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

 Post subject: Re: Trains....
Posted: Yesterday, 1:39 pm 

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Jakki wrote:
Some days, I wonder where that phrase came from , Change is for the best ?????. :|

"All generalizations are worthless, including this one."
- Mark Twain

However, overall, if there is no change, there is no life. Change is bad for the old and good for the new.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Area of expertise

 Post subject: Re: Area of expertise
Posted: Yesterday, 11:26 am 

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So you have to keep in mind that being an expert or mastering something is a process. It starts with a simple interest that you end up falling in love with. Once you find that, it will happen on its own. You don't have to force it. I have a friend with a very strong interest in a field, but no apti...

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

 Post subject: Re: Trains....
Posted: Yesterday, 6:43 am 

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In North America, the rule is that if a Canadian RR car is sent to the US, the companies there can use the empty car as long as it winds up closer to the border. During WW II, they sometimes crossed the continent multiple times, and returned worn out. I also heard about a batch of side frames, which...

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

 Post subject: Re: Trains....
Posted: 04 Dec 2022, 4:13 pm 

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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: 04 Dec 2022, 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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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^ 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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"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 

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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 

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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 

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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: 108
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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
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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 

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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 ...
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