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  2. Dr-David-Banner

    Releasing My Track

    Maybe it's different in other geographical region but where I am the focus of life is work and relationships. One or two people I know like to take regular holidays abroad. Somehow though it seems to me something has gone wrong. I recall John Lennon opened up later in life how his school never directed him towards arts. He was pushed into the concept of having to be a plumber or gas-fitter or painter. This is how it is where I live where men are supposed to carry a drill and spanner and drive a van. Beyond that is nothing any deeper. Not sure if anyone here ever saw the movie Educating Rita. It was about a working class girl who wanted to do drama and English lit at uni. There she meets a lecturer who coaches her through essay writing and tutorials. What happens is a big rift opens up between her and her family and boyfriend. Awareness of art creates friction and end of a relationship. Educating Rita is a movie that suggest life without art is a pretty colourless life at that. Anyway it just seems even more the case society just revolves around work, money, facebook, relationships and generally robotic existence.
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  4. Ben

    Bullying in the workplace

    Always have an up to date CV - because you never know when you might want to upload it onto Indeed or Jobsite . You will strip the bully of their power as soon as you let go of the concept that your CURRENT job is the be all end all to your existence. My advice? Go above and beyond within your role. Then the SECOND your 'superior' steps out of line, you say "HR can keep this months pay for all I care. If you condescend to me one more time I'm walking off the job" - this'll be sweeter if other potential employers have seen your CV online and are leaving you voicemails (yes, these job sites DO work.) Always have the deck stacked in your favour. Not just for situations like these, but also for when companies announce cut backs. Don't wait to be laid off, think ahead. *Side note, I'm not saying jack your job in. Just give yourself some power by creating the option.
  5. This is something very personal and it is very sad to lose someone whom you thought was a friend and could confide and trust in Perhaps you friend felt "scared off" and doesn't know how to communicate with you any more...or trying to process what you said? Give it time and if nothing changes then yes, move on. That friend was merely superficial and not worthy of your friendship any more
  6. collectingrocks

    Bullying in the workplace

    A question for the workers amongst us... If you are bullied or intimidated at work by your immediate supervisor/manager: How do you cope? Does your place of work have support systems in place to tackle such behaviour? Have you ever stood up to your perpetrator?
  7. collectingrocks

    Can an aspie succeed in the medical field?

    Don't let the medical field hold you back. I have worked in hospitals for over 25 years
  8. Joie6

    Last One To Post Here Wins!

    Can I say I win ? YES !!!!
  9. Hi @Aspie.Iris I experienced a quite similar situation, when I was a teenager. My "best friend" knew my Asperger's from the beginning of our friendship, but one day, in an argument, he said to me that he didn't invited me to a party because he could feel ashamed of me, and that my autism is really a big problem... So I can completely understand your pain. What did I do afterwards ? I just stopped talking to him. Fortunately, we weren't in the same highschool. I agree with @Peridot. Move on ! I know it's hard to think it when you're surrounded by people who don't accept your difference and when you're all alone but you will see, when you will grow up, you will find people who truly accept who you are, with your Asperger's. To tell you, I've really found true friends after highschool. So be brave ! Time will be your friend. I hope you will feel better soon
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  11. Dr-David-Banner

    George Harrison Slammed Modern Pop

    I downloaded a bit of Jefferson Airplane who got really big in San Francisco. Playing live on TV shows they seemed pretty impressive and psychedelic. Grace Slick led as vocalist and has a gritty and individual voice. She's now seventy something.
  12. Dr-David-Banner

    Releasing My Track

    Had a look at the vid. Actually you will notice heavy metal is still going. I don't mind heavy metal although it tends to lack melody and deeper lyrics. If I did metal I could get some feedback but the problem I will explain: Leaving aside my own sound, music I listen to for enjoyment is way way different to what 99.9 per cent of other people download. For example, Jefferson Airplane (a huge band back in 1969).I make a point of allowing such bands to hopefully influence my sound. The audience though has long vanished. Todays audience seek mostly simplicity. According to some studies, music has gotten simpler. Music today is something I like to do all by myself as it relaxes me. Money wise or even with regard to feedback it is a total waste of my time. The only interest would be from much older musicians who know what a riff or arpeggio or hook is. One thing I notice too is that Paul's son James Mccartney seems to have stopped touring and doing albums. I get him totally. He got fed up being ignored and just having the media ask about The Beatles. No fair or even interested feedback from enough journalists.
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  14. When a friendship ends it's of course painful when it's a betrayal. I've had this too a few years ago where two friendships went sour. But we need to be with the people we are supposed to be with and not the people we aren't supposed to be with. That's the way it is, I'm sure you'll agree. I'd say leave school altogether as it's a toxic environment. But if you continue to go, then just treat the girl in neutral way. Just move on... It isn't worth putting lots of energy into as it wouldn't be productive. Hope you feel better soon.
  15. Hi Guys, so as you can tell from the title, my good friend from the past about one and a half years stopped hanging out with me and started hanging out with another girl after I trusted her with my diagnosis. I think this is because of my diagnosis but I am not really a person to trust with social skills anyway, what should I do? I am in a small school where I can’t really avoid her- How should I handle this? Please help!
  16. Whoknows

    Do you have a supportive family?

    Let me see... I was diagnosed quite early in my life, but my parents kept it secret from me, until high school. I think, in both time periods, they did what they thought was best for me. On my side, I'm not sure all of their choices were good. If it's food and shelter, everything's covered (even my gaming habits). On education, I don't really know what to make of it. The best choice I've ever made there was hated by my entire family, but I kept going anyway (and it helped me a lot). On psychology, there's only one thing I have against my parents, but it's been almost 9 years, since then. Well, put simply, my family is not fully aware of my diagnosis, but they've been quite supportive, anyway.
  17. Whoknows

    Hi there!

    Hi there. Truly, I'm not really active here, but it's always good to see a new face.
  18. Whoknows

    Happy birthday to Willow

    Happy Birthday to you, Willow, thought I'm late.
  19. Aspie.Iris

    Acting Neurotypical

    I definitely act neurotypical at school all day and then end up coming home and melting down. It is really rough for my family and I am not getting the support I need at school because no one believes I have ASD.
  20. Aspie.Iris

    Feeling Alone

    I feel exactly the Same way.
  21. Peridot

    Hi there!

    Welcome, Iris.
  22. As a teen on the spectrum I need help and support, one of the reasons why I’m here, but I can’t seem to find any help in person
  23. Dr-David-Banner

    George Harrison Slammed Modern Pop

    Just a note about Rock and Roll. You never hear it today - only the offshoot of heavy metal. Lately I listened to some plain rock to maybe get some ideas how to make the same sound. Rock tends to use a steady beat, guitar strumming (electric) and often harmonica with clapping. I think the early Stones had it nailed perfect. Rock I see as real grass roots and gutsy music created by musicians with a feel. Hendrix of course did his share of it with hits like Hey Joe.
  24. Dr-David-Banner

    George Harrison Slammed Modern Pop

    Music marks me out as being totally different from the general population. When I go to supermarkets, I take a cheap set of earphones. While the supermarkets play plastic, synthetic, XFactor type music or car drivers churn out the same Americanised rap, I escape back to 1969. What percentage of people even heard of (let alone play)the band Crotcheted Doughnut Ring? Their hit Happy Castle has a slight Beach Boys ring to it but is just a happy kind of song. I took it as a light hearted swipe at middle class well-to-do men and money chasing. I would absolutely pass out on the street ifI ever heard some car driver play Happy Castle or any such track. The question is though why are neurotypicals so unable to break free from following the pack and make more personal choices? Yes, there was some of this in the sixties where it was "the done thing" to "like" The Who or The Stones or Bowie in the seventies. I repeat the question though: Why does the population just follow music others say is good? Why not Beethoven, Chekov, New Orleans jazz or blues? Why do people simply dismiss music of the past for fear of being out of the trend or fashion? I am just glad being autistic allows me to make my own choices and do what "resonates" personally.
  25. Aspie.Iris

    Hi there!

    Hi, I am Iris. I just recently got my diagnosis and am looking for online support since I live in a rural area with limited support. I enjoy Art, Theater, Music, Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, and Animals (chickens)
  26. Dr-David-Banner

    George Harrison Slammed Modern Pop

    Psychologists ought to consider how music can be used to evaluate social development. Plus the effect it may have on us. What modern pop tells me at a quick glance is (1) it is not changing or evolving and (2) the mass population is playing basically the same material. So it points to conservatism and conformity. I am sure there will be musicians around today with creative talent but they cannot be in any way popular as society is too "stuck in one groove". Would Jimmy Hendrix make it on X Factor or get huge downloads from public mobile phones? I very much doubt it. Speaking of Jimmy, he was typical of the sixties music scene, doing stuff differently and "feeling" his guitar. Setting new trends and pushing the boundaries. So the sixties generation appreciated change and new experiences. They protested policies, searched for deeper meaning and followed music as a form of expression and shaking off conservatism. I'm really not afraid to bash modern music. I don't care if people accuse me of being somehow "out of touch". I think George Harrison as an ex Beatle had every right to react critically. Had John Lennon survived to this modern era I think he'd have been saddened. Lennon did predict rock and roll would die out. He hated it when the early Beatles had to wear suits and ties. Seeing music turned into a quick sales global market simply removed grass root art from the working classes or social outsiders. The only positive is there's lots of great music to dig back to. From Louisiana jazz to progressive there are some great bands of bygone years.
  27. Tylermc

    Tylermc

    this weekend where I live in Canada 🇨🇦 it's the Victoria Day long 

    weekend its national holiday  it's named after queen Victoria but are big holiday is on July the 1st that's called Canada day it's the day 

    we officially became a country have a great weekend 

    everybody 😊

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  29. Dr-David-Banner

    George Harrison Slammed Modern Pop

    The Beatles is one of my pet subjects. I recall being fascinated and hooked on the band at age 13 after hearing Strawberry Fields Forever. The music still influences me today. In itself the story is fascinating as The Beatles were all "different" and always on the fringe of early sixties Liverpool. Odd-balls. The plan was to just do rock and roll in working class clubs rather than do the nine till five. Brian Epstein saw John on stage and was in awe of his presence. Brian had been bullied out of his national service and other jobs so was an outsider too. Yet his decision to manage and package The Beatles changed the history of pop and rock. I think the early records were kind of simple tracks the average working classes could relate too. I guess The Beach Boys were doing the same with beach and surf tracks. Around 1966, Beatles music got serious. They adopted psychedelic from The Byrds and wrote more creatively. Above all, the pop fans of the era got into the whole experience and demanded more experimentation in sound. Looking carefully around the period 1967 - 1969 , I found some groups who were impressive, judged on their music. The Flower Pot men did two tracks I totally love: Let's Go To San Francisco and The Cooks Of Cake And Kindness. They were a psychedelic group with great vocals and song-writing. Another band from Birmingham, The Californians never won over the south, but did great covers (cooks of cake and kindness, follow me and Mandy). Another band called Fire I like a lot. With such bands you notice the bass is pretty lively, lead guitar decent and vocals in the sixties easily surpass modern bands. This I think is because only having guitars and keyboards, groups at that time needed strong vocals. Check out early Beatles and it's clear the vocals form a huge part of the sound. Music of course needs vocals. I always think vocals make the track communicative and real.
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