You forgot the best one.
If this one isn’t in the runnings, I’m giving up
Autistic Burnout is much more common then people realize and there is very little literature about it.
“Is it possible to become “more autistic”? Why is my child suddenly having more meltdowns? What is autistic burnout? What causes it, and what does it look like in Autistic children and adults? What can you do about it? Answers to all these questions and more in this episode of Ask an Autistic!”
Something I wrote about this awhile back:
I’d only argue with one thing. We don’t always retain those skills somewhere inside us, but lack the ability to access them. We can actually lose those skills, for a long-term period of time, or permanently.
Also there’s one area that this is being addressed by researchers, and that’s in the phenomenon of ‘autistic catatonia’. Many autistic people who’ve been diagnosed with autistic catatonia believe that it’s a form of burnout affecting specifically motor skills that are commonly affected by autism. (And often, among ourselves, we’ve discussed that ‘autistic catatonia’ involves a lot of cognitive and sensory stuff, not just the motor stuff that the researchers have been interested in.) So if you look up autistic catatonia you’ll find information on one very dramatic form of autistic burnout that happens in adolescence or adulthood.
Many autistic people are also apparently born with the same level of ‘catatonia’ that other autistic people develop later. Which is one sign to many of us, that this is a matter of burnout, not a matter of suddenly acquiring a second, unrelated condition.
But I strongly believe that burnout can be more than just losing access to skills that you still have. Like… there are things I could do when I was 11, that I will probably never in my life be able to do again. That was the peak of my abilities both cognitively and physically. The reason for that was that I could almost throw myself into overdrive in order to do certain things. I can no longer throw myself into overdrive, so I am no longer able to do those things. And an ability that you have when you’re in overdrive is not the same as an ability that you have naturally.
Like… I liken it to climbing a cliff. Two people can seem to have the same abilities. But one of those people is standing on flat ground and using those abilities that are there, at that level of the ground. Another person is climbing a sheer cliff out of a deep hole to reach that same level, and hanging by their fingernails in order to use that ability. The second person does not “have that ability” in the same manner that the first person has that ability. Because the first person has that ability as part of their natural abilities, and the second person can only use that ability when they go into overdrive.
And sometimes so-called “burnout” is a loss of the ability to go into overdrive. And losing the ability to go into overdrive really does mean losing abilities, it does not just mean losing access to abilities that are still somewhere there inside you. Sometimes it does also involve losing access to abilities. But sometimes it also involves a permanent or long-term genuine loss of abilities, and that’s an important distinction to make.
E-Nabling the Future is an organization of volunteers who produce 3D-printed prosthetic superhero arms for kids in need.
This is bloody brilliant!
i was just thinking of how a character of mine could rig something like this up. this is so cool.
There’s plenty of lists with Native American actresses you can google yourself.
Gray eyes aren’t a white only trait, nor is Jennifer Lawrence a gray eyed gal. So please do shut up forever.
inspired by animaiden's oc, Ana, the sky-haired girl.
screaming because I’m so inactive in both DA and tumblr and when I show up, I butchered someone’s oc so much orz
1968, Asian American high school students attend the Black Panther Party funeral rally for Bobby Hutton,16 years old BPP member.
Nice pic and clip of history. That year, in 1968, my Mom was a new immigrant to the US from China, but she immediately identified with the Black Panthers struggle against racism and began attending civil rights and anti-war rallies, first in Berkeley and then in Chicago. When I was born in New York in the 1970s, my parents were printing a Chinese language progressive socialist newsletter out of our garage. That’s my Asian American upbringing.
A lot of people are confused about how squash-and-stretch works in animation. It’s very simple! They are just exaggerated frames in-between the “alpha frames” that makes very subtle enhancements to the animation, thus creating the beautiful flowing movement in the animated gif we see above. This technique was perfected by Glenjamin Keen Disney
yep, it’s back.
Because I am friends with a lot of spoonies, Death is a subject which comes up often. Every year at least one of us will dance with the Reaper and not come back from the waltz. Not that all of my friends are okay with that. Some of my friends are terrified, and that is just their truth. I pray for them to go quickly, preferably without really knowing what is happening to them, their fear is so strong. Truth is we offer animals more dignity in dying than people - and I don’t mean euthanasia as the only option. I mean we don’t even try particularly hard to make the -living- portion of an ill person’s life easier, especially now in the UK where persecution for illness is so severe, the United Nations is investigating under grave concerns of broaching human rights here.
As a psychopomp, I spend a lot of time in Death’s shadow, and I do not fear It. When my time comes, I intend on leaving a glass of sherry and a plate of cookies by my bedside, like some people do for Santa. However, that’s with any luck a long way off. It’s the -living- part which has become difficult, and for some reason we don’t argue enough about why care for the ill or vulnerable is so crap that society thinks euthanasia would be more kind…because that is what it boils down to. We aren’t talking about ‘survival of the fittest here’ because I can assure you there is nothing wrong with my ability to survive. I’ve forgotten more things about survival, homesteading, hunting and tending livestock than many a yuppie has learned on an expensive weekend course. There was a time we valued our elders and our disabled because they had experience enough to call upon when the community needed to know how to survive a challenge; disasters come in waves, and there is a good chance an elderly person has survived famines, floods, illnesses and bad years - and remembers tips and tricks to survive them. From our aged people I learned how to spin wool, thread a loom, fix a flooded engine, weld, empty a chicken’s crop.
The disabled and ill were the shamans and hedge leapers. Why this is so, I’m not sure. Perhaps with so much time left to do nothing but think, we’ve found more chances of being able to What If into Inner Worlds. Perhaps it was an escape from pain, or maybe we just know more about the value of health and balance, since the few good days are a gift, and therefore we seek to help In our own ways. Maybe for the ability to cross over, there must be a cost, paid in flesh. I don’t know.
What I do know is I don’t know a single witch, a single animist, a single crosser of hedges or explorer of Other Worlds who isn’t ill, disabled or neuro-atypical. Not one. And I’ve never met any who weren’t. The only ones I’ve ever met in over 30 years who were ‘norms’ were also frauds. Go figure. I have met homeless people who were mentally ill, but also who I suspect were just so filled with Woo they couldn’t function. Some sidewalk shamans are walking prophets who just can’t find their way back across the hedge.I’m pretty sure the Oracles of Delphi were anything but sane. But they were good at their jobs. So good, they became a threat and were destroyed. And that sort of scenario has been repeated since time out of mind.
The point of my ramble is we all have a purpose. It is society’s failing if it cannot recognise the worth of the purpose - choosing to measure worth with net balances of income, and judging ‘kindness’ by whether or not we should put humans down like animals when they’re no longer wanted, rather than working harder to make life enjoyable and comfortable for everyone. It’s not like the money or ingenuity doesn’t exist to make it happen.
My thowts on this day.
Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!
Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics.
A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.
With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!
Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.
So here are some buzz words~
Tailors and dressmakers!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!
Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction! Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?
(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))
The progression of video games in a few decades.
that is TRUST