QotD

Jul. 22nd, 2017 05:24 am
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From "Oh this has not gone well" (part 14) by Redditor "ThisHasNotGoneWell":

"Well," I started, how do I explain statistics, and not sound like the boringest boring person in the world, "In the world I come from people have enough free time on their hands, and they take games seriously enough, that people will study a game like a Mage might study magic. I had plenty of time when I was waiting for the pass south to clear, so I spent some time pulling the rules apart, figuring out the probability of any given hand. The other players might have a gut feeling as to how probable a given hand is, but I know the figures exactly. I'll also try to keep track of what cards I've seen played already. Between that, and having worked out the probabilities of each, I usually have at least an idea of how good my hand is compared to the others."

"Wait," she said, trying to wrap her head around what I'd just said, "So, you know what cards they have in their hand?"

"Not quite, I know what cards they probably have. And even if I don't know specifics, I'll at least have an idea of whether their hand is better or worse than mine, and that's really all I need."

"Don't humans have anything better to do?"

I thought of the many hundreds of hours spent playing videogames and watching Netflix.

"Nope."

des trucs à Paris - oh bordel

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:21 am
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Je pars tout à l'heure pour Paris, je fais l'aller-retour sur la journée avec un ami pour aller voir l'expo Valérian et faire la demi nuit LastMan. Et au lieu que ça m'excite à fond comme jusqu'à hier encore, je suis en colère contre les organisateurs.

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Bon dieu s'ils l'avaient dit plus tôt on se serait organisé très différemment, partir plus tôt, passer une journée entière et faire plus de choses avant, et repartir aussitôt après avec un bus d'une autre compagnie, ou alors trouver un hébergement avec plus de marge et partir confortablement plus tard sans stresser. Mais là du jour au lendemain ? c'est du gros n'importe quoi !!
Quelle cochonnerie, bon sang !!!
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There's one more week left in the summer semester. My pain levels are slightly higher, as they usually are when the classes are winding down. I have the stress of the two finals I have left. CompTIA A+'s certification test is the most important one for me. I'm sure my biology teacher would be disappointed to hear this, but I've figured out that a lot of what I learned in High school biology no longer applies. It's not just that it's paired down. It's that a lot has changed.  But, this is entirely okay, I took the class to update my knowledge of biology and because the class interested me. I'll keep the textbook and tried to read it again when I have time. I'm afraid I couldn't learn as much in a summer class as I should have. The pacing is too fast.

However, that's not what is on my mind. I've been thinking about my bizarre relationship with Otherkin. Before I learned that this group existed, I held the belief that I have a female spirit and that was the cause of my gender identity issues. When I learned what Otherkin believed, I dropped the idea because I was embarrassed by it. I was even more embarrassed when they claimed they were the only people who could understand what transgender people were going through. I did not want to associate myself with people who believed that they had the soul of a dragon, a werewolf, a vampire, or a Tolkeinesque elf.  It was even more embarassing when the Lord of the Rings came out and some of these people said the depictions of the elves matched their memories from their Elven lives.

My belief about my gender identity came from my Mormon background, where we have spiritual as well as physical bodies. It made sense to me that, for whatever reason, god would sometimes put a female spirit into a male spirt or vice versa. If you want to believe god is perfect and does not make this sort of mistake, you can shift the burden of blame to his angels. Some people reconcile this by saying god didn't make a mistake. Such placements, when they occur are deliberate.  Like many people, I wanted a cause for my suffering. It's easier to tell yourself that god is testing you when you hold beliefs like I did. (Mormon theology holds that life is a test, after all.)

If pressed on this issue in public, I would not admit to holding this belief for the reasons state above, but like it or not, it is an explanation that dovetails nicely with Mormon belief. It also dovetails nicely with what Otherkin believe.  This does not mean I am Otherkin; I associate this, -- rightly or wrongly -- with people who believe they have the soul of mythological creatures.  I also no longer hold the Mormon beliefs about the pre-existence.

Taoism offers a better explanation for this, although modern science offfers the best one. The two dovetail with each other. I am transgender because of natural processes that occurred within my mother's womb that caused my brain to develop differently from my body.  As someone whose gender fits neatly into the gender binary, I can at least fall back on this. I do not know if agender people will have a similar explanation or not later.

All of this may be interesting, but what I believe is not the important issue here. It's how I react to what other people believe. For a while I wondered if Otherkin suffered from a mental illness. I used to worry about it. (This makes sense if you know my history and understand the time when I fist encountered the Otherkin belief system.)   Eventually, I came to the conclusion that as long as the vampires otherkin aren't killing and drinking the blood of others and the werewolves aren't actively hunting down their prey, that these beliefs were harmless. This is how I'm dealing with multiples right now, or at least how I am trying to understand them. There's no harm in saying that I do not understand multiples right now. The belief that they are inhabited by multiple individuals isn't much different from me recognizing thoughst as coming from different parts of myself. The only real difference is that I never felt the need to give these parts a name.  Strangely, I've not felt that there are different parts of myself any more. Perhaps this is a side effect of transition.  I'm no longer fighting between how I present myself to the world and how I feel about myself on most days. Perhaps it is not.  Multiples who do not harm themselves or others should not be a concern for me.   If they are wrong, they have committed no worse crime than being wrong.  Heaven knows we've all done that.

P.S. I still believe in spirits and that spirits have gender. I just don't believe in the Heavenly procreation narrative the Mormons push.  

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Jul. 21st, 2017 04:39 pm
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I didn't assign myself to learn German as a new year resolution because I already tried last year and failed, but since last January I've been doing steady on DuoLingo.com.
Today's lesson, on Numbers #2...
Die Antwort ist zweiundvierzig.
Yes it is indeed. So what are the odds that the sentence was generated randomly, versus some dork behind the site programmed it on purpose as an in-joke?

QotD

Jul. 21st, 2017 05:24 am
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"Kids need superheroes so they can dream big. Adults need superheroes to remind them what being good is." -- Scott Weinberg, 2017-08-08

QotD

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:24 am
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"Everybody knows, a humungous thing happened on Sunday, July 20th, 1969 at exactly 4:17E.D.T. The 'Eagle' has landed. Bingo. Just like that. Man became an alien." -- Janet Turpin Myers, Nightswimming

QotD

Jul. 19th, 2017 05:24 am
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"I'm not generally in favor of killing anyone to 'improve the species.' But if it *must* happen, I'll make a strong argument for starting with those people who want to practice eugenics." -- [info] interactiveleaf, 2008-02-14

Fallout

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:24 pm
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I could not think of any other title for this post. The only thing that involves Fallout in my life is a certain video game I've been playing. I'm still in a good mood. A lot of things have gone well.  I'm even coming up on the end of the semester. It will be nice to take the three week break before the fall semester starts. I certainly could use it at this point.  I don't know if I'll ever have the chance to take three college courses over the summer again, but if I do, I'll have to remember not to make that option.

As far as the social security decision, I am waiting for it to come in the mail. I do not know how long this will take, and I've been checking the mailbox every day. It seems like there has been no mail delivered for the past week and a half. I am starting to wonder why we have not gotten mail in this period, but I should relax. It's not unusual to have periods without mail.

In my spare time, I've been doing things like this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsWorIK--gA&t=2s


I'm sorry if this seems dull. It's just that there's a lot going on in my life right now, but there aren't the sort of things that are interesting to write about. 

QotD

Jul. 18th, 2017 05:24 am
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"But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin." -- Mitch Albom, For One More Day [via Goodreads]

QotD

Jul. 17th, 2017 05:24 am
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"The audience usually has to be with you, I'm afraid. I always regarded myself as not even preaching to the converted, I was titillating the converted.

"The audiences like to think that satire is doing something. But, in fact, it is mostly to leave themselves satisfied. Satisfied rather than angry, which is what they should be."

-- Tom Lehrer, in a 2003 interview in the Sydney Morning Herald (interviewer: Tony Davis)

[And then there are those satirists who manage to leave room for both reactions simultaneously...]

QotD

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:24 am
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"Rabbi Hillel also asks, 'If I am only for myself, what am I?' If you don't identify as being negatively affected by misogyny, this is where you come in. We are all part of the interdependent web of existence. What affects one affects us all. Sometimes connecting the dots from one form of harm to another is too abstract to notice immediately. Sometimes we benefit in obvious ways from oppression, even as our bodies and souls are destroyed in other ways. Cisgender men benefit in some ways from patriarchy. They get higher salaries on average, reduced risk of violence, and a greater likelihood that they will be heard when they speak, among other things.

"Patriarchy also gives men an increased risk of being bullied if they veer too closely to feminine patterns of behavior. It leads society to punish men for maintaining a connection with their emotional and inner life. It gets in the way of true and trusting relationships. Misogyny negatively affects men. Being for ourselves and being for others can mean the same thing when it comes to dismantling oppression."

-- Rev. Lyn Cox, 2017-03-05

[drabbling] Sailor Moon Yuri

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:20 am
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Base : Bishôjo Senshi Sailor Moon
Auteur : [personal profile] malurette
Légalité : propriété de Takeuchi Naoko, je ne cherche ni à manquer de respect ni à tirer profit

Thèmes : prompt list de [community profile] halfamoon pour février 2017 + #15 de [community profile] monthlysupergo de juillet 2017
Happy Femslash Day!
Nombre de mots : 15 x 100

15 couples différents et quelques bonus )

QotD

Jul. 15th, 2017 05:24 am
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"Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you're as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?" -- Brian W. Kernighan

[Also quoted as: "Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it."]

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OK. La question chelou de l'année :
Que faire entre Porte de la Villette et Porte de Pantin un dimanche à 4h du mat' ?

Non parce que la Nuit LastMan se termine au milieu de la nuit, apparemment les métros ne redémarrent qu'une heure et demie/deux heures plus tard selon les lignes, et je n'arrive pas à me servir du site du Noctilien pour comprendre comment ça marche.

Je n'ai pour l'instant pas de point de chute - c'est difficile de dire à ma famille que je débarquerai aux petites heures du matin, et peut-être avec un ami - et les autocars pour rentrer directement dans ma province partent à 6h30 loin de là ou de plus près pas avant 8h...

Sinon euh j'espère toujours aller à l'expo Valérian avant, et peut-être aussi passer à la Brasserie de l'Être qui n'est pas très loin voir s'ils font de la vente directe aux particuliers je veux de la Captain Carrot et de la White Wampa moins chères qu'au Dernier Bard, damnit!!

Bah, c'est tellement mal organisé ce truc !!

QotD

Jul. 14th, 2017 05:24 am
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"I'd better quit my talking, 'cause I told you all I know,
 But please remember, pardner, wherever you may go,
 The people are building a peaceful world, and when the job is done
 That'll be the biggest thing that man has ever done."

  -- Woody Guthrie (b. 1912-07-14, d. 1967-10-03), "Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done (aka. The Great Historical Bum)", 1941

QotD

Jul. 13th, 2017 05:24 am
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""He's not like that in real life.' Stop. Is the internet real? Yes. Are the people on it living? Yes. Then he's like that in real life." -- Patrick S. Tomlinson, 2017-07-05

Hi there!

Dec. 31st, 2020 03:29 pm
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Hi, I'm Alex. I'm bi, trans and closer to 30 than I'd like. I write stuff and wanted a place to share it.

There will be adult content herein, so if you're too young for that sort of thing or don't like it, please move along. There's plenty of internet out there with whatever you do like.

Transphobes, biphobes, homophobes and bigots generally will be yawned at and ignored. Life's too short for that.

Please feel free to leave a comment if you want to introduce yourself.

QotD

Jul. 12th, 2017 05:24 am
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"If you are describing any occurrence... make two or more distinct reports at different times... We discriminate at first only a few features, and we need to reconsider our experience from many points of view and in various moods in order to perceive the whole." -- Henry David Thoreau (b. 1817-07-12, d. 1862-05-06)

QotD

Jul. 11th, 2017 05:24 am
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"Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech." -- Thomas Hobbes (b. 1588-04-05, d. 1679-12-04)

[To my friends observing Tzom Tammuz, may you have an easy fast.]

Urrrrrrk, Awk!

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I've recently learned that the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London has a Twitter account and a Facebook page as well. Both are full of videos of the ravens doing their raven-y things, and it's delightful. Just saying. *pokes the corvid-inclined among my friends*

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