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objectinspace

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Welcome to my tiny corner of the internet! I'm an accessibility specialist for WhatsApp, which is about the least exciting thing about me. I also play video games--while blind! I hosted a politics podcast with Matt Cooper called The Game Is Rigged from 2017-2018. I've produced and acted in the Worm full-cast Audiobook project. I host a weekly show called Thoughtfood on Venom.FM from 12 to 3 PM PST on Sundays. I also sing and play drums. I'm even a snappy dresser--though this is disputed!

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objectinspace, to random
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The venom all-star jam is live! Tune in for some of the best musicians you've ever heard. https://play.venom.fm/live or join our teamtalk server on venom.fm to join the line-up!

objectinspace,
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@bermudianbrit Join the WhatsApp group, then you'll know everything we're doing! :D

objectinspace,
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@bermudianbrit Hm I thought it was! but don't see it. veonm.fm/community

objectinspace, to random
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I don't feel quite like myself. Turning into someone else is killing me. Something has to change!

objectinspace, to random
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Hey everyone I have another account it's @drew I have no clue what I am gonna do with it but go follow it! Or don't. Your call!

sarajw, to random
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What's a budget decent microphone for use in streaming/recording speech that won't break the bank and is available to order swiftly into Germany?

Thanks!

objectinspace,
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skinnylatte, to random
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The guys (and it’s always guys) who post online cheering layoffs talking about ‘bloat’ and ‘slack’ and ‘efficiency’: never think that perhaps they are the bloat

objectinspace,
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@skinnylatte I choose to think that they do, and it is projection.

dyani, to accessibility
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Are Microsoft and Adobe really the only ones making software that can create tagged PDFs?

I would rather not use either of them!

Please boost this question 🔁

I can't find any alternatives :(

objectinspace,
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@dyani It would be so amazing if Google docs could do this! Someone please harass them about it.

objectinspace,
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@dyani They have to decide to do it. Leadership is clueless 😢

ToniBarth, to random German
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I wholeheartedly disagree with Rowlings political view and her movement against trans people, but I absolutely love the book series that is Harry Potter. Thus i'm really looking forward to the project and will enjoy listening to those audio dramas as soon as they get released. I will however not pay a single cent for them, this woman will not see any more money from me, movements like these shouldn't get supported in any way. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/apr/25/audible-all-seven-jk-rowling-harry-potter-books-full-cast-audiobooks

objectinspace,
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@ToniBarth I gotta wonder about the pay scale for those audible narrators. If they are starting out as kids they are probably gonna make peanuts regardless of how well they sell.

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chikim, to llm
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VOLlama v0.1.0, an open-source, accessible chat client for OLlama
Unfortunately, many user interfaces for open source large language models are either inaccessible or annoying to use with screen readers, so I decided to make one for myself and others. Non screen reder users are welcome to use it as well.
I hope that ML UI libraries like Streamlit and Gradio will become more friendly with screen readers in the future, so making apps like this is not necessary!

https://chigkim.github.io/VOLlama/

objectinspace,
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@chikim What's wrong with WhatsApp? 😛 JK this is really cool! Might have to poke around with it.

annaecook, to random
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16 year old me said she’d never work an office job but here I am at 32 in hours of calls where I go “happy Friday”

objectinspace,
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@annaecook The me from 2012 who deleted facebook in the wake of the Snowden revelations would be shocked and appalled to learn who he would eventually work for.

lulu_bear, to random

With the greatest respect, how you present yourself on here is totally up to you, but if you're going to put long, complicated emojis on either side of your display name your posts are going to take a long time to read with a screenreader, it's just easier to skip. I want to read your thoughts, or anything else you post, not have to spend thirty seconds reading your name. Just a thought.

objectinspace,
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@lulu_bear Some fediverse clients have an option to remove emojis from user names. Enafore does, for instance. Might be worth checking. If not, consider bugging whoever maintains the apps that you use.

This avenue might be more successful than shaming people into changing their cultural norms to fit yours.

objectinspace,
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@johnl1129 @lulu_bear You are, of course, free to ignore my excellent advice. :comfyshrug:

JoshuaHolland, to random
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In the past 3 weeks, the admin has extended overtime pay for 4 mil workers, moved to cancel student debt for 25 mil borrowers, banned non-competes, banned drilling on 13 mil acres of AK wilderness, forced airlines to give refunds for delayed/ canceled flights and restored net neutrality.

Doesn't matter given that nobody knows this, popularism is BS, there's no liberal equivalent of Fox, the legacy media is relentlessly hostile and Biden's the elderly PM of Israel.

objectinspace,
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@JoshuaHolland I did a three hour weekly podcast no one listened to! None of us came out of that unscathed.

tek, to random
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Hell is watching someone else's TV set to the wrong aspect ratio.

objectinspace,
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@tek I've seen (okay, read articles) where the aspect ratio is set wrong in the movie theater!

filmroellchen, to random
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there's a reason we call it a cat cable

it's the main tool of the networking catgirls, after all

objectinspace,
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@SirMars @filmroellchen Networking catgirls are my favorite kind of catgirl.

mdekstrand, to random
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If a blind student wants to do a CS undergrad specifically to work in assistive technology, what schools would be particularly good for that? (Feel free to boost for reach.)

objectinspace,
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@mdekstrand None? </sarc>

KaraLG84, to random
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Trying the preview of Tiflotecnia's new Vocaliser NVDA add-on. They're so responsive although I wouldn't use it all the time as I'm not a huge fan of the voices.
For some reason, they have the Fiona one under English (Seychelles), rather than English (Scotland).
There seems to be duplicate versions of voices at the same quality level for some reason.
I'd also like to see a voice preview button.

objectinspace,
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@KaraLG84 It suffers from the same flaw all of these "modern" sample-based TTS's do which that it reads a sentence that ends with a period, a question mark, or an exclamation point all the same way. I'll grab the addon just to have it but it's not gonna be my daily driver.

Matthew2468, to accessibility

Hi everyone hope all is well. Just wanted to say that for those interested, the Wewalk Smart Cane Version 2 is now available for preorder starting today. Super grateful to have worked with the team on design and features. I can't wait for y'all to use it. Here's a link to a video I did with them. Hope you enjoy! https://youtu.be/InFduStmgxM?si=O06Bj0pIvfFpjbaZ

objectinspace,
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@Matthew2468 How well does it work as an actual cane? What material is it made of?

objectinspace,
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@Matthew2468 Interesting. I have previously dismissed smart canes for being plastic. Is this graphite or aluminum?

threlm4280, to random

Am I the only person who couldn't care less if Tiktok gets banned? Extremely unpopular opinion and I know that all of you tiktok addicts are going to kill me, but I really don't care. Never liked that inaccessible bad habit encouraging platform. I will die on this hill.

objectinspace,
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@threlm4280 It's fine that you don't like TikTok, but I don't think we should be telling other people that they shouldn't be allowed to use it. Freedom of speech used to mean something in this country.

objectinspace, to random
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MetaAI goes multimodal on ray bands!

People in the US and Canada can now ask the AI to describe pictures taken by the glasses camera. You can also send video from the glasses to WhatsApp or messenger calls! https://about.fb.com/news/2024/04/new-ray-ban-meta-smart-glasses-styles-and-meta-ai-updates/

objectinspace,
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@nolan Yeah it is all speech.

icecreamjonsey, to random
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I have fallen too far into the world of retro games to process whatever on earth this is.

objectinspace,
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@icecreamjonsey America is truly the greatest country.

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