It's time to share the eight YA and MG books that are at the top of my to-read list for the fall quarter of 2018!
As I said in my What's In My Memory Box post, I've already done a post looking at what's in my makeup bag. But the contents of said bag (and the bag itself) have changed since then. I feel like I spent all of my teens trying to figure out what makeup I liked and what products to use and what worked best for me--and now that I'm in my twenties, I've figured most of it out. So here are the products that really do work for me, taken from my makeup bag.
I've written letters here before addressed to my past selves: my sixteen-year-old self and my six-year-old self. But I haven't ever written a letter to my future self, at least not here. (I know I wrote one in a church group when I was twelve or so that was addressed to me the night before my wedding. I gave to my mom to keep for me until then. I think it's quite likely she's lost it by now, but in any case, wedding me is still in the future.)
So this letter is for a very future self: my elderly self. According to the Internet, senior discounts usually start with age 65, so, in line with my previous letters, we'll assume this letter is about my 66-year-old-self. That means I, in 2018, am talking to the person I will be in 2060.
So how is it in 2060? I know it's unlikely that any major technological breakthroughs like the ones I talk about here have happened, but it's always possible. I'm most interested, of course, in what your health situation is like. Do they have better treatments for our conditions? Do they have cures? Did our disabilities get better over time, or did they get worse? (Are you dead already? That's a possibility, in which case, hello, me in heaven. What's it like over there?)
Hey everybody! Today I wanted to talk about social media, which is one of my favorite things. I spend a lot of time on social media websites, and although there are drawbacks (as with any technology), I feel like on the whole it really enhances my life. When people get all negative about it, it hurts my soul a little bit.
After all, social media allows me, as a disabled person, to have a richer social life. It allows me to stay in contact with people who have moved away. It connects me to other people with disabilities and illnesses like mine, which is useful both for treatment and lifestyle help and just for commiseration.
Social media also grants me access to a lot of information about the world. Honestly, my favorite thing about social media isn't posting things myself, it's reading other people's posts. I've learned so much from the people I follow online. My Ravenclaw self is thrilled by the way social media and the Internet as a whole allow us to access and share knowledge!
So here are the social media tools that I use along with the ways that I use each one.
Facebook has become something of a "staple" in the social media world. If you want to be accessible to the people in your life, you need to have one, but it's not very new or exciting anymore.
On Facebook, I have a personal profile where I'm friends with people I know IRL, along with a few trusted Internet friends. I also like a lot of pages about topics I'm interested in As such, each day as I go through my feed, I see a wide variety of information about all kinds of things. I don't post very much on my personal profile anymore, but every once in a while I'll share an article or a quiz that I liked or a personal update.
My personal profile isn't widely accessible. However, I also have a Facebook page where I post links to all my blog posts as well as various book recommendations. This page is open for anyone to like!
Welcome to September, everyone!
Today I thought I'd share some examples of technology from science fiction that I can't wait to see become the norm in real life. Sci-fi is probably my favorite genre, both to read and to watch, and I think it's great how it has inspired (and continues to inspire) the real-life creation of many technologies. But there are still a whole lot of things from sci-fi that we have yet to create, and I want them.
When people complain about the existence of modern technology, what they fail to recognize is that technological advances often improve quality of life for disabled people. Every invention that allows tasks to be accomplished more easily makes it possible for disabled people to do something that we couldn't before. For example, most of my life is conducted via the Internet. Without it, my disabilities would make it impossible for me to accomplish as much as I do and to have the social life that I do.
As such, most of the technologies on this list aren't just cool or useful; they can also act as disability accommodations. These technologies would allow me, and many, many other disabled people, to live a better, fuller life. For example:
Many disabled people are unable to drive. Many more struggle to endure long distance travel. Others have mobility issues that make walking difficult. All of these things are true for me at this point in time, and so one of the sci-fi technologies I most look forward to is teleportation.
Many sci-fi worlds possess the ability to instantaneously teleport across various distances. Star Trek, for example, has transporters that can move people (and objects) across feet or across thousands of miles. Many fantasy worlds also have this power, such as Harry Potter's Apparation.
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