I agree with parts and disagree with parts, although I'm not sure how best to express which. Comments welcomed.
I just watched the pilot episode of a new comedy on ABC, "Speechless", and it was delightful. It's about a family with three kids, arriving in a new school, and figuring out how to fit in and make things work. The hook is that one of the two sons has cerebral palsy, and uses an AAC device without speech-generating capacity. At the new school, the school district has agreed to pay for a full-time (even outside of school) aid to read out what he is saying.

The producers of the show have very clearly listened long and carefully to a LOT of disabled people -- there are many jokes that could easily have come from "Shit people say to disabled people" videos.

It's very good, and you can watch it (with commericals) on . Please do so -- the more who do, the more likely they are to pay for more episodes.

The Looming Unfinished Task by Greta Christina; not read yet, intending to read soon
If you are looking for a venue to organise a spectacular scientific conference or symposium, you will find it here, at the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, exactly 110 meters underground. The chamber is a unique combination of tradition and modernity. It is a great alternative to boring, concrete and glass conference rooms.
Drozdowice IV Chamber - “Wieliczka” Salt Mine - tourist attractions of Malopolska



I've played it and finished, so it is possible.

I like this phrase, from the examples: "Hey, did anyone see the sportsball game last night? How amazing was the ball thrown by that sportsball player on the team that half of you root for and the rest of you hate?"
A common mental model for performance is what I'll call the "error model."  In the error model, a person's performance of a musical piece (or performance on a test) is a perfect performance plus some random error. ... But we could also consider the "bug model" of errors. A person taking a test or playing a piece of music is executing a program, a deterministic procedure.  If your program has a bug, then you'll get a whole class of problems wrong, consistently.

Do read the whole thing! Interesting and thoughtful essay from 2012 on learning. Inspired by Mel Baggs essays.

Yay feeds!

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I am importing all (one at a time, sadly) the Tumblr blogs I follow into my Dreamwidth reading page as *Feeds*. You can do so too, just go to: and put in a tumblr blog, followed by "/rss". It's good!
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