Spending a very lazy Saturday with John. Gearing up for baseball later and just watching movies and napping.
@aardrian@toot.cafe It would be totally awesome if the keyword stuffing thing would die in a fire. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people recommending automatic alt-filling from SEO (WordPress, it’s always WordPress) plugins as an accessibility remedy, and for that reason alone I’d like to kill this off personally. Obviously I’m not saying keywords used for SEO are never relevant to what the alt attribute is for, but in my experience more often than not the two have nothing to do with each other.

These thoughts are in no particular order.

I agree that tarring an entire group with the same brush is not OK. I also understand the frustrations of everyone who’s been posting using the hashtag #AbledsAreWeird. I read stories every single day from blind people and other people with disabilities, (deaf people, people who are on the autism spectrum, ETC.), expressing frustration and anger at the way they have been treated and are still being treated by people who don’t appear to be disabled in any way, and I think jumping to condemn them for expressing that frustration which is something I see quite often, is also the wrong take. So far I’ve only seen one objector to the #AbledsAreWeird hashtag offer something that would communicate the same message without tarring an entire group with the same brush, and I think that’s telling.

I found out about the #AbledsareWeird hashtag due to the corresponding reactionary outrage on the part of those opposed, and I’m wondering at the irony of the outrage against the outrage.

Several of the people I’ve seen reacting with outrage/disgust/objection to the hashtag and accusing participants of bigotry against abled people are also more than willing to tar, say, undocumented immigrants with the same kind of brush, and I’m thinking that they should take their own advice when it comes to what is essentially tone policing of anyone participating in the AbledsAreWeird hashtag.

Alienating abled people is I think the least convincing of the arguments against the hashtag. By that logic, we shouldn’t fight for web or physical accessibility, because it might piss people off.

More broadly, I think there has to be a balance between offense/outrage and just letting live, but the people who bitch about everyone being offended all the time are just as trigger-happy and contribute to the whole thing. In other words, everybody’s offended all the time, even the people bitching about social justice warriors or whatever, but the grievances depend on who’s speaking. There is, after all, nothing new under the sun.

Screenshot of my Facebook feed with a sponsored post
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Yet another advantage to owning my own data: I can share the text of screenshots as text. 🙂

I know that for you Facebook-having people, this is no big deal. You have resigned yourself to the idea of Facebook owning your data.


No, we haven’t all resigned ourselves to Facebook owning our data. But too many people have, or don’t understand why owning their data is important. So for the Facebook crowd, one more reason to own your data. Facebook wants to be the “one authentication service to rule them all”, and this is not a good thing because it means that should you choose not to have a Facebook account, you’ll lose access to other completely unrelated services. I’m picking on Facebook, but this would be just as bad if anyone else tried to do it. This is an example of social networks overstepping their bounds, and they wouldn’t be doing this if they didn’t know they have millions of users who will gladly log into whatever with their Facebook account because it’s perceived to be quick and convenient, turning over all their data, (including personal information), to a for-profit company that will gladly sell it to the highest bidder.

Probably time to just say to hell with it and keep a separate Firefox window open with all the Slack and IRC windows in their own tabs and use that Greasemonkey script by the NVDA guys floating around. I will, however, need to figure out how to get Firefox to allow me to log into the same service multiple times without saving the session cookie from the last login, thus keeping me logged in as the other account. Or buy a computer with sixteen GB of RAM and eight cores. This is something I’m going to do, but not just to handle Instantbird and its stupidity.

Still trying to nail down why WordPress isn’t receiving webmentions from Bridgy. I’ve double-checked all configuration options, and according to both the WordPress-specific documentation for Bridgy and the official documentation for Bridgy, everything appears to be set correctly. I’ve tried both hiding and showing syndication links to see if that was the issue, but no dice. I’ve had my default post kind set to note using what is essentially the official post kinds plugin for WordPress for a while, but am switching it back to article and using WordPress’s native status post format to see if this makes a difference. Based on when webmentions from Bridgy apparently stopped coming in, I think the change of the default post kind from article to note may have something to do with the break. We’ll see.

BTW if you’re reading this on Facebook, click the link at the bottom of the status message to visit the original so you can see all the links.

With the exception of the few electronics, (which I am about to tear down in a minute), everything is packed, all the paperwork is gathered, and I will leave for the airport in about thirty minutes to head to Salt Lake City. This is a part of the country I’ve never visited before, and I’m glad I get to add it to my list. I like to travel, just not all the crap you have to do beforehand, like deal with TSA. I didn’t realize how much of a time difference there is between Augusta and Salt Lake City, and so I’m glad I’m traveling today and not tomorrow as I had originally planned, because there’s a full day of workshops plus the speaker’s dinner on Monday, and my brain needs to be rested. There’s an impromptu Superbowl party tomorrow afternoon at a sports bar whose name I can’t remember right now, and so I will get to have the sportsball along with WordPressers. It doesn’t get much better than that

I am still awake because (a) I am finishing up some last minute packing for #loopconf and (b) I can never sleep before flying and (c) that whole “what the hell have I gotten myself into?” thing (otherwise known as imposter syndrome) has kicked in. I will be OK. And I am also excited for this conference, because hanging out with WordPressers, and talking code, and getting out of Disgusta for pretty much a whole week, but also, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!