To whoever sent the chairs.

I have a staff person, not a regular staff, but someone who will be over here alot now that sie’s med-trained.  Ands sie’s tall and fat, and has mysthenia gravis same as I do (which means sie shouldn’t be on hir feet constantly, as using a muscle wears it ou) and can’t fit into any of the chairs in my house.  Sie’s had to sit on the edge of my bed sometimes to help me burp my g-tube.

Anyway, I consider things like this an accessibility issue.  And just as I am slowly clearing out all the junk in my halls to make this place wheelchair-accessible, I want my apartment to be fat-accessible too.  Not just to staff with additional disabilities, but to anyone over a certain weight too.  Because there’s lots of fat people in the world and… yeah.

Plus these are two chairs, which is exactly what I needed for my kitchen.  Now I just need a kitchen table, and I’ll have a place where two people (maybe 3 or 4 if I get a couple used chairs somewhere) like the nearby thrift store.

I can’t thank enough, all of the people who have helped me with my Amazon wish lists, both regarding moving and regarding medical supplies, and everything else  And aslo those of you who wanted to help but couldn’t afford it, because I’ve been there and nobody ever thanks you enough for wanting to help but not being able to. So thanks to everyone who wanted to help, whether you could or not.  It means a lot to me.  

Moving is much more expensive than i thought it would be.  And my emergency funds vanished somewhere in the hospital — my own fault, they tell you not to bring vaulables to the hospital.  They were right. Someone went straight for my purse.

As a result, I’ve got better arrangements for storing valuables now.

But anyway.  I can’t be grateful enough for what everyone has done. I could not have made it here alone.  Thank you — to everyone, for financial support , emotional support, physical support, cogniitve support, and every combiination thereof.  It means everything, to live in a home, a real home, that looks and feels like a real home.

Thank you. Thank you so much. For the chairs, but for also the opportunities that I have now, and never had before.  Gratitude doesn’ even cover how I feel, so l just say….thank  you so much.


A few of the #yes2access tweets that have been rolling in all morning!  Thank you to everyone who is participating and demonstrating the need for pro-choice representation in government!

Important: be gender inclusive! Women aren’t the only people who need access to reproductive healthcare and abortion.

#NBProchoice #ProchoixNB


SCANDAL’s HARUNA;「Music Train ~Haru no Majujitsu~」Full Song

This was aired earlier this morning on FM802’s「WEEKEND FOR-REST」radio programme. It features Haruna singing alongside seven other known vocalists and is the campaign song for FM802’s ACCESS!. Today, the teaser video clip was also unveiled (HERE).

For more information about Haruna’s participation and upcoming events about this project, everything’s HERE.

Upload w/ thanks to sun201009 @ YT.

A pair of keys fell out of a workpants pocket on Friday. I don’t know what doors they open. People give us keys when we work for them. People give us keys so we can let ourselves in, arms loaded with tools, and lock up when we leave. I forget to return them and my collection is growing. One opens a bulkhead in Arlington. Another gets me into the front hall of a triple decker. A backdoor in Lexington. A frontdoor in Cambridge. All this access, all this trust. Even if I don’t know which key goes with which door, having this collection is a little like having a secret power — I could, if I wanted to, sneak back in like the shoemaker’s elves, like the tooth fairy.

When I dig to the bottom of my top drawer, in corners underneath underwear and socks, I find more keys, ones that belonged to me, that opened doors to old places, other apartments I’ve lived, apartments of old romances. I don’t know which ones open which doors, and I’m not sure why I keep them. Maybe it’s something to do with having access to old selves, of being able, if I wanted, to sneak back to some long-gone bedroom of my past and dance around to the songs I danced around to then.

Keys as openers of time travel treasure chests. Keys as unlockers of old doors in the memory halls of the mind. Keys as ways to get inside a house in Somerville to build a new wall in a basement for a closet taking shape.

Philologists must for at least two reasons open up the textual data upon which they base their work. First, researchers need to be able to download, modify and redistribute their textual data if they are to fully exploit both new methods that center around algorithmic analysis (e.g., corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, text mining, and various applications of machine learning) and new scholarly products and practices that computational methods enable (e.g., on-going and decentralized production of micro-publications by scholars from around the world, as well as scalable evaluation systems to facilitate contributions from, and learning by, citizen scientists). In some cases, issues of privacy may come into play (e.g., where we study Greek and Latin data produced by our students) but our textual editions of, and associated annotations on, long-dead authors do not fall into this category. Second, open data is essential if researchers working with historical languages such as Classical Greek and Latin are to realize either their obligation to conduct the most effective (as well as transparent) research and or their obligation to advance the role that those languages can play in the intellectual life of society as a whole. It is not enough to make our 100 EUR monographs available under an Open Access license. We must also make as accessible as possible the primary sources upon which those monographs depend.

This blog post addresses two barriers that prevent students of historical languages such as Classical Greek and Latin from shifting to a fully open intellectual ecosystem: (1) the practice of giving control of scholarly work to commercial entities that then use their monopoly rights to generate revenue and (2) the legacy rights over critical editions that scholars have already handed over to commercial entities. The field has the rights, the skills, and the labor so that it can immediately and permanently address the first challenge. The second challenge is much less tractable…

Today is the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers! THANK YOU to the compassionate + courageous doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and health center staff who work every day to keep patients healthy and ensure they have access to the reproductive health care they need — including safe and legal abortion.