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Autistic, anarchist, trans woman.


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2023 Reading Goal

vivi has read 0 of 4 books.

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A Half-Built Garden (2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 5 stars

On a warm March night in 2083, Judy Wallach-Stevens wakes to a warning of unknown …

Queer solarpunk first-contact sci-fi

4 stars

As the title says: queer solarpunk first-contact sci-fi!

Recommended for anyone that liked:

  • the first book of the Wanderer series by Becky Chambers
  • for anyone solar-curious
  • for nerds with kids
  • for nerds without kids
  • for fans of peer-to-peer mesh networks (yes, really)

It definitely has some weird bits, not necessarily in a negative sense. I enjoyed this a bunch and kept telling people about during my travels in the past weeks—so that's probably a better recommendation indicator than anything!

The author even coined a potential subgenre in describing the book: diaperpunk!

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@TakeV I have been using it very abstractly and occasionally, myself. I also use a stripped down version at work and find that it is quite helpful for organizing thoughts.

I don't think I write down enough stuff with it yet but hopefully someday!

Trick Mirror (Paperback, 2020, Random House Trade Paperbacks) 3 stars

Not for me

3 stars

I found this wholly uninteresting. Seemed to be very focused on celebrities and privileged life. I wasn't able to find any interesting nuance, and it didn't feel very organized or coherent to me.

I just suspect it isn't for me. It just feels very allistic in a way that is incomprehensible to me as an autistic person, I guess. I can certainly imagine it appealing to someone else.

I'm not sure what else to say because I just didn't get it at all?

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started reading ENTWINED by VARC

ENTWINED (Paperback, Art Editions North) No rating

'ENTWINED: Rural. Land. Lives. Art.' Was a multi-partner project, organised by VARC (Visual Arts st …

I was an artist on this project. Just starting to read my copy of the book. There ar over 30 authors and artists (including me) and I really like many of their works.

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Voices from the Valley (2020, FSG Originals) No rating

From FSGO x Logic: anonymous interviews with tech workers at all levels, providing a bird's-eye …

I talked to a guy who used to work for one of these companies. ... And one of their shticks was, “Oh, we’re going to use social media data to figure out if you’re a great credit risk or not.” And people are like, “Oh, are they going to look at my Facebook posts to see whether I’ve been drinking out late on a Saturday night? Is that going to affect my credit score?”

And I can tell you exactly what happened, and why they actually killed that. It’s because with your social media profile, they know your name, they know the names of your friends, and they can tell if you’re black or not. They can tell how wealthy you are, they can tell if you’re a credit risk. That’s the shtick.

And my consistent point of view is that any of these companies should be presumed to be incredibly racist unless presenting you with mountains of evidence otherwise. Anybody that says, “We’re an AI company that’s making smarter loans”: racist. Absolutely, 100 percent.

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