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Hi everyone, I’m moving over to from so I figured I would post a reintroduction

Well as my bio says I’m Shahaan—Canadian, mid-30s, I go by he/him pronouns and I’m vegetarian

I’ve been active on Mastodon for over a year now and I generally have positive interactions with people on here

I’m a Pakistani Zoroastrian by ethnicity, grew up in Toronto, and have a BA Anthropology from McMaster

I continue learning everyday

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"... filming Star Trek in Canada. I was surrounded by a huge cast and crew of people I'd basically just met. But when I did tell people, I was stunned to find that this massive group of strangers wholeheartedly accepted and validated me. They welcomed me in with open arms. When I looked like I needed help, someone would go out of their way to help me. If someone had a question about my identity, they asked it thoughtfully and kindly."

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ableist slur 

@shahaan @anarchiv yup it's better software by virtue of the devs not being assholes who refuse to listen to users, if nothing else.

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Hm an attempt to update Glimpse using makepkg gets me a fatal error, and Pacman doesn't recognize glimpse when I try to remove it 🤷‍♀️ no basic image editing for me unless I use the official package Glimpse forked from, I guess. Maybe I'll try yay.

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#Glimpse won't start due to a missing GEGL dependency and it looks like I'll have to try updating it first. This is the first time I'm updating an #AUR package, here goes nothing I guess.

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so if star wars is western in space,
star trek is navy in space,
aliens is horror in space,
what's noir in space?

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Nightly Ted picture 

Tonight we are a sleepy old man.

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happy + politically successful international women's day, dear women!

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a tortilla recipe I guess? 


3 c flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 c hot water
1/3 c vegetable oil (olive works OK in a pinch)

measure the flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. whisk together, then make a well in the center. add the oil, then immediately add the water. I cannot stress this enough: the hot part is important (according to my grandma). mix together until you've formed a shaggy dough, then knead for 1-2 minutes. Dough should be soft.

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hot take on sexuality 

thinking about attraction and relationships in terms of gender difference or similarity instead of bending around the false dichotomy of male/female looks like this: do you like people when your genders align or when they contrast?

this is a sense of your attraction that can persist across shifts in your own gender, or changes in the genders you are attracted to, or changes in the gender of a person you like

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hot take on sexuality 

don't mind me, just plucking "heterosexual" and gently shuffling it under the queer umbrella, because i claim that you can be het as a person who is attracted primarily to genders that are unlike your own, which gives you room to be in a queer relationship.

this is not the same as being "straight", which is to hold a position of power by being in the type of attraction/relationship that is dominant and centered in your society.

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watching north american movies

(inspired by bananachips weekly groupwatch)

personal, covid vaccine ++ 

My 99 year old granddad got his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday!

To his absolute delight, the nurse administering the shot recognized from his name that he is Parsi and asked if it would be ok if she could speak with him in his native language, Gujarati.

She then went through the entire procedure including safety concerns, side effects, etc. in Gujarati.

He speaks fluent English, but this really helped put him at ease and made the experience very positive.

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Do, a loop until a while
Ray, a vector made of light
Me, a reference to myself
Faq, a common query list
Foo, a type name in a doc
Bar, a name to go with foo
C, a language taught in schools
And that will loop us back to do.

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The first picture: sorta followed a YouTube tutorial but then messed up the shape of what were supposed to be cherry blossoms and went ahead and did my own thing.

The galaxy-ish bit is all my own. Just dropping and dragging paint however I wanted. Very relaxing. Might make a habit of this.

And with this, I have successfully finished one sketchbook, in a little over two months since I started painting. Yay me.

#mastoart #art

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Shameless plug for a friend's book 

@djsundog A good friend of mine was involved in the OLPC project for her PhD, and has written a book about it!

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Alright! I’m at 92% of my goal on :ko_fi: for my move! I might get there with one or two commissions more, remember Pokémon themed commissions have extra discounts!

Nab one here:

2 more spots available!

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mention of theoretical murder 

a late contender for this week's 'true crime was a mistake' award

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Eldritch Café

Une instance se voulant accueillante pour les personnes queers, féministes et anarchistes ainsi que pour leurs sympathisant·e·s. Nous sommes principalement francophones, mais vous êtes les bienvenu·e·s quelle que soit votre langue.

A welcoming instance for queer, feminist and anarchist people as well as their sympathizers. We are mainly French-speaking people, but you are welcome whatever your language might be.