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What Does a Coder Do If They Can't Type? | Objective Funk
A story of someone with a disability that prevents then from being able to type.
hands  free  disability  voice-recognition 
2 days ago by mzyk83
Raccoon - Wikipedia
"In Germany—where the raccoon is called the Waschbär (literally, "wash-bear" or "washing bear") due to its habit of "dousing" food in water—two pairs of pet raccoons were released into the German countryside at the Edersee reservoir in the north of Hesse in April 1934 by a forester upon request of their owner, a poultry farmer.[245] He released them two weeks before receiving permission from the Prussian hunting office to "enrich the fauna."[246] Several prior attempts to introduce raccoons in Germany were not successful.[247][248] A second population was established in eastern Germany in 1945 when 25 raccoons escaped from a fur farm at Wolfshagen (today district of Altlandsberg), east of Berlin, after an air strike. (..)

Since the 1960s, Kassel has hosted Europe's first and densest population in a large urban area, with about 50 to 150 animals per square kilometer (130 to 390 animals per square mile), a figure comparable to those of urban habitats in North America. (..)

Among others, the Dakota Sioux believe the raccoon has natural spirit powers, since its mask resembled the facial paintings, two-fingered swashes of black and white, used during rituals to connect to spirit beings. The Aztecs linked supernatural abilities especially to females, whose commitment to their young was associated with the role of wise women in their society. (..)

Their propensity for unruly behavior exceeds that of captive skunks, and they are even less trustworthy when allowed to roam freely. Because of their intelligence and nimble forelimbs, even inexperienced raccoons are easily capable of unscrewing jars, uncorking bottles and opening door latches, with more experienced specimens having been recorded to open door knobs. (..)

Raccoons can become obese and suffer from other disorders due to poor diet and lack of exercise. When fed with cat food over a long time period, raccoons can develop gout. With respect to the research results regarding their social behavior, it is now required by law in Austria and Germany to keep at least two individuals to prevent loneliness. Raccoons are usually kept in a pen (indoor or outdoor), also a legal requirement in Austria and Germany, rather than in the apartment where their natural curiosity may result in damage to property."
raccoon  austria  germany  kassel  face  mask  nativeamericans  hands 
4 days ago by gohai
What Does a Coder Do If They Can't Type? | Objective Funk
In August of 2015, my hands stopped working. I could still control them, but every movement accumulated more pain, so every motion came with a cost: getting dressed in the morning, sending a text, lifting a glass. I was interning at Google that summer about to begin a PhD in Scotland, but coding all day would have left me in agony. In relating this story, I often mention that for months before I learned to work without my hands, I had nothing to do but go to a bar and order a shot of...
disability  Programming  hands 
7 days ago by synergyfactor
Chris Harris Cars GIF by Top Gear - Find & Share on GIPHY
GIF cars, hands, challenge, top gear, chris harris, episode two, electric shock, series 27 Giphy ______
cars  hands  challenge  top  gear  chris  harris  episode  two  electric  shock  series  27  wynajem  samochody  auta 
4 weeks ago by architektura
OPENBIONICS: Robotic and Bionic Hands
OpenBionics is an open-source initiative that focuses on the development of affordable, light-weight, modular, adaptive robot hands and prosthetic devices, which can be easily reproduced using off-the-shelf materials and rapid prototyping techniques. The OpenBionics initiative was initially inspired by the Yale Open Hand Project and supported by the European Commission through the Integrated Project no. 248587, "THE Hand Embodied" (2010-2014), within the FP7-ICT-2009-4-2-1 program Cognitive Systems and Robotics. OpenBionics was founded in the Control Systems Lab of the National Technical University of Athens under the supervision of Prof. Kostas Kyriakopoulos.
sumi  prosthetics  medical  hands  robotics  yale  research 
5 weeks ago by cyberchucktx

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