… and all through the blog, links were stirring… something something, eggnog… hmm.
Sorry…? You can hear me exclaim, as I dive out of sight:
happy Festivus to all, and to all a good night.
Did you even know there was a part 1?
One of my friends from graduate school occasionally reminds me that the world is a very scary place. Because it is. I recently shared a hotel with her for a wedding and found out the following things.
Bed bugs are everywhere. When finding a hotel it is important to check bedbugregistry to make sure that the hotel hasn’t had a problem with bedbugs. Most hotels have.
This one we already knew: Door handles are carriers for diseases. Use a paper towel or kleenex that you then throw away anytime you have to touch one. If you don’t have one, well, do your best with whatever cloth you have available that you’re unlikely to touch. (After surviving the job market without a single illness using this advice, compared to the way I got sick every time I got on a plane before, I actually am a believer on this one.)
Glasses in hotel rooms… trust me, you don’t even want to know what she said about this. In fact, I’ve blocked it out of my mind. LALALALALA. Not thinking about it!
Your dryer can set your house on fire. You should never leave them unattended.
MRSA … I may have to email her about this one…. Or maybe not because I probably blocked it out for a reason.
airborne mutant viruses on airplanes … I also seem to have mentally blocked this one…
Sitting down a lot. It’s bad for you! But we do it.
What things are you paranoid about?
If so, tell us all about it in the comments!
The last one I had, I had to go back to highschool with #2 because we were both missing courses for our high school degree. Mine was PE!
(My partner reports that everybody has that dream. But probably everybody doesn’t dream about getting their PhD taken away due to a high school mishap!)
We’re at the point now with passwords that there’s no way we can remember all of them with all their different requirements and the way some of them have to change every few months and so on.
That leads to possibly bad ideas for how to remember passwords. For example, writing them down on post-it notes and sticking them all over your monitor. A step up from that is putting them on a sheet of paper and sticking them in your safe, which is maybe something you should be doing along with your will anyway. Of course, then you have to go into your locked safe every time you need a password you’ve forgotten.
You could also email them to yourself. Which is not the best idea for obvious reasons (getting hacked!). Or you could have the same password for everything, which of course you can’t do because there are different requirements, and if you could would be a bad idea because if someone gets one of your passwords, they get them all. Or you could have the same basic password with minor changes based on the program you’re logging in with (MintX3$v, HotmailX3$v, etc.) Again, if someone gets one of your passwords, it’s pretty obvious what the rest are going to be (plus you might run into problems with requirements not allowing your set-up).
Partner 1: The best setup I’ve found is using key-based authentication. So I only have to remember the one password, and if someone hacks into Target and gets my public key I don’t care because it’s public anyway. but only computer geeks use them…
Partner 2: Is a computer geek.
LASTPASS is the answer. I never remember any passwords anymore.
What do you do to remember passwords? What are things other people do?
Makin up a song about email in a chat log
#1: my brain is exploding with email, I don’t understand
whyyyyyyy so much email
#2: why are you getting so much email?
who is sending it?
#1: many peeps
#2: networking peeps?
#1: all sorts of peeps. Some is forwarded from [university]. Some is colleagues. Some is friends, some is listserv, some is “your order has shipped”, some is my mom
#2: “your order has shipped” is always nice. Does your mom have an unsubscribe button?
#1: hahaha unsubscribe mom from sending me stuff she thought I might like that is either irrelevant or I thought about it 3 years ago. Sigh.
My password expires in 30 days…. would you please allow us to use your stimuli (sure!), would you like to read these books or attend this sale or be a co-author, the conference information has changed….. eeeeeemail.
The third co-author needs to talk to you, here is your lease, here is the name of a headhunter, our baby is cute….. eeeeeeemail.
(Bridge: Here’s your receipt; would you mind taking this survey?)
Your review is due, someone’s changing their email address, times for riding…. eeeeeeeeemail.
Sing it with me, y’all! (#2 also has 200+ emails to go through right now…)