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Theme Tips!

thefrogman:

Some of your blog themes are using ridiculously small font sizes. I often have to zoom to 200% to read things and usually that makes the elements on the page go bonkers. Your super important thoughts just aren’t worth that kind of trouble. 

Lets forget about old farts like me who have a slightly hard time seeing things—there are plenty of folks with vision related disabilities that could benefit from more reasonable font sizes.  

With that in mind, here are some theme tips from your pal, Froggie…

  • Pick a theme that allows you to have —at minimum— a 12pt font. 14pt would be my preferred size. That way, even if someone does need to zoom (Ctrl +/- on your keyboard) they won’t have to zoom quite as much—giving a better chance that the page will retain its design integrity. If you choose a font size of 6, I will hire a monkey to poop inside all your left socks. 
  • Make sure that your font color and background have decent contrast. Light text should be placed on a dark background, dark text on a light background. If you place white text on a super light gray background, I will send a very charming wombat to seduce your lover and snapchat you pictures of their erotic encounters. 
  • Text colors should probably be limited to black, white and gray. Sometimes dark colors with low color saturation are acceptable too. I know you really like neon purple, but some people might stab themselves in the eye. You are endangering their ocular health. You don’t want that kind of guilt hanging on your conscience.  
  • Make sure that your navigation is easy to find and big enough to see even at a glance. Sometimes I feel like I am hunting for Waldo just trying to find a damned “next page” button. It should be under your last post at the bottom of the page. It should have big letters, possibly with an enthusiastic arrow. If I have to scroll the top of your page and use a microscope to find your next button… a surly aardvark will steal your tax forms, erase your real name, and replace it with Dildo Baggins. 
  • Make sure your ask, about me, and other buttons of importance are in a logical place and are easily readable. Typically at the top of your sidebar is a great spot.
  • Always double check to make sure your links work as intended. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen silly mistakes like htt://blahblah.tumlr.corn
  • If nothing else, perhaps just link everything to meatspin. A quaint site in which meat is in perpetual gyration to a catchy tune. 
  • Make sure any clutter on your page is worth it. Every element you put on your page has to be loaded. There are many with slower connections who may have to wait an annoyingly long time for sites to load. It’s possible that your supercool globe with all the flags of people visiting isn’t as necessary as you think. 
  • You might also put a link to your mobile site on your page so people with slow connections can just load the essentials. 
  • Endless scrolling is nice in theory, but it is often very unreliable. Especially when used with 50 to 100 pages. For people with older, slower computers it will crash constantly. And if you are like me, and require a lot of pageviews for business purposes, it can really mess up your site statistics. 
  • Consider avoiding posts with a great deal of blockquotes. Perhaps even edit the post and remove any parts that are irrelevant so that there are as few blockquotes as possible. If you do not, you risk blockquotes shooting off the side of your page and there is absolutely no way to discern what is being said. If you reblog something with 50 or more blockquotes, highly trained ninja raccoons will just judge you silently while twiddling their cute little thumbs. 
  • Lastly, if you have a music player on your blog, please disable autoplay.

I have recently signed a contract with a fire breathing dragon. If you still have autoplay on your blog at midnight, September 1, he will hunt you down. He will summon angry thermite fires from the depths of his bowels. He will look you dead in the eyes—his nostrils flaring with puffs of white hot fire so intense, your skin begins to peel. He will move in closer so you can feel his exhales on your shoulders. They will bead up with sweat with every passing breath.

And when you tell him you think “autoplay is actually pretty neat!”…

His eyes will glow orange, burning your retinas. A great grumble will churn in his stomach as he pushes the flames toward his esophagus. He will open his mouth wide and you will see the blaze gurgling in the back of his throat…

He will then sit you down in a comfy chair and give you a stern talking to about how autoplay sucks total balls. It sucks, like, at least 80 balls. On a 10 ball scale. 

While sex can be perceived as a fundamental human experience, helping someone get laid as a means to assuage collective guilt from the mainstream and “allow” disabled people to believe that they’ve achieved social equality is (no pun intended) fucking ridiculous.

By fixating on sexual experience as the Holy Grail of basic humanity, the able community lazily sweeps ableism under the rug to avoid critiquing their own privilege.

Why Getting Laid Isn’t the Answer to Ableism

High and low functioning labels are at best pointless and at worst costly red herrings distracting us from what’s important… acknowledging that every autistic person is an individual with their own set of strengths and challenges, and getting them the support they need to deal with both.

It’s interesting that neurotypical children come with just as wide a variety of intellectual and language capabilities - yet we don’t need to classify them as either high or low functioning in order to cater to their needs.

The Problem With Functioning Labels

After she came up to me and said, “I’ve been with my partner for 20 years… We would never get married because he’s on social security income, and because my daughter is disabled I have secondary income from the state to support my daughter. If I got married, both my benefits and his benefits would be reduced because we would become a double income family.”

She was explaining that marriage doesn’t work for poor people, and that it doesn’t work for disabled people. Having really simple examples like hers are important.

What if the LGBTQ movement fought for prison abolition rather than same-sex marriage?

“As N.P.R. reported in May, services that “were once free, including those that are constitutionally required,” are now frequently billed to offenders: the cost of a public defender, room and board when jailed, probation and parole supervision, electronic monitoring devices, arrest warrants, drug and alcohol testing, and D.N.A. sampling. This can go to extraordinary lengths: in Washington state, N.P.R. found, offenders even “get charged a fee for a jury trial — with a 12-person jury costing $250, twice the fee for a six-person jury.””

The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism

“When a whole world is organised to promote your survival, from health to education, from the walls designed to keep your residence safe, from the paths that ease your travel, you do not have become so inventive to survive. You do not have to be seen as the recipient of welfare because the world has promoted your welfare. The benefits you receive are given as entitlements, perhaps even as birth rights. Racial capitalism is a health system: a drastically unequal distribution of bodily vulnerabilities.”

– Sara Ahmed, “Selfcare as Warfare

clementinemorrigan:

livingnotexistingblog:

if alcohol use is visually signified with a beer can or liquor bottle in hand, then how is sobriety signified?  how is not drinking pictured?  if a joint or a blunt in hand signifies marijuana use, then how is abstinence represented?  is sobriety only imagined as “without” or “lacking”?  can sobriety only be understood as the absence of the beer can, the liquor bottle, the joint or the blunt?
what does sobriety look like to you?  how are sobriety and abstinence represented?  how do you imagine not drinking or not using?  PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS by responding to this post or reblogging. KAYTHANKSYO

in the context of intoxication culture i believe that sobriety is signified by lack or absence: what is not there.
within sobriety / recovery culture i think sobriety is signified differently, by what IS there. i’m thinking of a group of sober friends talking, sharing space, laughing. i’m thinking of that shared glance of understanding that happens between sober people when alcohol and drug use is once again established as the norm.

image description (above): five arms clinking glasses that appear to be holding wine.

clementinemorrigan:

livingnotexistingblog:

if alcohol use is visually signified with a beer can or liquor bottle in hand, then how is sobriety signified?  how is not drinking pictured?  if a joint or a blunt in hand signifies marijuana use, then how is abstinence represented?  is sobriety only imagined as “without” or “lacking”?  can sobriety only be understood as the absence of the beer can, the liquor bottle, the joint or the blunt?

what does sobriety look like to you?  how are sobriety and abstinence represented?  how do you imagine not drinking or not using?  PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS by responding to this post or reblogging. KAYTHANKSYO

in the context of intoxication culture i believe that sobriety is signified by lack or absence: what is not there.

within sobriety / recovery culture i think sobriety is signified differently, by what IS there. i’m thinking of a group of sober friends talking, sharing space, laughing. i’m thinking of that shared glance of understanding that happens between sober people when alcohol and drug use is once again established as the norm.

image description (above): five arms clinking glasses that appear to be holding wine.