@dodec Have you seen these drawings of snake people creatively wearing boots? They made me think of you, because they seem like the kind of thing that you like.
a recommended trans book (+)
"Trans Bodies, Trans Selves" currently costs about half the cover price if you buy it for Kindle. (The iBooks version is just as good, but it's full price.) The eBook formatting is superb on all screen sizes, especially considering the complicated formatting in the print edition. It's strongly recommended reading for all kinds of trans folks (yes, it's nonbinary and intersex inclusive) and their allies. It's the trans 101 book *and* several of the advanced texts that I always wanted. If you'd rather wait, they're coming out with the 2nd edition in June 2021.
asking for help, boosts OK
I'm a disabled queer furry running low on money again while i seek disability and mental aid.
If anyone can help, i have a ko.fi at https://ko-fi.com/oneironott
Thank you all ;~;
Zen koan: "A monk asked his friend, 'Since your master attained enlightenment, has he changed?' The other monk replied, 'Yes! Since then, when he eats, he *eats*. When he sleeps, he *sleeps*.'"
Me: "Gosh, I wish *I* could eat when I eat and sleep when I sleep."
A footnote to that zen koan: "Some translators say this should be rendered as, 'When he's hungry, he eats. When he's tired, he sleeps.'"
Me: "Gosh, I wish *I* could eat when I'm hungry and sleep when I'm tired."
Brought to you by realizing that to me, 251 seems mostly red because 5 is in the tens place, whereas 215 is mostly silvery white because 1 is in the tens place, which changes the 2 to a more intense black and the 5 to pink. I don't know why my brain made up rules that were so complicated. You would think the numerals would stay the same color no matter what column they're in, and what numerals are with them.
Like fridge magnets, which are thought to be how most people end up with letter-color associations: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20140611-can-synaesthesia-be-learnt
Folks with #synaesthesia - have you ever been able to change the associations that you have with certain glyphs? I want to try to change the color associations I have with numbers, so that they're more logical. I'm concerned that might be something that can't be changed, at least not without making a confusing mess.
futuristic unisex sci-fi name generator (cw: rude words)
glumshoe made a generator so you too can find your futuristic unisex sci-fi name. My favorites include: Gene Splicer, Tex Lovelace, Radio Nebuchadnezzar, Sine Collision, Omen Allotrope, Trig Stardust, Dys, Rat Venture, and Cat Andromeda. I can't change my name to any of these, because mine is already cool and futuristic like this, because I'm a genderqueer space dragon.
CW: some of the names have rude words in them, resulting in cyberpunks and troublemakers like Piss Proxima and Nova Posterior. Inspiring.
Dragon Appreciation Day (long, +)
Last minute for dragon appreciation day, what's the latest, newest, favorite dragon thing you've heard of? Here are some of mine:
This gorgeous shimmery feathered serpent by Nambroth, who otherwise specializes in photorealistic paintings of birds and gryphons: https://nambroth.tumblr.com/post/186796812382/incandescent-deity-digital-painting-corel
This drawing of dragons that does NOT come from the sort of time or place you would guess just by looking at it, you will NEVER EVER guess: https://beardbriarandrose.tumblr.com/post/180455111896
This paleo-artist's reasonably accurate illustration of the goddess Tiamat based on Her very uncertain description in the Enuma Elish (cw for breasts or udders or something): https://iguanodont.tumblr.com/post/180837372816/any-idea-for-a-speculative-tiamat-seems-like-a
This dragon body positivity post (shared on a very cool blog that shares early D&D art): https://oldschoolfrp.tumblr.com/post/180148527149
And no dragons are mentioned in this collection of quotes about marginalization, monstrosity, and mythos, but their theme feels powerfully dragon-adjacent to me: https://angelsandthearchitect.tumblr.com/post/161988624223/when-i-looked-around-i-saw-and-heard-of-none
I dreamed this: the spy, the alchemist duke, and the felling of the crown (cw length, violence)
Last night, I had a reasonably coherent story for a dream.
The hero was a spy sent to investigate the source of some odd political trouble in a neighboring nation. The stagnant old monarchy had been overthrown, which they thought was good, since it hadn't been a good system, but the organization usurping it was worse.
The spy came ashore, disguised in farm laborer attire. Ve saw about forty men in crisp military uniforms, some in dress (picture Napoleonic era), dismantling a statue of the old kings. The spy hid by lying down in tall grass, and as ve watched, the monarchic statue was torn down, leaving a new one standing in its place: an letter M, thirty feet high, grim and ornate. It was the logo of the usurper, M Corp, which itself had recently gone through a flurry of mergers and buy-outs. M's public statements expressed that as a governmental corporation, they would revitalize the economy better than any other form of government, by reopening mines and increasing exports. There were very concerning rumors about the corporations' motives in supplanting the government, and who was in charge of it.
Indeed, M Corp was owned by a network of minor noble families who had been on unfavorable terms with the crown. They had grudges. But most of these were petty drama compared with the real motives of the duke who had quietly orchestrated the entire restructuring from behind the scenes.
The duke was a gentleman who most believed was merely a dandy. He was handsome, after all: his skin was flawless and tan, his hair hung in glossy waves past his shoulders, and he often replaced his expensive outfits. Outsiders to his family tended to fail to put together that he had been a handsome young fellow for an unusual number of decades. He had dabbled in alchemy, seeking eternal youth, and had stumbled upon more than he had bargained for.
This gray morning, the duke arose and looked out his tower window. He pulled the bell-cord to summon his servant and bring him the news. "Master," said his servant, "You'll be pleased to know I already cleaned up the courtyard from last night."
"Last night?" said the duke, surprised. Then it came back to him: the sleepwalking had carried him downstairs. He had fallen upon a stranger in the courtyard, and drained him. The only lucky thing about the duke's problem was that it had so far never happened to people he knew. Then the duke remembered washing the blood off himself in the fountain near the stables, somehow feeling both grim and cheerful. Revitalization felt like that: you lost one more thing forever, while restoring the other.
"Thank you, page," said the duke gently. "What can you tell me about the identity of that stranger?" His servant was so good about collecting all the information before disposing of the bodies.
"I'm afraid he was a courier," said his servant. "I'm making arrangements to cover for his disappearance. He brought this." He handed the duke a folder, with important M Corp watermarks, and some rust-colored stains.
"How unfortunate!" exclaimed the duke, taking the folder. "After all, don't they say: don't kill the messenger?" Then the vampire laughed, lightly and melodically. His servant could not help but admire the way his master's curls shook, the brightness of his teeth, and that he had a greater air of vitality than anyone he had ever seen.
"You have done well, page," said the duke (and the servant nearly glowed). "Go along and finish those arrangements, and I'll study the poor courier's message from M Corp over breakfast."
Steal this idea: a live-action show where all the dialog for human actors is just audio of actual cat noises, dubbed in Jingle Cats style. So everybody's talking to each other like all is normal, but all their dialog is replaced by meows and prrs that suggest the right tone of voice and lip synch.
And then, and THEN, there's a scene where they have a cat, and when the cat meows, it's dubbed with a bass human voice just saying the word "meow" in the least catlike way possible.
I wrote a short parable-like story. I might draw something tonight, too, laer on.
I could paste the whole thing here, and it would fit below the 7777-character limit, but that seems like it'd be unpleasant to scroll through. So have a PDF link instead: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fbkgexp0vog4oca/The%20Swordsman%27s%20Tale.pdf?dl=0
History is not the same thing as time. History works like this: events where almost no documentation survives, it's as if those happened a long time ago, in antiquity. Events that are still well-documented-- so you can reconstruct them, and you can feel like you knew the people involved-- it's as if those are recent events.
So it seems as if Pompeii was recent history, because you can learn about it inside and out, get to know the people, read eyewitness accounts, and reconstruct every detail. Yet, there are people only four generations back, where all that can ever be learned about them anymore is a name, dates of birth and death, and perhaps one sentence about them. It might not even be a friendly or true sentence. You don't get to know the person. Everything you would have liked to know has been lost or erased forever. That's ancient history.
Most queer history feels ancient. No matter when they came from, virtually all histories of minority groups feel ancient.
how would you describe the differences between forum etiquette vs what's normal on social media? i'm trying to write a guide for the alt+h forum since a lot of our userbase is only used to say, twitter and tumblr. all i can think of so far:
- double posting is generally discouraged
- likes (or equivalent) are only for Really Good Posts
- grammar standards tend to be higher
- the circumstances under which necro-ing threads is allowed (i feel like this one is pretty variable)
The next Wikipedia article I want to build will be about the enarees, the trans-feminine shamans of the ancient Scythian peoples. I'm digging through the JSTOR archives about them first. Do you happen to know some excellent print/online sources about enarees that I'm not likely to stumble across in my usual search pattern?
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