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lisamelton

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My name is Elizabeth but please call me Lisa.

I'm probably best known as the person who started the #Safari and #WebKit projects at #Apple. You may think you know my deadname but... you don't.

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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miriamrobern, to random
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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.

lisamelton,
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@miriamrobern Is there any evidence yet that Automattic plugins (like Jetpack) are phoning home with AI training data?

I would think that if those plugins were doing that, then there would be some setting to opt out. Because a wordpress.com site has that configuration option.

Just curious if you found out something.

oldladyplays, to random
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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.

Good luck.

lisamelton,
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@oldladyplays I'm really glad you posted this! Because I know that other trans femme folks have difficulty with this and your guidance is much clearer than when I tried to assuage their concerns.

Because I've never had this problem, it's a little difficult for me to be as helpful.

I've always used the women's restroom since I began transition. Without reservation or hesitation. Maybe I'm just weird that way? I have no idea.

miriamrobern, to random
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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.

https://www.miriamrobern.com/its-okay-to-want-boobs/

lisamelton,
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@miriamrobern This is great! Thanks for sharing. 💖

I remember my first conversation with my HRT doctor when he asked me what I wanted out of transition. I said, "Boobs." 🥰

miriamrobern, to random
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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.

lisamelton,
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@miriamrobern This. 💯

And it never gets old.

lisamelton,
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@renegadejade @miriamrobern It doesn't leave.

I haven't even been on HRT for a full year yet and I don't know how many times I've been sitting around and then say (out loud) to myself, "I'm a girl. And I have boobs!" Which is, of course, immediately followed by a giggle and jiggle. 😊🥰💖

charliejane, to random
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People who claim private companies are more efficient than the government have never tried to talk to their insurance company

lisamelton,
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@charliejane This. 💯

lisamelton,
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@jamie_blumberg @charliejane Soooo true. So true. I wanna LOL at that but also... 🤦‍♀️

joelving, to random
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Oh boy... @cstross boosted one of my posts, and I think I'm about to have a @lisamelton moment™️.

Thoughts and prayers to my tiny Hetzner VM running my instance. 😂

lisamelton,
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@joelving Start praying. 😂

Seriously, that was a good post. 💖

@cstross

lisamelton,
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@joelving You are very welcome. Did your server stay up?

@cstross

lisamelton,
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@joelving It shows that you wrote this comment 16 hours ago. But it just showed up as a notification to me. Any idea what might have delayed it?

Just curious.

@cstross

oldladyplays, to random
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Part 1:

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).

https://youtu.be/Y4ZclWJIT0w

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.

Part 2:

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.

lisamelton,
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@oldladyplays This is awesome! 💖

lisamelton,
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@oldladyplays I'm sure it will. Also, to echo what @faithisleaping said, your voice is great. Totally feminine as well as welcoming. Looking forward to hearing more. 🥰

jessica, to random
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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!

lisamelton,
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@jessica Whoa! Yeah, that is lucky, girl. 🍀🥰

jessica, to random
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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. 😀​

lisamelton,
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@jessica This. Is. Awesome! How many times have you replayed "Dancing Queen" so far. 🥰

charlotteclymer, to random
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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.

lisamelton,
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@charlotteclymer Woof. This. 💯 OK, you win the Internet today.

Daojoan, to comics
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Some asshole called me a f**got.

But I still got to eat cheeseburgers. 🍔

( getting back into drawing )

#comics

lisamelton,
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@Daojoan Daaayuuum, girl, you are multi-talented. Please let us see more of your art. 😊

rooster, to random
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I really hate being called hon

lisamelton,
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@rooster Ouch! Hopefully, I've never done that to you. 😬 Being an honorary Southern gal (I was raised by Arkies) and older, I have to be careful not to overuse "sweetie" or stoop to "honey." Oddly enough, some men like the latter especially when my original accent gets especially thick. Men are weird.

lisamelton,
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@DavidNielsen Yes, it is a particularly Southern affect. I've tried not to do it myself, but such vocabulary and an unnatural diphthong occasionally do me in. And then, of course, there are those damn vowels.

Hell, I was 10 or 11 years old before I realized that the word "wash" didn't have an "r" in it.

@rooster

lisamelton,
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@ericromberg LOL! I'm surprised she didn't say, "damn Yankee." 😂

@rooster

pogue, to random
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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! 💗

lisamelton,
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rooster, to random
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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" 😍​

lisamelton,
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@rooster Woo hoo! Excellent and may fortune smile on you, sweetie. You are more than qualified for this job. You got this! 💖

rooster, to random
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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.

lisamelton,
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@rooster This. 💯

jessica, to TransJoy
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A belated Valentine’s dinner with my partner, best friend and number one supporter. 💖

CW: selfie, ec

lisamelton,
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@jessica Those two doggies of yours aren't stupid! They know that their mommies are the most important people in the world. 🐶🐶

lisamelton, to random
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I wrote about my gender affirming experience at the California Department of Motor Vehicles today:

https://lisamelton.net/2023/10/30/gender-affirmation-at-the-dmv/

lisamelton,
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@tsmyther Glad to hear you had a good experience as well at the new place. 💖

design_law, to random
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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.

If you're worried about losing track of certain people/issues in the flood of your Home feed, use lists (and the advanced view on the web interface): https://mastodon.social/@design_law/109358875682926700

#FediTips #MastoTips

lisamelton,
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@design_law Thank you for the recommendation! 💖

@Matthew

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