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Category Archive: Real Life

Sep 19 2013

Help a trans student in South Carolina

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As a member of the SSA at USC, I had the opportunity to meet and get to know Rukia Brooks, a trans student at USC who is a passionate member of the atheist and progressive movements.  Rukia was born with a different name, which she’d like to be able to change legally to reflect her …

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Jun 12 2013

Job Hunting with Craigslist

I am looking for work in DC.  I am fortunate in that I have the luxury of being able to look for something that I really want and don’t have to apply to everything I might have a shot at.  Despite that, I have still gone to Craigslist to assist my search and discovered, yet …

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May 08 2013

The life of the PhD student: Comprehensive Exams

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Tomorrow, I begin the journey of Comps.  There are 4 questions, over 4 days, and I have 4 hours to answer each of them.  It’s sort of the marathon of test-taking. Last week I turned in a 7000 word historical research paper about the rural purge.  Maybe I’ll adapt that into some sort of much …

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Apr 10 2013

Moderating Comments, Normalization & Anonymity

I was on this panel at SkepTech! You can read my prepared thoughts here. Notes: -I improperly conflated psuedonymity with anonymity in the last third of the talk. Those are different things. I think pseudonymity (like Gravatar, Disqus, etc. offer) is one of the nice middle ground ways we can keep an eye on commenters …

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Mar 12 2013

Brain Self-Help: An Incomplete List of Resources

Yesterday Andy pointed out that a list of non-going-to-therapy resources would be useful. Insurance, time, frustration with therapeutic experiences, inability to tell parents, etc, can make seeing a therapist either impossible or unappealing. Here’s a (totally incomplete) list. Please please please add other suggestions in the comments! I’ll keep updating. Relevant disclaimer: I’m not a …

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Feb 06 2013

Forward Thinking: What Would You Tell Teens About Sex?

Libby Anne and Dan Fincke have been running a project called Forward Thinking. Prompts are proposed, and bloggers can respond. Every two weeks a roundup of links is published. The most recent topic is what we should be telling teenagers about sex. Being as I was a teenager a very short six months ago, I …

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Dec 03 2012

Racism, homophobia, and how I lost my dad last week

I’m sorry to be doing this over the phone, your father has forbidden me from seeing you in person.  I’m sorry, he just cannot support your lifestyle anymore, he will not be speaking to you again, he asked me to tell you. That was my stepmother, the day after Thanksgiving, the day after she discovered …

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Nov 17 2012

The Weight of It

We give so little weight to our thoughts. You can push them away and mold them and let them be and more than anything else, just not think about it. This is a sharing story. It’s personal. It’s descriptive. This is your trigger warning. I’ll let you in on a secret. I won’t ever reread my …

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Nov 14 2012

Love Letter

I wrote this silly, sappy thing.  Care. Care hugely and deeply and largely and until it hurts. Care until you talk and research and rant. Write pages of blog posts and 140 characters of dissent. Protest and change things, because when you care enough, why the hell wouldn’t you want to change things? The world …

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Nov 05 2012

The Dodo Bird Verdict

First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, (`the exact shape doesn’t matter,’ it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no `One, two, three, and away,’ but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it …

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