My experience watching the 2017 solar eclipse with the BrainPort

The February 1979 solar eclipse, the last total eclipse in North America during the twentieth century, happened during my third grade year. Of course a good ¬†teacher would use it as a learning opportunity, explaining what an eclipse was etc. Mrs. Love was definitely one of those cool teachers, and also taught the class never … Continue reading My experience watching the 2017 solar eclipse with the BrainPort

How trying to find a lunar eclipse totally blind without sighted help got close but didn’t quite work out

About a month ago, I wrote a blog post about experiences I had watching 3 lunar eclipses with the BrainPort artificial vision device. After that the next two eclipses came in the winter, so I played chicken and stayed inside. Last year, there was an eclipse in May and it was the last one for … Continue reading How trying to find a lunar eclipse totally blind without sighted help got close but didn’t quite work out

How current more modern technology, Youtube, helped restore and strengthen a Christmas memory I had from my childhood around 1980

Mom died at age 97 in July 2020, so that Christmas 5 months later during the worst of the covid pandemic found me more nostalgic than usual. I remembered that when I was a kid in late grade school, Mom had an album on vinyl of Christmas songs played on what sounded like large music … Continue reading How current more modern technology, Youtube, helped restore and strengthen a Christmas memory I had from my childhood around 1980

My experiences observing lunar eclipses as a blind person, using the BrainPort artificial vision device

Since I was a kid I've heard people comment on the moon when it was full, and when in grade school my class would take a field trip to the high school I would later attend where the rest of them would be given a show in a planetarium. I thought it was pretty cool, … Continue reading My experiences observing lunar eclipses as a blind person, using the BrainPort artificial vision device

Ways in which cameras help the blind

What I get out of a camera as a blind personI've been politely asked, "how do you read messages or email on a computer?" a less common question is "How did you take that picture?" In the old daysWhen I was a kid, I remember being annoyed because I would have to stand nice for … Continue reading Ways in which cameras help the blind

An inexpensive way to move some air from an air conditioner to another room with little circulation normally

The living-room and bedroom in my apartment have very little circulation between them, a floor plan would look like North and South Dakota on a map with a small doorway in the east end, and the air conditioner (wall unit) on the west end. I don't need air conditioning very often but occasionally at night … Continue reading An inexpensive way to move some air from an air conditioner to another room with little circulation normally

My experiences trying to be more visible when walking at night as a blind person

Way back when I was in 7th grade, I used to stay after school for orientation and mobility classes, and then take a bus home. I would have to walk several blocks home from the bus after dark, so my mobility teacher got me a florescent orange vest that made me visible for drivers to … Continue reading My experiences trying to be more visible when walking at night as a blind person

How setting up iOS devices with a wired USB keyboard is way more efficient for me

When I bought my first iPhone, an iPhone 3GS the first text message I tried to send got a response from a friend saying they couldn't read it because of so many mistakes in it. It took me 3 weeks before I could type anything mostly legible. I have never liked or been fast at … Continue reading How setting up iOS devices with a wired USB keyboard is way more efficient for me

How hyper local weather forecasts are especially useful to me as a totally blind person

Walks before Dark Sky I like to go for walks for exercise, but back in the day before apps that had weather information telling-me when it would rain, i often skipped walks if i thought it would rain. I even would go out and ask several random people when it would rain and got answers … Continue reading How hyper local weather forecasts are especially useful to me as a totally blind person

How to type to Siri from the macOS terminal command line

I recently wanted a command line based HomeKit app, I don't think any exist. I guess I'll have to learn Swift, and write one. This will take a while, probably a very long while though, so I found a temporary fix that will be useful, even after the app is finished. ¬† , typing to … Continue reading How to type to Siri from the macOS terminal command line