This top was not so midriffy on its original owner but it seems I have some sort of distinct spatial extension going on

“Even when you can’t make out the whole shape of a coming catastrophe, you might well feel that you’re living in an idyll, and count the hours.”

@pauline riffs on Auden, and on love in a time of politics:

Back from San Diego Comic-Con.@pauline and I dressed up; there was dancing; Tori Amos played. Best one yet.

You could tell me that "klaatu barada nikto" was Estonian and I'd have no grounds to disagree.

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New plan: every time I run across a Thin Blue Line flag I will take the color scheme to be affirming US-Estonian solidarity.

Rep. Zooey Zephyr and her girlfriend, LGBTQ+ activist and journalist Erin Reed, have BOTH been swatted in the last 24 hours. We are now at the "assassinate elected officials and their loved ones for being trans" stage of genocide.

My sister just got this tattoo (cute!) and named it Jinchou, which I didn’t know was Japanese for penguin (also cute!) but when I looked it up I found it’s written人鳥, that is, person-bird. The bird just out there doing its business like a person. That’s the jinchou, that’s the penguin. Now you know.

In other news, Zooey Zephyr knows how to spell "principles," the Washington Post doesn't

@pauline and I, along with our friend Matt, were able to join the memorial services at Manzanar this year.

Manzanar is one of ten American concentration camps, where Japanese-Americans were held during WWII. The camp grounds are in California, near the Nevada border. At 4,000 feet, the atmosphere is thin, and the sun is blinding. Standing around, being cooked for hours on end, it was difficult not to imagine oneself on the surface of the moon: the terrain was as desolate as it was beautiful.

Today is not my most successful in that I’m spending it hiding in a hostel room in a temple on a mountaintop south of Osaka, and skipping my nightly bath because it’s a communal ladies room; but sometimes those are just the pragmatics. Happy day to all of you out there, I hope you’re just as visible as you’re able to be and that we all keep widening that horizon.

government selfie time tunnel 

The whole family. (Middle years were trouble.)

Roses are red, my code is a disaster
git push --force origin master

Beautiful drunk women 

Last night, @pauline and I got together for the first time since October, when we had shared a bottle of wine in anticipation of our forthcoming FFS operations.

Four months without seeing my transition sister was really, really hard. I basically vomited non sequiter snippets of all of the conversations I’d been saving for her in one slurry, blurry run-on sentence.

Also, there was this wonderfully hideous cocktail with Fernet and banana liqueur.

NYT trans coverage 

A nice rebuttal from the SF Chronicle. Apparently not all newspapers fear trans people.

Today is the Day of Remembrance for the Japanese American community.

Manzanar was razed after WWII, as the country became ashamed. Some while after that we decided we couldn't change history that way, so they created this... Museum, I guess you'd call it. Afaik, the graveyard was left intact when all else was removed. People still come, leaving pebbles on the monuments and paper cranes all over.

#Manzanar #USHistory #WWII #graveyard #california #HighDesert

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Basic models of flocking behavior are controlled by three simple rules: 1) separation: avoid crowding neighbours (short range repulsion); 2) alignment: steer towards average heading of neighbors; 3) cohesion: steer towards average position of neighbors (long range attraction). With these three simple rules, the flock moves in an extremely realistic way.