Funny how so many of us mark a (Gregorian) New Year as if it were something more than just its own anniversary! This year it fell just a little over 11 days after the solstice (21 December 2022 at 21:47), and just over three and a half days before the perihelion (4 January 2023 at… Continue reading Betwixt solstice and perihelion
Author: Anna Nicholson
An unpost about a day when things went wrong
Early this morning (before sleep) I published my last blog post (but set the wrong featured image). (It has had hardly any views – please read it!) Since I was up so late, I had very little sleep before my alarm. I then accidentally slept again until 12:30, which meant I wouldn’t be able to… Continue reading An unpost about a day when things went wrong
MTG’s trans genocide plan
The opening section of MTG’s despicable bill On Saturday, I published a blog post containing the text of Marjorie Taylor Greene’s bill for a ‘Protect Children’s Innocence Act’, whose chief stated purpose is ‘to prohibit gender affirming care on minors’. MTG is known for her far-right Christian-nationalist views, but these have some traction in US… Continue reading MTG’s trans genocide plan
MTG’s ‘Protect Children’s Innocence Act’
While the rights of women and LGBT+ people, especially trans people, are under attack at state level across the US following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade earlier this year, far-right Republican representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (a.k.a. MTG) is introducing a House of Representatives bill which she proposes to call the ‘Protect Children’s… Continue reading MTG’s ‘Protect Children’s Innocence Act’
Sunday Times publishes transphobic article
Ok, that was a clickbaity headline. Sorry! Of course the Sunday Times has published a transphobic article: it does so every Sunday, and has done for a long time. (If you can find exceptions to this in the last couple of years, that would make for an interesting blog post in itself: what on earth… Continue reading Sunday Times publishes transphobic article
In a liminal state of mind
Vianne Rocher, in Joanne Harris’s magical-realist novel Chocolat, is fated never to settle for long in one place, always moving on with her daughter (and her mother’s ashes) when the North Wind tells her it’s time to go. That seemingly inevitable pull of a new beginning is something I can relate to all too easily.
Eight Mastodon apps for iPhone
In a complete departure from my usual meanderings, I’m going to present an in-depth comparative review of eight iOS Mastodon/Fediverse apps. Given that I’m not alone in moving to Mastodon from Twitter at the moment (whether tentatively or bridge-burningly), I’ll also draw comparisons with the official iOS Twitter app, noting points of comfort and familiarity as well as things that might jar a little at first. But please bear in mind that Mastodon isn’t meant to be a clone of Twitter.
Live (almost) from Behind the Mask: Scottish Autism conference 2022
Earlier today, I live-tooted from Scottish Autism’s 2022 conference, Behind the Mask, the first conference the charity has held since 2019.
Are you Aprilness-aware?
It is, thankfully, nearly the end of another month with Aprilness. Another Autism Awareness Month – or as the ever-so-slightly-more enlightened have started to call it, Autism Acceptance Month. These are not labels chosen by the Autistic community (and I use a capital A here intentionally). This month of awareness- or acceptance-raising isn’t something any of us asked for.
Welcome to the Fediverse
This is a very short post to check that the ActivityPub plugin I’ve just installed is working properly, and to invite you to follow my rambling blog from the comfort of your home in the Fediverse (for example, a Mastodon instance). It’ll be good to see you – and my hope is that this will… Continue reading Welcome to the Fediverse