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Semiotic Standard: the icons from Alien

Following on from our Solar System transit map, we settled on this as our next vector art project: recreating the "Semiotic Standard" icons used to decorate the Nostromo spaceship sets in the 1979 film Alien.

We also thought it'd be fun to make them usable as fediverse emoji, so we did that.

Find the full set in emojo form here: lexie.space/post/blogstuff/201

See the attached image, or noisy.lexie.space/@alexis/1033, for examples.

We'll be publishing large SVG files of these, too - as soon as we get the source file sorted out so we can export them easily. (we still suck at illustrator lol) In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these, and watch this space for more!

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The Solar System: A Transit Map

Ever wanted to take a bus from Earth to another planet entirely? Us too! If we could, this is the map we’d use to get from here to there. Now you can use it to do that, too!

Physical things that have this on them: redbubble.com/shop/p/43181011.

Different sizes, transparent backgrounds: lexie.space/assets/posts/2019-

We want to make this into a depiction of a solarpunk future, designed by consensus, that we'd all love to see! If you have ideas or thoughts on that, please add them to this thread: tilde.zone/@alexis/10329473188

More at our website: lexie.space/post/blogstuff/201

Special thanks and 💜 : @anarchiv @RedFuture @velexiraptor

We hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to boost and share with anyone you think might like it!

wasp photo, alc ment 

ah. figured out why she was snoozing on the windowsill

it is after all about that time of the season (the time when wasps have finished the work of their lives, and look for fermenting fruit with which to enjoy their retirement) and the figs are getting pretty ripe too

supposedly they are very belligerent in this state. all i can say is, i climbed into the middle of that tree to kill bindweed before i noticed them, then chased them around with a camera once i had, and - at risk of reiterating a constant theme - they didn't mind my presence at all.

that such animals as these should like us dream and seek leisure -

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wasp photos (sleeping; dreaming) 

local bald-faced yellowjacket didn't make it home before dark the other night and decided to sleep on our windowsill

i've never seen a sleeping wasp before, at least not and known what i was seeing. her back left leg twitched occasionally, and every so often she'd breathe hard for a little while and then stir a bit, briefly groom herself, and settle down again

so wasps do dream. who knew?

(boyfriend and i were both out on the porch when i spotted this napping lady and took the opportunity for a few good shots. he doesn't love wasps even a little, but kept his head and recognized she offered no one any harm; too, he regards himself as being in love with a witch - not a name i'd ever give myself, but one which to receive i find does not at all distress me - and understands the default courtesy i require he show innocuous arthropods as part and parcel of that. or maybe part of the price of that)

(it's interesting to see the ethological perspective i take toward these animals having an effect. we shared the front porch with an orb weaver, Aculepeira packardi, for quite a while; being able to describe to him in ordinary terms the occasions of her life seems to have helped dispel some of the xenophobia to which he and most people so default - as did the fact she quickly learned to set her moorings where careless primates could not blunder into them!)

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wasp photos (sleeping; dreaming) 

local bald-faced yellowjacket didn't make it home before dark the other night and decided to sleep on our windowsill

i've never seen a sleeping wasp before, at least not and known what i was seeing. her back left leg twitched occasionally, and every so often she'd breathe hard for a little while and then stir a bit, briefly groom herself, and settle down again

so wasps do dream. who knew?

there is a great deal to be said for cozy gay domesticity

having a boyfriend who's not even remotely adjacent to tech is being an incredible eye opener to just what a complete clown show this whole industry and field of human endeavor really is tbh

they say that the best revenge is living well, but have you considered: perhaps in fact the best revenge is being seen, by the object of your desire for vengeance, to live well

fellas, is it gay to spend your whole life being told and believing that you overthink everything, only to meet someone in the first days of your life's autumn season who makes it impossible any longer to fail to realize that you've been thinking exactly the right amount all along

love to spend three hours of a friday afternoon doing a failed repair and a successful swap after compromising my phone to a permanent end (ie a real bad drop)

like it's nice to be able to do the thing when the thing needs doing but,,,

"Michael Bussee, a founder of Exodus International,"

fellas, is it gay to think "god, if only we'd known each other in our twenties," and then look back and realize, no, there was never any way without all the things that went into making us who we are that we could ever fit so well, and that's enough to make any thought of regret over past foolishness and lost youth seem absurd

fellas, is it gay to get a text that just makes you feel like your heart's going to explode about how gay you are

will future historians retain the concept of keysmashing? we cannot yet know. but the texts from last night that i've just copied into my diary, should that document survive long enough to find its way into their hands, will certainly suffice to prove the question one way or the other

really earning that Anxious Dommes Social Club patch rn

nothing, yet nonethless absolutely horrible, do not open 

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:blobthinkingcool: cloutoris

fuckos on the internet aka "rationalists" adjacent 

(well, i say "stumbling", and in some cases that's true, but in others it's super fucking deliberate construction of pseudoscientific excuses for the vile shit they want to do anyway, and the community as a whole is just super comfy with that overall)

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fuckos on the internet aka "rationalists" adjacent 

struggling with the question of at what point does the value of being aware of which specific ways "rationalists" are stumbling into support of fascism cease to outweigh the frustration that invariably comes of seeing the sheer brain-melting and totally volitional ignorance of their "fuck empiricism, we're gonna a priori like it's 1599" foolishness at work

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