Abstract Painting of Turbulence

With weak wings she flies on
Lifted by the raging streams
Currents holding her empty bones
Without marrow
Still her wings reach wide
Searching a prevailing breath
Of sweet
Of fresh

A time was with wings she glided
Circled, soared, sought
Left no gem unturned,
No exposure camouflaged.
Still, her wings flew her higher
A latter-day Daedalus:
She is her own child
and hurls herself into the gales.

Hubris or Confidence?
Death or Great Explorer?
It’s lonely at the top they say

It’s lonely at the bottom too.

With sickly wings she remains aloft
Defying gravity with upheaval
Broken feathers burn on the desert sea
Dust Devil, Sandstorm, Monsoon, Haboob
Smash! The sudden crosswind hits
Crack! Hollow bones are bashed about

Keep her flying!
Please, please help her soar.

A time is passing. She worries she’ll be left
Weeping and plucking out the Hubris and Gluttony
For acts she never actually did
Cracked, Hacked, Carved, Burned
A latter-day Icarus
She is her own child
And lets herself fly
And wants to let go.

Hubris or Passion?
Sin Eater or Uncommon Saint?
It’s death at the bottom, they say

Where broken wings
don’t mean a thing.


Grass Roots Access: First Cycle

Hello all!

In an effort to bring accessibility out of the dark and into the mainstream, core aspect of Web applications and engineering, a new, grass-roots, International, volunteer organization is being formed. Together, we will examine what kind of activism or advocacy is necessary at all layers of society to ensure that access to the Web for all people becomes an integral part of professional Web site and application engineering.

If you are interested in joining, please check in with your name, location, and comments. Once we have a critical mass of folks, we’ll discuss building the email/wiki/communication infrastructure before moving on to task lists and ideas.

Come with your heart, your passion. It may not be easy, but it’s been done and done successfully in the years of the Web Standards Project. As one of that mission’s many mothers and fathers, I know that we are capable of bringing about MASS change.

The WaSP has closed its doors, believing the mission it set out to do is enough. I don’t agree – Web standards is still not reaching core infrastructure in many places, but the fact is we’re maturing beyond just standards. We now have a realized Open Web Stack, and are able to begin looking at standards as merely a portion, albeit a significant one, of a movement not over, but merely just begun.

I look forward to what we can do together!


SOPA/PIPA Blackout Supporter!

anti sopa anti pipa graphic

This post is in protest of SOPA and PIPA. If one of these bills were to pass, the Web would become a black hole of nothingness.

Want to help in the fight against SOPA / PIPA? First, go learn about the bills.

After that, please contact your elected officials.

And, from The Oatmeal, where I co-opted this silly graphic: Please pirate it away.