regional growth & climate adaptation 

@ci8 Hold people accountable for robbing you of truly cost efficient choices. Pay your taxes. We collectively can buy shared infrastructure at cheaper prices per person than any one person/household can realize paying to solve their choices by themselves.

It’s a buying club, peeps. (Yes, government is opaque to almost everyone- a function of complexity, not necessarily or always ill intent.)

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regional growth & climate adaptation 

I’m seeing just a bit of a lack of joined-up thinking going on re: carbon taxes and high gas prices.

If we wanted good transit service for this moment, when gas prices are high, we needed to have invested in it 5-15 years ago.

Cut taxes now? Then we won’t have the service we’ll want with more people.

work, purpose alignment 

@ci8 I don’t think I say it enough to myself: these kinds of wicked problems are the sort of thing I feel privileged to be able to work on. There’s a lot of heartbreak and sadness, yes, because I’m often powerless because systems change is a slog and defies sloganeering.

But I myself, in all my weirdness, live in the gaps in systems that tried for but missed me in my authenticity. And I’m _so not even close_ to the hardest kinds of this work.

There is light.

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work, purpose alignment 

I spent an hour doing what was essentially support group work therapy with my colleagues and I am simply blown away by how meaningful and vital this work is - and how much of a constant uphill battle it is.

I’m not sure how well suited I really am for it or how much longer I will be able to do it for, but it hit me like a tidal wave just now, who suffers if we weren’t doing this, and how quietly unintentionally ignored by so many people they would otherwise be.

medical, vulnerable 

@ci8 and for maximum irony, the topic of the talk is… the seismic upgrade of a building, and there’s discussion about the technologies and how rare an earthquake it’s designed to withstand… just utter madness.

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medical, vulnerable 

@ci8 like, during the q&a, in a room of 100 people, who _lowers their mask_ to ask a question and tell a story?!

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medical, vulnerable 

It’s truly disturbing to me how few people have been masked in the networking event and the concert that I’ve gone to this week. Couldn’t be more than somewhere between 10-15%. Like, deeply depressing, how strongly people want it to be true that things are normal. (Kind of wondering what I’m doing here myself, tbh. It’s kind of true that I have trouble believing anything anyone says when we can’t agree on the fundamentals of societal care.)

I can’t believe how late I am to Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism.

My behind-the-times-ness holds steady at three years behind for concepts and books (declining a bit now for the latter), anywhere between 5 and 20 years for music and clothing. It is exactly as I’ve always wanted.

food 

First time substituting active dry yeast with rye sourdough starter… well, patience is a virtue. That was a very wet dough. So many substitutions, so much math. (There’s four types of flour, all told.) Still yummy, and kinda pretty, I guess!

Recipe adapted from this cinnamon apple bun, itself an adaptation of Swedish Kanelbullar: foodieunderground.com/swedish-

fibre 

@ci8 swatchy mcswatcher goodness!

Steamed this a bit for the picture, then frogged because I’m off guage / anticipating some yarn chicken with this pattern. Downloaded a pixel art program to help me with my colours as I’m deviating from the pattern. 🙈dropped stitches! And getting the hang of how to maintain tension with moving stitches over the hook.

Set up a workspace in the living room. _So_ many itty cakes of yarn! I can already say w/ confidence: never making this again lololol

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fibre 

@ci8 I find it hilarious how knitting is both hobby and thinking about social-ness.

I’m considering pivoting switching shawl to adult-sized blanket (since I want to have a present for another family member). This would require me to purchase more of pictured yarns & to properly strategize on the design of the blanket to plan the colours.

I re-did my swatch to practice row ends. Considering getting more of these yarns for a 2000yd blanket (!). Need to calc through gauge vis-a-vis end size!

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fibre 

I’m trying to reform my relationship with my hobbies, like knitting and crocheting.

I’m starting my 1st/2nd tunisian crochet projects - baby blanket and shawl. The former is using this yarn I got from the shop across the street.

I am hoping to make it to the other shop across town to grab the stoppers and cables for the set of hooks I got later today.

My edges are still messy af, but whatever! I like the idea of a craft that is a little bit knitting, a little bit crocheting.

I’m looking to join (or start!) a team for to do fundraising rides / other movement all June for Canadian Mental Health Association (@cmha_ntl@twitter.com) in support of mental health services for youth. cmha.donordrive.com

(I’m willing to co-captain! But I’ll be out in Ontario for 2 weeks, so I’ll need to be ready to do more than just biking.)

From birdsite 

RT @taylorlorenz
Here's something ppl don't realize: if ur suffering w/ Long Covid (yes, u can get LC if you're fully vaccinated + boosted), if you don't have an official positive PCR test, as far as many clinics & health insurers are concerned, u never had covid. Rapid tests don't count for them twitter.com/DGBassani/status/1

emo 

Don’t watch EEAAO and a documentary about resisting a totalitarian police state back-to-back (even 6 days apart). No good can come of it.

From birdsite 

RT @sabinaposts
Some ableism is obvious, but I want to mention a few types of more casual ableism I see in sensitivity reads and published works that are harder to pick up on with an abled gaze. Many of these are likely unintentional, which is why it's good to have a SR in the first place.🧵

cyclist shouts (joyously!) at cloud 

It’s that time of year, when heavy cruiser bikes appear, shiny in their resplendent chrome finishings, blooming all new like flowers in downtown condo bike rooms, full of hope and promise, secured with cable locks. Oh, eternal summer children. Never change.

migration muttering 

@ci8 My thoughts on this basically vacillate between “I should start blogging again” and “how do I minimize / learn to accept any potential negative consequences of writing and balance it with being open to the benefits of it?”

I call this phase Recovering From Having a Print Opinion Column.

I’m also trying to remember that the level of engagement on my Facebook is not a reliable indicator of who might enjoy reading what I might write in a present-day Livejournal-ish thing.

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From birdsite 

RT @thewalrus
"Colonial, capitalist and consumerist mindsets got us here. Their logic, their rules? They're not going to get us out of it. But maybe learning, in depth, how we are wrong just might." - Kelly Jazvac of @Concordia

From birdsite 

RT @BikeMapsTeam
Help us understand how bike theft impacts bicycling activity. If you've had a bicycle stolen in the last 5 years, please take our survey! ucsb.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/for

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