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The First Internet Browser Specifically Designed for 7 to 12 Year Olds

Creators of Zac Browser (Zone for Autistic Children), the first software designed for the needs of people living with autism, People CD Inc. now offers the first software browser for preteens: Tweens Browser.

Zac Browser has recently introduced version 1.5 of its software, the first step in computer science designed for people living with autism. It allows users to choose a myriad of activities, videos, games, songs and access to a free-style drawing board, all with a few clicks of the mouse. Zac Browser has allowed extending possibilities to a mass of people living with autism by making it much easier to control emotions, increasing the use of speech and allowing more autonomy.

Tweens Browser is designed for children 7 to 12 years of age. It is full-screen software, 100% secure that will block inappropriate sites and pop-up windows. It offers 10 distinct categories chock-full of various Internet sites specifically selected and accessible with just a few clicks of the mouse.

No mac version yet, but looks very interesting.

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Ontario fires back against woman in ad – The Globe and Mail

The Ontario government has filed a defence against a claim made by a Hamilton woman whos at the centre of the U.S. debate over health care. Shona Holmes is featured in a TV campaign in which she claims she had to mortgage her home and travel to a U.S. clinic for brain surgery in 2005, due to a six-month wait for care in Canada. The ad, which began airing about two weeks ago in all 50 states, warns Americans to reject Canadian-style health care because it failed her. In the ad, Ms. Holmes states that if she relied on her government, shed be dead.

I hope we get more information about this. I merely saw @blurky posting about it on Twitter. Other comments I’ve seen was that she did not have a malignant brain tumor, and she was at no risk. I had a nice ‘perhaps sort of tumor’ for 5 years. We watched and waited, and decided that it really wasn’t a tumor at all. Surgeon (and I saw a few) said that in the US they’d just cut it out to be safe, for the $$ too, but since it was Canada, we only cut when necessary (my words). More likely that I just have a differently shaped brain. Lots of people do. I have been told by doctors that some people freak out over something like this and demand surgery (which just gets in the way for people who NEED surgery). Sounds like this situation could be exactly that. I’m not saying, just suppozin. I do agree that people shouldn’t get whatever surgery they feel like when they feel like it, and get in the way of people who need it. I have been bumped from my MRI at the last minute for people in car accidents and once for a little old lady who had had a fall. The staff apologized and said that someone who needed it more was going ahead of me. Bloody right! That’s as it should be.

I hope the democrats create a rebuttal…

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Bala Museum’s 100th Birthday, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

Wonderful amish grand parents I chatted with while yuka was judging the 3 legged race at the Bala Museum.

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iNetbook rerendered, originally uploaded by Fotoboer.nl.

fake but I’m hopeful

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This article in New Mobility: The magazine for active wheelchair users is interesting…

President Obama used his speech on the 19th anniversary of the ADA to outline his disability policies — about time. And as strong an Obama admirer as I am, I think we’re in trouble.

It reminds me that big picture people keep forgetting to get the whole picture. We know that trickle down economics doesn’t work, but when we talk about change? Trickle-down change doesn’t work either. Bottom up does. It is the dirt under your fingernails (or whatever it is you use to move your dirt) that should inform policy as much as ideas. From the analysis it seems that Obama’s falling back on feel-goods rather than the real goods, but then again his real audience is not the people who need support (PWDs) but the people he wants to feel good about what’s going on… PW/oDs. Le Sigh,

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Disorderly genius: How chaos drives the brain – life – 29 June 2009 – New Scientist

HAVE you ever experienced that eerie feeling of a thought popping into your head as if from nowhere, with no clue as to why you had that particular idea at that particular time? You may think that such fleeting thoughts, however random they seem, must be the product of predictable and rational processes. After all, the brain cannot be random, can it? Surely it processes information using ordered, logical operations, like a powerful computer?

Actually, no. In reality, your brain operates on the edge of chaos. Though much of the time it runs in an orderly and stable way, every now and again it suddenly and unpredictably lurches into a blizzard of noise.

Neuroscientists have long suspected as much. Only recently, however, have they come up with proof that brains work this way. Now they are trying to work out why. Some believe that near-chaotic states may be crucial to memory, and could explain why some people are smarter than others.

In technical terms, systems on the edge of chaos are said to be in a state of “self-organised criticality”. These systems are right on the boundary between stable, orderly behaviour – such as a swinging pendulum – and the unpredictable world of chaos, as exemplified by turbulence.

I’m totally down with this. In fact I think it is just how I want everything to work.

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Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others

This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned.

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The MobileReference edition of the novel, “Nineteen Eighty-four,” by George Orwell that was deleted from Kindle e-book readers by Amazon.com.
But no, apparently the publisher changed its mind about offering an electronic edition, and apparently Amazon, whose business lives and dies by publisher happiness, caved. It electronically deleted all books by this author from people’s Kindles and credited their accounts for the price.

This is ugly for all kinds of reasons. Amazon says that this sort of thing is “rare,” but that it can happen at all is unsettling; we’ve been taught to believe that e-books are, you know, just like books, only better. Already, we’ve learned that they’re not really like books, in that once we’re finished reading them, we can’t resell or even donate them. But now we learn that all sales may not even be final.

As one of my readers noted, it’s like Barnes & Noble sneaking into our homes in the middle of the night, taking some books that we’ve been reading off our nightstands, and leaving us a check on the coffee table.

You want to know the best part? The juicy, plump, dripping irony?

The author who was the victim of this Big Brotherish plot was none other than George Orwell. And the books were “1984” and “Animal Farm.”

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Slashdot Science Story | Swine Flu Kills Obese People Disproportionately

Bloomberg is reporting that the World Health Organization discovered a single, surprising characteristic that’s emerged among swine flu victims who become severely ill: They are all fat. Infected people with a body mass index greater than 40 suffer respiratory complications that are harder to treat and can be fatal. The virus appears to be on a collision course with the obesity epidemic. WHO officials are gathering statistics to confirm and understand this development. ‘It’s very likely that if we went back retrospectively and looked at people who did poorly during seasonal flu, what would shake out is that obesity would be one of the risks.’ Fat cells secrete chemicals that cause chronic, low-level inflammation that can hamper the body’s immune response and narrow the airways, says Tim Armstrong, a doctor working in the WHO’s chronic diseases department in Geneva.

People infected with the bug who have a body mass index greater than 40, deemed morbidly obese, suffer respiratory complications that are harder to treat and can be fatal.

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I deleted my facebook and twitter accounts today. I realize I just don’t have the wherewithal negotiate them successfully without causing problems. And then I put them back, cause that’s my normal pattern… I edited out people I don’t actually get to interact with. I also realized that it will be best to not have students on either while they’re students… after the fact is fine. Summer time is time for editing things back.

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Making Ice Scream!, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

Well, chocolate/raspberry/mint ices. Sister took it last night. Note the beads and panda mug.

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Slashdot News Story | Pirate Party Coming To Canada

“After scoring a surprise electoral win in Sweden and getting high-profile support in Germany, The Pirate Party is coming to Canada. The party’s goals are fairly simple. People should have the right to share and copy music, movies and virtually any material, as long as it is for personal use, not for profit. It opposes government and corporate monitoring of Internet activities, unless as part of a criminal investigation. It also wants to phase out patents.”

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Slashdot Science Story | Hawking Says Humans Have Entered a New Stage of Evolution

Hawking says:

“‘At first, evolution proceeded by natural selection, from random mutations. This Darwinian phase, lasted about three and a half billion years, and produced us, beings who developed language, to exchange information. I think it is legitimate to take a broader view, and include externally transmitted information, as well as DNA, in the evolution of the human race,’ Hawking said. In the last ten thousand years the human species has been in what Hawking calls, ‘an external transmission phase,’ where the internal record of information, handed down to succeeding generations in DNA, has not changed significantly. ‘But the external record, in books, and other long lasting forms of storage,’ Hawking says, ‘has grown enormously. Some people would use the term evolution only for the internally transmitted genetic material, and would object to it being applied to information handed down externally. But I think that is too narrow a view. We are more than just our genes.’”

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The heuristic of autonomous individualism is the greatest cognitive straight-jacket ever self-imposed on a people.

[Yes, I somehow said that without even checking to see if I was up yet. I wonder what it means.]

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I don’t know if I’m going to participate in Blogging Against Disablism Day until I’ve read more, but I’m pretty sure I will.

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