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writing about coping.

I keep trying to write about depression and failing, because everyone is depressed right now and there is already so much despair.

So I’ll keep it short and to the point.

The planet burns. A global pandemic runs rampant. A global oligarchy continues to pull all the levers, and destroy…


Especially in a country more multiracial than ever before.

Yesterday, the 2020 Census redistricting data was released, along with demographic data about the nation. The share of the population that was “two or more races” grew faster than any other group.

The share of the nation that identified as “two or more races” or “multiracial” was 9 million people…


I’m sorry; once again, this won’t be a post about robots or intersectionality; it will not be thoroughly researched or particularly polished or even edited. It seems like these brain-dumps are all I can manage these days, as the heat and the constant feeling of dread in the background zap…


And re-closing, too.

This past Sunday I went back to my yoga studio in-person for the first time in a year and a half. At the end of the practice, I lay on my yoga blocks in fish pose, a “heart opener” according to the instructor. It’s a vulnerable position, with your chest…


This weekend I attend a party, to mark enslaved people freeing themselves in the united States.

The holiday feels heavy, but, as I walk toward a line of colorful outfits, coily hair, and a symphony of fragrances, I am glad if this means Black people will have an excuse to…


(not really sure what this is about, to be honest)

Content Note: This post contains some heavy topics, like the mention of suicide and depression.

My freshman year at MIT, three students committed suicide.

It is not something that I talk about that often, but I do think about it frequently. It was the worst year for undergraduates of my…


To be “professional” is to be “masculine”.

1. FIRST,

let us address the obvious fact that at our current moment, dominant cultures across the globe still treat gender as very binary, and tied to sex assigned at birth. Women are encouraged to present as feminine from an early age. This suits some women, and it does not suit others…


Bare minimum binaries…

Author’s Note: To my regular readers, sorry, I know this differs from my usual content and I’m supposed to be a hardware engineer, but this was sooOOO000 frustrating and I had to figure it out myself so I am giving back to the stackoverflow-answer-ers and authors-of-medium-blog-posts-about-very-specific-software-issues, because I have read…


The systemic inequality in our tax code.

— MY MOTHER owns her own tax and accounting business, and so in a funny way, tax policy was a regular dinner time discussion topic in our household. My mother explained to me the ways in which things like the Affordable Care Act affected tax policy when it was passed…

Selam G.

MIT grad, robotics engineer, mixed. A place I write.

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