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DeafDigest Blue – October 30, 2011

There are modems, encoders, projectors, and other pieces of equipment that can malfunction.  Captioners and the people working with them must be able to troubleshoot the problem quickly in order to make sure that everything that is being said is being recorded correctly.

If you see captioning errors, they may not be human error, but there are times when a computer or another electronic component malfunctions.  As in other areas of modern society, one little computer glitch can cause big problems.

When gibberish appears on a computer monitor or a television screen, the court reporter, CART provider, or realtime captioner may be stroking all the right keys on the steno machine, but there may be a problem with a piece of equipment.

THE HAMMER: A PET PEEVE The Hammer, a movie, depicting the life of Matt Hamill, the deaf Ultimate Fighter, is being shown. Already a Pet Peeve, according to an individual that works with movie captions. He said:

Someone claiming to be the “first” in something when it’s a false and non-researched claim.  Already twice in the last 3 years 2 people have claimed to have the “first open captioned film”

He said one more:

Oh, brother. There should be a law against it.

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TO BE DEAF AND TO BE ISOLATED

There are newspaper stories saying that technology will render obsolete our sign language  – and that the future deaf will prefer to mingle with hearing than with their peers – and that deafness will be completely eradicated thanks to the CI and genetical engineering.

True or false?

DeafDigest wishes to point out this following example:

A nervous and skittish deaf person, a star athlete on a college athletic scholarship, would run away when approached by a deaf reporter from a deaf newspaper that asked for an interview in ASL.

next week – another example

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

The FCC announced a set of revised rules to the Telecommunications Relay Services Fund which would implement the provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. DeafDigest is stopping at that because the length of the announcement requires bed time reading by a knowledgeable communications attorney.

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The Deaf and the Law:

Could a doctor deny a deaf patient an interpreter and get away with it?

Yes, if the doctor can prove that he just cannot afford an interpreter, and that this expense would cause him to go broke.

This is a very difficult way to prove to the judge, because most doctors earn good income. To do this, the doctor must show the judge his financial books. And most doctors won’t.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Deaf actor Terry “Herk” Herkimer performed in “The Pilgrim Project,” an award-winning play that took place in San Francisco. Terry played the role of Massasoit. You will not find the name Terry Herkimer in the program book because his stage name is Tristan Thunderbolt. Said Terry/Tristan “I thought my performance may inspire other deaf and hard of hearing actors to go mainstream.”

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

For years deaf attorney Jonathan Gibbons felt helpless in the court room. It is not because he is a bad attorney; it is not because he is deaf. It was because the Peterborough court (in United Kingdom) refused to allow him the use of a sign language interpreter while arguing cases. Not any more. He won the case and is now able to use interpreters in his future court cases.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

An anti-deaf person said:

– deaf people want to be allowed to marry the deaf – deaf people want more deaf characters on TV – deaf people want more deaf congressmen

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

I thought a friend said: Please take the share

He actually said: Please take the chair

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