10 October 2011

Why bother with captions?

There is a wealth of movies available from the so-called talkies era. The fundamentals of movie production were established well before Al Jolson came along. Names such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Fritz Lang are true pioneers of the entertainment we now take virtually for granted.

The festival is on in Sydney in September, gone for this year but still available in other cities. Keep it in mind for 2012!


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03 October 2011

Videos of the year!

Here's a couple of videos which you may enjoy.
The first a cochlear switch-on movie

And a quick one for a candidate for the Republican nominee, re-dubbed. I think it shows what deaf people experience every day. What do you think?

31 July 2011

3 years

Today is the day I went deaf 3 years ago.
Here's a link to the original letter

That seems like a long time ago. I can't say that it seems like forever because I can remember in some past life that I could hear. Hear music. Understand what people said. And understand what they were saying. Thanx for the devices which have made such a difference - I remember the helpless part where there was just nothing.

But let's focus on the positive - been around the world (again, with one cochlear implant), Italy, Acme still going, iPhone/iPad (well you might not think so), Washhouse. The clients who stood by me.

So raise a glass for me today 31 July. Then do it again, this time with some liquid in it. I'll raise my water bottle in return!

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12 July 2011

Accessible Seinfeld

Since you went deaf have you missed being able to watch Seinfeld? Yes it's on the secondary digital TV channels, but without captions.

Now you can get Jerry Seinfeld's wisdom via a new website

And Android users can download an app dedicated to the website as well

Like it? Hate it? Leave a comment! They will be passed to the developer for improvement and/or encouragement.

Have a look!

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24 February 2011

100 Pushups

I need to build stamina and strength. The treatment has left me without energy and resilience. Even now 8.5 years after treatment. I have no balance and [I think] a bit more fitness might help me around that loss.

Then I came across 100pushups [http://hundredpushups.com/]. I started with 5 - I didnt even think I'd do that and I'm now on Week 3! The goal is 100 pushups and it takes 6 weeks of the program to get to the 100. It's a bit difficult [so far] but I expected it to be.

You can even record your progress on another website "pushups logger" and Facebook, if you want to.

Last session I did 46 total!! Unbelievable!!

More outstanding results as they come to hand.

19 January 2011

Tinnitus is the result of the brain trying, but failing, to repair itself

An interesting article...
ScienceDaily (Jan. 15, 2011) — "Tinnitus appears to be produced by an unfortunate confluence of structural and functional changes in the brain, say neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC)."

Tinnitus is the result of the brain trying, but failing, to repair itself

12 January 2011

Swimming again

Now it's been over a year but swimming has recommenced. The balance situation is even worse than last year, but strangely, swimming seems to be an exercise which helps me realise orientation in space. Considering that while I'm in the pool I dont have contact with anything fixed [floating in water] it's a bit weird. I dare say someone has a theory...

06 January 2011