jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY absurd success surprise)
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: uppercase Times Roman "S" with nick in upper corner, text below reads "I shot the serif." (shot the serif)
In 2nd grade art class, we were tasked with "draw anything you like." I made an uppercase letter A. The teacher complained, "that isn't art." With my typical modesty, I claimed "Yes it is!"
happy rave about Jessica's work )
It's a free site that steps web-naive designers through enough HTML & CSS to understand initial constraints
jesse_the_k: Hands open print book with right side hollowed out to hole iPod (Alt format reader)
For people with reading impairments, a crucial accommodation is text describing any meaningful visual information. In braille, it's mandatory. On the net, it's required by the US and WC3 accessibility standards.

You can attach this info to an image with HTML commands. But it's simpler to type it out in a paragraph before or after the image. Many people using slow internet or older feature phones turn off images to speed up loading, so text descriptions also serve these users.
I'm posting for two reasons:

1. I adore the comic and it has already changed how I think and speak. I had to write this description to post it and wanted to make the description available for others.

2. I want to encourage discussion, comments, criticism, suggestions on the utility and accuracy of this description. So comment and signal boost away!

[twitter.com profile] yaoxiaoart created this fabulous comic, and it was the #3 post on Austraddle for all 2015. For those of us with vision issues, slow net, or feature phones, I describe it here. The visual art is linked at the end.
#BAOPU15 Yao Xia from Autostraddle )
If you want to say thank you )

More great art at
http://yaoxiaoart.tumblr.com
jesse_the_k: Photo of baby wearing huge black glasses  (eyeglasses baby)
I'm looking for a DVD/CD player which decodes the old-style, line 21, white-on-black closed captions. (Not the SDH subtitles chosen from a disk menu.) I've read rumors that the PS3 provides this feature. Run this simple test to confirm the rumor )
jesse_the_k: Extreme closeup of dark red blood cells (Blood makes noise)
I've been privileged to hear Mia Mingus speak three days in a row. Among other topics, she emphasized how important trust is in the relationship between organizer and community. earlier and later examples )

Here's an outstanding example of organizing through community service:
Tired of doing hair, don't know how, or don't have time? No Problem! We will do your baby's hair for free while they watch a movie and eat snacks.
Complete info:
https://www.facebook.com/events/791639540981877/

Tell me about more effective service projects, which also increase community awareness of political issues.
jesse_the_k: unicorn line drawing captioned "If by different you mean awesome" (different=awesome)
This time it's hosted at the highly knowledgeable journal of [personal profile] jadelennox

Dreamwidth Friending Meme, 2015 edition!

I just posted, at least 100 people there. Meet some new folks, find some new friends.

Join us many, we happy many, at the meme.
jesse_the_k: Zoe from Firefly looks fierce with her sawed-off shotgun (Zoe's Gun)
Thank you davidgillon for pointing me to Malinda Lo's outstanding essay on "Perceptions of Diversity in Book Reviews" of professional (trade magazine) reviews of "Diverse YA" books. Sadly, she finds them generally lacking and oftentimes offensive, especially when any intersectional identity is dismissed as "unrealistic" and "too much" for a YA work.
juicy quotes )
jesse_the_k: Underwater picture of chubby woman stroking and blowing bubbles with a grin (lynne cox swimming)
Michelle, the fat activist who blogs as the Fat Nutritionist, has decided to become a registered dietician. She's finished her schooling; now she's raising the money to serve a seven-month unpaid internship required to get certified.

She's already taught me so much about accepting my eating style, and letting go of the disordered eating I developed when I deleted gluten from my diet. I want folks everywhere to be able to communicate with a fat-positive, HAES-aware dietician, so I've dropped some coins in her bucket.

Check out her blog, and maybe you'll feel like donating as well.
http://www.fatnutritionist.com
http://igg.me/p/make-me-a-radical-dietitian/x/7394202
jesse_the_k: Cartoon of white male drowning in storm, right hand reaching out desperately, with text "Someone tweeted" (death by tweet)
If you've studied abroad and you have a disability, this post is for you.

The U.S. Senate has so far refused to sign the global U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Senator Tom Harkin, a steady advocate for disability rights, has recorded this video to reassert his commitment to U.S. ratification of the CRPD and calls on the community to support the effort by sending in our stories.

Watch captioned video here )

Do you have a disability and have had difficulty studying or traveling abroad? Did you go abroad for work or school and find challenges when you arrived? Were you unable to go because of your disability?

Your story could help our work towards ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities -- by putting a FACE to why it is important! The CRPD is an international human rights treaty, modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and has been ratified by 145 countries. With your help, we hope to make the U.S. #146! If you have a story, please share it at
http://bit.ly/shareCRPD

You can also share your support of CRPD on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtags #selfie #CRPD!
jesse_the_k: The Wire's Kima in a baseball cap squints with a serious grin (Kima squints meaningfully)
Mr Coates calmly and coherently lays out where the President and First Lady have failed in addressing African-American institutions (it's commencement address season)

How the Obama Administration Talks to Black America
"Convenient race-talk" from a president who ought to know better
at The Atlantic

begin quote  But I also think that some day historians will pore over his many speeches to black audiences. They will see a president who sought to hold black people accountable for their communities, but was disdainful of those who looked at him and sought the same. And then they will match that rhetoric of individual responsibility with the aggression the administration showed to bail out the banks, and the timidity they showed in addressing a foreclosure crisis which devastated black America (again.) And they will match the rhetoric with an administration whose efforts against housing segregation have been run of the mill. And they will match the talk of the importance of black fathers with the paradox of a president who smoked marijuana in his youth but continued a drug-war which daily wrecks the lives of black men. I think those historians will see a discomfiting pattern of convenient race-talk. quote ends
jesse_the_k: Macro photo of left eye of my mostly black border collie mutt (Default)
The worst things for sale

Very weird things + snark. For when your day job is getting you down and the room is sound-proofed.
begin quote [photo eliminated by JK to ensure WSity] It’s a plastic gun, shaped like a naked woman, but instead of a head she has an enormous erect penis, and it’s full of butane and you use it to light a cigarette.


I was hoping the customer reviews would say that if you flip it over, it vomits diarrhea and yells “TOUCH MY BUTT” through a little speaker, but no, it’s just two different guys who bought it and were surprised that it didn’t work. quote ends



The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things blog

Centuries of art exploring the monstrous human, respectful discussion, utter WTFery, and as [personal profile] kestrel says, fodder for a thousand SF stories.
begin quote In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the preserved skins of exotic animals from faraway lands were brought back to Europe by explorers. The hides would be handed over to taxidermists whose job it was to prepare them for display by stuffing the skins and giving them a life-like appearance. However, the taxidermists often just had to guess at the shape and appearance of these unfamiliar animals based on crude sketches and descriptions, resulting in grotesque physical distortions which would appear unsettling to the modern eye. (See this article on bad taxidermy on the fantastic Ravishing Beasts blog).

James Lomax’s Untitled [Me and My Friend] (2011) disturbs and captivates me in the same way that this kind of grotesque taxidermy does. Created as a haunting tribute to a close friend who passed away in tragic circumstances, the work is comprised of two latex casts of the artist’s body. The perpetually distorted figures inflate and deflate at random intervals, giving them an unpredictable life and death cycle accompanied by the menacing mechanical scream of the inflation device. Like the distorted animal skins, James’ deflated bodies are re-animated into bizarre caricatures of their former selves, reshaped into an uncomfortable state between living and dead. quote ends


I was about to research a third great link, but [personal profile] sasha_feather told me I don't need three so I'm posting now. (Also told me I didn't need a cut so I'm not editing to add one.) We have tons of fun on my couch when we're writing Serious Essays.

ETA: Here's that third great link because it's so good:

Frustrations of an Asian-American Whedonite by Michael Le at Racialicious. He got up at SDCC and asked Joss Whedon the question so many of us have wondered about:
begin quote One of the things I loved about Firefly was the exploration of the fusion of Asian and American cultures. Many Asian Americans go through a similar journey. I was wondering, if you were to explore that again in the future, if you would be willing to include Asian or Asian American performers? quote ends
jesse_the_k: Cartoon of white male drowning in storm, right hand reaching out desperately, with text "Someone tweeted" (death by tweet)
is a blog cocreated by Laura Toby Edison & Debbie Notkin. It is always a great read. But this piece on Vagina Drama and Why It Matters just amazing. They not only explain why the one-day suppression of a Michigan legislator's privileges is wrong, they give a history of the word-in-question, and make several excellent smutty jokes.

Read it and dance. Go forth and spread the joy!

ETA because to get the name of the blog right.
jesse_the_k: mirror reflection of 1/3 of my head, creating a central third eye, a heart shaped face, and a super-pucker mouth (JK oh really?)
My Mac's back, but I'm not taking it to the con — continue contact via Twitter.

I know I've a remarkably large number of medievalistson my Droll, who might be interested in this exploration of "Diversity in Medievalism."

The very best possible eclipse plus Golden Gate bridge photo

While backstroking with moxie in the pool this AM I bonked my head on the concrete wall. All I know from concussion I learned from fanfic. I did check Dr Google and know to expect headache, visual problems, and sleepiness.

If my pupils dilate asymmetrically or I start babbling more than usual, do let me know

I'm molto excited about WisCon, and this one in particular.
jesse_the_k: Robot dog from old Doctor Who (k9 to the rescue)
A stylized grey badge with the red OTW logo taking up the middle and the words Survey Taker bracketing the logo
I took the OTW Community Survey!

...but set aside around 30 minutes if you're the thoughtful type, as there are many text-entry boxes.
jesse_the_k: Macro photo of left eye of my mostly black border collie mutt (Default)
s.e.smith blogs daily, deploying wisdom, humor, and a broad-spectrum passion for social justice.

Yesterday's post shone particularly brightly, addressing the damage that lay diagnosis of mental illness causes for those of us with mental illness as well as those without it:

Armchair Diagnosis: Just Don't
begin quote  People sometimes seem to think they are doing someone a favour with armchair diagnosis. They’re explaining that a behaviour isn’t someone’s ‘fault’ by attributing it to mental illness. In fact, they do neither the person they’re diagnosing, nor the mentally ill community in general, a favour. By insisting that behaviours that are weird, or out of alignment with how someone usually acts, or distasteful are the result of mental illness, people are engaging in distancing. They’re saying that no ‘normal’ person could do that sort of thing. It’s impossible, for example, for someone who has been having a bad day of work to snap at someone and collapse in tears. Obviously she’s paranoid and has schizophrenia. quote ends


Here, I promise that adding this feed to your D-roll will improve your life:

[syndicated profile] thisaintliving_feed
jesse_the_k: Panda doll wearing black eye mask, hands up in the spotlight, dropping money bag on floor  (bandit panda)
A meteorologist who's spent nine years at the bottom of the world is posting a public daily photo journal of "Daily Life at the South Pole." She's an excellent photographer. Enjoy and share the link:

[livejournal.com profile] antarctic_sue

or outside our ecosystem:

antarctic-sue.livejournal.com
jesse_the_k: Lucy the ACD's left profile is calm, collected and in control (LUCY gazes right)
[personal profile] jadelennox makes an elegant (and of course, funny) analogy re: religious choice and Catholic funding for contraception.

Ortho Novum 777. It's the other trayf meat.



Then s.e.smith bats the ball over the fence again in this essay about make-work "job training" which teaches poor people nothing, while draining off energy needed to find a job.
begin quote  It adds you to a list of successful statistics because the bottom line isn’t about whether your situation was improved, but whether you got a job, any job at all, so the government could strike you off the rolls. quote ends

Follow ou's great essays at [syndicated profile] thisaintliving_feed



The initial orange square icon signals a "feed" account. Dreamwidth talks to the servers where the bloggers are hosted. (This conversation is called "syndication," with dialects of RSS or Atom. Just in case you needed some more random facts in your head.)

When I read my droll* Dreamwidth grabs the info from the other blogs and shows 'em in my subscription list. This means I have one place to look for interesting stuff. If I'm moved to comment, there's just one click from DW to the blog's own page.

* (short for Dream-roll, and quicker than Reading Page)


Racilicious is a group blog devoted to the intersections of race and pop culture. Fashion is usually something I glance at then ignore, but this piece, lavishly illustrated, taught me to think about "who has the right to play with signifiers" in a productive way:

What is Walter Van Beirendonck Trying to Say? by Joseph Lamour

I see Racialious' posts by subscribing to this DW feed:
[syndicated profile] racialicious_feed



You can visit www.dreamwidth.org/feeds/ to see the top 1000 feeds or create your own.

Tell me about feeds you're watching!

The little club? easy-peasy: ♣ = ♣



p.s. This post took me two-and-one-half hours to prepare. It seems awful slow to me; I wonder how I could speed things up.

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