Spectrum Photographs – How I View The World Around Me

I recently came back from a short trip that passed through Los Angeles, CA to Sequoia National Park and King’s Canyon.  I’ve never experienced nature such as this.  I’ve never seen anything as overwhelming (in a GOOD way for a change) as these two parks.  I was SAD to leave.  Below, are my favourite photos I took during the trip.  How does someone On The Spectrum view natural (and a few human-made) surroundings? Like this:

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Never Ever EVER Give Up… It IS Possible

When you talk to some researchers.. some diagnosticians.. some doctors.. and, especially, some who are On The Spectrum.. they think they can’t progress much further beyond High School, education-wise.

They think they can’t progress much further beyond entry level employment.

They think they can’t achieve happiness in relationships—of any kind.

Well, this is all a LIE.

I’m living proof, and I’m here to tell you that you CAN succeed in a relationship.  You CAN succeed with employment—and even climb the Corporate “ladder.”  You CAN achieve advanced degrees in school.

I’ve been in a stable relationship for 17 years.

I’ve attained management-level positions in large and small corporations.

I’m pursuing a PhD—which means I already attained a Master’s Degree.. and a Bachelor’s Degree.. and an Associates.  It took a LONG time, but I did it—I’m still doing it.

I’m NOT bragging.  I’m simply telling you that it IS possible.  You have to try hard.. REAL HARD.  You can’t give up.


If you are going through hell, keep going” ~ unknown

The Tao – Science – And Spirituality

Most symbols—particularly of religious context—don’t do much for me.

I wear an Ankh necklace, but I don’t care that the Ankh represents life and fertility.  I wear it because it’s a sentimentality—something I’ve had since 1989.  Most symbols are typically straightforward with their implied meaning but can drive violence in others toward others—simply because of their perceived meaning.  I find that behaviour quite silly.

I’m far more intrigued by a symbol I can stare at and contemplate for years. This is why I’m particularly intrigued by the YIN-YANG symbol of Taoism. yinyangThe scientist in me doesn’t subscribe to religious dogma or most (not all) mystical inferences of any belief system. I am intrigued by the philosophical nature of any belief system—particularly, one that can be matched with the scientific method and come out with facts versus superstition and inaccuracy.

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Illustrating.. My First Special Interest

It’s a very exciting thing for me to share my illustrations with anyone.  While growing up, I gave probably hundreds of drawings to fellow classmates, random mall walkers, folks at coffee shops, etc.

I felt satisfaction knowing I was bringing some joy to others as a result.

It’s still a difficult decision for me to actually monetize it all by selling them online.  It’s funny (and, yes, I DO see the irony in this as well) that I’m publishing coloring books—see, I have NO appreciation for color apart from black, white, and grey (toss in chrome maybe).  It occurred to me, however, that if I despise color maybe others can do the coloring FOR me—hence coloring books.

Yesterday, I published the latest creation just in time for Halloween.  I do my most sales during this time of year because most of my work is a bit goth and macabre, anyway.

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Martial Arts Versus Autism Spectrum Disorder

Being involved in any kind of physical activity can be challenging in itself. A common symptom of ASD is a difficulty with coordination. Social interaction is another. Combine the two, and you have a hella’ time trying to engage in a physical activity such as a sport.

I took special interest in Martial Arts at a young age. What was a fascination for me also resulted in a “cure” for coordination issues. I learned balance, simultaneity, dexterity, control, speed, fluidity, technique, concept—all of these things are what helped me.

Having typed all of that, there are still numerous challenges for someone On The Spectrum who wants to pursue Martial Arts training.  It particularly revolves around instructor/coach-student communication. Someone like me has a noticeable processing delay when dealing with VERBAL instruction (or general spoken communication, period). I have to SEE something in order to understand it. Someone like me takes things literally—especially verbal instruction.

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My Special Interest With Patterns, Data, and Analytics..

I’ve mentioned in my primary site that one of my strengths is being highly VISUAL.  I can see complex patterns in many things, break them down into categories/sub-categories, and analyze common traits, dissimilar traits, and conduct comparative analysis, root-cause analysis, historical analysis, and even forecasting (to an available extent).

Here are some of the things I’ve taken an analytical fascination with:work_projects work_projects_1graph_ex
These examples are how my analytical-visual strengths serve me well in the workplace, especially in regards to Project Management and Productivity tracking.

I manage my requests and projects—tracking ETA, budget, demand source, duration, scope creep, resources, etc.  This is how I am able to manage my demand time, incidentally.  If I treat my workload like a project, I can see it through without unnecessary delay.

In previous jobs, I managed data analytic and reporting teams, and analytics helped drive the business toward success as we were able to provide the businesses with an actual VISUAL representation of how they were doing, where they’ve been, and where they were going.  We made use of incredibly fun tools such as Business Objects, Crystal Reports, Xcelsius, etc. Continue reading “My Special Interest With Patterns, Data, and Analytics..”

Panspermia Theory

A few years before I even learned the term, I was watching a documentary about comets and how they contain the building blocks of life, frozen within their husks, and if passing by a warm body (e.g. an atmosphere or a star), particles break off and potentially float into the atmospheres of other planets.

I instantly pictured THIS:

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To me, a comet looks like a sperm.  A planet looks like an egg.  If a sperm can seed an egg, thus creating life, then it is representationally-logical to me that a comet could do the same thing to a fertile planet.  The result of non-fertilization would be apparent in a barren planet as it would in a barren egg.

I was absolutely fascinated by the imagery, and it simply remained there until I came upon the term Panspermia.  Come to find out, there are others who theorize the same concept.

The entire theory puts the entire Universe in a completely different perspective.

I’ve always envisioned the Universe as something greater but still representational of the things on Earth.  I still am partial to the Universe being one big BRAIN—which would alter the Panspermia theory and make comets and planets the synapses of firing neurons, possibly.

Crazy theories, sure; but, they’re no more or less crazy than the countless mythological and theological beliefs we’ve been through in the past.  No matter what is truth VS fantasy, ours is still the musings of a microbe contemplating the nature of vastness—and it’s FASCINATING.

How I BEAT Sarcasm and Irony.. mostly

There is an accurate stereotype when it comes to autistic folks not being very good at understanding implied meaning, subtle hints, subtle facial expressions, and sarcastic humour—even irony.  What is NOT accurate is that it cannot be learned.

I still have to think for a few seconds after someone says something “dry” or sarcastic or doesn’t give any indication that he/she was not being serious.  While I was growing up, it was a far greater struggle until I learned how to beat it all.

How did I do it?

With the help of British humour, of course!

The Brits are masters of sarcasm and irony.  It only seemed logical to me to seek them out in order to learn how to overcome this very unusual deficit.

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Monty Python was the biggest contributor for me because their very core is silly humour, but there is a high level of intelligence and implied meaning behind everything they do, and it was invaluable to me.  Are You Being Served was another essential learning source as that show was based heavily on silly irony and implied meaning.

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Another unlikely source was—not British—The Marx Brothers.  Silly slapstick, sure, but the idioms/ironic sayings and responses were incredibly intelligent and so subtle that they could very easily be missed. This is precisely the learning tool someone like me needs in order to help “bridge the gap” in processing time during humourous conversations. Groucho and Chico, in particular, require regular rewinds/replays just to grasp the subtle genius of their comments (p.s. Harpo is still my favourite of them all).

Even if you cannot appreciate the humour, itself—as it is an acquired item—I highly recommend anyone immerse his/herself in any of the above comedy sources in order to overcome the sarcasm/irony/implied meaning deficit.