Ingrid Tischer's name was mentioned several times at the recent SDS@OSU conference. Ingrid Tischer is a disabled white woman who works in the philanthropy sector. She blogs the hell out of that experience and much more, with honest surrealism and humor. She spouts “FEDup rants” opposing TED’s goal of making knowledge a commodity.
You can spend hours exploring her site; this essay lent itself to excerption:
I feel seen
I keep expecting to wake up and have the energy to write up what I learned at the SDS con. Maybe tomorrow? Or next week?
I did go swimming for the first time since Doc said "rest my hip." The water was so delicious! I get to trade water for cognition. I'm so grateful I don't have any deadlines right now.
My last conference event was a free lunch, with fond farewells to new friends.
MyGuy & Bella pick me up at 115. We’re returning on the hypotenuse from the journey down on I90 to I60 to i70, traveling state and US highways. Sometimes known as blue roads because that’s how they’re shown on paper maps.
Up at 5, do our am stuff — lightbox, stretches. La Quinta’s provided breakfast included hard boiled eggs, safe enough for me. They forgot the vinegar, though, so it took 10 minutes to dig the shell off.
Of course we fly via preparations airways, so I had an apple, turkey jerky, and a choc chip hobnob. MyGuy went for gas and trapped a container of wild Chobani for me as well. While he packed the motel’s luggage cart full, Bella and I were delighted to some sidewalk to run back and forth on. Thank heaven for corporate policies that result in a Lowe’s building supply store having sidewalk on the street facing a residential block. May it be the seed of further sidewalk to come.
On the road at 915a.
Almost miss Avery Corporation HQ, funny it didn’t stick out.
( “babble” )
...and I finally attend the first SDS function, which is an informal chat with bonus clementines. I meet several fascinating women who share their research ideas and experience. More anon!
I slowly packed all day Thursday with intermittent, frequent breaks on Twitter & DW.
Woke up, did my morning health work, then take Bella for a walk while MyGuy gasses car.
We’re out the driveway 943a on Friday
( “mundanity” )
Onward to Columbus tomorrow, where I get to meet forests_of_fire in person!
I hope I'll find other folks interested in
- collating wisdom about grassroots cross-disability transit advocacy
- Mia Mingus' remarkable concepts of access intimacy and the ableist norm of forced intimacy.
I know I'll enjoy time spent in a disability-forward environment! I'm grateful for MyGuy Express, who'll chauffeur me there, and Rx-strength lidocaine patches, which will quiet my hip en route.
...and quantum physics and cooking too!
mrissa has written another wonderful essay, informed by her years writing great SF and coping with disability.
Many thanks to chanter_greenie, who posted
I would like my DW friends to comment about how you got to know me. But I want you to LIE. That's right. Just make it up. If you'd like, copy this to your journal so others can do the same.
Let it all out! Tell me about the day we met in a different time line.
Faking It: The Lies Women Tell About Sex and the Truths They Reveal
Lux Alptraum, 2018
ebook, print, audio (Overdrive)
five out of five stars
I enjoyed this educational screed about Western patriarchy. Alptraum examines misogyny through the lens of lies women tell to cope, including:
- faking orgasm
- the (fake) concept of virginity
- faking 'natural' appearance through makeup
- claiming a fake boyfriend to minimize harassment
- 'fake' rape claims
Alptraum’s accessible prose is bolstered by footnotes to science as well as the popular press. She strategically deploys current media images, and she’s writing directly to the reader. I think it would be an excellent gift for any person on the threshold of sexual maturity. (Opinions from actual parents most welcome!)
content notes: no explicit discussions of violence or assault
What I want when I view the archive: [ETA, kluged something workable]
- Display the work text in the same font as my browser default
- Provide visual clue that when I've already given kudos to a work ( in detail )
In eight 50-minute episodes, the CONTAINERS podcast producer Alexis Madrigal explores how global transport changed from humans putting individual things in ships and airplanes to putting things into train-car size containers, which are loaded via huge cranes onto huge boats. Containerization is why cheaply-made goods have flooded the world. The series examines how this change, started almost by accident during the Vietnam war, has affected billions of people in small and large ways. The series is sponsored by Flexport, who are in the container business—and it is definitely not a puff piece.
Containerization is why my supermarket stocks frozen, peeled and boiled Vietnamese soybeans, even though I live in Wisconsin, a soybean producing state. Alexis Madrigal (a writer for The Atlantic) asks what happens to the dock workers and the handful of sailors who move these huge container ships around the globe. He tells how Oakland residents fought back against the concentration of diesel fumes from the new container ports where thousands of trucks idle daily.
This is a story about heroes in West Oakland like Margaret Gordon. This is a story about people who stood up and said, “No, not on my watch.” This is not a story about the health department. And this is not a story even about the port. This is a story about people coming together to fight for justice. And they won. And they won big. And they won in a way that had influence on what’s happening in ports all over this country. And in fact ports all around the world. I think those are the true heroes, the Margaret Gordons … They drove this change and they deserve the credit.
The series digs in to the origins and beginnings of containerized shipping.
For a beautiful and informative demonstration of containerized shipping 2012, visit ShipMap.org. There’s an autoplay audio overview, and an animated interactive map showing all the container ships on the planet and what they’re carrying.
Best bit: Berlin's transit system commissioned adidas to make 500 pairs of custom shoes incorporating their distinctive seat fabric. They sold out quick: wearers rode without having to pay a fare for a year.
I'll admit that, while I'm a dedicated public transit rider, I bring my own (exceptionally comfortable) seat, so this a visual-aesthetic issue for me.
This shouldn’t surprise me, since her fun SF thriller novels Persona and Icon posit a world where the United Nations has morphed into a celebrity reality show. Every Persona is managed by a crew of fashion, romance, and (er, yes, well) political advisors. ( more about her books )
Valentine’s commentary begins in January 2009 and comes right up to last week’s Oscars. Each post is heavily illustrated, and yet this may be a case where image descriptions aren’t really necessary, as Valentine’s snark is actually the point.
For example, the last item in her first post, https://www.genevievevalentine.com/2009/
However, the outfit I was happiest with was Renee Zellweger’s, because I think she sucks mightily, and now when people ask, “What has she done that’s so bad?” and I don’t have a clip of her acting available, I can just show them this and say, “This is what her soul looks like.”
lj_writes does a much better job explaining this!
lightgetsin relies on image descriptions, and her thoughts are crucial
For sighted people, images can communicate a lot in a short time. On the web, tho, images come with a cost: bandwidth. Folks who don’t or can’t view your image can still get your message when you use image descriptions. "alt text" is the HTML tool to hold your image descriptions.
Web Accessibility In Mind — WebAIM — is an outstanding resource for ensuring that all users can appreciate your web content.
Spend twenty minutes at WebAIM to gain a confidence in applying the principles of alt texts. Their tl;dr about the content of alt texts: ( open me )
These artistic GIFs celebrate the vulva in serious and silly ways.
Why doesn’t PBS publish this level of excellent content?
I welcome crowd-sourced image descriptions in comments
I love being on Twitter. Constant stimulation. Jokes zinging right and left. Art and photos from around the world. Checking in with people who I only see once a year at WisCon if I’m lucky.
I hate being on Twitter. Constant stimulation. Terrible things happening world wide, curated for my attention by people I like. As of November 2016, I've been on a total newsfast to maintain my sanity, and there's a LOTS of content that's toxic.
Therefore: three tools that help me interact with Twitter manageably.
Thread Reader App
I’ve spent the last two days trying to catch up my reading list. Not yet successful, but I sure have enjoyed the journey. So I'll share:
Unicorn chaser is the marvelous ThreadReaderApp, which makes a Twitter thread into a single webpage. I was happy to throw a little money their way, and they create PDFs for me to download.
I'm thrilled that Markdown simplifies formatting your DW posts has proved popular and helpful. I didn't explore all Markdown's features to keep it short. I regret that now. I'm drafting a "Markdown: the sequel" post with the remaining features. In a better timeline, I would have written "Markdown: the novel," integrating the sequel stuff in the first post. I want to maximize reference utility for DW users in the next decade. Three ways to do this occur to me, and I bet you have a better idea.
The key is dressing for it. On my bed are all the things I wore over standard underwear. Having recently lost weight simplified things, since I had several sizes to hand.
aqua wool blend compression socks underneath
pink wool blend ski socks inside
Keen "40 below" tan insulated boots
red wool long underwear underneath
gray wool flannel, poly lined trousers
orange cotton long sleeve crew neck underneath
black wool long sleeve crew neck "base layer" underneath
gray wool-acrylic crew neck sweater
very light weight black polypro balaclava underneath
purple microfleece tube gaiter underneath
ink blue faux fur hunter hat with ear & neck flaps down
windblock pink fleece butt length coat with integral hood pulled over my head underneath
black leather knee length cape
What I didn't wear: my glasses--my viewport was only 8 inches wide by 2 inches high, and they'd be immediately frosted.
We live in Wisconsin! Yes, it's -1°F right now, headed to -26°F tomorrow, with a wind. Yes, we had around 6 inches of snow.
But honestly, it takes a full 20 minutes to get frostbite in this weather. Layer up! Wear a hat!
That the University of Wisconsin-Madison closed down based on an online student petition just stuns me.
...is one of my favorites!
How it works: reply with "Oh! Shiny" and I'll choose three of your icons. Tell me about them: where they came from, what they mean to you, and/or when you deploy them. Drop a link here to your post in your own journal. Spread it around.
ironymaiden asked me about:
Great reading today from three places.
seperis makes me laugh really hard about living with bunnies
Bunnies can eat through anything. Even zip ties. Even dozens of zip ties. Even all the zip ties. That is how I ended up with baby bunnies in the first place. They can also jump under duress three feet at a run and two feet just because they're assholes. (One of my tiny psychopaths can do three and a half feet, catch himself halfway over the top of the play area, and shimmy over.) Rabbits also like access to small, comforting, dark spaces to hide and cuddle (each other, not me).
further background on bunny ownership: https://web.archive.org/http://seperis.
Jillian Weise is a poet, performance artist, prosthetic-wearing ass-kicker. She delivers the Donna Haraway smackdown I've been waiting 20 years for:
When I tell people I am a cyborg, they often ask if I have read Donna Haraway’s ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’. Of course I have read it. And I disagree with it. ( 286 wise words )
I first encountered Jillian in her Tipsy Tullivan persona, as she excoriated AWP for their hostility to disabled writers:
To my delight, she was on one AWP 2016 panel, celebrating the 40th anniversary of her publisher BOA, reading several poems and a call to action/drinks. ( uncaptioned video )
On Captain Awkward
I subscribe to the DW captainawkward_feed
Cap addresses “Tips for staying positive when your body hates you.” from a PhD student dealing with sudden liver cancer. Cap wisely turns to the wisdom of disabled people, and offers lots of excellent suggestions.
What if I told you that you don’t have to feel positive or stay positive or be positive. Stay alive. Positive can wait.
[... snip ...]
Fight the idea that being sick is something you’re inflicting on others. You say: “I feel like I’m a drain on everyone around me and I can’t even contribute academically anymore.” This ableist framing is hurting you and other people.
Your worth is not based on how much money you earn, it is not based on how much research or scholarship you do.
I’ve just1 learned that Ruth Badner Ginsburg, our brutally strong and smart Supreme Court justice, has a necklace she wears when she dissents from a decision the court hands down. This dissent necklace is a studded collar that stretches like a smile from one shoulder to the other, comprising 21 thumb-shaped wedges.
She wore it the day after the 2016 election.
You can buy replica pendants, earrings, tie clips etc., as well as stickers.
Bustle has an illustrated article about RBG’s collection of “statement” accessories.
- Given my news fast, I’m willing to admit I’m behind the times. ↩︎
plaidadder wrote Wild About Harry, an epic, woman-centered BBC Sherlock fix-it which is in my reread-it-and-laugh/weep comfort fics folder
Today, she wrote a song for/about Jeremy Brett which made me cry:
ETA: laughingacademy reblogged it with a link to "I'm in love with Jeremy Brett," a song Poi Dog Pondering, a skiffle band from the 80s
ETA2: markdown doesn't work in post titles!
So I love oolong tea and I have exhausted all the vendors locally.
When I search online I get hundreds of results. Some are in India and China--the originators of tea! Cost is not my main criterion, but I don't want to throw money into the void.
I want a vendor who will actually ship what I ordered and that’s pretty much it.
Do you have a positive experience with an online tea vendor?
I got a virus towards the end of the year and started coughing & sneezing uncontrollably on 25 December. My voice is finally back--being unable to sing for three weeks was remarkably disconcerting. I have been able to swim twice. I don't know if it's the humidity, or that I always puff up on my albuterol sulfate before I jump in, but there's nothing like being eight feet under to improve my breathing.
This moaning is just to let you know I'm way behind on all the juicy new content here on DW.
As you are!
Markdown is a minimal way to format your text. The goal is to use "natural" formats, similar to email. Software that understands Markdown translates it to HTML. Markdown is much easier--and more forgiving--than HTML. This post has the markdown you'll use the most. The rest of the features are explored later.
The full spec is hosted by its creator, Jon Gruber
Using Markdown Here at Dreamwidth
You can use Markdown for new posts and when you reply by email. Right now, you can't use Markdown on the website when you're replying to posts (aka commenting on entries).
Thanks to Shelley for this great photo from last night. It's a pedestrian path underneath the Southwest Commuter Path near my house. A 4in snowfall covers everything. The streetlight behind the overpass picks out icy edges on the timbers holding up the path and the trees and shrubs surrounding it.
I've been reading fanfic for twenty years! I started reading on desktop computers with CRT screens. Upgraded to a Palm OS device with the lovely iSilo reader. This showed me the magic of offline fanfic: I could read while reclining. When I finally got a laptop, I backslid a bit. I would download web pages and read them offline in my browser, but I was still tied to the upright posture a laptop requires.
I had a brief flirtation with a Kobo e-ink reader, but it wasn't bright enough for me. That did teach me to appreciate ereader software—I got an iPod Touch basically just to read fanfic on the bus. I stepped up to an iPad for the larger print--things got really swell when I got a LEVO iPad Stand*
I've tried every reader program there is, and mostly I use Instapaper on my iPad/iPhone.
Instapaper is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle as well as the web
and the basic service is free!
* I got the older one with bungee cords which is not very 21st century but it works.
ETA 2: I've now reverted my style so it no longer supports the "whispery" tags I describe below. I've frozen this post for posterity.
ETA: Ha! I thought I'd discovered a nifty workaround and instead I demonstrated how I didn't test something before I posted.
fancake is an open themed fanwork rec community. Follow the excellent organization of tags by theme or fandom, and it's a great place to make baby's first rec post.
siderea asks "So are there 'canonical' SF movies that are romances?" and gets more than 50 answers
muccamuk provides some history as to how people found friends on LJ, then transferred them to DW, and why "finding friends on DW" is a lot harder for newbies than it is for those of us who have been here all along.
Who-what-where-when in https://kalloway.dreamwidth.org/1628277.
Let's Read A Scientific Paper: Is Social Media Bad For You? is a coherent step-by-step deconstruction of a recent psychology study which has generated a bunch of headlines. From her summary: ( learn about the results that could have been with a link )
Let it be known that Tumblr did support awesome creativity! Particularly the 221B Baker Towers headcanon universe, where all the reboot characters are marginalized folks living in a poor housing estate. A delicious improvement on the class-bound glaring-white BBC version.
I've seen most of the creative art and writing on 221b-baker-towers Tumblr
…but just in case…
The original art manip and headcanon post, safe on AO3
Tagged Tumblr posts https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/221b+
And on the Archive
When I prepare to publish something here, I think "I'm writing a post." When my gentle readers respond to what I've written, I think "they're making comments." Yet the official Dreamwidth vocabulary is not so straightforward. These are the things that keep me up at night!
To publish the current item, I tapped the "Post" link on the navigation bar. The next screen is called "Create Entries," yet the final action button is called "Post a $securitylevel Entry." With each entry I control who responds with "Comment" settings, yet the relevant FAQ talks about "replies."
One of Dreamwidth's quirkier features is how you can customize much of the user interaction texts
( So, the poll )
I've been browsing the "tumblr purge" tags at latest things (as you do) and have stumbled on two wonderful resources:
For Android Users: Close to a Mobile App with Hermit
bluewinged_songbird provides the step-by-step, with pictures!
For all of us: If you're used to Tumblr, how you do it here
potofsoup has, of this writing, fourteen step-by-step tutorials, with pictures!
I learned new things, even after being here since 1-May-2009. It also made me better understand how Tumblr works.
More DW activity is great, and all this content increases the chance that I’ll miss something.
Here's a public filter which contains all the Sherlock-Holmes-related communities and authors I know of here:
Do let me know what I missed.
I also made a private filter for just the folks who post monthly or less.
( Step by Step )
Every December Dreamwidth has a sale on paid time! Ten percent off in the shop!
Columbia Journalism Review is a trade magazine for journalists. Maia Szalavitz's article on "What the media gets wrong about opioids" opened my eyes wide—
The “relatable” story journalists and editors tend to seek—of a good girl or guy (usually, in this crisis, white) gone bad because pharma greed led to overprescribing—does not accurately characterize the most common story of opioid addiction. ( a truer take and a link )
I used to keep all my fanfic on Dropbox: all my PDFs, docs, epubs, audio files and plain text notes there to access from my iPad, iPhone, and MacBook Pro.
(I'm just one person, so I don't have to worry about managing versions.)
I can't seem to do this with iCloud Drive. When I create a Project folder at iCloud Drive's root level, my iOS apps can't see the data there. The iOS apps all want their files to be inside their own app-specific folders.
Is there a way around this?
Gluten Free Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich with Maya Klein