pinned: ext bio, identity qualifiers Show more
-cishet-passing out of fear/discomfort
-first gen college grad aiming for doctorate
-grew up labeled "exceptionally gifted intellectually and creatively" with all the baggage
-grew up in poverty/poor
-homeless frequently in adulthood
-born of rape/never knew father or had father figure
-uncomfortable around men
-verbal/psychological abuse in childhood
-weak social support network
comic, xkcd, humor on sales tax and money-math Show more
this one makes me only slightly frustrated bc $1 of apple costing $2.17 is precisely 0.4608294930875576, rounding off at the ten thousandth mark produces $0.999936 which IS NOT ACCEPTABLE MONEY
i wish the people around me offline cared about why i like certain music that they absolutely hate, through my explanations and all
some music does something artistic without sounding conventionally pretty, other music does something radical and highlights meaning in some new way, and so on
marvel, avengers: infinity war, "thanos did nothing wrong," awful meme garbage Show more
the fact that we are saying "thanos did nothing wrong" in the same construction as "hitler did nothing wrong" and even mildly similar contexts, is proof in usage to me that this "thanos did nothing wrong" shit is more residual leakage of the chans
and so im disgusted by it at every turn, and im making a point to make the "joke" unfunny and tense every time i see it
sometimes i whip the "im a god damn linguist, dont tell me this" card out, but not often in these cases bc another big peeve is explaining to people that linguistics isnt about the same stuff as what high school english teachers do either, aka we dont teach grammar or abide by nonsensical rules of it
i just would love for people to abandon the rules of grammar and writing theyve been taught erroneously over the years and think about why they break these unconsciously no matter how much teaching
they had a high school english teachers understanding of language in use, despite supposedly being informed by the "objective" linguistics view of the descriptive over the prescriptive, but can you really be all that surprised? the whole purpose of an SLP is to beat something "disordered" and so no matter how objective you pretend to be, norms come into play to help avoid the "disorder" in the future
this was worst in my undergrad bc i was a science major, but not just any science major: i was in a healthcare profession major
the writing advice was not unlike pulling teeth: i did it bc i had to for a passing grade, and that was it
i counted their own violations of their advice and sometimes held it against them, but still i had to follow their advice to pass, and what makes me angriest is we were supposed to be knowledgeable in language as speech-language pathologists
their reasoning was of efficiency, such that theyd probably also suggest dropping conjoining "that" in most circumstances
but you shouldnt drop something bc it makes character counts shorter, you should drop it for stylistic reasons or in cases where it will only improve understanding
i almost didnt change it but if they noticed it the first time theyd notice it the second
9/10 times when im given advice on writing, i get pissy bc its AWFUL advice or completely misinformed
six months ago, my boss told me to drop "of" in a phrase in the construction "x of y," akin to "half of it"
the newly suggested construction was grammatically permissible, but thats not why im mentioning this today
the reason its stuck with me is bc their reasoning was "its unnecessary"
it wasnt and to this day isnt "unnecessary," it was simply another way of saying it that added three characters: " of"
it irked me so much that its burnt into my brain
Not common knowledge apparently.
call to action, 500px, archiving Show more
hi im helping out Archive Team right now, by running 21 machines on 21 different public IPv4 addresses, archiving 500px. because they were assholes and started pulling all the creative commons images because capitalism.
help out, maybe? every single person archiving, with even a single computer, helps. it barely uses any disk space. if you can install virtualbox, you can help.
One fun thing I discovered about Visual Chatbot: no matter what the photo is of, it will always report there are at least a couple giraffes.
It learned from answers that humans gave, and apparently nobody ever asked "how many giraffes are there?" when the answer was zero.
The elementary school by my house is flying a rainbow flag and a trans pride flag and I just
The kids are gonna be okay
the great thing about mastodon isn't that people don't try to make witty remarks about popular toots, it's that the popular toots are all "snoozlen't: hhnnngddy the cruncy dirgus" and there just Is No Witty Response To That
added my pronouns to my profile metadata, realized i didnt have them anywhere else bc i kinda didnt care but figured they might be important to some
I had a bad habit of not deleting anything, so here's something I made one time
I see it all the time and now you have to, too
"Policing Is an Information Business"
by Ingrid Burrington
very well documented article, with relevance way beyond the immediate local scale