Today's class, the final session of this teacher's visit, was about the form I've been teaching to a small group since May. All of my regulars came and they all did well and I was looking forward to that but hadn't realised quite how good it would feel. And then one of them told me she wouldn't have had the confidence to come to this session without my support over the past few months. I hope I contribute to my teacher getting that feeling in turn.

On self-preservation, fashpol 

A while back someone posted a thread about how it super isn't cool that non-Jewish creatives constantly use The Golem, protector of the Jewish people, as a fantasy monster or robot stand-in. Since then I've been thinking about other ancient robot stories which people could use as inspiration for their stories, games, etc.

In this thread I'm going to give a brief overview of a handful of ancient robots. These stories all have different interpretations and retellings, but these are my takes.


Can anyone recommend good sources on contemporary South Africa? Someone just reminded me that that country had an important leadership transition last year, and I realised that I don't have a clue how it's playing out.

À #HongKong, la nouvelle technique pour bloquer les routes et empêcher les véhicules de forces de l'ordre d'avancer, c'est de coller des bouts de briques sur la chaussée ! De petits obstacles, mais qui, mis bout à bout, deviennent de véritables barrages !

does your website need to track gender?
does it REALLY need to track gender?
does it REALLY REALLY need to track gender?
are you POSITIVE it needs to track gender?

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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Please tell me why I shouldn't order a range of YOUR LOGO branded clothing.


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 

Thousands of years from now, alien archeologists will be digging through the remains of human civilization. "What do you think killed them off?" "It appears to have been a 'gender reveal announcement'."

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.

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