The Least, First

Monte Asbury's blog

Search Results

Water-filled glasses, adjustable for anyone, may change 3rd-world life

with 4 comments

Check out this brilliant invention: These water-filled lenses can be produced by the millions and adjusted on-site by the users themselves, many of whom stand less than a one in a million chance of ever visiting with an optometrist.
clipped from

British inventor Josh Silver, a former professor of physics at Oxford University, has come up with a game-changer of a product design with his water-lensed glasses.[…]
Inside the device’s tough plastic lenses are two clear circular sacs filled with fluid, each of which is connected to a small syringe attached to either arm of the spectacles.

The wearer adjusts a dial on the syringe to add or reduce amount of fluid in the membrane, thus changing the power of the lens. […]

[W]ith very little guidance people are perfectly capable of creating glasses to their own prescription […]
Silver’s goal is to help the hundreds of millions of people in developing countries who suffer from poor eyesight […]
[I]n Ghana, Silver met a man … who had been forced to retire as a tailor because he could no longer see to thread the needle … He was about 35…
“We put these specs on him, and he smiled, and threaded his needle, and sped up with this sewing machine. He can work now. He can see …”
blog it

Life-changing, don’t you think?

Tags: , , , , , , , , , Monte Asbury

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Written by Monte

January 2, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Bothered by “Bothered by the Cross”

with 2 comments

In an uncomfortable and excellent piece called Bothered by the Cross, Deanna Murshed spread the bother to me tonight [see the whole article in Sojonet here.] She's reflecting on how commonly we spill out the words "because Christ died on the cross," and how seldom they really make sense to us:

MurshedReally, what in the world does this mean? Christ died on the cross. It is so easy to hear now, that the absolute foolishness of it – and I mean that in the best possible way – simply ceases to amaze me.

But liturgical cycles are good for that – making you not forget any part of the story and asking you to revisit each station, as it were. One passage has been coming to mind (from John's gospel):

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Monte

April 18, 2006 at 9:55 pm

Posted in Bible, Lectionary