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This year there will be the 10th anniversary of the last edition of Encarta. One edition of Encarta was the first encyclopedia I ever read, and this was as a child. The big thing about Encarta was that it was not a paper encyclopedia. It was the first multimedia-based encyclopedia project. It was on CD-ROM and CD-ROMs can hold as much information as a much bigger, more expensive and heavier collection of books (which paper encyclopedias were), or hold more than that. Additionally, articles contained relevant images, mostly in colour and some even had sound clips. But alas, Encarta didn't get as large as I once hoped it would. I do wish that an expert written encyclopedia could have made it to a million articles or more.
As the title says, write something that that you learned today. I'll start. It can be one or more things. Today I learned that the word "halal" in Arabic translates as "allowed" in English, but it means allowed according to Islamic, or Shari'ah law. I also learned that labrador dogs were used on sailing ships to go into the water and fetch ropes on to the deck. In Korea, it is said that they would make a hole in a coconut, and put a tadpole into the coconut. Then they would wait a few weeks, open the coconut and out would come a frog with white skin that tasted of coconut. (I don't know if this one is really true or not, I can't verify it).
(deleted) posted a topic in Symptoms & DiagnosisI would like to have your opinions on wether or not you think that these are valid reasons why I "can't possibly have Asperger's". I am asking this because these are the reasons that my mother gives whenever I try to discuss Asperger's with her and I'm not sure that they're particularly valid actually. I would like to make it clear that I am not asking for opinions on wether or not I have Asperger's; I am asking if you think that these are valid reasons why one couldn't have Asperger's. Now the main reason is that I like to spontaneously share my ideas, opinions and things that I have made. Apparantly aspies don't do that. That doesn't seem correct to me because if aspies didn't have a desire to share things then they wouldn't infodump as much as they do. As I see it, all they want to do is to share their knowledge, and ideas about their obsessions. The other main reason that I can think of at the moment is that I always used to talk with a lot of expression - both in my voice and in terms of facial expression - when I spoke, particularly but not only if it was about one of my interests at the time. Again she claims that aspies don't do that, although I have read that some aspies do talk quite expressively sometimes. I would like to hear your opinions on wether or not these are valid reasons to say that one does not have Asperger's, and I will add any further reasons that she has given as I remember them. And please remember that I am not asking for opinions on wether you do or don't think that I have Asperger's. Regards, invisible