Yesterday morning, I got an email about a federal election all-candidates forum on disability and accessibility happening after work near my home. Interpreters had already been arranged for this event which was also going to have real-time captioning. My best excuse for not going would have been, “I wanted to stay home, pet the cats and eat Nanaimo bars.”
So, I got to experience what most people get to experience when it comes to town hall forums: I did not have to contact anybody beforehand to inquire about accessibility. I just showed up! So, this is what it’s like for most people? Wow!
Since 2008, I had been using a Sony Vaio with Windows Vista OS. Over a year ago, Microsoft ended its “Extended Support”, prompting irritating daily popup reminders every time I wanted to use the computer.
To preserve a vintage feel to the Vaio, I was also using an out-of-date Chrome browser.
Back when I had my original blog, lkvy.com, I made somewhat of an effort to make my website aesthetically pleasing. This was a decade-long struggle for me, trying to keep up with the current webdesign standards using a frightfully slow PC that couldn’t handle a pirated version of Photoshop.
Now, it’s 2018 and I’m using a laptop from 2008, which is around the time I cancelled my original blog. I didn’t feel like rediscovering how crummy I still was at graphic designing using free software on an outdated computer.
Since my coloured art markers weren’t dried-out, I created a logo the old fashioned way: on actual paper. I then taped my masterpiece to my monitor: “This looks good. If only there were a way for others to see this brilliance.”