So, this happened after I dumped memrise…

May 15th, 2022

I’m not blaming anyone if they don’t follow my blog…. it’s not exactly moving quickly with lots of updates.

One of the things I posted about often was memrise and how many points I got etc. It was nice while it lasted but the horrible ads in between exercises made me delete that app faster than Hazel can say booze (see “Girls with Slingshots”)

So I ended up with a lot free time after dumping memrise. Or not really. I rather ended up with time that was not blocked by memrise anymore. Not the same thing.

Anyway, what’s a man got to do with a brain the size of the earth, an ego the size of Jupiter and a language-curiosity as big as the sun?

One word: Kanken.

Although that’s actually 5 words:
Japan Kanji Aptitude Test (日本漢字能力検定, Nihon Kanji Nōryoku Kentei)

It’s just that nobody calls it the full name. Mostly it’s Kanji Kentei or Kanken.

Anyway, it’s about Kanji (surprise, suprise) and here you can find all of them, by level:
https://www.nihongo-pro.com/kanji-pal/list/kanken

As usual in Japan, it’s start at the highest number with the simplest level (still not sure why they do this… it’s limiting) and I quickly rushed through 10 and 9, then decided to officially take level 8 (paper version), then proceeded to use the computer-based test to take (and pass) 7, 6 and 5.

Which means I’m currently studying for level 4. I just need to keep working at it, I guess. It’s doable. and it gives me brain something to do apart from all the other stuff I do.

Keep your fingers crossed for me.

CISSP-ISSMP…. still WIP

May 15th, 2022

I’ve been working at this for a while…. I got a paid self-study course which I finished but access to the learning material expired already. At least I can still access the flash cards.

The official CBK book has terrible reviews on Amazon. I wonder what that leaves me with. I’m tempted to pay for some online ISSMP questions.

Since there is a big overlap of material with the ISACA CISM and ISACA CRISC, I actually should be able to nail this anyway (see my other posts)

Update 20220519:

I ordered the official CBK book. Several people pointed out how they were using that book to study for the exam and it’s a much cheaper alternative to re-purchase the CISSP-ISSMP online self-study course. So I guess it can’t hard. Plus I like physical books.

CRISC – passed the exam

May 15th, 2022

This took a long time. I was hesitant to book the exam because I never felt quite ready.

During the exam, I felt I was in terrible physical shape but I scraped through.

Getting certified is a different matter though…. I looked at the requirements and apart from doing some risk assessments and explaining risk assessments, I cannot really claim a lot. We’ll see….

CISA me

May 15th, 2022

Same with the CISM, I finally get certified. Thank to my current position, I was able to gather enough work experience to get certified. Yay. And I finally got the paper version of the certificate as well.

CISM me

February 21st, 2022

CISM done

After passing the ISACA CISM exam in January 2020 (more than 2 years ago :o), I was finally certified this month.

In other news, I’m also gathering the required work experience for CISA certification.

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.