The Colin McEnroe Show, a radio program on WNPR (Connecticut’s NPR affiliate) invited me to join their other guests to talk about accessibility issues on January 19, 2017. The episode is An Assessment of Accessibility and it runs about 49 minutes.
Major props to the show for simulcasting American Sign Language signers from Source Interpreting to translate today’s show! When radio was first invented, the opportunity for the Deaf and hearing-impaired communities to access the content were obviously limited, but in our current age of Internet Video Everything, there’s no longer a reason to assume that people who can’t hear your broadcast can’t enjoy it in a different medium. It’s a great example of where today’s technology can provide access to stuff that was impossible to access in the past.
This is the first time I’ve done a radio appearance and these kinds of things are generally done unscripted, but as far as I can tell I didn’t say anything too stupid and I had a great time.
If you have an opportunity to work with host Colin McEnroe, producer Jonathan McNicol, and the staff of the show, I recommend it!
Alex Duloz, who was one of the brains behind The Pastry Box, asked me to participate in his 2017 project The Human In The Machine. He’s doing a look at productivity and how we handle it, with a post every day about productivity from a different author.
For my post, Preconditions, I thought about my daily routine and what things I do to set myself up for a productive day. Some of them are physical and environmental, like the way my desk is set up or how warmly-dressed I am. Others are about the work itself: is it ready to be worked? How do I know? The list goes on from there.
I don’t have any expectation that anyone else will use my process. More, it was nice to quantify the process I’m using and see it out on paper (well, electrons) so I could confirm it. And a little bit, writing it down helped me look at it and decide whether everything really was of value.
2016 is come and gone and the end of the year was such a downer for so many people that I thought a little levity was in order. Come for the dog pictures, stay for “Are you from Canada?”
Learning from the ladies’ room is a tale of indecipherable design in a place where most of us would really like the design to be obvious. It’s also a guide into a world most men don’t get a glimpse into, and hopefully a lesson in user hacks and how to prevent them.
Part love letter to the company I’m leaving after 16 years, part political commentary on the rough roads American has walked during those 16 years and the recent election of Donald Trump, my most recent post on The Interconnected, Rhythms and risings, talks about incremental change and staying the course