It’s cold up here, and the cold happened a lot earlier in the year than I’m used to, so I think it’s time to start listening to the Harry Potter film scores while I work.
I could do this in the summer but it’s just not the same.
Luckily there’s already a playlist for this, so I can just hit play and let it go.
I don’t shuffle them, I just let them play all the way through in order.
Best way to listen to film scores.
Other favorites: Star Wars, (originals, not remasters), Labyrinth, (original, not remake), Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, (all of them, in order of Hobbit movies and then Lord of the Rings movies).
I should put together a list of all the film scores I like and stick them on a page.
True love is your boyfriend buying a case of a local brew he thinks you’ll like, and recommending you drink some of it and call your best friends after you’ve had a bad day.
I’ll post about the beer later, but mad elf is fucking right. That’s also one of the best craft beers I’ve tasted, and it’s got something like two times the alcohol as store-bought beers, so yeah I ended up definitely drunk last night, and I have zero regrets. Will definitely do again.
Welp looks like I will be taking time out of my work day to pause and install a new iOS update that is thankfully available because after taking a phone call earlier today and ending that call I have encountered what I’ll call the “all your sounds are belong to us” feature of iOS 13.
Apparently this is applicable to VoiceOver users only, and it wouldn’t be nearly as big of a deal as it is if it weren’t for the fact that just about everything I log into requires two-factor authentication and I need my phone for that because Google Authenticator is on my phone and so is the SMS app which I use for backup or for services that won’t let you use an authenticator app.
I am very much not happy right now because this requires me to not do things like log in to GitHub or Google Drive or a ton of really important stuff for work.
For those of you who aren’t voiceOver users, it happened like this.
Take phone call, say things, end phone call. Phone then completely shuts down and refuses to reboot despite having 94% battery power, requires sticking it on the charger and having John call me which then rings my watch which apparently sets off a chain reaction between phone and watch which the attempt to ping my phone from my watch did not set off.
That’s it, the rule about not drinking while working is being temporarily suspended because I have a meeting at 8PM and I just wasted something like forty five minutes. Update is installing now so I get to restart the phone and go through the whole “getting started” bullshit and pray that this bug is resolved in 13.2 because it is absolutely not cool that I’ll have to look out for this every time I take a phone call.
How’s your Tuesday going?
I’ve been forcibly upgraded to iOS 13.2. Yes, it finally happened.
I was just pleasantly surprised by the fact that VoiceOver audio is no longer send to a paired bluetooth speaker. I forgot that was a new feature of iOS 12.
I was not so pleasantly surprised by VoiceOver repeating “space space” at its loudest volume even though its volume isn’t set there.
Thankfully it didn’t wake the sweety up. He’s out like a light.
The first complete Siddur (prayerbook) I ever used was the 1949 edition of Hasiddur Hashalem, translated by Philip Birnbaum and published by the Hebrew Publishing Company.
I still love that prayerbook, despite its stilted English.
Since the Hebrew Publishing Company basically hasn’t existed since 2016, all of their works have entered the public domain through a combination of a lot of the works being published before 1975 and several more of the works having reached 75 years since the death of their authors, which automatically puts them in the public domain.
One of the things I always wondered about is why Birnbaum spends a significant portion of the introduction to HaSiddur HaShalem essentially trashing the work of every translator who came before him.
Why would you spend something like 5 or 10 dense pages basically subtweeting every other translator?
Since all these works have entered the public domain, now I know why.
Apparently this is a thing they all did up to a certain point. There are limits, (for example, everybody’s wives and kids are off limits, and nobody’s Jewish status is questioned), but other than that, everything’s fair game, personal or professional.
It is, (or was) apparently a long-standing tradition which seems to have been set aside for the most part after the Holocaust and then is completely gone by the 70’s.
And it apparently started around the first time the prayerbook was translated and edited in America.
Brittish translations, on the other hand, are on the surface more polite, however the insults are basically “bless your heart” to the Americans and a lot more backhanded to their fellows in Britain, specifically England.
The Scottish make the Americans look like they’re having milk and cookies together.
All of this is fascinating to me.
I missed this earlier in the year, but apparently the NFB is partnering with Be My Eyes as self-described blindness experts.
Sorry NFB but if you’re declaring yourself an expert, you’re not an expert.
Why do I have a feeling this is going to be just as useful as WordPress experts?
I can see it now. All the disability related posts featuring hard-core federationists in the comments sections are going to come with tons of “as a blindness expert” in the comments aren’t they?
That’s all we need. Thought leaders ultiplying at gremlin-like rates.
Points to the first person who comes up with a stealable designation for these ever-multiplying thought leader gremlins, extra if the word gremlin is involved.
I’m writing this because the trend of blind people using Facebook Live is unfortunately spreading.
So, friendly reminder to blind people who are using Facebook Live that it still doesn’t support captions or transcripts and we don’t know when or if it evere will.
I get wanting to do video, and I’m not saying you shouldn’t.
But if you care about accessibility, then you shouldn’t be using a platform that makes it pretty much impossible to not actively discriminate against an entire class of people, in this case deaf and hearing impaired people.
We can sit here and talk about positive impact and other buzzwords all day long. But you can’t good intention or positive impact your way out of this as long as you’re using Facebook Live.
We can sit here and say “don’t do dos and don’ts because it hurts feelings” all day long. But there are somethings that really are as simple as “do” and “don’t” when it comes to accessibility, and prioritizing convenience over one of the most critical and impactful aspects of accessibility by choosing to use a platform that explicitly doesn’t support captions or transcripts is one of those things.
So, if you really do care about accessibility, such that all the hell-raising about inaccessible apps and websites really is more than just looking out for your own interests, don’t use Facebook Live.
Today I learned that Bridgy Publish will pass alternative text attached to photos when syndicating to Twitter.
I’m using Micro.blog’s crossposting feature but I want to play with photos more and the fact that it passes alt text through to Twitter is a really good reason to switch back.
I love learning about accessibility improvements to web-related things I love.
Especially indieweb things.
I got breakfast from Dunkin Doughnuts for myself and the sweety this morning.
Mmmm Munchkins. I haven’t had these since forever.
Not gonna do this every day by any means because it would get too expensive, but it’s definitely a very nice treat.
OK, post properties do not carry over.
I need to think about how I want to resolve this. It’ll take some code.
I think the links themselves would carry over, but then we’re back to the problem of contrast issues for low-vision people viewing from the Facebook app, and there’s at least one of those who likes this page.
Photos I believe I’ve figured out. I’ll either need to attach a featured image using the standard featured image box, or add them directly to the content.
Checkins should be OK because location and weather data get attached automatically to the content, so there will be something, even if it’s just a weather status.
I’ll need to figure out how I want to work around book posts and other similara content.
I just accidentally closed my browser and lost a ton of work. How’s your Friday going?
This post is a test of how post kinds will display when sharing to Facebook.
I’m biting the bullet and letting WordPress.com manage syndication to Facebook since I really don’t want to rangle Facebook and Facebook seems to be giving Micro.blog a hard time by (seemingly randomly) discontinuing publishing to Facebook pages.
Specifically, I want to see if I can publish without manually adding a custom message and still have the contents of titleless posts post in their entirety to Facebook.
There’s a bit of an issue for low-vision users of the Facebook app on iOS at least when you post just the title of a post and the link without an accompanying message.
I seriously doubt Facebook is going to do anything about this, since they pretty much don’t listen to their accessibility team unless someone somewhere in management decides it’s time to throw them their occasional bone, so I’m trying to mitigate it from my end.
I of course have zero control over the styling of the app, and I can’t pass those kinds of changes through from my websites.
Apologies in advance to those who are following me on Facebook while I test this.
I have several Facebook pages I have to manage or help manage for work, so I downloaded the Facebook Business app on my phone after I realized I can’t accept an admin invite from the standard Facebook mobile site.
I totally get why this app has a two-star rating on the app store, because this thing is a pile.
Shout-out to everyone else who has to use it.
Facebook: We make your life miserable just because we can. Move fast and break things yeah!
I would like to sincerely thank the White House for attempting to unsend an email this morning.
Thanks guys, you brightened my day.
I think I’m going to change my site’s footer to “Site best viewed with a computer and a cold one.” I suppose I should modernize that a bit, since people use more than just computers to view websites, but I’d dearly love the opportunity to poke fun at the whole “site-best-viewed-with” (insert browser, usually Chrome) nonsense.
The surprise heat wave broke today, so the windows are open and there’s a wonderful breeze coming in. I looked at the temperature in Augusta and it’s 94 compared to our 72. Glad I’m not there.
This book has a main character who beats up bad guys with suitcases, and, I think I am totally here for this. Definitely original. Takes “anything can be used as a weapon” to a whole new level.
Hoping no one from TSA figures this out or they’ll ban suitcases as part of their security theater.
The book jacket information read at the beginning of NLS (Bard) audio books reminds me of movie previews.
Perfect for getting drinks or snacks or taking another kind of break before you dive into the next book.
And with that, on to book 98.
You don’t realize how dependent you are on a working internet connection until you’ve finished the last book you downloaded and are about to download more books, only to find that you have no internet connection.
I have ten books to go for my reading challenge and I will probably have this one in the bag within the next week. I haven’t decided if I’m going to up the challenge before I finish it in order to make it last through the end of 2019, or just call it a win and set the one for next year higher.
What say you internets?
It’s Friday, and I started the work day finding out that today is actually going to be the most full and most crazy day of the week. Three-day wekends are great, but then four-day work weeks make you pay for that greatness by piling five days of work into four.
I plan to spend Shabbat catching up on Elul preparations, reading others’ entried in the #BlogElul challenge/series, and generally relaxing.
I’ve closed my rings on the Apple Watch all but one day this week, and that one day I didn’t close them I was ten perecent away from closing my move ring, so I’m not that disappointed. Next week’s another week.
We are fast approaching the end of Thursday in the work day sense, and I, for one, will be happy to see that end. For being a four-day week, this one’s been a bit crazy, and there’s a book I’d like to get back to reading.
I had a big lunch today and am skipping having a big dinner, in case I decide to go to bed early. Since I had a big lunch, I’ll just snack and graze throughout the rest of the day.
There are a ton of fresh tomatoes on my counter, and by fresh I mean straight from a garden, and I plan to slice at least one of them up, sprinkle salt and pepper on the slices, and enjoy a refreshing snack while I read later on.
#BlogElul 5779 is coming to a close, and it’s time to start preparing for the approaching year, 5780. This is my favorite time of the Jewish year for a lot of reasons, and I appreciate the fact that, (unlike the secular year), the Jewish year provides a month of preparation time to think about what happened and how we acted during the previous year and the improvements to our character we want to make in the ecoming year.
As in other years, I’m going to attempt to participate in #BlogElul, a journaling project that has existed since 2010 and which has spread beyond blogs and is now part of social media during this time of year. There are daily prompts for the whole month, and I expect my musings on these to be more stream-of-consciousness than anything else, because while the prompts consist of only one word, those single words can mean a lot of things.
I’m also looking forward to reading everyone’s posts and pondering those. This is the second day, so I already have some catching up to do, but this should be very enlightening.
I kept seeing this Dabel thing popping up all over blind Twitter, so I googled it. Looks like it’s the next AudioBoom and I downloaded the app and read the terms of service. Spoiler alert: they’re nasty, and I would strongly encourage anyone who gives a shit about the content they’re creating on the service to not create content on the service and own your content instead. This applies especially to all the blind musicians who are working on music while on the service. Some tidbits:
5. The Company determines the user’s shared or submitted content is in any way offensive, including but not limited to, pornography, obscenity, or hateful speech. The Company reserves the right to remove such content, without prior notice and in its sole discretion.
6. The Company decides to do so, at its sole discretion and without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever.
Illegal and/or unauthorized uses of the Service, including, but not limited to, unauthorized framing of or linking to the website or unauthorized use of any robot, spider, or other automated device on the website, will be investigated. Such actions will not only be subject to a suspension or termination of user’s access to the Service, but will also be subject to appropriate legal action, including and without limitation to, civil, criminal, and injunctive redress.
(The whole thing’s here), and while this version is linked from the Ball site, I’ve compared the version at this page and the version in the Dabel app and they’re the same word-for-word. Friends don’t let friends engage in digital sharecropping. Own your content.