September 2009 Archives

Artificial Retinas for the Blind

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A new research project to enable blind people to see in an acceptable fashion was recently highlighted in the New York TimesHere (with video) is the link to the article.   

Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer

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ff2.jpgThe television adaptation of Robert J. Sawyer's 1999 award-winning novel Flashforward premieres tonight at 8:00 pm EST on ABC (check local listings).  As I'm somewhat grateful that Hollywood studios can actually turn to established genre literary sources to produce movies, TV shows or even theme parks based on those sources, the results don't always turn out well. 

 

 

On Greenwich Library's "For Persons With Disabilities" link (go here), you can find the web site Deaf Linx, which provides information and access to services for members of the hearing impaired community. 

 

Icons of Sci Fi: Toho Collection

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51xqpFcUtZL__SS500_.jpgLike many a kid in the 60s & 70s, I grew up watching on television dubbed and edited versions of the various Japanese "kaiju eiga" films produced by Toho Studios.  I loved watching the various giant monster movies such as Godzilla (1954/56), Rodan (1956), Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1965) , Frankenstein Conquers the World (1966), and War of the Gargantuas (1966/70), among others. 

 

Today's New York Times has an article on how insurance companies are forcing the speech impaired to purchase and use more expensive -and less useful- products when more cheaper and better alternatives -like the iPhone!- are prohibited.  Read the story here.

Update:  You can contact your local or state representative and let them know how you feel about this situation.  Go to this link to see who represents your district and state and how to get in touch with them.  And feel free to contact the Senate Committee on Health via email too.

 

More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon

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51XEHFTNSPL__SS500_.jpgTheodore Sturgeon's classic 1953 novel More Than Human follows the plight of six amazingly gifted people and how their individually advanced abilities allow them to work as one organism to form a "Homo Gestalt", the next step in human evolution.

 

 

The DEP Provides Access To The Disabled

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Among the various services the State of Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection offers is providing access to the disabled to Connecticut state parks and forests.  Go to their site here to see what they offer.   

The Domains of Koryphon by Jack Vance

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jackvancereader.jpgConcluding my review of the three novels collected in The Jack Vance Reader, my focus will be on Jack Vance's 1974 work, The Domains of Koryphon, previously published (against Vance's wishes) as The Gray Prince

 

 

Podcast Redux

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For those who missed it last week, my podcast on services at the library for the disabled can be found at:

AssitiveTech82409.mp3 

 

 

 

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