpated stomach rolls, disemboweled pens, and gnawed on shirt collars. The sheer volume of apathy formed an energy of its own, like a mudslide. At the half-hour mark of each hour-long meeting, our bodies began to list perceptibly toward the door. It was like the whole room had to pee. When I tried to translate Megan’s monologues in real time, I could feel my brain aching in a physical manner, the way it does when I attempt to understand blockchain technology or do my taxes."
5 weeks ago
Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?
"The hideous nature of these words — their facility to warp and impede communication — is also their purpose."
5 weeks ago
Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?
"What did Megan do? Mostly she set meetings, or “syncs,” as she called them. They were the worst kind of meeting — the kind where attendees circle the concept of work without wading into the substance of it. Megan’s syncs were filled with discussions of cadences and connectivity and upleveling as well as the necessity to refine and iterate moving forward. The primary unit of meaning was the abstract metaphor. I don’t think anyone knew what anyone was saying, but I also think we were all convinced that we were the only ones who didn’t know while everyone else was on the same page. (A common reference, this elusive page.)"
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December | 2019 | Watch Well
I saw a meme about autistics often having a pathological fear of making mistakes. I don’t know any autistics with a pathological fear of making mistakes. I…
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[meta] So you wanna be podficced? - akamine_chan - Meta - Fandom [Archive of Our Own]
So you wanna be podficced? Here's a handy-dandy guide that may help you get your wish. I make no promises, though.
podfic  blanketpermissions  blanketstatement  fandom  meta 
6 weeks ago
Is this sleep and headphone and ear issue more easily solved? - Headphones Bluetooth AirPods | Ask MetaFilter
I have tiny ears. I need noise to sleep. I need headphones at night and in 2020 it’s somehow complicated and frustrating or expensive. Help?
insomnia  headphones  audiobook  tinyearbuds 
6 weeks ago
Fic: Little Forks and Merrythoughts - cathedral_carver - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
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Less of a Question, More of a Comment — James Mendez Hodes
If you attend panels or presentations, ever, I need you to read this article because, best case scenario, I need you to help protect me from “less of a…
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When “Ma’am” and “Sir” Just Don’t Work? Help! - Trans Style Guide - Medium
The other night he asked me the question I always have the hardest time answering: “What should I say instead of “Ma’am” or “Sir”?”. I have been asked this question at least once a day, if not more, every day for the past several years of my life. This is a hard question because there isn’t a simple one word answer. I would love if there just was a word like ‘Ma’am’ or ‘Sir’ I could offer in just a few seconds and make life that much easier, but the problem in English is that there isn’t a word like that yet. There have been suggestions made, but none of them are in any strong sort of usage. I’d never heard of any of the potential ideas when I was looking through them, and I think that a good majority of other nonbinary trans people will also not know what you meant if you used them. This would result in more confusion over the intended outcome than make it easier. However, the driver is absolutely correct! He should not be calling a nonbinary trans person ‘Ma’am’ or ‘Sir’ unless that specific individual has clarified that is okay for them in their individual case.
queer  gender  gnc  nonbinary  enby  mx  honorific  metaphor  language 
6 weeks ago
Special Circumstances Questionnaire for Sexual Partners (Male): Long Form - coruscera (impractica), linbot - Meta - Fandom [Archive of Our Own]
Section One: Sexual Congress and Its Implications. Legal Implications Does having sex with you entail becoming married, whether legally, magically,…
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7 weeks ago
Dr. Mona Minkara | Blind Scientist Tools
BLIND SCIENTIST TOOLS
IMPLEMENTATION OF PROTOCOLS TO ENABLE DOCTORAL TRAINING IN PHYSICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY OF A BLIND GRADUATE STUDENT
Most of the information displayed is drawn from this journal article, coauthored by myself, my postdoctoral coworker, the head of the Disabilities Office, one of my professors, and my graduate advisor. If you are blind or teaching a blind student, I hope you can use this encyclopedia of tools and techniques that got me through school to the place I am today. These informational cards will link you to informative notes with recommendations that span that scope of my blind academic experience, from working with access assistants, or “readers”, to choosing software and hardware.
a11y  blind  vision  accessibility  accessibletext  resources  STEM 
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Hacking Diabetes | The Walrus
M ichael Riddell’s lab is a diabetic’s paradise. The large white room at Toronto’s York University is dotted with treadmills and transmitters; there are tiny…
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The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of | Mental Floss
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