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You can eat an apple…

I’m queer. In fact, I’m several different flavors of queer. I am one of the most openly queer people in my friend group, and that results in a lot of questions about queerness being pointed to me. Today I want to talk about one specific type of question that I get asked: “Can I still […]

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Bicycle Box

I have a bicycle. I’m trying to use it more for my errands when I can, whether that’s picking up food at a local restaurant, getting groceries, or grabbing something at the hardware store. I have panniers on my bicycle already, but sometimes things don’t fit neatly in them, e.g. take-away boxes get turned sideways […]

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Autism and Gender

Intersectionality is a huge thing in autism. Co-diagnosis with ADHD, depression, learning disabilities etc is higher in autistic people. Being autistic and Black is a different experience than being autistic and white. Being an autistic woman is a different experience than being an autistic man. There are a lot of intersectional areas to explore, but […]

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Sander Stand Repair

Long ago, I bought an oscillating spindle sander. It has been quite useful in my various projects, and to increase its convenience, I created a stand for it. The stand includes several simple drawers to hold sanding-related supplies, and at the base it has swivel casters to allow me to move it around my tiny […]

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Just a Phase

From time to time, I will hear someone tell a queer person “you’ll grow out of it” or “it’s just a phase” or “I don’t want you to make any decisions yet, you’re too young to know.” Usually this comes from a parent, but sometimes from an older sibling, grandparent, teacher, or other authority figure. […]

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Turning Some Pens

Back on the lathe with a Tree Revenge project. I mentioned before that a tree fell on the house of a friend of mine, and they saved me a slice of the tree. I have taken that small round of wood and I intend to make a variety of souvenirs from the corpse of the […]

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Dude, bro, guy, gender neutral?

There’s no doubt that objectively, guy is a gendered term. So is bro, and dude. Just go up to a straight guy and ask him how many dudes he’s slept with. A lot of my friends aren’t bothered by these terms, but it bothers me to be referred to that way. Communication requires two people. […]

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Rolling Library Ladder

I made a rolling library ladder. Here’s how. First up is the stock prep. I did my best to pick out boards with minimal defects, but there were a few places with knots and other imperfections that I decided to fill with epoxy for a smoother finish. While the epoxy was curing, I set out […]

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Will You Accept Me?

This post is about a free, anonymous tool that I made for checking to see if it’s safe to come out to someone. https://willyouaccept.me/ Today is Coming Out Day. While I didn’t come out on this day, I did see a post from my sister last year saying that she was a safe person to […]

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Coming Out is Scary

Today is National Coming Out Day. I am queer of gender and orientation, and one thing no one told me was that coming out isn’t a one-time thing. We live in a cis-normative hetero-normative culture, and that means people are going to assume that I’m cis and straight. If I want them to think something […]