- All in a Name: New Software Benefits Transgender Students
The new software, created as an adjunct to the Banner student information system, allows students to fill out a form specifying their preferred name and pronoun. The information appears on all paperwork seen by faculty, so petitioning professors individually, a process that gave students no choice but to out themselves, is a thing of the past.
- via naraht: The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes
My anecdotal evidence generally seems to support the idea that group sizes will usually plateau at a number lower than 150 participants. This comes from 20 years of doing facilitation both on and offline, running several software companies, and running various forums at America Online. In particular, many online communities provide good evidence for Dunbar's Number actually being an upper limit (either due to reduced efficiency or due to increased dispersion).
- dw_news: Weekly Update: 30 Sept
* Code Push
* More DW Creativity
* RIP, Vox
* DW Advocacy
* Icon Renames
- Dreamwidth Wiki: Advocacy
- denise: DW artisans
- via wordweaverlynn: Kink Aware Professionals
- mizubyte: Master List: Bandom Timeline
- via multiple people: Avatar Remix - A.V.A.T.A.R. (Anglos Valiantly Aiding Tragic Awe-inspiring Races)
- denise: (no subject)
Meanwhile, I'm on the lookout for Dreamwidth users who have Etsy shops -- it doesn't matter what you sell, as long as it's handcrafted of some sort. I'd like to put together a showcase of DW users' creativity -- it's really easy for us to show off writers (of both fiction and nonfiction) on DW, since the tools we have for sharing and promoting writing are fairly well developed, but mark and I always wanted DW to be a place to showcase all kinds of creativity, from writing to craft to photography to just plain chronicling your life, and I'd really like to start doing some work to promote the non-written forms of creative work our users get up to.
- Related to the above: etsy! My comm, which I have thrown into the ring in support of Denise's endeavor. Join, tell me what kinds of things you would want out of such a community, make posts... I will gladly take on co-mods if people want to get involved on that level.
... was on Saturday. Posting this on Tuesday. I have done worse.
Ellie and I left the house late and picked up shadesong late as a result, but traffic was very light and we still made it to Wyrding Studios a bit early.
The morning activity was spinning, first from combed top and then from a batt. I seem to spin faster from combed top (easier to manage the fiber) but more consistently from batts (I find drafting easier). Although, as you can probably tell, I'm not very good at it yet. But between how satisfying it was and how many of Kythryne's art batts I've purchased already, I will continue spinning and, I hope, improving.
After lunch, we went up to the studio and picked out things for either a pendant or a pair of earrings. I made these earrings. We also got to pick out things for a take-home project, although I wound up with some spare time and made this before and after the fused glass portion of the day.
Fused glass! No photos of that yet. But now I have learned how to cut glass, and that dichroic glass looks different before and after it's fused. I did wind up with a small scrap of silver dichroic glass that had gone through the kiln all by its lonesome, so I made this pendant for fun.
The last portion of the day was a demonstration of making jewelry from found objects. I brought a set of dice, a silk flower that fell off Cameryn's set for Phone Whore, a shower curtain clip, and some blobs of solder. The blobs turned out to be too fragile for wire-wrapping, but Kythryne got everything else in there. And the d20 pops out the back of the pendant.
Well, internets, I am definitely experiencing a depressive episode that exceeds my medication's ability to compensate. :(
There are definitely some external components. Not sure if that makes me feel better or worse than Completely Random Brain Fuckery. I am probably experiencing a very extended sort of con drop, because I had 3+ weeks of New Orleans and parents and Doing All Of The Things (research, eating, shopping), 24 hours in Boston in which I had to Do All Of The Other Things (unpack, repack, work most of a day), then the con, and then more parents (they came up to Boston for a week to visit Ellie, so I got a few extra days with them post-con). Nothing to do but go to work, and I'm still part-time until the 5th.
I am dwelling on it because I promised to make an item for shadesong's Blogathon auction (I made three things last year). She always blogs for BARCC, but the theme for this year's items is shadesong's fiction for prompts).
So my plan for the rest of the afternoon had been to catch up on my dreamroll, which I have not checked since Friday because spoons, but I think what I will actually do after I post this is play with my boxes of beads and whatnot. See what comes up.
( catching you up on me )
azurejay: a lot of things get broken (bandom, Pete/Patrick, ageplay, SFW) and if you do whip her from time to time (bandom, Pete/Ashlee with Patrick, multiple kinks, NSFW)
toft: oh, boccaccio, wtf
femslash_kink (Second Annual Femslash Kink Meme)
azurelunatic: An Open Letter to Jackasses Wasting My Time on Twitter
theleaveswant for kink_bingo: Pervertible World: Essay and Picspam
One thing I'd like to do is provide a new song every day!
Daily Song (right-click): Hole - Celebrity Skin
Within the first week this song was on my ipod, it went straight to the top of the most-played list. It remains in the number one spot, with almost three times as many plays as the next song down.
blnchflr has asked me to write about unreliable narrators, although this will take a few days. (I shake my fist at the end of the semester.) I am still accepting prompts, questions, et cetera, via comment/pm/email/carrier pigeon.
I think you should post about...
... your physical surroundings.
... your artistic endeavors.
Fashion and/or the contents of your closet.
Life in the archives.
Your research interests.
Other things involving wire.
( today's links )
Roller derby: awesome! We had to learn the rules and scoring practices through osmosis (and really could not hear the commentators well at all). We also ate some fried dough (truth in advertising!), which was basically a large flat beignet. Nomnomnom.
This morning, we went to the Flea at MIT. The original plan was for me to take the train; Ellie was driving but she had already promised every possible seat in her car to people from Wireless Club. But two cancellations later, I had a ride, yay.
Here are pictures of the things I got! Since I, uh, don't know what some of these doodads are called.
( Not that it matters that much. I'm just going to wrap them in wire anyway. )
Ellie received a box of saws from Dad (which belonged to Mom's father back in the day), and she is now using their markings and handles to identify them; apparently pre-war saws are much better than post-war saws, and she wants to know if she's got the really good stuff. IDEK.
* Items have been made for harborshore and fleurdeliser's jewelry prompts (and you can still leave me a prompt if you want), but I didn't take pictures last night, because dinnertime. When I get home, before dashing out for my last Slutcracker (probably NSFW) street team thing. *nods*
* Speaking of The Slutcracker, I am seeing it tomorrow night. Tonight, after flyering, I will be going to Naked Comedy (probably NFSW) with solarcat and Ellie.
* Dumb thing I did last night: whacked my hand hard enough to scrape a chunk of flesh off my knuckle.
* Dumb thing I did next: put a bandaid over it so tightly that my fingertip was ever so slightly purple.
* Dumb thing I did, part three: failed to realize my fingertip was suffering from circulation issues until five minutes ago.
I had been waiting to post about this until I got some more items uploaded, but. I keep mentioning it to people, and there's thirteen things in there, which is just going to have to be enough for now. (I had so much more time when I had no social life, srsly you guys.)
Etsy shop. I has one. Jewelry and very tiny paintings - future plans include a wider selection of jewelry, larger paintings, and possibly other things. ;)
And some interactive funtimes: jewelry prompts! (I'll take painting prompts some time soon, promise.) Your prompt can be anything, but I reserve the right to engage in some wacky free-association to turn it into a piece of jewelry.
The prompter has right of first refusal on their piece. After that, I'll offer these pieces to my journal readership, and after that, whatever's left will go on etsy.
Even if you doubt you'll buy whatever comes of your prompt, you can still ask me to make something. No excuses or apologies needed. Nobody has to buy what I make from their prompt. I just want inspiration.
December 5th: Night out.
Okay, so. I have had a lot of really good nights out. And in, for that matter. So fuck that "best" shit - I cannot choose.
December 6th: Workshop or conference.
Uh. MJ or TIC. It's not like I go to that many conferences. Both were awesome, but for different reasons.
( Marblehead )
Today, Ellie and I will be doing stuff. People will be flyering Bazaar Bizarre, so we'll take a shift at that. And we might go to H&M, because she needs clothes.
I once had to take my glasses off to get a former professor to recognize me. o_O
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Please indicate which kind of card you would like (general winter theme, certain religious holiday, secular/commercial christmas, etc.).
( $winterholiday wishlist meme )
( the random handmade meme )
And now what I actually came here to write about:
* BLACK DRAGON FIGHTING SOCIETY
* So my mom is going to look at all my shiny stuff when she gets up here, and then I will make her some jewelry and that will be $winterholiday. But that doesn't help with my dad or my sister.
* BLACK DRAGON FIGHTING SOCIETY
* Speaking of $winterholiday... many, many months ago, I made a post offering handmade goodies to the first five commenters. I fail at life and timeliness, and still owe insunshine and sinuous_curve their goodies. As soon as I post this, I will wander into the dining room and get started on their stuff. I will also take requests from up to three more people.
* BLACK DRAGON FIGHTING SOCIETY
Yeah, uh. That's all I got. I go make things now. BLACK DRAGON FIGHTING SOCIETY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I blame Dreamwidth, in a roundabout way - I know too many knitters because of it.
(I told my parents to get me yarn for $winterholiday, y'all.)
Dreamwidth Follow Friday
Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.
azurelunatic posts a lot of funny and a lot of thinky.
turlough is in MCR fandom and makes frequent fic-and-art rec posts, and has recently started posting recipes.
zorkian, also known as mark, got married not that long ago, plays video games and is getting into Warhammer, and is doing NaNo this year.
accessibility_fail, for those times and places where you run into horribly stupidly inaccessible stuff. Profile says:
All kinds of accessibility fail welcome: mobility-based, visual-based, physical-world, online-world, anything at all.
boston, for those of you who live in or care about my current metropolitan area.
the_daily_wtf_feed, providing you with far more than your recommended daily dose of really bad code and assorted technology fail from people who should at least theoretically know better.
EDIT: yvi created followfriday as a place to collect everyone's Follow Friday posts.
Cooed over my two rather spendy packages that arrived today. Prettypretty lampwork beads, and a big box of basics and some fun stuff.
No photos yet, and there won't be any until I get a big bright light, but I did manage to mostly finish a necklace I began a while ago - needs some glue to hold one bead, and I might attach the chain differently later. I have beads set aside for matching earrings, too. It didn't turn out nearly as well as I had hoped, but considering my skill level when I started it, it's not too tragic.
I also made what I thought was a pendant but is more of a necklace now. It is named Concentric - gold wire, three pearls, loops and a squiggle. Of course, as soon as I attached Concentric to its chain, I realized I need some bigger jumprings to finish the piece. Oops. Maybe tomorrow I will make them.
I also managed to: pinch myself several times with pliers; drop tiny gold components twice; and spill non-permanent rubber tool-coating goop on a dining room chair and my own hands (with bonus getting it on my hands more/again trying to clean up spills).
Fortunately there is no rubber goop in my hair or on my clothes, and the tools have been more or less successfully coated for tomorrow's use.
Now, bed. Sleeeeeeep.
Just two and a half hours before I can go and rescue it from my porch and make stuff.
Possibly I should have spent my lunch break writing and not surfing the internet, but whatever. There is stuff in my head and 1000 words doesn't actually take that long.
EDIT: Also, I will be glad when mark gets the reading filters implemented, because I would like to be able to check my reading list in the computer lab without worrying about suddenly having a screen full of boobs or something. Not that it's a guarantee, but I can filter out the most likely offenders and save their posts for later.
• her car might need a whole new exhaust system. This is not so bad, actually, since she can drive around until she has time and money to get it fixed. It's not like her muffler is going to fall off.*
• now that we can buy groceries easily, we can't ever think of anything to get. We need to keep a list on the fridge.
Also, Ellie bought a table saw and a cordless screwdriver. She was going to buy a circular saw, too, but she elected not to... yet. Her project list so far includes platforms for the next Big Moves show, a box to hide the table saw, and a workbench for me.
When we got home, I put in a $$$ order for jewelry-making stuff. :D Now gimme my tracking number.
* This happened to our mom once. Her car started making this awful noise, and it was the muffler dragging on the road. DNW.
The OTW is teaming up with the University of Iowa to preserve fanzines. This brings me all sorts of glee.
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