November 15, 2012 at 10:37 am | Posted in Benefits, Interests, People | 6 Comments
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Out there.

Being introverted doesn’t mean you can’t act like an extrovert now and then (in fact, it comes with the territory).

If you have a valid message and a means by which to convey it, audiences should warm to you.

And their endorsement may suffice until you can generate your own.

To learn more, watch Susan Cain’s The power of introverts.


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April 6, 2012 at 10:02 am | Posted in Benefits, Compulsions, Interests, Recreation, Senses, Sight | 1 Comment
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Count yourself lucky!

If you’re entranced by numbers, you can take your passion beyond the screen and into the wider world.

Hunting numbers gives purpose and excitement to your journeys – turning them into mini safaris.

Carrying a camera gives you something to do – and an ‘excuse’ to be where you are.

It’s fun. It keeps you fit. Kind viewers give you helpful feedback (and thus validation).

And if you’re any good (which will likely be the case) you can sell your photos to stock shot firms.

I’m experimenting with three types of photo number blog here and here.

Which do you prefer?


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May 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Posted in 1, Compulsions, Family, Interests, Mind, Recreation, Senses, Sight, Touch | 5 Comments
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Points of difference.

You don’t see so many kids’ colouring-in books these days.

If you’re old enough, though, you may recall the pleasure of completing them.

Not all books were the same.

The designs, for instance, varied wildly – from obsessively intricate to insultingly facile.

The best fell somewhere in between.

The papers varied too. From shiny surfaces that barely took a pencil mark to blotter-style offerings that soaked each careful texta stroke far beyond its intended position.

It was rare, therefore, to get a pleasing design on practical paper.

Christmas ‘Bumper Fun Books’, by dint of their sheer size, usually carried two or three satisfying options.

With your attention to detail so keen, you naturally coloured within the lines.

Yet sometimes, engrossed in activity, an unguarded movement saw your marker slip.

This transgression marred the entire work. So much that you had to employ your black texta (the most valuable in the set, and the one most likely to fail first through overuse).

You traced the entire colouring-in design with black, making all the lines slightly wider.

At the slip-up, the line became wider still, as you covered the alien colour with pitch.

The result was not unlike a stained-glass window.

Alas, some errors were too big to mask and had to remain patent.

When you submitted a work thus flawed to your parent, their judgment was revealing.

Instead of praising your industry, your palette or your almost-perfect execution, they did something else.

They started at ten, then subtracted one mark for each crossed line.

Never, in your entire childhood, did you score a perfect ten.

Though you tried and tried and tried.

It was only 40 years later, when writing a blog post to ameliorate the Great Sadness that had befallen you on waking, that you realised something.

Your parent had Asperger’s too.


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December 2, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Mind, Recreation, Sight, Sport, Treatment | Leave a comment
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Don’t be fooled by age or looks. This may be the best ten bucks you ever spend!

Aspies make ferocious and diabolically innovative gamers.

Perhaps because cyberspace is the only playing field that’s truly level.

And because you don’t have to play ‘face to face‘.

If you’d like to try your hand at this tremendously fun activity, but are worried that you can’t handle too many things going on at once, there’s a solution.

It’s called turn-based combat.

As the name suggests, you and your opponent take it in turns to make your moves. Just like chess.

Unlike real time strategy (RTS) games, you can consider your moves as carefully and for as long as you wish.

Panzer General is arguably the best turn-based strategy game of all time.

I’m talking about the original. Not the many iterations it’s gone through since its release.

Though it looks desperately ‘old school’ compared to today’s frenetic, visually rich games, it has a standard of game play that you just can’t beat.

Give it a shot.

The skills you learn in this arena will serve you very well if you decide to go for more challenging fare (e.g. Company of Heroes) down the track.


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July 20, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Posted in Benefits, Compulsions, Interests, People, Threats | Leave a comment
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See yourself on eBay?

There’s a strong chance you’ll be a ferociously successful eBayer.

Honesty, courtesy, articulation, attention to detail – all these positive traits will serve you well in this arena.

Dealing with people at arm’s length may also satisfy your need for risk-free socialising.

On the flip side, you may spend so much time obsessing over your ads that you negate the fiscal advantage of your sales.

If you’re eBaying for amusement, this may not be a problem. If you eBay for a living, this may actually constitute an edge.

The danger lies in the middle ground, where you take time out from ‘real’ work to faff and tinker with your online empire.

Therefore proceed with caution.


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June 25, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Compulsions, Interests, Touch | Leave a comment
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This array is neither ordered nor random. Yet even I can see how silly it’d be to spend an hour creating ‘ordered ramdomness’.

You may be gripped with the desire to soak off and reuse uncancelled postage stamps.

The appeal will be a heady mix of parental example, manual activity, fiscal advantage (negligible) and/or environmental responsibility (also negligible).

If you’re obsessed with order, you may actually trim the torn paper edges before soaking.

With time, the ridiculous futility of this activity may wean you off it.

If not, self-sticking stamps will play merry hell with your ability to calculate optimal soaking time.

This is because their glue behaves differently according to age, temperature and envelope porosity.

Thwarted from devising a reliable methodology, you’ll fret over each stamp that disintegrates between your earnest fingers.

Don’t take it too hard.



June 17, 2009 at 2:08 am | Posted in Family, Interests, Recreation, Threats, Touch | Leave a comment
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Guard your passion, lest it be seen as an obsession.

Don’t let your passion be deemed an obsession.

The hobby of constructing detailed  (e.g. 1/35 scale) military models may attract you on several levels:

  1. It’s a solitary pursuit, requiring intense concentration.
  2. The orderly array of accurate parts on their sprues is pleasing.
  3. The smooth, clear, plastic bags that protect the sprues are a delight to handle and open.
  4. Successfully completed models represent immutable evidence of achievement.
  5. Each addition to your military ‘force’ conveys a small sense of power. Don’t try to explain this feeling to anyone, as they’ll laugh in your face.

If you do love this hobby, take care not to reveal your passion. Otherwise, a parent may pronounce you ‘obsessed’ and ban you from models for a year  (thus triggering one of your most painful childhood punishments).

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