the fruits of an on-again off-again love affair with the internet

This is SO ME :)

thenovelblogger:

My favourite thing is when you pass on a book you love to someone you love and they text you at 3 in the morning to say that they couldn’t sleep until they had finished it and that they loved it and that they’ve passed it onto their mum and that they hope that that’s okay.

This piece of awesome-made possible by the wonder of the internet and the amazing readers of Nairobi-turned 4 yesterday!
Here’s to many more! :) :)

This piece of awesome-made possible by the wonder of the internet and the amazing readers of Nairobi-turned 4 yesterday!

Here’s to many more! :) :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
THIS. @omgilbert @ann_em1 @safaricomltd #OpenYourEyesKenya
humansofnewyork:

"If a child isn’t proficient in reading by 3rd grade, their HS dropout rate is 4x higher. So I’m trying to develop a system to help blind children develop literacy as soon as possible. If you think about it, books for young children are picture-driven, with very few words per page. So it’s tough for blind kids to really participate. So we recommend pre-reading activities to build the scene before the story begins. If you’re reading Goldilocks for example, take the child to the kitchen first, allow them to feel where the scene is going to be set. If the story is about a lamb, get a fluffy towel, so they can feel what a lamb looks like. It’s all about making the reading process as experiential as possible, so blind children can place themselves in the story without the aid of pictures."

THIS. @omgilbert @ann_em1 @safaricomltd #OpenYourEyesKenya

humansofnewyork:

"If a child isn’t proficient in reading by 3rd grade, their HS dropout rate is 4x higher. So I’m trying to develop a system to help blind children develop literacy as soon as possible. If you think about it, books for young children are picture-driven, with very few words per page. So it’s tough for blind kids to really participate. So we recommend pre-reading activities to build the scene before the story begins. If you’re reading Goldilocks for example, take the child to the kitchen first, allow them to feel where the scene is going to be set. If the story is about a lamb, get a fluffy towel, so they can feel what a lamb looks like. It’s all about making the reading process as experiential as possible, so blind children can place themselves in the story without the aid of pictures."

Sometimes this spotter is so exhausted…

…she can barely post. Thanks for all the love nonetheless. I’ll try post all the ones I have missed before the week ends.xx

(It’s been so long. So so long) @FilmKenya & I were walking in the CBD on May 1st when he spotted a book in the hand of a guy who was in a crowd. I waled over to them, said hi, smiled.
Then the most interesting thing happened. They smiled and all of them had a gap in their top teeth. ALL OF THEM. Just like yours truly; it felt like meeting long lost relatives :)
I was shown the book; the owner & I spoke about Chomsky and I walked away from that fantastic sight.
(If you are one of the young Southern Sudanese men I met close to Kimathi House that day…hugs and kisses :) )

(It’s been so long. So so long) @FilmKenya & I were walking in the CBD on May 1st when he spotted a book in the hand of a guy who was in a crowd. I waled over to them, said hi, smiled.

Then the most interesting thing happened. They smiled and all of them had a gap in their top teeth. ALL OF THEM. Just like yours truly; it felt like meeting long lost relatives :)

I was shown the book; the owner & I spoke about Chomsky and I walked away from that fantastic sight.

(If you are one of the young Southern Sudanese men I met close to Kimathi House that day…hugs and kisses :) )

"If you were a computer-loving male child who took a lot of shit from your peers, I suspect you heard something similar from the adults in your life. Maybe it was “Sure, things are bad now, but when you’re a little bit older, women will LOVE guys like you!” Or maybe it was “That kid who makes fun of you now will be working at a gas station when you run a big fancy computer company and marry a supermodel!” If you were once young, nerdy and male, it is not unlikely that your future sense of self-worth was funded with a non-consensual IOU from the world’s women. It’s taken me a long time, but at this point I genuinely believe that much of this “GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH” rhetoric is little more than patriarchy’s bespectacled wingman. It excuses the pain that systems of power exert on children by promising little boys future dominion over little girls. It is deeply and massively fucked."

What (Else) Can Men Do? Grow The Fuck Up. — Medium (via imamandanelson)

oh my god this…

It’s taken me a long time, but at this point I genuinely believe that much of this “GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH” rhetoric is little more than patriarchy’s bespectacled wingman.

(via beingruth)

Are computer-loving female children fed these same lines? Are they told “SOME DAY YOU WILL HAVE ALL THE MONEY AND POWERS AND MEN WILL FLOCK TO YOU LIKE AUTONOMY-DEPRIVED MAN-ZOMBIES?” If you insist that the presence of enough computers magically transforms the world into a meritocracy, you might want to think about that one for a second.

(via cleolinda)

Monday, April 28, 2014
radiatedperson:


sonder



n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

radiatedperson:

sonder

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

Friday, April 25, 2014
@FilmKenya IMed me yesterday to say that @pawa254’s dance instructor was reading this :)

@FilmKenya IMed me yesterday to say that @pawa254’s dance instructor was reading this :)

The man in the previous post was walking with a friend. I noticed he also had a book in his hand and peered at it long enough to see it was this.

The man in the previous post was walking with a friend. I noticed he also had a book in his hand and peered at it long enough to see it was this.

 
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