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.

whitehouse.gov is modeling transparency and open government with a legible, accessible, and informative site that runs the open source software I contributed to for years, WordPress. Wanna help? Check the Easter egg in the source.

I am comforted by Jen Psaki’s hyper-competent professionalism. She’s just what we need. Her preparation and literacy across so many subjects impresses.

So refreshing to have competent, professional, good faith White House press briefings again. I’ve watched every one of them and look forward to the next.

The press present need to ask better questions, though. So many questions are preoccupied with the feels of seditionists. Center America.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki demonstrates candorous professionalism in the first White House press briefing. So refreshing to see a pro at work. Psaki ably handles some really dull questions.

I updated “Just Sayin’” with four new quotes:

You cannot counter structural inequality with good will. You have to structure equality.

Source: An “Active Learning” Kit: Rationale, Methods, Models, Research, Bibliography | HASTAC

We are all accountable to the urgent work of building a more just, more equitable world

Source: Apple launches major new Racial Equity and Justice Initiative projects to challenge systemic racism, advance racial equity nationwide – Apple

Difference is not our deficit; it’s our operating system.

Source: Disrupting the Digital Humanities and “Difference Is Our Operating System”–Fiona Barnett | HASTAC

Multiplicities are an intention: We build the best collaboration, the deepest learning, when we expand the opportunities for complex vision.

Source: Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools | Wiley

We are all accountable to the urgent work of building a more just, more equitable world

Source: Apple launches major new Racial Equity and Justice Initiative projects to challenge systemic racism, advance racial equity nationwide – Apple

True that. I might add that line to my “Just Sayin’” list.

See also:

Equity Literate Education: Fix Injustice, Not Kids

There is no path to equity that does not involve a direct confrontation with inequity.

Inequities are primarily power and privilege problems.

That’s who Sam Vimes is. He helps people who have nowhere else to go.

The Watch S1E1

I watched the first two episodes of “The Watch” and enjoyed them enough , with reservations about the tinkered characters.

Mild character development spoilers:

I wish they’d dial back the Jack Sparrow in Vimes. He started his arc as a depressed drunk, not a goofball drunk. And they made Cheery tall and Sybil a svelte action hero, which goes against their character development in the books and misses out on the chance to cast a little person and a fat person.

I like the gender bent Vetinari and the styling chosen for The Patrician.

I know everyone is hating on it, but there’s enough of that Pratchett inclusion and Pratchett soul to keep me watching. Here are the oddballs, the dispossessed with nowhere else to go. They prevail, together, through teamwork and mutual support. I’ll stay for that.

I don’t follow dance and pop very closely, so I was only vaguely aware of Dua Lipa until recently. I started listening through her catalog after watching her recent Tiny Desk Concert. Such a great session. I’m hooked. I keep coming back to it to buoy my mood.

I love how forward the background singers are in the mix, especially on the third song. The bass player is super groovy, the audio engineering is great, and the stylist knocked it out of the park.

Also, the “Let’s Get Physical Work Out” is a thing of joy.