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AI: Community Events

My city’s Pride festival culminated last weekend with the parade.  I ended up not able to go because I was stuck at work essentially all weekend, and I had mixed feelings about that – I had wanted to go, but I don’t really have anyone local to go with, and …

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AI: Habituation and Comfort Zones

  Yesterday, I had to give a presentation that’s a minor milestone in my doctoral program – all the fourth years have to present at a colloquium for the rest of the department.  I had kind of a weird moment when I realized how much it wasn’t a big deal …

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AI: Fictional Media Pet Peeves

I discovered Netflix about a year ago and have since begun actually watching TV shows that didn’t require someone else sitting me down and showing them to me.  Accordingly, my list of minor pet peeves (excluding misogynistic, racist, heterosexist, and cissexist content, as I don’t consider those “peeves” so much …

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AI: Worlds Collide

I’m the sort of person who tends to have groups of friends that stay fairly separate from one another.  I’ve got my friends from lab, from various online communities, and various other subdivisions of life.  It’s always a little odd and a little stressful to me when disparate groups come …

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AI: Strange Stereotyping

I was recently having a conversation with a friend about first impressions/near first impressions, and it was amusing to pick apart some of what those had been drawn from.  It reminded me a lot (particularly since we were discussing in context of a roleplaying game) of the age-old observation of …

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AI: Heroes

When I was a kid, I always kind of rolled my eyes at the inevitable class essays about who my role model and/or personal hero was – mostly because for whatever reason, my teachers always seemed to want me to name real people, and I wasn’t too keen on those.  …

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AI: “Don’t Read the Comments”

On my various social media feeds, I frequently see links to social justice or other (sadly) controversial articles with the admonition not to read the comments. I then, of course, proceed to read the comments.  What’s funny is that I don’t, normally, even.  I take it as a given that …

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AI: Harassment Where There Shouldn’t Be Harassment

Last week, there was a Slutwalk in the city where I leave. It was the first one I was able to attend, and came in a week marked by various protests and public manifestations here in Brazil, which made it bigger and better covered by the press. It was beautiful …

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