Posts by oga

  • Access: Being Inconvenient,

    If they say that about vexatious parents, I wonder what they say about us vexatious disabled people? Vexatious cripples?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How disabled people are…,

    I particularly enjoyed the distinction between Deaf and disabled people (as in Deaf are not disabled). Thank you, Robyn. 9 years on the Deaf Aotearoa executive was eyeopening as to how many in the disability sector disregard the UNCRPD "nothing about us without us" with impunity.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Sign of the times, in reply to Vivid,

    I've frequently danced within the 2m radius of a 18k wall of sound where no others would go because it would give them the same kind of hearing loss as me. Got a bit of tinnitus after that, but I already had tinnitus since I was about two years old. I have literally sat on these walls of sound too. Here is my Tumblr avatar sitting on the speakers in a club somewhere in Auckland.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Sign of the times,

    Oh, and I can't forget Emma Agnew's tribute.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Sign of the times,

    Another thing to consider is that this narrative where hearing people see an interpreter enthusiastically communicating a performance for the deaf people in the audience and the video goes viral takes away from actual deaf sign language performers, of which there are many, including Signmark, who has visited (and performed) in NZ. There are also people like Hi-een doing amazing performances with sign that may not be musical (is there even music playing in his videos, I don't know), but watching him is music to my eyes. Watching sign is visually musical in truly talented deaf performers like Deafies in Drag and Shaheem. For more Shaheem, try this and this. Oh, and I am Deaf and have been going to this n that since the early rave days in Christchurch in the early 1990s. Greg Churchill is the first DJ I ever heard (felt), at the Worc near the square.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Sign of the times, in reply to Vivid,

    I don't have a huge ASL vocabulary, but there is definitely a sign for "hoe" (sign "prostitute/whore" and mouth "hoe") in ASL. Not sure about "homies" if I had to think of a way to say that I probably would sign "brother" and mouth "homies". There is an argument that the Snoop Dogg interpreter (not learning her name, because her job is to interpret and not become the focal subject) was being interpretative, but when I can't even tell what song is being performed, she has failed at her job. Mind you, I have never ever heard one single Snoop Dogg song in my life so what would I know? (I have probably heard the beats to several Snoop Dogg songs, but that's not the song itself, which is why I need the interpreter.)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Sign of the times,

    Good friends of mine from the US tell me that the Snoop Dogg interpreter is not intelligible and is not using any kind of ASL that they recognize. The second interpreter that you feature, Gallego, is legit though. I read this great article about her recently.

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  • Up Front: Giving It the Bish, in reply to Shaun Scott,

    Before you consider donating to Rainbow Youth under Tamaki's name and email address, please note that they will get a partial refund on your donation under the tax-exemption laws.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    It didn't take very long to escalate to serious assault. On a 55-year-old Uber driver, no less. It's kinda scary, this mix of ignoring local laws and legal taxi drivers willing to use violence, with the spectre of the cartels hovering in the background.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    Elsewhere, Uber is attempting to enter the Quintana Roo market by launching in Cancun. The taxi industry in this state of Mexico is vigorously opposed to Uber’s entry and has been protesting (link in Spanish).

    Unfortunately, the ‘Uber’ driver wasn’t even an Uber driver. He was picking up some friends (the account is in Spanish) from a hotel in the hotel zone in Cancun.

    Taxi drivers are frequently found dead in Cancun. I lived in Playa del Carmen, which is a hour south of Cancun on the Riviera Maya for two years, and the local newspapers were always reporting executions and burnt out taxis in Cancun that were presumably related to the Gulf Cartel driving the Zetas out of the area with the support of a local criminal group. These cartels are known to use taxi drivers in Cancun. The area police even issued a curfew last year with a warning not to drive in vehicles with tinted windows at night.

    The taxi industry in Playa del Carmen can be exploitative, with drivers making up their own fares for unsuspecting tourists or non-Spanish speakers. The strategy most locals use is to give exact fare without asking the price. Uber’s entry would most likely lead to less corruption in the industry. However, when the standard across-town fare in Playa is 35 pesos (NZ$2.50), it is hard to see how Uber could undercut this competitively without destabilizing the industry even more dramatically than elsewhere.

    I would not be surprised if drivers were actually killed over this.

    By comparison, Uber in Mexico City seems comfortably situated, and I frequently use its services along with a rival App based taxi service called EasyTaxi for shorter trips or when I prefer to pay cash.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 44 posts Report Reply

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