My laptop being on repair for a couple days is one of the best thing that has happened to my phone. Suddenly, everything is updated. And there's several new on it, too, because browsing seemed like the best way to spend my time. Among them, I especially like:
Feeel: A workout app that has pretty clear descriptions of exercises, and uses text to speech for announcements! The most one I've found so far. Now I just need to turn those reminders on and actually use it ...
Loop Habit Tracker: The checkboxes inside the app aren't labeled, but the yes&no buttons in the notifications work quite well, as does everything else in the app. A really useful addition for someone who is as easily forgetful and as much of a procrastinator as I am. I might actually remember to water the plants more regularly now!

Random realization of the morning: In Spanish, when you want to address someone politely (I.E. instances in which you would say "sir/gentleman" in English) you use the word for knight, which literally translates to something like horseman. I knew this, of course, but the weirdness of the situation dawned on me when a station worker at my local subway station tried to get someone's attention by going "hola, caballero" (hello, sir), and I started thinking of how absolutely awkward it would be if someone came up to you in an English speaking country in the 21st century and was like "hello, horseman!"

Kind of refreshing to start learning an Indoeuropean language (German) after working on an isolate (Korean) for a while. Even though it's of a different family than my native one, things still seem to make quite a lot more sense in quite a lot less time. I hope I'll eventually get to a decent level in both of them, but I feel like German will take a little less effort to understand for sure.

Weird comments on blindness by strangers 

This morning, as I walked up to my apartment building's door, a guy who had been walking close to me approached me and told me that they had really good doctors in Ukraine who could help me heal. I am blind, and had to get my eyeballs removed when I was 5 months old. He was surprised when I politely told him i wasn't interested. I know he probably meant well, I know he doesn't know my diagnosis, but this is exactly why it kind of bothered me. You must be seriously lacking in medical knowledge to approach the first random blind person you see on the street to offer them treatment. You must also be lacking common sense, because I could have not taken it too well. Am I insane?

Unexpectedly deep thoughts about time dedication and motivation 

It's strange to think that it has taken me this long to see the beauty and depth of the field I've chosen to dedicate my life to. In periods of high mental activity and motivation, I realize how much time I've lost, and I'm still able to think that most of my life is ahead of me and I can still fix this, learn what I now wish I would have spent so much more time learning in the past. But I can't help being scared of the next period of dullness, and wondering what silly thing will pull me out of it. Either way, I'm feeling quite positive now, and will ride the wave while I can.

I have forgotten about the Fediverse for much too long. This has to stop happening. I feel like I say this every time I come back. I'll try again :D

captcha rant 

I honestly want to see every poorly implemented CAPTCHA treated as an ADA violation. I want to see Google get hit with a hefty fine every time someone with limited mobility or impaired motor skills or someone who is neurodivergent is prevented from accessing a web service in a reasonably timely manner. They'd be bankrupt in a day.

my friend who teaches kids, just schooled me on tentacles vs arms

So, was down to the 2 rock songs at least in the public votes this year. I personally preferred Finland, I kinda find Italy’s song a bit generic, but I’ll take it over Switzerland.

Language learning, anxiety when beginning to speak 

How does one manage to push themselves to start trying to speak a language they're learning? I know I won't improve just by writing, reading and listening. I know it won't work, and it doesn't. I love languages, and giving up is not something I want to do. But it took me five minutes to mentally prepare to start a practice call request on Lingbe, and the moment I didn't have the word I needed, my mind went "not responding" for a few seconds and taskkilled itself. The worst part about it is that, while it would help me to have a translator ready, I start pacing the moment the call connects and I cannot stay next to my computer.

When you spend so much time around computers that you accidentally type PCRE instead of PCR to refer to a Covid test.

Expats and how they are treated 

All of this to say that people need to stop being selfish. Say hi to people, even if ther eis a chance of them not understanding you. If they are interested in conversing further, they will make it obvious. Of course some may just want to do their job, and that's just as acceptable. But I wish people wouldn't be so quick to dismiss others because they look different and communicate with their peers in their native language.

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Long post, expats and how they are treated 

I visit their stores whenever I can and they have what I need. I help their small business, they get me what I need. Since I am unable to browse the shelves and pick things up for myself, I ask them to do it for me, and there is never, ever an issue.
Today is the third day I go to a Pakistani bakery two streets away by myself. I bought four samosas and, as an afterthought, asked the storeowner to throw in a couple of sweets as well. He only gave me the samosas. I paid for them and noticed right after. I apologized, politely told him I thought he had missed my second request. He immediately put the sweets in a separate bag and refused to charge me for them. I did everything I could to offer him what the items would have cost, but he insisted that it was a small gift. This is the second time this latter part happens at this store. All I do is ask them how they are when i enter, and ask about their product. Nothing more.

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Long post, expats and how they are treated 

I live in a part of town that most consider distasteful, and even slightly dangerous. A large part of the population was not born in this country and doesn't speak the local language. Many of the people are older folk and cannot learn it to a fluent level, and speak enough to survive. They open up little stores and restaurants whenever they can. A lot of us locals treat them as inferiors, and impolitely disparage the little language skill they have.
Being nice to them is not hard. Use simple vocabulary, limit slang, be a decent human. I try to do this, always. It pays off.
I wish more people would think about what their lives would be like if circumstances forced them to move to a country in a different continent, with a language fundamentally different from theirs, at an age where you can't just pick it up. Sure, not everyone's an amazing person, but I think most people just want to understand and be understood.

Question for folks who use screen-readers:

On a website or document, how would you prefer people to format a logical progression, for example in a software menu?

I often use the "greater than" symbol, like so: File > New > Text Document.

I've used in the past the arrow mad of two characters "->", but I suspect that might be appalling for screen-readers...

Which one(s) of these options do you prefer? Or something else as a reply if you want.

Boosts appreciated.

Request for help with cover art 

Sooo... Apparently Bandcamp requires cover art. I have never, ever in my life even considered that this could be a requirement. Therefore, not only am I unable to make any because blind, I also have absolutely no idea what I would want because I'm not sure what you would usually find in cover art to begin with. Does anyone have any ideas? All of my current music is on my Soundcloud (link in my profile).

What's the proper name for cheesy, rompler-y, corporate, very quantized music?

Second issue, account-based genre tag? Really? I'm sorry I haven't quite found my thing and my music is all over the place hahaha

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Aight soooooo time to look at this Bandcamp thing. First problem, should I literally just go by guilevi like I do everywhere or find a badass artist name? Yeah nevermind I'm bad at naming things let's goooo!

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