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I used to just recycle, but since learning how few plastics actually get recycled, I've reduced my single-use plastic consumption by:

🐋 Switching to shampoo and conditioner bars instead of bottled, and from shower gel to bar soap (like we all used as kids)

🐟 Using glass containers and a set of stretchy silicone covers that fit over my bowls for leftovers instead of plastic wrap in the kitchen

🌱 Using reusable silicone bags instead of disposable plastic ones

🐢 Bringing my own stainless steel bottle or cup if I'm getting a drink outside of my home

🦀 Carrying a set of bamboo utensils for takeout (and choosing places with compostable takeout containers)

🌊 Using stainless steel straws or no straw instead of plastic

🐚 Buying produce without wrapping (farmer's markets are great in summer) & bringing my own containers for spices in bulk

I'd like to give a 👎 to Whole Foods, which sells in bulk but makes you use their plastic bag or container. Guess where I don't buy in bulk!

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@fdroidorg Note, when you use the Unicode math characters to create "italic" text, it will not be readable to screen readers, as they do not know it's regular text. Your "italic" portion in the post above is read by VoiceOver as "dot h h h".

I've written a blog post about this with some info:

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I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

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Amazon: Look at all these trees we plant in Brazil and electric delivery vans we're trialling!

Also Amazon: *shreds millions of perfectly good items a year in their larger warehouses because they didn't sell them quickly enough*

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the bible doesn't say that jesus didn't have a wicked cool sword on him at all times, so that's what i choose to believe

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@Superfreq @PleaseCaption


Absolutely will do in the future. Our apologies.

For the record, the photo in the prior post shows Jeri, a lady with red hair and wearing a T-shirt, holding one of her inventions: a retro-looking game console, with an embedded hi-res 5 inch screen.

Hi there. I have not gotten any response from you about potentially adding image descriptions to your posts yet. Maybe you missed my first message? I've heard that Antifa is a disability rights supporter, and it seems that ableism would go against your principals so I assume it's not that I'm being ignored.
Image descriptions are helpful for and users, but also some people and those on low bandwidth connections or strict dataplans who do not want to load images.
Some instances now offer automatic OCR which can grab text from images for you, though it does require some basic proofreading for accuracy. Also, there is a bot: @PleaseCaption who will remind you when ever you accidentally post an image without a caption.
It isn't necessary to be extremely detailed or to write especially well, even if it's nice, because something is pretty much always better than nothing when it comes to alt text.

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Dragonborn paladin!

(yes I still have to take properly-lit pictures because every fabric involved is iridescent in a different way 😩)

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Back in 2019, the US billion-dollar clothes brand GAP told the Aboriginal-owned social enterprise Clothing the Gap they couldn't use the word "gap" in their name, because they own it.

Boycott the hell out of GAP. Name and shame them, and send them complaints. They made it incredibly more difficult for an Aboriginal-owned social enterprise run by a majority of women.


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Clothing the Gaps (they had to add the "S") now have 42 days to sell their stock of clothes that have the word "gap" on them.

Support them - I own a shirt and it's excellent stuff.


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our ideas of what bicycles looked like when they roamed the earth are based on an outdated understanding of their skeletons… when they were alive they were probably mostly feathers and meat

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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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canid behaviour, hello this is one of my niche interests 

@calculsoberic @schratze
So, wolf packs are basically family groups so there's a (relatively flat, but visible) hierarchy primarily based on age and experience. Wolves in the wild usually choose their leader in certain situations based on who is the most competent at whatever they're doing (so, at hunting, scavenging, finding a place to sleep etc). Packs of dogs exhibit the same behaviour if left to their own devices! The idea of a single alpha wolf who holds power over the rest of the pack is therefore largely a myth.

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When the jaws open wide
And there's more jaws inside
That's a moray

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when an agender person comes out, should they host a gender repeal party?

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covid vaccine 

glad that scheduling and getting my first shot was simple enough, but mildly unenthused that being a Moderna recipient means that once I die I will become a servant to a Pfizer vaccine receiver in the afterlife.

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brb i am imagining a scenario where only one spell from fantasy tabletop games becomes available in real life -- but it's detect magic.

so the only application is periodically checking if anyone around you is using detect magic.

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"You are beautiful."
"I bet you say that to everyone."
"I do. And I mean it, every time."
"Is that how you cope with the job?"
"No. If anything, it makes it harder. But then, nobody promised me it would be easy." Death grinned. "Shall we go?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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How can I easily tell (on a phone) if an image has alt text or not on Mastodon. Would be great if Mastodon visibly flagged images that don’t have alt text with a warning in the interface so we know not to boost posts that don’t have it.

#accessibility #a11y

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