Well it’s September 11th, again. What’s different is this year is this was my first real opportunity to watch more than an online video here and there of a non-American news source, alJazeera in this case, covering 9/11 on 9/11. And concurrently, too. Which helped. But what I think was most important was getting a better perspective â€” it’s the 10th Anniversary after all, they could have dedicated more commentary toward its implications, but I’m not complaining â€” on the event’s aftermath around the world. Objectivity counts. Today is about so much more than just America.
That said, I also rewrote both my About and Accessibility statements recently, too. I stripped out all the technical detail relating to the stuff I spend much of my time away from here doing. And the reason I’m choosing today, of all days to post this bit of shameless self-promotion, is how 9/11 has come to relate to the topic I wrote about in my revised statement concerning Accessibility.
We must never forget, or in the very least start acting like we give a shit about, how our actions affect others…
A little while back I referred to another project that I’ve been consumed with. In addition to my volunteer role at the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC). On the 5th of this month, the 15th anniversary of my accident, I officially launched Abledaccess. And as promised (damn, was it really in February?), I’m announcing it here today.
Honestly the rough idea for this project, well it’s original intent at least, has been fermenting in my head for quite sometime (since October of last year?). But the perfect opportunity to have it grow before it had even begun presented itself in January, so I pounced on it. This is all pretty exciting for me. Not only is this another forum for me to work from and write about, but it’s an amazing opportunity to be involved in the larger coding community. Meaning, in addition to it being a blog, where I’ll discuss accessibility and usability realities â€” or how I experience and see them â€” I’m also openly developing a WordPress blogging theme called FSSFive. Using various framework’s and component’s that the IDRC has developed, and continues (being a keyword, all this stuff is very much in flux, at the moment) to develop, to help internet users enjoy more equaled access to the net.
But keep in mind, it’s currently a rather simplistic representation of what a WordPress theme can be. I want to nail down the basics before I worry about presentation (read: how it looks). As I said it’s currently under development and will constantly be changing and improving. If you should ever feel so inclined, stop by and check me out either at Abledacess, or my Github repository.
Witness the evolution…
I just updated my F.A.Q. With a couple of new questions and answers. But I expanded/changed on a few answers that didn’t seem so “cute,” or productive, any more. Check it out.
“If there are any other questions you have, please, do not hesitate toÂ ask. It never hurts to ask. It always hurts to assumeâ€¦”
Well today’s entry signifies my 100th poorly implemented, half thought-out rambling. And 11 days short of an official year of blogging, too. Not bad, I’d say, considering I hit 50 posts just this past August 13th. Which, in itself demonstrates something, I suppose.
I’ve stepped up my efforts here, primarily, for one reason. I’m making a concentrated effort to “write” much more often than I have in the past, in an effort to better my “skills” at the craft. But, ever more importantly, to learn about and hopefully develop a writing style.
So I can write a book…
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