A fairly busy week, but also full of frustration. Both because my bank's transfers to other banks appears to be broken, and because work seems to be two steps forward and one and a half steps back. Grumble.
I have, however, done a decent amount of cleanup in the garage -- mostly a matter of consolidating, but I've eliminated an entire row of boxes, and discarded quite a lot of junk. That must count for something.
You may note, however, that I'm not doing much else -- basically just working, reading, and sleeping. Not terribly exciting. Though I have shifted a lot of my time into the Rainbow Room with Colleen -- apart from the smaller screen it has no disadvantages except when she's watching a video I'm not interested in.( Notes and links, as usual: )
Wow -- I actually thought to do this on Thursday this week! Will wonders never cease? Anyway, today I'm thankful for...
- The fact that I'm still employed. This kind of amazes me, as seen through the usual haze of depression and anxiety. But I'm not complaining.
- My amazing family.
- Our cats, and especially Ticia. There is something inexpressably comforting about sleeping with a cat.
- DW and LJ friends who write the poetry and fiction that I love.
- Fountain pens.
- Ubuntu. And an employer that allows it to be used on company laptops.
- Tiny houses.
"The Mighty" is a site funded by a US TV network executive. Real money is available to make an online magazine whose stated mission is
Mid-December, they published a mother's story about "Meltdown Bingo," where she described how her autistic son melts down. For a long time disabled writers have spoken up about the parental focus of the site. The "Bingo" article foregrounded the mom while invading the son's privacy. After a Twitter storm
The Mighty pulled the story
and invited disabled writers to participate. But The Mighty won't pay for prose, and the editors have changed submitted copy to swerve focus more to parents. Among the many angered by The Mighty, two Australian bloggers invested heavily in educating its editors. They joined the Mighty's private Facebook group for contributors and diplomatically discussed how previous stories were ableist, and how to improve. The Mighty's reaction was rapid and hostile. They banned the new writers from the Facebook group.
( Refusing to Listen )
( Phone call with Mighty staff has no impact )
The most recent example is the New Year Special: The Abominable Bride. You can read the entire show thanks to arianedevere's loving transcripts:
( Satisfying Hate-reading )
( Another Fandom Rescue by Plaid Adder )
(No captions needed; if you can describe this plotless shiny video in comments, go for it!)
http://www.robjabbaz.com has more animations.
we went to my sister's as she has a badly sprained ankle. She got up and went down the stairs and drove around with me a while which was her first time out of the house since the injury. We brought over my walker and shower chair for her. she is wildly plotting how to manage her life and do everything. i watched her bump down, then crawl up, the stairs. she only sprained it what, thursday? it is huge rather like the illustration from the little prince of the snake that swallowed an elephant/hat. But with an elephant inside a formerly snake shaped foot and ankle.
Conflikt was this last weekend; I'm posting on Monday so as to get in the whole con, as well as the end of the month. It was a pretty good con, though I ended up doing very little singing. Missed the smoked salmon (dead dog) filk -- Colleen was fading and neither of us was willing to spend much more money on hotel food. Dinners were bar snacks, because they were cheaper.
I had conversations with two new (to me) people, and did a little catching up though not as much as I often do. I actually spent much of my time listening to concerts and working on my lyrics-to-html conversion. Which looks really good now, since it no longer relies on monospaced fonts. Not on the site yet, though.
Also not on the site yet is my Sasquan concert, which I finally got the audio for.
In other news, there are lots of good links, mostly related to tiny houses. If it wasn't for the possibility of eventually moving into someplace we can actually afford I would have no hope at all. Even with that, it will probably come too late, and our house will take too long to sell. I've been making some progress at work, but it's like slogging through mud.
Financial ruin is only a paycheck away, and despair is never far from the front of my mind. I have noone to blame but myself, of course.( raw notes, with links )
Good afternoon. I'm Sumana Harihareswara, and I represent myself, and my firm Changeset Consulting http://changeset.nyc/ . I'm here to discuss some things we can learn from comparing antiharassment policies, or community codes of conduct, to copyleft software licenses such as the GPL. I'll be laying out some major similarities and differences, especially delving into how these different approaches give us insight about common community attitudes and assumptions. And I'll lay out some lessons we can apply as we consider and advocate various sides of these issues, and potentially to apply to some other topics within free and open source software as well.
My notes will all be available online after this, so you don't have to scramble to write down my brilliant insights, or, more likely, links. And I don't have any slides. If you really need slides, I'm sorry, and if you're like, YES! then just bask in the next twenty-five minutes.
( Text of my notes )