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For the love of everything good, don't do this!! https://anthonyblogan.com/microsoft-employees-introduce-themselves-in-cringeworthy-fashion/ If you want to include pronouns in a conference on security that doesn't have anything to do with them, fine. However, I don't need your pitty or your performance art. What I actually need is your ridiculous 100 slide deck either released in accessible format afterwards, or thoroughly described during the presentation. I couldn't care any less about what you look like, but I do care about your slides.

I'm glad we're actually having church today!! I have a bit of a headache, but I'm still going to go.

Pastor's wife has Covid, so no church for us today. Hopefully she'll be better next weekend!!

Thoughts on the hearing yesterday.

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I just have to start this out by saying that I wasn't instructed propperly on how to access the conference. I was given a link, in which I was told not to share with anyone, and given some other instructions not to make any sort of recordings etc, that I still don't know if I can publish in their entirety. I wasn't told that I absolutely had to have a webcam set up, therefore I thought it was like the webinar feature of Zoom. In fact I discussed strategies with a blind friend of mine on how I would go about this before the hearing. We discussed me starting out not with any sort of headset connected, however, I've seen past tweets that the audio on these things can be really bad. If I needed my headset to help me understand things better, I could plug it in, but the one I have has a microphone, and I really didn't know if anyone else would hear my screen reader in the background. I said that I could just shut it down during the arguments if the audio got really bad, and I needed the headset to help deal with that. I did that exact thing on Wednesday morning. I connected a half hour ahead of time, and waited for the hearing to start. However, when it started, and I could tell this by live tweets, I didn't hear anything. I plugged in a headset. I disconnected and reconnected. I even got my friend out of bed, to see if he could offer any ideas. He couldn't, and I proceeded to install Skype. It mentioned something about Skype and/or teams in the instructions, so I thought if I could use Skype to access it, maybe it would work. Unfortunately it still didn't work. I did try with my phone, and in retrospect I think what happened was that I was waiting. By then, 2 hours had gone by, and so I decided to just catch up with Twitter. The next day I tried with my phone to connect and it worked emmediately! However I couldn't hear well enough to keep the phone on my desk so I could do other things at the same time. I had to keep it either on my ear, or on my shoulder, kind of like we do when we're trying to do something else on a phone call. The minute I took the phone off the charger, the signal dropped. I think that has something to do with my personal hotspot being active, that happened twice. I learned my lesson after that!!
I got to listen to Edward Fitzgerald and Mark Summers argue for Julian Assange. I've followed the case for 11 years, and this is the very first time I've gotten to actually listen to them argue. Fitzgerald actually had to say that someone on the autism spectrum could have a girlfriend, because the day before the prosecutor, James Lewis, who sounds like he's about 150 years old, by the way, said that people with ASD don't have relationships and children.. Fitzgerald had the pleasure of arguing the ground in which the prosecution is trying to discredit DR. Michael Copelman's testimony from last year. This is because he failed to disclose Assange's relationship with his partner, who we now know to be Stella Morris, and the two children they have together in his December 2019 report. The question is whether Copelman misled District Judge Baraitser, although she says she wasn't misled, because she understood who Assange's partner was, although at the time we didn't. The other grounds Fitzgerald argued had to do with mental health, and whether extradition would be oppressive. A lot was said about suicide risk, and the ability to resist the impulse to take one's own life, but this is a key argument, because this is what Baraitser based her ruling on. The other grounds were argued by Mark Summers. They were about diplomatic assurances that were given after Judge Baraitser made her ruling. I just have to say that these things are worthless. They've been breached in many cases. In this portion of the argument, and in the earlier portion the Yahoo news article This one, was brought up. At the end one of the judges said "you've given us much to think about." My friend said "if God were talking to them, they would've said the same thing." I'll just end with this. It was extremely easy to get a credential!! I didn't have to provide any information, or send anything to the court, other than a name and email address. I didn't give them my legal name, I didn't want everyone to start calling me that. No one calls me that anyway these days besides family and doctors. If they would've asked me, I would've given it to them, however I would've asked them not to put it on the credential. I'm not sure why more people didn't apply for one, since they were given out so freely!!

I'm pretty sure that wasn't in the defense submission because he had to ask if he could make a record of that particular thing.

I got inside the hearing with my phone this morning. I'm watching as Mark Summer's defence attorney for Julian Assange, brings up this article. https://news.yahoo.com/kidnapping-assassination-and-a-london-shoot-out-inside-the-ci-as-secret-war-p...

I haven't had a technical failure like the one I had this morning since 2013. That was when I went on vacation to Vegas with my family, and everything that could go wrong, well... pretty much did. Same thing happened here.

No one instructed me that I had to have a webcam set up for the hearing. However I was able to connect on my phone. When I did though, it kept saying that we were waiting for the conference host to join. I did have audio though, unlike when I tried to connect on my computer. Basically it wants access to video for some reason, and I think it's for surveillance purposes.

Wow technical issues!! I couldn't hear anything and then when I tried to reset it it keeps disconnecting me.

Well I'm now connected to the hearing itself. That was interesting and I wasn't sure if it was going to let me.

Been up since around 12. GMT successfully synced.

Wow it took 3 attempts to get teams set up. I mean, it absolutely failed twice!! However, I do have a Github account for filing issues and such, and after I verified the credentials, that's what I used to sign into teams.

I got my instructions!! They use teams. I don't use teams!! You guys, help!!

While I wait for a reply to my follow-up request from the court, I'm just hoping they're being slow, and it will come tonight at some point. This is a good breakdown of the case. https://thedissenter.org/a-guide-to-the-us-government-appeal-in-the-assange-extradition-case/

OK, so a couple weeks ago, when I filed my request for public remote access to the appeal hearings. I was told that one day before the hearing, I'd need to contact the court again for further details. Well, we're one day out now. I mean it's 10:00 PM here and 6:00 in the morning there in London. I need to contact them in the next hour or so, if I want to get to bed anytime soon. However, I'm sitting here, thinking what if they renege? I know, that's a strange thing to be thinking about at 10 something at night, when you're dealing with a headache, and you just want to get this done, so you can go to sleep. However, if they renege, I won't be able to watch the hearing, so I'm nervous about it.

It was good to get back to church today. I wasn't there last week, but the father and daughter who spoke finished their message. Well the dad did anyway. I did get to watch the service on Youtube so I caught up. I didn't want to spread my cold to everyone there last week. I do have thoughts about what he said, especially the beginning of it. However, I'll wait until they get the actual recording of the service up, hopefully tomorrow.

I was actually thinking about getting a club TWiT subscription, until I learned TWiT is sponsored by Userway, one of those ridiculous accessibility overlay companies. Nevermind, I won't be getting one now.

Well I'm feeling a lot better now! Just in time for next week's hearings. No, I didn't have Covid, even though my mom thought I did. It was just a head cold. I wasn't even coughing hardly, didn't have a feaver could still taste everything, etc.

I got a reply from the court this morning. They gave me further instructions on how to proceed. My request wasn't denied. I have to contact them a day before the hearing for details, instructions etc.

Request sent. Now all I have to do is wait, and wait, they usually don't start approving until a few days beforehand.

That's all I need is a whole bunch of people I've followed for 11 years asking, "who on earth is this?" because I put the wrong name on the request lol.

Will everyone on Twitter start calling me that if I'm connected that way via the video link?

Do I have to explain why I want access to the hearing? Do I actually need to provide my legal name, tip: you guys don't know it.

I need help filing this application. I have no idea what to say lol. https://wiseupaction.info/2021/10/01/bear-witness-to-the-us-appeal-to-extradite-julian-assange/

I'll answer all the tech questions.

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OK OK just kidding!! I will answer the basic one though. The extremely basic one that I get asked a whole bunch of times. It goes something like this. How do you use a computer, smartphone, etc? I personally use something called a screen reader. A lot of people know about these, but you'd be surprised how many don't. Put simply, a screen reader well... does just that, reads the screen out loud. I use Windows with NVDA. I also have an iPhone, which has VoiceOver built-in. If you look in the accessibility settings, you'll find this. Don't turn it on though, unless you already know how to turn it off. I'm old-fashion, though. I rarely use my phone for anything other than texting and calls. When I do, it's usually because my internet is disconnected. This Reddit post most likely does a better job of explaining things.

The word "extreme" or "radicalize" was used 6 times in that speech. We know Facebook is bad, but eventually it becomes redundant.

Eventually, the word "extreme" becomes redundant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3cG3cLXHfk

Well unfortunately I got behind with that whole series thing. I had a really bad headache since Friday of last week. It's better now though. I think I'll answer a few more questions that I had in my list. I didn't actually have 31 lol.

Answering a couple questions.

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I'll get to that in a second though. Yeah I did skip yesterday's post. i've delt with a really bad headache for the past few days. Unfortunately this means I can't do much of anything, including write posts. I almost missed my ride for going to have labs done today, woopsies!! I was asleep, because I was still having the headache. Speaking of sleep, one of the most common questions I get is about that. The question usually goes like this, but there are different variations. "How do you dream?" That's like asking me how I think, because it's much the same way. Basically, I dream and think in words. Although I rarely dream, and when I do, I do as though I'm there. They're fairly vivid. One of the strangest dreams I've had was, there were quite a few of us in a van on a trip to a legal case. We were actually going to watch a trial. We all stopped for French Fries. Lol yeah, I said it was strange. That was when I was like 14 or so. The other question about sleep I get is about non-24 hour sleep wake disorder. Here's what Wikipedia says about that. The answer is I have no idea. I get a lot of headaches. I don't want to be awake during those, so I have a tendency to sleep during the day. If I wake up with the headache, then I'll probably just end up going back to sleep regardless. If I wake up, and the headache has subsided, I'm probably going to stay awake, because I've just been sleeping all day to try to get rid of it.

Let's talk about semantics.

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I'll answer a question first, then we can talk about words. A lot of people ask me the following question, "do you watch TV?" The short answer is that I listen. However, here's where the semantics come in. This bothers people sometimes too. I say "watch." Although I had an advantage when I was little, because I could watch the Olympics even after mom told me to go to bed, while she was still up and watching them. I wasn't breaking any of mom's rules. I could've been asleep for all she knew. However, I wasn't. Something else that really bothers people is that I also say "look," or "see." This drives people crazy! In fact, my Grandma told me a story once. My Aunt and Uncle from Maine were here visiting, and every summer, we have one of those Graffiti festivals. This was after I first moved out of my parent's house. My Grandma asked my Aunt and perhaps my mom, this was like 15 years ago now, if I was going to go down and watch the parade. Apparently my aunt got all uptight about that. My Grandma was like What why? she says that all the time. I wasn't there, this was before the parade thing actually took place.

The most common question I'm asked.

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For the first day of Blogtober, I thought I'd answer the most common question I get asked. That is, "what do you see? There's a really short answer to this question. I personally see absolutely nothing! I was born completely blind, so this means I actually don't see anything. If you ask a different person this question though, the answer will most likely be different. That's because someone can be considered legally blind, and this is defined different ways in different places. Someone could also be visually impaired, and I don't fall in this criteria, so I haven't investigated it much.

The time I got an entire conference call lectured by a judge.

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I don't think I posted this here, but it's hilarious. At the beginning of last year, they did the Assange hearings by conference calls, instead of the video link system they use now for the press, and now the public.

Somehow the number was made public, I think it was on accident. The person who did it took it down right after the hearing. I happened to dial into the call, and they kept telling us to mute ourselves, but I wasn't sure if that was an option on the call or not, and I didn't want my phone to make any extra noise, so I didn't. My phone was planted in my ear because the lawyer's audio was fairly hard to hear. It was extremely hard to hear, actually. No one could hear what they were saying. I knew I was going to have to move my phone at some point because I was holding it against my ear so hard, that my ear was getting numb.

I thought I could just move it without activating VoiceOver, but no way. The thing goes off every time the phone moves. When I put it back on my ear on the other side, after a few seconds, the phone said, "screen dimmed." We were all promptly yelled at by Judge Baraitser.
Unfortunately in a rush to get into the call, I never did take down the conference phone number and code in time. I wasn't ever able to get back in. After the hearing was over, I tweeted to explain to everyone what happened.

I was never a fan of Pompeo from the day he called Wikileaks a non-state hostile intelligence service. I knew he was going to be the bane of my existence from then on. I didn't know he took it to this much of an extreme, though.
https://news.yahoo.com/kidnapping-assassination-and-a-london-shoot-out-inside-the-ci-as-secret-war-p...

Well I just got one of the email discussion groups I was a member of deleted off groups.io, for nothing really. I simply asked the founder/support person to look at the feed to see if it was valid. I was having problems with that particular feed. I thought it might have been service-wide. He didn't like the content the group was posting. Bye Bye group!! Well as of tomorrow anyway.

Blogtober.

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Starting next Friday, I'll be participating in Blogtober. I don't think the challenge has an official website. However, someone has posted an introduction to it: right here. I used to participate in the Write 31 days challenge in October, however it's no longer being held. .. You had to come up with a theme that you were going to post about, and write 31 posts in that series. I'm going to be doing the same thing here. During one of my Write 31 days challenges, I posted 31 questions I get commonly asked as a blind person. This was a few years ago, around 2015, or 2016. I decided to start all over with my blog a year or so after that, and deleted all my content going back to 2009. Keeping it wasn't helping, since exporting it and importing it each time I switched hosts caused the dates to fluctuate quite a bit, and strange things to happen to the posts. Not only that but internal links didn't work anymore. Thus, I lost that original series of posts. Therefore I'm going to recreate it as best I can next month. Not being able to use categories with Known will make things harder for archival purposes. I'm not sure if this particular posting feature will make a hashtag into a tag either, otherwise I'd be able to use those.

Here are this weekend's questions. I also answered them. https://bloggingquestions.net/2021/09/25/saturday-questions/

This is a really long article, but it's definitely worth it!! I've been thinking that this needs to happen since August 2013. https://americanmind.org/memo/abolish-the-cia/

Unfortunately I've had a headache over the past 3 days. Woke up with one this morning too.

Trying something new with the questions. I finally got to them after a while. https://bloggingquestions.net/2021/09/21/finally-getting-to-some-questions/

Sometimes my caregiver likes things done in a way that's counter intuitive. She always wants me to text her the grocery lists. I use Instacart to copy the items so I get the exact ones. If I could email it to her I could just copy and paste into a text file. Unfortunately I have to type the items exactly as they are because I use the Desktop version of Instacart.

Well Durst ended earlier today in a guilty verdict. I was sure hoping the jurors weren't going to like the prosecutor Lewin, because I definitely didn't. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miapKixNPs4

I had Botox yesterday. I still have some neck soreness! Otherwise I'm OK. Botox is painful though.

Some guy came up and knocked on my door. I was asleep. He said I have your DoorDash. I was like but I didn't order DoorDash. I did earlier like around 3:30, but a lady delivered it. It was a Safeway order, and she had to keep calling me because they were out of a couple things I wanted. I didn't take it. I think it was someone else in the complex's.

My Miniflux instance is really, really broken right now. I suppose the problem is too many items. Last weekend was realy bad, or I would've spent the whole weekend taking care of feeds.

Well the defence closing arguments in Durst took a little bit of Thursday and most of today. They were long but worth it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFjOmRCdisg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro7i_FGqBK8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-RtrYIOy8k

This captures all my thoughts. I could say the world changed for the worse yesterday, and it definitely did, but he says it a whole lot better than I could. https://edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/9-12

The quality isn't so great on this, and it isn't 100% complete, but here it is.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv3_hD-U4b8

I'm about to undertake a tradition I've had for about 4-5 years now. Every year I watch the full 9/11 commemoration ceremony. Originally I was just curious to see what they were like, but now it has become a tradition.

I had my housing authority inspection about an hour ago. Everything was fine. I passed. They come with Centry21. I told him what happened with My ISp. When they installed my fiber, they cut the cable line. Spectrum had to run a new one last weekend.

Well that was probably one of the more challenging things I've done recently. I was taking session notes for my caregiver while having to listen to everyone who joined and left the meeting every 2-3 seconds. It was a big meeting there were a lot of people. Not only that, but my headset decided to act stupid and loos audio in the middle, I had to unplug it and plug my external audio device back in.

Unfortunately today I have to attend a virtual training session for our state's electronic visit verification system. That's the system that makes sure caregivers are there on time and leaving on time, and you're not saying something else. It's ridiculous and I don't support this kind of thing at all!!

Answering today's questions.

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The blank questions are here:

[[https://bloggingquestions.net/2021/09/05/questions-for-the-weekend/]

I didn't get to posting these yesterday because my Spectrum installer was 3 hours late. I was going to do that after he left, but he didn't get here until around 6, and didn't leave until 8.
  1. Do you have any plans for the long Labor Day weekend? If so, what are they? No plans here, that I know of.
  2. What is the usual summer high temperature where you live? that all depends here. On an average day it can get up into the 80's. If we're having a heatwave, it goes way higher. We've had a lot of those lately.
  3. Do you like going to the dentist? If Nitrous is involved yeah I definitely do. I don't mind cleanings, but anything else is definitely not fun. I can't stand the taste of the numbing stuff, and the fact that it doesn't wear off for hours and hours afterwards. It's best that I just not be able to feel the shot in the first place.
  4. What was the last beverage you spilled on yourself? I'm sure it was water. I drink a whole lot of that, and I tend to drink it while I'm in a supine position.
  5. How do you order your coffee? I take my coffee black. However if I stay up late for Readathon or during CCC, I'll make a straight Mocha using chocolate kisses. I don't like all the froth and cream the coffee shops use though, just the chocolate and coffee.

Lol Spectrum just called to tell me that the installer is running behind. Yeah... it's already 3:40!! They were supposed to be here between 3 and 4, and usually they get here on time.

I have a spectrum installer coming today. After what happened last week, and now my ISP wanting to charge me $203 I think I'll switch back to what I had before.

Answers to today's questions

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  1. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up? It's usually do I have a headache? I usually also think something like wow, I need water quickly!
  2. Do you like your name? I do not like my given, legal name. Hint: it isn't Hope. Since I don't like it, I never use it anywhere.
  3. What was your favorite thing about summer when you were a kid? Well not having to go to school of course. The other thing was that my parents had a pool, and swimming was probably my second favorite thing besides being off school! Oh and camping trips were fun too.
  4. What one word do you overuse? I use the word "epic" a lot!! Probably too much lol.

OK, here's my first attempt at posting questions here. https://bloggingquestions.net/2021/09/02/here-are-some-questions/

I'm not sure if being slightly under the influence makes Judge Windham's jury instructions hilarious, or if it's the fact that he reads instructions like a grandpa telling stories to his grandson.

I've been waiting for this for months!!! Judge Windham is reading jury instructions in the Durst case. He doesn't sound like he's reading jury instructions, I think he has them memorized. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5W2dV23V3c

I highly recommend this newsletter! Unfortunately it's only monthly!! However the archives go back to 2004 or so. http://www.don-guitar.com/ Here's the current one. http://www.don-guitar.com/currentissue.html

I went over to my parent's house on Sunday. We ordered Chinese food, and they gave me zucchini bread. they gave me a lot of the chinese leftovers. I don't think mom and dad like the same chinese restaurant I like.

My internet randomly died on Thursday. The fiber line broke. this is the second time I've had problems in 3 months. I'm gettin a backup connection. thankfully I qualify for emergency broadband benefits, so it will cover it all for a while.

Wow why didn't i delete Facebook 3 years ago? Someone pinch me!! I can't do anything on there anymore.

Well today's my birthday. I have no idea if I'm doing anything today. Usually my family either takes me out to dinner, or I go over there for dinner. This might not happen until this weeknd, though.

I first came across this case in 2020 when we were all on lockdown. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW5GWdm0oNw This is the case that made me play this after questionable or disagreed cases. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4

100 things I've done blog meme.

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https://www.jeremycherfas.net/blog/breathing-life-into-a-blog-meme-maybe Well if others want to participate I'll let them. Here's some blog challenge prompts for Steve Sawczyn from https://www.steves.life/ I think I'm following him on MB but I can't remember. This is my rendition of this meme. I'm still completely inept at markdown, and this was supposed to be a bold the things you've done type thing. Therefore I decided to forego the markdown altogether.

  1. Started your own blog. Yeah many, also abbandoned them.
  2. Slept under the stars. Yes.
  3. Played in a band. Yes
  4. Visited Hawaii. Yes, April, 1995, June, 2003.
  5. Watched a meteor shower. No n/a I'm blind. As a singer once sang, I was born this way.
  6. Given more than you can afford to charity. I can't afford much so no. I've definitely given in the past though.
  7. Been to Disneyland. Yes 2010.
  8. Climbed a mountain. No.
  9. Held a praying mantis. No
  10. Sang a solo. Yes
  11. Bungee jumped. Yes, September, 2008.
  12. Visited Paris. No
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea. N/a
  14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. Does blogging count? Otherwise no.
  15. Adopted a child. No
  16. Had food poisoning. I've come close but no.
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty. No, Empire State building though, when I was in NYC in 2006.
  18. Grown your own vegetables. no
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France. N/a
  20. Slept on an overnight train. No
  21. Had a pillow fight. Yes
  22. Hitch hiked. No
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill. No
  24. Built a snow fort. Not that I remember.
  25. Held a lamb. No
  26. Gone skinny dipping. When I was a kid in my parent's pool, sure.
  27. Run a Marathon. No
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice. No
  29. Seen a total eclipse. Not on this side of eternity.
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. Do the Patriot act section 215 and FISA 702 sunsets count? If you think not then probably not.
  31. Hit a home run. No
  32. Been on a cruise. No it's on my bucket list.
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person. n/a.
  34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. No
  35. Seen an Amish community. Well no, but I haven't been around one either.
  36. Taught yourself a new language. No
  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. Let's just say I haven't had enough money to not have to worry about it and leave things there.
  38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person. N/a
  39. Gone rock climbing. Climbed a rock wall, sure.
  40. Seen Michelangelo's David. N/a
  41. Sung karaoke. Yes
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt. I haven't been inside yellowstone.
  43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant. No
  44. Visited Africa. No
  45. Walked on a beach by moonlight. Uh... I don't know.
  46. Been transported in an ambulance. Yes January, 2018.
  47. Had your portrait painted. No
  48. Gone deep sea fishing. No
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person. N/a and no I haven't been anywhere near Europe or out of the US.
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. No
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling. Snorkeling in Hawaii, June, 2003. My mom was being stupid and wouldn't let me go scuba diving, no it wasn't for safety reasons. She was actually being ablist. I don't say that lightly. In fact that's the first time I've ever used that word, besides political conversations.
  52. Kissed in the rain. No
  53. Played in the mud. Sure I still do that lol.
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater. Yeah when I was a kid.
  55. Been in a movie. No
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China. No
  57. Started a business. A friend of mine and I started one, ended it too.
  58. Taken a martial arts class. No, but that would be fun.
  59. Visited Russia. No
  60. Served at a soup kitchen. No,it's something I'd like to do, but I'm not sure if I could carry all that stuff.
  61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies. Yeah I was a girl scout when I was little.
  62. Gone whale watching. Thankfully I was in Hawaii at the time of parasailing season, I got to do that instead, so no.
  63. Got flowers for no reason. NO
  64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma. I'm not sure if I'm able to. I take a lot of meds.
  65. Gone sky diving. Yes, August, 2000for my 17th birthday. August 2004, for my 21st birthday. Skydiving at 17 is illegal. My mom lied about my age, and didn't tell me until the day before we were going to go on the trip to go there, it was out of town. Of course, I didn't stop her.
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp. No
  67. Bounced a check. Not that I'm aware of. I've come close recently.
  68. Flown in a helicopter. No, that's another bucket list item.
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy. No
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial. Yes I was like 7 or 8 though. We made a quick trip through DC on our drive from Tennessee to Maine.
  71. Eaten Caviar. No, that actually sounds disgusting.
  72. Pieced a quilt. My grandma is good at that stuff, not me.
  73. Stood in Times Square. Yes, June, 2006.
  74. Toured the Everglades. No
  75. Been fired from a job. No
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London. n/a
  77. Broken a bone. Not that I'm aware of.
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle. My dad had one when I was really little. Mom was way too freaked out about it. Yeah I had a ride on it, that was fun!! I've also been on dirt bikes and fourwheelers recently..
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person. Well I've been to vegas, but we didn't end up going there.
  80. Published a book. No
  81. Visited the Vatican. No
  82. Bought a brand new car. Insert stupid stereotype about blind people not buying cars here. Although I definitely could never afford one, so no.
  83. Walked in Jerusalem. No
  84. Had your picture in the newspaper. Yes I might be able to find that article but it would deanonymize me. It was put out on the AP wires and I had national interview requests after that.
  85. Read the entire Bible. Yeah, at least 3 times.
  86. Visited the White House. I've never taken a tour, no.
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. If I said I had some involvement clubbing some fish would I be charged?
  88. Had chickenpox. Yes
  89. Saved someone’s life. No
  90. Sat on a jury. Here's a story. I've always wanted to do this. I follow legal cases on Youtube daily. I finally received a summons in 2017, and was ready to comply with it, but had to bow out because of transportation.
  91. Met someone famous. I'm sure I've come close, but not personally.
  92. Joined a book club. Not in person.
  93. Lost a loved one. Yes Maternal grandpa, 3/9/2005.
  94. Had a baby. Not as of yet. I'm 38 so this is probably not happening.
  95. Seen the Alamo in person. Well I've been to an airport in Texas, but not actually stayed in the state long enough to go anywhere so no.
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake. No
  97. Been involved in a law suit. I've come close once. That was over a friend of mine and former caregiver leaving the private agency she worked with to get certified to the state registry. Agencies make employees sign noncompetes in their contracts when they first start.
  98. Owned a cell phone. Well I'm on my fifth one now so yeah.
  99. Been stung by a bee. Yeah 3 or 4 times, no not all at once.
  100. Read an entire book in one day. Yes, more than one actually. https://24hourreadathon.com

Someone please make an extension for Chrome and Firefox that only blocks embedded tweets, without adding custom filters to uBlock origin. I was fine until I had to hit the apply changes button. I couldn't find it anywhere, needless to say, it wasn't labeled. Oddly enough, my filters block everything from Facebook, I think.

Twitter embedded tweets are the armpit of the internet. People should stop using them for actual news articles. If you want to embed your latest tweet somewhere, fine. If you're doing research for a blog post, and come across a cool tweet, and you want to use it that's fine too. I just tested like 3 options for blocking them. None worked until I installed Ghostery. I'm now running that on top of uBlock Origin.

I sent someone on a mailing list a link to the motherload of live and past legal cases. If anyone wants to follow along, here ya go. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz8K1occVvDTYDfFo7N5EZw They also have 2 others.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVXOqoOCYbi-iXChKAl6DTQ
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXCLaaClAWQiTkl3pw9ZdLw

I was on my way to church this morning, coffee in hand. I borrowed a cup from a friend after my sleep study last week. I was bringing it back to him. I was thinking OK I better not spill this or I'll have coffee all over me. Well I got down my 3 flights OK. I however fell down the first step down to the street after the stairs, and twisted my ankle. Since I could barely walk and had an extremly hard time climbing the stairs at that point, no church for me.

At one point, Judge and Durst's defence attorney got into a bit of a thing. No not really an argument. It kind of involved Lewin, the prosecutor. he was objecting, and the defence lawyer wasn't sure if defendant/witness answered his question. Lawyer said I try to pause after I ask a question. Durst is extremely hard of hearing so has to use a transcript. He was telling his client to watch him when he pauses. defendant said, "I'll just look at Lewin." Lol that was hilarious!! Everyone laughed, including Lewin.

Watching testimony in this case. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Durst

Well I could've applied for a public credential at Julian 's preliminary appeal hearing tonight, that's if I didn't sleep through most of yesterday. Unfortunately I did, so my application would be untimely. I'll definitely do this next time. Although I can't attend in person.

I had a sleep study last night. I definitely felt like I didn't sleep all that well. I actually felt like I didn't sleep at all. Either I was able to trick the EEG into thinking I was sleeping, or I actually was.

Closing ceremonies are tonight. The worst thing about that is it's the end!! I guess the good thing about that, is thus ends my Twitter blackout.

Well, the kids at church went to camp last week. Apparently the teachers caught the Covid, either that or they're just exhausted from rounding up all the kids. Therefore, we aren't having church today.

I'm definitely not a fan of these kind of posts.

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These posts, like this one.

[https://mattmower.com/2021/08/02/what-we-lost/]

It called for a response, so here was mine.

I completely disagree. Maybe what you built back then wouldn't be possible, but RSS feeds for topics and tags are still prevalent today. RSS is stil around, it never "died," because it wasn't a living thing in the first place.
I suppose you could say it became less relevant, however, there are a decent amount of people who still use it, including me. There are also an ever-growing amount of people who are deciding they're tired of social media platforms, citing multiple reasons.

No, we haven't lost RSS, it's still here. There are people still using it.

Well, it definitely wasn't in my plan to spend 6 days without my fiber internet. I finally got it back today, yay!!!

https://astroaccess.org/ This is a 0G parabolic flight for disabled people. I've always wanted to go on one. I'm going to apply and pray I'm accepted. However, I have to pay for all travel. I can't do such thing. I highly doubt my parent's would be so nice to help me achieve a lifelong dream.

The events of this morning.

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My opening ceremony had a playback error at some point during the parade of nations. It was definitely before the US came into the stadium. I do know that having a nearly empty stadium is epic for acoustics!! You can hear everything!!

I fell asleep after that, and didn't wake up until around 11:30. My dad called to ask if I was going to my littler niece's birthday party. She's turning 1 tomorrow. I thought it might be today. However no one told me when it actually was, or what time it was. They just expected me to find the event invitation on Facebook.
I really don't use Facebook anymore. I can't stand it. The fact that no one bothered to text, call, or email me, and tell me that her party was today is flippin annoying!!!

Uh... Hulu failed to charge my card so I just found a replay of the opening ceremony on Peacock. Yeah it's 3 something in the morning lol. I dreamt I missed it a couple weeks ago. I haven't missed one since 1992. Both Summer and Winter that year.

Well I'm awake. I wanted to watch the opening ceremony at the correct time. However, it isn't on Hulu live or Peacock, and it isn't being live streamed with commentary on Youtube. Guess I'll have to wait blah.

Thus begins my Twitter blackout. I always take one during the Olympics. I can't guarantee that hashtag filters will actually work. Right now, I'm using a client that doesn't actually have those, so they aren't an option.

The Olympics officially start tomorrow, but there's always competition going on before the opening ceremony starts. Thanks to Hulu live, I'll be able to watch everything like I did in 2018.

They're playing a movie during the case I'm following, and I now feel like I'm on an induced trip. I've never seen a movie being played in a courtroom before. Sure in a theater, but that was pre-Covid.

I just ordered Subway from Dorrdash. When the driver got up the stairs to my apartment, he stood there for like 10 seconds. I had to tell him, "hand it to me please." He really didn't know what to do lol.

Sorry for the crappy formatting on that post. i really suck at markdown, but I hate rich text editors. I wish Known had a plaintext editor.

Sleep study.

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I have a sleep study coming up next month. My primary care doctor wanted to order one, because I do have trouble sleeping. Although it could be Non 24 hour sleep wake disorder, she also might think it could be sleep apnea. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-24-hour_sleep%E2%80%93wake_disorder] The only way to test for non 24, is to do a 24 hour time isolated surveiled test. In other words, put me in a room, take away my phone, and computer. Uh... no thanks!! I found this link, which explains way more about non 24 that I ever needed to know lol. [https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/non-24-hour-sleep-wake-disorder/] I can actually play with my sleep schedules. For instance the Olympics are coming up, and I'm a huge fan. Coincidentally, I have the test the day after the closing ceremony. Since they're in Japan this time, I'm sure I'll be staying up late watching events, and sleeping between the daytime and primetime broadcasts, but let's not forget about latenight. I tend to stay up all night on purpose most of the time. I'll get wrapped up in the case I'm watching, or the research I'm doing, because I want to keep doing that, even though I know it's 3 AM and I need to go to bed lol. This has roots from when I first had access to the internet. My sister would want to talk on the phone all! flippin! day! and we had dial-up. I'd stay up into the early morning hours reading blogs, this was back in 2003, because she'd be in bed and wouldn't be on the phone. This can also happen because of the extremely painful headaches I get. I'll wake up in the middle of the night, and not be able to get back to sleep, or I'll go to bed and not sleep, because of the headache.

I'm sure micro.blog has gone down before, but I don't think I've ever seen it. I went to go there, and it was down, blah!!

Woopsy.

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Somehow the text plugin got disabled. No, I don't know what I did. OK that's fixed now. Lol Known isn't really that hard to use, I must be dense.

Also, I seem to have lost my ability to make a post with a title. Something weird has happened.

I'm looking for epic linkblogs. Yeah I know about the obvious ones. Epic= ones that don't just post the latest news, they actually post stuff that's off the mainstream internet, stuff you don't see each day.

Just downloaded Windows 10 21h1. It took about a minute at the most. Lol the joys of fiber!

Well I just ordered cookies from Doordash, I hope they'll be epic. We have one of these here in our area, now. https://crumblcookies.com/

I guess my Pastor wanted to take today off. We didn't have church today, which is strange. OK interesting question that someone brought up on Twitter. Is it weird that you can't tweet from an RSS reader? I mean, someone said they don't use RSS for this reason.

Just completed a podcast with a friend. It's going to be out the first of next month. I'll post the link when I get it. Man I was nervous. I've never been a guest on a podcast before.

OK question, does Known support enclosures for podcasts? I might just set mine up on a Known instance, instead of paying extra for Pinecast. They do have a free plan, but it's extremely limiting.

I slept all flippin day yesterday. Wow I've never done that before.

Watching Olympic trials most of today. I also signed up for Peacock, and I can't decide to keep both that and Hulu live, or just Peacock.

I'm trying to find a little clip in the OJ case. It was about DNA. Lawyer asks witness, "Does DNA fly?" Witness says "no, it doesn't have wings." I laughed so hard when I hadn't even turned 12 yet. The lawyer also asked the witness if DNA comes alive at night. I believe it was around the end of May of 95.

I'm following a case in which the 79 year old defendant has a catheter bag. The producer tweeted that it was full earlier. Um... if I were sitting in a courtroom with a catheter bag, I wouldn't want her telling the world that it was full.

I think I'm done with . I skipped too many. I'm going to think about doing a podcast every couple weeks. I just have to decide whether I pay $10 a month for Pinecast, or try and upload it here, even though I don't think Known supports enclosures.

All of a sudden, my Twitter client decided to deauthorize both of my accounts when I started it up. I reauthorized one of them, but it wouldn't let me add the other one, which is what I'm using for . I restarted, and added the other account, but for some reason, it won't let me add back the second one. I tried to download a second client, but got a Python error that prevented it from running.

Lol I just punked someone big time!! Someone called and asked if this was me, by my legal name. I said um... sure!!! They hung up lol.

It's supposed to be like 97 here. I just ordered 3 slurpees, a bunch of jerky from Safeway, and taquitos from Seven-Eleven.

I had lots of fun at our church picnic today!!

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Unfortunately I had to manage my DI while I was there. However I had some kids shoot me with water guns, so that was fun. I also had my community group leader pour ice cold water on my head, that was cold. I've never taken the ice bucket challenge before, I wanted them to pour this big thing of ice on me, so that I can say I did. I'm sure it would've felt epically cold for a while, then just epic. It was extremely hot today!! [https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes-insipidus/symptoms-causes/syc-20351269]

I've been up for about an hour now. I have a church picnic later today. We'll have our service first, then the picnic.

The meeting last night was epic!! I was really tired when I got home. I did have to transfer some recordings from my phone for , and that took a while. Unfortunately the share to Dropbox thing on the iPhone didn't want to work for some reason.

I have a community group meeting tonight. We're meeting once a month because of Summer. I'm not sure what other groups at my church are doing. I suppose I'll ask when I get there. I'm going to try to record something for .

OK question, can you use hashtags in a known blog post, like you can in a status update?

Working with CloudBlast on accessibility.

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Accept I'm not an accessibility expert!! I know what works for me, and that's about it. Web standards stil elude me, and that's a good thing. Mostly because I think perfect compliance all the time is impossible. I'm sure I've had pages that would never validate, because a tester found an error or 2 or 3. However, that doesn't mean I can't navigate those pages, or they didn't work for me.

Well I'm up early. It's almost 5 AM here. Unfortunately I did wake up with a headache, but the narrotriptan I took seems to have taken most of it away.

Building a lifestream with iFTTT.

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I'm setting up an IFTTT lifestream for hopeslife.blog. I've always wanted to do this. I tried looking at WP RSS importer plugins, but they all require cron to post automatically, and I'm not sure if CloudBlast is ready for that as of yet. The other plugins I was looking at were social stream plugins. However, they all want to show the feed on a widget somewhere, and not import it into a blog post.

I had Botox this morning. I even recorded it for the challenge I'm participating in. https://anchor.fm/hope657/episodes/Audiomo-day-17-Botox-e12v3pq

OK question, how do I syndicate to WP? I found the plugin and enabled it, but where are the settings for it?

Well let's take this thing for a test, shall we? I've always wanted to use Known, and here I am. Thanks to cloudblast.network for setting this up for me!!