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There's no false valour in Autism

I recently realised that I'm autistic. Here are the resources I found valuable in figuring out what this means. All of these links are about autism in adults, which can be a challenge to find. Where possible I've prioritised resources created by neurodivergent people. Reasons why autistic people self diagnose The medical system has long focused on young, white boys — at that, often cisgender, heterosexual, and from families with money — who exhibit very specific autistic traits when it comes to research, diagnosis, and accommodations. This excludes everyone else, and means the most prevalent information we have only helps part of the community. As a result, the more intersections of oppression an autistic person exists are, the more difficult it can be for them to get a professional diagnosis. [more inside]
posted by Zumbador at 1:01 AM Jan 13 2023 - 84 comments [221 favorites]

The jig is up ... and down, and sideways

This Guy Noticed Jigsaw Puzzle Companies Use The Same Patterns, So He Made Some Mashups. "Jigsaw puzzle companies tend to use the same cut patterns for multiple puzzles. This makes the pieces interchangeable. As a result, I sometimes find that I can combine portions from two or more puzzles to make a surreal picture that the publisher never imagined. I take great pleasure in “discovering” such bizarre images lying latent, sometimes for decades, within the pieces of ordinary mass-produced puzzles. As I shift the pieces back and forth, trying different combinations, I feel like an archaeologist unearthing a hidden artifact." Via shepgo@mastodon.social
posted by taz at 11:50 AM Jan 22 2023 - 29 comments [91 favorites]

Russ Jones: Your ADHD Big Brother

I want to share a podcast I've found helpful as I learn to cope with ADHD as an adult - something many of us working from home are discovering about ourselves. That podcast is ADHD Big Brother. Russ Jones is a single dad in his 40s who wants to help other adults who are also struggling with adhd and co-morbid depression symptoms. Each episode is a quick reminder to be kind to yourself, some advice about coping skills, and some high-energy banter thrown in too. Two good episodes are Why Affirmations Don't Work and Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria. [more inside]
posted by rebent at 7:10 AM Jan 11 2023 - 54 comments [77 favorites]

You are the Army Corps of Engineers.

You design a cat calendar.
posted by jocelmeow at 7:05 AM Jan 5 2023 - 39 comments [68 favorites]

Enshittification

Cory Doctorow on why we can't have nice (Internet) things
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 8:58 PM Jan 21 2023 - 93 comments [67 favorites]

Who asked for a new Twitter disaster list thread? Here it is.

Twitter’s staff spent years trying to protect the social media site against impulsive billionaires who wanted to use the reach of its platform for their own ends.... This article rehashes the last three months of Twitter flushing down the toilet. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:21 PM Jan 17 2023 - 181 comments [63 favorites]

Is Yunchan Lim’s Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto the greatest ever?

Yunchan Lim is South Korean pianist who June became the youngest ever winner of the Van Cliburn piano competition. Among the pieces that the 18 year old player were Liszt's Transcendental Etudes and Mozart's Piano Concerto #22. Most notable however, was his performance of Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto, which created something of a stir. [more inside]
posted by beisny at 10:53 AM Jan 29 2023 - 17 comments [55 favorites]

Tedious posts about infrastructure...

.. but in Antarctica! This is the premise of brr.fyi ⛄, a cool little blog written by an IT worker who is currently at the South Pole. [more inside]
posted by Superilla at 12:45 PM Jan 12 2023 - 26 comments [52 favorites]

Ukraine war continuing into 2023

The war has been going on for close to 11 months, and yesterday another donor conference in Ramstein was concluded. There has been significant support pledged the week leading up to the conference, but the thing on most observer's minds have been the German government's unwillingness to greenlight Leopard 2 tank donations or sales. No resolution was reached during the conference, but Germany stated that they ware looking into what stocks were available in-country, while stating that anyone is free to provide Leopard 2 training to Ukrainian crews. Providing fighter jets have seemed like a lost cause, but the Netherlands said that they were open to providing Ukraine with F-16s, re-igniting hope. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 at 12:01 AM Jan 21 2023 - 174 comments [50 favorites]

Republican leader Kevin McCarthy still not Speaker

For the second day, the US House of Representatives has no speaker. A new session can't start until a speaker is elected. McCarthy has lost six rounds of votes. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 4:31 PM Jan 4 2023 - 857 comments [49 favorites]

Chronophoto

Chronophoto is a game in which you guess the dates of some photos — the closer the guess, the higher your score. That's it!
posted by swift at 4:31 PM Jan 27 2023 - 75 comments [49 favorites]

The entire early vocal style itself is ornamental

Medieval European singing sounded more "Middle Eastern" than is commonly believed. Musician Farya Faraji looks at "how the overall singing style of European Medieval music was markedly different from current Classical conservatory techniques, and resembled current Greek, Arabic, Bulgarian or Turkish forms of singing far more—styles of singing defined by less precise pitch and florid melismatic delivery."
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:32 PM Jan 2 2023 - 29 comments [47 favorites]

A plain old-fashioned newspaper crusade.

Why Is the New York Times So Obsessed With Trans Kids? A detailed, scathing editorial by Tom Scocca.
posted by Tom Hanks Cannot Be Trusted at 4:55 PM Jan 30 2023 - 52 comments [47 favorites]

This of course is Fflewddur Fflam, that outrageous bard

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was an author of numerous beloved works of childrens' and young adult literature, most notably The Chronicles of Prydain, Westmark, and the Vesper Holly adventures. In 1994, his publishers produced a short film of a "visit" to his home in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, in which he speaks about imagination, writing, and his love of place.
posted by biogeo at 6:49 PM Jan 24 2023 - 33 comments [46 favorites]

A "person off the street" solves 20,000-year Ice Age drawings mystery

A London furniture conservator has been credited with a crucial discovery that has helped understand why Ice Age hunter-gatherers drew cave paintings. (BBC)
posted by MrJM at 1:49 PM Jan 5 2023 - 34 comments [45 favorites]

NAH LLC

White contractors wouldn’t remove Confederate statues. So a Black man did it. He didn’t seek the job. He had never paid much attention to Civil War history. City and state officials said they turned to Team Henry Enterprises after a long list of bigger contractors — all White-owned — said they wanted no part of taking down Confederate statues. [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 3:06 PM Jan 2 2023 - 14 comments [44 favorites]

Motornomativity: How Social Norms Hide a Major Public Health Hazard

"Car Brain" - the cultural blind spot that makes people apply double standards when they think about driving - is real, measurable and pervasive. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 8:50 AM Jan 17 2023 - 185 comments [44 favorites]

Japanese Music Sirens

A lengthy post at airRaidSirens.net details the mechanical Yamaha Music Sirens of Japan. These can be played with a keyboard, but sadness: "some were being removed or are going to run until they die and will not be repaired." And if they're replaced, it will naturally be with something electronic. They play familiar old tunes which signal the start of a factory's working day, etc. There's a link to a playlist embedded in the article. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 3:22 PM Jan 25 2023 - 22 comments [44 favorites]

A Damaging Charge

Electric Vehicles are Bringing out the Worst in Us. "This shift toward ever-larger trucks and SUVs has endangered everyone not inside of one, especially those unprotected by tons of metal. A recent study linked the growing popularity of SUVs in the United States to the surging number of pedestrian deaths, which reached a 40-year high in 2021. " [more inside]
posted by storybored at 8:54 AM Jan 4 2023 - 188 comments [43 favorites]

The miracle of the commons

Even before Hardin’s ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’ was published, however, the young political scientist Elinor Ostrom had proven him wrong. 3700 words from Michelle Nijhuis for Aeon Magazine [an update to a previous post] [more inside]
posted by cgc373 at 3:15 PM Jan 6 2023 - 25 comments [43 favorites]

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