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Changes, losses, and hope

If change was a one-word summary of the past year or past few years, it would be an understatement. It’s the word that popped into my mind when I read Eric Eggert’s year-in-review post about 2022. He talks about some practical changes around his home and his mode of transport, but the community changes he mentions hit home. He calls them losses, which is a more somber change. I consider these changes losses, too. The accessibility community I feel like I lost the accessibility community, too, but that really started a few years ago. I used to tweet a lot about accessibility, particularly in relation to technical communication, my professional field. I was even involved with the W3C’s working group for the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG). (Yikes! 19 years ago!) However, my day job has never been directly about accessibility. Accessibility has been a passionate interest of mine for…

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It’s 2023…

Tom Klaver speaks the truth: It’s so damn hard to get started! When I saw his toot on Mastodon, kindly boosted by Deborah Onoro, I decided to get started myself. Here is my first posting of 2023 and my first posting in a while! Mastodon is getting me back into social media again, and now it looks like it kickstarted this blog again. It’s nice when public knowledge sharing can be constructive, educational, and fun! This blog will continue to be whatever I want it to be. That is the point of having one’s own blog! I am sure there will lots on communication, sprinkled with accessibility and usability aspects. Once you learn about accessibility and usability, I find that you cannot unlearn them and you cannot “unnotice” issues around them when you are out and about. I view them as aspects of life, and not just a tiny corner…

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What I watched at CPH:DOX, part 3

Here’s the last post about what I watched at CPH:DOX 2021. This post continues the list that I started in my part 1 and part 2 posts. The Mushroom Speaks By Marion Neumann I chose to watch this film because I like Star Trek Discovery. In Discovery, the rocket propulsion system used is powered by… mushrooms! I love that Star Trek often takes real-world science and plays with it. I thought it was so cool that this science fiction used a rather unknown corner of the real science world. The film had what I will call some fluffy bits (talking to mushrooms), but the revelations about fungi in general was extremely fascinating. Someone called mushrooms “the archivists” or “the wisdom-keepers of the soil”. It turns out that the people of the Kalahari “call the fungal root system the navel of the world. It connects each and every thing.” I had…

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