Wednesday, January 9, 2008

In the BIN: It's Never Too Late for Goodness

Some of these are a bit dated, but well worth the reading time. Most of the blogs I'm highlighting in this inconsistent round of In the BIN are new to my reading lists.

I'll start with Angie (aka: Abgue in these parts) who writes a blog called Touch of the Phoenix. In this entry, she writes about her brother's dog who has been trained to ring a bell when he "needs to powder his nose." If I ever have dogs (see aforementioned Frieda and her refusal to "go toward the light"), I want to train them to do this.

One of the blogs I read every day is written and features the photography of West Texas phenom, Debi Cates. Her recent story and photos of an 83-year old barber is one of the best human interest photo essays I've read in a long time. Read Black & White #1 or #2 or #3 or #4.

Meanwhile, despite the spat of tropical weather we're having in these parts, if you like chili, my friend, Merujo, has resurrected her other blog, Merujo's Kitchen. She's looking for contributors. I'm still looking for a recipe or two to contribute, but check her out here.

In another nod to a photographer with a blog, I'm calling out Rich Legg of Salt Lake City. He recently ran a couple of posts on using wide angle lenses to create distortion. Here is his first example--a perfect contribution to his growing stock photography collection and an excellent illustration about how to employ this technique successfully. It was the next day's post that was really special, though. He posted this, which made me LOL! Hope you do, too.

I've mentioned before that I'm totally deaf in my left ear, but when I talk to doctors and ear specialists about the possibility of a cochlear implant for my left side, I'm turned down flat because I hear well-enough in my right ear to not be considered "profoundly deaf." I won't pretend to know all the ins-and-outs of the debates in the deaf community regarding what constitutes deafness. My point here is to highlight Abbie, who writes the blog Chronicles of a Bionic Woman and is a recent recipient of a cochlear implant. In this entry, she writes about finding and identifying sound.

And finally, in a bit of self-indulgent navel gazing, I'm proposing a Photowalk DC. Most photowalks feature seasoned professionals with the equipment to match their ability. Some of us have just blind, dumb luck with our little pocket point-and-shoots. Regardless of your skill level, if you live in DC or its surrounding suburbs and you'd like to get out with a group and take pictures of our storied town, leave a comment and we'll find a date and time to capture our Nation's Capital in picture.


Jess said...

I've heard about cats ringing bells when they want to go outside, but never dogs. This is good news for me, though, since I don't like cats nearly as much as I like dogs.

Phoenix Touch said...

Yeee-owww!!! Look at that! There *I* am all bright and brilliant in your first paragraph. WOW! Thanks for liking what I do enough to share it with the world you live in! (And thank ME for doing what I do in a way that YOU will like it!!!) LOL


Abbie said...

And that was a pain in the, um nevermind :) to figure out what it was! I was sleep deprived :)

Thanks a lot for mentioning me, may I ask how you lost your hearing in your left ear?

D.C. Confidential said...

Jess: Cats, ugh. Dogs, yeah! And bell ringing dogs, double yeah!

Abgue: You're welcome. And thank you! You're an excellent writer. It's a pleasure to call attention to your work.

Abbie: Welcome! Sleep deprivation can be a you-know-what! I've been totally deaf in my left ear since birth. All of the parts are there, but the wiring isn't hooked up properly. I can feel sound (vibration) in my left ear, but I don't hear a thing. Which is a bummer, really, because I love music and I understand I'm missing a lot of tones and ranges as a result of not hearing in stereo. How about you?

Abbie said...

That is how my left ear was, I could hear maybe the first two tones and then it was flat. I could feel vibrations but processing sound equaled to the amount of diddley squat. I was diagnosed when I was 4 with a hearing loss, I could have been born that or it could have been a result of several factors. No one really knows how it happened.

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Abbie: Interesting... Okay, so how did you manage to get a cochlear implant? I've been to three or four different doctors and none of them will give me the time of day because I hear well in my right ear. I've been told by everyone I've talked to that only folks who are "profoundly deaf" (i.e. less than 10% hearing in both ears) quality for this procedure. Please enlighten me! Thanks!

P.S. If you want to move this conversation offline, you can email me at jayem.tewkesbury at yahoo dot com.

Liz said...

I trained my old dog to ring a bell when he needed to go out. When he was a puppy, his paws were too wee to make much noise when he scratched on the door. We decided to tie a bell to a string and hang it on the door knob.

Worked like a charm!

J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Liz: Excellent idea! I'll keep that one in mind, too. What does Alex do when he needs to go out?