Hopefully this post will still be online when the 90s people are nostalgic about are the 2090s.
How do you stay in touch when you can’t stay in touch during a Covid19 lockdown?
Prompted by someone sharing this tweet at work I decided to try making the mouse cursor on my machine bigger.
On a Mac go to System Preferences->Accessibility->Display->Cursor.
I only bumped the size up one notch, but it’s made a nice change and really makes a difference to the “feel” of the mouse cursor when hovering over text containing links.
After doing that I wondered what else I could do. I left the display at it’s default resolution but in Firefox I did increase the minimum font size, and that has made some websites more pleasant to use.
My son uses a 15.6″ laptop screen with tiny fonts I can barely read when I’m sitting at his desk. I know I used to do that too in my twenties on a Linux desktop using Netscape Navigator but times change and my eyes change. This blog has been going more than twenty years. I wonder what accessibility features I’ll be writing about in another twenty years, eh?
Is it ever too early for chocolate on Christmas Day?
Somehow a cat got stuck in the cavity blocks of a wall in Blarney today. My wife was alerted to it by a post on the Muskerry News Facebook page. She was very upset and decided immediately to go up there and see what she could do.
I know the area well as I bring my dog for a walk there most days. I thought I could get the cat out by breaking the block around it so I grabbed a hammer and screwdriver, and for height a plastic chair from the garden.
The cat was so calm and friendly. She didn’t once give out, or try to claw me. She was obviously in distress because she had only her head and a single paw out.
After 20 minutes of carefully digging around her she pulled back into the wall so I was able to break it apart more quickly She came back too soon and poked her head out again, and wouldn’t duck her head back down to make my job easier!
My wife had a brain wave then to get the tin of cat food she had left in the car. We allowed the cat to smell it and made sure she saw us drop a few bits into the block in front of her. A moment later she ducked down to eat and I was able to dig away at a faster pace.
Once again she came up for air, but she backed down again and eventually the hole was big enough and out she popped with a little help! 🙂
I took her off the wall and put the tools away in the car to shouts that, “the cat has jumped up on the wall and is trying to get in again!” Luckily there were humans around to discourage this adventurous side of her personality. I grabbed a few rocks and covered the hole.
I recognised the cat once she was out. She tried to make friends with my dog a few times when we were out walking. Lovely cat, hopefully she’ll keep out of trouble now!
Three days later I went for a walk this morning and the cat is still safe and sound. 🙂
Last night I went to my first panto (that I remember anyway). Oh no you didn’t! Oh yes I did! Oh no… Well, never mind!
Anyway, Cinderella is on in the Everyman in Cork with a great cast who put on an amazing show for kids and adults. It was so much fun, and I laughed so hard at times I had a three year old in the next seat look at me strangely. The singing, dancing and music are top notch and entertaining. I haven’t enjoyed myself at the theatre so much in a long time!
It would be a crime for these shows not to be sold out, and if the page above is anything to go by there is some availability. I checked their booking page however and it’s showing other show times as sold out so book your tickets quickly.
On the day a world famous celebrity dies the Internet fills with countless messages remembering their life, expressing grief and shock at the death. It’s a collective coming together of humanity. Today was exceptional though. I read that grown men were reduced to tears when they read the news. In solidarity, people repeated the same simple catch phrase an alien in the 70’s used in greeting.
I still remember him best as Mork, the alien who crash landed on Earth in an egg but he has a long list of movie and tv titles to his name which you’ll find on Wikipedia, or IMDB.
I knew he had battled substance abuse but had no idea he fought depression. It’s horrible that someone who brought so much laughter and joy to the world should see no alternative but suicide. I can’t imagine how dark the future must seem if this is the only way. I wonder what he’d make of the outpouring of feelings and grief today?
Some links that I came across today, because the Internet will return to normal tomorrow. I hope these don’t rot away with time.
- The Death of Robin Williams, And What Suicide Isn’t. (mirror)
- Robin Williams did an AMA on Reddit 10 months ago.
- There was a megathread devoted to the man today. Lots of great stories there.
- The WTF podcast interview is hilarious. (Youtube mirror.) NSFW language.
- My Facebook and Twitter streams this morning at 6:30am when every single message was about Robin Williams.
- Quote from his wife Susan Schneider:
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” she added. “As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
- He posted loads of great photos on Instagram.
- Even ISIS terrorists in Iraq tweeted about Robbin Williams (mirror). He reached everyone.
- Robin Williams, depression, and Stephen Fry.
These are dark days for his friends and family in their grief.
Nanu Nanu Mork. RIP.
1 second everyday records one second of footage every day and then builds up a compilation video when you’ve got enough video. Google Plus did something similar with their auto awesome video of the year too but I guess this will let me squeeze in a whole lot more!
I started a few days ago with the Android app and got a few clips of dinners, family and pets so far. Give it a go!
I’m standing at my desk again, and also have a use for my physical media and books again. You won’t prop up a monitor on top of two dozen smartphones..