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Indie Comic Publisher Offers Comics for the Visually Impaired

This is amazing, and I desperately want to see it succeed. For years, I’ve been frustrated by the lack of access to comics for those, such as myself, with visual impairments. New Worlds is seeking to change that. They already have a few comics available in audio. I’ve read both issues of Winter, and both the formula and the story itself are fantastic. Even better, they’re charging the typical comic book pricing of $3 per issue, which is, frankly, a steal. Let’s give these guys all the support we can and make it possible to have access to more titles in the future.

From ComicsEmpower.com:

Thousands of people around the world would like to read comic books and can’t! People think comics are a visual medium, so the visually impaired can’t ever enjoy the experience. We’re here to fix that!

The above is true, and it reminds me very much of the feeling toward touch screens when the iPhone first came out. Eight years later and now iOS is among the most useful and accessible computing operating systems in history for the blind and visually impaired.

Let’s make this happen!


The Tidy Tweet

To type a truly tidy tweet,

Is something quite divine;

One-hundred forty characters,

Upon a single line.


But though these songs can sound so sweet,

We hear some sour notes;

The call of shady characters,

Awaiting billygoats.


They fled the dead discussion board,

And YouTube comment thread;

To shout with little character,

On Twitter now instead.


Beware their calloused countenance,

And puppets sewn of sock;

Remember that these characters,

Are less annoying if their blocked.


Dr. Seuss on Apple

I do not want this new iPhone,

My Razr’s fine; it’s what I own.


“But you can browse the Internet,

And play games you haven’t heard of yet!”


My Dell’s all right for the Internet,

My Gameboy’s fine for the games I get.

I don’t want to play with Angry Birds,

I won’t annoy my friends with words.

I do not want a new iPhone,

My Razr’s fine;; it’s what I own.


“But it will guide you down the street,

And suggest great places to stop and eat!”


I can just use my Thomas Guide,

And look for signs inside my ride.

My Dell’s all right for the Internet,

My Gameboy’s fine for the games I get.

I don’t want to play with Angry Birds,

I won’t annoy my friends with words.

I don’t want the new iPhone,

My Razr’s fine; it’s what I own.


“The Music app plays MP3s,

Be they Bach’s, the Beatles’, or Kenny G’s!”


Who needs that? I have CD’s,

And on the air’s good old Rick Dees.

A Thomas Guide to tell me left or right,

A Mickey D’s at every light.

My Dell’s all right for the Internet,

My Gameboy’s fine for the games I get.

I don’t want to play with Angry Birds,

I won’t annoy my friends with words.

I don’t want the new iPhone,

My Razr’s fine; it’s what I own.


“It’s a camera everywhere you go,

For shots of kids or dogs or snow!”


I can get my pics taken at the mall,

No selfies mucking up my Facebook wall.

I have my Carpenters LPs,

And a strange soft spot for good old Rick Dees.

An atlas to the interstate,

All night diners when it’s late.

My Dell’s all I need for the Internet,

My Gameboy’s fine for the games I get.

I don’t want to play with Angry Birds,

I won’t annoy my friends with words.

I do not want the new iPhone,

My Razr’s fine; it’s what I own.


“But now with a contract, the iPhone’s free!

Try it! Try it! Please? For me?”


My Razr at last gave up the ghost,

So sad; it was the phone I’d loved the most.

I guess I’ll get the free 5C,

But it will only be a phone to me.


Oh, but I suppose I’ll take pictures of my dog,

Just to post on my Tumblr blog.

That’s it. No more … oh, wait … but damn …

I kinda like this Instagram.

iTunes has the Best of Gladys Knight and the Pips?!

You know, my vinyl copy always skips.

Siri will talk me down the street?

Huh … you know … that’s kind of neat.

My iPhone helped me win that bet,

When I looked up Rick Dees’s age on the Internet.

Now I have a plushy of a disgruntled yellow bird,

And four days left to think up a word.

It’s been two days, and with a groan,

I must admit, I love iPhone.


But wait, what’s that I hear you say?

Another gadget’s on the way?


I do not want an Apple Watch,

I’m quite contented with my Swatch …



Understanding Net Neutrality

The concept of net neutrality is one of those things that makes a lot of sense to tech savvy nerds, but which can be difficult for those same tech savvy nerds to explain to their friends and family who may not have a good grasp of the nuances of how the Internet works. This piece in the New York Times does a good job of breaking it down to the simplest possible terms. The only explanation for anyone in office to be against net neutrality is willful ignorance or, more likely, a desire to keep their pockets lined with lobby money. Enjoy, and pass it along to those who may benefit from it.


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