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Sorry about the previous incorrect link, although I like to think that Klingons are probably total Lou Reed fans
http://specgram.com/CLII.2/06.wells-jensen.klingon.html
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayCSA6fk9ZA&feature=fvsr
Thanks to Selkiechick for the link
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From the NLS Sept./Oct. Braille Book Review

The Pennsylvania Council of the Blind has published a new cookbook for individuals whose physical or visual impairments make precise measurements difficult.
The True No-Measure Cook-book includes more than 225 recipes that call for ingredients in amounts of "one can" or "a handful," rather than requiring the
use of measuring spoons or cups.

The book is available in braille, large-print, Microsoft Word, and DAISY formats and may be ordered by contacting Sue Lichtenfels at (412) 429-1727 or
cookbook@pcb1.org.
A braille hard copy costs $25; all other formats cost $12.50.
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Kes: Actually, this is more useful as a detailed description of the archive.org scanning process (1,000 pages an hour? I can't decide if I'm more envious or turned on--probably equal parts of both). Also, not only do braille Playboys not include a centerfold, they don't include advice columns, Playboy bunny interviews, or anything else that talks about sex. I know this because I used to read Playboy when I was learning braille in my mid-twenties.

http://blog.archive.org/2011/08/17/scanning-a-braille-playboy/
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Kes: I also have the scanned etext of
_Because Pictures Matter: A guide to using, finding, and creating tactile imagery for blind children_, a free booklet published by National Braille Press
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/BPM.html
if anyone would like me to send it to them, e-mail me; you can read my review here
http://kestrell.livejournal.com/610671.html

Via the Art_beyond_sight_theory_and_research mailing list
http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/art_beyond_sight_theory_and_research_nfbnet.org

1. The Solar System A Tactile Representation
By: Dr. Cassandra Runyon and Dr. David Hurd
Tactile Illustrator: John Matelock
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
http://www.nasa.gov
nine books in all, continued below cut )
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National Federation of the Blind
Partners with Santa to Promote Braille Literacy

Baltimore, Maryland (November 15, 2010): Once again, Santa has enlisted the help of the elves at the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute to get Braille letters out to hundreds of blind boys and girls this Christmas season.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Santa approached the National Federation of the Blind a couple of years ago and asked us to be his helpers. I’m quite fond of the fellow and was delighted that we could assist him in his work. Braille literacy is the key to success and opportunity for the blind, but unfortunately too few blind children are learning it today. This program will not only spread holiday cheer but will also serve an important educational purpose, as blind children will be able to practice reading Braille as they enjoy their letter from merry Saint Nicholas.”

Between November 15 and December 20, parents can go online at
http://www.nfb.org
and fill out a Santa Braille Letter request form. The form can also be printed and faxed to (410) 685-2340. Beginning December 1, the Braille letters from Santa will start going out to boys and girls around the country. The Braille letter will also be accompanied by a print copy (for mom and dad to read), and parents can choose the contracted or uncontracted form of Braille for the letter. Requests for letters must include the writer’s name, the child’s name, birthday, gender, mailing address, and a telephone number or e-mail address in case Santa’s helpers at the National Federation of the Blind have questions.

The deadline for letter requests is December 20, to ensure that a return letter in Braille is received before Christmas. For more information about this and other programs of the National Federation of the Blind, please visit our Web site at http://www.nfb.org.
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Note: this is not my personal wishlist, although there are a couple of things on this list which I do lust after, but rather this is a list of nifty accessible gift ideas for blind people.
Also, the next Tek Talk show on Nov. 8 will feature Stocking Stuffers.

The National Braille Press Bookstore
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/publications/index.html
has lots of good stuff available in many formats including downloadable braille, but a seasonal recommendation would be
1. A Wish for Wings that Work
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/BC1011-WINGS.html
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American Foundation for the Blind publishes a newsletter called Dots, and the fall issue recently came out
http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=6&TopicID=19&DocumentID=5348
which includes an article about prison braille transcription programs. As it turns out, one of the major providers of braille is prison programs which train inmates to become braille transcribers.

There is also a phone number regarding National Braille Press's program to provide free braille books to young blind children and their families.
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From the Art Beyond Sight mailing list:

1. Braille tattoos are a new innovation that allow the blind to enjoy body
modifications too.
Klara Jirkova, a student at the University of Arts in Berlin, came up
with an innovation to modify the body to allow the blind feel those
artistic statements through their sense of touch. Braille tattoos now
let the entire world experience the eclectic pieces of art you may choose to put in your skin.
The raised bumps that make up these braille tattoos consist of implants
under the skin, and could include individual beads or a small tablet of
embossed text.
The beads can be relatively small, but not as small as standard braille
text as the body's muscles would absorb them too deep to touch (

http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/braille-tattoo-blind

2. 'Touch Colour' is a revolutionary painting tool for the blind. It uses
special technology that associates different colours with different
temperatures in order to properly identify them.
The 'Touch Colour' is a tablet that a blind person uses as the canvas.
They simply scroll through the colour wheel (which is not only
temperature identifiable but also braille as well) to select their
colour of choice and then place the wheel onto the tablet and begin drawing.
The user can also keep track of their outlining, shading and any other
aspects of the drawing by simply feeling the constant warm of cooler
colours on the tablet. The 'Touch Colour' is a beautiful advancement as
far as technology for the blind is concerned. Kudos!
http://www.yun-li.com/index.php?/project/touch-color/
Touch Color is the combination of a Thermal digital tablet and a Rainbow
Color picking ring that allows a blind person to paint colorful pictures
with his fingers on the tablet. The 24 colors on the ring are
differentiated by Braille dots and varied temperature generated by the
embedded LED bulbs. Artistically inclined or not, this concept of "Blind
Color Painting" sure sounds like technology is heading in the right
direction.
http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/08/04/no-longer-color-blind/

TouchColor designer website with video, shows how it works
http://www.tuvie.com/touch-color-helps-blind-people-to-draw/
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Kes: The "homunculus" mentioned in the passage refers to a representation of the body imposed upon the brain which maps different sections of the brain to corresponding parts of the body.

From _The Body Has a Mind of Its Own_ (2007) by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee

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Many people seeing the sensory homunculus for the first time comment on (even object to) how small the genitals are. They expect that these organs would merit an allotment of territory commensurate with their sensitivity and the disproportionate mindshare they command. The confusion comes from the multiple meanings of the word "sensitive." Sensitive can refer to high acuity. Your fingers, lips, and tongue are sensitive in this sense: generously packed with somatic receptors of every type, able to make extremely fine discriminations. Your genitals are extremely sensitive in a different sense. A penis and a clitoris can tell the difference between one finger and two, but they can't read Braille.
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Perhaps not, but what a vivid picture that makes (although such a jmode of reading would take its toll on the books).
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beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6. I think this course is aimed at sighted transcriptionists, though,b ecause it mentions teaching how to sight-read braille
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/company/transcriber_course.html
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LJ user selkiechick and I were talking about this, and we both admitted we mostly spelled it with a capital because our spellchecker programs kept nagging us.

According to NBP, however,
the embossed alphabet is a lowercase b and only Louis Braille gets the uppercase b
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/braille/capitalize.html .

Now I can go tell my spellchecker to lay off.
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Kes: I'm a little confused as to what this device is--is it an external Braille display for the phone? Or some sort of software app making use of a tactile interface?
http://betalabs.nokia.com/apps/nokia-braille-reader

Nokia Braille Reader gives SMS for the blind and visually impaired. It captures received SMS messages and brings them to the foreground for reading using Braille and tactile feedback.

The application has been developed in a joint project between Nokia, Tampere University and the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired.

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