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August 12th, 2011

Some more findings in notes from my autism therapy @ 12:21 am

Soundtrack: New Super Mario Bros. Wii - World 9 Map

A couple more surprising findings:

- Apparently, during a few of the times that I wasn't paying attention back then, I would still answer questions consistently correctly - I definitely can't do that now! Then again, I'm assuming that "not attending" means not paying attention - it might just mean not making eye contact or something.
- Knowing my current talent with mathematics, you'd think that that identifying numbers and counting would be one of the few things that I was perfect at back then, but apparently not - I actually got certain numbers mixed up sometimes. And, just like with letters, this includes combinations of numbers that have completely different colors in my current grapheme→color synesthesia (12 vs. 11, 8 vs. 6, 8 vs. 7...). Knowing this, I'd say my mom was probably lying when she says that I hacked into her computer at age 2...

A couple of funny things I found:

- While being taught occupations, at one point I mixed up the descriptions of a vet and a fireman and said that a vet "puts out animals".
- While being taught opposites, I was asked what the opposite of "bad sitting" was (those therapists never seemed to like the way I was sitting :P) and so I said "bad standing".

 
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:August 12th, 2011 06:50 am (UTC)
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Bad standing? Haha, that IS funny!
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From:matt1993
Date:August 12th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
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Yep. :)
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:August 12th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
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That actually reminds me of something! When I was about six or seven, I thought "cookie" was the best word ever! At eleven, I thought "ecstatic" was a word I'd made up. Same with the word "bonafide" when I was seven or eight. (since I'd made it up, I got to assign a meaning to it, and it meant "shiny!!!!")
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From:matt1993
Date:August 12th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
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What was your meaning of "ecstatic" then?

This reminds me of how I used to be obsessed with the letter Q and any word containing it, regardless of whether or not I knew its meaning. "Equipment", "quote", "queue"...

Similarly, there was at least one time when I didn't want to say the number 8 solely because it sounds like "ate", so I kept saying "a number" instead. I also used to hate the word "shrink" and think that the word "appetite" was a cuss word, both for no apparent reason.

Those were all after I stopped having therapy due to my family not being able to afford it anymore, but my therapy notes reveal that when I named the dolls in the dollhouse (yes, a dollhouse - can we move on?) we used for pretend play, I wanted to name them after my family, but I was reluctant to say my own name and just said "people" at first - my therapist had to suggest "Matthew". Weird, I know!

And I'm not even done reading my therapy notes yet, so there may have been more things like these. I'll let you know if I find any. :)
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:August 12th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Haha... I had the base meaning of "ecstatic" down when I let a six-year-old named Christopher Wong sleep on my shoulder on the bus back from summer camp. (I was ELEVEN, okay?)

You would have been good at Scrabble, maybe!

Interesting notes, all! The human mind is a very interesting thing, to be sure!

Sounds good! :)
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From:matt1993
Date:August 12th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
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You would have been good at Scrabble, maybe!

Funny you should say that - Scrabble and UpWords (a game that's kinda like Scrabble but you can also stack your tiles on top of tiles already on the board so long as words containing those tiles are all changed to other real words) were two of my favorite board games as a kid :)

And yeah, if there were more than one Q tile in each game, I probably would have been really good at them ;)
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:August 12th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Hey, that's pretty good! I used to like Scrabble as a kid, too!

You know it's about letter distribution, right?
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From:matt1993
Date:August 16th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
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If you're referring to whether or not I know that the reason there's only one Q tile in each game is because it's one of the least common letters in the English language, then yes.

But come on, there should be at least enough of each letter as there are in the word that contains the most of it, because with only one Z you can't spell "pizza"! :P
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:August 16th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
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Yup, that's what I was referring to! :)

Well, you could use a blank tile for the other Z, but that's not the greatest use for one. Then again, it might be an AWESOME use for it if you're stuck with it! Haha!

Too true!
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From:matt1993
Date:August 16th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, I forgot about the blank tiles! (it's been a while since I played Scrabble or UpWords, the latter of which doesn't even have blank tiles from what I remember)
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:August 16th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
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Never played UpWords, but I'll take your word for it!
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From:matt1993
Date:September 16th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
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One more thing I remembered after this conversation and kept meaning to add - I also used to think the word "combine"* was a) pronounced "cahm-bine"* or something equally weird, b) an adjective rather than a verb or noun, and c) referred to the shape of parentheses or macaroni & cheese**; more specifically, I would refer to said shape as "combine* C's".

EDIT: I just realized "parentheses" rhymes with "cheese" :P

*Or maybe it was the made-up word "combone" instead, since I remember there being an unnecessary "o" sound somewhere.

**that is, when it's not shells & cheese, alphabet mac & cheese, number mac & cheese, Pokémon mac & cheese, etc. - that's why I had to come up with a way to describe the regular kind

Edited at 2011-09-16 03:07 am (UTC)
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:September 16th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
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According to the Free Dictionary, "combine" does have a slightly different pronunciation when you're referring to the farm machine.

Interesting!
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From:matt1993
Date:September 16th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
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The thing is, I never knew about the farm machine at the time (or even until just now while I was writing my previous comment, because I knew that it had some use as a noun but I wasn't sure what that would be or if it was ever actually an adjective).
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:September 16th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
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Then that comment was COOL!
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From:matt1993
Date:June 10th, 2012 05:42 am (UTC)
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Yet another thing I remembered after this conversation and kept meaning to add: one time (I know I was less than 11), I randomly guessed that the word "rape" was not only an adjective, but one used to describe the taste of grapes (in the same way as, for instance, "sour" for lemons).

I am SO lucky that until I found the real meaning, I only ever used it in a game of Scrabble (and that it was clear that I had went to a random dictionary page and picked a word to use, and presumably, also clear that I either didn't care to read the definition or there were words in the definition I didn't understand either). Even with this luck, I wound up feeling sorta like this when I learned the real definition years later.

(I'm referencing Irregular Webcomic! in a belated reply to a conversation we had before I even knew about IWC. I feel like a time-traveller!)
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:June 10th, 2012 06:08 am (UTC)
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Hey, it's all good. I don't mind late replies. :)

When I was at least seven, I thought I'd made up the word "bonafide" for some reason. I used it in drawings to mean "really shiny rocks," haha. Yes, I was a weird kid. Thank goodness that doesn't have a traumatizing real meaning, but I can imagine your feelings upon finding it!

(that is awesome!)
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From:matt1993
Date:June 10th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
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:)
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:June 10th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
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I was going to say that I'd add you to all my special filters, but you're already added! YES! :D
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From:matt1993
Date:June 10th, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
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Awesome! :)
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:June 10th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
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Some of those entries do have mature themes, but you seem to have ways to handle that from what I've seen. (FoxReplace, etc.) At the time I made them, I did have LJ-cuts, but those can't protect you from the tags! Sorry.

I figure if you see things in the tags which you might not like to read about, you can scroll on by. :)
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From:matt1993
Date:June 11th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
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I actually use FoxReplace more to replace things I find annoying rather than things I find mature, and I actually haven't used it in a while because I've been procrastinating updating my filters. (Strangely enough, I've still been using Firefox more than I used to even though that was the only reason I liked it better than IE, although I have still used IE sometimes.)

Better add it to my to-do list so that once I finish my program, it'll schedule time for it...
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From:glowing_dragon
Date:June 11th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
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Ah, y mistake. I kinda had a ghost of an idea, anyway. :)

Hopefully, that gets done!
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From:pathvain_aelien
Date:August 14th, 2011 05:38 am (UTC)
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:)

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