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Script Family Blogs I Neglected to Recommend

Hey everyone! In the frenzy of all the new Script Family blogs, I wanted to point out some absolute gems of blogs that I’ve neglected to recommend.

@forenscripts is an absolutely amazing blog about forensic science run by Sherls and Watson, who are a delight;

@scriptlgbt is a blog dedicated to helping people get LGBT and ace issues right in their fiction and run by co-mods with various areas of expertise and life experience;

@script-editor is here  for all your grammar and editing advice needs;

@scriptservicedogs is a blog about service dogs run by Jordan and her pup Bucky

@scriptgerman is here to help clear up misconceptions about Germany, its language and culture

@scripteducator is here to talk about the American K-12 educational system and is actively looking for mods for other areas including special ed, college/professor level stuff, etc.

I’m sure there are more I haven’t plugged yet, but I recommend these blogs, as they are excellent :)

xoxo, Aunt Scripty

  Hey awesome people! This blog has been around for more than half a year, but I haven’t been very active around that time. So I’m now going to start running this blog (for real) and join the studyblr community :DD

  My name is Wulan, you can just call me Lan since that’s what my friends do. I live in Indonesia, English isn’t my first language so please bear with me if I do some grammar mistake (or even better, you can correct me!). I’m in 11th grade, science stream. I also study (rather basic) Japanese at shool. I’m here because this community has been a motivation mine to me to do WELL at school since the beginning of high school. I love the vibe and I love the idea of students from different parts of the world supporting each other to be and do the best they can, isn’t it just lovely? 

I feel like I need to give credit to some studyblrs/langblrs who inspire me to start my own studyblr; @tbhstudying @areistotle @studyblr @ngambis @bookmrk @wanderlust-studies @intanrmalawat @nihongo-no-gakusei @shibuyaku

Now time for the trivial facts about mie:

  • I’m a cancer sun, taurus rising, aries moon
  • My hobby is drawing and I want to pursue graphic design as a career
  • I wear glasses (aye cant help the phone inb4 zzz habit)
  • My foot size is 40 (EU)
  • I follow from @lanabit

I guess that’s it for now, see y’all around :)

Why I think 2012 Donnie has Asperger's Syndrome

He’s highly intelligent.

He’s particularly gifted in one or a few subjects (in his case, the sciences).

He makes lists and charts whether he needs to or not…

…and he likes to gather all kinds of random facts.

He firmly believes that: 

and he feels compelled to correct people with accurate numbers, grammar, facts, etc. 

He’s a little slow in realizing when the people he’s talking to are bored, annoyed, or confused… 

…so he doesn’t always know when it’s time to shut up.

He can be pretty sarcastic, but doesn’t always pick up on the sarcasm of others. 

He is socially awkward…

…even on the phone…

…so he has to consciously work out the rules of social conduct.

Normal life lessons may take a little more time to learn.

He has a hard time figuring out other people’s intentions.

He can be obsessive at times… and compulsive. 

He sometimes struggles to see things from another person’s perspective.

In fact, it’s hard for him to put himself in another person’s shoes unless/until he’s been through the same thing. 

He’s also shown to struggle with anxiety at times.

He has less muscle mass than his brothers (a random trait, but a trait of aspies nonetheless)

…And he also finds certain sounds obnoxious… particularly Mikey’s eating.

I feel ya, man! The sensory processing issues are as unbearable as the social ones! 

I’d like to take the time to point out that while many believe aspies lack empathy, I’m an aspie with empathy coming out my ears. It seems to me like we just can’t process our empathy normally. That’s why Donnie isn’t insensitive, per se… but he does still struggle with seeing things the way someone else would. 

Update: I wanted to add a little something. Someone pointed out that his lack of social skills is due to growing up with only his father and brothers. So true! I forgot to mention that… but the reason I still suspect Asperger’s is because his brothers are still a lot better at socializing than he is. It comes a little more naturally for them, while Donnie has to figure things out slowly.

Also, this person (ugh I hate calling someone “this person”… it sounds so cold but I don’t mean it to be!) also brought up Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory and how much worse his case is. Also very true! But that’s the weird thing about Asperger’s and Autism. The spectrum is so wide. Donnie seems to be on the high-functioning end of the spectrum, which is about where I am. That’s why I didn’t find out I had it until the age of twenty-two. Everyone just thought I was quirky… ahead of my peers in wisdom and intellect, but behind emotionally and socially. It’s quite isolating. Remember Timothy/The Pulverizer? He’s more what I would think of when I thought of Asperger’s. All this to say, Asperger’s is quite complex… but I bet if Donnie took the AQ test he’d definitely score above 32. 

I really like that homeschooling is being more accepted as a choice of schooling, but I really get irked when the only way to show homeschooliing in a good light is to prove how many “elite” students they produce, or somehow showing its better than any public/private school ever.

No child should be pushed to be “elite” if they don’t want to.  They should learn to push themselves and to desire learning, but getting the best grades and the most advance classes should not be a priority.  I don’t care how they are educated: they need to be encouraged to learn and prepare themselves for their future lives, not be trained as perfect student pets.

Some kids in homeschooling?  They are average, or below their grade level.  Maybe Jane is great at science and math, but she has a hard time with grammar and writing. Joe has a speech impediment that makes him shy around other people and needs time to know someone.  Robin has a physical disability that prevents him from traveling easily but he loves reading.

But because these kids are homeschooled, they can use their own curriculum to support their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.  Jane can move up a grade or two with her sciences and mathematics but still have a lower grade language arts program to help her understand it more.  Joe gains confidence at home and with his therapist as he learns at his own pace and by the time he meets the neighbor kids to play, or meets with fellow students at a homeschooling co-op, he can work with others just fine.  Robin is stuck at home for most of his classes, but because he can finish his work early he and his parents have extra time to go visit a museum or library or even a movie theater.

Homeschooling should be about encouraging individuality in learning styles and flexibility, whether the child is an A+ student or struggling just to keep up.

The point is that whether its homeschooling, private school, public school, or a mix of the three over the course of the child’s life, our focus should be on, “what is best for this individual child?” not “Which method will make my kid look better than the others?”

“Why can’t school be more like this YouTube video?”

Don’t get me wrong. YouTube videos (especially educational ones) can be great learning tools. But I get a little mad when I see/hear comments like this for a number of reasons.

  1. YouTube videos are edited. Teachers can’t edit themselves in the same way.
  2. Teachers need to accommodate a number of different learning styles. People who watch YouTube videos may have different learning styles, but a lot of video learning is visual/audio. What happens when a student needs more hands-on help than a video-style lesson can give? What if they need to do work (like perform a science experiment themselves or do grammar drills) in order to fully understand a concept?
  3. YouTube videos don’t have to come out every day. Teachers usually have to teach most days of the week, and some (most?) teach more than one class (so that means preparing more subject matter). Thus, teachers’ energy is already split and spread thinner than a YouTube creator’s (at least generally).
  4. Schools usually have to teach what is dictated by administration/the government. This includes things like subject matter, amount of graded work, types of assignments, etc.
  5. Teachers are people. They have different teaching styles (some of which you, as a student, won’t like). They also have moods, just like everyone else. So, while they may be “on” on one day, they could be “off” another. Videos can edit for changes in mood, but teachers usually can’t because they have a job to do. Also, you can pick and choose which YouTube video to watch based on what you like in a YouTube creator. Many times, students can’t pick and choose teachers.
  6. Sometimes schools do cover things that YouTube videos cover. Why people don’t get excited about it in school may be for a number of reasons (teacher isn’t particularly passionate about a topic, the topic is required rather than optional, students devalue school because it’s required and are more receptive to YouTube videos because they’re watched in “free time,” etc.)

There are probably more things. This isn’t to say education doesn’t have its problems or we should accept it as is. More like… education and YouTube are different things with different forces working on them, and we need to understand them before saying how they should/can change.

“There are two schools: relativists and universalists. As George Steiner summarizes it, relativists tend to believe that language is not the vehicle of thought but its determining medium. It is the framework of cognition. Our perceptions of everything are organized by the flux of sensations passing over that framework. Hence, the study of the evolution of language is the study of the evolution of the human mind itself.”

“Okay, I can see the significance of that. What about the universalists?”

“In contrast with the relativists, who believe that languages need not have anything in common with each other, the universalists believe that if you can analyze languages enough, you can find that all of them have certain traits in common. So they analyze languages, looking for such traits.”

“Have they found any?”

“No. There seems to be an exception to every rule.”

“Which blows universalism out of the water.”

“Not necessarily. They explain this problem by saying that the shared traits are too deeply buried to be analyzable.”

“Which is a cop out.”

“Their point is that at some level, language has to happen inside the human brain. Since all human brains are more or less the same–”

“The hardware’s the same. Not the software.”


Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash (1992) p. 275

I finally got around to reading William Gibson’s cyberpunk classic. I enjoyed this conversation between main character Hiro and the avatar of his library. Gibson goes right to the heart of some of the biggest debates in linguistics in the 20th century, although Hiro doesn’t seem that convinced by Universalism. It’s nice to see an author engaging so directly with linguistic theory.

I guess this counteracts the fact the plotline also including a heavy dose of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which I’m happy to say belongs firmly in the realm of fiction.

[Edit: I had originally attributed Snow Crash to William Gibson in this post - but I’ve finally fixed it, thanks Kim and jamesw for bringing my dopiness to my attention. I think it’s time I broke up my cyberpunk reading a bit!]

I wish tumblr would let me control how many characters could be put in my asks, I keep getting multiple part asks and submissions and fan mail that are awkward to reply to. Character counts are so horrible, it’s like with Twitter’s stupid short character limit resulting in everyone having to spell incorrectly and disobey grammar or spam 6 tweets to get an announcement that doesn’t seem like it was written by a brain dead texter from the slums. Seriously half the time people get in trouble for saying something on social media is because they couldn’t explain themselves fully or qualify any of their statements with exceptions and use more appropriate words. It’s 2016, no longer do you have to limit things to make them easier to send, no more smoke signals, telegrams, or fitting into a band around a pigeons leg. I run a science related blog, let me have the characters I need to be intelligent, your character limits are encouraging the dumbing down of the Internet. Proper grammar and English should be respected so we can tell what people mean, no more of these cryptic illiterate haiku shenanigans.

Since in the Chuugakkou they aren’t risking their lives everyday, having to to torture, see friends die off etc etc, I want Levi and Hange to grow up and be happy adults together. I want them doing cute domestic stuff, like Levi cooking Hange meals, and Hange stealing warm cookies from the pan. I need them telling their kids they were in a band in middle school together, or how they were neighbors and walked to and from school together, or how Hange would spend all the money on science, and Levi would make sure they ate, or how when his arm got hurt, Hange tried to wrap it, but not very good. Basically, that they took care of each other and everyone thinks it is the sappiest story ever, but they don’t care because they are happy.

Since they are not in the same circumstances, I need to see how they will grow up to be, man.