JK Rowling is a transphobe

Today, Jo removed all doubt. Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you. Live your best life in peace and security. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill If you need to understand why this is bad, readContinue reading JK Rowling is a transphobe

This whole post is a giant trigger warning

What you’re about to read is the story of the second worst day of my life (my father’s death was the worst). I have waited almost thirty years to tell it, and consider it my greatest shame. I am sharing it for two reasons. Firstly, I’ve needed to get this weight off my shoulders forContinue reading This whole post is a giant trigger warning

Yes, Mary Poppins is racist, but not because of “coal-blackened faces”

This is the most ridiculous headline I’ve read today, and I’ve been awake a bunch of hours already. Twitter Disputes Claim That ‘Mary Poppins’ Is Racist Because Of Characters’ Coal-Blackened Faces This is in reference to an article written in the New York Times this week by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, an American professor who lectures onContinue reading Yes, Mary Poppins is racist, but not because of “coal-blackened faces”

In which Randolph is hit by a getaway car a month before 9/11

Two major events took place in 2001, exactly a month apart. On 11 August 2001, my boyfriend at the time and I decided that I should play hooky from work. He was a student and wanted to go ten-pin bowling. We were due to meet with my best friend for lunch at his house afterwards.Continue reading In which Randolph is hit by a getaway car a month before 9/11

Mailgun is a terrible company and it has nothing to do with their technical ability

There’s a saying that if something makes you angry you should wait before writing about it. In June 2016, I signed up my company in South Africa with Mailgun, and shortly thereafter connected a subdomain so we could send emails. We didn’t need 10,000 emails. Rather, we send between 50 – 100 a month, evenContinue reading Mailgun is a terrible company and it has nothing to do with their technical ability

This made my day

One of the best sites on the Internet is also one of the most toxic. No, I’m not talking about Twitter, but Stack Overflow. In previous posts I’ve referenced my own issues with the Stack network, and a few years ago I cancelled my account entirely due to the toxicity of some of its membersContinue reading This made my day

Flipboard and the case of usability that doesn’t care about you

I’m a regular user of Flipboard, the app that tells me what’s happening in the world that isn’t Twitter. I have a carefully curated list of interests. One of the things I do with my lovely spouse is share links using Flipboard. In the user interface on my iPhone (I don’t use it elsewhere), thereContinue reading Flipboard and the case of usability that doesn’t care about you