Feb 11, 17 / Pis 14, 01 20:36 UTC
Concept Designer From Canada ¶
Greetings, Asgardians! Wow, this is an honour. It's great to be here and be part of something so ground-breaking, innovative, and future-friendly! I'm located on the West Coast of British Columbia in the surprisngly-not-raining-right-now Vancouver.
Some things about me: former recording artist (industrial computer music), post secondary diplomas from Business College (Microcomputer & Business Applications and Desktop Publishing & Design) and via Correspondence (Honours in Fitness & Nutrition and 4.0 GPA in Interior Design theory). I'm a digital photography and digital art hobbyist. I used to work with inks and in collage, but my hands are quite crippled. I wrote a book but wasn't happy with it so I will be rewriting it in fiction form. My post secondary education was a challenge as I have autism and had to leave highschool after grade 9.
Now wondering what else to do next at age 51, I enrolled in the free online college Saylor Academy and should I be able to get through the work (I find math intimidating) will focus on Computer Science. I am especially interested in A.I. and developing apps. Although fascinated by robotics, I am not a mechanical engineer or even mechanically inclined. Also, for over three decades my life was focused on study and experience in a variety of religions and spiritual paths as well as Oriental Philosophy with some Martial Arts for self-defence thrown in for a while. I also got involved in an alternative culture and two subcultures. My hope was to understand things from a variety of perspectives rather than just reading and focusing on one path. I suppose it was rather like living like a cultural anthroplogist when I couldn't afford university. This way, I am able to talk to people from various walks of life and belief systems. Eventually I went for online ordination via Universal Life Church, feeling that I was more than qualified, having mastered the essence of at least a few paths.
Over the past couple of years, I have become very interested in politics. So, I get involved in peaceful non-violent ways in the interest of the global community as in signing petitions and open letters online when mass reaction from the world is needed in order to stop something disastrous from happening. I vowed to non-violence in my teens, feeling that using wisdom was a better option.
As a genuine Myers-Briggs INTJ, the way my brain works is one of the reasons I decided to join Asgardia. I hope my skills and talents will be useful. My natural tendency is to see or even create a whole conceptual system, try to figure out what would work and what would not and why and try to figure out solutions to possible problems that may arise in its various working parts. I tend to think via more than one perspective almost simultaneously when a problem arises and to "think outside the box" in general. While some people on the autism spectrum are excellent with numbers, instead it's the creative centre mixed with logic that works in me.
A few years ago, the thought came to me to think of what a world government would look like and most of the system came to me quickly. I started writing it down, complete with comstitution, currency, Ministries and laws. I thought I would get it published to get people thinking. Part way through I stopped. I realized that in the wrong hands it was dangerous. A dictator type could run amok with it. I thought about world leaders of that time, the greedy corporate fossil fueled war machine that was hell-bent on destroying this planet, the biosphere, mutitudes of ecosystems and every living creature until all the trees were gone and human beings couldn't even breathe anymore. I stopped writing it. I don't think I have one copy of that partial written work. The thought never ocurred to me to base it on a space nation that starts anew and starts with a whole different foundation. Asgardia is a brilliant solution to the problem I kept running up against and couldn't solve. It - no, we- have the chance to make it work, wheras a unified system would never work in a world that runs the way Earth does now.
So, all of that having been said, longwindedness aside, thank you for this opportunity. There are probably DNA repairing nanotechnologies and I know exoskeletons are being worked on, but I am in the low social class on disability, unable to afford whatever may or may not be available to make my life normal again- whatever "normal" means. I have a progressive hereditary neuromuscular diasease and I spend most of my time exhausted. However, whatever energy I have, I now have focus and purpose. So, again, thank you.