|I don't know what others may think, but I think this is one of my best pastels, and there are almost 150 of them online.|
It's only a monochrome sketch, but here I achieved what I was trying for, a convincing rendering of rocky textures. There is a center of interest, one stone that is a bit brighter and more detailed than the others.
I've just repaired the image, using GIMP to compensate for loss of contrast in scanning.
(The following is an excerpt from The Secret Lives of INTPs. I release this chapter into the public domain.)
In INTP and INTJ internet communities, the question of a link between Asperger’s and type comes up over and over again. Several responses typically appear, namely:
- “Suppose that Asperger’s is simply INT taken to an extreme?”
- “I’m an INT and I have this problem.”
- “You’re misdiagnosed.”
- “I’m an INT and I have a sibling/acquaintance/friend who has this problem and there is definitely something wrong there.”
- “I know someone with Asperger's and I don't think they're an INT.”
The reason that these questions keep coming up over and over is that many of the descriptions of Asperger's Syndrome symptoms read like a checklist for how to identify an INTP.
- Lack of social skills? - Oh yeah.
- Lack of empathy? - Depends on how hard the T in INTP is.
- Flat, formal, advanced speech? - Yes
- Obsessed with learning about certain interest areas - Absolutely
- Talk a lot about their favorite subject - If you can find someone who will listen...
- Above average sensitivity to tastes, noises, lights, etc – Has been found to describe all introverts: a drop of lemon juice placed on the tongue will cause an introvert to salivate more than an extravert. (1)
- Measurable associations with math and science - No question about it
Yet there are also some symptoms which do seem to be exceptions to the INTP description, particularly a strong emphasis on details, which would seem to indicate Sensing, and a strong liking for an unvarying daily routine, which would seem to indicate Judging.
Type and/or Disorder?
Chester (INTJ) (2006) published a descriptive study in which he attempted to ascertain what sort of overlap there might be between ITPs and Asperger’s. He examined 19 Asperger's symptoms to see if there was any resemblance to known type characteristics. Significantly, he not only compared the characteristics of well-developed types, but also of poorly developed types.
The symptoms he assessed were as follows:
For well-developed types:
A preference for being alone; leading a solitary lifestyle; “spacing out (involuntarily);” “shutting out, blocking (deliberately);” having a hyperaroused nervous system; being unaware of the outside world; communicating in an associative manner; thinking in an associative manner; proceeding from specifics to generalities; thinking in pictures; lack of social skills; a limited choice of careers; “relentless reading;” perseveration; and immaturity.
There appears to be evidence supporting a relationship between type INTP and Asperger's. Whether this relation is a matter of definition, degree, or actual concurrence remains to be seen. The question of misdiagnosis should be taken very seriously, since some of the treatments for autism have been determined to be "torture" by civil rights groups, and the victims of "therapy" show symptoms of fullblown PTSD. Though many of the grossest abuses have been ended (not including electroshock, which continues), many less obvious cruelties continue. As one person who was questionably diagnosed with Asperger's and sent to a "special school" for the handicapped recalled recently, "To this day, I have nightmares that I am back in that school." He states, "I never felt like I had symptoms severe enough to warrant a diagnosis of Asperger's."
Arthur "Boo" Radley is a mysterious character in To Kill a Mockingbird and slowly reveals himself throughout the novel. Boo Radley is a very quiet, reclusive character, who doesn't actively present himself until Jem and Scout's final interaction with Bob Ewell.
Maycomb children believe he is a horrible person, due to the rumors spread about him and a trial he underwent as a teenager. It is implied during the story that Boo is a very lonely man who attempts to reach out to Jem and Scout for love and friendship, for instance leaving them small gifts and figures in a tree knothole. Scout finally meets him at the very end of the book, when he saves the children's lives. Scout describes him as being sickly white, with a thin mouth and hair, and grey eyes, almost as if he were blind. During the same night, when Boo whispers to Scout to walk him back to the Radley house, Scout takes a moment to picture what it would be like to be Boo Radley. While standing on his porch, she realizes his "exile" inside his house is really not that lonely.
Boo Radley's heroics in protecting the children from Bob Ewell are covered up by Atticus, Sheriff Tate, and Scout. This can be read as a wise refusal of fame. As Tate notes, if word got out that Boo killed Ewell, Boo would be inundated with gifts and visits, calamitous for him due to his reclusive personality. The precocious Scout recognizes the danger: renown would "kill the mockingbird". Boo Radley is a ghost who haunts the book yet manifests himself at just the right moments in just the right way. He is, arguably, the most potent character in the whole book and as such, inspires the other key characters to save him when he needs saving.
After the Tom Robinson trial, Jem and Scout have a different understanding of Boo Radley. “Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time… it's because he wants to stay inside." (23.117) Having seen a sample of the horrible things their fellow townspeople can do, choosing to stay out of the mess of humanity doesn’t seem like such a strange choice.
When Boo finally does come out, he has a good reason: Bob Ewell is trying to murder the Finch children. No one sees what happens in the scuffle, but at the end of it, Ewell is dead and Boo carries an unconscious Jem to the Finch house. Finally faced with Boo, Scout doesn’t recognize him at first, but suddenly realizes who he is. Boo Radley is played by Robert Duvall in the movie.
I claim to be a professional artist, because I have actually sold a few paintings, though none recently.|
Favourite genre of music: anything but rock or grand opera. By "rock" I mean any of various contemporary genres, including rap, heavy metal, techno etc, characterized by raucous monotony. I don't include jazz.
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams
Favourite style of art: abstract (algorithmic or mathematical), not "abstract"
Operating System: Linux, Ubuntu distribution
MP3 player of choice: vlc
Shell of choice: bash (Bourne Again Shell), Python
Wallpaper of choice: Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526 (see webcam)
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin (& Hobbes)