Wednesday July 27, 2016

Late 19th/early 20th century tradition meets early 21st century tech

I filed a "Fictitious Business Name" application this month. The process seems, largely, to be stuck in the late 19th / early 20th centuries. According to San Mateo County, CA, the process requires:

  • Fill out the form (this, surprisingly, can be done online).
  • Make four copies of the form.
  • Write a check (I still have a checkbook for this sort of thing.)
  • Prepare a self-addressed stamped envelope (or drive to / walk into the County offices in person).

— posted by Vicki on 2016_209 in Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)


Tuesday July 19, 2016

iTunes 12 violates Principle of Least Surprise

Someone at Apple apparently thinks it's great fun to change the UI every time an updated version of the software ships. For even more "fun", they have a habit of setting defaults that either change (or remove) features a long-time user has come to expect. Some of those features are changed forever. Sometimes, the user can find the right button to push (or terminal command to enter) to get back the behaviour they prefer.

Spouse and I have bumped into two such "features", in iTunes 12

— posted by Vicki on 2016_201 in Computerware , Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)


Saturday July 9, 2016

Temperament is Clear Early in Life

I met a young NT today.

[Continued in commentary...]

— posted by Vicki on 2016_191 in Personality Type , commentaryPermalink | Comments (0)


Thursday April 21, 2016

MBTI: Debunking the Debunkers (again)

I have been having a "discussion" in The Science Enthusiasts group in Facebook. Someone posted another "debunking the MBTI" article (from 2014). Surprisingly, this one doesn't cite "Wharton Scholar, Adam Grant".

The article includes this statement: "Several analyses have shown the test is totally ineffective at predicting people's success in various jobs, and that about half of the people who take it twice get different results each time."

Well, yes. Both of those things are, at least partially, true. Neither, however, is an argument that "debunks" the MBTI.

Read more in commentary...

— posted by Vicki on 2016_112 in Personality Type , commentaryPermalink | Comments (0)


Tuesday April 19, 2016

Don't Call Us and We Won't Call You

I have been looking for work. Specifically, I have been applying for various technical writing or editing positions, primarily contract or long-term remote.

The process tends to go like this:

  1. I see a job posting that looks interesting (or, alternatively), I get email from a recruiter / sourcing agency.
  2. I respond with a cover letter and a resume.
  3. Repeat ad nauseum.
Occasionally, if I was initially contacted by a recruiter, I might get a call, or email, asking a few questions: "When can you start? What rate do you want? What is your birth month and the last three digits of your SSN?"

Sometimes, I'll even get a "thanks for your application" form letter.

More often than not, however, I get crickets.

— posted by Vicki on 2016_110 in Random ThoughtsPermalink | Comments (0)


Saturday April 16, 2016

rm -rf *

Man accidentally 'deletes his entire company' with one line of bad code

article in The Independent, 15 April 2016, /via Gene Spafford in Twitter.

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"The problem command was "rm -rf": a basic piece of code that will delete everything it is told to."

I love this stuff. It proves we're human. (And also, EVERYTHING needs multiple off-site backups!)

I think this is almost a rite of passage for some of us. At least it tends to stop (or slow down) after it removes /bin/rm... and most of us only wipe out our own disk. (Extra credit if you ran it from a script and didn't test it sufficiently first with printf or echo.)

— posted by Vicki on 2016_107 in Noteworthy , Random ThoughtsPermalink | Comments (0)


Friday April 15, 2016

Discounting Calories

I have decided that I no longer believe in calories. I believe in the definition, of course, thats indisputable. But what does it have to do with food?

A calorie, scientifically speaking, is a unit that is used to measure energy. One calorie is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. The Calorie (capital C) used in talking about food is actually a kilocalorie, or 1,000 (little c) calories. A Calorie (kcal) is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water 1 degree Celsius.

So, what does heating water have to do with eating, weight gain, weight loss, etc? And how do people determine the Calories on a nutritional label?

— posted by Vicki on 2016_106 in Random ThoughtsPermalink | Comments (0)