Archive for : July, 2017

30 random questions.

I found this cool little linkup at The Dogladie’s Den.
It’s been an extremely long time since I’ve done a survey thing like this, so I thought I’d go ahead and participate. Here come 30 questions, and 30 things about me. By the way, I’m going to consider making this a page on this here blog.

  1. What did you want to be when you were a kid? Oh man, so many things! A nurse, a teacher, a figure skater, and a craftor, to name a few.
  2. Which “Friends” character do you relate to the most? Why? Believe it or not, I never watched Friends as a kid, so I really have no idea.
  3. Do you like your name? Why? No, I do not like my legal name! I think I associate it with long lectures from my mother when I was a kid. I do like the sudonym I use online though. “Hope” isn’t my legal name.
  4. Are you messy or neat? Lol, I’m extremely disorganized! This freaks my mom out heh.
  5. How tall are you? 5/4.
  6. How tall were you when you were 10? Hmm, I can’t remember. Maybe around 4/9-4/10? I’m really not sure.
  7. What is your guilty pleasure? I think I like chocolate and candy way, way too much!
  8. What are you saving money for right now? this $2500 affiliate marketing training course! Lol, I’m not sure I’m going to get there anytime soon.
  9. How many Pringles can you eat at once? Probably about half the can. After that it becomes a bit too much.
  10. Tea or coffee? I like both!
  11. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? I consider myself more of an introvert. Although I can be extroverted at times.
  12. What will be your Halloween costume this year? I don’t normally dress up for Halloween.
  13. Sweet or salty? Well, I definitely like both, but I’d say I lean more toward sweet.
  14. Favourite social media? Lol you had to ask me that, did ya? Twitter, Gab.ai, and Reddit.
  15. Who is the last person you kissed? Lol probably my mom.
  16. What is your favourite breakfast? Well I like a lot of things for breakfast. I usually eat cereal and/or poptarts, but I’ve been known to really like breakfast burritos and french toast.
  17. When is your birthday? August 25th.
  18. When did you start your blog? This particular one I started this year, although I have content going back to 2009 from my personal blogs. I actually started blogging in 2003.
  19. What is your opinion on the Kardashians? I couldn’t care less. Seriously, I just don’t care!
  20. How would you describe your style? Lol I don’t really have one when it comes to clothes. I just like what’s comfortable for me. As far as life goes, I consider myself fairly layed back and flexible.
  21. What colour is your hair? Brown.
  22. What colour socks are you wearing? Are you kidding? You think I’m wearing socks right now? No way!
  23. What is your dream job? Airline pilot or Astronaut.
  24. Dogs or cats? Definitely dogs! In fact, my parents said I’m going to have to take the cat back if they end up living in their fifth wheel for a while and I’m like no way, he’ll just go back to the shelter!
  25. What makes you weird? Lol many things. Probably the fact that I talk to myself, out loud on a regular basis. Or maybe it’s the fact that I go to the bathroom with the door open. Lol I live alone, so I can do that.
  26. Celebrity crush? I’ll never admit anything publically! So as far as your concerned, no.
  27. Opinion on cigarettes? It’s up to the person. I mean if you want to smoke, that’s fine with me but it’s a health risk.
  28. Do you want/have children? How many? Not sure, and no.
  29. Three favourite boy names? Seth, Eric, and Darren. The first 2 are from the Bible, the third isn’t. I also like the name Chase.
  30. Three favourite girl names? Well, obviously I like Hope, but I named myself that so yeah. Serine/Serene, and Trinity.

If you want to participate, copy and paste the questions from this page.

Top Ten Thursday.

I’ve decided that in order to have a bit more content and also have some fun, that I’d participate in more memes/linkups. I love doing these things! This one is called Top Ten Thursday, and the prompt this week is favorite Summer foods. So here it goes:
10 of my favorite foods that I associate with summer.

  1. Cherries, particularly frozen ones.
  2. Strawberries, so much so that I wish they had a longer season.
  3. Blueberries, again usually frozen.
  4. Chef salad.
  5. Hamburgers, OK, you can have those anytime, but I mostly associate them with summer because of the barbecue, I guess.
  6. Fried chicken. This is my favorite thing to have with my birthday dinner!
  7. Water melon. It’s really the only melon I like.
  8. Potato salad, especially my dad’s!
  9. Any kind of popsicles.
  10. Lemonade.

My trip to the dentist.

Lol yeah, I actually broke the longest streak in my life and went to the dentist today. I hadn’t been since 2009. I need 4 extractions, 2 of which are my top wisdom teeth. I also need like 3 root canals. Lol yeah, I said 3. I’m hoping my insurance will authorize sedation so that I can have the teeth pulled all at once.
I really need to brush and floss every day, (lol.) The reason why I didn’t is because I really am not a fan of the taste of toothpaste. Everyone tells me I need to use it so I just don’t brush. The hygienist told me not to use toothpaste, but to use a floride rince instead. She said I could pick either the adult flavor, or the kid’s one, because they both have the same amount of floride.

Got back Monday.

I was actually planning to stay an extra day, but the relatives I was going to stay with decided to change plans at the last minute. This was extremely annoying, because I had a room reserved and everything! They said they were going to take a longer route home so I’d have to pay for motels an extra 3-4 nights and wouldn’t get back by Tuesday. Well if I didn’t come back by Tuesday, I’d be making Melissa miss hours the next day.
I was able to cancel the room, and the lady at the front desk refunded my money in full, (yay!) I didn’t think they were going to do that but they did. If you’re ever in Vegas, the Best Western on the strip is the best place to stay! Speaking of going back to Vegas, (yeah, I actually want to do it in the summer again,) lol am I crazy, or what? I don’t know, maybe, just maybe.

Why we don’t need web standards.

Just the title is controversial, I know, I know. I’m probably going to get myself in trouble with well… everyone I follow on Twitter with my personal account, except for maybe a couple web developers.
When I found out the W3C approved a DRM spec for HTML 5, I was thinking who could make such a ridiculously stupid decision like that? We don’t need organizations that place extra regulations on the web and how it works. A set of universal design principles would work just fine. I’ve seen my own sites fail to validate. It’s ironic that this happens because well… I’m a screen reader user. You’d think that my sites would be 100% compliant right? Lol, think again! It was about 11 years ago when I realized standards just don’t work.
We have to keep in mind that accessibility is relative, for blind people more than most. When it comes to deaf people, usually they need closed captioning and that’s pretty much it. For us, it does depend on how proficient you are with your screen reader. Just as an example, I needed to change my email address on a friend’s mailing list, she told me that she didn’t think any blind person could do it. Once I found my password, I had it done in like 30 seconds. It’s hard to account for everyone in standards like this, and that’s why there are a tun of them and most developers either can’t or don’t want to take the time to study them, including me when I was going through PHP training.
A set of universal design principles and/or guidelines would be fine, but forcing sites to validate to comply with some imaginary regulations that don’t exist as of yet is well, just a waste of time. Yeah, I said regulations that don’t exist. As of yet, there’s no ADA amendment that mandates web access. I hope there never is one simply because it would cause most small services and/or personal sites to not exist anymore. I understand there’s a bit of effort to make a site accessible, and that it becomes a lot more laborious, and a huge pain in the backside when you have to retrofit your site. Most blogs and/or side projects would simply be abolished if retrofitting suddenly became a legal requirement.
I think the W3C should be mostly done away with, and the public, (including me,) should get the chance to vote on and set universal design guidelines that aren’t mandatory. The W3C can make suggestions to the guidelines, just as everyone should be able to. I could be naive here when assuming that most companies would follow the principles, and those that don’t would soon fall by the wayside. Then again, this whole thing could just be a bit of Libertarian optimism on my part.

My Suitcase is packed.

Melissa and I did that this afternoon, before leaving for yoga. Now all I’ll need to pack is meds, toiletries, and electronics before I leave. I’m bringing my laptop, but I’m also going to bring my phone, (obviously,) a lightning cable, the wall wart thingy, my keyboard and the power pack I got for Christmas last year, just in case. I’ll be using the personal hot spot feature on my phone while we’re there. Lol mom thought the plan was unlimited, unfortunately it isn’t and it would cost $50 to switch to an unlimited plan. Not that that’s all that much, I offered to pay an extra $30 every month to help with the cost. If I go over, it’s probably only going to be a gig or 2, and it’s $15 per gig so I can aford the $15-30.
Yoga today went well. I brought my phone to class, so I could record a sequence for practicing while I’m gone. This means I’ll probably need to bring a mat and strap with me. That’s OK though, because my instructor gave me both those things.

This makes 2000!

2000 posts on this here blog, that is. If I had all my content since 2003, it would probably be a couple hundred more by now. Oh hey, guess what? I have a link to those old entries, and it’s right here. They’ll probably exist as long as Diaryland exists, because well I forgot the password years ago.
So why am i up so late blogging? Well I’ve been doing other things, I intended to write this post sooner, but the time got away from me. Lol it happens, I suppose. I didn’t just come here to tell you this is my 2000th post, I came ere to write a couple more things.
The ACB convention got over Thursday, (technically it’s Saturday here already.) That same day, I got to do what I’ve been waiting for for about 4 years now. Yep, I signed up for a Lavabit email address! My email address transition gave me the pleasure of installing and configuring Thunderbird, which was extremely easy to do, I might add. Up until a couple days ago, it’s been like 12 years since I used an email client. In fact it was something I was proud of, as I’ve survived my share of client-related lectures. The only thing I have left to do is install it on the laptop so I have access to my email when I leave next week.

Thoughts from today.

I decided I’d post a couple things that have been on my mind today. I probably won’t make a list, as I don’t think there are enough of them. First, I’d like to wish anyone reading this a happy Fourth of July!
As I was listening to the ACB convention today, someone said, “we live in an age of innovation.” I agreed with them, what they were actually saying is something like, “we live in an age of innovation and development when it comes to accessible technology.” Again I agreed with what they were saying. If I were the one making that statement though, I’d probably say that we’re living in an age of liberation. There’s a reason for saying that though, and it’s the fact that so many things are becoming naturally accessible. At the convention each year, we get to hear from companies making accessible TV accessible, either via set top boxes, or the TV itself. We get to hear about Google and Microsoft making operating systems accessible, both things have very good built-in screen readers now. This year at convention, we actually heard from GM, (yeah, the car company!) They want to make driverless cars accessible. All this just means we’ll have more freedom to do more things. Of course, this is provided that one thing doesn’t happen. That’s the fact that legislation decides that driverless cars are unsafe, and companies can’t bring them to market. Of course for me, I hope that won’t happen! I also hope that I’ll be getting a ride share in my city soon. Unfortunately ride sharing services don’t want to come to rural areas like mine, but if they did, it would make a huge difference. All this to say that while we’re living in an age of liberation, there’s still much progress to be made in that direction.
Of course when we talk about liberty, we also must talk about surveillance and privacy. I hope one day to live in a society that’s fully anti-surveillance, unless there’s direct evidence, (not just reasonable suspicion,) of a crime. This brings me to the second subject I’ve been thinking about today, and that’s Lavabit. If you’re following my personal account on Twitter, (@hopeslife83, you’ll know the reason for this is because there’s a new Lavabit website that was just released. Not only that but we should be able to redeem the codes we received when we signed up later this week! This means I’ll finally get my Lavabit email address, (or the more accurate description of things is that I’ll get one for the second time.)

Conventioneering.

Last night, the anual convention of the American Counsel of the Blind started. I think I’ve listened almost every year since 2012, and this year is no exception. Unfortunately, I missed part of this morning’s session so that I could attend church. I should be able to catch all the sessions from hnow on though, and I’ll be able to go back and listen to the one I missed. Not only do they do streaming, but they archive everything!