Archive for the 'Internet' Category

The Blindnamic Duo are back and have plenty of ground to cover!

 

How is Marc preparing for a revolution and what is Jan doing to help paint a picture for him? We're  reviewing Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, talking Instagram photos and making a big announcement. Be sure to listen if you're on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and looking for a way to share your story!

 

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(Episode art: An image depicts a stick figure of Marc holding his white cane on the left while saying, "Get it? photos!" Photos is spelt "f, a, u, x, dash, t, o, e, s." His cane laughs at the joke as a stick figure of Jan on the right says, "I hate caned laughter." The words "Hold Your Applause" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

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Where does Marc get all of his wonderful toys? Find out as The Blindnamic Duo explore the fantastical world of accessible technology!

 

From computers to phones and smart speakers to talking pen thingies, there's a lot available to help the blind with everyday tasks. Hear all about some of the things Marc uses to make his life a bit easier and what Jan thought of some of his accessible tech when she first met him. What are some of the ways the blind read money? How can they get information on food packaging and even the colour of clothes they wear? Why wouldn't Marc ride in a self-driving car? It might not be for the reason you think!

 

Although there's more accessible tech than we have time to cover in one episode, we do our best to tackle information about the computer, internet, cell phones, smart devices and beyond! All this and the celebration of a podcasting milestone. Whatever could it be? There's only one way to find out!

 

Don't be a dingleberry: Make your earholes happy  by subscribing today and downloading our latest podisodes as soon as they're released. (Oh yeah, Marc also rants about the addition of ham to Wendy's bacon mushroom  melt... not realizing it isn't even available in his own country. Who would want to miss that?!)

 

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(Episode art: An image depicts a stick figure of Marc on the left side saying, "Forget Alexa, iLove you!" On the right side, a stick figure of Jan replies by saying, "Awwwwwwwwww!" The words "Marc Is A Smart Speaker" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

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Stop the presses, The Blindnamic Duo are back to break a story that will change things forever!

 

Okay so maybe there's a bit of fake news in there, but we are definitely back with some audio fun for your earholes. Join Marc and Jan as they get into the former's career as a journalist while being blind. Why did he choose this field? How has Jan helped along the way and what payment has she received? Also, what opportunities has Marc missed out on due to his disability?

 

We cover lots of ground, serious and silly, on this week's podisode. From not knowing he sat side by side with Jan for weeks in college to her (awful) sound effects for winking, this one has plenty of late breaking news! Don't be a dingleberry, subscribe, download and get ready for us to talk all about Marc's accessible technology next time too.

 

Besides our usual audio awesomeness, follow us on social media! Check us out on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. You'll be glad you did!

 

(Episode Art: An image depicts a stick figure of Jan saying, "I'm always right!" On the right side, a stick figure of Marc replies, "That's fake news!" The words "Freedom Of The Press" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

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First there were episodes and then we introduced the podisode. Now we're proud to present our very first... Janisode!

 

That's right, Lumineers! Jan is ditching the dead weight and striking out on her own. Join the Guiding Goddess as she explores The pods for applause and shares her thoughts on the podcasts she's recently listened to. While it isn't a full episode, it definitely packs a punch! (Would you expect anything less from one half of The Blindnamic Duo?)

 

From gypsy funerals to Canadian true crime, listen to this first (of many) bonus Janisodes! Stay tuned for our next podisode as well. The Blindnamic Duo will discuss what it's like for Marc to be a blind journalist soon!

 

Links To Podcasts Jan Mentioned

 

- Revisionist History podcast

- Caskets & Cocktails podcast

- Cabinet Of Curiosities podcast

- Dark Poutine podcast

- Nothing Ever Happens In Canada podcast

- Canadian True Crime podcast

 

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(Janisode art: A thick question mark sits in the outline of a pair of headphones. Beneath this main image, the words "The Pods For Applause" are written. This drawing was done by Jeannette Rocheleau, who is completely sighted.)

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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

 

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(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.)

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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

 

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(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.)

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