websites/applications should be accessible for all

Accessibility

There are 285 million people with visual impairments. If you have a website or web application that is not accessible then you are limiting your audience by at least 285 million people. It is a requirement that all government related websites meet section 508 accessibility guidelines, and your business website should as well. Accessibility is a right, not a privilege.

Common visual problems are due to cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, corneal opacity, diabetic retinopathy, childhood blindness, trachoma and onchocerclasis.

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I’m not with him…

Donald Trump

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” – United States Declaration of Independence

Soooo…. the election is now over and it didn’t exactly go as I thought it would (for that matter not like most people thought apparently). I wanted Hillary to win. Not because I am a huge Hillary Clinton fan, but because of the two candidates, I agreed with her policies more than I did with Trump, I thought she would be a better person to bring together a divided country and additionally she had much more foreign policy experience than Trump. After the election results, I was stunned, disappointed and maybe even a little butt hurt.

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websites I admire and visit often

websites

As a web developer, I am pretty picky of the websites I visit on a regular basis. Yes, I look for a good design, usability, mobile friendly and all of that good stuff, but let’s face it. In the end content is king, and why people visit websites. I visit a website over and over again because I really like their content and find the site useful. There are a handful of sites I visit monthly, weekly, or daily because they are so useful to me and here they are:

W3 Schools – great site for learning web coding. Clark Howard – Clark is great at warning of scams and giving sound solid consumer advice. WRAL – I visit this site every day for local news and weather. CNN

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My all-time favorite movies

Cinema

Movies have always been a big part of my life. I grew up in a really small town in the South Side of Virginia. There wasn’t much to do. I know this is a cliche but it was really true back then. There was no internet. No cell phones. No video games and no Netflix. If you wanted entertainment you went to the cinema.

That said here is my definitive list of my all-time favorite movies. Not necessarily in any particular order.

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The civil unrest continues…

Charlotte Protest

The recent events that have unfolded in Charlotte, North Carolina are unsettling and disturbing. A man was shot and killed by police, which brought out protesters and in some case rioters in the Queen city, the largest city in North Carolina. A modern city wich is a banking hub and home to sports franchises, the Carolina Panthers (NFL) and Charlotte Hornets (NBA) as well as home to NASCAR.

This was just the latest in a string of violence between the police and black men over the last several years where black men have been killed by police officers and it has been on social media, filmed on camera phones, played out in the media and lead to protest in the particular city where it took place. This has lead to a divided nation and no trust between the police officers and the communities in which they serce.

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My desert island musical selection

Desert Island

One important thing all human beings should think about is what music would they want to have with them if they were stranded on a musical island (because you just never know, right?)
If I had to pick one CD, I might go with Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon, Led Zeppelin IV, U2 – Joshua Tree, Radio Head- OK Computer, Pearl Jam -Ten, Nirvana – Never Mind, The Eagles – Greatest Hits or The Who – Who’s Next.

In a perfect world , I would have a mixed CD to accompany me during the lonely days and nights on the deserted island that I may or may nor inhabit one day. If that was the case, here are the tunes that would be on that CD.

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I’m with her, because I am certainly NOT with him!

Hillary Clinton

I am probably never going to be the biggest Hilary Clinton supporter. I tend to vote Democrat, but she has never been my favorite. I think she did a good job as Secretary of State and was admirable as First Lady, but my choice of the Democratic nominee would be stronger towards Joe Biden if he decided to run or Bernie (Feel the Bern) Sanders.

It’s not that I don’t trust Hillary. Email scandal aside, I think she is trustworthy, intelligent, experienced and she would be good with diplomacy and for the most part, make good decisions as POTUS.

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HB2 sucks and it is stupid

We are not this

“Stupid is as stupid does”- Forrest Gump

Stupid is as stupid does.This is how I feel about N.C Governor McCrory and the N.C legislature putting HB2 (House Bill 2) on the books in March 2016. Since the bill was signed into law, my birth state of North Carolina and residence for the past twenty plus years has become a laughing stock for the rest of the Nation due to the silly law that states among other things that a transgender person must use the bathroom according to their birth certificate, not according to how they identify.

The bill is stupid, unnecessary and makes the state of North Carolina a laughing stock for the rest of the United States.

Here are the issues I have with the HB2 law (in no particular order).

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Happy Birthday America!

United States Flag

Today is the 4th of July and many Americans will be celebrating with food, beer, wine, more food,music,swimming, fireworks and just having a great time with friends and family. Today is also a day we pause to reflect and take some time to reflect on what it means to be an American. America stands for freedom, prosperity, a government built by the people and for the people. Hard working people who live in a country knowing that they are free to pursue their dreams. We should not simply take all of these luxuries and freedoms for granted. Celebrate the 4th, but also understand the symbolism of the Holiday.

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