Tikki

You deserve to be happy and healthy

If you're on my friends list, you're important to me. I want you to be safe, healthy, happy, and enjoy life as much as physically possible. If there's any way that I can help alleviate some of life's annoyances and pains, please just comment below. Post an address that I can send stuff to (doesn't have to be yours, your post office may accept it for you - ref. https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Poste_restante ), tell me what you need, and a package will be on its way.

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Tikki

BLM in Aurora, Ontario, Canada

My Dreamwidth posts aren't cross-posting to LiveJournal for some reason, so I'll post here and later get Dreamwidth to sync it.

Racism is a horrible ongoing part of Canada's history.  In protest of this, there was a  Black Lives Matter march in Aurora today (a nearby town with about 14,000 people).  According to my town's e-mail'ed newspaper, they planned to walk up Yonge Street and finish in the Aurora Town Park.

After googling tips from Hong Kong and US protesters, I loaded up the side panniers on my bicycle with towels (both cloth and paper), tissues, bandages, sodium bicarbonate, a USB charger, sunblock, disposable cups, and two 4-litre jugs of distilled water.  Unfortunately the heavy load meant I biked slower than usual (plus I got lost), so I missed the start of it. I was worried that I'd miss the dozen or so people that I expected would be marching.

As I frantically pedaled down a side street towards Yonge Street, midway between the march start point and the park, I realized I wouldn't miss it.  Both sides of the street were packed with people, all holding signs, wearing masks, and trying to maintain a two-metre distance apart while walking.  It looked like at least a tenth of the town had turned out.

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Tikki

Window privacy

A friend recently had to cover her windows to hide from someone camped out in front of her home.  Blocking her windows gave her privacy, but blocked the light and her view - both important for people self-isolating or in quarantine. Last year, Sandy and I had problems with birds hitting our windows. They would see the reflection of trees in the glass, and try to fly to them.  Closing the curtains didn't help, as the outer surface of the glass would still show reflections of distant trees. A lot of stores in our town have covered their windows with advertisements.  The window coverings are printed onto sheets of self-adhesive white vinyl, with millions of tiny holes punched into them.  The coverings stick on the outside of the glass.We bought some blank pieces of this perforated vinyl from a local sign shop, and stuck it on our windows.  Here's a picture of us partway through the job, looking from the outside.  It's not hard to put on, just awkward to do it without leaving wrinkles.  From the outside, it looks like the window is covered with a white curtain.  The green bit is just some painter's tape we used to keep it aligned while we were sticking it up.
A friend recently had to cover her windows to hide from someone camped out in front of her home. Blocking her windows gave her privacy, but blocked the light and her view - both important for people self-isolating or in quarantine. Last year, Sandy and I had problems with birds hitting our windows. They would see the reflection of trees in the glass, and try to fly to them. Closing the curtains didn't help, as the outer surface of the glass would still show reflections of distant trees. A lot of stores in our town have covered their windows with advertisements. The window coverings are printed onto sheets of self-adhesive white vinyl, with millions of tiny holes punched into them. The coverings stick on the outside of the glass.We bought some blank pieces of this perforated vinyl from a local sign shop, and stuck it on our windows. Here's a picture of us partway through the job, looking from the outside. It's not hard to put on, just awkward to do it without leaving wrinkles. From the outside, it looks like the window is covered with a white curtain. The green bit is just some painter's tape we used to keep it aligned while we were sticking it up.
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Daniel

Help for friends

Current events might be hurting your income, and causing you hardship.

If you need financial assistance, please let me know, and I can send you some money. It's a gift, not a loan, no strings attached.

Comments are screened for your privacy.


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Tikki

Rings and Aunt Maude

My great-great-great Aunt Maude Dunphy lived in Portland, Maine.  She was engaged, but her fiancee died in a horse wagon accident.  She never married. Instead, she moved in with Miss Stahl as her companion.  Miss Stahl also never married or had children. They both sent many parcels and gifts (mostly clothing) each year to my relatives in Nova Scotia.  

Aunt Maude was always pleasant, genteel, and well-dressed, with expensive tastes. She had no money of her own, but was always given money for shopping from Miss Stahl.  She would visit River John each summer, bringing a trunk by horse wagon from the horse station.  The trunk would be brought upstairs while the adults chatted.  The kids would not be allowed to ask for it, but she would eventually give them some beechnut gum from her trunk.  This was not available in Canada.

In the autumn of 1968, Miss Stahl passed away, so Aunt Maude moved in my with grandmother in Nova Scotia for a few years until she passed.

Miss Stahl had given Aunt Dunphy several gold rings, one with a large diamond similar to a wedding ring.  Aunt Dunphy gave the rings to my grandmother, who gave them to my mother.  My mother just gave the rings to me to give to Sandy when we get married.

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Geneological stuff:

Maude Dunphy was a half-sister to Minnie Dunphy.

Minnie Dunphy later passed away from Huntington's disease.

Minne Dunphy and Theodore Langille were the parents of Theodocia Langille.

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Tikki

Equal rights at last!

On June 13, Yukon gave transfolk full protection under the Human Rights Code.  It also removes the need for surgery before changing your gender, and allows gender-neutral birth certificates.  This means that every single province and territory now has full legal protection of transpeople.
 
On June 16, the federal government of Canada passed legislation enshrining transpeople's rights nationwide.  As soon as the Queen signs off on it, the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Canadian Criminal Code will include the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression", and prohibit discrimination or hate speech on those grounds.
 
This will be a happy Pride!
 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/transgender-rights-bill-senate-1.4163823
 
https://www.dailyxtra.com/canada/news-and-ideas/news/yukon-passes-trans-rights-bill-223391
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Daniel

How to phrase this?

At the gym this morning, Mike the gym manager was stressed out about a male former trainer coming back to the gym, but she's now female.  He was panicking about what changing room she should use, and what to do if people complained, and so on.

I told him that he didn't need to implement genital checks or DNA tests at the door, he should just comply with provincial law, and let people use the changing room that corresponds with their lived gender identity.  If people have a problem with that, he should tell them to complain to the Human Rights Commission, not him.

I'm going to send him an e-mail to follow up.  What should I change to this? I tried to phrase it as "you're already doing the right thing" and "no need to do extra work", and didn't mention all the horrible suggestions he had been proposing.  However, it seems a bit stilted.  Suggestions to make it flow better?

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Mike,

 
To follow up on our conversation this morning: you don't have to worry about what to do when transpeople work or train at the gym.  Just keep doing as you do now, and let people go into the changing room that corresponds with their lived gender identity.  You've got the law on your side.

The Ontario Human Rights Code states "Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability. "  

If someone says they identify as male, that means they change in the men's changing room. If someone says they identify as female, that means they change in the women's changing room.  If anyone has issues with that, you can tell them that the gym naturally complies with the Ontario Human Rights Code, and hand them the attached brochure from the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
 
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90h19 

http://www.ohrc.on.ca/sites/default/files/Gender%20Identity_Gender%20Expression%20Brochure_Accessible_English.pdf
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[cross-posting to LJ even though this will probably get me banned from there, according to the new TOS]


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Tikki

IDEA: Airplane wheel hubcap turbines

I flew back from Nova Scotia Saturday night on a Q-400. My seat was right under the wing, so I could watch the landing gear. The wheels on the landing gear weren't rotating until the instant they touched the runway - then they accelerated instantly in a puff of black smoke.

This seems like it would be rather hard on the tires. Googling showed that the tires need to be replaced every 125 landings, at $1000 per tire. That would add $32 to the cost of each flight.

If we could get the tires spinning before the aircraft touched the ground, we could probably make the tires last longer. We could also reduce the risk of a tire blowing out upon landing.

We could spin up the wheels using a hydraulic actuator or an electric motor. However, either option would add weight (increasing fuel costs), and add complexity (increasing maintenance costs).

When the landing gear descends, the aircraft is moving through the air at up to 215 knots. What if we used the air blasting past the tires to start them rotating? What if we made hubcaps for the tires with wind vanes to catch the breeze?

It turns out other people have already thought of that. There are dozens of patents for hubcaps for aircraft tires that will catch the wind and start the wheels spinning. There was even a proposal to include wind scoops in the treads of the tires on the Space Shuttle. These solutions are lightweight and nearly zero-maintenance.

https://www.google.com/patents/US3233849
https://www.google.com/patents/US5251848

So, if this idea has been thought of before, why are airlines still burning rubber every time they land a plane?

It turns out that aircraft tires can exert impressive gyroscopic forces once you get them spinning. Maneuverability is critical when an aircraft is taking off or landing. When pilots need to suddenly turn their aircraft, they don't want to have their tires fighting their every move. On some aircraft, brakes automatically engage when the landing gear retracts, to kill the angular momentum of the tires. On other aircraft, pilots will tap the brakes once the wheels lift off. So, any attempt to spin up the tires before landing would infuriate pilots.

So it wasn't a good idea after all. But I had fun learning about things while I looked intoit.