Dyslexia actually has some advantages…

Fancy that now….so there is actually a sugar coating to the misery of depression, poor self esteem and lack of self confidence, general under-achievement and serious anger issues that I like many other dyslexic have been left with thanks to our unpleasant brush with formal education. (I’m not including University in this, my uni experiences are almost all highly positive.)

Quite a few dyslexia-positive sites will give lists of the numerous advantages we have but I found the best summary at Dyslexia Advantage, they’d even got a nice acroynm for it, MIND. Apparently your avarage dyslexic won’t exhibit all of these traits but will definitely have one, maybe two if they’re lucky.

Material Reasoning – Reasoning about the position, form and movement of objects in 3d space.

I’ve heard some people describe having video screens in their minds. Personally it’s more like I’ve got an entire film studio complete with multilpe stage sets, lighting and atmospheric control, a few crew, actors, everything you can imagine…and all of it I can manipulate at the drop of a hat.

Interconected Reasoning The ability to spot, understand and reason about connections and relationships.

Absolutely essential for true creative thinking, out-of-the-box creativity. Take two unrelated and apparently incompatible things and put them together in new and interesting ways…and probably why writing cross-over fanfiction really appeals to some people. I will admit it I read things and then think “oh but this would be brilliant crossed with…” Things just click together in new and exciting ways.

Narrative Reasoning Ability to reason using fragments of memory formed from past personal experience.

I’m not sure I quite understand this one, I’m pretty certain I don’t do this.  At all.

Dynamic ReasoningAbility to accurately predict using patterns derived through experincing the future or the unwitnessed past.

Apart from sounding like clairvoyance I suspect that this one is probably very useful for business and the like, being able to think several moves ahead of everyone around you, or how about playing chess…



Batman v Superman


I went to see it on the 25th in 3d and…seriously I need to see it again I think before I can really give a good opinion of it, plus I’m definitely going to view it in 2d next time.

My eyesight and the 3d-ness weren’t always compatible, with things on the screen appearing double in places. One of the trials of being short-sighted, it’s bad enough wearing one pair of glasses, but two?

One thing I am very clear on is that the critics are very wrong, this is not a terrible movie. It is a very dense film that makes no allowences for viewers who are unfamiliar with the source material. You also have to be on your toes as it jumps from character view-point to character view-point. Fall asleep, lose concentration, miss anything at all and you’ll be left wondering what the heck is going on.

It is also very much a DC movie, richly gothic and dark and dramatic and brooding in a way that Marvel’s comics never are, which I think makes a nice contrast. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t lighter moments, like Alfred’s bemoaning the lack of little Waynes running around, and just his general verbal poking of Bruce.

That leads me to the acting, which was brilliant. Affleck got the Bat down in a way that I don’t think anyone has managed before, Cavill was great too, but I really enjoyed Gadot. She really came over brilliantly as this metahuman who was sort of living among humanity but slightly removed, but then things starting happening and Wayne susses her out and she gets drawn back into really living rather than just exsisting. Her conscience won’t allow her to do anything else.

Oh yes, and Lex Luthor is just about the mose twisted evil psychotic sack of dnakey poo ever. You only realise just how far he’d gone plotting and setting everything up to his owns ends somewhere near the end of the film.

It appears I have an opinon afterall…but yes, I need to see it again but preferably in 2d.