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.

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MBTI: Debunking the Debunkers (again) ( in category Personality Type , commentary ) - posted at Thu, 21 Apr, 13:24 Pacific | 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. ...
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Don't Call Us and We Won't Call You ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Tue, 19 Apr, 14:07 Pacific | 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.) ...
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rm -rf * ( in category Noteworthy , Random Thoughts ) - posted at Sat, 16 Apr, 14:05 Pacific | 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? ...
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Discounting Calories ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Fri, 15 Apr, 20:41 Pacific | 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."

ORLY? ...
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Walking in Dreams ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Thu, 14 Apr, 15:15 Pacific | 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.

No, You've Already Got ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Mon, 11 Apr, 19:32 Pacific | Comments (0)