If we won’t update MSKLC, at least we could put up a keyboard for them to install….

It was way back in April of 2011 that I first blogged about chained dead keys and how you could alter a .KLC file to make them work in Chain chain chain, chain of dead keys.

And then later that same year in November of 2011 that I described how I created an awesome layout the hard way in Behind the Phonetic Cherokee layout in Windows 8, using information such as graphics like this:

They were amazed about the potential but not as enthusiastic about being able to convince everyone to be able to upgrade to Windows 8 to be able to even try it out. They frankly asked if they could get a downloadable package that included it, or at least a.KLC file that they could load to build the package themselves.

I said that I would try.

Then with the non-adoption by so many to Windows 8 and then later to Windows 8.1, the question became more urgent.

But that approval never came.

Now that April 2011 blog post makes it clear how hard it would be to ask others to download the source file and then build such a package, but there was no swaying the PTB (Powers That Be) at Microsoft to do it for them.

It was like Vista all over again, what with cool international support on a less compelling platform.

Even if it was me doing the actual work (from my point of view, it was less work than the full update I was pining for, after all!).

Even now, they have not given the approval. An approval that I would be willing to do my best to work on even while out on disability.

It’s really supposed to be about delighting the customer, after all. So on behalf of myself, I’d like to apologize to Roy, Joseph, Jeff, Tracy, everyone in EBCI, and everyone in Cherokee Nation….

In the movie Caddyshack, is it Cooter or Kuder?

You might remember the movie Caddyshack from the time of my youth and the youth of many others from that decade known as the 80’s.

It simultaneously taught everyone how I was making money as a youngster and was a rich source of stories later on in life. I was proud to be a part of the cult following that it inspired.

There was one particular scene early on in the movie seen in the screenshot below:

The scene, a conversation on the golf course between caddy Danny Noonan (Michael O’Keefe) and rich eccentric Ty Webb.(Chevy Chase) goes roughly as follows:

Danny: Did you have to take that Kuder Preference Test when you were a senior?

Ty: Oh yeah, I took it. They said I should be a fire watcher. What are you supposed to be?

Danny: An underachiever.

Now the test in question (which in my high school was administered to the junior class, was actually the Kuder Preference Test, not Cooter (which is more likely from informal Google searches really either talking about the movie itself or a particular species of turtle).

I remember calling and asking the Kuger folks who administer many different types of tests about it years later, with the answer given as:

• yes, it is a satirical allusion to a test of ours, but

• the test itself would never give either of those responses io anyone taking it, so

• in the end, it was better to leave it alone and not try to force any kind of change.

In its own way, captions might even improve the situation because it makes the fact that it is satire more obvious. But either way, it’s funny. And every script or transcript or captions file or movie copy on cable spelled it the same way.

,Or maybe someone really likes turtles? 😉

Exactly 986 falls since 9/11, 984 of them without significant consequence….

Nothing really technical here today….

I’m not sure why I started counting the number of times I was falling, exactly.

It isn’t like I hadn’t been falling for years before that. Calling it a symptom of Asperger syndrome kinda misses the point, since my falls before September 11, 2001 were not any more or less memorable than the falls after. And it’s not like there was a particular personal triggering event since at the time I was down in Los Angeles being dumped and not quite ready to travel up to San Jose for an Internationalization and Unicode conference, a conference that I missed due to being stranded in the wrong end of California with nothing to do but not be able to call anyone and watching the news from a hotel room.

But for whatever reason, some kind of internal counter of falls started on that day, and every once in awhile I would give the count of falls to that time. How many were related to spasticity due to multiple sclerosis or seizures secondary to multiple sclerosis, I suppose nobody can really say at this point, if indeed anyone ever could have. There is only two times that I know of that I was in danger of injuring myself by crossing the street post ictally, and just once that I know of where I suffered from post ictal confusion in front of anyone (by coincidence, it was my manager; I think he wrote it off as me being a bit odd. As I might’ve myself, though had I been a manager in such a situation I’d have been more conscientious about follow up, FWIW….

Eventually, I broke my hip, and then would forever remember that there had been 983 falls since 9/11. Fall number 984 caused a popping sound that felt kinda painful and was (apparently) a dislocation of the ball and socket joint of the left hip. Fall number 985 happened right after I tried to get up off the floor. And fall number 986 happened a few months later, when my iBOT 4000 was being repaired and I fell to the ground because my placement was not so good and the technician doing the repair couldn’t pick me up comfortably and the fire department non-emergency response service was free and sympathetic to the situation once they were sure I wasn’t injured by the fall.

So in the end I can claim truthfully that after 9/11 I fell 984 times without any real consequence, and the other two falls were related to my hip being broken. If I had been more clever, I would have realized that a quip about the thousand to one odds of there being a problem finally caught up to me, but at least I learned something out of it since there have been no falls,subsequently.

If only the lesson had been learned some time before or at the time of fall number 983…. :(

The Japanese people didn’t get the idea from Star Trek

rt Over the past few years, I have had the question asked four different times, in surprisingly similar ways, where people would look at Ro Laren of Bajor (played by Michelle Forbes) or Kira Nerys of Bajor (played by Nana Visitor) and ask whether that “more traditional” reversing of names that I mentioned in my 2008 blog post What’s in a Name for Japanese and wondering whether that’s where they got the idea from.

Whether the Japanese people were inspired by characters in Star Trek.

Well, I don’t ordinarily feel comfortable speaking for the Japanese on matters relating to anything but calendars, but I feel like I have millennia on my side when I say that Japan was doing it first!

Just to take the Japanese given name Miho, which I see 25 of in the Microsoft global address book, I may not know whether any or all of them would prefer the name pattern of <surname><given name> when writing their name in Japanese even if they use the pattern of <given name><surname> when writing their name in English, I do have some known celebrities that I can look up in Wikipedia.

Like

Miho Saeki (佐伯美穂 Saeki Miho) the now retired tennis player

or

Miho Hatori (羽鳥 美保 Hatori Miho) is a professional singer

These are just two examples of internationally known people from Japan who clearly have chosen to live across the American/Japanese line with name order issues covered.
Miho (みほ, ミホ) is a feminine Japanese given name.

Miho can be written using different kanji characters and can mean:
•実穂, “truth, ear of grain”
•美穂, “beauty, ear of grain”
•美保, “beauty, care”
•未歩, “future (part of the word 未来), step”
•美帆, “beauty, sail”
•美歩, “beauty, walk”

The name can also be written in hiragana or katakana although the examples I found were not.

Is the “name reversal” depending on culture based on assimilation of culture or convenience or tradition or whatever and trying to analyze it kinda pointless to anyone who is not a cultural anthropologist who individuals from Japan might disagree with anyway?

It is most obviously an important localizability issue and a crucial World-Readiness issue to support whatever the hell the individual wants here, in particular given the long established precedent of what so many people in Japan have been doing for so long.

Fans of the Star Trek universe may have the fictional future of the United Federation of Planets owned by Paramount on their side.

But the Japanese people were doing it first. If anything, someone writing for Gene Roddenberry’s universe got the idea from someone in Japan.

But if happen to see Michelle Forbes

or Nana Visitor

in costume at a ComicCon you can and should feel free to ask them what their opinion is.

You can tell them I sent you….

It’s Accessible, The Natural ly, except on the Sundance channel?

The Natural is one of the all time great baseball movies, and it’s especially fun to watch this Robert Redford movie on the Sundance channel. And the captions distracted me again…

In a key scene between Roy Hobbs and the judge at the end of their first meeting, Robert Redford turns the light on when leaving the room.

The angry judge shields his eyes and yells “You come back here and turn off that infernal light!”.

Now I have checked as many different versions as I was able to, from BlueRay to DVD to VHS, and they all look the same for this one particular scene, though there were other differences in other spots. There are also transcripts of the movie that easily find the scene by searching for word “infernal”, and it’s found every time.

And then, ironically on several levels since it was on the Sundance channel and it one of Robert Redford’s iconic roles and it was Robert Redford himself whose character elicited the statement, the scene caption that was there was not “infernal” but “inferno”.

Oops?!? 😉

Well, I hardly think that it was done with any kind of intent to deceive, but obviously some kind of process took place here. I doubt the director Barry Levinson would be pleased to have the script not be followed.

It may be pedantic and obsessive compulsive and overly detail oriented for me to have noticed it and even more so for me to be blogging about it the very next day, but I suppose that is just all a side effect of my asperger syndrome/autism spectrum disorder, if you know what I mean!

Accessibility unplugged?

I thought that I would take it back to topic now, if it’s okay with all of you.

Well, more on topic than you might think, at least.

Are you deaf? If you are you may not need this as much. You’ve already learned more than I can provide.

Have you ever tried to emulate it before? To walk a mile in their shoes, as it were.
It may be worth your while to try….

Now I don’t want to minimize the complexities of their things with which they have to deal. But hinting at it can’t hurt.

Step 1) Turn captions on for your television.

Step 2) Hit the mute button or turn the volume all the way down.

Step 3) Watch some movies that have some songs in them, and some TV shows with catchy theme songs like Charmed or Smallville or ones with random music during the show like House or Ally McBeal or anything where you can see how well they interlace the captioning with the music and also with the whole show but mainly concentrating on the music.

Do you remember back when MTV had music videos? When the five original VJs (video jockeys) were there?

Martha Quinn? Mark Goodman? Nina Blackwood? Alan Hunter? JJ Jackson?

They, through The Buggles, taught us all how Video Killed the Radio Star, until MTV & VH1 kinda killed off way too much of the video  itself.

Music videos would be the best way to see how well they interlace things, but you might have to watch a weekly top 40 countdown to see them at this point.

You can also watch some shows like The Daily Show or The Nightly Show or talk shows or the news and see how much variation there is between the “quality” of the integration of the captions and how much you have to either have multiple independent thought tracks or the ability to ignore some aspects of the show in order to pay enough attention to other parts.

In some consulting gigs, I have been able to convince the people planning and/or directing and/or producing music videos to consider how truly awful their art will look if they don’t consider these issues. And multiply me by the many people who fly to Los Angeles these days to take jobs like this.

The English teacher who taught me how to love Shakespeare, and more….

In the past, I’ve spoken highly of James Todd King, the story who gave me an A- for my American literature paper about the allusion and symbolism of The Waste Land by TS Eliot. He also forgave me many years later for retyping the same paper and turning it in at another school for British literature due to interesting quirk that both countries take credit for Eliot.

In the end, two different teachers knowingly approved of a conspiracy to get credit for the same huge paper twice by taking advantage of this odd side effect of intellectual snobbery at the National level of two countries.

This blog post today is (ironically, given how long I’ve been blathering on now!) not about that paper, or either teacher. It is about an entirely different teacher, one who taught me about loving Shakespeare. And how to recast a story to make it’s meaning more appropriate (to wit, by taking Taming of the Shrew and its morally ambiguous message in modern times and recasting it in the more modern story of Kiss Me Kate which has a more empowering message for women than The Bard could have ever shown himself during his lifetime.

It’s about Mr. Fields. Mr. Mitchell Fields. English teacher and drama teacher, and now a drama consultant. Which I’m guessing might pay better than teaching… 😉

He also taught me that being dramatic and “effeminate” is not the same as being gay (since he probably wasn’t given his longtime marriage and now adult children, and since it wouldn’t have mattered if he were, since either identification is entirely reasonable and valid. And how Macbeth (along similar lines!) probably wasn’t gay either, although it is way more fun of a story to play him that way for dramatic reasons.

I have no idea if Mitchell Fields even remembers me or that he taught me any of this with his dramatic and eccentric stylings. But he taught me over two decades before the SCOTUS is taking up the issue that how a person identifies themselves on the inside is what’s relevant, not how people see them on the outside. I remember a classmate who was himself somewhat latently homophobic asking me in hushed tones after talking to the class about Macbeth going insane whether Mr. Fields was gay.

“I don’t think so,” I opted. “He just enjoys being dramatic because the characters play better that way. But I’m pretty sure his wife doesn’t think so…” which gave him something to think about, something for both of us to think about.

Years later, as blogs and Reddit would argue about whether Macbeth was gay I’d feel like I had an advantage over people for having worked it out earlier. And a life of serial monogamy and a lesbian roommate after high school and a transgender friend years later have taught me that the opposite of being open minded is being close minded, and I am better than that. We are *all* better than that.

Thanks Mr. Fields!

Maybe I’m wrong, but it might be because Google feels sorry for Bing….

To put this in context, remember when they proved that Google searches were overwhelmingly more popular than Bing searches in the pacific northwest and Seattle and Redmond….

It was kinda embarrassing….

Just recently, friend and colleague Steve Andrews asked a simple question on Facebook:

when did Bing stop recognizing quoted phrases?

He followed up with an example, pointing out that if he’s searching for, say, “Joe Almond”, he’s clearly not looking for Joe’s Almonds.

Which is true.

Now I kinda jokingly suggested that he should ask the question to both Bing and Google and decide who he thinks is more credible .

I had specific reasons for responding the way that I did:

• because no one ever really uses Bing, and

• because I knew the answer already, because

• I had done the search in both search engines long ago, and

• I already knew that it would give me the answer in Bing but not Google, and

• I also knew that nobody would search for it with Bing even though I specifically and knowingly and intentionally listed the two search engines with Bing first

• because NO ONE EVER REALLY USES BING!

Now if you do both searches just like I suggested, ignoring any potential bias that this blog post in particular might cause, then:

• in Google you will see references to Chandler Bing from Friends and Bing Crosby and so on including quotes from both, and

• in Bing you’ll see the same, but before either you will see the link to the following article:

Quotation marks do not work in Bing? on webapps.stackexchange.com that contains a thread first started three years ago, including screen shots, with the phrase “moscow is a beautiful city”.

Now my short answer, to anyone who didn’t know me, might imply that I was thinking that Bing was actually better than Google, but who on earth would think THAT?

I assume that some kind of high level meeting took place over at Google HQ, pointing out that there was no upside to finding that answer sooner than Bing. It’s undignified, it’s petty, it’s making fun of the loser in a fight, and to quote CJ Cregg from The West Wing, it’s the punch that Ali never gave Forman.

“And it’s not like anyone is using Bing anyway….”

The StackExchange page, all kidding aside, is a 2.5 year unmoderated ramble of multiple semi-unrelated problems with Bing.

It would have been better on The Big Bang Theory, but…

The Tweet from just recently was:

StardateConverter : Convert dates from the Gregorian calendar 📅 to Stardates✨ and vice versa http://t.co/lRgYcGsrup pic.twitter.com/kCwaugo6dO

— Lily Kane (@nostalgiclily) June 24, 2015

Now I don’t want to knock Lily Kane aka @nostalgiclily aka @nostalgicLILY for those without the kind of Asperger syndrome to notice cool easter egg type puns like that as first glance, but it would have been a helluva plot of a Big Bang Theory episode to have Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, and Howard being involved with this somehow.

But as a second best, Lily Kane is a first best, if you know what I mean…..

On how The Finder got himself lost, DNR tattoos, and more

Aever so slightly kinda offtopic….

It started with a series of books. Well, with two books known as The Locator written by Richard Greener. As books go, they were okay, but I didn’t feel very inspired. Either as books or as Audible titles.

Bones Exec VP Hart Hanson put in a backdoor pilot in the 6th season episode of Bones named The Finder. It became a new series that only lasted 13 episodes after which amazing actor Michael Clarke Duncan passed away.

Geoff Stults (Walter Sherman) was great but Fox re-orged Saffron Burrows (Ike Latulippe) out and killed Mini Anden off in the pilot. Putting in Mercedes Masohn and Maddie Hasson wasn’t enough to make the series interesting enough to survive the termination due to ratings expectation disappointment.

Yet much of the original series mythology was built into that backdoor pilot, from the legal advisor and bartender/pilot and “Finder” and the idea of a steady stream of clients who (like everybody) have lost things that need to be found. From Ike’s hilarious misuse of the English language to the game with arguing about two different terms on a blackboard to detailed explanation from Walter about how “The Finder Power” worked from his point of view.

The viewer hardly minds that the usual Bones team is showed up by the small Finder crew and the lady with “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed across her chest who is murdered during the attempt to find a chart fragment. And it even implied time zone issues. Oh, and Akashwani….

Akswani…

I was sorry to see it go, but I thought it never really lived up to the promise of its backdoor pilot on Bones. The lady played by Mini Anden with the Do Not Resuscitate ink across her chest led to several different interesting conversations with medical professionals who may or may not had such a tattoo but certainly understood the underlying feeling that could lead to an inking like that.

More allied health professionals than one might want do not necessarily feel comfortable with being caught up inside the very system they are so devoted to supporting from the outside.

Speaking as someone who is quite caught up in the web of that system, it would almost tend to make me feel nervous if not for my underlying cynicism keeping me from taking it too serious anyway.

While I won’t have Brittney’s tattoo inked on me, that doesn’t mean that I think that the medical/pharmaceutical conglomerate really has enough of the answers. At this point I’m just glad that I haven’t been murdered for not recognizing the proper longitudinal coordinates from the point of view of a closet Jesuit when the Jesuits had been out of favor with the Pope at the time of the sinking of a particular pirate ship and its treasure.

A blog about all the things that the old Blog was about!