Archive for January, 2011

Who’s in da House? J! C!

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Who's in da House? J! C!

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Someone did a terrible job of teaching Griff how to pray…

Who's in da House? J! C!

Someone did a terrible job of teaching Griff how to pray…

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Cripz Meets the Press

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Well, the Freeps has answered the bell…kind of. After calling out the LFPress in last week’s comic, a reporter from the paper called this weekend to get the scoop from Clara and I on what was so wrong with their poll. Jane Sims spoke with us on Saturday and it’s safe to say this interview will go down as one of the funnest (and funniest) interviews in recent memory. After having a great chat, Jane wrote a fantastic article explaining why building accessible is so important. You can see the article here.

Earlier today, we also received an email from Ken Wightman, a retired photojournalist, who also had a thing or two to say about the whole fiasco. Jeff and Ken had a great chat at lunch, which resulted in Ken writing a really interesting blog post which can be read here.

Thanks Jane and Ken for getting in touch and keep up the great work!

Well, the Freeps has answered the bell…kind of. After calling out the LFPress in last week’s comic, a reporter from the paper called this weekend to get the scoop from Clara and I on what was so wrong with their poll. Jane Sims spoke with us on Saturday and it’s safe to say this interview […]

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Intervention: Ridiculous

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Recently, the London Free Press printed a great article outlining the decision by London City Council to invest $12m to install audible cross walk buttons around the city. Unfortunately, the article was then followed up the next day with an absolutely brutal poll on the LFP’s website asking: “Spending $12M on London crosswalk traffic-light buttons is: Ridiculous or Reasonable?” As you probably expected, 86% of over 1000 votes went with “Ridiculous.”

A fair and balanced report followed up by misdirection, misinformation and basically “gotcha journalism.”

We figure the poll would have swung a bit differently if the question had been “Spending $12M to save the lives of hundreds in London: Reasonable or Ridiculous?”

At least we hope so…

Poll asking "Spending $12M on London crosswalk traffic-light buttons is: Ridiculous or Reasonable" with "Ridiculous" receiving 84% of the vote

Captured off the London Free Press website on January 18th, 2011

Update:
We’ve gotten some local blog coverage of this comic, which you can see at:
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Ridiculous

Recently, the London Free Press printed a great article outlining the decision by London City Council to invest $12m to install audible cross walk buttons around the city. Unfortunately, the article was then followed up the next day with an absolutely brutal poll on the LFP’s website asking: “Spending $12M on London crosswalk traffic-light buttons […]

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Change of Heart

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Change of Heart

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Did you know Billy Bishop, the famous fighter ace from WW1, was caught with crib notes in his first year at RMC? From zero to hero. If you’ve learned nothing else from this week’s episode, now you know that if you cheat at school you’ll become a world-famous fighter pilot. It’s practically science.

Good luck studying for final exams, high school students of London!

Change of Heart

Did you know Billy Bishop, the famous fighter ace from WW1, was caught with crib notes in his first year at RMC? From zero to hero. If you’ve learned nothing else from this week’s episode, now you know that if you cheat at school you’ll become a world-famous fighter pilot. It’s practically science. Good luck […]

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Cabin Fever

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Before Christmas, Londoners got a taste of what it’s like for people with mobility limitations in the winter during an intense snowstorm that dropped close to 3 feet of snow on our fair city. As the snow kept falling and the snowbanks grew higher and higher, people took to the Internets to complain about going a little stir crazy stuck in their homes for two or three days because of the storm. The unfunny reality is that being trapped inside for days on end is common for those of us in wheelchairs and scooters. Without transportation or sidewalk clearing in London, we’re often stuck in our houses for a majority of the London winter, meaning two or three months of isolation rather than two or three days. If the sidewalks were cleared and we had access to transportation, it would be a different story entirely. Unfortunately, city council repeatedly votes any such measures down as being “too expensive.”

This isn’t a complaint about being disabled or a “woe is us” moment, but rather a time to look critically at the problem while weighing the true cost of this issue. Deciding whether or not to clear a sidewalk cannot be based on how much it costs, monetarily, but rather on the cost to peoples’ sanity as they stew away in their homes, snowbound for months at a time. To borrow a phrase: Mr. Fontana…teeaarr dooown these snow walls!

Cabin Fever

Before Christmas, Londoners got a taste of what it’s like for people with mobility limitations in the winter during an intense snowstorm that dropped close to 3 feet of snow on our fair city. As the snow kept falling and the snowbanks grew higher and higher, people took to the Internets to complain about going […]

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