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I now have my phone.

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We went to Spectrum last Friday and got it all set up. Yay for that, I officially got my new phone! Last Thursday, my sister came over to drop off some things i ordered from my niece's school fundraiser at the beginning of last month. I asked her to look at my monitor while she was here, because it wasn't wworking. She did so, but then my audio adaptor failed. Well what I thought was the adaptor. I wasn't able to get any sound out of the speakers, which are plugged into an external adaptor. I promptly ordered a new one, and then waited for it to arrive. Amazon prime isn't as quick as it used to be. It got here today, and I plugged it in, and the speakers still didn't work. I guess I have to get new speakers, now.

I almost had a new iPhone SE 3.

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There's a reason I don't. Well the reason is that Spectrum didn't have one in store, so they had to order it for me. OK fine, so they had to order it, sure. First they tell me that they can only ship it directly to me, not to the store. OK fine, ship it directly to me, and I'll take care of restoring from an iTunes backup. Then they tell me that it won't be coming to my address. The account is in my parent's name, not mine. Um OK sure, ship it to my parent's house, and we'll bring it back here so you can do the activation and transfer, then. Just as they were getting ready to place the order, they give my dad the address they were going to send the phone to, it's the wrong address. Like completely wrong, I don't mean the zipcode is wrong, it's completely wrong, like you looked it up on the internet and it was just the wrong address. They tell my dad that that's the address that's on file for their account, and he says that's the wrong address, doods!! Well he didn't say it like that, he's 74, come on. He tells them that 3 years ago when they were building, they flipped the house around so they get mail on a different street now, and they say that they can't change the address unless they get approval from the construction coordinator. Really? they have such a thing? After telling my dad that if FedEx decides to ship my phone to the address where nothing actually is, and no one actually lives, then they're going to have to intercept it by calling them and telling them to hold it for pickup, I told the Spectrum dood to order my phone. He did, and I guess we'll see if FedEx actually knows the difference between where my parents live and where Spectrum thinks they do.

It's still 2022, I think.

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Maybe not, because there were two cases tried this year so far, that had extreme media restrictions!! Oh, and that I know of, transcripts haven't been released. this one is the one I've seen most recently. []

Now you would think, with a guilty verdict, there would be transcripts somewhere, I mean even the Simpson case transcripts are fully public, and he was found not guilty.
The other one that I've recently found where the  judge did restrictions, although did allow audio recording for later use, was a Georgia case.


Another one upcoming in which the judge has banned cameras is the very high profile Vallow Daybell case out of Idaho. this makes absolutely no sense, because all the pretrial proceedings were televised/streamed. I've watched this case from the beginning. I wasn't happy when they decided to pull the cameras. Audio recordings are fine for me, but when exactly do they get released? After the case is over? On a weekly basis? It would be nice if they would release them at the end of each day, or each session.


Maybe it isn't 2022, maybe we've gone back to the early 90s for some reason. OK i'd like to redo the Simpson case all over again while we're back there anyway.

Letter to Senator Wyden.

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Well this one is kind of long. There's a reason for that, though. Wyden is still on the SSCI, (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.) Oh, and he recently introduced legislation to reform the espionage act.

Dear Senator Wyden,
I'm writing to you on behalf of Julian Assange. As someone on the Select Committee on Intelligence, I know you're very familiar with the espionage act. In fact I'm aware of the recent legislation you introduced to reform it.
However, I'm writing to ask that you do more. Since you're on the SSCI, you should have a bit more familiarity with the issues surrounding WikiLeaks. You should also be able to work with those who can bring the case to it's end, such as President Biden, and Attorney General Garland. If negotiations fail, you could always speak from the floor about Assange and his plight, and/or ask the committee chairman if he would hold hearings on the case.
You may or may not know that Assange is still being held in the UK maximum security prison, HMP Belmarsh, and has been there for over 3 years. He's currently being held in a 23 hour a day lock-down, basically solitary confinement. He does get visits with his wife, who he married last March, and his children for 2 hours once a week. They get searched by the guards each time they enter the prison.
On January 4th, 2021, a UK Judge, Vanessa baraitser, denied the US request for extradition on mental health grounds. She ruled that it would be oppressive to extradite Julian Assange given his suicide risk, and the inability to have visits with his family if he were sent here. Unfortunately for some reason, the DOJ appealed, and they won that appeal, based on assurances that even I know they're never going to follow.
 During the appeal hearing last October Assange had a TIA, (a small stroke,) because of the stress of the case. Julian Assange has one appeal left. This is called a cross appeal. This allows his team to argue the grounds that Judge Baraitser ruled against before. However, litigating this could take another year.
I thank you for introducing legislation to reform the espionage act!! However, I believe you definitely can do more to bring about the end of this case that has gone on for 12 years now.

Sincerely, Hope Williamson

Letter to Senator Jeff Merkley, regarding Julian Assange.

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Dear Senator Merkley, I'm writing to you on behalf of Julian Assange. I'm asking that you work with the Biden administration to bring about an end to his case here in the US, by dropping all the charges against him. I'm also asking that if negotiations are unsuccessful, , you speak on the Senate floor on his behalf. It should be stated that Assange has been held in the UK maximum security prison, HMP Belmarsh, for over 3 years now, in what amounts to solitary confinement. In other words, locked down 23 hours a day. His wife and children only get to see him for two hours each week. They have to be searched by the guards each time they go into the prison, including the kids. On January 4th, 2021, a UK Judge, Vanessa baraitser, denied the US request for extradition on mental health grounds. She ruled that it would be oppressive to extradite Julian Assange given his suicide risk, and the inability to have visits with his family if he were sent here. Unfortunately for some reason, the DOJ appealed, and they won that appeal, based on assurances that you and I both know aren't worth the paper they're written on. During the appeal hearing last October Assange had a TIA, (a small stroke,) because of the stress of the case. Julian Assange has one appeal left. This is called a cross appeal. This allows his team to argue the grounds that Judge Baraitser ruled against before. However, litigating this could take another year. I believe that you Senator Merkley, have an opportunity to make a difference in the case of Julian Assange. It may be possible for you to do this by holding hearings on the case. . If you decide to do these things, I believe history will judge you kindly. Sincerely, Hope Williamson

Let's finally get this thing started!

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I have a list of opening tracks, well exactly three. One has a story behind it, one is fairly new, but epic, and one has been around for a couple years or so, but I still think a friend could do a cool cover of it. I have a friend who's a singer, I think he could do a good job covering this one, but he's never taken me up on the offer. I'm not sure how he'd do that though, because the video was in fact taken at Belmarsh, where Julian Assange is being held. That's why it's called, Behind these Prison Walls. You'd want to keep as much of the original video in tact as possible. Yeah, I just realized that, woopsy. this one has only been around for a few weeks, but I just heard it last week. Not much to say about this one, it's just a cool song.

This one though, does have a story behind it for me. this will forever be associated with January 4th, 2021. I used to sing this song efore every extradition hearing. I still do. When Judge Baraitser denied the US request on January 4th, 2021, everyone's prayers were answered. Of course there's still litigation going on, because the US decided to appeal that. Now whenever we sing this in church, I can't help but thinking of that morning in January a year and a half ago when we were all cheering!! I do a lot of dancing in church too, we just did this last Sunday.

Church picnic.

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We had our church picnic on Sunday. Yeah, I'm just getting to the post now, lol. No one wanted to play cornhole with me this year, they all figured out I sucked, apparently. Everyone brought epic food, and I didn't even get to eat half of it! I think I'm donating some 10.5 inch dixi paper plates to the church next year, the 200 you can get at Costco. I ended up bringing along my 1.5 liter water bottle, but I didn't freeze it long enough, so it didn't last long. It's OK, it got poured over my head, by me. I ended up trying to play this game that the childrens group was playing. I wanted them to shoot me with water guns. They had this parachute game with water baloons. The parachute was an activity style one, so bigger than those you'd use for skydiving. The children's director was counting to 3, and you threw the parachute over your head. Then she counted again, and we were all supposed to get on the ground really fast!! I was carried down once, but I could only do that 5 times. After that, I got into one of the little pools, that the kids had been using for bases for a baseball game. They were done with the game, but they were still there. A kid got in with me. He's semi-verbal. He wanted me to help fill his water gun. I was trying to explain that the pump that you use to try and get it to take in water was fully extended, and that it wasn't pumping anymore. I said, "it's fully extended," like 4 times. Even the lady with me didn't get it, lol!! We didn't end up leaving until around 4. We had to pick up a car. the guy who normally picks me up rode with someon else to the park to help set up, and I rode with his wife.

I finally got my trip to the river.

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Yesterday my Aunt texted me to ask if I wanted to go to the river. I said sure, why not? They picked up my 10 year old niece on the way. My uncle picked me up, and my aunt got her. We met them there, and ended up staying all day. Mom and dad came later. Well, dad came first. We walked up and floated down the rapids twice, until we were all tired and couldn't do it anymore, lol. The shoes I was wearing got ruined, add that to the list of things I need to replace, hah!!! My aunt lost her water shoes, and had to walk back in fins.
I got to sit in the water all day. The only thing that got burnt was my face. It isn't extremely burnt, but just feels warm. today, we're going to a park near the river, to celebrate my other niece turning 2. She turned 2 on the 25th. I'm pretty sure we aren't getting in the water there though.

Last week, yesterday, and hopefully today.

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My Aunt and Uncle from Maine moved into town last weekend. I called mom on Wednesday, to tell her something, and she told me that she had taken the day off to take them to the river, with my 2 nieces. I didn't realize my sister had also taken the day off. My mother would not allow me to go on this trip!! She said it was going to be too hot for me, and that I would've gotten mad, and wanted to leave in the middle of the day. this would cause someone to have to leave, losing their spot on the river. I do have to say that I'm heat sensitive, I dehydrate very easily!! However, when I go out for long periods, I usually bring my biggest 1.5 liter water bottle so that doesn't happen. If I don't have that, I bring 2 or 3 16 ounce bottles. I also try to sit in or nearest the water, if we're swimming, so if I need to be in there, it's just a few steps away. All this to say, that I usually don't say anything about being warm, because it does also cause my chronic headaches to flare up, unless my throat is about to close and I'm about to stop breathing suddenly. Yesterday, I did get to have lunch with my Aunt and Uncle. My Aunt did say that her and my sister were slightly disappointed that I wasn't there. They weren't going to fight with mom or anything, just like I never argue with her, but my sister did say that it wasn't too hot for me, and my Uncle said she brought a canape.. Mom did say that they were going to the river today, so hopefully I'll finally get to go swimming!! My caregiver said that they'll have to have my friend and former caregiver and her baby over and let me come over, and I told her that would be something epic!! I just hope mom doesn't change her mind after working today. They might decide to do it tomorrow, and that's fine. However, I'm going to fill the what the community who followed the Depp V. Heard trial calls the Megapint soon.

Dateline session notes from this morning, about last night's dateline.

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Amber Heard was on Dateline last night. I tried to do the cool thing and watch it on a Youtube stream, but the commentary, as epic as it all was, was too distracting. I paid for Peacock premium, which I had earlier this year, so I could spend 2 hours and 3 minutes taking session notes, earlier this morning. I started at 10:18 AM pacific, and ended at 12:21 PM. These are in list form, but will not be further formatted by me. They might look like crap because I did not insert markdown at the time. OK, here they come.

  1. Peacock reduces down to 40 minutes.
  2. She says she isn't vindictive, huh? This is pointless, then.
  3. Savannah says, she's had everything said about her, snip... Orwellian-like way for her to avoid saying the obvious. Just before the cut, Amber says her goal is for everyone to see her as human, which is repetitive.
  4. Noting my time is 02:27, and it's been like about 10 minutes at this point lol. how long is this going to take me?
  5. At one point Peacock asked me if I wanted to start over from the beginning, apparently I was stopping too much.
  6. The edits on this one are smoother, it doesn't jump around from question to answer as much. You can tell when it drops into a clip of Savannah talking, but other than that, it's fairly smooth, unfortunately. 7 When Savannah asks her if she's nervous about what she can say, she says "are you nervous, as we are here?" I feel like no one caught that as of yet.
  7. First segment ended 8:32.
  8. When Amber said "every single day I pass city blocks lined with people holding signs saying things I can't repeat on television," pretty sure she hasn't said that one before. I could be wrong. Sure yeah we've heard the "burn the which," thing, but this was different.
  9. I also could be wrong about the next thing, I'm pretty sure that the judge decided to televise the trial on her own motion, I didn't watch any of the pretrial stuff. Someone can correct me.
  10. Really loved all the video depos, nah not really!! The audio quality was really bad for most of them!!
  11. The editing of this, I'm where she says she isn't here to call any witnesses any names, we'll get to that later hah hah hah!! Time 0:12:32
  12. My wish came true, they finally played a tiny fraction of the audio exhibits!!
  13. Excerpts from the one I just finished early this morning, because I was falling asleep listening to it last night.
  14. I feel like this little piece is worth mentioning. Savannah says "none of his other prior relationships, not one woman has ever come forward and said he's physically hit them, you're the only one." Amber says, "look what happened to me when I came forward, would you?" Answers a question with a question. End segment. Time: 0:14:28
  15. Of course we have to mention the UK case, but let's keep in mind that Heard wasn't the defendant in that one. The British tabloid, the Sun, won, not her.
  16. They actually shoed her saying, "I do," taking the oath. I'm always interested in how it gets administered, but how you testify under it is more important!!
  17. Savannah says it was 5 days she spent on the stand, because there was a break in the middle, direct seemed longer.
    1. Of course they had to play the cabinet video again, ya know the one she leaked, and says she didn't. Why is it always that one?
  18. This is where megapint comes up for the first time. Time: 0:19:59
  19. They left her describing that incident with the bottle in WTF? Dateline isn't family friendly, I mean it never has been, but why that? 0:21:03, end segment.
  20. This little piece here, Savannah: "Depp's team argued that Heard had a history of being untruthful, case in point," cut to that Dutch TV appearance where she says she donated $7000000. 0:22:06.
  21. Savannah asks if she thinks the pledge/donation thing raises questions of her credibility with the jury, and Amber answers, with a really bad Analogy! "When you say to someone you bought a house, are you lying, because you haven't paid for it in full at that point?" Well when you buy a house you get a loan at the bank, and it takes 20-30 years to pay it off, you still are forced to do it though, it isn't a pledge.
  22. Savannah mentions she's splitting hairs, it's true, although these things are not the same thing!!
  23. This whole thing about the trial being a credibility contest. This is what a trial is, it's meant to determine which side is telling the truth.
  24. Savannah did point out that the sexual assault allegations only came up after the divorce. Showing clips of Camille asking about it on cross, pointing out that there aren't any actual medical records, like as in from a hospital, regarding that incident. 0:25:50
  25. Savannah asks, "there's no experience like being cross examined, what was it like for you? strange question. Amber's even weirder answer was, "probably the scariest and most intimidating thing for anybody, talking about sexual violence, is not being believed, being called a lier, or being humiliated.
  26. Starting the segment on so-called "additional evidence," by noting that it was ruled hearsay and inadmissible.
  27. Savannah asks if there's one piece of evidence Amber wishes the jury would have seen, something happens in the background at that moment. Maybe it was her clapping, or something. Also happened a second time a few seconds later.
  28. She mentions the binder with her therapist's notes, dating back to 2011, from the beginning of the relationship.
  29. Savannah says that Amber's lawyers have showed her text messages that were excluded from the trial. Yeah, we didn't see any of her's, only his. Trust me, I would've liked to have had those read, too.
  30. Reading a text message she sent to a therapist, which would be hearsay especially if the therapist wasn't called to the stand.
  31. Text she sent to her dad about the plane incident, why didn't her dad take the stand, so that could've been admitted?
  32. Noting the time just for good measure, because it's already been an hour and 15 minutes. End segment, 0:28:56.
  33. Here she goes repeating that she just wants people to see her as human again, this one, at 0:29:51, it was the jury.
  34. the NYT lady, was this really necessary??
  35. People reenacting the testimony, sure there were, but I was too busy trying to keep up with it all.
  36. When Goldberg says I don't think I've ever seen anything like this in a domestic violence trial," this wasn't a domestic violence trial. This was a defamation trial, in which someone was accused of domestic violence. Oh wait, am I splitting too many loose ends?
  37. talking about the poop incident, Savannah said she denied it, wait... didn't she say it was a joke gone horribly wrong?
  38. When Depp said "that's hearsay, I guess," was actually learning how to respond in court, in real time. It happens, I've learned like that as well, from following lots of trials over the past few years.
  39. 0:32:58 we mention megapint for the second, and last time.
  40. Savannah mentions the fact that the jury wasn't sequestered.
  41. Amber says she thinks the vast majority of the trial was played out on social media. Wait, I was watching the opening statements, all the testimony, the closing arguments, waiting for the jury to finish deliberating along with everyone else, and heard the verdict, all inside the courtroom. Except for the waiting part, and I wasn't there of course,.
  42. When Savannah says "the Depp lawyer called your testimony the performance of a lifetime," does not mean it was a good performance.
  43. The scissor fingers thing is just too hilarious to say much about!! Not true either!!
  44. End segment at 0:34:38
  45. Loved that little clip from the verdict they threw in there!!
  46. At 0:36:37, in this particular version, after she said earlier in the interview she wasn't going to call the witnesses any names, she just called quite a few of them, "randos."
  47. Savannah asks "you don't blame the jury?" she says she doesn't, but earlier, she just said that they all probably saw social media, keeping in mind that an article was just recently written, and report was just issued stating quite the contrary.
  48. She says you hear my voice on the audio tapes, and it isn't the voice I have now. Well except when she's yelling, it's exactly the same.
  49. She does admit she did and said horrible regrettable things throughout the relationship. "I behaved in horrible, almost unrecognizable to myself ways, I have so much regret."
  50. Talking about that statement she released on the first day of trial. She says " I love him," "I loved him with all my heart."
  51. Savannah mentions that she says she intends to appeal. 54 End 0:40:58, 2 hours 3 minutes.

Patel's decision.

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Priti patel made her decision. She signed the US extradition request for Julian Assange. She was dragging this out for so long. She could've done it when she first got the case!!! She could've definitely done it on May 31st, when we all thought she would. Instead, she waited until the actual deadline. Her decision isn't surprising, it was expected. It is however extremely difficult for everyone who's been following Julian Assange, and Wikileaks for so long. This includes me. Wikileaks says the decision will be appealed though, so we at least have that to face before he even comes over here. This is most likely another year of legal proceedings in the UK. That's if leave to appeal is granted. No, it isn't over just yet. I guess I need to fast and pray a lot more, we definitely won one round!!

More on the server weirdness.

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I'm in the middle of the big, hot, thick messy civil case going on now in Virginia, the one that's in it's last week, and about to end. Anyway, Not last weekend, but the weekend before last, I discovered that my Miniflux instance was down. Well I thought maybe there was just a glitch with the internet or something, and it would be back up. I looked at it last week, (I did not have a good week last week headache wise,) and it was still down. I went to post a link here this morning, and I got a 521 error. I knos this is associated with CloudFlare, the DNS we're using. I've seen this error before in my web adventures. Needless to say I filed a support ticket. Well I um... email the person behind my host to ask if his server was down, turns out it was. He said that this blogs Apache error log filled up the server's allocated space. Well he actually said the server drive, I certainly hope not, I'm sure I just ran my storage quota. Why is this blog putting out so many Apache errors that it's filling up the drive, or running storage quotas? What's wrong with Known? I'm sure an update needs to be done. Since I have to be the one to find all the updates for him, it's back to Microblog or I will probably go.

Second letter to Home Secritary Patel.

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Well, now that she actually has the case, I thought I would write one more email. This is exactly what I did, kind of. I used a form letter.. Here it is.

Dear Secretary Patel Madam Secretary, I wrote you a while back, to urge you to reject the US extradition order. Now that you actually have the case, I want to respectfully ask you to do so again. If you decide to send him here, Julian, who has two young kids, could face a 175 year prison sentence. Simply for the fact that he received and published truthful information that revealed US war crimes. Judge Vanessa Baraitser previously ruled "it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America". She made this decision for mental health reasons. Amnesty International states that “Were Julian Assange to be extradited or subjected to any other transfer to the USA, Britain would be in breach of its obligations under international law.” Human Rights Watch published an article saying, “The only thing standing between an Assange prosecution and a major threat to global media freedom is Britain. It is urgent that it defend the principles at risk.” The NUJ has stated that the “US charges against Assange pose a huge threat, one that could criminalize the critical work of investigative journalists & their ability to protect their sources”. Julian will not survive extradition to the United States. He had a stroke back in October, on the first day of the High Court appeal hearing. he's also a major risk for suicide, and says that if an order is given for his extradition, he would kill himself. The UK is required under its international obligations to stop the extradition. Article 4 of the UK-US extradition treaty must be enforced, which prohibits extradition for political offences. The decision to either Free Assange, and send him home to his family, or to extradite him rests with you. You can, and you must save Julian Assange's life. I'm asking you to do something that won't soon be forgotten by the world. I firmly believe that you will stand on the right side of history, if you decide to reject the extradition order, and free Julian Assange, sending him home to his family, so that he can receive medical treatment. Sincerely Hope Williamson

Tomorrow morning!!

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I'll be submerged in the waters of baptism tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to reaffirming my faith, under my new name. It's something I've felt I've needed to do for like 3 years now, but family was definitely going to be a major issue. Well turns out, my prayers have been answered, and with a decent amount of explanation, my parents have accepted the fact that I'm being rebaptized, and they'll be there. My sister and her family will not, but it's because they have kids, and unfortunately for them, Easter is about the stuff we used to think it was about when we were kids. If anyone would like to watch the service, you can do so by going to my church's Youtube channel, the link for which is right here. The service will start at 10:30 US Pacific daylight time, which is 1:30 Easter, 12:30 Central, and 11:30 Mountain time.

My upcoming rebaptism.

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I'm getting baptized again on Easter Sunday. When I got baptized in 2007, I did this under my legal name. In case you all don't know, Hope isn't my legal name, although I do want it to be. Our church does water baptisms on Easter Sunday every year, so I signed up again. This time, I signed up using the name Hope. I've talked to a church elder twice, and he said everything was OK, so obviously I'm officially being baptized again Easter Sunday. Now just for your information, I go to a Foursquare church. Meaning, it's pentecostal. If I wanted to sign up and be baptized under the name Jane Doe, I could probably do it. No one would say anything. Well they might wonder what on earth was going on with me, but they definitely wouldn't ask. This is no sprinkling, I'm climbing down into a tank, and going fully under water. When I talked to the elder a couple nights ago, he recommended I wear shorts and a T-shirt, yeah just for the baptism, not for the actual service. Although I'm going to wear regular street clothes for the service. I don't have formal wear that fits me.

Setting up Miniflux from scratch.

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The person who manages my Miniflux instance gave it a major upgrade yesterday. Yeah I was way behind on updates, go me!! Anyway, when he did this, he also upgraded the database version. This means I had to set up an empty instance. OK, cool sure. Except when I set it up, part of the OPML I imported didn't work. Now I have to decide what I want to do with the thing. I honestly don't want to add the rest of the feeds by hand, probably over 200. That's after I've paired down feeds that I couldn't keep because they belong to a service that I'm pausing my subscription for. When I reinstate the subscription, I intend to get rid of some, and combine others. I guess I'm close to giving up on RSS, but don't want to use email newsletters either, because I've dealt with haveing over 50000 emails before too, and that definitely isn't fun!!

My letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel.

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Dear Home Secretary Patel, My name is Hope Williamson, I'm writing to you to ask you to please deny the US extradition request for Julian Assange. I'm a US citizen myself, I know what my country is capable of. I've watched since 9/11 as we tortured detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and CIA black sites. I have read documents and reports that tell the horrific stories. I was following Chelsea then Bradley Manning's case, as she was held in solitary and on special administrative measures. She was also on prevention of injury watch back then. This is something that amounted to crewel and degrading treatment, according to the UN special rapporteur on torture. I do not believe for one second any assurances a prosecutor gives. They are worthless, and you should regard them as such. Let's take Daniel Hale's case, for instance. He's currently being held in one of our communication management units. Not supermax , but a step down, if you could call it that. He was supposed to be transferred to Federal Medical Center Butner in North Carolina to receive care for post traumatic stress disorder, or at least that was the assurance given, if he pled guilty. I would urge you to look at this article by Kevin Gosztola: [] the Assange assurances have major loopholes. If he says anything wrong, they can put him in supermax or apply special administrative measures. If he's convicted they can transfer him to a CMU. Assurances like this don't mean anything at all. Not only that, but they were given in the middle of the case. Most of the time, diplomatic assurances are given at the very beginning of the extradition process. Permit me to discuss the case itself. Madam Secretary, if you or I were charged with anything here in the US, (outside the Eastern district of Virginia,) and if our private conversations with doctors and lawyers were surveilled for years on end, without a warrant or court order. The case would be immediately dismissed. This actually happened in Daniel Ellsberg's case. The case was ultimately dismissed, because of a break-in at his psychiatrist's office, and evidence of illegal wire tapping. [] In the Eastern District of Virginia, as it says in that particular article, there isn't an opportunity for a public interest defense. If you're charged under the espionage act, you can't get up on the stand and say, here's why I did it. That applied to Manning during his case, and it would apply to Assange during his. Let me also mention something about the Judge assigned to the Assange case here in the US. His name is Claude Hilton, and he has a reputation over here already. He presided over the Lavabit case back in 2013. [] You probably aren't aware of Lavabit or what that is or was, but I can give you a fairly quick explanation. Lavabit provided email services for about 400000 people before it was shut down by it's founder back in August of 2013. It also happened to be Edward Snowden's email service. The FBI targeted it's founder, Ladar Levison. They asked for private encryption keys. These are the keys that you and I use when we look at a shopping site, when we go to an https:// secure site. Levison initially refused to comply with the order to turn over private SSL keys, then turned them over on paper. He was held in contempt by Hilton, and fined $10000. The case went up to an appellate court and was lost. Rand Paul mentioned Lavabit on the Senate floor on May 20th, 2015, when he was speaking about the expiration of the Patriot act: [] " Edward Snowden was using an encrypted email server, and the company that was housing him--that was specifically the genre of their business. They had a business that was encrypted because some people want to be private for a lot of different reasons, many of them legitimate--business, legal, personal reasons. But, anyway, when they came to get Edward Snowden's email, they didn't ask just to get his email; they said they wanted the encryption keys for the entire business." Hilton also served on the ultra-secret FISA, (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,) court.) As someone who followed the Manning trial, I also know that the Assange trial would never be allowed to be open to the public. This would effectively deny him a fair trial. Everyone deserves to have a public, non-secret trial. They basically close off the courtroom, it effectively becomes an SCIF, (sensitive compartmented information facility,) while the trial is taking place. A select few reporters are allowed in, but definitely not the number of press that have covered the case in the past. If they have to have a classified session, the press has to leave. I would like to also point out why District Judge Baraitser denied the extradition request in the first place. Julian Assange is a major risk for suicide. We know this, because evidence was presented back in the 2020 hearings at Westminster, Not only that, but it's a confirmed fact that he had a stroke back in October during the high court hearing. There definitely is not adequate health care at the Alexandria detention center where he would be held, It's true that if you have a stroke you're at risk for having another, more major one. these things have to be monitored and overseen by a doctor. Assange is also about to marry his fiance Stella Morris on Wednesday. The fact that he would be unable to have contact visits with her and his children here, I believe would put him at further risk for Suicide. Secretary Patel, you have the chance to make history. You have the chance to do something that would cause you to be well known and remembered throughout the generations, to create a legacy that would last much longer than those of us living today. I'm respectfully asking that before you make a decision in this case, you take the time to consider all the submissions before you. In the end, I'm asking that you deny the US extradition request, and release Julian Assange from Belmarsh Prison, so that he can return to his family, and recover from his health issues. Sincerely, Hope Williamson P. S. I do not require a response.

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'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.

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.


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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.

Answering today's questions.

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The blank questions are here:


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.

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.

100 things I've done blog meme.

7 min read Well if others want to participate I'll let them. Here's some blog challenge prompts for Steve Sawczyn from 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.

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

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These posts, like this one.


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.

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!!!

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. [] 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. [] 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.


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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.

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!! []

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.

Building a lifestream with iFTTT.

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I'm setting up an IFTTT lifestream for 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.