I updated “Principled, Pedantic, Non-compliant Canary” with a selection from “I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder: A Memoir”.

Imagine that you have a neurodevelopmental disability that gives you some challenges with social skills and possibly the occasional rigid adherence to things like truth and fairness. Chances are good that you’ve been explicitly and implicitly told that you are pedantic, rude, blunt and not considerate enough of others’ points of views for your whole life.

Source: I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder: A Memoir: Kurchak, Sarah: 9781771622462: Amazon.com: Books

“People who realise they’re autistic in adulthood often describe a process of ‘reframing’. Past events look different seen through an autism lens. Reconsidering the life I’d already lived was a step along my journey to becoming more autistic. #ActuallyAutistic #identity”

Yes! On reframing:

And if having these different viewpoints within my study was important, understanding the perspectives and experiences of autistic children and adults in particular was essential. Time and again I found that issues aired say, by teachers, would be completely reframed when the autistic adults discussed the same points.

Source: Wood, Rebecca. Inclusive Education for Autistic Children . Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Process share for Diego:

Here’s a screenshot of my thinking space, the Markdown editor Ulysses. I’m currently working on a piece about our “generation ship” house and NATiVE’s part in making it: “Our Generation Ship: Electrify all the things, Automate all the things, Backup all the things”

Screenshot of Ulysses showing my library, sheets in my inbox, the current sheet, and the dashboard.
Screenshot of Ulysses showing my library, sheets in my inbox, the current sheet, and the dashboard.

You can see other pieces I’m currently working on in that screenshot: “Accommodations in Neurodiverse Relationships”, “The Mass Transformation of Other People’s Risk Into Profit”, “Samefooding the Apocalypse”, “Crip Wisdom in the Age of Coronavirus”. Whatever’s on my mind ends up in Ulysses. Some of those thoughts are iterated into blog posts that I publish to my WordPress blogs directly from Ulysses.

Start building an anti-library of your interests. My ebook collection is pretty vast and full of highlights. I use Readwise to collect and surface those highlights. A commonplace book of quotes is a useful tool for knowledge, and ReadWise helps you mine, master, and create serendipity from your commonplace book.

ReadWise showing quotes from "A Dance With Dragons" and "Digital Sociologies"
ReadWise showing quotes from "A Dance With Dragons" and "Digital Sociologies"
ReadWise widgets showing quotes from "Loud Hands" and "Inclusive Education for Autistic Children"
ReadWise widgets showing quotes from "Loud Hands" and "Inclusive Education for Autistic Children"

A neurodivergent minstrel show. 

Source: Music movie review & film summary (2021) | Roger Ebert

When you don’t respect representation and NAUWU, you risk putting on a minstrel show.

“Fuckity fuck why don’t you watch my film before you judge it?” Sia tweeted in November, when outrage about the movie’s casting started to percolate. Well, I have watched the film, I am judging it, and it’s awful.

Source: Music, Sia’s controversial Golden Globe–nominated autism movie, reviewed.

Advice from the wisdom of my years:

  • Always pre-drill.
  • Always Be Charging.
  • You can’t have too many clamps,
  • or buckets,
  • or tarps,
  • or towels.
  • May you take frequent naps
  • and keep a maker’s schedule
  • while feeding your head.