Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Migraines and Machines

I've been having a wicked headache these two days. It's either due to exposure to rain or overexposure to this old CRT monitor. Throb.. throb... throb... on one side of the head... makes you feel like not doing anything. I wonder if this counts as migraine.

Anyway, it's brought back memories of a technique I used in secondary school to get rid of headaches. Those days, I had to walk from the bottom of the hill up to my house in the hot afternoon sun. Headaches were aplenty then. Then I read this newspaper article about visualizing your headache away. Interesting... So I tried it out:
  1. First step, sensory deprivation. I went to the quiet of my bedroom, closed all the curtains.
  2. Second step, visualize the headache as a pair of hammers knocking at each other in your mind.
  3. Final step, after establishing this image, slowly move the hammers further and further away until they disappear completely. If they don't, vanquish them with a bomb or something.
What do you know? It worked for me... No more throbbing. Interesting thing, our minds. No wonder people can be programmed and deprogrammed like in those secret agent movies.

On a lighter note, I had an experience with a teller machine yesterday which shows how silly these machines(or their designers are) Hey, I'm in IT. I'm think I'm qualified to say it .. mua ha ha...

Anyway I went through the motions for withdrawing cash:
  • Enter PIN number - check
  • Choose transaction - check
  • Enter cash amount - check
  • Message appears 'This machine cannot generate a receipt for this transaction. Do you wish to continue?'
  • Boring . . . . . . . . . . I pressed 'Yes' to continue.
  • Out comes my ATM card.
  • Out comes my cash.
  • Out comes my receipt . . . . . Receipt? What the heck??!! A quick check confirmed it to be my receipt.
So much for 'infallible' machines. Okay, I admit that was lame but it had me tickled. Goes to show how boring these days are....

11 comments:

Las montañas said...

aiyah, you employ such elaborate measures just for headaches. Go pop 2 panadols lah!

Oh yeah, those stupid IT implementations we get nowadays. Big bucks for the project, small value in return. No wonder IT services/projects are in such a doldrum these days when customer realised they have been had. I know, cos I was in the outsourcing industry. :P

poohbearee said...

migraines or headaches? migraine attacks r horrid. panadols dun work on them.

IT? It is v foreign to me. haha

me said...

too stressed probably?

luckily you didn't walk away before the receipt popped out, otherwise it would have been left there unwittingly for all to see!

Annie said...

What is it with these Panadols? Druggies.. tsk tsk.
A shot of tequila always cures my headache.. ;)

Did you hit the ATM machine Indiana Jonzz?

Ianfluenza said...

Glitch mah...

Jimbo said...

Quick! Check if you are growing breast buds and losing your woody! You might have a pituitary gland tumor! Btw, for those who have no inkling about what I am raving about, do drop by at my blog and read the article: My Script. TQ. :-)

Jimbo said...

Quick! Check if you are growing breast buds and losing your woody! You might have a pituitary gland tumor! Btw, for those who have no inkling about what I am raving about, do drop by at my blog and read the article: My Script. TQ. :-)

Las montañas said...

aiyoh, this jimbo sounded so desperate lidat! =) How can jonzz ever lose his woody at such a young age!!

Jonzz said...

lm: a panadol was not always available then. And this cured my headaches in just a few minutes.

poohbearee: i cannot tell the difference.

me: i doubt the receipt carries any noteworthy information. But then, I'm also a bit paranoid, ha ha.

Annie: i didn't hit it. I used the Force(Star Wars theme playing in background)

ian: shhhh, don't say that dirty word in front of IT guys.

jimbo: oh my gosh, desperate for advertising place, lol...

LM: woody? woody?! what the heck is that? is that what you call it? a woody? lol...

Las montañas said...

you sure you don't know what a woody is? you should ask jimbo to demo! LOL! oops

Jonzz said...

LM: stop contaminating the sanctity of my blog. The highest extremity you can use here is just 'Shit!'. Oops, better not let Annie hear that. *diving for cover*