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June 10, 2024

Most Common 4-Digit PIN Numbers


From Kottke:

According to the analysis, just 20 4-digit numbers account for 27% of all PINs: 1234, 0000, 7777, 2000, 2222, 9999, 5555, 1122, 8888, 2001, 1111, 1212, 1004, 4444, 6969 (nice), 3333, 6666, 1313, 4321, 1010.

The diagonal line is people using repeated pairs of digits (e.g. 2727 or 8888) while the horizontal line near the bottom is people who are presumably using their (19xx) birth year as a PIN. (You can see the beginning of a 20xx line on the left side.)

The best causally unguessable PINs would seem to be unrepeated pairs of numbers greater than 50 — so 8957, 7064, 9653, etc.

Choose wisely.

Chuffed that my PINs are not among the top 20 most common.

My Crack Tech Team©®™ continues to keep me clean.

June 10, 2024 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Seven things I've done once that I don't plan to ever do again


1. Ride in a helicopter (sometime in the early 1990s from an anesthesia meeting hotel to Houston International Airport)

2. Ride on a motorcycle as a passenger (behind a med school classmate on the San Diego Freeway [north] from West Los Angeles to the Sepulveda Veterans Administration Hospital during a psychiatry rotation in 1973. I never opened my eyes once while we were on the freeway. I found a car ride home.)

3. Reintubate a patient in the prone [face down] position midway through a spinal fusion (once I ignored the fact that I was on my back under the drapes on the OR floor, it was pretty much the same process as doing it the routine way — except that instead of lifting the laryngoscope handle, I had to pull down — hard! — on it.)

4. Write a play (the one I completed was accepted for performance but then the theater company went kaput)

5. Write a novel (a medical thriller whose premise remains valid today. Once in a while I think about serializing it in bookofjoe but the thought quickly passes.)

6. Climb to an altitude of nearly 18,000 feet (above, a photo of the Thorong La Pass in the Nepalese Himalayas [not my very own, but the same route I took]. I was in very good shape at the time, with 5K times under 20 minutes back home in LA. I noticed no alterations in my vision, but I was breathing very rapidly and heavily and moving my feet ever so slowly forward, taking about one step every 5-10 seconds.)

7. Eat Vietnamese beef jerky that was actually hairy, with brown strands about a quarter-inch long covering it (in Cincinnati). Once you closed your eyes and concentrated on chewing, it wasn't nearly as bad as it sounds. Still...)

I'm interested in your contributions to this category, which I'll call "one and done."

June 10, 2024 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Flessenlikker (Bottle Scraper)


From Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools, this review by Debora Dekok:

I first used this bottle scraper twenty years ago when boarding with a family in the Netherlands.

At the time, Dutch pudding came in glass jars similar to traditional milk bottles and this spatula was the only way to get out the last drop.

Since then, I have thought wistfully about that bottle scraper every time I have tried to get gooey foods (think sauces or peanut butter) out of a bottle or jar.

Unlike most spatulas, the long handle reaches the bottom of long bottles.

The small silicone head bends to enter small openings,

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then pops open inside.

The curved head makes a snug fit against a bottle's interior walls, making it easy to pull the contents out.

On a recent trip to The Netherlands, I made sure to purchase one for my home kitchen.

From the product website:

This tool is great for scraping the inside of bottles and jars with narrow necks, with a flexible head that folds to fit inside, and a rounded edge to help you scrape out every bit of food.

A popular Dutch tool, it is known as flessenlikker (bottle licker or jar licker) and flessenschraper (bottle scraper).

Features and Details:

12" long

2-1/4 x 7/8" flexible head

Fits bottles with 7/8" and wider necks

Silicone rubber head with plastic handle



June 10, 2024 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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