Chronological Archives

  • I’m Not Supernatural, I’m Disabled (This post does not contain plot specific spoilers, beyond a very broad overview of the concept behind the Sookie Stackhouse novels and the characterization of Sookie Stackhouse.) I’ve loved the Sookie Stackhouse novels ever since a friend put one of them into my hot little hands because, well, it was hot and I was far from ...
  • Chatterday! Open Thread. And planned outage on Monday. 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 ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 27 via Elizabeth Kissling at re:Cycling: Mental Illness in Academe The first question you must ask yourself is whether to tell your chair and dean. I can think of arguments both in favor of that, and against. One of the pluses would be the psychological benefits of not having a secret and being able to be open. More ...
  • QuickPress: “Success” of Automatic Captioning on YouTube It is, of course, new technology, so we’ll see what happens in the future, but check this picture from Codeman38: Description: A screen capture of a YouTube vid showing a person rock climbing. The auto caption reads: “for doing what I mean as well as democrats”. Codeman38 has captioned it: Google auto-caption fail. ...
  • I don’t have a “real” mental health condition, I’m just weak, and other bad self-talk One of the hardest things for me in dealing with my mental health condition is my very strong theory that everyone else is having exactly the same problems that I am, but they’re just 8 million times better at dealing with them, and hiding them from everyone else. And thus, I don’t talk about ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 26 Recommended Reading for November 26, 2009
  • Question Time: Fantasy Assistive Devices OK, so we’ve had the “what assistive devices I use” thread. Now it’s time for… In My Dreams: Assistive Devices I WANT! Stealing from meloukhia a little, I’d like a self-powered mobile bed-platform-thingo that contains all of my needs at easy reach: my laptop and all peripherals, assortment of pillows, my teetering bookpile, meds, water bottle, glasses ...
  • Invisible Identities, Part 1: Invisible to Whom? Before I begin, I’d like to make a note on policing and culture. I’m going to go ahead and assume many of you are American. Please keep in mind that American experiences of race don’t apply everywhere. (What I’m particularly concerned with for the purposes of this post is that I’ve encountered a lot of ...
  • Denial of Access In the Name of “Historic Preservation” I’m starting this post off with an anecdote (I do that a lot, don’t I). But it’s such a perfect anecdote that it really does belong here. I recently attended an event in a historic building which  lacked wheelchair access from the front, although it was accessible (kinda, you had to go down a sort of ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 25 Recommended Reading for November 25, 2009