Wednesday, December 23, 2009

2010 RAV 4 Limited purchased

Please read the column at the left, left click on all of the posting titles, pictures, and underlined blue words. Please click below, on "Comments, Reactions, & Feedback", below, to read reviews, and or write your own reply. This means a great deal to me.

Each box, below the date below, corresponds to the letter of your choice:
A = Funny. B = Informative. C = Clever. D = Disagree. E = Excellent. F = Frivolous.
1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the little white box, next to the letter, that represents your selection. 2) press down to click. 3) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. The counter for that box, will increment by your one rating (#).

Monday, December 21, 2009

Three more years

3 more years until something may happen in 2012
Sold my first brand new car today for $1,790.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Special Holiday Greetings

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish. Click here for link.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wants your comments

wonders if he should replace his car with a 2010 crossover. He has a 1999 Ford Escort SE, automatic, Sony 10-CD changer, cassette, AM/FM/XM stereo, 4 Polk speakers, power windows, locks, alarm, AC, remote, air bags, rear defogger, 73K miles! Original owner, all records, spare stereo system! Reliable, dependable, trouble free. It is hard for him to get into and out of, the seat is way to low, and he is cramped. Escorts have a record of transmission problems at these miles. It vibrates, and is noisy during idling. It lacks acceleration, and has much road noise. Rough riding and hard handling make long drives exhausting. Recommended maintenance would be $1700. Average value for this car in this condition is $3,000. However, please notice the dents on the three panals. (see below posting or click here) If he buys now, in December, he can get 0% financing. However, paying for it in cash is not a problem. He has been unemployed since Feb 2009. With U. I. payments, he plans to attend college full time for 1.5 years. Then he plans to start his first career. Please click here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Iraq, Israel, and USA

1. The Garden of Eden was in Iraq
2. Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, was the cradle of civilization!
3. Noah built the ark in Iraq
4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq
5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq.

6. Isaac's wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq
7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq
8. Jonah preached in Nineveh - which is in Iraq
9. Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel
10. Amos cried out in Iraq
11 Babylon, which is in Iraq, destroyed Jerusalem
12. Daniel was in the lion's den in Iraq
13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the Fiery Furnace!)
14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the 'writing on the wall' in Iraq
15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq
16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq
17. The wise men were from Iraq
18. Peter preached in Iraq
19. The 'Empire of Man' described in Revelation is called Babylon--which was a city in Iraq

And you have probably seen this one: Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible.

But do you know which nation is second?
It is Iraq! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon , Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia ... The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris And Euphrates Rivers ..

The name Iraq means country with deep roots. Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible. No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated With it than Iraq. And also, This is something to think about: Since America is
typically represented by an eagle.
Saddam should have read up on his Muslim passages ...
The following verse is from the Koran, (the Islamic Bible)

Koran ( 9:11 ) - For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle.. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; And there was peace. (Note the verse number!)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

$1999 for 1999

1999 Ford Escort SE, automatic, Sony 10-CD changer, cassette, AM, FM, Pioneer XM stereo, 4 Polk speakers, power windows, locks, alarm, AC, remote, dual air bags, rear defogger, beige, only 73K miles! Original owner, all records, spare stereo system! Reliable, dependable, trouble free. $1,999. Click picture + title for details.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Hanukkah 5770

&Jew wants you to play Jewpardy, and download this 99 min movie.
Download and watch the complete movie of Adam (2009) Rapidshare search engine
Asperger syndrome, a form of autism which makes it very difficult to connect emotionally with other people. Patients often interpret statements literally and have no social filters whatsoever: fairly daunting obstacles when a pretty girl takes a shine to you.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Most horrible person ever

Question: "Who do you think is the biggest despot in history?" Andrew voted "George W Bush" in the Biggest despot in history Poll. 16,288 people have already cast their vote. These are the choices: - Adolf Hitler Napoleon Bonaparte Joseph Stalin George W Bush Fidel Castro Mao Tse Dong Benito Mussolini Julius Ceasar Ayathola Komeini Francisco Franco G.W.B.destroyed this country's economy and respect around the world. He perpetuated wealth for the rich, deprivation for the poor, suppression of rights, destruction to the environment, Killed thousands of people, and dishonestly pursuing his own personal agenda. He has helped set in motion the total destruction of civilization on this planet. He is a megalomaniac Despot.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Marriage 2.0

Notice that this posting goes over the same exact information over and over again like Groundhog day. 9) What is my favorite holiday? a) Christmas. b) Election Day. c) New Years Day. d) Ground Hog Day. e) Halloween.
Groundhog Day and Being There are two of my all-time favorite movies. I identified so much with the main characters. They are two of the best Aspie movies prior to Adam 2009. I will be getting MARried, but not in MARch, January, or in Lake MARy, but on 2/2. This is both Groundhog day, and Ellen Degeneres 1958 birthday.
Groundhog Day is an existential story of a person's journey towards personal growth. It stars favorite actors of mine. They include Bill Murray, who usually portrays personality and characters most similar to me of all celebrities. It also stars Andi MacDowell, who was born the same 1958 year as myself. The 1993 movie is a timeless, rare brilliant romantic comedy, that I don't mind watching over and over and over again. I also identified with Forest Gump and Rainman. Notice that this posting goes over he same exact information over and over again just like Ground Hog Day.

Click box below to vote.
Thank you to all who have voted. I accidentally re-set the counters in an attempt to make it easier for you. I am sad.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

First time @ SSC

http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/ if you are reading this in FaceBook.

Visited SSC for the first time today. It was at the newest campus, which is one of two in Lake Mary. This Heathrow location is very modern and beautiful. I started registering, and received my photo ID card and parking sticker. Seminole State College starts its first BA degree design program at this designing course location on January 11, 2010. I will start with this first semester of SSC in my Graphic Design major. This will be my fourth college, and my second or third degree. I can continue my BS at this same location, on AAA Drive. AAA may be the grades that I have drive for. However, AAA is also the national headquarters for Drivers everywhere. It is one more mile from my previous and longest employer, along International Pkwy. This means 2.5 miles from home.

Arts, Digital Cinema and Digital Media Programs

A.S. Degree, Digital Media, Graphic Design Specialization = My Choice

My Choice: This program is designed to prepare students to use computers in combination with text, graphics and various software programs to produce professional quality publications, illustrations and Web-related technology for print, film and animation. A strong focus of the program will be graphic design and page layout. Students completing this degree will be prepared for employment in advertising agencies, reproduction firms, Web-related enterprises and publishing firms as graphic designers, illustrators and desktop publishers.

A.S. Degree, Digital Media, Web Design Specialization

This specialization emphasizes the important world of Web design. Students will incorporate Web-related skills learned in a variety of software applications to create effective and graphically well-designed sites which utilize special 2-D and 3-D Web effects in applications.

Lynx will offer new service to Seminole State College’s Center for Economic Development at Heathrow beginning Dec. 7. Link 45 in Lake Mary will extend service west to serve Seminole State’s Heathrow campus off International Parkway and will provide a connection between the college’s Heathrow and Sanford/Lake Mary campuses.Service will be available hourly from 5:57 a.m.-7:57 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 6:27 a.m.-7:27 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Westin Lake Mary Orlando North, opened on Nov. 20. The $50 million hotel, owned by YRG Hotel Group II LLC, covers more than 363,700 square feet on International Parkway in Lake Mary and includes 14,000 square feet of meeting space, a pool and a Shula’s 347 Grill — the only one in Central Florida.“After we get past the [traditionally slow] holiday season, we expect to pick up our staff to about 165 total employees,” said Steven Ragsdale, general manager at the hotel, where rooms run $109 per night. The upside to new hotels like the Westin is they not only bring jobs for local workers, but they also provide the area “with something fresh to attract individuals from outside locations,” said Rich Maladecki, president of the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association. Jobs are eagerly welcomed right now in Central Florida, as the region faces one of the highest unemployment rates — 11.4 percent for October — in decades, said Workforce Central Florida, an employment agency.

Please read the column at the left, left click on all of the posting titles, pictures, and underlined blue words. Please click below, on "Comments, Reactions, & Feedback", below, to read reviews, and or write your own reply. This means a great deal to me. Each box, below the date below, corresponds to the letter of your choice: A = Funny. B = Informative. C = Clever. D = Disagree. E = Excellent. F = Frivolous. 1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the little white box, next to the letter, that represents your selection. 2) press down to click. 3) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. The counter for that box, will increment by your one rating (#).

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Free DVD 2.0

I will give you a free original DVD of the movie "Knowing" (2009) for the first correct answer. Or, you have your choice of the following for free: router, hard drive, cdrw, mirror, needlepoints, car stereo, tennis raquet, tables, etc. What is the new planned date for Marriage 2.0? The hyperlinks, of the first two people mentioned, on the 11/22 posting, will clue you in. The previous date was 1/24/10

Here is a Romanian to English translation of the first comment left for this posting: "Very interesting topic posted by you. I checked your blog and I love what I am sure vazut.Cu visit to him in May. Good day!" I do not understand it or know who it is from. Please, when you leave a comment, at least identify yourself in some way, like "Joe in Georgia" or "The smelly guy in AZ elementary school"

Friday, November 27, 2009

Convergys Corporation

The following was found on Google Maps:
Convergys Corporation 287 International Pkwy,
Lake Mary, FL (407) 771-8000‎ convergys.com
3 reviews
Very bad company‎
By Paul - Sep 15, 2009‎
Its very unfortunate that a company is able to manipulate employees, treat them very poorly, using the poor economy as an excuse. This company completely under pays their employees, and in reality does not treat them well at all, also, its a fact that convergys while under paying their employees is increasing their own profit margin. Lets put it this way, what do you really think of a company that wont even supply ear phone cushions to their employees requesting that their employees purchase their own, 70 cents a piece, that is really sad and cheap. They watch you like a hawk, this is really one of the worst managed companies I've ever had the pleasure of working for. Maybe if enough people write reviews about this company, they will get the picture. I have to agree, they are morons I could write a book about how bad this company is, and ATT should be ashamed to be doing business with them.‎

disgusting company‎
By Paul - Sep 15, 2009‎
The true test of a companys treatment of its employees is its turnover rate, not what they pay or entice other companies to say about how great they are to work for, looking at the unbelievably high turn over rate this company has, and it should be apparent as to how bad they really are, and if their management had any brains or cared, they would recognize this as a sign that someday this will come back to bite them in the azzzz......they are really really bad.‎

CONVERGYS, WORST COMPANY EVER!!!‎
By Christopher - Jul 2, 2009‎
I was hired by Convergys on April 1, 2007 which is yes, April Fools Day, and I found out that I am a fool for taking the job because they treated me and all of my other co-workers like (expletive). First of all, the supervisors are always staring down your throat and watching your back which would make anyone nervous and (expletive) up their performance.
Second, the managers were always changing their rules. How are you suppose to abide by rules if they are always changing? Third, after working their for a certain amount of time, you accumulate vacation and Paid Time Off which I was saving for the right time. My supervisor was giving me GREAT reviews with great scores, but all of the sudden, it seemed like my scores were gradually getting worse and worse even though I was performing the same way. While still getting poor reviews, I noticed that they placed Awards on the wall with my name on them saying how Great of a worker I was. Now does that (expletive) make sense? I don't think so.
It also seems ironic that after I was working there for exactly 6 months, they told me I was not working up to their standards and laid me off. Last but not least, after they laid me off, I was able to collect unemployment from them because I did not use misconduct. After collecting the whole amount of my unemployment compensation, they sent me a letter in the mail asking for all of that money back, WHICH IS TOTALLY ILLEGAL. When you collect unemployment, you DO NOT have to pay it back. Convergys should be sued because of this. In fact, I am working on Legal Action towards them. CONVERGYS IS THE WORST (expletive) COMPANY EVER. CONVERGYS IS REALLY MEDIACOM, MEDIACOM IS REALLY CONVERGYS! Mediacom treats their customers like (expletive) and I am a witness because I was there. Poor customers ALWAYS had problems with their service. SUCK MY (expletive)(expletive), I HOPE YOU B*RN D0WN IN HISTORY!

Each box, below the date below, corresponds to the letter of your choice:
A = Funny. B = Informative. C = Clever. D = Disagree. E = Excellent. F = Frivolous.
1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the little white box, next to the letter, that represents your selection. 2) press down to click. 3) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. The counter for that box, will increment by your one vote (#)
PLEASE: read the left column, left click on all of the posting titles, pictures, and underlined blue words. Please click below, on "Comments, Reactions, & Feedback", below, to read, and or write your reply. This means a great deal to me.

______________________________________________________________

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

You Might Be A Fan

Anonymous has left a new comment on the post "You might be an Aspie if...":

andrewlerner.blogspot.com is very informative. The article is very professionally written. I enjoy reading andrewlerner.blogspot.com every day.

Posted by Anonymous to ANDrew Lerner Sight at Monday, November 23, 2009 9:12:00 PM EST

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Jamie Lee Curtis 1958 -

Today is Jamie Lee Curtis' birthday. 1958 was also the birth of the Peace sign, Trans-Atlantic Jet travel, Integrated circuit, NASA, AARP, The Edsel, a recession, Michael Jackson-2009, Madonna, Prince, Ellen DeGeneres, Andie MacDowell, JFK Jr., Holly Hunter, Sharon Stone. Kevin Bacon, Joan Jett, Sabrina Le Beauf (Cosby), Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tim Robbins,The Hudsucker Proxy, Billy Mays-2009, Bebe Neuwirth (Frasier), Michael Winslow (Comedian, voice actor), Matt Frewer (Max Headroom), Keenen Ivory Wayans, Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Alvin Chipmunk, Michelle Pfeiffer, Andrew Lerner, Jeff Foxworthy, Thomas Dolby "Science", Gary Numan (Cars), Eric Singer (Kiss), Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe), Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go's), Bill Berry + Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Ice-T, Grandmaster Flash, Andy Gibb-1988...

This was originaly posted in 2005. Updated 12/31/08

Friday, November 20, 2009

Test Profile

FaceBook: http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/
Final version 2
Logged in as ANDrewLerner


Thank you for filling out this questionnaire.
Your Aspie score: 151 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 63 of 200
You are very likely an Aspie


Please note that my "In Sight" profile and
10/27/09 posting have been revised.

Please click on a lettered box below. Each box corresponds to the following choices:
A) Funny. B) Informative. C) Clever. D) Disagree. E) Excellent. F) Frivolous.
1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the box with the letter that corresponds with your selection.
2) Please apply pressure with your right finger in a downward motion, until you hear a click.
3) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. Congratulations! The counter for that box, will increment by your one vote (#).
Please come back to look at the amount of votes for each choice.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Parallel Play

FaceBook: http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/ <--Click here
I, (Tim Page) was diagnosed with this autistic spectrum disorder in 2000, just after I crashed and burned as an administrator at the Saint Louis Symphony. I had gotten rather cocky in the late 1990s and really thought I could handle a job that would involve working closely with hundreds of people every day would be the natural next step after criticism. I couldn't and I returned to Washington in terrible shape.

The diagnosis was helpful in a lot of ways -- mostly in explaining some of the things that had proved difficult, sometimes even impossible, for most of my life. And I didn't exactly "give in" to the condition, but being aware that I had it helped me make smarter choices. It also helped to explain a weird childhood that included an easy mastery of all sorts of data -- the dates of every president and president's wife, which I could recite forwards or backwards upon request, an encyclopedic knowledge of silent films and old recordings -- yet also included an absolute inability to concentrate on subjects that didn't interest me. It was also enormously difficult for me to make friends, and overstimulation would send me into fairly frightening meltdowns.

These got better as I grew up and went around the block a few hundred times. For me, at least, Asperger's Syndrome was most debilitating during my youth. And yet there is no doubt that I am still affected by it today. I sometimes feel that I have spent my life in a state of parallel play (hence the title) -- alongside but disconnected from most of my fellow human beings. And it gets lonely sometimes.

Please click on a lettered box below. Each box corresponds to the following choices:

A) Funny. B) Informative. C) Clever. D) Disagree. E) Excellent. F) Frivolous.

1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the box with the letter that corresponds with your selection. 2) Please apply pressure with your right finger in a downward motion, until you hear a click. 3) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. Congratulations! The counter for that box, will increment by your one vote (#). Please come back to look at the amount of votes for each choice.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Yoga

FaceBook: http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/ <--Click here for comments. Attended my first Yoga class ever, today! I guess I performed Yoga. It was scary, and hard to follow. I was uncomfortable and puzzled. I walked out, exhausted after 15 minutes. Do I not know how to breath? What is the purpose of closing the eyes and chanting "ohmmmm". I did not not do either, so I can see and hear what else I am supposed to be doing. I believe "ohm" is an electricity term. Oh yeah... everyone had naked feet! Please click on a lettered box below. Each box corresponds to the following choices: A) Funny. B) Informative. C) Clever. D) Disagree. E) Excellent. F) Frivolous.

I made my first purchase of my first Whamo Superball since 1967! It was $1.99 at Sports Authority!

321-214-9855 has been permanently disconnected. This was my VoIP telephone number.

Friday, October 23, 2009

How to click on boxes.

FaceBook: http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/ <--Click here for latest updates.
Today, in 2003, Jeremy was born. We wish him a happy Birthday.
Richard and you: Please read these instructions.

Please click on lettered box below, that look like this illustration:

c(A) (0) c(B) (0) c(C) (1) c(D) (0) c(E) (0) c(F) (0)
Do not click above, or in these above boxes.

The above letters, brackets, and zeros, are for instructional purposes only.
Each boxes below this posting corresponds to the following letter choices:
A) Funny. B) Informative. C) Clever. D) Disagree. E) Excellent. F) Frivolous.
Do not click on the immediately above line.

1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the box with the letter that corresponds with your selection. Make sure it is a little square box, and that it is below this posting for this date. (The boxes can be found BELOW this posting.)

2) Please apply pressure with your right finger in a downward motion, until you hear a click.

EXAMPLE: If you think that this posting is clever, then you would click on the "C" box below. Remember, it must be a little square box that is NEXT to the letter. Your vote will not count if you click on a letter that is within this post. You will not be brought to another web page when you click on a box. This is only a box that is filled inside with the color white.

3) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. Congratulations! The counter for that box, will increment by your one vote (#)!Please come back to look at the amount of votes for each choice. If you are the first voter for the "C" box, it will look like the illustration above as "(1)".

For more practice, click here ---> http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/2009/10/important-date.html#links

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Make your vote count

FaceBook: http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/ <--Click here to make your vote count
Below are five favorite songs of mine.
1. Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin 2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana 3. More Than A Feeling (BOSTON) 4. Freak On A Leash - Korn 5. More Human Than Human (White Zombie)

Please click on the lettered boxes below. Each box corresponds to the following choices:
A) I love this music also!
B) I do not like this music.
C) I have no idea what songs these are, and do not know how to use YouTube.
D) I am suprised
E) Andrew has excellent taste
F) This posting is Frivolous, and want a $5 gift card for Logan's Roadhouse.

1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the box with the letter that corresponds with your selection. 2) Please apply pressure with your right finger in a downward motion, until you hear a click. 3) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. Congratulations! The counter for that box, will increment by your one vote (#). Please come back to look at the amount of votes for each choice.

Origin of Aspie, and in the Media.

FaceBook: http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/ <--Click here for latest updates.
Please click on a lettered box below.
Each box corresponds to the following choices:
A) Funny. B) Informative. C) Clever. D) Disagree. E) Excellent. F) Frivolous.
1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the box with the letter that corresponds with your selection.
2) Please apply pressure with your right finger in a downward motion, until you hear a click.
3) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. Congratulations! The counter for that box, will increment by your one vote (#). Please come back to look at the amount of votes for each choice.

The following picture below, is a symbolic illustration, of the word "Aspie". The third character is the "Pi" symbol. What say you? Click a box below with your answer.

Aspies and Auties are terms used to describe those with Asperger’s syndrome and autism, respectively. On her New York magazine blog about television, Surf, Emily Nussbaum described a recent thematic trend – “Asperger’s everywhere”:
As far as I can tell, it started with the character of Chloe on 24, but then there was that model on America’s Next Top Model, there’s a contestant with Asperger’s on the Amazing Race, and of course, there’s the magnificent Sheldon on the wonderful Big Bang Theory (which I’m so happy has been getting attention lately).

Later, Nussbaum wrote:
Following up on my Asperger’s post from last week, I’ve noticed two more examples: Brennan and Zach on Bones and the quirky youngest kid on The Middle (who doesn’t have Asperger’s, but seems to be potentially on the spectrum). While Googling to confirm that the writers do indeed intend Brennan to be mildly Aspie, I came across Aspies on TV, an interesting blog by Sarah Abrahamson. Abrahamson notes that Aspies are natural comic foils, given that “much of comedy is based on social interaction and the errors in interaction.”

The author Liane Holliday Willey claims to have coinedAspie” in her 1999 book “Pretending to be Normal”; she later explained:
I intended for it to connotate images of kind and caring individuals who live lives wrapped in different colors and fluffed with different stuffings.
Although some of those with Asperger’s use the term to refer to themselves, the UK National Autistic Society cautions journalists against referring to someone as “an aspie.”

The word “autie” is similarly used by those with autism. Urban Dictionary credits the term’s prominence to the autistic Australian author and artist Donna Williams, who calls herself the “Artie Autie.”

Intriguingly, writing in The Times in August, Neil Amdur also noted a spate of end-of-summer movies featuring Asperger’s:

The three new movies would seem to have little in common: a romantic comedy about Upper West Side singles, a biopic about a noted animal science professor, and an animated film about an extended pen-pal relationship.

But all three revolve around Asperger’s syndrome, the complex and mysterious neurological disorder linked to autism. Their nearly simultaneous appearance — two open this summer, and the third is planned for next year — underscores how much Asperger’s and high-functioning autism have expanded in the public consciousness since Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of an autistic savant in “Rain Man” 21 years ago.

Co-vocabularists with personal experience of Asperger’s or autism are invited to comment on whether they consider these terms empowering or discourteous.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Naked Aspie

FaceBook: http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/ <--Click here for latest updates. This blog posting is automatically published on FaceBook. http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/2009/09/12212012-poll.html

Clothing can be such a pain in ass for Asperger People. It can be too tight, not tight enough, or feels scratchy. Material and fabrics can rub their sensory sensitivities the wrong way. Aspies are not influenced by peer pressure or social "norms". Their independent thinking resists and challenges, conformity and convention. Frustration over their inability to express themselves, make friends, or develop relationships, leaves them with a jonesing feeling. They crave to be noticed and appreciated.

Because of these reasons, some Aspies prefer to just be plain naked. It provides a freedom of expression, and a liberating feeling of empowerment. It gives relief from physical and emotional restrictions. This ironically removes inhibition. There is a release of tension from their frequent social anxiety. They lack passion, and are often asexual. Exhibitionism can be their excitement. Nudity can be confined to a private area, such as one’s own home or apartment, but there are exceptions.

As children, they might have been little “streaker tykes,” taking off clothing that was restrictive in any environment, including public places. Some Aspergers might still take their clothes off in public, depending on their level of fitness and audacity and the amount of money offered that has enticed them to do so. Nakedness is natural and fine, but Aspies must beware. Google is watching.

Google Maps is a lovely application that allows you to stalk, or uh, view a detailed map of many areas, all the way down to the color of the mailbox in front a person’s home. Because of this, being naked in the backyard, even with a privacy fence, comes with the risk of you exhibiting yourself on Google maps. What’s more, one woman reported that Google maps was able to peer all the way into her living room and spy on her cat. Scandalous! And that cat was not even naked. This could only mean one of two things: 1. Google likes to look at naked people. 2. Google likes to look at naked Asperger people, knowing Aspies like to get naked. It is probably a combination of both. So be free, be naked, but don’t forget to close the opaque curtains.

Please click on a lettered box below.
Each box corresponds to the following choices:

A) Funny.
B) Informative.
C) Clever.
D) Disagree.
E) Excellent.
F) Frivolous.


1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the box with the letter that corresponds with your selection.
2) Please apply pressure with your right finger in a downward motion, until you hear a click.

3) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. Congratulations!
4) The counter for that box, will increment by your one vote (#).
Please come back to look at the amount of votes for each choice.
American Assoc for Nude Recreation
B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation
Florida Keys Naturists
International Naturist Federation
Naturally Magazine
Sanibel Naturists
Suncoast Naturists
The Naturist Journal
The Naturist Society

Monday, October 12, 2009

Important Date

FaceBook: http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/ <--Click here for latest updates. http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/2009/09/12212012-poll.html

Sunday, January 24, 2010

On this above date, which one of the following events will happen?
Do not click on this list or its letters to vote. Only click on boxes below this posting, for that purpose. Click on the box that is next to the letter of your choice.
A) The next Star Trek movie will be released.
B) I will start attending Seminole State College.
C) It will be my second Marriage.
D) The movie "2010" will be re-released in IMAX theaters.
E) I will receive delivery of my 2010 Toyota Rav-4.
F) I will email everyone who takes this quiz, a $5 gift card for Don Pablo's.

Please click on a lettered box below.
Each box corresponds to the following choices: A) B) C) D) E) F)
1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the BOX BELOW with the letter that corresponds with your selection.
2) Please apply pressure with your right finger in a downward motion, until you hear a click.
3) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. Congratulations! The counter for that box, will increment by your one vote (#). Please come back to look at the amount of votes for each choice.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Marriage with an Aspie

FaceBook: http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/ <--Click here for latest updates. Please click on a lettered box below. Each box corresponds to the following choices: A) Too much information B) Informative. C) Redundant D) Interesting E) Excellent. F) Frivolous. 1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the box with the letter that corresponds with your selection. 2) Please apply pressure with your right finger in a downward motion, until you hear a click. 4) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. Congratulations! The counter for that box, will increment by your one vote (#). Please come back to look at the amount of votes for each choice.
Communication Between Asperger's Adults and their Spouses - Jody Smith

This is an era of transition for adults with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and their spouses. Until recently, these couples battled unanswered questions and unresolved pain. But because of research and support groups, this can now change.

There is no one personality type for the Asperger's adult. The traits they have in common are neurological in origin, and hamper their ability to read and respond to people around them. But these neurological markers, misunderstood in the past, damage their relationships, particularly if they are married. For the non-Asperger's, or neurotypical, partner there has been a barrier to emotional intimacy throughout the relationship. This may have caused resentment and grief that their AS mate does not love or value them. The neurotypical spouse (NT) may withdraw, or criticize their Aspie, and unhealthy patterns mushroom over years of misunderstanding.

The Aspie may despair that they will always fail in pleasing their mate, and may become hostile or give up trying. The ripples of rejection grow. Enter new research into
Asperger's Syndrome. For couples starting out, and for couples who have weathered this storm for years and still want to weather it together, there is hope. Is it easy? Probably not. Is it simple? Well, yes, in some ways.

The NT will need to accept the fact that they must learn a new way of communicating. They'll need to understand that their partner does not "catch" nuances and hints and intimations that a neurotypical individual might. These things are invisible to the Aspie. Not because they have chosen this to be so. But simply because it is so. Facial expressions, small sighs, innuendo ... these are wasted and non-productive. A straightforward and verbally precise manner is needed on the part of the NT.

And, if their AS mate values the relationship, and is willing to listen to this direct communication, life can change for the better. The Aspie needs to heed the NT's feelings, even though the Aspie has no sense of this for themselves. If the Asperger's spouse is willing to act on the NT's stated needs, the partnership can work. The partners can find fulfillment together.

Does it mean saying goodbye to romance? Perhaps. Or, perhaps it means changing one's idea of what romance is. Does it mean having to come out and say what you mean and mean what you say? Most definitely. And that isn't a bad thing in any relationship.
Adults with
Asperger's Syndrome (from ASpar) http://iamweiser.wordpress.com/2007/05/24/adults-with-aspergers-syndrome...
Adults with Asperger's Syndrome often go undiagnosed http://www.faaas.org/doc.php?25,30,,1421800,faa1421800,,,Index,map.html
Families of Adults Affected by Asperger's Syndrome http://www.faaas.org/
Frequently Asked Questions on Asperger Syndrome http://www.kmarshack.com/publications/as/faq.html
Learning Discoveries Psychological Services: What is Asperger's? http://www.learningdiscoveries.org/Aspergers.htm
Please, Learn About Asperger Syndrome And Give Hope to Non-AS Spouses
http://www.faaas.org/doc.php?25,140
Visit Jody's website and blog at http://www.ncubator.ca and http://ncubator.ca/blogger
My profile up to now has said to live in harmony with our environment, + people, regardless of race, beliefs, sexual orientation, gender...

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Adults with Asperger's and the People Who Love Them

FaceBook: http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/ <--Click here for latest updates. Please click on a lettered box below. Each box corresponds to the following choices: A) Funny. B) Informative. C) Clever. D) Disagree. E) Excellent. F) Frivolous. 1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the box with the letter that corresponds with your selection. 2) Please apply pressure with your right finger in a downward motion, until you hear a click. 4) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. Congratulations! The counter for that box, will increment by your one vote (#). Please come back to look at the amount of votes for each choice.

Another outstanding article by Jody Smith.
"Asperger's Syndrome" (AS) is a term that's fairly new to many of us. "Neurotypical" (NT) is another one. A neurotypical individual is simply one who doesn't have Asperger's Syndrome, a neurological condition related to autism. Asperger's affects the lives of those who have it and the lives of those around them.

Some people with Asperger's Syndrome choose to stay single. Others will marry, and some will have children. Some will have happy marriages and families. And some will not. One important factor in determining their chances of happiness is ... awareness. Awareness that there are two different languages of two different worlds being spoken (or not spoken) in the household.

Anger, resentment,
depression, grief, rejection ... all are experienced on both sides of the great neurological divide. That is, unless the spouses have the chance to realize that this divide exists. And learn how to translate for each other.

Due to the nature of this neurological condition, empathy and emotional intimacy are lacking in a relationship with an Aspie. This doesn't mean that love is lacking however. Aspies love just like anyone else. But they do not grasp the need of having this love expressed, and they don't know when and how it should be done. Unless their neurotypical spouse is willing to teach them. Verbally, concisely, specifically. Not depending on hints, or hoping he or she will just "pick up on it". Aspies don't pick up on it. Like color-blind people can't tell when the stop light turns to green.

The neurotypical spouse has their hands full. So does their Aspie partner. Both may be in for far more than they'd bargained for and certainly have had no real help until just recently, as research has come to light.

A diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome may not sound appealing to most of us. But for the AS individual who has spent their life bumping up against misunderstandings and anger and rejection for reasons they couldn't begin to understand, such a diagnosis can bring relief.

And for their NT spouse, there is reassurance that they are sane after all. There was something different at play all through their relationship. They weren't being oversensitive, being unreasonable. There was a very real disconnect right in the middle of their relationship.


And now, due to the research and media attention, these couples have a chance to bring new methods of communication and understanding to their relationships.

Frequently Asked Questions on Asperger Syndrome
http://www.kmarshack.com/publications/as/faq.html
Learning Discoveries Psychological Services: What is Asperger's?
http://www.learningdiscoveries.org/Aspergers.htm
Families of Adults Affected by
Asperger's Syndrome
http://www.faaas.org/
Adults with Asperger's Syndrome often go undiagnosed
http://www.faaas.org/doc.php?25,30,,1421800,faa1421800,,,Index,map.html
Please, Learn About Asperger Syndrome And Give Hope to Non-AS Spouses
http://www.faaas.org/doc.php?25,140
Adults with Asperger's Syndrome (from ASpar)
http://iamweiser.wordpress.com/2007/05/24/adults-with-aspergers-syndrome...
Visit Jody's website and blog at http://www.ncubator.ca and http://ncubator.ca/blogger

Please click below, and read the comments that others left, and leave your own.

Test Yourself

FaceBook: http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/ <--Click here for latest updates. Please click on a lettered box below. Each box corresponds to the following choices: A) Funny. B) Informative. C) Clever. D) Disagree. E) Excellent. F) Frivolous. 1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the box with the letter that corresponds with your selection. 2) Please apply pressure with your right finger in a downward motion, until you hear a click. 4) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. Congratulations! The counter for that box, will increment by your one vote (#). Please come back to look at the amount of votes for each choice. It is not a test, and no wrong answers. Click here for the 2012 test. Survival guide for Aspies, regarding the NTs on this planet = http://www.inthelight.co.nz/spirit/assurvival.htm

Autism Spectrum Quotient or AQ Test Aspie Quiz (comprehensive) EQ and SQ tests Gaia test

http://www.inthelight.co.nz/index.htm is a web-site with many pages of information that I am most interested in, including Aspergers, Led Zeppelin, and technology. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_syndrome

Aspergers characters in film and TV series:

Commander Data from Star Trek Next Generation
Mr Spock from Star Trek Original Series
Rodney McKay from Stargate Atlantis
Seven-of-Nine from Star Trek Voyager
Chauncy Gardener, played by Peter Sellers in Being There is a particularly good portrayal
Jerry Espenson (1959) from Boston Legal (and also possibly Tourette Syndrome)

In bold are characters (above) or people (below) I have always strongly identified with.

Influential People with Aspergers:

Albert Einstein, Alan Turing, Al Gore, Andy Kaufman, Andy Warhol, Bill Gates, Bob Dylan, Carl Jung, Hans Asperger, Henry Ford, Isaac Asimov, Isaac Newton, Jane Austen, Mark Twain Michael Jackson (1958), Michael Palin, Mozart (could be ADHD instead), Nikola Tesla, Thomas Jefferson, Vincent Van Gogh, Woody Allen...

Aspies have problems with social interaction, and personal relationships are usually a disaster. It is hard to get exact figures, but from what I can glean at least 80% of Aspergers persons never get married or have a long-term relationship.

Tourette Syndrome - one of a number of tic disorders, affecting motor or speech. Some Aspergers people also have motor tics typical of Tourette syndrome.

Click here to print out cards to give out. Laws and rules of the NT earthlings that nobody ever tells you, the Aspie.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Connecting the dots

"I had always suspected something about me was different. After 40 years, a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome set me free." Excellently written and explained. More than most articles by and about being an Aspie, this one speaks most acurately about my life as well. I was also diagnosed in 2006, when I was age 48.

On April 13, 2007, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, I found my Holy Grail. All my life I had sought answers as to why I had trouble getting along with the rest of the world and why I acted the way I did. But thanks to a stranger’s suggestion, and a neuropsychologist, I finally received a simple, straight answer. I was told, at age 41, that I have a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome.

Most of the characteristics of Asperger’s syndrome fit me perfectly: the difficulties with social interaction; my narrow, intense interests; and my need to learn, through clear, logical instruction, what everybody else learns intuitively. This newfound knowledge had me thinking back to the peculiarities of my childhood, when I often felt as if I were living in a different galaxy.

I wanted to be friends with a girl in third grade who reminded me of a gypsy enchantress. The problem was I didn’t recognize that hanging around her beyond a certain amount of time (i.e., following her around) made her uncomfortable. Other kids taunted me at recess and threw dodge balls at my head (and it wasn’t during a game). I would skip down the hallways to my next class and not understand why everyone else thought it was strange. In general, I didn’t know what to do in social situations. In fact, I didn’t even realize that you were supposed to do anything in particular.

While all “Aspies” encounter different situations, many of the difficulties are the same. Today I find it hard (sometimes impossible) to describe a situation in person or to put my thoughts and feelings into the proper words. Thinking back on my life, and armed now with information on Asperger’s, I can understand more of what used to confuse me. My problems can be traced to many different factors, but all of them are consistent with Asperger’s. Take my rigidness, for example. I work in a seafood processing plant, and sometimes it grates on my nerves when I’m stocking shelves in my company’s freezer and I’m suddenly called on to do a different task, such as load food product into the pack room. If you can imagine driving a locomotive, then being ordered to immediately stop and pull every car in your train off the track and go across town to put it all on another track, you might have an idea of what it’s like to have Asperger’s.

Another bugbear that people with Asperger’s struggle with is our “lack of empathy.” By that, I don’t mean that we don’t care about anyone but ourselves. What I’m talking about is the fact that, because of our neurological “mind-blindness,” we’re not always able to sense (in the same manner that most non-autistic, or “neurotypical,” people can) when something we’re doing is upsetting other people.

In 2006, after years of abject struggle through the social landscape, a path was finally cleared. I was at a poetry reading the night before Easter, and a young woman named Ria walked in. At the end of the reading, she asked for my e-mail address. The next day, she sent me a message: “You really come off as if you have Asperger’s syndrome.” Another person might have been offended, but after everything I’d been through, it was a revelation. I did some research and decided her suggestion made sense. A year later, when I was able to get health care, I made an appointment at Beth Israel. After some testing, my doctor confirmed what I’d long suspected: that something about me was different.

I told the doctor that, for my first act as a confirmed Aspie, I “forgive all neurotypicals that ever did me any wrong.” I cannot blame people for not knowing about this kind of disorder. And even if they do know about it, I forgive them if they don’t care. It’s human nature: The only time you really care about somebody’s cross is when you have to carry it yourself.

Now that I can finally put a name to my troubles, I feel reborn. I still have much to learn -- about my condition and about dealing with the outside world. I’m only now beginning this journey of enlightenment. If you can try to understand why I function the way I do, then I will do my best to learn the proper way to do things on the neurotypical side of the fence. In other words, I’ll meet you halfway.

Christopher Wood-Robbins is a writer and poet in Whitman. Send comments to magazine@globe.com. Please click here for my new Boston site!

Please click on a lettered box below. Each box corresponds to the following choices: A) Funny. B) Informative. C) Clever. D) Disagree. E) Excellent. F) Frivolous. FaceBook: http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Please click below, and read the comments that others left, and leave your own.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Marday

Cyndi Lauper was born June 22, 1953 (1953-06-22) (age 56) Queens, New York, U.S. Pop, rock, dance-pop, new wave Singer-songwriter, producer, actress (film & stage)
Was in the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade, 2008. She is shown here at Logo's first-ever New Now Next Awards. "She is so unusual".
Which of the following statements is not true?
A, She looks like Cyndi and Angela.
B, Her Birthday is today.
C, Mar is my Partner.
D, Cyndi Lauper's next movie is set in the future. It is about our first colony on Mars, called "Marday".
E, My tenant and roommate plans to marry me.
__________________________________
1) Please place your cursor arrow onto the box with the letter that corresponds with your selection. 2) Please apply pressure with your right finger in a downward motion, until you hear a click. 4) A check mark will then appear, showing that you have voted. Congratulations! The counter for that box, will increment by your one vote (#). Please come back to look at the amount of votes for each choice.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

A. S. in Adults

October birthdays: Mar-3, Alison-6, Jeremy-23, Joseph-29, Alan-29.

Adults with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) were once children with Asperger's Syndrome. This seems a simple straightforward observation. But it is neither simple nor straightforward.

This disorder first surfaced about 70 yrs ago. Hans Asperger, a Viennese pediatrician, studied patients who were intelligent and verbal, but socially stilted with poor communication skills. During WWII his research was lost and has only come to light again in the 1980's.

Since the research is so new, it stands to reason that for most of their lives, adults with AS didn't know they had it. And it stands to reason that the problems that come with A
sperger's have dogged them all their lives, with no explanation other than the one hurled by kids at school — "You're weird." All their lives they've wondered how people successfully relate to others. Because the Aspie can't.

They embrace an all-engrossing world of a few passions. These passions are all they think about, or talk about. They can't tell if they've talked too long for a listener's comfort. The Aspie can't read the signs. They didn't know there were any signs.

Spouses may feel unloved and ignored. Their children may battle with depression, having never felt known as an individual, or loved in a discernible way by their AS parent.

Changes in habits and schedules and daily life are upsetting to the Aspie, and may prompt scenes or withdrawal. Lights may be too bright and blinding, and sounds may be too loud and penetrating. Their skin is often hypersensitive to whatever it touches. They avoid eye contact with others. Tight control over their routines creates a sense of order, keeping at arm's length a world that threatens to move in too closely.

Finally, often after years of withdrawal, the adult with Asperger's Syndrome now hears that there are reasons, other than the old school-yard taunt — "You're weird." Reasons that can be understood, and that help remove the stigma of disapproval. It's possible to learn how to deal with some issues that raise like sores for many with AS. The adult with Asperger's Syndrome can learn how to have healthy relationships.

Asperger's Syndrome is a neurological condition, a relative of autism. There's a certain relief that comes with finally knowing this. There is now hope for the AS adult to be able to learn what loved ones have been trying to communicate, in a language the Aspie can understand.

http://autism.about.com/od/aspergerssyndrome/a/adultdxas.htm
Aspergers Society of Ontariohttp://www.aspergers.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20&Ite...
Autism Central: Asperger Syndromehttp://www.autismcentral.ca/research/index.php?option=com_content&task=v...
Science Centric: Asperger's syndrome in adultshttp://www.sciencecentric.com/news/article.php?q=09020460-asperger-syndr...
Better Health Channel: Asperger syndrome and adultshttp://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Asperger_...
Wellsphere: Asperger Syndrome in Adultshttp://stanford.wellsphere.com/wellpage/asperger-syndrome-in-adults
WiseGeek.com: What are the Main Symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome in Adultshttp://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-main-symptoms-of-aspergers-syndrome...

Please click on a box below. A) Funny. B) Informative. C) Clever. D) Disagree. E) Excellent.
Please click below, and read the comments that others left, and leave your own.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

In Praise of Autism

Today’s idea: Autistics deserve better appreciation for their contributions to higher learning, one article says. And they should be recruited in information technology because they have “a preternatural capacity for concentration and near-total recall,” another says.

Two recent articles suggest a sea change in attitudes toward those with the brain development condition. The most recent, in Wired magazine, highlights the hiring of autistics in information technology as one of the “12 shocking ideas that could change the world.” The focus of Drake Bennett’s brief article is a Danish entrepreneur who formed an I.T. consultancy made up mostly of people with autism-spectrum disorders, who troubleshoot software for companies like Microsoft and Cisco Systems.

Before that, Tyler Cowen, an economics professor who contributes to The Times, used the platform of the Chronicle of Higher Education to
fault fellow academics for bigoted-sounding research dehumanizing autistics, and didn’t stop there:
The more complex reality is that there is a lot more autism in higher education than most of us realize. It’s not just “special needs” students but also our valedictorians, our faculty members, and yes —sometimes —our administrators.

That last sentence is not some kind of cheap laugh line about the many dysfunctional features of higher education. Autism is often described as a disease or a plague, but when it comes to the American college or university, autism is often a competitive advantage rather than a problem to be solved. One reason American academe is so strong is because it mobilizes the strengths and talents of people on the autistic spectrum so effectively. In spite of some of the harmful rhetoric, the on-the-ground reality is that autistics have been very good for colleges, and colleges have been very good for autistics.

Cowen offers a case in point: Cato Institute Vernon L. Smith, Nobel economics laureate with Asperger’s syndrome. [Wired, Chronicle of Higher Education]

Please click on a box below.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Colbert re-Purr

If you are seeing this in Facebook, then please click here http://andrewlerner.blogspot.com/
Please click on a box below. Click on the corresponding lettered box that most represents your sentiment.

A = Adorable
B = Best cat picture ever
C = Cute Colbert
D = Distortion
E = Excellent chair for Colbert
(add 1 each to B and C.)
Congratulations, ANDREW! Your FAFSA was successfully submitted to Federal Student Aid.Your FAFSA will be processed in 3 to 4 business days. You can check your status, or make corrections or updates to a processed FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

ALtERNativE Radio

I now listen exclusively to ALtERNativE Rock, and via ALtERNativE Radio on the WWW. I use K-Rock HD2, NY (N.Y.'s Only ALtERNativE) via Yahoo Music. I then broadcast it to every radio in my house.

For the first time in many years, an ALtERNativE TV channel has replaced CNN, Science, Nat-Geo, and History as my favorite live channel! It is HGTV in HD! Also, I like my cat, and he is named after the Colbert Report.

You listen to what kind of music? Please pick and click one of the lettered boxes that corresponds to the closest answer. A) ALtERNativE B) Rock C) Classical D) Show Tunes E) Hip Hop F) Country G) 1960's Pop H) There are no boxes for F, G, & H.
NOT: A) Funny B) Excellent C) Clever D) Informative E) Disagree

*** Please click on a box below.***