I’ll Hold Your Cane If You’ll Hold My AT-AT

An older fan couple cosplay Han Solo and Princess Leia at the 2015 Emerald City Comic Con:

Photo by Fanpup101 on Twitter. The walker with an AT-AT sign is the best!

Because also fictional characters get old, and because when we non-fictional characters getting old, it doesn’t mean we lose our sense of humor!


Ramping It Up

Beautiful and functional accessibility from Belgium:

Found via Proferssor Robert Harris on Twitter.

Because access matters, and providing access in an aesthetically pleasing way is a very nice bonus.

Wheelchairs and Amputees in Pop Culture: Disney Princess Version

Italian artist Alexsandro Palombo created a series of Disney princesses in wheelchairs or with missing limbs to speak out about the lack of amputees and disabled characters in pop culture.

Cinderella in Wheelchair by Alexsandro Palombo

Alexsandro Palombo, via NYDailyNews.com

Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability, says in the NY Daily News article:

“So when you portray popular iconic figures, like Disney princesses, without any of them having disabilities, you’re cutting out 20% of the population.”

According to Glazer, including characters with disabilities is vital because

“[a]ll you’re saying is that there’s a broad range of people in this world. And that’s an important message.”
(Read more on NY Daily News.)
Because the broad range of people in this world of ours is the most important message.

Photo Feature: Reflecting on the Past You

Photographer Tom Hussey’s Reflection series illustrates just how much we change in our lives and how it seems to happen all at once, no matter how many years the changes actually take.

Tom Hussey Reflections9

A small section of Tom Hussey’s Reflections 9.

Not only are the photos and the photoshopping highly skilled technically, Mr. Hussey seems to capture something of his models’ personality in this series of 10 photos. (I think my favorite is the chemist in his paneled library.) Enthusiastically recommended.

Color Vision through a Sound Implant

Neil Harbisson suffers from achromatopsia (seeing everything in shades of gray instead of color). He’s got a head-mounted device called an eyeborg to help him perceive color. The device converts colors into sound waves, which are transmitted to his inner ear via a vibration mechanism on the back of his skull. According to io9, he says:

“Each colour has a specific frequency that I can hear because of the Eyeborg. Infrared is the lowest sound and ultraviolet is the highest sound. I hear them through bone conduction. Basically, the sound goes to the back of the head and then my inner ear hears the different sine waves.”

Harbisson and eyeborg

Photo by Dan Wilton / Dezeen Magazine.

Apparently the merging of man and machine has gone well:

“Harbisson felt that the device was fully integrated into his sense of self when he began to have emotional responses to colors in his environment. He also says that he ‘dreams’ of color. Certain faces and buildings are particularly musical for him — their combinations of tones and colors create sounds that Harbisson finds pleasing.”

Full article on io9; see also article and more photos by Dan Wilton at Dezeen Magazine.

“Seeing” color as sound – that’s so fascinating!