Michigan State University will Require New Web Sites to be Accessible to People with Disabilities

This is really cool news! My old employer Michigan State University (MSU) has recently enacted a new policy that will require Web pages published after December 31, 2008 to be accessible to people with disabilities.

All new and redesigned University Web pages published after December 31, 2008 must be in compliance with Section I of the WA Technical Guidelines, unless granted an exception under Article IV of this policy. University Web pages published before December 31, 2008 must assess compliance with Section I of the WA Technical Guidelines and submit a review summary and remediation plan to address any areas of non-compliance to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator in the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives by December 31, 2008.

This rocks!  If you know me, you know that making Web site’s accessible to people with disabilities is really important to me.  I’m really proud of MSU.

MSU has always been at the forefront of making their Web site’s accessible.  I’m honored to have played small role in this movement many many years ago.  I raise my glass to the folks that have carried it to this.

Check out the Michigan State University Web site on Web Accessibility.

Join Me for Dinner at Top Chef Spike’s Good Stuff Eatery Next Monday?

Over the last few months Top Chef Season 4 contestant Spike Mendelsohn has been working on opening a restaurant in Washington DC’s Capitol Hill. It’s called Good Stuff Eatery.

Well, Good Stuff Eatery opens on Monday, July 7th. I definitely want to go check it out. It’s on the corner of 3rd and Penn SE.

Anyone wanna join me? Would be awesome to have a big posse. We could get a bunch of tables together and chat about Web 2.0, social media, politics, whatever…

Who’s with me?

Just Added “Wine Library Reserve” to My Apple iTunes Podcast List

When my boy Gary V. and Wine Library TV joined the Revision 3 show line up, we all got a bit of a surprise gift.  It is the delivery of Wine Library Reserve.

Wine Library Reserve is a 5 minute summary of two of the shows that Gary does every week.

Gary currently does a show every day and they tend to last 20 to 30 minutes.  I’ve been quite busy lately so these have become hard to stay up with and consume.

I’ve really enjoyed Wine Library Reserve and have added it to my Apple iTunes podcast list.

If you’ve hesitated to get into Wine Library TV before because it’s felt like a fire house, check this out.  If you do subscribe, what do you think?

My Old iPhone

I’m getting pretty excited for July 11th.  It will be the launch of the new iPhone 3g.  Unfortunately, I think I’m going to be in an airplane all day so I won’t be able to stand in line but that’s not a huge deal.

The new word is that you’ll be able to turn your old iPhone into a wifi iPod, which rocks.

Original iPhone owners who prefer not to give away or sell their old iPhones after upgrading to an iPhone 3G can instead keep their devices and use them as WiFi-enabled iPods, AT&T has confirmed.

This expands my choices for what I want do with my old one.

Are you going to get the new iPhone?  Do you have an old one? What are you going to do with it?

Bibliothèque de Toulouse joins the Flickr Commons Project

Auto Béraldi, Luchon, Vallée du Lys, 1904

The Flickr Commons Project is quickly becoming one of my favorite things online.  There are so many amazing photos to look at and more are being added all the time.

For example, Bibliothèque de Toulouse just joined the project and added 300+ photos from the early 20th century.  These are oh so cool.

Enjoy these photos. Tag them. Be inspired by them.

Of this set, which is your favorite?

Blogging is Like Jogging

With work, my life has been REALLY busy and you may have noticed that that there are big gaps between some of my blog posts.  I apologize.

I need to be more faithful to this medium and spend more time using it to explain what’s going in my life and my head.

Sometimes blogging feels like jogging (or physical exercise in general).  It’s so important but at times you’re just feel too tired.  You want to do it but you talk  yourself out of it. That’s no excuse.

For me blogging/writing is a way for me to excercise my ability to think critically about my life.  Writing about my experiences or the issues that creep into my brain forces me to think deeper and harder.

I think it’s the more that we force ourselves to think critically and ask questions the clearer some things will be come.

So… it’s time to get off my butt and write some more.  Check back to this blog often.