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January 23, 2024

If DU wanted to be entirely inclusive posters would keep in mind that

The visually impaired might visit the site. Then posters who are mindful of the visually impaired, knowing in this day and age of advances like the ability to have articles read to you and other advanced capabilities available to the visually impaired and us all, could be used.

But only if the posters are mindful and provide a written description of the visual information being presented. If that special detail had been incorporated into this post of having taken the time to provide a description then many of us who can not enjoy the content because of the original owner deleting it would be "in on the joke." As it stands the joke's on us.

We have revealed our weakness in not being an inclusive community and consequently we exclude ourselves.
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American Foundation for the Blind
~Assistive Technology Products
In this section, you will find a comprehensive listing of assistive technology products used by people who are blind or visually impaired organized by category. Snip...
https://www.afb.org/blindness-and-low-vision/using-technology/assistive-technology-products
~Using Technology for Reading: Solutions for People with Visual Impairments and Blindness
If you lose vision gradually, you may go from reading glasses to prescription lenses, from large print books to hand-held magnifying glasses. Eventually, however, many reach the point where not even a strong magnifying glass will make text large enough to read. And if your blindness is sudden you may go from reading perfectly fine to not reading at all without the intervening steps.

Whether you lose your sight gradually or all of a sudden, you will be shocked by how much your daily life can be impacted by the inability to read. From scanning the morning mail to kicking back with the latest best-selling thriller, it’s true what they say: Reading is fundamental.
Snip...
https://www.afb.org/blindness-and-low-vision/using-technology/using-technology-reading-solutions-people-visual
~Cell Phones, Tablets, and Other Mobile Technology for Users with Visual Impairments
The Mobile Revolution
by Bill Holton, AccessWorld Correspondent

If you've ever watched an episode of Star Trek, you will doubtless recall how the crew of the Starship Enterprise was able to keep in touch with each other by means of a small device, called a communicator, attached to their uniforms, and to access data and a galaxy of other information via hand-held tricorders. In the 60s, 70s, and 80s, this was far-in-the-future, pipedream, science-fiction stuff. But in the early 90s, science fiction started becoming reality with the introduction of mobile phones. By the early 2000s, we regularly communicated on the go using Short Message Service (SMS) text messages, and soon e-mail and Web browsing capabilities were added to our cell phones, which we dubbed "smartphones."

Over the past several years the number of smartphone users has exploded. The capabilities of these devices have doubled and redoubled, so that today we can carry a device in our pocket that has more processing power and memory storage than that possessed by the world's fastest supercomputers of just a few decades ago. Today you can check your e-mail, the weather forecast, or a stock quote on your mobile device. Want to know which movie won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1973? Speak to your smartphone and ask the question, from anywhere, and in a second or so you'll have the answer: The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Want to watch it? Use your smartphone to log onto Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, or another online video streaming service and you can watch it right on your phone. You could also choose to view The Sting on a touch tablet like the iPad, which includes most of the capabilities and features of a smartphone with a larger display.

If you've used a smartphone these past several years, you already know that a great deal of voice command capabilities come built in to most current models, so you can verbally instruct your smartphone to "Call my wife," or "Read my last text message." In addition, the three major smartphone platforms—Apple iOS, Google Android, and Microsoft Windows Phone—all include built-in screen readers similar to those that allow you to use your PC or Mac computer with little or even no vision. So, now you can read a webpage, compose an e-mail, or use your phone's GPS function to help you find the nearest coffee shop.

Most smartphones have replaced a majority of their physical buttons and other controls with visual icons that appear on a smooth glass touchscreen. You use a finger to select and activate these icons, and to enter phone numbers, messages, and other text via visual representations of keyboards and number pads. At first glance, so to speak, a touchscreen would appear to present insurmountable difficulties for those with visual impairments. You may be saying to yourself, "On my home phone I can still feel my way across, up, and down the keypad to dial a number. How can I find the right number on a flat piece of glass?"
Snip...
https://www.afb.org/blindness-and-low-vision/using-technology/cell-phones-tablets-mobile

More from the American Foundation for the Blind can be found here...
https://www.afb.org/

❤️pants

January 13, 2024

Barefoot and Pregnant, Gwen Levey and the Breakdown (Official)

Barefoot and Pregnant, Gwen Levey and the Breakdown (Official)



What do we do with the girl next door?
She's got no choice like she did before
What do we do with the farmer's daughter?
The court took away what her mama fought for

Ask the good old boys drinkin' whiskey and rye
What do we do with Miss American pie let's keep her

Barefoot and pregnant and down on the farm
Cookin' in the kitchen and cleanin' out the barn
Prayin' in church, a credit to her gender
Poppin' out babies like a Pez dispenser
9 outta 10 evangelicals would agree
Let's keep her barefoot and pregnant
Like the good lord meant her to be

What does she do with her college degree?
Throw it out the window with her IUD
Now that they're takin' her rights away
What does she do on Independence Day?

Ask the good old boys drinkin' whiskey and rye
What do we do with the women in are lives lets keep em

Barefoot and pregnant and down on the farm
Cookin' in the kitchen and cleanin' out the barn
Prayin' in church, a credit to her gender
Poppin' out babies like a Pez dispenser
9 outta 10 evangelicals would agree
Let's keep her barefoot and pregnant
Like the good lord meant her to be

Ask the good old boys drinkin' whiskey and rye
What do we do with Miss American Pie?
Let's keep her

Barefoot and pregnant and down on the farm
Cookin' in the kitchen and cleanin' out the barn
Prayin' in church, a credit to her gender
Poppin' out babies like a Pez dispenser
9 outta 10 evangelicals would agree
Let's keep her barefoot and pregnant
Like the good lord meant her to be
Barefoot and pregnant, y'all
January 10, 2024

Anyhow, Tedeschi Trucks Band (Live in Studio)



Running from a bitter taste
Took a rest from all the chase
Feeling something anchored in my soul
Played the game by all the rules
Learning lessons no one gets to choose

Everywhere I turn, here I am, ah
So walk away with me (walk away)
I'll show you that

Ho, I would go anywhere, anytime
(Anywhere, anytime)
Ho, I would do anything, anyway
Anyway
Anyhow

Woke up feeling all adrift
Pieced together what I missed
Realized that you pushed me out to sea
Followed from a lost place
Dealing with the wreckage in my soul

Everywhere I turn, there you are
You are
So walk away with me (walk away)
I'll show you that

Ho, I would go anywhere, anytime
(Anywhere, anytime)
Ho, I would do anything, anyway
Anyhow

Ho, hi-ha

No one cares to loan a dime
Sorry, if it cost you time
What'd you expect a desperate man to do?
Cain and Abel lit the flame
We can never go that way again

Everywhere I turn, here we are
We are
So walk away with me (walk away)
I'll show you that

Ho, I would go anywhere, anytime
(Anywhere, anytime)
Ho, I would do anything, anyway (anyway)

Ho, I would go anywhere, anytime
(Anywhere, anytime)
Ho, I would do anything, anyway (anyway)
Anyhow

Oh I would go
Oh anywhere
I would do
Almost anything
Anyway
I would do
Most anything
Oh, anyway
Anyhow

(Anytime)

(Anytime)

(Anytime)

(Anytime)

(Anytime)

(Anytime)

Written by: Orlandus Wilson, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orlandus_Wilson
And Clyde Riddick
As the Golden Gate Quartet
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_Quartet

Label: Okeh Records
May 25, 1941
Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet
Label: Columbia
May 25, 1941
Golden Gate Quartet

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Album: Let Me Get By (Deluxe Edition)
Released: 2016
Lyrics provided by Musixmatch

❤️pants
November 16, 2023

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November 11, 2023

When Smokey Sings, ABC

Good morning, DUers! ❤️

With saxophone solo


Without saxophone solo, with lyrics



"When Smokey Sings" is a song by English pop band ABC, released as the first single from their fourth studio album, Alphabet City (1987). The lyrics and title of the song are a tribute to R&B and soul singer Smokey Robinson. In the United States, Robinson himself was on the Billboard 100 pop chart with his single "One Heartbeat" at the same time as this tribute song; for the week ending 3 October 1987, both songs were in the Billboard top 10 simultaneously.[3]
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Background

"When Smokey Sings" and its B-side, "Chicago", also topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song reached No. 11 on the UK Singles Chart and became their second US top-10 hit, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. There is a slight difference in the lyrics between the album and single version in the bridge of the song. Pitchfork were favourable for the Miami Mix.[4]

In the album version, references are made to "Luther," "Sly," "James," and "Marvin" (most likely referring to Luther Vandross, Sly Stone, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye, respectively). In the single version, this is replaced by alternative lyrics, followed by a short saxophone solo.

The bassline of the song is a homage to Robinson's 1970 composition, "The Tears of a Clown."[5] Smokey Robinson himself praised the song, saying, "Well, of course, that's a form of flattery, and I really appreciate it."[6]
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Smokey_Sings


When Smokey Sings
(Ooh ooh)
(Ooh ooh)
(Ooh ooh)
Ooh-ooh (Ooh ooh)

Debonair lullabies
In melodies revealed
In deep despair on lonely nights
He knows just how you feel
The slyest rhymes, the sharpest suits
In miracles made real

Like a bird in flight on a hot sweet night
You know you're right just to hold her tight
He soothes it right, makes it out of sight
And everything's good in the world tonight

When Smokey sings, I hear violins
When Smokey sings, I forget everything
As she's packing her things
As she's spreading her wings
The front door might slam
But the back door it rings
And Smokey sings, he sings

Elegance in eloquence
For sale or rent or hire
Should I say yes and match his best?
Then I would be a liar
Symphonies that soothe the rage
When lovers' hearts catch fire

Like a bird in flight on a hot sweet night
You know you're right just to hold her tight
He soothes it right, makes it out of sight
And everything's good in the world tonight

When Smokey sings, I hear violins
When Smokey sings, I forget everything yeah
As she's packing her things
As she's spreading her wings
Smashing the hell
With the heaven she brings
Then Smokey sings, he sings

(Would it be true to say?)

Luther croons
Sly's the original originator
James screams (uh-uh)
Marvin was the only innovator
(Innovator)
But nothing can compare
Nothing can compare
When Smokey sings
(Sings)

When Smokey sings, I hear violins
When Smokey sings, I forget everything
As she's packing her things
(Ooh ooh)
As she's spreading her wings
(Ooh ooh)
She threw back the ring
(Ooh ooh)
When Smokey sings
Smokey sings
(Smokey sings)
Smokey sings
(Smokey sings)
Written by: Mark Andrew White, Martin David Fry
Album: Alphabet City
Released: 1987

Lyrics provided by Musixmatch
https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/ABC/When-Smokey-Sings

Have a great day!
❤️pants
October 29, 2023

Milk vs. Dark vs. Semi-sweet vs. Bitter-sweet chocolate?

Milk chocolate is unique in that it contains a significant quantity milk, either in the powdered, liquid, or condensed form.

Dark chocolate is a category of chocolate that includes semisweet and bittersweet chocolate. The US FDA actually does classify dark chocolate as anything containing 35% or more cacao (liquor or butter). In practice, semisweet chocolate is typically much sweeter, and contains about 50% sugar. Bittersweet chocolate, on the other hand, typically contains about 33% sugar. Some dark chocolates may contain small amounts of milk, but not enough to be called milk chocolate.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Types_of_chocolate

I would have to die if I couldn't get chocolate. I have it almost every day in some form or another. Mostly as cocoa powder (unsweetened) in a blended drink.

There's also some evidence that it's a pain killer.

Chocolate and Chronic Pain
THOMAS COHN, MD
New research presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting found that chocolate may have some benefits for chronic pain sufferers.

According to the findings, dark chocolate (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) can positively affect some factors that contribute to or that make chronic pain worse. Researchers say that dark chocolate has been associated with:

●Decreased stress levels
●Decreased inflammation
●Improved mood
●Improved memory
●Increased bacterial immunity

“For years, we have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content – the more sugar, the happier we are,” said principal investigation Lee S. Berk, DrPH. “This is the first time that we have looked at the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans over short or long periods of time, and are encouraged by the findings. These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.”
https://mnphysicalmedicine.com/2018/04/30/chocolate-and-chronic-pain/


Short video on the health benefits
https://cdn.jwplayer.com/previews/PQT9zFJW

More...
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270272#risks_and_precautions-

❤️pants

October 24, 2023

I really love this!

One of my areas of study before I buckled down and declared a major was linguistics. Even after I graduated and worked in my primary chosen career I continued my interest in language and did research that helped establish the foundations for early speech synthesis and the speech generated by AI today.

My work centered on writing languages that provide individuals who are unable to speak augmented speech by way of speech generating devices, like Stephen Hawking. The same computer languages we have today that let us have our emails spoken to us and that through AI lead to this wonderful thing you've shared here.

I am an award winning, published author in the field and am so excited to see how far we've come in this arena.

Thanks so much for sharing this, Judi Lynn. I helps to remind me that I'm not old and useless because I did many things in the past that were useful and helpful and continue to be relevant even so many years later.

❤️



October 24, 2023

One cool cat 🐈

"Bought my cat a lion's mane for Halloween last year..."

https://twitter.com/Soulseedzforall/status/1716562111986577706



❤️pants

October 21, 2023

Alice In Chains - The Rooster



Alice In Chains - The Rooster

Rooster is the 5th song of the album ''Dirt''

Lyrics:
Ain't found a way to kill me yet
Eyes burn with stinging sweat
Seems every path leads me to nowhere
Wife and kids, household pet
Army green was no safe bet
The bullets scream to me from somewhere

Yeah they come to snuff the rooster
Yeah here come the rooster, yeah
You know he ain't gonna die
No, no, no, you know he ain't gonna die

Here they come to snuff the rooster
Ah yeah, yeah
Yeah, here come the rooster, yeah
You know he ain't gonna die
No, no, no, you know he ain't gonna die

Yeah they come to snuff the rooster
Yeah here come the rooster, yeah
You know he ain't gonna die
No, no, no, you know he ain't gonna die

Walkin' tall machine gun man
They spit on me in my home land
Gloria sent me pictures of my boy
Got my pills 'gainst mosquito death
My buddy's breathin' his dyin' breath
Oh god please won't you help me make it through

Yeah they come to snuff the rooster, ah yeah
Yeah here come the rooster, yeah
You know he ain't gonna die
No, no, you know he ain't gonna die

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