tbh I’m really glad this post is taking over my dash. more ppl need to have this concept on their radar… if I had a quarter for every time I had to listen to some brogressive or manarchist or Feminist talk about how to steal groceries or whatever while throwing the low-wage workers held responsible for product loss under the bus and straight up saying they “didn’t care” bc “punishing corporations” and “refusing to pay for resources” that they COULD pay for, in order to make a point, was more important to them than low wage workers who are collateral damage.
Since I’m always wary of these turning into “breaking the rules is always bad”, posts, shoutout to my grocery store coworkers, who worked as slowly as possible, because working quickly led to unreasonable expectations for people on other shifts - people who might not be as young or able-bodied. Shoutout to my grocery store workers who put the unsalable but edible vegetables in a part of the back room not covered by cameras, those kept me alive. Shoutout to my coworkers in the deli who gave away as many “samples” as they could get away with, who labeled fried chicken buckets wrong, so people could pay for some hot food with food stamps. Shout out to that look that passed between us when we caught each other eating in the back room, and how we were suddenly friendly afterwards, cos we were both complicit. Shout out to the people who arranged for the used grease to be turned into fuel, the day old bakery and sell-by date meat to go to a food pantry, all against the rules. Shoutout to my cashiers who looked the other way as people as poor as we were stuffed their jackets full of things they needed.
(the universe runs on people breaking the rules)
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Age now: 2
Description: LAST SEEN WEARING A TURQUOISE SWEATER WITH A BEAR ON THE FRONT, OFF-WHITE OR KHAKI PANTS AND PINK TENNIS SHOES.
Please boost this folks! Someone has to know something about this child’s whereabouts.
i pray everything turns out alright
I live in MS, I pray she gets found :(
amber alert active as of Mar 11 2014
See these torture devices? This is what I have to deal with when I get too excited/overloaded with work and I draw and draw and draw with no regard for the warning aches in my wrists.
I know a lot of other artists suffer from tendonitis/carpal tunnel syndrome, and webcomic artists are especially prone to it since we spend a lot of time hunched over keyboards too. (I’ve noticed typing seems to aggravate it more than drawing.)
Here are some tips I have learned the hard way:
- Don’t assume the pain will “go away eventually” and just keep drawing. Trust me, it will not. It’s only downhill from here. The pain means you’ve already injured yourself. Take a break.
- If you do press on anyway, you’ll have to wait longer to heal. When I first had my doctor see me, he said to take a minimum two week break from drawing and typing. If you are like me, that’s like asking me to stop breathing for that long. Do you want to die?? Do you?? I didn’t think so. Put the pen down and take a break.
- It takes a LONG time to heal. It took me about two years to stop feeling the effects when I messed my wrists up really bad the first time.
- Once you feel better, the instinct is to immediately jump right back into drawing/typing/whatever activity caused your repeated stress injury (hey I’m not judging) but be careful not to overdo it and hurt yourself all over again! It’s not like a videogame health bar that always replenishes back to full. I’ve noticed that once I got tendonitis, it never fully went away, and the more often I induced it with bad habits, the sooner it comes back after doing the same amount of drawing. Pay attention to your activity and to your body telling you it’s time to stop before it hurts.
- This video of wrist exercises helped reduce my pain a lot, and is also good for preventing it in the first place.
Take care of yourself, artists. Your hands are your livelyhood. Don’t take them for granted!
Also be aware: carpal tunnel syndrome is anatomical - you won’t ‘give yourself’ carpal tunnel by doing repetitive motion things if you don’t have the anatomical potential for it, but if you do have wrists that can get it, repetitive motion (like typing, or drawing, or engraving) can cause it to flare. If you’re prone to flare-ups, try sleeping in braces to help keep your wrists straight - it’ll help with the inflammation.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is often not painful, and presents as numbness in your first through third digits (the thumb, pointer, and middle fingers). Do not keep doing stuff just because it doesn’t hurt. Your nerve is compressed! If you don’t rest and let the inflammation go away, you can end up with nerve damage in the long term (I have nerve damage in my non-dominant hand from it).
Carpal tunnel syndrome can also be corrected with surgery! It’s outpatient and takes about 10 minutes per hand under local anesthesia. It takes about two weeks to heal fully, and about two months for the scars to stop being sore. The first few days after you get it can be very painful if you’ve had carpal tunnel syndrome for a long time - your nerves are used to being numb and suddenly they aren’t. It’s like when a limb that has been asleep really hurts as it wakes up. I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, and it was really really worth it - I have absolutely no carpal tunnel symptoms in my right hand, and very little in my left (see again: nerve damage) so if surgery is an affordable option for you, you might want to talk to your doctor about it.
I bolded two of the points above because I really, really wish I’d taken that advice when I got it, even though it probably would have meant quitting my job at the time.
Some other tips - having been to the very brink of nonfunctional hands (like I couldn’t carry groceries and was in severe pain all the time) from carpal tunnel and tendinitis due to typing/mousing, I managed to restore my functionality to to “hurts a bit/gets a bit numb for a couple of days if I do too much in the way of chatting or video games” using the following NONSURGICAL methods:
- This book. It’s a fucking lifesaver. One thing, though: the instructions to do the exercises very slowly/gently? Do them even more slowly/gently than that if you’re having particularly bad problems. I literally was taking ten minutes to do the one where you lie on a bed with your forearm dangling off the edge, gradually extending your fingers.
- In connection with the book: Get a friend, relative or SO to remind you to USE the exercises. They’re a long-term fix and they only work if you keep doing them.
- MSM/glucosamine supplements. Every so often I wonder if MSM is doing anything for me or get lazy because I run out, and go off it more or less by accident, and within a few weeks to a month I’m having more pain. It can take a couple months to *start* working, but in the long term it’s really helpful.
- Turmeric supplements. If you’re taking ibuprofen all the time, replace it with turmeric. Ibuprofen has mildly damaged my kidneys due to bad advice from a pediatrician to “take until it gets better”, because until I started doing the above things at age 19-20, it didn’t get better. (Because I was 17 when I developed these problems, my HMO sent me to a pediatrician despite the fact that I was having occupational RSI from my cashiering job. Good times, huh?)
I am proud to announce my creative partner and friend Taz and I are launching our first foray into the webcomics scene very soon. You may recognize our collaborative work from a few fanfictions we worked on together over the years (The Serendipity Gospels, Promstuck) and we are really excited to begin to share our original vision with you. This comic, written by Tamsyn and illustrated by me, is a short young adult horror story that I know you guys will love.
Look out for APOTHECIA, launching on 3.31.14.
Write in my ask how you’d describe me to somebody who’s never met me
This could go incredibly bad
Holy fuck do it
So I was thinking about the whole “if your feminism excludes transwomen then it isn’t true feminism”
So like, unpopular opinion probably tho but shouldn’t your feminism include transmen aswell?
Because transmen encounter everyday misogyny, probably much more than transwomen do [esepecially if they aren’t cismale passing]
Feel free to debate this.
certainly non-passing trans men experience misogyny but how on earth do trans men experience more everyday misogyny than trans women what seriously how does that make any sense at all
this only makes sense if you perceive all trans people as read as their assigned genders eternally. as a transmasculine person, if you are conceptualizing feminism as a movement for the liberation of women, by all means, please, exclude me the hell out of feminism because I am not a woman! (corollary: include trans WOMEN who are, you know, WOMEN)
alternately if you are conceptualizing feminism as fundamentally about some other junk like ending sexism, okay, that’s cool, I am more likely than some trans women to have had experience with the kind of sexism directed at people who seem to be girls. by the time we’re all thirty or forty, tho, many of them are very likely to have spent more of their lives experiencing sexism directed at female people than I have. I don’t really pass, but I currently present as masculine enough (and have presented masculinely enough) to have been nigh-immune to A LOT of everyday misogyny I hear about from (trans and cis) women.
#you’ll always be broken#and you can’t be fixed#just managed at best#and possibly not even that#sigh
Say rather that no one is ever *done* until they’re dead.
We all have requirements. Food, water, air, shelter, sleep. Some people’s are more specific and more expensive than others’. Requiring specific meds to make your life work isn’t inherently all that different from requiring, say, hypoallergenic laundry detergent in order to not break out in hives - the latter which ASSUMES a supply chain including clothes and washing machines, neither of which cavepeople had either. If you get my drift. (I.e., whether or not you would have survived as a caveperson is of jack shit relevance to your worth as a person, and we have lots of stupid cultural messages that brainworm us about that.)
…anyway. The point is: having food this week doesn’t mean I’d suddenly not starve if the food stopped coming in. Biological systems are constantly in motion and their outputs are dependent on their inputs. Heck, NON-biological systems are too: ever tried using a computer or a car that hadn’t been maintained regularly? Ugh, fuckin’ cars, griping about oil and gas and power steering fluid all the time. Ain’t nothing you can do to prevent them from needing maintenance either.
And if you ever think human needs are supposed to be simple, read Atul Gawande’s article about what solitary confinement does to people. Hardened criminals or prisoners of war, you’d think they could handle themselves, no? Turns out just not having people to talk to can fuck up a person permanently, even if that person is physically hardy and conditioned to violence. We are all delicate fucking flowers, and non-identical ones. Goes with sentience; goes with complexity. And it sucks to have drawn a particularly difficult care-and-maintenance lot, but that doesn’t make you inherently broken. It makes you a really juiced up custom gaming laptop that needs a better-than-average power supply to keep its fan running.
The difference is just that we’re more complicated and less modular than computer hardware and so it’s harder to find the combination of stuff that works. (Feel free to derail into helmsman fantasy of your choice, at your leisure.)
Amberite, I don’t know if I’ve told you recently, but I love you and you’re amazing <3
BTW, here’s the Gawande article if anyone’s curious.
(I highly recommend everything Atul Gawande has ever written; he’s one of the best commentators on medicine in the current era. This piece carries warnings for disturbing/frightening content, more or less because it is about solitary confinement and how it can be permanently traumatic. Anyone who is not up for upsetting things should perhaps save it for a more spoons day.)
lol at the idea of religion being something you can appropriate
on the one hand i agree with this post 100% but on the other hand how else do i articulate why i hate white buddhists so much except by muttering about orientalism
okay but religion is often tied to its place of origin thus becoming part of the culture so the religious beliefs themselves can’t necessarily be appropriated but you can sure as hell fetishize it
and that goes doubly for ethno-religious faiths like mandaeism or samaritanism or modern zoroastrianism. all of which are cool as hell and i would join, by the way, but there’s no way to accomplish that that isn’t clearly and overtly appropriative
especially considering the marginal position of all of those groups
hmmm I think there’s also probably a distinct difference between individuals who identify themselves with a religion based on very limited knowledge of that religion, its traditions, and its cultural background; and those who identify themselves with a religion based on serious immersion or exploration of all of these facets. I’d say that the former can be super appropriative, whereas the latter may have more legitimacy.
but I say this as a white American who was raised more or less Catholic, so take my thoughts with the biggest grain of salt available
there is a big difference between converting to a faith and borrowing stuff that has spiritual meaning to other people because you think that stuff is cool or fun.
see also: eagle feathers on white hipsters, “white sage Indian cleansing rituals” as “adapted” by white pagans/Wiccans, Christians doing Hanukkah, Christians doing Passover, “messianic Judaism,” Christians perpetuating the notion of Judaism as superseded by Christianity in general, “Jewish mysticism” as “adapted” by gentiles, “unique vintage Navajo moose pendant,” etc.
Man I always get really annoyed when people say things like “Gender/Sexuality is just a construct so why do you get so hung up on arbitrary categories” because here’s a list of more things that are just constructs but are really important:
I mean some of those things matter less to some people than others but I feel like most people’d understand someone getting annoyed about someone getting their name wrong on live TV, or saying that names aren’t real so in an ideal world no one would have to define themselves with one, or that they aren’t allowed to change their name later in life if they aren’t a fan of their birthname.
There’s a lot of totally unreal stuff that’s complete and utter make believe horseshit but that doesn’t make any of it less important because humans are fucking weird.
i also wanna point out that even stuff we think of as INTRINSIC TO THE UNIVERSE is a construct.
justice is very much a construct.
and, well, there’s a really good bit about this in hogfather: if the hogfather, the deity of the rising sun, were to die, the sun would not rise the next day.
instead, a ball of hot, glowing plasma would appear over the horizon.
the idea of our star as The Sun, the giver of light, is an idea. we don’t experience the world as-it-really-is, we filter it through our brain, which seeks patterns, generalities, abstractions.
i mean, what you think you should do with the concept of something is up to you. but dismissing something OUTRIGHT because it’s a construct is not a good plan.