September 4th, 2008 at 6:53 am (life)
I have 3- 20 regular readers; but I have posted little of late. I hope to get back to posting again soon.
Some yarn and knitting
Some ethicical musings
Some commentaties on Libraies and Research that catches my attention
Maybe on gaming a bit (MMORPGs like eq2 or warhammer)
What do you want to hear about?
April 24th, 2008 at 6:45 am (life)
It seems that A few of my posts have been hijacked by spam. The filter did not see them, but they seemed to be nestled in there snugger than a puppy in a pile of old clothes. So a few posts from the last months have been deleted to get rid of the pests. The filter seems to be working on all new posts. A word to the wise – keep your WordPress software up to date!
February 12th, 2008 at 7:28 am (Ethics, Healthcare, life)
Have you heard of the 5 wishes document from aging with dignity? I looks like an easier way to get people to consider advance directives. I know that it has a minimal cost but it looks to be well worth it. $5 is manageable to most of us, just the price of one skein of yarn or less!
“The Five Wishes document helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it looks to all of a person’s needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes also encourages discussing your wishes with your family and physician.
Five Wishes lets your family and doctors know:
Which person you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them.
The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want.
How comfortable you want to be.
How you want people to treat you.
What you want your loved ones to know.”
August 24th, 2007 at 8:48 am (life, research, Research Ethics)
Here is an interesting link to an article about researchers looking at human behavior in an unexpected virtual epidemic in the online game World of Warcraft. It leads to questions about the suitability of using these worlds for future planned research.
Click here to learn more about how the online plague happened by accident.
August 8th, 2007 at 11:19 am (life)
Well I finished Harry Potter. It was a wonderful book and I am glad I read it. I guessed correctly on some things and missed others. All-in-all a lot of fun.
My main concern now is how do we keep this interest in reading alive for the general public? How do we engage children in particular? One of the joys of this series is that it appealed to all sexes and a wide age group. Is there something else out there that is on its way to similar popularity?
July 27th, 2007 at 9:41 am (life)
July 23rd, 2007 at 11:40 am (Ethics, life)
I ride public transportation regularly. While on these daily tips I often wonder if there is a code of ethics for train riders? What motivates people to act the way they do?
These deep thoughts are usually motivated by a couple of my pet peeves.
1) Why do people on the platform push themselves in front of you to get on the train? This is often followed by said person standing and blocking the doorway while they decide where to go in the train car.
2) The train I ride is often standing room only by the time it leaves the city. Because of this I will usually stand and leave seats open for those who need them more. Then people who appear to be fit push and jump in to get the seat(s). I make allowances in my mind thinking that they may be tired or have an issue that is not apparent; however this happens so often that it often just folk who want to sit no matter who is standing. I am happy to see that there are many people who stand for the same reason I do (both male and female). That does help make me feel that there is some hope for the future.
3) The last pet peeve I will list results from peeve number 2. After I have been standing for 30 minutes, on a train that is weaving and swaying, starting and stopping, those same people who pushed to grab a seat jump up at the stop and push me out of the way so they can get off in front of me. Why? will those three steps make a huge difference in their lives?
None of these are huge issues. In fact, they help me remember to be patient and considerate if possible. I know I have the time in my life that these small things should not matter. But I constantly ask myself why do people do that?
July 23rd, 2007 at 7:57 am (life)
Well, I have the book. In fact got it on 8 AM of the morning it was released. I have not looked at it yet because my wife and daughter got it first. They both finished it over the weekend. Thank goodness they are being kind and not saying what happened. I hope they can keep it quiet until I am done. I do not read as fast as they do. I am a very fast reader just not as fast as they are.
July 11th, 2007 at 4:19 pm (life)
I am still here. still knitting at home and on the train. Still getting funny looks on the train but I am getting more used to it. It is hotter than I would like it to be and work is very busy but we are still happy and plugging away at things. ( Even if I am not posting a lot !)
June 24th, 2007 at 3:21 pm (Libraries, life)