June 2013 Archives

"Live and Let Die" (1973)

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Live&LetDieMoviePoster.pngIt was forty years ago this week that Roger Moore made his debut as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in the eighth "official" installment of the film series, Live and Let Die (1973). 

 

The AbleGamers Foundation

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AbleGamers.pngThanks to my colleague WG, I found out about a cool organization that works to provide access to video games to people with disabilities.  The AbleGamers Foundation enables gamers with various disabilities to be able to play and enjoy video games through accessible hardware.  For more info on the group's goals and how you can help, click here

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Tonight's Friends Friday Film: "Howl" (2010)

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HowlMoviePoster.pngSorry to not have pointed this out sooner, but tonight's Friends Friday Films program is a showing of the 2010 film based on Allen Ginsberg's classic work "Howl", starring James Franco and Jon Hamm.  Here's my 2011 review of the film. If you're interested in the subject, check out the film tonight and/or look up other works by Ginsberg that we carry by clicking here.  (Yes, we also carry the DVD here.)

More coverage of Beat Generation stuff will pop up in future posts, so keep an eye on this blog.

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OrCam.pngThe New York Times' John Markoff writes here about how an Israeli start-up has devised a "camera-based system"  that gives the visually impaired "the ability to both 'read' easily and move freely"

The device is called the OrCam and "is a small camera worn in the style of Google Glass, connected by a thin cable to a portable computer designed to fit in the wearer's pocket... clips on to the wearer's glasses with a small magnet and uses a bone-conduction speaker to offer clear speech as it reads aloud the words or object pointed to by the user".  

More info on the OrCam can be found at this site

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