Maybe it’s just me not understanding neurotypical social norms, but I still do not understand how putting in blue lights, changing your avatar to blue, or wearing blue clothes is even remotely supposed to make people aware of the existence of autism, much less what autism actually is.

I mean, if it was a shirt that said “talk to me about autism”, sure. But otherwise? I’d just think that it was a fashion statement or something.

So, I suppose now is as good a time as any to announce this Very Important Asexual News. (In fact, I was thinking about sharing it yesterday, but didn’t want people to think it was an April Fool…)

For the first time ever, New England Aces— or New England Asexuals, as we’ll be more formally known— will be marching as an officially recognized group in the Boston Pride Parade this year!

Are you an asexual in the Boston area who wants to join in? Sign up at http://meetup.com/newenglandaces (if you haven’t already!) and find the Boston Pride meetup on that page!

purplewowies:

carohoku:

Dear tumblr staff

I want to applaud you for your wonderful pro video. I really enjoying watching a minute 20 seconds video of people laughing and having no idea what they’re talking about. Nothing, no explanation, no subtitle, nothing at all. 

For a site that is famous for having so many social justice bloggers, you’re doing fabulously great with accessibility.

*thumbs up* 

Sincerely,
All deaf and hard of hearing bloggers on here

On the one hand, the video had no substance with the sound and I don’t think Vimeo supports captions (they might). On the other, deaf people need access to things with no substance as well and they weren’t required to use Vimeo.

Vimeo actually does support captions now.

And yeah, the video may have been a bunch of utter BS making fun of completely meaningless promotional campaigns… but at least it needs to be accessible utter BS. ;-)

carohoku:

Dear tumblr staff

I want to applaud you for your wonderful pro video. I really enjoying watching a minute 20 seconds video of people laughing and having no idea what they’re talking about. Nothing, no explanation, no subtitle, nothing at all. 

For a site that is famous for having so many social justice bloggers, you’re doing fabulously great with accessibility.

*thumbs up* 

Sincerely,
All deaf and hard of hearing bloggers on here

chavisory:

To a certain variety of autism parents on the internet:

I spent the better part of my life (currently clocking in at 31 years) having it made very, very clear to me that nobody else shared my perceptions or experiences.  That I was alone.  That what I felt didn’t matter to anyone.

So you really, really don’t need to talk to me like I couldn’t possibly understand that “not everyone shares your experiences.”

You can really find something else to waste your breath telling me.

Dear marketing people for a certain major US political party:

"Load images to see why you should chip in now" is not good alt text for an image.

It is especially not so when a fundraising e-mail, in its entirety, consists of ten images and a legal disclaimer… and the above alt text was used for eight of them.

People of Tumblr, time for yet another basic lesson on how the Internet works, because I keep seeing this in posts on Tumblr…

If you create a text post and embed an image by URL from another site, it does not create a copy of the image on Tumblr’s servers. Instead, when someone views the post, their browser will fetch that image from the remote server that you specified. As a result, the owner of that server will also see an entry in their request log with a referring URL of tumblr.com.

It’s generally pretty safe to do this for sites that are specifically for image hosting (imgur, imageshack, instagram, etc.), and for images that you yourself have uploaded, as those URLs tend to stay stable for years and those hosts explicitly allow embedding images on other sites.

But for other things? You’re operating under the assumption that the webmasters of those remote sites won’t block access to the image— which is very much possible if they’re running an actual business site and finding that a large amount of their bandwidth is being eaten up by viral Tumblr posts.

You’re also operating under the assumption that that URL will always point to the same image. Suffice it to say, many webmasters have been known, upon finding ridiculous amounts of entries in their logs from sites that hotlinked their images, to tell their servers to load a very different image when that URL is being loaded from the culprit site. In many cases, the replacement image is insulting at best, and not safe for work (when the original image was safe) at worst.

So yeah. In short: always use caution when linking to images hosted on other sites.

logicalcounterargument:

codeman38:

Seriously, why do so many satirists not seem to get that, if satire isn’t aimed sharply enough, it can have collateral damage? That, as with any weapon, you may end up hitting more than you intended to if you’re not careful?

You’d think this would be obvious, but given the sheer number of times I’ve seen comedians completely fail to grasp this, apparently it’s not.

To be fair, it’s not very easy to see even what damage is done to intentional targets. Satirists may know when they’ve properly skewered someone, but they rarely know how it feels to be that someone or what the knock-on effects might be. Easier on the conscience to just believe that no one is really getting hurt.

Hm, another good point.

Seriously, why do so many satirists not seem to get that, if satire isn’t aimed sharply enough, it can have collateral damage? That, as with any weapon, you may end up hitting more than you intended to if you’re not careful?

You’d think this would be obvious, but given the sheer number of times I’ve seen comedians completely fail to grasp this, apparently it’s not.

For some utterly inexplicable reason, Amazon MP3 sells a karaoke cover of the Allman Brothers’ “Jessica”.

For those unfamiliar with this classic-rock staple, it is a seven-and-a-half-minute instrumental. (Also known as the theme from Top Gear.)