A Spectrum Is Haunting Europe

May. 27th, 2016 06:41 am
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I have spent years wondering if I am autistic, even though I have a Theory of Mind and can pass for neurotypical in many social situations. For one thing, I have a number of other issues that are often labeled autistic, such as attention deficiency, dyspraxia, hypersensitivity, and an approach based on living in my mind and dealing with the world, rather that living directly in the world. Rebecca Burgess shows us that a spectrum is not more-or-less, the way the autistic one is usually described.

Thanx to Metafilter


Almost forgot: This post on Status 451 seems to cover some of the same questions. (Technical math terminology warning. And I am perversely amused by a measure of autism based on the mathematics of Paul Dirac.)

Harlan Ellison is an honorable man*

May. 27th, 2016 06:23 am
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Remembering Roger Zelazny remembering other writers.
*There appears to be no Shakespearian irony here.

Thanx to Tor.com.

You can't make this stuff up

May. 26th, 2016 06:09 am
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Ammon Bundy thinks he should have Second Amendment rights in jail.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.

Bob

May. 25th, 2016 06:34 am
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For myself, he opened the possibilities of the language like very few others did, and he opened up the possibilities of America the way nobody else did. He solved all the conundrums of the country and invented new ones. He learned all the country's spells and cast a few of his own. The America he invented is a glorious place and the real one that he improved is better for his having been born. And him? He's still on the road, heading for another joint. Thank god there are still joints. Thank god he's still here to head to them.
Charles Pierce wishes Bob Dylan a happy birthday.

Progress

May. 25th, 2016 06:22 am
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Venmo gives you new ways to be petty.

Thanx to Metafilter

Throw some meat between them

May. 25th, 2016 05:54 am
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Sex haters notice that Trump’s hates don’t overlap enough with theirs.

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] twistedchick

ETA: And The Rude Pundit says (without using the 7 words), “Show me the money, Donald.”

Bicultural

May. 24th, 2016 03:11 pm
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There is a meme that attacks scientific ignorance. It says, “52% of the population refutes the Big Bang theory.” At this time, no one can refute the Big Bang theory; 52% of the population denies the Big Bang theory.

The Past Is an Alien Planet

May. 24th, 2016 11:50 am
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I may have first thought of the literature of the past as a kind of science fiction when I saw the The No-Fear Scarlet Letter, with the original and an "easy-to-understand translation" on facing pages (and it is of course half again as old as it was when I read it). Jane Austen’s books read like tales of an alien culture that needs explanation, and of course Jo Walton found the customs detailed in Anthony Trollope’s mimetic works so strange that she ascribed them to cannibal dragons, in Tooth and Claw. Even Henry James is old enough by now to be fantastic: Daisy Miller must die because she spoke to an Italian outdoors after dark. WTF?

This post was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] mrissa’s excellent discussion of Too Like the Lightning and [livejournal.com profile] nellorat meeting the challenges of making A Room with a View intelligible to her students.
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The UK wages war upon psychoactive substances, which of course does not include alcohol and caffeine.

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker

Surrender

May. 24th, 2016 07:31 am
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The flags we placed on the moon have all turned white, which is an excellent metaphor for what happened to our effort to escape the ass end of the gravity well.

Thanx to File 770

Hostile takeover

May. 24th, 2016 07:23 am
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therabidpuppies.com has been pounded in the butt by Chuck Tingle.

Thanx to File 770

Fail better

May. 24th, 2016 06:38 am
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Kameron Hurley says, “Don’t quit.”

ETA: Oh, and her nonfiction book, The Geek Feminist Revolution, is about to be published. Read it.

Nashville

May. 24th, 2016 06:17 am
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Listening to Johnny Cash & Jerry Lee Lewis in my teenage years, I never figured my first visit to Music City would be for a two-woman wedding, but it was and we had a great time. Felicitations, Terry & Luisa. We made it back OK despite the incompetence of Orbitz.

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