1. 99% Chance of Magic

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019 By Alys S.Brooks

    A coming out story about a trans girl named Em who has decided to tell her family a very big secret. (Hint: She’s a witch!)

    Illustrated by Jeanelle Tabaranza

    This story is in the fortcoming anthology of the same name, which is written by trans women, transfeminine people, and …

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  2. Analyzing Wisconsin’s Record Midterm Turnout

    Friday, May 10, 2019 By Alys S.Brooks

    2018 was a high water mark for midterm voter turnout in Wisconsin — almost 60 percent turned out. While that’s still lower than most presidential elections, it’s the highest midterm since at least 1948.

    Turnout over time

    There’s a fairly big range between the highest turnout counties and the lowest ones …

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  3. What I dislike about Python

    Sunday, May 22, 2016 By Alys S.Brooks

    try: assert Python == great

    Python is my favorite programming language. It’s easy for beginners without limiting experts, it’s fun to use, and there’s a great community of people working on it. However, no language is perfect, and occasionally I get frustrated by its limits.

    Quite a few …

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  4. Todoist: The Unexplained Parts

    Monday, December 14, 2015 By Alys S.Brooks

    I keep track of tasks using Todoist, a cross-platform to-do list tool. It’s flexible without making simple things hard, which I appreciate1. For example, adding a task with a deadline and a tag is as simple as clicking the plus button and typing “Call landlord @telephone today”.

    Since …

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  5. Review: Melancholia (2014)

    Saturday, September 12, 2015 By Alys S.Brooks

    Note: minor spoilers for Melancholia.

    In movies, Apocalypse tends to be a gritty affair. Not in Melancholia. Lars von Trier’s film about two sisters’ last days on Earth is as composed and beautiful as a movie about apocalypse could be.

    In contrast to the shoestring special effects of a …

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  6. Winter Series” premiers brand-new ballets

    Monday, March 31, 2014 By Alys S.Brooks

    The Pabst Theater is a small, cosy theater, with all the dignity of an 119-year-old building — the perfect atmosphere for fresh choreography. The small audience feels appropriate for the premiers of four works in “Winter Series,” and the theater’s age serves to gently remind the audience how old an …

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