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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: "Say when." - Phrases that bother you.

Posted: 11 Oct 2011, 3:54 am 

Replies: 71
Views: 6,090

Most phatic discourse bothers me.

Probably the most annoying thing is when waitresses and such address me as "honey" or "sugar."

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: What song are you listening to now?

Posted: 02 Oct 2011, 2:57 am 

Replies: 30,059
Views: 1,435,366

Tom Waits singing "Heigh Ho( The Dwarves' marching song)" on the album Stay Awake, which is full of very cool and sometimes nightmarish renditions of Disney songs. [youtube][/youtube] The song I had just listened to off this album was Suzanne Vega singing "S...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: What are u doing right now? (apart from being on WP)

Posted: 02 Oct 2011, 2:04 am 

Replies: 11,931
Views: 653,792

Listening to Gorillaz' D.A.R.E and waiting for two hermit crabs to race each other across a rather short track.

It has been five minutes, and both have made no progress. Nautical nonsense this is emphatically not.

Now I am listening to Richard Cheese's rendition of the Spongebob theme.

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: What Books do you like to read

Posted: 02 Oct 2011, 1:42 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 2,234

I like reading books about physics, mathematics, computer science, alternate histories, cognitive neuroscience, Singularities, and zombies. And everything else. My favorite authors are probably Donald Knuth, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Lemony Snicket, Greg Egan, Philip K. Dick, Victor Hugo, and ...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: What song are you listening to now?

Posted: 02 Oct 2011, 1:16 am 

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 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Post something eccentric you've done

Posted: 02 Oct 2011, 12:43 am 

Replies: 60
Views: 4,531

It's tough to pick the one weirdness which rises above the rest. Let us suppose a Cartesian plane of eccentricity. The positive Y axis corresponds to hyper-intellectual oddness: something bizarre done due to one's beliefs. The negative Y axis corresponds to hypo-intellectual oddness: something bizar...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Help, I'm running out of library!

Posted: 01 Oct 2011, 11:09 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 2,093

If you can get ahold of pdf versions of books, you may be able to run a speech to text program on them. I know there is an Android app for PDF to speech, which may work for you.

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: I have returned from the maelstrom

Posted: 29 Sep 2011, 4:08 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 784

Shortly before my several-month hiatus, I remarked in a thread that rather than 'functioning', a more useful metric for how one is doing, is robustness. A robust life can withstand more buffeting and misfortune than a less robust life. Two people may have the same standard of living and the same job...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Anybody else here who is good with computers, but...

Posted: 13 Apr 2011, 4:55 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 1,204

You may want to research Paul Graham's Y Combinator foundation. Many programmers, whether Aspie or not, have a similar disdain of hierarchical and conformist environments. The result is that some people like Paul Graham (a programmer as well as an entrepreneur) have...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Trouble with dog walking

Posted: 13 Apr 2011, 4:41 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 655

I have walked a literal ton of dogs in my life. You should not use any kind of special reinforcement collar unless it is a very last resort. Using one of these collars without modifying the dog's behaviour just means the dog will find going on a walk to be extremely unpleasant. Ideally, you should w...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Progress towards what?

Posted: 12 Apr 2011, 7:03 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 2,878

My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I fe...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How do you define high functioning?

Posted: 12 Apr 2011, 5:49 pm 

Replies: 39
Views: 4,521

Anbuend: by my standards, your life is more robust than mine, even if you are considered lower functioning. You have sources of support which provides a buffer in case of unfortunate events. I may have a job, but I don't have the security you have. This is why I consider robustness to be a more info...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: What did you cook last?

Posted: 12 Apr 2011, 5:29 pm 

Replies: 48
Views: 3,566

I just made some chicken. I heated up a skillet, buttered it, and dropped in a chicken breast. I liberally coated it with pepper, kosher salt, and garlic, and waited for the bottom to turn white. I then cut it into 1cm strips, and rotated them so each side became white. I then cut each strip into 1c...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Idea: College degrees by examination.

Posted: 12 Apr 2011, 4:57 pm 

Replies: 166
Views: 9,952

iamnotaparakeet: sometime, try to find Richard Feynman's description of his experience on a science textbook committee. It was a horror show, people voting to approve textbooks for the curriculum which had not even been written yet, publishers openly involved in evolutionary wargames to diminish act...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How do you define high functioning?

Posted: 12 Apr 2011, 4:45 pm 

Replies: 39
Views: 4,521

OJani: I tend to think of functioning as this buffer zone. Normal functioning produces this buffer zone: a variety of friends and acquaintances one can turn to for help, a variety of skills necessary for keeping a good job, life skills necessary to save money wisely, etc. For many people, their func...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Post a semi-introspective/'deep' contemplation here

Posted: 12 Apr 2011, 4:11 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 830

Ryan93: On an irc server I used to spend time on, I got bored one day and coded a few bots to mimic some posters. Simple log-scrapers which then markovised their responses. One troll took about 15 lines of ruby to mimic perfectly. I came to the conclusion that the best definition of a person's intel...
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