There’s a tweet going around which says the following:

There is so much in our lives to be thankful for. Let’s take our eyes for example. The very eyes you’re reading this message with.

There are over 40 million blind people in the world. Imagine waking up each morning and not being able to see?

Say Alhamdulillah to show gratitude


Yes, there’s ignorance behind that tweet, but only to a point, and on top of that it’s harmless ignorance. If you ask people which section of the disabled list they’re most afraid of joining, it’s the blind section. That may not be fair, and yes, it doesn’t take into account that you can live a productive life while blind, but it’s pretty damn prevalent. And that’s not going to be fixed by blind people yelling at sighted people for asking other sighted people to be thankful for working eyes. Blind people who live in developed countries have a lot of opportunities blind people living in the rest of the world don’t have, and for the blind people living in the developing world, life is a lot more difficult than it is for their sighted peers. Hell, life is difficult for blind people in the developed world. We bitch about it all the time. And I think if we’re honest with ourselves, if we were given the choice to gain sight, minus the adjustment period, a lot of us would take it. How many of us enjoy that eighty percent unemployment rate, or having to advocate for accessibility for all the selfish reasons like “I need to do my job”, “I want to play this game”, “I need to get my grocery shopping done”, ETC.? Spoiler alert: We don’t. Some of us have learned to love accessibility, and maybe we don’t even remember a time when we didn’t enjoy working to make the world a more accessible place for everyone. But loving accessibility and being willing to advocate for it are learned skills, not skills we’re born with or even skills we learn early in life, and I promise you there are days and even long periods when it’s all tiring and you just want to quit and live a normal life not caring about anyone else and not giving a damn about accessibility. So yeah, I think a random sighted person on Twitter asking other sighted people to be thankful for working eyes isn’t worth yelling over, and if it pisses you off enough to yell, then take a break from social media for a while and go outside.

This is going to be one of those posts where I get to piss off the right and the left at the same time. Regarding government officials, non-governmental email and government business, there are multiple things that are true at the same time: First, using non-government email to handle government business is problematic, for several reasons. Second, no one should be locked up for using private email to handle government business. Not Hilary and not Ivanca. Third, if the government wants to prevent people from using non-governmental email as opposed to its own infrastructure, then it needs to update its infrastructure. There’s a reason people choose to use non-governmental email, and it’s because by using non-governmental email they have a lot more choice when it comes to the user interface needed to handle email, and that matters. A lot. Fifth, please stop saying private email. Unless the mail being sent is encrypted at the sender’s and receiver’s end, it’s not private. Sixth, if you think there’s something special under the hood that causes governmental email to work differently than non-governmental email, you are sadly mistaken and I will suggest, (in the friendliest of manners possible), that you go spend some time reading up on email and how it works. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
My Facebook archive is finally ready. Time to download and then spend time, (although not tonight), adding Python 3 to my path so I can run Ditchbook and import all the content into my own website. I of course will turn of syndication while this is being done because there’s a lot of content here. I still need to finish the work on my “Subscribe” page, add some stuff to my menu, and probably write something on the structure and philosophy of this site. The next step will be pulling everything out of Goodreads and beginning the process of owning my updates on the books I’m reading. I will restart the photo challenge at a later date, (probably later on this week), since I missed Saturday and Sunday.
“If you did not request a copy of your Facebook information, your account may be compromised. Please take steps to secure your account.” I wonder how many people see that message and immediately think their Facebook account’s been hacked? I’d love to think that Facebook is just looking out for its users’ best interests, but well, given their decade of shady practices and their obvious lack of interest in fixing all the problems, I have to believe that this is just a scare tactic to keep people from downloading full archive, since that’s a good sign someone might be attempting to break out. I’m still waiting on my archive to be generated and we’re going on twelve hours. There’s a lot of data here and I’ve requested it in json format with high-resolution media so it’ll be interesting to see how long this actually takes.