radical forgiveness (text version)

(A video version of this post may be found here). Forgiveness proves radical in and of itself, and I encourage each of you to promote the revolution that it demands. Moreover, I encourage each of you to take forgiveness to radical levels, in other words, to practice a doctrine of “radical forgiveness”. We all get […]

why I transferred ownership of Gender Punk 360 and Axis Evil to a corporation I hold majority stake in

Today I transferred ownership of Gender Punk 360 and Axis Evil to a corporation I hold majority stake in. Here’s why: I founded Whole-Systems Enterprises, Inc., the corporation, late last year to provide legal structure for my efforts to elevate the lives of transgender people through business enterprise. Axis Evil and Gender Punk 360 operate […]

go to a damn tailor!

Let’s face it, transgender women often experience a difficult time finding clothes that fit perfectly. (But then, doesn’t every woman?!?). For example, my particular problems are: I usually need plus-sized blouses to enable fit around my chest and shoulders, but then the blouses generally appear unflatteringly wide around my waist. While I usually buy dresses […]

artificial intelligence in fashion (part one: brainstorming)

Brainstorming as usual: Fashion dictums involve many IF-THEN-ELSE rules. One can convert this into a decision engine (inference engine). User specifies their body shape, and a recommendation engine selects suitable clothing for them, taking into account the user’s tastes. Upload an image of a dress you want to buy, and specify the dress’s given size. […]

on this blog’s new name: “gender punk 360”

I recently changed this blog’s name from “gender punk” to “gender punk 360”. Why? For ethical and branding reasons: Primarily, I owned “genderpunk.net” but not “genderpunk.com”. However, I do own “genderpunk360.com” and think a “.com” makes a better impression on potential readers. More abstractly, “gender punk” is a general term used widely in our community […]

Thermo Fisher: ten years at an uncommonly fabulous company

Many laid-off employees trash their former employer. But my decade at Thermo Fisher stands as one of the richest experiences of my life, despite significant challenges along the way. So I want to remind current Thermo Fisher employees and leadership what they can take pride in: Exceptional Handling of my On-the-Job Gender Change I joined […]

delivering sex appeal to a job interview

About a week ago I attended my first job interview as a woman. There was so much more to think about than before: Fear of discrimination as a woman interviewing for a technical and scientific position Fear of discrimination as a transgender person Keeping my voice in a feminine pitch range for the duration of […]

an electric razor that works for me

While this blog generally transcends issues of commerce, occasionally I find products useful specifically as a transgender woman and will recommend them. Consider an electric razor: Some background: Due to years of electrolysis and laser treatment, few hairs remain on my face. But they grow fast. I dislike traditional shaving because the procedure often cuts […]

living fabulously off of society’s exhaust (part 1)

I’m exploring the concept of “living off of society’s exhaust”. What do I mean by this? Still working that out. Our society produces two exhaust streams: Waste and information. Both involve entropy. Information can be further (sort of) divided into data and system state. Here I envision data being something like a Twitter feed and […]

dead reckoning

Sometimes circumstances require that you calculate your position using no information other than knowledge of your previous direction and distance traveled. Of course, this statement specifically refers to marine navigation, but it serves as a rather good metaphor for life and leadership. Two years ago I became “Emily”, drawing courage only from deep confidence in […]