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OK how is this for an idea

Women's Creative Commons Culture Collective

It is mostly just an idea. But we can make it an idea with some sort of logo and manifesto and maybe templates for how to do it.

We spread the idea that we can offer people whose work we love some money for them to creative commons license that work. Rather than just wishing they would or asking them, we pay people. Like producers do to own a slice of an artist's work. Instead we pay to not own a slice or only to own the same slice as everyone else does. This will help us support each other, and our work, and also will save it from obscurity when we reserve it privately or publish it small scale because we want to get paid. Wanting to get paid is reasonable.

We could encourage each other to start saying right up front here's what it would cost to CC license this particular work (i think that is useful for visual art). But I am also going to try to make reasonable offers for this for writing and music i love and want to republish or want to be up on the net. I am just now doing this with 2 friends locally whose music I love, and who made a lovely song called Sisters, and I want to send it to EVERYONE..... especially right now.

As riot grrrl zine distros go... I have always considered the bulk of my work to just be out there and not under my control and I don't look for control of it. and that was our ethic. Now we have some formal structures to bring to bear that could be in good alignment with what we do anyway , that will let us do it better.

If you see ethical problems with this please discuss in comments or just tell me in email.

About that emotional labour thing

Aug. 4th, 2015 08:00 am
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One huge thing about emotional labour, I've been thinking, is how absolutely non-negotiable it is for childrearing if you want to minimize the damage you do your children. A child's early emotional experiences are absolutely fundamental for building their entire worldview, sense of self, and response to stress. If parents don't a) understand that their child has a very different emotional reality from them, and b) constantly mentally model it to predict and understand their child's behaviour, that sets the kid up for life-long problems.

Emotional labour is predicting that your three-year-old is tired, hungry, and stressed, so if you bring him into a grocery store he's probably going to want you to buy him something, and then throw a huge tantrum if you don't; it's avoiding the grocery run, making a deal to buy him something small if he behaves, or responding to the tantrum quietly and efficiently and without acting like the child is being an evil greedy little shit instead of a totally normal three-year-old.

This is the kind of thing that sometimes has a very narrow margin of error. I was out with my family at the lake this weekend and my nephews, 2 and 4, were experimenting with climbing down the ladder from the dock and getting their feet and legs wet. It was a foreign and slightly scary experience, especially as they experimented with putting their bodies in and taking their feet off the ladder. They wanted a lot of attention and approval--"Look at me with my feet on the third step!"--and needed a lot of reassurance, like a rope tied to the back of their lifejackets and a hand to hold as they tried floating.

Then my dad asked my two-year-old nephew, "Do you trust me?" and threw him in the lake, "to get him used to being in the water."

Sam was scared and upset. We hauled him out immediately, and he went to his mom for hugs while he cried. I could've killed Dad, but I prioritized comforting my nephews and making sure they were okay. He'd gotten impatient with the slow, emotionally laborious process of letting the kids expand their comfort zones while feeling relaxed and happy, and either didn't predict or didn't care that choosing to be in the water, and being thrown in the water, are very different things. Then, when it was over, he didn't engage with Sam's emotions--didn't comfort him, apologize, or praise him for being brave.

The experience may leave no lasting mark on Sam, who's an adventurous little bugger and very resilient, but it reminded me of how easy it is to screw this stuff up. Had Dad done it to Sam's brother Alex, who's already a bit sensitive, it might have inspired real terror, maybe even a lasting phobia. Alex saw Sam's dunk and asked me to throw him in, but even so he hated the sense of water going over his head, and also cried and needed comfort after.

(It also reminded me of how absolutely shite my dad is at EL; that total emotional blindness to other peoples' emotions is what earned him the NPD diagnosis last year. If he changes his behaviour it'll be because he knows I'll chew him out later for throwing kids in the lake, not because he actually understands why it's important to not pull that shit on them by surprise.)

I also thought that although you can do a bit of fighting and negotiation over things like housework, and endure a late learner doing the dishes badly so long as they're done--you don't always have that freedom with kids. I'd seriously hesitate before letting my father or brother babysit my kids, because their practice could have serious consequences. They struggle enough with dealing with the emotions of adults. Which goes right back to a gendered division of childrearing and emotional labour.

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Aug. 4th, 2015 10:39 am
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Died on this day in 1265 aged 57 Simon de Montfort (my toy,wikipedia). Married Eleanor, daughter of King John. Lead the revolt against Henry III in the second barons war, and was for a year de-facto King before forces loyal to the King killed him and took the country back. During this time he called two famous parliaments. The first stripped the King of unlimited authority, the second included ordinary citizens from the towns; which leads him to be regarded as the father of parliamentary democracy although this was a long way from what we have now.

Born on this day in 1713 to Ernest Saxe-Hildburghausen I, Duke of Saxe-Hildhurghausen and Sophia ? , Countess of Erbach-Erbach, Princess Elizabeth-Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen (my toy,wikipedia). Mother of Charlotte who married George III.

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Aug. 4th, 2015 10:26 am
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3rd August (yesterday, oops; also the entry for 1st August was a)mangled and b)a bit wrong and has been edited).

Died on this day in 1568 aged 23 Elizabeth of Valois (my toy,wikipedia). Married Philip II of Spain as his third wife (Mary I was his second), she was 14 and he was much older. Elizabeth was an amateur painter of some skill.

Born on this day in 1491 to William Julich-Heimbach IV, Duke of Julich-Berg and Sibylle of Brandenburg, Maria of Julich-Berg (my toy,wikipedia). Mother of Anne of Cleves. Maria inherited the duchy of Julich-Berg which was merged with Cleves on her marriage. She was a strict Catholic, unlike her husband who tried to find a middle path between Protestant and Catholic during the reformation.

And they'll call us such names...

Aug. 4th, 2015 02:06 am
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Purple's response to my proposed last name indicates that he sees much more of my cranky side than my sunny side.

Darkside heard my proposed name and started thinking through the possible jokes. Though first he apologized for coming down on the wrong side of my legal name. He'd been using the version reserved for school, work, taxes, and trouble.

One of the jokes was meh. One was inevitable and charming. One obscure 80s one had me telling him that I adore him. I have not yet introduced him to a particular song which I see as the start of a whole series of jokes.

I think I have his blessing, and that matters more than I had realized.

Ape Cave

Aug. 4th, 2015 12:14 am
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Recently hiked Ape Cave, a lava tube formed during a fluid basalt eruption about two thousand years ago. The outside layer of lava cooled quickly, but the interior of the flow was insulated enough to stay molten and flow out from under the cooled section, leaving an empty tube a couple kilometers long, full of nifty cave slime and weird waterfalls made of solid rock that you somehow have to climb up or down. It is very dark under several meters of rock. The walls are uneven and glassy, and the shadows cast by your headlamps sink unevenly into the glass and take on three dimensions.

Not much to photograph, except the two places where cave-ins have made holes in the roof, all a-green and ferny.


Aug. 3rd, 2015 09:48 pm
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The #ILookLikeAnEngineer twitter hashtag is a balm after some crappy sexist backlash at work. Look at all those women and POC engineers! We exist! We are legion!

2 engineers )
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1. Counselling is just around the corner from the V&A. [personal profile] aella_irene likes the V&A. Ergo we had lunch sat on the art installation You Know You Cannot See Yourself So Well as by Reflection, having spent the morning hanging out in the ironwork collection. (My plan for next time involves making friends with the glass gallery; wrought iron is something I just... find incredibly soothing, for reasons I haven't quite articulated but that include the fact that it's very stark in terms of colours involved, and has lots of nice bold lines and repeating patterns.)

2. Relatedly, plants: the hydrangeas up the sides of the central courtyard are currently fantastic, as are the other plantings, and [personal profile] aella_irene very generously gave me a bag of her household's surplus raspberries, so that was a joy and a delight.

3. Our internet connection is unstable enough (and I'm undermedicated enough) that I don't particularly feel like coding; nonetheless I made lots of progress with my Dreamwidth todo list today.

4. Benefits-related discussion. )

5. Peak 90s Kid: my mum frantically facebook IMing me for tech support. I sort of provided it, ineffectually, and she actually sorted the problem out by herself, and that means there exist more photos on the internet of me & largest smallcousin.

6. We had tinned pineapple in the house; we now have pineapple upside-down cake.

7. Another batch of rosemary sourdough is rising on the side, to be breakfast-and-lunch food.

8. I have Steam installed on the new laptop and it was rapid and painless and completely unlike most of my other attempts to install Steam under Debian. This means that I now have a MOUNTAIN yes yes.

9. Every time I reread your blue-eyed boys I find more things in it, and they are comfort and they are in their fragmentary way moments of peace.

10. Externally-sourced self-worth: my comments on the MeFi thread are getting favourited by lots of people & positively engaged with. Hurrah for managing to say things that are useful to people.

Adventures In Renaming: AAA

Aug. 3rd, 2015 11:21 am
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Today's bug in dealing with names and name changes was satisfying because it involved a display name field, in this case, the name on a membership card, so it flagged a case to look out for.

For the past two months [personal profile] cynthia1960 has been trying to update the name on my AAA membership card, she added me to her account back before my transition. Twice before she called member services, informed them of my name change, and a week later the new card would arrive in the mail with my old name on it.

This morning Cynthia said we were going to the AAA office to escalate. And Cynthia was ready to get in people's business about this. This is another reason why Cynthia is awesome.

Once we got in, the clerk looked up Cynthia's account and confirmed that my name was correct on. However, the field in which you set the name you want to have printed on your membership card still had my old name. She fixed the card name field, ordered a new card for me, and printed out a temporary membership card. We thanked her, giddy with the knowledge of a new thing to test for.

What I imagine was happening was when Cynthia added me to the account, a clerk filled in my old name into the first- and last-name fields, and the system copied the values into the name-on-card field. When Cynthia called member services to change my name, the edit to the first name didn't trigger an update to the name-on-card field, and the system generated a new card with the old name.

A test to verify correct behavior would look like:

If a field's value can be programmatically generated from other field values or overridden by user input, then whenever a field that the generated value depends on changes, the value of the dependent field should update and the user asked to confirm the new generated value.

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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Five Canadian Things

Aug. 3rd, 2015 11:14 am
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(A stopsign in PEI altered to say Stop Harper)

The writ has dropped, election October 19.

2) Fire out West. Water back East.

You're almost certainly not as concerned as you should be.

(Two maps showing temperature and precipitation changes across Canada, 1950-2010)

3) Stop carding. Stop carding now.

4) I'm still not switching back to Rogers.

Rogers apologizes for showing porn on CHCH: Gaffe marks 2nd time in 3 years pornography was aired instead of news

5) We like Canadian Music..

Merry Monday #6

Aug. 3rd, 2015 04:29 pm
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Ugh, today is not the best day to do this, because a weather change (from cold 'n cloudy to hot 'n humid) gave me a headache and after posting this I'll hop on the couch for a nap. I can't think of much that got me excited last week (tho I suspect that is also due to the headache, not that nothing good happened) - but, I got some ideas for the next music linkspam and that makes me happy!

What good, exciting things happened to you last week? What are you looking forward to this week? It can be one thing or many things, something big or small - especially the small things, they don't get enough credit.

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Aug. 2nd, 2015 10:08 pm
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Thank you so so much to everyone who donated, signalboosted, and commented on my donation post. I'm already a third of the way to my goal, got several job leads I didn't find anywhere else, and also got this cutie:

a ferret drinking from a pond

♥ You're all great.

Weekly check-in 10/28/14

Aug. 2nd, 2015 10:27 am
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Last week, I was feeling sort of frustrated and stuck. This week, I was volunteering at a summer camp, so I didn't have time to be stuck! I taught kids Scratch and pretended Minecraft is educational. It was fun. :D

I'm writing this from Hac Boston, a Haskell hackathon. I didn't realize that the hackathon would be more about hacking ON Haskell libraries, rather than making stuff WITH Haskell/Haskell libraries. It says "you don't even need any Haskell experience at all" on the event page but I should know by now that is always misleading. "You don't need any Haskell experience to attend -- but count on sitting at a table alone feeling dumb because you don't understand even the explanations that other attendees make obvious are super dumbed-down" would be more accurate.

So this weekend I learned that all the stereotypes about Haskell users are totally true, I was just protected from reality by the cool people at #nothaskell, Lambda Ladies, Recurse Center, and now TLC. :)

Despite this, this hackathon has helped me get unstuck on my KiSS set viewer project! I mentioned that I was trying to use Snap for my web framework, and several people noted that Snap was "over-engineered", so that made me feel better about not understanding it. I switched to Scotty and made immediate progress!

The website I'm making will to allow users to upload a KiSS set and play with it in the browser. Here's a sample set. KiSS sets are image files called "cels", color palettes, and a configuration file, all bundled into a compressed archive. So, my app needs to decompress the files, convert the cels with a palette, and parse the configuration file. Then it needs to serve up the set as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

I already had the conversion and parsing completed, so I just needed put it all on the web. That's what I'm working on this weekend!I'm going to try to explain what I have so far so I can understand it. )

What for today? A series of lists

Aug. 2nd, 2015 08:17 am
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Thinking about quiet things to do today, sedentary but productive and not all about computers. This is not a list of things which all need doing, it's just something to choose from.

Note, if you go on etsy and look for "punk note cards" you will quickly think, "What the fuck is WRONG with me" especially once there are no good options. All my notecards are pretty landscape paintings suitable for mailing to my remaining grandparent. Amazon has got nothing. Etsy, fucking nothing and nothing good for "feminist" either. Note to world. Those retro pictures of some woman looking femmy from the 40s and saying "fuck" don't make it feminist. for fuck's sake.

I believe precita eyes store over on 24th has either postcards or notecards with some women other than (but including) frida kahlo. thank fuck. in the meantime I will make my own, which in theory is as it should be, but in practice I would like to buy some!


Get all my data off Revolt's hacked up hard drive and get it back to him.
More setting up of power strips in convenient places by the couch, counter, kids' room
Fiddle with music things. Can I get it so my giant music collection will play to speakers?
Open up Airport Express and just look at it. Read up on what might be wrong with it.
Write short blog posts about books.
See if there is a better blogging client than MarsEdit.
Play clash of clans since it's now Battle Day for my family clan


Continue clearing desk area, go thru file cabinet
Does the metal shelf in-out box from garage fit under the "charging table"?
Laundry. Clean laundry smells like mildew. Get z. to re-wash with borax
Coax the cat to eat tidbits.
Groceries for the week. make a list. zond7? or instacart?
Cook some delicious plátanos today.
Deep water all the plants.


Write another letters. 2 per week is good. Maybe 1 per day.
Think of some more letter writing people. Ask for addresses.
Write to grandma finally even if no printed photos seem suitable
Make more notecards. Punk feminist ones. Color them with colored pencils.
Make set of punk feminist notecards for my sister
Look over poems.
New tiny zine (Alpha Suffrage Club) research and writing
Plan new tiny zine on combahee river collective. Important!
Organize sticker collection at least roughly, in envelopes.
Hardware store again to contemplate fancy small plant pots.
Repot tiny succulents as presents for R. and the nice post office lady


How many people can I handle seeing this week.
- intern
- yatima's brother
- tru
- Revolt
- hazelbroom
- sundress?
- would like to call debbie
- new nice friend who plays ingress?

That is too many. Dammit. Maybe will need to wait till post mexico visit to invite extra people.

My luxurious bath and applying a korean face mask, then every kind of lotion I own last night including the low strength marijuana lotion - that was a good plan. I feel extremely moisturized, and smell like rosemary and lemon.

Good things

Aug. 2nd, 2015 12:49 am
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1. I've really enjoyed seeing my pals lately. I went to the cheap seats to see Mad Max (for the 3rd time); saw some friends and acquaintances at Comics Club today, and saw the film Mr. Holmes yesterday. Gabby is back in town which is great.

2. I got an awesome haircut which was a collaboration between Jesse and my neighbor Devyn, both of whom own clippers.

3. I read Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley and loved it. It features a talented, flawed woman as the main character. Katie is the main chef at a successful restaurant called Seconds, where she also lives. She wants to strike out on her own with a new restaurant, but is having trouble with that venture. Her ex-boyfriend is hanging around and things are awkward. When a young co-worker gets in an accident, party due to Katie's negligence, a house spirit appears and gives her the opportunity to fix it. Katie then gets addicted to fixing all the mistakes she can, and things start to go bad. This book is funny, charming, affecting. I loved it.

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Aug. 2nd, 2015 11:00 pm
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Died on this day in 1100 aged 44 King William II of England (my toy,wikipedia). William died after being shot with an arrow whilst hunting, possibly murdered to put his brother Henry on the throne (in which case it worked), possibly an accident. He kept the Scots out of England but didn't gain control of Scotland and despite invading twice didn't manage to take over Wales.

Born on this day in 1424 to King Rene I of Naples and Isabella Lorraine , Duchess of Lorraine, John Valois-Anjou II, Duke of Anjou (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Margaret who married Henry VI. John spent much of his reign attempting to get Naples back, which didn't work.
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It's a theory, or a perspective, I've been kicking around for a while.

I think that humans, like our cities, are fractally interesting. A person or a community can be quite bland and boring when viewed large, but that surface impression is not the same thing. The closer you look, the more you find things that are complex and fascinating and amazing.

We spend a lot of time wanting to sum up, to label, to take people in at a glance. To write people off. The same with the places they live, I muse as I spend time this summer in small no-account towns in an extraneous province of an ignorable country. I was sitting in a friend's back yard tonight, watching apples fall from her tree, thinking about all the secret hidden places you don't see if you look quickly, roughly, from a distance; they only open up to patient and careful eyes.

People don't always show you from the outset the way they peel vegetables, the way they learned to spell, their moments of grace and resilience. Those things are learned slowly and often they're hidden pieces of knowledge. There are things you'll never know about people and places until you, say, meet a local scientist who can tell you that the local variety of dandelion shows genetic drift from the variety that grows in the sidewalks of a city fifty minutes down the road. The most interesting parts are hidden away in unreadable alphabets or in houses or in skin. and it takes work to find and decode them.

quotidian, w/ brief Hugo note

Jul. 31st, 2015 05:16 pm
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Yesterday wound up being, quite literally, a long day. I was awakened early by the noise of trucks outside. I got up briefly, lay back down, and tried to get back to sleep, but Molly had other ideas; she jumped up and quietly explained "you're conscious, time to pet the cat." So I did that—and then my cell phone rang.

That was my PT office returning my voicemail of the day before, saying that yes I could come in at 9:30 instead of 2:30, so I said "see you then" and made tea. I wanted to reschedule because it's hot here again, and I wanted to get back without standing out in the heat waiting for the bus.

The physical therapy went quite well, except for the glitch where I angrily explained that I need not to be given contradictory instructions: one of the interns was having me do an exercise, and another interrupted while I was doing it to tell me to do it differently. But the ankle and wrist are both continuing to heal, and the shoulder-strengthening program continues on course. (I did have to ice the shoulder yesterday evening, though.)

We microwaved frozen Indian food for supper, because it was too hot to do anything resembling cooking. Fortunately, [personal profile] cattitude has found a brand that is, if not impressive, actually food, and sells at least two dishes that are flavorful but not pepper-hot, so I can eat them.

We went to bed slightly late, but were thoroughly asleep when the building fire alarm went off at about 12:40 a.m. We pulled on clothes and shoes, grabbed our cell phones, and walked downstairs and out. My ankle didn't like that, but was okay once I found a place to sit down. (It's hurting some today, but I'm not sure of causality.) This time the firefighters went into the Safeway; the downside of living in the same building as the 24-hour supermarket is that it increases the number of fire alarms. It's not as bad as living in a dorm where all the rooms have fire alarms and almost nobody knows how to use them, but the alarms freshman year were less likely to go off when I was sound asleep.

When we got the all-clear we came back up, calmed the cats, made herb tea, and played Scrabble. It was a quarter to two when I went back to bed. I got up six hours later; between that and the heat, I made a point of doing my proofreading in the morning. I did find time this afternoon to look at the Hugo nominees for semiprozine and come up with a plausible 1, 2, 3 ranking among Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. ("Plausible" in this case meaning that I didn't read any of them all the way through; I've sent the Hugo packet samples, and the sample for Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, to my kindle for later, but "later" will be after the ballot deadline, which is now 6.5 hours away.)


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