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Everybody: I've been taking a few weeks off social-media in general. For the foreseeable future, don't expect me to be keeping up with my whole local timeline or everything.

But do @ me! I'm pretty much warranted to check notifications every other day or so.

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Since we're doing the thing, I'm from -and based in- Italy, pushing 40, masc/he but also a bit of a princess. Historian (Early-modern Japan especially), translator&teacher (English), used to work in manga/anime but no more. I play a lot of, collect & design quirky self-contained aka - both 1shot and short campaigns. Played ages ago, but I'm bored of D&Disms (though I might be down for some radical deconstructionist talk).

whenever it comes to identities you dont understand and you want to understand, its bad to come out of the gate with "this thing doesnt make any sense to me, how can you POSSIBLY be a he/him lesbian, he/him are MALE pronouns." because youre making it clear to whoever youre speaking to that youre coming not from a place of wanting to learn but instead from a place of reactionary confusion.

kill the part of your brain that gets defensive or frustrated when you learn about things that you find hard to understand

CW sexual abuse in MTG community. birdsite link 

Fucking hell. Wake up today to find out another of my all time favorite magic artists (Noah Bradley) is a serial sexual predator. I have hundreds of dollars of his prints, which are going directly into the bin. I don’t give a fuck how talented someone is, I have zero tolerance for abusive fuckwads. Context : ||

If you're looking for a goodreads replacement that isn't owned by amazon, and maybe instead run & founded by a Black woman, then Nadia Odunayo has a treat for you! Her new platform The StoryGraph is still in beta but it already seems fully featured, looks & feels great–it has a really clean clear look, filters, half-star rating options, the works! Check it out!

You know all those misleading ads for mobile games? Someone actually made a game using the mechanics in the ads, and it's apparently relatively cool

Maybe I don't have good sources, but I'm definitely not getting what went on last night in #Minneapolis. Somebody shot somebody else and there's been one death and a few injuries. Police intervened on the scene, but it seemed till few days ago they were not operative (refusing to 'work', dismantled, reformed?). They are not communicating the identity of people involved. There must be videos, the area was crowded. Where are they? What are police hiding? Are they afraid of riots and, in that case, why? What's going on in their headquarter right now?

open source e-reader in a world full of amazon-controlled e-readers seems like a good move

RT @FromTheManifold
In the newest issue of The Manifold, Omari Akil reveals how he uses game mechanics to reflect the realities of being black in America.

Read his powerful piece here:

#SaveInternetFreedom signatories include Freedom House, Eleanor Saitta, the Harvard Kennedy School, Project Gutenberg, Red Hat, Tall Poppy, Mozilla, EFF, me, and oh yeah, the OTF Advisory Council.

You probably find at least *one* of those credible. Join us:

“oh we shouldn’t teach all children a signed language, it will only come in handy if they [checks notes] ever have to talk in a situation where it’s noisy or they need to be quiet” #linguistics

:boost_ok: The Portland Black Resilience Fund provides "immediate support for Black Portlanders, including a warm meal, groceries, and unpaid bills."

If you are a Black Portlander in need of assistance, there's a linked form to make a request.

They're asking for donations of $19 today from non-Black allies.

therapy, MH+ 

When I've been to therapy before methods of dealing with anxiety as a physical response have been emphasized:

Running or similar to use up the extra oxygen in your blood

Focusing on something to break the chain of scary thoughts reenforcing themselves (spelling words backwards is fast, but I also did playing a complicated video game while also trying to follow a podcast about time travel and that worked really well)

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therapy, MH+ 

and look up something called the Muss Rewind which was developed for PTSD but can help with lots of types of anxiety?

She also encourage me so share this with the people around me, and I got the feel (though she didn't say this) that she thinks a whole lot of us are going to need therapy when this is over, and since most people can't get it or won't ask, passing along information isn't a bad thing

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as the COVID-19 epidemic will probably have a second surge soon, for any trans followers, especially if you don't have supportive family, here's some legal advice on advance directives to have your gender respected in hospital and if the worst happens

#pixelart #ドット絵

if you like this kind of art, consider supporting me by buying me a coffee for just $3:

i only recently got :ohgod_ohfuck: on this instance and i've been using it all the time because it's just always the mood

the "give a man a fish/teach a man to fish" phrase concisely summarizes an attitude many americans have towards charity, the core two problems of which being; self reliance *is* the safest way to survive so it's incredibly presumptuous to believe the only reason a man cannot fish for himself is that he hasn't met someone as competent as you. secondly, none of you are trying to proverbially teach people to fish anyway, you're saying they should figure it out on their own. in this essay i will

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