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Oct. 30th, 2009

08:24 pm - The Bar

It occurs to me that I never posted here that I passed the Bar. So, uhm, I passed the Bar! Yay/!

I really cannot tell you all how surprised I was by this. Especially after not* passing the much sorter, orders-of-magnitude simpler MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam). I'm ethical enough to practice law in some states, but not, apparently, in VA. I retake the MPRE on Nov. 7.

I do not know another person who passed the Bar and had to retake the MPRE. I really don't know a single one. Moral of the story: Don't take it with a whiny guide dog (don't know what her problem was that day; she was perfect during the Bar) mere days after the Bar exam itself. Take it in school, like you're supposed to.

But, uhm, yes! I passed the bar!

I also am renting a wonderful house and loving life.


Aug. 16th, 2009

04:34 pm - Post-bar

I haven't updated since the Bar, but truly, there's not much to tell. The most interesting thing was probably that the stupid trackpad of the computer I used for the Bar kept putting me at random points in my essay answers. Fortunately, because my Dell is so messed up, I compulsively press control-s after eveyr sentence I type. Had I not done this, I would have lost most of an answer (which, honestly, probably deserved to be lost anyway).

In a panic, proctor and I called the IT guy at "the firm," who came up with the incredibly high-tech idea of taping cardboard over the track pad. This worked.

In case you were wondering, the MBE is about 260 braille pages. The MPRE is about 118, but the pages are smaller. I wonder if it's possible to rub your fingerprints off with enough braille reading without a break.

But basically, all the administrative aspects of the exam went well. You all know about my earlier dialogue with the Board. But I'm convinced that the next person who takes this exam will have a much easier time than I had. The Board now understands that JAWS is not a word-processor. I really do think my initial letter was clear, but I think the accommodations person was initially interested in having me use their tried-and-true methods. I really do think it will be better for the next person. I so hope that "next person" isn't me.

Went to look at a rental house in F'burg last week. Couldn't go inside because it was flea-infested. They promise they're going to fix this. If they do...this house is quite nice, and I might try to get it.

That's about it. Have been reading lots of books and geting ready for Morristown/Boston trip. I haven't been this excited to go anywhere in a really long time.

Current Music: And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind/Neil Diamond

Jul. 13th, 2009

12:13 am

Still studying for the bar. Have made some 1582 flash cards. off to make more.

Jun. 12th, 2009

12:03 am - If I had anything to say...

Somebody just friended me, and that reminded me that I exist in this webspace. I really have nothing to say. Have been studying for the Bar for the last three or four weeks (which feel like years). Have mostly recovered from unpleasant and productivity-diminishing bout with the crud. Only have cell signal outside, or when standing in front of the washing machine.

Glaze has been randomly peeing, but we figured out it only happened at dinner time, and taking her out just before she eats puts a stop to it. Yani had to go to the dermatologist for another skin infection (that dermatologist saved my partnership with my dog, seriously; and she did a whole lot of stuff for Yan and only charged me like $128, which is a lot less than I had to pay for the other vet to tell me I'd just have to "wait and see" about Glaze peeing).

I am having disturbing dreams about studying for the bar. I think my subconscious knows I'm too scared to dream about the actual bar. So I dream that JFW is reading some bar review thing to me and I can't understand a word. Or I'm taking the mock multistate exam they sent me (in Braille--go Bar/Bri!), and I get so distracted that I can only finish 15 of the 200 questions.

Also, some practical advice: If you steal an apple while it is on the tree, that is not larceny, because the apple is part of the tree, which has its roots in soil and is therefore real property. But if you wait for that apple to fall on the ground, it is personal property, not real property, and taking it is larceny.

That is all.

May. 22nd, 2009

06:21 am - Writer's Block: Close Call

Also, you know, I graduated from law school and stuff (which...might have been another type of cclose call, and which probably deserves its own post).

Accidents happen all the time, and often we walk away miraculously uninjured. What has been your closest call with avoiding serious harm in an accident?

Had to be back when I was in math grad school and they were doing construction near the math building. They were blasting rock between our building and another. Whenever they were ready to blast, there would be a warning horn. Because of where my office was located, and because mathematicians are just a little insane, people would hear the warning horn an drun into our office (I shared it with three other grad students) to watch the people with the dynamite.

One morning, I got an almost frantic call from one of the department secretaries. The dynamite had shattered our office window. My desk had been right in front of the window, and some of my stuff was destroyed. But fortunately, *none* of us were in the office, and no passers-by had been lured in by the siren ssong of the warning horn.

It was really unusual that none of us were in the office at that particular time. But given our habit of ignoring the horn, it was certainly a good thing!

May. 7th, 2009

09:04 pm

I have completed all degree requirements. Assuming I did not utterly bomb an exam or two.

Will be sending my Bar app off tomorrow. Yes, it should have been done before now. But every time I tried, I became physically ill. Once I get to a deadline, however, that doesn't happen. So it's pretty much ready to go.

Have to have picture taken (for said Bar app) tomorrow. Have ginormous bruise on head. Was playing with Glaze when the wall ran into me. OMG it hurts.

Had to be fingerprinted yesterday (for Bar app). J had planned to take me on Friday. I, jokingly, told J I would call to see when this could be done: "Maybe they don't finngerprint on Fridays." (And I *was* kidding when I said that. I think I was getting the police confused with catholicism or something.) Sure enough, no fingerprints on Fridays! So we went in and did it yesterday.

Had to print up credit report four times (for Bar app), partly due to my own ineptitude, partly due to my printer running out of paper *one page* before the end (but this was OK, since it gave me an excuse to go to the law school bookstore, which sells not only computer paper, but also chocolate!).

Had incredibly funny convo with both my sisters on facebook last night (instead of doing the Bar app). It reminded me of when we were younger. Now we are all in different states. (We also have two brothers, but they don't seem to get involved in these things.)

Apr. 18th, 2009

11:48 pm - Baltimore

Too tired for more than bullet points, so:


Apr. 13th, 2009

12:55 am - What Big Cat Are You?

You Are a Lynx
You are a quiet observer of the world around you. Your wisdom comes from listening carefully.
You've always been extra sensitive and aware. And it's made it difficult for you to fit in.

You see past people's outward personas. You are able to penetrate a stranger's soul.
What you've learned about people is both beautiful and ugly. And you keep these secrets to yourself.
What Big Cat Are You?


Apr. 7th, 2009

08:29 pm - Allow Everyone Access to Ebooks

The link below will take you to a petition to urge the Authors Guild not to object to the text-to-speech feature in the Amazon Kindle 2. The Kindle 2 had the capability to read all the books in the Amazon store aloud. That's currently over 245,000 bookks! But the Authors Guild objected, claiming this infringed copyrights and that Amazon was producing audiobooks without a license. Not all authors agree with this position; many think the Guild is rather extremist. And, legally, there's some question as to whether what Amazon creates is, in fact, a copy. In three months, Amazon's Kindle store added as many new books as Bookshare did in several years. The menus on the Kindle are currently not accessible to totally blind people, but that could change. When it does, for the first time in history, we will have mainstream access to books that are produced for everybody else. Please consider adding your name to the over 3000 signatures.



Mar. 27th, 2009

07:12 pm - Atta Girl, Kelly!

Disney recently re-released Atta Girl, Kelly! to commemorate The Seeing eye's 80th anniversary. (The link takes you to a page on TSE's site with some photos of memos and things from TSE's archives, and an audio greeting from Disney to TSE grads. I have to try WebVisum on the memos to see if it will actually OCR them for me.) The movie is only available to Disney movie club members...and eBay shoppers. I got mine today.

I saw it a few years ago, but it seems especially relevant now, and not just because my dog is from TSE. The movie is about a German Shepherd who was a bit goofy as a pup. She became the guide for an attorney who had a major case of second-dog syndrome.


That's kinda my life. (Except the attorney was a guy, and also, he was an attorney.)

I was teary-eyed while watching it. There's also a TSE featurette at the end.

The dog who played Kelly while she as guiding became a TSE breeder.


12:23 pm - Keurig deal!

Skip this if you don't care abou tK-cups.

Amazon has two boxes of Timothy's Perfectly Pumpkin K-cups for $12. Each box has 24 K-cups, so you're getting the K-cups for$0.25 each. This is part of their Friday sale.

They also have, for $21.00, two boxes of Timothy's Sugar Bush Maple, which some other web site says is a seasonal item. I'm drinking this right now, and it's good. You can get those for $17.85 if you "subscribe and save." You can schedule the shipments as infrequently as every six months. You can also cancel before you receive the second shpment.

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Mar. 25th, 2009

01:18 am - Wish They All Could Be California Guides

[Sorry 'bout that title. But it's late, and why am I awake? Also, squonk, should "All" be capitalized up there?]

The California State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind has posted an open letter to out-of-state schools, suggesting they need to make sure their instructors who train in California are licensed:

...California law requires guide dog instructors to be licensed. An instructor "means a person who instructs blind persons in the use of guide dogs or who engages in the business of training, selling, hiring, or supplying guide dogs for the blind."

It followed this up with a fact sheet on out-of-state instruction, which says that an unlicensed instructor can conduct follow-up, as long as no "instruction" occurs: "...a home interview or verbal assessment of the day-to-day activities of a guide dog team would not be prohibited."

What's wrong with this? Well, first, the statute doesn't actually *define* "training." It does provide a minimal list of what a trained guide dog should be able to do. I suppose they are relying on the definition of "instructor," which refers to guide dogs and instruction in their use. But is follow-up instruction in the use of a dog? Other key terms seem not to be defined with the precision my 1L summer employer would have expected of me.

A friend suggested that the Board's action might not be a bad thing, since it could lead to common training standards. To which I say, I don't want Gov. Schwarzenegger (or any single governor, for that matter) and his appointees having anything to do with setting standards for guide-dog schools.

But surely the members of this board are carefully chosen, right?

According to the Board's web site:

The Guide Dog Board has seven members. One member represents the Director of the Department of Rehabilitation. The other six are Governor appointees, two of whom must be blind persons who use guide dogs.

The statute authorizing the Board says:

The board shall consist of seven members appointed by the Governor. One member shall be the Director of Rehabilitation or his or her designated representative. The remaining members shall be persons who have shown a particular interest in dealing with the problems of the blind, and at least two of them shall be blind persons who use guide dogs.

The emphasis is mine.

Strategic deletion there. Which might explain this.

When asked about naming his Nanny to the Board, Gov. Schwarzenegger didn't mention that she had "a particular interest in dealing with the problems of the blind" (how about problematic blind people?):

"She expressed an interest in serving the people of California like many other Californians do," said Schwarzenegger's spokesman, Aaron McLear. "The governor wants those interested in serving to have that opportunity."

Apologies if you're on the CA Guide Dog Board and you found this through Google. It's nothing personal. It's just...you are probably not as qualified as the people at my school, or the International Guide Dog Federation, to regulate the standards by which I was trained.

Perhaps we could all feel better about this if we had more information. If you really are on the California State Board, feel free to comment here (or, if you choose, in a more public forum).

Feb. 23rd, 2009

06:30 pm - At Ruby Tuesday

[J and leadinglabbie are
finishing an early dinner. Both chose the salad bar, necessitating a walk through much of the restaurant.]

L: I don't know what paralegals make but--

[Stranger approaches table. J will later observe that he is wearing a shirt that suggests he is affiliated with a fairly well-recognized division of the university.]

Stranger: Excuse me, but how much do you feed your puppy under the table?

L: Uh...nothing. She doesn't get to eat anything here. [Internally: Please don't be a PETA nut; I couldn't deal with that today.]

S: How old is she?

L [wanting him to go away]: Three.

S: My wife thought she was a puppy. I said that couldn't be right. I really like Shepherds. But myself, I have wolves. The one I have now...I got him from Florida, and he's over 3/4 wolf. He's at least as tall as this table.

J and L: ???

S: Where was she trained?

L: The Seeing Eye, in New Jersey.

S: That's great. I'm some big important person with the Lions Club, and we just bought one for this man nearby who...got blind.

J and L: ???

S [to J]: Are you Mom?

J and L: No.

S: Just a friend?

J and L: Yes.

S: Wow! Then you're doing a great job too!

[L pretends to find her almost empty plate an object of great interest.]

J: It's not much of a job to sit here, smoke a cigarette, and drink a beer.

s: ???


Feb. 12th, 2009

02:59 pm - Kindle 2

How many years have people with print disabilities been working together to make Bookshare what it is? How many titles are currently on Bookshare? Why does something like the following have to be inaccessible?

At Amazon, weve always been obsessed with selection, and we know that even the best reading device would be useless without the books you want to read. Today, the Kindle Store has more than 230,000 books, including 103 of the 110 New York Times Best Sellers, plus top newspapers, magazines, and blogs. We added over 40,000 new titles in just the last three months. Our vision for Kindle is to have every book ever printed, in any language, all available in under 60 seconds.

This new Kindle talks, I guess, but I'm assuming the order process isn't accessible. I'd be ecstatic to be wrong.


Feb. 6th, 2009

07:59 pm - Oh no! We're all doomed!

This new model can reach speeds up to 47mph before the gas engine kicks in. This...is unsettling for me as a blind traveler. (BTW, my super dog just saved me from a hybrid the other day.) I'm all for environmentally progressive transportation. But if this thing doesn't make any noise...

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
2.5-liter Atkinson four-cylinder
155 horsepower
Pricing to start at around $27,000
Ford is set to make a lot of green impact with its latest gasoline-electric
the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. A true, five-adult mid-size hybrid sedan.
While the powertrain is based on the Ford Escape Hybrid crossover, it has
been completely
updated. A 155-horsepower 2.5-liter Atkinson four-cylinder, a permanent
magnet electric
motor, and a CVT automatic, are all tied to a smaller, lighter
battery pack.
The result is an impressive 41 miles-per-gallon in the city and 36 on the
That's better than the Toyota Camry Hybrid, while less miserly than the new
Prius Hybrid.
Plus, while the Escape Hybrid can run on electric power alone to about 20
the Fusion Hybrid can reach an outstanding 47 miles-per-hour before the gas
cuts in. The Fusion Hybrid can also go up to 700 miles on a single tank of
The cutting-edge SmartGauge interface with an EcoGuide LCD display gives
on driving habits, and helps drivers learn which techniques deliver higher
fuel economy.
Other green features include a climate control system that minimizes engine
and special eco-friendly cloth seating.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid will start at around $27,000. That's a $3,000 premium
a gas-powered Fusion. Sales will start in April.

Jan. 30th, 2009

07:49 pm - Dogs

Each of my dogs distinguished herself today:

Yani made eyes at John Grisham, who apparently thought she was quite something.

Glaze ate almost a whole bag of Pecan Sandies.

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Jan. 24th, 2009

12:19 am - Service Dog's vest removed when he gained weight

Wow. But, you know, I remember people from this school being somewhat stand-offish when I contacted them a few years ago. I was working on a brochure for the place where I worked about service dogs in taxis. I didn't really feel I could adequately address the issue without talking to some non-guide-dog organizations. emerge and others will be happy to know that CCI was very helpful and sent me lots of literature. This other school, though..."not many of our clients use taxis." Uh, OK.

Aaaanyway, the article below can be found at:


Be sure to read to the school rep's quote at the end, which I'll leave outside the cut.

8 On Your Side helps disabled woman with service dog

Posted: Jan 22, 2009 03:01 PM EST

Updated: Jan 22, 2009 03:30 PM EST


Chris Williams

QUAD CITIES -- A Quad Cities woman may be a step closer to regaining her freedom thanks to an 8 On Your Side investigation. For her, freedom means venturing out without being harrassed by those who don't understand her disability. 8 On Your Side Reporter Chris Williams has the story that may change the way you look at the disabled and their service dogs .

We began working this case in October when a woman called with a heartbreaking story. She relies on a service dog to be her ears, help
when she has a seizure and pick up objects she can't reach. But a decision by a former
volunteer with the organization that gave her the dog made it impossible for her to take the animal into public without being harrassed.

Janet Parker tried to keep the mood light with her Black Lab Coal. A lot
was riding on this trip to the East Moline Animal Clinic. Bad news today
could set her back months and deny the opportunity to regain her freedom.

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She says "PAWS" removes vests from dogs who become overweight because
those dogs typically have more health problems. The animals can cost $20,000 to raise and train. "PAWS" says, knowing they could lose the vests motivates
clients to keep their dog in shape.

Jan. 7th, 2009

09:08 pm - A year ago today...

...I met my "flying eye dog." It hasn't been my easiest dog-handling year ever, but when it comes right down to it, I'm so, so lucky to have this wonderful little girl as my guide.

I try to get all introspective and stuff.Collapse )

Also, on January 7, 2001, I flew out to San Rafael for the first training experience. Wow, how the world has changed since then! There's no way on earth I could fly with so much stuff today.

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Jan. 3rd, 2009

01:22 am - Posted using TxtLJ (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/sms/)

Have new shiny digital recorder. Plextalk PTP1. Anybody heard about it? I hadn't. Maybe eventually Stream competition but not yet. More later.

Dec. 27th, 2008

02:42 am - Wake

Is anybody reading the serial "Wake" in Analog? It begins with the November issue and features a blind fifteen-year-old math genius. She uses JAWS, posts on LJ and everything. I'm only a few minutes into it...but she's already leapt for joy at the prospect of experiencing vision. I need to read more before deciding how I feel about this. (Obviously, the author did some research. But he has her using a female voice with JAWS, and given the kind of computer user she's supposed to be, I find it unlikely that she'd be using Realspeak.) This will be published in four parts. I have a soft spot for blind math nerds (even fictional ones), so I reckon I'll read it all.


Dec. 23rd, 2008

05:29 pm - Yani is three!!!

My Yan-Yan is three years old. We've had our ups and downs, but we're going to make it. She and Glaze got yummy bones to chew today, and I think they will each get some extra canned food with dinner tonight. She's such a great little guide.

In other news, I now have some of these, and I can reuse K-cups with my Keurig. Very good. I just made 6 K-cups of baklava-flavored coffee. I should probably resist the urge to brew one until tomorrow--I do think I'm sufficiently caffeinated at this point.

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Dec. 22nd, 2008

02:03 pm - Memage

Wow. This came close to making sense and stuff:

Haiku2 for leadinglabbie
life and had a guide
dog denied access woman
wasn't allowed
by Grahame

Reloading produced:

prescribe it and now
it is so good to get it
to my immenser

There was also one about being behind and a paper...not that that has anything at all to do with my actual life...

And since I haven't done it yet, First parts of first entries of every month this year.Collapse )


Dec. 16th, 2008

09:58 am - Uhm, NFB?



Chris Danielsen

Public Relations Specialist

National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

(410) 262-1281 (Cell)


National Federation of the Blind
Comments on Saturday Night Live Segment

Largest Organization of the Blind Criticizes Attack on Blind Americans

Baltimore, Maryland (December 15, 2008): Chris
Danielsen, spokesman for the National Federation
of the Blind, said: "The biggest problem faced by
blind people is not blindness itself, but the
stereotypes held by the general public about
blindness and blind people. The idea that blind
people are incapable of the simplest tasks and
are perpetually disoriented and befuddled is
absolutely wrong. This misconception contributes
to an unemployment rate among blind people that
stubbornly remains at 70 percent. That is why
the National Federation of the Blind is
disappointed that Saturday Night Live chose to
portray Governor Paterson in a comedy routine
that focused almost exclusively on his
blindness. Attacking the Governor because he is
blind is an attack on all blind Americans­blind
children, blind adults, blind seniors, and newly
blinded veterans returning from Iraq and
Afghanistan. The National Federation of the
Blind urges the producers of Saturday Night Live
to consider the serious negative impact that
misinformation and stereotypes have on blind
people before continuing in this unfortunate vein of humor."

Okay, I didn't see the skit. But this reaction seems...a bit over the top to me, to put it mildly.

And yes, I do think this is different from the protests of the movie Blindness.



Dec. 12th, 2008

07:48 pm - Holy Accessible Firearms, Batman!

Rx: Will doctors be writing firearm prescriptions?
Company claims federal approval for 9-mm handgun as 'medical device'

Posted: December 07, 2008
2:10 am Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Palm Pistol

Arthritis? Carpal-tunnel syndrome? A hand injury? If so, a New Jersey company claims it has invented a firearm just for you and that it has received federal approval to market the 9-mm handgun as a "medical device," perhaps even with its cost reimbursable to seniors by Medicare.

Matthew Carmel, president of Constitution Arms in Maplewood, N.J., says the
Palm Pistol is designed to be fired by people who have disabling conditions that prevent them from holding a normal handgun and pulling the trigger.

"It's something that they need to assist them in daily living," Carmel, who hopes to manufacture the device, told New Scientist. Currently the Palm Pistol
is just at the patent stage.

"The justification for this would be no more or less for a walker or wheelchair, or any number of things that are medical devices," he said.

Carmel expects the handgun to become available in 2010. He estimates it will sell for approximately $300. "I've been getting a lot of calls," he said.

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I...there are no words.

Here's a link to the article, which I reproduced in its entirety (but the article contains links and stuff).


08:49 am - What I'm not doing today

Well, I've postponed my T&E final until Monday. I just couldn't sleep last night (too much stress? Too many K-cups?), so it didn't make sense to go in and try to take this exam. I'm so glad that we schedule our finals here. Also, I just recently found this version of the UPC (which is a probate code, not a bar code) on a web site, together with lots of commentary. I think I need to spend some quality time with it before going in to that closed-book exam.

In other news, Yani is responding well to her allregy shots. Her coat already feels nicer.

I have a meeting in Richmond tomorrow--and I think I've managed to tick some people off, so it should be extra fun.


Dec. 9th, 2008

12:38 am - Warning!!! Haiku under cut!

I have waaay too much time on my hands, apparently.Collapse )

Dec. 4th, 2008

02:19 am - Changing username--input, please

My username is one that I've had on various and sundry email lists and communities, for many years. And even though it feels somehow disloyal to Glaze (I'm a dork, I know), I think I want to change it.

If anybody cares, I created it when my late boyfriend became "havelabwilltravel." And "Have Lab, Will Travel" used to be the name of this journal. Oddly, that didn't seem appropriate when I was matched with Yani. So I think it's time to be other than leadinglabbie.

I'd like a braille-related username. I have an idea, but I'd like some suggestions. I might screen comments to preserve the suspense that is my quest for a new username.

For those who can't see the icon on this post, it's my retired guide Glaze.

Nov. 28th, 2008

10:48 pm - For Glaze

I randomly came across the entry where Glaze answered questions in the guide-dog meme. Anybody have questions for Yani???

And this reminded me that I meant to post these lyrics in honor of Glaze a while back:

Two Of Us


Two of us riding nowhere
spending someone's hard earned pay
You and me Sunday driving
Not arriving on our way back home
We're on our way back home
We're on our way home
We're going home

Two of us sending postcards
writing letters on my wall
You and me burning matches
lifting latches on our way back home
We're on our way back home
We're on our way home
We're going home

You and I have memories
longer than the road
that stretches out ahead

Two of us wearing raincoats
standing solo in the sun
You and me chasing paper
getting nowhere on our way back home
We're on our way back home
We're on our way home
We're going home

You and I have memories
longer than the road
that stretches out ahead

Two of us wearing raincoats
standing solo in the sun
You and me chasing paper
getting nowhere on our way back home
We're on our way back home
We're on our way home
We're going home
We're going home


Nov. 26th, 2008

10:06 pm - Yani

My dog is allergic to human dander.

Yes, I said my dog is allergic to human dander.

My dog is allergic to...me.

She's also allergic to oak, pine, cedar, and...a bunch of stuff that sounds like it came out of Harry Potter.

She will be on allergy shots for a while.


Nov. 21st, 2008

11:27 pm - Chess; friends, etc.

Got the stuff from Hadley today. (Hadley looks funny in braille.) I did indeed end up with two chess sets. The board Hadley provided is conveniently braille-labeled around the edges, so I will be using that one from now on. The braille materials from Hadley are a nice touch--I like the braille diagrams. This first course doesn't cover a lot of material, but it's still interesting. I'm glad I opted for the braille version rather than the cassette (thoguh I suspect you'd get tactile diagrams either way).

I tried playing K-chess, an accessible chess game. Before I got the board, it was unbelievably difficult for me to follow. I really think I do in fact need braille/tactile stuff to learn/function most effectively. Even though I could make the program speak the rows and columns (excuse me, ranks and files), it wasn't the same. Now, I can practice by playing K-chess and replicating all moves on the board.

I saw a former coworker today and one of his current coworkers. It was fun to get together. I'm glad to see the changes taking place at our rehabilitation center for the blind and vision impaired.

And that's all I got.


Nov. 19th, 2008

02:56 pm - Transcript of video

Sorry for the double post. But I thought that this transcript deserved its own entry:









"It makes you feel very small to realize that when the campaign is up there preaching and I heard her today say 'disability we will be there.' Where were
they? They denied us. Their own campaign denied us access."




02:38 pm - Missouri: Service-dog handlers denied entry at Palin Rally

This is old, but worth sharing. The source that sent this to me said these were blind people, and the story mentions "seeing eye dogs." But I'm not clear on whether or not this was the case. There's apparently a video, but my machine didn't like it. (I got an ad to have my ducts cleaned instead.)

Palin Rally Security: Communication is key to keeping everyone safe

Money quote:

But the Republican National Committee says because of the dogs it just took some time to get the OK....then they let them right in.  Chris Taylor with the
RNC says "At this particular venue there was handicap seating available for people in wheelchairs.  Thousands of people came out to see Palin with tickets
that weren't able to get in but they were able to get in and watch in the overflow seating as well as these people with their dogs."

I don't think I have to explain what's so wrong with this.

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