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)

Thursday April 14, 2016

Walking in Dreams

"Have you ever woken up from one of your dreams and thought “WTF was that?”

Well, yeah. Most mornings...

I read an article a couple of days ago: What You Should Know About Your Dreams. There were several points about it that I took issue with, starting with the first item: "You don’t walk in dreams."


— posted by Vicki on 2016_105 in Random ThoughtsPermalink | Comments (0)

Monday April 11, 2016

No, You've Already Got

"Ask", advises the wise old sage. "'No', you've already got!"

Unfortunately, the 'No' you've got is a softer, gentler 'no'. If you don't ask, there's still the possibility that perhaps, just maybe, a 'no' could become 'yes'. Once you've asked... once you've received a firm, real-world 'No', that avenue is closed.

"Fear causes hesitation and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true."
~Patrick Swayze

To ask? Or not to ask? That is the question.

— posted by Vicki on 2016_102 in Random ThoughtsPermalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday March 23, 2016


At some point, usually after you hit 50 years of age, your doctor will recommend a colonoscopy.

Colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon), [using] a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding.

Before this test, you will need to clean out your colon (colon prep). Colon prep takes 1 to 2 days, depending on which type of prep your doctor recommends. Some preps may be taken the evening before the test. For many people, the prep is worse than the test.

For many people, the prep is worse than the test. Especially if you go the "drink the nasty liquid" route. However, there is a better way. We found it 5 years ago.

— posted by Vicki on 2016_083 in Odd CornersPermalink | Comments (0)