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Blog entries by Masaniello

Do autistic people age better than neurotypicals? Given we are often neglected, derided, and abused in our younger years, are we more used to the marginalisation of ageism when we get old (whatever 'old' means)? As I get closer to sixty, I have not achieved various benchmarks that the average...
I am happy with a distinction I just received in the subject on Mediaeval Europe. Well, who wouldn't be? Perhaps a perfectionist who was hanging out for a high distinction. Certainly that would be nice but it didn't happen. The lecturer not only knew his stuff but he seemed to be a hardarse...
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As a student of history, I get the impression that conspiracy theories are based on a touching belief that human beings are more organised than historically has been the case. I am currently reading about the English attack on Hispaniola during Oliver Cromwell's tenure. Everything that could...
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University
I got 73 percent for my major essay in this subject on the Middle Ages. The lecturer strikes me as a tough marker so I’m okay with what I got. I don’t want soft treatment in my course. My only regret is a few rookie mistakes that reduced my marks. It simply means I should do better next time.
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Personal
I hate street charity collectors with a passion. They make smartarse comments when I obviously feel uncomfortable in their presence. However, their presence would not be an issue if they did not approach me. I have no problem with someone standing behind a street stall touting their cause but...
After my diagnosis back in 2019, I found out that things I thought were just my personal issues were in fact traits of autism. My dislike of the texture of certain fabrics, for instance. I also hate people getting too close in many situations which also seems to be an autism issue. But what...
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I have gone back to reading William Souder's Mad at the World: A Biography of John Steinbeck. I had to put it down earlier in the year when it got up to the part where the author describes In Dubious Battle, a novel I had not read. I should have known that would happen (how do you write a book...
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I am looking to do a thesis at the end of my history degree ie: when all the coursework has been completed. Something on the Anglo Saxons would really interest me. For those not in the know, that is the name given to various peoples who occupied England once the Romans decamped at the...
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Trips & Outings
I was in Canberra not so long ago visiting cousins I had not seen in yonks. One cousin suggested I stay at her place next time I came to town (she has a husband and two children). I was polite and thanked her but inwardly, I hyperventilated. The idea of having my own hotel room even though it...
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University
My last assignment was to write a piece on the Dark Ages and problems with the term. Historians now tend to refer to Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. The border between the two is not clear but the period was not 'dark'. The negative connotations don't fit with the reality of the...
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I understand that autism is simply your condition when you are not neurotypical. But I am willing to own autism as a form of disability. One example: I like to do laps at the pool but prefer to go when it is not too crowded. As such, I select times when there are relatively few people (not...
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Not that long ago, I found out what executive functioning means. Once I understood what it was and how autistic people have a problem with it, I felt relieved more than anything. As long as I can remember, I have found activities that involve seemingly complex components like driving a car...
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I submitted an assignment recently about primary sources re: Charlemagne's coronation (800CE). I was happy with my mark but the assignment made think of how we would analyse primary sources about events that happened more recently. Imagine trying to find the truth about the stabbings at Bondi...
I've been reading Lynne Segal's interesting work on ageing. She hasn't broached the subject of autism but I wonder if my autism serves as a form of protection when it comes to ageing. Earlier in life I got used to being ignored because I was odd and I found it easier, indeed enjoyable, to...
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My Diagnosis
I got my autism diagnosis from a local psychologist with postgraduate qualifications in the area. I think like many people who are autistic, it didn't change anything but it certainly made sense of what has happened in my life, how I have responded to things, and of course how I currently think...
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Coursework
I have spent the public holiday today making progress on my essay for my Master of History course. The subject is in Mediaeval history and the essay is on the period of crisis in 14th and early 15th centuries. A massive famine in the early 14th century, the Black Death a bit later on, the...
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