Just spent ~4 hours editing the audio for my undergraduate thesis. Two Transitions, a podcast in which I discuss gender with my 6th grade teacher. Episode 4 now available on MixCloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/TwoTransitions/
#intro I'm Nat! She/her, writer and coder from Salt Lake City. I work in connectomics at the Moran Eye Center and also for the MineRL project (www.minerl.io) which I'm writing a stage play inspired by. Also into screenwriting, sketch comedy, and zine-making.
there's been quite a bit of research on the cognitive/health benefits of multilingualism, but I think the framing tends to be backwards. multilingualism isn't a bonus, but the default (historically, anthropologically, biologically). our species developed multilingual, and still is everywhere not too damaged by colonial steamrollers. monolingualism is a v recent development, an emergent artifact of a capitalist+racist society.
so we should be talking about the cognitive damage of monolingualism.
This is the best public speaking I've ever done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_799Ach0Zg
The common attitude is that we're here to stay, that the injustices we create will go away like magic because of "progress" or "a better afterlife." I think that's garbage. You can't trust society to get better on its own, you can't go around acting like all governments and authorities are valid or good enough. If the police kill and terrorize more people than those we call "terrorists", WE need to stop respecting them.
With times as rough as they are, I've been trying different mantras/mottos to keep myself moving. Lately the most compelling one I've come up with is "WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO EXIST." As an atheist and a scientist, I believe this beautiful, horrible thing we call human life is a cosmic accident. Which means we need to grab onto it and cherish it like crazy, because it will never happen again.
The Zoom-staged reading of my play Survival Instinct is now recorded and on YouTube: https://youtu.be/eBiMpcd0Ozc
Writing literary sci-fi and making indie games in Salt Lake City
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