Finished Daniel Tammet’s autobiography Born on a Blue Day (2006). He’s got both Asperger’s syndrome and synesthesia. The former is a mild form of autism (so They say, but nothing about it sounds “mild” to me), and the latter makes him associate colors and other physical attributes to numbers (“one” is a bright white light). The volume starts with more on the synesthesia, and ends with more on his life. I kept wondering what the synesthesia is like in his adult life, as I couldn’t find much on that.

Anyway, it’s quite readable if you’re interested.

And an antidote to ponderous reads on the Archaic-Formative transition in Mesoamerica….

Today’s vocabulary:


an aquatic organism able to tolerate a wide range of salinity


  1. mouse's moom says:

    I’ve known some kids with Asperger’s from the theatre guild. They are highly intelligent but they have a lot of struggles. I identify with them. I don’t have autism but on a few of the billions of continuums of traits that constitute a personality, I always feel like I have some tendencies in that direction. Synesthesia to some extent too.
    Sounds like a good book though.

  2. The Master Of THE Universe says:

    I picked up Born on a Blue Day last week but I had to finish other books before I could get to it. I started it on Friday. When I was a freshman at MSU I remember two friends who argued about the colors of the letters of the alphabet and other similar confounding concepts. They had been reluctant to admit their condition since some folks considered it to be a problem.