DIY Ethic

Our computers are over six years old now, still running XP.

Now we could go out and buy new ones, indeed we considered taking that path.

But that isn’t really my way of doing things so I am going to build our new machines on the I7 platform, probably with ASUS motherboards.

I’m researching the boards and components as I go.

It is something in my nature.  After all, as a transkid I was the only one I knew like me and it took a lot of digging to find what I needed to know to manage changing my sex way back when.

I wanted to be a part of history, not just intellectually but physically.

I became a radical, left home to live in the Haight Ashbury and Berkeley.  I learned how to cut mimeograph stencils, chair a meeting organize a demo.

I didn’t need counseling to aid me in changing sex because I had girl friends to teach me how to do things.  Consciousness raising raps along with political consciousness raising.  I learned to cook and worked with a food co-op and tenants union.

I wanted to learn photography so I bought a camera, read books, went to museums and taught myself.

Over the years I have met many people with extraordinary talents, often time working at mundane jobs.

One thing they all have in common with sisters is that they often hide or down play these things about themselves in order to keep their slave jobs that pay the bills.

I sometimes mention something like going to a show at one of the art museums and discover that the woman doing the returns likes the same French Impressionists I like.  Or that someone else has a recording studio he built in his garage that can do 24 track recording.

Not everything in society is corporate prepackaged for your consumption.  Some things are do it yourself.  Tina and I were talking to someone who still has a tube amplifier in his stereo system and telling him about how we had wired together all these CD changers and built up what has evolved into a pretty elaborat theater sound system.  We did it one component at a time over years.

Mostly it is a matter of thinking, “I can do that and going out and doing it.”  Rather than buying it or listening to experts who make you feel that you are inadequate.

One of the things I have noticed in the year or so that I’ve been blogging is that same DIY that gives anyone willing to do the work a soap box to stand on, a platform to speak from and present their positions.

One of the worst aspects of the debate with those pushing transggender as umbrella was their resorting to saying, “Well the academics all use ‘transgender'” or how certain activists were able via web sites and national offices to dominate the discourse.

Rather than just post comments creating our own blogs gives us platforms for our individual opinion.