Today's class was 16 people, and I was one of the relative noobs in the room. Which was 90% great in that I probably have a year's worth of stuff to work on from that few hours, and 10% eek in that my self-consciousness about not already being good at this form definitely got in my way a bit. Why do I do that to myself?
Tomorrow's class is likely to be huge because it's on the foundational form we all learn. Very different scene.
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This seems like a useful perspective on Bolivia right now: https://woborders.blog/2019/11/15/beyond-dichotomies/
Also more broadly relevant to the way the international Left likes to reduce every foreign country's domestic struggles to "Left vs Fascists", when to do so invariably dismisses local concerns that matter.
Once a month I run through this form with my usual teacher taking detailed notes to give me the next month of things to work on, and that always feels like a test, even though it's even less of one than tomorrow's session will be. The whole point is for her to see where to direct my attention next, and there will always be things.
In fact: this evening, the visiting teacher promised that if he comes back next year he'll tell us what he's improved on, and _that_'s great teaching by example.
Some of this is a little self-imposed pressure because (a) I'm my school's senior student so I do feel an obligation to represent, and (b) I'm trying to get to where I can fruitfully work alone on this form in case we do move to Victoria next year. But it's not helpful, and _rationally_ I know it's also not called for.
My taiji grandmaster's son--who is also an excellent teacher--is in town, so I'm amidst 5 days of workshops with him. Yesterday and today were big groups, but tomorrow is likely to be a small group and all about the form I'm learning newly this year. It's funny how nervous I feel about this. Like, this is not a test or a demonstration, and while the chances are I'll be one of the least experienced students in the room, he'll also know that and understand.
Gratitude lists not working for you? You're not the problem.
This essay said some things I needed to hear at a time when I really needed to hear them. I'm putting this out there in case someone else needs to hear them, too.
request for trans-friendly press contact in Seattle
Can anyone in the Seattle area recommend trans-friendly press contacts to talk to? I may have a lead on discrimination by government employees for them to look into.
Not immediate or urgent, but I want to be able to pass these contacts along if they’re needed.
Dear stranger, I know you're late, and I know that finding meeting rooms in this building can be confusing. But if you're too wrapped up in your anger about that to let me finish my sentence when I'm giving you directions, you will get lost again because you haven't actually let me tell you where to go.
Having said all of that, I think there could be some value in a dedicated fedi instance for municipal announcement accounts, even including cops--for example, I still look at my local police department's account for information when certain bad things happen in town.
But I want this to be in a clearly-marked corner, and needing an alt account to follow them is a price I'm 100% happy to pay in exchange for keeping them out of my main social media use.
Note also that cops intimidating people on social media is not a purely theoretical issue. It's at the front of my mind right now because I've seen some of the new users from #India posting screenshots of their local police departments threatening individual users with arrest over simply tweeting about politics. I don't know if what they're doing is legal in their jurisdiction or just total overreach, but either way I will not be an accessory to it.
will always block police acounts as we find them, as promised in https://github.com/dzuk-mutant/weirder-rules/blob/master/rules-and-etiquette.md
Please understand the limits of what we can do to protect you. These blocks can keep cop propaganda out of our TLs, and add friction to cops' attempts to spy on or intimidate people. But we are not capable of catching all undercover cops, and we can not guarantee that accounts here will never be subpoenaed or hacked.
The account of the Assam Police has been suspend from this instance.
We decided that we will not welcome cops on this instance, and we encourage the rest of the fediverse to do the same.
Following multiple reports, we decided that it's more important that our community feels safe and in security, than to be a platform for official communication.
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#NoBot follows please, only humans.
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