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|Quote (Lou FCD @ Feb. 11 2011,14:46)|
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Worse, I failed to identify about 60 species of fish and amphibians. Brain lock at the second station, I began to fixate on the 90 second clock, and it was all bad after that.
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Did you misidentify Newt Gingrich again?
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As a fellow student (of networking, not biology) I do still know about brain lock and how it can turn a good day into absolute crap
My exact words, wrapped around an F-bomb.
I remember major instances of brain lock in my life. A couple of classics:
1) During physics A-level (final year of UK high school exams, ~US college freshman/sophomore equivalent...or they were back then) I forget the equation for a straight line (y=mx+c) and totally brain farted over it for a hour.
2) Second paper of same subject I couldn't remember the Doppler Effect. I knew EXACTLY what it was but had to try to answer the question without the words "Doppler Effect".
3) First year undergrad chemistry I forgot what urea was. UREA!!!!
4) I memorably, cringingly, arse quakingly forgot what "mechanical stirring" was (it's the use of an overhead stirrer for really thick reaction mixtures where magnetic stirring is not appropriate). When my boss said to me in my first week on the job "that'll need mechanical stirring for 24 hours" I blurted out without a moments reflection "BY HAND!!??". Yeah. He laughed. I felt like an utter cock end. This was something I did pretty much every day as well. Muppetry doesn't even begin to cover it.
Ohhhhh brain locks. I know them well.
Happens to the best of us Lou, put it behind you, have a beer, and laugh at yourself.....many years later after appropriate grief of course. You have my sympathy though, brain lock is embarrassing and always occurs on topics you a) know well and b) understand.
ETA: P.S. I recommend drinking heavily. Contrary to the wise words of Dean Vernon Wermer in National Lampoon's Animal House, fat, drunk and stupid IS a way to go through life. Quite a good one actually.