Friday, November 24, 2017

#autistichistorymonth #astrokeofendurance #cripvideoproductions

Since February 2017 Margot Cole of Crip Video Productions has been working on A stroke of endurance - a film about how students deal with their professor developing a stroke in the middle of the semester at their university.

We meet various students and we see the film through the eyes of Ava. Ava has many friends with and without disabilities. She studies biology as one of her classes and that is how she and Professor Ben meet.

The film was released by Rich Brotman, an authorised Crip Video Productions distributor, on the 22nd November 2017. A great film for Thanksgiving / the late-November study rush.

The opening music really put me into the picture as did the credits.

There were some great scenes of a busy and accessible campus.

Seeing Professor Ben gradually develop a disabled identity was very powerful, with Ava's help and the rest of the students.

And, yes, professors do get accommodations. Being dizzy does affect the material conditions and major life activity of teaching and learning, so I hope it would not be denied on that basis.

Loved the way that Ava and Ben show that this life is all about learning.

The students reminded me of well-known people like Emily Ladau and Vilissa Thompson, who when they were students themselves, were activists in various capacities.

Halfway through the film was very satisfying. We see Ben at work.

The students' initial reactions were very real especially the pigtailed student.

Hoping to see a more accessible version of the film. The current version had auto-generated Spanish captions. Maybe for International Persons with a Disability Day on the 3rd December 2017?

The "faith" part of the film came across when Ben asked for prayers - "if you pray".

And the "friendships" and "endurance" ran together beautifully.

One thing - Jorgiana Cole is a very good choreographer and cinematographer.

I think the one swear I heard was "frack". Fracking is a very dirty word for a dirty thing - unconventional shoal gas.

[I'd wondered if there were any environmentalists in A stroke of endurance...]

Walei Sabry: what music went with what characters? Was there an "Ava's theme" and a "Professor Ben theme"? What about when the students were together?

The film used 21st century technology for post-production like iPhones from the cast.

Monday, November 13, 2017

#autistichistorymonth : Maternal Healthcare in Ethiopia [Hamlin Fistula] and Gareth Evans on Conflict - three stages; fifteen points... #themmlinky

Map of fistula hospitals and clinics as of November 2017.
Transforming maternal healthcare in Ethiopia.

Five points/rules on preventing conflict outbreak: don't start it; understand the causes; be prepared to work without recognition; commit the necessary resources
Incorrigble Optimist 218-19 on Preventing Conflict Outbreak
Serious diplomatic resources; dealing with the players who matter; deal with spoilers; international support for peace accords
Incorrigible Optimist 220-21 on Preventing continuation : conflict resolution
Study and understand; who should do what when; commit for as long as it takes; parsing multiple objectives simultaneously; cloth-eared box-ticking in Bosnia
Incorrigible Optimist: 222-23 Post conflict peacebuilding..

Friday, November 10, 2017

#autistichistorymonth: Moonwalker [1988-1989] - Mirror People; Mirror Relations; Mirror Mind; Mirror Gaze; Mirror Stages

The very beginning of Moonwalker - which I caught five minutes into the film - is Man in the Mirror. I remember hearing that song for the first time in 1996 when I listened to a hit radio station - probably within the first three months of that habit, or if not, in early 1997.

There are so many kicks in that tune.

The video, of course, is something else. It has lots of humanitarians and children in it, allying Michael Jackson [1958-2009] with so many causes.

It was great to see Paris Jackson at the Melbourne Cup and in the Birdcage. She went off to Hamilton Island and saw some of Australia's darker history - for example, Lindy Chamberlain and the death of Azaria. Uluru August 1980 when Azaria was 10 weeks old.

The trial gripped/captured so many of us in the later 1980s - around the time of Michael Jackson and his Bad album.

In November 2002 I purchased Evil Angels which had been studied in some schools. John Bryson puts such a humanistic lawyerly gloss on it and we look at the forensics seriously. And also the points of pressure in Australian culture at that time - in the cities, and regionally and rurally.

The Jacksons and the Chamberlains have very similar religious practices.

Of course many Jacksons were/are in the Jehovah's Witness and Michael Chamberlain was a minister in the Seventh-Day Adventists and taught at their theological/divinity school.

What with 500 years since Martin Luther pinned his 99 Theses to the Wittenberg wall...

[and some Geneva financiers were involved too - if I am to reflect on what was in The conversation].

Religion does seem to be one more powerful mirror / reflection through which we look at history and face ourselves [to use the title of a famous school programme in the United States].

We know about Madonna and Catholicism which influenced the young Ciccone through her mother and father and even her stepmother. And the way she moved through Kabbalah and Buddhism in Ray of light. I spent a very pleasant afternoon in part listening to that album or at least some of its singles in 1998.

I seem to remember Timothy Leary and his wonderful computer game / psychological tool Mind Mirror which I played a lot of during 2003 through the Underdogs and again in 2015-16 through the Internet Archive.

And there are several Moonwalker games - one of which was personally authorised by Michael Jackson.

A few years after Jackson's death there was a parody sequel called Return of the Moonwalker.

My first real exposure to the fact there had been a movie was through the World Book Encyclopaedia. It is possible that I might have read en passant through Funk and Wagnalls and its yearbooks especially through the major years of Jackson's career [1984-1998].

HIStory and Blood on the Dancefloor grabbed me from late 1995 to mid-1997.

There are many other moving moments like Ben which is in the early music videos montage which is the second part of Moonwalker. And all the times with the Jackson 5.

If I was pressed about my favourite Jackson 5 song - which I had been in January 1997 - I would say Blame it on the boogie! And over the next five years I blamed all sorts of things on this boogie - and credited it too. Because credit and blame, we were taught, had to be balanced. Was it a false balance, though.

Thinking again about Man in the mirror. The narrator wants to face themselves and be proud of themselves. And to make a change in themselves and through there into the world. So far, so mid-Eighties, right?

And thinking about Leave me alone - that clip where Jackson lashes out at the media and its persistent misconceptions.

A lot of people relate to Jackson through the dancing and try to do the Moonwalk or some similar move. The Moonwalk might be jumping; bouncing; springing as if flying through the moon.

And I seem to remember there was a strong anti-drug message which carried through to how Jackson related to the children and to Mr Big who was Joe Pesci and may have given an early affiliation to Pesci-as-villain.

What? You get to rescue Bubbles the chimp in each level of Moonwalker?

And Glen Ballard - later to co-write so many good songs with Alanis Morrissette - put his hands through Man in the mirror along with Siedah Garrett.

Jackson's main work with the Mirror was to produce it with Quincy Jones.

Good pick, YouTube / MichaelJacksonVEVO - with the image of Martin Luther King. He'd been assassinated some 20 years before Man in the mirror was released.

Watching the Lech Walesa parts.

Here is the xx I dare you where Paris Jackson has been in the last six months.

And to think that in This is it Man in the mirror is the very final song.

I will leave you with two tours from Wikipedia:

Wembley Tour 1988 [16 July]

Bucharest Dangerous Tour Live - many of my good memories of Jackson are from the Dangerous era.

And Moonwalk biography from Wikipedia

Paris still doesn't know the Moonwalk - at least not from Michael.

He did teach her a lot else - in music and life.

One way we learn things is through mirroring and having that mirror reflect back.

And we often relate to people as and through and in mirrors.

A very prominent example of that is how Donna Williams "became" Carol.

There really was a Carol, and she was a country girl who had red hair, and was one of three sisters in an elderly neighbourhood.

The park fence was a very fractured old gate from Donna's perspective.

And Carol took Donna through the park.

It felt like she was going through Carol's world - and she could get there through the mirror.

In Somebody Somewhere there would be a lot of mirror hands.

And she describes her brother Tom in his early 20s as "a white Michael Jackson and just as much under cover". And they talk about art and how hard it is to get through and show through and make it real if it is not already real.

There are a lot of emotional performances - and someone had talked about "bedroom Academy Awards".

Some good parts about Susan, who lost her world when she was 5, and this was not simply due to carelessness. It was due to "finding a friend", so she had said to her mother and to Williams.

And there was Malcolm who in three pages [197 - 200 paperback edition of Somebody Somewhere] goes from many poses - including I think Michael Jackson poses - to finding his real voice and intonation which was relaxed.

A moment before this when Donna Williams travels is at the La Geode in Paris where she finds company in her reflection. This is a good focus to have in the book tour which was gruelling except for Holly Hobby and the Doubleday lot.

[There was a good reason she moved over to Jessica Kingsley in 1998 after she published the Inside Approach textbook - which I recommended with the other textbooks in 2002 to an aspiring Midwestern psychiatrist and language student - and wrote the last long-form autobiography Everyday Heaven].

[And Irene Rose talks more about that reason in the Critical Literary Disability Studies journal when she looks at Autistic autobiography or autistic life narrative in the Thinking about cognitive impairment volume / special issue of 2008].

She finds a dynamism and a stasis in her mirror friend.

Some people find the mirror very external and/or an annoyance.

Many of my relatives are good at mirror-making and mirror-gifting. For example, there was a very shelly mirror.

And Nanna had a wickerbasket/driftwood-style mirror.

And ensuites/dressers were the order of the day.

I keep meaning to copy the epigram; the introduction; some of the Marek letters [I may have said, "So in the book he is Theo Marek ... and you actually studied under him?" and the person I was speaking to talked about the humour and depth of the sessions] and the parts where she meets Olivier and the children.

[Jody and Julie in particular and Michael, the big jolly guy, and Jack who helped Donna go to the toilet and not for chocolate either - it's an example of finding your words through stress, not in spite of it].

I have lots of swimming pool images in my head and the feeling of diving. Social swimming is a big thing - a thing her colleagues didn't realise. And then the love of lakes and rivers.

And how the father and brother both close down their memories at the emotional impact and how the aunt and Donna heal and bond through it.

"People hug people when they are hurt".

So the whole book of Somebody Somewhere is the end of 1990, the whole of 1991 and the beginning of 1992 until about May, which is where Nobody Nowhere came out in hardback.

Mary Thomson was a big supporter of Nobody Nowhere, and Swonnell House is mentioned. And I do not know whether Donna was out in the country - as in Mansfield [north-east Victoria].

And there are some inner-northern-Melbourne locations, including, of course, the park. And she went briefly to Fitzroy High or a politician-teacher was helpful there.

[Williams completed secondary school through adult education in the early 1980s like 1981-ish. Then there was Austudy and then she had those three years at La Trobe studying linguistics and sociology and the honours year was 1985. That was the year she wrote the poem Nobody Nowhere which is the epigraph of the book of that name. It begins In a world full of shadows].

Actually, no it doesn't. Condensing and conflating images - there are windows AND shadows

In 2004-05 there was a Nobody Nowhere website which was all about the book

Are these people just strangers? Visit in 1989 with publishers and Sri Lanka - Cross and Crescent with a red hue

There's a Michael Jackson reference!

Victims is a Boy George song that Olivier liked to listen to especially when he was being/felt like Bettina. He and Donna Williams listen to it through headphones and Walkmen.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

#autistichistorymonth Astrology; correlation between genius and insanity [2001]

Twin Pairs
A day or two ago, I was reading a paper about the Astrology of Incarnation.

In the second week of May 1998 I had bought an Israel-published text from my local book barn about astrology.

It had been published some ten years before.

The only exposure I had previously had - apart from magazines - would have been an agricultural show machine which was jigged up to make predictions about personality and character.

Perhaps you know it - the Scantron 2000?

Here is a link from Sandra which explains her system of sidereal astrology and harmonic astrology - the latter is from Egypt - with extra lights and turns.

Creation and Evolution from Binah/Sandra.

Astrospect is what she calls her work.

I wanted to get the date of Noah Jiro Greenfeld right - it was in fact the 1st of July 1966.

Oh my memory palace!
My response: "Things you MUST know about Autism Spectrum Disorders" and "The DSM-IV definition from BehaveNet". 20-21 November 2001
Cognitive psychology board of SparkNotes - this is from the Internet Archive from 2001 back when they listed kilobytes - this must have been the August 2001 incarnation. Unfortunately actual posts cannot be accessed except through 2002 crawling. I wrote 5 things I thought it was important for Chris_princess to know.

My comments are "Insane Geniuses - some opening thoughts"; "Correlation between genius and insanity"; "Genius and mastery"; "Extraordinary People by Darrold Traffaut [sic]"; "Genius or just plain dotty?"
The 23-year-old Dupont on SparkNotes Abnormal Psychology board 8 November 2001 about the correlation between genius and insanity. I had read Extraordinary people by this time - Darrold Treffert [19 November 2001].

September 2001 I had joined SparkNotes to amuse myself and to get a lay of the land. I wrote a post called Displacement behaviour in humans and animals which was my field of study - contribution and original research.

The big thing Sandra had discovered was Mars / Saturn / Pluto in some dozen charts she had had made of people like Jessy Park and Noah Greenfeld as well as anonymous people on a database which is famous for epidermeses.

And Sandra would work with 1st, 3rd and 7th charts.

That funny Saturnian chart was working as late as last year.

Venus and Jupiter - Cage and Cunningham

Josephine Baker astrological chart - she seemed to have these highly benefic resources in her chart.

Tiger Woods infidelity scandal - definitely of its time November 2009 - December 2009.

A reminder - lights are from the sun, the moon and moon nodes.

And wasn't there a good chart about John Nash, who I barely knew anything about until I watched A beautiful mind in early 2002.

Extract from Tiger Woods chart about golf:

"January, 2012 Since I have the workup, I might as well add Tiger's astrology for his win at the President's Cup in Melbourne, Australia on November 20, 2011:
  • Progresssed B MC at 6 Cancer 03 is still in the same set with b10 moon at 5 Aries 42 and c venus at 5 Aries 57. Since c venus also rules his C Asc, that gives him this benefic set influence to two Angles.
  • Progressed c moon, ruler of C MC, is at 11 Libra 07 conjunct b uranus at 11 Libra 57 and in the same set with C MC at 11 Cancer 28, c10 venus, ruler of C Asc, at 11 Cancer 29, and c10 jupiter at 11 Cancer 38 [Set (1) above]. Does the progression of just that one fast-moving moon constitute a "new" benefically-aspected Angle? Yes, it does. It shows emphasis to the Angle by timing for the event. Since c moon also rules C MC, it shows an extra emphasis on C MC and its astrology.
  • Progressed b jupiter at 25 Pisces 24 is in the same set with pc10 venus, ruler of C Asc, at 25 Sagittarius 01. In the same set is c10 sun at 24 Gemini 38. Normally I would consider this venus and jupiter already past that sun, but Tiger's return also provides return sun at 24 Virgo 33. The two suns together are enough to make this Angle-influencing golden benefic valid.
  • Progressed C MC at 17 Leo 32 is in the same set with c neptune at 17 Scorpio 23. Neptune can go either way. Combined with Angular malefics (mars and saturn), it can create anything from horror to extremem letdown. But here is is combined with (progressed and original) Angular benefics (venus and jupiter), so it represents the elation and high accompanying being a winner again.
  • Progressed C Asc at 6 Scorpio 42 is in the same set with pc NN at 6 Scorpio 37. This set again emphasizes by timing his progressed Angle-influencing benefics. It says that his win is "right" for him now.
  • Return Asc for Australia was at 26 Capricorn 03 in the same set with pc10 jupiter at 26 Libra 26 and b NN at 26 Libra 30--another set stating that success was "right" (NN) for him at this time.
The above were his major progressions in his 10th chart for the President's cup. He didn't have any progressed Angles to malefics.
I do not usually make comments on future possibilities. This one is fairly general, so I may leave it in. Tiger is not yet through progressed Angles to his elevated saturns. He has a major one around July 2012 when two more progressions come forefront simultaneously. Progressed B MC at 6 Cancer 44 is conjunct b saturn at 6 Cancer 42 in 11th/9th houses. And progressed B Asc at 3 Libra 38 is in the same set with progressed b saturn at 3 Cancer 37R, also in 11th/9th houses. Both saturns refer to his 5th house of sex life and/or children. Since he has already passed through the major shock of having his sex life become fodder for public and media discourse, I doubt these progressions refer to further scandal. Since both saturns are in conception 9th house, they can refer to a legal (9th) loss (saturn). With their influence to his 5th house of children, one potential interpretation is obvious. This time is not a good time for him to be in any kind of legal contest regarding his children."

It's been a year since Donald John Trump was first elected and ten months nearly since he was inaugurated. Sandra had some good charts as well.

Nash chart

Presidential astrology and acts of war - right now the ASEAN and APEC and East Asia conferences are going on.

Why couldn't a Democrat have won the 2016 election?

Astrology of the 2016 election

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their Venus/Jupiter relationship

Sandra and William A and their relationship

Classic Malefics - and I am thinking of how nutritionist Libby Weaver used the M-word.

The message in autism addendum one - this goes with Grandin and the Asperger woman

Developmental Astrology: the message in autism - contains Park; Greenfeld and 3 more charts

There is an interesting comparison between intellectually disadvantaged people and writers. Correlations are lost to the Disks of Avalon.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

#autistichistorymonth Schopler [1928-2006] and safety plans and Hannah Barlett's In a different world plus videos from Autism and Women

Climie Fisher and Rise to the Occasion - I think this was before Love changes (everything) which attracted me. I listened also to Sometimes when we touch [the honesty's too much]. That is the Newton cover. The Montreux Rise to the Occasion is really special. #encouragementinasong

There's a young man who goes out to eat with his mother and grandmother. Perhaps some of the students may require or desire motherly support as well - especially if there are young women involved.

Deep on the flatlands of the west, teachers and advocates have written a safety plan.

Why shouldn't you tell someone about bullying or harassment or abuse when that person is speaking - if it's happening right there? or the speaking is a cue?

I have also read Hannah Bartlett's book for the first time in full on my iPad.

Bartlett went to two schools [most of the names are disguised; most of the dates are accurate - 2008-2015] : St James and Stockport for her year 10 and 11 year.

Stockport had a lot of geared but not targeted support.

I had assumed that a safety plan would have everyone talk about what made people safe and feel safe. And have strategies and tactics to do that.

Julie Phillips is working on and with this one.

I had thought high school would be like primary school except with more homework.

The young man is also a keen Australian rules fan and he dons the sash.

Essendon supporters have had a tough time in the last five years. You can read about it in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland...

And I explained to Wibbly Wobbly about Eric Schopler and his role against Asperger syndrome as a discrete category in the Diagnostic and statistical manual back in the fourth edition of 1994.

And, yes, Schopler was known for lots of other stuff and awarded for it in due season - honorary degrees towards the end of his life; lots of awards from psychology organisations.

When Schopler was a teenager he and his family left Germany for the USA because of the National Socialists and their genocidal ways.

[No: genocide as a word probably wasn't around until 1959 when a guy called Raphael invented it].

And that of course formed a lot of his attitudes.

Asperger himself was in a youth group and that formed a lot of his pedagogy. He was down with the kids to get into the 21st century.

[Asperger died in 1980].

The youth group material is in Neurotribes - under What Sister Viktorine knew.

The discussion was about In a different key and Neurotribes which came out within a few months of each other in January 2016 and August 2015 respectively.

It was a surreal experience reading Silberman about Oliver Sacks being dead and a honorarium about Sacks' life.

And now there is a wonderful new book of Sacksian essays - River of consciousness.

Thinking of Charlie and George Finn who were "The twins" and in Time and Life a lot and on the small screen and big. Their connections with primes and every number in the universe and plenty outside the universe.

I wish there were a virtual world to show you just that.

A virtual world can trial safety plans as well. And take you back into the minds of Schopler and Asperger and just about anyone you care to name.

I don't know about virtual reality and dead people though. It would be interesting to think about people who are yet to be born and see what their lives might be like and how we can shape them.

And the brain when it comes to practising doesn't care whether experiences are real or virtual so long as emotion is felt.

And I found an interesting e-book on Tumblr which I read first. It is part of the Aspects series and is about Claire and how she becomes an aspect of love. Love/Hate by L. C. Mawson.

That's right the Hannah Barlett book is called In a different world and it's in 3 parts.

1: St James covers year 7 to year 10.
2: Stockport
3: adult life where she works with children at Fun and ABC child care and develops attachments to doctors and becomes a Facebook expert.

If you enjoyed Em Thomson's Tortured soul: a female Aspie's story and want to understand autistic women in England and Wales and Scotland and Northern Ireland - and if you want to understand teenagers.

There is an aunt who is a role model. Two kids - Freddie and Oscar - generativity!

And I have been thinking again about Eriksen and identity conflicts. There was a good article about someone's 10-year-old self in the 1990s and how that influenced later life. Values are strong and uncorrupted.

There are a few Barlett videos:

The Holocaust is one of Barlett's focused interests so it fits that it should be in this ABC. And I wonder if she discusses... along with Bullying and Change.

Hannah Barlett is a fan of Disney and so was her Mum. At the end of In a different world they go on their last holiday to Disneyworld and Disneyland.

Barlett has a passion for geography. She knew all the capitals of Europe at 5 or some similar age before double figures and teenage years.

Yes, Tsum-Tsums are very cool. They seem to be very squeezy and I like the elephant and the person in glasses the best and the Mario and Yoshi-type ones.

Thinking of a good blog called The life of Riley and when not even your parents' friends include you in their stuff or take an interest in yours. Now who is lacking the social and emotional reciprocity here?

"I am the face of accomplishment" - good affirmation for yourself and others.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

#autistichistorymonth Two children called Noah and Rekindling rekindled ...

"We do not grow old because we quit playing; we quit playing because we grow old".
The sea; the sea - with not too many apologies to Iris Murdoch

 We do not grow old when we quit playing; we quit playing when we are old.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

So I thought I had the two-thirds rule worked out when it came to scanners and scanning.

And the whole when / because thing. Independent and dependent clauses, hmm.

There was a Noah. There is a Noah still - Noah Jiro Greenfeld who is fifty-one now.

I admire him because he flunked Lovaas - granted he was a bit young for a lot of the programmes which were around back then [see the Life magazine for 1970ish].

Meanwhile, in the Melbourne Cup, one Rekindling won.

Three-year-olds aren't supposed to do that. In fact, the last time a three-year-old did that was in 1941. I'll let that sink in for you for a while.

I know myself - three-year-old horses and 23-year-old jockeys have this formidable sense of fearlessness and guilelessness. And when you put that all together with an experienced trainer and charismatic owner - you get Rekindling and Melbourne Cup 2017.

So I thought I might study the racing form of the big six or seven nations.

It taps into the mathematics and statistics I do know and could use comfortably.

And somewhere in Rekindling, there is either a liver or a tablet, marked with Roman numerals.

There is Jose, who thinks of plants as beautiful forms. And the arabesque style. And isn't it letters Jose thinks of as beautiful forms, and the spirit of the sacred also?

Jose, by the way, is in The man who mistook his wife for a hat as The autist artist. I "met" a lot of great people in there like Clara Claiborne Park and Elly / Jessy Park. And in 2001 I read Exiting Nirvana as one of my first Amazon Look Insides.

Amazon was also very good in the early 2000s for second-hand books. And prizes like A call to conscience in the Multicultural Family Tolerance Contest which I co-won with Meg. She was probably the only other entrant that Susan let in.

There were 2 Susans in those days. Susan M. Ward and the other Suite101 Susan who did the theme Multicultural Family.

Of course the Greenfelds were the multicultural family par excellence. And so were the Parks.

My working definition here might be at least one family member/household person is Asian - maybe Korean or Japanese.

Dreaming of bulgogi right now.

Okay: Noah was born in 1966 [7 July]. And Karl Taro, the elder brother, was born two years earlier.

So the Noah memoirs are 1971-1976; 1976-1980 and briefly 1980-1986 and a little bit in 1987.

Another child called Noah was born in November 2007...

Monday, November 06, 2017

#autistichistorymonth #themmlinky Peace in our time; peace in our backyards; peace in the Middle East

Noa was a wonderful singer for Israel and Eurovision in 2009. She grew up in Yemen and New York. And she never thought she would be a peace advocate.

There is a young Thai man in my Plussers who had some children draw their views and visions of world peace.

When I was a student, I said, "Peace is in your own world, your own backyard"...

There were two young workers for peace I found out about at the same time: Gregory Smith and Craig Kilberger. The latter was from Canada and worked in Majority World nations and Gregory Smith was the poster boy for giftedness. I think I had seen Kilberger on television at that point.

I listened a lot to Nana Mouskouri and the Athenians earlier today. The Athenians I had not heard in a long time because they were on a vinyl record and I had bought a Nana Mouskouri CD in early 2001 and played that since.

In The art of autism there had been a lot of peace work through drawing and painting and sculpture and writing and sharing.

And I once wrote a song in the 1990s - In a perfect world / there would be peace / no wars at all. And it was so good to have a tune for it.

Peace studies as we know them have only been going on for a hundred years. Here are four paragraphs from Wikipedia about peace and conflict studies and the state of the art:

Agendas relating to positive peace in European academic contexts were already widely debated in the 1960s.[7] By the mid-1990s peace studies curricula in the United States had shifted "...from research and teaching about negative peace, the cessation of violence, to positive peace, the conditions that eliminate the causes of violence."[5] As a result, the topics had broadened enormously. By 1994, a review of course offerings in peace studies included topics such as: "north-south relations"; "development, debt, and global poverty"; "the environment, population growth, and resource scarcity"; and "feminist perspectives on peace, militarism, and political violence."[5]
There is now a general consensus on the importance of peace and conflict studies among scholars from a range of disciplines in and around the social sciences, as well as from many influential policymakers around the world. Peace and conflict studies today is widely researched and taught in a large and growing number of institutions and locations. The number of universities offering peace and conflict studies courses is hard to estimate, mostly because courses may be taught out of different departments and have very different names. The International Peace Research Association website gives one of the most authoritative listings available. A 2008 report in the International Herald Tribune mentions over 400 programs of teaching and research in peace and conflict studies, noting in particular those at the United World CollegesPeace Research Institute OsloUniversitat Jaume I in Castellón de la Plana/Spain, the American UniversityUniversity of Bradford, the UN mandated Peace University UPEACE in Ciudad Colón/Costa RicaGeorge Mason UniversityLundMichiganNotre DameQueenslandUppsalaInnsbruck/AustriaVirginia, and Wisconsin. The Rotary Foundation and the UN University supports several international academic teaching and research programs.
A 1995 survey found 136 United States colleges with peace studies programs: "Forty-six percent of these are in church related schools, another 32% are in large public universities, 21% are in non-church related private colleges, and 1% are in community colleges. Fifty-five percent of the church related schools that have peace studies programs are Roman Catholic. Other denominations with more than one college or university with a peace studies program are the QuakersMennonitesChurch of the Brethren, and United Church of Christ. One hundred fifteen of these programs are at the undergraduate level and 21 at the graduate level. Fifteen of these colleges and universities had both undergraduate and graduate programs."[5]
Other notable programs can be found at the University of ManitobaHiroshima UniversityUniversity of InnsbruckUniversitat Jaume IUniversity of SydneyUniversity of QueenslandKing's College (London)Sault CollegeLondon MetropolitanSabanciMarburgSciences PoUniversité Paris Dauphine University of AmsterdamOtagoSt Andrews, and York. Perhaps most importantly, such programs and research agendas have now become common in institutions located in conflict, post-conflict, and developing countries and regions such as (e.g., National Peace Council), Centre for Human RightsUniversity of SarajevoChulalongkorn UniversityNational University of East TimorUniversity of KabulMakerere UniversityMbarara University, and Tel Aviv University.

Yes, this is a good piece about Worrying in the Hebrew text along with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

The others are Autumn Wind, Come o Bride and Barren - Ruach Stav; Boi Kala; Akara in that transliterated Hebrew.

Barney Zwartz did a piece about the Hebrew alphabet and how it came into religious writings and secular writings. The source he used was about the anthropology and archaeology of the locations around the Bible and the Torah.

When I was younger we always seemed to be doing things around peace and the Middle East.

That region - the Near East - became very real to me when I studied the Hammubari Code and other Sumerian achievements. I was able to do this with the Soaring Eagle students in 2011 where we learnt about wheels. And there is a game - Challenge of the Ancient Empires - which I will find for you in the Internet Archive.

Most of the demonstrations on video are in 16 and/or 256 colours. I only ever had a CGA and that was 4 colours of cyan, magenta and the light versions of these colours.

In the Challenge of the Ancient Empires - there would be Near East [that is the easiest]; China and India; Greece and Rome and somewhere else. Master of Mischief does the hiding and the nefarious stuff. It is also where I learnt the important concept of *force field*. And I was able to use that in 2002 for self-development and self-definition.

I seriously began exploring the Internet Archive for games in 2015. A few years ago I discovered VirtualApple][ and I found games like Rockstar and there was a drawing application and the best networked Tetris I had seen to that time.

And it seems that since last year [2016] there have been lots of Shareware CD-ROMs. I never quite got into that scene.

Read a lot of Maurice Frank and the Edinburgh lot as well as a site about Hurtful experiences where people had their pen names and nom de guerres on.

There seem to be a series of Mysterious Adventures.

The pond in particular in Ready for letters feels very peaceful and calming - it is a good example of peace in your backyard. And it reminds of fun times and hard-working times with grandparents and other elders.

And I remember a children's book character who wished people to Stay peaceful. It was probably a police officer.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

#autistichistorymonth "A different sort of magic which is in everyone"

Those who don't know magic will never find it - Roald Dahl. Or he said something closely similar.

Right now I am watching The princess and the goblin which was a product of a certain time.

What I remember is more important than what I forget said a woman who has limbic encephalitis. Allergic reactions and inflammations are two causes of this.

And then someone else said - Magic is easy for me. I can always find it. Or was it Enid Blyton about happiness rather than magic? Her books are often full of both, especially the first ones I read, like about Mr Pinkwhistle who is an activist and interventionist of the fairy/pixie/brownie world she often moves in when she writes her fantasies for younger children.

I spent a lot of time around Tom Shakespeare and his profiles, and also listening to Sabrina from the mid-1980s - three albums of hers this weekend.

Ah - goblins! They are such creatures. A lot of you might know them from Gringotts Bank. I had a thought about this when I was reading Independence Chick about house-elves and the way they align with disability rights and cross-disability work.

What disability advocates can learn from house-elves from Independence Chick - in short, lots!

Also I was able to set up the subtitles for Princess and the Goblin in a special way.

Apparently Public Broadcasting Service picks up the subtitles from the iPad - the closed captions. I called the format Dupont Humanite and used blue, red and yellow and shadows.

YouTube captions are slightly different. For instance; there are shadows and boxes which can be used to best advantage - reminding me of when I would work with Microsoft Word versions 5 and 5.1 in the mid-1990s. Before that I would use TeachText and/or ClarisWorks.

And now of course there is Pages which has a long-overdue update. I mainly use it to convert documents from before like Preview does and to make iBooks. And it would be good for brochures and business cards also.

I started off with the text. You can make it serif or sans-serif [and monotype/proportional - sort of the difference between Monaco; Geneva; New York; Palatino]. And then there are boxes and backgrounds which may or may not be good for the eyes.

Some people like high contrasts like yellow and blue or pink and red.

Red and pink and green should never be seen unless with a neutral colour like beige - I'm so glad subtitles and closed captions aren't beige! - or grey - shades of grey work well because they quiet and calm the eyes. They focus the mind also.

Or you may want to make your titles goblin-like or Irenie-like or grandmother-like.

The biggest problem I have had with titles is storyboarding and timing.

Some are based on audio description effects.

I first started seriously investigating these Internet effects 18 months ago when I was corresponding with the author of Disability Diaries and their cohort.

I still think subtitles are magic and I was first able to access a television with them - which had multimedia capacities I cherished for producing and consuming - in 2008. The Global Financial Crisis was good for something after all!

A few days ago I watched a show about the Cleveland Browns and their season-winning sweeping ways in 1995 and 1996. It was Football lives or that series.

There were not even capital letters like on US news shows of that calibre.

And when al-Jazeera says - This show is not captioned. I know that the YouTube and Vimeo videos from that conglomerate often are and there are transcripts, for more of life's good things such as the Press Clubs and Foreign Correspondence Clubs.

Thank you Joseph T. Graham for your copy of The Princess and the Goblin.

I still have not tried YouTube Red.

The goblins look something like the bat Bartok in Anastasia from the Don Bluth group.

And I am thinking of the time I learnt the truth about Jansen - it was made by a Hungarian in the style of a Dutch type foundry.

It is an easy font to read in, easier than Joanna which is a Penguin font.

And The monthly will be a whole different font altogether. It was designed by a Swiss group.

Dyslexie is a font I read in sometimes.

The beauty of the lilies I have just completed. A few years ago I was exploring The People's Temple and Jim Jones and Geoffrey Falk [perhaps 2013]. I remember the tuna cans were very hard to open that day, even with the grandparents' magnet opener which had been bought.

"Don't keep calling me princess - I'm human you know," says Irenie. [and so is Curdie!]

"I call it grandmother's thread".

"How did I find you now?"

They simplified this story a lot so it's about being lost and getting into trouble. Which is probably not the way George McDonald would have it. It's more like a Charles Kingsley adaptation or even Matthew Arnold.

And there was a good Sp!ked article about Matthew Arnold.

An example of an audio description effect would be almost poetic - even though you're not supposed to interpret them that way. If you had an individual person who likes poetry.

And there are endless automatic translations everything from Vietnamese to Haitian to Amharic. So I put it into Hmong for fun.

Curdie is very funny. I think there is another book that McDonald wrote which focuses on him and his adventures.

Green Knowe was written by Lucy Boston - a mid-century modern who puts us deep back into the past. And like this text, the grandmother is invisible.

And Curdie is finding it very hard to believe - to the extent of Friends don't lie to each other. I wonder if the Duffer Brothers had Eleven watch this? All the TV she seems to watch would be in sitcoms and soapies.

And there was a movie talk website which talked about The Lost Sister. I am thinking of what I saw about glow up which is like growing up though it has all these eighties and nineties connotations. This century it seems to be a very LGBTQIA thing and there was a big coming out.

"You'll find your own magic if you follow the thread", so Irenie finds her own thread and thinks for herself. Or Turnip the cat helps her.

I am going to think of Roald Dahl's very last book - Minpins - which is being released in a new generation so it will be editioned. And probably seditioned if I know the children and adolescents of the 21st century.

I remember Jon Scieszka's Politically correct fairy tales which were told from the perspective of the Wolf who was sufficiently Big and Bad to get people's attention. And my own first exposure would have been Rosen's Fairy tales and nursery crimes which is the second book ever I bought at a stall.

The first one was Aliki's How a book is made. And, yes, that probably did seal my fate and solidified my faith. I love the little kitten who has a mother who works in the publishing industry and the inside view we get. They make a sixteen-pager called Spring.

How a book is made with Amazon and Aliki - comes with Feelings and Manners for the 3 for 2

Saturday, November 04, 2017

#autistichistorymonth Cellophane Rainbow and In the beauty of the lilies [Updike]

I had said I wish you a cellophane rainbow, and I was referring directly to this song.

Most of the effects in it are cellophane or transparent. Very prettifying or scarifying depending on your point of view.

There is a really cool play called Alexithymia. I'm still sure in absolute numbers [rather than in percentages] the great majority of alexithymics are neurotypical.

Tom has written three plays and I like what he says about the play for you and the play for everyone else which was coming out in rehearsals.

And I had first known of alexithymia in either 1995 or 2000 depending on Emotional intelligence which we had bought for Granddad or whether it had come back to us after he left the house for retirement village living.

And then there were some heavy critiques on Daniel Goleman and the way he commercialised and commodified emotional intelligence.

The three plays consist of Social_function.exe.

I also looked at the sisters Caley and Creighton and their Autism spectrum explained which useed to be on Thinking Persons' Guide until recently - at least the Facebook.

Our blog by the sisters Caley and Creighton

Communication Placemat from 2015

I cannot call my sister cute because that is treating someone in their twenties like they're three; triggering intense disrespect and disdain.

And I looked at Ink and daggers and the October and November writings of the people from Autonomous Press especially Paperback writer which song I first remember listening to in September 1998 when the marketing and advertising business began to tell intensely.

We can be an accomodating bunch, can't we? Too accomodating, though, and it could be a sign of abuse or neglect [see Autism and Safety from ASAN in three parts].

Creighton's sibling perspective [Caley is the autistic one].

A mother's story

A lot of Creighton's job is explaining to kids - including the kids who have cousins.


Visual supports

Colin's perspective - there is also a book called Very late diagnosis.

Culture presentation

Stigma and discrimination


Tutoring in Florida and Texas and Skype around the world

People are still talking about Jeremy the dud.

I am reading In the beauty of the lilies, a late Updike which has three generations of Wilmots in it - Clarence; Teddy and Esther/Alma. I think her nickname is Essie and I am halfway through the hardback. Alma is Esther's movie star name.

In the beauty of the lilies on Wikipedia

The second episode of Victoria was great. More plotting around the young Queen's instability and - honestly - mucking around in her friendship because of ideology and politics? Don't do that.

Friday, November 03, 2017

#autistichistorymonth Marcia; Greg; Stacy and Karen; wars through beyond into and under worlds

When I looked for war with the world, I saw a psychoanalyst who had read their Donna Williams, and learnt and inwardly digested.

This psychoanalyst, when she was a very young girl in the 1960s and 1970s, worked at the Orthogenic School.

Introducing Marcia - she was 10 years old; nearly 11 when she began to work with Karen Zelan who wrote Between their world and ours. The chapter I read was Self-revelations.

Bruno Bettelheim used Marcia quite a lot for his theory of the self and self-development.

What Zelan learnt to do differently was to take autistic voices seriously by taking them literally.

A good example of this was when she would talk to Stacy, who was younger and more conventionally verbal than Marcia was. Marcia was a person of few words and who saw verbality as an intrusion into her space.

Greg was the oldest and seemed to be the most sociable of the three - or his sociability was very modern. He would talk about video games and create animal stories as well as characterise and categorise animals as he had done for two years with Karen.

I remember when Stacy would say You are my Karen and you are your own Karen.

And Marcia would say you is you and me is me.

And Greg wrote a twenty-page story about a chimpanzee which reminded me of a Anthony Browne [British children's author] who would write about gorillas and other primates. I think the character involved in Browne was Willy.

Of course Dawn Prince would be mentioned somewhere here - Expecting Teryk and her other recent book are brilliant. And there is Songs of the gorilla nation which was released in the early to mid 2000s. Her connections with primates were primal and intellectual at the same time.

Look! Here's a Prince review from 2005 on Amazon.

Stacy liked to make physical connections to keep her self in check. She often felt like she was a very bad girl because her world was intense and she had big impulses.

Stacy created a new connected character who was a teacher. W. Okwell was this teacher. He was able to help her control her acting out in sessions and in school.

Other people Stacy created or improvised included this imagined family where she felt accepted and included as a member.

Objects like mops and brooms - like in Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast [especially the 2017 remake - think of when Belle was having her room re-arranged by Mrs Potts and the others and then the ball room when the Beast had to come] - were an essential part.

Stacy was taken care by the housekeepers. Lots of families might have home and community care for another member like an elderly member or a sibing. This is probably a good 21st century parallel for Stacy's experience.

She would often say to Karen You do not like dinner. And Karen was able to respond as Karen and say, I do like dinner.

Karen was able to make an important distinction between self as self and self as other.

Another important reading of Zelan's was The interpersonal world of the infant. The children were often six and seven years old when she worked with them first; and she developed intimate relationships through physical and intellectual and emotional and social connections in the milieu.

Daniel Stern said some very revolutionary things in the 1980s that people had not really known or told about babies and toddlers before.

And Zelan was able to get direct voice from Nobody Nowhere from Donna Williams in 1992 or soon after.

Two other later books Zelan might have benefited from [the Between our world and theirs was published in 2007 - three years or so after Howard Buten - a neo-Freudian who I like to keep around - despite Sophie Robert's Le mur / The wall] would be Exposure anxiety and The jumbled jigsaw.

When you meet Greg; Stacy and Marcia you see various versions and manifestations of Exposure Anxiety as well as the whole big picture of being autistic.

Zelan was particularly observant when she described the three children and their three reasons. Stacy was not into intensity; Marcia did not like intrusion - she experienced it as a threat - and Greg's reason was something about social life.

Back in 1982 Zelan had written a book with Bruno Bettelheim - On learning to read.

I hope to deal more with bibliotherapy and the use of books when I write about Dibs in search of self and non-directive play therapy and revisit Mr Rogers and his neighbourhood. Carl or Fred or maybe Carlfred Hybrid?

I also like another book of Zelan's called The risks of knowing and why children have their worthiness threatened by academic ways of knowing and knowledge. And other existential risks that they - and we - and you - and I - take and give.

I see that Thomas Armstrong of Neurodiversity fame quoted Zelan and Bettelheim in his book back in 2000. This was Learning to Read.

Zelan is very honest about how theory can be thorny and get in the way, especially when it came to Marcia and Greg.

Thank you Mama Fry for inspiring me to search about the concept of a war with the world which won't go away.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

#autistichistorymonth : Jeremy the Dud [2017] and cognitive architecture researcher/developer Jill Fain Lehman/Simone Says/Edmark/Soar 1997-2013

I am listening to Hack and learning from Chloe Hayden about the film/streamseries she is starring in Jeremy the Dud.

Chloe is based in Geelong and she has Asperger syndrome. Lots of people call her Princess Aspien.

Everyone calls Jeremy - and people without disability - dud - and the PCish term is without specialty.

"We should get you some ice cream when we're done".

"He's not a child - I'm German".

Chloe Hayden - all the freaking time that someone is spoken to.

She went to a Halloween thing in a mental asylum - which she could have been placed in a year or two.

He'd been speaking to me the entire time normally - and then she was spoken to like she was four.

Jeremy is what Jeremy wants to be called.

And who calls Chloe Chloe? People like the Victorian Parliament. #iamforthe101

She talks about functioning levels/labels and people do get sensitive. People speak on your behalf.

The second way is the right way to say it AsPURGers [or at least it is 'righter' than the way lots of Anglos say it]. Lots of people think it's called Asparagus - even Damien Santamaria from Queensland who studied his doctorate.

There is a guy called Kyle and Jeremy finds the job very tough.

The HREOC fields lots of complaints about disability - and discrimination direct and indirect.

There is a Triple J number.

And Jeremy is played by a guy called Nick. He likes to be fun and different and wonderful and performing with brilliant actors - people don't play roles which aren't identified with their disability.


And we don't need another hero - feeling like a legend for treating someone normally. And it is totally relatable.

Yes people do get conflated and there is this huge range. I wonder if Chloe will talk about the inner range. And stigma. That you're this and that.

You've met one person with disability; you've met ONE person.

And an assumption - "I've heard of crazier things than that".

Making your life and making you think about the way we treat each other - Thank you so much and thank you say Nick and Chloe.

It is on the book of faces - Jeremy the Dud.

And then we have the voices - vox populi - and Endeavour Foundation from Queensland and New South Wales. When I look up things about wage justice Endeavour Foundation ... does not come up roses.

$4.50 - is this the lowest?

Metal fabrication and the downpipe would have been manufactured by supported employment.

From Andrew Don CEO of the Endeavour Foundation.

Jeremy the Dud is made by GenU and Robot Army - here's the cast and crew and the aim for the film

Yes, the film has captions. I have just watched the part where Jeremy is asked for mints and they might spoil his dinner. And I begin to see what Hayden has meant about being treated like a four-year-old.

A non-Jeremy the Dud thing and something which is big for Autistic History Month - this one is about Jill Fain Lehman who was a senior computer specialist at Carnegie Mellon some 20 years ago and designed Simone Says which is about Natural Language Processing. Somehow the thesis about Simone Says / feasibility study crashed the computer.

JFL looked at Sorting Station at Sammy's Science House from Edmark. Between 1994 and 1998 and afterwards I encountered several of the Early Learning House games which have lots of activities to entertain and educate; for example the shapes and the music.

Fain Lehman, Jill [April 1998] Kids Software for Autistic Children

What did Fain Lehman learn about what autistic and typically developing children of the mid 1990s like in their educational software?

Simone Says as designed by Fain Lehman and others at Carnegie Mellon.

This registry went deep into the twenty-first century: the latest addition is 2006.

KidAcesss developed some hippotherapy and music therapy resources. If you're into equestrian music and images/icons to go with it...

A jump page which was made for Sarah Kaye Lehman.

Rebecca Klaw and Fain Lehman wrote a book called From goals to data and back again.

A very interesting programme of cognitive architecture called Soar - here is its Wikipedia page.