I really identify with flightless birds just not doing the liberating and awe-inspiring thing their whole species is known for doing.

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Since @lrhodes just recently suggested that there should be a feature to hide inaccessible posts, and @gemlog reminded me today that folks might not even realize their names and toots might be hard for some people to read unless they are told, I guess it is my duty now to write another round of educational posts.
Hmm, this isn't really my area of expertise ... maybe I should just go find some old one and reboost?
Nah, let's do this.
In this thread, I'll list a couple suggestions for #Accessibility adjustments you can do to help out people who are #Blind, #VisuallyImpaired, or those who for other reasons use a #ScreenReader. Boosts appreciated!

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The imperial boomerang or Foucault's boomerang is the thesis that governments that develop repressive techniques to control colonial territories will eventually deploy those same techniques domestically against their own citizens.


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New research explores the possibility that knee cartilage is more adaptable than previously thought, and that, far from causing arthritis, running may make it stronger. nytimes.com/2020/10/21/well/wh

And here's the paper: peerj.com/articles/9676/

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anyway, here's a tutorial I've been working on recently about Inform 7 (a commonly used language for making interactive fiction): catn.decontextualize.com/infor

it takes a somewhat unusual(?) route through the material, showing you how to implement your own actions, properties and relations before showing you how to use the built-in stuff (like "take lamp" and "go north"). I think this approach makes it easier to understand how Inform's syntax and the standard rules/world model actually work

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Did an abysmal job with my weekend habit of catching up on RIL articles from this week.


Ran across this weirdo pieboy while walking the dog. Tried to move that leaf out of the way for the shot, but it embedded in the shroom. Second pick is if some nearby friends. Possibly earlier stage of the same variety?

Seems to me it wouldn't be too difficult to automate the process to some extent, so that typing a certain number of non-standard characters into the text field automatically checks the box, though maybe that would detract too much from the benefit of raising awareness.

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Idea: a checkbox under the text field that marks a post as "not screen reader friendly," with a corresponding user setting that skips posts so marked.

Benefit 1: Marking posts would allow people who rely on screen readers to filter out disruptive posts.

Benefit 2: Simply presenting the option will make people more aware of how non-standard posts exclude some followers.

Ellison's Invisible Man is the closest thing to "the great American novel" that I've ever read, and the reason it's routinely ignored by school curricula is that it cuts too close to the heart of the matter for comfort.

Social Media Platforms By Favorite Pet

Facebook: dog
Reddit: doge
Twitter: bat
Tik Tok: cat
Instagram: potbelly pig
Mastodon: mushroom

Re-conceiving social media activity as a form of publishing, especially in light of the way federation makes true deletion practically impossible.

It's amusing how new technological habits sometimes end up approximating old cultural patterns. Weekends are turning into the time that I go through and either read or delete all of the leftover online articles and blogposts I saved during the week. Which is not that different from settling down with the weekend edition of a paper, something I didn't do before and never meant to pick up.

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The word "bear" is thought to be the oldest known euphemism. It originated as as alternative to saying the true, taboo name of the animal, when it was thought that saying this name could summon the creature's wrath. The leading theory about the word's origin is that it derived from the proto-indo-european ǵʰwḗr, meaning wild animal.

The real word for bear derives from the proto-indo-european h₂ŕ̥tḱos. From this, we get the ancient greek ἄρκτος (árktos). Because Ursa Major (the bear-like constellation) is towards the north, it's from this root that we get "arctic", which basically means "land of the bears".

Speaking of Ursa, that's also derived from the proto-indo-european word for bear, h₂ŕ̥tḱos. It became orssos in proto-italic and ursus in Latin.

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🎉 Check out BubbleTea, a powerful little #golang framework for fancy terminal UIs, that I have been working on with @meowgorithm and toby@mastodon.technology!


Obviously a framework without components would be like a Bubble Tea without Bubbles. Of course you got to have a bunch of Bubbles!


(Totally inspired by The Elm Architecture)

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