jesse_the_k: those words in red on white sign (be aware of invisibility)
Thanks to [personal profile] rushthatspeaks for the link to a marvelous story about the Santa Rosa fire:

https://modernfarmer.com/2017/10/guard-dog-wouldnt-leave-goat-flock-california-fires-lived-tell-story/

A goat-herding dog refused to leave his goat flock -- and they made it it through the fire, and even enlarged the flock by a couple of deer fawns.
jesse_the_k: David Hewlett wearing almost nothing except a halo, wings, a sneer & extended middle finger (Fucky fuckity fuck sez DHewlett)
I already know that FB is designed to shackle me to my phone/computer and in fact I can't remember spending less than an hour on the rare occasions I visit. I just finished a long read and a short one. Between them I have a more profound understanding of just why FB is a terrible place to hang out and not in the slightest trustworthy.
wall of text )
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This is a 10,000-year rabbit hole!

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) was designed to store radioactive waste in Nevada. The storage area would not be safe to enter until 10,000 years had passed. Several groups of smart people came together to design warning messages that could outlive our civilization and protect future explorers. These designers knew they couldn't rely on any current language surviving that long, so they worked on landscape designs that project "this is toxic waste, don't mess!" audio/text background and four fanfics )

One of the forbidding-landscape proposals is incorporated into California, a meh dystopian novel published by a non-genre writer in 2014. If the WIPP project follows up on the experts' suggestions, elements of those proposal should be showing up in pop culture for millennia.

The WIPP-fic tag: http://archiveofourown.org/tags/Expert%20Judgment%20on%20Markers%20to%20Deter%20Inadvertent%20Human%20Intrusion*d*dd%20-%20Sandia%20Labs/works WIPP Discussions on Metafilter: )

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Thanks to a [personal profile] liv-triggered happy rabbit-hole I just read Marissa Lingen's fabulous post illuminating why most people find the experience of impairment so mystifying.

AND YOU MUST READ IT TOO!

http://mrissa.dreamwidth.org/720690.html

if you need convincing: an excerpt )
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LeKesha, at the group blog Black Girl Nerds, meditates on the talents and mental illness of the marvelous Nina Simone:

quote, link, video  )

Spotify playlist
https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX8OYzU0lx5hL

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http://www.theferrett.com/ferrettworks/2015/04/i-hope-you-get-officially-sick/
begin quote
the minute you can condense your symptoms into a singular diagnosis, and have That Phrase on your sheet, it’s like getting upgraded to first class on the airline. Suddenly, doctors have to agree that you must be taken seriously – sure, you’re in the exact same amount of pain you were in before, but they can’t hand-wave it off. When they see That Phrase on your chart, they actually stop and read back to see what they were missing, because That Phrase makes you somebody important.
quote ends

This blogger also writes about writing, and posts pictures of amazing nail art:

http://www.theferrett.com/ferrettworks/ferretts-pretty-pretty-princess-nails-a-gallery/

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... is a Kickstarter-funded project that's almost over. I'm so lucky to be able to fund it.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lynnemthomas/disabled-people-destroy-science-fiction-uncanny-ma/updates

Uncanny Magazine -- whose editors have personal relationships to disability -- picked up the mantle of "create a wonderful anthology themed by marginal creators" from Lightspeed.

Even if you can't contribute money, Uncanny is posting free essays from SF writers about the connection between SF and disability. The essays are wonderful, and I've learned something from every one of them.

I kept meaning to post a highlight entry, and wowza [personal profile] beatrice_otter has done it for me!

So, go read this post and read wonderful essays

http://beatrice-otter.dreamwidth.org/354745.html
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is "Future Tense," a collaboration between Arizona State University, the New America foundation and Slate.com.

The reports look at the impact of technology on society. They're piecse extend beyond the gee whiz to always consider technology's political impacts as well as social justice concerns.

What initially caught my eye is their sensible assistive tech reporting. No inspirational nonsense, no "this one gadget will change everyone's life!"
two samples that spoke to me )

I find their weekly newsletter handy, as it's got has just the right amount of teaser text plus links to the full stories.

http://link.slate.com/join/3qk/newslettersignup
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Mia Mingus has written another short, powerful essay on interacting with nondisabled people. She examines how we are forced into intimate interactions because we are disabled.
a taste )

It's challenging to maintain my self-confidence while experiencing the assumption that my boundaries don't exist, or don't count. Self-compassion meditation helps some. Snarkiness helps some.
jesse_the_k: Large ewe stares at the viewer while her adolescent lamb runs away (lamb runs away from ewe)
Swam two extra lengths on Wednesday, been going downhill since.

So nothing to post today, however, this true story about holding on to old, inept technology is so funny that you'd better visit the toilet first:

http://thefourthvine.dreamwidth.org/190113.html
jesse_the_k: those words in red on white sign (be aware of invisibility)
Another reason I adore the podcast 99percent invisible is they publish several articles on their site between each audio release. This one is catnip to an infrastructure fan like myself:

It all clicked when researchers realized that unexpected materials they found in ancient concrete weren’t added ingredients — instead, a chemical reaction had created them in place. Components in the mix dissolved, interacted and changed, leaving new materials to crystallize in the gaps over the centuries. Today’s researchers working to create things like self-healing concrete may be able to draw lessons as they endeavor to create resilient structures and revise concrete mixes.

http://99percentinvisible.org/article/cracking-case-secret-ingredient-explains-durability-roman-concrete

This could point the way to concrete without Portland cement, which might mean concrete without the huge energy burden.

jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)
https://www.metafilter.com/167493/Distinguishing-character-assassination-from-accountability

is another excellent meta-post from [personal profile] brainwane. Links to ~twenty think pieces on how we can hold each other accountable with as much love as we have for a better future.

And the comments are excellent.
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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
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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

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