the business of the business

Temporarily Closing Askbox

Hulloooo buddy pals, Okayto here.

I’m temporarily closing the askbox because this blog has really picked up traffic, which is cool, but I work full-time, am in grad school, and also have pressing things like

  • lint-rolling every piece of cloth in my home because my white cat is a malicious shedder and I have many dark clothes and blankets
  • doing laundry which never ends life is just a continuous laundry cycle
  • trying to figure out why my laptop will not rip the Moana CD what more do you want fickle machine???
  • lint-rolling my face every day because somehow the cat has directed his fur to seek out my nose and eyebrows specifically
  • it’s tax season and I need to be responsible and not wait until the last day this year
  • my secret goal is to get ahead in grad school homework, I’ve never been ahead before but I bet it feels great
  • I have visitors coming for Easter and it really is going to take me like 3 weeks to adequately clean the house

all of which combine to make it hard for me to spend a lot of time on the computer. Right now it’s about all I can do to keep up with the queue. I will still get to the asks already submitted, and you can continue to message me things you think I should see (@-ing me runs the risk that it will get buried; this blog gets busy enough I can’t manage it on mobile and I’m only on desktop maybe once a day, if that).

And as always, I encourage you cool creative people to make your own posts because this blog has always been only a small portion of the many sci-fi/humans in space/space Australia posts.

I don’t have much time to draw lately as work is super busy until they hire some new people. But I always try to draw or doodle something around Pat’s birthday. One hour time limit. Happy birthday to the biggest inspiration of my life. 

castypha said: we get it u hate characters with autistic traits

So I found this in reference to my post comparing Eggman and Peridot’s childish tendencies so I wanted to expand on this and talk about Peridot’s autistic coded characteristics specifically. 

I have no issue whatsoever with Peridot having autistic traits! My issue is that over time this portrayal was botched due to the Crew furthering her childish tendencies, infantalizing her, and poor writing in general. The chief example usually paired with this is the deleted scene from Log Date where Peridot is taught about how to eat while sitting in a high chair, but I think a better canon example is Peridot having two comfort objects taken from her (the tape recorder and her tablet respectively). It’s kind of bad when other autistic people need those objects and the show literally tried to destroy both of Peridot’s.

It’s such a shame too because pre-Barn Mates Peridot was a wonderful character! She was smart and showed a willingness to learn about things and seeing her grow as a character was well done and intresting! She even showed a lot of autistic traits but they weren’t infantilizing her! A good example is her taking things literally or having comfort objects in the form of her recorder and tablet (at least before… y’know). Now it just feels like she’s used for bad comic relief and all the development and character she did have was either forgotten or flanderized to annoying degrees. 

Some better examples of characters with Autism would be Symetra from Overwatch and Julia from Seasame Street, both flat out stated to be autistic too boot! Likewise I’ll list a few posts here and here where I based some points here on. Hope this explains things!