Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for January 5th Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language of varying intensity. Opinions expressed in the articles may not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post. staticnonsense at I Am Not: You Telling me that I need to look at the word ...
  • Quoted: Karl Michalak, “Face Value” (excerpt) Everything healed up but in a very strange way Years later when it was very obvious that something was very wrong with my face everyone said one or more of the following: It’s the Lord’s will. Just learn to live with it. It’s all in your imagination. Don’t be so self-centered. Shut up and do your homework. Other people are worse off than you. [Full text available in ...
  • Backscatter X-ray scanners, security theatre, and marginalised bodies I’ve just been reading about backscatter X-rays and airport security in my local paper: UK brings in full body scanners. The UK is looking to push these into routine use, using the attempted attack at Christmas as an excuse. In this attack, the perpetrator had an incendiary device strapped to his leg, and managed to ...
  • Happy World Braille Day! Today is World Braille Day! Were I a more organized person, I would now present you with a scrupulously researched history of Braille, deep insights into the so-called “War of the Dots”, and a wonderful interlude on the use of raised text in the Halifax School for the Blind.
  • Recommended Reading for January 4th Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language of varying intensity. Opinions expressed in the articles may not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post. NTs are Weird: Need a Ride Many politicians in larger urban areas (like Denver) probably pat ...
  • Film Review: Beyond Words Beyond Words is an Australian short thriller directed by Armand De Saint-Salvy, one of 16 finalists for Tropfest 2009. (Tropfest is the world’s largest short film festival, involving more than 600 filmmakers each year!) The two main, unnamed characters in the film are a deaf woman[1. The film doesn’t make it clear whether the character prefers ...
  • Interlude: Cat toy edition I am quite fond of the pharmaceuticals I keep organized in my nightstand drawer. But I have to be careful not to drop them, so that the cats don’t find them and try to eat them. But now, there’s a pill I can drop on the floor and let my kitty chew on all he wants! ...
  • Chatterday! Open Thread. This is our weekly Chatterday! open thread. Use this open thread to talk amongst yourselves: feel free to share a link, have a vent, or spread some joy. What have you been reading or watching lately (remembering spoiler warnings)? What are you proud of this week? What’s made your teeth itch? What’s going on in ...
  • Ableist Word Profile: Moron Ableist Word Profile is an ongoing FWD/Forward series in which we explore ableism and the way it manifests in language usage. Here’s what this series is about: Examining word origins, the way in which ableism is unconsciously reinforced, the power that language has. Here’s what this series is not about: Telling people which words they can use ...
  • Recommended Reading for January 1st Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language of varying intensity. Opinions expressed in the articles may not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post. The Deal with Disability: Letter to Invacare When I called to discuss this matter and get ...