Hi! I’m Rob Brownell. I support Team Gleason’s mission: to improve life for people living with ALS by delivering innovative technology and equipment. My long-imagined dream of writing a novel transmogrified into a bucket-list priority after my ALS diagnosis in 2017.
Team Gleason played a pivotal role in helping me make that dream a reality. Voice control technology, home automation, and a power wheelchair are tremendously empowering and have helped me maintain a degree of independence.
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INVENTION IS A MOTHER is a slightly sci-fi, darkly comic (puns! crude humor! irreverence!), sometimes wrenching take on our product-centric technology culture. The plot—like real engineering projects, like my quixotic goal to write a novel—is a marriage of ambition and absurdity.
Shaughnessy passively resists his force-fed STEM education and refuses to advance to adulthood. When his father is psychosomatically sidelined by a disease that is quite famous—but nonetheless fatal—he reluctantly fills in as his father at work. There, he embarks on an impossible quest: seeking reason within entrepreneurial behavior. On his bewildering journey, he finds allies in his family, a feral engineer, a personality-flexible coworker, a homicidal AI, and an alcoholic wormhole. Together they take on the most vexing riddles of life—and death!
If a tree falls in the woods, is it trying to kill you? What did Schrödinger have against cats? Does resurrection cure pre-existing neurological conditions? Why yoga pants?