Left/right brain test

by Grace aka costofcollege

Just for fun, take a test.

Left or Right Brain Test

I came out 66%/34% L/R, which seems on target.  Do your results surprise you?

I remember liking this book:  Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World.  The author has a blog.

Out In Left Field
For left-brainers and kin: thoughts on education, left-brainedness, autism, and right-brain biases

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121 thoughts on “Left/right brain test

  1. I got 68L/32R. I didn’t like some of the question, such as I like both Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter. And the direction one, I would use either of those descriptions.

  2. I got the same score as Denver Dad. Made the same observations. I don’t often use a recipe because I don’t need to for anything but a cake. That doesn’t make me more right brained, just more experienced. All those skinny lines made me dizzy, so I like the splotches. And I’m retired, what is a schedule? I also have mixed left right dominance (do a lot with my left hand). On the other hand, I didn’t know the world is supposed to be right brained. I always thought left brained was normal, but the world needs 20% right brains as leavening.

    However, I do want to know (if they choose to share) the scores for Finn and WCE.

  3. I was 64% right brain. But on some of the do-you-prefer questions, I honestly preferred both answers equally. I like academic talks and I like art exhibits. I detest both Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter. And as for the business exec, I think that question is more about your values than your left or right brainedness

    In any case, I had thought that whole left brain right brain thing had been debunked ages ago, just as learning styles has been

  4. 32Left/68Right. I don’t think the test is very good for me (I have only one good eye, I’m left-handed, I like math and music classes equally well, and I would be foolish to manage four children and a career without a schedule)

    I am sufficiently right-brained that I have to overcompensate at work, because other people are so left-brained. I had one manager explain to me that I needed to lay things out linearly for her to understand what I was saying, and her perceptiveness helped me realize that I was confusing lots of other people who weren’t able to tell me that they needed a flow chart instead of a web or Venn diagram description of a problem.

    One of the reasons I liked yield analysis so much is that I could use my right-brain intuition and my number sense to find root cause of problems and to develop testable hypotheses. Having to work hard at communicating with other people has meant I’m a pretty good project manager, nearly twenty years into my “career.”

  5. I am 60 left 40 right. Some of the questions didn’t make sense. I would/have used both ways to give directions. If I cook something the first time I use a recipe, then, I make adjustments on subsequent versions. I have no desire to learn a new language or a dance. I have three kids and a career, of course I have a schedule. I wouldn’t know to look up the lyrics to a song unless I heard it first.

  6. Oh the directions question was a definite one for me – I always navigate by landmark. Someplace, I read that women more typically navigate by landmark

    And I read recipes for inspiration but I never follow them. That is why I cannot bake

  7. I was 52/48, slight right brain preference. This was not a surprise once I figured out what they meant by each category, as my analytical preferences are counterbalanced by my distaste for schedules/too much order. I have always tested 50/50 on these sorts of tests. I answered one question wrong (the word “red”) — they asked which answer was correct, “red” or “blue,” and I answered “blue” just because it seemed completely absurd. Only then did I realize that the word was written in blue. So had I answered based on what I *saw*, I would probably be 52/48 the other way. Then again, the fact that I chose an answer specifically because it made no logical sense probably affirms I’m in the right-brain camp anyway.

    But who said it’s a right-brain world? Good lord, I’ve always struggled with things being *too* linear and boring.

  8. 48/52. I’ve always thought my strengths and weaknesses were particular patchy. I concern myself artistic, but I can’t recognize or carry a tune to save my life. I’m very numerical, and can probably accurately recall values from patients that I saw last week. On the other hand, despite having seen multiple made for TV miniseries and read many novelized versions of the story, I can’t accurately tell you which century the Tudors belong to.

  9. Cordelia, I would have considered the person I was talking to when giving directions, similar to the question about whether I would use gestures. Yesterday, someone (probably an international grad student) asked me directions to an obscure spot near work and I could tell he was a non-native English speaker. That made me more likely to use gestures and point than I would have been. Last week, a fluent non-native speaker asked me for directions, and I answered him differently than I did the less fluent speaker yesterday.

  10. WCE,

    I had the same thought about the directions question. How I give directions depends on the person I’m giving them to. Although I almost always use north/south/east/west instead of right and left.

  11. Cordelia, I’d be much more likely to use N/S/E/W in Iowa (where the roads are a grid) than in Portland (where the roads are sparser and curve around a series of hills) I hadn’t thought of that aspect of giving directions before. I just know that Iowa is far easier for me to navigate.

  12. “Although I almost always use north/south/east/west instead of right and left.”

    nothing confuses me more than this unless it is sunset or sunrise so I can go figure the direction based on that

  13. I find Portland very difficult to navigate. Maybe it is all those rivers, mountains, and bridges everywhere. I can never get a feel that something is in that general direction and I just need to make progress that way. I find areas where you just have to follow the section lines much easier.

  14. but I’m direction-ally challenged so you really don’t want me to give directions at all

  15. I remember in spanish class we had to give directions in spanish, I was like tell me what the english is and I’ll tell you in spanish but I am thoroughly confused!

  16. My favorite sort of landmark directions are, turn left where Joe’s bar and grill used to be. Usually nowadays I am giving directions to the best parking. When I was growing up in an urban area, it was more like, at major intersection take a right on main street, go through three traffic lights, then take the second left, halfway up the hill, pink house.

  17. I give directions by landmarks. Which are usually food. I am never even conscious of which direction I am traveling — I do apparently notice it subconsciously, because moving from “the mountains are on the west” to “the mountain is on the east” really threw me for about a year. But it is never directions or mileage, it is recreating the voyage — “go through three lights and take the next left, right after the McDonald’s; if you get to the stop sign, you have gone too far.

    WCE, I am impressed that you adjust your style to the speaker. What I just described is how everyone in my family, ever, gives directions, so it never even occurred to me that there was another option until I was maybe 30.

  18. Right and left are incredibly confusing, because they are always changing based on the direction one is facing. North is always north. I wonder if knowing/using NSEW directions is innate or learned. I almost always know where north is, even indoors. I find it very distracting/disturbing not to know. The term I’ve heard and used is “turned around” for when one doesn’t know where north is. As in “I’ve gotten turned around and don’t know where X is.”

  19. @Meme — when you’re giving directions in Taos, everyone refers to “the blinking light.” Except it was replaced with a regular stoplight, oh, 15 years ago. :-)

  20. I am 60/40 like lemon and Fred. I agree with you all about the questions though, there were several I didn’t like.

  21. “My favorite sort of landmark directions are, turn left where Joe’s bar and grill used to be.”

    I do this, turn where the Walgreens used to be, DH will say, I didn’t grow up in the same city, I don’t know where it used to be

  22. When I was kid, my parent’s ranch was a few miles past the blinking light that people used as a landmark. About 30-40 years ago, the blinking light was replaced by a stoplight. Until GPS/Waze came into common use people would on occasion pull up and ask directions saying that they had been instructed to turn at the blinking light, but didn’t see it and thought they had gone too far.

  23. @Cordelia — interesting. I *never* know where north is unless I stop and consciously think about it (e.g., visualize myself on a map grid and rotate myself on the page). But I *always* know exactly where I am and exactly how to get back from anywhere. Somehow the various landmarks I pass plant themselves in my brain, without me even trying — if I’ve been somewhere once, I can get there again. So it sounds like we both have an equivalent sense of direction, but we have completely different markers in our heads.

    I have also noticed that my superpower goes away when I am following Google Maps, which bugs me. A lot.

  24. I’m very directionally challenged. I’d probably pull out my phone, ask the Google, and then show the directions to the questioner.

  25. One of Mr WCE’s superpowers is maintaining his sense of direction in the deep-underground St Petersburg subway system. I was trying to read subways maps and Cyrillic but he unerringly got us where we needed to go based on who-knows-what.

  26. CoC, did you get my topic suggestion? I’m about to send in another one, too.

  27. My husband regularly mixes up right and left. He admits to it, too. He says he has to concentrate to remember which is which

  28. I decided to take six of these so called test in row and see how the results differed. I could never get to right brain, of course, but the degree of left brain depended on whether the questions were black/white or more nuanced. For entertainment purposes only.

  29. MM,

    I’m the same way. As a kid I could never for the life of me figure it out until I noticed that if you look at (or imagine) the alphabet above the board in a classroom the L is to the left of the M. Left Middle Right. So, I could fake it. Now, I have a better innate sense of left and right but it still gets a little shaky sometimes. i assume most people just know and don’t have to think about it?

  30. Rocky,
    The Google will give you spoken directions as you walk if you let it. (This is how I roll.)

  31. If you look at your left hand, the thumb and forefinger form an L, which is how I know which way is left. I don’t know right or left without thinking about it.

  32. This conversation is very interesting. Left and right are things I don’t have to think about. But I have to really concentrate to figure out NESW. I have found that my directional skills have really gone downhill now that I use GPS for everything. I know every street in the town where I grew up. I barely know the street names around where I live because I am never forced to pay much attention.

  33. Mr. Louise is very good with directions. At first I used to give him directions but stopped when I realized he never required them. He would get a start using the GPS and then somehow managed to get there. My kids have to deal with two different styles. I like to know where I am going in advance, so I will pull up directions beforehand and look at them. DH sits in his car and navigates by the seat of his pants. My DS has learnt to keep quiet as each of his parents drives him to the same field using different roads, each claiming to get there faster than the other.
    I ask both my kids to pay attention to where we are going as we drive around. This will make it easier as they start to drive.

  34. Left and right are hard for me and I sometimes get them wrong under pressure. This bugs Mr WCE. The only time my deficit was a good thing was when we were driving around Auckland, NZ, after 24 hr of travel. Mr WCE is the better driver but was overwhelmed by trying to drive on the left side of the road. Since I drive by putting myself in the middle of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side of the car there, the switch was easier for me.

  35. Cat – I try to be less dependent to the GPS if I can. Not using the GPS forces me to pay attention and I can remember the route easier.

  36. Right and left are incredibly confusing, because they are always changing based on the direction one is facing.

    They never change, that’s what makes them so much easier to use than geographic directions. I have a very good sense of direction, but if I’m in an unfamiliar place, it can be hard to figure out which way is north, but I always know which way is left. I would never give someone directions by telling them “turn north on main st” (Unless it was a highway with clearly marked north and south entrances). I would tell them “turn left on man st.”

  37. DS gets his directional abilities from DH. not yet 5 and he can already navigate us places

  38. I’m terrible with left and right. My saving grace was breaking my left arm when I was in third grade. From that moment on I always referred to my arm to remember which one was left. The “making an L” with your left hand doesn’t work because the right-hand to make an L too if you put your palm up.

    Medical school didn’t help, as we spent a lot of time looking at pictures where the “patients left” is not the same thing as my left. I’ve never done a wrong sided procedure (probably because most of my procedures are done on injuries, or normal tissue, so it’s easy to know that you’re in the right spot, or it doesn’t matter). However, once in the middle of the night, I convinced myself that I had put a chest tube in the wrong side of the patient. I was terrified for about three minutes until the x-ray cleared it up.

  39. We’ve done the “make an L with your left hand” thing to teach my kids. They also know that they are right-handed and can figure out left from right accordingly.

    Mine came up as 56L/44R. I’ve taken similar tests over the years and have never come out overly weighted in one direction or the other, though I have no idea how valid most of that is.

  40. We have a topic coming up on GPS and directional skills.

    I got 36L / 64R, so I guess I’m in the minority here. Like others, I found some of the questions hard to decide — I went with Sherlock Holmes and academic topics but I was like “But I love boooth!”

  41. I think it would also be hard to consider left/right brain activity without also considering neural efficiency.

  42. 52L/48R.

    I’m directionally challenged but I find Seattle very easy – the streets are (for the most part) on a grid; and the Cascade mountains to the east; the Olympic mountains to the west; and I-5 running north-south make it easy for me to always have a good sense of where I am. This is in contrast to Spokane, WA where my mom lived for a couple years. It was all curvy roads that all looked the same and no mountain ranges to orient me. Given how directionally challenged I am, I’m glad I ended up in Seattle and not Portland.

    I can always tell my right from my left – it never occurred to me that it would be hard to tell them apart. Interesting.

    I give directions as a list (go straight, then turn right) and I remember them as a list. I can’t visualize a map in my head at all. I try to use landmarks that still exist as opposed to the ones that have disappeared (but have been guilty of the latter).

    I still feel bad for all the tourists who would come to my hometown in Vermont looking for directions to the Morgan Horse Farm. I had no idea how to get there.

  43. “So whatever the test is measuring, it’s not actually right/left brainedness.”

    I agree. It seemed to largely be measuring the T/F and the J/P from the Myers-Briggs — and since I am pretty strong on both T (logical) and P (intense dislike of too much structure), I end up splitting the difference.

  44. @HM: re: the books, I ended up doing a mini-literary-analysis: well, they’re both versions of mysteries, but Holmes is set in a “real” world, where as Potter is more of a fantasy genre; I like the writing and the real cleverness of the Holmes stories more, but much of what I gravitate to is non-real-world-based, and that’s probably what they’re asking, so I’ll say Potter.

    So I got to an “R” answer by an “L” analysis.

  45. The knowing left from right thing is fascinating. I just know them but I also am like LfB in that I have no idea which direction I’m facing, I just know how to get places by landmarks. This drives me crazy when I rely on Google Maps and it will say head north on the first road and I have no idea which way to go. I am very good at figuring out how to get places on my own, except when I was pregnant for some reason, then the super power went away for those nine month periods.:)

  46. I am 68L/32R, but I had the same reaction as mooshi about Sherlock and Harry Potter, and one other question. I really didn’t like the choices. Mooshi – I had the same reaction to your answer from yesterday’s post; I can’t stand reading or writing poetry.

    I have a great sense of direction, and the only place that I really struggle is LA metro. There are just too many freeways, and so many work arounds. It is just a big mess, and that’s coming from someone that has to routinely navigate around the Cross Bronx or the Bruckner. I just find LA to be very confusing.

  47. Do any of the other lawyers here see the relationships and connections between points of law and precedents visually? Like you feel like if you look up you can kind of see the 3D web of them hovering?

  48. Mind you, my writing follows the usual orderly verbal-logical structure setting out my analysis and why it’s correct.

  49. I really struggle is LA metro.

    I had a slight problem in CA with east and west. Being from Boston, the ocean is to the east and the rest of the country is to the west. In CA, the ocean is to the west and the rest of the country is to the east. I had a meeting on Thursday in the Central Valley and I get on the highway and start going east to head to SFO because SFO is near the ocean and the ocean is to the east. And I happily driving along and road starts climbing into the mountains* and I think, “Great I’m almost there.” Then I glance in the rear view mirror and notice the setting sun…. Hey! Wait a minute! The sun sets in the west! I’m going the wrong way.

    * It was only my second week there so I thought it was the Coastal Range when it was actually the Sierras.

  50. 72R/28L
    I have no problem with left and right, but require street names for directions. I want to be told “turn right at Memorial”, not “turn right at the bank next to the Sonic”. My dyslexic daughter cannot remember L/R, so I just assumed it was a characteristic. From the sounds of things, it is just a coincidence that she has both traits.

    I also had thought that left/right brain theory had been discarded. Although when my child did neurofeedback, I found it fascinating that by focusing on certain areas of the brain she could address specific issues.

  51. “I had a meeting on Thursday in the Central Valley and I get on the highway and start going east to head to SFO because SFO is near the ocean and the ocean is to the east. ”

    snicker

  52. For right and left, It was one of the “skills” that was taught and I remember in PE class we had to quickly raise our right hands, then our left – so by the end of the first grade we could do it. We sometimes forgot but then remembered by using tricks like I eat with my right hand so that way is right.

  53. Around first grade age I would check for the mole on my left shoulder to remember which side to put the forks on when setting the table.

    MBT, my dyslexic sister still sometimes flips right and left.

  54. I didn’t think most people nowadays considered left/right brainedness as literal L/R brainedbess, but as shorthand terms for personality characteristics. But I could be wrong.

    That deadbeat dad in Rhett’s link doesn’t seem to be getting much sympathy from the commenters there, and I must say I agree with them. He chose poorly in deciding on expensive private colleges for two of kids, for one thing.

  55. Totally off topic:

    Okay. I have seen it all. At pickup today at my kid’s school, somebody– I don’t know who– pulled up in a white Rolls Royce, Flying Lady glowing in the bright sun. Who the hell picks up a kid at a special needs school in a white Rolls Royce? Any ideas, Rocky?

    My dick immediately shrank. I realize I live in a city with characters. Moneyed ones. I know most of the kids’ Mothers and a father or two. Boob doctor (Ferrari– two, actually), Colombian cocaine guy (Maserati), City Commissioner (black Suburban, but driven by a police sergeant), starving artist (perfectly restored ’62 vette). I’m used to all this.

    But the white Rolls Royce blew me away today. I mean, that is outrageous! I am sure the insurance on that puppy is more than I make in a year. It even had the mobster doors!

    But I didn’t see the kid who got into the car. Junior was irritatingly on time. And the Moms with yoga were honking at me. I wanted to find out what this was all about. Did a Kardashian move in with Jeb!? Did Amal Clooney start working for Greenberg Traurig? Whoever the kid was, I wanted to tell Junior to kick him in the balls.

    A white Rolls Royce. In a pick up lane. At my kid’s school. Lord, take me now!

  56. I am 48L/52R. I like to think I am balanced. :) but like others, I could have easily chosen the other answer, so not sure the test is that good. But I can definitely say that I suck at math and am more artistically leaning, although I suck at singing or identifying a tune. I get rhythm though.

    HM, can’t say that I can see the 3D picture you are describing.

  57. I must say I agree with them.

    People make poor financial choices all the time, why should this choice be any different? If he had racked up $250k in credit card debt cruising around the world he would have sailed through bankruptcy.

  58. I have to agree with Rhett. People can discharge almost every stupid financial decision they make through bankruptcy, except getting a student loan when they are a teenager. Hmmm,…

  59. PTM, your last post is so great. Loved it.

    Maybe it was a single mom looking for a new man …

  60. “Do any of the other lawyers here see the relationships and connections between points of law and precedents visually? Like you feel like if you look up you can kind of see the 3D web of them hovering?”

    Yes. I call it “Laura’s view of the universe.” It’s like a giant superstructure, like roots of a tree hanging down (but straight, not gnarled or wavy), with different lines for the different issues I deal with, and horizontal connections for similarities. Then when I get a new issue, it goes in a specific little box under each line. That’s how I know what the answer is (although I still doublecheck. Most of the time). It was hugely painful for the first 2-3 years while I was growing the roots and figuring out how they related, but the last 20+ years has largely been filling in the blanks.

    That’s one of those things that I didn’t realize other people didn’t have, because it was just always *there*. I’ve been going back and forth with folks for weeks on a recent brief — I took it for granted that the other parties were going to base their appeal on Supreme Court Case X, because even though it’s under a different regulatory program, it’s exactly the same terms and exactly the same principle, and really well-written and clear (Scalia opinion — much as I disliked the man, this was one of his best). So in my head, it’s an obvious analogy to build our argument around. And then I got into an argument with my own associate and had to outline the whole theory to him, even though he had already done the research and found the cases I needed. And I realized that, no, none of the other people involved had made that connection, because they were focusing on the cases that address Specific Issue A, and Case X didn’t fall within that scope.

  61. No, Ris. It’s gotta be a trophy wife or a drug dealer. I’ll ask Junior whose Dad just got married. If he doesn’t know, I’ll ask him where the kids get drugs.

    I will find out. I doubt it was a loaner from the BMW dealership.

  62. “One of Mr WCE’s superpowers is maintaining his sense of direction in the deep-underground St Petersburg subway system.”

    Now THAT is a superpower.

  63. 56L/44R, like Tulip.

    I found the music/math question particularly interesting, because I’ve heard so many times that music classes help with math, and that strength in math and music go hand in hand.

  64. That’s it, LfB. Complete with the things that are completely on point by analogy and you can see the link even though they’re in different places (love those Cf cites).

  65. “turn left where Joe’s bar and grill used to be. ”

    That’s pretty common around here.

    I’m a bit like WCE on directions, but rather than adapting to the person receiving the directions, I tend to base it on the circumstances of the path. If street signs are difficult to see or nonexistent, I’ll rely more on landmarks, and if there are any obvious, easy to recognize landmarks, I’ll use those.

  66. I immediately thought that it was a grandparent since most of the Rolls and Bentley owners around here are 65+. The Rolls owners seem slightly older than Bentleys, but my view is totally NYC and NYC burbs, and I know SoFl is a whole different animal.

  67. “People make poor financial choices all the time, why should this choice be any different? If he had racked up $250k in credit card debt cruising around the world he would have sailed through bankruptcy.”

    I agree. It should be harder to discharge that sort of credit card debt.

  68. One problem is that Parent Plus loans have negligible underwriting, and if bankruptcy were allowed taxpayers would be on the hook for paying off the loans of many moochers who decided to take the easy money dropped into their laps by the federal government. I don’t think that’s good for them or for taxpayers.

  69. I agree. It should be harder to discharge that sort of credit card debt.

    Why? Keeping in mind that credit cards are the third largest source of small business funding in the US.

  70. “if bankruptcy were allowed taxpayers would be on the hook for paying off the loans of many moochers who decided to take the easy money dropped into their laps by the federal government.”

    Which, in the ensuing free market, would lead lenders to do a little more underwriting instead of just issuing those blank checks. Which, IIRC the Republican view of things, would then force schools to rein in their tuition escalation, as maybe 0.1% of the populace could pay $65K for four years for a mid-rate school in the middle of nowhere. All of which, I believe, the free market supporters see as a good thing.

    This whole issue began with one entitled twit who got the brilliant idea to discharge her student loans in bankruptcy 2 months after graduation, because her debts significantly outweighed her assets at that moment in time. You don’t have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. There’s got to be a happy medium between automatic bankruptcy approval for someone right out of school with unlimited future earning potential and prohibiting any discharge of any loans, ever, for anyone who still has even the slightest chance of working at McDonald’s.

  71. The fellow lost his VP job when he was 51, and hasn’t worked since, according to the article . he and his kids kept taking out loans (and they probably pulled money out and refinanced the house up till the real estate crash). They live in an expensive town. His wife now works as a teacher’s aide parttime 13K per year. Give me a break. They have aged into hardship status, so now he can get the debt discharged. Yes, the parent plus loans should have stricter qualifications. But somehow I, as a single working mother whose first paycheck arrived at the age of 40, drove a beater, lived in a rented apartment, and managed to pay off 90K, some at very high interest, debt incurred to send my kids to college, in four years from the age of 51 to 54.

  72. Can’t be a grandparent, Lauren. They’re all in Cuba or Colombia or Venezuela or somewhere. I’m thinking it might be the chauffer for the Diamond guy Alternately, I’m wondering if North Korea or some such dictatorship collapsed, but there’s nothing yet on MSNB.

    It is a mystery, and I will solve it.

  73. “Why?”

    I agree that the dichotomy doesn’t necessarily make sense, but the solution isn’t necessarily to make it easier to discharge college loans, especially if that would directly translate into taxpayer bailouts.

  74. PTM: You live in a telenovella. To further the plot, you need to hook up with a PTA mom who’s ex is really rich, but has a nefarious career. That shouldn’t be too hard….

    Then sell your story to John Grisham.

  75. Houston — You may not have seen my post yesterday suggesting you e-mail me at my honolulumother address at gmail. I was going to give you a link to my trip planning YouTube playlist and other stuff re the Japan trip.

  76. I’m still suffering from PTSD, Mad Dog. Oh, that baby was beautiful!

    So I figured that this warranted an e-mail to the school principal. (In Junior’s 8 years at that school, nothing else has necessitated an e-mail to her direct account, so I figure she owes me.) She claims to not have noticed. I call bullshit.

    I’m going to ask the PE teacher. He sees everything.

  77. Okay. I now know. I can’t tell you all because you’d all know his name, the fraud local taxpayers are paying for, the kid and the school.

    Oh, my!

  78. PTM – I would love to come down there and look at the Rolls. I live in quite a plain Totebaggy world where people drive their kids to school in GMC Surbarbans or minivans. Such epitomes of propriety ! They would also send their kids to flagship State U or State Engineering School thus not encountering bankruptcy.

  79. The kid has no discernable IQ. I am sure he will be going to Harvard in 9 years. I am sure they need a new building somewhere.

  80. Mad Dog, I never thought of Houston as refined. I guess I need to consider.

    My lawn guy (the owner, not the guys who do the work) drives a midnight blue Bentley.

  81. PTM, if it makes you feel any better there is someone in our pickup line with a Maserati Quattroporte.

  82. 72L/28R.

    This probably explains why I can’t understand emotional decision makers and plan vacations by making schedules in excel.

  83. PTM – Thank you for the entertainment. I almost am glad that we can’t know. I can spins great alternate stories in my mind.

    I scored 82% Left. I mean it’s bunk, but I am surprised that I skewed so much further than some of you!

  84. Add me to the list of people who can’t tell right from left but always know north.

    Since we moved back to my hometown, DH enjoys my directions, which feature not only references to long-gone landmarks and friends’ houses when I was in middle school, but commentary on other people’s homes and landscaping.

    Directions to my family sound like this:
    DD is at a friend’s over by the lake where my junior prom date lived. No, the one with the red car. You’re thinking of my senior prom date. So you take main out toward the lake. Go past the house that used to have the miniature horse [which died in 1989] and then you know the house that was that weird pistachio color? No, split level. Black shutters. Had one of those cement geese people put raincoats on [in 1998]. It’s not green now, someone finally painted it gray, thank goodness. And the goose is gone. Turn there and head toward Jen’s. No, the other Jen. She was your friend. Went to Bucknell, Bowdoin, something with a B. Okay, Bryn Mawr. That’s her. Go past her house, turn right at the stop sign by the house with the turret, and DD’s friend is four houses past it, McMansion with a triple layer gable with the wrong size half moon window smack in the center of it. Of course it’s beige. No, I didn’t de-friend them for buying it, they were desperate to stay in the district. No, I have no idea what the street name is so you can put it in GPS. They’re all battles from the war. You know perfectly well which war, stop being annoying. Do you think you can get her in fifteen minutes? Great.

  85. Love it Sky !
    Here we have big developments and churches, as landmarks. So my kids know in which development their friends live. It is great that they know that their friend lives in Grand Oaks but inside Grand Oaks are about a hundred or more houses, so you better know which street inside the development the house is on. It also helps to know the house is The White House, among all the red brick.

  86. It was opening month for the regional recycle (chemicals, solvents, oil based paint, big batteries). I dutifully brought exactly the stuff that they directed I think my town gets charged by the car, so they overpaid, but now that stuff is out of my house. It is a big waste site. Not only do you need a car to get there, you may not arrive on foot or bicycle or motorcycle – the workers are in head to toe jumpsuits. The workers seemed to accept everything, even what appeared to be cans of latex paint – expressly excluded.

    The 30 day list for May will include such items as dry out the latex paint cans and empty the expired fire extinguisher and dispose of it according to the instructions.

  87. Sending out a tech SOS — any suggestions for a password manager app? I need it to be as user friendly as possible, sync across iOS and other devices. Price is not an obstacle. The reviews for the top products give the impression that there are real differences among them but the significance of their different features is not clear. Thanks for any help!
    I could also use an app that reads my mind and types what I meant to type on the first try.

  88. My child has a sore tummy frequently. I’d like to find an app that tracks input and output, to see if there are any likely food sensitivities. Best would be if info is stored on the cloud, so child could enter info at school, and I could input what I see at home.
    Are Totebaggers familiar with apps to do this, and if so, which do you recommend? What features do you find most helpful?

  89. @Tracker apps: although I came out more right-brain (54) than left (46) in the topic quiz – I love spreadsheets. So when I was trying to track down a food sensitivity 13 years ago (pre-apps), I kept a food diary in a spreadsheet. I went on a 2-week elimination diet (lamb, white rice, carrots, apple juice) to get completely symptom free, and then after I added back my most preferred foods (4 days per food item), I tested the foods that I had eaten the 24 hours before my symptoms (per the diary) to see if it repeated my symptoms, and since it did, I was ultimately able to determine the cause. In my case, a particular type of toothpaste was one cause, and a sour sherbet was another cause. If you don’t find an app that suites your needs, you can always share a Google Sheet with your child.

  90. I, too, would be interested in password manager app recommendations!

    MBT: You guys doing ok? Heavy rains and flooding in Houston and it seems like you guys are getting the worst of it.

  91. From RMS’ link:

    “the Economist allows the use of variants of “he” for both males and females (as in “everyone should watch his language”)”

    Thus avoiding the singular/plural mess that follows when attempts are made to use non-gender-specific pronouns for which there is no singular form, e.g., “them,” “they,” “their.”

  92. Scarlett, we use 1Password. We use it across our iPhones, personal laptops (Macs), and work laptops (Windows). I do think you have to pay for the extra licensing capabilities across devices, but it’s worth it for us. You can have it auto fill and you can copy and paste from it as well.

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