Just For Fun

Introducing the AT Battle Tank

The second stone in the AT Arms Race from the AT Skunk Works labs.  Last week I showed you a switch adapted squirt gun, now let me introduce how that became the AT Battle Tank.

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Happy Independence Day

I just wanted to wish all of my fellow Americans a Happy Independence Day. I hope everyone had a great time with their families and found a way to celebrate the anniversary of such an important part of history. For all of my readers who are not American, I hope you had a great 4th of July yourself!


At the beginning of the week, J and I started reading about Benjamin Franklin. Not just one of our Founders and a brilliant mind, but one of America’s first Assistive Tech pioneers. He was a true tinkerer and amount his various inventions and experiments were some AT devices.  Here is a lost of some of his inventions that I would consider Assistive Tech of some level:

  • Bifocals – probably his most famous invention. Hat is easily identified as AT
  • Electricity – probably his most famous invention period, but not thought of as AT, but can you imagine any medium or high tech AT without electricity?
  • Swim fins – Franklin loved swimming his entire life. At age 11 he invented a pair of swim fins he wore on his hands.
  • Flexible Urinary Catheter – Here is one of Franklin’s inventions that is not so well known. Before Franklin’s invention urinary catheters were rigid and quite painful. When Benjamin’s brother, John, got kidney stones Benjamin created a catheter using flexible tubing to ease some of his brother’s pain.
  • “Long Arm” – This was simply a long wooden pole with a grasping arm at the end to grab books off of high shelves.  Franklin was an avid reader but found reaching books on high shelves to be a problem.
So on this Independence Day week I will not only be learning and teaching J about Benjamin Franklin’s life in general, but I will also be looking upon at least one of our country’s Founding Fathers with new eyes:  Benjamin Franklin, Assistive Technology Engineer!
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Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers’ Day to all the “Proud Dads” out there.

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Good Bye and Thanks!

Well this is it.  It has finally come time to say goodbye and accept the inevitable.  Tomorrow the world ends.  It has been a fun journey, a little short if you ask me, but fun none the less.  I haven’t had the time to actually post as much as I had hoped when I started this blog, but I guess that is because I started the blog with only a few months before the end.  Oh well…

On the off chance that we all are still here come December 22nd, and I don’t get any mysterious blank text messages informing me that a new Mayan calendar was found with a new end of world date of Dec 27, 2014, I guess I will have to actually get off my butt and start blogging again!

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Halloween AT Our House

It has been a bit of time since my last post.  I am hoping this post will make up for the recent silence.  Our family has been focused a bit on some family issues, but mostly I have been pouring my spare time into Halloween related tasks.  Halloween has always been an opportunity to let our creativity loose around our house.  I have to admit that, prior to J joining our family, I had developed a bit of a talent with prosthetic and makeup special effects.  Unfortunately, most of those skills were used to create effects not exactly kid friendly, so I have had to redirect my costume skills for awhile.  I have instead turned to pumpkin carving and costume fabrication as my new Halloween creative outlet.

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