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elizabeth  ·  1 hour ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 15, 2020

Super cool! I've rarely seen people spin with puppy hammers - I like how it's a combination of a 2 sided rope dart and pois. You got some nice moves.

elizabeth  ·  1 hour ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 15, 2020

Whaaat a birthday weekend I had! Best one ever. My super generous friend lent me access to his cabin on a private Ukrainian community road, in a beautiful pine tree forest. We installed a big tarp, so we can all hang out outside and keep a social distance. We were about 14 people, but it truly felt like less because it really was the absolute minimum core group. I got to show my friends the Ukrainian camp across the road, where I met my boyfriend 8 years ago. It was funny to see their reaction and how excited they were to have that glimpse into our past! The rainy first half of the day Saturday meant most other people stayed back in the city and we had the beach to ourselves to go swimming.

The beach is about 15 min walk from the cabin. And we've been talking about getting there through the river for months now with my friend. So we finally did it last Saturday in a little inflatable boat. My friend's been on many rafting expeditions in his life, and having this little crash course was super cool. He was showing me how to read the water, avoid rocks and navigate potential rapids. The moment imprinted in my brain is us floating down, under the rain in rain coats, the boat is upside-down because it worked better that way - and waving at some local neighbours across the river sipping beer on their patio. A truly comical moment, i'm sure we looked ridiculous but I was having a blast. We also saw about 7 ducks bathing, from a 2m distance. It was like stock footage from National geographic - I had never seen animals like that up close in their natural habitat doing their thing. And they didn't even get spooked by us.

I had practiced a little rope dart (a spinning toy - basically a weight attached to a rope) in the past year, but had stopped since I broke the one I had in the Netherlands this fall. Never got around making a new one. But the friend I had initially started practicing with, went all in during Covid - and had progressed to fire spinning with it. She brought all the gear and fuel, my other friend has done plenty fire and had all the safety training. We went to the sand pit to watch them spin - and unexpectedly she places the rope dart in my hands and starts safety-briefing me. Everything was set up, and all i had to do was to spin that fire ball! I had so much fun, but I did regret not having more moves. Time to make/buy a new one and practice some moves so that next time it's even better! Definitely a highlight of my birthday to have done fire, without all the usual learning and prep involved. Just handed to me on a silver platter, it was epic :)

elizabeth  ·  23 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why the Internet Is Blowing Up About LA’s Most Infamous Jam Maker

I haven't watched the British bakeoff, but I've watched the Canadian version recently because i was in need of trash background video. It's insane how hard they lean into the stereotypes. The Quebecois person is usually some incompetent idiot that gets eliminated straight away. There is some genious young lady and a very talented ethnic person. A creative "crazy" old lady. 2 gay dudes (young and old). But at least i like that they don't play up the competitiveness too much, and it has an overall friendly vibe. I don't need to see people hating each other over cake.

How about some actual discussion and arguments beyond "this sux" ?

So far, you're just starting shit with no explanation - don't see why anyone would engage. It's also not twitter - you're allowed to write more than 150 characters if you actually have anything constructive to say.

elizabeth  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My new coup de coeur of a series

ohhhh nice! I'll check it out!

elizabeth  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My new coup de coeur of a series

love that movie!

elizabeth  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I decided to learn more about the Srebrenica massacre on it's 25 annversary

I knew nothing about that massacre until a visit to the museum about it in Sarajevo. Very modern and well done - with timelines, testimonies, numbers... It really hit me hard, and put into perspective the conversation I had with young Serbians less than a week before, about how NATO bombed them "for no reason". It's really crazy how recent this massacre is, and how I probably would not even know about it were it not for our visit to the region. It was not taught in school, and I'm to young for having heard aout it in the news.

elizabeth  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 8, 2020

ei! don't you bring the bread into this!

elizabeth  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 8, 2020

Thank you! I see from afar neighbouring community imploding on the matter right now - trying to avoid the pitfalls over here. My personal feelings on the matter are quite scattered right now. We're not the event producers, we're the board (that has been mostly a formality until not too long ago). So my qualms with the process is who the fuck are we to decide on policies that we then push onto producers to enforce - and let them be the bad guys. If I needed to be the bad guy, I'd rather be the bad guy on my own terms. Consent is important, we have our part to play in this as the board - but when I push back on how much of it is OUR part to play I think i look uncooperative? When from my point of view, I'm trying to find a way to handle this that doesn't accomplish anything beyond causing backlash. Suggestions like mandatory consent training for camp leads from a board 95% of people don't know even exists make me angry.

And holy fuck if the way my "experienced ranger" partner handled a harassment complaint didn't make me question the usefulness of the department on matters beyond first responding. Buddy didn't even want to write an incident report because he felt it wasn't too important. I have such a love-hate relationship with rangering... the work can be cool, but also too many self important mansplainers and corporate ladder climbers.

Thank god for the Pubski where I can vent my edge case community frustrations :) And your perspective's always a cool way to look at things, I appreciate it.

elizabeth  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 8, 2020

Love the site!

elizabeth  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 8, 2020

It's my birthday this weekend! Will be going off in the woods with a few friends for a little time out of the city. Since I'll still be on antibiotics for my wisdom teeth extraction and had a rough couple weeks(years?) in my relationship, I'm considering taking it very easy substance wise.

The consent conversation has started on our Board and the tension around the subject is palpable. It's hard to have conversations with people that preface the subject by "i'm a survivor", have thought about the subject a lot and have strong opinions on how to do things and best practices. By hard - I don't mean that they don't listen but that I feel a big gap in understanding and emotional involvement we need to bridge. They say "we need to enact policies" and are very eager to move forward. (Maybe?) because certain things just feel obvious to them. And when I answer that I'm not informed and not comfortable taking decisions for a community without more conversations with more people first, I feel it hurts them. Like I'm dismissive of their experience, when what I actually want is include more people in the conversation. Top down policies by what is essentially a vanity Board is the best way to make a community feel powerless - even if the policies are sensible. And making people feel powerless about consent is a powderkeg. Besides, this shit if hard for everyone and having this on the forefront of my mind is not easy. Doing it over zoom is also not the best because you lose a lot of humanity in the process.

elizabeth  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My new coup de coeur of a series

Sounds like a fun one!

elizabeth  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My new coup de coeur of a series

The fact that they talk about feminism, gay and aboriginal and black people etc is really cool. I really appreciate it and it would be a glaring omission to ignore it altogether. It's just that sometimes it comes out a bit talking-pointy and awkward. Like when 16 year old girls talk about kissing and one of them says something like "It's not okay if both people don't consent". Sure - but it's not a very believable dialog line and pulled me straight out of the time period illusion. I'm sure as we produce more socially conscious content, we'll get better at integrating it into a story more naturally :)

elizabeth  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My new coup de coeur of a series

I haven't - I'll check it out next :) I still have a couple more days of tv-watching ahead for sure.

elizabeth  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Soon we’ll all be cancelled

Complicated thoughts about bowling leagues sounds interesting. My only cultural reference in that regard is the Big Lebowski. Is that representative?

elizabeth  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 1, 2020

Hubski's a good outlet :) Definitely appreciate all the time I spent here. But face-to-face conversations intimidate me sometimes. I'm not the worst, but seeing people navigating things so well makes me want to be better.

elizabeth  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 1, 2020

This year has been a year of many changes and lots of learning, I'm quite happy about that. I'm on the board of 2 non-profits now (one is a technicality to throw Burner events, the other the legal entity for our local Precious Plastic project). Attending 3.5 general assemblies in the past few months has taught me a lot. I semi-regret we didn't have an active student government at my university, somehow I found the mechanics of holding a public forum quite interesting. But maybe it's just the novelty. Now it's time to get to work as a board member - and try not to get into any legal trouble. One of the founders has a side-project where he started a sort of incubator for collaborative projects, where your volunteer hours count as "influence" to attribute funds to various sustainability projects every semester. The idea is cool, if only a little convoluted. But the conflict of interest issues are jarring, and this might affect our accounting in weird ways. I've been raising flags of concern, hopefully we can figure something out.

I've been gardening bit - it's not a total fail but I already missed the mark on the radishes so I'll let them go to bloom and eat the pods. I've made 2 salads from the leaves so far, and it was great to eat something so fresh. If i go for it again next year, I'll need to figure out a better anti-squirrel chicken wire. The one I have is too low and not removable. But I'm also a little over it in terms of investing more time and money in the garden this season. Ce qui sera, sera.

I think my big challenge is still talking and communicating about my feelings in general. It's my mission to get over this, practice being more vulnerable and all that. I have good friends, I don't see why I need to be slightly drunk to get to a place where I can talk to them earnestly. It's in my nature to avoid "drama" and not bring up hard topics, but somehow I feel my quality of life can improve vastly if i learn to do so. I have a friend that showed me by example not too long ago, it was uncomfortable at first but now I feel we share more trust. I'm nowhere close of where I'd like to be, but I've recently confided in a couple people about the fact I find conversations challenging. It's a good first step.

    After their study was published in 1998, tourists located the stone circle by plucking the latitude and longitude from the research paper. Soon, visitors were defacing the megaliths and standing up nearby stones that changed the site’s alignment.

    “They ended up messing up the area, which had been pristine for 5,000 years,” Malville says.

Fuck people! But great article - it's funny how reading it reminded me of the one I posted about the Polynesians recently, and then they mention them a few paragraphs later.

    There was no north star at the time, so the people navigated using bright stars and the circular motion of the heavens.

This was news to me, I had to google that because the thought of "important" stars changing significantly seemed so unlikely to me, in the small scale we have experienced humanity. Looks like something changed in earth's alignment so that the North Star now appears brighter?

elizabeth  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Boxed Mac and Cheese Became a Pantry Stable

Mac and cheese is my favorite meal - and I never managed to make it right from scratch myself. But boxed mac and cheese is such a comfort food when out camping. Current favorite being the Annie's deluxe, where you don't need any ingredients that spoil.

elizabeth  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Show hubski: midnight.pub

LInk to the video doesn't work for me

elizabeth  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop

Reading from my personal perspective, the "average" police work feels very familiar to me. At Burning Man, I've done Ranger training, where you become the official first responder, with a radio calling for emergencies but mostly dealing with conflicts and noise complaints. Sometimes bigger things like consent violations, assault, drug-induced states that require compassion.

Judging by how similar the actual work is, it's crazy how different the typical person it attracts is when you don't have toys like guns to play with. I find BM Rangers to be usually nerdy, compassionate people very concerned with Doing The Right Thing, due process and feedback. Annoyingly so at times, where sometimes i find they take things too seriously and my dark humour dosen't read well with everyone.

One of the first thing explained in training is the concept of "social capital" where you have to be nice to everyone and earn "capital" so they respect and acknowledge your non-existant authority. And actually listen to you if at some point you come tell them nicely to lower the music.

Sure, there's not a lot of gang violence and poverty to deal with at a festival, but I think there are still a lot of parallels to be drawn. Our job as first responders is to de-escalate situations to avoid having to call the police. The only times cops are called are basically when an arrest needs to be made for serious stuff like a participant assaulting someone. I can see how police work can be both draining emotionally and boring as hell. So people that got in for the flashy car chases, start provoking and instigating violence for a little action.