Jamie and his parents, Michael Berube and Janet Lyon, wait on the front porch for his Person/Family Directed Support companion to arrive to go to dinner with him. Due to a mix-up in scheduling, she was unable to make it. Jamie's parents are open and honest in discussing disappointments and negative feelings with Jamie, and they encourage him to express himself and his feelings in a constructive and communicative way.
"Portrait of a Young Man with Down Syndrome" is a beautiful, compassionate, unsentimental feature over at Al Jazeera by Michael Bérubé, a father whose adult son, Jamie Bérubé, is different. There's no cloying, phony inspirational payoff in the piece. Just a candid look inside the life of a family doing their best to help their kid build a good life for himself, accepting both his disabilities and the special gifts that make him unique. Terrific accompanying photographs by
Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, including the photo shared here.
It’s the end of an era, sort of: Fraunhofer IIS, the developers of the MP3 audio compression format, announced that they are ceasing their licensing program. In a blog post, spokesman Matthias Rose says that it’s had a good 20-year run and is obsolete. But it’s also true that the decoding patents expired last year, […]
Freddy deBoer writes that he’s been telling the same joke for years about Silicon Valley’s only product, which might be universalized as “At last, a way to verb with nouns on the internet!” But the social-media techopoly is stable, now, and so the venture capitalists have moved on to the three terrible trends that will […]
Alex Wood is an addict but won’t give up his smartphone. But he has five strategies for limiting its control over him: “I used to wake up tired. My body would ache and my head felt sore, like waking up with a hangover. Finally, I took control, like attending an AA class for addicts, I […]
Loot Crate is a subscription service that delivers a box of curated pop culture goods to your doorstep. To sample their geeky wares, you can order a single mystery box exclusively from the Boing Boing Store.Each month Loot Crate sends you 6-7 unique items and apparel, including collectibles, books, and t-shirts. Pulling inspiration from all […]
Yes, yes there is. The ultraportable Twisty Glass Mini boasts all of the simplicity of its forebear, while fitting just a little bit better in your pocket.The Mini is perfect for casual smokers, and anyone who doesn’t have the patience or fine motor skill for rolling papers. This piece keeps the convenient design of its older […]
Learning to code is a perfect way to grow your technical sophistication, and open up a host of new career options. But since most “learn to code” initiatives focus heavily on web development, it can be tough to find good resources for general-purpose computer science outside of a 4-year degree program. To get a broad […]