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 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Any ThinkPad fanatics here?

Posted: 26 Nov 2019, 7:34 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 179


I like my ThinkPad. It's a P50 from 3 years ago, not the highest specs and not the lowest, and cost me about 3000 EUR at the time. My main reason for buying it was that I wanted a machine which could support my special interests (AI art generation, 3-4 gigabyte image editing, etc.), but which was al...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Japanophile

 Post subject: Re: Japanophile
Posted: 25 Oct 2019, 6:54 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 428


That's for others to decide, but if so, then it's the just the old song once again: that autistic people are a mixed bunch. "Japanophilia" gave me a sense of direction in life. I got my ASD diagnosis many years ago, but I had a wish to move to Japan before that, and following through with ...

 Forum: Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other Psychological Conditions   Topic: Psychosis vs. autism symptoms in Aspies with psychosis

Posted: 25 Oct 2019, 4:58 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 419


I'm on the spectrum and had my first (out of very many) psychotic episode about 9 years ago. I still take the meds, and have been in progressive recovery for about 2 and a half years. Some observations by my doctors: - Profound paranoia and grandiosity. - Hallucinations, aural and tactile. - Didn't ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Japanophile

 Post subject: Re: Japanophile
Posted: 25 Oct 2019, 4:40 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 428


I've lived in Japan since 2015. I just finished work at my Japanese office where I make CAD drawings of Japanese buildings, and now I will go home to have a washoku dinner with my Japanese wife. I'm also dressed 100% in Japanese clothes at this very moment. I have eaten many fermented foods here, bu...

 Forum: Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other Psychological Conditions   Topic: Schizophrenic

 Post subject: Re: Schizophrenic
Posted: 13 Sep 2019, 5:29 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 240


Welcome to the club. I slipped into schizophrenia almost 9 years ago. 6 years were spent agonizing about how to bring order to the world as the independent hero born to challenge God and the course of the universe. Then one day I was sitting by the dinner table, watching a cup of coffee change shape...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Post something that made you happy today.

Posted: 31 Aug 2019, 7:13 pm 

Replies: 23,612
Views: 833,553


Finishing a 2½ year special interest project yesterday. A few years since moving to Japan I felt an urge to compile an "archive" of the things I've created artistically since I was born. I've gone through phases of film making, music composition, writing, drawing, etc. and to see it all in...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: mild aspergers and moving to japan

Posted: 08 Jul 2019, 12:47 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 297


I'm from Europe and have been living in Tokyo since autumn 2015. I married a Japanese national in 2016 (after knowing her for many years), and work as an architect. I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome before they changed it to ASD, around 2011. It's possible, but very hard. Things I struggle with...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Technical drawing for work?

Posted: 18 Jun 2019, 7:05 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 243


I'm an architect so technical drafting is just one part of what I do, and my response will be biased towards a career in the architecture/building industry. I use AutoCAD but have used other software like ArchiCAD and Rhino in the past. AutoCAD LT is a cheaper, 2D-only version of AutoCAD which might...

 Forum: Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other Psychological Conditions   Topic: Grandiosity in autism

 Post subject: Re: Grandiosity in autism
Posted: 11 May 2019, 12:25 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 295


I'm not trying to be provocative or anything, but I think it's a form of the compensatory strategy that Tony Attwood (in The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome) refers to as "denial and arrogance". I found this very interesting. Can you elaborate a bit on what's written about it? Basic...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Your Career after Autism Burnout

Posted: 22 Mar 2019, 9:28 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 595


I had a psychotic breakdown that lasted 7 years. Changed countries twice and got a degree anyway. Still in the same field. I was lucky to find an employer who had patience with my bad days because he wasn't expecting much anyway and my pay was very low. Been working my way up since then. There are s...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Working full-time (or close to full-time)

Posted: 07 Mar 2019, 8:57 am 

Replies: 29
Views: 765


I work 60-70 hours a week. My vocation used to be my special interest, which explains why I can work quite a lot. It largely got replaced by other interests once I entered the workforce -- and had to work in teams. Now I'm trying to rediscover the special interest while also doing the necessary soci...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Working as a lawyer

 Post subject: Re: Working as a lawyer
Posted: 28 Feb 2019, 7:18 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 413


I started work and already i'm being treated like a retard for not being able to remember 87689 things they tell me in five minutes. I'm taking notes too. The guy at the courthouse also made fun of me for not knowing the way things are done there which i had no way of knowing since it's not taught ...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Post something that made you happy today.

Posted: 23 Feb 2019, 4:02 am 

Replies: 23,612
Views: 833,553


Picked up Instagram again for the 3rd or 4th time. First time, I focused on getting followers -- and got tired of it after 60 or so, since I didn't relate to anything in their lives/feeds anyway. Second and third time, I focused on getting likes through hashtags, but again got tired of it because I ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What part of a project do you like most?

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 10:20 am 

Replies: 34
Views: 4,266


Planning is boring and I try to avoid it, and any result deflates quickly. So "doing", no question.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Anyone who hasn't achieved aspired goals in their 20s ?

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 10:11 am 

Replies: 42
Views: 917


My goals In my early twenties ... first, it was to get a degree in architecture, then, to move to Japan. Achieved both of them by age 28. Then, as the goals were completed, I was faced with having to continue living the life I had chosen. Wasn't prepared for that. I'm 32 now and still living in Japa...
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