More GNOME Access At GUADEC

It is really great to see Raphael Nunes persist with his GSOC project from two years ago. Speech recognition is an often overlooked assistive technology on GNOME. His GSOC project, GNOME-Voice-Control, is a good proof of concept to what is possible with available speech recognition technologies like Sphinx. Unlike last night’s personal demo, the demo during the presentation worked, and received applause.

There is a lot more work to be done, but Raphael has a lot of enthusiasm and ideas. Now that he has more time on his hands, I hope we get to see more and more compeling features, and perhaps, maybe, have software that would provide full speech control of the desktop.

Overall, I am very pleased with the accessibility-related talks we had this year. I counted so far Sandy‘s UIA talk, API‘s Cally talk, and Raphael’s speech talk. There might have even been a few that I missed. This is an improvement from the last GUADEC I was at, when I was the only one with an accessibility-related presentation.

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Las Palmas – I Go To There

Seattle Pride

Early Thursday morning I get on a plane, and start the long and winding journey to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Two weeks ago I could not not imagine boarding another plane, luckily I have recovered from my previous travel fatigue, and I am excited to go! This would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship from the GNOME foundation. It has to be the greatest community around. I also look forward to meeting the second greatest community – KDE. It will also be nice to meet new friends and get re-acquainted with old ones.

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Sahlab

I used to love sahlab from a mix when I was in Israel. Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to make it until recently. If you are going to be in Istanbul this summer, you will probably get the real stuff. Oh, how I envy you.
A cup of sahleb

  • Half a liter of milk.
  • 3 tbs. of corn starch.
  • 2 tbs. sugar.
  • 1 tbs. orange flower or rose water.

Pour milk in saucepan, leaving about a third of a cup out. Use the remaining milk to emulsify the corn starch. Boil the milk in the saucepan with the lid on. When the milk comes to a boil, add the emulsified corn starch, sugar and flower water. Continue stirring on a medium flame until the milk thickens.

Pour in to cups and garnish with crushed nuts and cinamon.

Orange flower water bottleThe flavor that I am familiar with comes from “mey zahar”, orange flower water, I was surprised to find this stuff in QFC in the cocktail mixer section.

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Mike’s February Mix

Mike came out with another monthly mix. He gave it to me last Friday. This time the theme is “the many shades of love”. It’s pretty heavy on the R&B, but also a nicely rounded playlist.

You could listen to it here.

  • Nina Simone – Since I Fell For You
  • Talib Kweli/JayZ – Officially Missing You
  • Jill Barber – Hard Line
  • Bottleneck – Late Night Early Mornings
  • Marvin Gaye – Yesterday
  • The Avett Brothers – Shame
  • Maroon 5 – This Love (Kanye Remix)
  • Bother Ali – Forrest Whitaker
  • Thao – You’ve Really Got A Holed On Me
  • Grizzley Bear – Knife
  • Grizzly Bear – Knife (Girl Talk Remix)
  • The Roots & Erykah Badu – You Got Me
  • Ghostland Observatory – Move With Your Lover
  • The Gossip – Your Mangled Heart
  • The Postal Service – Be Still My Heart
  • Cat Power – Where Is My Love
  • Julie Delpy – A Waltz For A Night
  • Ms. Dynamite – Now You Want My Love
  • Nina Simone – Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair (Jaffa Remix)
  • Andre 3000 – Happy Valentine’s Day
Mike’s February Mix