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(expanded from a post on secret, some things shouldn't just be said anonymously[1])

I know I'm nowhere near the first to say this, and I hope to be far from the last - but I would rather wrongly uninvite someone from my parties than provide a welcoming space for abusers, or even give the appearance of being a welcoming space for abusers.

When I see people have conversations on this, I find myself more and more looking into the undertone of the conversation. Do they appear to be coming from a space of "how can I make my space/party/event/home/workplace/environment a safe environment?" or are they coming from a space of "how can I minimize the boat rocking," or worse, "how can I avoid hurting anyone's feelings[2]?"

It's bullshit that there's a default script and instinct in many situations to try to pick apart the story or actions of someone who's been abused by someone else. It's bullshit that there's such a strong push back when this gets pointed out. This is part of what rape culture looks like, and it is a social conditioning that permeates so much of our society.

I am certainly no saint on this front. My brain always, always wants to leap to the "best possible interpretation," assuming best motives, hoping for misinterpretation, etc... etc... However, this is the unobstructed, HOV on-ramp to gas lighting, and is something that, to this day, I still have to push back pretty hard against[4]. It is unclear to me how much of this is an innate attempt to find the best in people/situations, and how much of it is a social conditioning (see rape culture) that simultaneously manages to blame and disbelieve targets of abuse.

The conversations going around today are on the far edge of my social circles, but they're still connected, and while the incident in question did not happen directly in the circles I swim in, I fear it's more of a "not this time" than a "doesn't happen here"[5]. Which, in some ways, makes it feel a bit more important for me to raise this conversation in the circles which I am in more directly - because we should be actively working on being better about dealing with this, about the spaces we provide, about the people we choose to protect and shelter and endorse. All the time. Not just when a situation blows up in people's faces.

[1] though part of why I posted this there as well is because I suspect there are circles that secret reaches that need to have these conversations that my normal social media channels don't.

[2] because, you know, the feelings of an abuser are of more concern than their victims[3]

[3] The incidences of false reports is so stupidly low, that if you are going to prioritize protecting against false reports over the much wider scope of people who have been victims of abuse, well, you're telling me quite a bit about yourself. Things that you might want to sit back and examine a bit more.

[4] starting with keeping my mouth shut, stepping back and looking at things further, listening, listening, listening, and defaulting to a place of believing, or at least not skeptically trying to pick holes in, when I hear about something a person has done. And I apologize for the times that I still trip up on this.

[5] even as I feel that there are subsets of our greater social circles and climates that are trying to push back on this. There's still a ways to go, sadly.
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* taking photographs
* making music
* making things
* the amazing people in my life
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what i've been doing during the day (for mobile devices).

what i've been doing when not at work.

new place i've been hanging out (

So many things to write, so little time - it all flies by lately.

Here - have a video of blinky (420 leds of love)!


Mar. 7th, 2011 09:00 am
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I just got back from mexico, i'm procrastinating on catching up on email or heading into work or finishing up [redacted]. That mean's It's Meme Time[tm]!

From elsewheres:
It's question month, so ask me a question!

Anonymous commenting is turned on and all comments will be screened.
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Today's question (via [ profile] contessagrrl by way of [ profile] aroraborealis, amongst many others - thank you!) is: why doesn't the world have a meme where everyone leaves screened comments with what they want to say to the poster but haven't yet for whatever reason? I think it's great - so! Tell me anything you want me to know - about me, about you, about the world, whatever you like.

Anonymous comments are enabled, and everything is screened. Tell me something you want to tell me, anonymously or not. If you say you want me to unscreen, I will, happily.

Then do the same, and I will tell you something!
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White Courtesy Phone
White Courtesy Phone

No Parking
No Parking

and there's a few more on flickr.
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I've been feeling sleepy/exhausted all day today and am pretty much bailing on anything that requires leaving the house. Since i've been house bound, though, I've been able to get further on a little project I'm working on - far enough along that I now have video:

description of what i'm doing and why )
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Syzygryd's first arm

Also, another timelapse - this one is of the full day yesterday:

Raising the first arm of syzygryd at nimby from Daniel Garcia on Vimeo.

And for the attention deficit amongst us, a double speed version of just the good bits:

Syzygryd Arm Raise for the ADD from Daniel Garcia on Vimeo.

More recent photos added to the flickr set here.

A thing

Jun. 27th, 2010 09:48 am
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Have I mentioned that we're building A Thing?


(Time lapse taken w/Sigma 12-24mm lens at 12mm, at a rate of one shot/10 seconds for the first 1/3rd of the video and one shot/5 seconds for the rest over the course of about 10 hours)

Today's video should be even better - today we put 40ish feet of arms onto that central structure!
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I've gotten a bunch of welding shots, not surprisingly, since this is a giant metal thing we're working on building. I think this shot may be my most favorite welding shot so far:

Welding the arms
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I'm helping to build a Thing[tm], aka Syzygryd, aka a 2.5 ton fire breathing collaborative musical instrument! I've done a bunch of little things all over, playing with fire, grinding metal, cutting pipes with a plasma cutter, marking/measuring/levelling pipes with lasers, helping with placement of large pipes, thinking about how we're going to organize riveting, and whatever else I get told to do.

Also, unsurprisingly, I'm taking pictures:

Up the center
View up the center of the support structure

Syzygryd's pipes
A series of tubes

Ian welding the central support structure for syzygryd
Welding away

Welding the second arm in place
More welding

Placing 3rd
Twisting the 3rd arm of the central tree into place

Free standing
The central tree, free standing

There are many more photos in my Flickr set for Syzygryd
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Yesterday, I shot a wedding.
It had a cute ringbearer,

Ring bearer

a beautiful bride,

Bride and Parents

a loving groom,

In your eyes

and a beautiful ceremony.


The end.


(quick preview set, until I get to go through all the photos)
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Photos of me taken by other people on the oregon trip - it's not often that there exist photos of me, much less photos that I like on any level (I think this will be the last oregon post, I promise - unless i decide to write -about- the trip, as opposed to just photo dump)

a few more )

Thanks to [ profile] densaer, [ profile] nisaa, and [ profile] klwalton for the photos!

HDR fun

Apr. 4th, 2010 01:12 pm
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On the photo workshop in oregon last week, [ profile] joedecker decided to have a contest for worst hdr image. So, for better or worse I dove into that one with both feet. I apologize in advance for these:

Clown Home

Clown Boat

two more for the torture )

And in penance, here's an HDR that doesn't look like a clown's autopsy:

Land and cloudscapes

Day 4

Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:43 am
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When I entertain my bird and my black and white phases:

Waiting for sunset

Hanging around

a few more )

The full set from day 4
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I also took a handful of shots after sunset and overnight as well:

Smokey water

a few more )
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Crash into me, originally uploaded by Focal Intent.

Currently on a workshop up in oregon w/[ profile] joedecker and frinds. I haven't finished going through my first day's photos yet - but so far I'm really, really happy with this one. So i'm going to toss it up now as a peek. Now, back to reviewing!


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