The English-language terms we use to talk about trans issues are imperfect

[Originally posted on Facebook.] I BEGIN WRITING THIS POST WITH A LOUD, EXASPERATED SIGH AND A FRUSTRATED SHAKE OF MY HEAD BACK AND FORTH. Old, white, conservative baby boomers like Dennis Prager get so hung up about transgender people in a way that almost certainly ultimately points inward toward their own internal psychological difficulties facing … Continue reading The English-language terms we use to talk about trans issues are imperfect

An incomplete list of things that are ironic

"Wow... how ironic.""That's not ironic; it's just a coincidence.""Yeah, I guess it's just inconvenient. Not really ironic." "No, this is ironic! Because it's unexpected!""Well, then it's just unexpected. Just because something's unexpected doesn't mean it's also necessarily ironic.""Then what does 'ironic' even mean??" Ironic: "Happening in the opposite way to what is expected, and typically … Continue reading An incomplete list of things that are ironic

I read through one of those airplane product catalogues (Skymall Awards)

During takeoff and landing, we're required to shut off all electronic devices. Since Metallica and David Cross are no longer able to entertain me via iPod, what am I going to do? Look for and use anything around me. I could read the safety procedures pamphlet, but I've already read it every single other time … Continue reading I read through one of those airplane product catalogues (Skymall Awards)

“Would you like to participate in a voluntary feedback survey?” Why, yes I would

I took an engineering course my freshman year of college (don't ask), and there was a mid-semester student review survey that went out about each of the classes you were taking. I leave positive comments when I think a teacher is actually outstanding, and provided some sort of value to my learning. For the professors … Continue reading “Would you like to participate in a voluntary feedback survey?” Why, yes I would