Friday, 29 February 2008
Thursday, 28 February 2008
1. Device for waking persons from sleep Patent no 256265, issued 1882
Sometimes, an alarm clock just isn’t quite enough for rousing heavy sleepers to face the day. So why not hang an array of weights on a frame above the snoozer’s head and, with the help of clockwork machinery, drop them upon their head until they wake? “When they fall it will strike a light blow, sufficient to awaken the sleeper, but not heavy enough to cause pain,” assures the
2. Cat duster
3. Water-filled brassiere Patent no US4734078, issued 1988
Wonder bra meets Waterworld. The American Inventor, James Moreau, explains it best (if it can be explained): “A brassiere which surrounds the breasts with water, so that a buoyant force provides improved and independent support for each breast. A transparent version is suggested for those who wish to make a fashion statement.”
4. Sleeve nose wiper 5. Sound-muffler for covering the mouthPatent no 4834212, issued 1989
It’s the invention that really makes you want to scream – but no one will hear you. Moira and Frank Figone a couple from Belmont, California, created this face-tube device to enable purchasers to “Yell or scream without disturbing others, allowing them to vent built-up anger and frustration.” In this fiendishly basic design, the interior of the flat-bottomed muffler tube is coated with sound-absorbing foam. But here’s the clever bit: a microphone can be included to pick up a some sound and activate a light display or meter, “giving the user immediate visual feedback as to the intensity of sound produced
6. Speaks for its self.
7. Alarm-equipped forkUS patent 5,421,089, issued 1995
Are you a manic masticator or a super fast food shoveller? The cutlery creators Nicole Dubus and Springfield Susan have come up with the just answer for you: a fork with a built in timer and alarm. The timer’s circuitry is connected to the handle of the fork and buzzes or lights up after a preset time, ensuring that eaters leave sufficient space between forkfuls for chewing 32 healthy times before swallowing. A must for business lunches and candlelit dinners.
8. Finger tooth brush 9. The trouser-cushionUK patent application No GB2267208, 1993
British inventor Michael Bayley decided to put an end to standing nightmares by creating portable seat that you wear on a waist-belt. OK, it’s a somewhat convoluted version of having a cushion with a loop that goes through your belt. “The seat cushion is pivotable between a stowed position and a seating position in which it hangs down so that you can sit on it,” says the patent application.
If you liked these you can see the winners of Britain’s Landfill Prize for the most pointless, over complicated and wasteful consumer objects from the past 12 months.
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
I try and make a point of taking C to see a show every time he is home. I have to choose carefully. Yesterdays choice went down really well!
We went to see Afrika! Afrika! at the O2 Arena.
I am not a circus fan, but this show blew my mind! It was adrenalin-pumping! The music was wonderful, and vibrated through the seats, the whole show was very visual which C watched out of the corner of his eye (peripheral vision) he even took his fingers out of his ears! The show kept Cs interest the whole way through which is a first!
This lady on the left made a few people feel sick and they had to run out! You had to see it to believe it!
It was too dark to take any photos in the arena, so i took one of C on the way home - escalator watching.
With all this over stimulation C used to find it too much and would of had a melt down by now. But these days he has found ways to calm himself, when we got home he sat on the loo in the dark for an hour and a half. (I have learnt not to take him to a loo at a show!)
Today I take C back to school, stopping off at the hospital on the way for a 3rd and hopefully final helmet fitting. Unfortunately he hasn't found a way of coping with things like this yet.
Monday, 25 February 2008
If i am honest I am afraid, I fear for C's safety, of the unknown, the change, etc and it has been doing my head in, not to put it too bluntly!!
And then I read this, which when I thought about it made some sense to me. So I wanted to share these thoughts with you, and try and reinforce them for myself. Its about fear being an illusion. False Expectations Appearing Real - its all in our imaginations. Which of course it is, as it hasnt happened yet.
As we become more absorbed in fear we strengthen the existence of the very thing that we fear.
So I am trying to think positive!
It may all go smoothly! Sorry - it will all go smoothly.
On a completely different note, I was cheered up no end this morning when I opened an email and was met with these words ‘We spotted this cow and thought of you’! Love it! Thank you Elissa!
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Adjusting A Televisions Horizontal And Vertical Holds
Calling A Phone Sex Line (was this a skill?)
Changing The Ball Or Ribbon On Your Electric Typewriter
Darning A Sock
Dialling A Rotary Phone
Getting Off The Couch To Change Channels On Your TV Set
Knowing What Part Of Town Someone Lives In By Their Phone Exchange
Licking Stamps Or Envelopes
Making A Nail Art Picture
Remembering Telephone Numbers
Replacing Shoe Sole And Heels
Sending A Telegram
Taking The Tape Out Of An Answering Machine
Winding A Watch Or Clock
Friday, 22 February 2008
Children: have the ability to turn our lives upside down, to disrupt our plans and our sleep, to try our patience, and to elicit our most ferocious love. But children also have the power to teach us the greatest lessons we'll ever learn....
You have radar ears
To take nothing for granted.
To trust my instincts.
Sense of humour is essential for survival.
Accepting of my own frailties and failings.
Tolerance for others' differences (racial, intellectual, financial/class)
Matter-of-fact orientation toward helping; acceptance of human interdependence over rugged individualism.
High tolerance for lack of resolution, living with unknowns or less-than-ideal outcomes.
Characteristic dark humour, laughing at the oppressor, finding humour in almost any aspect of life
Highly developed skills at managing multiple problems, systems, and helpers.
Creativity, lack of rigidity, ability to use traditional elements in new ways to solve problems
Sophisticated future orientation; planning around anticipated obstacles.
Ability to read others' attitudes; skill at filling in the gaps and sorting out contradictory messages.
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
I have emailed Karen to thank her for taking on board all of your comments.
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
But keep one eye open in case someone switches cups on you!
Or why not treat yourself and have your nails done?
(As you know i like to try and find you things that are different.)
If you dont fancy that, dare i ask.....would you have your pussy painted?
Sunday, 17 February 2008
I have a 19 year old non verbal autistic son who head bangs, so I was delighted when I was told of your comic strip as I thought what a great way to raise the profile of autism.
So I was very sad to read in today’s strip that in a perfect world Seth would be fine.
Autism is fine! My son is fine, I love every autistic inch of him. And im sure autistic people themselves who read this would be very upset.
Its the unaccepting world that isn’t fine.
I and many other parents work very hard to try and raise awareness in a positive way. Couldn’t you use your gift as a comic strip writer to help people to see that the many autistic kids and adults are wonderful and loved for who they are?
And this was Karen's prompt reply;
You make a good point. I certainly didn't mean to make anyone with autism feel badly about themselves. I have a 12 year old severely autistic son, and I have a different perspective than yours. I love him with all my heart, but if I could take his autism away tomorrow I would do it. My son is not fine the way he is. His quality of life is very low, so in my perfect world, my son would be healed of autism. I realize this is never going to happen, and we love and accept him as he is right now, but this doesn't change my feelings.
There is a split in the autism community about this, as you must know. Some folks agree more with you, and some more with me. However, I can only write my comic strip from my own point of view, which is, of course, what I did here.
I am not saying all autism spectrum disorders are bad. I have a few family members with Aspergers and they are not disabled, in fact they seem to have many wonderful gifts. I also know a few high functioning autistic people and I feel about them the same way. It's not a bad way to be, it's just a different way to be. Perfectly fine. But low-functioning autism is terrible, not to put too fine of a point on it.
I'm all for raising awareness in a positive way though, and I can certainly get behind that. In fact, that is my entire point for putting autism in my strip in the first place. I think we'll have to agree to disagree about this issue. Your son sounds very lucky to have such a loving mother.
Whilst surfing for Karen’s email I also came across this discussion about the strip.