I Don’t Want to Be ‘Inspiring’ – The New York Times

Just putting this here.

Forging an identity apart from my disability is hard enough. Misguided sympathy makes it harder.


Disabled people cannot be expected to forge an identity beyond their disability or to diminish the impact that their disability has on them personally, psychologically or emotionally when they are deprived of the very extensions of their bodies that allow them to engage in the world, and when this very engagement is faced with exclusion. When a college, a business or any sphere of civil society refuses the expenditure on accommodation of a disabled person, and when a government actively deprives disabled people of what they need to live, they’re effectively saying that what we are outside of our disabilities and what we wish to become in spite of them doesn’t matter.

As the philosopher of disability Joel Michael Reynolds has said, the world is essentially disabled. Deprive a man of an elevator or a flight of stairs, and could he make it from the first floor to the second? He couldn’t, and it would be absurd to accentuate this inability to the point where it became all the man was.

Source: I Don’t Want to Be ‘Inspiring’ – The New York Times

Pipes End-of-life Announcement


Jun 04 2015 – Pipes End-of-life Announcement

As of August 30th 2015, users will no longer be able to create new Pipes. The Pipes team will keep the infrastructure running until end of September 30th 2015 in a read-only mode.

You can download your Pipe definition by specifying your Pipe-ID (_id) and the output format (_out=json) to the following end-point: http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info

For e.g:


Please post any questions you have related to this announcement on the Yahoo Developer Forum for Pipes. The Pipes team thanks you for support and cooperation.

via Yahoo Pipes Blog – Pipes End-of-life Announcement.


Day 31 – Gender

Day 31 - Gender by dnwallace
Day 31 – Gender, a photo by dnwallace on Flickr.

Grammar .
(in many languages) a set of
classes that together include all
, membership in a particular class being shown by the form of the
itself or by the form or choice of words that modify,replace, or otherwise
refer to the noun, as, in English, the choice of he to replace the man,
of she to replace the woman, of it to replace the table, of it or she
to replace the ship. The number of genders in different languages varies
from 2 to more than 20; often the classificationcorrelates in part with sex
or animateness. The most familiar sets of genders are of three classes (as
masculine, feminine, and neuter in Latin and German) or of two (as common
and neuter in Dutch, or masculine and feminine in French and Spanish).
one class of such a set.
such classes or sets collectively or in general.
membership of a word or
grammatical form, or an inflectional form showing membership, insuch a
sex: the feminine gender.

image by Jeffrey Beall

Day 29 – Interest

Day 29 - Interest by dnwallace
Day 29 – Interest, a photo by dnwallace on Flickr.

the feeling of a person whose attention, concern, or curiosity is
particularly engaged by something: She has a great interest in the poetry of
something that concerns, involves, draws the attention of, or arouses the
curiosity of a person: His interests are philosophy andchess.
14. Finance.
a sum paid or charged for the use of money or for borrowing money.
such a sum expressed as a percentage of money borrowed to be paid over a
given period, usually one year.

image by Riski Gayuh N