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Making a Point: The Persnickety Story of English Punctuation

David Crystal5 of 5 )

I'd appreciate knowing what you mean when you deploy the swung-dash (~) character?

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I eagerly anticipate every new post by Mel Chau thanks to her glorious insights ) although half of them discuss pedagogic philosophy above my head. The other half include glorious insights into her intersectional experiences as Asian-American, engineer, deaf & Deaf, female, teacher. This essay addresses the high cognitive load lip-reading imposes as well as the utility of residual hearing. A taste:

In my case — and the case of my deaf friends who prefer to not use residual hearing when there’s another access option available — we’re patching across multiple languages/modalities on a time delay, and that triggers two competing thought streams. If you want to know what that feels like, try to fluently type a letter to one friend while speaking to another on a different topic. Physically, you can do it — your eyeballs and hands are on the written letter, your ears and mouth are in the spoken conversation — but your brain will struggle. Don’t switch back and forth between them (which is what most people will immediately start to do) — actually do both tasks in parallel. It’s very, very hard. In our case, one stream is lossy auditory English as the speaker utters something, and the other is clear written English or clear ASL visuals some seconds behind it. (Assuming your provider is good. Sometimes this data stream is … less clear and accurate than one might like.) Merging/reconciling the two streams is one heck of a mental load… and since we can shut off the lossy auditory English as “noise” rather than “signal,” sometimes we do.

"Oral deaf audio MacGyver: identifying speakers"


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If you like thinking about vids, or movies, or TV, or anime ...

Hie thee immediately to "Every Frame a Painting," [ profile] tonyszhou's marvelous YouTube series. Each captioned episode explores how moving-image directors do their jobs: how they handle setting, or a focus on a particular director, or why Vancouver never plays itself. YouTube embed here )
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When a web page address (“URL”) appears as-is in the text, it’s a “bare link.”

For example, this URL:
takes you to my profile page.
two ways to make links )
In Dreamwidth and most other online writing spaces, a bare link automatically becomes clickable. I prefer bare links because
  • They’re easier to type, test, and proofread.

  • They simplify working around link rot.[2]
more details details details )
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offers one-sentence summaries of theses by their authors. (It's based on Tumblr, and you can search by discipline.)

One can spend many a happy minute laughing (and crying a little). If you've ever written a thesis, you'll be comforted. If you've avoided the possibility of writing a thesis, you'll have your wisdom confirmed.

There are many examples: here are three.

These Egyptians living in Israel used poop as a fuel, probably donkey poop.
Archaeology, University College London

Democracy would work a whole lot better if we weren’t so, you know, human.
Political Science, Rutgers

I melted the Earth and all I got was this lousy solidified magma ocean and a dense layer of gunk at the bottom.
Earth & Planetary Sciences, MIT
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Our entertainments have always incorporated our experiences: no art is effective or meaningful if it's completely alien. There's one genre whose truth claims attract and repel. In the past two weeks I've watched three movies which trumpet their connection to the news. 3 movies many questions )I understand that memoirs, biographies, histories and non-fiction are fundamentally different from film. Are there particular economic forces which tie the initial version to the transformed work, even when they no longer match at all? What degree of conformity is required between "based on" or "inspired by" or "dramatized from" a true story?
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Ladies Home Journal has been around for a long time, and has long encouraged reader contributions. But this variation is remarkably different: I learned about it on the NYTimes' site:
begin quote The 128-year-old magazine, with an average paid circulation of 3.2 million, would be the first major mass-market magazine to draw on user-generated content for most of its pages. [... snip ...]

To find amateur writers, the magazine’s editors are looking for contributions across the Web, including on its own Web site, its Facebook page and, which is also owned by the Meredith Corporation and intended to gather stories from women on topics from parenting to beauty.
[... snip ...]
“It is reflective of real life,” Ms. Malloy said. “When you have a health issue or a sticky situation, you are likely to reach out to your community, your sister, your friend, your neighbor, your church.”

While most of the content will be user-generated, editors will continue to check facts in articles. Contributors will be paid the usual standard professional rates. And professional experts will also continue to provide advice, often alongside first-person accounts. quote ends focuses on interests which are not compelling to me, but its reputation and popularity among women can't be denied. It's also affordable, with an annual subscription of less than $6 bringing some of the web's writing explosion into the hands of women nationwide.
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I've spent the past couple weeks playing around on Twitter. It's short enough (max message length is 140 characters) that it slides under my writers' block. However, it updates continuously, and therefore grabs my attention many, many times a day. Conclusion: abandon Twitter. (already done.)

My subscription list has approximately 220 people and 40 communities. That would be why it takes four or five hours to read through my mobile-optimized Dreamwidthroll. The connections I've made and the kindnesses you've offered are wonderful, but it requires so much energy that I don't have time to center myself.

So I'm going to slice my sub list way, way back. If yours is among them, please don't take it personally. It's really about my person and what she is and isn't capable of.
jesse_the_k: Well nourished white woman riding black Quantum 4400 powerchair off the right edge, chased by the word "powertool" (JK 56 powertool)
Just found out about a really cool movie in production, called FIXED. Made by a disabled filmmaker, the movie explores the meaning of assistive technology in our society. Must disabled people accept AT to become "normal"? What happens when the AT makes us superior? Do normate values inform the funding priorities for AT? Why should we research brain implants when people don't have access to health care?

As the filmmaker, Regan Brashear, puts it:
begin quote  What's the film about? What does “disabled” mean when a man with no legs can run faster than many Olympic sprinters? With prenatal screening able to predict hundreds of probable conditions, who should determine what kind of people get to be born? If you could augment your body’s abilities in any way imaginable, what would you do and why? From pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to neural implants and bionic limbs, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body, but what does it mean to design “better humans” and do we want to? FIXED follows three remarkable people: Gregor Wolbring, John Hockenberry, and Patty Berne – a scientist, a journalist and a community organizer – each of whom has a personal story of disability and a passionate engagement in the debates around emerging human enhancement technologies.  quote ends

She's got lots more details and testimonials on her Kickstarter page

I could tell she's One of Us by the donor categories, which include THE BORG SPECIAL; THE BIONIC WOMAN; and THE PROFESSOR XAVIER NEURAL ENHANCEMENT.
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Steve Jobs steps down. From his resignation letter: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come. Here's the NPR story. He's probably quite ill.

I began playing Lunar Lander (a black and white simulation with a little bit of gravity) on an Apple II Plus in 1983. I joined an Apple II software company and wore many hats, including producing large print documentation with Apple IIe plugged into a LaserWriter. (We wrote the crude driver in house.) Later I connected the Apple to a Fat Mac for a slightly more sophisticated publishing system.

Thanks in part to Steve Jobs' charismatic drive, I've been using well-designed, capable, and adaptable tools for almost three decades. Thank you, Steve.
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...and much relaxed. Our cosy cabin sheltered myself, MyGuy, my oldest friend Bountiful B (her family's cabin) and of course Lucy. Had many chances to float like lily pads (while ignoring the bluegill fish striking on our meaty white thighs).

Ate excellent meals cooked by MyGuy. Spent many hours reviewing the 30 years we've known each other.

Lucy is not a water dog, so she mainly looked longingly into the woods for deer.

Thought I might be back with a Major New Statement on Social Networking, but no.

However, why do I feel so carefree to post or comment on Google+ or Twitter, yet anx-anx-angsty re posting here? Huge overlap in readers wherever.

Contemplating what's available at northern garage sales and flea markets as far as SFF goes, not much. Which highlights the humor of this "starter kit" for the Vorkosigan Saga

Arghh! Time to eat dinner!
jesse_the_k: Slings & Arrows' Anna offers up "Virtual Timbits" (Anna brings doughnuts)
I crowd-sourced dinner tonight, and I learned quite a bit:
  • Many interesting things to do with chard, which should keep us happily eating until the kale is done
  • Ginger's popularity is spreading across the continent
  • If I want to generate comments to a post, I should make a catchy title, ask a simple question in an arena where many people have opinions and experience
  • I was seduced by the quick response on Google+, but a late entrant was the final choice.
For the completists, here's what we ate:

1/2 pound ground round
plus two scallions
— sauted with olive oil to brown

half a package of rice vermicelli, soaked in hot water for ten minutes, drained, divided in two bowls.

2/3 pound chard, washed and sliced into shards
5 small portabella mushrooms sliced thickly
— nuked together in a glass dish for 1:45
— swirled into the frying pan

Tamari added to taste on the table. Quite tasty; probably not as good as many of your suggestions, but they are being noted.

The big advantage to this recipe is MyGuy did all the prep so I could nap in the living room.
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There's been some loud stuff happening.

[ profile] ThomasMonopoly put all his eggs in the Google basket. When Google arbitrarily suspended his account, he was screwed.

[personal profile] skud, a dynamo of open source goodness who worked at Google for a while, has just been suspended from her Google+ "field trial". Her crime? Having one name. As she explained in her customary clear, insightful and funny manner in the Geek Feminism Wiki, any entity demanding "real names" from its users is counterproductive.

I have a shining example of how Skud is successfully known by that one name. Two WisCons ago, Skud submitted a panel description. The program chair asked me, "This sounds like a cool idea, but I don't know the person who suggested it--proceeded to mispronounce the name that's on Skud's charge card. "Oh, don't worry, that's skud!" I replied, and all was well.

Which is why I am happy to say, along with hundreds of other people around the world: I Know Skud!

July 22, 2011
Jesse the K holds an "I know skud" button
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I'm excited about all the fans I don't yet know who are attending Think Galacticon 3. I look more or less like this icon, plus the vrooming black power-chairs.

BTK midweek sometime.

Will be AFK at con as well; text me at
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brief head check )

Informed contemplation of internet's cultural impact )

I'm excited about FOGcon next weekend! I will be staying in the hotel. I won't be net-connected, so if you'd like to contact me use my cell number (in my sticky identity post).

Read Who Fears Death Right Now )

National, Local News: Life in Madison )

what happens when you tickle a camel )
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A gushing lightning-fast shock of insight: why we love porn.

We can dream of travel to other galaxies and riding dragons and casting spells, but few of us have actually experienced those things.

Almost all of us have had orgasms.

And so, mythically perfect porn provides our imaginations with a bridge to travel from the mundane to the magnificent.

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