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starting to think killing the ego in your head might be more important than, or at least a necessary prerequisite to killing the cop in your head. show me a leftist with an ego and i'll show you a liar one hurt feelings away from becoming a fascist

The Milwaukee airport has my favorite airport sign in the country, hands down.

long post on accessibility advice from a blind screen reader user 

OK #Mastodon. I've seen several toots on #accessibility for #screenreader users, however, I've not seen one from a screenreader user (as far as I know). I've used ZoomText, Outspoken, JAWS (AKA JFW), Supernova, NVDA (Windows), and VoiceOver (both on Macs and iPhone). I don't have experience with Windows Narrator or TalkBack. I would like to rectify and clarify a few small things.
First off, any awareness of accessibility issues, and endeavours to make things more accessible is great. Keep going!
Blind/low-vision people have been using the internet as long as everyone else. We had to become used to the way people share things, and find workarounds or tell developers what we needed; this latter one has been the main drive to get us here and now. Over the past decade, screen readers have improved dramatically, including more tools, languages, and customisability. However, the basics were already firmly in place around 2000. Sadly, screen readers cost a lot of money at that time. Now, many are free; truly the biggest triumph for accessibility IMHO.
So, what you can do to help screen readers help their users is three simple things.
1. Write well: use punctuation, and avoid things like random capitalisation or * halfway through words.
2. Image description: screen readers with image recognition built-in will only provide a very short description, like: a plant, a painting, a person wearing a hat, etc. It can also deal with text included in the image, as long as the text isn't too creatively presented. So, by all means, go absolutely nuts with detail.
3. Hashtags: this is the most commonly boosted topic I've seen here, so #ThisIsWhatAnAccessibleHashtagLooksLike. The capitalisation ensures it's read correctly, and for some long hashtags without caps, I've known screen readers to give up and just start spelling the whole damn thing out, which is slow and painful.
That's really all. Thanks for reading! 😘


@billyjoebowers I'm just taking a guess here, but this has all the telltale signs of a Richard Kern photo.

For those who thought we had to choose between controlling #covid & saving the economy, guess what? we got neither

In case you don’t believe the same equations govern #motion in the #atmosphere and the #ocean.

Video by Tristan Heth in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

When people travel to the past, they worry about radically changing the present by doing something small.

Few people think that they can radically change the future by doing something small in the present.

This is the only real time travel paradox.

Today as you injest your stimulant to recover from last night's run on the megacorp, jacking in to the warm glow of pixels being flung at your mirror-shade covered eyes,

Try to remember the true meaning of Cyber Monday.

A few notes on #Mastodon because we want to be as open about how we're approaching this as possible:

The most important thing to note is that we've invited other indie publishers and bookshops to join us on this instance!

Please welcome to #bookstodon (& consider following) our indie publishing friends:
@ViperBooks and @Indies_Alliance

As well as indie bookshop EXTRAORDINAIRE @mrbsemporium of Bath.

We're going to keep inviting others in our indie publishing & bookselling community, and we hope that more of them will join us here.

The founder of Post said today that the company is explicitly *not* focused on accessibility. Disappointing to read something like this in 2022
#tech #technology #Disability #twitter #postnews #twittermigration

@tensorcat Also, thank you, this is my first time hearing about the gaming language Godot, it looks very interesting!

@tensorcat Oh, it's frivolous, alright! Just indulging my cyberpunk dreams while high and on Mastodon on a lazy Sunday afternoon. WHERE'S MY ELECTRIC MOTORCYLE TO RIDE THE NEON HIGHWAY TO THE BLACK PYRAMID I MUST CRACK??!!

I was complaining to my brother on text about how burdensome it is to schlep my fancy giant gaming laptop across the country during the holidays (it plus the power brick adds 8 freaking pounds to my backpack), and this was his surprisingly philosophical response

I've seen people joke about it, but I sincerely think the next step of ActivityPub is to build a Second Life-type layer on top of it, so that instances could become virtual cities within a persistent 3D real-time computer-graphic world. Essentially an open-source Metaverse, without all the ads and other corporate nonsense, and where some servers could be beefed up and only for gamers, for example.

@KimCrayton1 So if you multiply this by the entire world, that's the Fediverse. Tens of thousands of servers everywhere, of all different types -- some big and mainstream like Twitter was, some devoted to niche subjects like journalism or academic history, some designed for a community like LGBTQ (or on the opposite end, 4chan or cryptobros). Each maintains its own tone, spirit and rules, but all of them can communicate with all the others, and each can also easily ban an entire community.

@KimCrayton1 My lived experience explanation:

I have an account at that essentially acts like Twitter for me. I have another at that's an Instagram substitute, which is a WordPress substitute, and, a Goodreads substitute.

But all are using the same open protocol (ActivityPub), which means I can freely share a post at one with all the others. With a press of one button, for example, my Instagram post shows up on my Twitter, and vice-versa.

The Langstone, near Peter Tavy, Dartmoor on an August afternoon! There are bullet holes on one face from being used as a WWII practice target. Still in a live firing range - check it’s safe to proceed before hiking to this one. #StandingStoneSunday

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