PCI Professional

April 25th, 2021

Another one I was able to bag…. not the most difficult exam I’ve ever taken but there were some tricky questions. This is valid for 3 years and allows me to call myself (surprise, surprise) “PCI Professional). Nice addition.

I took some guts from my side to sign up for this… I felt under-prepared most of the time but John Elliott’s PCI courses on pluralsight were an invaluable help.

And I passed on the first try. Yay me.

memrise updates….

April 25th, 2021

A bit on the late side but….

December 2020 was the month where I scored incredible 3 million points in month… The screenshot only show 2.9 million points. Either I’ve forgotten the 3m screenshot or I’ve deleted it by mistake. Anyway, it’s not the kind of thing foolishly brag about. Believe it or leave it 🙂

Unfortunately, that took quite a toll… I’ve had a real dip in performance after that for two months but it’s gotten better in the meantime.

Regarding the level, I’m less than 2 million points away from level 18 as of today (20210425) and although I’m still a far cry away from my previous longest streak (1394 as per screenshot above), I’ve dragged most of my enrolled across the 500 day streak threshold again

Nils Norberg – Lick Me, guitar tab

August 1st, 2020

Credit where credit is due!

I love this piece by Nils Norberg, he plays it so effortlessly:

youtube link

I was trying to find the tab file for it and it took me a while but here it is:

(I had to zip it because wordpress does not allow uploading tpb files…)

If you don’t have a pro guitar player (I don’t) you can use Tux Guitar

swissalpo2 is back!

April 28th, 2020

On April 28th 2020 I surpassed swissalpo2 in number of total points on memrise. He was my long-term goal (and secret rival). Secret as in he probably didn’t know about me pursuing him although he follows me.

He’s a pro subscriber so I started to get worried when two months ago his activity fell to zero. So in that sense it was really easy to bridge the last 4 million points that separated us. Standing still target…

With the COVID-19 pandemic going on, there’s no telling what happes to other people. So I started to get really worried. But just when I decided to write this post, he came back and put in 9000 points in one day. swissalpo2 is alive.

Welcome back!

Memrise: new point record in March 2020

April 4th, 2020

I previously posted a screenshot of a 2 * 10^6 points monthly score in Memrise.

This time (March 2020), I was able to surpass myself… 2’240’000 points. But it wasn’t all fun, it’s turning into hard work to score that many points. Getting up 5 o’clock every morning, three sessions a day… hmpf. I know, there are other people getting even higher scores, but I also have other interests.

March 2020 was fortunate circumstances, which helped a lot…. one week alone, 31 calendar days… it all helped.

OC meme

February 6th, 2020

For some reasons, I find this funny. It also makes me say “where isse my pizza” with an Italian accent in my head over and over again.

Nintendo, please don’t sue me.

CISM test passed

January 16th, 2020

Yes, I did it again. New year, new test, same result (apart from the unfortunate CKAD exam but it’s not quite over there yet because I have a free re-take)

Apparently I will receive an email confirmation with the definite result in about 10 days but I don’t think they will change the result *fingerscrossedthough*

The hurdle work experience in order to get actually certified is a different story though….

Anyway, next up are take 2 on the CKAD exam followed by CISA….

In case you are wondering: I used to CISM All-in-one guide by Peter H. Gregory and an app called ISACA CISM by pocket prep to crunch practice questions.

Number of the year 2019: 6118

January 15th, 2020

The year 2019 is over, 2020 is the new 2019.

The number 6118 is quite a representation of 2019. What does it stand for? Of course, it’s an approximation but here goes:

Number of weeks: 46 (52 minus some weeks public holidays, business trips, end/beginning of year, etc.)

Number of kilometers per day: 26.6

Number of workdays per week: 5

Multiplied together: 6118 kilometers spent commuting on the bicycle in 2019. No wonder my legs feel tired…

Update: Fixed two typos. Shame on me for making them, kudos to me for fixing them.

Update II: Together with 6118, there’s also 1 (replacing both tires 1 time) and 2 (replacing the brake pads 2 times)

CISM exam soon…

December 14th, 2019

Soon after getting certified as CISSP, I started stuying for the CISM exam. I’m done with the textbook (All-In-One CISM by Peter H. Gregory, 2018 – which I can recommend) and I am making good progress on the pracice questions on Kaplan (former Transcender),

The original plan was to take the exam around February but maybe I can speed things up and take the exam in January already.

Still on my list…. CKAD (needs review) and CISA (book ordered).

Memrise – good news and bad news

December 14th, 2019

Memrise…. I’ve posted several times about it already.

The good news is, I crossed the 60 million points line. It’s just a number but still… quite a high number and I’ve been adding at least 1 million points per month for at least the last 24 months. Sometimes something as simple as perseverance can result in progress.

The bad news is on December 7th 2019 I lost *all* my streaks, probably due to a bug. I did the daily points required to keep the streaks alive on all 14 or 15 courses I’m doing at the moment, so imagine my shock when I wake up and my precious 1394 days streak is gone. Since the streaks of all course were reset that cannot possibly have been my mistake. Contacting support was useless (there was a reply but it was not helpful).

To add insult to injury, in the latest version Memrise I get stupid notifications like “Keep your awesome streak alive” but the highest streaks I have since the incident is 8. Go figure if I’m happy or not. Since I believe in voting with my money, I will not pay for the full subscription anymore.