A neurodivergent minstrel show. 

Source: Music movie review & film summary (2021) | Roger Ebert

When you don’t respect representation and NAUWU, you risk putting on a minstrel show.

“Fuckity fuck why don’t you watch my film before you judge it?” Sia tweeted in November, when outrage about the movie’s casting started to percolate. Well, I have watched the film, I am judging it, and it’s awful.

Source: Music, Sia’s controversial Golden Globe–nominated autism movie, reviewed.

Advice from the wisdom of my years:

  • Always pre-drill.
  • Always Be Charging.
  • You can’t have too many clamps,
  • or buckets,
  • or tarps,
  • or towels.
  • May you take frequent naps
  • and keep a maker’s schedule
  • while feeding your head.

I’ve been immersed in the James Baldwin work for awhile, so, he’s at the forefront of my mind. He deserves flowers every day.

—Meshell Ndegeocello

I was immersed in Baldwin and Ndegeocello together in the 1990s. Plantation Lullabies and The Fire Next Time. This Tiny Desk is sparkling soul sustenance.

Together, we must send a universal humanistic response to those who claim a right to users’ private information about what should not and will not be tolerated.

If a business is built on misleading users on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, then it does not deserve our praise. It deserves reform.

At a moment of rampant disinformation and conspiracy theories juiced by algorithms, we can no longer turn a blind eye to a theory of technology that says all engagement is good engagement — the longer the better — and all with the goal of collecting as much data as possible. It is long past time to stop pretending that this approach doesn’t come with a cost — of polarization, of lost trust and, yes, of violence.

Too many are still asking the question “how much can we get away with” when they need to be asking “what are the consequences”.

A social dilemma cannot be allowed to become a social catastrophe.

Source: Tim Cook on Privacy – YouTube

These are necessary words that Facebook deserves.

I updated “Created Serendipity: Chance Favors the Connected Mind” with a selection from “Improving our Ability to Improve – 2002 – (AUGMENT,133320,) – Doug Engelbart Institute”.

We need to become better at being humans. Learning to use symbols and knowledge in new ways, across groups, across cultures, is a powerful, valuable, and very human goal. And it is also one that is obtainable, if we only begin to open our minds to full, complete use of computers to augment our most human of capabilities.

— Douglas C. Engelbart

Source: Improving our Ability to Improve – 2002 – (AUGMENT,133320,) – Doug Engelbart Institute

Via: Future Text Publishing

First, as a part of this administration’s accessibility and inclusion efforts, starting today, we will have an ASL — an American Sign Language — interpreter for our daily press briefings. Today’s interpreter, Heather, is joining us virtually. The President is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just, and more accessible for every American, including Americans with disabilities and their families.

Source: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, January 25, 2021 | The White House

Hearing the words and getting a shout out sure is nice, especially after the open ableism and eugenics of the previous administration.