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👨🏻💻 #WebDevelopment — I'm the designer/dev on https://www.pianobook.co.uk a global community of samplists and composers. There's a library of >1000 free software instruments for #DecentSampler and #Kontakt and, honestly, some of them are mind blowing!
I'm a totally blind software tester with previous testing experience. I know there are many of you in the #Fedivers working on many cool projects, I'd love to test them for accessibility if you're looking for an accessibility tester or any accessibility consultancy please get in touch :-) if everyone could repost this, that would be great thanks very much :-) #a11y #Blind #Accessibility
I'm trying to commission an illustrator who will turn somebody's PhD (on the subject of history solidarity / peace / anti-nuclear warfare in the 1980s) into a comic book strip / big cartoon-y poster. Not sure sure where to go looking - any ideas?
In 1999 to 2000 I was going through a very rough patch in my life. In the span of a few years, I'd gotten married, lost a parent, birthed a child, gotten divorced, changed careers, and relocated 3,000 miles away from everything and everyone I knew. What with the state of things, I didn't get to see #GalaxyQuest when it was first released.
Finally, on a day I was feeling particularly low, and shortly before the movie left the theaters, I canceled work and took myself out to a midday matinée.
I was the *only* person in a vast theater, of a size that no one builds anymore, sitting and waiting for the lights to go down. At one point, I turned and peered up at the projectionist's booth. I saw a shadowy figure moving back and forth behind the window, bending and straightening. This was in the days before automated, digital films. The Phantom Menace had been released digitally in 1999, but the equipment to show such films was extremely expensive and most theaters hadn't converted yet; "projectionist" was still a real job.
While I was looking, the figure paused, strode to the window and peered back at me, then disappeared quickly.
I turned back around and continued to fidget and ponder the misfit pieces of my life.
At the top of the aisle behind me, the theater door swung open and banged loudly on the wall. The projectionist strode down the aisle toward me, a tall barrel-shaped man with a thick beard and glasses. My first thought was that the matinee was canceled due to low turnout, and I'd be getting a refund. Just as I'd resigned myself to that, the marching projectionist shouted out in a booming voice,
"WELCOME to your PRIVATE viewing oooooooof GALAXY QUEST!!!"
He stopped in front of my row, and I saw that he had an *armload* of STUFF. One by one, he began presenting each thing to me, and as the pile in his arms dwindled, the one in my lap grew.
"As our SPECIAL VIP Galaxy Quest GUEST today, YOU are entitled to..."
"- A commemorative t-shirt!"
"- A poster suitable for framing!"
"- A limited edition refrigerator magnet!"
"- A button to pin to your lapel!"
The list and the shwag went on. With every ridiculous item, I laughed harder and harder, until there were tears leaking out of the corners of my eyes.
Then he bowed and shouted, "WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THE SHOW!" and turned on his heel to march back up the aisle and out the exit door.
Alas, of all the shwag only the magnet has stood the test of time. But the humor and kindness of the unknown projectionist lives on.
Being on Mastodon / the #fediverse reminds me of connecting with music-lovers on MySpace many eras ago. I’m meeting new friends and potential collaborators. It’s like being at a house party with an epic soundtrack that’s a mixtape of music by the guests.
This ability to truely connect has been sacrificed in the name of dopamine fuelled ‘engagement’ almost everywhere else. We have something special here.
Falling somewhere between film music, IDM and downtempo, Inexistens from @xylander offers up 5 tracks of warm, bright and playful electronica. Clean production, minimal arrangements and a good use of sonic space all work together to bring these tunes to life.
Regarding “back to the office”: Why is the commute the employee’s burden anyway? Make it part of the work time and have at it requiring people to come to the office. Three hours commute? You get 5 hours in the office.
Employees are available immediately at home but if they’ve required in the office, the clock starts when they leave home. You rent their time, your choice to spend it on travel.
Google's Chrome browser is now a thin candy shell of browser interface around a full-time surveillance engine and personal data monetization machine. Find a better browser, folks.
Something for the weekend...
My September edition of #ElectronicOdyssey for Radio Free Matlock is now online 🚀💫
Two hours of incredible music in our continual search for the heartbeats within the machines
Listen here x
It’s my 50th birthday today. The best gift would be to give my music a go (if you haven’t already) or pre-order the new EP…
If so you might enjoy taking my debut EP for a spin. 'Inexistens’ is out today and available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify or buy from Bandcamp.
I'd be over the moon to know what you think and boosts would be much appreciated!
It's NEVER ok to lock people out of a webapp because their User-Agent doesn't match your predefined list. 😡
Especially webapps they need to manage their healthcare.
(I am in fact using one of the browsers on this list, your code just isn't able to tell.)
Please boost for basic education.
I’m featured in Colly’s Music Weekly playlist this week with a track from my debut EP called Inexistens which is out this Saturday. And there’s so much other good music in here too. It’s magical.
@colly I’ve listened to your playlist twice today. It’s a fantastic selection of music. As soon as I put it on I got approving noises from my wife. Is there an archive of previous editions online?
I’m excited to be featured in Colly’s (@colly) Music Weekly playlist on Apple Music and Spotify this week. Alongside some really wonderful music including the new single from the man himself. I’m Xylander by the way.
New music 🎶
The final EP in the Japan series paints Tokyo from multiple angles. Pre-order (download, cassette) and stream preview track Caravan Tokyo.
I make websites, music and chilli. I’ve also made a fair few podcasts and radio shows in the past. Maybe I should get back into that. 🤔
Big fan of craft beer and beagles.
I set up my own Mastodon server because of course I did.