I believe the great ones, Plato, Lao Tze, Buddha, Christ, Paul and the great Hebrew prophets are not remembered for negation or denial. Not that it is necessary to be remembered but there is one purpose in writing I can see, beyond simply doing it interestingly. It is the duty of the writer to lift up, to extend, to encourage. If the written word has contributed anything at all to our developing species and our half developed culture, it is this: Great writing has been a staff to lean on, a mother to consult, a wisdom to pick up stumbling folly, a strength in weakness and a courage to support sick cowardice. And how any negative or despairing approach can pretend to be literature I do not know. It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we ever were, we would milleniums ago have disappeared from the face of the earth, and a few remnants of fossilized jaw bones, a few teeth in strata of limestone would be the only mark our species would have left on the earth.      

 —John Steinbeck


Apple Watch: Peter, check your rings! Your exercise ring is usually much further along at this point in the day.
Me: You keep saying that, but we both know that isn’t true.
AW: …
Me: But thanks for saying it anyway.


What’s in a name? – The Autistic Advocate

Autistics are very concerned by words, by the meaning held behind them. Take a brief walk in the minefield that separates “autistics” from “people with autism” and you’ll see what I mean. My written diagnosis refers to Asperger’s Syndrome when describing my autistic symptoms, and I’ve used that as short-hand to describe what my autism is like to others. But I didn’t know about the controversy surrounding “Asperger’s.”

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I am going to keep working in Dreams this weekend, but I’m also wanting to just play something for a while, preferably something relatively non-violent.


I’d like to explore, and I’d also like to build. Right now, I’m leaning towards either Minecraft or No Man’s Sky, but I’d also like to do something new, and both of those are well-trod ground for me.