I was honored to join Aleen Sims on episode #89 of her podcast, Less Than or Equal. It’s a great show, where you will meet a wide range of people, many of whom are not among the usual suspects of podcast guests (present company excepted, I guess.) We talked about the reasons accessibility is often invisible in the mainstream tech world, and why I get grumpy when I read (or don’t read) about accessibility in mainstream tech publications. I did that thing where I talk really fast, so increase the speed of your podcatchnr’s playback (Overcast is great for this) and have a listen. I would love your feedback, too.
I have always intended this blog to be a place to collect the work, and other creative projects I make. I created categories and design elements that would make it possible for someone who shares my interest in accessibility, podcasting, or cocktails, to follow just the posts and plugs for those topics. But some projects got more attention from me than others, and a few simply taunt me from the sidebar. Now i’m enlisting you in my effort to broaden and deepen my involvement in what the mashed up there calls long tails. To cut to the chase, your job is to hold me accountable in whatever way you wish to. Spam comments do not count.
Here’s where we’ll start. I read blogs about classic film every day, and watch one or two fabulous old movies a week Last week, I put the #TCMFF hashtag into my Tweetdeck, raptly watching the comings and goings of bloggers I follow. But wishing I’d been in LA for the TCM Classic Film Fesival, or even wishing I’d created a classic film blog or podcast has generated zero results. If I’m going to earn the Classic Film category I made for the blog, I’m gonna have to write.
First project is Noir City Austin, the local imprint of the Film Noir Foundation’s festival of classic, dark movies. I have tickets to five of the seven double features, and I’m committing to at least two posts; either reviews of individual films, or appreciations of the Noir City event itself.
Next on the calendar, and this is one where promising a contribution to a group project injects an element of personal responsibility, I’ve signed up to participate in a blogathon that goes live in July. In the film blogging world, blogathons are a thing. An organizer sets a theme, and people who want to write about that theme sign up to participate. The organizer posts links to everyone’s work on the appointed day, and voluminous Web traffic results. Or it should result. I’ll announce the actual blogathon later, but I will say that I’m writing about the 1932 Walter Huston film, American Madness.
Stay tuned, and, if you’re so inclined, help keep me honest.
People think I’m an Apple-only geek. I have done little to dispel this notion, by my book and podcast work. But yay, verily, I offer proof that I can cross the platform when need arises. Here’s my AccessWorld roundup of some nifty Android apps that folks with low vision should find useful.
I tackled the question of Apple TV accessibility for AccessWorld, the monthly magazine of the American Federation for the Blind.
You, dear reader, are used to seeing plugs for my podcast appearances here. That is a somewhat boring way to use a perfectly good blog, but I do like to get the word out, and I sometimes forget to post. I’m trying a new thing: a meter feed of podcasts on which I appear. You can subscribe to the feed, or to individual shows, which would be the more normal way to consume the noise I make. On the master feed, It include shows I host and produce, panels where I’m a regular, and other people’s podcasts where I’ve somehow managed to grab a mic. As I write this, I’m still adding “back catalog” to the master feed. I’m only going back to the beginning of 2015. The number is already above 50.
So, if you never want to miss one of my podcasts, copy this feed link into your podcastcher of choice, and prepare yourself.
I had a great time making a new episode of The Parallel, with awesome guests Jason Snell and Joe Steinkamp. We chat about one of my favorite subjects, the art (or craft) of podcasting itself. How very meta of us.
Time for another podcast appearance update. I’ve been doing a lot of recording.
- Maccesibility Roundtable covers iWork, Apple earnings, Apple TV, and new Apple hardware and software, in recent episodes.
- This week, I joined the Clockwise crew for a bit of a chat about the iPad Pro, Mac App Store glitches, and the demise of RDio.
- Last but not least, I have been doing a little project in celebration of NaPodPoMo. Or as I like to call it, Stunt Podcasting Month. (I can say that because I’m very much stunt podcasting in November.) My 30-part series (feed) is hosted at the Shelly’s Podcast site, covers the process of publishing iOS Access for All. Each podcast is 10-20 minutes.
Next up, I’ll be announcing availability of the iOS 9 book.
I’m very excited to let you know that I’ve signed on as a contributor to the American Foundation for the Blind’s highly-regarded technology magazine, AccessWorld. My beats include tech products for low-vision users, and mobile stuff for both Android and iOS. My first piece is a review of the Revolution 22’, a hybrid consisting of a video magnifier and an Android tablet. It’s so much fun to be doing product reviews again!
A couple of things got by me on the self-promotion schedule. And, fair warning, there are more links coming. I’ve been doing a lot of writing and talking lately, and the products of those efforts tend to drop out of the sky in weird little clumps.
This week, I’ve been working on the update to my book, iOS Access for All: Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. I announced the iOS 9 edition, and that it will be available free to anyone who buys the iOS 8 edition. I’m hoping to release the new book next month.
While you wait, enjoy Maccessibility Roundtable #93, Another Stupid Visual Thing.
More episodes of The Parallel are coming your way. Thanks to those who have subscribed, and caused me to obsessively check podcast stats, the way I used to when I did a weekly show.
My friends at Apple, for I must surely call any organization that has taken so much of my money in exchanged for shiny objects a friend, announced a lot of new shiny objects this week. And so, I podcasted about them on my own show, on a show where I’m a regular, and as a guest on someone else’s show. Minimum show length? 1 hour. That’s the one I produced and edited. You’re welcome!
But Siri-ously. Do check them out, of they were fun shows to do:
Hey, if you’re sick of podcasts, check back on Wednesday. I’ll have book news.