Sunday September 4, 2016


I took the CBEST yesterday at the Pearson VUE test center in Oakland. I took the computer version of the test. It costs 2.5 times as much as the paper version but I had more opportunities for an appointment. I also had no desire whatsoever to use paper and pencil. It's 2016 not 1970 (or 1870)!

Personally, I think they should charge more for the hand-written version.

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An Early Memory

(I wrote this essay yesterday as part of the CBEST "writing" test. The topic was "an early memory".)

My sister's birthday is tomorrow. She was born in early September, five months before I turned four.

My parents and I had traveled out of town for the weekend, to visit my grandparents, who lived about an hour and a half away. My mother has said that, had she thought the baby might arrive that weekend, she never would have left town.

I don't remember anything about the trip. I do remember waking in the middle of the night or very early morning to great hustle and bustle. My parents were going to the hospital! The baby was coming! I was to be a good girl and stay with Nana and Papa.

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Tuesday August 9, 2016

Slightly Off Kilter


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Thursday August 4, 2016

Time to SOAR

I presented a two-hour workshop on Temperament and Communication for SOAR for Youth in July.

"SOAR for Youth offers an intensive and innovative program to serve some of the most vulnerable members of our community: foster youth. In community partnership with UC Berkeley and with support from many volunteers, partners, and donors, SOAR fosters the inspiration, confidence, and independence that are often missing from the lives of these young people."
"Through a three-year summer residential pre-collegiate program and additional years of academic support, SOAR teaches, coaches, and counsels our young people (grades 6 -12) in academics, life skills, leadership, emotional intelligence, and career development."

These third-year students had attended a "True Colors" temperament workshop last year. The program director wanted a deeper look, this year, into how knowledge of temperament can be applied to communication.

I've been working with Mary Miscisin's Personality Lingo system (based on True Colors and enhanced in several ways). A fellow BAAPT member, who has worked with SOAR, contacted me about teaching this workshop.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to talk to the students.

Saturday July 30, 2016

The MBTI Is a Test (and the Unreliable Part is the Test Taker)

I've been participating (once again) in a Facebook discussion among people who claim that the MBTI is not a "valid" assessment because some people get a different four-letter code the second time they take the inventory. Many people can't bear the idea that the reason for a different result is as simple as the fact that they answered the questions differently. They don't want to investigate why that happened, so they blame "the test".

(Continued in commentary...)

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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).

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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

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