citizens connect

“Everybody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them. Everybody has a little bit of man, woman, and animal in them. Darks and lights in them. Everyone is part of a connected cosmic system. Part earth and sea, wind and fire, with some salt and dust swimming in them. We have a universe within ourselves that mimics the universe outside. None of us are just black or white, or never wrong and always right. No one. No one exists without polarities. Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them.
PART SUN AND MOON by Suzy Kassem”  

~ Suzy Kassem

~ George RedHawk Motion Effects

In an effort to provide some comfort to the families affected by the Trump Administration’s Islamophobic, isolationist, and xenophobic policies, I’ve started knitting winter gear to keep refugee families warm while they live in refugee camps in Syria and when they arrive at shelters in the US and Canada. Imagine living through the worst humanitarian crisis since the Holocaust and not having any resources to buy basic hats, scarves, and mittens to keep your family safe and warm during the winter. 

My hope is that we can create a community of warmth and inclusion for these families, connecting compassionate citizens with families who desperately need our help. And most of all, we stand in solidarity with the Syrian people, welcoming them with warm hearts and open arms.

If you would like to get involved, pick a pattern below and start knitting! Then share this page with your crafty friends so they can get knitting too. 

If you have any connections to organizations collecting donations for Syrian refugee families, please get in touch! Aside from knitting up a storm, finding organizations to work with and widen our reach is our biggest priority.

If you have any questions about knitting and the logistics of this project, please drop by the FAQ page.

“The human body resonates at the same frequency as Mother Earth. So instead of only focusing on trying to save the earth, which operates in congruence to our vibrations, I think it is more important to be one with each other. If you really want to remedy the earth, we have to mend mankind. And to unite mankind, we heal the Earth. That is the only way. Mother Earth will exist with or without us. Yet if she is sick, it is because mankind is sick and separated. And if our vibrations are bad, she reacts to it, as do all living creatures.”  
~ Suzy Kassem

~ Photo Motion Effects by George RedHawk

Citizen Erased - Origin of Symmetry, 2001

“It’s an expression of what it feels like to be questioned. I spend more time than most people being asked about purpose, and it’s a strange feeling. I don’t really have the answers and I have to respond on the knowledge I have obtained so far, but the problem is that it gets printed, and something else has come along that’s made you completely disagree with what you said”. - Matt Bellamy

Wakandan Justice

The Wakandan justice system is guided only by unwritten customary laws and traditions that are shared primarily through tribal elders by example and oral teachings. In Wakandan legal texts, it is represented as being a circle of justice – on the continuum of the circle, every Wakandan citizen is connected and involved in whatever conflict or problem that might arise, and each person’s responsibility is to contribute to the resolving of said conflict in order to maintain peace and harmony in the community. Due to this, there exists no central policing force – justice is achieved through a process of restoration and reparation that is guided by the citizens of the tribe that produced both the offender and the victim.

In Wakanda, crime is viewed as a natural human error that requires corrective intervention by tribal members rather than enforced isolation, and therefore no prison system exists within Wakanda – the path to achieving justice is made through a process of forgiveness. In this system, it is essential for the offender to make amends through apologising and engaging in acts that demonstrate a sincere desire to right past wrongs. Thus, criminal offenders continue to remain members of the community, playing an important role in defining the boundaries of what is considered to be appropriate and inappropriate behaviour within the tribe. This system has been successfully maintained for well over ten thousand years, and is applied equally to both violent and nonviolent offenders.

“You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”  

ELI5: Where do internet providers get their internet from and why can't we make our own?

Answer #1

You can make your own. Go run some fiber from your house to mine.

It costs about $50,000/mile.

We can add others to our network as you get the money.

Answer #2

The Internet is the colloquial term for Interconnected Networks. Your ISP has an arrangement with one or more other companies, who in turn have agreements with yet more companies.

Some of these organizations spend lots of money to run physical cables across the planet in the expectation that their cables will be used to transport information between the two or more points that they connected together.

You can form an organization that connects to existing infrastructure and if you’d on-sell it, your organization is an ISP. You could also set up actual infrastructure, but that’s much more costly and risky.

Different countries have rules about this mainly to do with illegal use that you’ll need to abide by and since this is big business, many roadblocks exist to prevent your little organization from competing with the incumbent.

Some towns and cities, disenchanted with incumbent providers, have started their own networks and succeed in larger and smaller degree in providing their citizens with Internet connectivity. Various freenets also exist which allow information to travel within the group but not to the wider Internet. This often bypasses legal impediments to creating an ISP.

Explain Like I`m Five: good questions, best answers.

It would be nice if y'all would stop making blood quantum jokes tbh, in my tribe and several others that I know of blood quantum isn’t even a determining factor for citizenship.

we can acknowledge that theres a difference between white people who try to use a tiny bq to claim indianness and appropriate our cultures, use slurs etc. and ndns who have a small bq and are culturally connected/tribal citizens/live on their rez/nation.

Project Update and My First Map Design

I talked a week or so ago about how I tracked down the ‘right’ data for my senior capstone project, so here’s an update on how things are going so far. As I slowly but surely make progress towards the finish line and graduation, I have finally made it to the visualization stage with the data. One of the first things I started getting a handle on with GIS were the different tools used to visualize data and basic map design principles (remember my post, Intro to Map Design Tools?) What I had not anticipated is exactly how much time it can take to get the layout looking acceptable and the color scheme not to be entirely atrocious and offending to the viewers eye. Here’s what I’ve learned so far…

Keep it minimal 

I have a hard time with this one because my natural inclination is to be attracted to bright and brilliant colors. However, with map design too much color = your message not getting across. For a bit I had a seven different environmental justice variables represented on the map in different colors, but after asking my sister if she could understand what my map was trying to say (she said, no and laughed at my ADHD color scheme) I made the choice to lump values within the field into tiered categories. The end result was much more understandable and still gives a range of different environmental justice communities. However, instead of the focus being on the characteristic qualifying the community the reader’s attention is focused on the severity of the community’s disadvantage which is more applicable to the analysis that I will be carrying out. 

There is actually a lot to talk about in regards to keeping things minimal, I also learned how important it is to not have distracting unnecessary features drawing away from the focus of the map. When I first started pulling together data layers, I thought that I would need various transportation routes and labels in order to orient the viewer into understand where my map is located. After playing with the layers for awhile I realized that the scale of my map was not conducive to a high level of detail and all I needed were a few labels of major neighborhoods in order for the viewer to understand my analysis. This goes back to the importance of keeping your research question in mind at all steps of the process, not just when you are identifying the data needed for your map but also when you are planning out how people will see the map. 

Know where you are going

I didn’t get to play with my layout too much because I knew that these JPEGs were just going to be dropped into the middle of a thirty page research paper. However, I did find that organizing the map and the legend and the scale bar, and the captions in ArcGIS was absolutely painful and took up the most of my time. I think the time consuming nature of this task was largely due to the softwares shortcomings when it comes to design. I imagine if you are looking to create a more intricate layout with lots of different images and text this is the stage where you might pull the map out of ArcGIS and into Adobe. I would love to hear from you all on your experience designing within ArcGIS or taking maps out of the software and into a more flexible design tool and also any recommendations you have on improving the legibility of how I present my data. 

“The concept for the Ultrascope arose when I realized that the tools and technologies to pull it off—cloud computing; high-speed phone networks; low-cost, high performance chips and CCDs; 3D printing; and the Maker Movement—had all matured around the same time, enabling a new era in citizen science. This couldn’t have been done 24 months ago, but now it’s all here.” - Inventor James Parr on OnQ

An incomplete list of Night Vale things that I have way too many feelings about:

  • Cecil’s post-Cassette support system (and also bowling team)
  • Carlos reading Dinotopia books as a kid resulting in his lifelong love of dinosaurs and also dreaming of one day discovering a similar place that upends fundamental knowledge and expectations about the world in the best possible way
  • Queer women, queer women everywhere, but especially in the ice cream shop with cute pastel-colored clothes and secret recipes
  • Earl Harlan being great with kids and being just as much of a dork about nature as Cecil is about radio and Carlos is about science
  • Carlos getting to kick off a brand new scientific revolution basically (and publish books with “Dedicated to Cecil” messages in the front very very important)
  • Dana making it home and not only reuniting with Cecil and her family but also deeming herself finally brave enough to talk to the pretty science grad student with the molecule phone charms she’d been crushing on for months
  • Little teen besties Cecil and Earl having Deep Sleepover Conversations™ and after a lengthy period of hesitation and uncertainty, winding up coming out to each other which was the happiest and most reassuring surprise either of them could have possibly hoped for
  • Any and all examples of community-building connections between citizens, marginalized group solidarity, cute queer romance, and supreme dorkitude, give me all of it 

chaos-yet-harmony  asked:

Imagine Les Amis actually calling small citizen "Small Citizen." It started as a joke when Enjolras was pregnant--no one knows who started it--but it just stuck and even Enjolras rarely calls his son by his actual name. It all comes to a head in kindergarten, when the children are sitting on their little carpet squares, saying their names, and this one kid proudly introduces himself as "Small Citizen." It launches the first of many interesting "We need to talk about your son" calls.

GOD. He learns to spell ‘Small Citizen’ before he learns how to spell his actual name. Enjolras is horrified because ‘I inflicted this upon my child I am the worst parent ever what if he has an identity crisis because of his name oh no’ whilst Grantaire thinks it’s hilarious. 

When the child hits their teen years it actually all works out because they come out as genderfluid (or agender. I can’t decide) and they adopt it as a personal joke because ‘small citizen’ has no gender connected to it.

Grantaire forever refers to them as ‘less small citizen’ when they outgrow both him and Enjolras. 

I live for the little details about Night Vale citizens’ connections and interactions with each other though omg. John Peters was on the same bowling team with Cecil and Josie, and taught a shop class (presumably when Cecil was in school?) and just yes give me all these cute little connecting threads that weave this whole town together. <3