Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 11:31 pm
trans tech folk, other trans folk, other tech folk:

I'm planning to submit an erratum to Unicode. U+26A5, U+26A6, and U+26A7 all have the informative alias "transgendered sexuality".

code chart
(from http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2600.pdf. Original encoding proposal: http://www.unicode.org/L2/L2003/03364-n2663-gender-rev.pdf)

I think the first word should be "transgender", and the second word should be something other than "sexuality", but I'm not sure what.

The questions I have are:
1) do you think asking for this change is sensible?
2) what do you think the informative alias "transgendered sexuality" should be changed to?
3) can you think of good sources I can cite when I'm explaining why the change should be made?

If you saw this on Facebook or Twitter or wherever, feel free to answer there and I'll copy the answer here onto Dreamwidth/LJ.

love and hugs.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 07:44 pm
TW child abuse, sexual assault

so, this is what i have to say about Josh Duggar.
Q: what's it called when you hush up your own children being raped to preserve your reputation?
A: it's called Omelas. and if you, like Mike Huckabee, care nothing about walking away from Omelas, i don't want to know you. that's all.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 03:32 pm
... Switzerland. Where I am spending 4 days with the husband, the parents and sisters in-law and their boyfriends.

We're 1500 meters up, so it quite chilly. But pretty!
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 04:58 pm
This is what I currently have on my library shelves:

- Star Wars Costumes - The Original Trilogy by Brandon Alinger
- You Are Here by Chris Hadfield
- A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett
- Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy
- The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
- The Art of Asking by Amanda F. Palmer
- Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
- Before Tomorrowland by Brad Bird et al

Plus three or four other random J FIC books that looked like interesting fantasy with female protagonists.

I've also put in a hold for the new Mary Robinette Kowal book that hasn't come in yet, but other than that, I basically need to just stop going to the library until at least July, because every time I go in I walk out with five more books, and I can't just spend the next six weeks reading because I have an OSB presentation to prepare.

Meanwhile, Will is about to start the Super series by Matthew Cody and I've begun reading the first Harry Potter book to both boys at bedtime.

... This seems like a good time to remind people that I write down my thoughts about most of the books I read, over at [community profile] kareila_books.
Saturday, May 16th, 2015 09:29 pm
Three people I met today:

1) His granddaughter was a chorister at the cathedral, and she has to work very hard at Chetham's both on her schoolwork and on practicing. He'd done his national service in the army as a young man. It was a terrible two years, being ordered around by people who weren't fit to lick your boots. But he was glad of it, because he'd learned to play the system, and this knowledge comes in useful anywhere. If you were "a follower" you'd probably have got far more bored than he did. The other good thing about it was that having to learn discipline meant you got self-discipline thrown in, and that had been really useful for organising himself after he was demobbed.

2) She was in charge of all the cathedral volunteers: there were about seventy of them of all faiths and none. She herself was a Roman Catholic, which she said made very little difference in an Anglican cathedral. When she was a young girl living in Ireland, her grandfather was asked to send the kids to the local Church of Ireland school by the headmaster. The school's intake was too low to be sustainable that year otherwise. Her grandfather agreed. Soon he saw the RC priest walking down his front path to talk to him. He wouldn't go out, but he told someone to tell the priest that he was doing what was best for the community.

3) He was in the Arndale Centre, begging via psych manipulation techniques. If I hadn't been trying to get to the loo, I'd have had more fun with this.

He, walking up: "So, do YOU speak English?"
Me: "Yeeeessss...?"
He: "Ah, I like the way you say yeeesss. My name's Daniel. What's yours?" (puts out hand; I shake it automatically; he now has eye contact. He smiles warmly. I grow increasingly suspicious.)
Me: "I'm Thomas."
He: "Well, Thomas, I was..."
Me: "Look, what's this about?"
He: "I was just wondering whether you could spare me some money for a coffee."

I gave him £1 (which was more than I could really afford) for a good try, and for teaching me a beautiful opening line. "So, do YOU speak English?" breaks the ice, and indicates he's been trying to talk to a bunch of people so he's frustrated and you'll want to help him, and makes you want to do better than all the people so far. [Edit: It also has an unpleasant racist dogwhistle side that I'd missed entirely-- thanks to Abigail for pointing it out.]
Saturday, May 16th, 2015 09:27 pm
I am halfway through House, season 5. And I just looked at AO3, because hey, maybe there's some short fanfic I'd like to read.

How is there no (or close to no) Wilson/Cuddy? Does not compute!
Friday, May 15th, 2015 02:58 pm
My mom found another set of great-great grandparents in her ancestry research. They're buried less than five miles away.

And according to the website I'm looking at, the woman's father was a Methodist minister from Ireland. Damn, I am part Irish after all. Oh, maybe not! Another source says he was born in Tennessee. So many of my ancestors have been here since freaking Jamestown, it's ridiculous.