Federal Government to H&R Block: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

HR Block

Pot, here’s Kettle.The federal government—the government that brought you the Website That Wasn’t, the failed healthcare.gov site—now wants to join in a lawsuit against H&R Block because of its website.  But wait: Does the H&R Block website work?  Yes. Does the federal government’s Obamacare website work?  No. Now, though, the U.S. government has sought to intervene in a lawsuit accusing tax preparers H&R Block of operating a website which is inaccessible to people who are blin … [Read more...]

Bar Codes in the Darnedest Places!

QR on Head

When I was a child, we played with chalk.  We signed our names, we sketched daisies and diamonds and puppy dogs.  Left to our own devices on carefree summer days, we personalized our world.  Like the raucous undergrads who sneaked out and painted The Rock on Washtenaw Avenue, near the University of Michigan campus, we altered our environment simply to show that We. Were. There.But in 2012, sidewalk chalk has been trumped by a new, technological signature:  the QR code.  QR codes are similar t … [Read more...]

Photoshop Ruins Everything!

Two popes

I posted this.  It was an Internet sensation.  Everyone I’d ever met "liked" it.  Within minutes, 78 people had shared it.And then I saw this.  This photo of Pope Benedict (in papal white) and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (in black) was taken at the Vatican on January 13, 2007. I pulled my first photo off the web, before it further cluttered the cloud with its particular brand of clerical nonreality.When it’s possible to remove ex-girlfriends from photos, photobomb your frie … [Read more...]