Opening A Support Ticket

I’ve long been in agreement that functioning labels need to go but I’m not sure about replacing them with internalized versus externalized presentations. Autistic presentation can be as variable as autistic functioning; this would seem to replace one inconsistent, incommunicative phrase with another. My priority is for a framing around support needs. This, too, can…More

Linklog Wayfinding

While I’m firmly committed to the avoidance of the emotional sinkhole known as tinkering with one’s blog (and I don’t intend even to mention most of my tweaks), there’s one noticeable exception today: links in the Linklog section now are appended with the linked domains, for better usability—especially on phones and tablets where you can’t…More

Pathologies And Pendulums

The trouble with being a mediocre autistic is that you can’t have a purely positive response to something like Spectrum‘s pair of surprisingly forward-thinking articles on autistic strengths and special interests. I’d like to think this is something of a milestone for Spectrum; much of their coverage has felt very much in favor of so-called…More

That Inevitable Snap

It eventually came in over the Arabian Peninsula and crashed near the Maldives, but I failed to take Marina Koren’s advice not to “fall to pieces just because China’s rocket is”—notwithstanding Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics astronomer Jonathan McDowell telling Koren that “the chance of someone being hurt is maybe a percent or so [and] the chance of you being…More

Did I Have COVID?

Very early on in the pandemic, in February 2020, James Hamblin of The Atlantic passed along Harvard epidemiology professor Marc Lipsitch’s view of what was to come, in a piece entitled “You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus”. Lipsitch predicts that within the coming year, some 40 to 70 percent of people around the world will be…More