Hello cybre.space, time for #introductions! :)
I'm a networking geek and researcher living in Berlin, currently working on a PhD in Computer Science. On a technical level, I like access networks such as WiFi and mobile networks, I like measurement and understanding performance, and I do low-level user-space programming in C. I sometimes talk about science, free software, and tech communities, among other things.
Hey UK people!
I am a UK citizen living in Germany and don't have health insurance. I need to travel to the UK sometime in the next month or so for the purpose of getting hormones, and perhaps some bureaucracy. Would anybody be able to put me up within the next month or two for 4 days to a week?
I don't really care where I go, but I already have a GP in Lewisham, London and it would be cool to go there. If you can ask your friends it would be very nice.
anyone know if/where they have sensory deprivation tanks in Berlin? It has to be an enclosed tank/pod, not an open pool. Boosts appreciated
Is there a big thread of DIY resources for newbies anywhere in the fediverse already? Making clothes, art, doing repairs, repurposing old stuff, etc. I want to start putting my own knowledge into an open format like on Wikibooks or something.
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I want better math education so we can stop describing gender as a "spectrum" and start describing it as a "multidimensional vectorspace" which is really much more accurate
There are three kinds of listening:
Informational ("I never thought about it that way!")
Critical ("Here's how I would solve that problem...")
Empathetic ("That stinks. I have some experience with this if you're looking for help.").
People who respond to venting with unsolicited advice are listening critically. What the person often wants is empathetic, and they may be open to advice if your opening move is to show empathy.
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Räume nur für bestimmte Gruppen zu haben ist voll ok. Aber überlegt euch vorher und schreibt bitte konkret auf wen ihr damit meint.
F(L/)NTI schließt ne Menge Leute ein, darunter auch viele die nicht anders aussehen als cis männliche Personen und sogar cis männliche Personen, wenn sie inter sind.
Wenn Leute FNTI schreiben und "keine cis Männer" damit meinen bin ich immer etwas frustriert. Das I bedeutet was und ist nicht nur Füllbuchstabe. 3/
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Add descriptions to ALL your images. Not only does this add info for those with limited sight, it's another layer to add fun commentary when we hover over an image.
CamelCaseYourHashtags as this makes screenreaders more accurate.
Have a discussion in your organisation how you can be #A11Y focused with intent.
If someone is looking into a way to entirely block Google from my web browsing without breaking the Web too much I'd be excited to hear about it.
e.g. something that replaces every embeded Google Maps with an OpenStreetMap.
I wrote a post on the first 50 days of Switter from my perspective and my real identity, and cover FOSTA/SESTA, the stress of running Switter, getting kicked off Cloudflare and the DDOS attack we got hit by last week.
I'm not going there myself, just heard about it from a friend and it looks pretty nice, so maybe some of you are interested ^^
If I could convince Mastodon at large of only one thing, it would be this:
if you see someone complaining, DO NOT give them advice.
If someone ASKS for advice, offer it.
But 90% of the time, someone complaining is just venting. They're not telling you the whole story, and they're not receptive to being given advice, because in that mental state, your "good-natured advice" is their "HERE'S HOW YOU'RE DOING THIS WRONG".
Do not respond with advice unless it's asked for.
I don't give such talks very often and it feels like I'm not doing "enough" activism.
Prioritizing other things in my life, such as other activism or work, was a conscious decision. But still, when being confronted with the lack of resources for bi/pan people, it's hard to not feel guilty for not doing more.
Though guilt doesn't help anyone either. I'll just do what I can, and not more.
I took yesterday off to get on a train, go to a different city, and give a presentation there.
It was a lecture series organized by some queer students and my talk was on bi/pan-discrimination and misogyny, and the intersection of the two.
A day of queer activism instead of tech stuff is nice once in a while, too. ^^