I have unlimited texting and I only text 3 people ever I think my phone company looks at my bill and just laughs
I mostly text one person, but it’s maybe more ridiculous with the voice calls here. When my renewal came up, I switched over to a plan with I think 100 minutes instead of 600—because they weren’t offering any with unlimited data and fewer voice minutes. So I use at most 5 of those minutes a month.
One thing that continues to befuddle me is how so many providers here in the US have all sorts of different plans available for data service, but only one unlimited option for voice plans.
Seriously, I would actually come out better paying 25¢/minute for voice calls than using the unlimited plan. That’s how little I talk on the phone.
(Mainly because it takes so much effort for me to make out what people are saying, when I don’t have that issue with Hangouts or Skype because of the better sound quality. I might actually use a voice plan more if HD Voice were even remotely standardized among providers.)
glompcat replied to your post:I think I’m going to watch Battlestar Galactica …
I LOVE IT SO VERY VERY MUCH.
I feel like it would be easier to follow what’s going on here if I could recognize individual faces
then again I always feel like this during the first episode or two of a new series so
What they ought to do is make naming subtitles (I just made that up … I suppose you could also say “naming tags” or something). Instead of transcribing what everyone says and what sound effects there are (which would be done by a separate set of subtitles), each person’s name would appear on the screen for a second or two next to the person’s face as they appear on the screen, particularly when the character arrives at the scene or when the scene starts. If the character is so minor they haven’t been giving a real name, then their naming tag could say whatever it says in the script, such as “Bystander 1”, “Bystander 2”, etc. Names could also appear again if the appearance of a character changes during a scene, for example if there’s a food fight or something and now the characters are drenched in food. (I’m sure others can think of more prosaic examples, but I just woke up, this is what came to mind!) Naming subtitles could remain on the screen if the scene is dark and it is hard for anyone to see faces: this last use could help deaf people who cannot figure out who is talking by recognizing the voice (though improving captions to make more of a point of including the speaker’s name when the scene is dark would help a lot too. And maybe not making scenes QUITE so dark would help too.).Yes. I like this idea. It would make television so much easier to follow. This is part of why I don’t watch movies, honestly. I’ll memorize the cast faces by route by two or three episodes of a TV series, but it’ll take me half of the movie to get one or two people and I won’t have a clue what’s going on as a result.
About 20 years ago, I found I had to watch Dead Poets Society I think at least two or three times over before I finally started to be able to sort out all the faces, especially for all the prep school boys. Only after I could tell them apart did I finally realize there was an entire subplot in the movie, about a boy whose father didn’t want him in the school play etc., that I had completely missed the first time through because I couldn’t tell it was the same boy saying and doing certain things, and thus couldn’t connect certain scenes involving this boy with certain other scenes earlier in the movie that really altered the context. Good thing I liked the movie enough to keep watching it.
Then about 15-plus years later, I tried watching the movie again. And because I hadn’t seen it for so long, I again couldn’t keep any of the characters straight. I would have to watch it two or three times over within a sufficiently short time frame to re-remember their faces.
Movies set in British boy’s prep schools I think are especially bad for this sort of thing because they tend to be so homogenous: white teen boys, not a lot of diversity to help sort them out.
I think my ability to learn faces might be a little better than yours (I don’t have quite the same degree of difficulty with most movies), but, yeah, I do know what you mean.
There’s one movie I saw in the theaters some months ago that might be better than many at least for people with facial blindness. I forget the name, but a boy and his father (acted by Will Smith) crash land on a planet somewhere and the boy has to go trekking out in the wilderness to save his father. There are plenty of minor characters at the start and end of the movie, and some flashbacks with the mother and sister, but otherwise a lot of the action centers on the boy and his father for most of the middle of the movie. And the boy is just a young gawky teen, easy to tell apart from his father without needing to depend on the face at all.
Another thing about movies set in places like prep schools— it’s not just a lack of diversity in the individuals themselves, but also in their fashion. Everyone wears similar clothing, a similar hairstyle, etc., as part of the dress code. And one of the ways that I most vividly recognize people is by their sense of style.
Similarly, I’ve noticed that some of the shows that I’ve had the hardest times following took place in police precincts or military units. Characters that I probably could’ve distinguished from one another easily in a different setting, where they would have dressed more distinctively, were difficult for me to tell apart because of the uniform required by the show’s setting.
And this isn’t just an issue with TV and movies! I’ve had similar difficulties recognizing people from work when I’ve gone to formal events where everyone was dressed similarly.
Just realized why I hate leaving phone messages, even though it should ostensibly be easier than talking to a live person for someone with social anxiety.
Because I’m afraid my message won’t actually come out clearly (due to either my occasional lack of enunciation or phone line issues), and will end up sounding something like “This is Mumble Mumble. That’s mumble-O-I-mumble… You can reach me at 781-mumble-mumble.” Which makes it kind of hard to reach me, obviously, but with no way of knowing my message was unintelligible.
Or worse, that I’ll enunciate things clearly enough, but scramble things up as I’m saying them, which is something else that’s happened to me in the past. (That is actually how I lost my first local spelling bee— I saw the word clearly in my head, but the letters came out of my mouth in the wrong order when I spelled it out loud.)
At least with calling a live person, I can get confirmation that I said things clearly enough and that I didn’t experience any disconnect between my brain and mouth when I said it… but then the auditory processing issues kick in and I find myself asking for repetition quite a bit (or sounding foolish because something I misheard led to further misunderstandings).
Seriously, there’s just no way of winning for me, unless the place I’m calling was smart enough to have a text-based option.
I “love” it when crowdfunding campaigns for films aimed at the larger disability community can’t bother to even look into the possibility of having their pitch videos captioned. Or, at the very least, including a transcript.
And if you’re not going to do that, the very least you could do is to indicate in the description that the budget for the final film includes captioning. Because some of us are understandably leery about contributing to a project that may not actually be accessible to us, even if it’s something that actually interests us.
Due to a recent ask I realize that a lot of people might not know about this way of blocking toxic users from their blogs and it’s not the ignore bs tumblr has.
As long as you have the IP address of the user, you can use this generator to create a code that you can put on your site or blog…
This could be useful for some folks.
Unfortunately, it is also EXTREMELY trivial to defeat. If the person you’re trying to block is using NoScript or RequestPolicy, the script will do absolutely nothing to them by default unless they specifically allow access to the script’s domain within their browser.
Argh. So someone can override the redirect?
How geeky would they have to be to know that though? I’m thinking of say parents who read someone’s Tumblr and the person doesn’t want their folks reading it.
Someone who’s determined might figure it out, but if, say, you point the redirect at a “blog has been deleted” type tumblr page, maybe not so obvious. Then again it sounds like you are talking about specific programs/addons/extensions so…
Yeah, the things I described are browser extensions that have to be installed, so it’d still work for banning non-tech-savvy parents, etc., who would leave everything set at the defaults. (Though at the expense of also banning non-tech-savvy siblings connecting via the same router.)
But if you’re trying to ban heavy-duty trolls from your blog, yeah, it ain’t gonna work.
For that matter, it also probably won’t work if the people in question are viewing your blog from a smartphone, because Tumblr serves up a special lightweight theme when it detects a mobile phone browser. So there’s that as well.
I wish more musical artists would add their lyrics to their videos on YouTube as subtitle tracks.
Honestly, that is one thing I actually do miss from ’90s MTV. A lot of the videos they ran back then actually did have closed captioning… and there are some songs I would have had absolutely no chance at figuring out the lyrics to otherwise.
(I also vaguely remember a show on MTV where they would run music videos with a karaoke-style bouncing ball. Interestingly, these didn’t always agree with what the closed captioning said the lyrics were for the same songs…)