I've been down sick most of this week, so that means I didn't get an episode out the door or much of anything done really. What I did do was lie in bed and watch a ton of YouTube videos. The one that I enjoyed the most was the mini-series Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity, part of the BBC series Horizon. Presented by theoretical physicist and broadcaster Jim al-Khalili, Shock and Awe appealed to me because it was very much in the same vein as Connections, Coast, and Time Team. If you're a fan of science documentary, you will enjoy this one. The photography is gorgeous, the explanation of concepts is top notch, and the vintage lab equipment is fun to watch. Seriously, if I had watched Shock and Awe when I was in University, it would have made my AC Power course a whole lot easier to deal with.
I just discovered this series last night and thought I would share it with you. This is really something that needs more investment and expansion. Currently, there are 6 eopisodes about 8 minutes long. The series is written, produced and stars actual trans and queer women and realistically examines the issues that we face every day.
Her Story is a 6-episode new-media series that looks inside the dating lives of trans & queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire & identity.
Her Story is currently streaming on YouTube. Here is a link to Episode 1.
Ever wonder why that rural road you're driving down does an S-Curve for no apparent reason? Geoff Manaugh explains that it could be a correction in the Cartesian road grid to account for the curvature of the earth.
I was looking for something else on YouTube this morning when I stumbled across this interview of Carl Sagan by Peter Gzowski on Morningside January 20, 1995.
I wish I had the physical ability to do this, but unfortunately, I can only cheer these women on as I find my own thing to do.
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About a week ago I went out to the back of my building, and there, sitting next to the dumpster, was a bike. At first I thought it was either stolen or intentionally parked there, but when I looked closer I saw that it had two flat tires and the rear brake cable was hanging off.
I had been looking for a rack for my current bike, as well as some handlebar extensions, and this one had both, so I picked it up and carried it back to my apartment figuring at least I could grab some parts. When I got a closer look at it though, the wheels started turning, both in my head and on the bike. A closer once-over revealed that the componentry was, while not top flight, at least decent and there. Hmm.
A quick internet search showed that Peugeot sold the Urbano Hybrid from 1993 to 2001 with various OEM components. The 1991 MSRP of $299 would put the bike at a $525 price point today. More thinking.
Ok, so, after giving the bike the hairy eyeball for the afternoon, I decided it was a keeper. I'm limited for space in my place and I already have one bike up here. Ten minutes of squirting WD-40 and messing around freed up the stuck brake cable and seized cantilever.
Further inspection revealed the following list:
* The tires are pretty much toast. The treads are good, but the sidewalls are badly weather-checked. * The brake pads are toast. * The rims are a little out of whack, but not seriously.
All of these things are relatively minor service items that I can handle myself. I don't really want to ride my Miyata in the winter, and this one already has a rack on it. Ok, decision made. I'm going to put some cash into it and make it the winter shopping bike. Here we go!
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Last night I sat down with Sabrina Miller from the Changes in Latitudes Podcast to talk about my transition, creativity, and of course, podcasting. I'll post a link to the episode as soon as it drops, but in the mean time, why not browse her back catalog?
"Maggie, why don't you want to drink milk out of a sippy cup instead of a bottle?"
"Okay" says the gym teacher, "Everyone line up, boys on one side, girls on the other".
The cisgender person lines up.
The transgender person moves from the line they were told to be in to the line they identify with.
The bigender person runs back and forth from one line to the other.
The gender fluid person runs in circles, screaming.
The agender person says "So long, suckers" and goes home.
A couple of stories cane up on social media this week that just left me shaking my head. The first one comes out of Edmonton where a Catholic School Board Trustee says that transgender students have a "mental disorder".
Ok, let me get this straight - you believe in the infallibility of the Pope, a virgin birth, women being created from the rib of a man, a burning bush, parting the Red Sea and creating the heavens and the firmament in six days, but someone whose ideas about gender don't square with yours has a mental disorder?
It's an hour away. I pop a tire in the parking lot of KAL Tire, and it would still take an hour to get to me.
Universe created in six days? - No problem.
Burning bush? - That's cool brah!
Woman made from the rib of a man? - Yup. Says so in the book.
Parting the Red Sea with a stick? - I'm down with that.
Virgin birth? - Yeah baby!
Dead guy resurrected after 3 days and ascends directly into the sky? - Awesome!
Person self-identifies as a different gender? - You're delusional!!!!!
Why the hell is it that people who believe so many things that may or may not have happened thousands of years ago just can't believe what their fellow human beings are saying right now? If you don't agree with them, why not just nod and smile pilitely and move along with your day? I mean seriously, WTF is wrong with people.
It's big. It's weird. I love it.
Numbers stations have been a favourite interest of mine for years. I used to spend a lot of time when I was a kid scrolling around the shortwave bands and would hear some pretty weird stuff on cold winter evenings.