Technology assists disabled people every day, whether it’s for activities of daily living, or for our passions and hobbies. Thanks so much to my friend Noemi and her daughter for sharing their experiences with us in this guest blog post.
Noemi Martinez is a poet-curandera and writer with Mexican and Caribbean roots living in South Texas. Her poem+photo collection “South Texas Experience: Love Letters” can be purchased on Hermana Resist Press’ website.
As technology advances, so does society’s dependence on technology; and with it, a phenomenon of shaming. It’s not a new response, from society, to changes in the way we traditionally ascribed to do things. The horseless carriage of the late 1890s was an invention used by the elite and super wealthy. When the Model T came along in 1908, it was the most affordable automobile being produced. Before that, automobiles were extremely expensive and a luxury beyond our wildest dreams. There was the expected backlash, of course, of new and unknown technologies, as happens when one industry is replaced with another; the push from the railway industry and those that made a living from horse-drawn carriages.
The same can be said for the use of electricity, telephones, and media; the debate of newspapers as a dying form of media, or the debate on how print is dead.
But with new breakthroughs and advancements come societal benefits.
Yes, I’m still here! I now have a full-time job with Easter Seals as the Digital Content Producer for their Thrive microsite, which promotes self-empowerment for young women with disabilities. It keeps me busy, but it’s incredibly rewarding and basically my dream job. Besides that, I’m also working on the final classes for my Master’s degree in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures. So! Much! Going! On! But I’m very active on Twitter (@geekygimp), so make sure to follow me there for my latest insights on board games, video games, news stories, random tv shows, comics, and various other obsessions.
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There’s been a lot of great things going on here at The Geeky Gimp! And since I love making lists, let me just go right ahead and list what I’ve been working on:
Upcoming Reviews / Podcasts:
A review of The X-Files episode “Roland,” featuring a mentally disabled character and creepy frozen heads! I should get it done by the end of this upcoming week.
I have a podcast scheduled on Friday with Steve Way, a comedian and co-creator of the web series, Uplifting Dystrophy. If all goes as planned, that podcast will be uploaded here the next day!
There’s another podcast in the works with the creators of 64 oz. Games. They recently opened up a shop with braille accessibility kits for many popular tabletop games! You can check that out here: 64 oz. Games Store.
The lovely designer of Pleasant Dreams is sending me a review copy! It’s a tabletop card game with some unique mechanics and creepy artwork, so I can’t wait to give it a try.
You can now follow me on Twitch, an online community for live game streaming. Watch me play World of Warcraft, Star Trek Online, and a slew of other games! I have my webcam and microphone on the ready, and I’d love to chat with my fellow geeky gamers. I’ll even invite some of you to play along.
I plan to stream regularly on Thursday and Sunday evenings, around 9 p.m. EST. I’ll also be streaming intermittently in between, so “favorite” my channel on Twitch for updates on when I go live. Just click on the image below to visit the channel!
I’m currently working on some reviews for The Geeky Gimp. I’m not exact on scheduling, but you can expect these in the next few months:
Comics: Batman Chronicles #5 – Oracle Year One, Batgirl Annual #2 (Did you know I love Batgirl? Because I love Batgirl)
Tabletop Gaming: Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary Edition, Splendor, Dungeon Roll
Video Gaming: Sherlock Holmes: Murder at Diogenes Club, Tomb Raider
TV: The X-Files “All Souls”
Movie: The Amazing Spider-Man
As always, comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome! Thanks for reading – I really appreciate all of the feedback I’ve received so far.
Right now, I’m working on a review of Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, a great board game of strategy and deception. You can expect to see that some time this week – maybe even tomorrow! But before I posted that, I wanted to let you all know about a great Kickstarter that I recently supported.
64 oz. Games is working on making board games accessible for the blind community. They have created card sleeves and accessories with braille text for some popular games, such as: 7 Wonders, Lost Cities, Dominion, Munchkin, and more. They are looking to expand this list, but they need your help. 64 oz. Games is also producing their own micro party game for blind users called Yoink! In this game, you have to feel for different shapes and patterns on the cards, and be the first to make a complete matching set. You can watch videos for this, and their braille products, on the Kickstarter page. I highly suggest you chip in, even if it’s only $5! It is so important to make board gaming accessible for all, and this project by 64 oz. Games is crucial in that endeavor.
You may have noticed the lack of posts here, but don’t worry – this blog has not been abandoned! I’m currently in graduate school, and have been trying to keep up with all of the reading and writing I need to get done. I have a 20-page paper due soon, so I won’t have as much extra writing time as I’d like to complete something for The Geeky Gimp. I’m hoping to get a review up this weekend, but we shall see.
In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter or Facebook! I’ll keep you up-to-date on what’s coming up for The Geeky Gimp. Also, if you’re interested in writing something for us, just let me know. I certainly welcome guest bloggers!
Hello readers and fellow nerds! I just wanted to write a quick update since there will not be a review this week. I’ve been on vacation for two weeks (with a week break in between), and while I feel silly complaining about vacations, it is still tiring being away from home and my routine. I need to catch up on some schoolwork, as well as organize my mess of a room – I have games, books, and comics everywhere. I went through the movies today, and managed to part with a lot of them – even some of my Johnny Depp films that I once treasured. I don’t even know where to start with the piles and piles of comics and magazines (and, y’know, books) in my bookshelves. I have a feeling I’ll be ruthless and donate a majority of them, because it’s important to be realistic when you’re cleaning up your space; if you think you’re never going to look at something again, just put it in the give-away pile. I refuse to be on an episode of Hoarders!
Anyway, there are a lot of reviews coming up that I’m looking forward to sharing with you. The next one will be Edward Scissorhands, one of my favorite movies, and it really centers on the theme of disability. It’s probably going to be long, so I may make it into a two-parter. After that, I’ll tackle Strain, a board game where you have to defeat your opponents with SCIENCE, and Batman Chronicles #5, where we learn the origin of Oracle. I’m also working on the X-Files episode “All Souls,” and it will probably make you as angry as it made me. Then there’s the Mark Millar comic, Superior, which I just discovered last week; it features a kid with Multiple Sclerosis who turns into real-life version of a fictional superhero. I also have some other reviews in mind, such as: the Birds of Prey series, Lars and the Real Girl, TNG episode “Ethics,” Shadows Over Camelot board game, Doctor Who novels, and more. As always, if you have any suggestions/recommendations, let me know.