I was born in The Netherlands in April 1980. I am, among other things, a computer programmer, language enthousiast, science-, history- and space- fan. In my (plentiful) spare time, I partake in knitting, nålebinding, bookbinding, origami and other assorted crafty things. I am a jack-of-all-trades, but master of none. I go with whatever piques my interest at the time.
I believe in minimalism and that the universe does not care what choices you make during your life. What is important is that you make those choices and commit to them. Then live with the consequences, whatever those may be.
I am not a team player and do my best work when left alone to do it in my own way, at my own pace. I have a natural aversion to authority figures and generally live by my own rules.
In February 2009, I was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism. These articles will give you an insight into what that means in my case.
It should be noted that the views expressed in these articles are mine and mine alone. And should therefor not be considered as the defacto standard view for all people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Consider this section a usage manual for me.
The nature of Autism is such that the symptoms it creates vary wildely from one person to the next. Just like any other human being, no two autists are ever the same. Some aspects may apply to others as well, but it is always a good idea never to make any assumptions in these matters. If you want to be sure how your resident autist experiences the world, then simply ask them. They, almost certainly, won’t bite.
It should also be noted that some of the character traits discussed in these articles may not necessarily have anything to do with Autism, but are simply part of who I am. I include them anyway because they are just as important in defining me as the A.S.D. traits are.