A Number of Hobbies Interrupted

Came across these about Autism on Wordpress today: posts about shutdowns, meltdowns, misdiagnosis, gaslighting.

Note that I've seen a few places where my situation varies to some degree or another from the author's.


How “The Golden Rule” Harms Autistic People
Do you know what neurotypical people often think would help when someone is having a shutdown? All of the above! Because it would help them when they are upset. But just because it would help them, it doesn’t mean it would help me.

Do you know how many interactions cause autistic people harm and could be easily mitigated if non-autistics stopped assuming other people were exactly like them? If instead of projecting our own needs and emotions onto others, we actually learned about each other’s differences, listened to other people, and respected their own different needs and way of being?


We autistic people have spent years, sometimes decades, hiding our sensory pain and overwhelm. When I told people that the TV was too loud as a kid, or that someone was talking too loudly, they didn’t experience it that way, so they ignored my requests.



In an anecdotal facebook experiment by Terra Vance, both neurotypical people and autistic people viewed the image below and provided their own interpretation of the situation:




Dear Autistic Kid, on meltdowns and shame

I just wanted to let you know that autistic adults have meltdowns too. I still have meltdowns as an adult sometimes. I hate it when everyone is staring at me when I have them, especially in public, because I don’t want to be angry or yell at people or cry, but I can’t help it when it’s happening. And sometimes the people around me don’t know what’s going on, which is extra frustrating. Sometimes when ...
There are a lot of autistic adults in the world. And all of us have had meltdowns before. Just remember that you’re not alone in that.

Third one, https://autisticsciencelady.wordpre...sis-the-default-path-to-an-autistic-identity/
And oh man do I know about the hazards of misdiagnosis on this.

Adult Misdiagnosis – The Default Path to an Autistic Identity
June 15, 2019

CW: Gaslighting, med trauma

[*Caveat: I am no way trying to say that having a diagnosis of bipolar, schizophrenia, or borderline personality disorder is bad. I believe the stigma surrounding these diagnoses is terrible, and people who have these diagnoses shouldn’t be treated as scary or ill – they should be treated as people. I am also not trying to say that medication is bad or unhelpful. Plenty of autistic people do have depression and anxiety, and other co-occurring diagnoses such as bipolar disorder, and medication can be very a useful treatment for people. The problem I am addressing here is that autistic people are receiving misdiagnoses which can further harm their mental health, through medication or gaslighting by professionals. Professionals tell them that they cannot possibly be autistic, or misinterpret autistic people’s answers to screening questions and misdiagnose them. People who are accurately diagnosed with bipolar, schizophrenia, or borderline personality disorder should not be gaslighted or treated this way either. Gaslighting from medical professionals needs to end.]


Autistic Misdiagnosis – 228 Autistic Lives

This post is about the hundreds and thousands of autistic people who are misdiagnosed everyday by psychiatrists, psychologists, and other professionals. Just from a casual twitter poll alone over 5 days, 228 autistic people out of 295 responses said they were misdiagnosed, 77% of respondents. This post is for those autistic people. Their stories need to be heard. Medical professionals have an obligation to do no harm, yet many of them continue to harm autistic people. This needs to stop. Patients should be listened to, not gaslighted, and not forced into treatment they don’t want and don’t need in the first place.

Many autistic people were gracious enough to tell me about their experiences with being misdiagnosed and gaslighted by medical professionals. This post consists of 46 quotes from autistic people. If you can, please read them all. Please listen to autistic voices.
A bit about language, not that anyone beyond this article's author, some people within the industry, twelve English teachers, five of us autistic geeks, and a pair of random readers, cares.

Fracking Vs Fracing – The End of the Debate?
August 22, 2017 By Jason Lavis

A debate that has raged for a few years now…
There are a number of topics in oil and gas that always seem to generate a healthy debate, and the fracking vs fracing disagreement is one of them. We’re hoping to settle the debate once and for all.

On industry websites we see other versions as well, frac’ing and fraccing are versions that might have been created to pull an emphasis away from the dreaded K. Lets get the ball rolling with the fact that my Apple Pages writing app has given a red underline to all versions but ‘fracking’…

It seems that the VS situation comes from industry people knowing that it comes from the word ‘fracture’, and ‘the media’ adding the K… Can we find the truth?

Below will be a list of researched reasons, or pitches for both versions of the word. The lists will be as complete as possible, as we try to play an impartial ‘devils advocate’ role for both sides.

Then, there will be a final word on the topic.


Once you have read the author's final word,
come back and see the image below for my own final word on the topic, although to be technically accurate, it is someone else's words,

Just saw this, https://www.upi.com/Health_News/201...ed-to-allergies-in-small-study/4731577368303/

Food, drug additives linked to allergies in small study
Len Canter, HealthDay News

A small study suggests the presence of dyes in foods and medications can trigger allergic reactions.
Dec. 26 -- You suddenly break out in a rash or your throat gets scratchy. You assume you're allergic to something ... maybe pollen or a detergent. But could you be allergic to something in your food or medicine, and how could you tell?

The medical community disagrees as to whether additives in food or even medications -- such as dyes, preservatives or emulsifiers -- cause true allergic reactions. And many are convinced that if reactions do occur, they are rare rather than widespread. The traditional thinking has been that the molecules from chemicals in food are too small to cause major reactions.

But one small study, published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, found that patients who had skin disorders improved when they switched to medications without the dyes FD&C Blue No. 1, which is bright blue, and Blue No. 2, which is indigo carmine. The researchers stated that reactions to agents that color medications and foods may be more common than once appreciated.
Hmm, interesting,
In recent years, the move towards all things "natural" has caused many food manufacturers to switch from synthetic additives to natural ones derived from plant, animal or even insect byproducts.

Ironically, some experts say that our bodies may react more to natural than synthetic dyes and preservatives because our immune system is trained to recognize them as invading organisms. That response may cause an allergic reaction in some people when a natural additive is detected.
Internet friends in India I made while Google Plus was in existence report record cold in New Delhi.
Now, understandably record cold there is different numbers from record cold here in central Missouri or in South Dakota, or Canada, and such places.
But even though the numbers don't look any bit severe to us, it creates equal stresses on bodies acclimatized to very warm climates as do freezing temps here.

A couple articles from email Mona sent today,

Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion in quotes is provided by me and Google.


New Delhi:
With a numbing cold continuing to sweep through Delhi and nearby areas, the region is expected to record its second-coldest December since 1901, the weather department said on Thursday.

"The mean maximum temperature for December was less than 20 degrees Celsius (68F) only in 1919, 1929, 1961 and 1997," an official of the India Meteorological Department said.

In December this year, the mean maximum temperature (MMT) till Thursday was 19.85 degrees Celsius. (67.73F) It is expected to dip to 19.15 degrees Celsius (66.47F) by December 31, he said.

"If it happens, it will be the second-coldest December since 1901. December 1997 recorded the lowest MMT of 17.3 degrees Celsius," (63.14F) the official said.

The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for Delhi, recorded the lowest maximum temperature of 12.2 degrees Celsius (53.96F) on December 18.
Hmm, that is interesting,

Feeling Too Cold? Add These Foods To Your Diet That Can Keep You Warm; Also Know Some Lifestyle Changes To Fight The Cold Weather
Winter season: This winter season make the necessary changes to fight the cold weather. Simple modifications in diet and lifestyle can help you fight the cold weather. Here are some tips which might help.

By: Varsha Vats Updated: Dec 25, 2019 08:34 IST

1. Make necessary dietary changes
Some foods can keep you warm naturally. During the winter season making some necessary dietary changes is extremely important. Here are some tips which might help -

2. Lifestyle changes to stay warm
Choose warm clothes and layer them properly. Do not forget to cover your feet and head. Some people also use alcohol to stay warm which should be avoided as much as possible.
And finally,

Delhi Shivers As Biting Cold Winds Lash The National Capital Region
"There will not be much sunlight as it will be partly cloudy through the day, keeping the temperature cold," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS.

By: IANS Updated: Jan 16, 2019 03:59 IST

Biting cold winds from the northwest lashed the national capital on Wednesday as the minimum temperature here dropped to 4.5 degrees Celsius, (40.1F) three notches below the season's average.
Well, if I'm up at 01:36 on Christmas morning, might as well glue some model parts.
Got this kit a while back & just ordered a 2nd one from a gift card my parents sent me for Christmas.
It can build one of 2 versions, the passenger version and the cargo version.
Important note is that it is molded in a different plastic from the typical styrene plastic model kit.

And you would probably not be the least bit astonished to hear that the model building community makes good use of YouTube.

Okay, video should, as in, well, it is supposed to, go directly to the relevant section of his video where I'm starting on my kit,

Here's a recent bit about storytelling from a YouTuber I follow.

The Art of Storytelling

Dec 22, 2019
Richard Vobes

I am back in Lewes to see Kym Murdon to understand the art of Storytelling.

Wikipedia says: Storytelling describes the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics, or embellishment. Every culture has its own stories or narratives, which are shared as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation or instilling moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters and narrative point of view.

The term "storytelling" can refer in a narrow sense specifically to oral storytelling and also in a looser sense to techniques used in other media to unfold or disclose the narrative of a story.
People are interesting: right next to the documentation of what they said, they will say they didn't say that.
I totally do not understand what system of logic is in play there.
Or maybe my error is in expecting logic to be in play?

Note that Scott FW is me :) same HO scale Western Maryland locomotive cab profile picture.

Soyuz loads 2.jpg
Will have to admit this is a thing I hadn't ever thought about.

Why the Next Lunar Astronauts May Have to Worry About Electric Shocks
JoAnna Wendel
Yesterday 5:13PM



Although this particular scenario is entirely hypothetical, some scientists worry that the Moon’s charged and dusty surface could spark on instruments or spacesuits, similar to how you might get shocked by touching a doorknob after walking across a carpeted floor—except on the Moon, there’d be no actual contact required.

The Moon’s surface carries an electric charge because it’s exposed to the solar wind, streams of charged particles—negatively charged electrons and positively charged ions—constantly spewing from the Sun. Earth’s magnetic field protects us from these highly charged particles, but the Moon lacks a magnetic field. These free-flowing electrons and ions cause the Moon’s surface to become charged.

Along with the charge, there’s also the dust that makes up the top layer of the Moon’s surface. This dust gets everywhere, and it’s jagged and abrasive. On a spacesuit, dust can act as pathway for the flow of electrons, which could lead to an electric shock, according to Joseph Wang, a plasma physicist at the University of Southern California.

Learned of that article via, https://futurism.com/the-byte/moons-surface-electrocute-astronauts

Cautiously Optimistic
So why haven’t astronauts been zapped just yet? That’s because the areas they visited during past missions were bathed in direct sunlight, according to Wang, and the photons from that light helped balance out the surface’s otherwise negative charge, making shocks far less likely.

Future missions, however, will see astronauts visiting the Moon’s south pole, which gets far less sunlight.

Jim Rice, a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Arizona, told Gizmodo he doesn’t think electrocution should be an actual concern for those astronauts. But he also didn’t rule out issues with larger future operations, such as ones that might involve bulldozing large amounts of charged materials around on the Moon.
For your information and entertainment we now present "The Actual Reason Why Ice is Slippery" by It's Okay To Be Smart

I’m guessing you’re pretty familiar with ice. We use it in our drinks, slip on it, skate on it, worry about climate change melting it. But have you ever stopped to really think about this stuff? The freezing and melting of water affects so much of our world. It’s ice crystals in thunderclouds that create lightning. Ice is powerful enough crack boulders, float stones, and alter entire landscapes. Ice is such a common substance, you'd think we'd know everything about it by now. But it has some secrets and weird properties we’ve only just begun to figure out. One question about ice that's, still not totally answered, is one of the most obvious: why is ice slippery? It's a more complicated answer than it seems!
Oh, and while we're talking about trains, note the little bitty 1 inch wheel flange that keeps all those hundreds of thousands of tons of trains on the rails.

Steel wheels on steel rails is a great way to move a lot of freight, but those wheels better be circular! From time to time, wheels must be changed out due to defects, particularity for flat spots. Usually the result of the car being dragged with the brakes still applied, the spots are cause for concern as they can do damage to track and lead to wheel failures.

For this two-bay covered hopper, a wheel impact detector, a high-tech piece of wayside defect detection, caught it leaving Chicago thumping along. So when the car arrived at the Wisconsin & Southern's Janesville yard, it was kicked to the repair track for a new set of wheels. Watch as the carmen show off the wheel replacement process to the next generation of railroaders from Michigan Technological University's Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC).

How are railcar trucks connected to the cars? What parts make up a truck? How do they swap out wheels? All of those questions and more in this 504th episode of the Thornapple River Rail Series.

NOTE: this film was taken and published with the permission of the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad. All individuals on the tour wore proper PPE and had authorization to be on property - the WSOR and TRRS remind all to NEVER TRESPASS on the railroad. It's dangerous, it's illegal, and it makes the job much more stressful. Don't do it!

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