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Sai (saizai)8,693@117472075050913769851 & @103112149634414554669 designing vocabulary for UNLWS (s.ai/nlws), the non-linear written language. We're starting with Herodotus' story of the Egyptians' investigation of who had the most ancient language. Might do more if there's interest. For this one, you can participate w/ comments or q&a; future ones might include others on video or the like. If you're curious as to how we work on UNLWS together, this is it.UNLWS Vocab Creation Hangout #12014-12-06 21:27:563  
Make Your Laws302Following up from the April 23rd meeting, the Federal Election Commission is slated to discuss @100183759660923071401' Bitcoin advisory opinion request (AOR) and how to compromise between the two previous drafts. Draft C: http://saos.fec.gov/aodocs/201402_2.pdf More info: https://makeyourlaws.org/fec/bitcoin Join @103112149634414554669  live for the meeting, and get on the hangout afterwards if you'd like to discuss it or ask questions. Link to join the hangout will be posted here. Previous: http://youtube.com/watch?v=R9QhBI2onLE2nd FEC meeting about MYL's Bitcoin request (AOR 2014-02)2014-05-08 16:00:003  
Make Your Laws302The FEC is having a webinar about e-filing on April 2, 1-2:15pm Eastern. http://www.fec.gov/info/outreach.shtml#roundtables Anyone who wants to join the hangout (before or after the FEC meeting) is welcome to chat about MYL's tech progression (including e.g. making an open-source Ruby gem for FEC e-filing).FEC e-filing roundtable; MYL tech update2014-04-02 18:45:003  
Sai (saizai)8,693Sai's ASL tutorial beta test, take 2 (Sun @ 4)2012-11-19 01:00:004  

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2015-06-29 10:38:11 (28 comments, 10 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

trigger warning: explaining things too well with video clips of people being awful to trans people. (Thanks, +Fish N​!)

Most reshares: 35

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2015-07-18 03:07:18 (2 comments, 35 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Most plusones: 34

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2015-06-29 21:42:27 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Visited ECAD to interview re service dogs, what they would or wouldn't be able to do for me, etc. Here's one of them (a very sweet and energetic black lab).

Now to figure out if/how I can raise $10-25k in a year to cover the cost … and come to terms with whether I'm "disabled enough" to deserve a service dog.

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2015-08-01 02:44:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-31 15:56:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Starting to get the docs, as encrypted ZIP files by email. TSA sayz:

"Unfortunately, we are not authorized to view or use this site, Dropbox.com, at this time. The following 6 emails contain your response letter and the interim response we mailed to you on a CD, 7/30/15. The final email will contain the password for these documents."

I offered them a Dropbox upload link, FTP on my server, or using their FTP. Oh well, email it is…

So far 1 zip file received, containing:
Records responsive to part 1-b Bates 63-73.pdf (2M)
Records responsive to part 1-c Bates 74-140.pdf (13M)
Records responsive to part 2 Bates 408.pdf (.6M)

… but haven't gotten the password yet. (Also, how is sending a password by a separate email more secure? O.o)

Irony: one of their emails got flagged as infected by their own system. Yay homelandsec... more »

TSA just filed: "Defendant can report that, on July 30, 2015, the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) is sending an interim response to Plaintiff’s FOIA request for TSA policies and procedures, dated March 18, 2013 (FOIA Case No. 2015-TSLI-00004, formerly FOIA Case No. 2013-TSFO-00239), and that the interim response reflects the processing of over 1,800 pages of responsive records. TSA’s FOIA Branch continues to process this request and will provide additional release determinations to Plaintiff as records are processed."

… I have not yet received that, but should be fun. Progress!___Starting to get the docs, as encrypted ZIP files by email. TSA sayz:

"Unfortunately, we are not authorized to view or use this site, Dropbox.com, at this time. The following 6 emails contain your response letter and the interim response we mailed to you on a CD, 7/30/15. The final email will contain the password for these documents."

I offered them a Dropbox upload link, FTP on my server, or using their FTP. Oh well, email it is…

So far 1 zip file received, containing:
Records responsive to part 1-b Bates 63-73.pdf (2M)
Records responsive to part 1-c Bates 74-140.pdf (13M)
Records responsive to part 2 Bates 408.pdf (.6M)

… but haven't gotten the password yet. (Also, how is sending a password by a separate email more secure? O.o)

Irony: one of their emails got flagged as infected by their own system. Yay homeland security!

"FILE QUARANTINED

Microsoft Forefront Protection for Exchange Server removed a file since it was found to be infected.
File name: "Sai2.zip"
Malware name: "Exceedingly compressed size""

2015-07-30 23:49:21 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

TSA just filed: "Defendant can report that, on July 30, 2015, the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) is sending an interim response to Plaintiff’s FOIA request for TSA policies and procedures, dated March 18, 2013 (FOIA Case No. 2015-TSLI-00004, formerly FOIA Case No. 2013-TSFO-00239), and that the interim response reflects the processing of over 1,800 pages of responsive records. TSA’s FOIA Branch continues to process this request and will provide additional release determinations to Plaintiff as records are processed."

… I have not yet received that, but should be fun. Progress!

TSA just filed: "Defendant can report that, on July 30, 2015, the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) is sending an interim response to Plaintiff’s FOIA request for TSA policies and procedures, dated March 18, 2013 (FOIA Case No. 2015-TSLI-00004, formerly FOIA Case No. 2013-TSFO-00239), and that the interim response reflects the processing of over 1,800 pages of responsive records. TSA’s FOIA Branch continues to process this request and will provide additional release determinations to Plaintiff as records are processed."

… I have not yet received that, but should be fun. Progress!___

2015-07-30 23:02:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

[trying to sightread piano after having not played in a long time] Hmm. Haydn's Sonata in D Maj. Seems fun. [plays something vaguely passable]
[reading next title] Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody? Sounds familiar…
[looking at notes] … aaaand that's a nope on even trying to sightread this. 
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[trying to sightread piano after having not played in a long time] Hmm. Haydn's Sonata in D Maj. Seems fun. [plays something vaguely passable]
[reading next title] Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody? Sounds familiar…
[looking at notes] … aaaand that's a nope on even trying to sightread this. 
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2015-07-30 00:13:55 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Sing along, everybody!

It's pub-lic do-main
It's pub-lic do-main
It's pub-lic, you assholes
It's pub-lic do-main

$2m per year, for 80 years, plus pre-judgment interest, plus inflation, is a hell of a lot of money. Sadly, most of it is barred from collection because of the statute of limitations (and laches), but it's still going to take a huge chunk out of Warner Music's hide.

Sing along, everybody!

It's pub-lic do-main
It's pub-lic do-main
It's pub-lic, you assholes
It's pub-lic do-main

$2m per year, for 80 years, plus pre-judgment interest, plus inflation, is a hell of a lot of money. Sadly, most of it is barred from collection because of the statute of limitations (and laches), but it's still going to take a huge chunk out of Warner Music's hide.___

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2015-07-28 19:13:19 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Concerned about dark money? Please comment publicly on our contribution laundering petition. See email @ link — it's easy, and this is a real opportunity to finally plug the loophole.

Contribution laundering & Ravel/Weintraub PFRs to go up tomorrow

https://www.makeyourlaws.org/fec/laundering
https://www.makeyourlaws.org/fec/ravel_weintraub

The first is a fairly narrow proposal we made specifically to address the C4/C6->SuperPAC contribution laundering loophole. It's made narrowly to not require disclosure of funds used for issue advocacy, nor small donors, while still ensuring disclosure of significant sources of money that ultimately gets used to influence an election.

The second is a verbatim resubmission of the Ravel/Weintraub PFR, to encourage broader public discussion and proposals and moot the procedural concerns with Commissioners petitioning their own agency.

Public and private feedback welcome on both. See the pages for instructions on how to file public comments.___Concerned about dark money? Please comment publicly on our contribution laundering petition. See email @ link — it's easy, and this is a real opportunity to finally plug the loophole.

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2015-07-27 04:36:30 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Interesting, especially if you think about its application to eg Google's self driving cars. See part 2 about just that: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/johnnycab-automation-paradox-pt-2/

Interesting, especially if you think about its application to eg Google's self driving cars. See part 2 about just that: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/johnnycab-automation-paradox-pt-2/___

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2015-07-26 20:59:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-26 18:40:20 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-26 16:53:34 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Actual court judgment: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VYnVSZVlQbEZmMzA/view?usp=sharing

Decided to send them the W-9 because there's a colorable argument that maybe the IRS lets them do backup withholding, and I don't want to be in a proxy argument with the IRS about it.

Also sent them a settlement offer for the parts the court didn't rule about, which I could still sue for. :-)

Went to court today for trial in my lawsuit against +Equifax. (They refused to update my report, refused to give me a copy, gave knowingly false information to two creditors that resulted in adverse action, etc. — despite pretty extreme lengths I went to get them notified.)

Their excuse: "we get thousands of faxes a month". OK, but I tried a dozen times over a year, and they're a multi-billion dollar company. So I think they can afford a few more fax lines to comply with statutory obligations.

They did update my credit report… the day before trial. And gave me a copy during the hearing. (I filed in October, and they have a 1-month statutory obligation to update their records.)

And that updated credit report is wrong. Address misspelled, no credit score (required by state law), two incorrect, derogatory accounts (one from a collections agency that notified all the CRAs a year ago that they were deleting their report)…

They flew out a senior manager from Atlanta to come to the trial, rather than hiring some local lawyer. I think they may end up paying me more than the settlement offer I made that they rejected. Statutory damages are around $1k per, plus unlimited punitive damages; small claims court is limited to awards of $5k + costs.

TBD. Should have the verdict in a week.

Will be funny if they refuse to pay and I get to file collections against them.___Actual court judgment: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VYnVSZVlQbEZmMzA/view?usp=sharing

Decided to send them the W-9 because there's a colorable argument that maybe the IRS lets them do backup withholding, and I don't want to be in a proxy argument with the IRS about it.

Also sent them a settlement offer for the parts the court didn't rule about, which I could still sue for. :-)

2015-07-24 21:03:58 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

It's interesting how much faster and more polite agency FOIA responses are when responding to an email that CCs an @nytimes.com email address.

It's interesting how much faster and more polite agency FOIA responses are when responding to an email that CCs an @nytimes.com email address.___

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2015-07-21 23:51:17 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-21 22:03:45 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

… aaaaaand they're refusing to pay me unless I give them a W-9. Because "We also do not have your tax information and bank account information." Also, they threatened to "deduct anticipated taxes". Which, BTW, is totally not legal.

So I sent them a debtor's examination interrogatory to find out their assets to be seized with a writ of execution, aka "have cops seize their shit and sell it, and charge them for the cost of doing so".

I am so not interested in more of their bullshit.

Went to court today for trial in my lawsuit against +Equifax. (They refused to update my report, refused to give me a copy, gave knowingly false information to two creditors that resulted in adverse action, etc. — despite pretty extreme lengths I went to get them notified.)

Their excuse: "we get thousands of faxes a month". OK, but I tried a dozen times over a year, and they're a multi-billion dollar company. So I think they can afford a few more fax lines to comply with statutory obligations.

They did update my credit report… the day before trial. And gave me a copy during the hearing. (I filed in October, and they have a 1-month statutory obligation to update their records.)

And that updated credit report is wrong. Address misspelled, no credit score (required by state law), two incorrect, derogatory accounts (one from a collections agency that notified all the CRAs a year ago that they were deleting their report)…

They flew out a senior manager from Atlanta to come to the trial, rather than hiring some local lawyer. I think they may end up paying me more than the settlement offer I made that they rejected. Statutory damages are around $1k per, plus unlimited punitive damages; small claims court is limited to awards of $5k + costs.

TBD. Should have the verdict in a week.

Will be funny if they refuse to pay and I get to file collections against them.___… aaaaaand they're refusing to pay me unless I give them a W-9. Because "We also do not have your tax information and bank account information." Also, they threatened to "deduct anticipated taxes". Which, BTW, is totally not legal.

So I sent them a debtor's examination interrogatory to find out their assets to be seized with a writ of execution, aka "have cops seize their shit and sell it, and charge them for the cost of doing so".

I am so not interested in more of their bullshit.

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2015-07-18 12:20:23 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-18 03:07:18 (2 comments, 35 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-18 02:57:20 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-17 19:25:26 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

I won.
 
http://www.jud2.ct.gov/Small_Claims/sc_SearchDocketResult.asp?CaseStatus=ALL&VenueLoc=SCC&Docket_Number=556291&IncludeParty=on&Activity=ALL

Less than their final offer, though not under NDA. Plus their report still has outstanding errors that I told them to fix, so if they don't correct those, it'll be another case, with extra penalties…

Went to court today for trial in my lawsuit against +Equifax. (They refused to update my report, refused to give me a copy, gave knowingly false information to two creditors that resulted in adverse action, etc. — despite pretty extreme lengths I went to get them notified.)

Their excuse: "we get thousands of faxes a month". OK, but I tried a dozen times over a year, and they're a multi-billion dollar company. So I think they can afford a few more fax lines to comply with statutory obligations.

They did update my credit report… the day before trial. And gave me a copy during the hearing. (I filed in October, and they have a 1-month statutory obligation to update their records.)

And that updated credit report is wrong. Address misspelled, no credit score (required by state law), two incorrect, derogatory accounts (one from a collections agency that notified all the CRAs a year ago that they were deleting their report)…

They flew out a senior manager from Atlanta to come to the trial, rather than hiring some local lawyer. I think they may end up paying me more than the settlement offer I made that they rejected. Statutory damages are around $1k per, plus unlimited punitive damages; small claims court is limited to awards of $5k + costs.

TBD. Should have the verdict in a week.

Will be funny if they refuse to pay and I get to file collections against them.___I won.
 
http://www.jud2.ct.gov/Small_Claims/sc_SearchDocketResult.asp?CaseStatus=ALL&VenueLoc=SCC&Docket_Number=556291&IncludeParty=on&Activity=ALL

Less than their final offer, though not under NDA. Plus their report still has outstanding errors that I told them to fix, so if they don't correct those, it'll be another case, with extra penalties…

2015-07-14 21:54:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For the law geeks in the audience:
1. What is a major case whose direct outcome you support, but whose argument or implications you oppose? 
2. What is a major case whose direct outcome you oppose, but whose argument or implications you support?

For the law geeks in the audience:
1. What is a major case whose direct outcome you support, but whose argument or implications you oppose? 
2. What is a major case whose direct outcome you oppose, but whose argument or implications you support?___

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2015-07-13 23:00:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

See s.ai/tsa_spot for the full list.

See s.ai/tsa_spot for the full list.___

2015-07-12 23:17:56 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Alt-history idea: what would have happened if the North had tried to secede from the Union, leaving the United States to the slaveholding South and forming a separate abolitionist Northern Confederacy?

Alt-history idea: what would have happened if the North had tried to secede from the Union, leaving the United States to the slaveholding South and forming a separate abolitionist Northern Confederacy?___

2015-07-12 22:52:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I just realized a major irony (and possible way to frame the legal argument) in my 2nd TSA case. Normally, you can't sue the government without first "exhausting administrative remedies", i.e. you have to go through their process first.

Rehab Act lawsuits are exempt from that requirement, for reasons best glossed over. TSA is saying that therefore, I have no right to require them to give me administrative remedies (i.e. responses to my complaints), no matter what their regs and promises said about deadlines.

I'm in the unusual position of saying that I want to require the government to provide administrative remedies — for some of the same reasons that usually are argued by the government (e.g. creating a better record for litigation, having options for out-of-court settlement, etc). Usually it's the government that argues that someone should have to bere... more »

I just realized a major irony (and possible way to frame the legal argument) in my 2nd TSA case. Normally, you can't sue the government without first "exhausting administrative remedies", i.e. you have to go through their process first.

Rehab Act lawsuits are exempt from that requirement, for reasons best glossed over. TSA is saying that therefore, I have no right to require them to give me administrative remedies (i.e. responses to my complaints), no matter what their regs and promises said about deadlines.

I'm in the unusual position of saying that I want to require the government to provide administrative remedies — for some of the same reasons that usually are argued by the government (e.g. creating a better record for litigation, having options for out-of-court settlement, etc). Usually it's the government that argues that someone should have to be required to use their administrative remedies first. Anyway, hopefully I can use this against them…___

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2015-07-12 16:24:03 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

What is a "cisgender" person?

/snerk, via http://gronkwena.tumblr.com/post/72589507067 (Diana Siscombe)

What is a "cisgender" person?

/snerk, via http://gronkwena.tumblr.com/post/72589507067 (Diana Siscombe)___

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2015-07-12 11:18:54 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Here's a fairly interesting idea for districting. One point on which he's obviously right IMO: specify a utility function, not an algorithm. http://bdistricting.com/about.html

Here's a fairly interesting idea for districting. One point on which he's obviously right IMO: specify a utility function, not an algorithm. http://bdistricting.com/about.html___

2015-07-12 01:45:30 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I like this lawyer's explanation style. He's admirably blunt: "I sue debt collectors." And then he explains the kinds of asshole moves that debt collectors can pull that can get them sued. (Of course, it virtually always settles out of court.)

http://www.lstradio.com/iatl/#ep13 / http://www.lawpoint.com

I like this lawyer's explanation style. He's admirably blunt: "I sue debt collectors." And then he explains the kinds of asshole moves that debt collectors can pull that can get them sued. (Of course, it virtually always settles out of court.)

http://www.lstradio.com/iatl/#ep13 / http://www.lawpoint.com___

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2015-07-10 22:50:47 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Sounds familiar.

Sounds familiar.___

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2015-07-09 11:56:34 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Time travel in film is hard to pull off well, and this one does so with a great double twist and humor. h/t +Amber Yust​

Easily one of the best time travel shorts I've ever seen.___Time travel in film is hard to pull off well, and this one does so with a great double twist and humor. h/t +Amber Yust​

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2015-07-08 21:00:45 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Privilege visualized.

Champion this activity amongst your peers: http://ginsberg.umich.edu/content/privilege-walk-activity and/or http://www.buzzfeed.com/dayshavedewi/what-is-privilege

Privilege visualized.

Champion this activity amongst your peers: http://ginsberg.umich.edu/content/privilege-walk-activity and/or http://www.buzzfeed.com/dayshavedewi/what-is-privilege___

2015-07-08 16:34:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

So I guess I should get a service dog, since it would make a significant impact on my ability to live independently (and might save my life). 

The next question: can I raise enough money to do so? If you or your employer could help (or you know someone who could), please take a second to fill out this survey. I'm not asking for donations now — just trying to figure out what my options are. Thanks in advance!

So I guess I should get a service dog, since it would make a significant impact on my ability to live independently (and might save my life). 

The next question: can I raise enough money to do so? If you or your employer could help (or you know someone who could), please take a second to fill out this survey. I'm not asking for donations now — just trying to figure out what my options are. Thanks in advance!___

2015-07-08 14:49:44 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm looking for a home for the next few months, starting ~July 29. Preferably in a co-op-ish environment (i.e. shared meals, friendly interactions) and near transit (since I don't have a vehicle and have limited mobility). The plan is to get a UK visa that lets me stay w/ +Alex Fink in London until I go to law school in fall 2016.

In the meantime, though… if you or someone you know could give me a home for the next few months, please let me know. http://s.ai/housing covers the basics.

I'm looking for a home for the next few months, starting ~July 29. Preferably in a co-op-ish environment (i.e. shared meals, friendly interactions) and near transit (since I don't have a vehicle and have limited mobility). The plan is to get a UK visa that lets me stay w/ +Alex Fink in London until I go to law school in fall 2016.

In the meantime, though… if you or someone you know could give me a home for the next few months, please let me know. http://s.ai/housing covers the basics.___

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2015-07-07 14:34:27 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-07 03:59:57 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Filed, with two minutes to spare. #70:
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BzmetJxi-p0VS1RDTkZfZHRrdmM#list

Finishing up one of the two big motions in my TSA case — my reply in support of partial summary judgment. I'm now on the "no, TSA does not get to violate its own regulations" section. That really ought to go without saying, but their main defense is that I shouldn't get to make them do what they and their regulations said they'd do. (Srsly.) It's due by midnight Eastern time today; you can watch me write it (or contribute in document comments) if you want. :-P___Filed, with two minutes to spare. #70:
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BzmetJxi-p0VS1RDTkZfZHRrdmM#list

2015-07-06 23:58:31 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Finishing up one of the two big motions in my TSA case — my reply in support of partial summary judgment. I'm now on the "no, TSA does not get to violate its own regulations" section. That really ought to go without saying, but their main defense is that I shouldn't get to make them do what they and their regulations said they'd do. (Srsly.) It's due by midnight Eastern time today; you can watch me write it (or contribute in document comments) if you want. :-P

Finishing up one of the two big motions in my TSA case — my reply in support of partial summary judgment. I'm now on the "no, TSA does not get to violate its own regulations" section. That really ought to go without saying, but their main defense is that I shouldn't get to make them do what they and their regulations said they'd do. (Srsly.) It's due by midnight Eastern time today; you can watch me write it (or contribute in document comments) if you want. :-P___

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2015-07-06 02:18:31 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Gah so cute. Also gah that if I get a service dog, it'd be my fault in separating the dog from its first humans. :-/

Gah so cute. Also gah that if I get a service dog, it'd be my fault in separating the dog from its first humans. :-/___

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2015-07-04 03:24:06 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-03 19:37:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Tradition!

Tradition!___

2015-07-03 19:02:21 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Had another atonic-tonic episode yesterday. Probably the most physically awkward one yet.

It was ~10pm. I was mid sentence, had just sat down on a stool by the kitchen counter, and had maybe a half second of warning (enough to put my stick out to tripod myself but not to get onto the floor in recovery position or say something). Was facing away from Brown, so it took a bit of time for them to notice something was wrong (until I was starting to slowly lose balance).

Brown helped me get down to the floor safely, but the dining table and kitchen counter were both in the way. We weren't really able to get me moved to a better location without causing more pain from neck / hip torsion, so I ended up spending about an hour under the table with Brown trying to make sure I wasn't hitting bone against wood too hard.

After getting my emergency meds it got better a bit and I... more »

Had another atonic-tonic episode yesterday. Probably the most physically awkward one yet.

It was ~10pm. I was mid sentence, had just sat down on a stool by the kitchen counter, and had maybe a half second of warning (enough to put my stick out to tripod myself but not to get onto the floor in recovery position or say something). Was facing away from Brown, so it took a bit of time for them to notice something was wrong (until I was starting to slowly lose balance).

Brown helped me get down to the floor safely, but the dining table and kitchen counter were both in the way. We weren't really able to get me moved to a better location without causing more pain from neck / hip torsion, so I ended up spending about an hour under the table with Brown trying to make sure I wasn't hitting bone against wood too hard.

After getting my emergency meds it got better a bit and I eventually fell asleep for a couple hours. Woke up at 1am, groggy and a foggy, but able to at least walk myself to bed.

On the plus side, I didn't lose swallow, tongue-click, or index finger functionality during any of it. On the negative side, I probably would have been injured if I'd fallen from the stool, I had muscle spasms that made me hit my limbs on nearby wood, and I couldn't move my limbs at all (just eyes, mouth, and a couple fingers).

If a service dog had been there… I don't think the dog would've been able to do much other than possibly alert Brown a bit earlier (unless I get very lucky and it can detect onsets before I can, in which case the dangerous situation could've been entirely avoided), or possibly to act as a big furry pillow to prevent me from hitting my limbs against the table legs. Plus the mental relaxation.

Brown didn't have the strength to just lift and move me (eg to the nearby couch). A dog might have the strength to drag me, though as dead weight unable to move my own limbs to avoid injury and with table legs in the way, that seems like a difficult proposition.

No obvious trigger; was feeling fine beforehand, had just had most of dinner, was talking and walking (though with my stick), etc.

Sooooo yeah. I think that makes three or four in the last year or so. Not as bad as others (e.g. I didn't lose swallow or basic communication mechanisms, lasted only an hour), but pretty physically awkward.

Maybe I should just start avoiding any sort of unstable seating like stools. :-/___

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2015-07-03 17:14:04 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I'm not really sure how to feel about this. The parts described — letting the kid have the gender expression, name, pronoun, etc they want — seem obviously fine to me. But there's at least an implication about whether medical treatment would be appropriate.

Hormonal treatment pre-puberty would surely be more effective than post- (e.g. androgen insensitivity syndrome seems like proof of that), but I've no idea how much benefit that tapers off at much earlier ages. And I really have no idea how early a child can develop a coherent, lasting gender identity (enough to justify medical intervention), nor how one would be able to tell.

Tough question, balancing the future adult's informed desire / consent vs the greater effectiveness of early treatment. Reminds me a bit of the cochlear implant issue in Deaf culture.

Also makes me wish there were more options forles... more »

I'm not really sure how to feel about this. The parts described — letting the kid have the gender expression, name, pronoun, etc they want — seem obviously fine to me. But there's at least an implication about whether medical treatment would be appropriate.

Hormonal treatment pre-puberty would surely be more effective than post- (e.g. androgen insensitivity syndrome seems like proof of that), but I've no idea how much benefit that tapers off at much earlier ages. And I really have no idea how early a child can develop a coherent, lasting gender identity (enough to justify medical intervention), nor how one would be able to tell.

Tough question, balancing the future adult's informed desire / consent vs the greater effectiveness of early treatment. Reminds me a bit of the cochlear implant issue in Deaf culture.

Also makes me wish there were more options for less all-or-nothing gender transition, and for reversibility / more effective post-adolescent treatment. Partially that's purely a medical technology issue, partially it's cultural, in that transitioning a little bit (or to a nonbinary gender) isn't as supported as transitioning to a strongly held binary gender identity.___

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2015-07-02 04:36:46 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Got my laptop operational again… just barely in time to write up my reply (69) re. the IFP affidavit privacy motion (65, 66) that TSA opposed (67).

Had to file an emergency motion for extension (68) last week (reason: "my hard drive is dying"). Next up: PSJ reply by July 6, MTD response by July 11. Wish I had more spoons…

Got my laptop operational again… just barely in time to write up my reply (69) re. the IFP affidavit privacy motion (65, 66) that TSA opposed (67).

Had to file an emergency motion for extension (68) last week (reason: "my hard drive is dying"). Next up: PSJ reply by July 6, MTD response by July 11. Wish I had more spoons…___

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2015-07-01 19:04:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-30 18:06:00 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

At Villa Pizza at NYC port authority bus terminal just now, navigating blind, the employees just straight up lied to me. I asked if they had anything vegetarian other than pizza, and they said no. A manager they said that actually they have salad, muffins / cookies, garlic bread, etc. I'm pretty sure they also had cheese bread, but they said they didn't. Lying to a blind person = zero stars.

http://goo.gl/maps/GwyOM

At Villa Pizza at NYC port authority bus terminal just now, navigating blind, the employees just straight up lied to me. I asked if they had anything vegetarian other than pizza, and they said no. A manager they said that actually they have salad, muffins / cookies, garlic bread, etc. I'm pretty sure they also had cheese bread, but they said they didn't. Lying to a blind person = zero stars.

http://goo.gl/maps/GwyOM___

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2015-06-29 21:42:27 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Visited ECAD to interview re service dogs, what they would or wouldn't be able to do for me, etc. Here's one of them (a very sweet and energetic black lab).

Now to figure out if/how I can raise $10-25k in a year to cover the cost … and come to terms with whether I'm "disabled enough" to deserve a service dog.

Visited ECAD to interview re service dogs, what they would or wouldn't be able to do for me, etc. Here's one of them (a very sweet and energetic black lab).

Now to figure out if/how I can raise $10-25k in a year to cover the cost … and come to terms with whether I'm "disabled enough" to deserve a service dog.___

2015-06-29 13:53:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

In NYC today and some of tomorrow. If you are too and want to meet up, please ping me privately.

In NYC today and some of tomorrow. If you are too and want to meet up, please ping me privately.___

2015-06-29 13:24:22 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

On my way to service dog interview. A bit nervous about the whole thing. But if it works out (and I can raise the money…), would probably be very helpful. Will try to get some video to share.

Got laptop drive replaced yesterday. New drive itself seems good; SMART testing from Tails checked out clean. dd'd the device image back over, which seems to pass fsck and have a functional recovery partition, and boots / unlocks the encrypted system position in single user mode, but gets stuck on an obscure error trying to do full boot. Fortunately I have multiple forms of backup for that part (full device dd, partition dd, partition dmg image, file vault), so should be fixable. TBD when I get back tomorrow.

On my way to service dog interview. A bit nervous about the whole thing. But if it works out (and I can raise the money…), would probably be very helpful. Will try to get some video to share.

Got laptop drive replaced yesterday. New drive itself seems good; SMART testing from Tails checked out clean. dd'd the device image back over, which seems to pass fsck and have a functional recovery partition, and boots / unlocks the encrypted system position in single user mode, but gets stuck on an obscure error trying to do full boot. Fortunately I have multiple forms of backup for that part (full device dd, partition dd, partition dmg image, file vault), so should be fixable. TBD when I get back tomorrow.___

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2015-06-29 10:38:11 (28 comments, 10 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

trigger warning: explaining things too well with video clips of people being awful to trans people. (Thanks, +Fish N​!)

trigger warning: explaining things too well with video clips of people being awful to trans people. (Thanks, +Fish N​!)___

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2015-06-28 13:15:12 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-27 18:31:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

My thoughts on the Supreme Court's opinions in Obergefell v Hodges (the same sex marriage case just decided), in vlog format because typing on a phone keyboard is too damn cumbersome. Video broken, will redo later.

My thoughts on the Supreme Court's opinions in Obergefell v Hodges (the same sex marriage case just decided), in vlog format because typing on a phone keyboard is too damn cumbersome. Video broken, will redo later.___

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2015-06-27 17:34:10 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"It is a story I’ve seen repeated time and time again as my friends have disappeared off the site, often never to return. This time there’s a twist: I used to work there. In fact, I’m the trans woman who initiated the custom gender feature. And the name I go by on Facebook? That’s the name that was on my work badge."

"It is a story I’ve seen repeated time and time again as my friends have disappeared off the site, often never to return. This time there’s a twist: I used to work there. In fact, I’m the trans woman who initiated the custom gender feature. And the name I go by on Facebook? That’s the name that was on my work badge."___

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2015-06-27 16:15:54 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This just in: Scalia talks to hippies. Also, something probably implied about his own marriage here.

This just in: Scalia talks to hippies. Also, something probably implied about his own marriage here.___

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2015-06-27 16:04:25 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

It's curious what kinds of lack of representation Scalia finds objectionable. No mention of race, gender, non-Christianity, orientation, age, generation of immigrant, being the subject of criminal justice, etc… I somehow doubt he would be quite so concerned with that part of the Court's makeup. He's not wrong on what he says here, but I find his silence more telling.

(Also, "no true Westerner"? Seriously? That's nearly verbatim the name of a fallacy…)

It's curious what kinds of lack of representation Scalia finds objectionable. No mention of race, gender, non-Christianity, orientation, age, generation of immigrant, being the subject of criminal justice, etc… I somehow doubt he would be quite so concerned with that part of the Court's makeup. He's not wrong on what he says here, but I find his silence more telling.

(Also, "no true Westerner"? Seriously? That's nearly verbatim the name of a fallacy…)___

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