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Monthly Archives: February 2020

Bill of Rights of Humans Using Technology Companies

February 27, 2020, 12:13 pm

This is a suggested Bill of Rights for anyone seeking or using services from a company like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Samsung, Twitter, Verizon, Xfinity, or similar. Much of this can also be applied to use of government resources. The need for this Bill of Rights comes from systematic violations of privacy. Tech companies often: say that they are improving their privacy, ask you to sign on to new privacy settings, ask you to opt out if you […]

Mouse Morality

February 26, 2020, 12:57 pm

Yesterday, the world’s biggest movie studio, the Walt Disney Company, announced a leadership change. Bob Chapek takes over from Bob Iger. But the truth is that nobody really knows the larger effects that their company has on everyone – not Iger, not Chapek, not Walt Disney, not Abigail Disney, not John Lasseter, and certainly not my son Dar. I mused about this as I walked around the Orlando theme parks over President’s Day weekend. We might say that “Disneyfication” has […]

Triennial trailer

February 19, 2020, 5:16 pm

This entry is really a trailer, or preview, of a much longer entry to come soon. For a while now, Dar’s team has been preparing for Dar’s “triennial” evaluation IEP, something that the district does every three years to confirm Dar’s eligibility and to reassess and re-evaluate current procedures and goals. Some of this has involved unusual work for me in completing evaluations and such. The district contacts me when it needs my help, but in this case was less […]

Why is Dar Like the Western Front?

February 7, 2020, 7:08 am

They say a picture tells a thousand words. For me this picture tells at least 1,917 of them. But I’ll just share a few of those with you. Regular readers of this blog can understand why I might compare Dar’s condition to World War I’s Western Front. Years of struggles seem to provide no tangible benefits. We dig our trenches deeper, we try new strategies, and we end up frustrated. By the way, this is my Christmas week. This is […]