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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012 edited
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    #youdonthaveassburgers

    @Govspy -

    I was diagnosed in 2003, but rarely mention it now because AS has become the trendy disorder de jour, and anyone who claims to have it is usually a wanker. Everyone who feels slightly awkward at social events, or has trouble in school, or who just wants to seem cool and angsty and interesting, diagnoses themselves with AS. There are millions of fucking webpages about it, retroactively diagnosing every famous person who ever lived (and no, Einstein did not have AS. He was charming, sociable and a hit at dinner parties).

    1) AS was identified in the 1940's by Hans Asperger, an Austrian pediatrician. I don't know how much later AS was associated with autism.

    2) Asperger characterised the condition by three criteria: lack of nonverbal communication skills (not being able to read the body language of others), physical clumsiness (this is due to poor proprioception - the sense of how one's body is oriented - and impaired motor skills), and lack of empathy with peers.

    3) People with AS tend to have very narrow, intense interests, and talk about them obsessively even when it's inappropriate to do so.

    4) Having AS does not prevent a person from forming bonds with others, just from understanding them.

    5) Most of the difficulties associated with AS can be overcome, or at least made manageable, with time and effort.

    The Wikipedia page on AS is accurate and informative. Most of it's from the DSMIV. If you want to do some serious reading, the definitive work is A Guide To Asperger's Syndrome by Tony Atwood.
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    Thanks, Greasemonkey, for the fast and informative response. She was socially akward, and clumsy, but could run a Vampire the Masquerade LARP with 50+ people and socially interact with loads of people. I think I don't need to say anything to anyone, just feel morally superior knowing she's full of crap. Thanks!
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    #youdonthaveassburgers

    My wife really does have AS. I will comment on this, but not today. Family Easter shite. Doing this weekend's shenanigans sober will be a fresh new challenge.

    One thing I will say is that people using psych diagnoses as an excuse to worsen their behaviour is never acceptable. Furthermore, self-diagnosis is no diagnosis at all. Oh yes, and people who use faux diagnoses to excuse their miserable treatment of others make it increasingly hard for those of us who have actual mental illnesses to a) be accepted at all (much of the AS lit on the web focuses on EUGENICS for instance - breed 'em out!) and b) get the actual leeway we really do need in our interactions.

    I do not have AS. I have brain damage from a childhood illness. The full story of that is here.

    More on this in a couple of days.
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    #youdonthaveassburgers

    I self diagnosed with Aspergers in 2001 and then went off to a psychologist who basically took one look at me and said "how has no one noticed this before?". It was actually a huge relief because it meant that I suddenly had an explanation for why some aspects of my life are so damn hard.

    It goes without saying that I'm not great socially or with emotional stuff, but I try my best. Being a jerk and then blaming the condition is just bullshit. If you've decided not to give a damn about being a decent human being then that's down to you, not down to your different brain structure.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
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    Am I a bad person for immediately assuming by 'ass burgers' you meant haemoroids? Or is this just my 'nearly 40' paranoia kicking in?
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012 edited
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    #youdonthaveassburgers

    I was diagnosed with Asperger's a couple years back when I was more of a recluse but, as I suspected and have since then discovered, it was complete bullshit. They mostly just wanted to toss a label on an oddball. I do have minor cases of ADD and OCD, but mostly I'm just an asshole.

    I'm not quite sure I know what point I was making here.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012
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    #OpenSourceIdeas

    I have an idea for a fiction work I would like to share somewhere. I'm not a writer, I will never actually get it done myself, and I'd love to release it under a CC license to a loving parent who will bring it to reality (or not).

    Where is a good place to do that?
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    #OpenSourceIdeas

    I don't have any great suggestions for places (except maybe SequentialWorkshop.com, a fair bunch of writers hanging out there), but I do have a question to clarify: Do you mean you want this out there for anyone to do as they wish with it, or do you want to find a loving parent who'll do right by it? Because if it's the latter, you don't want a CC license, you need to put it up for adoption and sign over the rights to whatever you've already produced. And if it's just an idea that you haven't developed... you probably don't need to license it all; those are free for the taking.
    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012
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    #youdonthaveassburgers

    One of the people I know who has AS has a number of kids, it might not be easy some days but it never is!!

    The common thing people I've spoke to about this and similar syndromes is that the diagnosis has been a big help because it has got them so extra help to get over problems (if you are dyspraxic you can get some extra time in an exam or get to use a laptop rather than having to handwrite things), people cut you a bit of extra slack as it might take you longer to do things and it allows you to spot your behaviours and possibly address them (like why you are fannying around not getting ready for a party where there might be a lot of new people).

    What it never is, is a Get Out of Jail Free card.
    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012
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    #debunkingtruthers

    Life is too short to get into detailed discussion about every little aspect of such a vast conspiracy theory (their arguments tend to boil down to "look at that - doesn't it look odd to you?"). Just point them towards sites like Debunking 911 - they've done all the hard work, so you don't have to.
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    #debunkingtruthers

    I ended up making a presentation comparing fifteen minutes of genuine building demolitions with slow motion footage of the planes hitting the WTC and the buildings collapsing, and referred to a debunking site for specifics about some of the other stuff. Crisis averted; my friend didn't turn into a truthtard.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012 edited
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    #OpenSourceIdeas -

    The idea is title and concept right now. The only point of my open-sourcing it is that if the literal work gets created under that title, I'd like to see the teeny little credit for the original idea attached to it, purely for the egoboo. I don't particularly care if the work produced is itself open-source/CC licensed. Although seeing it get picked up and turned into something as an open process, a la Iron Sky, would be a real pleasure.

    I'll go check out Sequential Workshop.

    ETA: I just found WhyNot.Net, which is essentially the same format of what I'm looking for, but that site does not have a 'creative works' category.
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    #OpenSourceIdeas

    Hi Finagle and cheers for the mail, I indeed hadn't noticed this. I poked the Iron Sky guys, and the director did remember using a service years ago that would be what you're looking for - but of course, on a Saturday morning, he can't remember what it was.

    Then again, there's one very cynical thing to remember: when talking about copyrights, ideas are essentially "worthless". They are not protected and they can't really be licensed, since they don't count as works of art. The recommendation from Vuorensola from Iron Sky was that you'd try an poke writers you know to write a synopsis about the idea, and those writers can offer the synopsis to a production company. This actually increases the chances for you getting mentioned as the developer of the original concept thousandfold.

    It's kind of galling that good ideas aren't actually the problem when creating fiction, it's the perspiration part that counts :/ But, a good idea + a writer that gets hooked on it and gets that creative boner to want to see it on the screen = win.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2012 edited
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    Thanks again for the input folks. Maybe I will just have to write it it my damn self then...
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      CommentAuthorCorey Waits
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2012 edited
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    #OpenSourceIdeas

    I hate to be cynical, but ideas are cheap - it's turning those ideas into something worthwhile that's the real trick. I have plenty of ideas on the backburner and I think they're fantastic fucking ideas that deserve to get turned into novels and/or comic books (there's even an idea that I'm picturing as a comic & video game), but until I actually make the time to do something with those ideas, who cares.

    So yeah, do something with it yourself, see what happens, see how this seed grows when you start watering it yourself...

    ...and do it soon. This post-cyberpunk idea that I'm in love with will probably read like kitsch, retro sci-fi by the time I get around to it. Strike while the iron is hot, etc.
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    #mysteriousartifact

    Does anyone have any idea what this thing is? It turned up amongst some old junk in my inlaws' attic.

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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2012
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    #mysteriousartifact

    Baby cane.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2012
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    #mysteriousartifact

    Is it hollow ? Are there holes ?
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2012 edited
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    #mysteriousartifact

    It's hollow, made of glass and filled with some kind of liquid. There's a bulb at the U-shaped end, and the other end has a T-piece which can't be seen very well in this picture. There aren't any holes in it.

    I reckon it's some kind of horrible old-fashioned medical instrument that goes up your arse.