As frivolous as most of this post is, this (~45min) video here about a high-functioning Autistic woman named Temple Grandin (who designed the "hug machine" above) is actually pretty interesting.
Well I am certainly glad I saw Arrival so that I get the wug joke in http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=29480#more-29480
Saw "Arrival". It did have some nontrivial linguistics content, but it still felt kind of wrapped up in a discernible layer of Hollywood Woo. The…
Had some dinner at Aliada with akiva and sasha and K, and afterwards saw Herzog's "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" in Socrates park. Enjoyably bleak.