Weekly round up - John C. Kirk
Jul. 8th, 2002
12:28 am - Weekly round up
Well, been a quietly productive weekend. I've got my new CD burner installed, nailed a few cables to the ceiling in our hallway here, done laundry, etc. Nothing too exciting, but all stuff that needed doing.
After my entry last week, I've swapped emails etc. with a few other people. Basically, it does look like I have Asperger's Syndrome, which probably isn't ideal. However, I still haven't decided on the best way to handle it. I've just been reading a book about it: "A survival guide for people with Asperger Syndrome". Not to sound callous, but when the website starts by saying "The author is dead", that doesn't bode well... Still, there were some useful points in there, either because they were directly helpful, or because they acted as a springboard for discussion.
Looking at the Further reading page at the end of that book, it has links to a couple of books about body language. However, when I went to the Amazon page for the first one, it offers a deal if you buy it with "How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You". That really does sound like Arnold Rimmer territory, particularly from the first Red Dwarf novel (he uses techniques like turning his wrists towards the audience to make them trust him), so I'm rather dubious about it.
As far as my own body language goes, I probably come across as being a bit clumsy at times. However, I have been a lot more graceful in the past, particularly when I used to do aerobics on a regular basis. I've lost quite a bit of weight in the last couple of years, which is good, so I feel more comfortable about my body. Michelle gave me some juggling lessons a while back, but I haven't practiced lately, so I think I'll try that again, now I have more time on my hands.
I think the main thing I have trouble with is a combination of body language and boundaries (another thing that guy mentions in his book), i.e. physical contact. For instance, I see other people hugging each other etc. from time to time (friends rather than couples), but that's not something I'm confident enough to initiate myself. Still, when I know people well, I gradually get more comfortable, e.g. I don't feel the need to apologise anymore if I accidentally brush fingers with one of my flatmates when we're passing plates around or whatever.
No word back from Kings yet about the MSc. It's been less than a week, so that's not really a problem, and hopefully it bodes well, i.e. I haven't automatically been rejected. Mind you, that logic didn't apply to Imperial, but hey. My main concern is that I didn't include a postcard for them to acknowledge that they'd received it, since I was dropping it off in person, but since the office was empty, I didn't actually give it to anyone directly. With Imperial, after I got my postcard back, I had a form letter saying "We've received your application, and we'll be in touch". If I don't get anything like that tomorrow (Monday), then I'll send them a quick email to check that everything's ok.