Thursday, April 02, 2015

Pulled over for walking while autistic - almost

Ten metres from my driveway a police car passes, turns in a driveway and comes back - just as I'm turning the key in the door. Missed me (this time).

A friend recognizes the experience. Police cars slow to take a look.

Was I bending sideways at the waist? Was my arm extended (thinking about dance)? Was I staggering?

Hands in pockets might be a no-no. But it's the surest way to lock a more socially-acceptable form.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

At the checkout

Anonymous: Are you waiting here?
Me: Yes.
Anonymous: Why are you there?
Me: So I don't block the aisle.
Anonymous: You were here first.
Me: Yes.
Anonymous: Okay, you go first.
Me: Okay...
Anonymous: It's not right - I have to wait.
Me: It's okay.
Anonymous: You put a straight line there. And I put one here. And I put my food here. But not too close.
Me: Thank you.
Anonymous: Don't worry, I won't let them touch.
Me: It's okay.
Anonymous: It's not right. If someone is here first, you have to wait.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Spring cleaning - part two

For a while I've been receiving accusations (mostly indirectly, based on context) that I'm simply a 'minion' of another autistic's work. Never mind that our work in the Autism Project, Ontario (now defunct), predates by five years the public work of the person I'm supposedly minion to. Never mind that TAP called for the same thing: equal respresentation by autistics at the board level of any autism-related organization.

Without enumerating the details (those who are interested know the details or can find them; those who are not interested consider the details unnecssary and irrelevant): speaking up causes trouble and silence causes trouble too. Apparently I've caused a lot of trouble by speaking up and I've caused a lot of trouble by staying silent.

I could try to claim some absolute at this point ('I'm closing the blog' or whatever). Or I could wait and see what comes next. The second one most resembles real life so I'll take it.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Spring cleaning - part one

At first I couldn't decide which is more important, spring cleaning my home or spring cleaning my blog. Obviously this blog is neither popular nor influential... The recent uproar in the autistic community helped me decide. This is more important.

While I'm writing - there goes the cat after another centipede; through the dust bunnies and under the stove. Looks like she's having fun.

I've never taken blogging seriously. At times I've tried to tighten my focus. That translated into tighter focus on the arts, then an exploration of the relationship between language and art (see previous posts). Generally this blog was simply an effort to be 'out there', visible. Other people are better writers than I am. I can stand up, at least.

The blog cleaning started with a bit of trash. Trash that I wrote. Eventually I decided the content of that post was "too trashy" and removed it. Shortly afterward the person who was the subject of the now deleted post made a brief visit here. They left a one-word comment of their own (attached to a copy of my original post) and disappeared.

I think the main effect of this action (other than to illustrate my own ability to generate trash) was potential traffic for the blog mentioned in the post (and the views of its author). The minimal effort in a one word contribution would earn at least some kind of return. Very reminiscent of Harold Doherty's "boilerplate" comments, only one of which appears in this blog (happily).

Whatever the case, that post is now a draft again (invisible). Progress! Onward...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thoughts on metaphor

As a teenager I heard an interview with Pierre Berton where he said, "unless we understand the metaphor..." (wish I could remember the whole sentence/quote). I thought this was key to understanding what people were doing, saying.

In the autism debate I notice many (or some) autistics use metaphor (including me), or try using it. That's how I learned that metaphor can also generate confusion and lack of clarity. One possible example is here.

Maybe it's ironic that while attempting to understand and navigate non-autistic society we choose devices that work against us, especially against establishing clarity in the current debate (where our human rights are at stake).

Beer study

Actually a 'colour study'. The idea is to reproduce colours/values exactly as you see them, minimal attention to detail - got carried away.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Temple detail

The temple-googling (previous post) was a search for general details, then reference for this: