Every time you sign up for a new Facebook app, another company gets access to your information, your contacts, your posts, everything. More importantly, another company gets to start advertising at your friends through you. Yuck.
Here is an easy way to slow down this ceaseless parade of ads and privacy violations: remove unused Facebook apps from your account. Just click on this link and remove any apps that you don’t use.
If you aren’t ready to remove an app, you can still use the link above to change the “Visibility of app”. If you change it from “Public” to “Only me”, then your friends won’t see ads, Farmville updates and such, but the company still sees your info.
Studied November 12th thru December 6th, almost 4 weeks, maybe averaging 4 days/week, 3 hours/session.
I read “Cracking the GRE 2013” from Princeton Review; doing all the examples and sample tests as I went.
In the week before the test I did the two timed practice tests in the PowerPrep II software.
* I find that caffeine pills really work to enhance my mental focus and stamina. I used them for my physiology class over the summer and in studying for the GRE to good effect. I had to carefully manage my caffeine intake (I’ll tell you the caffeine story another time). By the end of my study cycle I was popping a lot of pills. On the day of the test I took 3 200 mg pills divided into 1/2 pills over the course of the day. Today, 4 days after the test I’ve got a pretty consistent dull caffeine withdrawal headache. I’ll probably have it for a week or two. It was worth it.
* The test paced REALLY FAST. If I had enough time I would have gotten a nearly perfect score. But they make sure you don’t have enough time. Taking the practice tests alerted me to this issue.
* The test is REALLY LONG. I was in my chair for some 4 hours, focusing hard the entire time. It is a grueling marathon of a test.
* I found the following question answering strategy worked for me: I’d look at a question and if it didn’t feel right, I’d skip it. Usually the issue would be that I’d read a question and then have no idea where to go with it, or it just seemed really hard. Or overly complicated. Just skip it! (I knew my brain might be churning on it in the background)
Pasting text that already has formatting in it can be a bother.
The homebrew fix to strip formatting is: Copy the text, paste it into Notepad, Copy it again, paste it wherever.
There is a great program for it: Puretext http://www.stevemiller.net/puretext/
With the program: copy the text, hit WINDOWS+V (instead of the normal CTRL+V and the text is pasted with the formatting stripped out :-)
It’s fun seeing the bones of the neighborhood slowly change.
24th Street was repaved on August 23rd, 2013. Here are some photos
I don’t know why they dug up this section all the way to dirt. They later filled it with concrete and then repaved it in asphalt. It’s interesting to see that there isn’t any gravel and the concrete is only about 6 inches deep. That’s not the best road construction but it’ll do well enough.
I told you that I worked on the kinetic elements of Desiree Holman’s most recent art piece, Sophont. The installation, along with my bits are at the Philip J. Steele Gallery at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver until November 23rd!
I’m going to make an admission. When I first saw her art, I it didn’t really excite me but I thought, “Sure, let’s make art, let’s make it kinetic!” After hanging around it for a while and most recently reading the catalog, it’s seeping in. I’m starting to get it and I like it! Art is funny that way.
I got a phone call from San Jose State today. I was accepted into their Master’s of Occupational Therapy program!!!The program begins fall 2014. I am over the moon!
Some folks have asked what OT is… You might start with the idea of a Physical Therapist. A PT gets your body working, an OT focuses on helping you do whatever it is you do in your life, your “occupation”. Some quick examples: kids need to grow, amputees need to relearn shoe tying, elderly want to keep living independently. It’s a rather broad field!