iTunes 8 is Accessible!

As an accessibility expert and advocate, I have often wondered,

How hard is it for a person to get access to the latest version of JAWs?

The answer to this question is important, especially when I’m testing the accessibility of UT web offerings. If I happen to have JAWS 10 beta installed, but my student population doesn’t have access to that version yet, I could end up reporting that content is accessible, when in reality, my students might be unable to get to the information.

FireFox Download Day!

Firefox Download Day 2008

I love the smell of a new version of a standards compliant browser freshly installed on my laptop. (inhale, sigh). Care to join me? Head on over to Spread Firefox.

And I’m curious, what is your browser of choice these days?


heart shaped peace sign

With all my heart, I wish everyone in the world, could hear this song, in their native language, close their eyes and hope for such a world and believe that it is possible.

Imagine by John Lennon

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

This moment brought to you in the spirit of Stop Cyberbullying Day March 30.

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Digital Storytelling Workshop – March 19-21, 2007

Update: Workshop in Austin is sold out.
I wanted to let y’all know about a wonderful 3 day Digital Storytelling Workshop that is being hosted at UT March 19-21st. This is the first ever Center for Digital Storytelling open workshop in Texas! Joe Lambert will lead this experience. Joe is the founder of the Digital Storytelling movement and author of Digital Storytelling-Capturing Lives, Creating Community. I had the good fortune to attend Joe’s sessions within the last year with some folks from the Blanton Museum. Joe’s workshop inspired us to create the Geometry of Hope Interactive Exhibit using the techniques we learned in this workshop + Pachyderm (the open source multimedia authoring tool).

If you have a story to tell…what are you waiting for?

Just Do It!

I get impatient when the wheels of change move too slowly. That is why I maintain a URL outside my work space. Ahhhh…the relief of being able to go to my own URL and just do it. What is “It”? “It” might be:

  • making my site xhtml 1.0 strict
  • upgrading to the latest version of PHP in less than 30 minutes when I want to
  • installing an open source application and using it immediately
  • saying exactly what I think

And rather than these actions just being personally satisfying…I’ve found over and over again, that a “just do it” successfully implemented in my own space spurs change within my workspace. Not always…but often.

At this very moment, I’m reading a fascinating article by Andrew McAfee entitled “Enterprise 2.0: The Dawn of Emergent Collaboration“. Highlighter in hand…I’m marking my favorite passages. And I can’t resist sharing this one about the value of informal rollout of new technology.

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Where the Women Bloggers Are

Last year, a brilliant blogger pointed out that my blogrole was 100% male. And while talented as those boys may be…where indeed were the women on my wizard list? Being a brand new blogger myself at that time, I realized that the people that originally inspired me to blog happened to be male. After much… Continue reading Where the Women Bloggers Are

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What did you do today to make the world a better place?

I’m very inspired by my work. Most every day I have the opportunity to make the web a more universally accessible place and I revel in the deep meaning I find in creating a museum without walls. But today I was really struck by Sarah McLachlan’s World on Fire video that took the $148,270 it would have taken to make a fancy music video and spent every dime of it on helping people who are starving, sick, homeless and alone. (thanks to Andy Greer for sharing this with me)

I am

My friend Meesh tagged me on this… I AM high on life. I WANT my iPod to wake up from it’s coma. I WISH that we knew how to cure cancer. I MISS lazy weekend mornings with my lover/husband pre-kids. I HEAR Diana Krall singing S’Wonderful. I WONDER what excitement awaits me behind door number… Continue reading I am

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