reflections

over the past several months a lot has happened.I had surgery in march to remove my gastric pacemaker, ended up with an infection that seems to be going away now. A couple of days ago i came back to freenode staff and enjoy it.

I’ve always loved the open source comunity but when i got sick, i dropped out of it completely. My health has been stable for a good 3 years now or so and i’ve finally got the energy to get involved again. I had been staff for irc.freenode.net in years past and the other day everyone let me come back and i really love it.

Oh sure you’ve got your bad users on irc but the majority of the folks i’ve spoken with have been extremely nice and helpful. The staff is also great to work with and i hope it stays that way.

I took up knitting several years ago but never started making any real progress till now. I’m excited now because we just might have a knitted bath mat for the bathroom in the next couple months depending on how fast i can actually go.

So all in all things are good and i’m happy with it. Chris and i have our 6 year aniversery of being together on june 4. we may have a friend come down to stay and that will be fun.

why did this have to happen?

now onto a serious topic that has been bothering me for a long time now. The friends who gave me all of that yarn that opens so many possibilities of what i can make were evicted from our complex after living there for 36 years. The reason why? 1 case of bed bugs that no one knows where it came from. This family still can not find a place to live after searching for months because they’re on a fixed incom and the rent here has skyrocketed. When we moved in we were paying 495/month now we’re paying 625, and when we sign our next lease, we’ll be paying over 700.

1 this family never should have been kicked out but they’re being blamed for something that they may not even have done.2, I keep asking myself if there are other reasons that the complex is doing it.

I feel angry and frustrated over this because we have no way to help them and it just feels so wrong that this is happening to them. I keep asking why, and i still have no real answers. I do hope however they can find a place to stay.

chronic pain

chronic pain is one of those thing i live with on a constant basis I have damage to my spine from sliding down a flight of stairs on my spine because i missed a step when i got up to hit the bathroom one night when i was 20. Now there are several things they do to keep me comfortable one is a tens unit. it’s taken a while to find the right tens unitbut i’ve found what works and i’ll use it. in fact i practically live with the thing on.

The downside to living with the thing on is that i go through a lot of electrodes. Probably more then most people would use, however i’d rather be comfortable then having injections every 3 months, and taking narchotics to control the pain.

They have me on neurontin to deal with the nerve damage and diflocanac to deal with the inflamation and arthritus and tylanol if needed. There are some other things involved but while i have really bad days like today for the most part i’m comfortable enough and i can manage.

Of course this is the point where someone speaks up and says “but you have legal weed in oregon, why dont you smoke weed to help things. my response to that is a couple things. 1 i seem to react badly these days to weed and 2 our rent here is 625 a month for a 1 bedroom there’s no way we could afford it if we wanted to.

I used to have a blog where i would review marijuana strains but i dont keep the blog any more do to my not being able to experiment with it to try and review the different strains.

my thoughts on web accessibility

in the past year or 2 the internet or rather the web hasdeclined rather seriously in it’s accessibility for blind users. people want javascript because it’s supposed to make things “better” however it makes the web very very hard for a blind person to use. I can give some examples of this…

scaleway has a great service but i can’t sign up for any of their services because there’s no way for me to click on the terms of service thing in order to sign up. I was frustrated horribley by this because i really wanted to try their service because their prices are really nice. In the end though i think i got a better deal with going with
prgmr their prices are decent though they do not give quite the space and ram that scaleway gives, but they are on freenode, and that makes it worth it to me.

another example of how bad web accessibility has gotten is in a certain browser. The google-chrome browser is said to have accessibility features under linux but in reality none of them work. The google tts doesn’t work period and since they no longer support speech-dispatcher even though the bug might be fixed by now that made them stop using it in the first place, they still no longer support it. This leaves blind users with only 1 option for a web browser that’s graphical on linux and that’s firefox. Firefox is a decent browser all in all, but google’s screen reader made the web much easier to use.

My final example of how much web accessibility has degraded is godaddy the domain service. I tried to register kittyrats.com the other day because i remembered how decent their service was when i had another domain there and it was insanely dificult to use. Why isn’t kittyrats.com registered with godaddy? one simple reason. I couldn’t click on a no thanks button if i had just checked out i’d have had all of their packages and plans that go along with the domain and i did not want those.

There’s my thoughts on web accessibility and i think it’s only going to get worse before it gets better. Google really needs to fix their shit though There needs to be a browser that can keep up with the way the web is changing and google chrome on the desktop seems to do that in windows and mac os so, why not linux?

knitting…

I love to knit. I started knitting a couple years back but couldn’t get the hang of it. I moved onto crocheting and that was worse. but when i went back to knitting it was a bit like my eyes had opened and it was patheticly simple.

I’m not sure why that is, but that’s how it happened. Right now i’ve got a bathmat i’m in the process of knitting and i’ve got a blanket and some other things to make and plenty of yarn to do it with.

Oddly enough all of my yarn is blue. Maybe different shades of blue but that’s the color. I think i bought them that way to have them match but it’s just weird having only 1 color.

I started knitting because a friend of mine told me how much fun she had with her knitting but she didn’t have a lot of time to do it i told her i wanted to learn and try it and she was all for teaching me. In the end it took her help the help of another friend, and a book for children that teaches children how to knit. Who says you can’t read a childrens book as an adult.:P

Later on i descovered that if i knit my angziety isn’t nearly so bad. that was just more motivation to knit. It helps keep the panick attacks from taking over and it is something fun to do.

Oh, the cats think it’s fun to watch me knit you would think they would attack the yarn, but they dont.

freenode radio

back in around 2002 freenode tried to have it’s own radio type thing. It was called fnr. Essentially several people did shows through out the weeks and it was a lot of fun. It was hard work though and i suspect was stressful on everyone.

I had a blast doing it and part of me is a bit sad that it didn’t work out but it was easy to get burnt out even though it was fun.

I kept the archives of my show and have posted them here for those who want to listen to them.

click here for fnr archives
leave a comment i’m curious how many freenode users remember this.

what’s a kittyrat?

I’m sure that by now people are asking me why i chose the domain name kittyrats.com. What’s a kittyrat? a kittyrat is a cat who’s got a long body and an extremely long tail. That’s how chris and i define a kittyrat anyway. our cats have really long tails and bodies and they know how to stretch and take up half the bed with out trying.

Many times i’ll see bastet stretched out with her body draped over the cat tower like she wants to take up as much space as she can. So, that’s a kittyrat for you I’ll try to include links to their pictures but since the domain hasn’t gone live yet I have to wait till the dns propogates