Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Freud Finery: Magnetic Therapy

Anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time realizes that I have a love of Freud and Freud accessories. I actually lived a couple blocks from Freud's house in Swiss Cottage, London where he fled before the Nazi occupation of Vienna. It's an amazing experience to see The Couch.

From Nerd Approved Gadgets: Freud Finery: Magnetic Therapy: "


Freud would have a field day with the manner in which some people will want to dress this magnetic copy of himself. I am sure he would understand you putting a suit and hat on him, he may not take so kindly to the leathers and mohawk. Your fridge, your choice. Much more fun than your average set of magnetic poetry on the refrigerator.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Google Adds Automatic Captions to YouTube

Great news via Able Bodied:

Google Adds Automatic Captions to YouTube: "I knew Google Voice would have multiple uses for people who are deaf and hearing impaired, but I didn’t expect this news to come so fast: Google is adding automatic captions to YouTube videos. Google announced the news today on its official Google blog, and while the feature is definitely a work-in-progress, it’s an exciting [...]

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

My Life is Average

I've been reading a funny log called My Life is Average (MILA), and it's full of little stories from people about funny things that happended. Here's a few recent entries which are disability related. Enjoy,

#1406239: "Today, I was signing with my deaf friend. I asked him if he had ever expierenced an awkward silence. He immediatly (sic)stopped signing and just looked at me. This was, in fact, an awkward silence. MLIA.

#1488921: "Today, I was walking into my college's student center when I noticed a blind student with a guide cane a few paces in front of me. A few seconds later a girl rudely pushed her way between the blind student & the friend he was walking with to get into the building. The blind student started walking faster behind the girl & proceeded to hit her feet with his guide cane tripping her up over & over again. He played it off like it was an accident & he was just trying to get around, but the grin on his face told me otherwise. MLIA

#1362944: "The other day in my English class, we were discussing one of the books from The Odessey, The Cyclops. Our teacher was having us demonstrate what it is like to be a cyclops by covering one of our eyes with our hand. Me, having a prosthetic eye, decided to just remove it for a better demonstration. After, I asked, 'Does this work too?'. The teacher looked over, to answer my question. The expression on my teacher's face; priceless. MLIA.

#1372388: "Today we lost power at my school. Everyone was silent in the darkness until my friend laughed maniacally and shouted 'At last the tables have turned!' He is blind. MLIA

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

AbleGamers Reviews Games From a Disability Standpoint

From Slashdot AbleGamers Reviews Games From a Disability Standpoint: "eldavojohn writes 'Early last month a visually impaired gamer sued Sony under the Americans with Disabilities Act (and if you think that people with disabilities don't play games, think again). The AbleGamers Foundation has decided to step forward and provide a rating system for games that blends together a number of factors to determine a score with regard to accessibility. Visual, hearing, motion, closed captioning, speed settings, difficulty settings and even colorblindness options are all taken into account when compiling these scores and reviewing these games.'

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


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