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"Je suis très, très fier"

Portrait of a Young Man with Down Syndrome. A father reflects on his son's search for employment.
posted by zarq on May 27, 2014 - 53 comments

And the Skies are Cloudy All Day

Adobe's controversial Creative Cloud service stumbles and fails, leaving many who have paid for the service unable to use it for 24 hours. Adobe says the cause was an unexpected failure during database maintenance. Compensation may be possible.
posted by juiceCake on May 17, 2014 - 98 comments

A Rough Day on Everyone Involved

A visual representation of your days on earth, made delicious. SLYT [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Aug 8, 2013 - 15 comments

Elephant & Giraffe Ridin' with Their Top Down

From the creator of A horse takes it to the limit: An elephant and a giraffe, ridin' with their top down.
posted by A dead Quaker on Jan 14, 2013 - 29 comments

Boing Booiinng Boooiiinnng Booooiiiinnnng

Because sometimes you just want to watch a huge tire roll down a hill
posted by clearly on Mar 28, 2012 - 64 comments

"I don't like it in here. It's gross."

Eastbound & Down v. Star Wars Mashup. Kenny F'n Powers is Darth Vader. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by amro on Oct 16, 2011 - 15 comments

GQ Magazine Goes Down

GQ Gaffe in naming Boston Worst Dressed City: GQ Magazine in its "The 40 Worst-Dressed Cities in America" described Boston as suffering "from a kind of Style Down Syndrome" (since redacted). In a constructive response, Dr. Brian Skotko responds, "Mock my pants, not my sister." [more inside]
posted by plinth on Jul 20, 2011 - 101 comments

One week after his diagnosis, Wallshaker label founder and Detroit DJ/Producer Aaron-Carl Ragland has died

Aaron-Carl Ragland, known simply as "Aaron-Carl" to most, was a songwriter, remixer, producer, radio show host, record label founder and all-around character. The news of Ragland's death was first posted on his friend and fellow Detroit musician Piranha Head's Facebook page in a status update, saying simply: Just lost one of his best friends, Aaron-Carl, and my arms are far too short to box with GOD. One of the best Human beings in the WORLD is gone. I have no words. Music is Silence. Aaron-Carl himself posted this video just five days ago on his blog discussing his diagnosis and upcoming surgery after canceling his upcoming European tour. Factmag reports that Aaron-Carl is believed to have died shortly after or during essential lymph node surgery; it appears that he died overnight after beginning his first chemotherapy session. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Sep 30, 2010 - 15 comments

Epic Pop

Justin Bieber's 'U Smile', played 800 time slower. Sounds like Sigur Ros doing Vangelis covers in a cathedral being washed away by the sea. The original song.
posted by Happy Dave on Aug 17, 2010 - 177 comments

More Alike than Different

More Alike than Different the National Down Syndrome Congress has been running a campaign for Down syndrome awareness. As part of the campaign, they invited families to create their own own posters. Some are simple. Some are heartwarming. Some are fun. You too can vote for your favorite.
posted by plinth on Mar 5, 2010 - 33 comments

Easier than Twister

The lying down game.
posted by furtive on Jul 16, 2009 - 80 comments

A Bazooka Rowdy?

The most awesome action sequence you'll see today. [via]
posted by clearly on Mar 12, 2009 - 80 comments

More proof that dogs totally rock. :)

Smile!
posted by miss lynnster on Oct 21, 2008 - 51 comments

Down Syndrome Testing

All pregnancies are now recommended to be screened for Down Syndrome. 90% of those tested positive have opted for an abortion, while some in support groups discourage this to avoid becoming a vanishing minority with less funding. Now that campaign promises are being made to those with special needs, while vowing to outlaw abortion, a parent or voter might want to know more details. The costs used in this analysis were $146 for first-trimester screening, $66 for the second-trimester Triple Screen, and $86 for a second-trimester Quad Screen. A consultation with a genetic counselor is estimated at $68, and if a diagnostic procedure is also done, the total cost is $1,308. Terminations of pregnancy done in the first and second trimester are $648 and $1,146, respectively. The societal cost of raising and caring for an individual with Down syndrome is $762,748. Previously on Metafilter.
posted by Brian B. on Sep 15, 2008 - 274 comments

Falling up the stairs

In a world turned upside down, what more appropriate abode than an upside down house? All it needs now is, say, a nice statue in the front yard.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Sep 4, 2008 - 29 comments

Swimming Across Tahoe

After a six hour swim, Karen Gaffney finished crossing Lake Tahoe. She's also done the English Channel as part of a relay. Karen also has Down syndrome and is a motivational speaker. [more inside]
posted by plinth on Oct 1, 2007 - 4 comments

night

夜 .....
posted by hama7 on Sep 9, 2006 - 74 comments

Social Acceptance of T21

The National Potrait Gallery held a competition for new entries into the gallery. The winner is a fabulous painting by David Lenz. There is a great deal of focus in the exhibit of imagery that is truthful, but not necessarily flattering. The winner is both truthful and flattering. Lenz's subject is is his son, who has Down syndrome. The title, "Sam and the Perfect World" is quite poignant. There is a long NPR program covering the entire topic of portaiture in general and this portrait specifically.
posted by plinth on Jul 18, 2006 - 31 comments

Down Syndrome Awareness

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month - at a time when eugenics was socially sanctioned, John Langdon Down pioneered many of the techniques that are considered best practice today for encouraging the development of children with Down syndrome. Not long ago, standard practice in the United States was institutionlization from birth, which led to short, unhappy lives. Only in the past generation, have we rediscovered that with care and medical treatment, people with Trisomy 21 can and do flourish. Find a local Buddy Walk near you and get educated.
posted by plinth on Oct 1, 2005 - 27 comments

13 felony counts 13: we're all 138

"We wanted to be the store that your mother didn't want you to go to." Cult band leader Dale Lawrence covers the RIAA shutdown of an Indianapolis record store, Berry's Music, for "Selling DJ mix-CDs.". Lawrence has written about mashups for a few years now. Is he also a deejay?
posted by mwhybark on Jul 28, 2004 - 8 comments

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