Afternoon Inqueery

AI: Incidental Media Representation

There are a few pieces of media that I consume regularly – xkcd is the one that comes most immediately to mind, probably because I’ve got two printed comics on the bulletin board just behind my monitor – that I find myself increasingly appreciative of simply in how they employ …

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Afternoon Inqueery

AI: The Annoyingly Variable Nature of Perceived Time

This is the time of year – this, and November – where I feel like weeks are slipping past me so quickly I’ll never get half the things done that I want to.  Even though I’m not an undergrad dealing with exams (except for the one-ish class a year I …

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Afternoon InqueeryEducationRandom AsidesScience

AI: Unwanted Education

This semester, I’m taking what is probably the worst course I have to take in order to become a biologist: parasitology. First class consisted of an hour and a half of Ascaris lumbricoides, look it up (or, you know, don’t). First month will consist solely of helminthes, which are worm-like …

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Afternoon Inqueery

AI: Valentine’s Day

I have such a very patchy history with this pseudo-holiday.  Some years it’s something I put a lot of effort into; some it seems like a cruel joke designed to make as many people as humanly possible feel inadequate and miserable all at once.  Every year I find myself hating …

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Afternoon InqueeryCross-CulturalismFeminismRandom Asides

AI: Carnaval

So this next week is Carnaval here in Brasil! Since my girlfriend is somewhere in Europe right now, to me this means I get a week off to try to read and study and sleep as much as I never have time to during working weeks, but for most Brazilians …

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Afternoon Inqueery

AI: Work hard, play harder

I have been told many times by many people that I take my recreation far too seriously, that if I want to have ‘fun’ I need to stop turning all my play into work.  I can somewhat see their point – all my hobbies ultimately become projects with deadlines, whether …

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AI: Governmental Measures

This week, Brazilian government announced that trans* people will have the right to use their social names – that is, the name they chose and that fits their identity – to present themselves within the Sistema Universal de Saúde/SUS (Universal Healthcare System). The legal names don’t cease to exist, as …

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AI: Mansplaining

A while ago, when my sister was visiting, somehow the subject of how women are treated differently from men in basically any job they end up in arised, and she came up with an example back where she lives, of a company that will not hire women because they may …

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