(Actionable) Blackout Tuesday

It’s 11pm on #blackouttuesday and I’ve been scrolling through a seemingly infinite number of black squares on all of my social media accounts. I’ve seen some incredibly beautiful tributes, calls to actions, and just plain support both from within and without the community. In light of current events, it warms even my hard little soul that there are so many people in my social spheres who are so willing to publicly support the less privileged.

However, I couldn’t bring myself to only post another black square in a sea of black squares. So I remained silent all day. Until I came across a friend’s post that stuck out:

Photo by Ahsan Farooqi on June 02, 2020. Image may contain: text that says 'Sorry all. won't posting a blackout pic because being silent is the problem. Instead post action items. Please donating, sign petitions, and if able calls. Here are some suggestions get you www.runwithmaud.com -Minnesota freedom fund (Bail out protestors. There are ones for many major cities) tps://gf.me/u/x4xyax (George Floyd Memorial Fund) -Be on the lookout for the ability to help with medical bills protestors. l.e. Brad Ayala face a sniper while far from protestors. -And follow @grassrootslaw, @shaunking, @leemerittesq as they post action items and causes. And most of all, harass your representatives to take action!'

So with that, here’s that info in (my edited) text form.

Alongside a blackout pic, I’d like to post action items. Please consider donating, sign petitions, and if able, make calls.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • https://www.runwithmaud.com
  • Minnesota freedom fund (Bail out protestors. There are ones for many major cities.)
  • https://gf.me/u/x4xyax (George Floyd Memorial Fund)
  • Be on the lookout for the ability to help with medical bills of protestors. I.e. Brad Ayala who was shot in the face by a police sniper while standing far away from protestors.
  • Follow resources within the community like @grassrootslaw, @shaunking, and @leemerittesq as they post action items and causes

And most of all, harass your representatives to take action. You can google contact information or use services like https://www.commoncause.org/find-your-representative

There are so many resources available to anyone who is looking. This is also a post a friend recommended as a good jumping off point as well.

I hope the information above helps y’all get started.

WC Pune – Let’s Encrypt Talk + Panel Discussion

WCPune-speaker-black- badgeWordCamp Pune has kindly accepted my talk on Let’s Encrypt as well as asking me to talk on a panel about non-development careers in WordPress.

Since there is a lot of information covered in my talk and only about 30 minutes, I’ve posted my slides here for attendees to follow along or go back to later.

Please feel free to shoot me an email or tweet if you’d like to talk more about anything we covered!

Demystifying Web Accessibility

It’s bright and early Friday morning, and I’m getting ready for the first day of WCUS (WordCamp US for anyone who doesn’t follow all things WordPress). I’m so excited to be here and able to meet all of the awesome people attending. It’s supposed to be nearly 2000 (eek!).

I’m also speaking this morning, hence the very early wakeup call 🙂 I’ll be talking about web accessibility, something that I’ve been getting more and more interested in over the last year or so. Here’s the official description of today’s talk:

Accessibility is so much more than just catering to screen readers. What goes into making a website accessible? Many government contracts require websites to be accessible. A variety of companies and brands want them. It can affect the “magic” of SEO (ranking, search-ability, search engine karma, etc). How can you determine whether or not your website is?

Ultimately, it’s really not that hard, doing even one thing is better than nothing at all, and it’s never too late to start thinking about it. This presentation will discuss both tools and techniques that can help you build accessible websites.

If you’re into this sorta thing and want to come geek out about it with another person, or you have any questions or want to talk about the awesomeness of dogs or finding the perfect veggie philly cheesesteak, please come find me! In case anyone would like to follow along, I’ve posted the slides below as well as through SlideShare.

Wedding time for Dave and Karen

So I’ve officially shot my first wedding (and hopefully not my last) and I finally have post-able proof!.

Dave and Karen had a beautiful lakeside wedding at the beginning of May. It was full of laughter and bunny ears. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves 🙂


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