I didn't want to have to go back to GitLab, but it appears as though Gitea is leaving me no choice. Unless someone has a better idea for a nice version control system that doesn't actively try to stop me from using it...
I got jabbed today! Does this mean I have an excuse not to work tomorrow?
And let's not even talk about code. A natural voice reading code is just... it just doesn't work. It just feels totally wrong. I need to navigate through code very fast. Not only do AI voices have quite a bit of latency, but if I'm quickly scrolling through a file I'm listening to the actual words just as much as I'm listening for familiar sequences of sounds. AI based TTS don't have that because things are ever so slightly different.
This also means that cloud anything is absolutely out. If you're making web requests to get your screen reader to speak then stop right now. I won't use it, you wouldn't use it, nobody would use it. I guess Apple can do this on their new devices because of the M1 platform, but even there you can absolutely feel the delay between pressing the key and the voice reacting to what you've done. The simpler the tts, the faster the response time, the happier I am.
I much prefer very algorithmic, synthetic speech for this. Not only is it very predictable in how it pronounces things, but it also speeds up much more. If you speed up, for example, Google's Wavenet voices, they start slurring words. This is obviously no good at all. It's authentic, sure, but it's annoying to me. I'm happy to use AI speech, for example the Siri voices that come with the new MacOS, if I'm reading something longer like a book, story and so on. But for every day use? No thanks. I think it's important that we don't get too carried away here. If I had the choice, I would choose a non natural voice. And that by quite a big margin. Here's your fun fact of the day!
I'm happy that we're getting more and more lifelike text to speech voices using AI, but here's something you might not know. These AI based text to speech voices can be unpredictable. It's not that they say things wrong or mispronounce any more than other speech synths do, but what definitely does happen is that it does not say the same string of text the same way twice. It might change the intonation, or even sometimes the speed of certain syllables from utteration to utteration. I use my screen reader with the speed very, very fast. Often I don't pay conscious attention to exactly what words are spoken because I've gotten so used to the text to speech voices that I use that my brain does this subconsciously. They have certain patterns that I can recognize and this tells me what the synth just said without having to understand every single syllable or word. This is important for reading short texts like names of buttons, window titles, web addresses, messages, usernames, etc.
Brutal Bass Drop
In today's edition of very loud wtf are you doing, I turned a tiny, unassuming pew pew laser noise into... these aggressive bass noises.
#AudioMo let's play Cycle Path, a game in which you're on a bike and need to avoid other cars, collect cash and jump ramps, all without seeing the screen! Game by @talon with sound design by yours truly. https://piotrs.site/audio/audiomo21/19-Cyclepath.mp3 #audio #noxp
For #AudioMo 6, I'd like to introduce you to a rather unique exploration game meets musical instrument, Sound Strider! This should really appeal to all you musicians out there.
This one ended up being longer so you'll probably want to just listen to it from the link below. Audio Description: Talking about the game, walking through a forest, a beach, some industrial zones, a city while pretending I know how to play the keyboard.
https://piotrs.site/audio/audiomo21/06-Sound-Strider.mp3 #audio #noxp
I'm a total Sidekiq noob and have no idea what Mastodon means with "No Sidekiq process running for the scheduler queue(s). Please review your Sidekiq configuration". Right!
Right. Some of the dead ones don't seem too bad. And it appears as though things are actually happening.
No Mozilla, I would very much not like to use your VPN. Thanks. No, my opinion didn't change in the 5 seconds FireFox wasn't open. No, my opinion isn't going to change the next time I open FireFox, either. You're going to ask me again regardless, aren't you? Can I just say yes to make you stop? No? OK. Hey Mozilla, would you like to use my VPN? Hey Mozilla, would you like to use my VPN? Hey Mozilla, would you like to use my VPN? *repeats this phrase a bunch more while fading into silence*
Since #GAAD is around the corner and you guys were so awesome at spreading the love re: image descriptions, here's something else I started seeing more often that's a bit problematic for blind social media folks. Please don't use fancy fonts in your display names. On Apple platforms they'll get read out very painfully, and almost everywhere else you'll just get silence! Have a look at and listen to this video to see what I mean. #noxp
And that's just the blind/low vision stuff. THere's gonna be assistive touch for watches, support for 3rd party eye trackers on iPads, and a bunch more stuff I'm forgetting. It's really cool they're giving things like this the spotlight this way
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