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#accessibility post i found on tumblr:

some of you may've heard about that fancy "bionic reading" typefont thats supposed to be easier for #neurodivergent people to read (if you're unfamiliar, it bolds the first few letters of each word to make it easier to follow)

well guess what, its locked behind a $500 a month API to write in because fuck you!

introducing, Not Bionic Reading! it is literally just the bionic reading typefont but for free. god bless neocities

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People who have known me for a while probably find it ironic that I live in the last city in Canada to eschew Prohibition. To be fair, I didn't move here until nearly 30 years after the good people of Owen Sound came to their senses.

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My favourite swipe typo of the day: "Norse cancelling headphones". Presumably that means Bluetooth is turned off.

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Today, I dragged @StuartBeveridge to Chorley to see a fantastic bridge.

Because the railway and canal are at such a sharp angle, a normal arch wouldn't stay up. Instead, the stones are hand-carved in curves so that the joins between them are perpendicular to the bridge's weight.

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TIL newton’s pendulum has way more „moves“ than I originally thought it has (never owned one myself and just always saw one in films etc.)


gangnam style ft. newton’s pendulum by xmphysics

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Another quick question for people who speak and write in languages other than English: Do you get upset when people use translation software to reply to your posts if they are not native speakers/writers? Why or why not?

If y'all could boost this post so that I can get more responses from people who speak/write English and at least one other language, that would be great! #CommunityDevelopment

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My new shoes arrived this morning, and after extensive testing ... wearing them around the house for 2 hours (because pajamas); driving for 90 minutes; walking for 15 minutes; sitting in a pub for an hour ... I declare them a success.

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tired of reading endless tutorials with dozens of stages about configuring some largely inconsequential linux thing? heres an actual useful tutorial on how to cold-boot the titanic

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Optimist: The glass is ½ full.
Pessimist: The glass is ½ empty.
Excel: The glass is January 2nd.

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Every six months or so for the past several years, I've been doing a thread on Fedi about where to buy ebooks other than Amazon. It finally occurred to me that I could write it once, put it up on website, and update as needed, rather than constantly reinventing the wheel.

So, here we are. (And in spite of the title, this isn't JUST about eBooks)

(Please share your own links in replies, I'll add them to the list as I have spoons.)

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Doctor: Hm. Your patella measures 2.54cm.
Me: Inch-high knees?
Doctor: '您的髌骨是2.54厘米高.

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Went for lunch at The Curry House and window-watched the world go by. Excellent Beef Madras, the only disappointment was that Sharif wasn't there - it's been too long since I've seen him.

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When Covid started I was enthusiastic about making video content for students.

Early on, I naively ran into copyright issues with music on Youtube videos, so I decided to make my own.

The resulting hour or so of songs has varying tones - odd, celebratory, eerie - and I sprinkled them in my lectures as the moods struck.

I called the series "Theory of Parts" after a philosophy paper of mine in publishing hell.

From today it's free for people to weird-up their lectures.

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I'm a stubborn bugger ...
Alan 1 : Park 0
One lap was completed this morning - the pain is still exquisitely excruciating.

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Wicket keeper: puts on gloves and stands back
Harvey Norman: 3 years no interest
Sensor light: only works if someone walks past
Noodles: thinks all jobs take 2 minutes
Blister: appears when the hard work is done
Showbag: full of shit
Lantern: not very bright and has to be carried
Deck chair: always folds under pressure
Perth: 3 hours behind everyone else
G-spot: you can never find him
Bushranger: holds everyone up
Wheelbarrow: only works when he's pushed
Limo: carries about 8 people
Cordless: charges all night but only works for 2 hours

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An absolutely mighty list of free online audio lessons in Te Reo Māori if you're into that sort of thing, and why wouldn't you be. Kia kaha te reo Māori. #TeReoMāori

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Small steps ... fulfilling my promise to up my game to "barely noticeable" exercise I had Jan drive me to the top of the park and then I stumbled the 230m home.
It's slightly downhill that way; I'm nowhere near ready for the uphill part that a lap of the park would entail.

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