curve
curve

Contents

Home

Weblog Archive

My CV

Contact me

Essays

Tagwall

Links

curve
curve
curve
curve

Links

My us and them entry

best blond joke ever

Lyn's site

Lynrock

curve
curve
curve
curve
Valid CSS! Valid XHTML 1.1! rss 2.0 feed atom 0.3 feed
curve
curve
Trump's clean bill of health

I saw yesterday that Trump had been given a clean bill of health by his doctors, and that his mental state and intelligence were apparently normal. It would seem that I was wrong, then, when I speculated that he might have learning difficulties. To be fair, I was far from alone in thinking that, and still think there is a good deal of evidence to suggest that Trump does not process information as well as the rest of us. Everything I have seen and read of his behaviour suggests he has some kind of learning difficulties. Indeed, I just read that, online, people are refusing to accept the doctors' verdict, and are smelling some kind of cover-up: ''[T]the results of Donald Trump's recent medical check-up have sparked an online conspiracy theory - the girther movement....But the girther movement, propelled mainly by critics of the president, posits that Mr Trump is shorter and heavier than the report suggests.''

I suppose it's just a sign of the times in which we live, where people even refuse to believe a medical report; yet I agree that something about that report does not ring true. I still think that something is gravely amiss with the present occupant of the White House: Trump has no idea what he is doing or what is expected of him, and doesn't even realise. He is a pawn being manipulated, but if that is true, who is controlling the pieces?

The erosion of our human rights begins

Anyone who still thinks Brexit was not about the erosion of our human and consumer rights should just go here. ''MPs have voted against including the European Charter of Fundamental Rights in UK law after Brexit.'' It is becoming clearer and clearer that, away from European safeguards, this country will be turned into a capitalist hell. That was their plan all along: they want neoliberalism to rule, and for the rich to be free to lord it over the rest of us, a la the USA. Those who say that we'll come up with our own human rights safeguards are frankly either lying, or they don't know what they're talking about. This is what Brexit is all about. Anyone can see through tory claims that such safeguards will be retained; this is what the Brexit project was all about from it's inception. Our human rights are now set to be drained away one by one, and we must do something to reverse the folly of 2016 before we lose them all.

The trouble with old sitcoms

I never watched Friends when it first aired. It just struck me as irritating, and I didn't see the point. I think I'll flag this beeb article up, though, about how badly Friends has aged. Time has not been kind to the nineties sitcom, with many contemporary viewers finding it homophobic and sexist. What interests me is how revealing the article is about how much our views have changed in the quarter of a century since Friends first aired: what was once one of the most popular comedy programs on the box now seems flawed and fairly repugnant. Might this mean our culture is maturing about issues like homophobia and sexism, given that we no longer find such things funny? I certainly hope so, although we still clearly have a long, long way to go. Indeed, as it says at the end of the piece, no doubt in forty or fifty years, people will be finding programs made today just as antiquated.

Idea for a book

I think I'll just pop this here to invite feedback and suggestions. Idea for book: chronicle of my time at university (2004-2010) as a disabled man. How it changed me, how I got on, how I interacted with others. Mix of autobiography and exposition. 40,000 words or so. Possibly fictionalised. Deal with my semi outsider position. Slowly finding my place and gradually making friends. Incorporate my position as a blogger?

It's only a rough idea for now, but pretty much my only writerly output these days is here on my blog, and while I'm enormously proud of my work on here, I'm beginning to think that perhaps it's high time I got something longer and more sustained going too.

Carly Fleischmann Gives Stephen Colbert a Run for his Money

I wasn't going to post an entry today, as I've blogged daily for ages and want to start taking the occasional break again, but I think it's absolutely essential that I direct you all here. Carly Fleischmann is an autistic VOCA user who has a show on Youtube. She became so well known that she was invited onto the Stephen Colbert show to do an interview. This is the truly awesome result. Fleischmann goes toe-too-toe with Colbert, and I think comes across as eloquent and witty. I think this truly is groundbreaking stuff for us communication aid users, and Fleischmann is someone to keep an eye on from now on. Given that Colbert is the current era's equivalent of Jay Leno or David Letterman, it really is a positive, encouraging sign to see a VOCA user on his show.


[Edited 14/01/2018 at 14:48:33 - added a bit]