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On Person-First Language

I saw an article and brief discussion today on the use of person-first (e.g. “people with disabilities”) vs descriptor-first (e.g. “disabled people”) language. As someone with a physical disability myself, I have a lot of thoughts on this topic. Originally I was going to comment on the discussion, but then my comment got pretty long, so I thought I’d type it up as a …

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On Interactive Fiction and Language-Learning

Last week, I spent a few hours going down the rabbit-hole that is experimenting with interactive fiction. This is a rabbit-hole that I do go down every once in a while, because I catch myself longing for a game to play that has a specific set of features (turn-based/not action, “quality” stemming not from difficulty but from story or general fun vibe, builds up complexity over time …

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The Winter Blues

Seasonal depression has been kicking my butt lately. And by “lately”, I mean the last two months, I guess, but it’s especially kicking my butt now.

Winter for me often feels like a thick bog, an obstacle that I have to cross to continue on my journey (through life). To start, I’ll tell myself that it’s very manageable, just a minor inconvenience. “Look, the …

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On (and In) the Shavian Alphabet

NB: I wrote this post first in Shavian, then transliterated it back into the Roman alphabet. Both versions are presented here, because why not. If you want to skip ahead to the Shavian version, you may.

For the last few days I have been dabbling in the Shavian alphabet. If you haven’t heard of Shavian before, it’s a phonetic alphabet designed in the 1960s specifically to represent …

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On Cohost and Interoperable Social Media

Spent a chunk of this morning reading about a new social media site that I guess has launched in some kind of public beta over the last 48 hours: Cohost(external link).

I guess I had some mixed feelings about it, because on the one hand, new shiny thing that says many of the right things (no ads, no algorithmic timeline, worker co-op, here’s a business model, etc.). On the other, …

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On Ido and Far-Right Subversion

So, I wanted to share a little experience I had on the Internet last weekend.

As I’ve mentioned, I have an interest in the auxiliary language Ido. It has a pretty small community (I’d guesstimate it has about 0.1% the speakers of Esperanto, which it’s very similar to) and while I’ve been learning it for some time and can actually write it without feeling like it’s …

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a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.