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The metaphor of an on-screen keyboard

Posted by Philip on 19 August 2017, 12:42 pm in , , ,

Although my vlog got a fair bit of engagement (57 views — not exactly viral), I actually miss writing. So I'm using my mouse with an on-screen keyboard to write this. It's a bit slower than typing with my right hand, but a little more accurate I think. So all in all, it probably averages out around the same.

on-screen keyboard

Today marks the beginning of the sixth week without the proper/usual use of my right hand. I've had a diagnosis of radial nerve dysfunction and a prognosis of 6-12 weeks for it to heal (although some bastard on Facebook said he had it for 5 years — thanks for sharing, it made my day).

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Day of anti-silence

Posted by Philip on 11 June 2015, 6:41 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , ,

12 June is the "Day of Silence", "a day of action in which students across New Zealand vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools."

At Epsom Girls Grammar School, however, 12 June will be a day of anti-silence. Students who are part of DIVINQ – a process targeted at senior students that I co-created with Jeannie Grant, which uses philosophical inquiry to explore the ways our identity is limited by assumptions, labels and fear of difference –will be taking a different tack.

We'll be shouting about bullying all over the school at lunchtime.

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RainbowYOUTH turns 25

Posted by Philip on 19 November 2014, 8:25 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , ,

RainbowYOUTH logo with birthday hatUnfortunately I was unable unable to attend tonight's 25th reunion of RainbowYOUTH, "a charitable organisation providing support, information, advocacy and education for queer and trans* young people (aged between 13 and 28), their friends and Whānau, and those who work with queer and trans* youth."

Having had the honour of being their patron for the last few years I asked for a few words to be read on my behalf.  

Kia ora koutou. Happy 25th birthday RainbowYOUTH. My apologies for not being able to be here in person to address you this evening.

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What effect is our fear of missing out having on tolerance, acceptance and generosity?

Posted by Philip on 25 October 2013, 11:30 am in , , , , , , ,

I've been reflecting on a situation a few months back where, accidentally, I got into the wrong lane to go straight ahead at a multi-road intersection. Despite indicating to move into the correct lane, no-one stopped to let me in. I had to turn right and then find a place to turn around and double back.

At a similar time, Campbell Live did a story on people pushing in to turn onto the motorway at Gillies Ave. Police were targeting and ticketing motorists for this "offence".

Add to that the fact that, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, people were caught renting disabled people in order to avoid two hour queues. Mind you, if looks could kill, when I went to Disneyland in 1992 and we were told by staff to jump the line of long-time queuers, I'd have been dead very quickly. It was pretty awkward.

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When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind

Posted by Philip on 23 September 2012, 6:18 pm in , , , ,

Linkin Park's beautiful song The Messenger reminded me today that, when we're fighting for change, we must remember love — it keeps us kind.

 

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My first music video: As Love Draws Near

Posted by Philip on 6 July 2012, 2:02 pm in , , , , ,

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At long last –well actually, it didn't take as long as I expected – here's the music video for As Love Draws Near, the first of a musical collaboration with Arli Liberman. Thanks to the team at Borderless Productions for a great experience and superfast turnaround. Thanks also to the actors and extras who were involved. Enjoy – and if you like it, please spread the word!

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