Braille printers reportedly can cost around $2,000. Seventh-grader Shubham Banerjee built one for about $350. From Legos. And he’s putting the information out on the internet, so people can access it for free.
Edited to add: Banerjee’s father writes a longer explanation here.
He is six years old. And he saw a need. So he started a book drive for homeless children. He collected and distributed 600 books. His next plan? To build a library. Here’s what his mother reports he said:
When you listen to the community, learn from the community, and help the community, you connect to your best self.
WordPress informs me we have been blogging since 2007. I am not really sure how that is possible. Long-time readers may remember that it was sinoangle’s idea, and that I whined “I don’t WANNA blog!” Famous last words.
Garrick Hopkins and his wife Denise bought some property in Cabell County (West Virginia), with the intention of building their dream home. Hopkins was showing his brother Carl around when they were shot dead by a neighbor. Who apparently used a rifle with a scope out of his window from a distance of more than 50 yards. Here are some of the headlines:
“Two brothers shot and killed, mistaken for trespassers”
“Man points rifle out window, fatally shoots 2 men he thought were trespassing on his property”
“WV man shoots new neighbors he thought were on his property”
“Man kills new neighbors after mistaking them for burglars”
“West Virginia Man Kills New Neighbor, Neighbor’s Brother After Mistaking Them for Trespassers”
The sheriff was quoted by multiple sources saying that the Hopkins had every legal right to be on the property. Which misses the point, in my opinion.
As a kid I once wondered how blind people experienced race. So did Osagie K. Obasogie. Apparently they “see” it much as sighted people do:
Indeed, Obasogie argues, it is that continual filing away of information, and not any visually obvious reality, that trains us to see race and attach meaning to it. “We are all socialized to see race. But it’s only by talking to blind people that we really get a true understanding of how strong that socialization practice is,” Obasogie said. “What this study highlights is how the things that we think are obvious are often things that society works very hard to teach us.”