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You saw it here first - Google Docs is getting Voice typing.
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+Christopher Layne I definitely recommend trying out DNS together with something like Vocola or DragonFly. Vocola is easy to install and to get working and it is easy to write commands for it. Here is a installation guide that worked for me:

http://qh.antenna.nl/unimacro/installation/installation.html
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My day could have been worse, but certainly could've been better. The bright side is that I had a friend come over for a few hours today, which is great because our conversations are always intellectually stimulating. The downside was that was most of the time was spent working out some computer problems. Still, I enjoyed the time together.

I'm 38 years old, and my spinal injury happened in '91. I actually did an impromptu online interview that you may find interesting just from a "get to know Chris" standpoint, but I'm in no way putting off your questions. I like inquisitiveness! The interview was fun, but may answer a lot more than you want to know. Haha. Just read it (if you're interested and have time) with the realization that every question came from a different person, and that people will ask or say things on the Internet that they wouldn't in real life. I tried to answer every question honestly, yet make it a fun experience for all. Here's the link to the interview:

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/9ztmw/iama_quadriplegic_my_accident_occurred_when_i_was/

I have some strength in my left biceps, but absolutely no triceps strength in either arm. Luckily, with the limited strength of my left arm I'm able to use a joystick to drive my wheelchair -- the arm tires quickly though.

I listen to LOTS of audio books, but don't actually read many books any more. I also enjoy listening to audio lectures to learn new things. I don't have cable, so miss out on most televised sports, but I download a lot of television shows and movies. I'm watching the second season of The Walking Dead, and very eagerly awaiting the next season of Game of Thrones.

I love that you mentioned Chris has a great mind and good sense of humor! Those are the things that get through the day, right? When you can find humor in the mundane, or find happiness simply by pondering things, even the tough days don't seem so bad.

I don't have 24 hour care, but my parents do live next door so if I need anything they are only moments away. I'm allotted 283 hours a month for care providers, which comes out to around 9 hours a day. I am pretty independent, but only because I have quite a bit of adaptive technology. I spend most days in bed due to not taking care of my body (when I was young and invincible), but I have a bedside monitor and a microphone attached to the head of the bed. With the microphone I can control the computer with voice recognition software, and speak to an Environmental Control Unit that let's me answer and place phone calls, turn on and off lights and fans, etc.  Without the technology I would be lost. Indeed, power outtages test my patience! Haha.

I have a brother who lives in Everett, WA. We've talked about me moving there and being roommates, but I know nothing about how the state pays care providers, and to be honest the thought of having to hire new workers scares the daylights outta me. My sister said she'd go with me until I found reliable help, but I hate to impose upon her just because I wanted to make a life change. Still, I'm considering it. I'm not sure I'm ready to give up my California sunshine for Washington rain and snow, though. ;)

I do get out once in a while to socialize, and until recently was going to the local community college. I was awarded some money from the homeowner's insurance from where I had my accident, which was enough to purchase a modified van and some computer equipment. The van has been invaluable, because there is no public transit out where I live. I don't drive, so always have a friend, family member, or care provider drive me places. Still, I don't get ouch much... My '92 van only has around 65,000 miles on it. Hehe.

I seem to have typed a small book here, which is probably more than you bargained for, so think I'll close here for now. I will say, however, that I'm 110% for Chris making it out for the Hooters hamburger! Haha.

Sleep well,
Chris
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Hi, Theda. You're more than welcome to stick around and interact as a part of our little online community, and in time I'm confident that many friendships will be made! The community was created with the thought that it may become a valuable resource for not only people with higher spinal cord injuries, but for their family and care providers as well. I hope to communicate more with you in the future! :)
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CLINICAL TRIAL IN RECRUITMENT PHASE

The purpose of the first phase of the pilot clinical study of the BrainGate2 Neural Interface System is to obtain preliminary device safety information and to demonstrate the feasibility of people with tetraplegia using the System to control a computer cursor and other assistive devices with their thoughts. Another goal of the study is to determine the participants’ ability to operate communication software, such as e-mail, simply by imagining the movement of their own hand. The study is invasive and requires surgery.

Check out the link below to see a very short animated video showing what the trial is attempting to achieve. http://www.braingate2.org/systemOverview.html

Individuals with limited or no ability to use both hands due to cervical spinal cord injury, brain stem stroke, muscular dystrophy, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or other motor neuron diseases are being recruited into a clinical study at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Stanford University Medical Center. Clinical trial participants must live within a three-hour drive of Boston, MA or Palo Alto, CA. Clinical trial sites at other locations may be opened in the future. The study requires a commitment of 13 months.

For more information about the study, please contact them at:
clinicaltrials@braingate2.org
Telephone: 617-726-4218 (Dr. Hochberg)

#clinicaltrial #trial #science #disabilityacceptance #disabilities #checkitout #coolstuff #signup #disabilityadvocate #stroke #musculardystrophy #spinalcordinjury #ALS #clinicalstudy #boston #massachusetts #california #paloalto #google   #googleplus  
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Hi everyone. Jeremy here, a social science researcher from New Zealand. I don't have a spinal cord injury but I teach a friend of mine with quadriplegia how to play hands-free harmonica. 
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I've put up an IndieGoGo campaign to get some recognition and funding for my Eye-Controlled Wheelchair project. I would love it if everyone shared this and helped spread the word. Thanks, everyone. Let's make this happen! #ifihadglass   #glassexplorers   #googleglass  

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/google-glass-eye-control-app-for-wheelchairs
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TalkingEyes: Eye-tracking and ALS Google+ Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103103072435695270907l
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High. +Christopher Layne I am just here to support and / or help. My "spinal cord injury" is beyond repair and slowly "happening". Sometimes 3/4 of my body i asleep, not mine, or frozen. I guess you understand these terms.

An short intro; Dutch, 197 centimeter big male, 42 year.  Before diagnose ; ' worked ' in my youth for family due alcoholic overweight mother. 1990; on 18th; i started aikido, was medical trained, worked in medical unit army / for 16 doctors incl. a real homeopathic doctor - teacher. After this work for 25 companies.

Vague complaints in '98. Pain in 2003 and diagnoses in 2004.  2 loose or floating vertebrae; All joints worn out, incl spine; some crushed discs; 2 strictures in spine, pressing on nerves/blood vessels of the hips and the shoulders. Due problems caused by alcoholic mother i have 'stress related stomach disorder'since my 4th. Can not have any pills longer than 1/2 days or i get sick.

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After diagnose i talked with friends, among them doctors. One named me ' beyond repair'.  I always had an active live and for the first time on p.c. in 2008. Read all official medical news and articles, where i found the phrase; doing nothing is doing something, written in 2003 by a orthopedic surgeon, as his retirement article. He meant, after 25 years experimenting and operating himself; patients were not better off by any surgery. In 2009 i read about dutch governmental approved medical cannabis. 2010 official 100 % rejected for job application. in 2011 i got my first official prescription. I used it almost 2 years. Multiple request for reimbursement from healthcare were turned down. I started research on our 46 insurance companies ( owned by 4 financial groups ) with more than 300 policy packages.... 

Also we started to search, first in Europe than global, for patients using governmental approved medical cannabis applications AND getting reimbursement as well. We did found a few... but to count on one hand.  Because my history, my geo location and my need for some relief of the 24/7 lasting pains i am now know as +Cannabis Around Nations ( non profit )   overseeing some cannabis and patient communities(+150) searching for real patients stuck between the 'stoners' and the 'sellers' of cannabis or pharmaceuticals. I also hunt on g+ on "sexual predators" and " commercial pharmaceutical spammers " and i eat wrong diagnoses and prescription pooping doctors for lunch. No i meant before lunch.

as breakfest. Why ?. we had a case of 4 million prescription of blood thinners, on just 16 million dutch. think twice.

The " beautiful " part about cannabis is the reactions of strangers, friends family, not medical trained / experienced or healthcare professionals. If i had been on synthetics or morphine patches, the past 8 years, they would not have judged me the way some do now.  I still have my 'disease'.More on my mutiple diagnose syndrome | welkecannabisdokter 

Strange, how a psychical condition is talked into 'it is between your ears ' sometimes. The first time this happened, 2004, was enough for 3 months depressions. I live, day by day, by cutting them in half, and lay down halfway, i still do my aiki and tai chi exercises and meditations.

Most important, after 6 years sleeping bad, as 3 hours, i tried   tea | cannabismedicinalis  made with 1,5 gram, and i slept through the night.  

And yes. I'm angry. Our type of patients is, in the Netherlands, Europe, named in newspapers and public, the most expensive and difficult patient, (  they calculated at least 350.000,- per person.) and by hospitals and doctors shifted, passed on to the next. ,, Who is going to pay ". This week I saw someone with eight titanium vertebrae (8 x 30,000, without surgery costs) But ask some compensation for the wanted muscle relaxant / inflammation suppressor / pain reliever cannabis, and you end up still in the gutter. Wait, i was already...

All i do i try to publish on my https ( safe and ad free ) site.
home | cannabismedicinalis
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