It's been depressing to have a bunch of 268 days, even though I've been doing mostly the right thing. I just started doing the Hacker's Diet Exercise plan, rung 1, on top of 4 times a week of going to the gym and doing some cardio/running.
Finally a little bit of a payoff, although it's hard to see.
Bad day at work today and not because of the actual work part...
I have been watching Leo Laporte do his radio show for the past few weeks on ustream.tv but it wasn't working for him today, so he went to stickam.com. Well, I tried to follow him over there but I couldn't. Apparently whatever port they use for the video is blocked here (in my experience, they block every port except for port 80 and they also have a content filter. Apparently they're paranoid here.)
So, it was very frustrating to be in the chat via ircatwork and hear people talking about him bouncing on an exercise ball and generally being goofy and being one click away from being able to see and experience the interactivity. He also would answer questions from the chat via audio which I also couldn't hear.
Stupid port filters. Very annoying.
Oh, and some weird 15 year old girl was IM'ing me for no reason. I told her to go away and she wouldn't. I wonder if it's Chris Hansen? Entrapment! I'm calling it first.
I'm a school psychologist in real life... Interesting news for us psychologists: AGS Pearson is buying Psychcorp from Harcourt. This could be a huge monopoly power in the psychoeducational world but I'll reserve judgement. This would essentially create one place for us psychologists to get the best tests for our job. This could then allow for increased costs for already *very* expensive tests. I recently asked our school district to buy 2 books for $1000. And they did.. What choice did they have? It's the best thing available.
Of course, I understand that there is research and development costs and that the services I provide are very expensive on the free market. I'm somewhat uncomfortable with the idea that my tax dollars (and yours) fund research for this company. I'd like to see an open source type movement come about for these types of psychoeducational tests. I don't have the brain for the actual research and development and testing that occurs but I could at least help out by understanding the GPL and providing backend support like that.
Ostensibly, we have that. The idea behind psychological research is that it is published and freely available. It would be very difficult to ask psychologists to conduct research for free but it already happens. There are grants available from a number of organizations.
In addition, DIEBLS is a new, free, alternative for some of the psychoeducational evaluations I conduct. We should expand on this idea with intelligence tests and other types of psychoeducational batteries. I'd like to see something like that occur.