This is a trip to my eye doctor. I have an appointment tomorrow at 9:30a, and it isn’t that far from my house – a bit under 10km (~6 mi) away, or a twelve minute car ride during rush hour traffic.

Via bus? 1h 12m with 19 minutes of walking included. Oh, and it’ll be -9C (~16F) outside, because this is winter in Wisconsin. Same for the trip back.

The way the bus works here, there aren’t any direct routes over there, so I have to make two transfers at two different transfer points. My eye doc is east-southeast of where I live, but my route goes east, then north, transfers, east again, then south pretty far, then north again to backtrack, then far too far east, then north, then transfers, then backtracking west, then south until it lets me out. I have to walk from there about bit over a kilometer (0.7mi).

So when people ask me why I take cabs everywhere when I’m such a supporter of public transit, this is why; my time is worth more then nine dollars an hour and the transit outside of downtown Madison is garbage. Certainly better than nothing, but sometimes not by much. I’m frequently faster on foot than via bus. :(








An ad about understanding autism that changes as you move

I looked into the organization that made this ad (national autistic society) and found out that their website actually features posts written by autistic people to persuade people that rather than “curing” autism, the differences among people should be celebrated and theyre primarily recommended to parents learning with new diagnoses :^)

“I’m not naughty, I’m autistic” would’ve changed my life as a kid.

okay but can we also just appreciate how accurately they managed to visually represent what overstimulation feels like?

This ad is 11/10 ??

Accessibility success of the day #19

This is a great example of how we might spread autism awareness without spreading ableism. Good to see that some organizations get it right. 

My teachers always thought I was a bad child and were constantly punishing me for stuff I couldn’t control. Turns out they were actually just ableist fuckheads who didn’t want to deal with me.





People who complain about not being taught how to do taxes in high school probably wouldnt have paid attention to it if offered in high school.

They obviously didn’t because personal finance is a required class to graduate kakskdkdk

No. It’s not. Not everywhere.

In the US, with probable exceptions in some states/districts, you’re taught jack shit about actually functioning in the “real world”. The most we got in the school I went to? The very basics of a checkbook.

I received absolutely nothing on that subject.

…maybe your experience with “most places” and mine are very different then? I know there ARE roads with bike lanes, some places in the world, I’m just not sure I’ve ever seen them in any of the states I’ve lived in.

Madison is definitely more bicycle-friendly than average here. We have bike trails (once the last bit is finished, I can go from my house to work (~10 km away) without riding along side of a road), roads with bike lanes, and it is generally better for pedestrians. But… even without that, you don’t have city planners in places actively trying to /prevent/ bicycle travel in most places around the US.