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Category: Chill Out

Wie baue ich ein Fahrrad / Velo um für das Fahren mit einseitiger Armamputation? [Erfahrungsberichte / Vorschläge / Anleitung]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Wie baue ich ein Fahrrad / Velo um für das Fahren mit einseitiger Armamputation? [Erfahrungsberichte / Vorschläge / Anleitung]; published August 29, 2019, 16:36; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=10034.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Wie baue ich ein Fahrrad / Velo um für das Fahren mit einseitiger Armamputation? [Erfahrungsberichte / Vorschläge / Anleitung]}}, month = {August},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=10034}}


Für das Fahrradfahren mit Armamputation (bei mir: Unterarmamputation rechts) habe ich inzwischen einige praktische Erfahrungen gesammelt. Diese sind hier zusammengestellt.

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Swiss Federal President John Taylor Mayor speaks to the Day of the Ill [analysis] #montypython #bwahaha

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Swiss Federal President John Taylor Mayor speaks to the Day of the Ill [analysis] #montypython #bwahaha; published March 8, 2016, 19:54; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5769.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Swiss Federal President John Taylor Mayor speaks to the Day of the Ill [analysis] #montypython #bwahaha}}, month = {March},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5769}}


For March 6th 2016, Swiss Federal President Johann Schneider-Ammann (translated to English as John Taylor Mayor) delivers a most spectacular speech for the Swiss Day of the Ill.

In essence, he advocates happy laughter (but no bickering or bullying).

He delivers the speech with an outstandingly dead pan serious face that attained cult status. He employs a "Francais federal" accent that also attains cult status.

Together with a setting that appears to be straight out of a Jacques Tati movie, the video of that speech itself is, in its entirety, a clearly one total Swiss Federal guilty pleasure to watch. There are no better. Who laughs first, loses. In essence, laughter is good, scientifically, but only when done right.

What a hoot. A rare gem. Subtle and extremely subtle at once. Several layers of politeness. From view of a person that does carry a load, that speech is GREAT. I loved it. It made me realize there is laughter and compassion with respect of a rarely found high degree of humanity. Thank you, Mr President.

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Summer holidays [fly swimming, jellyfish chasing]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Summer holidays [fly swimming, jellyfish chasing]; published August 21, 2013, 13:14; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2017.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Summer holidays [fly swimming, jellyfish chasing]}}, month = {August},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2017}}


Swimming fly in the Mediterranean. Chasing jellyfish.

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Sissel Pro Compact massage device in action [experience report]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Sissel Pro Compact massage device in action [experience report]; published August 11, 2013, 15:58; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2007.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Sissel Pro Compact massage device in action [experience report]}}, month = {August},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2007}}


I recently got to try out a more violent and thus fun to play with mechanical vibration machine that is aimed at treating tense muscles. The device not just produces a minor buzz but really goes at it. The amount of action is so much that (in all likelihood) it probably should not be sold in places where litigation is encouraged by court systems. But, see for yourself.

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Titanium feat. Sia (by David Guerra) [chill]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Titanium feat. Sia (by David Guerra) [chill]; published December 26, 2012, 21:27; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1123.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Titanium feat. Sia (by David Guerra) [chill]}}, month = {December},year = {2012}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1123}}


I am Titanium.

I somewhat found that sentence to be appropriate on another note than the one intended by the song writer.

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Plaid - 35 summers [chill out]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Plaid - 35 summers [chill out]; published February 4, 2012, 17:08; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=530.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Plaid - 35 summers [chill out]}}, month = {February},year = {2012}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=530}}


Plaid is a British duo that makes electronic music [wikipedia].

Their song "35 summers" off their album "Scintilli" is cool.

But the accompanying video goes a lot further. It does have a symbolic depth on numerous layers.

Really very beautiful.

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Dirty Loops - Sexyback [chill]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Dirty Loops - Sexyback [chill]; published December 25, 2011, 19:38; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=516.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Dirty Loops - Sexyback [chill]}}, month = {December},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=516}}


The Swedish funk trio Dirty Loops [twitter, facebook, myspace] started to release their first six or so songs - generously, for free download.

With that superb play and attitude they do deserve our full attention.

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Chicane - What Am I Doing Here / part 2 [chill]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Chicane - What Am I Doing Here / part 2 [chill]; published October 28, 2011, 23:12; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=497.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Chicane - What Am I Doing Here / part 2 [chill]}}, month = {October},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=497}}


Giants is an absolutely great studio album by British electronic dance music artist Nicholas Bracegirdle alias Chicane. It made rank 2 on the UK Dance Albums charts as it appears.

Happy chilling : )

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Trentemøller - Always Something Better (vocal version ft. Richard Davis) [chill out]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Trentemøller - Always Something Better (vocal version ft. Richard Davis) [chill out]; published October 3, 2011, 00:58; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=489.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Trentemøller - Always Something Better (vocal version ft. Richard Davis) [chill out]}}, month = {October},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=489}}


Anders Trentemøller [wikipedia - website] is a Danish musician.

The music revealst itself mostly at high quality and with a good head or speaker set, any compressed Youtube preview is a shadow of the real thing at best. If at all. But previews should be attempted despite their shortcomings. Here, go for crisp heights and deep full rich bass if possible.

I mean, somehow I wonder how all that pain gets processed. Admitted, I seek and accept support such as this. Waiting until pain subsides and until all feels fresh again is such a waste of time - but it can be pleasantly wasteful.

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Body core strength - LUNOCET 015 - peaceful Lake of Zurich freestyle LUNOCET swimming [summer break]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Body core strength - LUNOCET 015 - peaceful Lake of Zurich freestyle LUNOCET swimming [summer break]; published August 11, 2011, 13:29; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=468.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Body core strength - LUNOCET 015 - peaceful Lake of Zurich freestyle LUNOCET swimming [summer break]}}, month = {August},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=468}}


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I bought myself a LUNOCET 015 monofin [manufacturer] [SciAm article]. Certainly one of the more wicked pieces of equipment for people with too much energies to burn off. It basically is an extremely well designed fin that enhances your body waves and leg kicks that you can then do with a full blast to speed ahead.

People that read this blog know that I find some 30'000 USD or more for a piece of prosthetic arm gadgetry too much. Some people fail to understand why. Buying a contraption is one thing - but seeing what it does to you emotionally and mentally (once you have it) is quite another. Too much focus on ill-guided gadgetry with the wrong gadgets - and you will end up with a serious depression. Maybe it is because there are so many *other* things to do that really fill my heart.

This here is just a small snow flake, on a tip of an iceberg of what there is to do to fill one's heart with the sheer joy of motion. And so one of the things I can do instead of buying an iLimb, Michelangelo hand or BeBionic, is to park my ~ 30'000 USD or howevermuch money in the right spot, and simply use the interest rate to ride off into the sunset, to buy a Lunocet, and / or to go on holidays somewhere outlandish or do some other stuff that's really good for me.

There are folks that - missing a limb - look for replacement for that missing limb to do anything - to go swimming, for other stuff they do. It is not hard to understand that approach but it is not the only approach there is. One other approach that I started to work on is to manualize the rest of the world instead - including other body parts, immediate surroundings and even by including other people for certain moment of assistance for example. One can then pull apart certain aspects of this - posture, tasks, appearance, balance in motion, to find more creative and even more powerful solutions. In fact, the research head of a robot lab highlighted this to me when - upon visiting their lab - he admitted that robotics (or prosthetics) never would solve the task of replacing a human hand, and that already me adopting other people - for company, for sports, you name it - to solve my own amputation based problems - social, practical, et cetera - was the far better solution in many ways than society spending millions on trying to find the perfect robot hand. But the public doesn't know about this, so let us keep it a secret. In a way this confirms my rather simple minded attempts to assemble a really robust body powered prosthetic arm as a simple tool that holds up to daily requirements - a feasible and realistic task, one where there is light at the end of the tunnel. Real joy and fun is found elsewhere - it is, what you do with (or without) these tools.

This is me, doing some peaceful LUNOCET 015 cruises in the Lake of Zurich. Yes, without added push, I am that fast. I already loved butterfly swimming but this really pushes it. This, by far, surpasses the amount of calm joy that can be gotten out of a number of other activities, including purchase of a myoelectric hand. And if someone offers me one gadget, I'd be a fool not evaluate some other gadgets, wouldn't I. Water sports was always something I liked but I never stopped missing my right hand so much than when going full speed with my Lunocet, and that is maybe why this blog entry belongs here, rather than just on some general water fun webpage.

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Phantom limb, phantom world, phantom pain and Microsoft XBOX 360 with KINECT [hehe]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Phantom limb, phantom world, phantom pain and Microsoft XBOX 360 with KINECT [hehe]; published June 26, 2011, 02:45; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=446.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Phantom limb, phantom world, phantom pain and Microsoft XBOX 360 with KINECT [hehe]}}, month = {June},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=446}}


A while back I realized how the term prosthetic applies to so many of our add-on items. Since then we have also seen the rise to stardom of Amber Case. It now seems to be also terribly undefined and unclear exactly how an interface between stump and phantom replacement is supposed to look like.

One way to replace a phantom hand with a visual appearance is using a prosthetic arm. That has the disadvantage of being different and stiff, mostly unintuitive and clumsy, heavy, at times even smelly, some of the practical but most somewhat if not outright ugly - at least, comparing it with a more embedded experience.

Another way to replace a phantom hand is by using a mirror box. However, mirror therapy is a rather strenuous mental exercise. It also is not good for just anybody - my phantom pains, for example, got quite a bit worse with the mirror box.

And then, there is Microsoft XBOX 360 with KINECT.

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What A Wonderful World [chill]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - What A Wonderful World [chill]; published May 29, 2011, 12:58; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=422.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - What A Wonderful World [chill]}}, month = {May},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=422}}


It is always a feat to watch Louis Armstrong perform. Back in the days they would have cut him off dry had he talked about racism. Instead of pointing fingers, he took the song "What A Wonderful World" that praises the rest - but not the way adults treat each other.

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JD Sumner - The Lord Still Lives In This Old House [chill out]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - JD Sumner - The Lord Still Lives In This Old House [chill out]; published May 13, 2011, 00:00; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=410.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574331486, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - JD Sumner - The Lord Still Lives In This Old House [chill out]}}, month = {May},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=410}}


Finally, JD Sumner testifies - seemingly after all these years with his bro' preachin' his sister testifyin' and him just singin'. Just great.

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