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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Decoding the Creative Process. Similar to deciding it. #ferranadria #scienceandcooking
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Credit card numbers

Oct. 19th, 2014 09:58 pm
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As I believe I've mentioned here before, I have a pretty annoying case of dyscalculia. It mostly makes me transpose digits, confuse certain numbers (3 and 8, 2/5/9), and have difficulty with orders of magnitude. Since discovering that dyscalculia is a genuine honest thing (the schools I attended really should have picked it up, but it was too early for there to be much attention on the condition and we had a nasty case of Gifted Children Can't Have Learning Disabilities) I've learned a bunch of workarounds and coping techniques; I'm getting better at it not disrupting my life.

I also have a really shitty memory for numbers, except when I have a really good memory for them -- fucked if I can remember specific phone numbers for years and years, for instance, even ones I manually dial regularly instead of using the phone's address book, until all of a sudden, like with the flip of a switch, I'll remember it for years past when I'm actually using it regularly. Right after I moved out of my parents' house the first time, I was writing checks for a lot of my regular shopping, and I wrote my drivers' license number on the checks often enough that I found I'd memorized it -- and still remember it, 10 years after surrendering my NJ license for a MD one. (I don't know my MD one; I don't write checks that often anymore.) That kind of thing.

The big thing, though, is credit card numbers. I buy things online pretty often, and I don't ever let my browser or most websites save my CC#, so I type it pretty regularly. It usually takes me no more than a year or two to memorize a credit card number after something like a CC fraud/identity theft thing happens and I have to cancel the card and get a new one. I always struggle like hell for the first few months of a new card number (wanting to type in the old one and always misreading/mistyping the new one as the transpositions and digit confusions kick in), then have a little while of not remembering the number but not having trouble typing it with the card in front of me. Then I'll find that I'm remembering the expiration date and the CVV (confirmation code), along with a few sequences of the 16-digit card number, but I still need the card for confirmation. After a bit, though, it's like a switch flips in my head, and I never have to pick up the physical card again when I'm making online purchases. (Until the next time there's a data breach and I have to get a new card number, of course.)

I'm curious as to how common this is! Sarah says she's never memorized a credit card number in her life, whereas I currently have our main credit card # (last changed about 2 years ago) and the DW business card # (about three years old) memorized but not our backup card (which is about three or four years old, I think, but I type it in way less frequently).

So, a poll:

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 217

For your current primary credit card:

I don't remember anything about it, no matter how long I have the number for.
15 (6.9%)

Eventually I will learn some parts of it (small sequences, CVV, expiration date) but I always go for the card anyway.
64 (29.6%)

Eventually I'll remember larger bits of it (whole segments but not all of the #, CVV and expiry, etc) but always doublecheck
41 (19.0%)

I'll remember it if you get me started but I don't rely on memory in case I get it wrong
7 (3.2%)

I will memorize number, expiry, and CVV eventually but I haven't had this card long enough yet
35 (16.2%)

I have number, expiry, and CVV memorized and don't need to pull out the card
50 (23.1%)

I don't have a credit card/I don't use it for online purchases
4 (1.9%)

If you do memorize credit card numbers, about how long does it take you?

Less than 6 months
46 (32.9%)

6 months to a year
41 (29.3%)

12 to 18 months (1-1.5 years)
31 (22.1%)

18 to 24 months (1.5-2 years)
14 (10.0%)

24 to 30 months (2-2.5 years)
2 (1.4%)

30-36 months (2.5-3 years)
2 (1.4%)

Longer than 3 years
4 (2.9%)

If you do memorize card numbers: do you deliberately try to, or does it just happen?

I deliberately try to memorize them as quickly as possible
7 (4.7%)

I try haphazardly but I don't sweat it
29 (19.5%)

It just happens
113 (75.8%)

I wish to complain about the options in this poll:

Yes
36 (100.0%)

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I offer him my lap,

Oct. 19th, 2014 03:44 pm
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But he's more interested in standing there and yelling at me.

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So I replaced them yesterday. Popular! She can't decide which to kill first.

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Asleep in the clean laundry

Oct. 18th, 2014 04:09 pm
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She's pretty much destroyed the laundry basket, too.

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What 180 bpal imps looks like

Oct. 18th, 2014 03:52 pm
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Sorting my giveaway box in prep for pulling frimps for the mega decant circle I have open right now. GC on table in piles by alphabet, LE decants in the Baggie. This is why I ask for wish lists...

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Status

Oct. 18th, 2014 09:19 pm
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Status report ... mostly health stuff )

Can't think of anything else just now. Despite all the above health crap I am basically happy and doing OK emotionally.

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State of the Ricky

Oct. 18th, 2014 10:31 pm
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TL;DR version: About the same.

This is incredibly boring, but being able to look back is useful.

Full status report here... )

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Went to a Novell and Attachmate breakfast presentation on Tuesday at Vue du Monde. The view was pleasant (at level 55 of the Rialto building), but the actual talks were too high level (haha, see what I did there?). It was orientated towards suits, and didn't really provide enough technical details. Absolutely floored when one representative started talking about the new products which allow secure connection to Linux/UNIX systems. Reminded later that in the MS-Windows world people actually sell SSH, SFTP, and NFS clients (all of which are free and open source). On related subjects, have written a brief how-to for installing Linux with OEM MS-Windows installs, and this morning a discussion on file creation time for Linux which I used an supplementary discussion for Wen Lin's presentation at Linux Users of Victoria beginners workshop on introducting the Linux command line.

On a related subject work has been quite interesting this week with regards to project management, both in the actual delivery and the development of new policy and procedures. Increasingly it becomes apparent that projects fall into a mess when procedures are not followed. Trying to run complex tasks without a framework simply doesn't work. Now whilst PRINCE2 is sometimes criticised for not providing much in terms of reporting metrics (unlike PMBoK, which does provide very sophisticate metrics for analysis), it is more about governance rather than delivery as such, and notably PMBoK doesn't provide much for governance! Despite how useful analysis is, the governance is also necessary to ensure communication within a team. As a result, in addition to simple statement of governance developed a fortnight ago, a simple checklist and graphic representation of flowchart has been put together.

As a strange aside, recently encountered two examples of cyborg sex, one deliberate and one not so much. Firstly, a man admits to having sex with over 700 cars (and even an attack helicopter). I think of The Normal's Warm Leatherette; Bryce D. reminds me of Grace Jones' Pull Up to the Bumper. All hat-tip to [personal profile] reddragdiva, who also does the right thing by referencing the late and great J.G. Ballard. Meanwhile Nigel S., has gone into surgury for hip replacement, which is pretty cyborg too. The 'Information Booklet on Your Total Hip Joint Replacement' booklet he received includes the lines "You can discuss returning to sexual activity with your surgeon at your follow up appointment". As he says, "One interpretation of this would not, I suspect, go down too well with the Australian Medical Association's ethics committee."
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Me: "If I download this, I'm never getting my phone back from you, am I." @hyounpark: "No comment." #angrybirds #transformers

She got distracted halfway through

Oct. 16th, 2014 02:02 pm
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It's a hard life, having to keep track of all the things.

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...there was a bug on the screen, and Ginny did not care that Brandy was already asleep there.

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well it had to happen eventually

Oct. 14th, 2014 09:48 pm
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While decanting the first scent that arrived today, I dropped the half-bottle I was in the process of capping, spilling it all over my lap. Cleaned it up, went back to the leftovers to refill the half bottle (it was a half bottle for somebody). Started capping the imps I had already decanted. One of the imps I was capping flipped out of my hand, and the cap landed in my cleavage (along with half the imp's worth of perfume) and the vial landed on the floor.

I was just able to refill the imp, but God, I hope nothing else happens to this one.

(At least it was a scent I like?)

EDIT: oh my God, I knocked the half bottle of the second scent over on the table. THIS UPDATE IS CURSED.

Three out of four cats agree

Oct. 13th, 2014 09:50 pm
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That my desk is the happening spot.

(Sorry about the non rotated photo. I got hit with the iOS 8 rotation bug and it is driving me batshit. )

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General query

Oct. 13th, 2014 04:08 pm
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What are red flags in scifi/fantasy magazines' calls for submissions? What words/phrases make you think "ew, avoid"?

(for a project I'm working on)

(no subject)

Oct. 13th, 2014 06:26 am
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[personal profile] synecdochic
Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

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