Monday, July 29, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lili's moralistic thought of the day

It's the place where I sometimes go, sometimes bringing the kids, where I meet with like-minded souls to share stories and to chant and maybe even attempt singing, and to listen to inspirational people speaking about matters of right and wrong. No, it isn't a church, a temple or a place of worship. It's a protest rally. 

Lili's green and leafy thought for the day

It's the place that preserves my sanity. No, it isn't a pharmacy, a health service or a counselor. It's a garden. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Nice to see some interest in this post from a couple of years ago:

An unexhaustive list of medical journal papers in which Prof. Patrick D McGorry was an author and failed to or did not disclose competing interests

Yes its true, Tim Fischer identified himself as a bit autistic

Yes it's true what they said on Q & A tonight, and you can read about it in my list of famous people who have been the subject of speculation about autism or Asperger syndrome or have been identified or diagnosed as on the autistic spectrum. Just be warned; not all autistic or arguably autistic politicians are or were as personable as Mr Fisher, in fact there's some shocking racists to be found among this group - Enoch Powell, Adolph Hitler, Kevin Rudd. Powell knew twelve languages and was an impressive scholar. I guess that just goes to show that knowing foreign languages doesn't necessarily expand the mind enough to exclude racist sentiments. People are strange, and none more so than the people who think they are leaders. 

The PNG Solution & The Autism Spectrum. Q & A. ABC1. July 22nd 2013.

Referenced list of 175 famous people diagnosed as autistic or subject of published speculation about autism/Asperger syndrome (AS)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lili's Australian thought of the day

The third line of the second verse of our national anthem: "For those who've come across the seas we've boundless plains to share". Clearly this line no longer applies to contemporary Australia in the wake of Rudd's insane new asylum-seeker policy, so how shall we modify this line? 

"For Poms who've come across the seas we've boundless plains to share" 
Sounds good, but could make all of those South Africans and Kiwis feel a bit left out.

"For those who've come across the seas with a visa we've boundless plains to share" 
A bit of a mouth-full. 

"For white people who've come across the seas we've boundless plains to share" 

"For white English-speaking non-Muslims who've come across the seas we've boundless plains to share" 
Lots of truth but not much poetry there. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ben Pridmore on Daniel Tammet

"It's well known that he uses memory techniques like a 'regular person' - he was a regular at the world championships for years, slightly before my time (though we did meet in 2000), and always talking about the specific techniques he used. It's not really that much of a secret..."

Ask a memory champion.

By the way, did I mention that I wrote a book about Daniel Tammet?

Daniel Tammet: the Boy with the Incredible Story.
by Lili Marlene
published by Smashwords in 2013

Monday, July 08, 2013

Lili's thought of the day

Do some autistic kids have gastrointestinal issues because they can't digest gluten or casein, or are they mild cases of the CDKL5 disorder who haven't been properly medically investigated and don't yet have a proper diagnosis?

"It is likely that there are many people affected by CDKL5 who have mild symptoms and no seizures."