My orientation is queer, full stop, so talk to me if you like me. Show more
The label for my gender identity is still trans nonbinary. Meanwhile, I'm updating the label for my orientation to just one word only: queer.
Queer means: I'm not splitting hairs about futures I can't see. Labeling my orientation too specifically, for me, is like saying I already know more than I do about what sort of people I will love.
Queer means: I'm not trying to fit into any hair-splitting orientation labels that just affirm a gender binary system that has no clear place for enbies like me.
Queer means: solidarity with the rainbow, including the ace and aro spectrum.
Queer means: if you like me, talk to me. Maybe I'll like you, too.
People try to grow palm trees in Seattle in order to pretend they've brought a vacation home with them, but palm trees in this London-like climate zone don't do anything other than project a pitiful Dickensian waif energy.
Funny thing when I got my new ID card. The DOL asked me if anything on it should change. I said yeah, I'd grown a little taller since my first ID as a teenager, or maybe I just hadn't measured it perfectly last time. So they updated my height on my new ID. They just... did it! They didn't check me with a ruler, or ask for a letter from a doctor confirming my height, or anything!
I dreamed this (insect death) Show more
I was just dreaming about a museum displaying a Japanese scroll satirically yet accurately depicting the criminal court trial process, each step methodically played out by frogs and insects, chronologically from top to bottom, resulting in the execution of a beetle. I wonder if I was remembering a real painting I had seen somewhere? I know there were a lot of woodblock prints with similar subjects, sort of like a goth Richard Scarry.
Does anybody else get this weird sensory thing? Show more
Does anybody else get that thing where, if you touch someone-- regardless of whether you put your hand on their shoulder, or they put their hand on your shoulder-- you get an unpleasant sensation of kinesthetic feedback, a lot like the full-body thump that you get when you're riding an elevator that lurches near its stop?
Me @ the mountain : "what kind of weird low hanging cloud with foggy tree shapes are you"
personal, product endorsement for the first alarm clock I've really liked, I swear it's not a paid advertisement (+) Show more
My new Sonic Bomb alarm clock is life-changing. For some reason, it makes it so I don't wake up groggy.
I've tried practically every other kind of alarm clock, sometimes three or four of them at once. I kept getting more elaborate at my alarm clock setup to try to circumvent more and more things that could go wrong each morning. I tried alarms that played music, to see if setting a nice mood for the morning helped. I tried alarms that made a loud buzz or played talk radio, in case offensive noise was more effective at moving me. After I found out that I could shut off an alarm clock in my sleep without really waking up, I set some alarm clocks near my bed, and others across the room, or in another room, set to go off a few minutes apart, to make sure I actually got up and stayed up. Some clocks were plugged into the power outlet, and other clocks were battery powered, because I'd had mornings where there was no alarm due to a power outage, and I'd had mornings where there was no alarm due to batteries dying.
With every other alarm I've used, my first 20 minutes of the morning I was always unable to spend to any productive end, just staring into space like a slow zombie. I had accepted that must be how my brain juices work: I must be somebody who just can't get going for the first 20 minutes of the day.
With the Sonic Bomb, I've consistently gotten right up out of bed immediately, feeling wide awake and ready, and I've then brushed my teeth, showered, dressed, and started fixing breakfast, with no 20 minute delay.
I'm not even using the ultra-loud audio alarm part of the Sonic Bomb. I just have it set to flash its lights and shake the bed when it's time to get up. I think the bed shaker is what makes the difference. I've tried two other vibrating alarm clocks, and they weren't as effective as this one. I don't think I'd even need the audio part, since the bed shaker part works like a psychic message of "you are instantly fully awake" for me. For some reason, the bed shaker doesn't start my day with a sour mood the way that music or other noise alarm clocks do.
It also solves the "what if there's a power outage or battery failure" problem. The Sonic Bomb uses a 9v battery for back-up power, so it's sure to still wake me up, even if there's a blackout during the night.
som ppl act like. the colour pink. has feelings. like the colour pink cares if a butch dyke doesnt like it. like every little girl who resented compulsory femininity owes an apology to this poor, innocent colour, how could we be so cruel
The only acceptable answer to "What causes people to be transgender?" is "A mad scientist, who might represent God, played by Bela Lugosi."
Oh, I got my student ID card yesterday! Where are the best discounts I can get with that rn?
My whole #music collection is all wrong for me now, & I want to build a new fresh one. Would you please recommend me some albums/musicians that:
1. are really fun, upbeat, & happy
2. don't have sexist lyrics
3. aren't overplayed (perhaps not played on the radio at all)
4. (optionally) come from this decade
The science of autism Show more
Since it is hard to find articles that are positive and not ableist about how autistic brains work, I am going to make a small thread about the main things that we know at the moment. I hope this helps any autistic people who are curious about themselves. I am not an expert, this is just what I learned from my neuroscience course. I will first explain some basics of neuroscience, for people who aren't familiar with biology, so you don't have to have any prerequisite knowledge to understand any of this :) If I accidentally leave some of the basics out, feel free to ask me to clarify. I don't know everything but I'll try my best to help :)
I want to buy a bed shaker alarm clock that doesn't have a huge visual display AND isn't battery powered. All the ones I'm seeing on Amazon are just one or the other.
As a car driver, what's something you did wrong for a long time before you learned better?
Finding out Pinterest's "gender" field is a custom form that even lets you put in emoji, of course I had to set mine as 🐉
rape culture Show more
I was feeling as angry as an angel about some stuff, so I blew off just a little bit of steam by cramming a whole bunch of politics into my Pinterest boards about fashion.
Why talk about masculine attire without questioning what masculinity is, holding toxic masculinity accountable, and having to figure out a better kind of masculinity to express? How can anyone talk about feminine apparel at all without talking about how much it's dictated by rape culture to the point of being a prison of Catch-22's made to fault women's looks, no matter what they actually look like, or whether that has any real bearing on what they did or has been done to them? Can we create and carry off fashion statements that express neither/both/changing masculinity and/or femininity?
Fashion is gender expression. Fashion is a tool of oppression. Fashion is used to justify violence in rape culture. Fashion can be meaningfully rebelled against and reformed. Fashion is political.
Twitter Show more
I took a peek at Twitter. Mastodon is still my main, I like it a lot better because it has CWs, & most of my friends are here, but I'm missing some people.
If I must use Twitter for anything, I'll use Tweetdeck to filter out RTs & generally make it usable.
I changed my main Twitter, https://twitter.com/frameacloud to be protected, but I'll let nearly anybody follow it, just to filter out most randos & sealions.
Meanwhile, I've still got my more personal Twitter, https://twitter.com/frameacloud1 which is also protected, but it's just for staying in touch with a few friends who mostly live on Twitter, so I'll hardly let anybody follow it.
I still like Mastodon the best, so this is where most of my activity will be, but I just had those thoughts about how to make my Twitter better for the occasions that I might want to use it.
news: prosthetic tail as mobility aid Show more
Here is a development in prosthetic tail technology, and some new hypotheses about their practical uses.
Researchers at the Keio University in Japan built the Arque tail prototype to explore how tails can have a practical purpose in augmenting the wearer's sense of balance. The prototype has to be hooked up to a power supply on the floor, so you couldn't wear it walking about. However, with miniaturization in the future, such a tail could be used as a mobility aid to help people with balance problems, instead of a cane.
Thanks to flock-of-changes for linking to this, that's how I heard about it. https://flock-of-changes.tumblr.com/post/186834795709/a-wearable-robotic-tail-turns-anyone-into-a-furry