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Use safe mode to isolate issues with your Mac - Apple Support
“If you want to start in verbose mode as well [as safe mode], use this instead:
sudo nvram boot-args="-x -v"

“After using safe mode, use this Terminal command to return to a normal startup:
sudo nvram boot-args=""

apple  canonical  safemode  verbose  safe  boot  2019  nvram 
6 days ago by handcoding
Grammar Bytes! :: The Subject Complement
This page has a pretty great explanation of “subject complements” (which is where a word, such as a pronoun, could hypothetically be swapped in for the subject word), and overall, this looks to be a handy reference on when to use “I” versus “me” versus “myself”.
subjectcomplements  pronouns  me  I  myself  canonical  grammar  objects 
22 days ago by handcoding
The 5 Best Noise Reduction Earmuffs Review - NoisyWorld
(This is *great*.)
“I this post, I am going to review and rank the best noise cancelling earmuffs I have been able to find.

“I have owned and used all earmuffs in this review.

“I am also going to shed some light on what noise reduction numbers you should insist on when deciding which pair is right for you.

“The top 5 muffs in this article are excellent hearing protectors and are being sold as such.”
earmuffs  hearing  hearingprotections  3m  reviews  concerts  2019  canonical 
4 weeks ago by handcoding
What has focus?
This bookmarklet outputs the currently focused element to the Javascript console. (This is *very nice*!)

bookmarklets  accessibility  a11y  canonical  focus 
4 weeks ago by handcoding
Conjugation fix | Conjugate verb fix | Reverso Conjugator English
Oh, wow! This is a super handy site for conjugating verbs, such as for the present tense, present continuous tense, present perfect tense, future tense, and so on.
verbs  conjugation  canonical  2019  language 
4 weeks ago by handcoding
Flesch Formula for determining text readability? : grammar
This is that Reddit post where you offered that fairly detailed comment about the Flesch reading ease and Flesch-Kincaid grade level readability algorithms.
reddit  grammar  comments  flesch  kincaid  fleschkincaid  readability  canonical  2019 
6 weeks ago by handcoding
Jonathon Owen on Twitter: "Here's the breakdown (quotes from" / Twitter
If you should need a breakdown of the lawful good / neutral good / chaotic good (etc) classes, this thread has some handy definitions:

“Lawful Good: The Chicago Manual of Style
“A lawful good character ‘combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly.’ And boy howdy, is Chicago relentless—the thing is over 1,100 pages!

“Neutral Good: The MLA Handbook
“‘A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do.’ Look, the MLA Handbook certainly tries to do what’s right, even if it can’t make up its mind sometimes. Remember that whole print/web/ebook nonsense? Enough said.

“Chaotic Good: The Buzzfeed Style Guide
“‘A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him.’ Buzzfeed has great entries on gender, race, and disability and would probably recommend singular ‘they’ in that last sentence.

“Lawful Neutral: The Elements of Style
“‘A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs her.’ The Elements of Style, a.k.a. Strunk & White, certainly upholds a lot of laws and traditions. Are they good laws? Look, I don’t see how that’s relevant.

“True Neutral: The Wikipedia Style Guide
“A true neutral character ‘doesn’t feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos.’ Wikipedia doesn’t care for your edit wars. Just pick a style and stick with it.

“Chaotic Neutral: Wired Style
“A chaotic neutral character ‘avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions.’ Wired Style has a chapter called ‘screw the rules.’ It’s also printed on day-glow yellow paper, because screw your eyes too.

“Lawful Evil: The New Yorker
“A lawful evil character ‘plays by the rules but without mercy or compassion.’ The New Yorker uses jarring diereses to prevent misreading and sprinkles commas based on a hyperliteral idea of what ‘restrictive’ means. Tell me that’s not mercilessly evil.

“Neutral Evil: The Associated Press Stylebook
“‘A neutral evil villain does whatever she can get away with.’ The AP Stylebook used to say that two things couldn’t collide unless they were both in motion. They only changed it when @johnemcintyre finally called them on that BS.

“Chaotic Evil: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
“A chaotic evil character is ‘arbitrarily violent’ and ‘unpredictable.’ Have you ever seen APA-style citations? ‘Arbitrarily violent’ is the best description of that volume/issue number mess that I’ve seen.”
ArrantPedantry  twitter  2019  lawful  good  evil  neutral  lawfulgood  neutralgood  canonical  chaoticgood 
6 weeks ago by handcoding
Compersion Is The Word You’ve Been Missing Your Whole Life
(This may be your new go-to webpage about compersion, especially since Wikipedia seems to have merged their “compersion” page with their “polyamory” page.)

“This word exists in other languages. ‘Mudita,’ in Sanskrit, means ‘the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people’s well-being.’ ‘Unne,’ in Norwegian means ‘to be happy on someone else’s behalf.’

“Although the English language doesn’t have an official word for it, there is a lesser-known term for this beautiful feeling: compersion.

“Compersion cannot be found in the dictionary, but Wikipedia defines it as ‘an empathetic state of happiness and joy experienced when another individual experiences happiness and joy.’”
compersion  canonical  medium  2017 
7 weeks ago by handcoding
Copy Chrome extensions from one computer to another - Super User
(If you should need to recover your Chrome extensions from a backup, this looks to be the way to go:)
“1. Locate the extension folder from an existing installation. You should find it in

“Chrome user data directory → Extensions → {a 32 ‘a→p’ character hash}

“It should be fairly obvious which hash corresponds to which extension upon inspection, but you can often find a readme.txt, or a messages.json file in a _locales sudfolder, from which you can identify the extension. On my local system the hash for Adblock was cfhdojbkjhnklbpkdaibdccddilifddb (this is probably globally unique, but just check), and then there were versioned subfolders. Choosing the most recent version directory should be fine.

“2. Copy this folder to the new computer.

“3. Go to chrome://extensions in the target Chrome browser and enable ‘Developer mode’ by the checkbox in the upper right.

“4. Press ‘Load unpacked extension…’ and choose the version-number folder inside the desired extension folder.”
chrome  backup  extensions  canonical  migration  recovery  2014 
7 weeks ago by handcoding
German Lopez on Twitter: "I put up a piece today about why I went from skeptical of unions to very supportive of them. You should read it: But I wanted to do a thread on the seven big reasons I changed my mind." / Twitter
“I put up a piece today about why I went from skeptical of unions to very supportive of them. You should read it:….

“But I wanted to do a thread on the seven big reasons I changed my mind.

“1) A lot of my shift came from good organizing. Policeman @alex_kirshner took me out for coffee and heard out my concerns, addressing them piece by piece. @DLind, @kthalassa, and
“@dylanmatt talked me through a lot of my concerns as well.

“2) One problem is I took a pretty selfish and naive view toward unions. I wondered how a union could benefit me at a company where I already had a pretty good experience. Well, I quickly realized that my experience could seriously change with one corporate reshuffle or sale.

“3) Even from a selfish perspective, though, unions can help! The research, leveraging data that goes nearly a full century back, is pretty consistent on this: Unions produce a salary premium for the people in them.

“4) Unions are also an antidote for economic inequality. Based on the research, the decline of unions explains about 10 to 30 percent of the recent rise in income inequality. Depending on where and when, unions could be a dominant factor.

“5) Unions also balance out politics, creating a political apparatus that can counter corporate and elite voices that are so powerful in Washington, DC, and state capitols. One study found anti-union ‘right to work’ laws lead to fewer progressive electoral and policy victories.

“6) I worried that, even with these benefits, unions may have big downsides, like causing less employment. Some studies do find a small effect on employment, but others can’t detect an effect at all. That suggests the effect is small — and that has to be weighed with the benefits.

“7) Finally, I worried about a union protecting its worst members. This is something we’ve seen with police unions, which do all sorts of outrageous nonsense after high-profile shootings. But this quote from Marissa Brookes at UC Riverside gets at why I’m not so worried anymore.”
unions  canonical  vox  2019  germanrlopez  twitter 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
Tom Freeman on Twitter: "Should you use "e.g." or "i.e."? One approach is to look it up and follow the rule. A better approach is to remember that lots of people are unsure about these initials - so be clear and use words instead. "What's correct?" is les
“Should you use ‘e.g.’ or ‘i.e.’?

“One approach is to look it up and follow the rule. A better approach is to remember that lots of people are unsure about these initials - so be clear and use words instead.

“‘What’s correct?’ is less important than ‘What works?’ #editing”
ie  eg  latin  plainlanguage  canonical  SnoozeInBrief  twitter  2019 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
Expired Butter? Not Necessarily. Here's How Long Food Lasts | Taste of Home
“Skeptical about an expiration date? Not sure if expired butter is actually, well, expired? We’ve broken down how long most common refrigerated foods can last.”
food  dates  safety  foodsafety  2019  canonical 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
Molds On Food: Are They Dangerous? | USDA
“Are Molds Only on the Surface of Food?
“No, you only see part of the mold on the surface of food — gray fur on forgotten bologna, fuzzy green dots on bread, white dust on Cheddar, coin-size velvety circles on fruits, and furry growth on the surface of jellies. When a food shows heavy mold growth, ‘root’ threads have invaded it deeply. In dangerous molds, poisonous substances are often contained in and around these threads. In some cases, toxins may have spread throughout the food.”
food  mold  foodsafety  expirationdates  canonical  dates  2019  usda 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
possessives - "My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner" - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange
(This is a pretty definitive answer to how grouped possessives are formed in English—namely “my wife’s and my XYZ” rather than “my wife and I’s XYZ.”)

“Both approaches are linguistically sound, but only one is accepted as a standard; namely, ‘my wife’s and my’. Standard forms are chosen somewhat arbitrarily. This means that they don’t have some sort of objective ‘correctness’; it also means that you can’t argue for the correctness of a non-standard form based on logic. There are many logical ways to convey ideas, and one was chosen to be the standard. If you wish to communicate in a context where adherence to formal/standard rules is beneficial, then you should choose the standard form.”
possessive  english  stackexchange  2011  canonical 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
Hells Yeah Kells Yeah on Twitter: "I've had male friends before ask me what an appropriate compliment is, so here is an actual not even a joke trick: combine "rad", "cool" or "awesome" with an attribute the woman has control over. I have never been offend
(This is actually a pretty apt recap of how to compliment women—or people of any gender:)

“I’ve had male friends before ask me what an appropriate compliment is, so here is an actual not even a joke trick: combine ‘rad’, ‘cool’ or ‘awesome’ with an attribute the woman has control over. I have never been offended by ‘you have rad hair’ or ‘your boots are cool’

“The key is ‘something they have control over.’ They choose their clothing, hair, makeup, tattoos, shoes. Not their lips, eyes, or figure. I super appreciate someone complimenting things I chose to represent me.”
compliments  pkkaos  twitter  2019  canonical 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
OneLook Dictionary Search
This is a pretty neat site for looking up a word in multiple dictionaries at the same time. It’s pretty neat!
dictionaries  merriamwebster  ahdictionary  2019  lookup  editing  copyediting  canonical 
10 weeks ago by handcoding
What is the difference in usage between an em dash and an en dash? | CMOS FAQ Item
This may be the canonical Chicago Q&A answer summarizing how one can use em dashes and en dashes.
cmos  chicago  2019  canonical  emdashes  endashes  dashes 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
LawProse Lesson #209: Ban “and/or” – LawProse
(Garner on the scourge of “and/or”:)

“Although using and/or seems like a quick and easy drafting tool, it’s more of a quick and dirty one: it too often reflects a failure to think something through or to understand what the parties intend. It creates room for disagreement and litigation. After some practice, you’ll find it surprisingly easy and workable to avoid the phrase. In the long run, the extra effort you make to choose between and and or will save you much effort, money, or both.”
garner  lawprose  2018  and  or  andor  canonical 
11 weeks ago by handcoding
essays/ at master · dessalines/essays
This actually looks like a pretty great crash coarse on socialism (including some book recommendations).
books  socialism  canonical  2019  github 
july 2019 by handcoding
Resolve issues caused by changing the permissions of items in your home folder - Apple Support
“If you change the read or write permissions of items in your home folder, you might need to reset permissions to avoid certain issues.”
mac  macos  permissions  osx  2019  apple  canonical 
july 2019 by handcoding
Order of Adjectives | Grammar Girl
“Most native English speakers instinctively place certain adjectives before others. You may be surprised there is a quasi-official order for adjectives.”


“1. Opinion (e.g., ugly, beautiful)
“2. Size (e.g., big, little)
“3. Age (e.g., young, old)
“4. Shape (e.g., square, round)
“5. Color (e.g., black, yellow)
“6. Origin (e.g., British, American)
“7. Material (e.g., polyester, Styrofoam)
“8. Purpose (e.g., swimming, as in a swimming pool, sewing, as in a sewing machine)

“The first letters of all those qualifiers spell something that almost sounds like a word—OSASCOMP—and that’s how I remember it.”
adjectives  quickanddirtytips  2016  order  canonical 
july 2019 by handcoding
7 Ways to make your Tweets more Accessible | a11y with Lindsey
(This is actually pretty good.)
“I wrote a tweet thread a while back where I started talking about ways to keep accessibility in mind on the platforms we use such as Twitter.”
twitter  accessibility  a11y  2019  canonical  beginners 
july 2019 by handcoding
How to Buy, Prep, and Cook Salmon | Cook’s Illustrated
This is a pretty great write-up on how to prepare salmon.

The main tidbit—in part from @jillysull on Twitter—is to cook one’s salmon to ≈120°F and then take it off the heat. Then, while it sits, it’ll coast up to ≈140° or so.

jillysull  twitter  cooksillustrated  2019  salmon  fish  canonical 
june 2019 by handcoding
LawProse Lesson #127: Underuse of “that” – LawProse
“Although in many constructions it’s perfectly permissible — and even preferred — to omit that {the book I read last week}, the word is often useful and even necessary. We need it as a restrictive relative pronoun {the book that won a Pulitzer}; as a demonstrative adjective {that book is the one you want}; and as a conjunction {I read that the book was out of print}.”
that  canonical  lawprose  2019  garner  language  editing  plainlanguage 
june 2019 by handcoding
A Study of "So Bad It's Good" Movies - YouTube
This is actually a pretty great video about camp.
camp  video  canonical  2019 
june 2019 by handcoding
Trigger warning | Geek Feminism Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia
(This is a pretty handy intro to trigger warnings that you could pass along to folks who might not be familiar with them.)

“Trigger warnings are customary in some feminist and other Safe spaces. They are designed to prevent unaware encountering of certain materials or subjects for the benefit of people who have an extremely strong and damaging emotional response (for example, post-traumatic flashbacks or urges to harm themselves) to such topics.”
triggee  warnings  triggerwarnings  canonical  geek  feminism  geekfeminism  2019 
june 2019 by handcoding
Netflix 1080p - Chrome Web Store
This is that neato Chrome extension that enables 1080p playback on Netflix.
netflix  chrome  extensions  1080p  canonical  2019 
june 2019 by handcoding
⎯ | horizontal line extension (U+23AF) @ Graphemica
If you should need a tool to look up a Unicode character (that is, to get the name of a Unicode character from its glyph), this one does the job nicely.

via:qpheevr  unicode  lookup  canonical  characters  2019 
june 2019 by handcoding
Why (I think) "Cost of Living" pay for remote workers is BS. - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻
(This is that fantastic post about how companies should pay remote employees what they’re worth no matter where they live—)
“The ‘Quality of Life’ Argument is also BS.

“You can’t enforce an equal quality of life by scaling pay, because cost of living is a function of quality of life. Places like San Francisco and Miami are more expensive because demand is higher. Demand is higher because people think they are better places to live.”
work  remote  salary  pay  2018  canonical 
june 2019 by handcoding
ARCH Disability Law on Twitter: "#AccessAbility tip: Capitalize each word in your hashtag. This allows screen readers to detect each word and people with vision disabilities to hear the words individually rather than one long incoherent word. #Accessabili
“#AccessAbility tip: Capitalize each word in your hashtag. This allows screen readers to detect each word and people with vision disabilities to hear the words individually rather than one long incoherent word. #AccessabilityWeek”
accessibility  a11y  hashtags  ARCHDisability  twitter  2019  canonical  tips 
may 2019 by handcoding
Magic Number – The Calculator For Mac
This is actually a really nice calculator app for macOS—

✓ Supports menubar mode
✓ Supports keyboard shortcuts
✓ Automagically adds commmas for thousands and translates “x” to “×”

• The Loop had some pretty good things to say about it:
• And the reviews on the Mac App Store are pretty much universally positive

(So barring any unforeseen weirdness, perhaps this could be a replacement for Calq?)
magicnumber  2019  mac  macos  osx  software  calculators  calq  canonical 
may 2019 by handcoding
“Diversity of Thought” without Diverse Representation is Just Status Quo
(This post has a pretty great takedown of the fallacy of having differing political opinions or the like is a form of diversity—)
“The purpose of this post [is to] critique the mainstream usage of the term ‘Diversity of Thought’ as a way to hinder increasing underrepresented populations in the workforce.”

(And here’s the motherlode—)
“‘Diversity of Thought’ should be achieved as a result of diverse representation. Our thoughts and perspectives aren’t developed in a vacuum. The way we think, problem-solve, communicate, lead, see the world… is largely shaped by our lived experiences, often rooted in our identities. The way we achieve real ‘diversity of thought’ and reduce blindspots in organizations is by ensuring people from all walks of life are given seats and actual power at the table (inclusion and equity).”
diversity  medium  2018  canonical  thought  work 
may 2019 by handcoding
A Word, Please: Looking at a comma's role in a direct address - Los Angeles Times
via @MadamGrammar: “Why ‘Dear Jane’ doesn’t get a comma but ‘Hi, Bob’ does. The comma’s role in a direct address, by @JuneCasagrande”
via:MadamGrammar  junecassagrande  hi  commas  editing  dear  canonical  2015 
may 2019 by handcoding
An Internet Recipe Watchdog Speaks | TASTE
“When Erika Kwee wants to find the best recipe for chocolate cake, her process takes a bit longer than the average Google search. Kwee, who runs the blog The Pancake Princess, has gained a following (over 25,000 people on Instagram alone) from her bake-offs, where she tests recipes from across the Internet to determine the most reliable. Any online recipe is eligible for inclusion in one of Kwee’s bake-offs—be it from a digital or print publisher, cookbook reprint, food personality, restaurant, or blogger—and all are judged using a blind testing method.”
recipes  canonical  cooksillustrated  2019 
may 2019 by handcoding
That Standing Desk Might Not Be The Magical Solution : Shots - Health News : NPR
“‘The idea you should be standing four hours a day? There’s no real evidence for that,’ he says. ‘I would say that there’s evidence that standing can be bad for your health.’ A 2005 study in Denmark showed prolonged standing at work led to a higher hospitalization risk for enlarged veins.

“But standing doesn’t have to be harmful, says Lucas Carr, a behavioral medicine professor at the University of Iowa who was not involved in the meta-analysis. He thinks as long as you stand in moderation, you can still reap some benefits.”
desks  npr  2016  ergonomics  standingdesks  standing  health  canonical 
april 2019 by handcoding
There's No Such Thing as a Hypoallergenic Cat | Science | Smithsonian
(This post offers a pretty good rundown of how cat allergies work—)
“When a cat licks its fur to clean itself, the Fel d 1-containing saliva dries and becomes an airborne allergen. ‘When people say dander, what they mean are the proteins that are in the cat’s saliva,’ says Lyons. ‘When you’re allergic to animals, you’re allergic to several different proteins, but the cats have their own special one.’ Thanks to that protein, cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies.

“If a cat has more fur, it isn’t that they’re producing more allergens—it’s that they’re putting more allergens into the environment (which is why even bringing a cat into a home for a short time can bother allergic visitors long after the cat is gone). ‘The hair is a vector for the allergen to get around the house and get into the air,’ says Lyons.”

(And this bit from one of the comments seems kinda promising—)
“While I have no experience with Cornish hen cats, I can say that if you get the right Siberian, it’ll change your life. My 11 year old is ferociously allergic to cats, but loves them more than anything. After two hours in a local Siberian cattery, she was clear skinned and clear eyed, so we took home a little male. We lost him 5 months later due to a rare viral mutation called FIP, but not once did she have a reaction, it was a nice time for her”
cats  allergies  siberian  2018  smithsonianmag  canonical 
april 2019 by handcoding
Alex Haagaard on Twitter: "When abled people talk about "accessibility" at events they often mean step-free access and *maybe* captioning / sign language interpretation. What are some lesser-known accommodations that have helped (or would help) make event
“Some accommodations I’ve recently started asking for from conferences / workshops:

“- Lids & straws for coffee & cold beverage cups
“- Food trays
“- Accessibility maps with info about flooring type
“- Full ingredients list for all foods”

(Among some of the other items listed in replies—)
“quiet rooms (preferably with a space to lie down that isnt the floor) lighting that isnt on full blast in every space, if there's music its not turned up so loud people have to yell to have a convo, easy to read maps of the space”


“More chairs to sit in. As someone with a bad back and damaged hips, sitting on the floor is impossible, and it really sucks to not be able to stop and sit when I'm tired or in pain. Conventions never have enough chairs or sitting rooms available and it is certainly a turn off”


“also, if you make an app, give it the ability to download the whole schedule and access it offline without logging in. There's no point in making a ‘conference app’ that is just a shell on a website and doesn't cache any data.”


“Height-adjustable podiums for speakers. I'd like there to actually be low-allergen foods provided. Why does everything have to be packed with the top eight food allergens when these things have snacks?!?!”


“Low tables is a big one as a wheelchair user. I recently had to request them for an event because they only planned to have cocktail tables. Also any sort of bars or buffets need to be low enough that I can reach them without assistance. Or at least see the options 😒”


“Clearly defined break periods throughout the day long enough to reasonably pause and recharge, as opposed to ‘pack everything into as little time as possible.’

“I get that there has to be a balance to use the time effectively, but Christ Alive, conferences have zero down time.”


“Signs posted for navigating spaces around elevators.”
conferences  accessibility  a11y  alexhaagaard  twitter  2019  canonical  checklists 
april 2019 by handcoding
IPA for Language Learning - basic phonetics (Linguistics lessons for language learners)
(This page has some pretty handy tips on learning IPA—)
“These features I mentioned have to do with the way you pronounce vowels using your tongue, mouth and jaw. First, let’s consider that the position of your tongue relative to the roof of your mouth when you pronounce a vowel. When you say the vowel in ‘saw’, your tongue is further away from the palate (the roof of your mouth) than when you say ‘sing’. This feature is known as vowel height. Vowels can be classed as high (like /i/ or /u/), mid (like /e/ or /o/) or low (like /a/) depending on the height of your tongue in your mouth.

“Height may be thought of as describing your jaw instead. When you pronounce the phoneme /ɑ/ in ‘father’, notice that your mouth is much more open than when you pronounce /u/ in ‘rune’. From this perspective, vowels can be classed as close (again, as /i/ or /u/), mid (again, as /e/ or /o/) or open (again, like /a/). In other words, close and high are synonymous, as are open and low.”
ipa  language  tutorials  via:GretchenAMcC  2019  pronunciation  canonical 
april 2019 by handcoding
Crap apps and female email | language: a feminist guide
“When I’ve written about this subject before, my message has been addressed to the producers of bullshit: stop policing women’s language. But this time I’m going to focus on the consumers. Women, please understand: it’s not you that’s undermining yourself by using powerless language; it’s the bullshitters who are undermining you with their constant incitement to anxiety, insecurity and self-censorship. And you don’t have to let them get away with that; all you have to do is ignore them. Don’t buy their books. Don’t sign up for a training course. Don’t laugh at jokes about women saying sorry all the time. And don’t download the Just Not Sorry app. Because the suggestion that removing ‘just’ from your emails will significantly advance your career is an insult to your intelligence. And that really does demean you.”
debuk  wordpress  2015  sorry  just  email  feminism  canonical 
april 2019 by handcoding
Introducing the Accessibility Inspector in the Firefox Developer Tools › Marco's Accessibility Blog
It looks like Mozilla added an accessibility inspector to Firefox 61. Nice.

“For now, you need to manually enable the panel once so it will show up in the tool box. Go to the Settings And Feedback menu button in the Developer Toolbox, select Settings, and tab to the Accessibility checkbox. Press Space to check it. This will add it to the toolbox, and also enable the relevant context menu items.”


“If you are a screen reader or other assistive techhnology user, do not worry. If the Inspector detects that accessibility was already running when it was launched, it will not let you turn off the engine, so accessibility isn’t being pulled out from under you accidentally.”
accessibility  firefox  a11y  marcozehe  2018  canonical 
april 2019 by handcoding
AppleScript and JavaScript for Automation to get frontmost tab’s url and title of various browsers.
This page pretty much has the motherlode for AppleScript and JXA for getting the current URL and page title in Safari, Safari Technical Preview, Chrome, and even Opera.
applescript  jxa  javascript  mac  macos  osx  gist  canonical  safari  chrome  keyboardmaestro  2019 
april 2019 by handcoding
macos - How can I force Safari to perform a full page reload, without using the mouse? - Super User
“Enable the Develop menu from Safari menu - Preferences - Advanced.

“On Safari version 11.1 and above :
“• CMD+OPTION+R reloads the page ignoring cache.”
safari  reload  forcereload  superuser  2013  force  canonical 
march 2019 by handcoding
Phinney on Fonts » Point Size and the Em Square: Not What People Think
(Thomas Phinney on matching font sizing:)
“The catch for purposes of measurement and standardization is that while there are some restrictions on how large one can draw letters in the design space, there is no necessary and required relationship between the size of the letters and the em.”

“On average, with Latin-based languages such as English, the ‘cap height’ of capital letters is about 70% of the point size, and the ‘x-height’ of lower-case letters is about 70% of the cap height, or about half the point size. But (and I cannot stress this enough), those are only averages.”

(And here’s the heart of it:)
“So what variables does the law need to control when it wants to legislate a minimum size and legibility?

“Instead of (or even in addition to) declaring a minimum point size, one could declare both a minimum cap height (defining that as the height of the smallest of the capital letters A-Z), and a minimum x-height (defining that as the height of the smallest of the lowercase letters a-z), both in physical units. For example, one could require a cap height of at least 7 points and an x-height of at least 5 points, which would be met by 12 point type in most everyday text typefaces.”

(And then just for good measure there’s this part:)
“Adequate width also needs to be legislated. You don’t have to be a font geek to go out and license an ultracondensed font. One way of avoiding this would be to say that the total advance width of the letters a-z and A-Z, at the chosen font and size, meet some minimum. Times set at 12 pts clocks in at roughly 208 pts for A-Z and 143 pts for a-z. After checking many other fonts, I believe one could go with minimums of perhaps 162 pts (2.25’) wide for A-Z and 120 pts (1 2/3’) for a-z as minimums.”
thomasphinney  2011  fonts  typography  textsize  points  pixels  canonical 
march 2019 by handcoding
The Alt-Right Playbook: Always a Bigger Fish - YouTube
(This is good.)
“We talk about the core ideology of conservatism - which is a bit different from what conservatism claims to be about - and why fascists are so much more compatible with conservatives.”
conservatism  politics  2019  youtube  videos  InnuendoStudios  canonical 
march 2019 by handcoding
Full Emoji List, v12.0
“This chart provides a list of the Unicode emoji characters and sequences, with images from different vendors, CLDR name, date, source, and keywords. The ordering of the emoji and the annotations are based on Unicode CLDR data. Emoji sequences have more than one code point in the Code column. Recently-added emoji are marked by a ⊛ in the name and outlined images; their images may show as a group with ‘…’ before and after.”
emoji  canonical  lists  unicode  2019 
march 2019 by handcoding
Learn How To Use DSP Room Correction to Tune Your Speaker System - YouTube
This looks to be a pretty good primer on room correction from Joe N Tell (complete with calibrated microphone, DSP, and so on).
audio  youtube  roomcorrection  video  joentell  2019  canonical 
march 2019 by handcoding
30+ Free, Delightful and High-Quality Typefaces Released Recently
(This is a pretty fantastic collection of actually great free typefaces. These are all the real deal.)
“I believe that good design — and typography — should be accessible to everyone, so I made a list of high-quality typefaces that are available for free, both for personal and commercial projects.

“All released in the past few months, the majority of these typefaces were made available under the Open Font License, some others, which are not open source, were released for free, and a few more, originally published a while ago, were recently updated and expanded.”

(Also, Noemi’s newsletter is probably a good one to sign up for whenever you set up that newsletter-app service.)
typefaces  typefaceideas  freeware  2019  medium  noemistauffer  canonical  newsletters 
march 2019 by handcoding
0to255 – A color tool for finding lighter and darker colors based on any color
“0to255 is a color tool for finding lighter and darker colors based on any color.

“Perfect for hover states, borders, gradients, and more.”
color  2019  lighter  contrast  darker  links  visited  canonical 
february 2019 by handcoding
Beauty Under Capitalism
“Vote with your wallet when shopping for your beauty and self-care products using our lists. Give your money to independent business owners of color from marginalized genders.”

Their list of “definitely do not support” brands:
• Jeffree Star Cosmetics
• Kat Von D
• Kylie Cosmetics
• Lime Crime
• Medusa’s Makeup
makeup  brands  ethics  boycotts  canonical  2019 
february 2019 by handcoding
Treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) | The Johns Hopkins Center for Restless Legs Syndrome
(On treating restless-leg syndrome with iron—)
“A recent study has shown that giving oral iron more than once a day or at a dose greater than 85 mg per day does not necessary lead to a greater increase in absorbable iron. Oral iron equivalent to 65-85 mg of elemental iron will be best absorbed if given once a day.  It should NOT be given with solid or liquid food/dietary supplements or with milk.  It should be given on an empty stomach an hour before eating or two hours after eating along with 100-200 mg of vitamin C.”
iron  hopkinsmedicine  2019  health  restless  restlessleg  restlesslegsyndrome  sleep  canonical 
february 2019 by handcoding
Sarah Gailey on Twitter: "A good breakdown of this I came across on Tumblr a while ago:… "
This post shares a screenshot—presumably from Tumblr—on the generational differences between “you’re welcome” and “no problem.”
twitter  tumblr  language  noproblem  yourewelcome  canonical  gaileyfrey  2019 
february 2019 by handcoding
Randomcase - Converters
If you should need a jobbie to randomly capitalize text, this page does a pretty good job.
capitalization  generators  random  canonical  2019  text 
february 2019 by handcoding
Don't Yuck Someone Else's Yum | The Odyeesy
“When you tell someone else that what they’re eating is gross, you are not only incredibly rude, but ignorant too. Just because you don’t like a food does not mean that it is gross, and certainly does not mean that you should proclaim its grossness in front of the person eating said food.

“So here’s what I’m trying to teach you: Don’t yuck someone else’s yum.”
theodyssey  yuck  yum  2016  canonical 
january 2019 by handcoding
text-decoration-skip-ink | MDN
“The text-decoration-skip-ink CSS property specifies how overlines and underlines are drawn when they pass over glyph ascenders and descenders.”

(On the options for that—)
“The default — underlines and overlines are only drawn where they do not touch or closely approach a glyph. I.e. they are interrupted where they would otherwise cross over a glyph.”
css  underline  text-decoration  text-decoration-skip-ink  2019  mdn  canonical  descenders 
january 2019 by handcoding
TMK | Downloads | Sounds & Music | Sound Clips | Super Mario Bros. (NES)
If you should ever need WAV files from Super Mario Bros, this looks to be the canonical place for that.
supermario  supermariobros  2019  sounds  wav  canonical  videogames  soundeffects 
january 2019 by handcoding
'Stop telling me I'm speeding in my wheelchair!' - BBC Ideas
“The BBC’s Ellis Palmer, activist Tanni Grey-Thompson and YouTuber Lucy Edwards on how to talk about disability without being awkward.”

(This post offers some pretty great tips around icky phrases like “suffers from,” “wheelchair bound,” and others.)
accessibility  disabilities  bbc  video  microaggressions  2019  suffers  canonical 
january 2019 by handcoding
When to Use Commas Before Quotations
“In fact, there are four, count ‘em, four different ways you can introduce a quotation. Each has its own punctuation rule.”


“Finally, you can use a period to introduce a quotation. You do this when introducing a block quotation—that is, a long quotation that’s indented from the rest of the text.”
punctuation  quotations  quickanddirtytips  grammargirl  2017  canonical 
january 2019 by handcoding
Twitter Support on Twitter: "1/ We’re working on new ways to give you more control over your timeline. But first, some context: Twitter helps you see what’s happening by showing the best Tweets for you based on your interactions.
“Meanwhile, today we updated the ‘Show the best Tweets first’ setting. When off, you’ll only see Tweets from people you follow in reverse chronological order. Previously when turned off, you’d also see ‘In case you missed it’ and recommended Tweets from people you don’t follow.”
twitter  tweets  chronological  order  2018  canonical 
january 2019 by handcoding
Top Charities | GiveWell
“Our top charities are evidence-backed, thoroughly vetted, underfunded organizations. We recommend charities according to how much good additional donations can do. For more information, see this post on the GiveWell Blog.

“Our recommendation to donors: We recommend that donors give to GiveWell for making grants to top charities at our discretion, so that we can put the funds toward the highest priority needs of our top charities. For donors who prefer giving directly to our top charities, we believe that all of our top charities are outstanding and will use additional funding effectively.”

charities  donating  giving  canonical 
january 2019 by handcoding
Best charities 2018: where your money will do the most good - Vox
“Giving to charity is great — including on Giving Tuesday, November 27! — not just for the recipients but for the givers, too.

“But it can be intimidating to know how to pick the best charity, especially when there are thousands of worthy causes to choose from. Here are a few simple tips that can help.”
charities  giving  vox  2018  canonical 
january 2019 by handcoding
Clear and/or Unclear : Word Count : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus
(This is a pretty good write-up from Jonathon Owen on and/or—)
“On the surface, and/or seems like a helpful but mostly harmless little phrase — a little ugly, perhaps, but still useful for those times when you want to be extra clear about what all the options are. Most people associate the phrase with legal writing, but it turns out that a surprising number of lawyers and judges hate it, claiming that it’s actually unclear and thus impossible to interpret.”
andor  and  or  visualthesaurus  language  canonical  2015  arrantpedantry 
january 2019 by handcoding
Flow basics: Multiple triggers & Actions, AND & OR – Support
This page offers a pretty good cheat sheet for the basic building blocks for Stringify.
stringify  quickreference  2018  automation  canonical 
december 2018 by handcoding
⛄ Jingle Kells ⛄ on Twitter: "90% of the "call-out culture" hostility people complain about results from defensiveness and resistance to just saying "sorry I screwed up, thanks for letting me know so I can get it right next time"'s ok to not
“90% of the ‘call-out culture’ hostility people complain about results from defensiveness and resistance to just saying ‘sorry I screwed up, thanks for letting me know so I can get it right next time’

“Like…it’s ok to not know. You make it worse by getting mad and doubling down.”
callingout  callout  justkelly_ok  2018  canonical  twitter 
december 2018 by handcoding
Daring Fireball: Opening New Tabs Next to the Current Tab in Safari
“A few months ago I asked on Twitter if there was a secret preference in Safari that would change this to what I want — which is for new tabs to always open right next to the current tab. There is no such preference. I set about trying trying to figure out if this could be done using AppleScript, but I couldn’t figure it out.

“Jeff Johnson figured it out, though, and was kind enough to share the solution and explain the rather ungainly syntax required.”

To set this up:
1. Open Script Editor and paste in the code from Gruber’s site.

2. Save that script to [Home] → Library → Scripts → Applications → Safari, and name it something like “Safari - open new tab next to current.scpt”. (You might need to create the “Safari” folder there.)

3. From FastScript’s menubar icon, choose [Icon] → FastScripts → Preferences → Script Shortcuts. Locate this script within the tree view and assign it the shortcut Command+T.

[Some of these steps you inferred from:]
applescript  safari  tabs  gruber  canonical  newtab  2018 
december 2018 by handcoding
The Lies You've Been Told About the Origin of the QWERTY Keyboard - The Atlantic
(On QWERTY not being designed to slow down typists—)
“The first time I heard the lie, I was in fifth grade. Mr. Ward took me aside (or maybe he told the whole class, it was a long time ago) to tell me about the wonders of Dvorak, a different keyboard layout that was scientifically designed to be more efficient than the standard layout. That layout was called QWERTY, he explained, and it had been created to slow typists down. You see, in the olden days, mechanical typewriters could jam if people hit the keys too quickly, so they had to put the common letters far apart from each other. The modern keyboard, I was told, was a holdover of the mechanical age.

“Since then, I’ve heard this story repeated a thousand times. So many times, I had assumed it was true. But Jimmy Stamp over at Smithsonian points to evidence released by Japanese researchers that, in fact, the story is bunk.”
qwerty  theatlantic  typewriters  2013  canonical 
december 2018 by handcoding
The Evolution of an Accidental Meme – Craig Froehle – Medium
This is that Medium post that goes over that “Equity vs. Equality” image macro (with the kids standing on different numbers of boxes as they watch a ballgame).
equity  equality  canonical  2018  medium 
december 2018 by handcoding
When Can You Use a Trademark Logo in Your Film? - IQBiTS - YouTube
This is actually a pretty good explainer on when it’s okay to refer to trademarks, such as mentioning “Coke” in a film.
video  youtube  trademarks  2018  canonical 
december 2018 by handcoding
About different types of Tweets
“When you post a Tweet beginning with a username, only people who follow both you and the account you are mentioning will see the the Tweet in their Home timeline. If you’d like all of your followers to see the Tweet, the best way is to Retweet or Retweet with comment.”
twitter  replies  2018  canonical 
december 2018 by handcoding
‘Dilbert’ Creator Scott Adams Compares Women Asking for Equal Pay to Children Demanding Candy [UPDATED]
This is basically the canonical article on Scott Adams’ dickishness, where he’s quoted as saying things like this:
“The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It's just easier this way for everyone. You don't argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn't eat candy for dinner. You don't punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don't argue when a women tells you she's only making 80 cents to your dollar. It's the path of least resistance. You save your energy for more important battles.”
scottadams  comicsalliance  canonical  sexism  2011 
november 2018 by handcoding
The Racist Politics of the English Language | Boston Review
“Why the semantic somersaults when it comes to race? We never hear anti-Semitic rhetoric described as ‘religiously tinged.’


“The expressions ‘racially tinged’ and ‘racially charged’ emerged during the modern civil rights movement. Newspaper databases show the same pattern as Google Ngrams: regular use began in the 1950s and ’60s, increased in the late twentieth century, and has been rampant since 2010.”
race  canonical  politics  2018  tinged  nytimes 
november 2018 by handcoding
What're your favorite QMK hacks? : olkb
There’re a bunch of neat QMK hacks in here, including this one:
“On my left thumb, I have a key that is backspace when tapped, shift when held”
qmk  hacks  2018  keyboards  reddit  canonical 
november 2018 by handcoding
Meghan BB 🐷🐮🐔 🚫 🥓🍔🍗 on Twitter: "Trigger warnings aren't exercises in "self pity" either (as Stephen Fry proclaimed). I think of them as a chance to emotionally brace/prepare yourself & not be taken off-guard. Somewhat like Houdini ge
“Trigger warnings aren’t exercises in ‘self pity’ either (as Stephen Fry proclaimed).
“I think of them as a chance to emotionally brace/prepare yourself & not be taken off-guard. Somewhat like Houdini getting punched in the gut without having a chance to brace his abdominal muscles”
triggerwarnings  twitter  canonical  houdini  2018 
november 2018 by handcoding
your friend Helen on Twitter: "A claimed aversion to MSG without general avoiding other high-glutamate foods has deep historical (and present-day) roots in anti-Asian racism. I’m much more concerned with tamping out the lies that fuel that than preservi
“A claimed aversion to MSG without general avoiding other high-glutamate foods has deep historical (and present-day) roots in anti-Asian racism. I’m much more concerned with tamping out the lies that fuel that than preserving the comfort of those who perpetuate it.”
msg  racism  2018  twitter  hels  canonical 
november 2018 by handcoding
17 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Got My Nose Pierced | TatRing
“I got a nose piercing last year, and I don't regret it at all. But, taking care of it didn't turn out to be as easy as I'd hoped.”
piercings  nose  2018  canonical 
november 2018 by handcoding
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