Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian is an author, recovering academic, raconteur, and Your Favorite Historydyke. Her PhD thesis focused on the Boshin War in the Tohoku region. She is a staff writer for Unseen Japan, and the author of the 2021 NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite Grey Dawn: A Tale of Abolition and Union (Balance of Seven Press, 2020). She hosts Friday Night History on anchor.fm/fridaynighthistory and the secret to her success is Arabic coffee. She misses Sendai daily.
#DidYouKnow? Early in his career as daimyo of Sendai, with his sights still on a longshot bid to conquer Japan, Date Masamune set up an upper-upper-room (jōjōdan no ma) in Sendai Castle and a stable of oxen for the imperial carriage (hōren), all with the intention of receiving Emperor Goyōzei with appropriate pomp.
This coming week I get to sit down for a podcast interview with JP Der Boghossian of the Queer Armenian Library to talk all things Confluence! While you wait, you should take a look at his archive of episodes at https://thisqueerbook.com/
So a rich manbaby took over Twitter, and is tearing it apart in realtime. Some of my most loyal followers, on that platform where I’d worked hard for years to build a following, are already gone. There’s nothing quite like Twitter out there.
So the obligatory question becomes…now what?
Honestly, I don’t know. I’m not leaving Twitter until they make me leave, and I am still not convinced that the guy isn’t going to try and sell off the company he himself admits he didn’t actually want to buy. Obviously, finding other platforms where people are going is a good idea, but that requires necessarily starting from scratch. This requires time and attention and in some cases money, all of which are in short supply for me, running a one-woman operation.
I am now on Cohost, at https://cohost.org/riversidewings , and you’re welcome to follow me there. It’s not the same as Twitter– it feels more like Tumblr and Livejournal were in their better days– but it’s a new platform being grown slowly and steadily, and I like that.
I’m on Mastodon, but in between instances at the moment, and Mastodon’s got a learning curve that means not everyone’s gonna be going there.
Coming at you in just about 2 weeks: my lecture on namahage at Anthrocon 2022! For more information including scheduling, follow the link: https://sched.co/11v0W
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Folks, hi– good to see you again. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?
So in light of recent events on Twitter which I’m sure you’ve all heard of by now, I’ve been in the midst of something of a realignment. Not leaving any platforms, mind you, but simply realigning where I focus my energy in putting content up.
So I’m back to what will likely be regular content on here. Some of it will be integrated with Patreon, once I get the Patreon plug-in to play nice with my WordPress setup, but for now, expect more content in general, here. It’s a useful medium, and it doesn’t have a character limit like Twitter does, so I figure let me use it.
It also occurs to me that inasmuch as I have a Patreon, this blog is the nearest thing I have to an official website, so, I should be updating it, huh?
Updates will continue here as the new episodes go up, but will link to the Patreon side. Other posts will continue here on WordPress, as this is my primary public-facing blog. Thank you so much for reading the series, and please consider becoming a patron, becoming a Twitch subscriber, or sending a one-time donation via bit.ly/2lQfdZ8.
Your support makes all of this possible. Thank you for being the wind beneath my wings.