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Old 07-29-2013, 01:29 AM
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T.M.I.
Perhaps you meant T.M.S. (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation). My old friend (and former business partner) John Elder Robison is a New York Times best-selling author who with his writing helped bring Asperger's Syndrome to the public consciousness. Asperger's is on the autism spectrum. I've known John since he was 16, which is about when he dropped out of high school.

Spend some time poking around John's website and by all means buy his books. Adriel and BenzDieselTuner, for you folks who are/might be on the Asperger's end of the autism spectrum, you will learn that you are not alone. "Look Me in the Eye" and "Be Different" are available in paperback. "Raising Cubby" was released this past March. I guarantee that you will have difficulty putting them down.

About John E. Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye

After learning about Asperger's some 15 years ago, John began to focus his amazing concentration on changing his behavior. I didn't know about it until I was reviewing the galley proofs of his brother's book "Running With Scissors" (Augusten Burroughs, also a New York Times best seller, stopped attending school at 13).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpEubnIfZUA

After undergoing T.M.S. John's behavior changed significantly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoxE8_1eeWk

Check out this interview of John by Augusten before the T.M.S. program.

Augusten Burroughs and John Elder Robison - YouTube

and after. Pretty significant difference.

John Elder Robison talks about his autism work with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - YouTube

The T.M.S. program is a part of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye

John now serves on a number of national autism advisory panels and reviews autism grant proposals with researchers from the NIH and the NSF.

About 30 years ago, we started a car business in his garage in western MA as a part-time gig. His day job at that time (no longer building guitars for KISS or sound systems for Pink Floyd) was designing medical laser power supply systems and I was in grad school. He quit his job to do the car gig full time and I finished grad school to do what I did next. Here's a link to his company.

New England?s independent source for sales and service of European automobiles.

Back to the regularly scheduled broadcast, the USPS can track and cancel a postal money order, which you can not do with cash.


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Old 07-29-2013, 02:02 AM
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Too Much Information about peoples inner motivations...
(much prefer mechanical solutions)
i was under the illusion that i was the
only info junky and that all of you were
clever and helpful diesel gurus out on the web to
convert more to the cause...

happy in my ignorance of .... well a lot
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:31 AM
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You should have.... and should....

You sent a WHOLE MONTH'S PAY IN CASH???? Not really brilliant.

You should have paid via PayPal. That way if you didn't receive the item, you're covered, and they refund your money. Quick, easy, safe.

Next, banks have something called "checks". Might want to inquire about those.

There's also this plastic card called "charge cards" that will protect you.

You should file for theft with the post office, so they can track things down. If they get a lot of complaints and can pin all these thefts on one individual, at least they can get rid of him.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:54 PM
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You sent a WHOLE MONTH'S PAY IN CASH???? Not really brilliant.

You should have paid via PayPal. That way if you didn't receive the item, you're covered, and they refund your money. Quick, easy, safe.

Next, banks have something called "checks". Might want to inquire about those.

There's also this plastic card called "charge cards" that will protect you.

You should file for theft with the post office, so they can track things down. If they get a lot of complaints and can pin all these thefts on one individual, at least they can get rid of him.
The seller only accepts cash. The buyer had no other option aside from not purchasing the kit.
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:20 PM
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For 90 cents, he could have sent money trackable

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The seller only accepts cash. The buyer had no other option aside from not purchasing the kit.
90 cents would have gotten him trackable mailing. $3 or $4 or so signed delivery.
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:51 PM
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A couple more $ for insurance then he would be cashing his postal service check and trying again without loss.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:33 AM
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Perhaps you meant T.M.S. (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation). My old friend (and former business partner) John Elder Robison is a New York Times best-selling author who with his writing helped bring Asperger's Syndrome to the public consciousness. Asperger's is on the autism spectrum. I've known John since he was 16, which is about when he dropped out of high school.

Spend some time poking around John's website and by all means buy his books. Adriel and BenzDieselTuner, for you folks who are/might be on the Asperger's end of the autism spectrum, you will learn that you are not alone. "Look Me in the Eye" and "Be Different" are available in paperback. "Raising Cubby" was released this past March. I guarantee that you will have difficulty putting them down.

About John E. Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye

After learning about Asperger's some 15 years ago, John began to focus his amazing concentration on changing his behavior. I didn't know about it until I was reviewing the galley proofs of his brother's book "Running With Scissors" (Augusten Burroughs, also a New York Times best seller, stopped attending school at 13).

Ingenious Minds: John E. Robison - PART 1 of 2 - YouTube

After undergoing T.M.S. John's behavior changed significantly.

Ingenious Minds: John E. Robison - PART 2 of 2 - YouTube

Check out this interview of John by Augusten before the T.M.S. program.

Augusten Burroughs and John Elder Robison - YouTube

and after. Pretty significant difference.

John Elder Robison talks about his autism work with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - YouTube

The T.M.S. program is a part of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye

John now serves on a number of national autism advisory panels and reviews autism grant proposals with researchers from the NIH and the NSF.

About 30 years ago, we started a car business in his garage in western MA as a part-time gig. His day job at that time (no longer building guitars for KISS or sound systems for Pink Floyd) was designing medical laser power supply systems and I was in grad school. He quit his job to do the car gig full time and I finished grad school to do what I did next. Here's a link to his company.

New England?s independent source for sales and service of European automobiles.

Back to the regularly scheduled broadcast, the USPS can track and cancel a postal money order, which you can not do with cash.
I would love to more about this connection and John, but privately probably be best?

I have read "Look me in the eye" and "Be Different" (read in two days), and John has changed my life! I am sorry, feel bad, not recommending them before. When ever I see someone with A.S.D. or they know someone, I tell them to get "Be Different". I even have an extra copy I now am loaning to professors to better understand me. The first was shocked but glad. It is because of John I now understand my "addiction" to auto mechanics and systems. I now embrace the positive and working on the not so positive.

In a rush now, but when I have time and free internet, will look into T.M.S.. Before the brutal assault, I was diagnosed as an Aspie. Afterwards, I was diagnosed with Autism. Think part of the reason is I don't have my memory back after a year and a half, so when tired and/or stressed, I forget the rules.

What does REALLY help is my service dog. With her, sometimes can pass as nypical. Because of her I sold my piece of junk, but much newer and reliable, sedan for the Mercedes.

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You sent a WHOLE MONTH'S PAY IN CASH???? Not really brilliant.

You should have paid via PayPal. That way if you didn't receive the item, you're covered, and they refund your money. Quick, easy, safe.

Next, banks have something called "checks". Might want to inquire about those.

There's also this plastic card called "charge cards" that will protect you.

You should file for theft with the post office, so they can track things down. If they get a lot of complaints and can pin all these thefts on one individual, at least they can get rid of him.
Folks like you are the reason so many nypicals (in this case, includes non-A.S.D. like my cousin, may he rest in peace) commit suicide. Their valuable and talented lost lives and blood is you alls fault, not theirs. Folks like you need to open your eyes and arms and recognize and embrace those who are different. Be it you believe in the Almighty or Natural Selection, there is a reason we exist. We exist at least to add variation to the gene pool, if not something for humanity. I think both, as my Architectural and Landscape designs are more deep/thoughtful/intellectual, to the point most miss it. What is the inverse of a lawn, for example?

My I.Q. is 115, +/- 5, which is above the standard divination of 100. So, the poor decision was not based on intelligence, plus prefer Paypal, but based on the only method to pay and trusting the seller. If you do some digging, one of the issues for nypicals is nativity:we trust WAY more than we should and take it harder when taken advantage of. It is folks like you that make me want to give up on helping, but realize that wouldn't be fair to the majority that care about humanity. I wipe you out of my mind as I wipe my shoe off of dog excrement.

May you one day see your errors and find Shalom!
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:28 AM
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Adriel, I'm not sure what I can offer you here. I am dreadfully sorry to hear that you were brutally attacked and, I gather, sustained significant physical damage to cause this memory loss and need for a service dog. I presume that you are taking full advantage of the counseling services at the university.

I am especially pleased that your professors were/are willing to read "Be Different" to help better understand you. It was with the writing of this book that set John on the path of service to help others understand those on the spectrum; most especially parents and folks like you to help you understand yourselves. Surround yourself with people who love you and continue to walk away from those who ridicule and hate.

I am probably John's best friend. It was painful to see what he had to endure as an adolescent but through strength of character he has succeeded in the car business. We grew up in a liberal college town and this, in combination with my having attended nerd-central MIT, John didn't seem all that weird to me. Just a bit different but very smart and above all, a loyal friend.

He is brutally direct and totally honest with his customers about their cars. Some can't handle that, others have been loyal customers since we started fixing cars in his driveway. He has wisely hired smart women receptionists/assistant service managers to help smooth the customers he has riled.

I asked him recently when he plans to admit to his readership that I started the car business with him. He said that his editor rejected this back-story from inclusion in the latest book. But now you, and others on this forum, know. He now has genuine empathy, which is an amazing evolution. I suppose that he always had it but only now has he learned to express it.

Mary, AKA "Little Bear," still lives in the house in South Hadley. Her oldest brother and I were best friends in high school which is how I came to know John. She was among the few who understood him as described in "Look Me in the Eye." Evidently she is on the spectrum as is their son, Jack, who is the subject of "Raising Cubby." The house is looking better than when we did cars there 30 years ago in part because she made out pretty well on "So You Want to Be a Millionaire."

Mary Robison on Who Wants to be a Millionaire - YouTube

She and Jack recently designed and built an updated Ace Frehley Light Guitar for a KISS fan using modern LED technology. John designed the original, but Mary and Jim Boughton actually built it. She hand soldered the 1000+ connections.

Lit guitar by the people who made them for Ace Frehley (of KISS) - YouTube

His new marriage is working out very well and that aspect of his life is really helping to continue to take the sharp edges off his personality. They headed off to Australia earlier this week to promote the book and speak with various autism advocacy and scholarly groups there.

Be different. Woof.

- Neil

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Following up on my earlier post

My package was delivered in tact by the USPS. Just sharing my experience.

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