Monday March 16, 2015
EEG from the Other Side of the Table
As I previously described, I had my brain activity scanned and mapped last June as part of Dario Nardi's neuroscience and personality study. I had a wonderful time, but I had to wonder what the experience was like on the other side of the desk.
Although Dario had taken a few pictures of the computer screen while my scan was in progress, that wasn't quite the same as seeing the process in action. I really wanted a chance to observe a scanning session.
So, when Dario brought his equipment to the Bay Area this past weekend and offered brain scanning sessions to members of BAAPT, I asked if it would be all right for me to attend and watch as long as the person wearing the EEG cap agreed. Dario said yes, I asked a fellow BAAPT member (Ellen), who said "Sure!" and we were set.
My Brain on a T-shirt
When I heard that Dario would be returning to speak at our March 2015 BAAPT meeting, I knew what I wanted to do. Each month, I try to choose a t-shirt from my collection that best reflects the topic of that month's program. For March, I wanted a shirt that featured my brain map!
Friday March 6, 2015
PSA: Avoid cartoonstock.com.
I thought use of a cartoon, with full attribution on an unpublicized personal page constituted "fair use".
Cartoon Stock disagrees.
But without first offering me a chance to take the cartoon down or pay for a license, they sent a threatening letter insisting on a "settlement penalty". My attempt to settle amicably (by suggesting that I pay the licensing fee for past use and/or immediately take down the cartoon) was met first with silence, then with a form letter after I tried again to contact them. My response to the form letter received the identical form letter again. I guess no one is home.
Apparently, Cartoon Stock's "License Compliance Services" employees have nothing better to do than to go after private individuals on backwater unpublicized pages. They're certainly not spending their time answering their email.
I'll pay their penalty fee, but it comes with a cost to them: this post.
By my reading of the 7 U.S. Code § 107 - Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use, this blog post itself would definitely count as fair use, being for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting..., however, I do not trust the robots at Cartoonstock.com, so I will link to their 'toon rather than uploading it.
Sunday February 8, 2015
People Leave Managers
Axiom: People join companies, but leave managers
We had dinner with a friend last night. She was feeling the relief that comes from having made, and accepted, a major decision. She's giving notice at her job on Monday. Her manager has been creating a hostile work environment.
It probably would not be considered "hostile" in the actionable sense. There's no discrimination of a protected class involved. In a cruel plot twist, an equal-opportunity Bad Boss is, in most cases, just a bad boss, at least in terms of possible repercussions.
Thursday January 8, 2015
The best place to be in an earthquake is where you can say "What was that?"
I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since Sept. 1984. I've noticed several small earthquakes and one large (the Loma Prieta, in 1989). Earthquakes are "normal" here.
Buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes. We don't always succeed; every quake is different. But every time we have one, the earthquake safety code is updated and construction is improved for the next time. We know there will be a next time.
We have earthquakes in California. California has had 133 earthquakes (measuring M1.5 or greater) in the past 7 days, 547 in the past month. We "know" earthquakes here. They're as familiar as thunderstorms in Georgia.
Wednesday December 3, 2014
I love brass music. From 4th through 12th grade, I played the cornet in school. I stopped playing when I graduated from High School, but I love the sound of brass instruments, trumpets and cornets in particular.
Rich and I have been going to a lot of guitar showcases, house concerts, larger concerts, over the past year or so. I like guitar too, to listen to, but, as I told Rich, I feel that if I've seen one guitar I've seen them all (aside from the wood and inlays of course).
Last night's concert was the SFCM Brass Department Recital. Yeay Brass!
Monday November 24, 2014
Looking for Coffee in All The Right Places
We occasionally drive up into the North Bay Area (Marin and Sonoma counties) for a concert or some other entertainment. On the way up, we typically get a coffee drink for the trip before heading north. On the way back home, we'd like to do the same; however, our options are more limited in the latter part of the evening.
While there are many Starbucks along that stretch of US 101, only a handful are open after 9pm, which is when we're usually driving home. I decided to look for a list of those stores.
Starbucks has a Store locator that makes it easy to list all of the stores in a given area. I can't filter by "open late", but I could scan for closing times after 9pm. (Note: to do this, you need to use the store locator before 9pm. Otherwise, if the store has closed, the houses will not be listed. It will just say: Closed.)