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New restaurant staffed exclusively with deaf waiters

Here is a neat idea. I have been watching a show called Switched at Birth, which has done a lot to educate me about deaf culture, and to spark an interest in me to learn some sign language. And here is a place I could go to get some practice:

The restaurant is called Signs, and if you go there, you will have to order your food using sign language. If you’d be interested in that kind of experience, you should check it out.

As the spokesperson in the video says, there are lots of very talented and qualified deaf people out there who can do a great job, they just needed to be given a chance, and this gives them that chance.

www.signsrestaurant.ca

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Director : Luis Prieto.
Writer : Knate Gwaltney.
Producer : Halle Berry, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Colin Bates.
Release : August 4, 2017
Country : United Kingdom, United States of America.
Production Company : Ingenious Media, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Gold Star Films, Lotus Entertainment (I), 606 Films, Well Go USA Entertainment, Rumble Entertainment.
Language : English.
Runtime : 94
Genre : Drama, Thriller.

Movie ‘Kidnap’ was released in August 4, 2017 in genre Drama. Luis Prieto was directed this movie and starring by Halle Berry. This movie tell story about Single mother Karla McCoy lives a perfect life with her young son Frankie. One day, upon entering a local park, Karla sees her son suddenly being abducted out of the blue by a kidnapper. To save Frankie from being taken, Karla goes out on a mission to demand people in the city to help rescue her son.

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Director : Tim Burton.
Producer : Tim Burton, Allison Abbate.
Release : October 4, 2012
Country : United States of America.
Production Company : Tim Burton Productions.
Language : English.
Runtime : 87
Genre : Animation, Comedy, Family.

‘Frankenweenie’ is a movie genre Animation, was released in October 4, 2012. Tim Burton was directed this movie and starring by Charlie Tahan. This movie tell story about When a car hits young Victor’s pet dog Sparky, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked “monster” wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor’s neighbors, he has to convince them that Sparky’s still the good, loyal friend he was.

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Taking a closer look at two social concepts

I have found a new blog that has at least two really good articles, and most likely more. The blog is by a guy who goes by the name “The Ferret”. The articles are “How to be a good depressive citizen” and “The Myth Of Nobody Can Make You Feel Bad Without Your Permission”.

In the former, he talks about a post by Author Libby Bray, where she talks about having depression, but does so in a careful way, as he explains, to avoid being labelled a “Bad Depressive Citizen”.

He explains:

Now, the gold standard for a writer suffering from depression is to Not Say Anything. Spend all that sadness with your mouth firmly shut. Then, after months of hard-pent silence, as you are emerging from the depression and find yourself in a place that you can properly control yourself, you write a Very Articulate Post detailing your pain…

…but do it from a distance. Write about it in a sad, somber tone. Do not evince an ounce of self-pity. Hold this odious disease at a distance. End it with a triumphant note that yes, you too can fight back!

Because God help you if you write your depressive post when you’re actually depressed, and uncertain if you’re going to make it. That worries people. You don’t want to write about yourself in a way that gets your audience concerned about you, because then you’ll just have told a bunch of people that maybe you’re not okay. And what will they do then? How will they rest until you’re in a stable place?

That’s rude. Button that s*** up, depressive person.

He goes on to talk about how there is basically a stigma around depression and that it is really only acceptable to talk about in a certain light, which would make it a lot harder for the person with depression to cope and deal with it. It’s very interesting, and enlightening, since I have not suffered from depression but I know a few who have.

I think we definitely need to work towards breaking stigma so that people with depression can come forward and get the help they need without being made to feel worse that they can’t just “be happier”.

The other post is about the idea that you can magically choose to not let anything bother you, if you don’t want it to. In a perfect world, sure. But this isn’t a perfect world.

He writes:

Now, first off, “shrugging off other people’s insults and accusations” is a learned skill. If you’ve ever raised a kid, you know most of them don’t come pre-baked with the “Eh, whatever” switch – if you yell at them, they cry. If other kids make fun of them, they get upset. Actually placing the “Okay, they’re mocking you, but do you respect their opinion?” switch in place is a process that takes years, requires a healthy ego on the kid’s part, and isn’t 100% successful.

So expecting everyone to have that skill is kinda jerky. Admittedly, it’s a vital skill that everyone should actively cultivate – without it, abusers can emotionally manipulate you into the most awful of situations by pressing your “guilt” button whenever you complain about valid stuff.

But not everyone had nice parents. Not everyone’s discovered how to interrupt their emotions with logic. And as such, sneering, “Well, you chose to feel bad” isn’t actually true. They have yet to develop a barrier between the onrush of primal feelings and the rationality to say, “Wait, no, that’s actually something I shouldn’t feel.”

It’s funny (but not actually ‘funny’), because just a few weeks ago, I made the comment on a public forum that getting teased/bullied isn’t 100% terrible because it forces you to grow as a person and there are some pretty prolific examples of people who did just that – they took the worst that people could throw at them, and turned it into motivation to do more with their lives than those people ever will. Here’s one example. But I realized shortly after, how ludicrous it was for me to suggest that. I mean, I was bullied relentlessly growing up. I honestly only had 3 friends in grade school, and one of them turned on me later when he managed to tap into a bit of coolness himself. It took me a long time to build up my character from that. My parents didn’t help a lot. But just because I got lucky enough to grow into being at peace with myself, doesn’t mean everyone does. And we shouldn’t expect them to by default.

One more bit:

But when you say, “Well, nobody can make you feel bad without your permission!”, that sets up a world where you have no responsibility for your speech. Were you digging for weak spots, mocking to make a point? Oh, hey, well, you were trying your damndest to make them feel bad, but if it worked it’s their fault for not having sufficient defenses. It’s not 100% correlation, but when I see “Nobody can make you feel bad!” I usually find a taunting dillweed nearby, taking potshots from the brush and then claiming no responsibility.

I was just thinking the other day, that phrase “life isn’t fair, get over it”, is pretty much only true in certain instances. It shouldn’t be used as an excuse to be an inconsiderate jerk. Life can be more fair. That part is up to each of us.

I’ve realized I post a lot about social stuff on here, life lessons and wisdom, because I am trying to be a better person, and I want to share what I find that I think helps with that. I hope you get some benefit from it as well.

But The Ferret is very right in both cases, so please go read the full posts.

Related:
“When Clever Quotes Don’t Hold Up”
“Don’t be afraid to be wrong, be afraid to not know better”

A small loss, a larger observation

Last night I went out to a social event. I rode my bike because transit is slow and kind of expensive. I locked my bike up just outside of the pub where the event was happening. 3 hours later I came back out to find the headlight from my bike had been stolen.

I got it as a gift a couple years ago, no huge loss, but it was a Monday night and kinda chilly/windy out, I can only wonder what sort of people would be wandering around (in admittedly a pretty affluent area of the city) and decide that stealing essentially a beat up old flashlight, was a good or productive idea.

Nuit Blanche (an overnight arts festival) was over the weekend, and many people complained that the festival has been taken over by “drunk suburban kids” who treat it as yet another excuse to get hammered and go cause trouble and engage in vandalism, essentially ruining it for everyone else. Apparently this year, kids were even damaging displays that had been built by the participants of the festival, and even heckling people engaged in action artistic performance pieces. Continue reading