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Free IQ test at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

A friend of a friend is doing a Masters in Clinical Psychology at UKM, and needs 50 volunteers for a FREE IQ test using the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (3rd edition). I dunno what that means, but it means that it's wAAay better than those gimmicky free things you can do online.

Here are the details:

Ever wonder what is your IQ performance? What are your strengths and abilities?

o You don’t have to pay RM400 (and above) to know your IQ performance. IT’S COMPLETELY FREE.
o You get to know your IQ performance & how to enhance your abilities.
o You get to know your strengths & weaknesses, thus giving you more insight on yourself.
o You gain more confidence.
o Confidentiality rest assured.

You only need to:
o Be 20 years of age and above.
o Go to either Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia at Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Kuala Lumpur OR Hospital Kajang, Kajang.
o Sign an inform consent (agreeing to the administration of the test and maintaining CONFIDENTIALITY).
o Spend 2 to 2 and ½ hours for the test, anytime from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you're interested, email Nur Arfah Zaini at: arf_55 AT yahoo DOT com

I did an IQ test once when I was 14, and scored 160-something - ever since whenever I have tried I keep scoring less and less :-| So I guess my senility started early :-D Or, more likely, it was because it was a home computer test (on a ZX Spectrum, for the grey hairs out there) and the test was therefore not reliable. Something like this one is likely to be as good as it gets.

I want this guy's job!

Jan Chipchase has this very interesting blog - most of the entries are a photo or two with a short comment. They're always odd things that he's spotted - such as this mobile phone polishing service in Kabul

and car wheel protectors (against dog-pee?) in Beijing

There are photos from all around (mostly) Asia which he has taken while doing his job which is
conduct[ing] exploratory human behavioural field research at Nokia Research Center... [and he specialises in] taking teams of concept/industrial designers, psychologists, usability experts, sociologists, and ethnographers into the field and, after a fair bit of work, getting them home safely.

I'm in love with Zotero!

OK - this probably won't interest you if you're not doing academic work, but for all you students and researchers out there, listen up!

I've been using EndNote X - it's very useful, and I couldn't do without it, but I'm not completely happy with it - the main reason being that the database is not accessible in an open format. This means that I'm stuck with them forever, or if I do change, I have to re-enter everything manually into a new database (and I have 522 references so far). Also, it's kind of clunky when it comes to printing out a bibliography, doing internet references, and adapting the styles.

I heard some good things about Zotero, so I decided to check it out - and I'm in love!

Yes! It's really good - and the best thing is that it seems to be a perfect tool for archiving blog posts (which I do a lot of!). It will archive whole webpages offline, and extract information such as author, blog name, date, etc.

I wanted to do a screencast to show you how smooth it is, but Camtasia is not working (due to some video acceleration problem that I can't change in Vista/my computer >:[ ) so check here for some tutorials, etc.

OK - I'm in love, but she ain't perfect: the information extracted is not always completely accurate. For example - the title of the blog post often includes the name too, and depending on the platform it may or may not get the date of the post.

I can import my references from EndNote (using the BibTeX format), but it doesn't bring over all my notes, which is bad. But again, that's probably due to EndNote's closed format rather than anything to do with Zotero.

However, overall it's the best thing I've seen so far - and it also integrates with Word to do formatted in-text citations, bibliographies, etc. And it's completely free - whereas EndNoteX will cost you USD 250! Which is a ridiculous price, when you think of it.

I did have one problem installing the Word plugin - when I first tried to insert a citation it gave the following error:
"An error occurred communicating with Zotero. Please ensure Firefox is open and try again"

I managed to solve it though: the Zotero word processor plugin troubleshooting has various options, and the one that solved it for me was number 5:
If the integration server is running, disable any firewall software running on your computer. If this fixes the problem, make sure your firewall is set to allow access to "localhost" or "" (also known as the "loopback interface").

I have ZoneAlarm running, and this is how I did it:
• Open ZoneAlarm, go to Firewall, and select Add > IP Address

• Give it a label to remind yourself what it's for, and enter the IP address
• Press 'Apply'
And you're done, that worked for me anyway - hope it does for you! :-)

Overall: students and academics out there, geddit!

Blogwars – Authenticity and Value in the Blogosphere

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Just a short one to announce that I’ll be giving a short seminar talk on some of my research on blogs next week, on Tuesday 29 July from 12-13.00. The title is: “Blogwars – Authenticity and Value in the Blogosphere”: it’s a case study of a blogwar centred around a hateblog, and I’m trying to say something useful about the way in which both commenters and bloggers together ‘make’ a blog.

It’s at Monash University Sunway (it’s the new campus, close to Sunway University College).
Details here; Location map here; Facebook event here.

Please do come along if you’re interested :-)