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  1. 5 days ago on Monty

    On Thursday

    Monty used a cover that looked like a large turkey. A friend would like that sort of cover for a practical joke, but I can not find any product like it. Has anyone seen one? Store name? Product name? URL?

  2. 11 days ago on Doonesbury

    BTW, Spencer was just fired for having honor and knowing that when the military works right it also does.

    If the military is to be reduced to its lowest common denominator by the Trump Administration they will be reduced to being slaughterhouse workers whose animals happen to be humans.

    A military which does not follow codes of honor and treaties based upon those codes might as well be Hitler’s…

  3. 11 days ago on Doonesbury

    Oh, and with people who have hearing loss face toward them while speaking. Do not start that way but then turn in a different direction. There is a lot of info which can be gleaned from reading lips even by people who did not learn how to do that but unknowingly pick up on word shapes on lips. Sorry about forgetting to mention that before when I was speaking of parallels.

  4. 11 days ago on Doonesbury

    If you have a MacBook use Command Plus. If you have an iPad then depending on the generation there are different approaches. My current one uses a pinch that is expanded, but a past one used a two finger tap.

    Sorry but i do not know abut Windows on that score. Hopefully, some kind soul will help with info about that and one way or another we will get you covered.

  5. 11 days ago on Doonesbury

    Thanks, but with my vision I do not need the added time reading social media.

    Now, science article aggregators: those I am on…

  6. 11 days ago on Over the Hedge

    Naw, just clueing someone into something his/her grandkids probably know so he/she will not be embarrassed in the future… Wendy did the same.

    Kind souls, aren’t we?

  7. 11 days ago on Doonesbury

    Thank you for the many suggestions.

    I know what you mean, Salunga, on using one’s eyes as magnifiers by getting close to things, but I have worse than 20/400 in both eyes, and blurring from early cataracts, as well as the optic nerve damage in my worse eye being bad enough to add blurring.

    I found that with a bit of difficulty I could read the twit-tweets on my iPad even though I could not on my MacBook. A few were hilarious!

    Making things viewable for bad vision has parallels in speaking with people who have hearing loss. For such individuals simply speaking more loudly often does not work. Too many things sound too similar and people can lose portions of their hearing but not others. (Basically, part of the reasons that programmable hearing aids are better than one that just makes everything louder.) So, saying the thing in a different way with different words often works better than just more volume.

    With vision damage just making things larger is insufficient for many if there are other problems like fancy fonts, spidery fonts, thin fonts, or low contrast. I have been asked to help some people make their sites more accessible and those are the most common problems encountered. Sometimes the solutions can be as simple as finding different ways to highlight links. (Whoever thought of using light blue for links and light grew to indicate a place to type must have had great eyes because those links disappear for many of us, but put a button around them or highlight them in some other way and they become accessible. I have actually had to have people at help desks tell me approximate locations of such links and then click in a pattern in that general area till I hit it because light blue or light grey on white — or on a pastel which is far worse — simply does not show up at all.) Thin, fancy fonts, meanwhile, might as well be cobwebs for all the sense I can see from them.

  8. 11 days ago on Doonesbury

    I am 68 with glaucoma and early cataracts as well as being nearsighted.

    I am glad for you that you can see the wording, and am sure that the cartoonist must also have been able to do so, but a great many people do not have eyes that work as well as they do for you two. Mine are worse than most, but I had someone with eyes that are more typical for our age bracket try and he also could not.

    The problem could be avoided with fonts that are BOLD, not spidery in style or thickness, and a bit larger.

    Meanwhile, yes, some of us enlarge the comics on our computers. The method differs with different computers and operating systems. I have to step up their sizes usually.

  9. 11 days ago on Over the Hedge

    Some dinosaurs were warm blooded, probably many between the two extremes. I do not know about T. rex on that score.

    and a quick search will find you many more

  10. 11 days ago on Over the Hedge

    George so often makes me smile.

    Shhhh, no one tell him about this: