Thursday, April 12, 2007

Cleanliness is Next to Impossible

I would rather blog about taking a shower than actually take a shower.

Mom told me to go take a shower. I don't want to take a shower. She jokingly suggested that I blog about not wanting to shower.

I finished my lunch and happily walked to the computer.

"What are you doing?"

I am going to blog about taking a shower.

"No, I want you to go take a shower."

I will when I'm done blogging.

"No, go take a shower and while you are in there - think about what you'd like to blog about taking a shower."

~But I want to blog. BLOG! I want to blog. BLOG! blog, blog, blog, I want to blog! ~ (apologies to Twisted Sister).

Actually, I really just don't want to take a shower.

P.S. Yes, I took my shower. Mom was laughing so hard I actually got to blog first.

Yes, I used shampoo and soap.

I'm taking the 5th regarding clean underwear.

Reader Q & A (Take 2)

Howdy folks! I have actually gotten some more questions from readers. Here are my current answers. Check back often, they change regularly. Grin.

1. Have you gotten any gear yet?

Sadly, no. I've been promised a Wii for my birthday - but mom is going to be paying full retail. Ha! I'm still interested in reviewing gear appropriate for gifted kids and kids on the autistic spectrum. So, if anyone knows anyone...... Or if you just have an idea that you want me to write about, let me know!

2. Is your book the fictionalized history of Sekigahara?

No. I do still want to write about the battle of Sekigahara but I haven't done nearly enough research yet. I am working on two separate ideas for books, and I intend to at least write the drafts this year. As you'll see in some of the posts I'm working on - I have been thinking a lot about what is success. Really, how do you define success? And, more importantly, how do you apply popular notions of success to kids like me, kids who have learning disabilities, and kids who are gifted in certain ways?

The other idea is about access of Asperger's kids to all types of entertainment venues. (Lol! I liked the word "thingies" but venue seemed clearer somehow. Did you know that "lol" is a dutch word that conveniently means "fun"? But I digress.... Oh look! An imp!) I like to go to restaurants, movies, plays, amusement parks, etc. Some experiences are better than others. Some places and some workers are better at dealing with people with less than obvious disabilities.

3. How's Texas?

Awesome! The best part of Texas is that I'm here. We didn't have internet access for the first few weeks, but now that we do - I'm back online, baby! We also have a new 56 inch HD TV which is cool for playing games but not so great for Runescape. Pinball in hi-def is cool! I can't wait for the Wii!

4. What is your Runescape name? When do you play?

Jetthead3; all the time!!!! Stop by. Say, "Hi!" Also, look for Mr. IO Man (dad) and Queen Pete (mom) in member's world 116.

5. Did you write the Gilbert & Sullivan piece?

The parody? yes. The original, no. I wasn't invited to be part of their group.

6. What is your current reading list?

I'm not sure. Let me check. I'll be right Bach, or Beethoven, or Weird Al Yankovic..... I'm not sure which. Ok, I am currently reading: (in no particular order)

Artemis Fowls (the series), Eoin Colfer - Worth a good re-read!
Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Volume I), attributed to Luo Guanzhong
Justice League Unlimited (the series, except for issue 28), DC Kids
The Ultimate Fantastic Four, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar
Gintama (not to be confused with kintama which means "golden balls" and is a Japanese euphemism for testicles), Hideaki Sorachi
Yu-gi-oh! GX, Naoyuki Kageyama
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series), Douglas Adams - Always a good re-read.

What's on your reading list?

7. Do you take requests?

On what to write about? Absolutely. On behavior, not so much.

8. What is your favorite post so far?

"Count your blessings", September 2006, because it contains my whole life philosophy (both the title and the actual post).

"Don't get your nose hairs in a burning trajectory over Moscow - be happy!"

Stephen

Inappropriate Words

How do words become inappropriate? Through use, misuse, or both?

If I were to say "spam" as an expletive or profanity, you would laugh at me. If I were to curse at all, you would probably laugh at me. Mom wouldn't, she would ground me. But all that is beside the point. Spam that. (For some reason things you wouldn't really want a child to know is always funny - as long as it is not your child). Anyway, if "spam" were to catch on in the context of derogative language - at what point would it become inappropriate?

This week a radio talk show host, Don Imus, made inappropriate comments on a grand scale. He's not even a real "shock jock". Imus is considered more of a mainstream political commentator - although he is one who pushes the envelope of acceptable regularly. Without repeating him, Imus made fun of the Rutgers University women's basketball team. His words were racist and sexist. I wouldn't want him talking about my sister like that. I don't think he should talk about anybody like that.

On Spin City, the characters were discussing a local shock jock's radio show. Mike called it something close to"unadulterated filth that appeals to the lowest members of society" - the unwashed schlubs, as it were. Stewart said, "So, do you watch the show?" Yep. The reason inappropriate words get used is because they get ratings. They have an audience. They get repeated by the masses.

If things get repeated, what's the danger? We become desensitized. We spread the hate. So, we have two choices - make no words taboo or don't say/think hateful things. It would require some serious brainwashing to get people to do either one of those things. It might be worth it, but it would require lots and lots of work.

I think that society should take a lesson from good parenting. If you don't want your children to repeat the bad words you say, don't say them. You don't let them repeat Uncle Scott (the Marine) for instance. If the children learn bad words from somewhere else and say them in front of you, for heaven's sake don't laugh at them or encourage them. Until then, maybe we should put all of society in time out for using inappropriate words.

Stephen