Category Archives: Product Reviews

Cheap Sunglasses Stopped My Migraines

I’m not saying this will work for everybody but cheap tinted glasses from www.zenni.com have changed my life. Doctor’s couldn’t help me but my amber glasses stop my chronic headaches/migraines caused by bad lighting/light sensitivity.

My glasses are amber, but some people like blue, pink, or green. Some may need darker glasses and others may only need a slight tinting. Please be aware you may go through SEVERAL pair of glasses before you find the ones that work for you – IF this works for you. It may not work for everybody.

 

A Neurodivergent View of Netflix’s Atypical

I did it! On a long car ride across Texas, David at the wheel, I managed to sit through the entire first, 38-minute episode, of Atypical, titled Antartica.

Let me start by saying that Atypical is a show about autism. It is not made to be a show for autistic people, despite autism being the main theme of the TV show.

Netflix’s new show Atypical has been creating quite a stir in the online autism community. The story is supposed to be told from an autistic person’s perspective, but many people are upset with the show’s apparent lack of neurodiverse representation both on and off screen.

Autistic advocates were most frustrated over the autistic main character, Sam. Many expressed wishes for autistic characters to be portrayed by autistic actors. As expected, Sam’s character is basically just a DSM checklist of every possible autistic stereotype imaginable.

In the first episode, I am already put off by the complaining from the mother character. Hopefully, she’ll take responsibility for her own actions, stop holding her son back, and quit complaining about how much of a burden autistic people are in future episodes.

We’ll skip past all of the completely unrealistic, WTF moments, such as the “brain donation question”, the “sex with a random older female stranger”, and the illogical “bedroom assault”. (Nothing about that first “sex scene” is even believable.)

Atypical is a painfully typical coming of age comedy. It has a very basic family teenage drama dynamic, complete with predictable plot lines focused on teen sex and surviving high school.

Every show needs comic relief and the writers of Atypical have managed to do a great job placing autism front and center as the butt in most of its jokes, because it’s fun to laugh at other people’s difficulties.

Between the poor representation and the bad acting, the first episode of Atypical was one of the most cringeworthy things I’ve come across in a very long time. One was enough. I’ve got no plans to watch another episode any time soon.

Sorry Netflix, that is a big “NO!” from me.

What do you think? Did you like Atypical? Should autistic characters in film and TV be played by autistic actors?

Check out the tag #actuallyAtypical on Twitter for more autistic opinions on the show.

Answering YOUR Questions!

I’ve got an exciting update! I read each and every comment, email, and question. However, don’t always have time to respond back to them all. To make things more efficient, I’m going to start answering your questions in my videos!

My Experience with Cafe Press

This past week readers on Facebook and Instagram asked if I had stickers with my logo for sale. The ones I had on hand were printed for personal use and I had not found a solution to sell them – yet.

I spent the weekend in a hyper-focused state, eyes glued to the computer screen as I dragged and clicked the items into place. Finally, after WAY too many hours in the same position, the Neurodivergent Rebel store was born!

My experience with Cafe Press – Check out the video for a few learning lessons.

Store – http://www.cafepress.com/neurodivergentrebel

 

Where Can I Find That? – Affordable Fidgets

I love sharing my favorite products and finds. From time to time people ask “Where’d you get that?” This week I share some affordable and highly rated fidget / stim tools.

 

 

Think Ink Pen – $12.99 with FREE shipping through Amazon Prime.

  • Made of Premium stainless steel, the magnetic metal pen can be twist, spin, side and flex smoothly and discreetly.

 

 

Flippy Key Chain (2 Pieces) – $7.79 with FREE Prime shipping

  • Pocket sized and durable. The perfect way to stay focused quietly discreetly.

 

 

Fidget Cube – $8.95 with FREE Amazon Prime shipping

  • Made with high-quality plastic, our fidget cube is designed to travel easily in your pocket.

 

 

Fidget Dodecagon – 12 Sided Fidget – $13.99 with FREE Amazon Prime shipping

  • 12 SIDES TO FIDGET WITH: clicker buttons; a joystick; a light-switch flip; a flat, worry stone-like surface; gears and a rolling ball; and a spinning dial.

 

 

Desktop Magnetic Sculpture – $9.99 with FREE Amazon Prime shipping

  • Desktop Magnetic Sculpture with Set of 170 stainless steel balls of different sizes and a magnetic base.

 

 

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty, Mixed By Me Thinking Putty Kit – $19.99 & FREE Prime shipping

  • Kit includes 5 tins of clear putty, 3 color-concentrated putties, 3 special-effects putties, 6 colored pencils, 5 customizable tin labels, & mixing mat.

 

 

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty – Super Magnetic Strange Attractor – $14.97 & FREE Prime shipping through Amazon.com

  • Deep black with subtle green sparkles, this slightly stiffer Thinking Putty has a mind of its own. Near a powerful magnet it comes alive.

 

 

Elongdi Fidget Spinner Aluminum Durable EDC Hand Spinner – $16.99 with FREE Amazon Prime Shipping

  • Unlike other plastic spinners, this product is made of premium aluminum. It has a brushed Metal face for durability. Grooved design perfectly fits your hand/fingers.

 

 

Vicus Rexx Fidget Hand Spinner – $14.97 with FREE shipping through Amazon Prime.

  • Better Grip Caps & Ceramic Bearings For More Satisfying Spin

 

Finally a Discrete Fidget Tool For Adults

Fidget Spinners are blowing up right now. It is funny to see these toys go mainstream. Those flashy pieces are not for everyone.

If you prefer a more refined, grownup looking, focusing tool, this could be a better option.

Find it HERE on Amazon.

(Warning: Metal clicking/scraping sound – sorry.)