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April 17 2016

little-tealeafs-nook:

prussanic-miscellanea:

euglassiajoanwatsonia:

prussanic-miscellanea:

euglassiajoanwatsonia:

prussanic-miscellanea:

euglassiajoanwatsonia:

prussanic-miscellanea said:

Public transport *tableflip* I can relate to the inconveniences of public transport.

And they charge you a small fortune for the inconvenience as though it’s actually worth that money.

Yup. I spend like $60AUD a fortnight on travel (and that’s a student concession; which means technically I’m not entitle to a seat if a full fair passenger is standing), and yesterday I was on a train so crowded I had to squeeze myself between the back of a seat and the wall (see the red arrows):

I think the space was only about 20-25 cm wide (left image), and there were at least 6 or 8 people in the aisle way (right image), plus another 8 or so in the vestibule behind the door. It’s outrageous.

I don’t know what your transport system is like, but ours is hideously overcrowded, too. In 2014, The Daily Telegraph published this photo in an article about overcrowding (left), but most days, on the suburban trains during peak hour, it looks more like this (right):

The buses are just as bad, if not worse (source):

And, being road based vehicles, overcrowding and over capacity on the buses is so much more concerning - the chances of being in a collision is so much higher on the road, than on rail.

The majority of buses and trains have CCTV, but I can tell you, from personal experience that when there are that many people on a bus, all you can see are heads, and shoulders. Anything could be happening, and the CCTV, nor most of the passengers would be any the wiser (and by ‘anything’ I mean assault, and by ‘could’ I mean did, does, and will continue to do so).

Sorry, that got away from me, and turned into a bit of a rant.

TL;DR: I feel you: public transport is inconvenient, inadequate, shitty, dangerous and expensive.

Being squeezed behind the seat must’ve been uncomfortable. It varies here. Rush hour public transport is usually a nightmare but generally not so bad the rest of the time. Rush hour on the Underground in Central London is absolute hell and should be avoided at all costs.

The bus I used to get to work was like that but the vast majority of people on it were school kids and sometimes it would get to the point where the driver wouldn’t even stop to let people on it was so crowded. Being squashed up against 50+ teenagers for half an hour at 8am was horrendous and not safe. After about a week I decided I’d walk a bit furthur to another stop to get a different bus and thankfully that one was usually ok. I was lucky I had that option.

It wasn’t too bad, because I am tiny, but I would have preferred not to be there. There is an occasional twinge from one of the muscles in my back, but I wasn’t squished up against any of the other commuters, so I consider that a win.

I’ll have to remember about the London Tube at peak hour though; I’ll be in the UK for a little while in July, and in London for a few days. London actually dwarfs Sydney, so I wouldn’t be surprised if peak hour in London was worse.

And school children on buses are pretty horrendous, although, in my experience mostly benign. Not good in a sensory sense, though. Loud, belligerent, often sweaty.

But yeah, things are really not designed form people who don’t drive, are they?

Oooh have fun in London!

Yeah the kids were pretty harmless but in that confined a space the noise seemed a lot worse. And personal space was non-existent.

I think a big part of them problem is that bus and train operators know that their regular customers have little choice but to use them and so they don’t care enough about making it better.

Okay, if by ‘bus and train operators’, you mean the organisation that runs the public transport newtork, then yes I whole heartedly agree. But if by ‘operators’ you mean the actual people driving the buses/trains, then I think in many ways, they’re just as hamstrung as the passengers.

In the case of train drivers and guards, they’re often in a separate compartment to the passengers, and may not actually know what is going on. The trains I travel on usually have one guard per four carriages (around 436 commuters).

Bus drivers, on the other hand, have more opportunity to get involved, but potentially at a higher personal cost (especially when it comes to school kids, because the parents and the school get involved and then duty of care factors in). I think it’s a little different with paid commuters, especially when a passenger explicitly asks the driver for help, and the driver ignores them (which is a thing that has been reported to have happened here).

Overall, the whole system is just completely and utterly flawed.

UGH CITY RAIL AND SYDNEY BUSES CAN GO TO HELL! I’m very Type A, and sometimes I’m sitting around waiting an hour for a bus that was supposed to come in three minutes, and it makes me late and that makes me so mad. And even then when the bus comes its so freaking crowded like why. And it ends up taking an hout to travel three kms, which I could have walked in a half hour. Ugh. Just ugh. @prussanic-miscellanea, have fun in London-I heard their public transport is pretty good!

Yep, I’ve been there before. Also see: “My train was running late, so even though I was suppose to have a 7 minute connection I missed my bus” and “Both my train and bus were running to time for once, but I still had to wait 27 minutes, because the buses only run every half hour.”

As for London, I have heard that their tube system completely eclipses our rail network, but I still think I’m going to err on the side of caution and avoid peak hour!

euglassiajoanwatsonia:

prussanic-miscellanea:

euglassiajoanwatsonia:

prussanic-miscellanea:

euglassiajoanwatsonia:

prussanic-miscellanea said:

Public transport *tableflip* I can relate to the inconveniences of public transport.

And they charge you a small fortune for the inconvenience as though it’s actually worth that money.

Yup. I spend like $60AUD a fortnight on travel (and that’s a student concession; which means technically I’m not entitle to a seat if a full fair passenger is standing), and yesterday I was on a train so crowded I had to squeeze myself between the back of a seat and the wall (see the red arrows):

I think the space was only about 20-25 cm wide (left image), and there were at least 6 or 8 people in the aisle way (right image), plus another 8 or so in the vestibule behind the door. It’s outrageous.

I don’t know what your transport system is like, but ours is hideously overcrowded, too. In 2014, The Daily Telegraph published this photo in an article about overcrowding (left), but most days, on the suburban trains during peak hour, it looks more like this (right):

The buses are just as bad, if not worse (source):

And, being road based vehicles, overcrowding and over capacity on the buses is so much more concerning - the chances of being in a collision is so much higher on the road, than on rail.

The majority of buses and trains have CCTV, but I can tell you, from personal experience that when there are that many people on a bus, all you can see are heads, and shoulders. Anything could be happening, and the CCTV, nor most of the passengers would be any the wiser (and by ‘anything’ I mean assault, and by ‘could’ I mean did, does, and will continue to do so).

Sorry, that got away from me, and turned into a bit of a rant.

TL;DR: I feel you: public transport is inconvenient, inadequate, shitty, dangerous and expensive.

Being squeezed behind the seat must’ve been uncomfortable. It varies here. Rush hour public transport is usually a nightmare but generally not so bad the rest of the time. Rush hour on the Underground in Central London is absolute hell and should be avoided at all costs.

The bus I used to get to work was like that but the vast majority of people on it were school kids and sometimes it would get to the point where the driver wouldn’t even stop to let people on it was so crowded. Being squashed up against 50+ teenagers for half an hour at 8am was horrendous and not safe. After about a week I decided I’d walk a bit furthur to another stop to get a different bus and thankfully that one was usually ok. I was lucky I had that option.

It wasn’t too bad, because I am tiny, but I would have preferred not to be there. There is an occasional twinge from one of the muscles in my back, but I wasn’t squished up against any of the other commuters, so I consider that a win.

I’ll have to remember about the London Tube at peak hour though; I’ll be in the UK for a little while in July, and in London for a few days. London actually dwarfs Sydney, so I wouldn’t be surprised if peak hour in London was worse.

And school children on buses are pretty horrendous, although, in my experience mostly benign. Not good in a sensory sense, though. Loud, belligerent, often sweaty.

But yeah, things are really not designed form people who don’t drive, are they?

Oooh have fun in London!

Yeah the kids were pretty harmless but in that confined a space the noise seemed a lot worse. And personal space was non-existent.

I think a big part of them problem is that bus and train operators know that their regular customers have little choice but to use them and so they don’t care enough about making it better.

Okay, if by ‘bus and train operators’, you mean the organisation that runs the public transport newtork, then yes I whole heartedly agree. But if by ‘operators’ you mean the actual people driving the buses/trains, then I think in many ways, they’re just as hamstrung as the passengers.

In the case of train drivers and guards, they’re often in a separate compartment to the passengers, and may not actually know what is going on. The trains I travel on usually have one guard per four carriages (around 436 commuters).

Bus drivers, on the other hand, have more opportunity to get involved, but potentially at a higher personal cost (especially when it comes to school kids, because the parents and the school get involved and then duty of care factors in). I think it’s a little different with paid commuters, especially when a passenger explicitly asks the driver for help, and the driver ignores them (which is a thing that has been reported to have happened here).

Overall, the whole system is just completely and utterly flawed.

April 16 2016

So I just saw an old guy, zipping along on his mobility scooter wearing a beanie embroidered with “YOLO”.

I suspect that either he thinks he is the hippest octogenarian ever, or he doesn’t know what “YOLO” means.

euglassiajoanwatsonia:

prussanic-miscellanea:

euglassiajoanwatsonia:

prussanic-miscellanea said:

Public transport *tableflip* I can relate to the inconveniences of public transport.

And they charge you a small fortune for the inconvenience as though it’s actually worth that money.

Yup. I spend like $60AUD a fortnight on travel (and that’s a student concession; which means technically I’m not entitle to a seat if a full fair passenger is standing), and yesterday I was on a train so crowded I had to squeeze myself between the back of a seat and the wall (see the red arrows):

I think the space was only about 20-25 cm wide (left image), and there were at least 6 or 8 people in the aisle way (right image), plus another 8 or so in the vestibule behind the door. It’s outrageous.

I don’t know what your transport system is like, but ours is hideously overcrowded, too. In 2014, The Daily Telegraph published this photo in an article about overcrowding (left), but most days, on the suburban trains during peak hour, it looks more like this (right):

The buses are just as bad, if not worse (source):

And, being road based vehicles, overcrowding and over capacity on the buses is so much more concerning - the chances of being in a collision is so much higher on the road, than on rail.

The majority of buses and trains have CCTV, but I can tell you, from personal experience that when there are that many people on a bus, all you can see are heads, and shoulders. Anything could be happening, and the CCTV, nor most of the passengers would be any the wiser (and by ‘anything’ I mean assault, and by ‘could’ I mean did, does, and will continue to do so).

Sorry, that got away from me, and turned into a bit of a rant.

TL;DR: I feel you: public transport is inconvenient, inadequate, shitty, dangerous and expensive.

Being squeezed behind the seat must’ve been uncomfortable. It varies here. Rush hour public transport is usually a nightmare but generally not so bad the rest of the time. Rush hour on the Underground in Central London is absolute hell and should be avoided at all costs.

The bus I used to get to work was like that but the vast majority of people on it were school kids and sometimes it would get to the point where the driver wouldn’t even stop to let people on it was so crowded. Being squashed up against 50+ teenagers for half an hour at 8am was horrendous and not safe. After about a week I decided I’d walk a bit furthur to another stop to get a different bus and thankfully that one was usually ok. I was lucky I had that option.

It wasn’t too bad, because I am tiny, but I would have preferred not to be there. There is an occasional twinge from one of the muscles in my back, but I wasn’t squished up against any of the other commuters, so I consider that a win.

I’ll have to remember about the London Tube at peak hour though; I’ll be in the UK for a little while in July, and in London for a few days. London actually dwarfs Sydney, so I wouldn’t be surprised if peak hour in London was worse.

And school children on buses are pretty horrendous, although, in my experience mostly benign. Not good in a sensory sense, though. Loud, belligerent, often sweaty.

But yeah, things are really not designed form people who don’t drive, are they?

euglassiajoanwatsonia:

prussanic-miscellanea said:

Public transport *tableflip* I can relate to the inconveniences of public transport.

And they charge you a small fortune for the inconvenience as though it’s actually worth that money.

Yup. I spend like $60AUD a fortnight on travel (and that’s a student concession; which means technically I’m not entitle to a seat if a full fair passenger is standing), and yesterday I was on a train so crowded I had to squeeze myself between the back of a seat and the wall (see the red arrows):

I think the space was only about 20-25 cm wide (left image), and there were at least 6 or 8 people in the aisle way (right image), plus another 8 or so in the vestibule behind the door. It’s outrageous.

I don’t know what your transport system is like, but ours is hideously overcrowded, too. In 2014, The Daily Telegraph published this photo in an article about overcrowding (left), but most days, on the suburban trains during peak hour, it looks more like this (right):

The buses are just as bad, if not worse (source):

And, being road based vehicles, overcrowding and over capacity on the buses is so much more concerning - the chances of being in a collision is so much higher on the road, than on rail.

The majority of buses and trains have CCTV, but I can tell you, from personal experience that when there are that many people on a bus, all you can see are heads, and shoulders. Anything could be happening, and the CCTV, nor most of the passengers would be any the wiser (and by ‘anything’ I mean assault, and by ‘could’ I mean did, does, and will continue to do so).

Sorry, that got away from me, and turned into a bit of a rant.

TL;DR: I feel you: public transport is inconvenient, inadequate, shitty, dangerous and expensive.

April 15 2016

Me: *realises that that really problematic thing I do is getting worse*

Me:

April 13 2016

Play fullscreen

@the-tabularium NOW YOU CAN ACTUALLY BE A BIRD!!!

THE FUTURE OF VR IS HERE!!

April 12 2016

Hotties of Melbourne Uni Community Page: Remove the "Hotties of Melbourne Uni" Facebook Page

The creator only wants 5000 signatures, and I think this is important.

April 10 2016

1069 0bde 500

(via Ironfest Steampunk)

THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT THIS IMAGE THAT I DO NOT LOVE.

IRONFEST IS COMING!

April 09 2016

You know what really fucking sucks? Having to rely on another person, to help you make decisions, because your executive dysfunction means that you are near incapable of making that decision on your own.

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But having that person not actually understand any of that, and instead just chipping in with their two cents worth, and pushing the envelope, because they think you should get something better: “It should be a 4G phone” and “I would advise against 16GB internal storage, it’s not enough, get a 32GB model” and “You should get a S5, it’s a better build quality than the motorola” and “It has a non-removable battery, so you won’t be able to replace it” and “That’s not a full HD screen” and “Yes, that model is newer, but overall the specs are lower.”

And even though all this is said with the best intent, it doesn’t fucking help; it just makes everything worse. And I fucking hate it, because I’m sitting here trying, truly trying, to sort out which fucking mobile phone I’m going to buy, and I just can’t.

It’s like being buried under an avalanch, not in the sense of inundation, but because I can’t tell which way is fucking up. Two weeks ago I vocally objected to the idea of needing 32GB of internal storage, with sound, rational reasons, and yet I’m sitting here, almost incapable of grasping the functional difference between 32GB and 16GB. I know the difference, logically, rationally, objectively. I know that all of my reasoning is sound, and yet it feels completely empty and hollow, and I just-

I can’t do this.

April 07 2016

Play fullscreen

YES. WALEED ALY AND LEE LIN CHIN FOR GOLD!

Check out the contempt on Karl Stefanovic’s face though. He doesn’t even try to hide his contempt. What a dick.

BUT ALSO: 

April 04 2016

April 02 2016

fozmeadows:

at this point, I think my gender can best be described as “tired”

March 29 2016

March 25 2016

March 17 2016

8-Bit Dynamic Life Pin Set

I feel like this has application for The Spoon Metaphor. I feel like it’s the sort of thing you could modify, so that instead of representing “Life-Force” as a function of distance, it represented Spoons left.

Of course, you’d only need one badge, and it’d require an input method that allowed the user to change the number of hearts lit up, depending on how they felt, but I still think there’s potential here.

March 10 2016

Deadpool’s Rule: that overt statements of queerness should always be read as literal, not joking, because queerness isn’t a fucking joke. If you can imagine Deadpool saying it, then it’s a canonical admission of queerness – because if not, you’re insisting that the only way for a character to prove their sexual orientation is to state, explicitly, “I’m gay/pan/bi/queer”, as though their actions will always be insufficiently demonstrative otherwise.
Foz Meadows on the epic denial of Deadpool’s bisexuality based on expressions of male queerness intended to be taken as jokes in entertainment 9 times out of 10. (via cassolotl)

Study: Dingo skull resistant to change from cross breeding with dogs - UNSW Science for society

A UNSW study published today in Evolutionary Biology has found the dingo skull shape remains unchanged by hybridisation, overturning long-held fears that cross breeding may result in the loss of the predator’s ecological niche.

“We know that cross breeding has an effect on the dingo gene pool but what we didn’t know until now is whether cross breeding changes the dingo skull,” said study lead author Dr William Parr, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UNSW Medicine’s Surgical and Orthopaedic Research Laboratory.

February 28 2016

fozmeadows:

razziecat:

fozmeadows:

okay but on the topic of nonbinary fashion, I would really love to see dresses expressly designed to be worn with binders or by breastless persons

because dresses can be comfortable and weather-appropriate and fun, but that doesn’t mean I want my goddamn boobs on display, and it’s really fucking jarring on days when I want to:

a) wear a dress because comfort

b) appear flat-chested 

and literally can’t, because it either ruins the line of the dress or my sports bra or binder is showing at the neck or back or shoulder

plus and also, in a more general sense: why the FUCK is it so impossible to find soft, simple dresses that aren’t pastel or lacey or floral or patterned with butterflies or other “feminine” prints, or which aren’t only plain black? maybe this is just my lifelong seasonal allergy to fashion acting up again, but it always seems like dresses get divided into industry ‘types’, and if you want something loose, made of a soft, stretchy, cottony material, or which is light for hot days, then it’s probably not going to be available in dark, plain colours unless it’s designed for someone over fifty (which is a different style problem), or have anything patterned on it that doesn’t scream ‘FEMININE’

and as someone who likes wearing flowy stuff for comfort purposes but feels deeply uncomfortable with femme stylings, that really pisses me off

basically MOAR NONBINARY FASHION OPTIONS PLS   

Well, they aren’t likely to color a dress for hot weather in black, because dark colors absorb the heat, whereas light colors or white reflect it. You would get too hot in a black or say, navy blue, dress, even if it was made of a light cotton. But for the rest, yes, good question.

the fashion industry puts functional pockets on clothes made for babies and routinely makes summer items from polyester. I think it can stretch to letting me choose what colour I want to wear in the fucking sun.

YES, THIS IS WHAT THE WORLD NEED: MORE BINDER COMPATIBLE DRESSES WITH POCKETS.

AND NOT THOSE FUCKING FALSE POCKETS OR PISSY POCKETS THAT ARE LITERALLY ONLY 1.5 INCHES DEEP.

REAL FUCKING POCKETS THAT SWALLOW MY ENTIRE HAND PLUS HALF OF MY ARM.

AND DRESSES MADE OF COOL BREATHABLE FABRICS. NOT HORRIBLE SWEATY FABRICS THAT ARE AWFUL.

THERE’S A TIME AND PLACE FOR NYLON AND POLYESTER, AND SUMMER IS NOT FUCKING IT.

LIKE, PLEASE. WEARING A BINDER IN SUMMER IS HARD ENOUGH WITHOUT HAVING TO DEAL WITH A HORRIBLE HOT FABRIC ON TOP OF IT.

I GET THAT POLYESTER SOMETIMES LOOKS NICE, AND FLOWS BEAUTIFULLY, HAS GREAT TEXTURE, BUT IT’S LIKE SENSORY HELL FOR ME PERSONALLY.

GIVE ME COTTON, OR VISCOSE. SERIOUSLY, VISCOSE IS A GORGEOUS REGENERATED FIBRE.

BUT MOST OF FUCKING ALL JUST GIVE ME BINDER COMPATIBLE DRESSES WITH POCKETS.

And standardised sizing might be nice too, please.

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