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woofbarkmoo:

I installed an extension that will replace words with other words.  I did the usual change hateful words into something not hateful, but I’ve also changed all uncensored cases of “0therk$n” to “lovely individuals”.

This means that rude people are insulting “lovely individuals”, but it also means that there are lovely individuals promoting their “lovely individuals” blogs, and it just makes me so happy.

If you’re interested, the extension is Word Filter Lite.  You get a list of up to 100 words to replace and 12 sites you can block (yeah, that’s right, add those triggering urls so you’re never tricked into clicking the link again!)  If you get the paid version (which I don’t have, it’s $1.99, I think.) you get an unlimited amount.

I tested a few other extensions and this is the only one that works on Tumblr.  It’s a chrome extension, and I don’t know if there’s an equivalent for any other browsers, so I’m sorry.  I have Firefox so I’ll check there in a little while and see if they have anything good.

Also VERY good for trigger words. I have a number of trigger words replaced with “——-” so that I don’t have to be paranoid about accidentally reading a trigger word.

Copyright Information

wwrites:

Alrighty kiddos.

This is something everyone needs to know. These are copyright laws for the United States  but they apply to digital content (which, if hosted on a US-based site, are subject to U.S. copyright laws).

To summarize a few things:

  • as soon as something is put into a tangible medium, it is copyrighted to its creator
  • that means reposting shit without citing the original artist is not only morally wrong, it is illegal
  • copyright lasts for the life of the creator + 70 years
  • commercial copyright can last for 95 years, and companies are working to get that extended (this is why Disney stuff isn’t in the public domain and probably never will be)
  • there is no such thing as an international copyright that automatically protects your work throughout the world. However, the Berne Convention established that once something is copyrighted in the country of its creator, other countries have to acknowledge that copyright

It’s really important for people to know about copyright laws. Saying “well you shouldn’t post it online if you don’t want it stolen” is wrong. Just because it’s the internet doesn’t mean you can take whatever you want. People have worked hard to create these things, and these things are protected just like any other intellectual property. 

rinface:

Facial and Ear piercing Diagrams

Just incase anyone out there was looking for them.

taleoftales:

We’re trying to get to $50,000 on Kickstarter so we can put an animated 3D model of the player character Angela Burnes into our new first person game Sunset, create more concept art and work with a great programmer.
Here’s the press release:

Ghent, Belgium, 26 June 2014Less than 10 days into the crowdsourcing campaign, Tale of Tales’ new videogame Sunset has already raised over 150% of its target. The Belgian indie studio is hoping that support from the community can push that to 200%. They explain how the additional funds will improve the game on their Kickstarter page.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/taleoftales/sunset-a-first-person-videogame-thrillerA crucial element in all of Tale of Tales’ titles but especially in Sunset is the character that the player embodies. In Sunset you play Angela Burnes, an African American woman. The fact that Angela represents a minority of gamers is key to Tale of Tales’ unusual choice."Videogames are tools that help us see the world with different eyes," according to designers Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn. "Playing as a character unlike yourself is enriching. It satisfies a natural curiosity. And we hope that for Black players and for women, playing somebody who is similar to them can feel empowering."The stretch goal of $50,000 centers around the presentation of Miss Angela Burnes. Harvey and Samyn want to expand on her narrative in collaboration the anonymous writer behind the project, as well as create her 3D incarnation animated by Laura Raines Smith, Tale of Tales’ de facto third member, who has previously given life to Ruby and her sisters in The Path, dancing Salome in Fatale, the old lady in The Graveyard, the romantic beach walkers in Bientôt l’été and even the magical deer in The Endless Forest.Next to the representation in the game world of the player character, the additional pledges would be invested in a second programmer, Jurie Horneman, and extra art by Stacey Diana Clark, who had already joined Tale of Tales during the production of The Path."We’re used to creating games with ultra-narrow scopes," explain Harvey and Samyn, "simply because budgets for the sort of design we want to do are scarce. We had not expected the crowdsourcing campaign to go as well as it did and had set the target on the minimum amount we still needed to finish Sunset. We’re extremely excited that we will now be able to make the game more beautiful, more immersive and more technically sound!"Sunset is being developed at Tale of Tales by an international team that is already the biggest on any of Tale of Tales’ productions. The team consists of Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn, Austin Wintory (music), Kris Force (sound), Leigh Alexander and Ste Curran (Agency consultancy), Theresa Schlag and Niklas Roth (modeling), Tina Marie Murray (voice acting), Stacey Diana Clark (concept art) and an anonymous writer, known publicly only as Señor X. If the stretch goal is achieved, the group will be expanded with Laura Raines Smith (animation) and Jurie Horneman (programming).

taleoftales:

We’re trying to get to $50,000 on Kickstarter so we can put an animated 3D model of the player character Angela Burnes into our new first person game Sunset, create more concept art and work with a great programmer.

Here’s the press release:

Ghent, Belgium, 26 June 2014

Less than 10 days into the crowdsourcing campaign, Tale of Tales’ new videogame Sunset has already raised over 150% of its target. The Belgian indie studio is hoping that support from the community can push that to 200%. They explain how the additional funds will improve the game on their Kickstarter page.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/taleoftales/sunset-a-first-person-videogame-thriller

A crucial element in all of Tale of Tales’ titles but especially in Sunset is the character that the player embodies. In Sunset you play Angela Burnes, an African American woman. The fact that Angela represents a minority of gamers is key to Tale of Tales’ unusual choice.

"Videogames are tools that help us see the world with different eyes," according to designers Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn. "Playing as a character unlike yourself is enriching. It satisfies a natural curiosity. And we hope that for Black players and for women, playing somebody who is similar to them can feel empowering."

The stretch goal of $50,000 centers around the presentation of Miss Angela Burnes. Harvey and Samyn want to expand on her narrative in collaboration the anonymous writer behind the project, as well as create her 3D incarnation animated by Laura Raines Smith, Tale of Tales’ de facto third member, who has previously given life to Ruby and her sisters in The Path, dancing Salome in Fatale, the old lady in The Graveyard, the romantic beach walkers in Bientôt l’été and even the magical deer in The Endless Forest.

Next to the representation in the game world of the player character, the additional pledges would be invested in a second programmer, Jurie Horneman, and extra art by Stacey Diana Clark, who had already joined Tale of Tales during the production of The Path.

"We’re used to creating games with ultra-narrow scopes," explain Harvey and Samyn, "simply because budgets for the sort of design we want to do are scarce. We had not expected the crowdsourcing campaign to go as well as it did and had set the target on the minimum amount we still needed to finish Sunset. We’re extremely excited that we will now be able to make the game more beautiful, more immersive and more technically sound!"

Sunset is being developed at Tale of Tales by an international team that is already the biggest on any of Tale of Tales’ productions. The team consists of Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn, Austin Wintory (music), Kris Force (sound), Leigh Alexander and Ste Curran (Agency consultancy), Theresa Schlag and Niklas Roth (modeling), Tina Marie Murray (voice acting), Stacey Diana Clark (concept art) and an anonymous writer, known publicly only as Señor X. If the stretch goal is achieved, the group will be expanded with Laura Raines Smith (animation) and Jurie Horneman (programming).

compoundchem:

Some pretty cool news: Compound Interest is now a contributing blog to Business Insider! This won’t affect the posts on the main site in any way, it just means that some posts will also feature on Business Insider’s Science page, spreading chemistry funs far and wide. The first post is the first of the chemical warfare graphics from a few days ago (on the Compound Interest site here if you missed it).

compoundchem:

Some pretty cool news: Compound Interest is now a contributing blog to Business Insider! This won’t affect the posts on the main site in any way, it just means that some posts will also feature on Business Insider’s Science page, spreading chemistry funs far and wide. 

The first post is the first of the chemical warfare graphics from a few days ago (on the Compound Interest site here if you missed it).

awaitingmyescapee:

The guinness world records: Youngest doctor in the world 

Eqbal Asa’d is a Palestinian Muslim refugee in Lebanon that started Med school when she was 14 years old. She got her Bachelor degree in Medicine with Honors and and was set by the Guinness World Records as the youngest doctor in the World. She is now signed to continue her studies in Ohio to become a pediatrician. 

omocat:

OMORI HAS JUST HIT 100K!! we’ve reached the japanese localization stretch goal!!
we added this goal due to the unexpected and overwhelmingly positive reception this game received in japan, and now it has been fulfilled!
the game will now be translated into japanese
FOUR DAYS LEFT TO GO!

omocat:

OMORI HAS JUST HIT 100K!! we’ve reached the japanese localization stretch goal!!

we added this goal due to the unexpected and overwhelmingly positive reception this game received in japan, and now it has been fulfilled!

the game will now be translated into japanese

FOUR DAYS LEFT TO GO!

oiiaustralia:

Information for intersex allies
Download this file as a PDF.
What is intersex?
Intersex is a term that relates to a range of physical traits or variations that lie between ideals of male and female. Intersex people are born with physical, hormonal or genetic features that are neither wholly female nor wholly male; or a combination of female and male; or neither female nor male. Many forms of intersex exist; it is a spectrum or umbrella term, rather than a single category. Intersex differences may be apparent at birth. Some common intersex variations are diagnosed prenatally. Some intersex traits become apparent at puberty, or when trying to conceive, or through random chance.
How many intersex people are there?
The lowest popular statistic is around 1 in 2,000 people (.05% of births) but a more likely figure is closer to 1.7%. This makes intersex differences about as common as red hair.
Are intersex individuals hermaphrodites?
Biologically, no. Hermaphrodites (such as snails) possess fully functioning sets of both “male” and “female” sex organs. This is impossible in mammals. Linguistically, the word originates in the Greek myth of Hermaphroditus who was both male and female, having elements of both sexes.
In the recent past, some intersex diagnoses were termed “pseudo-hermaphrodites” or “true-hermaphrodites”. While some intersex people use the term, others find it stigmatising due to that medical history. If in doubt, it is best only used by intersex people.
Are intersex individuals sick?
Intersex people, like all people, have health issues. In a few diagnoses, immediate medical attention is needed from birth, but being intersex is not a health issue in and of itself. Natural intersex bodies are most often healthy. Intersex people frequently need hormone replacement as a result of medical intervention.
Why are intersex individuals subjected to medical intervention?
Medical intervention attempts to make intersex individuals’ bodies conform to ideals of male or female. Current medical protocols are based on the ideas that infant genital surgery will “minimise family concern and distress” and “mitigate the risks of stigmatisation and gender-identity confusion”. Surgical interventions intrinsically focus on appearance, and not sensation or sexual function. Childhood cosmetic genital surgeries are also problematic as children cannot consent to them. Adolescents, and even adults, have also reported feeling pressured by doctors and family to conform to societal norms. Some doctors still believe that disclosure of a person’s intersex status would be too alarming.
Very many intersex people suffer the physical and emotional effects of surgery, and related shame and secrecy. At a fundamental level, homophobia, intolerance and ancient superstitions underpin contemporary mistreatment of intersex people.
What is DSD? Is this the same as intersex?
In 2006, the medical community replaced the term intersex with “Disorders of Sex Development” or DSD. DSD reinforces the idea that intersex traits are individual medical conditions or disorders that need to be fixed. Today, some intersex people use the label – especially those who were taught DSD by their parents or doctors since the term’s inception. Intersex people are free to use any label, and the term intersex remains widespread today.
We believe that stigmatising language leads to poor mental health, marginalisation, and exclusion from human rights and social institutions. The term intersex promotes equality and human rights for people born with atypical sex characteristics.
Do all intersex individuals identify as male or female, or in between?
Intersex is not about gender identity; it is a lived experience of the body. Intersex people have a broad range of gender identities, just like non-intersex people. An intersex person may identify as male, female, both, between, X, intersex, intersex man, intersex woman, or none of these. Even so, an intersex person may or may not have obvious physical differences from gender norms.
Are intersex people transgender?
A minority of intersex people change gender, and some of them may self-identify as transgender, but almost all intersex people have had medical treatment to confirm their sex. Often that intervention was something they had no choice about. Many will not fully identify with their assigned gender. This is part of the intersex experience, but it doesn’t make us transgender.
Are intersex people gay or lesbian, or queer?
It depends on the individual, how they define their gender and identity, how they present, and who they form relationships with. Every intersex person is different. Like all people, some intersex individuals are LGBT and others are not, but LGBT activism has fought for the rights of people who fall outside of expected binary sex and gender norms. Intersex is part of LGBTI because of intersex status and a shared experience of homophobia, not because of sexual orientation or gender identity.
What are intersex activists’ goals?
The goals of the intersex movement are to raise awareness, and achieve an equal place in society. We seek the right to bodily autonomy, the right to a life without stigma and discrimination, and the right to a life without shame and secrecy.
How to be a good ally
Consider what you do to support intersex inclusion in health and human rights initiatives.
Change your language and frame of reference. Intersex status is distinct from both sexual orientation and gender identity. These are each recognised in the federal Sex Discrimination Act.
Put intersex people and intersex-led organisations front and centre when talking about intersex.
Many medical studies of intersex people explicitly identify gender identity issues and non-heterosexual behaviours as reasons for medical treatment. Non-consensual surgery is an LGBTI issue as it shows what can happen when non-heteronormative people are established to be “born this way”. Ally with our call to end normalising interventions on intersex children.
Adopt federal Guidelines on gender recognition, and offer everyone F, M and X options if you have to record gender in your workplace. Go further and support multiple options. Consider whether your workplace needs to record information on sex, gender and title. Can you offer an option to opt out?
Intersex people should be included in campaigns for marriage equality, but we are not included in same-sex marriage. Marriages in Australia have been annulled on the basis that one party was neither fully male nor fully female. Include intersex in education, service access, and in employment and anti-bullying policies designed to prevent harassment and discrimination.
Follow and share intersex issues on social networks.
Resources
Books:
Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience by Katrina Karkazis. Golden Boy, A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin.
Films:
Intersexion (NZ, 2012) Orchids: My Intersex Adventure (Australia, 2011)
Speakers, articles, videos, information:
Organisation Intersex International Australia
oii.org.au
facebook.com/oii.au
Twitter @oiiaustralia
Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia
aissga.org.au
Download
Download in PDF format
Please note that this document is not fully referenced. Our FAQs and key data list contains curated links to fully referenced articles.
Read this document on our website.

oiiaustralia:

Information for intersex allies

What is intersex?

Intersex is a term that relates to a range of physical traits or variations that lie between ideals of male and female. Intersex people are born with physical, hormonal or genetic features that are neither wholly female nor wholly male; or a combination of female and male; or neither female nor male. Many forms of intersex exist; it is a spectrum or umbrella term, rather than a single category. Intersex differences may be apparent at birth. Some common intersex variations are diagnosed prenatally. Some intersex traits become apparent at puberty, or when trying to conceive, or through random chance.

How many intersex people are there?

The lowest popular statistic is around 1 in 2,000 people (.05% of births) but a more likely figure is closer to 1.7%. This makes intersex differences about as common as red hair.

Are intersex individuals hermaphrodites?

Biologically, no. Hermaphrodites (such as snails) possess fully functioning sets of both “male” and “female” sex organs. This is impossible in mammals. Linguistically, the word originates in the Greek myth of Hermaphroditus who was both male and female, having elements of both sexes.

In the recent past, some intersex diagnoses were termed “pseudo-hermaphrodites” or “true-hermaphrodites”. While some intersex people use the term, others find it stigmatising due to that medical history. If in doubt, it is best only used by intersex people.

Are intersex individuals sick?

Intersex people, like all people, have health issues. In a few diagnoses, immediate medical attention is needed from birth, but being intersex is not a health issue in and of itself. Natural intersex bodies are most often healthy. Intersex people frequently need hormone replacement as a result of medical intervention.

Why are intersex individuals subjected to medical intervention?

Medical intervention attempts to make intersex individuals’ bodies conform to ideals of male or female. Current medical protocols are based on the ideas that infant genital surgery will “minimise family concern and distress” and “mitigate the risks of stigmatisation and gender-identity confusion”. Surgical interventions intrinsically focus on appearance, and not sensation or sexual function. Childhood cosmetic genital surgeries are also problematic as children cannot consent to them. Adolescents, and even adults, have also reported feeling pressured by doctors and family to conform to societal norms. Some doctors still believe that disclosure of a person’s intersex status would be too alarming.

Very many intersex people suffer the physical and emotional effects of surgery, and related shame and secrecy. At a fundamental level, homophobia, intolerance and ancient superstitions underpin contemporary mistreatment of intersex people.

What is DSD? Is this the same as intersex?

In 2006, the medical community replaced the term intersex with “Disorders of Sex Development” or DSD. DSD reinforces the idea that intersex traits are individual medical conditions or disorders that need to be fixed. Today, some intersex people use the label – especially those who were taught DSD by their parents or doctors since the term’s inception. Intersex people are free to use any label, and the term intersex remains widespread today.

We believe that stigmatising language leads to poor mental health, marginalisation, and exclusion from human rights and social institutions. The term intersex promotes equality and human rights for people born with atypical sex characteristics.

Do all intersex individuals identify as male or female, or in between?

Intersex is not about gender identity; it is a lived experience of the body. Intersex people have a broad range of gender identities, just like non-intersex people. An intersex person may identify as male, female, both, between, X, intersex, intersex man, intersex woman, or none of these. Even so, an intersex person may or may not have obvious physical differences from gender norms.

Are intersex people transgender?

A minority of intersex people change gender, and some of them may self-identify as transgender, but almost all intersex people have had medical treatment to confirm their sex. Often that intervention was something they had no choice about. Many will not fully identify with their assigned gender. This is part of the intersex experience, but it doesn’t make us transgender.

Are intersex people gay or lesbian, or queer?

It depends on the individual, how they define their gender and identity, how they present, and who they form relationships with. Every intersex person is different. Like all people, some intersex individuals are LGBT and others are not, but LGBT activism has fought for the rights of people who fall outside of expected binary sex and gender norms. Intersex is part of LGBTI because of intersex status and a shared experience of homophobia, not because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

What are intersex activists’ goals?

The goals of the intersex movement are to raise awareness, and achieve an equal place in society. We seek the right to bodily autonomy, the right to a life without stigma and discrimination, and the right to a life without shame and secrecy.

How to be a good ally

Consider what you do to support intersex inclusion in health and human rights initiatives.

Change your language and frame of reference. Intersex status is distinct from both sexual orientation and gender identity. These are each recognised in the federal Sex Discrimination Act.

Put intersex people and intersex-led organisations front and centre when talking about intersex.

Many medical studies of intersex people explicitly identify gender identity issues and non-heterosexual behaviours as reasons for medical treatment. Non-consensual surgery is an LGBTI issue as it shows what can happen when non-heteronormative people are established to be “born this way”. Ally with our call to end normalising interventions on intersex children.

Adopt federal Guidelines on gender recognition, and offer everyone F, M and X options if you have to record gender in your workplace. Go further and support multiple options. Consider whether your workplace needs to record information on sex, gender and title. Can you offer an option to opt out?

Intersex people should be included in campaigns for marriage equality, but we are not included in same-sex marriage. Marriages in Australia have been annulled on the basis that one party was neither fully male nor fully female. Include intersex in education, service access, and in employment and anti-bullying policies designed to prevent harassment and discrimination.

Follow and share intersex issues on social networks.

Resources

Books:

Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience by Katrina Karkazis. Golden Boy, A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin.

Films:

Intersexion (NZ, 2012) Orchids: My Intersex Adventure (Australia, 2011)

Speakers, articles, videos, information:

Organisation Intersex International Australia

oii.org.au

facebook.com/oii.au

Twitter @oiiaustralia

Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia

aissga.org.au

Download

Please note that this document is not fully referenced. Our FAQs and key data list contains curated links to fully referenced articles.

Read this document on our website.