Writing Signs (in Unicode)

Here’s a little article I wrote a while ago about signed languages, and the various efforts that have been used to make them writable. Sutton SignWriting is probably the most interesting. I have learned it a little (a very little). There is an interesting project to get Sutton SignWriting encoded into the Unicode specification, but nothing’s happened yet. The Unicode roadmap has left room for SignWriting, but the specific project Binary SignWriting has not yet been accepted. Trying to represent a complex script like Sutton SignWriting in Unicode is actually quite difficult.

Here’s an example of two Haikus translated into British Sign Language, with annotation. And here’s David Frost explaining why Sutton SignWriting is important.


I should be thinking about this

Here are three stories. They’re about about discrimination and they’re about about gay and trans people.

Maggie Gallagher rebuts Maggie Gallagher, in which arguments purportedly against marriage equality actually appear to work better as arguments for it. (This leads to a comment thread on the subject of adoption, which I feel to tired to take in right now.)

Appeals court finds for Palm Springs cops, not “filthy mother-fuckers and cocksuckers” (the original has a bowderlised title, to keep the website on the good side of web filtering software), in which courts don’t see a problem with police entrapment and homophobia.

Transman files complaint against spa, in which I’m confused. This article is possibly transphobic (I don’t think it is, but I could well be wrong); some of the comments certainly are. But the issue it brings up is interesting, and I really should be diving into the comment thread (which is very long for BTB), reading everything, possibly posting a little myself, and at least thinking about the relevant issues. I’m not. I’m tired.


Chiune Sugihara: A hero at a desk

This man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn’t know what he’d done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.

Chiune Sugihara.