Sunday, January 21, 2018

Publishers need input from people with disabilities

A while ago, I wrote that library staffing diversity needs to include autistic perspectives to help identify trouble-areas when evaluating materials for the library. Well, mainstream publishing houses are a frequent channel for disssemination of these resources — but a Diversity Baseline Survey conducted by Lee & Low stated that 92 percent of publishing-industry staff do not have a disability.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

SRCS: ‘Aqui usted esta seguro’

En español / In Spanish:  Damos La Bienvenida a Todas Las Edades. Todas Las Razas. Todas Las Religiones. Todos Los Partidos Políticos. Todos Los Géneros. Todos Los Idiomas. Todos Los Países de Origen. Todas Las Orientaciones Sexuales. Todos Los Tamaños. Todas Las Habilidades. Todas Las Personas. Estamos aqui con ustedes. Aqui usted esta seguro. En inglés / In English:  We Welcome All Ages. All Races. All Religions. All Political Affiliations. All Genders. All Languages. All Countries of Origin. All Sexual Orientations. All Sizes. All Abilities. All People. We stand here with you. You are safe here.

(En español / In Spanish)
Las escuelas de Santa Rosa City Schools son espacios seguros (boletín del distrito para enero 2018). Dos carteles están en una ventana de la escuela. Ellos dicen, “Estamos aqui con ustedes. Aqui usted esta seguro.”

(En inglés / In English)
The schools of Santa Rosa City Schools are safe spaces (district newsletter for January 2018). Two posters are in a school window. They say, “We stand here with you. You are safe here.”

Monday, January 15, 2018

Green-herringbone jacket and hat

Dark-to-olive-green lightweight jacket and newsboy-style hat with brim and eight-paneled crown. The right-front of the jacket has a layered applique that consists of a rectangle of yellow fabric, decorated with yellow embroidery, inside a border of dark- and light-brown floral.

Here are a couple of my recent sewing projects, out of a beautiful green herringbone flannel. The jacket is from an old McCalls pattern, #7799, enhanced with a layered applique that I made from repurposed garments.

The newsboy hat is a rare monochromatic creation. I usually combine various colors, textures and patterns when I sew these hats, but I needed a hat in a plain neutral color — and for me, “neutral” is dark green. It’ll easily go with the many other shades of green that dominate my wardrobe.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Facebook news, we have options for control

My cartoon avatar sits at a laptop computer from which smoke emerges. Her eyes are gazing intently in the direction of the screen, her mouth is downturned into a frown, and her right hand is raised, poised over the keyboard. The overall impression is that my cartoon avatar is struggling against an impulse to quickly press a key.

What do you think of Facebook’s decision to prioritize posts by friends and family in a user’s feed? Are you concerned, as Audrey Cooper is, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, that this emphasis will make it more difficult for users to be exposed to legitimate news, while biased, “fake news” posts that are shared by friends and family, will be given an advantage in the news feed?