Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Friday, February 23, 2007

Where do we draw the line?

A couple excerpts:

A line does not in reality exist to mark the boundaries of an object against its surroundings or against other objects. Tone, colour, three-dimensional vision and movement tell us where the edges of objects are in real life. The linear outline is a translation, an invented language, or rather the first phrases of a language with which we have learned to represent the visual world. - John Raynes

fig·u·ra·tive \'fi-g(y)ə-rə-tiv\ adj (14c) 1 a: representing by a figure or resemblance : EMBLEMATIC b : of or relating to representation of form in art <~ sculpture> 2 a: expressing one thing in terms usually denoting another with which it may be regarded as analogous : METAPHORICAL <~ language> b : characterized by figures of speech fig·u·ra·tive·ly advfig·u·ra·tive·ness n - Merriam Webster's

Monday, February 19, 2007

Here there be spiders

Apparently many autism advocates hope our attention will stick to certain pages and articles on the web and that all others will be ignored. This would be a "web spider" approach?

Response to Harold Doherty's most recent effort to fix our attention can be found in Ballastexistenz, Left Brain/Right Brain, The Autism Crisis and elsewhere. If anyone wants to look.

Something similar could be said of me since I'm not extremely well read in autism news and research. I absorb the most obvious information and can only admire those who manage a larger part of all there is to know. At least I know that many of Mr Doherty's claims in his recent article are untrue. One example:

"The sirens will not talk about such realities as lack of communication, self injurious behavior, or lack of awareness of potentially life threatening dangers posed by automobiles or broken glass."

Searching my local copy of TMoB, a public discussion forum, "communication" appears in 82 of 527 digests, "self-injury" in 7. Googling "autistic" and "self-injury" returns 79,600 entries, the Autism Information Library (autistics.org) top of the list.

Obviously Mr Doherty's claim that autistics will not discuss this or that is untrue. So what is he doing?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

"Bay of Fundy Blog"

Not many blogs make my pulse quicken. Terri McCulloch's Bay of Fundy Blog definitely made my heart jump (you'll recall it's somewhere in New Brunswick), first because of the concept drawings here and here in her series of posts on "tidal energy".

Not much I can write that Terri hasn't mentioned already. Such as: it's a bit tricky to get your head around exactly what 100 billion tonnes of seawater looks like filling and emptying the bay twice a day. Add the concept of turbines poised within that environment... no wonder so many autistics are engineers. [sigh]