Blog Archive

All of the blog posts, neatly arrange by year and category… neat


New Bedroom Studio


Like most people, my life has changed a lot over the last year. Between the pandemic, changes to my support routines and various health issues, i’ve had to rethink a lot of my day to day life. One of the areas which has been slowest to change is my home. This post explores how and why I have redesigned my bedroom.

Why i enjoy SnowRunner.


A short review of one of my favourite games and why I like it.

Routine Review & Return to work.


This is a little post about the latest incarnation of my routine, plus some thoughts on how we’re planning my return to work in the coming weeks.

A personal timezone


This is a post about why i’ve adopted an offset timezone and how i hope it can make my life a little easier.

Routines update


The last few weeks have been good. We have been going back to a known good routine. In this post I want to outline the routine we’re using and why it’s been chosen.

5 things I learnt making my mask routine.


Wearing a mask is not quite as simple for me as it for other people. I’ve had a few issues and barriers along the way. This post looks at the barriers and gives 5 things I’ve learnt so far.

The perils of coping mode.


A post exploring coping mode and what’s happened during lockdown.

Getting back to work.


This post outlines my plans for how to get back to work as the lockdown eases and life returns to something totally unlike normal.

It's All Gone.


Today has been really tricky. I don’t think today was tricky because of what has happened today, i think today was tricky because i am coming to terms with one fact above all others. It’s All Gone.

Lockdown Bike Build: Orange Five.


I recently brought an Orange Five frame and built it up as an XC / Trail bike. This is a quick post about why i choose the Five and what i am using it for.

The beanbag zone.


A few days ago I watched a video by CGP Grey called Spaceship You. It’s well worth your time to watch it.

This is an article about how it’s effecting how I am using my home.

#newRoutine Finding my groove


As we head into the forth week of lockdown we’re starting to find a routine that works.

In this post I want to share our plans for the week ahead and ways we’re trying to improve the new routine.

#newRoutine: Illness & Self Isolation


Our experience with illness and isolation during the pandemic.

#newRoutine: Routine tweaking


In the last update I wrote about how expensive transitions have become. Today we started tweaking my routine to remove them.

#newRoutine: Transitions are expensive.


It’s been a few days since we started my new routine and so far it hasn’t gone super well. The routine is new and we’re finding it hard to follow. It’s easy for things to get missed, or for me to run out of energy.

#newRoutine: The Plan So Far


In this post I’m going to share our plan so far for my new routine. The techniques were planning to use and why we are planning to use them.

#NewRoutine: welcome & background


This is the first in a series of posts about my new routine in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

My new Workspace (aka, the cupboard)


I’m extremely excited today. In a few days time i should be able to start working from my new workspace… built inside a converted cupboard!

A damn good day off!


I had a lovely day today. Reflections on why and how I can make it happen more often.

Hybrid Living Version 2.0


A little exploration of how I approach living in many different places.

iPod touch 2019 first impressions


A new useful gadget!

Adopting uniform


A post about why I have started wearing a uniform again.

Principles are hard to keep and easy to loose.


I screwed up. Here’s how and why.

Hybrid living


We’re changing some things with my support and living setup. Here is an outline of what we’re changing and why.

Home Alone Experiments Update.


One of the things i find most challenging is long periods home alone. The pressure too keep safe isn’t high, but it is constant and consumes lots of energy.

To try and make my home a little less complex, we have been trying three different experiments. We have been simplfying my home, compartmentalising risks, and adding passive support.

Experimenting with 5:2 fasting


Exploring weight management using routine friendly methods.

Ability, Capability & Capacity


How I have changed the way I think about my energy in order to improve my life.

£30 Bike Experiment (aka Trax!)


In late November we went to Centre Parcs for a small holiday. It was really fun. As normal the bit i enjoyed most was the cycling. I always get a Trike and take great pleasure in playing postman!

When i got home i was thinking about cycling a lot. I enjoy cycling and own two bikes, but it has been rare for me to ride. I cover at most a few hundred miles per year. Its more than nothing, but not anywhere near enough to make any impact on my health.

Inspried by Centre Parks i started thinking about what i could do to making cycling around near home more sustainable. The bike experiment was born

Highlights of 2018


2018 was a really big year for me. For the last few years I have been recovering from a burnout and operation in 2015. However its a really been the last year where things have started to really come together.

With that in mind, here are some highlights from the last year. Things which have changed or happened which I am grateful for.

RIP Apple Watch. Long live Apple Watch.


I broke my Apple Watch in Vienna on Thursday and replaced it the next day. This is quick post about why I replaced it, and what features drove the decision to replace it rather than going back to my old first gen watch.

All About 1800 Seconds on Autism.


I’ve been making a podcast. Here’s a post all about what we made and why we made it.,

Developing a Den.


Since moving to my new flat about 3 month ago i have been experimenting with how i use my living space.

Most days i spend 20-22 hours in my flat. It’s where i do most of my work and day to day living. This places huge demands on the space to be comfortable, safe and sustainabe

NAS Autism Professionals Conference


My take on the NAS event I’ll be speaking at in a few months time.

When I charge & what I charge


A little exploring of when I charge for presentations and what I charge.

Settling in to my new home.


It feels kind of amazing, but its already been about 6 weeks since i moved into my new home. It’s been a pretty long, but positive transition. In this post i’m going to reflect on what is working well and what will need some future tweaking.

New long term home.


I’ve not written much in 2018. I have been super busy with other autism projects… but more on that in the near future.

Today, i’d like to share some wonderful new. This afternoon i exchanged contracts on a new flat. I should get the keys sometime tomorrow.

I have a new home!

Greenside Adventure.


An amazing day with a few unexpected twists.

Defining support types.


Defining things is a good way to understand them. This post looks at the differences between carer / support worker / babysitter / friend.

Defining concepts for 2018


2018 has had a bit of a rough start. Some things where muddled, this post is all about how we went about un-muddling them.

What's important to me in 2018


I’ve had an incredible end too 2017. I started making a BBC podcast, i’ve traveled to Sweden and around the UK for my work and i even managed to start learning too fly a plane.

With 2018 already underway i wanted to do a quick post to explore what’s important to me in 2018.

Karting, Cycling and Flying.


The last few months have been really great. My support setup is working well and i took some time of work to recharge a little after a few busy months.

I also had my 28th birthday. Here is some of the things i have been up to in roughly chronological order.

Previews of my future.


What I can do when I am staying with friends is a good way of seeing into the future.

Aspie versus Autie can go very wrong indeed.


A topic which comes up from time to time is around the difference between “Aspergers” or “ASD”. Diagnostically the difference is very small (age of speech development), however in other ways the difference is much more pronounced.

Building a visual temperature guage with a BBC Micro:bit.


Many people might find it difficult to know if a room is the correct temperature. For example, parents of young children, or autistic people who have low sensitivity to heat.

I am autistic and i struggle to know if i am “too hot” or “too cold”, so i have built myself a mini tempreture gauge which shows me if the room is hot or cold in a visual icon based way.

Holiday Time.


It’s been a while since i updated, here is some of what i have been up too!

How we approach reducing meltdowns with a variation budget.


Thoughts on Managing Transition Days


This post looks at how i manage the transition between the various places i sleep and how we have made the days less stressful and more productive.

Better speach and upcoming adventures.


The last month has been really positive. We’re really starting to see the positive outcomes which come from getting the right support in place.

My thoughts on Room Scale VR from the autistic perspective.


Autism festival of Swansea.


Over the weekend i had the pleasure of contributing to the Autism Festival a Swansea. I had a really enjoyable time so i wanted to write a little about why i had fun and leave some thoughts about the content and wider angle the conference sent.


Spaced Out & Smiling is about exploring the fun side of Autism, and trying to understand what it means to be Autistically Happy.

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