I am now 77. Lots of cards, texts and phone calls all day. A nice mixture of snail mail and technology.
It was great to spend the day with my son in Lichfield. We had a delicious lunch at the Olive Tree. It is good to see that some of the Staffordshire Hoard is on show in the Cathedral, and the herb garden in front of Erasmus Darwin’s house is flourishing but, as usual, we arrived at Dr Johnson’s house just as it was closing!
Last week, my friend Matthew generously took a day off work to come with me to the See and Hear exhibition in Shrewsbury. We saw all kinds of accessibility technology from the most basic magnifiers to sophisticated digital readers. It was disappointing that the salespeople seemed unable to explain to me, as a partially sighted person, the functions of the equipment and software. I was glad to have Matthew there to interpret. Most striking was the high cost involved, presumably because this is a niche market. It was interesting to meet up with the Macular Society volunteers. Particularly useful were some plastic glasses which people with normal sight can try so that they have some idea of what MD vision is like. It is always difficult to explain.
In a completely different context, one other piece of interesting technology is the audio commentary for films. I used earphones while watching the new Star Trek movie! The commentary described the action when there was no dialogue. It also described the expressions on the characters’ faces. In spite of the fact that I could see most of the action, I kept the earphones on. The description was excellent, witty and dry, delivered by a cool American actor. I will try this again, but I suspect that the quality will depend on the writing and the delivery.
This week I really have to decide on which computer and screen to get. Will it be a Mac or Windows?