Retreating from the blogsphere
gnarlydorkette Has the trend of blogging evolves to trend of tweeting/Instantgram'ing? I feel like I do not know anybody who still blogs.Twitter and IG definitely require much less commitment in editing and proofing the post. After all it is just a picture and an array of filters to select from or a maximum count of 120 characters. This pales in comparison to a blog post which can...
Tue, Sep 23 2014
CDI workshop in Riverside, California in JANUARY
gnarlydorkette CERTIFIED DEAF INTERPRETER WORKSHOPRiverside, CaliforniaJanuary 6-8, 2012Are you Deaf? Are you interested in becoming a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI)?To obtain RID certification as a CDI, you must pass a written test and a performance test. To qualify to take the written test, you must have 8 hours of Ethics training on the RID Code of Professional Conduct and 8 ho...
Tue, Oct 18 2011
Just a FYI...
gnarlydorkette I do take interpreting serious. I am a Certified Deaf Interpreter. I have a master's degree in interpretation. I consider Deaf interpreting as my career. I hope to become a staff interpreter. I hope to teach interpreting courses to a room full of Deaf students. I will be working in this field for next twenty, thirty, or however many years it take before somebody drags...
Wed, May 18 2011
gnarlydorkette From the "Undercurrent" albumFloatingI wish I am the woman in this picture. Floating, with no care in the world, in middle of a body of water, hopefully warm, and lost in my own thoughts... positive thoughts... with dreams and whatnot....But alas, I do not have positive thoughts but rather worries in its place."You are now a grown-up" uttered by a friend. I had vented...
Tue, Apr 19 2011
Deaf Interpreting Professional Development
gnarlydorkette A commenter, Conniejy, asked for information of upcoming CDI workshops.Well, ye asketh, and we provideth.A flurry of workshops for Deaf Interpreters are posted here:(I found out about them either at www.diinstitute.org or join Yahoo!Group for "RID Deaf Caucus" or "Deaf Interpreters" so you can join/follow them to keep yourself informed)Certified Deaf Interpreter Works...
Tue, Jan 25 2011
What am I?
gnarlydorkette Are we defined by our careers? Our assets? Our income? Wages per hour? Our cultural identity? Our ethnicity? Our majors?The definitions help people classifying and measuring each other up. I am not all for it, but it is a fact-- people want to know who you are so they can measure you up by what you define yourself-- in other word, what you identify yourself.I thi...
Mon, Aug 23 2010
gnarlydorkette With all the hype over iPhone 4, I iSucccumbed as well.I was a free agent with no contract held over my head, so I was checking out the HTC EVO (which offers two-way video calls via an app called "Fring") but the Sprint stores were sold out and the online store was out of stock for more than two weeks. I got fed up of waiting for a new phone so I decided to brea...
Mon, Aug 16 2010
CDI Program in Colorado
gnarlydorkette :::::ALERT TO ALL DEAF INTERPRETERS::::Excerpted e-mail from Veditz Center's Bucky:"We are looking for more applicants and the deadline is next Friday, July 16. Information on this is at www.veditzcenter.org/cdi-program and they can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information."It is a nine-month program in Colorado offering 11 workshops and 22 workg...
Mon, Jul 05 2010
Social Bluffing or ESP?
gnarlydorkette The post made by Megan of Hearing Sparks about social bluffing (also by Putz, Kym, and Meryl) has been stuck in back of my mind-- do I do social bluffing? Or because I could understand people so I wasn't social-bluffing? Is it OK? When is it not OK?Putz defined social bluffing as: "pretending to hear or understand something that is being said...
Wed, Jun 23 2010
PRO:1 AND #HURZ
gnarlydorkette I have noticed that most people at Gallaudet has lexicaled Dr. Hurwitz's name to "HURZ" so that explains this blog entry's title being in ASL glosses for "Me and Hurwitz."So, yep-- I have graduated.Please do not mention "Ph.D" to me. I am still recovering. It is like asking a new mother who just had a childbirth: "Will you have another baby soon?" which will mak...
Thu, May 20 2010
CDI Participants needed for Research Survey!
gnarlydorkette Department of InterpretationGallaudet University, Washington D.C. DEAF PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FORETHNOGRAPHY RESEARCH ONDEAF INTERPRETERSWe are looking for Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs)to take a survey about their experiences as CDI.As a participant in this study, you would be asked to:1) Fill out an anonymous questionnaire about: &nbs...
Wed, Mar 10 2010
Food for Thoughts
gnarlydorkette I thought I should share the blurbs about Deaf Interpreters in two codes of ethics that I found from two organizations:"3.3 Deaf InterpretersThe services of a Deaf interpreter may be required when working with individuals who use regional sign dialects, non-standard signs, foreign sign languages, and those with emerging language use. They may also be used with individ...
Sat, Nov 07 2009
No Longer a Diary?
gnarlydorkette A bit of history about this blog: I originally started this blog as a diary. It was over at "scribbles.nu" but then it closed down so I relocated to this site, Blogger. For me, this blog was like writing a diary but anonymously. I didn't use names and I only mentioned where I am from. But if you read through the entires, you can figure out who I am-- ...
Sat, Sep 19 2009
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The Terror of District of Columbia
gnarlydorkette The Terror of D.C. is....THE PARKING ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS!I have received three tickets so far this year. The year previous, I also got three tickets. And almost every ticket costs me $100. Hold up, just let me explain....You see, District of Columbia has this silly, silly, silly law that requires you to have a residental parking permit. Yessire, if you live right he...
Tue, Sep 08 2009
Post- RID Conference Reflection
gnarlydorkette Well, well-- I went and came back home!The 2009 RID conference was conducted in Philadelphia, PA. It was definitely an experience!I enjoyed meeting other Deaf interpreters and found myself inspired and more motivated about Deaf interpreting. As always, it was nice to see old faces! It got weird for a minute when I realized that I am now a peer to my old interpreters...
Thu, Aug 13 2009
Speedy Results - RID
gnarlydorkette Test Name Test Date Location Retake Results SentCDI Written 06/07/2008 Gallaudet University No 07/01/2008CDI Performance 01/28/2009 Gallaudet University No 02/23/2009Notice that I received the results from each test within a month after I took it up.The speed of mailing results by RID has been impressive, given the history of people waiting over six months or s...
Tue, Jul 14 2009
Stickin' it out...
gnarlydorkette Differentiating from your typical ASL-English interpreter, not only I am a Deaf interpreter but I am also a Deaf consumer. I team with hearing interpreters one day and they are interpreting my doctor's appointment next day. How could they look in my eyes and confide me as their peer interpreter when all they see is a Deaf consumer? This conundrum has been disrupting...
Sat, Jun 20 2009
Blogs about or by CDI
gnarlydorkette [link] "CDI Study Group" - a Deaf interpreter study group operated by Dilbretta [link] RID- Deaf Caucus - a blog operated by Juliann Wasisco, the chairperson of Deaf Caucus, a member-section group under RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) [link] "Certified Deaf Interpeters" by Lauren Ridloff - a blog entry made by i711 about Certified Deaf Interpeters [link...
Sat, Jun 13 2009
What is Deaf Interpreting?
gnarlydorkette People do have assumptions about what exactly Deaf interpreting is.Oftentimes, people associate Deaf interpreters to be tactile-ASL interpreters for Deaf-Blind consumers. Especially when you see a Deaf interpreter working in or around Washington D.C.. But that is not the case.Deaf Interpreting is not limited to tactile interpretation. It includes international interpr...
Fri, May 29 2009
I Could Care Less
gnarlydorkette As I typed in "I Could Care Less" for the title, I had to stop myself for a second, searching for verification that I have used the idiom correctly... a quick Google search has yielded to confirm my understanding of the English idiom. English is a funny language, really. It has so many moot phrases or lexical units that make no sense; and you couldn't explain to any ...
Tue, Apr 07 2009
Uncharted Territory: CDI
gnarlydorkette You don't expect life to be pre-packaged and coming with a manual for you to know how to operate your life.So why should you expect the CDI journey to be any different than the above statement? Even though this field is over 30 years old, there is not much about the Deaf interpreting field, especially with educational and networking opportunities to expand ourselves.D...
Fri, Feb 27 2009
A Follow-up on "An Open Letter for President Obama"
gnarlydorkette I never said that I decided the name sign. I have seen this name sign used by many. Even an ASL logo created by Brian Milburn, Randy Jackson and Sheena Stuart wasn't made by me. Here are vlogs with the name sign for President Obama that preceded my video assignment:"Cry for Peace" - December 01, 2008SignName for Obama? - November 08, 2008You neutral? - November 02, 20...
Wed, Jan 28 2009
For President Obama-- Your Name Sign From The Deaf...
gnarlydorkette An open letter in ASL to notify President Barack Obama of his name sign which was given by the Deaf community in USA.Disclaimer: This is a final project for a course I took last Fall, there are several name signs suggested for Obama-- yet for this video, I chose just one name sign that I feel more comfortable and at ease to sign specifically for this video project. In...
Sun, Jan 18 2009
gnarlydorkette "5 bucks."I took out my wallet- but I stopped myself... wrong body language. She handed back my RX note. No pills.Hmm...A replay-maroon lipsticked lips opening wide..."fiiiffffttteeennnn ....bbb" no. I must misread. Fifteen? Bucks? Cannot be it!...loop the replay....Oh!FIFTEEN MINUTES. That was what she said.Feeling a fool with my wallet out, I smiled and acted smoot...
Fri, Jan 09 2009
Deaf Interpreting Education Programs
gnarlydorkette It seems the information about Deaf interpreting classes or ITP (Interpreting Training Program) is not widely shared so here are the 411 if you are interested in taking some courses or a program as supplementary training to the mandated 16-hour workshops provided to satisfy the RID's requirement prior to take up the CDI written test. Seattle Community College, Washing...
Sat, Dec 13 2008
Representin' the MAI, yo
gnarlydorkette Disclaimer:This rap video was made when I was insane. Insanity results from pressure and tons of papers to type up. Don't be a graduate student. Say no to higher education.MAI = Master's Art in Interpretation... that is the name of the graduate program I am enrolled at Gallaudet University.This video is intended for my MAI classmates, but feel free to watch and laugh ...
Mon, Nov 24 2008
Yes, We Can!
gnarlydorkette Last night, in anticipating of who would win after counting the electoral college votes, I was at Gallaudet's James Sorenson Lee Communication Center (SLCC) and I ended up being in one of pictures in an article published by Inside Gallaudet. Inside Gallaudet: Kendall Green watches Election Day unfoldso from that article, I am copying and pasting:Students check electio...
Wed, Nov 05 2008
No Internet? Eep.
gnarlydorkette It seems in our blinding excitement, we forgot to confirm whether there is a cable wired in our new apartment-- (turned out there is NO cable anywhere in the apartment)... so we cannot order anything from Comcast because we cannot do a dial-up internet (two computers and a videophone??? Puh-please). You would think that I would be experienced with settling in a new ho...
Thu, Jul 31 2008
Cancer Awareness -- IN ASL
gnarlydorkette I know I sort missed my chance when there were numerous walks across the nation to promote awareness and support for cures for breast cancer and whatnot. It is better to be late than never!Somebody a while ago at Gallaudet (I only could remember your last name--Nunn) mentioned that I should use my blog/vlog as a power to promote needed knowledge for the Deaf community...
Fri, Jul 11 2008
CDI Explained: Part Four-- My Advice
gnarlydorkette CDI Explained: Part four"Advice for Test-takers"*****Synopsis*****My Advice to You, a Prospective CDI: Throw out your already-established notions of ethics, common sense, and whatnot when it comes to Deaf Interpreting... because it might not match RID's definitions. Remember, it is their test, so make sure you understand RID's viewpoint on ethics or common sense (even...
Wed, Jun 11 2008
Too Snoopy For My Liking
gnarlydorkette I decide to jump on the offer by Sprint Relay for a new phone device since my trusty sidekick has breathed its death rattle.If you are not familiar with this deal (which is all over DeafRead and whoever has the sprint-relay advertising), to receive the special offer you have to buy it through sprintrelay's store. The deal is a data-only plan for same price that T-mobi...
Sun, Jun 01 2008
A Branchful Morning
gnarlydorkette **** ENGLISH TRANSLATION SUMMARIZED ****The cat was stressed out, my husband felt something vibrating which was odd. Thought somebody tried to break in... nothing. Woke up next day, husband says "look out the window" and there the tree is! IT seems that one tree which had two elongated branch (two cores) and one snapped off due to a heavy rainfall over the weekend. Th...
Fri, May 30 2008
My Typical Approach to Introducing Myself
gnarlydorkette My typical introduction in ASL would appear somewhat along this line:My name (AT SPEED OF LIGHT): K----- (and A NANOSECOND OF PAUSE) G---G. (huh?)No, wrong spell... K-I-R-S-I. Yes, finish. not K-R-I-S-T-I. that name Finnish. Last name-- no no wrong spell... No "S" at end of G---G. Right Know, American Tend Spell G---GS but mine different. Know, Know Both names diffe...
Thu, May 01 2008
gnarlydorkette I have kept this mum because... well, I was not certain.Oftentimes, I would say "oh I might do this..." and then all suddenly it snowballed into something that I cannot stop and yell out: "WAIT! I CHANGED MY MIND!"So this time around, I decided to keep it to myself (and to my husband) to ponder what is my next step. I discussed with some friends and whatnot, but I pus...
Sat, Apr 05 2008
"Deaf Interpreter-- ASL only! Not." CDI: Explained the...
gnarlydorkette "Deaf Interpreter-- ASL only! Not."Part two of the "CDI:explained" the Series.***********************************Transcript done by gnarlydorkette***********************************I have met so many people who mentions that they want to become a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) and so on...but I realized something needs to be cleared up...People seems to misunderstan...
Wed, Mar 19 2008
gnarlydorkette As many of you know that I have been living in DC (Alexandria, VA to be more accurate) for last seven months... and I want to announce today that I was "virgin-broke" when two missionaries came to my home.Now if you are not Deaf, you will have difficulty to understand this phenomena that plagues the Deaf households. So I am going to give you a bit of Deafology 101 les...
Sat, Feb 23 2008
Survey for Deaf Interpreters
gnarlydorkette I have received this in an email and thought I will pass this on to my fellow Deaf Interpreters. This is a survey conducted by an organization to be passed out to Deaf Interpreters who have experience of interpreting (certified or not) to see what experience they bring to the job. As many of you know, Deaf Interpreting is still a fuzzy area that has became more clear ...
Tue, Feb 19 2008
Where are our rights? Vlogs Being Used Without Permission
gnarlydorkette The title is pretty self-explanatory about what I discuss in this vlog.Have your vlogs been used somewhere without your permission or knowledge (and only to find out about it later)? Does this violate our rights? Do we have ANY rights?**I want to thank people who have asked via email or AIM for their permission to use my vlogs-- I appreciate it so much-- you have my u...
Mon, Jan 28 2008
Deafness-- No Longer Invisible?
gnarlydorkette It is well-known that Deafness is an invisible disability compared to blind and handicapped people who have items such as a wheelchair or walking cane.But I wonder since cochlear implants seem to put in every child being born, and it is not exactly something you can hide without having long hair.Is Deafness now a visible disability?
Tue, Jan 22 2008
Reverse-911 for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing
gnarlydorkette Since I am from San Diego, the recent October fires had an impact on me-- being helpless three thousand miles away, watching the news reporting about the fires (with no CC, grr!), trying to pinpoint my families' homes and the distance from the ravaging fires, and trying to keep in contact via text messages.I cannot imagine what it is like being there, but fortunately ...
Tue, Nov 20 2007
My Elementary Made Who I Am Today
gnarlydorkette Transcript for Sign-Impaired: "My Elementary made who I am"done by KMG.L (aka) gnarlydorkette****When I was age 2, I was diagnosed deaf-- severe to profound deaf. That is fine, but my mom was stumbled on where to enroll me for school. The first consideration was Riverside Deaf School-- in California, known as "CSDR" (California School for Deaf, Riverside). She was con...
Mon, Oct 29 2007
Communication Access -- YES!
gnarlydorkette At the end of his vlog, Jon Savage mentioned about communication access as an essential element for Deaf and Hard of Hearing who are not fluent in English (foreign Deaf residents, et cetera)-- one of them is to accompany an ASL interpreter on the TV along with closed-captioning for any emergency news break. I did mention about it in my last entry about my friends bein...
Wed, Oct 24 2007
gnarlydorkette My family are OK. My in-laws' house was in danger, with the fire less than 5 blocks away-- it was crazy but somehow the firefighter held the line there and it was declared safe for my mother-in-law to return to her house. I am sure she will be busy cleaning off the soot from all of windows and doors and try to salvage her plants from ashes!My home that I grew up in si...
Tue, Oct 23 2007
Harris and Witch Creek Fires: Redux
gnarlydorkette It is happening. All over again.My family and friends in San Diego kept updating me while I worked today-- they informed me of the track the fires left behind, the houses lost, the mandatory evaucation.My mother-in-law and the family dog have left her home in Poway to a relative's house in Carlsbad. My mother said it is very smoky and people were told to stay indoors....
Mon, Oct 22 2007
Where is Etiquette in Comments left to Deaf Female Vloggers?
gnarlydorkette I watched Mish's vlog and noticed a certain comment that I wish to discuss Anonymous said... I gotta say that you are a beautiful lady ! (bite bite) September 6, 2007 9:54 PMI noticed that among female vloggers, those comments often pop up where they compliment the female vlogger's appearance. Yet the vlogs are not about our appearances.How does Mish feel with [...]
Fri, Sep 07 2007
Vloggin' Makes You Famous!
gnarlydorkette Synposis: Due to my vlogs, my face has became a familiar face among ASL students/Deaf students. In this vlog I explained about several incidents where I would encounter strangers commenting about my vlogs. But the biggest irony is that people who recognized me from my vlogs expect me to recognize them as well! Duh, I cannot see my audience! So I am telling you, my [...]
Mon, Sep 03 2007
gnarlydorkette Alexandria, Virginia is my new home. The affordable housing in the District is run-down and lack all necessarities for a vegetarian. Alexandria, VA is NOT far as people clamoured. It is only less than 30minutes by public transportation, less than 20minutes if drive own car-- and that is close by my standards. You should trust a Californian when it comes to time and [...]
Fri, Aug 10 2007
SEE a language? HA!
gnarlydorkette (Okay a disclaimer goes here: my friend Kristeena was the person who held the camera... she didn't realize that whenever she flipped the camera 90 degrees the film does the same... so I had to reposition some clips 90 degrees back to its proper angle, but it ended up STRETCHING everything... so some body parts may look out of proportions.)I don't think a transcript is [...]
Wed, Jun 27 2007
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