Fun with Dyslexia

When someone noticed the problems I have with spelling, she asked if I suffered for dyslexia.  I told her no, that I mostly enjoyed it.  Living with a non linear brain has allowed me to easily grasp concepts like non-Euclidian geometry, random behavior, distribution theory, chaos, and reading a memo on your boss s desk while it is upside down and backwards.  Since I can t write and listen at the same time, I have learned to process new ideas very quickly.

I received an e-mail from Amazon with the subject saying Recessed Lightning Cool, I thought and quickly opened it.  It turned out it was for Recessed Lighting and it was only a bunch of stupid lights, but it made me think about what recessed lightning could be.  So I went to Google and after convincing it I really did mean lightning, I figured it must be weather that keeps a school from letting their students outside for break during a thunder storm.  Or maybe it was those plasma balls used as recessed lighting.  That would make a really cool effect for kitchens.  Think not? Well HGTV has many convinced that a kitchen made entirely of concrete is hip and modern.  Trust me this would catch on.

I looked up plasma balls with led to lighting in a jar which led to making outdoor lighting with mason jars.  So, last night, I got to spend a couple of enlightening (pun intended) mind expanding hours all because I saw a word differently than most.

Oh. by the way. left and right are not strong concepts for me.  Someone told me a trick to stick out my thumbs and index fingers.  The one that forms the L is your left.  A really stupid idea.  You get a different answer with palms up than with palms down.  Or get the same answer on both if one is up and the other is down.  It also requires that you remember which way an L is supposed to go.  I like my solution. When I was 8, I got a really bad scar on my left elbow.  Until it became automatic, when I needed to know left, I would just grab my elbows.  The one on with the scar was left.  Whe tired, I still occasionally catch myself doing it.  Now in no way do I advocate the intentional scaring of young dyslexics.  Maybe tattoo a finger.  If you are sure they will be engineers then tattoo which fingers on the right hand are for current, voltage, flux, and power.

Ps  Here is a Dyslexia joke I made up

Old Mac Donald had dyslexia        O I E E I

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