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Just another sem-random test

2017-04-08 21:22:54 PDT

Just another sem-random test

How Smart Are You? Take This Quiz to Find Out!
“Hey there, brainiac! Have we got a whopper for you! Well, it’s actually several whoppers to test your knowledge of history, literature, mathematics, and everything else you should, or at least should have learned in high school or college and beyond. Did you graduate high school? College? Get a doctorate’s degree?

Take this quiz and we’ll be able to figure out your education level based on how many you can answer correctly.”

I got: “I got 38 of 50 right
You are a master with that Master’s degree.”

Hmmmm, though I did attend some college, I don’t have any college degree at all – not even so much as an AA or AS from some community college.

Whatever.

Night is mine?

2017-02-25 04:19:49 PDT

Me, night owl? Oh, most definitely yes … but there’s much more to it than that.

“Night is mine”(?) seems more fitting. I really like the night. And in so many ways. Maybe just now finally realizing how much – and some fair bit of the why.

Always have? At least back to my teen years – possibly even (much?) earlier.

I like the quiet, the stillness, the darkness.

The hazy barely distinguishable dream-like scene – no lights at all, except slight bit of a partial moon behind thick fog and overcast … just barely able to make out shapes and forms – highly indistinct, quite ambiguous, black-and-white, appearing flat and two-dimensional. Or even more – well within a dark cool cave, turn out all the lights, and – total darkness – and just be with it – eyes closed or open – matters not – and quite indistinguishable. And to “see” that nothing – or really, rather not see at all – something altogether different than merely “not seeing”.

The cool, still, almost numbness – one can quite relax into it and feel nothing – gloriously devoid of sensation – nothing to distract, save possibly one’s thoughts – and nothing more.

I’d go out into the night, sit in cool, dark place, and just sit and take it in, eyes closed, quiet, and take in the nothingness … nothing save but what thoughts I might have. And sort of like a meditation, but not, … just sit and be with that, … thinking, … not thinking, … thoughts floating, drifting, imagining. Akin to an out-of-body experience? … but not – there was no sensation of “in”, or body, or any presence or being to have a sensation to be out of.

Night – a time to think, imagine, contemplate, dream, daydream – the quiet, the stillness, without all those distractions. The time I believe I’m very often at my best – most creative, able to think most clearly, broadly, deeply … and no dang wonder – without all those other distractions!

Drive, bicycle, walk … I remember from my earliest driving, I prefer driving at night in the dark – not all that other stuff to see … mostly just lights, reflectors, a lighted instrument panel, and little else to see at all, and a simple uniformity to it – a simple beauty in its starkness and general absence – mostly just clear markers to punctuate it, and nothing else. Bicycle ride – I’d go for rides – middle of the night – wee hours of the morning long before dawn – quite similar – and even more quiet – often as if having a city or more to oneself – highly quiet and still, almost as if it had been deserted or abandoned or hadn’t been occupied at all. Or likewise a walk at night in the quiet stillness … sometimes too, would pick a cool spot to just sit down and be very quiet and still in it.

Punctuated with – and sometimes punctuated with things one would never ever hear in the day. In the middle of a city and … inside, windows closed, still quiet of the night, and hear the screech of a red-tailed hawk cruising overhead, or the bay fog sounders from well over two miles away. Or bicycle by the urban lake – and at long past 2:00 A.M., hear the birds chirping up a storm – as now they can hear each other for many miles; at most other times, the relentless drone of traffic noise, could never hear the birds – nor they themselves across more than the smallest of distances.

A time to think, to dream, to imagine, to listen, watch, or read; to focus; to relaxedly attach/detach/”float”.

I remember too, many of the best conversations and such I’ve ever had – night – typically wee hours of the morning.

Dawn, dusk, sunrise, sunset … those very earliest traces of light of the coming dawn … almost never something I like seeing – as I find, to me, it signals the end of night. The end of my time, peace, quiet, solitude, and stillness, the beginnings of a stark reminder of what’s to come – noise, brightness, motion, things I effectively “have” to do or am pretty much expected to do, and the end of all that lovely peace and quiet; a return to all the hustle and bustle, distractions, interruptions, and expectations and demands.

Test: Time, Space and Everything in Between: The Astrophysics Quiz

2016-09-02 19:15:55 PDT

Time, Space and Everything in Between: The Astrophysics Quiz
I got:
You scored
28 out of 30

Blah…

2016-08-16 02:05:21 PDT

Blah… <ramble, ramble> …

So, … haven’t been feelin’ so hot (as in good) lately.
Had a two week anti-vacation (think mostly opposite of
vacation, except it sucked up the time lost the time
from work, didn’t get paid for it, and it was much more
expensive than an excellent vacation, and it was about
two weeks of fairly close to hell – and least quite
sh*tty, anyway) … it’s been a bit over two weeks
since then some R&R & time with friends has helped, but far from fully recovered from the anti-vacation. Yeah, so earlier, friend was suggesting might take up to fair while to recover – even significantly longer than the anti-vacation itself. I sort’a blew that off, figuring I’d pro’lly recover in roughly about half the time of the anti-vacation. Well, … not so – already been more time than the anti-vacation itself, and, while certainly doing (much) better than immediately after it – still far from fully recovered. Anyway, I digress from main point I wanted to attempt to cover.

So, … yeah, not feelin’ so hot – most notably generally lack of interest in doing most anything. Sure, still go through the motions, but … what do I actually enjoy, what do I look forward to. Yeah, that’s a major problem. Mostly a lot of nothing – not to say that I look forward to (e.g. doing) nothing, but rather there’s mostly nothing that I look forward to. That sucks. Need to find stuff I actually enjoy doing and want to do, and look forward to doing. Unfortunately most of what I seem to find and/or think of in those categories is – or at least seems/feels, relatively unatainable. E.g. girlfriend/relationship – haven’t even tried very much on that, at least for the most part, in several years now – but despite lots of time and effort – especially earlier, really have little to show for it … very very little. I mean if I look at stats there, it’s staggeringly depressing. So often I try to even avoid thinking about the numbers … unless I see or can think of some way I can learn something useful from that data to improve things.

Sometimes (okay, maybe more like often perhaps?) I think I might just be better off coming up with stuff I can do that mostly or entirely doesn’t involve other people. Yeah, sure, do have some quite cool friends … but can only burn so much ‘o their time – they have lives too. Everything seemed so much better when I had a decent girlfriend … okay, so it was (very) long distance, and we spent way way way too much time apart, and not nearly enough together – but at least I had hope we’d get that long distance part fixed … ’cause except for the long distance part it was great, … though that’s a huge “except”. I mean when the relationship is almost entirely long distance … well, it’s mostly just a relationship with some data bits goin’ back and forth … text … voice, … maybe sometimes some pictures or whatever. It’s absolutely definitely not the same as being there … not even close … especially as the time goes on, and on, and on, and on – and it’s huge stretches of time apart. So, yeah, … not findin’ myself all that interested in much of anything. :-/ Oh, sure, no shortage of stuff to do. But most of it just stuff I’m not that interested in.

Yeah, anyway, need to “fix” all that … well, at least the more/most important bits, at least. Hard to get motivated though, … especially after so much of it flops. Better job would be good. Have had better – but sooner or later better changes, and no longer is – e.g. fantastic boss is replaced with horrible boss, companies have significant economic hardship (or they’re just stupidly and rather indiscriminately laying people off – and I find myself in an intolerable position, or unemployed – and have to find something all over again. Other depressing stat that I realized relatively late – with a bunch of expenses and other financial losses from recent anti-vacation etc., and thinking how hard and long it takes to recoup those losses … thinking about inflation and increases in cost of living etc., vs. what my income has and hasn’t done in the past … ’bout dozen years – anyway, when I take inflation / cost of living into account my income over about the past dozen years is not only pretty flat – it’s probably slightly worse than that. That’s definitely not good. So … not gaining ground, not holding ground … but actually losing ground. Seriously not good. How feasible it is for me to change how much of that – not really sure – probably can help that fair degree – but only so much so reasonably within my control. And I sure as heck don’t want to be chasing after the job just for the better income and taking some cr*p job or working in some sucky environment. Paralyzed? Immobilized? Naw, … ought be motivated … highly motivated even. But too damn pessimistic (or is it realistic?). That makes it damn hard to extract oneself from significant rut.

Ah well, … it’ll get better. Maybe only slightly, as I finish recovering from my anti-vacation (financially recovering that will take many months – at best – but at least the other recovery bits should mostly be faster).

Hmmm… I also find myself being very hard on myself … I don’t like making mistakes, missing doing things I should get done, forgetting to do, or not getting around to something I felt I should’ve gotten done … well, there’s been a whole lot ‘o sh*t to do (anti-vacation) – much of that’s all done, but there’s still some significant bits left to do on that yet, … plus there’s tons of catching up (or attempting to), from all that didn’t get done when anti-vacation effectively took well over two weeks away from me. Anyway, all this sh*t that’s been going on … in large quantities, and consuming much resource (time, money, energy, etc.) … I’ve missed some things, made some mistakes, forgotten some things … and I find myself (semi-)beating myself up over ’em … being my own nag, etc. upon myself for that stuff. Definitely not the optimal approach to improving the situation. Some stuff I just blow off – ’cause it’s just not feasible to do it all. Yet I still feel bad about it – if not even approximatley “guilty”. Yeah, … counter-productive and sub-optimal that. Yup, … don’t, e.g., need a family member or anyone else beating me up or beating me down, when I’m more than capable of doing that to myself.

Yup, … well … it’s mostly me that has to fix all this for me. Ain’t like someone else is gonna jump in and fix it for me … nor would that even be possible.

Some folks occasionally suggest, e.g. therapy. Hey, I’m happy they found it worked for them or whatever, but me – I mostly found it a relatively huge waste of time/money/resource for relatively negligible results. Seem to mostly do better just going out and trying random sh*t – and that’s also more likey to find me something I might even like to do. And friends are good – at least to the extent one has friend(s), and there’s some mutual time or whatever. At least that seems to be my general experience (your mileage will vary / individual results will vary). Tuesday early A.M. … and I’m thinking what am I looking forward to this week … weekend … heck, out a full 7 days. Unfortunately not all that much. Probably some bit ‘o time with some friends ‘n such. Probably a slight bit of hanging out with some acquaintances … if that even happens. Okay, … what else? Nothin’ I can specifically think of. Oooh, ooh, friends, what would I like to do with friends? Sure, like spending some time hangin’ out … what do or would I want or prefer to do or more specifically like to do with friends? … yeah, again, I fail to come up with hardly anything. I mean it’s like all better hangin’ with friends, than not … but … what would I most like to do? Can’t even really think what. I mean I’m *sure* there *is* stuff/activities/whatever … but that I can’t think of something – seems to indicate there’s some attitude adjustment needed in my head … or maybe “just” – or especially – burnt/tired/fried/exhausted (and still recovering) from my anti-vacation.

Yet another test: Prosopagnosia – face blindness

2016-08-16 00:20:55 PDT

Famous Faces Test

Anyway, took the test 2016-07-09, I got:

Out of 30 faces, you correctly
identified 16.

You were familiar with 24 of the
people in this test.

If we exclude the ones yhou were
unfamiliar with, you got 67%
correct.

On our previous version of this test, the average
person with normal face recognition was able to
recognize about 85% of the faces they were familiar
with. If you missed more than half of the faces you
were familiar with, this may indicate face
recognition difficulties.

For more information about face blindness and
other face recognition difficulties, please go to
www.faceblind.org

Belonging?

2016-03-21 00:49:12 PDT

Ya know, a whole lot of the time … most of the time, I feel there really just isn’t anywhere that I truly “belong”.

Just sayin’. Nothin’ new. Nothin’ to see here, move along, move along.

How *not* to run a business public web site – twoo.com

2015-12-03 07:26:18 PDT

Egad, yuck, what a negative experience.

Here, folks, a set of examples of how not to run a business public web site – at least not if one wants to be successful and set a good impression.
All these examples from twoo.com within the last 12 hours (and very little interaction with the site to encounter all these issues and problems):

  • Do a major site transition with radical jaring changes, blast out an email to all your users of the old site that they should login to the new site and activate their account on the new site, and do this just before or right at the beginning of a scheduled maintenance outage … yes, they actually did that – jeez, what idiots (NARS – I think “Not A Rocket Scientist”). So, the user experience? – haven’t used the site in months or more, get this email, go to old site (hey, who knows if the email is legit – it was sent from new domain, not old), old site redirects to new, new … yeah, it’s down for maintenance – planned scheduled maintenance – ugh … idiots. So the new user experience is new site that’s 100% down when visited (at least for the first half hour or more). This also fails the “high availability” criteria – such sites should be high availability – not to mention their other idiocy.
  • At least security sensitive stuff should generally enforce https, or at least support it. And yes, also with valid good strong SSL certs. twoo.com and their ilk/history generally blows it. So, at some point, formspring.me became spring.me, and highly recently, spring.me became twoo.com. My login information I’d saved, was still for formspring.me … whatever, go to formspring.me, redirects to spring.me, redirects to twoo.com down for maintenance page. Retry some hours later … and look a bit more closely. https://www.formspring.me/ – certificate expired (like what, they can’t spend the $10.00 USD per year or so or can’t even bother?). So, if I ignore the expired cert bit, I then find it’s also incorrect cert – the site cert is not for formspring.me, but for spring.me. Not okay, whatever, so they suck, blow through that and see what’s next … I find both https://formspring.me/ and http://formspring.me/ do a 301 (“permanent”) redirect http://spring.me/ – drops the https when redirecting from https. Yet another screw up. So, let’s pick up at https://spring.me/ – egad, idiots! – yet another cert error – the cert on that site is for twoo.com, not for spring.me. So, if we blow past that error, their next idiocy – surprise surprise, yes, they redirect again, but this time only 302 – “temporary” (like what, they’re really planning to bring back spring.me after they’ve already effectively announced their killing of it?) – but not only that, it redirects from https, again to insecure straight http … on the http://twoo.com/ site. And if you go to their login/sign-in page … it’s http … though one can manually force it to use https, but everything on their site defaults to http, and often links back to http, not https.
  • So, finally login on their site and … Do a rough, disruptive transition. formspring.me became spring.me – whatever – not sure how long ago that was, and then highly recently, spring.me became two.com. Everything that was good/unique/interesting with formspring.me (and possibly also spring.me – not sure when that change was) is gone (quite unique question/answer forum & community, etc.), and it’s all been replaced with yet another dating/matchmaking site – pretty much an okcupid.com wanna be – at least as far as I can tell – but a much more stupid, limited version thereof – basically a half-hearted attempt … well, really, not even anywhere close to half, … more like 5 to 10% effort – if even that. A sucky poor version of what they apparently wannna be, and they dropped everything that was relatively good with what they are. Yep, that’d be a way to kill a business and be stupid and tick off customers/users.
  • So, what the hell, on the site, haven’t logged in in a long time, … not even sure when I last changed password on site, … let’s change password – and, bloody thing defaults to http – so manually force it to https. So, navigate to the password change section, paste in old password, and new password and a second time for confirmation, click the CHANGE button and … nothing. WTF? Click it a whole bunch more times … nothing. Did it change it? Hell if I know. Let’s check. Logout. Try login with new password, it fails – and they also so very unhelpfully and misleadingly, give a message that they’ve emailed me a link to instantly log in – bloody hell, the password change didn’t take, *and* they send me in clear plaintext unencrypted email a URL to instantly login – I requested no such email – after all, that’s what the dang “I forgot my password” links are for, right? But I’d clicked no such link. Whatever, I try the login another time or two – same damn message each time about it sending me an email … oh, which by the way they sent no such emails – so they’re not even consistent with what they say. Bloody heck. So, … try old password again … it authenticates. Try the password change exercise a few more times – each time, same results. Yet another time with the password change interface … and I eventually figure out if one pastes the data in the fields it ignores it – damn friggin’ idiots. Don’t they know smart secure folks use password management, and pick good strong secure passwords, and typically don’t type the damn passwords in? E.g. a typical password of mine might look like yflflwx0)7+CvT0t7y*g … oh, and “of course”, would be different for every friggin’ site, account, etc. – you don’t think I actually memorize and type all those in, or even manually type ’em every time? Now, if my password was something stupid like “secret” and I used it on every friggin’ site, maybe I’d type it … or program it into a hot key on the keyboard or such … but I’m not that stupid nor insecure. Anyway, so, have to actually type the passwords in – or, well, at least the last character of each string – bloody annoying … anyway, do that, and looks like it finally takes it – even has one of those “password strength” indicators – okay, so that very last bit not exactly bad. But then [insert drum roll] click the CHANGE button and …: Internal Server Error – Read The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request. Reference #3.4d42ddc2.1449152193.16f5aa53 UGH! You gosh darn idiots! Sites ought be able to take secure passwords – that means at least arbitrary ASCII printable characters plus [space] character, and if not arbitrary length, at least quite long – e.g. preferably at least 20 or more characters, and preferably quite a bit more than that (some folks use quite long passphrases), and certainly don’t limit it to something quite short (e.g. limiting to 8 or fewer is generally quite bad), and if one has some specific limitations – e.g. can’t take certain characters, or only allow certain characters, or has some minimum, or maximum, or must have some other construction rules, then preferably state those restrictions up front before one enters new password (like before one has bothered to pick or generate one that doesn’t satisfy the site’s limitations), but if one can’t do that, at least after rejecting a password, state exactly why – if one can’t state the limitations up front, at least state the limitations upon rejection. But bloody hell, don’t just friggin’ outright fail. Idiots. That generally indicates flawed – and often vulnerable code. Oh, geez, and with password input – a security sensitive area? Trust these guys? I wouldn’t trust ’em any further than I could spit ahead of me in a 100 MPH headwind. What a crap site.

“Always look a person in the eye when you talk to them.”

2015-11-29 11:33:15 PDT

Always look a person in the eye when you talk to them.
Just sayin’.

Yet another test: Can we guess your age? … based on how well you can distinguish between colors

2015-11-20 07:43:05 PDT

Can we guess your age? … based on how well you can distinguish between colors
I got:
“Wow, your color age is 17! Are you really 17 years old?”

More random tests – color

2015-11-10 21:17:22 PDT

Color Blindness Test
“Color Blindness Test Result
Normal Color Vision
You were able to see the hidden shape in all or nearly all of the test conditions. This indicates a high probability of having normal color vision.”

Online Color Challenge
“Online ColorIQ Challenge Results
You have perfect color vision!”