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Next week, by means of sufficiently advanced statistics, I may be able to reduce the number of chickens being sacrificed at my workplace.

At the train station, on the way home from visiting njh, I met a man who wanted to hire me to help him beat up a used car salesman and his mates. He also had some unfavourable things to say about Monash's open-learning course in accounting.

Athymhormia. Interesting disease.

Incoherent screaming.

Thesis passed.

Stapled walnut leaves to a halloween mask. Tied grass skirts to my knees and elbows. Won Narnia figurines: a child with a sword, a dwarf with a bow, and a large carnivorous predator who symbolises Our Lord Jesus Christ. Yay!

Looks like it was mostly placebo effect. Or some kind of short lasting effect. Oh well.

Commenced taking bupropion. Modafinil has been pooping out on me.

Bupropion is a re-uptake inhibitor for noradrenaline and dopamine. Being able to take any drug that buggers with dopamine directly is unusual. Most anti-depressants, for example, target seratonin and/or noradrenaline. Dopamine is taboo.

I decided to take bupropion because there seems to be some link between dopamine and sociability. A long shot. The last in a series of long shots (in one case asking more of a friend than is fair -- on reflection, doomed to fail whatever they said, it would not have fixed the core problem, just sucked them into it too).

Initial observations: yes, I do seem to be somewhat more sociable. Possibly placebo effect. Also, possibly a stimulant effect (probably noradrenaline related). So take the following comments with a pinch of salt.

Seems like I can make relevant associations more quickly, eg recall names -- I would say this is the major factor affecting sociability. In this respect, it feels similar to the modafinil.

Also, everything gets a bit "glowy". I am reminded of nicotine. I was hoping for this, so possibly a placebo effect.

Slight feeling of fug typical of anti-depressants.

21 Jun 2005 (updated 21 Jun 2005 at 00:31 UTC) »

Hmm, what's been happening?

I officially have Asperger's Syndrome (in the sense of mild autism). I got to see a real live psychologist, did a WAIS-III intelligence test, the whole bit. Apparently I'm freakishly good at duplicating block designs, and rather slow on social reasoning (as measured by a test that requires cards to be arranged in a logical story order).

Took a modafinil holiday last week. Unpleasant, but necessary. It's resensitized me nicely, and probably given my liver a much needed holiday as well. I'm even smiling again, sometimes, and the earth's gravitational field seems to have been reduced significantly.

Oh yeah, and I am making a website that includes a form to create a new species of animal :-). It does not actually create a new species though, just a database record :-(. But it is cute to have a link that says "create new species". The people who will be using the site only rarely create actual new species.

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