We're boarding the polar express and getting into the holiday spirit on this week's podisode!
It's time for The Blindnamic Duo to talk all about the trials and tribulations of Christmas shopping! Hear the extra steps Marc has to take when buying for his sighted wife as a blind man. On the flip side, hear how easy it can be for Jan to buy something for him without his knowledge whatsoever! While both things require craftiness, they create very different situations as well.
From going across the city with friends to hiding gifts in plain sight and figuring out workarounds along the way, this week's show has plenty of stories to keep you amused as visions of sugar plum fairies and jingle cats haunt your nightmares. Just think of us as the Christmas brightener-uppers!
Beyond this, The Blind Avenger and Guiding Goddess also talk about gifts of Christmas past, different surprises beyond the holy season and Wendy's bacon mushroom melt again! (This includes our first ever retraction... we're still open to a sponsorship though if you're listening, Wendy's.)
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(Episode art: An image depicts a stick figure of Marc on the left side saying, "You got me a candy caneForget?" On the right side, a stick figure of Jan is holding a white cane with stripes and replies, "Yep!" The words "Christmas Surprises" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)
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Posted in Internet, Facebook, Social Media, Retail Stores, Toys, Food & Drink, Technology, Marketing, Art, Blindness on Aug 29th, 2019
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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From apps on your phone to landmarks on the ground, there are many ways to navigate using objects and with sounds!
After realizing they didn't cover everything the day after their last episode (at 3 in the morning no less,) Marc and Jan are back with some more navigating fun! Find out how Marc actually navigates in a grocery store (no, he doesn't just drive a cart by himself,) what he would do without a guide, the proper technique to using a cane, which objects cause him the most pain when he runs into them and which mistakes are (or aren't) funny.
If that wasn't enough, we share how Marc provides directions to drivers despite being blind, his ability to sense if someone's travelled too far and why his brain is superior to everyone else's... well except for the whole being blind thing. Yeah, that's a pretty big one.
Links mentioned on the podcast:
Blind Abilities Super Duper Extra: Spider-Man: Far From Home is Here And Audio Describer Roy Samuelson Spins His Own Web on Audio Description - https://bit.ly/2JoLMqm
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(Episode Art: A stick figure of Jan is driving a shopping cart towards a stick figure of Marc as she yells "REVENGE!" He responds, "Jan...?" while not realizing what's going on. "Blind Shopping 2 (The Reckoning)" is written in large letters at the top of the image. The sketch was drawn by Marc, who is completely blind.)
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Posted in Movies, Retail Stores, Blindness on Jul 3rd, 2019
The Dixie Chicks once sang about wide open spaces but sometimes it's not as easy for the blind.
On this week's episode Marc (The Blind Guy himself) and his sighted-wife Jan talk about the trials and tribulations of public spaces. From avoiding clubs because of noise and learning how to navigate a massive pop culture convention, we tackle it all.
Why is the mall a source of anxiety for Marc and like a parting of the sea for Jan? Just how important is a good navigator really? When should a blind person not joke about threatening to hit his wife? Then there's the most important question of all: What happens when your guide forgets what they're doing and leaves you behind? (Okay, so that last one is oddly specific, we admit.)
Either way, we have the answers for all of these questions and more, so get your earholes ready for some audio goodness!
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(Episode Art: A stick figure of Marc is holding the handle of a shopping cart and says, "Jan?" Meanwhile, a stick figure of Jan is laying underneath the cart saying, "Owwwww..." "Blind Shopping" is written in big letters at the top of the image. The sketch was drawn by Marc, who is completely blind.)
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