October 10th, 2007


The weather hates me personally

I was running a little late this morning, after dithering about what to pack for lunch and what to have for breakfast. As I glanced at the clock and thought "Hm, I'm running a bit late -- better get a move on", the skies opened. So I finished breakfast, brushed my teeth, put on my nice rain pants and my windbreaker and headed out into the storm.

About halfway there, it rained harder, just to prove it could.

My windbreaker is sweet and tries hard, but it is not waterproof. It does just fine in light rain; pleasant spring-type showers are just its thing. It couldn't handle the deluge at all. So I arrived at the train station with soaking-wet shirtsleeves and a rather damp front (in spots).

As I was locking up my bike, it stopped raining.


(Note to self, or anyone who feels like taking me shopping: need raincoat, in some bright don't-run-over-me color. Also backpack protector. Maybe waterproof gloves?)

Object recognition

I have now taken the little test here to see what my visual recognition is like.

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There are several things that strike me as peculiar here.

1. Why did they test the names with a different procedure than the eyeglasses and faces?
2. I am a bit startled that I didn't do worse at the objects and faces; I was expecting those percent corrects to be much lower than the name one, both before and after I had taken the tests.
3. Despite the percent correct on the objects and faces not being too much lower than the average, my percentile scores are significantly lower. I'd be curious to see what the spread is like.
4. The average score for recognizing eyeglasses is slightly higher than the average score for recognizing faces. I find that extremely odd (though probably not statistically significant). I wonder if it's a consequence of the faces being in different positions in different pictures but the eyeglasses being in the same position in all the pictures.
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