Aftermath

There have been very few times that I can name that have dramatically affected the trajectory of my life. Events that I turn over and over again in my head to try to make sense of. Events that I can knowingly point to and say “this is where a new Lilly began”

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An Oral History

Me: “Yeah, the whole Media Lab thing has kind of secured my drive to focus on AI ethics rather than robotics for my research”
E: “What Media Lab thing?”
Me: “….uhhhhhhhh, have you heard of Jeffrey Epstein?”
E: oh noooooooooooooooooooo”


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WHEEK WHEEK READ MEEEEE

“4000+ words about guinea pigs is your gender now. I’m sorry I don’t make the rules” — Petey

For Petey and Mehitabel’s class on networked / internet cultures, we had to write a bot and then write a short paper about it as a social actor. I decided to take the time to write up about Espen and Aarseth, the digital guinea pig bots (partially because Mehitabel encouraged me to talk about phenomenologybot during class instead). The paper ended up going long (2-3x more than what Petey wanted) because it ended up being a reflection of my digital life for the last 6 years.

Paper can be found here. If you like presentations more, that can be found here.

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Link Anthology

  1. “Death and Taxes” – Urayoan Noel
  2. “The Truth” – Tim Dlugos
  3. “Improvisation on Them” – Linda Susan Jackson
  4. “The Tree of Knowledge” – Shane McCrae
  5. “Letter to My Father” – Martin Espada
  6. “In Perpetual Spring” – Amy Gerstler
  7. “Carpet Bomb” – Kenyatta Rogers
  8. “Money” – Philip Larkin
  9. “Redacted from a Know-Your-Rights Training Agenda” – Cynthia Dewi Oka
  10. “Shards” – Aline Murray Kilmer
  11. “The semantics of flowers on Memorial Day” – Bob Hicok
  12. “On Swearing” – Gary Dop
  13. “Poem in Which I Only Use Vowels” – Paola Capó-Garcia
  14. “Questions” – Rachel Richardson
  15. “The Mortician in San Francisco” – Randall Mann
  16. “The Lyric in a Time of War” – Eloise Klein Healy
  17. “San Benito” – Chip Livingston
  18. “A Display of Mackerel” – Mark Doty
  19. “Study Guide of the Naturalization of the Mouth”- Maryam Ivette Parhizkar
  20. “Kissing My Father” – Joseph O. Legaspi
  21. “Introduction to Mycology” – Chelsea Rathburn
  22. “Why Bother?” – Sean Thomas Doughtery
  23. “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears” – Mohja Kahf
  24. “The S in ‘I Loves You, Porgy'” – Nabila Lovelace
  25. “The God Who Loves You” – Carl Dennis
  26. “José Dominguez, the First Latino in Outer Space” – Dan Vera
  27. “Lemon and Cedar” – Melissa Stein
  28. “Some Interpersonal Verbs, Conjugated by Gender” – Alexandra Petri
  29. “The Prophetess Sojourner Truth Discusses the Two Different Versions of Her Most Well-Known Speech, One Nearly Unknown and One Very Beloved Yet Mostly Untrue” – Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  30. “Field of Skulls” – Mary Karr
  31. “She Walketh Veiled and Sleeping” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  32. “The Loneliness of the Military Historian” – Margaret Atwood
  33. “Losses” – Andrew Motion

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Necropost: Truly Marvelous Posts

I originally put the last post into a private category, which led me to look at the other private posts about gender and religion I had that were referred to in this post. As stated nearly 3 years ago,

Maybe someday, if I become more comfortable with these topics, they will become password protected posts, but that day is not today.

Well, surprisingly, that day is today. I’ve changed a lot in the last 3 years, and while these views aren’t really accurate to my current state of mind, the stories definitely are and I’d like them to be shared. As stated in my religion post:

Perhaps I send things to litchin@ in the vain hope that if more people know my stories, they won’t all die with me. Or at least Google will hold them in their musty-server-rack-in-the-cloud/butt

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Link Roundup

4/30
“Electric Feel (Justice Remix)” – MGMT – h/t sadun – what a jammin banger tbh (although it really sounds like “electric eel” now though

5/3
“Lovely Day” – Alt-J – I’m honestly just so happy that it’s summer

“Boots” – Kesha – h/t sadun from a Discord party.

5/9
“Evelyn” – Kim Tillman and Silent Films – h/t cesium. Song grew on me really quickly. Fan of the chugga chugga rhythm and the Prufrock

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