Some days are just quiet.
I decided to play tourist and went looking for a museum and a recommended bookshop. I found a church! (Make of it what you will!) Street names here change every few blocks, requiring navigational vigilance.
St. Paulus.jpg
Some time thereafter, I stumbled upon a square, Mechelse Plain, in full preparations for an art opening, featuring the photography … Read more...

Deaf community wins historic FCC ruling on videophone

~ online teaching has begun ~

~ ~ the students are awesome ~ ~

~ ~ ~ blogging here may take a backseat for awhile ~ ~ ~

On June 24, 2008, the FCC passed some historic legislation (Florida Deaf Network), a corporate PR release was repeated by the Deaf Network of Texas, and all kinds of other folks. … Read more...

“try to show up somewhere”

Jose was in town for graduation. Yes, that’s Dr. Jose.
Several folk did, in fact, gather in his honor. Stories were told, memories recounted, teasing ensued, plans were postulated…
I learned of the first event by hook & by crook, via the grapevine – altering my departure date just so I could see The Man himself. (Actually, I confess, it … Read more...

It just ain’t the same!

Weird how certain things come up in bursts, isn’t it? In the past month I’ve encountered three situations involving some combination of Deaf people, American Sign Language, and Koko, the “signing” gorilla.
To be fair, as I consider this, I would probably have to converse with Koko myself to know whether I thought there was actual language happening – you … Read more...

eugenics (sneak attack?)

“We would really like to speak to
somebody who feels they would
choose the deaf embryo given the choice, and
give them a chance to explain their reasons for doing so.”

A Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is up for debate and passage in the United Kingdom which uses language about in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in which, critics charge, “a … Read more...

can identity be owned?

Audism vs Deaf Culture (Round # Infinity-minus-one – I don’t know how the Romans would show an indefinite, apparently unbreakable, repeating pattern…. I need more math!)
It seems The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing is quite unhappy with Pepsi’s pre-superbowl commercial featuring classic deaf humor in American Sign Language. AG Bell claims to be “the … Read more...

Just like fingerspelling?!

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reducing art to programming :-(

I have a mixed reaction, leaning to the negative, concerning news of a software translation program for British Sign Language. The avatars look cool, and the idea is neat, but I cannot imagine that Artificial Intelligence has suddenly improved so much that the translations represent a wide swath of potential meanings instead of a cookie-cutter one-size-fits-all reduction to dictionary … Read more...