what all the major browsers do wrong:
-chrome: proprietary. is most definitely spying on you. rendering engine monopoly.
-edge: same problems as chrome but with a Microsoft coat of paint (and telemetry)
-brave: run by a homophobe and is an advertising platform. rendering engine monopoly
-safari: exclusive to a proprietary operating system. laughably low-quality
-opera: sells predatory loans. i'm not shitting you. inherits chrome's problems too
-firefox: a little bit of telemetry you can easily and provably disable
Sometimes, I take the three minutes to re-watch "People in Order of Age", and reflect on who resonates with me, and how I'd like to be seen. It's very effective. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INuC1fRD-a4
Had a dream that Bernie stayed at my house and we slept in bunk beds, him on the top one. I was just excited to host him, but some political commentator appeared and told me how rude I was for giving him the top bunk, he's 78 for chrissakes, did I want to kill him with all that climbing up and down the ladder?! I got very upset because I didn't want to kill Bernie but he gripped my hand in his bony old man hand and told me it was fine.
it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to relate all these different factors under one heading, but it does seem to be historical fact.
"that sounds like a bad time," you say.
"it was," Jimmy-Sue agrees. "your rights were curtailed based on which gender you were, whether you were the 'right' one, whether you loved the right genders for your gender."
your sociology classes kick in. "so gender was some kind of partnering clade thing? like, exogamy systems?"
"kind of? gender organized a lot of stuff. there was a popular dogma among the White Supremacist Empire cultures that everyone belonged to one of only two genders, based on the assumed correspondence of hundreds of biological and social factors like chromosomal arrangement, body shape and composition, hormone levels, pitch and style of speech, clothing style, body posture and mannerisms..."
"I guess those body things do interact, but... why did they try to boil that mess down to two?"
Jimmy-Sue shrugs. "racism?"
that explains it.
what I mean by "gender abolition": it is the People's Year of 203. your name is Xalandra. you used to use a different name that nobody calls you. you use xe/xer pronouns. you're taking a low dose of exogenous testosterone after getting an orchiectomy, all of which was free and promptly available under informed consent. you prefer to wear leather harnesses and miniskirts over big boots, and you braid your beard. your 'type' in lovers is tall with big hips, lots of body hair, body mods, and makeup.
you have a friend, Jimmy-Sue, who is "genderfluid," a word that they explain rose in prominence in "gender nonbinary" spaces around the turn of the 21st Century of the Old Regimes. They're really into history and are part of a subculture of lifestyle historical re-enactment hobbyists. Jimmy-Sue knows more about "gender" than you do— they tell yoy prior to the People's Era, access to things like clothes, cosmetics, exogenous hormones, name changes and certain body mods were gated on 'gender'.
If you have a Kindle and you feel a bit bad about giving Amazon your money, maybe you'd like my review of switching to a Kobo e-reader (TL;DR: it's good, you should come): http://joshsharp.com.au/blog/kindle-to-kobo.html
Convincing you that you should feel bad is outside the scope of the post, though.
I drew a #pixelart scene for the first time the other day. I think next time I will pick something with more hard edges and fewer gradients, in retrospect this wasn't the best subject to start with.
Well, decided to ask for a refund from Purism for my Librem 5 (their "open source phone") pre-order. I do hope they're able to ship the phones they promised (and I realise I've contributed to making that harder, if their money woes are true), but I don't have so much money to spare that I want to take that risk any more.
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