mingmerciless (mingmerciless) wrote,

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Flew up to Lübeck yesterday morning. At the airport, I saw a German newspaper which mentioned 60 people in the Meerbusch area had been quarantined as a result of that SARS case :-O Huh.

Anyway, it's been disgustingly hot here - couldn't wait to retreat into my air-conditioned hotel room! Way too hot to be wearing shirt and tie but this client's too formal for removal of ties, I think. Hell, the phone list doesn't even list first names and the people I speak to refer to each other as Mr This, Herr That or Frau Other. I'm told by my colleague it's a general German thing though. She said that when she started her first job in Germany, she wondered when the colleague she shared a room with would address her as "du" (familiar form of "you") rather than Sie (formal). Another colleague replied "Are you sleeping together yet?" ie never.

Other surprising observations so far: I also appear to be the only person I haven't noticed smoking in the office! I also think i was spoiled by working in Holland and Finland - it's been a bit of a shocker that not everyone here speaks perfect fluent English. Me, I can just about manage "Ich spreche nür Englisch"... Oh, and last Friday, security at Düsseldorf airport made us all take our shoes off and put them through the X-Ray machine!

My colleague also mentioned it was unfortunate that I was off next week to Malta as I'd miss working on another project that had just got sold - a football one. Soemhow I'm managing to control my disappointment. I think my days of back-to-back overseas projects and weekly early morning flights are done nor does another football project overly entice me.

On a completely different note, is it just me or does there seem to be a rather higher number of Starfury cons in the pipeline than usual?

And, lastly, results of doing the Brain Usage Profile quiz. Seems fair enough, isn't really anything I'd dispute too much in it.

Your Brain Usage Profile

Auditory : 50%
Visual : 50%
Left : 58%
Right : 41%

Ming, you are somewhat left-hemisphere dominant with a balanced preference for auditory and visual inputs. Because of your "centrist" tendencies, the distinctions between various types of brain usage are somewhat blurred.

Your tendency to be organized and logical and attend to details is reasonably well-established which should afford you success regardless of your chosen field of endeavor, unless it requires total spontaneity and ability to improvise, your weaker traits. However, you are far from rigid or overcontrolled. You possess a degree of individuality, perceptiveness, and trust in your intuition to function at much more sophisticated levels than most.

Having given sufficient attention to detail, you can readily perceive the larger aspects and implications of a situation or of learning. You are functional and practical, but can blend abstraction and theory into your framework readily.

The equivalence of your auditory and visual learning orientation gives you two equally effective sensory input systems, each with distinctive features. You can process both unidimensionally and multidimen- sionally with equal facility. When needed, you sequence material while at other times you "intake it all" and store it for processing later.

Your natural ability to use your senses is also synthesized in your way of learning. You can be reflective in your approach, absorbing material in a non-aggressive manner, and at other times voracious in seeking out stimulation and experience.

Overall you tend to be somewhat more critical of yourself than is necessary and avoid enjoying life too much because of a sense of duty. You feel somewhat constrained and tend to sometimes restrict your expressiveness. In any given situation, you will opt for the rational, and learning of almost any type should be easy for you. You might need certain ideas explained to you in order to fit them into your scheme of things, but you're at least sopen to that!
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