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meshpig
01-26-2016, 01:12 AM
My wife wants to write a book about the funny things us blind people do. My favourite is raking leaves with the rake upside down not noticing 'til finished, wiping patches of sunlight off the floor in the morning... but before I post this to Twitter I need some feedback. Hey I nearly posted it with the iPad upside down :)

vid (http://www.mscoop.com.au)

probiner
01-26-2016, 08:10 AM
What do you mean by "us blind people"?

50one
01-26-2016, 09:28 AM
What do you mean by "us blind people"?

I'm more confused by the link that leads to web design company in Australia with win a free ipad video on it...

pinkmouse
01-27-2016, 02:56 AM
I suspect a hijacked account.

kopperdrake
01-27-2016, 02:59 AM
It's a weird one alright...

meshpig
01-27-2016, 05:05 AM
You guys sure are full of it.

I'm legally blind, I own the (*^& company and just saying how funny it is that clients don't know their graphic lead is seriously vision impaired. Having bit of a laugh :)

ernpchan
01-27-2016, 05:11 AM
Oh wow. That has to be a head scratcher for them.

Now I get what you're trying to do. You don't have to be blind to have tried the "wiping patches of sunlight off the floor" moment. That's actually happened to me before. :D

meshpig
01-27-2016, 05:29 AM
WTF? I have a rare form of Retinitis Pigmentosa: Cone and Rod Dystrophy leaving me with about a %6.5 field of vision. Legally blind and have been since first encountering LW. In your pipe and puff dude, doubt there are too many blind vis artists earning a buck from it out there.

ernpchan
01-27-2016, 05:47 AM
Sorry I wasn't trying to insult you.

meshpig
01-27-2016, 05:58 AM
No problem ernpchan just want some good eyes on that &**& tedious little animation... being blind means i have a "grand vision" where perhaps I ought to be just reasonable. Ha.

Kaptive
01-27-2016, 06:02 AM
Sorry I wasn't trying to insult you.

Yeah, I think that was taken the wrong way.
Might seem a silly question (so please excuse any ignorance), but how do you find working in LW (or on computers) with such reduced field of vision? Is the part you can see in good focus? Kudos which ever way you slice it, that's one hell of an impairment to stick your finger up at and do what you love :)

meshpig
01-27-2016, 06:27 AM
Where I run into trouble is the colour fade that comes with the disease. The oxygen carrying molecules in the Macula no longer reproduce so directly "before my eyes", as it were all i see is the brain's request for more information. F*cking amazing old thing the brain. One does actually suffer as a being from lack of visual info too, I do anyway ; No Oxygen means no response, eyes don't react. C*nt of a condition really.

meshpig
01-27-2016, 06:47 AM
Yeah, I think that was taken the wrong way.
Might seem a silly question (so please excuse any ignorance), but how do you find working in LW (or on computers) with such reduced field of vision? Is the part you can see in good focus? Kudos which ever way you slice it, that's one hell of an impairment to stick your finger up at and do what you love :)

Luckily peripheral vis is OK so don't go bumping into things but Apple brought in full screen zoom with OS X just at about the time. Scary there for a bit because could no longer draw a circle on a piece of paper. Focus is the wrong idea, text for example just dissolves into nothing after about a second. Yet I can see the Milky Way at night like you wouldn't believe because the Cones aren't telling the night vision Rods to shut the F up. Pretty amazing stuff.

50one
01-27-2016, 06:55 AM
Thanks for clarifying, just the post looked very strange without the actual description.
I think one of my pals has similar condition, although he can only see with just a "corner" of his eye and doctors telling him he will go full blind very soon, he's a great guy btw. one of the funniest guys I've ever met.

meshpig
01-27-2016, 07:17 AM
Thanks for clarifying, just the post looked very strange without the actual description.
I think one of my pals has similar condition, although he can only see with just a "corner" of his eye and doctors telling him he will go full blind very soon, he's a great guy btw. one of the funniest guys I've ever met.

Nasty bloody thing, I'm grateful for pretty much normal peripheral vision. Yes. it's really hard to remember what it was like to have so called 20/20 vis like I'm so used to not having been there perhaps ever. Youth is wasted on the young etc...

On the other hand it's fabulous being blind. WTF do you really miss?

- 3rd gear on a big stroker for one. Damn.

Kaptive
01-27-2016, 07:29 AM
Luckily peripheral vis is OK so don't go bumping into things but Apple brought in full screen zoom with OS X just at about the time. Scary there for a bit because could no longer draw a circle on a piece of paper. Focus is the wrong idea, text for example just dissolves into nothing after about a second. Yet I can see the Milky Way at night like you wouldn't believe because the Cones aren't telling the night vision Rods to shut the F up. Pretty amazing stuff.

Oh ok, quite different than I imagined. I've heard of similar conditions but often not really comprehended what it really means. My mum has been involved in helping totally blind and visually impaired peeps all her life, so growing up I was pretty used to it. Still to this day, when it is pitch black outside, you can occasionally find me wanding about my house with all the lights off trying to do regular tasks like make a coffee... or simply get to the kitchen. Like you say, it is very interesting the way the brain works! Very adaptive and compensatory. Always sucking up all of the input it can get. Your night vision sounds awesome though (but probably not worth the cost.)

Still not sure I get the whole text dissolving thing. Very hard to imagine. Is it like the contrast struggles to adjust, so the paper goes grey? How do you combat this... does moving your eye around the detail cancel this out?
Also, can you see all of your monitor at once? (this is probably a good way of explaining your FOV). Hope you don't mind the questions, but you have me intrigued! :)

meshpig
01-27-2016, 08:46 AM
Good going Mum:) OK so the Macula is the part of the eye responsible for the detection and apprehension of fine detail. It "sees"/orders straight lines as if they actually exist. Mine is broken and I see instead fish-eye lensing. So, no Adobe Acrobat DC text recognition... I don't see the hard edges of a letter so whilst "reading" I compete with the law of diminishing returns. Brain just says FO and text just literally dissolves into synaptic noise. Frazzles into the ether.

Yes I haven't properly figured out my night vision yet, neither have the specialists. Go figure; I can't read but I can see Saturn as the Morning Star in more detail than I ought to be able to. I can think of lots of ways where not being able to see is good but also where being visually unresponsive can lead to Depression...

- No, monitor all at once. BAU, zoom makes others giddy.

djwaterman
01-27-2016, 09:22 AM
The apples appear to be floating above the floor.

Kaptive
01-27-2016, 10:43 AM
Good going Mum:) OK so the Macula is the part of the eye responsible for the detection and apprehension of fine detail. It "sees"/orders straight lines as if they actually exist. Mine is broken and I see instead fish-eye lensing. So, no Adobe Acrobat DC text recognition... I don't see the hard edges of a letter so whilst "reading" I compete with the law of diminishing returns. Brain just says FO and text just literally dissolves into synaptic noise. Frazzles into the ether.

Yes I haven't properly figured out my night vision yet, neither have the specialists. Go figure; I can't read but I can see Saturn as the Morning Star in more detail than I ought to be able to. I can think of lots of ways where not being able to see is good but also where being visually unresponsive can lead to Depression...

- No, monitor all at once. BAU, zoom makes others giddy.

Thanks for the answers, it all sounds like hard work to compensate. Keep on keeping on!

Hey, it just occured, but have you ever considered getting a decent telescope? A reflector. With your increased sensitivity and fish eye lensing, you'd probably have an amazing view. Decent telescopes are amazing anyways, but you might get that extra bit out of it. Just a thought!

djwaterman
01-27-2016, 06:03 PM
Your apples look to be about an inch above the floor, I wouldn't send that out like that.

meshpig
01-29-2016, 01:05 AM
Your apples look to be about an inch above the floor, I wouldn't send that out like that.

Yeah, i know it's complete crap. I can manage most software but to do something simple like this it's still PS, LWM, Layout, FCP, Wordpress etc. which is what I can't manage all at once. it was only supposed to be some little thing on twitter... it's the management detail rather than lack of visuality, as it were. I miss obvious things... still, the great thing about digital stuff is there's a robust logic to it. i remember asking my art teacher in 1975 how you would go about actually calculating rays of light, holding up an early Titian.

meshpig
01-29-2016, 01:13 AM
Thanks for the answers, it all sounds like hard work to compensate. Keep on keeping on!

Hey, it just occured, but have you ever considered getting a decent telescope? A reflector. With your increased sensitivity and fish eye lensing, you'd probably have an amazing view. Decent telescopes are amazing anyways, but you might get that extra bit out of it. Just a thought!


Nice thought but it's the info not getting through to the brain... no use shouting at it :)

meshpig
01-29-2016, 01:15 AM
Anyway, where i really F'd up was to go off Brand. They didn't like the white logo never mind the Apples.