Thursday, April 30, 2009

But yourself on the map


I've been pretty jazzed lately, as after writing a column in PN Magazine for nearly 2 years now and keeping this blog for about half that time, I'm starting to have more readers interacting and writing with questions and comments. Today I received an e-mail from someone promoting the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The premise of the message was that in order to achieve Chris's dreams, we (those living with a spinal cord injury or those that care about them) need to increase awareness about paralysis and its effects on our fellow citizens. His letter said that more eloquent than me:
In light of startling new estimates regarding the number of people living with paralysis, the Reeve Foundation wants to use online technologies to put faces to the statistics. That's why we created the Paralysis Community Map. Our goal is to have one million people put themselves on this online map to illustrate the strength of the paralysis community.
So, here's a word of encouragement. STOP what you're doing. Click on the link above. You put yourself on the map.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

There is Hope that Things will Get Better

Education is a focus in this column and blog. Following my Google alerts today, I read a hopeful article that indicates things could get better for the disabled because of a new generation of concerned students. Specifically, the article states,
the fact of the matter is that the human dimension thrives at a new breed of universities, which are now serving up state-of-the-art, adaptive technology courses for civically engaged engineering students who want to make the world a better place for the disabled.
Read the entire article.

And here's the evidence. Last weekend I watched this 60-Minutes segment and marveled at the Pentagon's effort to produce a bionic arm.

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How ironic that the iBot (I use one) is now off the market because insurance companies and policymakers wouldn't pay for it.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Coraline and VFX Magic

Did you see Coraline yet? I wrote about it a few weeks ago when it was first out. Well, so often I'm touting the idea of technology work as a profession. If you're a creative type and developed the skills needed, what about working on a movie like a member of my family did? Adam was, "...hired by LAKIA ENTERTAINMENT to work on the VFX team responsible for removing the puppets' face seams throughout every frame of the movie." If you'd like to see how some of the magic happened, checkout this example of his work.


Adam C Sager's Coraline VFX REEL from Adam C Sager on Vimeo.

More about Adam at: http://sagerdigital.com