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

Posted: Today, 1:04 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 122

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: Yesterday, 1:29 pm 

Replies: 87
Views: 10,862

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: Yesterday, 8:31 am 

Replies: 87
Views: 10,862

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: 1,197

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: 369

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

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Group dynamics and ASD

 Post subject: Re: Group dynamics and ASD
Posted: 26 Nov 2022, 4:54 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 369

I did a start-up, and I got burnt out. There were too many new jobs to learn that I couldn't find recruits for. I'm fine with a loose structure for a project like building something familiar, where everyone can just pitch in at whatever is farthest behind. However, for meetings about how to proceed,...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Inclusiveness in STEM fields making you feel MORE alone?

Posted: 21 Nov 2022, 4:44 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 382

I think that the differences between the genders run very deep. Individual genetics are highly variable, so our ranges of abilities overlap, but exceptions don't prove a rule. It would be silly for a couple to have identical abilities, when specialists could have a wider range of talent. No venture ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: anyone else unintentionally slam doors?

Posted: 20 Nov 2022, 5:49 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 2,031

My mother was AS and didn't like noise. If I was crying, I was just quarantined until I got quiet, but she was my ally for quitting piano lessons. Dad was a handyman, so I got used to swinging a hammer or using power tools, but I often choose quieter options and can work in a house with very minimal...

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

 Post subject: Re: Trains....
Posted: 20 Nov 2022, 5:39 am 

Replies: 87
Views: 10,862

^^ I have also ridden in the cab of a steam engine at a very young age, and did a course correction and descent in a BOAC DC-3 at age 12. I did them a lot more abruptly than the Captain had in mind, but I think my mother was the only one who noticed, as they were smooth.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The impact of lack of sleep on you

Posted: 19 Nov 2022, 7:11 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 377

The quality of my sleep is uneven. I am often tired, too tired even for things I want to do. Fatigue makes me want to retreat to my bed, sleep and read. If I can’t do that, I am cranky, irritable, have brain fog and make mistakes. I also get fatigue from mild dehydration. I work hard at remembering...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do any of you have trouble understanding complex subjects?

Posted: 19 Nov 2022, 2:04 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 652

There are a lot of people who claim to understand complex subjects, but disagree with each other about them. Sometimes, it is a matter of caring about different priorities or values, especially in politics, but to a lesser extent almost everywhere. Modern engineering really began when Thomas Young r...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: advice thread, friendly counsel from one aspie to another

Posted: 18 Nov 2022, 7:14 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 402

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about." If you have a technical talent, it may not seem obvious to you how much easier it is for you than others. If you come up with a better way to do something that is crystal clear to you, it probably won't be clear ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does anyone also HATE feeling of waterproof clothing/nylon?

Posted: 18 Nov 2022, 6:59 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 466

I don't like the noise or the high shear stiffness of coated fabric, but when I wanted to see if using silk sheets would help me keep from accidentally losing my blankets at night, I tried using an open sleeping bag as a duvet, with the nylon side down. It feels fine to me now.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The impact of lack of sleep on you

Posted: 18 Nov 2022, 6:53 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 377

On one hand, I associate lack of sleep with good times I didn't want to end. Sometimes it was a party, but more often a project that I didn't want to forget the details of. Those projects had me sleeping only three or four times a week when I was around 20, but I caught up each time. I think I'm als...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Wet hands

 Post subject: Re: Wet hands
Posted: 12 Nov 2022, 8:03 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 490

Today, I noticed that I dried my hands in between two chores that had them wet, even though I didn't need them dry.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Clothes that you hate wearing

Posted: 10 Nov 2022, 10:53 am 

Replies: 59
Views: 1,528

I used to work for a company that made emergency survival kits. They wouldn't use the favourite fabric of trendy winter hikers - Gore-Tex. Yes, it does both breathe and shed rain in moderate conditions, but given a chance, it will ice up and then soak your undergarments. Use vents.
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