Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Sorenson Support

I just spent half an hour on the phone with Sorenson technical support. I use software called Envision SL, which is for making phone calls to videophones. I was able to call VRS and see the interpreter, I said I was testing and then disconnected. I wanted to test having a friend call me, but it didn't work. The operator wouldn't take the IP address and I don't have a real videophone so I don't have a VP number. So I don't know how my friends could call me using the IP address. I don't know how to receive an Envision phone call, I don't understand how it works, and the Sorenson technical support was no help.

My Firefox Testimonial

I'm not providing a translation of this video here, because it already has subtitles. I used Ulead VideoStudio to create the subtitles, but deaf vlogger Jared Evans has written instructions for subtitling digital videos. He also created a video in ASL about encouraging companies to subtitle their digital videos.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Gallaudet Protests and Truffle

Okay! This is my fourth time trying to film this tonight. It's been screwing up for a bunch of different reasons, but anyway, seems like it's working now. I had mentioned a few things the previous time I tried to film, but it was slow, and not working, and...

I didn't do a whole lot today, we went to see the movie Stick It - Stick It - it's a gymnastics movie, and I really didn't like it much. I had high expectations and they were dashed, because I just didn't like it. That's really the only thing I did today.

I want to mention again my opinion on this Gallaudet protest thing - I don't support it. In the past, in 1988 at DPN, everyone knew that the president was hearing until he was 20 years old. But now, at least Jane Fernandes was born deaf. Her parents decided to raise her as hearing - as oral. So, I just don't understand this stuff, why they're continuing to protest. I know people who are involved in it, but I don't really support it myself. And you know, DPN was almost 20 years ago, so some of the students weren't born back in 1988 - or mostly they were little babies. So I don't get why they're still protesting - because they want the same experience as DPN? People have to understand, I. King Jordan can't be president forever. So, really, they have to - uh, I don't know. I don't want to get into it. I just don't think it's a good idea them to keep protesting for the sake of protesting, that's all.

Anyway, the real reason I'm making this is because I want to introduce you to my cat, Truffle. [grabs him] He just woke up! I think it's important to take videos of all my cats, because I want to have those memories forever - that's the most important thing, to keep those forever.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Signs, Gallaudet, Amanita

I wanted to make a brief video for Kit and Kyle. I want to explain two signs. The first one is butch, that's the sign I use for butch, I've also seen another sign that looks kind of like the sign for Canada, maybe boichick can answer about that. The other sign is, the first one I described is feminine, I've seen that, and the second sign is feminine. That's using the F handshape, feminine. Okay, now, about the new Gally president, I've heard complaints, people are saying oh, it's bad that she was raised orally, but it doesn't really matter if her background is signing or oral, what matters now is her current preference. If her parents decided they wanted her to be raised orally, then it wasn't her decision. Okay, now, for the final part of my video, a brief introduction, I want to show you all my cat Amnanita, she's the one my webpage is named for.