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Refuge Restrooms is now available as a native iOS application through the Apple Store. And best of all, the app is completely free!

We are so proud and excited about the work that Harlan Kellaway has been doing on this native iOS client here at Refuge! Attached are some screenshots from the app.

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Get stoked. Refuge is coming to iOS


Internet slang meets American Sign Language

Internet slang meets American Sign Language:


On the one hand, this is a neat article with some interesting discussion, and if you ever wanted to know how to sign “selfie” in ASL, well, you’re in luck. 

On the other hand, the writers of the article clearly don’t know much about how dictionaries are made, because the whole emerging community consensus point is exactly how all languages work. 

We asked Douglas Ridloff about how new technology enters ASL and he described the different ways in which terms are brought in.
“With words like ‘Glide’ or ‘Instagram,’ we’ve started to see signs emerge,” Ridloff explained. “As a collective, we see various signs until one emerges as the agreed upon sign by a collaboration of the community. A few months ago, this became a very hot topic online, people were throwing out suggestions for different signs that could designate the concept of ‘Glide.’ We eventually narrowed it down to one sign that everyone in this online community agreed to use… In terms of Instagram, I still see quite a bit of variety regarding the sign usage, we haven’t seen a consensus yet. I think there are several reasons why. For instance, the CEO from Glide got involved and it was really key that he was a part of that collaboration in coming up with one definitive sign. When it comes to Instagram, a representative has yet to be involved in that process, so no consensus has been reached and thus it will take longer to come to a consensus. There isn’t an official canon or anything. It’s a small community.”

Lack of consensus for emerging vocabulary? Sure, ask a handful of internet-fluent English speakers how to pronounce “doge” (or even the older “gif”) and I bet they’ll disagree. And the same goes for borrowing: there’s an initial lack of consensus about how to transcribe “television” in the Arabic alphabet, and people use various Chinese characters for “coca-cola” until the company comes up with an official version.

Languages are not products of dictionaries; dictionaries are pale reflections of how people are already using language — and lexicographers keep trying to tell us this. But it’s unbalanced to start with English words for which a consensus has just recently emerged (lexicographers finally felt okay including them in a dictionary) and expect that ASL should have reached a consensus on exactly the same ideas. For example, why should anyone expect ASL to have a word for “five second rule”? I bet French doesn’t either. 

The biggest difference between compiling a dictionary of ASL and English is that English has a large body of written work that you can comb through for examples, so you don’t have to ask people individually, while ASL has a smaller existing corpus, so you do need to ask more people. But even that isn’t a signed/spoken thing so much as a big/small language thing: many spoken languages don’t have long written traditions either, or even if they do they may still be very small, and so you also need to ask people directly. For example, see superlinguo's recent post about a Kagate dictionary-making workshop

I mean, I’m glad that the writers shared the misgivings that the people they interviewed had about representing the words in flux, especially since they clearly weren’t expecting to any sort of complications at all, but this is one of those areas where I wish people were better informed.

Dear fellow lady gamers,


Can you please not say things like "I’m not any less of a gamer just because I have a vagina"? Your vagina is not why people are being jerks to you. Some of us female gamers are unlucky enough to be born without one, and we deal with the same sexist bullshit as the rest of you.

With love and solidarity,

a trans girl gamer.

glitterlion: spicy-vagina-tacos: THIS IS SO FUCKING IMPORTANT!…



THIS IS SO FUCKING IMPORTANT! My best friend was turned into a meme on 4chan and 9gag and shit with everyone slut shaming her, and its fucking heartbreaking. People don’t understand the horror of seeing a picture of themselves on the internet with hundreds of thousands of people making fun of them. these people will most likely see these pictures online at some point. Theres no telling how they will react. Theres no telling what personal damage will occur to their self esteem. Do not post pictures of strangers on the internet. Do not reblog/repost these pictures either. Especially if they’re children. That is all.

Definitely had photos of myself taken and used as mentioned. People on the Internet are also absolute douches.

salon:One of my biggest fears is that as the population hurtles…


One of my biggest fears is that as the population hurtles towards a tipping point, we will be forced to live in massive, windowless apartment complexes à là Black Mirror. A new invention from Italian company CoeLux makes that future seem, all the more terrifyingly, not so bad.

We can’t believe it’s not a skylight.

thescarletwoman: nowonlyghosts: sixpenceee: Margaret…




Margaret Hamilton is a computer scientist and mathematician. She was the lead software engineer for Project Apollo.  Her work prevented an abort of the Apollo 11 moon landing. She’s also credited for coining the term “software engineer.” 

Those stacks are the code she wrote for Apollo 11. Incredible.

reblog all the time

dontbeabrat: gifsboom: First Driving Dog. video He’s fucking…



First Driving Dog. video

He’s fucking driving omg

humanrightswatch:silkinsights:We’ve pulled all this information…



We’ve pulled all this information together and set it up here:

Take a look at it, explore the data, use it, filter it (race / gender / age / state / cause of death), spread the message.

Follow us for more info, and an updated list.

The most comprehensive list as of yet. 

swolizard:By the way, the FBI has labeled the Black Panther…


By the way, the FBI has labeled the Black Panther Party as

"A black extremist organization founded in Oakland, California in 1966. It advocated the use of violence and guerilla tactics to overthrow the US Government"

and they have hundreds of pages of information actually proving otherwise that focus on feeding children for free, educating youth, and keeping them out of trouble.

while if you look up either KKK, Ku Klux Klan you get


you don’t get a single damn thing. They only even have 2 documents on the fucking party at all.

And yall wonder why they allow black people to be murdered every damn day and let the KKK be there to laugh every time it happens


Native Americans Say Facebook Is Accusing Them of Using Fake Names| Colorlines

Native Americans Say Facebook Is Accusing Them of Using Fake Names| Colorlines