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Blind Bargains Qast 98: The Blind Film Critic... in Space!

Summer is almost here, and with it comes a bumper crop of new summer movies. We've got a real live film critic on hand, [Jay Forry, to give some suggestions about which cinematic extravaganzas are the best for beating the heat in a cool movie theater this season. We also have some tips on using your Google Home, plus "Sound Off" and the regular topics in the Last Word".

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Interview: Jay Forry, Blind Film Critic

You might have seen him on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", or like Joe oh so many years ago, you might have heard Jay on an FM radio station providing his take on the latest movies in the theater. Jay has written about movies for years and we thought it would be good to get an idea about what was hot for Summer 2017. Listen as Jay and Joe discuss films and how Jay approaches his craft. Also hear Joe make a major movie composer flub that he wishes he could take back upon hearing the edited interview. The full list of the movies mentioned in this review can be found in a recent article over at Jay's site.


Joe gives some tips about proper phrasing to use when talking with your google Home. We will have a demo of the new step by step cooking mode in an upcoming show. For now, when talking with your Home device, remember to try moving the keywords around to get the best result. Like "OK Google, Depeche Mode "Music For The Masses" on Chromecast Audio". You may have to change those words around depending on the service being used. "Hey Google, play from YouTube Depeche Mode "Music For The Masses" on Google Home". Try a few combinations before you chuck in the towel and give up. You might be surprised at what phrase will work best.

Also, in a recent update to Google Home, multi user support was added. check out this article to know more about how it works with various types of media.

Using multi-user media controls on Google Home: How it works

Sound Off:

We asked our listeners to send along refferences to the number 97. But we never saw this one from Pat Hornell coming at all.

"Howdy folks!
Podcast 97 was excellent and quite hilarious. But when it comes to songs, how could you forget The Wreck Of The Old 97 ? Here is a link to a modern cover version of that song.

Joe said Pat's song reminded him of another song. One from Cookie Monster. Joe readily admits that he is a product of the Children's Television Workshop. Television And today's show is brought to you by the letters B and Q. As well as the numbers 9 and 8.

Here's one that Gordon sent us back on April 1st. It might have gotten lost in time or space somehow.

"Hi guys,
I listen to a podcast from Universe Today called the Weekly Space Hangout. Space is fascinating, even if I can't see it.
This week's episode for March 31st has an amazing interview with a team from a number of US universities which is working to develop tools and a teaching programme to enable blind and visually impaired students to study astronomy along with their sighted peers. The chat, which begins near the start of podcast, is amazing to hear and it touches on accessibility of other STEM subjects.
The podcast can be found at

thanks Gordon for the suggestion. If you, yes you reading these very notes, come upon cool stuff like the above link... be sure to pass it along to us at

Last Word:

Food, pets and music. Yep, we really reached outside of the box for subjects again huh?
Walmart is selling a tortilla-croissant hybrid and we re not sure how to feel about it

Woman Brings Dog To Furry Convention, Thinking It's A Gathering For Pets

TV Themes In Minor

Next week... 99 Red Balloons? Agent 99? We have 99 podcasts and this is one? Well, next week is BBQ 99 at any rate. See you then.

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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