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NB: This article is not meant as a guide to using a cane. If you are sighted, using a cane in public is probably a bit illegal. If you have a vision impairment, see an O&M instructor.

There are two main types of white cane, used for different purposes. There is some variation in both and they can either be straight or collapsible. The first is the ID cane, a rod made of lightweight and durable material about the diameter of an index finger, about one meter in length and usually with a few inches of red at one end. Using the ID cane is simple - hold the cane in one hand at the middle diagonally across your body so that it can be seen from in front, at the side and behind. The cane is not meant to touch the ground, rather, it sends a signal to others that the user has low vision. It may also help to avoid large obstacles, such as poles, cars, people etc. It might signal to buses to stop even without signal, for drivers to take extra caution and for pedestrians to take initiative in…

Ack! The message system is broken!

Yesterday I noticed that one of my recent writeups was on the "Cool User Picks!" again, which seemed weird because I had not received one of those nifty little notifications from the system. When I checked the node, it actually had been C!ed a couple of times without the message appearing. I did see the general experience point notifications (which does not rely on the message system in e2 in the way that the…