The Dyslexic Advantage

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I was intrigued by this book, because I am dyslexic.  I still struggle with telling certain letters apart, if they are not in the context of a word.  I also have difficulty figuring out which side is my right and which is my left.  Over the years, I developed little tricks that allow me to overcome these problems.

The book gives a brief overview of dyslexia and how the brain of dyslexics processes things differently.  Those differences can create problems in certain areas; however, they also allow people with dyslexia to thrive in other areas.

The advantages or abilities discussed in this book are not in spite of dyslexia.  These advantages are a direct result of dyslexia.

  • People with dyslexia tend to be excellent story tellers and are extremely creative.
  • People with dyslexia have a greater ability to process 3-D images in their brain and determine how those images will function in the real world.
  • People with dyslexia often see patterns, relationships, and associations that are missed by those without dyslexia.
  • People with dyslexia have greater long-term memory abilities, especially when dealing with events or things in a story format.
  • People with dyslexia often have a greater ability to predict future outcomes, based on cause and effect processing.

The authors of the book also questioned labeling dyslexics as having a learning disability.  In reality, those with dyslexia tend to be highly intelligent.  They just process information differently.

The authors also believe our education system is doing a great disservice to dyslexics by trying to force them to learn in the same manner as those without dyslexia.

Blogging Makes You Smarter

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I bought this t-shirt from Amazon, because I enjoy blogging and I agree with the message.  Blogging is a great way to develop new skills and it can even make you smarter.

  • Blogging increases creativity, since you are always on the look out for new material, stories, artwork, or photography to share with your followers.
  • Blogging improves your writing skills and each post must be edited for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Blogging requires a certain amount of computer skills.
  • Blogging also results in the need to conduct research and increases knowledge on various topics.

There are a lot of benefits to blogging.  If you have others to add to my list, let me know in the comment section.

Time Traveling Birthday

I devised a plan to travel back in time and make myself one year younger.

Last night, I was walking around downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The clock rolled over to midnight (EST) and it was 10 September, which is my birthday.  I had just turned 44 years old.

At that point, my friends and I hopped into my Jeep and drove west for about 30 minutes.  The clock jumped back one hour, because we changed time zones to CST.

It was 11:30 p.m. and the date was 9 September.  It was the day before my birthday and once again I was 43 years old.  I had successfully traveled back in time and made myself a year younger.  Unfortunately, it only lasted for 30 minutes.

Oh well, that’s how it goes.  The time travel trip was a ton of fun and something I will remember for the rest of my life.

365 Blog Topic Ideas – Book Review

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At times, I feel like my mind is overflowing with ideas.  I can write for hours in a state of frenzy.  My brain is buzzing with blog topics.

There are also times when I can’t come up with a single blog topic.  I look inside myself and there is nothing, except for cobwebs and crickets.  During these phases, I feel compelled to look for inspiration.

I have purchased several books on developing blog post ideas.  My absolute favorite is 365 Blog Topic Ideas by Dana Fox.  The book is full of useful ideas that can be adapted to any niche.  As things change in your life, you can revisit this book and discover new ways of using the same topic.

The book is a great resource and it sits in a prominent place on my bookshelf.

 

What is an Artist?

I just finished the art history class at Kahn Academy.  During the first lesson, the instructor defined an artist as, “someone who is particularly insightful about their own cultural moment.”

I find that definition to be a bit restrictive.  I think an artist is someone who expresses themselves in a creative way or someone who has a unique perspective on the world around them and shares that perspective with other people.

I have a tendency to find beauty in the mundane and my favorite form of expression is photography.  As you can see, I will take photos of random flowers, animals, and even bugs.

I don’t think my photography says anything about my “cultural moment.”  I think it just reflects on how much beauty is in the world and my attempt to share that beauty with others.

 

TECH Zombies (A Sci-Fi Zombie Story)

I posted this story almost a year ago and I have gained a lot of followers since that time.  I thought I would share it again and I hope everyone enjoys it.

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I’m Adam Link and I was born in 2124.  At the time of my birth, the government was conducting experiments to create a superhuman race.  Everyone was lining up to receive the cognitive enhancement brain implant.

This implant enhanced human cognitive abilities, increased longevity, and regulated bodily systems (for example:  the chip would send a notification if your blood pressure was high).  Those who received the implant, were known as TECH Humans.

My parents were a part of a small group known as the Purist.  They believed the human race should remain pure (without technological enhancements).  When I was born, they refused to allow the doctors to give me the implant.

Everyone thought my parents were crazy.  How would I survive in a world full of TECH humans?  How will I ever become a successful or productive member of society?  Basically, everyone believed the best I could hope for was to become a janitor.

Twenty years later, a routine upgrade was being done on all TECH humans.  However, something went terribly wrong.  The chip started killing their physical bodies, but the chip also remained functioning.  Dead people were walking around, without a conscious and reduced to their base animalistic nature.  This was the beginning of the TECH Zombie War.

Purist from all over the nation gathered together and tried to devise a plan to deal with the situation.  TECH Zombies were killing everything in their path and it looked like the human race was about to face extinction.

It was a horrible time.  We went scrounging for food or supplies, but many of us were killed in the process.  Hope was failing fast.

The only way of stoping the TECH Zombies was to destroy the chip.  I realized our only hope of survival was to create a virus that could destroy all the chips at the same time.  However, the main upgrade system was in the heart of the city.  To get to the building we would have to fight our way through a hoard of TECH Zombies.

My parents had put a lot of effort into my education, so I was able to create the virus.  Every Purist that was able to fight willingly joined the crusade.  We used every weapon that was available to us and created armor out of scape metal to protect us during the battle.

The fighting was fierce and it took several hours to get to the upgrade center.  Finally we made into the building.  We had to use a makeshift explosive to get into the main hall.  A lot of people died to get us this far, but we never thought about stoping our mission.

I uploaded my virus into the system and prayed for a miracle.  I was looking out the window at the TECH Zombies and all of a sudden they started thrashing about and then they all collapsed into a heap.

I was screaming, “It worked.  It worked.”  The human race will be saved and now we can start rebuilding.

To all the people that thought I would grow up to become a janitor, in a way they are correct.  The TECH Humans left a mess that I will be in charge of cleaning.  However, I am not just a janitor.  I am also the savor of the plant.  I am Adam Link, the hope for future generations of humans.