After my accident all those many years ago (it will be 7 on June 1), I was contacted by a prosthetic clinic and given the opportunity of having a replacement finger made.
Truthfully, I am not missing that huge a part of my finger (really just from the first knuckle up), but considering the circumstances of the accident and the fact that I was given the opportunity to receive this thing for free, so I decided to go for it.
Because prosthetic making is so specialized, the company that I dealt with was from France and only came to Canada two or three times a year so I had to attend a clinic where they did all of the casting, measuring and colouring over a three day period.
The process was incredibly surreal and exhausting. I spent hours going from station to station in a Toronto hotel having people poke and prod at me and ask me all sorts of questions in broken English* while I sat under a clothesline pinned with various silicone limbs.
Anyway, when it was all done, I managed to get a pretty sweet looking prosthy out of the deal . . . or at least I thought so until I saw this . . .
A prosthetic with a USB port in it!
The man who owns it is Jerry Javala, a Finnish computer programmer and after his doctor made a joke about turning it into a finger drive, he moded his fakey to fit one!
How hysterically awesome is this picture?
Anyway, if you’re a bit of an oddball like me and want to see more pictures, you can check out his photostream here. Awesome!
*Since most of the people were French, they didn’t have great English vocabularies but almost all of them managed to ask me if I played basketball because I was so tall.