Flying with condors

Print PDF The Smithsonian Network had a documentary On Demand about world-class British hang glider Judy Leden who wanted to fly with the Andean condors in Patagonia in Argentina. If you get a chance to watch it, I recommend it.[…]

Video: Judson Laipply – The Evolution of Dance 2

Print PDFJudson Laipply is back with a follow-up to his earlier hit, The Evloution of Dance 2. Reviews on YouTube are generally positive (4.5 stars), but written comments frequently state that this version is not as good, funny, etc. I[…]

An alternative to cinema-style ratings for Web sites

Apparently members of the British government have been talking with members of the U.S. Obama transition team to come up with some new thoughts on how to censor (protect children from) the Internet. As with many of the past suggestions, most of these thoughts are not well thought-out, would be nearly impossible to implement, and, if implemented, would cause many more problems than they would resolve. I explain why, and a couple of things that would actually help.

Lifestyle Choices

[A] bumper sticker on a Toyota Prius read, “Draft SUV drivers first”… Discriminating against SUV drivers…is discrimination against a lifestyle CHOICE, and avoiding that discrimination is as easy as choosing a different vehicle to drive. This is very different from discriminating against someone based on height, ethnicity, handicap, or religion. But what about sexual orientation?

“ps = I wonder whether ‘weblog’ is masculine or feminine?” Response

“Weblog” should be gender neutral in a general sense. Since blogs are reflections of their human creators, I think the gender of the noun aligns with the gender of the blogger. It therefore would have the potential to be either masculine or feminine. Hmm… but what about other situations… Read about those after the jump.

Mars Phoenix landing right now

Print PDFFind the NASA channel or Science Channel in your local listings for live updates on the landing of the Phoenix Lander, on its way to touchdown on Mars right now! More info: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/phoenix/main/index.html http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/phoenix/blogs/index.html http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/index.php http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_(spacecraft) Update #1: Confirmation[…]

Twitter Updates for 2008-05-18

Print PDF Just got back from the late showing of Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I have to say that it was BETTER than the book! Great job. # Powered by Twitter Tools. Related Posts:Twitter Updates for 2008-04-07

The Right to Live and Die

My homework for this week was to answer this question: “Currently there is an ethical dilemma regarding terminally ill individuals and their right to die. Do you believe an individual has the right to die? Should medical professionals use extensive measures to prolong the life of a terminally ill patient? Does your opinion change if the patient is suffering from a chronic condition? Should there be a national right to die law?” Read my response after the jump, and feel free to respond.

A night in the life of a hotel night auditor

Many years ago, I worked as a night auditor at an Embassy Suites hotel. About a year later, I switched to a Best Western overlooking the Pacific Ocean. While most of the nights at both properties were pretty routine, there were a few wild times there: fire alarms and even a real fire, drunken and domestic fights, medical emergencies, rowdy beach parties, and even a near miss by an airplane. Read all about it after the jump.

Drug use during pregnancy: Conclusions

A summary of class responses and my own closing thoughts in response to this week’s question: “Does a woman have a responsibility and ethical obligation to avoid drug use during pregnancy? If she does use drugs during pregnancy, should there be punishment for endangering the baby? What are the rights of the mother and the baby?” Read what several students had to say, and leave feedback with your own thoughts in this eight-part series.

Drug use during pregnancy: Abuse of Drugs During Pregnancy

Discussion 6 of 6 starts with the focus on some Biblical thoughts concerning harm coming to babies and pregnant women. This is in response to this week’s question: “Does a woman have a responsibility and ethical obligation to avoid drug use during pregnancy? If she does use drugs during pregnancy, should there be punishment for endangering the baby? What are the rights of the mother and the baby?” Read what several students had to say, and leave feedback with your own thoughts in this eight-part series.

Drug use during pregnancy: Why punishing mothers who use drugs does not work

Discussion 5 of 6 starts with the premise that punishing mothers who use drugs does not work. This is in response to this week’s question: “Does a woman have a responsibility and ethical obligation to avoid drug use during pregnancy? If she does use drugs during pregnancy, should there be punishment for endangering the baby? What are the rights of the mother and the baby?” Read what several students had to say, and leave feedback with your own thoughts in this eight-part series.

Drug use during pregnancy: Mothers (should) know best

Discussion 4 of 6 starts with the feeling that women should take care of themselves during pregnancy, but points out that sometimes women do not realize they are pregnant for a while; society should help women rise above their troubles rather than punishing them for being in a bad situation. This is in response to this week’s question: “Does a woman have a responsibility and ethical obligation to avoid drug use during pregnancy? If she does use drugs during pregnancy, should there be punishment for endangering the baby? What are the rights of the mother and the baby?” Read what several students had to say, and leave feedback with your own thoughts in this eight-part series.

Drug use during pregnancy: Junior and I will take two packs of Camel Lights, please

Discussion 3 of 6 starts with the feeling that a woman should commit to a healthy pregnancy, but should not be punished for drug use during pregnancy. This is in response to this week’s question: “Does a woman have a responsibility and ethical obligation to avoid drug use during pregnancy? If she does use drugs during pregnancy, should there be punishment for endangering the baby? What are the rights of the mother and the baby?” Read what several students had to say, and leave feedback with your own thoughts in this eight-part series.

Drug use during pregnancy: Drugs and Pregnancy?

Discussion 2 of 6 starts by agreeing that a woman should be responsibility, but is uncertain about how a penalty would help. This is in response to this week’s question: “Does a woman have a responsibility and ethical obligation to avoid drug use during pregnancy? If she does use drugs during pregnancy, should there be punishment for endangering the baby? What are the rights of the mother and the baby?” Read what several students had to say, and leave feedback with your own thoughts in this eight-part series.