"Mind Probe" meme

I don't know who the authors are but their web site is a new-age/self-help cliché farm. The results seem plausible, but like so many of these things, along with (for example) astrology, palm reading, and similar pseudoscientific bollocks, the report is so vague as to fit almost anyone.

Michael, you possess an interesting balance of hemispheric and sensory characteristics, with a slight right-brain dominance and a slight preference for visual processing.

Since neither of these is completely centered, you lack the indecision and second-guessing associated with other patterns. You have a distinct preference for creativity and intuition with seemingly sufficient verbal skills to be able to translate in any meaningful way to yourself and others.

You tend to see things in "wholes" without surrendering the ability to attend to details. You can give them sufficient notice to be able to utitlize and incorporate them as part of an overall pattern.

In the same way, while you are active and process information simultaneously, you demonstrate a capacity for sequencing as well as reflection which allows for some "inner dialogue."

All in all, you are likely to be quite content with yourself and your style although at times it will not necessarily be appreciated by others. You have sufficient confidence to not second-guess yourself, but rather to use your critical faculties in a way that enhances, rather than limits, your creativity.

You can learn in either mode although far more efficiently within the visual mode. It is likely that in listening to conversations or lecture materials you simultaneously translate into pictures which enhance and elaborate on the meaning.

It is most likely that you will gravitate towards those endeavors which are predominantly visual but include some logic or structuring. You may either work particularly hard at cultivating your auditory skills or risk "missing out" on being able to efficiently process what you learn. Your own intuitive skills will at times interfere with your capacity to listen to others, which is something else you may need to take into account.


(Thanks to slfisher.)
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Tales of the trigger finger

Last summer while on the Alaska cruise I noticed that I was able to make the middle finger of my right hand perform a little trick, where it would click open and closed when I tried to flex or extend it -- it was like it only had two states, fully flexed or fully extended. It was pretty minor, so I didn't pay any particular attention to it. Well, it kept getting worse, and I mentioned it to Maggie's mother, who is a retired nurse, and she said, "Aha - that's called trigger finger", also known as stenosing tenosynovitis. (There's a good reference on About.com as well.)

It got so bad that at night it seizes up, and I wake up with that finger curled up and unable to move until I manually, and more than a little painfully, uncurl it with my other hand. Then I soak in it some warn water, and in a few minutes it's working again. I mentioned it to my doctor, who sent me off to a hand specialist, whom I saw today.

He gave a good explanation of the condition, which was congruent with what I'd read on the Net, and he showed me a nice anatomical diagram from the Manual of Hand Surgery which showed the whole pulley tendon and tendon sheath system of the hand.

So, bottom line, the first treatment of choice is an injection of a corticosteroid (in this case dexamethasone), which is successful in about 64% of cases (according to the medical text) or "over 50%" (according to the About.com article). If that doesn't work, he'll decide whether it's worth repeating after a week or so, and if not, then it will need (relatively minor) surgery, which consists of "releasing" (i.e., cutting loose) some of the tendon sheaths.

I'm hoping it won't need surgery, but you never know. Right now it's still a little numb and swollen from the injection, but I'm hoping for results over the next few days.

It's accent time!

No surprises here. Meme from japlady. For some reason the image for "Western" does not display; some of the other regions do.

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Western. Like Midland, Western is another accent that people consider neutral. So, you might not actually be from the Western half of the country, but you definitely sound like it.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

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Semi-annual long revelatory meme

From shadowsmark. This one looks like it came from MySpace and took steroids.


What is your salad dressing of choice?
Blue cheese or caesar.

What is your favorite fast food restaurant?

What is your favorite sit down restaurant?
Oh, my, I could write a book on that subject (and maybe will sometime). There are just so many. A few off the top of my head are Boulevard, in San Francisco; The Oven, an Indian restaurant in Lincoln, Nebraska; Au Pied de Cochon in Paris; Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City (not really sit-down, but it's not fast food!); Les Halles in New York City; and Espetus, a Brazilian steakhouse in SF. Just to name a few.

On average what percentage tip do you leave?
20%, usually on the gross.

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick?

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
I'm not a big pizza person, but my favorite pizza ever (as I was writing on another site) was the cilantro-pesto and tasso sausage at the old Ruby's in SF. Another favorite is the cheese pizza at La Casa in Omaha, Nebraska.

What do you like to put on your toast?
Foie gras, of course. Why else was toast invented? If not available, then cheese or a meat or vegetable terrine.


Number of contacts in your cell phone?
About 200. Just checked.

Number of contacts in your email address book?
Also about 200; it's synced with my phone.

What is your wallpaper on your computer?
Maggie and me on a mountaintop above a glacier in Alaska, with the helicopter that took us up there:

What is your screensaver on your computer?
It just goes blank after a while.

How many televisions are in your house?

What kitchen appliance do you use the least?
Can opener.


Are you right handed or left handed?
Definitely left.

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
Tonsils, gall bladder, and some underperforming coronary arteries.

Which of your five senses do you think is keenest?
Taste or smell.

What is the heaviest item you lift regularly?
My nylon bag, with laptop, books, magazines, and a dozen other things.

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
I fell backwards in a chair in my college house and was out for a bit. They kept me overnight in the infirmary. .


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
It would be tempting, but probably not, since it would be impossible not to obsess about it all the time.

If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
It's fine as it is, but as a kid I was was always fascinated with "Carl" or "Carlos".

How do you express your artistic side?
Writing & photography.

What color do you think you look best in?
Probably black.

Have you ever swallowed a non-food item?
I suppose I did as a kid, but I can't remember it. Oh. ::blush:: You mean like... aha. I suppose that's possible too.

Have you ever saved someone's life?
Not directly, but possibly indirectly.

Has someone ever saved yours?
Likely the surgeon who did my bypass operation.


Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $1000?
I have no compunction about being naked in public, but if I'm likely to get arrested or cited for it, it's probably not worth the $1000. If I were promised immunity, sure!

Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100?
Easy money!

Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000?
Not a chance.

Would you never blog again for $50,000?
Not worth it.

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
No, unless you mean one of those tiny novelty bottles.

Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000?
Probably not, but I can think of circumstances where I would.

Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000?
Not worth it.

And one more: (which apparently means 46 more :-))

1. Where will you be when it turns 2007?
Hopefully with Maggie in Nebraska.

2. How did you get the idea for your MySpace name?
Aha! Revealed! Well, translating this to LiveJournal, my LJ name, sfo2lhr means
San Francisco to London (LHR = airport code for Heathrow), which is what I was up to when I created the account, and hope to spend more time split between the two cities in the future.

3. What song are you listening to right now?
A San Jose Sharks hockey game on my TiVo.

4. Has the death of a celebrity ever made you cry?
John F. Kennedy, when I was 7 years old. My parents cried too.

5. Do you own an iPod?
Yes, a couple of generations back; it's a 40GB with a non-photo monochrome display.

6. What was the first thing you thought this morning?
I wondered if it was still raining.

7. What do you do for a living?
Lawyer. Consultant. Putting together a book proposal for '07.

8. What will you do tonight?
Finish watching the hockey game on the TiVo, watch the news, check my email & a couple of social web sites, and go to bed.

9. Name someone on your top friends who is just like you?
I'm not sure there is anyone just like me; perhaps just as well.

10. What does your bf/gf do for a living?
She's a musician & also does audio recording and mastering.

11. Who last text messaged you?
Maggie, sending a photo to my phone.

12. Are you on any medication?
Oh, all sorts, including a brand new diabetes drug that's only been out for a month.

13. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
The right.

14. What color shirt are you wearing?

15. What is your favorite frozen treat?
Steamable Chinese dumplings. There are like 30 kinds.

16. How many piercings do you have?
Just one at present, a golden earring. Maximum was 6, I think, at one point.

17. What's your favorite store?
Harrod's in London, especially the Food Halls. Locally, hmmm, Draeger's or Trader Joe's.

18. Are you thirsty right now?
Not particularly.

19. Who's someone you haven't seen in a while and miss?
My good friend Brent (mtnvwpilot), whose father died recently.

20. What did you do 2 nights ago?
I was over at my father's house, helping him get over the stomach flu. He's much better now.

21. Do you care what people think about you?
Sure, I'm all about social construction.

22. Have you ever done something to instigate trouble?

23. When was the last time you worked out?
I do a morning walk and a short workout, but I skipped it today, so, hmm, yesterday.

24. What are your font colors on AIM?
I don't use AIM; I have Apple iChat but rarely use it. The colors are undoubtedly the defaults.

25. Where do you live?
Pleasanton, California.

26. Are you aggressive?
In most areas, no; in some games and in investing, yes.

27. Mobile Phone Network?
Sprint. I also have a Virgin Mobile UK SIM and phone number I can use outside North America in my other (GSM) phone.

30. What is the thing that you would most like to change about yourself?
Healthier eating habits.

31. What size are your feet?
8.5 or 9, regular or wide.

32. What do you smell like right now?
Clean laundry.

33. What is your favorite color?
They're all pretty much equal. I like grey in my current decorating kick.

34. Do you like mustard?

35. What do you tell yourself when times get hard?
I place my confidence in common sense, science, and knowledge, and hope for the best.

36. Would you ever sky-dive?

37. Do you sleep on your side, tummy or back?
Side or occasionally belly.

38. Have you ever bid for something on eBay?
The last thing was, I think, an old map of San Francisco.

39. Do you enjoy giving hugs?

40. Would you consider yourself to be fashionable?
Not usually, though in some things quite possibly.

41. Do you own a digital camera?

43. Who is your favorite Star Wars character?

44. Does it annoy you when someone says they'll call but don't?
Very much.

45. What are you allergic to?
Nothing serious. Raw bananas seem to annoy me.

46. Are you a jealous person?
Usually not.
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