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This is going to be an interesting ride...
I can now be found over at my new MeshBoats site.
If you have bookmarks, please update them, as any new content will be at Tumblr. Most of my posts will still be duplicated here, but check on the Tumblr, just to be safe.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Commentator 1: Now that, right there, was a beautiful “1.5-overrotation-to-a-sand-ostrich-landing!”
Commentator 2: Never seen anything like it! He really stuck that landing!
Commentator 1: He must have worked on that for weeks to get it just right.
Commentator 2: Perfect form.
Commentator 1: Can we get that on instant replay?
Commentator 2: …
Commentator 1: …
Commentator 2: Held that tuck a bit long, yeah?
Commentator 1: Yep.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Me: *grabs container and heads out of office toward breakroom*
Breakroom Light: *off*
Me: (thinking) "Great, no one's in there." *continues walking*
Me: *hears noises from breakroom*
Me: *turns around and ducks back into office*
Me: *hides and listens and waits for silence*
Me: (thinking) "I suck."
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Netflix likes you for who you are. :)
LOL But I really do like people. It’s being around them that tends to be taxing. ;)
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Friday, April 19, 2013
Have speech prepared in class. Forget how to speak when you open your mouth.
^This. This SO much.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
(CNN) — Last January after a fresh snowstorm, my 9-year-old son asked me to help him build a snowman. I told him that I would be out to help shortly.
A couple of minutes later he came running back yelling, “Dad, it’s melting!”
That got my attention. It was sub-30 outside, so how could a snowman be melting?
I followed him as he ran down the hall to his bedroom. In the middle of his room was a 4-foot tall snowman, melting away.
While I removed the snowman and cleaned the remaining slush and mud, I asked him why he did it. He said, in a very matter-of-fact-tone, “It’s cold outside.”
Growing up autistic
My son has Asperger’s syndrome. For him, building a snowman in his bedroom because it was cold outside was a logical solution to a problem.
Dave Wellman has managed several employees with Asperger’s syndrome. Because of my son, “Aspies” hold a special place in my heart. So whenever I hear someone in my industry talk about hiring an Aspie, I cringe just a little. Because in technology, saying you’ve hired an Aspie is like code to say that you’ve hired a machine.
It’s true that there are a lot of benefits in hiring someone with Asperger’s. Research from Harvard Business School shows the strengths of people with Asperger’s and high-functioning autism make them especially well-suited for software development and testing. They have the ability to focus for extended periods. They have very good memories and are often highly intelligent. Their strong analytical skills make them talented at technology work.
I have Asperger’s: I am just like you
But there is a lot more to Aspies than their focus, intelligence and determination. Aspies are human. Like anyone else, they have their highs and lows, and their good and bad days.
CNN Explains: Asperger’s As a manager, you should understand how to handle the unique opportunities and challenges that come with hiring an Aspie. Here are six things you should know:
- Aspies are autistic
Asperger’s syndrome is a high-functioning variant of autism. People with Asperger’s are often exceptionally intelligent and verbally gifted, but they also can be socially awkward. They can react to stress differently and at times more emotionally than others not on the autism spectrum.
Many people with Asperger’s are challenged by large crowds, looking people in the eye and reading common social cues. When talking with an Aspie, don’t get offended if they look around or focus on an object in the room instead of looking directly at you. This is a coping skill that most Aspies develop over time. Listen to their words instead of focusing on their body language.
- Aspies are intelligent — and independent
Aspies will question authority. They will never accept “no” for an answer without being told the reason for it. They almost never accept a fact simply because of who it comes from. They will only accept it as fact if the logic proves out.
For this reason, many inexperienced managers shy away from working with an Aspie. Don’t. You just need to be prepared to justify your decisions when they’ll have a direct impact on your Aspie employee.
- Aspies think differently
Aspies frequently talk at length about small details instead of being brief and to the point. The reason is simple: It’s how they see the world. They hold complex mental models that include all those small interlocking details. To them, overlooking the details is ignoring part of the solution.
Be patient with them. It’s an Aspie’s way of getting it.
I have seen Aspies start reprogramming software in their head well before they get back to their desks and write the first line of code. Aspie testers will instantly see what is wrong with the software because it no longer fits their model.
All this “rewiring” has wonderfully positive results.
- Aspies feel deeply
It’s easy to think that Aspies are less empathetic because of how they can act. They’re not. When people are unsure how to respond to a stressful or unfamiliar situation, we can act in strange ways. This goes for Aspies, too.
One the most challenging things for any autistic individual to deal with is the cacophony of emotions that can be triggered by seemingly mundane events. For example, the cancellation of a project may be a relief to most of your team, while an Aspie may see it as people not appreciating their hard work or allowing them to finish the job.
Be patient. Pull them aside beforehand to explain the situation and ask them for their feedback and insight. It will give them a chance to process the idea.
- Aspies talk differently
In the most simple of terms: Aspies are blunt to a fault.
Aspies are known for being direct, speaking their mind and being honest and determined. Just be aware that an Aspie is interested primarily in significant contributions to conversation, preferring to avoid “small talk,” trivial statements and superficial conversation.
Aspies are not trying to be rude.
- Aspies are successful
There is good reason that Asperger’s is called the successful disorder. Their focus and dedication leads many Aspies to great heights. I doubt you could find an entrepreneur who doesn’t have a few Aspie behaviors.
Asperger’s comes with challenges along with the great opportunities. Don’t shy away from Aspies because they have different mannerisms or behaviors. Be aware of them and understand how to respond to them. If you do, you will see Aspies as the invaluable people they are and afford them the respect they deserve.
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
This cat is all:
“HOLYCRAP! That’s ME! How is this even possible??”
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Yeah, sometimes it’s like that.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
It happens every time. I think when my voice box says “Okay I’m ready to go, just give me the lines, I got this”, my brain is like “Nooooo I’m not ready”. I swear I can think up really eloquent words but it comes out a mess. If I try to save what I’m saying, I then began to go on and on and on and then I look like an idiot. There is no winning with this.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
It’s been far too long since I’ve watch Cowboy Bebop. A full reviewing is necessary!
OMG my favorite character from this show/movie!
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Monday, April 8, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
i watched this for 5 minutes straight before i reblogged it.
And now I want to go back to high school. Just to do this. A lot.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Full Metal Mix (4/2/2013)
(Usually hits on Mondays, but better late than never!)
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Monday, April 1, 2013
Star Trails in Australia
Many photographers like to experiment with long exposure photography techniques, but an Australian Lincoln Harrison gives a new definition to the word “long”. The 37-year-old Victorian showcases a portfolio of mesmerizing long exposure star trail photography, with some of his photo shoots taking up to 15 hours. The photos are made at his personal favorite spot over Lake Eppalock, in the Australian outback.
The star swirls are the result of the rotation of the Earth, and makes you think you’re witnessing the stars traveling across the sky. “With no buildings for miles, the sky is so clear and it’s amazing to be able to capture the beauty of the night’s sky on camera,” says Lincoln.
OMG This is awesomely fabulous!
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