4:53 Aug 13th, 2014 | 13 notes

soilrockslove:

And my dear hiking/walking companion.

You know, about assistive technology being something anyone should be able to use if they want it… I never got what the difference was between canes and walking sticks? Like having a walking stick is cool, if you’re a kid going on a hike, but having a cane is seen as either tragic, or malingering or something… (which makes no sense, because a person actually malingering wouldn’t be using a mobility aid to help them hike in the first place, if I’m using the word right…)
And sometimes the only difference between the two is how they look.  Our housemate& have a walking stick that they use as a mobility aid when we drive out to the San Bernardino Mountains, and we used it as a mobility aid too when we injured our knee once. (We ended up buying a regular cane but only because the stick didn’t work well for the type of injury we had, we needed something we could lean most of our weight on.)
-S2

soilrockslove:

And my dear hiking/walking companion.

You know, about assistive technology being something anyone should be able to use if they want it… I never got what the difference was between canes and walking sticks? Like having a walking stick is cool, if you’re a kid going on a hike, but having a cane is seen as either tragic, or malingering or something… (which makes no sense, because a person actually malingering wouldn’t be using a mobility aid to help them hike in the first place, if I’m using the word right…)

And sometimes the only difference between the two is how they look.  Our housemate& have a walking stick that they use as a mobility aid when we drive out to the San Bernardino Mountains, and we used it as a mobility aid too when we injured our knee once. (We ended up buying a regular cane but only because the stick didn’t work well for the type of injury we had, we needed something we could lean most of our weight on.)

-S2

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Seeking attention…

4:13 Aug 13th, 2014 | 39 notes

youneedacat:

I am seeking attention right now.

That is what most people do when we post on tumblr.

Why is it that it is okay for people to seek attention on tumblr, as long as we aren’t too obvious about it?

But the moment we get too obvious?  Or the moment we’re open about it?  Or the moment we do one of those activities that is universally understood to Always And Only Be Attention-Seeking (self-diagnose with autism, identify as plural or Otherkin, etc.)?  Then it’s bad, bad, bad to want attention.

WTF?

Social media exist to give people attention.  People should stop pretending they’re the high and mighty ones when they want attention just as much if not more as anyone else.  In fact, I wonder if the “He just wants attention (eyeroll)” game people play is one of the most attention-seeking of all, in one of the most destructive ways…

Yeah, it’s like “This person is seeking attention, which is a bad thing, as opposed to ME, WHO IS VERY OBVIOUSLY NOT SEEKING ATTENTION AND THIS IS A GOOD THING, I VERY CLEARLY HAVE MORAL SUPERIORITY HERE UNLIKE THIS CRAZY AND/OR STUPID PERSON WHO IS SEEKING ATTENTION.  OH AND YOU CANNOT SELF-DIAGNOSE/THIS PERSON IS CLEARLY DELUSIONAL, HERE IS SOME OF MY EXPERT PSYCHOLOGY KNOWLEGE TO PROVE IT.”

And the culture we live in expects you to think that… this is not seeking attention.  At all.  In any shape or form.  

(Seriously, though? We’ve seen more than our share of people who seemed to REALLY want credit— aka attention— for bringing This Crazy New Subculture, which is probably not new at all, or This Crazy Person, who is probably not harming anyone, to the awareness of people in places where mass snarking will ensue.)

ETA: And honestly, I actually find “I have this weird experience/identity.  Has anyone else experienced it?” more genuinely interesting than people tweeting what they ate at every single meal.  But there’s an audience for the latter, so I’m not knocking it, I’m just not really INTERESTED.

ETA 2: Also, cat pictures.  Most socially accepted form of attention seeking ever, nowadays, apparently, unless you’re some kind of hipster who hates anything that is widely liked or is not “ironic.” (Though we are interested in those.  Cat pictures, I mean, not hipsters who are like “it’s popular so it sucks and I’m too ironic and intellectual for it.”)

-WK

4:03 Aug 13th, 2014 | 90,914 notes

nekomantic:

kingcheddarxvii:

awwww-cute:

My cat sits like this when he gets excited

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That’s a beautiful cat. Those whiskers suggest mind-blowing amounts of floof.

nekomantic:

kingcheddarxvii:

awwww-cute:

My cat sits like this when he gets excited

BRACED FOR IMPACT

That’s a beautiful cat. Those whiskers suggest mind-blowing amounts of floof.

3:40 Aug 13th, 2014 | 1,167 notes

thetinytabby:

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-S2

2:55 Aug 13th, 2014 | 17 notes

solipsistful:

spoiler:

we have read very little Foucault first-hand

most of our knowledge about him and his theories comes from lectures and stuff. probably still not the most accessible language still, but better than Foucault’s awkwardly translated and purposefully dense writing

so that’s kinda another reason to hate academia and how it functions. all that complicated language and such isn’t just a barrier to keep out people who don’t have the skills to read them — they’re a barrier that often becomes lowered once you have the privilege to be in a university environment in the first place, where you have the opportunity to be explained these things without the writing. i hear professors again and again talk about how they hate postmodern writing and how difficult it is to read

"So then… stop????"

grumble grumble. what am i getting myself into.

- Ace

Yeeeaaaahhh, if even *professors* have a difficult time getting through it, that’s… not a good thing, and makes me wonder why that style of writing exists to begin with.  I know youneedacat has talked about hir experiences with people who insist that using terms like postmodern, critical theory, etc, is “just using these words to silence people who talk about their own experiences,” when hir experience- and ours as well— involved learning terms like critical theory from people who were *deeply into it,* sometimes to a perseverative extent. (This is part of why I think there’s definitely value in recognizing different types of autistic cognition, people just need to get past the idea that they have to do with whether you can talk or not— some of the people we’ve known who were most intensely perseverative about certain kinds of academic theory and ideology were autistic.  And that’s a cognitive style which doesn’t mesh with ours well at all, and is in some cases the total opposite of it.) 

…that being the case, I also wish to gods people would stop assuming that nonbinary gender identities are always based in some kind of academic ideology rather than an intuitive sense that what you’re seen/addressed as isn’t right for you. *thud.* All the “U TRANSTRENDER, U MUST HAVE READ FOUCAULT AND THINK UR IDENTITY IS SO TRENDY” stuff also often seems to be tied in with “well, being binary trans is okay BECAUSE SCIENCE” ideologies.

And when we’ve tried to pick apart writing that our brain has a really hard time getting through, like the infamous (in-system, anyway) “Rhetorical Gendering of Autism” paper, what we do get out of it, when it’s stripped down to the most basic concepts, is… things that are pretty obvious to us, drawn out into long-winded impenetrable language.

(…I’ve also read some postmodern writing on plurality, both dissociative and non-dissociative.  Couldn’t make heads or tails of it. :p)

-S.

Asking again:

2:31 Aug 13th, 2014 | 25 notes

lichgem:

Would anyone be willing to take in my cat if things here don’t work out? Say I get evicted, I want to make sure he has someplace safe to go. I read up a little bit on organizations that do transportation across the states, so if you live far away, there should be a way to get him to you, as long as you’re in the US.

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Disabled People Don’t Exercise Enough. Gee, I Wonder Why.

2:27 Aug 13th, 2014 | 13 notes

nekomantic:

se-smith:

Disabled People Don’t Exercise Enough. Gee, I Wonder Why.

The CDC recently announced that roughly one in two disabled adults is not physically active, which is a rather striking, and distressing, statistic. Their numbers show that a large number of people are totally inactive, while others are active, but not nearly enough. It’s generally recognised, through years of research into the subject, that exercise can help protect cardiovascular health,…

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I would love to have a professional teach me how to recognize when I’ve hit my limit, because as far as I can tell, every time I exercise I easily exceed it and damage myself. What I thought was “reaching my limit” last summer was actually “severely worsening my condition”, so I’d love to have someone go through exercise with me and help me understand what “hitting my limit” actually is.

4:41 Aug 10th, 2014 | 12,743 notes

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4:39 Aug 10th, 2014 | 57 notes

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Holmes’ Principles of Physical Geology (via earthsci-studynotes)

(…or any gender pronoun, really.  Not really in a state where I feel like going through and correcting archaic language from standards of previous eras, right now. -j)

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4:39 Aug 10th, 2014 | 103 notes
To the geologist a rock is more than an aggregate of minerals, it is a page of the Earth’s autobiography with a story to unfold, if only he can read the language in which the record is written.