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coffeesp00ns  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

How do I know I'm better than I was? I lost my car keys for a solid hour today, and I didn't freak out or have a nervous breakdown. I just methodically searched throughout the house

and found them as I was disassembling my recliner.

coffeesp00ns  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 9, 2020  ·  

Hey. It's been a while.

I'm on month number ... 6 (and a half) of unemployed/CERB. In that time I have

- learned python3, including pandas, some numpy (mostly pyplot and seaborn), and some machine learning stuff to predict future patterns in data (mostly economic).

- learned basic SQL

- started to work my way through JavaScript

- written most of a novel (still working on it)

- released my first short fiction with a price tag attached to it (2 bucks - if you're interested in a smutty WLW romance let me know)

- had a poem accepted to a local zine called "Kill Your Lawn"

- written some other shorts that will need some editing but that can be sent out to submission calls.

- replaced the clutch in my car (my dad was a huge help)

- had, and recovered from, an orchidectomy ( a kind of bottom surgery for trans women)

- learned how to sew

- Had one roommate break lease and leave early (My other roommate and I said Yay!)

- Had another roommate move in, then promptly die of a heart attack. (this was very unfortunate)

- helped coordinate said roommate's family's access to the townhouse so that they could take their time moving out his stuff (he had a lot of stuff)

I'm sure there are other things, too. Despite the length of that list it feels like I've not done all that much. It's been very hard to play music lately, especially the bass. I've been playing cello at socially distanced baroque jams on a friend's patio once a week - potent potables required, seriousness discouraged.

As other writer friends have said, if I wrote a year like this into a book it would be dismissed by editors as unbelievable and unrealistic. A lot of things are really wrong. To grasp at any silver lining at all, at least this pandemic has highlighted the stark distance between those who can make a living in my country, and those who can't, and how much our disability system and employment insurance (our version of unemployment) have suffered a death by 1,000 cuts over the years. The need to reinvest in ourselves, as a country, has become obvious.

Hope you guys are surviving. Things are hard everywhere.

coffeesp00ns  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Flying V first successful flight

I wonder what the passenger area would look like - as in, how are they spreading the weight out? Are they going to have two rows of passengers down each side? or just one? and if just one, will it be justified towards the outside of the V, or the inside?

What can I say? I fundamentally disagree but I'm not really going to fight you about it. IMO this makes Beowulf fundamentally more readable, and also embodies the spirit of the text way more than other recent translations.

I've been having a lot of discussion about this with my brother, actually.

A lot of translations give out a set of cues to us, the reader, that they are using "archaic language", or other strategies, to say "this was a long time ago, and this is the image I want you to have in your head."

But the problem is that, like the music you hear every time Romans show up in film and television, they're in no way accurate to what things were actually like. They're just a set of cues that have been set up by more modern media, and our exposure to has told us that "those french horns mean Romans". We've been attempting to translate Beowulf into our perception of medieval speech as run through an academic English professor's verbiage. Considering that it was the sort of thing to be told around the drinking table, and was written down in that way, translations like that make very little sense.

Basically, we're already not translating "faithfully", and arguably haven't been since shortly after the poem was written down (if the original was even totally faithful, to begin with, but that gets into a whole other set of questions). This is a fundamental issue with translation, and especially translation of poetry - translate literally, or tell the story, or meet in the middle somewhere. they are two finite points that cannot both be satisfied fully. Headley herself weighs in on this in her preface, which is worth the cost of admission in and of itself without the translation.

If this gets dated, the correct response isn't to go back to the old translations (save for reference), it's to translate it again. And again. It's got to live, and it's got to be in the vernacular if it's truly going to be relevant and not left to the dusty corners of libraries and the drudgery of English Lit curriculum. Indeed, I'd pay money to get even the first two dozen lines or so written in as many common vernaculars as possible. Army guys around a table, steelworkers on lunch break, the Tuesday night sewing group, the activist group at a meeting, and so on.

The story is in the telling, after all.

coffeesp00ns  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Wait, are we doing it wrong? [Potential major Hubski experiment]

Idunno what happened to make me stop coming around. I think it was just a very stressful time to be a trans person online. I use social media a lot differently than I used to now - I spend more time on things like discord and twitter, and less time on places like reddit.

Since this is the second time I've been brought up her in the past few months, I figure I'll give the ol' gal another try, and see what's up on hubski these days.

coffeesp00ns  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 8, 2020

You're welcome, glad it stuck. Some of the stuff you've said stuck with me over the years (positively).

    but the people trying the hardest to champion usually end up being the ones being corrected the most because they're willing to put in the work.

The important part about being one of these people is to be okay with being corrected. Every community I've encountered, or personally been a part of, has been very giving to people who fuck up, so long as you correct yourself and keep moving. "Sorry, my bad," goes a long way.

I did a bit of deep dive to see where this discussion built from, and I have to say I'm very disappointed that TNG posted an article by a person whose notoriety mostly comes from preferring that people like me don't exist. I think it behooves us to consider who writes articles, and what their motives might be, before we post them.

I would assert that this article is a much better read on the situation.

It's important to remember that trans people are, as has historically been the case (see Weimar Berlin, 1920s America, 1950s America), the canary in the coal mine of conservative attempts to pull the Overton window back in their direction. As a minority, we are easy to vilify, especially those of us who are gender non-conforming. We are not a part of regular experience, and so we are easily turned into a bogeyman. That's what the "Gender Critical" movement does, and it has reared its ugly head quite publicly in the UK.

The knock-on result of these current efforts (If they come for the trans people, and you do nothing because you are not a trans person) is that anyone who does not fit a conservative ideal of "man" and "woman" becomes subject to ridicule and lost opportunity. Already cis women are getting harassed by men for "going into the wrong bathroom". Fuck, my old masters teacher, a midwestern mom, has had this experience. the only "gender nonconforming" feature she has is a caesar haircut.

An incredible amount of the people who signed that letter are bad news. There have been some great rereads of Rowling's books with her current views in mind, and well, they get ugly. A race of human-like creatures who love to be servants and don't know what they would do if they were freed. a race of long-nosed caricatures who have few rights but control all the money. A woman who shapeshift but has "mannish hands" (a classic transphobic trope). Atwood has actively been part of attempts to silence women who accused a UBC professor of sexual assault.

These people are not good company. They have a right to say what they believe, but they don't have a right to freedom from criticism, or freedom from the consequences of saying those things, nor do they have a right to a public forum to say them. Free speech absolutism is the privileged opinion of people for which there are no actual consequences when they have an academic argument around "do Black people deserve to be beaten by police", and "Do trans people deserve rights". It is the privilege of those who believe they are unaffected.

Until, well, they are affected.

coffeesp00ns  ·  570 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who Is Left on Hubski?

Name: Sp00ns

Location: Ottawa, ON

Current preoccupations: Music, Baking, Transition.

I don't check in as often as I want to. I think I poke my head in once a week or so. I want to try to do more.

coffeesp00ns  ·  604 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work?

You too, fam. I still lurk around here and try to keep up. I just don't have much to say these days.

coffeesp00ns  ·  604 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work?

If you work at a company that actually supports you, then hustle can be a good thing. If you work at a company that needlessly exploits you, then you should be using your hustle somewhere else.

I work at a bakery. I do 10 hour shifts that are almost all hustle and hard work. It is by no means my dream job, but you know what?

- I have benefits, and I get paid pretty fairly.

- I have a positive work environment.

- I have a boss that has my back.

I am more than willing to hustle for her, pick up extra shifts, help out, come in for meetings on my days off. Good companies give back.

I get that, but I'm more commenting on the fact that the choice to stop working on domestic terrorism is connected to and linked with the cultural attitudes of both the US in general and the cultural attitudes of the police agencies, both of which are long standing problems that go back before the Civil War.

Now, "Choice" is sort of a weird word because in some ways it's less a conscious choice and more one that has a lot of subconscious elements to it, in addition to a level of context within the attitudes and fears of the times. Of course the US was looking outward in the aftermath of 9/11 - Who could blame them for doing that? but the continued focus on that area when there were warning bells going off domestically has a lot to do with those cultural attitudes, and the messaging of all of the state and federal governments since 9/11 (the Obama administration included).

No they didn't. They just didn't care, or in some cases were an active part of it. US Police having ties to the KKK and other white supremacist organizations is so supremely not news that it was noted as a growing problem in the Reconstruction.