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Blind Luminations

A fully blind journalist & cool stuff enthusiast. A sighted customer rep & casual artist/author. Together: a couple w/ a podcast about life & laughs. Come for the blindness but stay for the fun!

After taking a week off, The Blindnamic Duo are back... and this time it's clinical!

 

Although Thanksgiving isn't until Monday, hear about how Marc was recently carved up... but in a fun way! From minor surgery to various tests, he and his sighted wife Jan explore what it's like to be blind or a caregiver when dealing with various medical situations.

 

How did Jan bond with Marc's specialist? What interests her about when he gets bloodwork done? What sound did the blind guy make during his barium swallow test and what made both of them feel like they peed themselves? (It's really not as gross as you think.)

 

Getting healthy can be a scary thing but we make it fun! Don't be a dingleberry: Subscribe and download our latest podisode for the answers to all of this and more!

 

Links We Mentioned This Week

 

- Post Productions Theatre Company website

- MNSi Internet Service Provider website

 

Oh yeah, follow us on social media if you haven't already! We're on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, along with Twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. While you're at it, why not visit our website at https://blindluminations.podbean.com too?

 

(Episode Art: A stick figure of Jan is on the left side of the image and asks,What happened to your leg?" A stick figure of Marc stands with a crooked leg on the right and replies, "I tried to kick my computer." The words "Blind Rage Is Real" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc, who is completely blind.)

This week on the Blind Luminations podcast, Marc and Jan are discussing some recent adventures!

 

The Blindnamic Duo attended a couple of public events last weekend and are ready to break down their experiences. First up is the Canadian premiere of independent film Last Call, directed by the area's own Gavin Michael Booth. Following this, we're all about getting our comic on by covering the Windsor Comicon. Hear about Marc and Jan's adventures, how he shot a stormtrooper in the head... repeatedly and  what should be considered for events like these. The two also cover stairs (quite thoroughly) and how perceptions of a parking garage can change depending on eyesight. (Is that Jason hiding behind a pillar over there?)

 

The podisode era begins with all of this and more, including a shout-out to the podcast's youngest fan! Don't be a dingleberry: Listen and subscribe wherever great podcasts are found.  Next week we'll be getting healthy and discussing Marc's experiences undergoing different medical tests and procedures. (The best was the time it felt like he wet his pants!) 

 

Links We Mentioned This Week

 

- Last Call (2019 film) on facebook

- Windsor Comicon website

- Fight Like Mason Foundation website

- There Might Be Cupcakes podcast website

 

Oh yeah, follow us on social media if you haven't already! We're on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, along with Twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. While you're at it, why not visit our website at https://blindluminations.podbean.com too?

 

(Episode Art: Stick figures of Marc and Jan appear on a comic book cover. On the top left of the comic, a rectangle contains the letters "BL" while #1 is written below in an area sectioned off within the shape. To the right of the rectangle, "The Blindnamic Duo" is written with each word taking up one line each. The words "The Podisode Era Begins!" are written below where Marc and Jan are standing. The sketch was drawn by Marc, who is completely blind, with an assist from Jan to make sure the comic book elements didn't overlap.)

This week on Blind Luminations we're talking about how Marc learnt to be blind.

 

While most of his teenage friends were taking their first steps into adulthood, Marc was literally learning to navigate his surroundings after going blind at the age of 19. Join us as we go  into our way back machine and explore a time before Marc met Jan in college.

 

Find out what the blind guy did to adapt, what he thinks of friends who left him behind and how long it took for him to get truly comfortable with being blind. As a bonus, hear some methods for how the blind sort their clothes and what goes into picking the right white cane.

 

The Blindnamic Duo tackles all these stories, details and more (like freaking out friends with your old pair of eyeglasses) along with a major announcement that will change the very face of this podcast... forever! Don't be a dingleberry: Subscribe and listen today!

 

Links We Mentioned This Week

 

- The Episode About How Marc Went Blind

- The Canadian National Institute for the Blind

 

Oh yeah, follow us on social media if you haven't already! We're on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, along with Twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. While you're at it, why not visit our website at https://blindluminations.podbean.com too?

 

(Episode Art: On the left side of the image, Yoda stands and says, "You must unlearn wwhat you have learned." On the right side of the image, a stick figure of Marc holds his white cane in the air like a lightsaber as it glows. "Yo da man, Yoda!" is written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc, who is completely blind.)

This week The Blindnamic Duo is going meta and talking podcasts!

 

Where did Marc and Jan hear about the medium, what shows have they previously hosted before abandoning them and why? Also, listen to the blind guy talk about how he edits this podcast without several useful (but inaccessible) apps at his disposal. Just ignore the parts where Jan makes it sound as if words like "podisode" or phrases such as "bloat the head" are a good idea. (Did we mention that Marc not only edits the podcast but writes its show notes as well?)

 

All of this plus discussions about scripting vs. winging it, our roles in putting together each episode, how podcasts replace magazines for the blind in the bathroom and more await! Listen, subscribe and be sure to come back next time when we talk about how Marc learnt to be blind. It'll be a great way to celebrate our turn as Podbean's podcast of the week!

 

Links We Mentioned This Week

 

- I Shake My Head podcast

- Cage's Kiss podcast

- Capes On The Couch: Where Comics Get Counselling

- Caskets And Cocktails Podcast

- AppleVis: Empowering Blind & Low Vision Users of Apple Products

- Podbean

 

Oh yeah, follow us on social media if you haven't already! We're on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, along with Twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. While you're at it, why not visit our website at https://blindluminations.podbean.com too?

 

(Episode Art: On the left of the image, a stick figure of Jan says "I love Podisodes!" with a heart symbol replacing the word "love." On the right side, a stick figure of Marc angrily yells, "Stop it!" The hashtag "#PodLife" is written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc, who is completely blind.)

In honour of children skipping merrily back to school, The Blindnamic Duo is all about books this week!

 

From narration to braille or productions with sound effects to text-to-speech, there are several ways for the blind to enjoy a good book. Marc and Jan explore their experiences with certain formats, services and explain the situations each one creates. What do both prefer and why?

 

How does Marc enjoy comic books and what happens when he has to explain them? How can his reading habits spoil a book for Jan? When do things become more challenging and why should Thanos read children's books? We also digress into talking about church and the size of Marc's head somehow.

 

Listen and subscribe today for all this and more! We also  introduce a brand new member of the team as they kick off phase one of the Blind Luminations Podematic Universe! (Be sure to listen to the end of this episode as well... unless you are still trying to avoid Avengers: End Game spoilers for some reason.) We'll be back next week to talk about podcasts.

 

Links We Mentioned This Week

 

- Graphic Audio - A Movie In Your Mind

- It's Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke on Audible.ca

 

Oh yeah, follow us on social media if you haven't already! We're on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, along with Twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. While you're at it, why not visit our website at https://blindluminations.podbean.com too?

 

(Episode Art: On the left of the image, Marc chants "Egghead likes her bookie wook!" On the right side, Jan throws a book at Marc with the word "Bitten" written on the cover. As it flies at him, she yells, "ReadTHIS, blind man!" The words "Book Smarts" are written above the scene. 

The sketch was drawn by Marc, who is completely blind.)

This week the Blindnamic Duo are getting down to business and talking accessibility on the internet!

 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but why does it sometimes need more than 100 characters? Marc gets fired up about captchas, Jan relates the internet to architecture and the two delve into the staggering statistic that 70% of websites are inaccessible to the blind.

 

All of this, plus find out what it feels like when robots cry. (Here's a hint: They see sparks!) Listen and subscribe to get all future episodes as soon as they are released. Next week is all about books, so prepare to find out how Marc and Jan get their nerd on!

 

Links We Mentioned This Week

 

- Domino's Pizza Delivers A Game Changing Case To The U.S. Supreme Court 

- New Research Shows How The Internet Is Unavailable To Blind Users

- Lego's Playsets Are Now Accessible To People Who Are Blind

 

Oh yeah, follow us on social media if you haven't already! We're on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, along with Twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. While you're at it, why not visit our website at https://blindluminations.podbean.com too?

 

(Episode Art: On the left side of the image, a computer sits on a table with the words "Missile Armed" on its monitor. Standing on the right, a stick figure of Marc says, "Um... Jan?" The words "Accessibility Is Important" are written above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc, who is completely blind.)

We're out of the wilderness and heading inside for more fun on vacation!

 

This week, the Blindnamic Duo covers its many experiences with vacationing indoors. What are the perks of travelling with someone who is blind? What experiences are interesting for Marc? Where have he and Jan's various trips taken them and what were some of the things they weren't ready for?

 

We've got the answers to all of this and more, along with anecdotes about making Marc think it's raining, receiving an offer of cash on a street corner and why he hates his grade five music teacher so much. (He's not too crazy about Celine Dion either!)

 

We also tackle our first question ever from social media, exploring what it's like when the blind guy is under the influence. Subscribe and listen now for a jam packed episode! 

 

Oh yeah, follow us on social media if you haven't already! We're on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, along with Twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. While you're at it, why not visit our website at https://blindluminations.podbean.com too?

 

(Episode Art: A stick figure of Marc yells "Ayeee!" as he falls off A bus on the left side of the image. Standing on the right, a stick figure of Jan yells, "Oh no!" The words "What A Trip!" are written in big letters at the top of the page. The blind sketch was drawn by Marc, who is completely blind.)

Who's that lurking in the bushes near your camp site at night? Don't worry, it's just the blindnamic duo!

 

Returning from their two week hiatus/vacation, Marc and Jan are refreshed and ready to podcast! In the spirit of their time away, the two are covering what it's like to camp blind. With plenty of asides in between, find out why Marc gets strange looks in the washroom,, learn how Jan became his "little pyro" and what the two did when they got locked in a shower. (Spoiler alert: It involved lots of yelling.)

 

Enjoy these and more camping trip stories on our brand new episode. Be sure to tune in next week when we cover travelling blind and share with your friends in the meantime! It's sweeter than smores and has way less calories.

 

If you haven't already, follow us on social media! We're currently trying to reach 100 followers on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/ and will give you something special when it happens! You can also hit us up on Twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. While you're at it, why not visit our website at https://blindluminations.podbean.com too?

 

Places We Mentioned This Week

 

- Rockwood Conservation Area

- Rondeau Provincial Park

 

(Episode art: On the left side of the image, a stick figure of Marc asks, "Where's my cane?" To the right, there's a fire and stick figure of Jan dangling her hot dog from a string attached to the cane. She replies, "I don't know!" The words "Blind Camping" are written in big letters over the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc, who is completely blind.)

While we might not be as funny, Blind Luminations his the Seinfeld of podcasts this week!

 

As Marc and Jan scramble to get ready for their vacation, the two had to make some hard choices. The result? A pre-camping trip podcast about nothing! Without a topic of the week, the blindnamic duo covers any random subject their little hearts desire. Accessible parking follow-up? Check! Stealing a blind man's cane? Check! People thinking Marc and Jan are siblings? Check! Marketing ideas to monetize this thing? Double check!

 

As you can tell, we've still jam packed as much content into this shorter episode as humanly possible.  (Don't worry, we'll be back to our usual format next week with The Episode About Travelling Blind!)

 

If you haven't already, follow us on social media! We're currently trying to reach 100 followers on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/ and will give you something special when it happens! You can also hit us up on Twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/.

 

(Episode art: A stick figure of Marc angrily holds his cane as flames rise up around him. As he says "Grrrrrrr...," a stick figure of Jan stands next to him and responds, "Oh no, you didn't listen to our podcast!" The words "Blind Fury" are written above the two. This sketch was drawn by Marc, who is completely blind.)

As a famous cat once said, "It never hurts to help!"

 

While that usually ended in disaster for him, this week's episode of the Blind Luminations podcast proves that a little bit of thought goes a long way. Hear Marc and Jan tackle (and sometimes rant about) accessibility awareness. The two go through their experiences in dealing with unintentional issues and outright jerks. (Here's a hint: Don't create your own parking spot between two cars that are parked in accessible parking spaces!)

 

Anyway, after deciding on a title for the episode, the two cover lots of ground. This includes rants about blocking sidewalks, why putting a patio set between a ramp and accessible entrance is a bad idea, the need for streamlined accessibility standards and how not to get your tail lights caned. (I'm just saying... we have two different stories of people creating their own parking spots here!!! Why would anyone in their right minds think this is okay?!?!?!?!)

 

Calming down now... lack of sleep and lots of pent up anger make this one our longest episode to date. Be sure to tune in and tell all your friends about the fun we have together! :)

 

If you haven't already, follow us on social media! We're currently trying to reach 100 followers on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/ and will give you something special when it happens! You can also hit us up on Twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/.

 

Episode Links

 

The different types of accessible parking permits in Ontario, Canada - https://bit.ly/2Yemfsp

 

(Episode art: Stick figures of Marc and Jan are standing in the grass. Jan yells "Get off our lawn!" and Marc responds, "Um... it's a dog." On the right side of the image, a stick figure dog says "Bark Woof!" Jan's Rant is written above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc, who is completely blind.)

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