Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Ethics

My ethics dictate the following in order:

1. Through no action or inaction will I permit or encourage any child to come to harm physically, mentally, or emotionally , even if doing so violates other ethics listed.
2. Through no action or inaction will I allow others to be murdered/or commit suicide, even in cases where they mistakenly (in my opinion) wish to do because of disabling conditions. Such people need connection to equipment, services, supports, and community to enable them to live the fullest lives possible. As I believe such and will act accordingly, I must help them achieve same.
3. To violate laws that are counterproductive to the creation of a more just world and to act non-violently in this pursuit.
4. To use my limited financial resources and artistic talents to help achieve the more just world in question 3.
5. If I ever achieve financial success, I will donate extra money to achieving the more just world in question 3 and not to become overly interested in money and things.
6. To not lie, if it doesn't violate 1-5. However, if the truth is cruel and will not alter the situation to simply not say anything is acceptable.
7. I believe that "teaching others to stand up and fight is the only way our struggle survives" as Sweet Honey and the Rock says.
8. To honor always the dead and the martyred.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Book Review: Where's My Jet Pack (Book 1 of 150)

My first first book of 2011 is Where's My Jet Pack? is a scientific book by Daniel H. Wilson. I'm not much of science girl, but I'm a science fiction girl. I'm amazed that so much science fiction tech is attainable. Jet packs are not possible because, accept, including to the author by extreme sports people.

There are lots of contests apparently to engage contests that allow people to bring about science fiction tech. If you are really into this sort of thing, read this book. Another thing I liked was the human bring section, part 5. The book also dealt with transportation, robotics (I was particularly interested in the part about robots and people with disabilities). Also, there is section on space habitats, sea habitats, and so on.

I rate this book a 7. My rating might be higher if I weren't sick. It was very understandable, even for a non-science person like me.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A New Year's Oriented Post

My great-grandmother was a superstitious person. She told me that on New Year’s Day you should do three things- leave the house (otherwise you’d get sick or hurt frequently and have to be housebound a lot), be productive (otherwise you’d have a sloth-like year without many accomplishments), and do good for others (otherwise you’ll have bad luck). I’m not sure I believe all that stuff, but I figured why tempt fate.

I try to complete the ritual every year. The one year I didn’t do it was when I hit my knee on that bathroom floor. The first thing you need to is leave the house. I did that to buy a massive salad and my poor, sickly, flu ridden housemate some Theraflu (which I guess also counts as helping someone), and pick up s red box movie. The second thing you need to do is be productive which I’ve done by writing a bunch of blogs and repaying some debt. The third thing I did was help others by donating $10 to ADAPT, the organization that helps free people from nursing homes and other institutions.

I think my great grandmother would approve of my behavior today.