Friday, July 13, 2007

Updates on Random Things

BBC NEWS | Europe | Amputee sprinter second in Rome

Oscar Pistorius does his thing, comes in second, and isn't happy about his time. Pistorius has received a fair amount of criticism on his "I'm not disabled stance." No comment from me -- you identify or you don't -- I'm interested in the consequences of perception.


I'm late to the party on this one. Disabled and using public transport in the UK? Check this out -- and the YouTube angle, too. Gold star for coolness.


Disapedia's getting a lot of interest right now -- a disi wiki. Neat. Forums, info, etiquette, pix, flix.... All right.

And because you know I'm cool myself: From the Oakland FireArts Festival. The Fire Odyssey (incidentally featuring a cheetah leg wearing breakdancing member of Odysseus' crew -- crips, they get everywhere). It was quite an evening. If you could get past the idea of the fire artists whose art is dependent on "bio-fuel" blasting propane fire into the atmosphere while preaching environmental responsibility, you could enjoy the little touches... Aeolus, god of the winds, giving Odysseus a case filled with blow... Poseidon being played by a member of the Oakland Fire Department... a contortionist, a ballerina, an opera singer ...

Post concludes with an image of the fire arts stage. A wire figure representing Poseidon looms to the right. Zeus is in the background (another wire figure). The stage is built with industrial style scaffolding which is variously lit by fire and blue carbon fibre.


  1. Anonymous8:41 AM

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  3. Hi Anonymous! I got your comment and I agree. I deleted your post cuz it had my real name on it and I didn't know how to contact you to ask you to change it.

    BUT here for all to see is The Crucible's discrimination policy (as you put it).

    The GOOD:

    The Crucible is an arts education center that fosters the collaboration of art, industry and community. Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials and innovative design while serving as an accessible arts venue for the public. The Crucible is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

    The BAD:

    Non-discrimination policy: The Crucible does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

    Ugh, ugh, ugh.

    Will drop them a line, thanks.

  4. The Crucible Responds

    Thank you so much for calling this to our attention. We are
    working hard to make sure we are accessible to all--in our classes
    and in our hiring. In fact, we are currently raising funds to build
    a ramp that will make our offices more accessible to folks in
    wheelchairs. (The offices are accessible now--but we'd like to make
    it easier!)

    We'll make sure to get the website fixed. And if you have any
    questions about the accessibility of specific classes, please let me

    Thanks again,

    Pat Murphy
    Marketing Director
    The Crucible
    1260 7th St.
    Oakland, CA 94607

  5. I'm most interested in the consequences of perception too, but I'll comment on Pistorius' stance that he's not disabled: I think it's usually not a political stance. It's about language, rhetoric and personal identity. Besides, if he wants to challenge conventional wisdom and compete in the general Olympics, he can't very well say he's "disabled." People can't handle that.

    BTW, I'm a bit cruel, but I'm tagging you with this meme. Heh.