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Ramblings of a Linear Mind

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I like when people say things like “respect blue collar workers!” and then the same people turn around and completely dismiss the years of training it takes to be able to do that type of work safely and effectively.

“Telling people not to do their own electrical work because it’s dangerous is classist bc not everyone can afford an electrician” “I can’t believe that plumber charged me so much money for less than an hour of work, what a scam!” “In the post-capitalist utopia everyone will just take turns doing all types of blue-collar work, instead of years-long apprenticeships we’ll just give them a course in high school or something” “Building and safety codes are just pointless bureaucracy meant to stop the average citizen from being able to build their own structures” “I would love to be a farmer and just hang out tending to plants all day”

These are all things I have seen on this website by self-proclaimed worker’s rights advocates and I hope I don’t have to explain how incredibly insulting and dismissive it is when it’s not outright dangerous. There’s a LOT that needs to be fixed about our current labor system but “pretending like training and safety protocols aren’t important” and “pretending that those jobs are actually really easy and any layperson can do them” are uh. Not good solutions.

(Four glittery pride flags with text that says "the asexual spectrum is real and beautiful". The flags are the asexual spectrum, asexual, demisexual, and gray asexual pride flags)

I grew up in citrus farming country, and had orange and lemon trees. And I saw a post today about how people in the US have gotten so used to everything being always availible that when they walk into a grocery store in January to buy a lemon, they expect the lemon to be there, and they never even consider how unnatural it is that we have lemons in January.

And this is so completely not the point of that post, which is why I'm making my own post, but this example really really bothers me, because as I said I grew up in citrus country, and citrus are winter fruits, and January is lemon season.

Which ultimately goes to prove the point of that post, that we are so used to this kind of constant availability, that most people don't even know what season is lemon season.

Hi! I read an interesting article and I wondered if you'd feature some of the designers and dress of the World Nomad Fashion Festival?

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Oo--I've posted photos before from the World Nomad Games, but I didn't know they had a fashion festival!!

^Members of the Tyvan Folk Dance Ensemble of Adygea perform in clothing by designer Kima Dongak

"The World Nomad Fashion Festival is the first and only project in Central Asia and some European countries that glorifies the civilisation of nomads," the event's founder, Nazira Begim, said. 

See more photos from the 2021 event below the cut!

what I wanna see more in media r painfully average people being lgbt, let the 40 year old school janitor be trans, let the grandpa who just sits on his porch be bi, let the girl who's on her way to an office job be lesbian, let the guy who's at the same bus stop everyday be nonbinary, and so on and so forth, idk I don't know why people always expect lgbt ppl to be this alt fashion teen/young adult and stuff when sometimes it's literally just some guy

Bus stops with no places to sit down should be illegal. I mean this in the most genuine literal way possible.

Buses are the last line of defense and way to be independent for people who can't drive or walk for long distances (me). If I walk to the stop (already painful) and have to stand there for ten minutes waiting with no seats or benches, is that really accessible? And what about people with a lot more pain and mobility issues than me? All I really have to deal with is moderate foot pain, and that still has me leaning on a wall or sitting down on dirty pavement if I miss the bus and have to wait for the next one in 15 minutes/half an hour. There should be at least one seat at every bus stop. Yes, even the non-covered ones. If you're going to have kneeling buses and priority seating and pretend to care about disabled folks in that way, at least do this too.

I hope every writer who sees this writes LOADS the next few months. Like freetime opens up, no writers block, the ability to focus, etc etc you're able to write loads & make lots of progress <3

This is the funniest thing i’ve heard my entire life 😭

Truth xD

This is literally me as a kid.  Dad used to have the responsibility of giving out the well reports that came in on the friday night to anyone who phoned for the rest of the weekend.  The problem was, on saturday mornings, he was doing the food shopping, so I was given a list of approved callers and he’d leave the well report figures by the phone.

Theoretically I was just supposed to list off the numbers.  Except. Very early I started parsing the figures and give my own analysis.  Apparently engineers and geophysicists got a bit freaked out by a ten year old going ‘It’s not that good, the flow’s really slow compared to last week, and there’s gas pockets really screwing up the flow in the east pipe judging by the pressure report.’

Dad still got that yelled at him at conferences: ‘This is the fucker who used child labour to do well analysis!’

‘Was it wrong?’

‘That’s the not the point!’

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anyone whos been an artist before with artblock knows what its like whenever wizards lose their magic in stories like physically i know it looks like im just sitting here staring angry at a sheet of paper but in the spiritual sense i am pointing a wand that is fizzling and cracking in a very dangerous manner only for it to make a pathetic woopie cushion sound and then go limp

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anyone whos been an artist before with artblock knows what its like whenever wizards lose their magic in stories like physically i know it looks like im just sitting here staring angry at a sheet of paper but in the spiritual sense i am pointing a wand that is fizzling and cracking in a very dangerous manner only for it to make a pathetic woopie cushion sound and then go limp