“places do not change
so much
as what we seek in them”

- Audre Lorde

@eastcoaststeph Oh, this looks so interesting! I’ll have to check it out soon. Thank you!

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in Norway, "up and not crying" is a not uncommon response to "how's it going" type questions, and I feel like that's a very reasonable standard to hold oneself to especially nowadays

@eli_oat That would be a fantastic area of exploration. I hope you get to explore it, in school or not, sometime—and hope you share the results of your exploration!

If you’ve spent hours hanging out at playgrounds recently, like I have, this piece on their history in urban geography is fascinating: historyworkshop.org.uk/revisit

“As cities have become increasingly hostile to children, particularly as automotive movement has been prioritised over play and other communal street-based activities, then the designation of specific child-focused sites for play perhaps represents an important way to signify that children and young people are valued members of society.”

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Apple released a 2-min film for International Day for People With Disabilities (which is tomorrow) and while I recognize the film is a lab-created marketing ploy designed to make me feel things, it’s also really heartening and inspiring to see a big company that actually takes accessibility seriously feature people with disabilities in a joyful and celebratory way. Recommended watching, esp if in tooling isn’t a thing you usually think about youtube.com/watch?v=8sX9IEHWRJ

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‘Civil servants are users too - it’s important they have access to services that are easy to use.’

I’m re-reading: Services for government users #GovDesign

My new advent calendar is gorgeous and useful and delightful. Makes me happy to open this every morning.

So maybe, just maybe, my personal blog, Flashing Palely in the Margins, is back up and running: inthemargins.ca/return-to-blog

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If you're like me, then you were really happy to learn about Mastodon's enthusiastic support for image descriptions, and you were really eager to join in.

Then you went to actually write something and realized you have no idea how to present visual information in a way that is helpful/enjoyable to those who are #VisuallyImpaired or #Blind.

I found this guide really informative: https://uxdesign.cc/how-to-write-an-image-description-2f30d3bf5546

Of course, I'd also love to hear any additional tips y'all might have!


@Dianepatterson Using Tweetbot meant no algorithmic timeline, which made Twitter a much better place for me than the few times I tried to use the web interface.

@anildash As a happy user of Buttondown, I have to put in a plug for its amazing Markdown editing. Makes formatting newsletters easy and enjoyable.

Things like the demise of Twitter (social media?) and the creation of ooh.directory make me want to revive my personal blog which I shut down earlier this year.

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“The terms social network and social media are used interchangeably now, but they shouldn’t be. A social network is an idle, inactive system—a Rolodex of contacts, a notebook of sales targets, a yearbook of possible soul mates. But social media is active—hyperactive, really—spewing material across those networks instead of leaving them alone until needed.”

Great piece by Ian Bogost on the end of the social media age in The Atlantic: theatlantic.com/technology/arc

@sboots Ha! Not sure awesome is the word to describe it. Obsessive? Perhaps.

In a surprise to absolutely no one, I was in the top 0.1% of Carly Rae Jepsen listeners this year.

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