jesse_the_k: Macro photo of left eye of my mostly black border collie mutt (Default)
2017-06-22 02:11 pm
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All the cool kids are playing Bingo

on twitter & FB...but I'd rather do it here.

I made this card at
http://myfreebingocards.com
Then I download others' cards, use a photo editor to check off shared interests, and repost.

Jesse the Kingo card

Jesse the Kingo card described )
jesse_the_k: Macro photo of left eye of my mostly black border collie mutt (Default)
2017-06-08 02:53 pm

Wiscon 41 Notes Thursday & Friday

Thursday morning I joined [personal profile] emceeaich and [personal profile] cynthia1960 for a leisurely breakfast at the Concourse. Delicious and tasty company. I then hung around aimlessly watching folks arrive. Nodding at folks whose faces have by now grown familiar. Snuggling with some of my annual pals.

Eventually, I rolled into my room and crashed.

Friday morning: Meal #2 at an amazing food cart -- El Grito Taqueria. Yes, pulled pork & pulled chicken make a lovely breakfast.

Friday step by step )
jesse_the_k: black border collie standing in hug licking my chin (JK loved by BELL)
2017-06-08 01:24 pm
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Paid Disability Ambassadors for More Access to Mundane Cons

The World Institute on Disability is seeking "Disability Ambassadors" to attend various professional conventions and advocate for improving con accessibility. This is NOT for SF cons, but for academic/business/political cons. As WID says on its site:

"Across America, convenings of civil rights and community development organizations help to set the economic opportunity agenda. Unless the conferences fully integrate disability access issues into their content—and people with disabilities are present—the needs and perspectives of the disability community will be largely left out of the discussion."

They supported folks attending ten conventions last year, including the NAACP, La Raza, and the National Housing Coalition, and nine cons this year so far!

Apply to be an ambassador here

https://wid.org/consulting/conference-accessibility/

x-posted to access_fandom.dreamwidth.org
jesse_the_k: amazed Alanna (hero of Staples/Vaughn SAGA comic) (alanna is amazed)
2017-05-30 03:01 pm

Post WisCon Insta rec!

WisCon 41 was great. I got a few chances to use the scripts you provided but mostly it was celebratory. I am able to sit up, think, move around fairly easily the next day, which represents such a lovely change. I got to see many annual friends and make some news ones.

And I have notes and will be trickling those out soon.


But in the meantime run and watch this amazing vid by [personal profile] eruthros

http://eruthros.dreamwidth.org/341770.html

Title: Building a Body
Fandom: Automata
Song: Poor Atlas by Dessa
Length: 1:48
Contains: Institutionalized violence against robots, reference to robot sex slaves, flickering light (campfire).

It's ethereal, it's beautiful, it makes me think about bodies.
jesse_the_k: Hands open print book with right side hollowed out to hole iPod (Alt format reader)
2017-05-21 09:59 am

Low-bandwidth reading page

I read from this link

http://www.dreamwidth.org/mobile/read

Which has no graphics at all, and when you click through you're automatically in style=light

(And if a post doesn't have a title, then this displays the initial words of the body.)
jesse_the_k: black border collie standing in hug licking my chin (JK loved by BELL)
2017-05-20 01:40 pm

WisCon Contact Post

Hello there! Anything you write in a reply to this magic post will only be visible to you and me.

I'll be panelling 9:45 to 11:30 on Saturday, otherwise my schedule is open.

Let's make a plan!

If you want to contact me during the con, you can also direct-message me on Twitter [twitter.com profile] jesse_the_k

I look quite a lot like my icon, but tragically no Bella at the hotel.

See you there!
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY absurd success surprise)
2017-05-17 10:26 am
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Actually Luzula Did It

If you're any kind of dog person, check out [personal profile] luzula's fabulous photos of a recent dog sled adventure:

http://luzula.dreamwidth.org/261243.html
jesse_the_k: Macro photo of left eye of my mostly black border collie mutt (Default)
2017-05-16 01:28 pm

Recent Work on Living with Chronic Illness/Disability

Found three nifty resources as I was preparing for my WisCon panel (NEXT WEEK!)

Beyond the Fix or How Do I Live this F*ing Life?
10am Saturday in C5 second floor
virtually #BeyondTheFix on Twitter

I’m thrilled about these rockstar panelists:
Elena Tabachnick (M), Kate Carey, Shayla Dunn, and Lenore Jean Jones1

Full WisCon Schedule: https://account.wiscon.net/grid?search=&view=list

check out Jess Jacobs, Insickness Podcast, and Fully Sick )
jesse_the_k: Modern design teapot with two cups (Share tea with me)
2017-05-15 01:48 pm

Insight from the Fat Nutritionist

The Fat Nutritionist, aka Michelle Allison, is a smart thinker and clear writer. Her education and experience as a Registered Dietician and fat woman illuminate her understanding of dieting harms and how to move forward into “competent eating.”

CN: why diet talk is so horrible )

eta link fixed
jesse_the_k: Macro photo of left eye of my mostly black border collie mutt (BELLA focused eyeball)
2017-05-14 04:43 pm

My Bella baby Bella

I've been decidedly child-free since my first period. But I do love my dog! Bella loves us back.

She brings such enthusiasm to every encounter that I can't imagine tallying her favorite. Playing that deep strategy game "stick" is high on the list. I shot this video yesterday after she'd been running around the yard for at least 15 minutes straight.

That man is MyGuy. He picks up a stick and waves it in Bella's field of view.

Bella, a medium-size black dog with floppy prick ears, drops what she's doing. She leaps for and takes control of the stick, twirling about a bit.

MyGuy picks up the other stick, holds it out until Bella realizes, OMG! a STICK. She drops what she's doing, leaps for and takes control of the stick, twirling about a bit.

Repeat until exhausted.

eta: The password is "bella"

Use the password 'bella' to watch the vid )
jesse_the_k: Alan Cummings, all glammed up in blue eyeshadow and filmy red dress vamps in lime green room under the words "drama quee (Alan the drama queen)
2017-05-12 12:32 pm
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Yard Orbs: The Poll

As Spring pops up all around, I’ve noticed an uptick in shiny spheres in my neighborhood. Known as gazing globes or mirror balls, I find “yard orb” stutters off my tongue pleasingly.

They’re sorta mysterious! I don’t get why people like them, so I’m crowd-sourcing.

A best-case photo from Flickr user Patrick, aka [flickr.com profile] fionnmccueil, generously licensed under CC by-nc-sa 2.0

bird sits atop smooth mirrored soccer-ball size globe reflecting sunlight, a split-level ranch, and sparse yard )

Please, help a nerd out!

Poll #18363 Yard Orbs
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29


So, why yard orbs?

View Answers

Never seen one.
13 (44.8%)

They're all over my neighborhood
6 (20.7%)

I've busted one, it's fun to do
0 (0.0%)

Let us never speak of this again.
2 (6.9%)

Ticky
9 (31.0%)

I love mine, explained in comment
1 (3.4%)

Wow, that sure is weird
10 (34.5%)

Discovering that www.gardengazingglobes.com is a Wisconsin company may explain their local ubiquity.

jesse_the_k: Lucy the ACD snuggles up against the edge of her cozy dog bed, nose under her leg (LUCY snuggles)
2017-05-11 09:12 am
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The shaggy underbelly of domestic animals

Thanks to an [personal profile] umadoshi link spam, I’ve just learned about Andrius Burba, a very talented photographer.

He creates a five-foot-square portable studio (great lights, black cloth) that’s topped with a frequently-cleaned plate of glass.

the results are remarkable )
jesse_the_k: amazed Alanna (hero of Staples/Vaughn SAGA comic) (alanna is amazed)
2017-05-04 02:36 pm

Reviewing Five Comics

Out on the Wire by Jessica Abel - 4 of 5 stars

review )

IRMINA by Barbara Yelin 5 of 5 stars

more inside )

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - 4 of 5 stars

read why it's great )

Diabetes and Me by Challoner & Bertozzi - 2 of 5 stars

a disappointment )

A Chinese Life by Li Kunwu & Phillipe Otié - 5 of 5 stars

great book and personally meaningful )

VISION (volumes 1 & 2) by Tom King / Gabriel Hernandez Walta / Jordie Bellaire - 4 of 5 stars

Pure pleasure )

jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy stares hard at the closed front door, ready for anything (Lucy expectant)
2017-04-30 05:29 pm

"Writing in Dialect" Roundtable

Around a year ago, I remember reading a great round-table about using dialect in sf writing. One writer's work was turned down because dialect writing is "too hard" for default audiences.

It was linked around, as well.

Can you remember what site that was?
jesse_the_k: manipulated photo of white woman with glasses & big smile (JK happy 61)
2017-04-30 12:49 pm

WisCon 41

Yep, I'm going. Last year was the best one ever, so I'm taking a chance...

I'm also on one panel:

Beyond the Fix or How Do I Live this F***ing Life?
Sat, 10:00–11:15 am
Conference 5

M: R. Elena Tabachnick; Shayla D, Lenore Jean Jones, Jesse the K

When you know there's no fix, your disability's never getting better, might get worse, and acceptance is the only possibility, it's time to share (aka vent). On this panel, we'll air our pet grievances, exchange survival strategies, and discuss the challenges—both surprising and predictable—of life with disability. We'll also share stories we've used to keep going.

I'm always eager to meet first-timers, and of course I'm thrilled to see my con-pals. I'll be at the hotel & therefore available for most any occasion.
jesse_the_k: Macro photo of left eye of my mostly black border collie mutt (Default)
2017-04-26 03:22 pm

Downward Dog Video

As my icons show, I'm a dog lover. This 12-minute video features an adorable mutt named Martin. He's played by a ~40 pound hound mix with expressive ears named Sadie. The video comprises seven brief episodes on topics of deep concern to Martin, including: Friendship, Walking, Driving and One Good Thing. The voice you hear is Martin's; the video's creators expertly manipulate the dog's mouth so I totally buy he's saying those things. To prove that the world is upside down, this web series is being transformed into an actual TV show on ABC (US) in May.
video includes dog illness, but no death )
jesse_the_k: Two bookcases stuffed full (with books on top) leaning into each other (books)
2017-04-25 04:15 pm

Reading Tuesday

Past imperfect : history according to the movies edited by Mark Carnes

4 of 5 stars )

Truevine by Beth Macy

4 of 5 stars )

Chenoo by Joseph Bruchac

3 of 5 Stars )

A Life Discarded by Alexander Masters

3 of 5 stars )


  1. discovered in my Cumberbatch-completist mode ↩︎
jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)
2017-04-18 07:27 pm

Jackpot in a Cemetery

On nice days like this Sunday, we visit cemeteries. There are always remarkable gravestones to be found, and yesterday we hit the jackpot.

Literally.

The pictured headstone features a detached engraving of a four-reel slot machine. )
jesse_the_k: Human in professorial suit but with head of Golden Retriever, labeled "Woof" (doctor dog to you)
2017-04-16 04:02 pm

Hijacking of Evidence Based Medicine

Thanks to [personal profile] shehasathree for linking to this fascinating (if depressing) article about the unfulfilled promise of evidence based medicine.

http://retractionwatch.com/2016/03/16/evidence-based-medicine-has-been-hijacked-a-confession-from-john-ioannidis/ quote and more )