How Do You Remember People?

This morning I was reading an article on called “Tricks to remembering names.” There are some good tips there. I use a few already. For instance, I keep an up-to-date contact book like it is part of my religion. I like to have all contact information very organized and easy to draw from. I don’t like to lose friends on account of disorganization. (#7) Also, I will take a person’s name and try to associate it with a feature on their face or a famous person. (#5)

But there is another way that I remember people. Often times I will be able to remember a person by referencing what kind of cell phone or computer they have. “Oh, so-and-so,he’s the guy with the 12″ iBook.” I suppose this is because technology and gadgets are my area of interest and that is something that I am familiar with enough to remember easy.

Perhaps we all have something that registers easy when we meet someone.

For instance, my wife styles hair for a living. She recalls people by how long their hair is, how it is colored, or the style it was in. (Things that I would never notice…never…ever.) She remembers by their hair because that is her line of work and something that interests her.

My friend Richard studies and enjoys business and he seems to remember people by how they network to someone else. (I often call him “Rolodex Rich” because he’ll often help me place people that I don’t know, but know me. “Richard, do I know this person?” “Yes, he is a friend of Mike, who we met at that party at Michelle’s.”) He remembers by who they associate with because business networking is his area of interest.

How do you remember people?

(PS, the music gem this week comes from Jonathon Coulton and it is a nice acoustic remix of a great rap song. Take a listen here.)

Did someone call me from this number?

I’ve written before about how there are some phrases that bother me. I need to add one more because it was brought to another level today.

We all get the call at some time. It starts, “Hey, did someone call me from this number?”. To which my response is usually, “Did someone not answer on this number?.” I just don’t like how the person calling assumes that 1) I can tell who it is by their voice alone 2) I know every call that everyone makes in the house. Well, this was brought to another level today. I answered my phone and the conversation was as follows:

Caller- “Hi, who’s this?”
Me- “Excuse me?”
Caller-” I just saw this phone number written on the top of my car and I wanted to know why it was there.”
Me- “On top of your car?”
Caller- “Yeah, I am about to wash my car and this number was written in the dust so I wanted to know why.”
Me- “Well, you got me. Where do you think it happened?”
Caller- “I don’t know. I live in Spotlight, NV. It was probably while I was at work.”
Me- “Wow, sorry, can’t help you.”
Caller-” well, what’s your name. Maybe I’ll know it.”
Me- “Randy Constan”
Caller- “Oh, well that doesn’t sound familiar.”
Me- “Well, go wash that car.”

I really hope that he goes home and puts my “name” in Google. He’ll end up at Randy Constan’s homepage and be sorry that he made that ridiculous call in the first place.

Brian Stucki Photoblog

Some of you may have noticed the new feature in the sidebar that points to my photoblog. ( A photoblog is a blog that is regularly updated with photos.) I recently got my first DSLR camera and I really like it. The photoblog will be some of the pictures that I take. (With the most recent one being in the sidebar of this blog.) I have some neat trips coming up to Nauvoo, Chicago and San Francisco so I’m hoping to get some great pictures.

There is an RSS feed for the photoblog here. Also, there is a place (in the top left corner) to leave comments. But be kind. I’m still a beginner with this camera. I hope that I will get better as I get more skilled in using it.

You can get to the photoblog by clicking on the picture in the sidebar or by going to

PS, By popular demand (meaning one request) I thought that I would include a music gem. This one comes from Kings of Convenience and is called I’d Rather Dance With You. I especially like it when they bust into the chorus.

If ever you have wanted to buy the domain of YOUR name (example:, now would be a good time. Yahoo is selling domain names for just $2.99 per year. That is really cheap. You can search available domain names here.

Note: You don’t have to use the domain, but buying it will let you have the rights to use it later on. I just bought a few for projects that I am working on for later.

Now I Understand

It has been 100 years since Einstein introduced E=mc2 to us.( I don’t know how to make the little small 2 so if you know how to do it, let me know.) I have to admit that I have been quite interested in Einstein lately. Ever since visting Bern, Switzerland (where Einstein did alot of his work), I have been much more interested in the way he thought. PBS has an upcoming special on “the story behind the world’s most famous equation” and I am very excited for it.

While I was running last night, I was listening to ten top physicists explain the famous equation in two minutes or less. It was so interesting that I didn’t realize that I had been running for much too long. I’m sore today.

Even if you’re not interested in physics as a whole, you should listen to these different clips. If nothing else, it could really help you look smart sometime later. They make it really convenient to put it on your iPod for youre next walk.

You can find the clips here.


Sleeping on the Streets

This morning I got downtown a little after six. The sun was just peaking over the east mountains and casting long shadows across the city. I stopped by Walgreen’s to grab some orange juice and say hi to Ellie, my usual early morning cashier. All the tourists were recovering from the parties the night before. Well, almost all of them.

I looked over on the concrete and there was a guy there laid out and sleeping. He was clean cut, nicely dressed, and his luggage was sitting there next to him. I was really surprised that a big suitcase like that made it through the night without any protection.

Now, I’m used to folks sleeping on the concrete. After living in San Francisco, this is obviously nothing new to me. But it just seemed strange that such a normal looking well groomed guy was there on the street. Everyone just looked at him and walked by. I wanted to check on him, but you can’t take risks like that alone. I needed back up.

I ended up calling dispatch and asking them to send some medics over. I could tell this guy was breathing, but he was sleeping through an awful lot of sirens and cars zooming by him. Drunk? High on drugs?

Well, they finally got there and we woke him up. it took a little while to shake him out of it. They asked him his name and why he was sleeping on the street with his luggage. His answer?

” All I remember is leaving the club with this girl that I met last night. We were going back to her place.”

Ah, yes. Be sure to check for your wallet and welcome to Las Vegas.

Comment Trouble

Thank you to those of you who have been writing comments. I hadn’t seen any come through for a while so I looked in the list of comments being moderated and found about 40 in there. I saved the ones that I could and then turned off the comment moderation. I will do that manually from now on because the plugin was just too trigger happy.

My Own Genre of Music

When I was in high school, my two favorite styles of music were Country and Hip-Hop/Rap. I liked most of the music that came thru in those genres. However, both have gone down in quality. My two complaints:

Country music has become a contest of cliches. This makes for very shallow songs.

Rap music seems to be on one subject: Money…and how much rappers have of it. If you aren’t well versed in jewelry and automobiles, you can become very lost in their lyrics. It especially bothers me when new rappers talk about these things. To me it seems wishful thinking on their part because they were writing these “lyrics” even before their first album was released. I wonder how many artists wrote about lots of money and then had a bad selling record. Ironic.

So, considering the spotted saturation of popular genres, a while back I decided to create my own genre. This genre is “Smooth Groove”. I enjoy this because I decide who is in and who is out. James Taylor, John Mayer, Pharrell, and Norah Jones are in. Any country stars debuting after 1999 are out. Joshua Radin, Willie Nelson, Kalai and Teitur are in. Clay Aiken and most “American Idol” contestants are out. (Clay Aiken is very, very, very, very out.)

The best thing about having your genre is that you can accept certain songs from artists, but not others. For instance, Chicago is in when the group included Peter Cetera. When Peter Cetera left in mid-1985, so did the band’s placement in the Smooth Groove genre.

I have this genre because when I want good music from all different genres, I play from Smooth Groove. Feel free to adopt the Smooth Groove genre. Customize it to your liking. Let me know who makes it in.

Here are two gems to get your Smooth Groove collections started.

Sleeping In by The Postal Service
Dear Sir by Again and Again

Dashboard Mosaic Complete

It’s been a while since the dashboard contest started and ended, and this is what I have concluded.

1) I’m not as artisitic as I thought.
2) There are alot of really cool widgets out there that I have never seen.

I did make one poster that I will share. But I would really like to make these screenshots available to everyone to see what else could be made. I have them in a 200MB zip folder. If anyone is handy with torrents, or have any other suggestions, contact me. I’d love to get them out there.

Either way, here is what I was able to do. Here is a picture of Steve Jobs in his younger days.

And here is my mosaic poster (downsized of course)


Here is a link for the full size poster Contact me if you’d like the poster, I think you will be very impressed at the detail of the dashboard shots when you zoom in on the poster.

That was a fun project, like I said, I’d love to see others use the screenshots and post image links here. We just have to find a way to get them distributed. I took the 500 best ones and made them 800 pixels wide. That made the zip file much smaller and they are still plenty big for mosaic tiles. You can grab them here. (Warning: 150MB download. Thanks Dagfinn for hosting.)

Please post back your results.

PS: Some people have been asking which program I used. I found MozoDojo to be the best one.

One of the best parts about owning a Mac computer is the amazing choice of freeware that is available. (Freeware is free software.) These are usually from developers that write an application, and then just share it with the rest of the Mac community. But sometimes it is also big companies that give free versions of their major software.

In an effort to find and use the best freeware, Richard and I have launched I think that it will prove to be useful to the Mac community.

If you have a Mac, check it out. If you don’t have a Mac, check it out and see what you’re missing. =)

There is also a RSS feed so you can keep up with the updates. RSS feed for is here.