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It’s been a week since my last day at Litmus. I’m so grateful for all of the well wishes I received—I’ll eventually get back to all of you. Pinky promise.

That also means a week with pretty much no meetings, which has been absolutely wonderful. I haven’t done too much (which was the whole plan) beyond catching up on my RSS feed, writing a bit, reorganizing my office, repotting a plant, and hanging out with the family. Next week will be a bit more focused as I dust off a personal project and work on getting it ready for release.

I did, however, write a blog post that’s an ode to my favorite piece of clothing.

Illustration of a grey hoodie that says Be Really Good.

Some Interesting Things

Stark has been doing a lot to make accessibility more mainstream. And their new Chrome extension is going to make quick accessibility checks even easier. I love the selection tool to check contrast and the color blindness and blurred vision simulation is great, but I’m hoping they’ll be adding more soon. I’d love to see both a screen reader and degenerative visual disorders make their way into the simulator, too.

This article from Dror Poleg is one of the most succinct summaries of current online life. We’re all stuck in an internet-fueled, capitalistic game with huge opportunities but no safety net whatsoever. There’s no ceiling and no floor, and it’s a system we can barely even comprehend. Hat tip: Dense Discovery (my favorite newsletter BTW).

Another good take on our current state: We Know What You Did During Lockdown from The Financial Times. It’s a short, “fictional” film, but... yeah, just watch it. It got under my skin.

Let’s continue down this rabbit hole. Here’s a good ad from Apple called “Tracking” that’s a bit more humorous than the Financial Times video. I love that Apple is taking on tracking and boasting its privacy features but make no mistake: Apple is still a mega corporation that comes with its own problems. Although too few people think or care about digital privacy, I do think it’s going to explode into a huge issue in the next few years—even beyond what we saw with the Snowden leaks and the like.

I like to think that I use a healthy mix of Google products (Workspace and Gmail), Apple stuff (all my hardware), and other software like Figma, Adobe shit, and Visual Studio Code, but then I remind myself that my use of technology is far from healthy. Something, something systems and no ceiling, no floor… right?

I updated my headshot the other day. This one was done by Dan Moen—an excellent photographer based in Metro Detroit. Dan’s another member of The Guerrilla Politic, a small collective of folks working to get progressives elected around Michigan.

The Regular Communication Playlist

Here are the songs keeping me going this week. Follow along on my official Spotify playlist.

Have your own favorite songs? Reply to this email and share them, I’m always looking for new music to enjoy.

Other Voices

Henny Swan, Ian Pouncey, Heydon Pickering, and Léonie Watson released a fantastic resource on inclusive design. The introduction is worth quoting here:

It's about designing for the needs of people with permanent, temporary, situational, or changing disabilities—all of us really.

Until next time,
Jason

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