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Thoughts about Autism

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These past years, I have made it a point to be more mindful for specific disabilities that I thought about as a I grew up. Autism, and what the spectrum may entail. I remember my first recollection about reading this disability, from Ann M. Martin’s Kristy and the Secret of Susan. I also learned that she has published Rain Reign, a book recently about the same theme.

Recently I learned that Sesame Street is introducing  Julia, their first Muppet character with Autism. I also found this helpful from Sesame Street social initiatives to on the topic of Autism among young children.

There are much books and media available and I had read this book previously as a textbook for a class: The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum.

I also recently read about this conversation between Emily Brooks and Nicole Chung, that speaks about current education issues, and how having a disability is more challenging under the current government.

Mr. Dude writes a blog entry about working with students with autism in a library environment.



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March 23, 2017 at 1:06 pm

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Twitter vs. Plurk – a brief reflection

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Well I cross posted this from my hobby blog, since I want to be able to target different audiences with this reflection.

plurk_stamp_by_sircrocodilevs. twitter_by_cyantre

These stamp images are courtesy of SirCrocodile and Quarksbar on Deviant Art.

Just as the title said, I am procrastinating on the studying that is needed to be down for my XML class, and my book reviewer life.. but I was reading this from Hynavian‘s blog, and it kinda inspired me to write a little on this topic.

Now as a reflection angle.

I really like twitter though, and I can say that the people I follow, or who are following me… can fall into two categories – one are anime fans like I am – Gia, Omo, Hinano, JP, Jlist, and another group are fellow librarians, Jill Ken, kgs, Bill, Rebecca …. so as a professional angle… I try to strive forth….I earnestly believe that blogging is paving the way for computer social connections…after all my MLS project was a survey on librarians who blog.

My criteria for friending on Twitter is quite broad, and as long as I can connect with you, then I’ll follow you back. I am trying to use Twitter, as a social tool as well…I twitter a lot.. well not as much as other Twitters I read, but I am getting there… currently 929 updates…

Because there are so many competitions out there, trying to conquer the micro blogging space (FaceBook vs. MySpace, PC vs. Apple… you get the picture…!) I realize that there is another social micro blogging networking that is out there… Plurk, and this is another seemingly cool social networking.. thingy. I have actually signed up with Plurk as well, so each their social niche.. so far I am testing the waters of Plurk, so who knows.. I squatted down on Plurk, so that my normal user name, will not be taken.. animemiz or anime_miz… hmm.. still…. I believe that twitter has a lead over Plurk, but as time will go on, and see how easy Plurk can do it for me… perhaps I will also adjust to using Plurk as as well as Twitter… so don’t hesitate and jump onto the micro blogging like I did. By no means am I abandoning my blogs, it just seem easier to connect and give quick thoughts on Twitter… (although there are moments when I stick my foot in my mouth far too often… but this is something I am trying to work upon…)

Here are actually additional links for reading up on the debate on Plurk vs. Twitter..

Plurk Unique or Another Twitter Clone?

How Twitter Made My Website Better

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December 13, 2008 at 9:09 pm

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10 Ways to cope with Information Overload

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Found this interesting article, ways to cope with information overload.

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September 17, 2008 at 4:35 pm

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Books to Movie – Fall 2008… a rundown…

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Wow…swamped with my last semester in MLS. I found this list to be interesting.. so figure I’ll write a quick update. I don’t imagine that I have time to go to the movie to watch these movies.. but when it comes to DVD possibly. Although I wonder. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 3, 2008 at 2:56 pm

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Amazon release of “The Ballard of the Bard”

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Oh my.. well what have we have here.. I was looking at my mailbox today and guess.. what… “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” on sale by Amazon and what price differences there is!

Now I will probably read this book, but it has rode on the hype of being the book after J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. From that Lexicon court case that she was invovled in..  (sighs)…. I remember how that librarian fan cried.

Still a whopping $100 for the collector’s to the $7.59 paperback mass market copy.. is there even such a discrepancy? I mean how can there not be a standard hardcover copy? I wonder how fans would react?

Collector’s Edition
Standard Edition

X-posted from hobby blog. Wonder when will NYPL have it?

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July 31, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Books, Cataloging, Web 2.0

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Currently I am enrolled in my summer class and yesterday the Professor was speaking about three websites that are useful to keep to keep track of books read. I never thought about it in that light before, but I figure I can mention it here…,, I love Librarything, since I got my first reviewing job from there and I feel that there is a semi-community there. Goodreads is something I joined because a classmate/friend uses their services, so I use it to semi-keep track of books I am reviewing there. Shelfari is the newest in the listing book one, and so far it’s iffy on selecting books owned and have read. There is accessibility in allowing people to chose the editions for what they have read.

I remember when i was young and before the computer, my sister and I role play and we would be pseudo-librarians, pretend making loan cards. Mostly I remember writing lists of books I owned and have read. So perhaps Shelfari can be that list keeper now.

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July 9, 2008 at 11:44 pm

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Feeds and thoughts- Jun 11, 2008

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It’s been a while since i wrote in this blog, finished my semester now just working and waiting for summer school and trying to survive this heatwave. I was reading on my feed and two posts jumped out at me.

Advertise your wi-fi for freebies to connect to the internet, knowing about these sources is important, especially if you would want to travel elsewhere with your laptop and want to know where you can get internet for free. The WiFi 411 seems to be relevant for me. There was actual results.

What is this thing we have here? Meridith Farkas’s entry on the enormity of blogging and how far should blogging be about personal issues or professional issues. One reason for why I have so many blogs on so many sites, other than testing out the site – but blogging about different issues.

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June 11, 2008 at 5:42 pm

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