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The Timber Joke

There was a lumberjack who chopped trees all day and would yell "TIMBER" just before each tree would fall… There are plenty of versions of the “Timber” joke on YouTube, many done as part of a beginning ASL course. Most of these retellings seem identical to on another. For a refreshing take on the joke, check out this over-the-top version in Pidgin Signed English. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Dec 18, 2014 - 4 comments

It's not an insult; it's local slang for the Washington Monument

The District of Columbia has many speakers of American Sign Language, given the presence of Gallaudet University and a large Deaf community. Here are a smattering of local signs.
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 15, 2014 - 17 comments

Walking and talking while Deaf

"Unlike hearing people, the deaf have to keep sightlines in order to maintain conversations. So when deaf people walk and talk, they’ll lock into a kind of dance. Going through a doorway, one person will spin in place and walk backwards to keep talking. Walking past a column, two deaf people in conversation will move in tandem to avoid collision." The podcast 99% Invisible interviews a designer of a building at Gallaudet University designed for the way deaf people move and talk. [full transcript]
posted by desjardins on Dec 3, 2014 - 20 comments

ASL makes it obvious why "a room without a roof" = happy

For the second year, the campers at Deaf Film Camp, a two-week summer experience for deaf and hard-of-hearing teens interested in filmmaking, have made a great ASL music video. The video is entirely produced by the campers with guidance from a staff of filmmakers from the deaf community. This year's selection is Pharrell's "Happy", with ASL Interpretation created by Azora Telford and Rosa Lee Timm and performed by Telford, Timm, the campers and camp staff. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 21, 2014 - 9 comments

A new restaurant.

Signs (YT) is a new restaurant in Toronto. Most of the servers are Deaf. It is the first restaurant of its kind in Canada, though not the world (YT). Their Facebook page contains reviews from patrons. Here's how to order. If you're interested in ASL, the National Association of the Deaf has a great primer for you, or you can go through the glossary and lessons here at ASL University.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Aug 5, 2014 - 31 comments

Did you know that Hawkeye has impaired hearing?

Hawkeye, lost 80% of his hearing in West Cost Avengers #1. When a 4 year old boy refused to wear his hearing aids since no super hero wore them, this was used to help convince him. Matt Fraction has revived this story element and has dedicated the issue to Leah Coleman of Signing Time.
posted by plinth on Jul 30, 2014 - 33 comments

Me real, me fake, anxiety drowning, safe never

Every year students at Madonna University's Sign Language Studies program create ASL music videos of popular songs, incorporating elements of ASL poetry and storytelling. Each video comes with a comprehensive guide explaining the translations and artistic choices behind each line of the video. Some examples: Pompeii by Bastille, Four Women by Nina Simone, and of course Bohemian Rhapsody.
posted by divabat on Jun 18, 2014 - 2 comments

Homer was blind

Shaylee is four years old, a native ASL signer, and an amazingly expressive raconteur. Here's a bilingual link to her version of A Visit from St. Nicholas (a.k.a. The Night Before Christmas), with a breakdown analysing her storytelling technique: Why This Young Girl Is a Masterful Storyteller in Sign Language [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Jan 6, 2014 - 17 comments

And Santa was his name-o

Need an American Sign Language interpreter? Consider 5-year-old Claire Koch, a KODA ("kid of deaf adults") who recently signed — and signed the hell out of — her kindergarten holiday concert. [Extremely adorable SLYT]
posted by Charity Garfein on Dec 14, 2013 - 27 comments

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day - Leah Coleman was born profoundly deaf. Her mother, Rachel, decided that the best way to deal with it was to try to change the world and Leah tells us about it.
posted by plinth on May 10, 2013 - 15 comments

Bring your favorite lady, or at least your favorite lay.

Jonathan Coulton has been discussed many, many times on the blue, and most folks here are familiar with his inimitable First of May song. But seeing it performed in ASL really is a new kind of great. (If you've not heard the song before, the lyrics are very NSFW; the ASL video itself is completely tame, so long as you have headphones.)
posted by shiu mai baby on May 1, 2013 - 17 comments

Seeing at the Speed of Sound

Rachel Kolb, deaf Rhodes scholar, on lipreading: "Even the most skilled lipreaders in English, I have read, can discern an average of 30 percent of what is being said. I believe this figure to be true. There are people with whom I catch almost every word—people I know well, or who take care to speak at a reasonable rate, or whose faces are just easier on the eyes (for lack of a better phrase). But there are also people whom I cannot understand at all. On average, 30 percent is a reasonable number. But 30 percent is also rather unreasonable. How does one have a meaningful conversation at 30 percent? It is like functioning at 30 percent of normal oxygen, or eating 30 percent of recommended calories—possible to subsist, but difficult to feel at your best and all but impossible to excel." [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Mar 7, 2013 - 29 comments

American Science Language

[LydiaCallisFilter] Signing Science
posted by cthuljew on Dec 5, 2012 - 14 comments

Interpreting Lydia Callis

Arika Okrent deconstructs the signing of interpreter Lydia Callis to demonstrate how body language and facial expressions are used grammatically in American Sign Language. [more inside]
posted by torticat on Nov 2, 2012 - 61 comments

The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL

When Carolyn McCaskill was 15 years old, she and nine other deaf black students were enrolled in an integrated school for the deaf in Talledega, Alabama. McCaskill had learned American Sign Language at home with her two deaf siblings and at the nearby Alabama School for the Negro Deaf and Blind. "When the teacher got up to address the class, McCaskill was lost." The American Sign Language used by the teacher and white students at her new school looked different than the American Sign Language that McCaskill had learned at home and at her previous school. Today, McCaskill is one of the leading authorities on Black ASL, which has distinctive features as a result of a history of segregated schools for the deaf and the influence of spoken black English. She is a professor at Gallaudet University, the co-director of the Black ASL Project, and a co-author of "The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL."
posted by Area Man on Oct 13, 2012 - 41 comments

Gotye Redux

An ASL, queer version of "Somebody That I Used To Know". Possibly the one refreshing Gotye cover on the interwebs.
posted by Devika on Jul 22, 2012 - 56 comments

ASL performance of 'Who's on First'

'Who's on First', the ASL version (vimeo). A little more on this from NPR, including link to MLB.com video of Jerry Seinfeld's comments on the original skit.
posted by found missing on Jul 22, 2012 - 6 comments

My Valentine

My Valentine: Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp perform Paul McCartney's "My Valentine" in ASL.
posted by sonika on Apr 14, 2012 - 33 comments

Throw your hands in the air

We're Going To Be Friends by the White Stripes, in American Sign Language.
posted by bjrn on Nov 2, 2011 - 19 comments

Challenging Chompsky

In the late Sixties and early Seventies several experiments were begun to test whether or not a non-human primate could construct a sentence. Several species were involved in these various experiments including the chimpanzees Washoe and Nim, a gorilla named Koko, and later in the Eighties work began with a bonobo named Kanzi. While great progress was made in teaching these primates a vocabulary, it would be difficult to see any of these experiments as a success. And all of these projects raised important questions about the ethics of such experiments. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Aug 20, 2011 - 39 comments

Cee Lo's 'Fuck You' in ASL

Cee Lo's Fuck You in sign language. So much more uplifting than it sounds. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by penguin pie on Jan 13, 2011 - 70 comments

AllyBallyBabe

Allyson Townsend's YouTube channel ("ASL Ally") carries her popular ASL and SEE interpretations of popular music. It was shut down after complaints from the copyright holders, but after an intervention by the EFF they reconsidered their position and ASL Ally is back online! (source: BoingBoing)
posted by Joe in Australia on Nov 27, 2010 - 15 comments

It Gets Better

Rudolf Brazda, one of the last surviving victims of violent persecution of GLBT people by the Nazi regime, and Adam and other deaf gays and lesbians relate their own kinds of It Gets Better stories.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 17, 2010 - 9 comments

Signing Bohemian Rhapsody while driving

Using sign language to rock out to Bohemian Rhapsody while driving down the freeway.
posted by crapples on Aug 7, 2010 - 34 comments

If rhythm be the food of love, play on

The ASL Shakespeare Project brings us Twelfth Night, fully translated into American Sign Language (ASL) [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 5, 2009 - 17 comments

I Saw the Sign

Pop Songs Interpreted
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Mar 26, 2009 - 17 comments

Signs of very cool.

Maybe I'm crazy, but this seems to be a very cool effort by a sign language interpreter to include the hearing-impaired in the Gnarls Barkley lyrics experience. [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Feb 23, 2009 - 42 comments

ASL Music Videos

American Sign Language Music Videos [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Jun 1, 2008 - 23 comments

Babble babble bitch bitch

Marilyn Manson's This Is the New Shit interpreted into American Sign Language^.
posted by FunkyHelix on Mar 26, 2008 - 27 comments

Ventiçello is a miniature ceramic village sculpted by Steven Travis, who also invented a language and script called Tapissary, which appears on the images.

Ventiçello is a miniature ceramic village sculpted and photographed by Steven Travis, who also invented a language and script called Tapissary, inspired by American Sign Language, which appears on the images.
posted by Kattullus on Aug 24, 2007 - 5 comments

ASL Videos

American Sign Language Flash Video Dictionary is a high quality, free dictionary with a huge number of signs. It includes specialized dictionaries of religious signs, conversational phrases, and ASL for babies. Unfortunately it's not possible to link to specific signs, but if you look inside you'll find words from "Abbreviate" to "Zoom" and phrases such as "I cannot fasten my belt," "has he been neutered?" "I already took a bath," "are you married?" and "I need a better firewall."
posted by alms on Jul 25, 2007 - 17 comments

singing/signing - a different sort of cover song

Popular: It's Like That, Humble Neighborhood, Son of a Preacher Man, Beautiful, Barbi Girl, Truly Madly Deeply, I'm Alive
Indie: Blister in the Sun, Across the Sea, Tom's Diner, Zombie; Classics: The Rose (more, also without lyrics), Revolution, Hotel California
Rap/Hip Hop (some comedic): Baby Got Back, Ice Ice Baby, Music (more), Paul Revere, Grillz, White and Nerdy, Where'd You Go
Non-English songs: Film Dust, Comme Elle Vient; Pseudosign: Torn (again), Sweet Home Alabama
Instructions: general tips, religious songs, and how to sign "rock & roll"
posted by jessamyn on Mar 14, 2007 - 27 comments

"YouTube gives them an easy, expressive, unmediated channel for many-to-many communication."

DEAF...i'm deaf, by kunosher, and just one of a growing group of videos on youtube created by the signing deaf. Many more here--from the personal to the political to videoblogs to deaf poetry jams to the news .
posted by amberglow on Dec 20, 2006 - 29 comments

Around Slovenia in 80 Seconds

Piddle Around Slovenia. The country's tourist board has released this online game, allowing players to virtually wander around the tiny Alpine country, visiting popular sites while chatting with others.
posted by Ljubljana on Aug 16, 2006 - 26 comments

Vital Signs

ASL is a cinematic language.
posted by angrybeaver on Jun 20, 2006 - 16 comments

"Deaf Enough"

Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. is a liberal arts college and graduate school for the deaf (there's also a high school and primary school). In 1988, Gallaudet students protested when a hearing person was chosen as university president, and until today, I. King Jordan has served. Recently, a new president was chosen--Dr. Jane K. Fernandes, the school's Provost, who was born deaf but grew up speaking thanks to new therapies and technologies. A varied, vibrant student body never afraid to make their "voices" heard has spoken (with photos). Last night, so did a majority of the faculty, but Dr. Fernandes says she will stay.
posted by bardic on May 9, 2006 - 163 comments

Talk with your hands

In the US there are three major forms of manual communication ASL (American Sign Language, PSE (Pidgin Signed English or Contact), and SEE (Signing Exact English). Translating from English to any one of these is hard enough. That's not stopping this team from trying taking on the added challenge of a machine translation. I can't imagine them doing half as well as this man's efforts at live translating rap, switching between all three variants (video, with voice over).
posted by plinth on Apr 18, 2006 - 9 comments

We're all thumbs today

Using hands to communicate is not a new phenomon. American Sign Language (ASL) was formally introduced in 1817 by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet as a way for deaf people to communicate. Here's a wonderful browser that allows you to see how letters and words are signed (quicktime use). (Here's a way to tell your favorite Mefi trolll that you appreciate his/her kind words.) Oh, and let's not forget Koko, America's Gorilla Sign Language (GSL) sweetheart.
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies on Jun 18, 2005 - 13 comments

It's a sign!

Baby Sign Language. Hearing children can learn to sign before they can talk. Parents can use ASL, or make up their own language.
posted by Karmakaze on May 4, 2004 - 67 comments

ASL Browser.

ASL Browser.
posted by xowie on Apr 30, 2004 - 26 comments

Modern Drunkard's Bar Signs

Bar Signs. Modern Drunkard has posted a handy guide for the alcoholic in us all, a set of gestures to communicate your needs when it's too loud to hear, or just because, as the site says, "when words come out, whiskey can't get in."
posted by jonson on Dec 16, 2002 - 21 comments

Learn sign language.

Learn sign language. Or, knowing you - just pretend it's porn.
posted by geronimo_rex on Jun 22, 2001 - 12 comments

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