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CSS Style For Identifying Undescribed Media 

Recently, several users expressed a desire for a way to quickly check if the images in the toot they were about to boost were described. It would be nice if Mastodon itself offered warnings for that, as well as for forgetting to describe media in your own posts, but until then, this is actually one problem admins can fix on our own!
All you need to do is go into the site settings and add a bit of CSS code that will display a red border around any undescribed media. There are two examples available, depending on how subtle or noticeable you want the border to be; experiment and see what you like!
Thanks to @IngaLovinde for thinking of the starting code and @FiXato for improving on it! They did all the work here; I am just sharing this along.
Open this post in a new tab and look at the image to see how this can look like. The example image is my avatar, described in another pinned post.

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Profile Picture Info 

I have a new profile picture, thanks to the amazing @pixouls!
You can find more things Pixel has done on their site:
And if you'd like to support them, they have a Liberapay profile:

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Interaction Requests 

Don't follow me unless you have a filled out bio, a pinned introduction post, or at least a few posts to let me know who you are.
Do feel free to DM me without asking first. Same goes for boosts; generally if it's public/unlisted, it's fair game.
Don't bother flirting; I probably won't even notice. Mentions of NSFW things won't give me a heart attack, but I won't have much of an opinion about pics for ... obvious reasons.
Do please let me know if I ever make you uncomfortable or otherwise do something wrong. I can be dense at times, but I am here to pay attention and improve. Saying I support BIPOC, disable and LGBTQIA people is one thing, doing that is another, and I want to be in the second camp.

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Favorite Game: Code 7 

After it was deleted by mistake, I was unsure if I should post this again, because my interest in the game is (surprisingly) waning. Perhaps because I feel less and less certain it will get an ending. But it is still a beautiful example of an accessible game, and the developers deserve a couple bucks, so:
In Code 7you play as a hacker trying to save humanity from complete annihilation. Gather information, hack everything, guide your partners through dangerous situations and earn their trust. Beware the AI that REDACTED
It is a text adventure, but with voice-acted dialog and pretty good music. It has autocomplete, subtitles and a mode for blind players.
If you like story-driven games with complex characters and plenty of twists, this might be the right game for you! Episode 0 is free, so how about you find out? :)
Steam (the only option with achievements, unfortunately: (DRM free):

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Why I Delete Old Toots 

Nothing I post is so unprecedented that people will still find it useful several years later. There are enough wonderful toots posted every day that there's no reason to backread through my entire profile instead, except perhaps for doxxing purposes.
So, since I like keeping things tidy, I use Forget to delete every post of mine older than 4 months, except for the few that I've decided to keep. If you'd like to do something similar yourself, you can learn more here:
Fun fact: I've had to repost this exactly because it got deleted by mistake. So do take care to mark the things you wish to keep. Also, check if your profile is in any web archives; mine is, unfortunately, and it does make you wonder what the point is. But I'll keep on doing it anyway; small steps are better than nothing!

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pain; anti vaxx 

I was diagnosed with gallstones in MAY. normally it would be a matter of days or weeks to remove my gallbladder and make this pain impossible. But I'm on a very long waiting list. Last weekend it was in the news yet again that my local hospital had to cancel surgeries because of covid patients. So the waiting list keeps getting longer and longer. I'm literally screaming from pain, thanks to all the people who have 'good reasons' to not get vaccinated.

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CW: rape culture

QT lucymirandaward: The epidemic of drinks spiking targeting young women - students and not - in nightclubs has a horrific new variant: injecting women in the back or leg with the same drugs. I asked my daughter - first year at a UK uni - if she had heard of it and she sent me this:

Food (non-veg) 

A few weeks ago I was trying out plant milks. Today I'm super proud of the crispy bacon I managed to make. I've been able to lessen my meat intake, but clearly I don't yet have the discipline to go completely without. One day, perhaps ... but probably not. Instinct's stronger than morality.
It did turn out really well though! For the first try, that is. There are still things I need to improve -- cutting the bacon thinner, not cooking in clothes I intended to wear the next day as well because damn is that grease dangerous! -- but the resulting sandwich already disappeared far too quickly.
As per the recipe's advice, I have a jar of bacon drippings in my freezer now, awaiting re-use. Haven't decided what to do with them yet. Perhaps I'll use them tomorrow, wen I'll attempt to find out what these hash brouns are all about.


That class (An Introduction to Technical Writing) is another of my favorites right now. Nigeria wasn't chosen as the country we have to research at random; we all have to read at least one of Chimamanda Ngozi's books (which I love so far!) and, by the end of the month, decide which topic mentioned within them we wish to do a presentation about.
Is this a class where we will learn how to properly name our sources? Sure. But it's also an anti-racist class, and that's awesome.

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Well, since I'm just copying my uni notes onto Mastodon now so I can avoid having to think of new and original content, let's do the same for homework!
"For Home Assignment 1, find three interesting facts about using three different online sources (e.g. Wikipedia, blogs, homemade YouTube videos, general articles etc.). Each interesting fact should be checked in two academic sources (e.g. scholarly articles and books, academic/credible websites etc.)
Submit a report in which you detail the three interesting facts as well as all the sources used for each fact (give the full details for each source as in the course slides). Critically assess each interesting fact - is it true, 'fake news' or disputed/impossible to verify?"
(Hashtag, of course, added by me.)
Does anyone have any cool sources they'd like to share with me? I can and will look for them myself as well, but if I can make my life a little easier, why not?

Sonet, femenist theory, Class Notes 

"Sonets were written from a masculine point of view; the male was the speaker, the woman just an object of gaze (the cult of heteronormative patriarchical love). The woman is portrayed as being unobtainable in two senses; because of her being of a higher ran, and because of her exceptional beauty.
This is a subject of torment for the poet, yet he never expresses his love, merely observes from afar; the woman has no say in this, and indeed is often accused of being reserved and aloof. If she were not kept at a distance, after all, it might turn out the love was not unrequited at all.
The focus is on imaginary sufferings of the male lover. The poet seemingly talks about the lady in order to keep the focus on him, his emotions and his inner self. By keeping focus on himself like this he can then display his own skills and knowledge of the topic that is actually discussed in each sonet."
Fun class, huh? :ms_big_smile:

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OK Mayana, you can't just keep all your school notes in ever-increasing numbers of unsaved Notepad++ tabs. At least use this break in classes to organize Thursday's notes, will you?

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Canpol, land acknowledgements 

As if it wasn't already clear that the government in power sees the relatively new ritual of acknowledgement that the indigenous peoples never actually gave up their land is not reflective of who they think actually owns the land...

The province of New Brunswick has told its employees to use "ancestral" rather than "unceded" and are currently fighting the nations in that area in court about land title.

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@Mayana It is her decision. Not mine. I just think a lot of accidents could be prevented by using the proper aids in general.
And the public spaces need to be accessible. It needs to be normal to think of people with disabilities in the Basic designing process. This will help educate the people.
A ramp for those who can't walk well. Pictograms for those who can't read or don't speak the language. Audio aids for those who cannot see. And so on. It needs to be normal.

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@blindscribe "Techniques to make your content accessible abound. They are no more than a quick search away should you care to try. Once a user (a fellow human) has raised a problem, you would have to actively work to ignore it. Which might make you kind of a jerk."
Heck yeah! I need to bookmark this blog post, I've had many discussions where it would apply, and I'm sure more will follow. Not that it will work all that well on said jerks, but one can try.

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I wish more people would talk about how captioning and transcription tools are not accessible to screen readers. Blind people want to make our audio and video accessible too. I'm just so tired, y'all. Can't even caption videos! 😠. 😫.

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@Mayana this is similar to my experience using mobility aids. I was very lucky to have two thoughtful abled friends that made me see that it wasn't a weakness to accept I needed help, it was making the most of what was available. As they pointed out, cars are also mobility aids. It made such a big difference to my life & gave me more access & independence. And now I'm always trying to convince others the same.

I know an elderly man who is very disabled but refuses to acknowledge this, and this act makes his life, and the lives of those near him, more difficult. In his case, it's a mix of both ableism and toxic masculinity that governs his view.

It's so frustrating, but as ableism is embodied within the very structures of society and our minds, I don't see a way forward, other than ongoing activism around these issues.

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body positivity, gay gym and fitness culture 

I'm just listening to a discussion panel about gay gym culture, about fitness addiction as one of many eating disorders.
it's a disorder that affects mostly men (90% are men) and I'm a bit sad that men are so underrepresented in the body positivity movement.

I think information and awareness is a huge achievement of the movement and I think there is a big gap here, more men and masc folks should be adressed.

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I'd like to remind you all that while Firefox may not be great, Chrome is a lot worse and telling people not to use Firefox is just going to push most of them back to Chrome. Demanding that people go "all the way" and rejecting incremental steps is pretty high on the list of reasons why free/libre/open/non-megacorp software isn't more popular.

And yet, even the most masculine of men use hammers. But blind people all have pride issues with using canes. All of *us*. Because I went through a phase when I didn't want to use it too, and I've been blind my whole life.
I was lucky. For some reason I sobered up when told that if I got run over by a car without using a cane, it would be considered my fault in the eyes of the law for not using the basic preventative measures available to me. But others have to face much more harm before they admit to themselves that navigating more easily matters more than appearances.
I wonder what it'll take for this one. I don't wonder whether us humans will ever stop being so stubborn; of course not.

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It still never fails to be sad. Not only because it's not even reasonable; someone who wears sunglasses all the time to hide their eyes, bumps into things, is always seen holding onto someone's arm, well, they'll seem just as blind -- just even more helpless.
But also because these people are not using aids that help them overcome their disability just because they're so concerned about what others will think. It's like pounding the nail into the wall using a fist because otherwise you'd be admitting to yourself and the world that you are a weakling with thin skin and have to use the hammer.
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