Shout out to fanfic writers who write their favourite characters into incredibly specific niches like complex academic studies or horse taming or the intricacies of the fashion industry or historical politics just because they love it. I do in fact want to learn about your niche interests disguised as a slash fic, thank you
Modern AU idea: Caleb gets hooked on Catlateral Damage, Veth convinces him to use Frumpkin to play an irl version in Beau’s apartment. Beau doesn’t catch on to who’s destroying her apartment right away but HOO BOY when she does lol. Everyone agrees without even saying anything not to tell Jester but Kingsley’s not there for that and doesn’t think anything of it when he mentions it offhand…. suddenly no one’s safe lol.
#critical role #the mighty nein #can you tell I just found out it was released on the xbox? #also I imagine this becoming a National Pastime for cat familiars from the Feywild #Jester realizing just how much chaos a familiar can create when they can poof in and out of homes easy peasy #Artie.... oh man Artie would have a field day with this #Artie could be the scorekeeper tho while everyone else is polymorphed in the tower playing in a room of requirement #just so much could go wrong (right?) with this
The takes on QPRs on tumblr are fucking vile today. So here’s my hot take, as a queer, aromantic bitch with opinions!
QPRs are a type of relationship. They’re an important, committed relationship that does not fit the stereotypical definition of romantic. They also, however, do not fit the stereotypical definition of platonic. Queer-platonic relationships are, first and foremost, queer relationships. There’s a huge fucking range in what types of relationships can fall under that label.
The separation between friendships, romantic relationships and QPRs are entirely dependent on the people in the relationship, and what they think describes them. It’s so extremely fluid, so much more so than what that one popular post implies it is. Some QPRs will have sex! Some won’t. Some will commit to not having relationships outside the QPR, while others are fine with it.
It’s fluid. It’s individual. And pretending that people who ship QPRs are just “slapping a /p on a romantic relationship” or “making up extra words for besties” is both disingenuous and says some shit about how you see aro people :)
Just like anything else in the queer experience, if you don’t understand it just say ‘okay, this is super cool and I’m glad for you!’ and support the hell outta it because it’s lovely and it’s amazing and meaningful even when you don’t get the meaning yourself <3
three older motorcyclists pulled up behind my car when i was at a stoplight and they were just. investigating. so shocked and confused. grappling with the punchline, struggling, grasping for some semblance of understanding, only to find none. i love gen z humor dumbfounding old men.
there is no medical component to a trans kid transitioning
if a little trans boy comes out to his parents & is like 4 all youd do for his transition is cut his hair, buy a new wardrobe, & switch pronouns & possibly change names
no one is gonna put a little 4 year old on testosterone OR puberty blockers until theyre actually about to start puberty & then they give them a few years to really decide if they want to start hormones
a trans kid existing isnt “child abuse.”
child abuse is refusing to let your kid live their lives as they truly are & forcing them to present as a gender they arent
radfems who interact with this post will be blocked & your argument will not be read or even considered. i do not care about the opinion of a transphobe & my original post still stands.
a few years ago a kid in my preschool class transitioned socially and the only consequence was that as soon as her best friend discovered that changing your name is allowed she wanted to change hers to Detective
So stay with me here, but fun ballet fact: part of the reason you’re supposed to start ballet young is so you stretch and hold your joint in certain ways regularly enough that your body grows different. You know how men who do ballet look only sort of muscular but then like lift a whole ass person? Their muscles are trained to lie flat like that for flexibility, they don’t bulk up. Girl in your class who always stands in turnout? It’s likely not just habit, her joints probably sit like that now.
I started ballet when I was six and stopped after three years. I then took a break for three years, and came back and did jazz ballet (which has most of the same body mods but without turnout) and tap for another couple of years. And every physio who works on my body looks at my feet, hips and calves and goes “oh you danced”. I was never even flexible enough to do the splits, but you best believe I stand in turnout. I never went en pointe, but I’m 95% sure tap is the reason my feet have random spasms if I don’t take to them with a tennis ball once a week.
When I said I wanted to be a dancer at six years old, adults took that to mean I’d want certain permanent alterations to my body. Unlike with young trans kids, no one was looking to make sure I fully understood what I was getting into. And unlike with young trans kids, these changes were not reversible when I changed my mind. There wasn’t even a way to delay things to buy time (like puberty blockers), it was all or nothing. If I wanted to be a professional dancer, my normal ass joints were a ticking timebomb.
So like ~cis opinion~, but I really don’t have a lot of time for people getting feral about trans kids socially transitioning or going on blockers or even (when they’re old enough for it be relevant) hrt. Me “identifying” as a dancer at six years old was more physically impactful and less informed than if a six year old changed their name and grew their hair, but you don’t see any of the adults in my life getting accused of child abuse.
In the kingdom you live in a child’s 10th Christmas is a big deal because they receive a dragon in their stocking to care for. It’s always a mystery what kind of dragon they are going to recieve. As the kings child you expect one of the majestic winter beasts or the wild fiery dragons. Instead you get what is viewed as the most bland species: an Earth dragon. But you soon discover your Earth dragon to be anything but bland.
No-one knows why they come at midwinter. Every child asks, and no parent ever really answers. All we know is that on our tenth midwinter, the longest night, we set out a basket. At some time during the night, a dragon will appear in it. No-one ever sees it happen. Plenty of people have tried, but they fall asleep, or look away for a moment, or sneeze… something always happens.
Everyone has a dragon. They’re not the big monsters of legend… they start out tiny, anywhere between the size of a rat to the size of a puppy. Something a child can pick up. As adults, they’re anywhere between three and eight feet. They are unmistakeably magical creatures - they don’t eat much, for their size, and they all have some power. Fire, or ice, or wind, or something.
I was so excited, that midwinter. I was a princess, after all. Surely my dragon would be special, too. Something exciting, like the sparkling white Ice dragons, or the dark, gleaming Fire dragons, or the colourful, crystalline Light dragons. It took me a very long time to go to sleep, and when I woke up I ran to the basket before the fire in my nightgown, despite the cold.
I use algorithms called neural networks to write humor. What’s fun about neural networks is they learn by example - give them a bunch of some sort of data, and they’ll try to figure out rules that let them imitate it. They power corporate finances, recognize faces, translate text, and more. I, however, like to give them silly datasets. I’ve trained neural networks to generate new paintcolors, new Halloween costumes, and new candy heart messages. When the problem is tough, the results are mixed (there was that one candy heart that just said HOLE).
One of the toughest problems I’ve ever tried? Knitting patterns.
I knew almost nothing about knitting when @JohannaB@wandering.shop sent me the suggestion one day. She sent me to the Ravelry knitting site, and to its adults-only, often-indecorous LSG forum, who as you will see are amazing people. (When asked how I should describe them, one wrote “don’t forget the glitter and swearing!”)
The knitters helped me crowdsource a dataset of 500 knitting patterns, ranging from hats to squids to unmentionables. JC Briar exported another 4728 patterns from the site stitch-maps.com.
I gave the knitting patterns to a couple of neural networks that I collectively named “SkyKnit”. Then, not knowing if they had produced anything remotely knittable, I started posting the patterns. Here’s an early example.
MrsNoddyNoddy wrote, “it’s difficult to explain why 6395, 71, 70, 77 is so asthma-inducingly funny.” (It seems that a 6000-plus stitch count is, as GloriaHanlon put it, “optimism”).
As training progressed, and as I tried some higher-performance models, SkyKnit improved. Here’s a later example.
Even at its best, SkyKnit had problems. It would sometimes repeat rows, or leave them out entirely. It could count rows fairly reliably up to about 22, but after that would start haphazardly guessing random largish numbers. SkyKnit also had trouble counting stitches, and would confidently declare at the end of certain lines that it contained 12 stitches when it was nothing of the sort.
But the knitters began knitting them. This possibly marks one of the few times in history when a computer generated code to be executed by humans.
The knitters didn’t follow SkyKnit’s directions exactly, as it turns out. For most of its patterns, doing them exactly as written would result in the pattern immediately unraveling (due to many dropped stitches), or turning into long whiplike tentacles (due to lots of leftover stitches). Or, to make the row counts match up with one another, they would have had to keep repeating the pattern until they’d reached a multiple of each row count - sometimes this was possible after a few repeats, while other times they would have had to make the pattern tens of thousands of stitches long. And other times, missing rows made the directions just plain impossible.
So, the knitters just started fixing SkyKnit’s patterns.
Knitters are very good at debugging patterns, as it turns out. Not only are there a lot of knitters who are coders, but debugging is such a regular part of knitting that the complicated math becomes second nature. Notation is not always consistent, some patterns need to be adjusted for size, and some simply have mistakes. The knitters were used to taking these problems in stride. When working with one of SkyKnit’s patterns, GloriaHanlon wrote, “I’m trying not to fudge too much, basically working on the principle that the pattern was written by an elderly relative who doesn’t speak much English.”
Each pattern required a different debugging approach, and sometimes knitters would each produce their own very different-looking versions. Here are three versions of “Paw Not Pointed 2 Stitch 2″.
Once, knitter MeganAnn came across a stitch that didn’t even exist (something SkyKnit called ’pbk’). So she had to improvise. “I googled it and went with the first definition I got, which was ‘place bead and knit’.” The resulting pattern is “Ribbed Rib Rib” below (note bead).
Even debugged, the patterns were weird. Like, really, really nonhumanly weird.
“I love how organic it comes out,“ wrote Vastra. SylviaTX agreed, loving “the organic seeming randomness. Like bubbles on water or something,”
SkyKnit’s patterns were also a pain. Michaela112358 called Row 15 of Mystery Lace (above) “a bit of a head melter”, commenting that it “lacked the rhythm that you tend to get with a normal pattern”. Maeve_ish wrote that Shetland Bird Pat “made my brain hurt so I went to bed.” ShoelessJane asked, “Okay, now who here has read Snow Crash?”
“I was laughing a few days ago because I was trying to math a Skyknit pattern and my brain…froze. Like, no longer could number at all. I stared blankly at my scribbles and at the screen wondering what had happened til somehow I rebooted. Yup, Skyknit crashed my brain.” - Rayn63
On the pattern SkyKnit called “Cherry and Acorns Twisted To”:
“Couple notes on the knitting experience, which while funny wasn’t terribly pleasurable: Because there’s no rhythm or symmetry to the pattern, I felt I was white-knuckling it through each line, really having to concentrate. There are also some stitch combinations that aren’t very comfortable to execute physically, YO, SSK in particular.
That said, I’m nearly tempted to add a bit of random AI lace to a project, perhaps as cuffs on a sweater or a short-row lace panel in part of a scarf, like Sylvia McFadden does in many of her shawl designs. As another person in the thread said, it would add a touch of spider-on-LSD.” -SarahScully
“Four repeats in to this oddball, daintily alien-looking 8-row lace pattern, and I have, improbably, begun to internalize it and get in to a rhythm like every other lace pattern.
I still have a lingering suspicion that I’m knitting a pattern that could someday communicate to an AI that I want to play a game of Global Thermonuclear War, but I suppose at least I’ll have a scarf at the end of it?” -BridgetJ
There was also this beauty of a pattern, that SkyKnit called “Tiny Baby Whale Soto”. GloriaHanlon managed somehow to knit it and described it as “a bona fide eldritch horror. Think Slenderman meets Cthulu and you wouldn’t be far wrong.”
Other than being a bit afraid of Tiny Baby Whale Soto, the knitters seem happy to do the bidding of SkyKnit, brain melts and all.
“I cast on for a lovely MKAL with a designer I totally trust and became immediately suspicious because the pattern made sense. All rows increase in an orderly manner. There are no “huh?” moments. There are no maths at all…it has all been done for me. I thought I would be happy, yo. Instead, I am kind of missing the brain scrambling and I keep looking for pigs and tentacles. Go figure.” - Rayn63
If you feel so inspired (and don’t mind the kind-hearted yet vigorous swearing), join the conversation on the LSG Ravelry SkyKnit thread - many of SkyKnit’s creations have not yet been test-knit at all, and others transform with every new knitter’s interpretation. Compare notes, commiserate, and do SkyKnit’s inscrutable bidding!
Ohhhh now THIS is not fair. Dresses make me dysphoric like 90% of the time, but I want trans bats 😭
Good news, nerdykeppie.com, where the dress comes from, does their designs on LOTS of different clothes and stuff so you can probably get tights or a shirt or something like that. Check em out.
We got joggers! Button up shirts! laptop cases! boots! sneakers! basically if you can think of a clothing item we can probably put trans bats on it! :D
THERE’S AN ENTIRE JUDAICA CATEGORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yes hello i am a big ol’ jew so yes. :)
We actually started as a company bc I couldn’t find a trans pride kippah for @mistresskabooms that I liked, so I made one… and then another… and then I thought ‘maybe I’ll design some embroidered patches’ and now both of my spouses are company officers and I have 3 contract employees and in February 2022 we’ll have our 5 year anniversary and everyone who works for this company is either trans or queer or both. :)
I like the fit of this dress but can I ask how they’re trans bats? Like just the blue and pink colors together or it’s just the name of the design?
The bats are in the colors of the Transgender Pride flag. One of the things that NerdyKeppie specializes in is low-key Pride clothing. If you want Pride clothes which can kinda fly under the radar at work or school, or just look cute, where onlookers won’t necessarily know that it’s a Pride item, that’s … kinda … that’s what we do.
If some stranger asks you what the bats are, and you’re not sure if they’re cool, you can just be like “well I like the colors.” But if another trans person sees the dress, they might be like “dang that’s the trans pride colors!” (Fact: I have been told multiple stories about queer people who have started talking IRL bc they saw someone wearing our clothes.)
We have some stuff that’s “hello this is a flag” or is otherwise very blatantly queer, but we also have a lot of deliberately subtle and cute things.
“When you’ve made up your mind to shout out who you are to the world, it’s a relief to know that you can do it in a whisper.” - Terry Pratchett, “Feet of Clay”
Hey, @staff ? I don’t know if you care but that 3-month trial ad is really fucking with my sensory processing disorder bullshit, and my issues with visual flashes and stuff are pretty mild. Is there any way to block or pause it by default like the option with gifs? Cuz if it’s really fucking with me I can’t imagine what it might be like for other ppl who have that worse, or you know, are vulnerable to having seizures.
How the fuck did my space nerd ass miss this fucking story? The freaking ISS did a loop-de-loop by accident when a new Russian science module decided to fire its thrusters and tell ground control to go fuck itself. This dude just happened to be there on his day off and took over as flight director when a colleague had to go to a meeting.
The dude’s name is ZEBULON SCOVILLE.
And this was his response:
Houston, can we get a big ole yeehaw for NASA and my boy ZEBULON from Space City?
i think that when the Mighty Nein inevitably introduce Essek and Yussa to each other they’re going to have to treat the situation like they’re introducing two cats to each other. Caleb will have to set up a room in the tower and shut one of them in it so the other can come up to investigate and they can exchange a few basic wizardly theories from other sides of the door. if that goes well they can maybe do some experimentation with the dome as a transparent barrier between them. but when Yussa inevitably gets trapped again Essek is going to try to come help and get himself stuck as well and the Mighty Nein are going to have to come untangle them both from the blinds or whatever while they each attempt to retain their dignity.
To all the 13 year olds out there being viciously mocked online by other 13 year olds for being into stuff I’ve never heard of, hang in there, one day you’ll be like 30 and be like “what on earth are all these 13 year olds viciously mocking each other online about, I’ve literally never heard of that” and yes it IS as great as it sounds
If you’re like “Pip did you make this post bc you heard the world ‘hydroflask” for the very first time on this day and it made you feel like you were living in star trek, but like, the bad version, like the one that turns into mirrorverse?“ the answer is yes
Someone invites me to give an It Gets Better speech. I tap the mic and then whisper "one day you will have to google Absolutely Everything that teenagers hate each other about”