Daily #595! Gets me every time.
I can't, really.
i always end up thinking about the economic damage in superhero movies
make a movie.
the movie would be set entirely in the office of one over-worked insurance agent answering phone calls and in the window behind him we see various Super Heroes destroying things
Cast Amy Poehler
Damage Control is mostly about reconstruction, but touches on insurance and billing some as well.
I am 99% sure I just published the second Vampire Dancy Party LARP.
So that’s one for the bucket list.
“As above, so below” the old Astrologers used to say. And if that’s so, surely the converse is true. And thus the Order of Practical Astrologers: they see the conjunctions beginning, and they do not like what they see.
Established above the deepest dungeon in the region, their foundation sends the brave and the desperate to realize their schemes in the dungeon so that the stars may likewise be nudged on their paths. And of course the deepest adventures are required to move the highest stars. “We delve to make the stars dance.”
The last few months have been very challenging, and so I’m christening this The Dungeon of Strife. It’s a companion to The Dungeon of Life, which was one of the first big maps I completed and sold. The Dungeon of Strife is basically optimistic, but it’s still a reminder that sometimes things go wrong–more wrong and wrong for longer than you ever planned, and that you can’t always do anything about it. I hope you enjoy it.
Gosh this is amazing.
I was explaining to someone the history of left-handedness in America, the ways that left-handed people were treated, it was considered okay to beat us until we became right-handed, and other things like that.
And instead of listening to me, the person’s only response was to roll her eyes and say “Oh God, please tell me they’re not trying to claim to be an oppressed minority.”
Which, no, I’ve never heard a left-hander claim that. But at the time in question, we were part of an oppressed minority: disability. Because left-handedness was literally, in and of itself, considered to be a learning disability with symptoms that went well beyond using your left hand for things (there was an entire list of symptoms from clumsiness to language problems). My mother grew up in that time and she was definitely considered disabled just for being left-handed. The fact that things have changed and now left-handers are not disabled, does not mean we weren’t disabled then.
But I found that person’s response really obnoxious. She basically had this worldview where there were “real” oppressed minorities, mostly people of color, and that everyone else was just “copying people of color” and not really oppressed, or not really very oppressed, when she’d grudgingly acknowledge oppression existed. So her very first worry when hearing about brutality towards an entire kind of person wasn’t what happened to the people in question, it was whether they’d try and “steal” oppressed minority status from those who really deserved it.
Which, as a left-handed person very grateful to grow up in a time and place where left-handedness is not a disability? Rubbed me the wrong way.
And yes, my view of what is and isn’t a disability is that it’s heavily depending on society. I’ve gotten in trouble before for saying that for a long time, gay people were disabled because of our inclusion in the DSM and our treatment by psychiatry. But it’s true. We were disabled at that point. We managed to climb our way out of that category, just as left-handers and some other people have managed to climb out of that category. But it doesn’t mean that we weren’t disabled at some point in time. Because whether you’re disabled isn’t just about your body — that’s one part of it, but social status as disabled is equally as important as physical or cognitive status. And it’s perfectly possible to be disabled entirely because you’re put in the social category of disabled people, even if you have no particular bodily or cognitive impairments.
But whenever I try to explain that, I get someone who flips out on me and insists that I’m trying to bring back the idea of gay people as disabled under the DSM. Which, just, no. I’m saying that when we were in the DSM, we were disabled because we were in the DSM and faced ableism, especially psychiatric ableism, the same as everyone else in the DSM. So don’t bother flipping out, it’s been done, it doesn’t do anything except cause aggravation.
I am left handed, and I grew up with family friends who had lived through this period in the US. Their hands had been tied down, and they were beaten severely, in one case to the point of broken bones. One of these family friends would still write with her right hand, which I couldn’t understand at the time (I was a little kid) but now understand that writing with her left hand gave her flashbacks and panic attacks.
It was a bad scene.
There are still countries where left-handedness is considered a disability! China, for one. I have had a lot of conversations with left-handed Chinese people when they see me writing Chinese characters with my left hand (the myth that “you can’t write Chinese characters with your left hand” is used to justify a lot of this shit.)
I remember a particular conversation with a fellow tourist in Kunming, who saw me signing hotel forms left handed. The conversation was in Chinese, I’m translating loosely.
"You’re using your left hand?" (I got asked this a lot, because it’s so unusual.)
"Yeah, I’m left-handed."
"They told me I couldn’t do that! That that was impossible! I’m so mad! So fucking mad!"
in case anyone is wondering if this stuff still happens.
acid candy pop victorian
We have tons of these kinda houses in my town and the are just really awesome, the houses are actually classified as “Painted Ladies” and the are probably some of the best examples of Asymmetrical, non linear architecture ever created