The answer to the title question is "YES", some are. There are scientific peer-reviewed articles about that kind of thing. If you are interested, click on the link below:

The savant syndrome

  1. Treffert, D. A. (2009). The savant syndrome: an extraordinary condition. A synopsis: past, present, future.
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 364(1522), 1351–1357.

An interesting thing about one of the authors of that paper is that he has a FaceBook page here:

Darold Treffert FaceBook Page


Blue Wizard and Native Slovakian talking about the Wizard of Oz

I should probably take an Astronomy Class because that thing about the Sun and Solstice is technically more complicated than that.

Hostel Reviews. and think they have a virtual monopoly on these, so I periodically might provide a few that I was prohibited from giving before.

It was like a Tower of Babel in Bratislava, Slovakia on 13 March 2018, so it seems appropriate to include a photo and a description of that painting by Pieter Bruegel, "The Tower of Babel" here. My Jahreskarte does not expire until 28 March 2018, and I already asked for permission to post photos that I have taken at the museum on this website.

I got a response from the Museum. I hope that only applies to the Museum photos and not the audio and video recordings:

Sehr geehrter Herr Scotti,

von unserer Seite bestehen keine Einwände, dass Sie die Ihnen vorliegenden Fotos auf Ihrem Blog verwenden.
Allerdings ist eine finanzielle Zuwendung nicht möglich.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx

The Tower of Babel by Bruegel -  Painting The Tower of Babel by Bruegel -  Description

  1. Audio recording of conversation with a person answering the intercom at the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in Bratislava. I wanted to follow up on a police report that I filed last year there at the Kelleti Railroad Station, and I asked for directions to the US Embassy.

  2. Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in Bratislava. I still need to e-mail them a part of the report, but they should still have the whole thing and then some.

  3. Audio recording of conversation with someone answering the intercom, after business hours, at the Austrian Embassy, not the Consulate.

  4. This one is a little disturbing, I prefaced my remarks by saying I was going to vent my anger at an innocent victim. I am sorry.

  5. Audio recording of conversation with a Zeitung vendor at AKH in Vienna, Austria the other day. This one is sort of funny.

  6. Zeitung Vendor at AKH

  7. Funny skit at the local Post Office in Bratislava were I eventually got a MoneyGram. I actually eventually did get some people to go into shock and laugh by enlisting the help of Google Translate to speak with the native speakers there who do not speak English.

  8. Dinner time at the Brickyard Hostel. There are people from all over the world staying there, and supper time is often the best time to have a conversation because it takes time to cook food. There is this person at the front desk who has a British or Scottish accent. If he did not claim that he is Slovakian I would have guessed that he is actually British or Scottish. I think that he may have some British friends, and it seems like he watches a lot of television shows and videos from England. He is already familiar with Monty Python, and it seems like he would be a natural to actually guest star in a skit for a Monty Python episode.

Brickyard Hostel / Images

Brickyard Hostel

Brickyard Hostel Photos

Kronen Zeitung Daily E-mail LogoKronen Zeitung Daily E-mail, Some BlueWizard: Blue Wizards from shadowofwar dot wikia dot com, see Blue Wizards

. . . and maybe one of these . . . Digital Nomad

Other interesting news outlets:

Kyiv Post Online Logo Guardian International Online Logo

The New York Times Logo The Washington Post Logo

The Economist Logo

Heute Logo Kurier Logo

Local Time in Vienna, Austria when this text was rendered: 03/18/2018 06:34:14 am

Guten Morgen! (Good Morning!)

Experimenting around with Google Translate and with Editing a little more. Excuse me if there is a factual error or if it sounds funny.

Staying with translations into multiple languages so that maybe that will stimulate some conversation at one of those nightclubs. I once met someone there who said that they are working part-time in Vienna, Austria while studying languages at a University in Krakow (sp ? Crakow vs. Kraków ) Poland. For those languages that are particularly difficult to learn to speak, Google Translate has this feature that helps with that, like with Ukrainian, for example.

Rerferences for today:

  1. World-Wide Economic Forecasts - Austria
  2. (X)Ksenia Sobchak
  3. Kurt Seinitz
  4. Russian Presidential Election


Unsere Wirtschaft brummt. Das ist ja eine gute Nachricht! Österreichs Konjunkturmotor brummt 2018 und 2019 so richtig. Die lebhafte internationale Konjunktur beflügelt die heimische Industrie, die Auslastung steigt und zieht Investitionen nach sich. Und das wiederum lässt die privaten Konsumausgaben steigen. Wie gut es unserer Wirtschaft – und damit hoffentlich uns allen – jetzt geht, darüber berichtet heute das „Krone“-Wirtschaftsmagazin.

Pop-Girl gegen Putin. Sie ist die schöne Herausforderin von Wladimir Putin: Ex-Pop-Girl Xenia Sobtschak tritt bei den russischen Wahlen am Sonntag gegen den „Zaren“ an. Es ist freilich nur ein Scheingefecht, wie „Krone“-Außenpolitiker Kurt Seinitz heute berichtet.

Einen schönen Tag! (Have a nice day!)

Original German Text (shown, edited slightly),
Kronen Zeitung Daily E-mail Logo

Courtesy of Klaus Herrmann,
Geschäftsführender Chefredakteur
(Managing Editor-in-Chief), Kronen Zeitung

English Translations Courtesy of Google Translate, with further editing by some BlueWizard from the Planet Pluto

Old Rerferences:

  1. Multiculturalism Backlash: European Discourses, Policies and Practices
  2. Austria's rapid reversal in refugee policy
  3. Werner Faymann
  4. Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz und Terrorismusbekämpfung, "BVT"
  5. 4th Merkel Cabinet
  6. Latest Terrorist-Related Incident in Vienna, Austria
  7. War in Afrin
  8. Commentary from a terrorism expert, Dr. Nicolas Stockhammer from the University of Vienna
  9. Federal Ministry of the Interior, Austria
  10. Eva Glawischnig
  11. Novomatic
  12. Italian General Election
  13. FPÖ
  14. SPÖ
  15. ÖVP
  16. The GREENS
  17. List of Political Parties in Austria

Opinion-Editorial Section

Web Accessibility

Just read about that topic on WikiPedia: Web Accessibility


Still working on my 2017 Federal and State Tax returns after having to download some TurboTax software from Amazon, and after having to install that on a Windows 8.x operating system. That took a couple of hours right there. Made some decent progress last night after staying up pretty much all night and reading through a bunch of tax forms and wading through the TurboTax prompts. Maybe by the end of the week I will be well enough done and can file my Federal and State Taxes, even though I may not be required to file a State Tax Return.

Smoking Ban

My comments about tobacco products and the proposed ban in restaurants and bars.

I should say that I, unfortunately, am also a smoker of tobacco products. I like to smoke cigarettes because they contain a neurostimulant called nicotine in them. I also found at least one restaurant, an eating and drinking establishment, that has what I consider to be an acceptable solution to accommodating smokers and non-smokers at their establishment.

That place has a designated smoking area that in enclosed by a glass barrier. The smoking room is for smokers, and the air in that room seems like it is still pretty clean really, probably because they have a modern air filtration system that cleans and filters the air in there.

That actually might be better than the smokers having to go outside to smoke when they want to. Smoking outside pollutes the outdoor air while smoking in that room allows the smoke to be captured in an air filter. The place that I am talking about is a coffee shop, not necessarily a Coffee Shop coffee shop, located on Mariahilfer Strasse somewhere.

Net Neutrality & Privacy Rights

I should add that I try to use my own SIMM card and subscription or contract internet service for work whenever possible. That ties in with that debate about about Net Neutrality, Net Neutrality.

Here are 3 photos that I can use as illustrations and as an introduction to how severely "SchizoAffective Disorder" can affect a person's thoughts, words, and actions. I also like to drink coffee, and I like coffee shops, especially when I am allowed to work there. I even like to turn the Starbucks logo red when I am mildly irritated.

Customer BlackListed Hallway Photo Starbucks off of Graben

I can start by apologizing for taking photos of Starbucks and other coffee shop employees and just some photos in general.

When I have taken close up photos of people I almost always ask for their permission, and if I intend to post those photos on FaceBook or anywhere on the internet (like here, for example), I ask for their permission for that also. When I took the photo on the left I asked myself "How can I take a photo of a Starbucks customer or employee inside of a Starbucks franchise in Vienna, Austria without causing too much trouble?". I actually did claim intellectual property rights for my FaceBook posts (on FaceBook) months ago because I was thinking then that maybe I should write a book.

The first photo is a photo of me, but it is hard to tell it is me, although I am wearing that Blue Vest that is sort of glued to me because it is the only warm clothing that I have. "Blue Wizards" like Blue Clothing, so that makes sense..

The second photo is a photo of the Starbucks at Millennium Tower. It was taken from the common area, a hallway, just outside of the Starbucks. I do not know what kind of leasing arrangement that Starbucks has with Millennium Tower. They might actually own that common area and would object to me taking a picture of their franchise from that location, although there is a Starbucks logo on the outside of Millennium Tower, and I already took a photo of that as well. I kind of like the hallway photo.

There was another customer in the background of the photo taken at the Starbucks across town, so I used Affinity Photo, my current replacement for Adobe Photoshop, to cover that person's image up. A person who has been to this particular Starbucks might be able to tell which Starbucks this is, but not that easy really. The photo of the Millennium tower Starbucks was edited with Preview and not with Affinity Photo because it was not really edited at all, or at least not very much.

It is actually very common for people to hang out in a Starbucks franchise while they eat and drink food and beverages, and work on projects that they are working on for their employer or for themselves. I know that because I just asked a Barista at a Starbucks about what I am doing, and she said that lots of people do exactly what I am doing.

The Travel Blog, 2nd Book Project vs. Movie Project Log. I have almost 10,000 photos and quite a few audio and video recordings. It is going to take some time to sort through them and explain them.

So my last big pay check was around 1 Mar 2018, and the next one is not until around 21 Mar 2018. I already spent most of my last pay check, so I need to budget a little to make it to the next one without asking for a payday loan. We will have to see how things go.

My fictional co-star for my novel thinks that the movie idea is completely ridiculous, but it seems like she still might be interested in the 2nd book idea, and she sort of tacitly gave me permission to mention her on my blog as long as I do not use her name. The last time that I saw her she even implied that if I bought a 2000,00 Euro bottle of Champagne and drank all night with her and her friends that then she would being completely fine with the movie idea, which would be great. That could start to get really complicated though because then we might actually have to fill out one of those K-1 VISA forms and revisit the US Embassy or Consulate in Austria or in some other country and answer a bunch of stupid questions.

I do still have almost 10,000 photos and quite a few video and audio recording for the travel blog though, which is great because I have not really even started on that section, and I am going to have to move the music videos of the local performing artists to another page pretty soon. For now, probably just one on the home page. Those take up way too much bandwidth.


Vienna, Austria is a really interesting city. It has been over a year now since I have been in Europe, and I have spent more time in Vienna, Austria and in Austria than in any other city or country in Europe thus far. I am trying really hard to ingratiate myself with the local artists and writers so that I can claim that I am an artist & writer in residence in the City of Vienna. That way, I can claim that I have one of those artist / writer VISAs without having to actually even apply for one or get one. That is just a theory, but it might just work.

I should say that I started patronizing artists in Vienna, Austria over 1-year ago when I attended several classical music concerts. I even purchased extra tickets and then donated them to one of those (unnamed) Hostels that put me on their BlackList recently. I even purchased some works of art at Schönbrunn, had them autographed by the artist, and then also donated those to that unnamed Hostel that has me on their BlackList. I have asked them about those several times now, and they say that they have them locked up in a cupboard or a closet somewhere because they apparently do not want to acknowledge that I ever even stayed at that place. I must be on the BlackList at about 9 different Hostels around the city of Vienna, Austria, including that Wombats chain and the A&O Hostel chain, and at least one of the HI chains. That must be because I have that Schizoaffective problem and bother some of the guests. They never did really go into details about why I got blacklisted. In a couple of minutes I am going to see if I can find the photos of those works of art that I donated to that Hostel so that I can prove that I actually had those at one time.

I do not even want to get started about that incident with the OBB Security Personnel. A homeless person is apparently not allowed to shave or to practice advanced forms of personal hygiene in a bathroom. I was caught shaving and brushing my teeth in the W/C (had to pay 0,50 Euros mind you), and I was physically assaulted and my personal belongings were ransacked by the OBB Security Personnel. We all sort of laughed about that incident a little, but it was not really that funny and I will never forget that. That incident was not reported to the Polizei because it would have been too much trouble to walk over to a police station to complain about that incident. I am sure that I may have been arrested by the Polizei.

I have mixed feelings about what happened in Budapest, Hungary. That theft was sort of a blessing in disguise. I filed a police report with the Rendőrség (the Polizei in Budapest), and I still have a photograph of parts of that report. I filed an insurance claim and was grossly under-compensated for my losses, but I really lightened my load in terms of how much stuff I had to lug around, and that has been extremely helpful when it comes to walking probably close to 800 miles around Europe on foot.

Hostel Artwork & Schönbrunn


There were many things that I really liked about Kyiv, Odessa and Ternopil, Ukraine, and some things not so much. I have over 2000 photos and videos from Ukraine alone and stories to go with them.

This one is kind of funny because it is a screen capture from my photo gallery. On my MacBook Pro A1707, the one that I might go to the Apple Store tomorrow to complain about, the part to the right actually does not display on my computer.

Odessa, Ukraine Composite Photo

This one is kind of funny because it is with that character Anton I think his name is, and there is another photo there that shows all of my computer equipment, including that Meizu M3 phone that was stolen, sort of, along with much of my other computer equipment. That also is that Mister Cat Pizza Place that kicked me out one day and where we almost got into a huge fight in the middle of the street. I am pretty sure that I went back to pay them what they thought I owed to them, and then some.

Anton, Mister Cat

This one requires a little explanation. Lexo Turiashviili is a musician, or at least that is what he told me. I noticed him because we were both sort of walking aimlessly around on Kreschatyk Street in Kyiv, and because he had that Italian sweatshirt on. Like a idiot, I struck up a conversation with him, took a photo, and befriended him on FaceBook.

Lexo Turiashvili

This one requires a little explanation also. That one is of some police from the local police department near Maidan. I was robbed at knifepoint by some person in the Metro because I had two SmartPhones on my person instead of the zero that he had. That happened after I gave them some money or cigarettes or both. I obliged by giving the "thief" my new Meizu M3 phone, and then I rounded up the police and helped them investigate the crime, which was really pointless because I never filed an insurance claim for that and they probably never filed a police report. They probably thought it is stupid to investigate a petty theft in the first place.

Theft at Maidan in Kyiv


There were many things that I really liked about Bucharest, Suceava, Cluj-Napoca and Oradea, Romania, and some things not so much . . .


There were many things that I really liked about Budapest, Hungary, and some things not so much . . .

I have mixed feelings about what happened in Budapest, Hungary. That theft was sort of a blessing in disguise. I filed a police report with the Rendőrség (the Polizei in Budapest), and I still have a photograph of parts of that report. I filed an insurance claim and was grossly under-compensated for my losses, but I really lightened my load in terms of how much stuff I had to lug around, and that has been extremely helpful when it comes to walking probably close to 800 miles around Europe on foot.


There were many things that I really liked about Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland, and some things not so much . . .


There were many things that I really liked about Krakow and Warsaw, Poland, and some things not so much . . .

Czech Republic

There were many things that I really liked about Prague, the Czech Republic and some things not so much . . .

William Shakespeare

I created a user account for William Shakespeare on this website. If there are any native Austrian English Literature Ph.D. candidates attending the Universität Wien who read, write and speak both English and German please contact me about getting access to that account so that you can take over managing the Shakespeare Play References Section.

Still looking for some sponsors. If I can afford an external SSD, I might be able to bring in my MacBook Pro Model A1707 to either McShark or the Apple Stores for repair of the Retina Display.

Hamlet and Ophelia

Sculptures of those characters "Hamlet" and "Ophelia" that are in front of the Helsingør (Elsinore) rail station in Helsingør, Denmark, about 45 minutes by train north of Copehagen, Denmark (There is apparently some sort of "intellectual property rights" dispute about that one.)

I can explain the photo above, the one of Hamlet and Ophelia, a little. I met a Romanian woman somewhere (I actually probably know too many Romanian women now). It does not really make that much difference as to what her name is or where I met her. She and I started a conversation, and we both became a little curious about each other. I told her that despite being a complete computer nerd and a defrocked physician I am still really interested in art and literature, even more so since I was forced to quit practicing medicine. I think I skipped the part about getting my brain fried with electricity about 6 or 7 times and the multiple suicide attempts because people generally do not like to hear about stuff like that.

Anyways, when we started talking about Shakespeare plays I brought up "Romeo and Juliet", "Macbeth", "Hamlet", and others. I have been really obsessed with a few of those plays ever since the summer of 1979 at Dartmouth College. I was really fascinated by that "To be or not to be" soliloquy from Hamlet (see below).

Now, I should not even really bring this up, but I have before, so I will. I am really angry that many of my personal belongings are still locked up in a storage closet or stuck in some garage somewhere in Minnesota, USA. I have a Pelican Shakespeare, the "Complete Works of William Shakespeare", and my siblings have that locked up somewhere. That copy is the very same copy that I purchased when I was a student at Dartmouth College, and I still have that after all of these years, or "they" actually have it.

NOW !!! I just got really angry about that because I went looking for a photo of that book that I am pretty sure I have/had on one of my computers and I cannot find it right now. I did find this picture though, and I know that the Pelican Shakespeare was sitting on that table at one point. That large 27" iMac computer is still somewhere in Minnesota unless "they" actually sold it.

Computer Equipment

Not in the office photo below either, or at least I do not think so.


I should probably notify my brother and my two sisters that I have started to build another website, and this time I am badmouthing them because most of my personal belongs are still in Minnesota, and I am really angry about that. In fact, I am so angry that I threatened to renounce my US Citizenship, and the US government basically told me that I am not allowed to do that unless I can come up with about $2000.00 to $3000.00 USD. When I heard that I also got very angry, but then I thought to myself "Well, that actually makes sense, there must be a lot of paperwork to fill out, and it probably takes a long time to do that. Somebody has to pay all of the people who process that request, so it may as well be the person who wants to defect or simply renounce their citizenship."

I am sort of a fan of some of Shakespeare's play, and I started to list them on my blog here:

Favorite Shakespeare Plays. The Soliloquy from Hamlet is listed below:

To be, or not to be--that is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep--
No more--and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep--
To sleep--perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th' unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action. -- Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia! -- Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.

When I mentioned "Hamlet", the Romanian woman mentioned that she has actually been to and seen Helsingør Castle, Kronborg Castle, in Denmark. I completely freaked out when she said that, and like a complete idiot, I actually spent about 500,00 Euros and travelled to Denmark to go to see the castle, which I did. Unfortunately, when I got to Helsingør the Castle was closed, but there were these two statues at the rail station there, statues of Hamlet & Ophelia.(Photo above)

That was a really incredible moment for me because there was almost no one else around, it was late at night, and I knew that I was sent there to find the statues and not to see the Helsingør Castle.

The Romanan woman had a picture of the castle on her cell phone, a "Handy" is what they call them in Vienna sometimes. If she is willing to let me have a copy of that picture I would be happy to post it on this website. If not, I could probably use one of the photos that they have on Wikipedia, and I even have a few that I took myself. For now, let's use one from Wikipedia.

My photo is not anywhere near as nice as those because I took it with an iPhone 6 camera, it was late at night, and the lighting conditions were really poor.

Not sure that this still works, but I uploaded an audio recording of a call that I made to a Wells Fargo Customer Service representative to my FaceBook timeline. That is an interesting conversation. I wanted to basically change my phone number of record to the one that Skype issued to me after I paid them for that. I also wanted to reopen my Wells Fargo account for business purposes. I had a huge problem terminating a Sprint Cellular account because I had trouble paying that bill. Now, I believe that the Sprint account is closed and paid in full.

Here is the link. I hope it works:

Link to Wells Fargo Customer Service call stored on FaceBook

Personally, I think that the audio recording of that call to Wells Fargo has at least some entertainment value. If I sold that in Europe, there would probably be VAT tax added to the price, which would be justified if it is entertaining. Not sure who determines that. As it is, if I did sell it through a business in the USA there would just be sales tax.

I am planning to migrate much of my FaceBook content to this web page, sort of a travel blog since I think that I am still technically a tourist on a now nearly 11-month long tour of Europe, including:

  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Switzerland
  • Czech Republic
  • Poland
  • Ukraine
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Denmark
  • London Heathrow Airport
  • Istanbul Turkey Airport

It looks like I may have to revisit Romania or travel to Croatia, Bulgaria, the UK or Ireland.

It is going to take a really long time to profile myself:

Profile Map