Feb. 28th, 2009

is reading a #book: Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions And Hurtful Acts http://ping.fm/MSpVN

Feb. 28th, 2009

Can any of you recommend a good brand of 4-track tape player that can handle NLS cassettes well? My NLS player is 10 years old and is shot.

Learn To Use Facebook Tonight

Hi everyone. I’m writing to invite you to a round table chat taking place this evening about learning how Facebook works. There is a steadily growing community of blind people on Facebook as well as people with other disabilities. We’ll talk about the easiest ways to use Facebook, how to find your friends, what kinds of things you’ll find on Facebook, and we’ll touch briefly on how Facebook is being used for outreach by nonprofit organizations similar to Bookshare. You will learn how to join business networks to link up with coworkers and get a better grasp of how social media sites impact your work life too. And let’s be honest. Facebook is just a great way to have fun with your buddies at the end of the day.

If this sounds interesting to you, please join us. Everyone is welcome no matter whether you’re new to computers or have two or three computer science degrees. See below for details.

Who: Everyone

When: tonight, 2/3/2009 at 6 PM Pacific, 7 PM Mountain, 8 PM Central, and 9 PM Eastern

Where: Point your browser to the OurPlace chat area

Once you get there, look for the Politics Room and hit enter. You will be
at the place where you must either download software or choose to enter the
room. This is Talking Communities software just like what you may have used at the Friends Of Bookshare chats. If you have not downloaded the software in the past few weeks, go ahead and do it when you get to the Politics Room. There is a new version of the conference software with better accessibility in it, and it sounds better too.

Once you choose to enter the Politics Room, you will be sent to another page
where you should enter your real name . You are asked for a password but
you do not need one. Just tab to okay and hit enter. That should place you
in the Politics Room with the rest of us. The way to talk
using your mike is to press the control key. You’ll hear a little beep when it’s your turn to talk. If you do not have a mike, you can still participate by typing
text messages to the group. Mac users can hear the discussion but can only type text messages for now. We hope that will change soon. I look forward to seeing all of you later. We’re going to have fun tonight.

Writer's Block: So Long, Farewell

It's the last day in office for George Bush. There's been a lot of talk in the media lately about Bush's legacy. What do you think he will be most remembered for?

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I will always remember President Bush for one very special thing. He had the guts to read from the book of Judges at the funeral of the shuttle crew. To me, that was our president at his finest hour. To hear him reading Scripture that wasn't just a rehash of the 23rd Psalm was wonderful, inspiring, and it moved me to tears and praise at the same time. I hope I will never forget that as long as I live. Historians will focus on his military strategies, economics, and his style of command. I will remember something that is far more intimate and personal. We won't know the full result of Bush's military strategy for another decade or so. We won't see the result of his economic policy for another five years or so. I do see the result of that day when he reached to God for guidance, mercy, and healing. That is what I choose to remember.

Feeling The Pain

You all know I've had pneumonia for awhile, a viral one with a secondary bacterial infection. It was mostly in my right lung. Now it has entered the left lung, and it's making this week particularly painful. I feel as if I have smoked 3 packs of cigarettes all at once. Breathing in hurts, and my lungs just ache. I've cracked a rib from the hard coughing, and that doesn't add to my Christmas cheer. My chest and stomach muscles feel bruised as if they had been punched or kicked.

I know I'm lucky that I don't need to be hospitalized like I did with my worst bout with this germ. That doesn't really help me get out of the funk I'm in though. I couldn't do any of the things I like to do before Christmas like baking cookies with the kids or going carroling. I can't even make fudge with my daughter, and this was the year I was planning to teach her to make our family recipe by herself. I had to watch the kids decorate cookies from across the room in case I'm contagious, couldn't hold my baby niece at all, and going out of the house was out of the question. So I feel a lot more like Scrooge than I want to.

I just wish this could be over. Or that I could sleep through it all. My body is exhausted, but my mind is bored and is tired of being in bed. I haven't taken my narcotic cough syrup for 3 nights now, and I'm finally ready to admit defeat on that point. I didn't want to keep using it because I know narcotics can be addictive. Now I just want relief and some peace.

Thanks for listening to me complain. I'll be in a better mood tomorrow. If not, I'll keep it to myself. :)

Loving the LJ Bookmarklet

I am having an absolute ball with the new LJ Bookmarklet This makes sharing stuff from the web so darned easy! :D I've had this feature available from WordPress for over a year now. LJ does it better, and I'm so thrilled to have it. Three cheers for the LJ developers! :D

For those using a screenreader, just add the bookmarklet to your favorites or bookmarks. You can even use AutoHotkey to make a little script to click the bookmark on your toolbar for you with a hotkey. I have the bookmarklet on my Firefox toolbar and just use the Jaws cursor to click it. I'll do more with it later when I don't feel so lazy. ;)

Writer's Block: Misdirected Mail

Have you ever replied to or cc'ed someone on an email that was definitely not intended for their eyes? Or received one that was about you but wasn't meant for you to read? What was the email about and how did you react?

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Yes! I have a coworker who regularly sends mail to the wrong people. Apparently her Outlook Express address book is a bit too challenging for her. :) I've gotten love letters meant for her boyfriend a few times. I laughed to myself and replied to let her know what had happened to her notes. I thought she'd spend some time learning or fixing what was going wrong. She apologized and seemed imbarrassed at the time. She's still sending emails to the wrong place several times a month though. Now I just groan and delete them as soon as I see that the mail isn't meant for me. I still like her. I have lost some professional respect for her though. I just think she's scatterbrained, and it's hard to take her seriously in meetings when you have read about her Minnie Mouse jammies and Donald Duck slippers. I don't know whether to directly offer to teach her to use her address book or just keep my mouth firmly shut, deleting her emails as necessary. I wonder what Miss Manners would say about this.

Remembering German Christmas Treats

One of my happier Christmas memories is of time spent with my former mother-in-law. She was born in Germany, and she opened up a whole new way of eating to me. She filled our stockings with treats from Europe and gave us gifts of German and Swiss cookies and candies. I think about her often during this time of year. This site carries many of the treats I came to love, food that now feels like part of who I've become. I especially like the gingerbread coated with chocolate or the sugar-coted ginger cookies. If you've never had these, you may think the combination of ginger and chocolate sounds strange. That was how I felt. All I can say is that they grew on me, and I love them now. Have fun exploring this site. They've got great chocolates too. :)
German food from GermanDeli.com

Writer's Block: Long Nights, Short Poems

It's the winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere, summer solstice in the Southern hemisphere, and Haiku Day in the U.S. Does that inspire you to write a three-line poem with five syllables in the first and last lines and seven in the middle line?

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Hmm. Nope. No poems. I didn't enjoy poetry in school and still don't. I don't like to have to guess at what someone means. I'm from the "say what you mean or don't say anything" school of thought. :)

I do like thinking about long summer nights though. I wish I were in Australia right now. I wish I could afford to go to Hawaii every winter. I wish I lived near the ocean where cold weather is rare and it stays sunny most of the time. I wish I were wearing my brick-colored shorts with a tanktop in a light shade of peach, with my bare arms and legs stretched out to soak up the sun and the scent of my green apple body spray mixing with the salt breeze from the ocean. I can almost feel the wind in my hair as I run down the beach, letting the warm, salty, ocean breeze stir my heart as wind stirs the sails on boats nearby. I want to run until I can't anymore. I wish I could lean back on my lounge chair and just enjoy the rhythm of the waves, letting them loll me into a gentle rest.

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