Saturday, April 04, 2009

An End to the Divide

NTs Are Weird � Blog Archive � An End to the Divide: "Online, there is often a very strong divide between some autistic adults and some parents (I recognize that there are people who are both autistic and parents, and this obviously doesn’t apply to them).

I think I can sum up the divide simply. Autistic adults generally want their rights respected, both in the short-term and in the long-term. Parents want the best possible services and supports for their children.

Neither of these is bad. And these goals aren’t at war with each other."

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Monday, March 30, 2009

The struggle for care

The struggle for care | The Australian

After the "monster" article in Salon last week, and now this, I'm becoming more and more afraid to read anything about autism online. It just all hits too close to home.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Sustainable Sushi

Sustainable Sushi

Where has this guy been all my life? I know what the next book on my list is going to be at the library, but better yet, he keeps his website up to date with the latest news about eating sushi responsibly. I'm in love (with sushi).

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget

The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget | Zen Moments:

"We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware - beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one."

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Monday, March 16, 2009

It's Panda Monday

Cute Overload! :)

Because it's rarely a bad time for pandas.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Ghoulish "Fight Club" Arrests

Ghoulish "Fight Club" Arrests - March 12, 2009

"Six employees of a Texas home for mentally disabled adults have been charged with encouraging residents to fight each other. The "fight club" ring at the Corpus Christi State School was discovered by cops after investigators obtained cell phone videos showing the workers goading residents to brawl in common areas of dormitories at the state facility."

There are days when I just don't think that I can take the worry about my kids' futures.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Haikus for a dangerous world

Arrogant Acts of Chivalry : Haikus for a dangerous world

"I just finished teaching my first class on 3-D cinematography. For the final, I gave the students the option to answer 2 extra credit questions. Here’s the second one.

“A velociraptor is coming at you on a hoverboard. In a haiku, describe how you will survive.”"

(and a great reddit thread about it with more haikus)

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

The most offensive book title I think that I've ever seen I Wish My Kids Had Cancer: A Family Surviving the Autism Epidemic: Michael Alan: Books

I've got 3 kids who were all diagnosed on the autism spectrum, one of whom is a cancer survivor. There is NO comparison at all. I hope that this book comes into our public library, as I would like to read it in order to actually review it, but there's no way that I would ever enrich the author by actually buying it.

The idea of equating autism with cancer is just pitiful on so many levels. Not only as an insult to those families who do have children with cancer, but also to autistic people everywhere.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

The proper use of poetry in break-ups

YouTube - The Break-Up Poem

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Children in the Mental Health Void

Children in the Mental Health Void - Judith Warner Blog -

This story is all too familiar to me. It is horrendous when a parent's only choice left is to abandon their child in order to get them help (fortunately we didn't have to go quite that far, but it was close).

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mumps Sucks - Hockey

YouTube - Mumps Sucks - Hockey: ""

This commercial makes me proud to be a Canadian.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

I'm Tired of Autism Bracelet

I'm Tired of Autism Bracelet

How disgusting. I can't even imagine wanting my child to wear a bracelet saying that I'm "tired" of them, and yet I know parents who are actually getting these for their children.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Vaccine didn't cause autism, court rules -

Vaccine didn't cause autism, court rules -

Not that it will help those of us who actually believe in science, but it's yet another nail in the anti-vax cross.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

A very interesting set of photoshopped pictures

Докторрр ин дер ролле Fima_Psuchopadt (с) - 65 лет назад была снята блокада Ленинграда

Leningrad during the siege in WWII, alongside pictures of modern day St. Petersburg. I'm amazed that so many buildings are still standing, among other things. I also learned something new after looking at them- the blimp-like things that you see are called barrage balloons. It's always a good day when you learn something new. I also think that it's a good reminder that we're always walking in other people's footsteps.

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Every time you think that you've seen everything

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

RussiaToday: Cry Wolf!

RT: Cry Wolf!

From the website: "Our knowledge of these proud animals is very vague, full of scary myths and misconceptions. In many countries wolves are considered sinister killers. They are slaughtered all year round as "hunting outlaws" - no licence is needed to shoot a wolf in Russia, and in many regions every wolf comes with a bounty on its head. You'll rarely find it mentioned that wolves are extremely useful animals, essential to the eco-system in which they live.

Started in November 2008, RT cameras capture the life of a group of orphaned wolves growing up in the forest."

Seeing as I'm not likely to accomplish anything useful today, I think that I'll watch wolf videos instead.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Why can't we face the truth? Having an autistic child wrecks your life ... | Mail Online

Why can't we face the truth? Having an autistic child wrecks your life ... | Mail Online

What an absolutely horrendous article. I know that it's the Daily Mail, but still.

I hope that Tom never knows how his parents feel about him, or that they're
able to place him somewhere.

My son's behaviours are at least that bad (to the point where he can't live at
home because we can't provide him with 2/1 care), but I can absolutely say that no
one who has come in contact with him ever wishes that he hadn't been born.

Crap articles like this are what make it more difficult for our children to live the
best lives that they can. It reinforces every bad stereotype about autism without taking
into account the huge strides that we've made as a community with therapies, funding
support for families, and science.

This is absolutely irresponsible, and does a huge disservice to every autistic person
out there.

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I'll definitely never look at Yoda the same way again. Some great entries.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mark Bittman’s Bad Kitchen

Mark Bittman’s Bad Kitchen - Well Blog -

I suddenly feel better about my tiny, tiny, TINY kitchen.

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Great Book Mash-ups

: "'Green Eggs and Hamlet' - Would you kill him in his bed? Thrust a dagger through his head? I would not, could not, kill the King. I could not do that evil thing. I would not wed this girl, you see. Now get her to a nunnery. (Robin Parry, Arlington)"

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Stories Behind 10 Famous Food Logos

Stories Behind 10 Famous Food Logos - Neatorama

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

10 Sci-Fi Books That Even Non-Geeks Would Love - Neatorama

10 Sci-Fi Books That Even Non-Geeks Would Love - Neatorama

Possibly the best SF list that I've seen in terms of great SF. I'd substitute Sideshow for the other Sheri Tepper book, and The Time Traveler's Wife for Neal Stephenson, but they are all excellent suggestions if you need reading material.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Holiday pictures are up!

Flickr: Your Photostream

And hopefully today I'll even get around to organizing them (right after I take the Christmas tree down).

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Thought for the day

"No woman will ever be truly satisfied because no man will ever have a chocolate penis that ejaculates money."

Yes, it's sexist, but I still laughed. I'm pretty satisfied, but chocolate? Count me in!

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Something I read while on vacation

“I have watched painful relationships between parents and children. I have seen parents who control and parents who neglect, parents who make terrible mistakes that hurt their children deeply, and parents who forgive children who have done awful things. I have seen nobility and courage; I have seen dreadful selfishness and utter blindness; and I have seen all these things in the SAME parents, raising the same children.

What I understand now is this. There is no harder job than parenting. There is no human relationship with such potential for great achievement and awful destructiveness, and despite all the experts who write about it, no one has the slightest idea whether any decision will be right or best or even not-horrible for any particular child. It is a job that simply cannot be done right.”

(Orson Scott Card, Ender in Exile, 2008, p. 300).

I have numerous philosophical, religious, and moral differences with Orson Scott Card. I've been a science fiction geek for many, many years, and Ender's Game was definitely one of the novels that touched me early, and deeply, and in a lot of ways really encouraged me to become an SF geek. The last five or six books of his that I've read have only served to inform my decision not to buy any more of his books- with his stance on gay marriage (among other things), I made a choice not to support him financially any more by buying any more of his books.

That decision went by the wayside (I'm weak), when I found myself in the middle of the ocean without anything to read, and picked up Ender in Exile from the ships' library.

I was lucky in that I really had a happy childhood. My biological parents were divorced early in my life, but I ended up with a truly wonderful stepfather and basically had a pretty great upbringing. It's always seemed kind of weird to me that so many of my friends hadn't, and that they still truly love parents who (in my opinion), have done horrendous things to them. I've never really understood how they can still "love" their parents after some of the things that have been done to them.

I also look at this quote in the context of me sending Dylan away to live in a group home- although it was (I still believe), the right decision for all of us (including him), I'm not sure that he'd see it the same way if I could understand his communication.

There really isn't any possibility that anyone is prepared to become a parent, or any possibility that children are prepared for the parents that they are born to. Every child deserves love, and nurturing, and the chance to be whatever they can be. And although I think that this quote could imply an exculpation for parents, I don't believe that's how it's intended...I think that it's saying that we can't always know the outcomes of our decisions for our children, and sometimes bad decisions can go hand in hand with the good decisions that we make for our children. I don't think that I've made too many bad decisions for my kids (although I'm sure that I have)...I just hope that when they're older, they realize that I made the decisions that I've made with the best of intentions. None of us have practice in this, and I believe that in a "good" family, we all learn from each other.

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Cat turns up on weatherman's set

BBC NEWS | Europe | Cat turns up on weatherman's set

Very cute :-) It probably would have caused a meltdown in a North American studio :-)

(we're home safely- trip pictures coming soon!)

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Have a great New Year!

We'll be back in 10 days or so :-)

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