Finally! Finallyyy! I finished moving my blog! Well, not quite. Still have to redirect here. And a little bit more cleanup behind the scenes. But is done! Woo!

Or, not done, really. Just live. I couldn’t hold up this blog anymore just because I don’t know what to put in the sidebar or in the about section. So that may come later… eventually… at some point.

Two’s Day

I barely remembered I wanted to post here today! 2day! Hur hur. Happy Two’s Day! 2-22-22. Or as a palindrome, with the day first, 22-02-2022. hah

I didn’t do anything special today. Work. Take-out Tuesday (not tacos :( ). And they forgot part of our order so we had to drive over there to pick up the missing piece. It was dessert, it was decent. The rest of the meal was really good, I’d go back. Or at least dine inside, when I feel safe not wearing a mask around other people.

(Oh gosh is that my first mention of covid on my rarely-updated blog?)

I don’t know what else to write. hahahaa…

Microsoft Narrator and some emoticons

Messing around with Windows Narrator, because I found a more complex emoticon I used in the past (>>-x_x–>, an arrow through a dead face) and that led me down the rabbit hole trying to figure out how to make that more accessible. (Short answer: probably too many “standards,” no real way to make it work.)

I tried Apple’s screen reader on an iMac years ago at work. I don’t remember much about the experience, it was pleasant enough, but then I didn’t test it out on any of my old blog posts hahaha! So I don’t know how Apple deals with emoticons. Unless there’s a screen reader on the iPad that I’d have to dig around to test out.

Anyway, here are a few things I noticed with Narrator:

  • Why is “Windows” pronounced as if it rhymes with endows? Isn’t Narrator made by Microsoft?? Confusing.
  • It’ll read some emoticons/punctuation. But it can be inconsistent:
    • Read ^^;; as “caret caret” first (ignoring the semicolons), then “sweating face.” (Which, no! It’s not…sweating! It’s sweatdrops!)
    • Read >.< as “angry face” once, then didn’t read it the second time.
    • The >>-x_x–> emoticon above was read as “x underscore x.”
    • It read ^^ alone as “happy face.” (It’s…not quite…happy, more like bashful happy? Right?)
    • Read o_O; as “confused face” (probably ignoring the semicolon) but o.O was read as “oh dot oh.”
    • It didn’t read >.< but it does understand >_< as “angry face.”
  • For some reason I couldn’t get Narrator to read anything in Pale Moon other than the title of the Window. Strange. I didn’t want to spend my time diagnosing that or trying to figure out Narrator.

I was disappointed it couldn’t read any text coded with abbr and title or aria-label. I supposed there’s a setting I have to configure, but it’s not on by default. So I guess there’s no making emoticons 100% accessible at this point in time. :/ (Read as “uneasy face.” xD [Read as “x d.”]) But at least it read + correctly, so as someone wrote in 2014 that “1+1=2” was often read as “1 1 2”, things have gotten somewhat better over the years…?

Don’t write yourself off yet

Ahaha wow, I am about (depending on how you look at it…) 17% done with setting up my new blog? Yep, 17% over the past 6+ years. Still slowly trying to work on it.

But anyway. Based on the past two entries I seem to have a theme of posting here when I’ve got a serious case of nostalgia.

Enter: KROQ’s [Absolut] Almost Acoustic Christmas. I wanted to record my personal comments on the line-ups somewhere.
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New Super Mario Bros

Wow. I just finally watched a video on the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe video game for the Nintendo Switch and I’m surprised by how tired it made me feel… I am old. :( Just had to record that somewhere.

I still play video games, they’re just more the iPad/smrtphone variety. (Disney Tsum Tsummmmm!!! And I still check Neko Atsume and Tabikaeru every so often. And since I got a new iPad, I’m able to play Castle Story and Farm Story 2 again and holy hell has that taken up a lot of my time! D:)