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

@nicole For our listeners, the lower right is Matt and me demonstrating the 💪 that you do after you've successfully cracked open a Negra Modelo in the wheel well of a rented Kia along the Kern River.

@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.

@calebcrain The etymology does make things clearer! Whatever dictionary was in the seminar room in Iowa in 2002 had both pronunciations, but the long o came first (because of historical priority? who knows) which the prof took as vindication. Maybe it’s just that objects in classrooms take a while to catch up with the arc of history, like my friend who taught in Oakland in the nineties next to a globe that showed Africa divided up between British and French colonies.

@calebcrain I pronounced it that way too! This is one of the biggest surprises since my grad school writing teacher insisted that “sloth” had a long o and the dictionary _backed him up_.

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.

@oulipien You should never use your posthumous name in the shower unless you’re not intending to come back out.

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

@pauline Marina takes issue with my practice of carefully deconstructing apples with tools and carefully piling the equally-divided pieces into a special bowl before consuming them with a petite fork (or chopsticks) and optional side of dipping sauce (e.g., chamoy, black garlic molasses, reduced wine).

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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.