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Getting To Know Me
IntroductionMy name is Heavenly Harmony, an ecclectic human being who loves artistic music and sound design, science and technology, as well as advocating on social and political issues I care about, not only for myself, but for others who may not be able to speak up for themselves, as well. Things I research include
- anatomy and physiology
- vestibular illusions on the human body
- air and space
- three-D scanning and printing-- you get the idea. I live in the Portland Metro area here in Oregon, United States. If you are a member or ally of the LGBTQIA+ community, click here.
What I'm doing nowI'm currently working on a slew of projects to help me reach my goals of becoming an accomplished author, podcaster, and blogger on a professional level. My first manuscripts are Your First Flight and
My basic physique at a glanceSo that you can make a picture in your mind, I am about five feet and four inches tall, have long, black hair and brown eyes. I am totally blind and severely hard-of-hearing in both ears as well. Although I may be perceived as shy, having had bad experiences when I was little, I definitely enjoy talking to people and having fun. Since I can't watch a lot of movies and TV shows as much as I could, I am often clueless about the latest social trends, slangs, and other things that are floating around me.... a fluid substance of meaningless chatter. I am afraid of saying something at the wrong time, thus making a fool of myself; I need to overcome this fear. I've been bullied by people who were blind because I had said or done something without meaning to, or simply because they wanted to act superior over me for not being able to hear well like they could. So, I have found ways to either not say anything if I have absolutely no idea what is going on, or if it interests me, I can ask what the conversation was about, so I can choose my words carefully. Sometimes, depending on the environment, I can comment on a question that I know an answer to and I know I heard. A few of the things I have noticed is what people think I can hear or not. There is often a mistake because there is no way for someone to know what I can or cannot hear. I have been told by my teachers and aids that I should acknowledge in some way to let them know that I heard what they said. Here is a problem, though. How do I know if the question has been directed to me if I was not the only one present in the environment? Sometimes I cannot tell when a person is facing me, though they assume I can. So, I had to sometimes ask, are you talking to me? So, all I ask is to be treated like everybody else and try to talk to me more specifically without yelling too loudly. If it helps, you can spell out any unfamiliar words or phrases using phonetics, like charlie, alpha, tango for cat One of the great advantages of having text-based discussions is that I can read everything and know what to say. It is written for me to read with my screen reader's speech output or a braille display.
As I mentioned, I have a hearing impairment due to misfolded proteins. This is a disease that destroys neural cells in the retinas and cochlea during development or shortly after birth, and sometimes it can also affect the brain or respiratory system. This disease is congenital, meaning that it has a tendency to run in families. I was born with a pretty severe case of it. I was one of the lucky ones. My brother, who was born first, was probably given a full-blown version of it because he never learned verbal communication skills.
I was born with perfect hearing, and possibly very little vision, except that I never had surgery that would have cleared up the cataracts found in the eyes. However, my retinal cells have degenerated, so unless a miracle breakthrough occurred, I would not be seeing anything soon. Now I can only see white light. When I was younger, I could tell when the same brightness of light (with a slightly different quality) was reflecting off certain surfaces, like a wall, at exactly one hundred eighty degrees from where the beam was shining. This light had no shape of any kind, so I did not know what the surface was until I felt it. I might add that I thought it was a window I was looking at. As my hearing decreased slowly over time, I discovered that I still had perfect pitch; something in my brain that allowed me to quickly record the number of vibrations per second along with memorising and giving a name to match that pitch. At first, I copied various songs from the radio onto the piano or keyboard. Then I later learned that each pitch had a note name--a letter. As I progressed, I refined my absolute pitch and developed a really high interest for music appreciation. So, I can recognise just about anything except complicated Jazz chords, recognising the dual tones of a tuch tone telephone, and detect beatings when tuning instruments,. I can tell what someone is dialing because each interval has a unique texture, not just the pitch of each tone. This is almost the same way our brain detects colour. When we are born, we do not know our colours by default. That is why we spend our time drawing things of one particular colour so we can register it with the name of said colour. I do have trouble with music, that has lyrics because I have to work twice as hard in trying to understand the vowels and consonants.
I enjoy working with various kinds of technology and exploring various methods to make new things work in ways never thought of before. I am mainly into creating and changing things, but as a sidepoint, I like to work with technical and scientific projects. However, due to some ideologies that the United States has towards certain topics which I disagree with, I decided to pursue alternative vocational opportunities relating to this abroad if my efforts to reconcile here is doomed to fail.
If I were to work as an entrepreneur, and if I were successful with all these different projects, I could devote my time to help various companies improve their sites and equipment for accessibility. I could show them what people with varying abilities are capable of doing, provided that they have a really good accessible interface. That's just one thing I could do. I really enjoy doing crafts and arts, so I might plan to make a sale of those things as well.
If you want to contact me, just click the contact link at the top of the page and you should hear from me very soon.
currently in storeAs I'm writing this mid-way through 2019, I have undergone through so many changes, and I learned a lot about myself, my interests, what I want and what I need. This year, I am documenting everything on my blog about things that happened to me, including memories of favourite events that occurred when I was younger.
There is just so much in life, and how life is too short for wasting precious time, there are so many choices to make, each with its own consequence; the reaction that accompanies that choice. I want to learn about anything and everything. This is what motivates me to being a full-time researcher. In conjunction with music and technology, I love to learn about, as aforementioned, physics, biology, medicine, and the like. As of now, I want to find a way to send a light signal to the visual cortex so we can experience colour, or simulate vision and hearing impairments using filters. Again, be sure to check out my blog, for the articles I write will hopefully make you think in ways you never thought before.
So, please, enjoy your time visiting here. This is the place to get away from the latest fashions. I try to keep it simple and yet exciting as possible.
Since I am so involved in the classical period, I tend to criticise others in our modern society. My views about the internet and informality as an old soul is just too much for others to bear. I suspect this is due to conformity. In my opinion, our world has become more and more imperfect due to the lack of understanding of diversity and inclusion, and how we're always fighting for equality. Now, in the real world, we can never be perfect, but efforts are being made to pursue perfection, and there is nothing wrong in doing that. Look at these organisations, petitions, campaigns, movements, and revolutions that are taking place around us.
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