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So someone I like and respect has reblogged this, and so I want to talk about it. See I’m the kind of person who people might label a “SJW”. What social justice activism and activists are like, online or off, is variable. Are there individuals who engage with social justice shallowly as though it is a game with the objective of being most correct? Possibly, I don’t know that I’ve noticed any people like that, but I’m not going to invalidate your experience if you have. Something that I do know and have personally observed though, are people who don’t like hearing other people discuss social justice issues and stereotype and mock the people who do in an attempt to shut down those conversations. My experience is that people who use “social justice warrior” as a pejorative, like people who use the phrase “politically correct” as a pejorative, are largely people who do not value being considerate and thoughtful about other people and the ways that people’s experience of life differs.
So, friend who reblogged this, I really hope you’ll remember that you are friends with a “social justice warrior”. I care about your feelings and know you have probably experienced a different side of internet social justice advocacy than I have, after all there are lots of people on the internet who are pretty crummy and who like to inflict their cummyness on others. I’d just like to ask that you remember that I am one of those people who examines language to try to find ways to be more kind and inclusive and analyzes pop culture to try to show where it is hurting people and how it could help people instead. This post is talking about me and I really hope that it doesn’t reflect what you think of me.
With all my love,
Dream

So someone I like and respect has reblogged this, and so I want to talk about it. See I’m the kind of person who people might label a “SJW”. What social justice activism and activists are like, online or off, is variable. Are there individuals who engage with social justice shallowly as though it is a game with the objective of being most correct? Possibly, I don’t know that I’ve noticed any people like that, but I’m not going to invalidate your experience if you have. Something that I do know and have personally observed though, are people who don’t like hearing other people discuss social justice issues and stereotype and mock the people who do in an attempt to shut down those conversations. My experience is that people who use “social justice warrior” as a pejorative, like people who use the phrase “politically correct” as a pejorative, are largely people who do not value being considerate and thoughtful about other people and the ways that people’s experience of life differs.

So, friend who reblogged this, I really hope you’ll remember that you are friends with a “social justice warrior”. I care about your feelings and know you have probably experienced a different side of internet social justice advocacy than I have, after all there are lots of people on the internet who are pretty crummy and who like to inflict their cummyness on others. I’d just like to ask that you remember that I am one of those people who examines language to try to find ways to be more kind and inclusive and analyzes pop culture to try to show where it is hurting people and how it could help people instead. This post is talking about me and I really hope that it doesn’t reflect what you think of me.

With all my love,

Dream

As a fan of ballet and occasional amateur dancer, this comic looks really amazing. According to an artist interview at The Mary Sue the comic will feature “a female-centric cast of multifaceted characters of varying races, creeds, body shapes, and sexualities” which is particularly exciting to see in a story about ballet. I’m going to be chipping in as soon as I can and I’d really recommend that all ballet fans check it out.

serene-disgust:

full-of-steel:

technologyisreadytowear:

Scarfs for Autism
Leo Chao, a student at Emily Carr University, designed the Beagle, a scarf that people can wrap around them. Texture, sounds, and even smells create a calming cocoon that will distract and soothe an autistic person when they’re feeling over stimulated. It’s the electronic version of a blankie that has actual health benefits.

I know people in my life who need this.
Honestly, I bet it could help with anxiety too.

This is wonderful.


This is really cool, though I can’t help wondering about washability given that it appears to have some built in electronics. I bet that there are hooded scarf patterns that could be used with a set of headphones and an independent mp3 player to get the same comforting experience. It is a very clever design though. I wonder if there’s any chance of it going into production.

serene-disgust:

full-of-steel:

technologyisreadytowear:

Scarfs for Autism

Leo Chao, a student at Emily Carr University, designed the Beagle, a scarf that people can wrap around them. Texture, sounds, and even smells create a calming cocoon that will distract and soothe an autistic person when they’re feeling over stimulated. It’s the electronic version of a blankie that has actual health benefits.

I know people in my life who need this.

Honestly, I bet it could help with anxiety too.

This is wonderful.

This is really cool, though I can’t help wondering about washability given that it appears to have some built in electronics. I bet that there are hooded scarf patterns that could be used with a set of headphones and an independent mp3 player to get the same comforting experience. It is a very clever design though. I wonder if there’s any chance of it going into production.

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apothecary-initiate:


the seven bells of necromancy [x]

#isn’t astrael generally the sorrowful?Yes. Yes it is. I also thought Ranna was “the Sleepbringer”, not “the Sleeper”.

The Disreputable Dog refers to the bells as “Sleeper, waker, walker, speaker, thinker, binder and weeper” in chapter 35 of Lirael. In the same chapter Lirael refers to Ranna as the sleepbringer and Astarael as the sorrowful, so I’d say both are correct. It’s probably a formality thing to some extent, after all the Disreputable Dog is the Disreputable Dog and not apt to be overly concerned with formality.

apothecary-initiate:

the seven bells of necromancy [x]



Yes. Yes it is. I also thought Ranna was “the Sleepbringer”, not “the Sleeper”.

The Disreputable Dog refers to the bells as “Sleeper, waker, walker, speaker, thinker, binder and weeper” in chapter 35 of Lirael. In the same chapter Lirael refers to Ranna as the sleepbringer and Astarael as the sorrowful, so I’d say both are correct. It’s probably a formality thing to some extent, after all the Disreputable Dog is the Disreputable Dog and not apt to be overly concerned with formality.

edwardspoonhands:

Committing suicide is a crime in the US not so that we can punish the depressed, but because, if it weren’t, it would be illegal for the police to enter a home to save someone they suspected was about to kill themselves.

There has to be reasonable belief that a crime is currently being committed or is about to be committed for the police to enter private property.

So here’s the thing, as far as I can discern this isn’t actually true. I am unable to find any sources that definitively state that suicide is still legally considered a crime in the United States with the exception of assisted suicide. In fact basically everything I can find says that suicide is, at most a ‘common law crime’ which bars the family of the person who committed suicide from suing for damages unless they can prove that the suicide was the result of the person being ‘of unsound mind’.

Also it completely ignores the rather important fact that laws against suicide have historically been on a state by state basis rather than on a nation wide one. The majority of criminal law is local and thus blanket statements of what is or isn’t against the law in the United States are not a particularly good idea unless you are referencing federal law.

Additionally, as a mentally ill and neuro-divergent person can I just say that even if this were factual, it is an incredibly terrifying thing to contemplate. The police are NOT in ANY way people who should be involved in saving the life of a suicidal person. As things are, our society tends to automatically consider any suicidal person to be de facto mentally ill and there are far too many instances of the police causing harm to mentally ill people (and neuro-divergent people). So the idea that it would be a good thing for suicide to be a crime in order to grant them the ability to intervene scares the hell out of me.

epicreads:

I’m just going to put this cover for CLARIEL right here and let the Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen love wash over me.

I am so happy to see this. Like so happy that I may not even be bothered by the fact that the cover art doesn’t match the cover art on my copies of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen (yes I am one of those people who collects series in the same format because non-matching series bug the heck out of me)

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jujyfruit0:

flintandpyrite:

Knitted Octopi (octopuses?)

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

omg I need that hat

The standard method of pluralizing borrowed words in English is either to apply the regular English pluralization paradigm, in this case it would be octopuses, or to use the plural from the language of origin, in this case the Greek plural is octopodes. Given usage patterns, octopi is arguably an acceptable plural, but given the choice I will always break out the Greek plural because it’s so fun to say, also I want to knit all the things (and my brain has been taken over by a grammarian, please send help).

isriana:

My favorite part of any episode of this show is to watch how Giles is 600% done with everybody.

Has anyone else noticed how utterly wrong the Latin is though? An accusative noun and an infinitive verb, it’s grammatically nonsensical. As near as it can be translated it means “book to burn”. At the very least it ought to be formulated as a command “liber incende” would have done it. Not perhaps the most elegant Latin, it might be preferable to use a subjunctive rather than the imperative, but it’s basic, first chapter of the textbook stuff. It’s not that hard. (Also the ‘c’ should be pronounced like a k, there are no soft c’s in Latin, unless you’re ecclesiastical.)

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Transcript:

Hey everybody! Long time no vlog, I know. Sorry about that and apologies if this video seems kind of rushed. It’s my entry in the Habit RPG “spread the word” challenge and the deadline is kind of today.

Anyway, Habit RPG is this really cool habit tracking/task management thing. I wish I could show it to you instead of just talking it, but I couldn’t work out how to capture video and vlogging with an ipad is super awkward, so talking head it is.

Basically Habit RPG is like if a to do list app and an eight bit RPG had a baby. If you have trouble motivating yourself to do things IRL but find gaining experience points and other resources in games to be super motivating then you should give it a try. It can take a little bit of time to work out how to structure your tasks in the way that is most useful and motivating for you, I’ve had to fiddle with that a few times myself, but the system is flexible and it’s a pretty gentle learning curve and it’s totally free so you don’t have anything to loose if you try it out.

Now I’ve got to go slay some orcs, or translate some Latin sentances. They’re more similar than you might think after all. This is Dream, signing off.

Stupid glasses.

bricrocodile:

hey, ladydreamgirl, sorry it took so long for me to get this up. mostly cause i am horrible at remembering to do things, happens. so here’ your wheel!

Oh wow! That came out AMAZING! I love it!