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 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Retirement -- What to do?

Posted: 23 minutes ago 

Replies: 8
Views: 247


I retired in December 2013 at the age of (just ) 61, so I've clocked up 9 years. I worked for an employer, so there were severe restrictions on the time I could be away from the workplace - I think 4 weeks was pretty much the maximum. What I've done since retiring: Apart from travelling to the USA t...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are you autistic and gifted?

Posted: Today, 8:34 pm 

Replies: 64
Views: 949


My (probably Aspie) father taught me my numbers and letters before I started school at the age of (nearly) 5, and taught me to read a few simple words. Pre-school learning was pretty much unheard of in those days (mid-1950s) so it must have given me a great start. To make it attractive to me, he mad...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Can't listen to YouTube any more without bloody ads!

Posted: Today, 8:28 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 198


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Yes a few folks can't get invidious.snopyta.org - don't know if it's down to the operating system, geographic region, browser, or what.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: New Autistic YouTube Channel

Posted: Today, 8:02 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 149


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No but I often wish self and others understood more about autism from the inside. When I wake up in the morning I just think "need tea."

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: New Autistic YouTube Channel

Posted: Today, 7:44 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 149


She was rather a long time getting to the point, but it was worth my while to bear with her. Presentation speed in general was a tad slower than what I need but that's better than being too fast. A written transcript would be good. I suspect the reason she's not getting any likes is because a lot of...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Can't listen to YouTube any more without bloody ads!

Posted: Today, 6:11 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 198


I don't see any ads when I watch YT videos. That's because I watch them on this website: https://invidious.snopyta.org/ It seems to have all the YT videos without the annoyance of the user having to be on YT itself at all. You can do searches and browse around there just like you can on YT. AFAIK, t...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Preference of the terms "Autistic" or "Person with Autism"?

Posted: Today, 1:30 pm 

Replies: 53
Views: 1,595


^ Well yes, in the questionnaire the health professionals' only obvious "crime" was to express a personal preference when asked to do so, and my disdain for their attitude comes from noticing that disconnect between their wishes and ours, which merely smacks of an elitist mindset. It's muc...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are you autistic and gifted?

Posted: Today, 11:56 am 

Replies: 64
Views: 949


I think a lot of the concern about "gifted" kids getting ignored and wasting their potential is caused by our educational system which tends to assume that one size fits all. The problem isn't just that the occasional smartie gets overlooked, it's that the system only works well for the pe...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Is modern feminism a type of female supremacy?

Posted: Yesterday, 8:14 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 173


Is modern feminism a type of female supremacy? No I think that's taking it too far. I think it's only true in as far as many individual people won't stop pushing for more power when they've got a fair share of it. They may start from a downtrodden position where the end justifies the means, but the...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: This article is a fine example of political propaganda p

Posted: 04 Dec 2022, 11:33 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 185


I'm starting to believe everything is propaganda. The news, movies, internet memes, etc. They're all designed to either lie or slant the truth to manipulate the masses into feeling a certain way, and it's been going on that way since the very beginning. That's why humans are the most untrustworthy ...

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

 Post subject: Re: Trains....
Posted: 04 Dec 2022, 3:45 pm 

Replies: 108
Views: 11,271


Good post (the long one), Mountain Goat . So could my model have been the "Royal Scot" like I seem to remember it was? It was very like the one in the photo except that it was green and the wheels weren't so detailed, though authenticity wouldn't have been terribly important to the makers....

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you get "projected threats" from others?

Posted: 04 Dec 2022, 2:23 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 301


I think sometimes they're sincere warnings, other times scaremongering. One test would be to ignore the advice and see what happens. But that could be risky if what was supposed to happen was very bad. It's a bit like that card game where you can call their bluff if you don't believe them, at your o...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Reject before being rejected

Posted: 04 Dec 2022, 12:12 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 135


Yes I think I have a strong fear of rejection and abandonment, and that I cope with it by not asking for company unless I'm highly confident that it's safe to do so. I'm much more reactive than proactive, e.g. if somebody sticks their neck out first and makes a warm overture towards me, then if I li...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are you autistic and gifted?

Posted: 04 Dec 2022, 11:46 am 

Replies: 64
Views: 949


I don't even like the term "gifted people". I think we all have a gift. Sure, some will not agree with me but I have made up my mind! Also, why can't we say that the guy drivig the Fedex truck (or whatever it is called) is gifted? People just call themselves gifted in order to brag! Or ar...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Speech problems.

 Post subject: Re: Speech problems.
Posted: 04 Dec 2022, 12:58 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 196


I fluff my words if I try to talk or read aloud at the same speed as others seem able to, but it could be down to a more generalised slowness in brain processing. I'm fine if I do it a bit slower than average. I can do "tongue twisters" quite well but only if I've practised them. I had qui...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Was it ok for an ancient ruler to behave badly than today?

Posted: 03 Dec 2022, 8:38 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 121


I don't know either. It's always seemed strange to me that in ancient times people didn't seem to question authority however violent it was. Maybe it's safer to call it out these days, depending on where you live.
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