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a morning practice|
I have many thoughts to spill out, but maybe most are better served by my personal journal. But I have been thinking that I want to more regularly publish vignettes of thoughts publicly; less well-formed, less "pointful", less edited, less coherent, more thoughts and ideas. Here is one.( unformed thoughts: a morning practiceCollapse )This entry was originally posted at http://joshua0.dreamwidth.org/63079.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Tags: vignette, yoga
Whether you imported your LiveJournal account
or not (my opinion: you should; then you will have continuity), you should also remember to claim your LiveJournal OpenID
, which is a non-obvious part of the LJ-to-DW transition process
. Go do this now to save yourself and other people headache.
(Why? When you import your LiveJournal account, you create subscribe-and-access links to a bunch of LiveJournal people, but you still exist twice, according to DreamWidth -- once as "you.dreamwidth.org", and once as "you.livejournal.com". So if people imported their LiveJournal accounts, and have you as friends, you still won't be able to see them, because they gave access to your LiveJournal instance; you need to link the two, so that DreamWidth knows that they actually meant to give access to your DreamWidth instance, too. For bonus points, this also means that all of the comments that got imported by your LiveJournal name into other people's journals will now be attributed to your DreamWidth name, too.)This entry was originally posted at http://joshua0.dreamwidth.org/62851.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
2016 in music|
I liked the idea of last year's review of music
so much that I went and wrote down everything that I bought (and a bunch of things that I listened to otherwise this year). A handful of things were released this year, but only narrowly a majority: I discovered a lot of stuff from years past that I liked! Anyway, let's do it:( --- More (3873 words) ---Collapse )
So what did I miss?This entry was originally posted at http://joshua0.dreamwidth.org/62706.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
This journal has moved!|
Like many others seem to have these days, I've moved. You can now find my weblog at joshua0.dreamwidth.org
. Public posts will continue to be crossposted to LiveJournal for some time, but my LiveJournal account will be phased out.This entry was originally posted at http://joshua0.dreamwidth.org/62260.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
2016: a short review|
When I started my yoga teacher training, I promised to myself that whatever I share would be true to what I experience. If that be all inspirational messages attached to pictures of me in absurd-seeming poses, then that would be what it'd be; but if the reality was something else (and I'll give you a hint: my feet still don't go behind my head), then whatever I wrote about would be something else. Well, the truth of it is that the human experience runs the gamut from light to darkness; being honest with you, and being honest with myself, means talking about both of them.
By September or October of 2016, I was on track, I felt, for one of the healthiest years I'd had yet. My physical health was relatively good, and moreover, my psychoemotional health was pretty good, too; I felt fairly resilient in the face of a year of what seemed like never-ending travel, and not a whole lot of time at home to rest and regenerate. You have, perhaps, heard
of some of these travels; the general theme, I think, is a place of challenge, but also a place of being able to handle the challenge. I was excited for the chance to write a positive end-of-the-year message, for once!
Suddenly, around November, though, the opposite. The election
was, perhaps, a microcosm of what felt like a world and structure of mental health that was crashing around me. I felt physically ill, too, as the demons that have always haunted -- and will always haunt -- me came back to visit; my body felt unable to even muster the energy to stay warm, let alone exercise, or take care of any of the other habits and routines that I am used to.
I felt like I spent a fair bit of the past few months offering reassurances to friends who seemed to be experiencing similar, with varying degrees of success. For a while, it was easy to make the motions of pretending to be okay -- and not letting on that I wasn't, because I knew that whether I was or not, they had the chance to be okay. It became difficult to reassure myself, too, when all of the usual tools in my toolbox seemed to bring nothing to bear. (At the same time, I shudder to think of what would become if I hadn't those tools available at all.)
These last couple weeks of being away from work and entirely taking time for myself have gone a long way towards recovery -- for which I am very thankful.
For those of you who read this, and who identified this year with the experience of the darkness: you are not alone. It can feel overwhelming. Your experience is uniquely yours, but you are not alone. I hope you'll remember that the light is there; check in with the people who see it sometimes.
And for those of you who read this who identified this year with the light: thank you for bringing that light with you. You, too, remember that the darkness is there; I hope that you'll check in with the people who see it sometimes, and shine the beacon brightly.
the work starts now.|
I wrote this over on Facebook:
I deliberately went to sleep last night with no knowledge of who was winning
or losing, but that didn't make it any easier when I woke up this morning to
a heartbreaking text from my mom: "Words can't express how sad I am at the
possible impact the next four years could have on the next 25 years of your
I am lucky that the impact, in the short term, will be but an inconvenience
for me. But I fear for the impact of the rise of the alt-right on some of
my closest friends. My trans friends, who I fear for the safety of. My
friends of color, who I fear the increase in the day to day abuse of. The women in my
life, who stand to face the consequences as our country travels back in
I don't know what happens next. But today isn't the last day that we'll
have to face together, and January 20th won't be, either. It's time to
redouble our commitments to each other, and to our communities. If you can,
give money and resources to organizations that matter. Get to know the
stories of the service workers around you whose lives are on the line.
Volunteer your time to work in the places and with the people that will be
hit the hardest.
The work starts now.
Here's a handful of resources and thoughts that I've collected
over the past 14 hours since I woke up. Some of these are a place of hope,
some a place of caution, and many are disturbing. Take care of yourself. I've continued to update this in the days after the election. I've also added * to the best things.
- the effects begin to appear
- * this
thread, by @absurdistwords: finally, empathy starts many tweets up, ends many tweets down. you'll have to
click 'show more' a few times. keep scrolling up past the top until
twitter's useless interface stops loading more tweets.
- * this
thread, by @LibyaLiberty: a connection to the middle east
church protects an undocumented immigrant for 9 months (caution:
- * this
thread, by @polotek: white people are divided. you'll have to click
'show more' a few more times.
- Zeynep Tufekci: this, among
others (this, this, and tangentially but importantly this) about social
media, and its impact on how information spreads. I cannot in stronger
terms state: if you are involved in an algorithm that controls how people
communicate, the responsibility for what happened last night was in part
- Maciej Ceglowski: this, among
others on the industry of selling your data to advertisers, and the data
collected; this, and
- relatedly, me,
on apps that sold you out.
- the ACLU is ready to fight.
"If you do not reverse course and instead endeavor to make these
campaign promises a reality, you will have to contend with the full
firepower of the ACLU at every step."
- this is
how the future voted.
- Lambda Legal.
- Southern Poverty Law Center.
- * National Domestic Workers
- "Seattle will remain a sanctuary city."
- US sanctuary cities.
- "All the research that we have suggests that this isn't really a problem." -- Zuck on filter bubbles
- No, I Will Not Give Trump A Chance
- * Autocracy: Rules for Survival
- Let's talk secure communications
- * "You belong here. This is a country of immigrants and common people. No vote will ever changed that."
- I worked for Congress for 6 years, and here's what I learned about how they listen to constituents.
- * 6 Reasons for Trump's Rise that No-One Talks About (or: "How Half Of America Lost Its Fucking Mind"). Really good post on what I like to call "closing the empathy gap".
- * The 2016 Election Isn't Over Yet (opportunity to act: there is a senate candidate remaining in Louisiana)
- * Forget "Why?", it's time to get to work. How to do the work.
- Holy Fuck. Now What? Opportunities to volunteer and get involved.
- Risk of Democratic Erosion -- Reading List
Take care of yourselves, your friends, your families. Be there for each
other. And then once you have some time to spare, be there for your
The work starts now, but it doesn't end tomorrow, or next week, or next
year, or even in four years.
"God gave Adam a secret — and that secret was not how to
begin, but how to begin again."
That's Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man: the Joshua Wise Voter's Guide 2016|
(in the vein of slothman's "hold your nose and vote"; he has also recently published elected offices November 2016, ballot measures November 2016)
I just spent about two hours doing research on candidates and politics in
this year's election. So, without further ado, my notes, and my proposed
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a surreality in photos
More, recently. A trip into the Eastern Sierras -- a place I had been, but didn't remember. A trip back home -- a place I had been, and remembered full well. A trip to Shanghai, for work -- a place I hadn't before been at all. Still hard to write about, because for some of it, I don't even understand myself what enough of what it all meant to write about. So, another photoblog it is. Last time was snapshots of a reality; this time, perhaps, snapshots of a surreality. I hope you again enjoy.
On making homemade yogurt|
I accidentally uploaded your personal information, and I'm sorry|
Here's something that's been kicking about in the back of my mind for the past few days, ever since I saw it happen to me. Every time I think about it, I get really angry, and I feel like I should write about it; and then I get too angry to figure out how to structure a post. The gist of what follows is that an internet service stole your personal information from me. There are lots of people I could blame, but at the end of the day, the data was on my phone, and then it was in the cloud somewhere that I don't control. It came from me, and I apologize. This won't affect most people, but as you'll read, there are some that it could -- and the practice by which it took place, on a wider scale, is extremely dangerous for a handful of groups of people that we already systematically oppress.
This post has been updated since it was originally written to include another example.
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