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Halfdan Reschat
Engineer. Hobby photographer. Movie enthusiast. World traveler.
Engineer. Hobby photographer. Movie enthusiast. World traveler.


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The Photos I Take.
The other day I decided that I needed a Chromecast screensaver of my own photos, which made me realize I should probably make a single album for all my personal favorite photos that I take. A nights I did just that. I went through my photos shared to my Photography G+ collection and added most of them to a single album - which I'll try to keep adding new photos to as I capture more of the world.
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Why I Despise the 12-Hour English Digital Clock.
There are 24 hours in a day.

How do we say that we are 17 hours and 12 minutes into the day? Easy! 17:12.
That's it. No hassle; nothing more to talk about. Good - we're done here. Right?

Unfortunately not. Because somewhere along the way someone decided to not do it like this. Instead they wanted to split the day into 2 parts, each with 12 hours.
That in itself is not really that big an issue - and we can easily do that. Like, part 1 of the day and part 2 of the day - or perhaps the before noon part and the after noon part, or ante meridiem (AM) and post meridiem (PM) in Latin. In this way 17 hours and 12 minutes into the day would then be 05:12 PM, while 9 hours and 59 minutes into the day would be 09:59 AM. Easy again.
Now that's it. No big hassle; nothing more to talk about. Right?

No? Really, we're not done yet? Oh, what the hell did they those do instead?

For some weird reason this simple formula wasn't what the British/US noblemen somewhere along the way chose to go with. Instead, a more "sophisticated" (read: completely uncessarily idioticly complex) way of telling time on a 12-hour clock was devised by someone, who is hated far less by the average person than he should be (pst, obviously a man). This new "method" was decided so that the ways of expressing the hour after midnight and the hour after noon should be exchanged or something. What?
So, for example if it's 37 minutes into the afternoon that should mean that it's "0 hours and 37 minutes after noon (Post Meridiem)" = "0h 37m P.M." = "00:37 PM". Right?

Nope, that's not the fuckheads had in mind.

But how, you ask me, did the Brits/'Mericans actually end up choosing to handle midnight/midday?
Oh - let me tell you - they did so THE WRONG FUCKING WAY!

So, listen to this, apparently 37 minutes into the afternoon is 12:37 PM.

Wait, what?

If it had even just been been 12:37 AM it would do make some kind of sense, since it would be 12 hours and 37 minutes into the part 1 of the day (the part before noon - Ante Meridiem - AM). It would still be stupid - since 0h 37m into the PM makes more sense - but it would've made logical sense and be something I could've learned to accept.

Instead of 12 hours and 37 minutes into the before noon part of the day (AM) being 12:37 PM, it is instead for some reason 12:37 PM - as in 12 hours and 37 minutes into the PM, which should be 12 hours and 37 minutes after noon, meaning 37 minutes after midnight. But, no, of course it would not be that easy - so they had to make it completly nonsensical for no good reason.

It would've been so damn easy to do this right (in several different ways) - but no, apparently that's not the way of the British/'Merican people. And I honestly still judge far most of them to this day because of this, since something this stupid should really have been revolted against decades/centuries ago.

All I can say is... sigh!

tldr / P.S. If you didn't catch my drift, here is a summation of my time-telling preferences:
1) 24-hour clock
2) 12-hour clock - where 37 minutes into the afternoon is 00:37 PM
3) 12-hour clock - where 37 minutes into the afternoon is 12:37 AM
NEVER) 12-hour clock - where 37 minutes into the afternoon is 12:37 PM (BECAUSE IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL)

P.P.S. I really wanted to share this post at 00:01 / 00:01 AM / 12:01 AM / NOT 12:01 PM - just for the sake of it; but I'm tired and won't want to stay up that late.
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This is an important read about how to assist trans children - especially since there is so much misinformation about the subject being spread around by hateful bigots.
I'm not sure how many of you follow trans anything in the news, but as it's pride month and I already talked about trans things recently, I want to address a (sometimes willful) misconception and provide a perspective on an important topic: what do we do with children who say they're trans? How do we support them without harming them medically?

The reason I bring this up is because some in the media will have you believe that our message of support for trans kids translates into advocating that kids start hormone therapy ASAP. The scare tactic at the moment is to say we want to pump kids full of hormones at a young age as soon as they come out, and that kids are too young to know themselves anyway, so we need to stop trans folks from cause irreparable harm to young children.

Scaremongering aside, there are valid questions in there. Most of us knew that it wasn't just a phase when we were young, but we were young all the same -- too young to make a life-changing decision like what to do with ourselves medically. However, puberty is a scary time, because it puts you through many often permanent, irreversible changes. The shape of your body, the deepness of your voice, facial hair, etc. These changes are bad enough when you're cis, and feel like hell when you're trans.

The suggested response is multifaceted, but relatively simple. First, there's therapy, which can help children navigate these feelings and, if it gets that far, help them begin coming out socially. Next, if they're deemed appropriate, are puberty blockers. They prevent defining sexual characteristics from materializing for a while. In the meantime, children are given a chance to grow older, continue therapy, and spend more time on the issue. Regardless of what they decide later, hormone treatment, or lack thereof, can begin with little to no adverse effects. It's mostly just a delay to prevent the onset of dysphoric bodily characteristics, and grants more time for a decision. Nowhere have I seen a suggestion to begin hormone therapy at a young age, and it wouldn't be taken seriously anyway.

Now, another reason this is important. We hear all the time about how damaging it could be for someone to start hormone therapy and then realize they aren't actually trans after they've made changes to their body. Also fair. But the opposite never seems to be brought up. What about the damage inflicted on someone forced to go through a puberty they don't want? Some like to bring up "detransitioners," but these people are very few, and most trans people, if asked what they'd have done differently, will say they wish they'd gotten started sooner.

Side note -- think about why someone might detransition in the first place. It could just be they realized they weren't trans, but it's also possible they didn't want to deal with the abuse or trauma that can come with being trans these days. It's unfortunately common. There are a plethora of other reasons, but that's an essay on its own. tl;dr, when you see examples of detransitioners in media, they're usually being used as pawns.

There's a lot of effort that goes into being who you want to be. Trans people forced through the wrong puberty will sometimes spend thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of their life on painful procedures to alter all sorts of things, with the hopes of getting somewhere even close to being someone they're comfortable with. Many can't afford to do this. Suicide rates are high among trans people, especially those who feel dysphoric or lack family support. Others suffer depression and anxiety. Are these not also valid points?

We see not transitioning as the default option. But really, that should be looked at as just as potentially harmful and damaging, especially to a young person. We also see transitioning later in life as an expensive and painful but necessary part of the process. It shouldn't have to be. We should talk about denying transition with as much concern as its opposite if we're actually concerned about the well-being of children.

There's no moral or ethical panic to be had here. Trans people know what it's like to grow up feeling wrong, so we're in no hurry to push that feeling on others. When a child says they feel they might be trans, they don't get surgeries and hormones the next day. But acceptance of trans people, and believing young people who come out or ask for help, needs to involve a re-evaluation of how we look transitioning and how we provide access to it. Our current strategy of asking people to just wait for any kind of treatment until after they've already gone through puberty can cause the very damage many scare tacticians supposedly want to prevent. Besides, that isn't really acceptance; it's just saying that no one can ever be certain of their identity until later in life. (Do we suggest the same confusion of kids who think they're cis?) Some might be uncertain, but for most, there's nothing confusing about it.

Worst case scenario, someone realizes they aren't actually trans and no harm is done. Maybe puberty comes a little late. Best case scenario, a child is spared going through something irreversible and potentially harmful, and given the chance to grow up the way they want and need.

So if you do stumble across an article claiming that the trans agenda is to get our kids started on hormones as soon as possible, you can dismiss that outright. But this is important, not just for those who may be anti-trans, but for allies as well. We need our families and friends and communities and medical professionals to be understanding and accepting, and to change their thinking on how to handle growing up trans. The solutions aren't harmful or damaging like some would have you believe, which is likely why they're trying to get a head start with their own misleading narrative. The goal here is to ensure young people are happy, regardless of who they like or how they identify, and for them to have the option to explore those identities in the first place.

As always, I'm open to questions and discussions in good faith.
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Some Baking Recipes.
I like to bake - and on my recent trip to Colorado with some US friends, I baked a few different things. I've written down the recipes for the things I made so if anyone wants to bake the same things (morning bread, dinner bread, pancakes/crepes, and pizza) they can see one way of doing so.
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I had a interesting week of vacation. +Halfdan Reschat stayed with me here in Reno, and we got out and saw Virginia City, Truckee, and Lake Tahoe a few times. We talked briefly about Google+ and he made me think again about so many great times and people here. I miss our old days on G+ very much.

I've been in exile on the Plus since my buddy Andrew Coffman killed himself last Christmas Eve. I simply couldn't find joy in hanging in this Google

world, as the memories were too fresh, especially with my Friday Night Sessions involvement.

But I am back. And I'm ready to rumble again!

So, out of curiosity, who's still here??? Weigh in with your city and country and let's see who is still avidly using this UI.

Hello again, world!

(Picture I took of Lake Tahoe, early morning, after hiking to the top of a lookout.)

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Touch down in Copenhagen.

Now there's only left to take the train home and then my trip will officially be over.

It had been an amazing two weeks in Colorado and Nevada (+California for a little while). Thank you to all I got to hang out with on my trip.

'Till next time. :-)
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Touch down in San Francisco.

My next flight is for Copenhagen in a little less than two hours and then (after an 11ish hour flight) I'll be home after two amazing weeks in the US.
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Touch down in Reno.
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Heading on to Reno after an amazing week in Colorado.
I have had a great time with a group of awesome friends in Colorado. It has been an absolutely amazing week with enjoyable hikes, beautiful views, great food, fun experiences, and perfect company.

Thank you very much for such an amazing week, +Ned Barnhart, +Sarah Rios, +Kari Tedrick, +Keith Cramer, +Lori Cramer, Jerry, Charlie, Nate, Kristy, Jen, Ian, and Isak.

And now, I'm heading on to Reno to visit +Sean Cowen. :-)

(Pictured: Ned pointing out the beautiful view to Isak.)
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