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(Detroit Free Press)   "Man's home reflects his obsession with electronics." That title does not do justice to this guy, who filled his van with electronics and blocked the windows, relying on video alone to drive. And the van can put out enough power to run a whole house   (freep.com) divider line 104
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2014-03-19 12:04:19 AM  
It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?
 
2014-03-19 12:13:27 AM  

fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?


He can see out the front, and his side/back visibility is no worse than the 38-foot RV I rented a few years back (making a 30-point turn in a cul-de-sac, after dark, that was only a few feet larger than the vehicle - and filled with parked cars much nicer than I drive, now THAT is fun)
 
2014-03-19 01:33:31 AM  
Suddenly it doesn't sound so bad.

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2014-03-19 02:49:03 AM  
Sounds like somebody read Snow Crash too many times.
 
2014-03-19 05:40:05 AM  
Does the van pass out free candy too?
 
2014-03-19 05:46:48 AM  
Obviously not obsessed with "style" or "self image".
 
2014-03-19 05:46:49 AM  
Ok which one of you farkers is it?
 
2014-03-19 05:52:07 AM  
Some people with autism have a single talent that borders on genius, like math or music. Steve's is electronics. He can take just about any appliance apart, put it back together or combine it with another device in some improbable combination.

I don't think basic competence with a skill that requires arithmetic and basic functional literacy at most is all that's required to be considered to have a "genius".

Looks like kind of a fun hobby, though, his car looks about like my room's current ad-hoc AV system and I certainly enjoy tinkering with that.
 
2014-03-19 05:54:07 AM  
Well, at least he's out of the basement. So he that going for him, which is nice
 
2014-03-19 06:03:00 AM  

fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?


Redundant backup systems must be in place, hopefully.
 
2014-03-19 06:10:56 AM  

Deep Contact: fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

Redundant backup systems must be in place, hopefully.


Yes, he really comes across as a safety-conscious sort of gentleman.
 
2014-03-19 06:18:45 AM  

fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?


You really think that thing gets up to 70mph?

Beyond just being a hoarder--which this guy is, without a doubt--he seems a little insane. And that's even before we crack jokes about his clothing choices...
 
2014-03-19 06:23:04 AM  

fusillade762: What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?


What would you do if your headlights failed at 70 MPH? Braking seems like a good first step in either situation.

Not that I think this is a good idea, I'm just saying we regularly put ourselves situations where sudden electrical failure could be quite dangerous, and where no readily available redundancy exists. Just because this is a different scenario than the ones you're used to doesn't inherently make it any more dangerous.
 
2014-03-19 06:28:41 AM  
Initially I thought "Ooh, the government should snap him up and put him in a secret lab with a brief to create interesting electronics based on a given brief".

Then I read the article and decided that what would actually happen is that the US Army would start rolling around in tanks that have a mini fridge and a toaster bolted on the back.

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2014-03-19 06:29:52 AM  

maram500: fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

You really think that thing gets up to 70mph?

Beyond just being a hoarder--which this guy is, without a doubt--he seems a little insane. And that's even before we crack jokes about his clothing choices...


All of us high-functioning ASD folk are insane to you all.  We know who we are and accept it; sorry folk can't accept that some people are different but here we are.

We can't understand the obsession with sports and silly things that people spend so much time on, either.  We think you people are insane.

Perspective.  Get it.
 
2014-03-19 06:32:24 AM  
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2014-03-19 06:36:02 AM  

profplump: fusillade762: What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

What would you do if your headlights failed at 70 MPH? Braking seems like a good first step in either situation.

Not that I think this is a good idea, I'm just saying we regularly put ourselves situations where sudden electrical failure could be quite dangerous, and where no readily available redundancy exists. Just because this is a different scenario than the ones you're used to doesn't inherently make it any more dangerous.


Headlights have a double redundancy:  Firstly, there are two of them, where you only need one to see at night.  They're wired separately so the only thing that could take them out at once is the entire electrical system blowing out (it has its own redundancies as well, the most obvious being the fuse-box that causes components to fail on a one-by-one basis).  Secondly, in modern cars "fog" lights are always on so that even if you can't see, other people can see you.

Cars, especially modern cars, are amazing examples of mechanical and electrical safety backups, protective mechanisms, and low-waste redundant systems.  You can lose cylinders from the engine without disturbing the others, the engine won't stop running even if everything connected to the battery blows out, the brakes will still function even if the electronic controls fail, etc.

Just because you're ignorant of how things work doesn't mean they aren't well-designed.  Albeit your ignorance is a good illustration of  why they're designed that way, people careless enough to operate a motor vehicle without even knowing its most basic safety features are exactly why we have to over-engineer everything.
 
2014-03-19 06:39:54 AM  
Whoa whoa whoa! You are shooting at a van full of my electronics!

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2014-03-19 06:40:36 AM  

WhoGAS: maram500: fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

You really think that thing gets up to 70mph?

Beyond just being a hoarder--which this guy is, without a doubt--he seems a little insane. And that's even before we crack jokes about his clothing choices...

All of us high-functioning ASD folk are insane to you all.  We know who we are and accept it; sorry folk can't accept that some people are different but here we are.

We can't understand the obsession with sports and silly things that people spend so much time on, either.  We think you people are insane.

Perspective.  Get it.


I did not read a thing about this guy having ASD. If he does, good for him for being able to function. But much like ADD and ADHD, autism spectrum is way over-diagnosed. Kid has a tantrum aboutvideo game being taken away? Autism! Chews on non-food otitems? Autism! (But really pica.)

But here's the thing: I call him a little insane for having all that stuff jammed into a van and relying on video cameras to see where he's going.

I'm insane. I get that. I have many, many problems that are handled solely by medication. However, your views on acceptance do brighten my day--it is refreshing to see someone who just wants to accept others for who they are. God knows we need more people like you.

\I don't get football either...
 
2014-03-19 06:42:24 AM  

maram500: WhoGAS: maram500: fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

You really think that thing gets up to 70mph?

Beyond just being a hoarder--which this guy is, without a doubt--he seems a little insane. And that's even before we crack jokes about his clothing choices...

All of us high-functioning ASD folk are insane to you all.  We know who we are and accept it; sorry folk can't accept that some people are different but here we are.

We can't understand the obsession with sports and silly things that people spend so much time on, either.  We think you people are insane.

Perspective.  Get it.

I did not read a thing about this guy having ASD. If he does, good for him for being able to function. But much like ADD and ADHD, autism spectrum is way over-diagnosed. Kid has a tantrum aboutvideo game being taken away? Autism! Chews on non-food otitems? Autism! (But really pica.)

But here's the thing: I call him a little insane for having all that stuff jammed into a van and relying on video cameras to see where he's going.

I'm insane. I get that. I have many, many problems that are handled solely by medication. However, your views on acceptance do brighten my day--it is refreshing to see someone who just wants to accept others for who they are. God knows we need more people like you.

\I don't get football either...


Autocorrect--why have your forsaken me?
 
2014-03-19 06:45:31 AM  

maram500: I did not read a thing about this guy having ASD.


Third paragraph, he's been actually diagnosed and intentionally decided to not accept treatment.

So yes, he is  literally a bit insane, he's got an actual medically documented mental defect.  Seems to be dealing reasonably well, though, there are plenty of full-function people that are in the same general tier of weirdness.
 
2014-03-19 06:56:11 AM  

WhoGAS: maram500: fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

You really think that thing gets up to 70mph?

Beyond just being a hoarder--which this guy is, without a doubt--he seems a little insane. And that's even before we crack jokes about his clothing choices...

All of us high-functioning ASD folk are insane to you all.  We know who we are and accept it; sorry folk can't accept that some people are different but here we are.

We can't understand the obsession with sports and silly things that people spend so much time on, either.  We think you people are insane.

Perspective.  Get it.


No, not really. Most people view yall as self centered, awkward assholes.
 
2014-03-19 06:58:19 AM  

maram500: WhoGAS: maram500: fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

You really think that thing gets up to 70mph?

Beyond just being a hoarder--which this guy is, without a doubt--he seems a little insane. And that's even before we crack jokes about his clothing choices...

All of us high-functioning ASD folk are insane to you all.  We know who we are and accept it; sorry folk can't accept that some people are different but here we are.

We can't understand the obsession with sports and silly things that people spend so much time on, either.  We think you people are insane.

Perspective.  Get it.

I did not read a thing about this guy having ASD. If he does, good for him for being able to function. But much like ADD and ADHD, autism spectrum is way over-diagnosed. Kid has a tantrum aboutvideo game being taken away? Autism! Chews on non-food otitems? Autism! (But really pica.)

But here's the thing: I call him a little insane for having all that stuff jammed into a van and relying on video cameras to see where he's going.

I'm insane. I get that. I have many, many problems that are handled solely by medication. However, your views on acceptance do brighten my day--it is refreshing to see someone who just wants to accept others for who they are. God knows we need more people like you.

\I don't get football either...


You know what never gets old? People with zero medical training claiming some disease is over-diagnosed.

You're not insane. You don't need those mess, you want them. Too many people are just over-diagnosed, right?

I await the "b-b-but in my case it is really real!"
 
2014-03-19 07:01:59 AM  

Jim_Callahan: maram500: I did not read a thing about this guy having ASD.

Third paragraph, he's been actually diagnosed and intentionally decided to not accept treatment.

So yes, he is  literally a bit insane, he's got an actual medically documented mental defect.  Seems to be dealing reasonably well, though, there are plenty of full-function people that are in the same general tier of weirdness.


Wouldn't the "bit insane" part be that he declined treatment? I mean, it'd help him, it would improve his standard of living. Declining treatment is, to me, like a severely a depressed and suicidal person refusinto adsmit he needs help--something bad is almost assuredly going to happen. Jokes aside, that van cannot possibly be safe. For anyone.
 
2014-03-19 07:03:31 AM  

fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?


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2014-03-19 07:04:35 AM  
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2014-03-19 07:09:14 AM  

Cerebral Ballsy: maram500: WhoGAS: maram500: fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

You really think that thing gets up to 70mph?

Beyond just being a hoarder--which this guy is, without a doubt--he seems a little insane. And that's even before we crack jokes about his clothing choices...

All of us high-functioning ASD folk are insane to you all.  We know who we are and accept it; sorry folk can't accept that some people are different but here we are.

We can't understand the obsession with sports and silly things that people spend so much time on, either.  We think you people are insane.

Perspective.  Get it.

I did not read a thing about this guy having ASD. If he does, good for him for being able to function. But much like ADD and ADHD, autism spectrum is way over-diagnosed. Kid has a tantrum aboutvideo game being taken away? Autism! Chews on non-food otitems? Autism! (But really pica.)

But here's the thing: I call him a little insane for having all that stuff jammed into a van and relying on video cameras to see where he's going.

I'm insane. I get that. I have many, many problems that are handled solely by medication. However, your views on acceptance do brighten my day--it is refreshing to see someone who just wants to accept others for who they are. God knows we need more people like you.

\I don't get football either...

You know what never gets old? People with zero medical training claiming some disease is over-diagnosed.

You're not insane. You don't need those mess, you want them. Too many people are just over-diagnosed, right?

I await the "b-b-but in my case it is really real!"


Do the research. When physicians are complaining about over-diagnosis, we have a problem. Some people genuinely have the problems--ADHD, depression, autism spectrum, food allergies--but there are those who get the diagnosis who don't have the problem. And worse are the parents who assume based on webMD and Wikipedia that their children have severe "problems."

And my case is actually real. I have the scars--both physical and mental--to prove it. Of course, I'm only on antidepressants, not masquerading Munchausen's with fake diagnoses for horrible problems.

And thanks, but I actually have training--in human psychology, including the clinical variety.
 
2014-03-19 07:10:15 AM  
IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!
 
2014-03-19 07:13:07 AM  
Good on you, crazy electronics guy. He's happy, he's a productive member of society, he takes care of himself (and helps others) - what's the problem? Most importantly, he doesn't give two shiats what we think of him.
 
2014-03-19 07:14:13 AM  

maram500: Cerebral Ballsy: maram500: WhoGAS: maram500: fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

You really think that thing gets up to 70mph?

Beyond just being a hoarder--which this guy is, without a doubt--he seems a little insane. And that's even before we crack jokes about his clothing choices...

All of us high-functioning ASD folk are insane to you all.  We know who we are and accept it; sorry folk can't accept that some people are different but here we are.

We can't understand the obsession with sports and silly things that people spend so much time on, either.  We think you people are insane.

Perspective.  Get it.

I did not read a thing about this guy having ASD. If he does, good for him for being able to function. But much like ADD and ADHD, autism spectrum is way over-diagnosed. Kid has a tantrum aboutvideo game being taken away? Autism! Chews on non-food otitems? Autism! (But really pica.)

But here's the thing: I call him a little insane for having all that stuff jammed into a van and relying on video cameras to see where he's going.

I'm insane. I get that. I have many, many problems that are handled solely by medication. However, your views on acceptance do brighten my day--it is refreshing to see someone who just wants to accept others for who they are. God knows we need more people like you.

\I don't get football either...

You know what never gets old? People with zero medical training claiming some disease is over-diagnosed.

You're not insane. You don't need those mess, you want them. Too many people are just over-diagnosed, right?

I await the "b-b-but in my case it is really real!"

Do the research. When physicians are complaining about over-diagnosis, we have a problem. Some people genuinely have the problems--ADHD, depression, autism spectrum, food allergies--but there are those who get the diagnosis who don't have the problem. And worse are the parents who assume based on webMD and Wikipedia that their children have severe "problems."

And my case is actually real. I have the scars--both physical and mental--to prove it. Of course, I'm only on antidepressants, not masquerading Munchausen's with fake diagnoses for horrible problems.

And thanks, but I actually have training--in human psychology, including the clinical variety.


Your "research" is reading a few articles on the topic.

My areas of expertise lie outside the medical realm so I'll let the doctors handle this one.

No matter how often this topic comes up, it is not news.
 
2014-03-19 07:17:20 AM  

maram500: Cerebral Ballsy: maram500: WhoGAS: maram500: fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

You really think that thing gets up to 70mph?

Beyond just being a hoarder--which this guy is, without a doubt--he seems a little insane. And that's even before we crack jokes about his clothing choices...

All of us high-functioning ASD folk are insane to you all.  We know who we are and accept it; sorry folk can't accept that some people are different but here we are.

We can't understand the obsession with sports and silly things that people spend so much time on, either.  We think you people are insane.

Perspective.  Get it.

I did not read a thing about this guy having ASD. If he does, good for him for being able to function. But much like ADD and ADHD, autism spectrum is way over-diagnosed. Kid has a tantrum aboutvideo game being taken away? Autism! Chews on non-food otitems? Autism! (But really pica.)

But here's the thing: I call him a little insane for having all that stuff jammed into a van and relying on video cameras to see where he's going.

I'm insane. I get that. I have many, many problems that are handled solely by medication. However, your views on acceptance do brighten my day--it is refreshing to see someone who just wants to accept others for who they are. God knows we need more people like you.

\I don't get football either...

You know what never gets old? People with zero medical training claiming some disease is over-diagnosed.

You're not insane. You don't need those mess, you want them. Too many people are just over-diagnosed, right?

I await the "b-b-but in my case it is really real!"

Do the research. When physicians are complaining about over-diagnosis, we have a problem. Some people genuinely have the problems--ADHD, depression, autism spectrum, food allergies--but there are those who get the diagnosis who don't have the problem. And worse are the parents who assume based on webMD and Wikipedia that their children have severe "problems."

And my case is actually real. I have the scars--both physical and mental--to prove it. Of course, I'm only on antidepressants, not masquerading Munchausen's with fake diagnoses for horrible problems.

And thanks, but I actually have training--in human psychology, including the clinical variety.


And of course your case is real and everyone else's is not.

"I have training"... What you took a few psych classes? LOL
 
2014-03-19 07:19:02 AM  

HindiDiscoMonster: maram500: Do the research. When physicians are complaining about over-diagnosis, we have a problem. Some people genuinely have the problems--ADHD, depression, autism spectrum, food allergies--but there are those who get the diagnosis who don't have the problem. And worse are the parents who assume based on webMD and Wikipedia that their children have severe "problems."And my case is actually real. I have the scars--both physical and mental--to prove it. Of course, I'm only on antidepressants, not masquerading Munchausen's with fake diagnoses for horrible problems.And thanks, but I actually have training--in human psychology, including the clinical variety.

I bet your doctors don't like you... (not being snarky, they just tend not to like to treat patients who know THEIR field... it's a headache)


No snark either, but my doctors actually like me. The medical doctors like me because I'm direct and to the point, know what I'm talking about (most of the time), and don't beg for crap I don't need--like stronger pain meds. The psychological professional I see? She likes me because I sit in our sessions and talk through my own problems a lot of the time with minimal assistance. She also likes me because, on medication, I have things like hopes and dreams--unlike a lot of her other clients.
 
2014-03-19 07:21:28 AM  

Cerebral Ballsy: maram500: Cerebral Ballsy: maram500: WhoGAS: maram500: fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

You really think that thing gets up to 70mph?

Beyond just being a hoarder--which this guy is, without a doubt--he seems a little insane. And that's even before we crack jokes about his clothing choices...

All of us high-functioning ASD folk are insane to you all.  We know who we are and accept it; sorry folk can't accept that some people are different but here we are.

We can't understand the obsession with sports and silly things that people spend so much time on, either.  We think you people are insane.

Perspective.  Get it.

I did not read a thing about this guy having ASD. If he does, good for him for being able to function. But much like ADD and ADHD, autism spectrum is way over-diagnosed. Kid has a tantrum aboutvideo game being taken away? Autism! Chews on non-food otitems? Autism! (But really pica.)

But here's the thing: I call him a little insane for having all that stuff jammed into a van and relying on video cameras to see where he's going.

I'm insane. I get that. I have many, many problems that are handled solely by medication. However, your views on acceptance do brighten my day--it is refreshing to see someone who just wants to accept others for who they are. God knows we need more people like you.

\I don't get football either...

You know what never gets old? People with zero medical training claiming some disease is over-diagnosed.

You're not insane. You don't need those mess, you want them. Too many people are just over-diagnosed, right?

I await the "b-b-but in my case it is really real!"

Do the research. When physicians are complaining about over-diagnosis, we have a problem. Some people genuinely have the problems--ADHD, depression, autism spectrum, food allergies--but there are those who get the diagnosis who don't have the problem. And worse are the parents who assume based on webMD and Wikipedia that their children have severe "problems."

And my case is actually real. I have the scars--both physical and mental--to prove it. Of course, I'm only on antidepressants, not masquerading Munchausen's with fake diagnoses for horrible problems.

And thanks, but I actually have training--in human psychology, including the clinical variety.

And of course your case is real and everyone else's is not.

"I have training"... What you took a few psych classes? LOL


Actually...it's a bachelor's degree. And I am most certainly not saying everyone else's case is fake--but a few are just people being attention whores.
 
2014-03-19 07:22:40 AM  

WhoGAS: maram500: fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

You really think that thing gets up to 70mph?

Beyond just being a hoarder--which this guy is, without a doubt--he seems a little insane. And that's even before we crack jokes about his clothing choices...

All of us high-functioning ASD folk are insane to you all.  We know who we are and accept it; sorry folk can't accept that some people are different but here we are.

We can't understand the obsession with sports and silly things that people spend so much time on, either.  We think you people are insane.

Perspective.  Get it.


I'm not autistic but I think people who obsess with sports are insane.
 
2014-03-19 07:23:40 AM  

fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?


Well, at least you don't have to see what's about to happen.
 
2014-03-19 07:28:16 AM  

profplump: What would you do if your headlights failed at 70 MPH? Braking seems like a good first step in either situation.


I actually had that happen to me, on a pitch black night in the middle of rural Washington County, NY on my motorcycle.  Headlight blew out*.  I had to creep home at 10 MPH with the turn signals on the whole way.  Feeble and intermittent light, but at least it was something.  And when you are in a rural area on a dark night with no street lights and a new moon, any little bit helps.


*Actually, it was the fuse, but I didn't know it at the time.
 
2014-03-19 07:36:52 AM  

HindiDiscoMonster: maram500: HindiDiscoMonster: maram500: Do the research. When physicians are complaining about over-diagnosis, we have a problem. Some people genuinely have the problems--ADHD, depression, autism spectrum, food allergies--but there are those who get the diagnosis who don't have the problem. And worse are the parents who assume based on webMD and Wikipedia that their children have severe "problems."And my case is actually real. I have the scars--both physical and mental--to prove it. Of course, I'm only on antidepressants, not masquerading Munchausen's with fake diagnoses for horrible problems.And thanks, but I actually have training--in human psychology, including the clinical variety.

I bet your doctors don't like you... (not being snarky, they just tend not to like to treat patients who know THEIR field... it's a headache)

No snark either, but my doctors actually like me. The medical doctors like me because I'm direct and to the point, know what I'm talking about (most of the time), and don't beg for crap I don't need--like stronger pain meds. The psychological professional I see? She likes me because I sit in our sessions and talk through my own problems a lot of the time with minimal assistance. She also likes me because, on medication, I have things like hopes and dreams--unlike a lot of her other clients.

that is refreshing to hear... most doctors I have known think it's an affront to them personally when I know what I am talking about with my own treatment. On a side note, related to pain medications... I have chronic back pain due to an injury when I was a child, and take Percocet 10/325. Thanks to the DEA, it is almost impossible to get those in the state of Florida now (CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Publix) - no regular pharmacy will carry them, so I have to go through a chronic care pharmacy that mostly deals with Hospice patients, and have them delivered to my house for a $15/month. So, my medicine that is covered and would only cost me $2.53 locally now costs me $21.85 for the doctor visit each month (refills not allowed - thanks DEA), plus $15.00 for delivery. I am usually a pretty easy going person, but the DEA can DIAF slowly while at the same time being anally rape raped by Satan and his barbed cock.

/Yes, I really don't like the DEA that much.


I am grateful that all I need is low-grade Vicodin, and not too often. It is a pain in the ass to get my refills, though, since apparently you can't just call in a prescription for a narcotic here. But the generic stuff is around $20 for 90 pills, which is pretty damned good, and my doctor understands that Aleve and Tylenol do not cut it for me. I guess I can be sort of happy to live in Louisiana...
 
2014-03-19 07:37:01 AM  
Heh, reminds me of my grandpa. He used to have a bunch of VCRs set up and recorded everything.

i.imgur.com

Some more pics of what his house used to look like here.

/Rest in peace, Grandpa.
 
2014-03-19 07:40:56 AM  
pics.imcdb.org


lh5.googleusercontent.com

pics.imcdb.org
 
2014-03-19 07:41:46 AM  
This guy's inventions remind me of the stuff Bucky invents...

theowlunderground.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-03-19 07:46:51 AM  
Hoarding and autism is a real bad combination.
 
2014-03-19 07:47:25 AM  

fusillade762: WhoGAS: maram500: fusillade762: It draws crowds on the street, wins awards at auto shows and earns pull-overs by police, especially after he covered all its windows and relied on video cameras to relay what was going on outside as he drove.

Yeah, I can't imagine that's legal. What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

You really think that thing gets up to 70mph?

Beyond just being a hoarder--which this guy is, without a doubt--he seems a little insane. And that's even before we crack jokes about his clothing choices...

All of us high-functioning ASD folk are insane to you all.  We know who we are and accept it; sorry folk can't accept that some people are different but here we are.

We can't understand the obsession with sports and silly things that people spend so much time on, either.  We think you people are insane.

Perspective.  Get it.

I'm not autistic but I think people who obsess with sports are insane.


I'm acquaintances ("friends' is too strong a word) with several high-functioning autists, and to a man they are obsessed with baseball. I think it's the statistics and the boundless possibility for analyses that offers.

/one is an actuary, even
 
2014-03-19 07:50:59 AM  
Expecting Kreiger-san's van.
/disappointed
 
2014-03-19 07:59:45 AM  
Farker of the week
 
2014-03-19 08:07:45 AM  

HindiDiscoMonster: Jim_Callahan: profplump: fusillade762: What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

What would you do if your headlights failed at 70 MPH? Braking seems like a good first step in either situation.

Not that I think this is a good idea, I'm just saying we regularly put ourselves situations where sudden electrical failure could be quite dangerous, and where no readily available redundancy exists. Just because this is a different scenario than the ones you're used to doesn't inherently make it any more dangerous.

Headlights have a double redundancy:  Firstly, there are two of them, where you only need one to see at night.   They're wired separately so the only thing that could take them out at once is the entire electrical system blowing out (it has its own redundancies as well, the most obvious being the fuse-box that causes components to fail on a one-by-one basis).  Secondly, in modern cars "fog" lights are always on so that even if you can't see, other people can see you.

Cars, especially modern cars, are amazing examples of mechanical and electrical safety backups, protective mechanisms, and low-waste redundant systems.  You can lose cylinders from the engine without disturbing the others, the engine won't stop running even if everything connected to the battery blows out, the brakes will still function even if the electronic controls fail, etc.

Just because you're ignorant of how things work doesn't mean they aren't well-designed.  Albeit your ignorance is a good illustration of  why they're designed that way, people careless enough to operate a motor vehicle without even knowing its most basic safety features are exactly why we have to over-engineer everything.

uh huh....

[www.electronics123.net image 350x263]

I believe that is what they call (technically)... a single point of failure.


Here's another one:
thumbs2.ebaystatic.com
 
2014-03-19 08:15:53 AM  
If there are wipers on the camera lenses, I'm OK with this. If not, he's one good puddle away from death.
 
2014-03-19 08:20:17 AM  
Oh sure, THIS guys rolls around in a blacked out van full of cameras and he's "quirky". I try it ONE time and now have to plan a route to work that doesn't take me within 1/4 mile of a school or park...
 
2014-03-19 08:20:28 AM  

Jim_Callahan: profplump: fusillade762: What happens at 70mph on the freeway when the video cuts out?

What would you do if your headlights failed at 70 MPH? Braking seems like a good first step in either situation.

Not that I think this is a good idea, I'm just saying we regularly put ourselves situations where sudden electrical failure could be quite dangerous, and where no readily available redundancy exists. Just because this is a different scenario than the ones you're used to doesn't inherently make it any more dangerous.

Headlights have a double redundancy:  Firstly, there are two of them, where you only need one to see at night.  They're wired separately so the only thing that could take them out at once is the entire electrical system blowing out (it has its own redundancies as well, the most obvious being the fuse-box that causes components to fail on a one-by-one basis).  Secondly, in modern cars "fog" lights are always on so that even if you can't see, other people can see you.


They can still fail. I had a headlight burn out on the autobahn while going about 200 kph. 5 minutes later the second one burned out. Fun. The autobahn is unlit almost everywhere (unlike Belgium where you can drive without headlights at night)

But with the monitor failure at 70 mph? No biggie in my opinion. I don't immediately forget what the road was like in front of me meaning I could stop without crashing into stuff. Nevermind that I don't approve of having no front sight or all around sight while driving and it would be completely against the law here, but I could still stop my car if the monitor  went offline.
 
2014-03-19 08:26:30 AM  
this guy's a walking episode of doctor who
 
2014-03-19 08:31:19 AM  

BigDamn: Expecting Kreiger-san's van.
/disappointed


So was I, so here we both go.

cdn.uproxx.com
 
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