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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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It's a dirty job but someone has to do it. Good thing The Blindnamic Duo are back and ready to get serious!

 

This week, Marc and Jan are getting into the nitty gritty of finding a job when you're disabled. sharing some personal experiences, the two also cover why certain solutions don't always work and how things tie into social assistance. At the end of the day there ain't no party like a blind job party so get ready for an in depth discussion about employment. Disabled workplaces represent, yo!

 

All kidding aside, we get a bit more serious than usual but still maintain the charm you've come to know and love. How did Marc over think himself out of a job not once but twice? What would he do to gain an advantage over Jan in an interview? Why is she obsessed with car metaphors and what makes our podcast absolute rubbish? There's only one way to find out!

 

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(Episode Art: An image depicts stick figures of Marc and Jan on the left. Jan says "“that moose job is getting away” and Marc, holding a gun, says "Hasta la vista, jobby." The stick figure of a man on the right replies, “I said I’m from MooseJaw!" The words "Blind Job Hunting" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

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The Blindnamic Duo are back and ready to rock the 2020 premiere of the podcast!

 

After a short hiatus, Marc and Jan have returned with an action packed podisode filled with stories from their holiday season: How does a blind man participate in axe throwing? What happened during an apartment-wide power outage along with the consequences? How did The Blind Avenger's audio descriptions help the Guiding Goddess' movie going experience? (It's a story of Marc taking the lead for once!)

 

We also talk stinky onions, birthday/holiday parties and getting doped up at the hospital on this pot pourri of of a podisode. It's like a Christmas gift in mid-January!

 

Don't be a dingleberry: Make your earholes happy by subscribing for free and listening to our latest podisodes as soon as they're released. Just search for Blind Luminations wherever great podcasts are found or click here. We'll be back again next week -- we promise!

 

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(Episode Art: An image depicts a stick figure of Jan on the left saying "Oh no! The power is out!" to the right, a stick figure of Marc wears his sunglasses and holds his white cane while replying, "Welcome to my world!" The phrase "Who's Guiding Who?" is written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

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The Blindnamic Duo are celebrating their 25th episode in style and it's... educational?

 

Covering how Marc got into college, he and Jan lay out how The Blind Avenger earned his degree at the school of hard knocks. Why did the former head of journalism refuse to talk with the beacon of blindness? How did the future journalist still slide into the program? What extra obstacles did he face due to his disability and why couldn't his skills speak for themselves? 

 

If you take anything away from this podisode it should probably be "don't piss Marc off!" In addition to these questions, we allude to future hurdles he didn't see coming (no pun intended,) discuss an amazing Christmas lights show in the area and Jan starts singing... again. (Oh the humanity!)

 

Anyway, don't be a dingleberry: Make your earholes happy by subscribing for free and listening to our latest podisodes as soon as they're released. Just search for Blind Luminations wherever great podcasts are found or click here. Next week we'll be back to talk about a very white cane Christmas!

 

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(Episode art: An image depicts a stick figure of Marc loudly knocking on the door of a building. The word "school" is on the wall over it and "School Of Hard Knocks" is written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.) 

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This week The Blindnamic Duo are exiting the blind shrine and taking a trip to the mouse house!

 

That's right, almost two weeks after its launch, Marc and Jan are ready to give their initial thoughts on Disney+! What accessibility issues is Marc having, how has Jan benefited from some of the accessibility features (despite being fully-sighted) and what content have they enjoyed the most?

 

Both The Blind Avenger and Guiding Goddess break down what Disney got right and what they still need to work on in this jam-packed episode. If that wasn't enough, we also welcome our first ever guest contributor Matt Dierckens. Find out what another blind user of the service thinks of their Apple TV app.

 

We cover this, shout-out our youngest fans and share someone's issue with The Blindnamic Duo parking in an accessible parking spot... despite having a permit on full display. (Gee, who's blind now?!)

 

Don't be a dingleberry: Make your earholes happy by subscribing for free and listening to our latest podisodes as soon as they're released. (Just search for Blind Luminations wherever great podcasts are found or click here. Next week we'll tackle depictions of the blind in tv & movies!

 

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(Episode art: An image depicts a mouse-sized stick figure of Marc on the left side saying, "Jan?" On the right side, a normal-sized stick figure of Jan replies, "Marc?" The words "It's a small world after all" 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?!)

 

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 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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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

 

By the way, aside from our usual audio awesomeness, you can also find 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!

 

(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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On this week's podisode, The Blindnamic Duo finally crosses the line!

 

No, there's no controversy here... well aside from Marc forgetting the difference between the Amish and Mennonites. This week the blind guy and his sighted wife Jan talk all about the wonderful world of signatures and documentation when you're blind. The only lines getting crossed here are the ones Marc can't see on the page! (Get it now?!)

 

Although an episode devoted to signing papers may not sound exciting, it leaves room for lots of diversions. How is Jan sabotaging Marc's friendships by not letting him sign his name? How do blind people vote in an election? Why is it so fun to joke about Marc driving and what oath does Jan take more seriously than Ryan Reynolds in a Green Lantern film?

 

There's only one way to find out all this and more: Download and subscribe to Blind Luminations now! Don't be a dingleberry, make your earholes happy. and listen up! (You know you want to.)

 

By the way, aside from our usual audio awesomeness, you can also find 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 Marc saying, "Someone wants an autograph?" On the right, a stick figure of Jan holds up a piece of paper that says Divorce at the top and replies, "yep!" The words "Always Read The Fine Print" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

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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

 

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.)

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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.)

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