Friday requiem: Garrett Holeve “I took that punch as a man”

Quick note for readers.  I think it’s important that I consider my back catalogue of posts to be part of the site and that they get maintained, looked after and followed up on.  So what I’d like to do is each week pick a post I did from that week last year, and see if my opinions have changed, or find out how the story develops.  This week is easy.  Because I was looking at Garrett Holeve. Last year.  In this post. I wrote this:…

This week last year on joereddington.com

These are the posts I was writing this week last year – that’s the 13th September 2013 to about halfway thought the 20th… (because I want to include one of the posts I wrote on the 20th next week) Communication Matters 2013: Day 1 Communication Matters 2013: Day 2 Communication Matters 2013: Day 3, Endgame… Amazon petitions US Commission to exempt kindle from US accessibility laws… “Carers for disabled passengers should fly for free” – A sign of selective reporting from the BBC? Guest post:…

Cargo Cults… and why Novelists are people who finish books

So one of the things about having left academia behind is that there are a number of articles that I considered writing, but then thought twice about putting up while I was still employed.  The one about money was one, and this is another…. I’ve worked in a few computer science departments in my life. Would you like to know what the most chilling aspect of working in one is? Computer science departments have a tendency to forgive their great figures certain oddities of behaviour. Rudeness…

Mark’s story: Designing the S’up Spoon

You may have noticed the S’up Spoon getting a certain amount of media attention in the last week or so.  It’s a Kickstarter project about assistive technology, and immediately interested me.  Eating is one of those things that should have long ago been solved for people with mobility issues and yet it hasn’t – so I’m inclined to support projects to redress the balance.  At the time of writing the S’up Spoon is at about £10,000 of the £33,000 needed to develop it further.  I…

Old shame – what was I writing about one year ago…

So as we’ve just had a year anniversary on the blog, I thought it would be interesting to look at what I was writing about for the first few days.  This covers the week up until the 13th September 2013. The first thing I notice is that I am wildly all over the place in terms of content.  I write on a wide range of topics now, but I’m amazed at the amount I got though in my first week.  The second thing I notice…

Voice-owner rather than AAC user.

I’ve been writing a paper recently on the ‘hackery’ that is (I think) a fairly implicit part of AAC-use.  When it is completed, you guys will obviously see a final version.  But we found ourselves somewhat trapped by the language a little,  It’s quite difficult to talk about an ‘AAC-user’ when, for example, the AAC-user has an entirely broken device.  It’s also a little difficult when talking about a carer programming an AAC device – they are *a* AAC-user, but *the* AAC-user is someone else.…

Third-person ambition

There should be a word for third-person ambition. If someone is ” ambitious” then the assumption is that they want to achieve all they can. To gather, power, status and money. But I want a term that describes being ambitious for other people. A parent is ambitious for their children, a teacher is ambitious for their charges but what do we call someone who is ambitious for their country, their religion their causes? It’s not pride… That’s the past tense. I was ambitious and now…