Aubrie Lee

Namer by trade, engineer by training, artist at heart.

_@aubrielee.com

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about me

I have a rare form of muscular dystrophy. The more I use my muscles, the weaker they get. Some of the basics:


  • I can’t smile. If you smile at me and I don’t smile back, trust that I’m smiling with my heart.

  • I’m hard of hearing. I rely on lip reading and closed captions.

  • I have an accent of sorts. Ironically, even though I read lips, my lips don’t move when I talk. It may take you some time to understand my speech.

  • I’ve been using a power wheelchair full-time since I was a teenager. People tend to stand to my side when they talk to me, but it’s tough for me to turn my body to face them. You can face me directly, don’t worry. If you’re worried about being run over, I’m actually less likely to run you over if you’re where I can see you.

Not every disabled person likes to be asked about their disabilities, but if you meet me, you’re welcome to ask me questions. I’m Disabled and proud, and I want us all to include disability in more conversations.

Let’s have a conversation about:


  • Disability justice
  • Self-improvement
  • Neuroscience, metacognition, consciousness, lucid dreaming, mind management
  • Systems theory, behavioral science, sociology, social change
  • Philosophy, metaphysics
  • Riddles, lateral thinking
  • Linguistics, polyglottery, wordplay, humor

Let’s work together on:


  • Making a 3D-animated film
  • Building cripcorps.com into a collective disability justice blog
  • Playing Pictionary Telephone, the best party game in the world

If you're curious, I wrote a life plan with more detail. I call it my Archiridion.

The signs of my designs are chirality, tapers, and inversions.


  • Chirality is a concept I first learned in my premed studies. Like a person’s two hands, molecules can be mirror images of each other. Chiral forms are alike but unique. When I use spirals in my work, I’m very conscious of whether they’re right-handed or left-handed.

  • Tapers are gradients of size. I use tapers in serpent tails and kite points.

  • Inversions are rotationally symmetric. A cubic curve looks the same when viewed at 0º as at 180º. My signature is an ambigram—it can never be upside-down.

by me

2015


  • To expect something is to believe that it will happen.
  • To have heightened expectations is to overestimate an event’s probability
  • To have lowered expectations is to underestimate an event’s probability.
  • For the following three cases, consider an event that is desirable.

The Case of Happiness

  • To hope is to have heightened expectations of fate.
  • If the expected event does not happen, one feels disappointment.
  • If the expected event does happen, one feels entitled to it.
  • Therefore, hope is harmful.

  • To despair is to have lowered expectations of fate.
  • If the expected event does not happen, one is not disappointed.
  • If the expected event does happen, it becomes a blessing.
  • Therefore, despair is safe.

The Case of Confidence

  • To believe that one will succeed is to have heightened expectations of oneself.
  • One’s performance may benefit from this self-confidence.
  • However, one’s performance may suffer from overconfidence.

  • To believe that one will fail is to have lowered expectations of oneself.
  • One’s performance may benefit from this self-liberation.
  • However, one’s performance may suffer from this self-deprecation.

The Case of Judgment

  • To believe in another is to have heightened expectations of the other.
  • The other may rise to one’s expectations.
  • However, the other may fall short of them and cause one’s disillusionment.

  • To doubt another is to have lowered expectations of the other.
  • One may be pleasantly surprised when the other proves worthy.
  • However, one may be too prejudiced to see when the other is worthy.

The Theory’s Therefore

  • Be not an optimist, who expects what the universe cannot give.
  • Be not a pessimist, who cannot give to the universe what it deserves.
  • Be neutral.

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