My name is Elizabeth but please call me Lisa.
I've drawn underground comics, pioneered using a Mac for newspaper graphics and developed software at Adobe and Netscape.
Now I write video #transcoding scripts and sometimes podcast.
Follow me and I'll fill your timeline with boosts.
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Stripped out the Automattic plugins I had running on my wordpress site, and then pulled all the other bullshit plugins trying to tell me how to optimize ("The title "Horrors and Abominations" does not have enough emotional or surprising words in it."). My posting experience is already improved.
Using the women's bathroom: a primer for trans femme people.
I know this is a really stressful topic for some folk, so I'll try to be gentle here.
First things first. Should you be using the women's? Basically, here's my guide: if you like your presentation enough that you're going out in public, you're probably too femme for the men's.
So. You decide to use the women's. What next? Confidence. Confidence is crucial, and here's the good part: can be faked. This is a true "fake it til you make it" situation. Stroll in like you own the place, select your stall, do your business.
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT: the size of your shoes, the sound of your urination, the chance someone will look into those stupid gaps in North American stall doors, or anything else. No one cares but you.
When you're done in the stall, rearrange yourself clothing wise and get back out there. Stride again, stride confidently to the washbasins and do your work. Fix your makeup if you want, check your hair. If anyone else looks at you, smile and use the mirror to make eye contact.
Trust me on this one. I know it feels like a creeper thing to do, and if you were masc-presenting, it would be. But a smile and eye contact says "I belong here, how ya doing?" like nothing else.
WOMEN DO THIS. They make eye contact with one another, small talk, compliment one another, and so on. Don't choke up when it happens. Your voice is fine. Say thanks, and compliment something of hers.
If she makes you as trans, she may ask you something about it. Don't be alarmed. It's a normal thing to talk to other women in the bathroom, and if she were going to be upset, she'd be there already. Just answer as best you can, maybe with a bit of self-deprecating humour.
Then finish up your business before the sinks, smile again and say "have a good day" or something like it, and walk confidently out of there because you just rocked it.
That's how you do it. It gets easier each time.
I wrote an article for folks struggling with what feels like an embarrassing secret. Maybe you feel like you have to keep this secret like I did, but today I'd like to tell you:
It's Okay to Want Boobs.
One huge drawback of gender transition that we don’t talk about enough is how much is makes you want to post insipid shit like “OMG it’s amazing how I just get to be me” like, all the fucking time.
People who claim private companies are more efficient than the government have never tried to talk to their insurance company
Finally posted an Introduction Video for my Fullmetal Feminist channel (the one where I'll be answering questions from and for parents of trans and nonbinary kids).
Feel free to spread news of the channel's existence, boosts are welcome. If you know the parents of any trans or nonbinary kids, please let them know this is coming soon.
I will be looking for collaborators who have a basic video/audio setup they can use. Background is up to you, and we can make you as anonymous as you want (pixelation, altered voice, whatever). The ask would be for two to three minutes about your experience of the question being answered.
For instance, my first video will start to answer "My kid just came out! What do I do?"
If you have a story about coming out to your parents as a young trans or nonbinary person, I'd be interested to have you tell it on video, 2 to 3 minutes max.
Initially, it will be unpaid work, but my hope is that as the channel gains steam, I'll be able to compensate people who contribute to the project, including the early contributors.
That is all. For now.
Realized I lost an earring after lunch … and it could have been anywhere, in bed, in the house, on the trails we walked the dogs … only to find it in the driveway after coming back from Costco! 😲
I feel like I should be playing the lottery with this luck!
When I was a little girl (who didn't know she was a girl), I loved visiting my aunt (Mom's younger sister). One memory I have was always playing her cassette(!) copy of ABBA's Greatest Hits.
Now I'm cleaning up the kitchen in a tennis skirt while listening to the same album. 😀
Reportedly, the Odysseus spacecraft that landed on the moon this week has now toppled over and is lying on its side but is still functional.
Same, girl. Same.
Some asshole called me a f**got.
But I still got to eat cheeseburgers. 🍔
( getting back into drawing )
I really hate being called hon
Well Bluesky is starting to get very cliquey & weird after they opened registrations for everyone. It's up to 5 million users and they announced beta federation today. But I couldn't care less about any of that.
I see a lot of people that post jokes over there & on Twitter here too (how do you guys have the time for it?) but if anyone has a list or could recommend some friendly/funny accounts that would be great! I might start spending a little more time over here! 💗
I am applying for a position teaching engineering at a local community college and as part of the application I'm excitedly putting together a syllabus for "Introduction to Nuclear Physics and Engineering" 😍
I wish I could tell people who call being trans a choice what it feels like I chose.
I wish they knew everything I chose to gave up. I gave up security and stability: financially, politically, romantically, medically, physically. I wish they knew the things that broke and can’t be fixed and the hurt and pain I can't take back.
They’re right, I chose all of that. But it wasn’t the choice to start pretending I'm someone I'm not, but the choice to stop.
A belated Valentine’s dinner with my partner, best friend and number one supporter. 💖
CW: selfie, ec
I wrote about my gender affirming experience at the California Department of Motor Vehicles today:
Are you new here? Giving this place another try? Welcome!
I've been here for a few months and the best advice I've gotten so far is: Follow a lot of people. Like a lot. Like way more than you would have on the other site.
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