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autism warrior mum : how I was right on the internet.

images (10)I have been around on the internets a little and I know better than to engage in flame wars on public blogs or forums. I really can’t be bothered fighting it out with a stranger. I don’t even mean mindless trolls, just people who are wrong. Chances are, they have more time and energy to go on forever, they will get rude and personal and are not interested in actual arguments.

But there are some topics that are close to my heart and I will make a statement or a comment. Domestic violence is one of them. Environmental issues. And autism.

Yesterday I watched this video from Greenpeace on youtube. Read the description. I think it is awesome.
Then I read the comments.

A mistake, of course, because you should NEVER read the comments on Youtube. Commenting on Youtube has become, for some reason, a sort of training ground for upcoming trolls. They are present in every thread under any video with their silly, obscene comments and personal attacks. (Any parent needs to be aware of that when they think
“oh, kiddo’s only watching funny videos” but that’s another topic.)

In the comments, while some people were shocked and others were actually discussing recycling schemes, some young guns were upset about the eco attack to their drink of choice (oh i drink the stuff too! but still..) or they were just being stupid, and someone posted something like this :

“ d’uh! video makers totally retarded, message not  clear.
are you autistic ?? “

This put me off a little to say the least.

So I replied to the comment. It’s true, I was patronizing. I asked the person if he was only little or a senior or maybe mentally disabled himself not to get it and why use the R word and autistic in this unrelated context and as insults?! Stop Coca-Cola trashing Australia - YouTube - Google Chrome 8052013 95911 PM.bmp

It went a bit back and forth. He wasn’t happy, accused me of insulting him and using disability and age in derogatory terms. I had not. Did I even have a point or was I a troll – did I just want any reaction?
I told him I didn’t care what he thought about the clip really (even if it was awesome). But I repeated my point about the derogatory use of the Rword and autistic in a public discussion. That was my point.

In the end I actually got this :

Sorry, maybe I should not have used the word “autistic” as an insult. That was going a bit too far.

Wow. People, seriously, this made my day.

I have seen many blogposts – here is a fresh one from autismum – about language and it’s mostly exasperated, angry posts. I was angry too. But for this brief moment, I am holding on to the thought that sometimes you can really make a difference and make someone see the light if you try.

Have you been RIGHT on the internet lately ?

Suburp’s Sunday Seven – # 3


Argh. Is it Sunday already ? This week went by in a blur!
We had a major drama just before bedtime, involving silly roughhousing that ended with Tornado almost knocking himself out on a chair – because I basically pushed him!
But he seems alright now (we brought down the swelling on his forehead with some ice and I kept him awake to see if there were signs of concussion) and my main concern now is how he will tell the story in school.. o_O
Anyway, on with the 7..

The Photophoto
I discovered this afternoon that, 2 days ago, when Tornado had my phone in his hands when I woke up, he had actually already taken some photos. Most were a bit random, details of the room and blurry body parts of me, still asleep (he’s more used to my actual camera than the camera phone). But I really quite liked this one.

The Thought
egyptian-kisses-copMany people are not comfortable with talking politics on a personal blog, and I am no exception on that. But with the recent events in Egypt, following those in Tunisia, I can’t  help but thinking that I need to at least keep myself a bit more up to date by watching the news at least once per day, or read up coherent reports online to understand how and how much some of it can, at some point, affect us all. Even if it seems so far away from our peaceful suburbs in Oz.

The Word
The word ‘overthinking’ came to my mind this week and halfway through it, I thought how odd this word is. Can you actually ever think too much about something ? Obviously, it is mostly used in the context of ‘Analysis paralysis’.. or, more mundanely, when the interpretation of silence, for example will lead to paranoid thoughts or jealousy.
Also, I thought it is odd that the literal German translation (überdenken) means ‘to reconsider’ and I think (!) that is actually not always a bad thing? Probably something I will have to mull over a bit more.
As I do.

The Link
Poisson Rouge . Red Fish Soup . Games for Children . Jeux pour Enfants - Google Chrome 13022011 102446 PMI discovered this week, that Tornado’s preppie class goes on the site Poissonrouge.com for their share of interactive, very age-appropriate and educational games.
And it’s free for anyone to go and play !

The Project
120211_12I am so incredibly pleased with the result of my idle idea to paint the television in the family room, that I have decided I must now continue to put more decorative elements in our house, especially pictures and photos on the walls.
Sucks to be renting, but then, there are sticky hooks and blu-tack. And I really feel like going crazy with colours for the family room Smile.


The Song Video!
Sesame Street Mad MenI have been watching the first 3 seasons of Mad Men over the last weeks, and I must say, I am now a fan!
What a smart and sexy series… While it’s obviously very American, it’s still incredibly interesting to see historic events, the morals, social and corporate life in the 60s so brilliantly webbed in an interesting storyline. (Am obviously also completely smitten by the twisted and complex character of the Don – who isn’t ?). But.. since this is a mommy blog (sort of), I thought I’d share what the Sesame Street made of it. Enjoy!

The Idea
journal [320x200]Although probably, my best idea this week was to paint the TV Smile, I’m never short of ideas, even if some of them are very short lived or basically just silly. They come and go…
But my son told me an elaborate and very beautiful story today – “The Moonflower” and I thought I should really write it down. I used to translate his best word inventions and odd conversations in the blog I had for my mum, and I don’t think all are interesting for a wider public, but since I have a visual diary for him about his first year in school, I should really complete it with a book of his own stories. (I think I will probably post the moonflower story tho, it was just so awesome! )

Suburp’s Sunday Seven–2nd edition


I quite enjoyed this last week, so I decided to give it another go. Not so easy with 3 very attention-seeking boys in the house (my son, my husband, the dogthing – the lady dog and the fish are much more self-sufficient I must say).  But I got through the list. So here are the seven things of the week :

The PHOTOimage
This photo captures so many things for me.

My boy with his school hat.
So ‘grown up’ now.
So Aussie.
So beautiful too.

(With pizza in the park Smile)


For Queensland, after the Floods came Cyclone Yasi and while it seems that surprisingly few people have lost their lives, many have still lost so much! I think it can’t be said enough that while some of the things we gather in our houses during a lifetime are replaceable and futile clutter, many have lost everyday items, furniture and electronics of immense value. But the truly irreplaceable things are the objects we are holding on to because they come from a dear (maybe disappeared) person or remind us of times that were very precious to us. It’s incredibly hard to part with a few bags and since I have been there, sort of, and you NEVER know what happens, I really thought this is yet another excellent reason to continue to declutter my home.
Just in case one day we will have to grab a few things and run.

The WORDevil
In the context of some incidents on and offline, the word ‘evil’ either appeared or popped up in my mind. I have been called evil in the past and felt it was one of the most insulting, yet vague accusations of all.
But what does it really mean? What is the origin of the word and is it appropriate that we still use it today ? Are we using it right ? I looked up the usual definitions via dictionaries and thought about when and why I am using this word.  One site listed no less than 44 articles with people’s definitions of what is evil. Different religions have different approaches to the understanding of the existence of evil in the world, in the human society. Then I found a paragraph in Wikipedia about how useful the term evil is extremely interesting. Read here. 

The LINKfood for victory 1942
Things Your Grandmother Knew
and you wish you did too.” A blog.

More than living simply, more than living ‘green’, thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the ‘economics’ in Home Economics.
I have seen similar blogs before (also in different languages). They are often a mix of interesting trivia and useful tips with sometimes hilarious illustrations and sidenotes.  While our grandmas might not all be on the internet, some of their knowledge has fortunately made it there. Worth checking out.

Always to many projects, oh my! My project – since the beginning of the year ! – is to actually keep track of projects a little bit better. It’s.. in process. Obviously, you can write down every thought and idea that flashes through your brain, but I have taken to actually use one (and only ONE) of the many journals and notebooks I have to write down things that seem noteworthy, am finally using Evernote on my phone and pc and I think I see a bit more clearer as to what really needs to be done. (Or would be fun and interesting to do..! ) Update on last week’s project : fail.


ninaThis song, written originally in the 1930s and recorded by Nina Simone in 1958 for her debut album, became a big hit after it was featured in a Channel No.5 commercial. People of my generation ( x ) will remember the odd Aardman Animations (Wallace&Gromit, Chicken Run..) Play-Doo video. It made me discover, at an early age, a great jazz/blues artist who was also a civil rights activists. There are plans to make a movie about her life, with Mary J.Bligh in the title role. Can’t wait!

The IDEA30122009274
I found an awesome European website, that makes quality surface stickers to customize Ikea furniture with great designs. “Say NO to naked furniture” they say.  Artists can also submit their own designs. Now if they even do shipping to Oz, it might be a bit expensive, but it gave me the idea to do something creative with the screaming yellow monster buffet in our family room bought 1/3 of the price! in their bargains section – love it!!).  A suivre!