Oakland’s Lake Merritt has a surprising number of shells and shell fragments on the sidewalks, probably dropped there by seagulls breaking them open to eat them. I picked one up and looked it up in this neat guide: inaturalist.org/guides/487 - it seems to be from a Japanese littleneck clam. I heard somebody say recently that identifying the name of a thing is a way of putting yourself in relationship to it, and that seems right to me for why it feels good.

Is there any reasonable self-hosted/non-Google way of making something like a Google My Map (annotated points on a map)? I’d be fine with software I need to run myself. Thinking about making a map of favorite places to recommend to people (and places I want to go but haven’t been to yet), and it seems more fun to do my own.

Climate change, disaster preparation Show more

Climate change, disaster preparation Show more

Earthquake class, Hurricane Katrina Show more

Thinking about homophobia (mainly historical) Show more

Things I learned in earthquake class Show more

I am an anxious plant-tender‬, so usually when we get a night of rain I tuck my succulent pots under a bench so they don’t get too much water, but I’m going to try just leaving them out tonight and see if they’re fine, because that is probably silly.

Body things Show more

Body things Show more

Bars/alcohol Show more

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Re Elsa Gidlow: I’ve been learning about her work because my GLBT Historical Society Historic Places Working Group has been following developments in the story of preserving Druid Heights - the artists’ commune she co-founded in the 1950s in Muir Woods!! I heard from the group that Bolerium Books is a queer+leftist bookstore that carries her autobiography (which is otherwise very hard to find), so I went there recently and bought it! It is an amazing and delightful place.

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“On A Grey Thread”, by Elsa Gidlow (1923); possibly the first book of lesbian love poetry published in North America, now digitised by virtue of having entered the public domain:

archive.org/details/OnAGreyThr

I just picked up jade plant leaves from the sidewalk and realized I gleaned them - I forgot until now that in a “women and new technology” feminist studies class, I watched a documentary called “The Gleaners and I” and I liked it then, but I like it a lot in retrospect. It’s about scavenging (especially food from post-harvest fields) in Europe as a right, a tradition, a way of thinking about things and making art, and this is nice for thinking about why I like scavenging for a garden.

I am thinking about things to add to my little container garden, shells and rocks and so on - and I have learned about “fairy gardens” (putting cute thematic dollhouse miniatures in your garden), and I saw some fairy garden harps on Pinterest and they are not good. Look at how a harp works! This could be even cuter if the harp made sense! I am available for fairy garden harp consulting.

Grumble about alcohol Show more

Grumble about alcohol Show more

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The Golden Girls of Prospect Cemetery - Four card playing, perogy-making, dancing, partying Communist women who chose to be buried together under a pink headstone that reads "Friends."

thestar.com/news/gta/2019/01/0

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