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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Trains....

 Post subject: Re: Trains....
Posted: Yesterday, 4:13 pm 

Replies: 101
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The engineering of the later steam locomotives is very subtle and impressive in many ways. Conditions inside that boiler were pretty intense. Some of the old gasoline tractors here have radiators that were built by boilermakers, where the technology didn't apply well. My father went to work at an ir...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Area of expertise

 Post subject: Re: Area of expertise
Posted: Yesterday, 5:35 am 

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<snip> I didn't appreciate how far I'd gotten until after winning prizes and seeing that others could not even copy my improvements. 3. Should we even talk about expertise at all? If we do, we should remain aware of the Dunning-Kruger syndrome. To know if one is an expert, one needs almost all the ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Trains....

 Post subject: Re: Trains....
Posted: 03 Dec 2022, 9:59 pm 

Replies: 101
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In the movie "Dr. Zhivago," I think they used an actual short-stroke express locomotive in one scene.
Gresley was the great engineer behind the Flying Scot, etc.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Thinking Of Imaginary TV Worlds

Posted: 03 Dec 2022, 5:27 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 170


I recently saw a learned discussion of how a Joni Mitchell song was a kind response to a Neil Young song. I'd never followed either story line at all. I think that poetry was our best method or recording information before writing, since an error in any detail can probably be corrected by restoring ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does Anyone Else Look Away From Things You're Doing?

Posted: 03 Dec 2022, 4:59 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 187


I just remembered that I often had my eyes closed while earning my highest hourly rate. I was doing massage, which is one of the best professions for the blind.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Thinking Of Imaginary TV Worlds

Posted: 03 Dec 2022, 3:08 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 170


^ I first heard it on the Mountain album.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Thinking Of Imaginary TV Worlds

Posted: 03 Dec 2022, 1:47 pm 

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Views: 170


"Theme for an Imaginary Western" is a piece of music with a surprising number of covers on YouTube. It had long been my favourite track on an obscure album. However, I don't watch TV. There are plenty of eyes on that, and things are not getting better for it. I've worked behind the camera,...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Throwing Yourself an Unmasking Party?

Posted: 03 Dec 2022, 1:39 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 417


So, a little background- I was reading the Reader's Digest that my grandma sends me in the mail and it had an article about workplace burnout. And some of the details, especially the milder end of workplace burnout, kind of reminded me of myself. Not an actual job, but the job that interaction feel...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Area of expertise

 Post subject: Re: Area of expertise
Posted: 03 Dec 2022, 1:33 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 130


1. How did you find your area of expertise? Was this something that was very obvious? Around age 26, I heard about an opportunity that combined my general interests and talents. 2 how did ASD help make you really good at your area of expertise? I had always worked from basic principles using logic, ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: We are looking for interviewees (virtual, $20 Giftcard)

Posted: 03 Dec 2022, 1:10 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 95


FWIW, my father wanted me to learn the piano, but I'm pretty sure that I was allowed to quit after one year because my AS mother didn't like noise, or music in general.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Trains....

 Post subject: Re: Trains....
Posted: 03 Dec 2022, 9:02 am 

Replies: 101
Views: 11,118


i would ride trains more often if the cheap seats weren't so brutally uncomfortable. i mean, no showers for the pofolk, no reclining seats, i couldn't sleep for the 3 days i rode an amtrak up the coast. and i stank after 3 days of no washing. never again. no excuse for the sleeper car with shower c...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does Anyone Else Look Away From Things You're Doing?

Posted: 03 Dec 2022, 1:04 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 187


I once suggested that a co-worker should try doing some things by touch instead of sight. Sometimes I do it for a challenge, and sometimes the practice comes in handy when I have to work by touch alone. As a youth, I'd do 3-D wooden puzzles blind once I'd mastered them with sight. I once did a stove...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Trains....

 Post subject: Re: Trains....
Posted: 02 Dec 2022, 1:29 pm 

Replies: 101
Views: 11,118


I had a toy train set with a third rail, which made wiring easy, but I didn't like the look. I switched to HO scale, and got too ambitious about the layout. I wanted to use the cheapest option and lay my own rails, but I wound up never finishing it. Then I got into slot cars, although I didn't like ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Trains....

 Post subject: Re: Trains....
Posted: 02 Dec 2022, 8:31 am 

Replies: 101
Views: 11,118


Travelling by train, you see the back yards of people who can't afford to live farther from the noise. When I moved from Winnipeg to Toronto, the luggage rules were still set for immigrants, so I had 24 of the allowed 26 pieces of baggage. I got caught up on my sewing, and then, when we wouldn't hav...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What made you first wonder if you could be Autistic?

Posted: 30 Nov 2022, 11:29 am 

Replies: 39
Views: 1,266


Even if the experts could accurately sort out their tests to diagnose 40% AS, 30% OCD, 20% Synesthesia, and 10% Narcissism, life experiences could still make you very different from someone else with the same percentages. In practice, we are lucky to even get a shrink to admit that we have more than...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Group dynamics and ASD

 Post subject: Re: Group dynamics and ASD
Posted: 26 Nov 2022, 6:36 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 378


A chairperson facilitates a meeting. A facilitator is more free-range.
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