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Thanks so much to everyone who came along to my session on allyship this evening. It was an absolute pleasure to talk with you all!

The recording and slides are here:

Really humbled to have been a part of such a wonderful series of talks. Huge love to all my fellow presenters!

Have YOU been silenced by the liberal left in an 'accident' that totally wasn't your fault?

Are YOU now blocked on twitter for saying 'perfectly reasonable' things?

Well YOU may be entitled to *checks notes* shut the hell up and go away!

DON'T DELAY! Call 1-800-YOU-MELT today!

Today we remember those who have been lost to transphobic violence and hate in the past year.

Rest in power, you beautiful people.

Never stop standing up to hate. Never stop being yourself. You are loved.

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no you see it's actually called Dracula's Monster, Dracula was the scientist

My cat has worked out how to mute my speakers, and now does so whenever a song comes on he doesn't like.

I feel so judged.

I've been super unwell this week, so am just catching up on my Masto streams - hello you wonderful people <3

Of course there's more work to do. Of course Trump being voted out doesn't magically make everything better. We still live in a world so divided and broken, we must fight to unite humanity.

But that doesn't mean people can't enjoy this moment. The relief that so many people feel right now - especially within the trans community - is valid, and so worth celebrating.

CW: a mild US election reference 

Day one of this year's and I'm making the most of time before lockdown by writing (COVID responsibly) in my favourite cafe.

I took the last two years off NaNo, and this year I'm returning with gusto... I hope.

If you're also challenging yourself to write 50,000 words this November, feel free to be my buddy:

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in american they have this halloween tradition called "trick or treat" where they come to your country -- sorry i mean house! -- and they demand stuff from you and if you don't give it to them, they play a prank on you, such as throwing toilet paper all over your country-- sorry, "house"

I am transgender. My transness is not a threat.

I am having a genuinely awful day, physical AND mental health, so please send any spare happy thoughts you have.

CW protests, politics, COVID mention 

CW protests, politics, COVID mention 

CW protests, politics, COVID mention 

CW protests, politics, COVID mention 

CW protests, politics, COVID mention 

I've decided to try and post a bit more of my shorter writing in the hope that it encourages me to value my shorter bursts of creativity.

I often end up crippled by the idea that my work always has to be perfect.

So here it is. Enjoy!

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In 1998, Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act into law. At the time, most of the attention was on Section 512 - AKA "notice and takedown," which absolves platforms from liability for users' infringement provided they respond quickly to removal demands.

Over the years, this has been horrifically abused, with everyone from post-Soviet dictators to sexual predators to cults and literal Nazis using spurious copyright claims to censor their critics, often without consequence.


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For the past year I've been doing independent software research, funded by an Open Tech Fund grant. This summer the Trump administration de-funded the OTF, cutting off my income.

I've been living off my savings since then, and while I'm looking for alternative funding sources, applying and getting that money will take time and so in the meantime, if you can, please support my work via GitHub sponsors:, or Liberapay:

Thanks! Boosts appreciated.

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