Here’s my story in the Globe & Mail:
I can’t resist sharing this video. Little Lachlan was born with moderate to severe hearing loss. When he was seven weeks old he received his first hearing aids. Watch his little face.
Time for a little lighter fare. Here’s a selection of print and billboard ads for hearing aids from around the world. Some are funny, some are bizarre and there’s one I don’t get at all.
“Steampunk is a joyous fantasy of the past, allowing us to revel in a nostalgia for what never was. – George Mann
Steampunk is a genre of art that’s best described as a fusion of 19th Century technology, retro-futuristic design, Victorian fashion, science fiction and history that never was.
Examples of its influence can be seen in movies such as “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, “Mad Max” and “The Wild, Wild West”, and in art installations such as Paul St. George’s “Telectroscope”.
Steampunk also inspires architecture as passengers on the Paris Metro may notice. And in the fashion world steampunk has emerged as a kind of gothic-punk blend.
A few artists and craftspeople have produced whimsical steampunk hearing aids. With a few rare exceptions they don’t actually work so they’re more form than function.
Here’s a sampling: