Introduction (long toot, some big image files of my comics, work-safe) Show more
I'm Orion Scribner, and I'm best known for my #Comic about #Otherkin, "Theri There." I make a lot of other written resources and illustrations, too, but not currently full-time. Lately, most of my time goes toward the job where I make my living instead, and which I otherwise don't discuss here. Here are a couple drawings I've done of myself, picture me as either. One of them is a #Dragon #Furry.
I've been on Mastodon since 2016. I regularly post at @frameacloud, but I may also post from @frameacloud, so please follow me at both, and send me an introduction. In 2018, I'm working on leaving the social media sites that I think are bad for people, which I had too many of anyway, and becoming more active on only a few sites that I think are good for people. Expect the below list to get shorter soon, but my handle is also frameacloud on:
#Tapas, a #WebComic site where you can read Theri There and other comics I've made: https://tapas.io/frameacloud
#Dreamwidth, a social journaling site, which has some of my writings: https://frameacloud.dreamwidth.org
#Tumblr, a microblogging site, which has a lot of my art: http://frameacloud.tumblr.com
#Patreon, an art patronage site: http://patreon.com/frameacloud
#Kofi, a tip-jar site: https://ko-fi.com/frameacloud
I have a personal site where I've put my nonfiction books I wrote, for the community to read for free, at https://www.frameacloud.com
⚠️PSA FOR TRANS PEOPLE⚠️ Show more
Google has recently started automatically importing information from Google+ profiles into the contacts app on android (Google Contacts) based searching for accounts tied to that phone number. This information is comprehensive and can't be deleted by the user.
If you have an old Google+ profile laying around from pre-transition, then any old emails etc. containing your dead name might have been imported into the contacts of everyone who has your phone number for any reason
Runes Show more
I'm going to start studying Futhark runes. Anyone here particularily familiar with them? I'd appreciate guidance in avoiding sources that are racist/fascist, or that are based too much on the author's intuition/UPG. I'm looking more for sources focused on their history and practical/magical/divinatory use.
Tumblr spamblogs and search engine gaming Show more
Someone linked to http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/179825849970/gross-porn-blogs on my group chat and it's a good layperson explanation of why Tumblr has the horrifying porn spam problem it does. Feel free to share it around.
a natural history fact that is a groaner Show more
To be a mineral, a thing should meet these five traits:
1. formed by a natural process
2. has a solid form*
3. has a chemical formula
4. ordered atomic arrangement (usually crystalline)
5. doesn't come from a living thing
Can you think of some rocks that don't meet this definition, even though they're pretty much what common sense would consider rocks? And some that do meet it, even though that doesn't seem right?
Water ice meets the definition of a mineral.
Therefore, clouds are geological formations. Up there.
Rocks are social constructs. Or our idea of them is, anyway, but that's all you ever really get of a rock or anything else. You can find bizarre loopholes and exceptions for definitions that seem like they should be short and straightforward. What characteristics make a gender? What characteristics make a dragon?
A parallel to this is when the great philosophers decided the most terse definition of Man was "featherless biped," until Diogenes brought them a plucked chicken, saying "Behold your Man." The philosophers were stumped by that for a while, and then finally appended "with flat nails," in the hopes of discouraging Diogenes from bringing them any other dead stuff.
* Sometimes "at room temperature" is appended to this, specifically to rule out water ice, but the whole definition is still weirdly inadequate for the simple matter of saying whether something's a rock.
In case you missed it, switching.social has a search page for public domain eBooks:
It uses a custom DuckDuckGo search for ebooks in Gutenberg, Adelaide University, Wikisource, Gutenberg Australia, Gutenberg Canada, Faded Page, Standard eBooks, Runeberg.org, Lonnrot.net and dbnl.org
If you know of any other sources of PD eBooks, especially non-English sources, let me know.
Netflix's series _The Dragon Prince_ is good. Show more
🐲 Made by the same folks as _Avatar: The Last Airbender._ You can tell.
🐲 Does have dragons in it, briefly, with nice-looking character models. Seems there'll be more dragon in it in Season 2.
🐲 Instead of a "classic battle between good & evil" (not my favorite fantasy trope), it's more about both sides having done terrible things, while still being people who care about one another. Much more interesting!
🐲 Some characters have dialog in American Sign Language!!!
flying dream (+) Show more
Last night I dreamed I'd figured out how to float on air. I was sure there was just a knack to it that is hard to describe, and the lack of description was the only reason why nobody is aware of how to use it, similar to the situation with human echolocation, so I was very carefully analyzing and experimenting with it.
I determined it was some combination of psychokinetics and aerodynamics. There was an invisible current flowing along through any place, which behaved very much like chi as described in feng shui, including that it flows more quickly in long narrow hallways, and more sluggishly in cluttered areas. This invisible something had a slight resistance or friction to it, almost rubbery, similar to what's felt between the palms in a novice how-to-feel-chi lesson, but it was considerably more substantial.
If you rested your weight on this current in just the right way, you could glide along on it, bodily floating a few feet above the ground. The most difficult part was mounting the current in the first place, so that you would float, instead of just faceplant on the floor. The description in Hitchhiker's Guide, "falling but missing the ground," turned out to be fairly apt. Once you'd successfully mounted the current, it was pretty easy to stay on it, and ride it around wherever you wanted.
I was surprised to wake up from this dream, because during the dream, I was totally convinced I was studying a completely real and plausible super/natural phenomenon.
If we developed the technology to make you grow a tail, & you were one of the very first to get one, one hassle would be that your tail would keep you from fitting any trousers sold anywhere. Fashion's not sold en masse to your demographic, just regular humans. It'd only be an infinitesimal expense on top of getting a tail, but you'd have to get all your trousers Show more
morphological freedom; long; hoax? Show more
Here are some of my first impressions of the first site, from my skeptical side.
The skeletal diagram for wings doesn't look plausible. In movement, the upper scapulae would encounter the lower scapulae. Raising your arms makes your scapulae swing outward. You can see this movement for yourself in a mirror. By putting a second pair of scapulae in the location shown in their diagram, it would make it so that you wouldn't be able to raise your arms. https://freedomofform.org/research/anatomical-studies/
The mention of an "attack helicopter" on the front page is likely meant to be a hint that the site's meant to be satirical overall, since it's a reference to an obscene joke satirizing transgender people and surgical transition. (general cw for link) https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-sexually-identify-as-an-attack-helicopter?full=1
The whole site reminds me of the artist Lee Mingwei, who in 1999 made an earnest-seeming site about his (cisgender) male pregnancy and the medical procedure behind it, which was all a hoax/art project. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/a-womb-of-his-own/
If this site was clearly labeled as satire (perhaps I haven't stumbled across that part yet), then I could appreciate this as being an art project. Without that, there's the possibility of it being not just a hoax but a scam. Scams try to seem earnest and enticing. It's unfortunte that physical transformation is a taboo topic in the otherkin and therian communities, but it's taboo chiefly because of the risk of scams.
Hi, Alynna! I'm glad to see you're running a Mastodon instance, that's cool.
This page says that this morphological freedom project works together with you. What can you tell me about the veracity of the information on their site? Is it really more of a sci-fi story site, or is it in earnest? https://vulpinedesigns.co.uk/contactus.html
@anthracite I think I found a glitch? For the last few days, in the Home column, when I get to the bottom and tap "load more," it never loads more. Yesterday, it only let me view toots up to 4 hours back, before running into this problem. Today, it's only letting me view toots up to 1 hour back. It might have to do with number of toots rather than time, or it might be random.
OS: iOS 10.3.3
Link to article that mentions rape, which has a video that describes rape. Show more
Really beautiful article about Eva Medusa Tiamat, a trans woman who modified her body to become a dragon.
(Toot re-drafted in order to add CW.)
I just noticed the "Druatch" otherkin dragon runes appear to be available on Etsy in card form, though I don't see Isedon Goldwing credited for them in this listing. https://www.etsy.com/listing/279351950
Someday I want to make a woodburned set of Druatch runes. Here's the original site about them. http://www.dragon-runes.com
A Kickstarter for wearable animatronic tails, with motions controlled by an app, and potentially also made to respond to Fitbit data or phone notifications: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thetailcompany/digitail-the-animatronic-app-controlled-moving-tai
(h/t to @Dex )
shamelessly stolen from birdsite - science proves furries were right https://logicmag.io/05-everybodys-brain-knows-how-to-run-a-tail/
food (+) Show more
Very good food: a bowl of popcorn, topped with homemade kale chips. (And with other oils etc for flavor.) Might be the tastiest popcorn mix ever!
(Other good things to put in popcorn, but not necessarily at the same time: cinnamon toast crunch cereal; goldfish crackers; brewer's yeast. Worst things to put in popcorn: peanuts or anything else too hard to tell apart from unpopped kernels! I don't know how Cracker Jacks make it work, but in homemade popcorn, there's too many hard kernels.)