Oct 23 2010

privileged weekend links

It will be tempting to skim this link, since it’s long and repetitive in structure.  Don’t.  What are your privileges? (link from John Scalzi)

(some) Privileges I retain: the privilege of intelligence, education, and a quick-processing mind; the privilege of a good upbringing; the privilege of good partnerships and family; (these days) the privilege of not worrying about food on the table

(some) Privileges I have lost: the privilege of not worrying about where my daily energy comes from, or what can get done before I run out of steam; the privilege of presumed good health; the privilege of ignoring my body’s signals; the privilege of presumed pain-free existence; the privilege of spontaneous event scheduling

Interesting article about Google’s proposed book settlement monopoly; another step away from the “Don’t Be Evil” company motto?

For the body-modders: Implantable LEDs

Another thought-fodder piece from Futurismic: Wikiversity

Here’s one for my brother:  33 Conspiracy Theories That Were Proven True

The divine Emma Bull expounds on how the problem of bullying is everyone’s responsibility.

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4 Responses to “privileged weekend links”

  1. Mary Basson 23 Oct 2010 at 12:56 pm

    On the subject of the Implantable LEDs: In a way, I’d like to have them exist subdermally in my body for the artistic effect; but, I am especially interested in the possible good effects medically. And, I find the idea of robotic Overlords amusing.

  2. Mary Basson 24 Oct 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Reesa, I have lost all the privileges you have in regard to our bodies and medical status; and I continue to lose more of these all the time. So, I truly understand where you are coming from along these lines. I wish I knew that losing more of same would not occur for me but am too realistic for such. So, my main hope is that I can deal with it all well and can compensate well too. I do get tired of the extreme fatigue, the increasing pain, the growing weaknesses, and having to take so many medicines but at the same time I am well aware that all aspects of my health (or lack thereof) could be much worse. So, there’s always something for which to be thankful.

  3. Mary Basson 24 Oct 2010 at 1:48 pm

    In regard to bullying, when I was growing up I wish adults had given a damn about it. There was no help anywhere a kid turned at least in my life. If a kid can’t fight bullying then an adult should. In fact, adults ALWAYS should. And, kids should fight it too. Anyone who sees someone else being bullied should stand up against it and stand with the one who is being bullied. Only when we all stand up against what’s wrong does RIGHT win!!!!!!

  4. Reesaon 24 Oct 2010 at 3:13 pm

    @Mary — Thanks for all the good comments, I continue to enjoy posting these weekend links and quite enjoy when they spark reaction or discussion.

    I of course thought of the artistic LED implications first, as you did, and then reading the article was like “oh yeah, I guess you could actually use it for useful things too.”

    I am glad I don’t have to know the more extreme levels of those lost privileges as you do. Finding things to be thankful for helps me through the rougher spots of my own life, glad others get benefit from that as well.

    I have been fascinated to watch the media evolution of the dialogue about bullying and queer issues these past few weeks, as is obvious from its continued presence in the weekend links posts. It is really cool to hear all the different perspectives and people’s experiences.