Friday Finds for April 7 2017

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Contents

01 Service Animal Eye Exams.docx

02 reduction in Paper Social Security Statements.docx

03 seeBoost Wearable Device.docx

04 Envision Eli’s New Mobile App.docx

05 Simple Tips to Stretch the Food Budget.txt

06 TellMe TV.docx

07 Amazon Alexa vs. Google Assistant,  The Fifty Question Showdown.docx

08 AppleVis Unlimited, What’s New and Noteworthy for March 2017 .docx

09 Aira, the Next Technology Revolution in Devices for Blind People.docx

10  14 best Android tips to make your phone more useful.docx

11 LIVING IN THE NOW.docx

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*1)   Service Animal Eye Exams

The 10th Annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event will take place in veterinary clinics from May 1-31, 2017. To qualify, service animals must be active working animals that were certified by a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form at 

www.ACVOeyeexam.org.

Registration ends April 30th. Once registered, the owner will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists. Then they may contact a specialist to schedule an appointment during the month of May. Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to register and make appointments early.

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2)  reduction in Paper Social Security Statements

Due to serious budget constraints, the Social Security Administration is suspending mailings of paper Social Security statements to workers under the age of 60. SSA will continue mailing statements to those 60 and over who do not have a my Social Security online account and are not receiving Social Security benefits.

Every payday, you have Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and Self-Employed Contributions  Act (SECA) taxes deducted from your paycheck. Nearly all of these contributions are used to pay  Social Security benefits to more than 60 million retired, disabled, and widowed workers and their  children, as well as to Medicare beneficiaries. A very small amount also helps pay for the work it  takes to manage Social Security programs.

Providing Social Security services to the public is a big job. We have fewer than 64,000 employees  in offices across the country handling millions of transactions yearly — taking applications,  answering questions in person and on the phone, verifying benefit amounts, and reviewing appeals,  among other things. The cost of doing these services is less than one penny out of each dollar paid  in FICA and SECA taxes, which is a very good value.Lawmakers in Congress decide each year how much  money we can use to manage our programs and pay our staff. Because that hasn’t been settled yet,  we’re operating under a continuing resolution (CR) with less funding than last year. This is not  new for us. In fact, the amount we have to run our programs is 10 percent lower than it was in  2010, after adjusting for inflation. At the same time, the number of beneficiaries we serve has  gone up by 13 percent. So, we have fewer resources to serve more people.

We made some difficult decisions because of these latest budget limits. During the past year, we  began a hiring freeze that will reduce our staff to the lowest level since FY 2013. We use a lot  less overtime now, which affects our ability to reduce critical backlogs. Over a million people are  waiting for a hearing to see if they are eligible for disability benefits.

As of January 9, 2017, we are taking another cost-saving step. We will mail fewer paper Social Security Statements.  Paper Statements will only be sent to people age 60 and over, who are not getting benefits and  don’t have a my Social Security account. This will bring down the costs of processing and mailing  paper Statements by $11.3 million in FY 2017.

We know that our cutbacks will affect many of you, but we have no choice. We will continue to serve  you and work for you as best we can. Congress has until April 28, 2017, to pass a spending bill for  the full year or pass another CR. While we can’t predict our budget level for the rest of the  fiscal year, we think there may be more bumps in our journey together. We’ll do our best to get  through them so you will have a secure today and tomorrow.

Source: 

http://blog.socialsecurity.gov/finding-value-and-my-social-security-in-light-of-budget-cuts/

*3)  seeBoost Wearable Device

Electro-optical medical device manufacturer Evergaze LLC recently entered into a five-year agreement with the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind to distribute Evergaze’s products to its affiliated network of nonprofit organizations nationally. This agreement includes the sale, distribution and customer support for the new seeBoost® miniature wearable device. This device is designed to assist people experiencing vision loss, including loss of vision due to age-related and juvenile macular degeneration (AMD, Stargardt disease), retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. Dallas Lighthouse began offering seeBoost in January.

https://www.dallaslighthouse.org/press_featured_11.html

*4) Envision Eli’s New Mobile App

Envision ELI, LLC now has a free mobile app available. It was designed to assist those with visual impairments in identifying objects. How does it do that? It uses a set of adhesive labels that the user can put on anything. Then, using the app, the person records a voice message that will be played anytime the user points the mobile device to the label. Labels can be re-recorded anytime.

The mobile app is available in the Apple and Google Stores. Visit 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/envision-eli/id1169600450?ls=1&mt=8

or

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=envision.eliLabel Pack™ contains 100 unique and special

QR coded adhesive labels. Each label is associated with the unique language of the user.

For more information, send a message to info@Envisioneli.com

*5)  Simple Tips to Stretch the Food Budget

My grandmother always used to say, “If we didn’t need food, we’d all be rich!”

This may be true. But then a life without food would be a little less pleasurable.

Still, there are ample ways to make great food cheap, make perishable food last,

and make the grocery budget stretch like nobody’s business.

Plus the tips in today’s post are filled with practiced wisdom for practical solutions

novel ideas and inspiring concepts that make cooking fun and rewarding for you and your family.

GRATE SAVINGS. You pay a lot to have someone else grate your cheese for

you—at least two bucks a pound more than if you buy it by the block. You’ll also save by cutting up whole chickens, slicing your own pickles, slicing meat for cold cuts, and using a blender or rolling pin to make your own bread crumbs.

FOUND FOOD

 You know that last slice of bread? Often it’s dry, past its prime and not enough to make a sandwich, so into the garbage it goes. Well, not so fast!

Making your own breadcrumbs is as simple as whirring a few slices in a food processor blender until the bread becomes fine textured crumbs. Bake the crumbs baking sheet; 350 F stirring every 10 minutes. Depending on how much moisture you’re dealing with and the depth of the crumbs, it should take about 20 to 30 mins.

Make Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs by adding 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning blend to every 2 cups to crumbs before baking. Cool completely then store in airtight container.

VEGGIE BOUQUET.

Store asparagus in the fridge in a glass of water (like cut flowers in a vase). It will stay fresh for a couple of weeks. Works with celery, too.

STORE TOMATOES stem end down to keep them from spoiling as quickly. This

prevents air from entering and moisture from exiting the scar where the tomato once attached to the vine. Storing them at room temperature rather than in the fridge also makes them last longer.

BEEF IN BULK.

Buying the “family size” package of ground beef will chop the cost

per pound significantly! But if you use it up faster just because you have more, there go the savings. When you get home you need a reliable way to divide the meat into usable portions If a recipe is filing and tastes great wit just 1 pound of ground beef, why use 1 1/4 pounds? If you try to eyeball that amount, you can easily be off by a quarter pound. Investing in reliable kitchen scale makes lots of

sense.  You don’t need anything fancy, just make sure to purchase one that can be easily cleaned.  I have this digital multifunction food scale, about $12.

DIY BUTTERMILK.

To make buttermilk when there’s none of the real stuff in the

fridge, add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk. The mixture won’t get as thick and creamy as buttermilk, but it will help

create fluffy pancakes and quick breads just the same.

COKE MARINADE.

Tenderize cheaper cuts of meat by marinating them in Cola.

Several hours ahead of time place the meat in a bowl and cover with Cola. Add 2 of tablespoons soy sauce and 1 teaspoon garlic powder. While grilling brush the Cola marinade over the steaks. This is a great way to use up Cola that has gone flat!

BYE BUGS.

To protect dry staples such as flour, meal, grits, pastas and rice from

contamination, pop in a couple of dry bay leaves. This won’t affect the taste, but it will prevent pesky bugs from ruining these products.

ACT LIKE A KID.

If ordering a small smoothie from Caribou Coffee, get a kid’s size

instead. It’s 27 percent smaller for $2 instead of $4.29.

WEIGH BAGGED PRODUCE.

Use the handy scale in the produce department to

weigh pre-weighed bags. For example, if you’re buying a 10-pound bag of potatoes, weigh several. The bags will vary and you’re sure to find one that’s 10

and a half or more for the same price.

SOFTEN BUTTER IN A FLASH.

Keeping butter out on the counter for an hour isn’t

exactly ideal for a tight schedule. To speed up the process, grate it with a cheese grater or flatten it with a rolling pin (but put it in a plastic bag first) for spreadable,

mixable butter in a pinch.

By Mary Hunt on 04/05/17

http://www.everydaycheapskate.com

*6)  TellMe TV

Most of us have heard of MeTV, with the older shows like M*A*S*H, The Brady Bunch, CHiPS, Columbo, and many others. But what’s TellMe TV?

TellMe TV is the world’s first fully described video on-demand service.  All of the TV programs, movies and documentaries include audio description.  And it’s compatible with assistive technology, too. The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) has been supporting this initiative and has now decided to become an investor to advance TellMe TV’s success.

Try it for yourself at 

https://www.tellmetv.com/

*7)  Amazon Alexa vs. Google Assistant: The Fifty Question Showdown:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5sD3LOfES8&feature=share

*8)   AppleVis Unlimited: What’s New and Noteworthy for March 2017

Welcome to the March 2017 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly series which aims to highlight  what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best  content posted to AppleVis – from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.  For easier navigation, the major sections of this post are at heading level 3, and each individual  item is at heading level 4.

New and Noteworthy App Entries

Adblock Mobile — Block ads in apps/browsers (iOS, Free)

Mobile ads drive you mad?

Adblock Mobile removes them all.

Blocks ads in most apps and browsers, like Safari or Chrome

Works on both Wi-Fi and cellular networks

Reduces your mobile data usage, which saves you tons of money

Current Version: 3.2.9 (March 7, 2017)

Read Adblock Mobile’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Adblock Mobile’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adblock-mobile-block-ads-in-apps-browsers/id1121734569?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

Blindfold Words From Words (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)

Blindfold Words From Words is a fully accessible word game for both sighted and visually impaired  people, designed for rapid audio play.

You want to create as many words as possible words from the letters of a chosen word. For example,  if the chosen word is “blindfold”, you can create the words such as blind, fold, bind, old, find,  oil, foil, din, and so on. Words must be at least 3 letters long.

There are thousands of words, and you can play either a timed or untimed game. At the end of the  game, you can get a list of all possible words that can be created from the chosen word.

Current Version: 3.2.3 (March25, 2017)

Read Blindfold Words From Words’ AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Blindfold Words From Words’ App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blindfold-words-from-words/id1200248394?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

Chess-wise 3 (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

With Chess-wise 3 you can play chess, analyse games, annotate game notations, play online, solve  exercises, watch training videos and much more.

Games are represented as trees, so they can have side-lines. This means when analysing moves, this  will not anymore overwrite the moves of the main game

On the new annotation screen, you can add comments and !! – or ?? to the moves

Current Version: : 3.3.8 (March 19, 2017)

Read Chess-wise’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Chess-wise’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chess-wise-3/id788594027?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

Crafting Kingdom (iOS, Free)

Every empire starts small!

Build production sites, and start crafting resources. Harvest logs, coal, iron and many other  goods. Then craft them into more valuable items and sell them on the market! Complete quests, build  your own estate, and become the richest merchant in all of Crafting Kingdom!

Crafting Kingdom is a lovingly crafted (pun intended!) idle crafting game with a huge amount of  goods to produce, complex production chains and plenty of quests for you to complete.

Buy production sites

Build complex production chains

Complete quests and get powerful rewards

Expand your storage facilities

Build you very own estate

Endless hours of fun. How much money can you make?

Note to our visually impaired players: This game is fully accessible without the use of VoiceOver.  You can enable/disable Accessibility Mode by tapping three times with three fingers in the main  menu. Have fun!

Current Version: 1.2 (March 23, 2017)

Read Crafting Kingdom’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Crafting Kingdom’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crafting-kingdom/id1190611967?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

View a very active forum topic where people have shared feedback and suggestions with the developer of this game

Examine Clothes Color (iOS, Free)

This application plays a role as eyes so that visually impaired persons can choose the color and  pattern on clothes by themselves.

When you take a picture of clothes with this application, it speaks the color and pattern on  clothes. The color included in clothes is expressed by up to 4 colors. The pattern is expressed by  a category of 5, vertical stripes, horizontal stripes, checker, plain color and other pattern.

Photographing location is the room where direct sunlight does not gleam. After starting the App,  move the iPhone from the clothes to the position of about 40cm, and take a picture. The flash fires  automatically.

The Models that can appropriately correct the color are the iPhone4S, 5S, 6, 6S. The App will work  with any other iPhone models.

This system has been developed in order to support the independent living of visually impaired  persons, and uses a special method of correcting the color in order to correctly recognize the  color that changes by lighting environment.

Current Version: 1.21 (May 125, 2016)

Read Examine Clothes Color’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Examine Clothes Color’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/examine-clothes-color/id1074506449?l=en&mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

Life Period Tracker: Period & Ovulation Tracker (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)

Track your period, predict your fertile days, schedule cycle reminders, track your symptoms, moods,  and more! Upgrade to Premium and track your health using any one of nine new health trackers! Track  sex, fertility, weight, nutrition, fitness, sleep, medication, health, and even keep a diary!  Download the best and most customizable women’s health tracker on the App Store!

We take your privacy very seriously! Unlike many other women’s health apps, we do not require your  email address to sign up and we do not sell or share your personal health data. All proceeds come  from your support. It’s your Life and it should stay with you!

INNOVATIVE CALENDAR: We weren’t satisfied with the methods other apps used to enter women’s cycle  dates. We went through hundreds of prototypes before we were satisfied with the final result.

PERIOD TRACKER: We wanted a display that was simple yet beautiful for the Period Tracker. A page  that could be viewed with only a passing glance yet still have it’s own personality.

OVULATION PREDICTIONS: Viewing your ovulation predictions is fast and easy with our ovulation  calculator. Gone are the days of information clutter. Enjoy viewing your ovulation predictions at  their most beautiful.

MOOD TRACKER: With Life’s innovative multiple entry method, you are free create separate entries  for each mood as often as you feel them. And because no mood comes without details, each and every  entry also has the option of writing an associated note.

IRREGULAR CYCLE SUPPORT: By default, the app defines cycles as irregular if the cycle has a length  less than 21 days or over 36 days however these values are easily personalised to fit your needs  within Settings.

MENSTRUAL HISTORY: The menstrual history was visually optimised to include thoughtful choices that  take advantage of the available real estate in an easy-to-read vertical orientation.

CYCLE HISTORY: The days of difficult-to-create reminders are over. Our cycle reminders are  incredibly easy to create, modify, and set. We give you six various reminders to keep you current  with your important cycle days.

SYMPTOM TRACKER: We saved one of the best features for last. Like the Mood Tracker, each symptom  can be kept as a separate entry for later analysis or to share with your physician.

Current Version: 4.0.3 (March 30, 2017)

Read Life Period Tracker’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Life Period Tracker’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/life-period-tracker-period-ovulation-tracker/id703547387?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

Power 2 for iPhone and Apple Watch (watchOS, US$1.99)

Power 2 enables you to quickly see your iPhone battery life and more from your Apple Watch just by  raising your wrist.

Complication: Add Power 2’s complication to your favourite watch face so you can quickly see your  iPhone battery life. Power 2’s complication also knows when your phone is in low power mode,  charging or fully charged. Its that smart, fast and simple.

Notifications: Power 2 will notify you when your iPhone battery is running low and/or is fully  charged, even if your iPhone is charging in the other room.

Time Travel: Have to run out but forgot to charge your iPhone so now you don’t know how long your  iPhone battery will last? Time Travel will give you an idea of how long your iPhone battery could  last for.

Power 2 is set to automatically check your iPhone battery life once every 30 minutes and will only  send you a notification when your iPhone battery is within the following range:

Full Charge

95% – 85%

55% – 45%

20% – 10%

9% – 1%

Current Version: 1.0.1 (November 30, 2016)

Read Power 2’s AppleVis Apple Watch App Directory entry for more information

Visit Power 2’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/power-2-for-iphone-apple-watch/id1168437992?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

The Lost Heir 3: Demon War (iOS, US$4.99)

Defeat the rampaging demon horde, save the Kingdom of Daria, and avenge the death of your parents  in the thrilling conclusion to this epic three part series! You’ll need all the power you can  muster to finish building your legend, tapping into any of the dozen new prestige classes,  including Druid of Decay, Dragon Knight, and even fighting the demons with their own fire by  becoming a Demon Master!

“The Lost Heir 3: Demon War” is a 250,000-word interactive fantasy novel by Mike Walter—the  conclusion to the trilogy—where your choices control the story. The game is entirely  text-based—without graphics or sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your  imagination.

Face betrayal, seek romance, battle enemies in war, and navigate the intrigues of court. The fate  of the kingdom of Daria is in your hands.

  • Play as male or female, gay or straight. • Pursue romantic interests, get married, have a child! • Acquire legendary magical artifacts. • Reach one of seven different endings! Restore peace and harmony to the Kingdom of Daria or plunge the world into chaos, the choice is yours!

Current Version: 1.0.0 (March 16, 2017)

Read The Lost Heir 3: Demon War’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit The Lost Heir 3: Demon War’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-lost-heir-3-demon-war/id1205332004?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

Threema (iOS, US$2.99)

Threema is the world’s favorite secure messenger and keeps your data out of the hands of hackers,  corporations and governments. Threema can be used completely anonymously, and offers a rich set of  features.

HIGHEST ENCRYPTION STRENGTH: Threema encrypts ALL your communications END-TO-END including  messages, group chats, media files and even status messages. You can rest assured that only the  intended recipient can read your chats, and nobody else – not even us. Threema uses the trusted  open source NaCl cryptography library for encryption.

The encryption keys are generated and safely stored on user’s devices to prevent backdoor access or  copies.

GUARANTEED PRIVACY: Threema is designed to generate as little data on servers as possible – this is  a core part of our concept. Group memberships and contact lists are managed on your device only,  and never stored on our servers. Messages are immediately deleted after they have been delivered.  Local files are stored encrypted on your mobile phone or tablet. All this effectively prevents the  collection and misuse of your personal information, including meta data.

COMPREHENSIVE FEATURES: Threema is not only an encrypted and private messenger but also versatile  and feature-rich.

write text and send voice messages

share videos, pictures and locations

send any type of file (pdf, animated gif, mp3, doc, zip, etc.)

create groups

conduct polls with the unique poll feature

choose between a dark and a light theme

quickly and silently reply with the unique agree/disagree feature

verify the identity of a contact by scanning their personal QR code

use Threema as anonymous instant messaging tool

synchronize your contacts (optional)

FULL ANONYMITY: Each Threema user receives a random Threema ID for identification. A phone number  or email address is not required to use Threema. This unique feature allows you to use Threema  completely anonymously – no need to give up private information or to open an account.

TRUSTED CONTACTS: We let users confirm trusted contacts with a QR code or a key fingerprint to  prevent man in the middle attacks.

INDEPENDENT COMPANY: We are a 100% independent and self-financed company in the heart of  Switzerland with its own servers and in-house software development. Switzerland is a country with  some of the most user friendly privacy laws in the world.

Current Version: 2.9.0 (March 28, 2017)

Read Threema’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information

Visit Threema’s App Store page

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/threema/id578665578?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

*9)  Aira, the Next Technology Revolution in Devices for Blind People

by Michael Hingson

Michael HingsonFrom the Editor: Michael Hingson is a man who can boast of many accomplishments and  who has made significant contributions in advancing the cause of blind people while keeping his  Federation philosophy and active participation front and center. There aren’t many blind people who  are electrical engineers, but Michael is one. There aren’t many people who are financial experts  capable of making their living in the heart of New York’s financial district, but Michael is one.  There aren’t many blind Californians who understand the techniques espoused by the National  Federation of the Blind to lead active and independent lives and who are open to the positive  changes that new technologies may bring, but Michael is one. Here is what he has to say about a new  service being offered to the blind which harnesses the power of technology, joins it with the  humanity of a highly-trained professional to relate what he or she sees, and merges these in  meeting the infrequent but difficult challenges that blind people face when the blindness  techniques we use aren’t quite enough. Here is what he says about Aira [pronounced I-rah]: 

It isn’t often that any of us can be involved with the birth of a technology that will  significantly change our lives. Helping in that birth is an even rarer occasion. I had such an  opportunity in 1976 when our president at the time, Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, asked me to accept a job  with the Federation to coordinate the day-to-day operation of a joint project between the National  Federation of the Blind and Ray Kurzweil and his company, Kurzweil Computer Products Inc. to test  and to bring the Kurzweil Reading Machine to market. Out of our joint project, blind people  throughout the world gained access to a technology that brought the personal reading of print into  our lives.

 I never thought I would have a chance to help steer another great advance that offered as much  potential for change as the Kurzweil Reading Machine. However, in early 2015 I received an email  from Mr. Lawrence Bock asking me to join the technical advisory board of a start-up company, Aira  Tech Corp. Through conversations with Mr. Bock and the company’s founder, Suman Kanuganti, I  learned that Aira had developed a system that could provide blind people always-on information  anywhere at any time. Far-fetched? Perhaps, but as I delved into the company’s operation and saw  its product in action, I realized that indeed the claims of its founders could be true.

Here is how Aira works. The user puts on what is called a “wearable device,” which in this case is  a pair of glasses that contain a high definition digital camera, miniaturized sensors, and the  ability to connect to the internet using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. The system also uses an  app which resides on an iPhone or Android smartphone.

When the user wishes to use Aira, he or she activates the app, which in turn establishes a Wi-Fi  connection with the wearable device. Once this connection is established, the user can press a  button within the app to contact an Aira agent. As soon as the agent comes online, they see images  transmitted by the glasses. The agent also sees geographical information and information about the  user’s surroundings on their special software dashboard. The user has two-way voice contact with  the agent through the smartphone and can request whatever information they require. The agent,  through their dashboard, can access the internet, use the user’s visual surroundings, and  incorporate other tools to provide answers to the user’s needs.

The information requested by users can be anything from asking for help with finding something in a  store to requiring assistance while traveling through an airport to seeking assistance in  assembling a product he or she has purchased. Literally agents can help with any task by providing  visual descriptions and information wherever eyesight is needed to create access for blind people.

I became involved as an advisor with Aira because I saw the potential of the product and also to  ensure that the technology, when brought to blind customers, would be provided in the most  effective way possible. The most significant concern I had about Aira was how the agents presented  information to customers. Given all my years in the NFB and from all my experiences with assistive  technology, I know that good products and services work best when their feature sets consider what  we who are blind want and need. Aira can either be a contributor to our independence and  self-determination or it can be a barrier. If the agents, for example, are trained not only to  provide information but to interpret that same information, then the product would be little more  than the kind of service we presently get from untrained sighted people. For example, if I were  using Aira to get information about a street intersection and the agent told me that it was now  “safe to cross the street,” then the agent would be drawing a conclusion that I should be making  for myself based on my mobility skills. If, on the other hand, the agent said that the light had  turned green and that they did not see any cars traveling across my path, then the agent would be  giving me information I could use to determine on my own when to cross. This example is a simple  one, but the point is that the agent should be charged only with providing information and leaving  all decisions up to me, the user. One of my main tasks has been to help set the philosophical tone  for how the agents operate. To date fifteen agents have joined the Aira staff. Its hours of  operation are from 7 AM Eastern time to 7 PM Pacific time seven days a week. Over the course of  this year Aira expects to offer 24/7 service.

Aira has had a visible presence at the National Federation of the Blind national convention for the  past two years and will be in Orlando again this year signing up users and showing any interested  attendee how the product works. Aira is also gaining visibility with other organizations and  agencies. Recently, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Aira Tech Corp was chosen by PC  Magazine as the best new startup company at the show.

The one drawback to Aira for many blind people is the same one that faced Ray Kurzweil in the  1970s, although not to the same degree. There is a cost to using Aira. At present, there are two  pricing plans. Users can have unlimited access to Aira for a price of $199 per month. A lesser  price of $129 per month will give users eight hours of access, and Aira anticipates a lower price  plan in the next month. Aira is exploring ways to lessen the cost challenge by securing insurance  coverage as well as looking for government agency subsidies for some of the Aira services. Aira is  also working on rolling its free autonomous functionality through its artificial intelligence  engine which is constantly learning. The National Federation of the Blind has partnered with Aira  not only to help make the product the best it can be, but also to help find ways to make it  available to all blind people.

Aira is only at the beginning of its existence. I am certain that over time the cost of the product  will drop significantly. The cost aside, Aira offers any blind person the most full and complete  access to whatever information he or she might need. I personally have used Aira to move through  airports, malls, and shops. While on a speaking trip I used Aira to explore a three-story guest  house provided to me by an event sponsor. An Aira agent assisted me in assembling a laundry cart I  purchased and received in the mail. I assembled the cart independently, with assistance from Aira  after I discovered that the instructions were only pictures with no text at all. I know of others  who have used it to read the contents of computer screens and kiosks. At least one person has used  Aira while bowling and when experiencing Disneyland, just to name a few; Aira’s uses are only as  limited as our imaginations.

You can learn more about Aira by visiting  http://www.aira.io . On Aira’s website is a link to a page you can visit to become an Aira Explorer and begin  exploring the world around you in a way never available before. I truly believe Aira is the next  revolution in technology that will help us further take our place as blind first-class citizens. I  also believe that Aira will grow to provide services outside the specific needs of blind people,  but Aira’s core purpose and philosophy will always start with the needs of the blind.

Source:

https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm17/bm1704/bm170404.htm

Fourteen best Android tips to make your phone more useful

  1. Configure a secure lock screen

 Android phones all offer various forms of secure lock screens. Most phones will prompt you to do  this during setup now, and you should. The defaults are PIN, pattern, and password. Most devices  now offer fingerprint security which will probably be the fastest way to unlock your deivce. To  control your lock screen, head to the system settings, and find the Security menu. Some phones have  a separate lock screen menu instead. You will need to have a secure lock screen to use features  like Android Pay and factory reset protection.

  1. Add mobile data tracking

 Data caps are common across mobile carriers, and data rates just keep getting faster. To make sure  you don’t blow through your monthly allotment, visit the data usage menu in the system settings.  Some phones call this something a little different, but it’s always right near the top. Here, you  can set your plan reset date, create a warning threshold, and even have data automatically disabled  when you’re about to incur an overage.

  1. Choose Do Not Disturb settings

 Android’s notification settings are a bit confusing right now. Not only do OEMs often change the  terminology, but Google itself has revamped it a few times in recent updates. You’ll find the  settings for this feature either in your volume popup when you hit the toggle or by going into the  system settings for notifications (usually Sound and Notification). It will be called Do Not  Disturb on most devices. In this menu, you can choose when DND is toggled on automatically, what is  blocked, and if any contacts are allowed to ring through anyway. Simply turning DND on is usually  possible from the quick settings, which is faster than opening the system settings.

  1. Enable Smart Lock

 Turning on a secure lock screen as explained above is important to keep your data safe, but it can  be a pain to input a code every single time you pick up the phone. You can avoid that with Smart  Lock. You’ll find this feature tucked away in the security menu on most devices. It includes  different methods of bypassing the secure lock screen automatically. You can keep your phone  unlocked when you’re in a certain place (like home), when a device like a smartwatch is connected,  or when the phone sees your face with the front-facing camera. You can even have multiple Smart  Lock modules active at the same time. So for example, you could force the secure lock method only  when you’re away from home and the phone gets far enough away from your smartwatch to disconnect.

  1. Make sure your photos back up automatically

 There’s nothing worse than losing or breaking a phone only to realize your photos aren’t backed  up. You can avoid this by simply opening the Google Photos app and following the prompts to enable  auto-backup. The default mode is “high quality” and unlimited space. This compresses your photos,  but they look surprisingly good. If you want to save the original image, you can opt to use your  Drive storage space. You get 15GB free and can buy more.

  1. Get started with “OK Google”

 Google search is at the heart of all Android phones, and you can start searching at any time just  by saying “OK Google.” This works on the home screen and in the search box automatically, but if  you go into the search settings, you can get OK Google working everywhere. In the search settings,  go to Voice > OK Google detection. Just turn on the “From any screen” option and the phone will  have you say “OK Google” a few times to learn your voice. Now you can use the hotword any time the  device is awake from any screen. Some devices also support this when the screen is off, not others  only work when the device is awake.

  1. Google Assistant

 Did you set up OK Google? If so, you’ve got two ways to access the Google Assistant. To access  Assistant, use OK Google or long-press the home button. Then, just start talking. This feature was  exclusive to the Pixel for a few months, but it has since rolled out to all Android phones running  Marshmallow or higher. Assistant understands more context and natural language than Google’s old  voice search feature, and it can be integrated with third-party services like IFTTT, Samsung  SmartThings, and Nest. It’s great at home automation, searching the web, and can even read you the  news of the day.

  1. Try a different home screen

 Most Android devices have a custom UI created by the device maker (eg. Samsung’s TouchWiz). That  includes the home screen. This is an important part of the experience, and the default home often  isn’t very powerful. Installing an alternative like Nova Launcher or Action Launcher can make your  device much easier to use. You can use these apps to change the icons, assign navigation gestures,  organize apps, and so much more. Any time you want to change between your installed home screens,  just go to the Home menu in the system settings.

  1. Use screen pinning

 If you need to hand your phone to someone else, you don’t necessarily want them snooping around in  other apps. This is easy to prevent — just pin the screen. This should be enabled by default on  most devices, but if it’s not, check the security menu. Tap the pin icon on any app in the  multitasking interface and you can lock the screen to just that app. If you have a secure lock  screen, you can require that unlock method to leave the pinned app.

  1. Swipe input on the keyboard (most devices)

 Tapping with your thumbs is okay as an input method, but most phones have swipe input built-in  too. Give it a shot by dragging across the letters for each word. The accuracy varies by device,  but you can also install a different keyboard that might suit you better. There’s the Google  Keyboard for a clean but somewhat limited experience, and then more complex and powerful options  like SwiftKey.

  1. Use power saving modes

 All Android phones have power saving modes of some sort — sometimes two or three of them. Head to  the battery menu (usually just Settings > Battery) on most phones to see these settings. For  example, Samsung offers a regular power saving mode that reduces screen brightness and slows the  CPU, then there’s also an ultra power saver that locks the device to just a few essential  applications. Most phones offer basic power saving modes like the former that can be turned on  automatically when the device reaches a certain battery level. This is definitely something you  should set up.

  1. Split-screen apps (select devices)

 If your phone runs Android 7.0 or higher, you’ll be able to bring up two apps in split-screen  mode. To do this, all you need to do is long-press the overview button. Your current app will  shrink into the top half of the screen (left half in landscape), and you can choose another app  from your recent list. The divider between the two apps can be dragged to change the amount of  screen real estate allotted to each one. When you’re done, just long-press the overview button  again or drag the divider all the way to the top or bottom. Split-screen mode is a stock feature of  all devices running Nougat or higher, but some phones and tablets on older versions of Android have  similar functionality, but it’s not compatible with as many apps.

  1. Manage default apps

 Many actions on Android will ask you to set a default app, but what if you decide you don’t like  that default anymore? Some phones have a dedicated default app settings menu (e.g. Samsung), but  the surest way to clear out those defaults is to find the app in the app menu under the main system  settings. When you look at the info page for an app, there will be a button toward the bottom to  view and clear the defaults. That will let you select a new default the next time you perform an  action.

  1. Turn on Developer Options

 Google hides some of the more advanced tools in a special Developer Options menu that you’ll have  to enable to get at things like animation speed, USB debugging, and app standby (which I’ll get to  momentarily). To turn on Developer Options, open the “About phone” menu at the bottom of the system  settings and find the build number. Tap on that seven times and you’ll get a message that you are a  developer. The dev options will now be at the bottom of your main system settings.

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/223282-25-best-android-tips-to-make-your-phone-more-useful

Author:  Ryan Whitwam

*10)   Fourteen best Android tips to make your phone more useful

  1. Configure a secure lock screen

 Android phones all offer various forms of secure lock screens. Most phones will prompt you to do  this during setup now, and you should. The defaults are PIN, pattern, and password. Most devices  now offer fingerprint security which will probably be the fastest way to unlock your deivce. To  control your lock screen, head to the system settings, and find the Security menu. Some phones have  a separate lock screen menu instead. You will need to have a secure lock screen to use features  like Android Pay and factory reset protection.

  1. Add mobile data tracking

 Data caps are common across mobile carriers, and data rates just keep getting faster. To make sure  you don’t blow through your monthly allotment, visit the data usage menu in the system settings.  Some phones call this something a little different, but it’s always right near the top. Here, you  can set your plan reset date, create a warning threshold, and even have data automatically disabled  when you’re about to incur an overage.

  1. Choose Do Not Disturb settings

 Android’s notification settings are a bit confusing right now. Not only do OEMs often change the  terminology, but Google itself has revamped it a few times in recent updates. You’ll find the  settings for this feature either in your volume popup when you hit the toggle or by going into the  system settings for notifications (usually Sound and Notification). It will be called Do Not  Disturb on most devices. In this menu, you can choose when DND is toggled on automatically, what is  blocked, and if any contacts are allowed to ring through anyway. Simply turning DND on is usually  possible from the quick settings, which is faster than opening the system settings.

  1. Enable Smart Lock

 Turning on a secure lock screen as explained above is important to keep your data safe, but it can  be a pain to input a code every single time you pick up the phone. You can avoid that with Smart  Lock. You’ll find this feature tucked away in the security menu on most devices. It includes  different methods of bypassing the secure lock screen automatically. You can keep your phone  unlocked when you’re in a certain place (like home), when a device like a smartwatch is connected,  or when the phone sees your face with the front-facing camera. You can even have multiple Smart  Lock modules active at the same time. So for example, you could force the secure lock method only  when you’re away from home and the phone gets far enough away from your smartwatch to disconnect.

  1. Make sure your photos back up automatically

 There’s nothing worse than losing or breaking a phone only to realize your photos aren’t backed  up. You can avoid this by simply opening the Google Photos app and following the prompts to enable  auto-backup. The default mode is “high quality” and unlimited space. This compresses your photos,  but they look surprisingly good. If you want to save the original image, you can opt to use your  Drive storage space. You get 15GB free and can buy more.

  1. Get started with “OK Google”

 Google search is at the heart of all Android phones, and you can start searching at any time just  by saying “OK Google.” This works on the home screen and in the search box automatically, but if  you go into the search settings, you can get OK Google working everywhere. In the search settings,  go to Voice > OK Google detection. Just turn on the “From any screen” option and the phone will  have you say “OK Google” a few times to learn your voice. Now you can use the hotword any time the  device is awake from any screen. Some devices also support this when the screen is off, not others  only work when the device is awake.

  1. Google Assistant

 Did you set up OK Google? If so, you’ve got two ways to access the Google Assistant. To access  Assistant, use OK Google or long-press the home button. Then, just start talking. This feature was  exclusive to the Pixel for a few months, but it has since rolled out to all Android phones running  Marshmallow or higher. Assistant understands more context and natural language than Google’s old  voice search feature, and it can be integrated with third-party services like IFTTT, Samsung  SmartThings, and Nest. It’s great at home automation, searching the web, and can even read you the  news of the day.

  1. Try a different home screen

 Most Android devices have a custom UI created by the device maker (eg. Samsung’s TouchWiz). That  includes the home screen. This is an important part of the experience, and the default home often  isn’t very powerful. Installing an alternative like Nova Launcher or Action Launcher can make your  device much easier to use. You can use these apps to change the icons, assign navigation gestures,  organize apps, and so much more. Any time you want to change between your installed home screens,  just go to the Home menu in the system settings.

  1. Use screen pinning

 If you need to hand your phone to someone else, you don’t necessarily want them snooping around in  other apps. This is easy to prevent — just pin the screen. This should be enabled by default on  most devices, but if it’s not, check the security menu. Tap the pin icon on any app in the  multitasking interface and you can lock the screen to just that app. If you have a secure lock  screen, you can require that unlock method to leave the pinned app.

  1. Swipe input on the keyboard (most devices)

 Tapping with your thumbs is okay as an input method, but most phones have swipe input built-in  too. Give it a shot by dragging across the letters for each word. The accuracy varies by device,  but you can also install a different keyboard that might suit you better. There’s the Google  Keyboard for a clean but somewhat limited experience, and then more complex and powerful options  like SwiftKey.

  1. Use power saving modes

 All Android phones have power saving modes of some sort — sometimes two or three of them. Head to  the battery menu (usually just Settings > Battery) on most phones to see these settings. For  example, Samsung offers a regular power saving mode that reduces screen brightness and slows the  CPU, then there’s also an ultra power saver that locks the device to just a few essential  applications. Most phones offer basic power saving modes like the former that can be turned on  automatically when the device reaches a certain battery level. This is definitely something you  should set up.

  1. Split-screen apps (select devices)

 If your phone runs Android 7.0 or higher, you’ll be able to bring up two apps in split-screen  mode. To do this, all you need to do is long-press the overview button. Your current app will  shrink into the top half of the screen (left half in landscape), and you can choose another app  from your recent list. The divider between the two apps can be dragged to change the amount of  screen real estate allotted to each one. When you’re done, just long-press the overview button  again or drag the divider all the way to the top or bottom. Split-screen mode is a stock feature of  all devices running Nougat or higher, but some phones and tablets on older versions of Android have  similar functionality, but it’s not compatible with as many apps.

  1. Manage default apps

 Many actions on Android will ask you to set a default app, but what if you decide you don’t like  that default anymore? Some phones have a dedicated default app settings menu (e.g. Samsung), but  the surest way to clear out those defaults is to find the app in the app menu under the main system  settings. When you look at the info page for an app, there will be a button toward the bottom to  view and clear the defaults. That will let you select a new default the next time you perform an  action.

  1. Turn on Developer Options

 Google hides some of the more advanced tools in a special Developer Options menu that you’ll have  to enable to get at things like animation speed, USB debugging, and app standby (which I’ll get to  momentarily). To turn on Developer Options, open the “About phone” menu at the bottom of the system  settings and find the build number. Tap on that seven times and you’ll get a message that you are a  developer. The dev options will now be at the bottom of your main system settings.

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/223282-25-best-android-tips-to-make-your-phone-more-useful

Author:  Ryan Whitwam

*11)  LIVING IN THE NOW

We have all on occasion lain awake at night, unable to sleep, consumed by worry.  We worry about what we should do and how something’s going to turn out, or worry about the future that is so distant we cannot possibly have any control over it. We all know the mantras about not dwelling on the past or the future, but instead focusing on the here and now.  That’s not as easy as it sounds, but it is surely easier when we try to let “Jesus Take the Wheel”, as country singer Carrie Underwood says.

For the parent of a child born with a disability, living in the now is even more difficult.  It’s a frequent statement among my fellow parents who also found themselves in the world of disability, that life was forever changed from that moment of diagnosis.  We immediately began to worry about the future of our family and of this child.  Will he be accepted?  Will I be able to give him what he needs?  Will he have a happy life?  What will happen to him when I am gone?  In the blink of an eye, we go from giving birth to thinking about what will happen when we are no longer physically on this earth to care for this baby in our arms?  Wow.  How overwhelming!  But how do we slow down and quiet our thoughts, focus on the here and now and enjoy what God has just given us… a beautiful baby that is a made of God and perfect in his sight.

All we can do, is take one step at a time, one learning opportunity at a time, and benefit from the knowledge of fellow parents of children with disabilities, our doctors, therapists and teachers.  We equip ourselves with the information and tools we need to effectively advocate for our child to the best of our ability, trying not to focus on future hurdles but on each step of growth and development, one by one.  In one of my favorite books that I often share with new parents in this situation, “Changed by a Child”, Ann Lamott says, “You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything along the way.  You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you”. I try to live today loving my child (who is now an adult) just the way he is and not worry in constant fear about what the future holds.

Sarah Young, in “Jesus Calling:  Enjoying Peace in his Presence”, talks about living in the now in this way, (written as if coming from the voice of Jesus): 

“Follow Me one step at a time.  That is all I require of you.  In fact, that is the only way to move through this space/time world.  You see huge mountains looming, and you start wondering how you’re going to scale those heights.  Meanwhile, because you’re not looking where you’re going, you stumble on the easy path where I am leading you now.  As I help you get back on your feet, you tell Me how worried you are about the cliffs up ahead.  But you don’t’ know what will happen today, much less tomorrow.  Our path may take an abrupt turn, leading you away from those mountains.  There may be an easier way up the mountains than is visible from this distance.  If I do lead you up the cliffs, I will equip you thoroughly for that strenuous climb.  I will even give My angels charge over you, to preserve you in all your ways.  Keep your mind on the present journey, enjoying My Presence.  Walk by faith, not by sight, trusting me to open up the way before you.”

I still have those sleepless nights now and then. When that happens, I try to channel my worries and fears into prayer, turn it over to Him, and count the blessings in my life in the here and now.

Psalm 91:11-12 –  For He orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.  They will stead you with their hands to keep you from stumbling against the rocks on the trail.

                                                Submitted by Gail Olson

*12)  Fact for the week

Ever wondered what the small pink protuberance is in the corner of the eye? It’s called the  “caruncula.”

Submitted by Greg Steinmayer – Dearborn, MI

In the 1920s and early 1930s, French surgeon Serge Voronoff perfected the technique of  transplanting testicle tissue from various primates into men, supposedly to increase longevity and  sex drive. Discredited by the 1940s, the once-fashionable procedure had a cocktail named after it:  the Monkey Gland (gin, orange juice, grenadine and absinthe).

The name “The Birdman of Alcatraz” is a bit of misnomer: Robert Stroud was allowed to keep birds  when he was incarcerated at Leavenworth, but not when he was transferred to Alcatraz.

Submitted by Nikki Johnson – Los Angeles, CA

Just as some people talk in their sleep, sign language speakers have been known to sign in their  sleep.

Submitted by Ron Henseleit – Madrid, Spain

The Earth’s North and South Poles flip polarity on a semi-frequent basis, having done so more then  20 times in the past 5 million years. That means that with the next flip, all compasses will be  pointing South rather then North.

*13)  34 of the Craziest Words in English

the strangest languages out there.

Contradicting rules, incredibly unique words, and confusing idioms are just a few reasons why.

Do you suffer from abibliophobia?

Do you bloviate and carry a bumbershoot with you while you lollygag?

Let’s find out in today’s blog that explores some of the craziest words in our living language.

Craziest Words: Stop Being A Nincompoop and Learn A Little

Shakespeare is known for  creating some “crazy” words , but most of those words are now so common that we don’t notice. These words range from “hurry” to  “zany” and in the 1400s they were quite strange.

Today, we are going to delve into some of the craziest words, many of which have been around about  as long as some of Shakespeare’s “gibberish” and some from the early 1940s and 1950s. Some of these  words are used regularly in many places around the English-speaking world, whereas other places  haven’t even heard of them.

Let’s see which of these craziest words you already know and which ones are new to you:

  1. Bumfuzzle. This is a simple term that refers to being confused, perplexed, or flustered or to cause confusion. You’ve probably heard your grandma or grandpa use this phrase, especially if they are from the East Coast or below the Mason-Dixon Line. This word is derived from the  Old English dumfoozle .
  2. Cattywampus. This is a term that you will find in the Midland and Southern United States. It is referring to something that is in disarray, that is askew, or something that isn’t directly across from something. For example, a post office might be cattywampus from the library. You might  actually know this word by the terms catty-corner, kitty-corner, or catawampus.
  3. Gardyloo. This is actually a Scottish term, but it sounds really nifty! The definition is a funny and gross one; this is what people living in Edinburgh shouted out their windows as a warning before dumping their slop buckets out of their windows. At least they gave a little bit of a  warning to those below!
  4. Taradiddle. This word references someone or something that is filled with pretentious nonsense or something that is a lie. A great example of this is that classic fisherman’s tale of how big the fish he caught was. Usually the fisherman is lying or at least exaggerating about the fish,  especially if he (or she) didn’t keep the fish.
  5. Snickersnee. While this word sounds like something funny or possibly cute, it is actually referring to a long, dangerous knife. It was first used in reference to cut-and-thrust fighting in the 1700s and is still occasionally used when referencing the knife, though it is becoming more and  more obsolete.
  6. Widdershins. This is another way to say something is moving counter-clockwise or something is moving in the wrong direction. It is a much more fun way to say counter-clockwise and is most likely something you heard one of your grandparents or great-grandparents say. Many people do still  use it in many poems and newly published books.
  7. Collywobbles. This refers to a weird feeling in your stomach or an overall bellyache. It is derived from the Latin phrase cholera morbus, meaning it came from the disease we all know as cholera. This is a word many people still use especially older individuals, and the background is  quite dark! Many don’t realize the dark background much like many being unaware of the origins of  “Ring around the Rosie.”
  8. Gubbins. This is an object that has little or no value and is also referring to a gadget or device. It can also refer to odds and ends or rubbish and, oddly enough, can be used to describe a silly person. We don’t know about you, but it seems a little strange that a word describing  something with little to no value also refers to someone who is silly.
  9. Abibliophobia. Now this is a word that perfectly describes many people and you may be one! This refers to someone who is afraid of running out of things to read . We’re guessing that you are probably going to start using this word to describe yourself as you  head out the door to the nearest Barnes and Noble or local bookshop.
  10. Bumbershoot. Here is a fun word that most people know. This is referring to an umbrella and is something we have heard in many a Disney film or in many different books. It is quite fun to grab your umbrella and say in a fun voice, “I think I need my bumbershoot today!”
  11. Lollygag. The origin of this word is unknown, but it first surfaced around 1868. The definition of “lollygag” is someone who is messing around or wasting time. It also refers to someone who is doing something that isn’t serious or useful. This could be a good word to use when  procrastinating, “I’m just lollygagging.” Are you a lollygagger?
  12. Flibbertigibbet. This is another fun word! This refers to someone who is silly and who talks incessantly. The first known usage of this word is the 15th century and used to be spelled flepergebet. This word also refers to a person who is flighty.
  13. Malarkey. This refers to words that are insincere and talk that is particularly foolish. This is a word that we can thank the 1920s and 19030s for and it is still used by many people. It is a fun word to say, as well.
  14. Pandiculation. This is what happens when you wake up in the morning and stretch. As you stretch, your muscles might go rigid for a short time, which can sometimes be uncomfortable. It also describes that wonderful, or terrible, combination of being extremely sleepy, stretching and  yawning at the same time. Now, when this happens to you, you’ll know what to call it!
  15. Sialoquent. Do you remember being the eager student in high school or college who sat on the front row? Do you remember how much the professor spit while talking? Well, this is what that action is called. This is such an eloquent word for such an uncomfortable front row sensation.
  16. Wabbit. No, this isn’t referring to a wascally wabbit. It is a Scottish term for being exhausted. Next time you’re tired, try saying, “I’m pretty wabbit at the moment” and see just how many people look at you strange.
  17. Snollygoster. This is something many people already call many politicians, but it happens to be a nicer sounding term. This refers to a politician who does or says things for their own personal advancement instead of following their own principles. Try saying this in your next political  discussion and see people’s reaction.
  18. Erinaceous. This is a strange one; it refers to something or someone who resembles a hedgehog. If someone ever says that you are looking quite erinaceous today, you know now to give them a penetrating, evil glare.
  19. Bibble. You know those people in your favorite restaurant who drink and/or eat noisily? What they are doing is referred to as bibble.
  20. Impignorate. How about using this word when you want to say that you’re pawning something? It is a much fancier term and quite a fun one at that. This phrase doesn’t only mean to pawn but also to mortgage something.
  21. Nudiustertian. Have you ever wished that you had a word for the day before yesterday ? This is that word! It might be a little bit more convoluted to say, but it sure is an interesting sounding word. This word is sure to confuse, and eventually astound, people. Now that you know this  word, try teaching it to your friends!
  22. Quire. You can always say “two dozen sheets of paper” or you can say “quire.” It means the same thing! Interesting, huh? There are quite a few single words for many phrases.
  23. Ratoon. Don’t worry, this isn’t referring to a raccoon and rat mix breed or an ROUS (rodents of unusual size), it is, in fact, referring to that small shoot or growth that comes from the root of a plant. You will see a lot of these in the spring and summer as things are growing.
  24. Yarborough. This refers to when you are playing a game of cards and the dealer deals a hand without any numbers above nine. This can really be unfortunate or great, depending on which game you are playing.
  25. Xertz. You’re outside in the summer heat moving heavy furniture or other items, making you super thirsty. As soon as you’re able, you grab a tall glass of water, lemonade, or iced tea and gulp it down quickly and/or greedily, helping to quench your thirst and cool yourself down. When  you do this, it is called xertz. This also refers to eating food quickly and/or greedily.
  26. Zoanthropy. This is an interesting term! It refers to a person who has delusions that they are a form of animal or that they have changed into an animal.
  27. Pauciloquent. If you are a person of few words, then this is the term for you. It refers to someone who doesn’t say much or who, when giving a speech, gives a very short one. This is a great way for you to tell people you are a person of few words, without having to say that whole long  statement. Give this a try next time and see what happens.
  28. Bloviate. This is the opposite of pauciloquent and refers to people who talk for a long period of time or who inflate their story to make themselves sound better. This also refers to someone whose words are empty and have no meaning.
  29. Borborygm. You know that rumbling you sometimes get in your stomach? Well, this is one term for that sensation! It might be a little bit more difficult to say than saying, “I’m hungry,” though.
  30. Brouhaha. This is a word we are sure many people have heard and it is still used a lot today. This refers to an uproar or big event. We guess you could say the latest sports team to win at something sure did cause a brouhaha!
  31. Absquatulate. This refers to yourself or someone else leaving suddenly. It can also mean that someone has absconded with something, as well. It is more a form of slang, but it isn’t something you hear every day!
  32. Comeuppance. This is definitely a word you probably heard your grandparents use at some point and it is used in many films set in the 1920s to the 1950s or 60s. This is a fun word and it should be used more than it is. It means that someone will get what they deserve or will “get their just  desserts.”
  33. Donnybrook. This is a fun little word for an uprising, a melee, or a riot. It can also refer to an argument. If you search Google for this particular term, you will not only find the definition but also learn that it is a place called Donnybrook, which is part of Dublin, Ireland. Very  interesting!
  34. Nincompoop. This is another word that we are sure you have heard at some point and you probably know the definition. This refers to someone who is silly, foolish, or just downright stupid. It was used regularly in the 1950s and 60s but is still quite a fun word to say!

In the End…

Isn’t the English language unique and interesting?

Many of these words are still in use but are used in different parts all across America. We have  different terms and phrases for different things and it is pretty awesome to learn more about our  language. It is also fun to learn how much it differs between Missouri and New York or California  and Texas.

Now that you know some of the most incredible, craziest words, how about taking a few of these out  for a test drive and see how many of your friends know them!

Source:

https://expresswriters.com/34-craziest-words-english/

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