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📚 I’m reading The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour during the day and Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer at night, having finished Timefulness by Marcia Bjornerud and The Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, Rivers Solomon, and SL Huang.

🎧 My rotation of late has included Bachelor, Billie Eilish, Ghost of Vroom, Jed Whedon & The Willing, Olivia Cornell & The Precious, Sleepover, and Evalyn.

👋 The unsupported use case of a disordered*, mediocre midlife in St. Johns, Oregon—now with added global pandemic and climate crisis.

🎂 October 25
👨 He/Him
📍 St. Johns, Oregon

🕛 Hoping to have made enough progress after surgery to put one health concern behind me so I can tackle the next one; fearing that weather and changing clocks put daily evening walks out of reach; being fascinated by my recent adult developmental coordination disorder evaluation; still stalled on reading through a pile of hundreds of autism research papers; still seeking a feedless, profile-driven “asocial” networking site to keep up with friends and acquaintances; starting off yet another year in my fifties; marking five years since my autism diagnosis; experiencing several different existential anxieties at once; giving myself intense bouts of anxiety every time I look at Social Security disability application information; and still somewhat nostalgic for how much weirdly easier was 2020 for me.

📺 This week I’m watching 4400, Hawkeye, The Masked Singer, Star Trek: Discovery, The Expanse, and Dickinson; Welcome to Earth on weekend and weekday mornings; and rewatching, of all things, Star Trek: Enterprise.

📽️ In recent weeks, I’ve rewatched Eighth Grade and Space Sweepers (the best movie of the year); and seen Censor, The Loneliest Whale, Gaia, The Making of Happier Than Ever, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Night on Earth: Shot in the Dark, The Wonderful, The Humans, and Colossal.

📻 I’m listening weekly to Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!; catching up on For All Mankind: The Official Podcast; starting in on The Evening Rocket; still trying get around to Planetary Radio; awaiting the next seasons of 1800 Seconds on Autism, Technopolis, and Star Trek: The Pod Directive; still missing Social Distance; and looking for more official podcasts for the television shows I watch.

🕹️ I’m not by any means a gamer but since upgrading to Apple One and having access to Arcade, I’ve casually, although lately not so much, been playing Angry Birds Reloaded; my stab at The Last Campfire didn’t last long, and I wish all of the Scrabble-type games had not become so offputtingly bedazzled.

📜 You might or might not know me from such projects as Stop S314, The Millennium Cafe, Portland Communique, Can’t Stop the Serenity, or The Belmont Goats.

💬 Rolling Stone emphasized my “long black eyelashes”, “face that sees very little sun”, and “quick wit”; Mike Doughty said that Soul Coughing was “playing it all” for me; Bruce Sterling referred to me as a “punk”; and a Portland public relations professional called me a “sissy”.

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*️⃣ Autism spectrum, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, sensory processing, adjustment, aphantasia, developmental coordination, severely-deficient autobiographical memory.

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How Currently Began

Read the manifesto, “Toward disengagement.”

What Currently Is For

Currently harkens back to profile-driven social networking, hoping to provide a cognitively low-impact way to keep up with what friends and acquaintances are up to, without subjecting yourself to another social media feed. Catch up, then log off; made for people, not users.

Who Makes Currently

Nobody. Currently does not exist, except as this clickable, simulated demo site.


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No fear. No hate. No thoughtless bullshit. (And no nazis.)

This policy is a “living” document, and subject to refinement and expansion in the future. Last updated December 18, 2021.

Everyone participating in CURRENTLY—including, but not limited to, the CURRENTLY website and any affiliated media—is required to agree to the following Rules. This includes all administrators, members, staff, and volunteers.

CURRENTLY is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of members in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all CURRENTLY spaces, both online and off (if any). Anyone who violates these Rules may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at our discretion.

Definitions

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, or religion

  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment

  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names

  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behavior in spaces where they’re not appropriate

  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop

  • Threats of violence

  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm

  • Deliberate intimidation

  • Stalking or following

  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes

  • Sustained disruption of discussion

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others

  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease

  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect other CURRENTLY members or other vulnerable people from intentional abuse

  • Publication of non-harassing private communication without consent by the involved parties

CURRENTLY prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. CURRENTLY reserves the right not to act on complaints regarding:

  • ’Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’

  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”

  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial

  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions

Reporting

If you are being harassed by a member of CURRENTLY, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact us at at hello@currently.fyi. If the person who is harassing you works for CURRENTLY, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

These Rules apply to CURRENTLY spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of CURRENTLY outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by CURRENTLY members seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. We reserve the right to exclude people from CURRENTLY based on their past behavior, including behavior outside CURRENTLY spaces and behavior towards people who are not in CURRENTLY.

In order to protect staff and volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of CURRENTLY members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Consequences

Members asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a member engages in harassing behavior, CURRENTLY may take any action we deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all CURRENTLY spaces and identification of the member as a harasser to other CURRENTLY members or the general public.

Credits

These Rules are based upon an example policy created by the Geek Feminism community.


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How does the home screen work?

After you sign in, your home screen will show you people divided into three lists: those you follow who have updated since the last time you visited their profile, those you follow who haven’t, and those you don’t follow who have been recommended by those you do. These lists are sorted alphabetically by first (or only) name.

How do profiles work?

Your profile consists of “bits” (such as Greeting, Now, Books, et cetera). The only required bit is Greeting; you can choose how many or how few of the other bits you want to include. You can customize the order of bits to some degree, but the Greeting, Vitals, and Now bits always appear at the top of your profile, in that order.

When you visit the profile of someone you follow, at the top you will see those bits they’ve updated since the last time you visited, followed by the bits they haven’t.

If they haven’t updated any bits, or if it’s the profile of someone you don’t follow, it will look much like when you view your own: sorted by the default order of bits beginning with Greeting, Vitals, and Now.

What is the full list of profile bits?

Can I use whatever emoji I want on my bits?

No. Each bit provides a selected group of emoji considered relevant to that bit. On each bit, you can choose from any in its emoji group. Within the actual text of your bits, you’re free to use whatever emoji you want, as you would in anything you’d write somewhere else. The “emoji group” limitation is only for the emoji that indicates the type of bit.

What happens if you block someone?

When you block someone it prevents them from being able to see your profile, from being able to recommend you, and from seeing your name in any recommendations. Someone you’ve blocked still can see your profile if they are logged out, unless you’ve set your profile to require people to sign in to view it. Blocking someone also means you will never see their name in the Recommened list on your home screen, or in the Recommendations component on anyone else’s profile.

How do you message or chat someone?

You don’t. There is no way to contact another Currently member on Currently itself. If you’d like to get in touch with someone on Currently, use the contact links they’ve provided on their profile, if they’ve done so.

Can I make a Currently account for my business?

No. Currently is for people, not for companies or organizations. That said, if you in effect also are your own business there’s nothing to say you can’t talk about that business on your own personal profile. But the profile itself is for you, not your business.


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You agree not to interfere with or damage the site, not to hold us liable for any interference or damage caused by our maintaining it, and to abide by the Rules. We’re allowed to use the information you provide us in order to operate and maintain the site, and must abide by the Rules.


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