How Can You Avoid Repetitive Behaviors in Autism?

Repetitive behavior is something that Alex does daily. More especially with numbers and phrases…almost to the point of getting angry if he thinks we don’t hear him. We have tried, and still trying to break this cycle. It does get irritating and monotonous, but we never want to start tuning him out. He does show a lot of social skills and independence in some areas, so we don’t want to discourage that, either.

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Malawian Teen Taught Himself How To Build A Windmill For His Villiage…From Junk

An incredible and inspiring young man. He is a credit to his family and village! If there is anything to take away from this, it’s that you should never hold back or give up on helping your fellow man, no matter how big or small you can contribute.

Also, I hope this act of love will be a wake-up call to those who can reach out to under-developed areas…such as musician Akon has done, and help where they can.

Image: Science Times

When Is The Right Time For Hospice Care?

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End of life is something no one likes to discuss, and don’t usually plan for until they have no alternative. It is certain, at least to me, that you can’t really plan too far ahead, because the details of the hospice care can vary with situation.

Walt Disney’s Introduction of His Multi-Plane Camera (Feb. 13, 1957)

The late Walt Disney, and his studios, are the first name that comes to mind, when thinking of animation. I always knew that his films were painstakingly drawn out, frame by frame, in a process that could sometimes take years.

But, I had no idea they developed new methods and technology to improve the visual aspects of their films (plus save a ton of production time and cost).  I knew how they made 3-D images (I don’t know the proper term for the process), where you can place clear slides between objects to create depth…but I thought that was for stills. It could be carried over for MOVIES TOO. Here is a better explanation of how the process works:

“What is a multi-plane camera? As the name suggests, it is a camera that shoots into many different planes. But what it is to animation is visual magic. By animators separating scenes into multiple levels, the can animate each level at different speeds, or at differing levels of focus or light. Typically, the level furthest from the camera is not moved, and each successive layer closer to the camera moves across the view of the camera at a faster speed. In the process, an illusion of three-dimensional is created. Picture looking out your car as you speed down the freeway; the guard rail is a blur, the houses next to the freeway move by fast, those in the distance seem to move slower and the mountains in the distance hardly move at all. This is what was being duplicated in animation on a multi-plane camera.”

(Source: Big Cartoon News)

Maybe it looks simple to any modern animator (perhaps its still being done by some…who knows),  but it’s still nostalgic…and I love nostalgia. Enjoy.

P.S. I also didn’t know Walt Disney referred to his works as cartoons…surprised me!!

Walt Disney and animators with the Multi-Plane Camera


Here’s an example of the finished product, the first short Disney Studios created with the process: