Monday, August 04, 2014

Toronto Restaurant for the Deaf and the Hearing


There's the new restaurant in Toronto that opened recently. SIGNS is a restaurant where all the wait staff and most of the kitchen staff are hearing-impaired. In this unique restaurant, the customers are asked to use American sign language to order their meal.

Not only does it give deaf people new career opportunities, but it gives hearing people a unique real-world experience with disability.

I've never been one who liked labels on my restaurants or parking spaces, but this is a unique situation because the workers are setting the stage rather than the customers.

I hope it becomes a massive success. Imagine if there were a restaurant or two in every city focused on the deaf experience.

Could this be taken a step forward with other businesses designed around the disabled worker? Granted, not every business would be conducive. A restaurant full of wheelchairs would get pretty crowded pretty quickly. I'm not sure I'd want a photo studio run by blind people.

But, imagine, retail stores, bowling alleys, or even web designing marketing consultants!

By catering to this unique worker demographic, you'd likely have much lower turnover. In the restaurant business, your serving staff and kitchen staff are one of your biggest expenses and there is rapid turnover that directly impacts profitability.

As long as the customers keep coming, it could be one of the most efficient and profitable restaurants in town.

SIGNS on Facebook

DIY Rechargeable Homemade Taser Sword (video)

For my old World of Warcraft guild mates… This is a seriously crazy LARP weapon. It's a homemade Taser sword that's rechargeable. I don't know the source of the video, other than the poster. I'd also like to know where he got the blades. Did he make them? The studs between them are nonconductive material, so he had to have customized them. The duct tape hilt is less than impressive, but it wouldn't take much to make this a beautiful looking weapon too.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sunfyre's Homeschool Curriculum

My friend's daughter (a soon to be second-grader) informed her mom that she wants to be homeschooled. My friend, a little burnt out of spending her summer with a seven-year-old and a two-year-old, told her that second grade will be awesome. Although, she confessed to me that she's already looking forward to our annual "kids-are-back-in-school-Margarita-party".

Anyhow, if Sunfyre ran homeschooling, here's a sampling of the curriculum!


Titles of New Homeschooling Courses


Mathematics: Algebra and Other Math You'll Never Use

Guidance Counseling: Pulling up Your Pants And Other Dress for Success Techniques

Home Economics: Cooking Bacon

Computer Science: How to Clean Your Browsing History

Prelaw: Choosing the Right Bail Bondsman

Chemistry: Mentos and Coke and Other Homemade Bombs

Literature: Shakespeare and 400 Years of Knockoffs

American History: Absolute Truth According to Christian White Men

Geography: How to Use Google Maps

Drivers Education: Get a Job, Then We'll Talk

Do you have suggestions for future courses? Put them in the comments!