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Hand of a Superhero

In Did You See This? on February 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm


Jesus Weeps- If I can string a lacrosse stick, tie on a fishing lure, repair firearms and build the city of the future I can do this.

I don’t have a 3D printer but i could assemble, adjust or repair these.

“State-of-the-art prosthetic replacements are complicated medical devices, powered by batteries and electronic motors, and they can cost thousands of dollars. Even if children are able to manage the equipment, they grow too quickly to make the investment practical. So most do without, fighting to do with one hand what most of us do with two.

E-nable, an online volunteer organization, aims to change that. Founded in 2013 by Dr. Jon Schull, the group matches children like Dawson in need of prosthetic hands and fingers with volunteers able to make them on 3-D printers. Designs may be downloaded into the machines at no charge, and members who create new models share their software plans freely with others.

The materials for a 3-D-printed prosthetic hand can cost as little as $20 to $50, and some experts say they work just as well, if not better, than much costlier devices. Best of all, boys and girls usually love their D.I.Y. prognostics.”

Before I had children, actually maybe before i married,  I  built a prosthesis lab at HSS. When they moved into the new space they brought hundreds of child sized legs; i thought it was sort of morbid until it was explained that these were units kids had grown out of and were awaiting new users. It was sad.

A little later I did a major security upgrade at the UN where there were pictures of children, who’s appendages had been hacked off, from the Sierra Leone area with bush made prosthesis. I couldn’t get over a child with a piece of inner tube to which a serving spoon had been riveted.

A few years ago I was running a lacrosse clinic. I made a run to 7-11 for a smoke and a coffee and came charging back for the last age group of the day. Grab my stick, step out on the field and I’m inventorying the 1st graders for names on their helmets and equipment. I pause to ask one boy why he only had one glove on and he says “because I only have one hand” as he waves a rubber prosthetic at me…. It was gut wrenching.


Still Alice

In Did You See This? on February 16, 2015 at 5:18 pm


Well I won’t engage in my usual smart-assery and quip that I saw it but can’t remember if I liked it…

A well made and consequently brutal movie…

Moore is convincing as the smartest kid in the room.

Oh and Alec Baldwin has a head the size of a chowder pot

I’m on a project now in a geriatric center  and more than ever I agree with my sentiment I’ll end it first.

Keeping It Real

In Did You See This? on February 5, 2015 at 2:04 pm

From the NYTimes 02/05I’m not much of a “truther” but I do believe that Saudis, including relatives of UBL, were spirited from the country on the only planes to fly in the days after 911 and I have no problem gaming Saudi princes assuaging some “keeping it real” sensibility and bankrolling terrorists.

“”WASHINGTON — A still-classified section of the investigation by congressional intelligence committees into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has taken on an almost mythic quality over the past 13 years — 28 pages that examine crucial support given the hijackers and that by all accounts implicate prominent Saudis in financing terrorism.
Now new claims by Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted former member of Al Qaeda, that he had high-level contact with officials of the Saudi Arabian government in the prelude to Sept. 11 have brought renewed attention to the inquiry’s withheld findings, which lawmakers and relatives of those killed in the attacks have tried unsuccessfully to declassify.
“I think it is the right thing to do,” said Representative Stephen F. Lynch, Democrat of Massachusetts and an author of a bipartisan resolution encouraging President Obama to declassify the section. “Let’s put it out there.”
White House officials say the administration has undertaken a review on whether to release the pages but has no timetable for when they might be made public…..”

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