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DEAF DISAPPOINTMENT: Please provide easily available transcripts for videos

This is a re-posting of an article I posted a year ago. Unfortunately, the only changes that have happened in the raw world, vis a vis access for Deaf, is that there are fewer options. As videos grow in popularity among information distributors, fewer options are available on-line for Deaf, who cannot necessarily understand the audio portion of the videos. As a result, Deaf have actually suffered a loss of access, a reduction of availability of information on the Internet, which once seemed to promise a new open window to information previously unavailable.

Too many information providers have gone video, whether totally, or in part, and forgotten that their public does include individuals who do not hear. We have gone from amazing availability of information back to the television age before closed captions. This is, my friends, a move backward. Let’s arrest this move, so that we all can move forward

DEAF DISAPPOINTMENT:Please provide easily available transcripts for videos

The Internet has given us a broad “voice” across the oceans, but, with the advancements in technology, some of us are leaving behind some of the others of us.. It has opened possibilities of communication for untold communities.

Recently, many people are providing videos, which, although they may be entertaining and/or informative, are virtually inaccessible to those who cannot hear them. I’d like to ask that people who post important raw food videos (I’m saying “important” because I imagine that the posters do consider them so) also make transcripts of the videos available.

Recently, I went to a famous equipment vendor’s site to look for information. There I found an informational video which was virtually inaccessible to any newbie… since I am familiar with the type of equipment, I could imagine/figure out what was being said, but I am sure that I missed a lot of information.

Tonight, an email referred me to a David Wolfe interview, but when I clicked, I found only a video. I might find the man attractive enough to look at for a few minutes, but I would much rather know what he was saying.

My computer is deaf , i.e., my computer and I do not hear any sounds. While this is my own choice, there are many other people who are *not* deaf  by choice, who are newly being shut out from information because of the new ways we have found to deliver information .

The Internet was, until recently, a wonderfully world-wide available information source, however, with recent technological advancements, a number of us have been left out. While Deaf can avail themselves of “printed” information on the Internet, the proliferation of informational videos on the Internet is shutting out people who do not have speakers connected to their computers.

Unfortunately, the Internet, which, originally looked like a very open informational source, is becoming exclusionist. People who do not hear are once again being shut out. This is, I am sure, an oversight by the hearing, but it is a mean and unfair one, which leaves out many people who might benefit from the information in the videos posted.

Of course, it is easy for the Hearing to forget that there are people who do not hear, and, until the advent of the Intenet, Hearing and Deaf were pretty well separated culture-wise. Now, with the Internet, Deaf have a new way to interact with the world at large, and become members of the world community in a way never before available. (Although I am able to operate well in the hearing community, I do hope that the Internet has provided a happy opening into the world at large for all Deaf) Unfortunately, the recent developments which allow videos bring exclusion once again to people who do not hear.

I would like to ask here that people who post informational videos provide easily accessible transcripts, in order to make the information in the videos available to everyone.

I’d like to suggest that people who post instruction or informational videos simultaneously make available transcripts of those videos so that those of us who do not hear sounds from our computers may also avail ourselves of the information made available in the videos. Failing to do so amounts to discrimination against people who cannot hear the soundtracks of videos.

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KELP NOODLES: dealing with a Korean company trying to operate in the US

I have received my kelp noodles from http://www.kelpnoodles.com .
Right now, that is all I can say. I am biting my tongue until I can find some civilized way to report my experience with this company. Meanwhile, i would say, if you have nerves of steel, deal with them at your own risk.

NEW VEGAN BOOTS – It’s cold and wet here in NYC

I am so happy! I have just bought a really cool (according to me) pair of vegan (or read cheap plastic) boots that fit and will be good for stomping through puddles, and are still fashion-forward. Okay, they are probably not the greenest item on earth, being as they are probably 100% new petroleum product, but they *are* vegan.

Huh? Nice boots that look enough like leather to pass the fashion muster at work, satisfy your fashion sense (if you have one), keep you looking like a grown-up person in the office (and not a mountain climber or hippie or movie-star teenie-bopper wannabe) Dressy boots that look good and are not leather? Yup!

Not at Payless! No, I found these in a little “cheap (money and look-wise) clothing and shoe shop. Most of the shoes and boots they had in the window looked like good wardrobe items for ladies of the night, but the SALE sign intrigued me, so I stepped in anyway, and THERE THEY WERE. I didn’t even think they were vegan at first, but I liked them and I wanted to try them on, even if I wasn’t going to buy them. When the guy brought them to me, I turned them upside down to see the sole and there was the tell-tale sticker == ALL MAN MADE!

CUT TO THE CHASE – I tried them on, they fit, I bought them, and now I’m going to look really cool and people are going to be all-out envious of me as I sashay down the street. I’ve been needing a pair of tailored boots to wear with my long dresses and long skirts, and NOW I HAVE THEM. (Oh, yeah! I, who should not be spending money, got them for $30! More reasons to be vegan.)

Yes, you can look at the on-line vendors of vegan shoes and boots and you can check out PayLess, but I do recommend checking out the smaller cheap clothing stores that offer shoes, as well.

I now have a page which lists on-line vendors of vegan-friendly shoes.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: Start the New Year with Master Cleanse

Right now, at this moment, today, I am planning to start a Master Cleanse in the New Year.  I qualify it so because I may start before. My start day could be this Saturday, i.e., two days from now.  My start time depends on my my room-mate’s departure. She is leaving tomorrow for Japan. I could start on Saturday, but I like Mondays or Sundays for starts.  At the latest, I will start on January 1, which, although it is not a Monday, is a very special start date.

I am doing a Master Cleanse now for a number of reasons.

I started one a while back but I had to stop because my roommate had stopped eating.

I need to do a Master Cleanse.

I need to lose 15 lbs.

I want to clean up my act.

I MISS JUDY COZZA

A while back, Judy Cozza closed down her blog and went off to take care of family (bless her, she has 8 children– all grown) and do what she does.

Judy was my first raw friend. She was also my first on-line raw friend.  I learned a lot about a lot from Judy.  It was she who suggested I look for a Champion juicer on ebay, and, so, she was responsible for my having a wonderful banana-colored 1975-vintage Champion juicer, when I had never dreamed of being able to afford a Champion (take Judy’s advice to me, won’t you– you need a Champion, and they show up all the time on ebay for cheap)

When she decided to stop her blog, Judy kindly told me that I could use any of her recipes freely.  Hence, the Judy’s Just Like Pumpkin Pie recipe.

Gosh! I miss Judy so much.  I hope that she and her family are all doing well.

I’VE MADE ‘JUDY’S JUST LIKE PUMPKIN PIE’ for the potluck– and more

I’ve decided.
I made the Just Like Pumpkin Pie, complete with the crust.
Now, I did not have a pie plate, so I stuffed it into one of those plastic containers you get take-away food in, but I will cut it in six pieces and hope the people can get them out.

There was a lot left over, so I finally used those little individual star shaped tart pans I bought once long ago. Then I put the rest in a small storage container – all with the crust. We will be eating sweet potato pie all weekend.

I am also considering taking a plateful of the corn crackers and a small container of the “cheddar cheez”, because they are so good and I want everyone to love them, and it will also be a good way to entice people to buy the crackers and cheez I have up for auction.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! – late night tv commercialism of raw food trainings and services

Am I the only person who is sick and tired of receiving email “come-on’s” from people who supposedly share my focus, only to have to start reading a lot of ‘DO YOU’s” and “WOULD YOU’s”, and “VALUED AT’s”, and “INCLUDED FREE’s” before you can get to the bottom and find out that you cannot afford, or are not willing to pay, the price that it took you 5 minutes to find out?

I am going to sign up for a course in the New Year, and I will tell you that one of the big sellers of this course was that they said the name of the course, and the price, AND THEN they told me what I would get.

I am so sick of this “BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE” late-night television approach. I find it demeaning, as if people think I will not buy if the price is not mentioned up front. In my case, I just flat-out WON’T BUY if the approach is like that – it sounds to me too much like a used car salesman.

I have begun to delete, outright, the emails from Frederic Patenaude, the raw food king of “BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE”, and, recently Jim Carey, of CHI has gone this way as well, even though I would have liked to buy his new program – I think he will understand, since he knows me, that I RESENT BEING TREATED LIKE A MORON. (Let it be said that I did sign up for and study the CHI course, before it underwent its recent transformation, this year. The reason I got so far as to plunk down the, for me, formidable wad of cash was that it was a “line item” – this is the course, this is how much it costs — not a twenty minute read worth of  “infomercial”. I swear to you, I would have missed that wonderful opportunity had it been publicized in the way its successor is being publicized. I never would have considered it, as it would have been far too suspect, in my book, to risk the investment.)   Now, my latest disappointment is a group that I was actually thinking of signing on to – the Raw Divas... I have just received a Frederic Patenaude-type “BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE” ad from them…. guess who will not be putting the money there anytime soon…..

Why has the raw food “guru”/education community suddenly decided that they all need to sound like a late-night TV commercial? Why do these people think that the majority of the people in the raw food community are morons who need to be enticed by 10 minutes reading of blah-blah-blah before they will buy.

God blessed me with a brain that works, and I am not going to buy from someone who seems to think I am an idiot, or that my time is worth so little that they will waste it in a mindless come-on.

Please, those of you who want to teach people, and who have not yet succumbed to this Patenaude-ian approach, DO NOT DO THIS.

If you have a product you wish to sell, or a training you wish to provide, please just name the item and give it a price. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, people will see the APPROPRIATE TITLE and the price, and they will look for more information to see if they want to sink that much cash into the training.  In my own case, right now, there are two courses of study I plan to undertake — the one I mentioned earlier, and one other — both of these trainings list The Course……. $XXX, and then list what is included/syllabus,  much as a legitimate college or professional school  would do.

I am intensely disappointed by these people who want to make raw food coaching and raw food training look like a fly-by-night get-rich quick scheme.
It cheapens the idea of raw foodism.
SHAME ON THEM.

APPLE BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

Here’s what I’ll be making tomorrow night when I get home from work:

APPLE-BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

10 apples, cored
1 lg. butternut squash, peeled
2 oranges, peeled
1 lemon, peeled
1 med. red onion, peeled
3 C almond milk
1-1/2 C pumpkin seeds
1 bunch parsley
1/4 C tarragon, dried

• In a food processor, combine all ingredients and process thoroughly.

9/11/08 CSA SHARE – What they say we will get

This is what they say we will get

RED TOMATOES…………6 pieces
CHERRY TOMATOES……1 pint
SCALLIONS………………1 bunch
LONG RED PEPPER……..1 piece
ORANGE BELL PEPPER…1 piece
BROCCOLI………………2-3 pieces
GREEN BEANS………….1/2 lb.
EGGPLANT……………..1 piece
CHIOGGIA BEETS……..1 bunch
CANTALOPE MELON…1 piece

7/14/08 CSA SHARE: What they say we will get

Here is what they say we will get on Thursday.

CIPPOLINI ONIONS…1 bunch
CARROTS……………..1 bunch
BEETS………………….1 bunch
CABBAGE……………..1 head
BASIL………………….1 bunch
FRESH GARLIC………2 heads
ZUCCHINI……………2
CUCUMBERS…………2

Hooray!!! Look!!!!  NO LETTUCE!!!!!!  I don’t care how many times I get beets, zucchini, cabbage, or cucumbers, but I don’t live close enough to my friend Steven, who writes Raw Dish! , who can easily eat a head of lettuce (straight!!!) at one sitting, to be able to share this lettuce bounty with him.  (I am following  his recipes for green smoothies)