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Date: 03/14/09 08:46 PM

36 Responses to How My Legs Give Me Super-Powers

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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    March 12, 2009 at 4:57 pm
    Link: How My Legs Give Me Super-Powers - Aimee Mullins talks about how the artistic and functional sides part of prosthetic legs can overlap. An inspiration.
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2009 at 9:03 pm
    Seems very fair to me.

    One has the misfortune of losing a limb, they are now given a huge variety of choices in order to replace and perhaps, ascend further than that loss, with a gained creativity of bodily alteration.

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    jareddevour Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm
    very very well done speech. She`s effing gorgeous too.

    She made me wish I had no legs.

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    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2009 at 9:13 pm
    one step closer to human-cyborgs...
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    isa_ragnor Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2009 at 9:25 pm
    the cemaster cycle is a really messed up movie ive only seen part 3 but yea
    not the most understood art work
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    bumbleBB Female 18-29
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    March 14, 2009 at 9:37 pm
    "Pamela Anderson has more prothetics in her body than I do. Nobody call her disabled." AWESOME!
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    ammit13fma Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2009 at 9:44 pm
    she is very cute. am I odd if I think she looked sexy as the cheeetah?
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    poetry Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2009 at 9:47 pm
    sweet. I`ve always kinda thought that myself before watching anything like this

    at least with the running legs that make you bound like twenty feet with each step

    opie, you should convince someone to make you a shock hand, or one that shoots fire

    that`s all I got so far, heh

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    poetry Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2009 at 9:49 pm
    oh and ammit I`d say no because I think so too, but I`ve been told I`m pretty odd so yeah probably haha
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    pighumper Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm
    fantastic post. pure perfection.
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    outfire Male 13-17
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    March 14, 2009 at 10:32 pm
    That was beutiful.

    +1 to my faith in humanity.

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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2009 at 10:44 pm
    ammit13fma, welcome to the furry group! :D
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    Jezuzfreak40 Male 13-17
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    March 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm
    I`m sorry, but something about her really annoyed me
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    HuskysTiger Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm
    :o black hair now! lol

    Enjoyed the speech. My friend told me once about this site, and he referred me to this video of a guy talking about how mushrooms can save the world... (he had good points, but I doubt any government would really want to fund the idea)

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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 12:12 am
    I guess I`ll give my little story (I have amniotic band syndrome and only have one hand, but it`s too lengthy to describe here so if you`re curious, you should Google it or ask me about it).

    I actually looked in to having a prosthetic for my hand. I mean for the longest time I had a functional one for archery that just opened and closed when I clipped it shut or unclipped it open, and that was its only purpose. But I looked into what a more mechanical one would be like, one for everyday use. There`s this technological advancement where small sensors can detect the tiny electrical impulses in your muscles, and turn that into hand movement. Right now it`s only so advanced to move the wrist and open/close a hand, but it`s something. I have my wrist, and that turned out to be a problem. You see there, there`s so much machinery that it would`ve had this big clunky thing sticking out of it. This kind of technology... (cont.)

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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 12:16 am
    ...is made for people with an entire limb missing, and all of that machinery goes into the limb. Also, the cost started at about 20k (it cost an arm and a leg, HA!)

    And that`s why she talks about art with leg prosthetics. A hand prosthetic is much more about function because some of the very basic human functions we are only just now able to replicate in the hands, which are incredibly intricate body parts. I was lucky enough to be born missing a hand and not actually lose it and have to relearn everything, THAT is what would be difficult.

    And because I used to say it a lot but don`t really anymore, I`ll say it again: Anyone is free to ask me any questions about my hand, I`m VERY hard to offend. I also have no toes because of ABS. :)

    Anyway, hope you all learned something today about art and the body.

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    Negative_One Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2009 at 12:51 am
    I did learn from this Opie, I have always been curious about how you type with one hand. I remember a while back that you told us about your hand, remember your avatar with the gogly eyes on your hand?
    Can I ask if it is hard to walk without toes?
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 12:55 am
    Nah, it`s not hard to walk. My feet are like.. size 10 in kids (USA). My knees get a bit of wear and tear because I can`t push off with my toes like people usually do, I walk kind of flat. Evidently it makes my hips swing, haha. I do run slowly (never liked sports :P) and have some balance problems (klutz).

    And yes, i do still have the googley eyed picture, hahaha.

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    langdonhill Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 1:01 am
    Opie, have you ever read Roald Dahl`s "The Witches"? That`s what I thought about when I read that you had no toes. It`s because I`m nice and considerate :)
    So, yeah, how quickly can you type?
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 1:09 am
    Ha, I haven`t, Lang, but I do remember in like 4th grade a part of our class read that book. But I wasn`t in that group, I read some other book.

    I can type 70wpm if I`m all fired up about it.

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    langdonhill Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 1:17 am
    haha, that`s probably better than I can do. The reason I thought about "The Witches" is because you can tell who the witches are because they are bald, have blue spit (that they use for ink, ewww) and HAVE NO TOES. You sure those different dye jobs aren`t just wigs carefully crafted to deceive us all and hide your evil schemes to turn children into mice?? Because that`s what happens in the book. It`s some pretty scary shiite when you`re 9.
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    Ajikan Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 2:39 am
    I`d gladly change my entire body if the replacement was superior. don`t feel prosthetics are at that level now
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    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 3:40 am
    That was a pretty good speech.
    However, as much as I would love being a little taller, I`m not about to go chop off my legs. :-P

    It`s funny because I just recently watched this documentary-type thing on the History channel about technology that can make the human body superhuman.

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    splat13 Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2009 at 5:51 am
    In a similar vein, Oscar Pistorius was banned from the summer olympics last year due to his cheetah blades giving him an unfair advantage. Check it out here
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2009 at 5:51 am
    On one hand, I`m glad that she`s not depressed. But does she have to be so vain? I guess she IS a model, so I can`t really expect too much.

    "Look at me in this picture. I have cheetah legs but no one notices because my tits are hanging out. Look at me in this one where I`m running down the beach. I have springy legs, but again no one notices because I am in in my underwear."

    So I guess the moral of the story is, as long as the rest of your body is completely perfect, people will accept that fact that you wear prosthetic legs.

    MAGIC LEGS LT. DAN!!!

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    Boredx12 Female 13-17
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    March 15, 2009 at 7:46 am
    Hardly superpowers, but still...
    I doubt it will catch on. No one`s gonna hack off their regular legs just to be a bit taller.
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    poetry Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 7:47 am
    opie, do you actually use a different system for typing, or do you actually stay on the home keys but just work both sides?
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2009 at 8:50 am
    She has the advantage of being super hawt. But really, look at what prosthetics did for General Grievous and Darth Vader? I`m just saying you know, when such Utilities come along, when a person can replace a forearm and hand with a minigun and a rocket launcher. *THEN* who`s gonna be disabled?
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    Negative_One Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2009 at 8:52 am
    It doesn`t even matter what body a person is born with as long as they have a good soul.
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    ballaerina Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 9:51 am
    I liked this - I thought she was funny and dynamic, but I do have a problem with it:

    Prosthetics are extremely expensive; she is a successful model/athelete and can afford 12 different sets of legs, but can the average person who loses a limb? Especially after medical bills if the limb had to be removed?

    Also, the legs that she has are top-of-the-line. I`m willing to bet that the average person who needs a prosethetic can only afford whatever they can get, which might mean stiff, clunky plastic legs, instead of smooth silicon legs that make you look like Barbie.

    Don`t get me wrong, her message about acceptance is inspiring, but those were some thoughts that went through my head watching the speech.

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    Harijuku Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 11:08 am
    What a beautiful person.
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 12:00 pm
    Lang, you`ve figured out my secret! I love giraffes because they have blue tongues, just like me.. :D (JK)

    Poet, I tried learning a system where my pointer finger was on the F and my pinky was on the J, but it didn`t do so well. I also had a program that would convert my speech into words, but it always fudged up (hilariously). But when I discovered AIM and the internet and thus secured my nerdhood, my typing speed took off.

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    AndroidMetro Male 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm
    Her message had the right idea, but shoving her personal porn collection in there makes me think otherwise.
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    dystopia04 Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm
    i love her message
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 7:18 pm
    Wow, that just blew my mind a little bit. It totally gives you a new perspective on beauty. And it`s amazing that while I was watching this "disabled" woman, I wasn`t thinking that I felt sorry for her, but that I envied not only her spirit, but her thin waist, pretty clothes, and long legs.
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    March 15, 2009 at 7:23 pm
    And RobSwindol, you must have watched an entirely different clip, because that wasn`t the message AT ALL.

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