bones, blood, and wings
It was a black light party, naturally
Cool functionality in Apple A/UX 3.0.1 (a Unix OS from 1991): opening a Unix command/script from the Finder opens an interactive dialog (like 'adduser' in this case). It writes out a terminal command based on the input you give. This is perfect if you're new to Unix.
covid-19, seattle area
cdc has stated that covid-19 is now endemic in the state of washington. that means it's spreading through the community, no longer just from cases coming here from abroad.
if you're in the area, make sure you are washing your hands frequently, staying out of places where there are lots of people if you can, working from home if you can, and if you have symptoms of a fever and coughing - call the hotline, get tested, and stay home!
if you *do* have symptoms and your doctor says you don't qualify, make sure they know the cdc updated their guidance and is no longer restricting tests!
UI design is fun! (inspirational ways of looking at UI, and discussing how to better understand UI’s place in game design…)
some of this would have been my GDC talk, but it's much longer & more insightful...
if you think UI design is boring, this post is for you!
made a lil essay in domino. it's about the idea of a self replicating self modifying web tool: https://kool.tools/domino/digital-organism.html#0,0
Today in all-staff emails, my hospital is down to a 7-day supply of masks. This is essential protective equipment for workers at high risk of exposure to a variety of nasties, not just #covid19.
DON'T BUY OR USE SURGICAL MASKS IF YOU'RE HEALTHY.
If you want to wear something to remind you not to touch your face, use a scarf or a bandanna. Or, here is a free sewing pattern for a cloth mask: https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/
early demo of an export from my new tool "domino" https://candle.neocities.org/domino/domino-test.html
Eg I visit my friend's island, and they provide access to a friend of theirs' island, who then links to what is probably a total stranger's island. So it's still a local, bottom-up sort of traversal and relationship, but with some of that early web feeling of wandering.
Anyway this is getting long... but I just need to vent b/c I get so frustrated and upset that
- strangers misgender me all the time and it's not even their fault, so I can't be mad at them
- coworkers misgender me a lot and never correct each other and only rarely apologize, but I don't want want to be mad at them
- I'm not good at correcting people in the moment (I freeze up)
- I'm annoyed that any of this bothers me as much as it does
BTW, I don't know if I want to change my name - I've never had a huge attachment to mine, but it also feels neutral and habitual by now.
SG is nice because it's just my initials, a nickname that's still just my name, only without the gendered assumptions.
People ask why I go by SG at work
I say it's because there are a lot of Sara(h)s and it avoids confusion, which is true, and how I adopted it in the first place
But it also isn't a name that's coded as feminine. And I associate it with the bros from the multiplayer team who adopted it for me immediately and for some reason think I'm cool, and I'm a sucker for bros thinking I'm cool.
And also, when coworker use it after I ask them to, it feels like a sign of respect
I *wish* this didn't bug me so much
But I also wish that my coworkers didn't just avoid using pronouns for me altogether; I end up spending every conversation dreading the inevitable moment when they slip up and use she/her
I know it takes time to re-learn habits. But I've spent the last few years feeling less and less alienated from myself, and realizing I'm nonbinary/agender is a huge part of that. Being reminded that other people see me as a girl pulls me out of myself
On Friday I was in a big designer all-hands meeting, and the person presenting decided to use me as an example
I sat there in absolute dread as he unwittingly proceeded to use the wrong pronouns for me, in front of all the designers at the studio, and recorded for posterity for good measure
I just about died of embarrassment on the spot. I told him afterwards that I use they/them pronouns, but I'd already spent the remainder of the meeting trying to fold myself into the void where my gender lives