About

My name is Jelena Vencl Ohlrogge (pronounced as Yelena Wentzel Olroge /’g’ like in ‘guardian’, ‘e’ not silent/)

I live and work in Stockholm, Sweden, as a system developer an IT consultant.

If you came to this page looking for Jelena Vencl Ohlrogge, the scribbler, that is also me, but try this link instead.

If you are looking for Jelena Vencl Ohlrogge, the crazy cat lady, again – it is also me, try this link.

Or maybe JVO, the Saintpaulia enthusiast? Try here. Yes, I am all over the internet. But who isn’t these days?

Mostly I work with software development and agile techniques. Also, I read about behaviourism, philosophy and humans in general a lot; it is a hobby of mine. By education I am an engineer specialized in electronics and automation.

According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® I am an ENTP (Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving) type.

I have spatial and grapheme-color synaesthesia, and only recently I understood that not everyone experiences numbers, week days, letters etc the way I do. My dad has it too, and his mother had it.

My greatest source of inspiration is my husband Joakim.

Sir Winston Churchill said this, and I like it:

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

I said the following; it sums up my experience about the nature of progress:

Progress occurs either by sheer accident or is brought through dissatisfaction. So, never be satisfied. Or – have a lot of accidents. 😉

Jelena on Twitter

My other blog (short stories, essays etc)

Mini lions in our house

2 Responses to About

  1. dennis says:

    What is spatial and grapheme-color synaesthesia (I know this is being able to hear colors, see sounds, etc)?

    How did you find out that it was not something “usual” that people have?

    Dennis

  2. Jelena says:

    Hi Dennis,

    One night I could not sleep, so I was surfing, and Stumbled Upon something mentioning synesteshia. I have never heard the word before, so I was curious what it was, started reading about it, and – aha, what, doesn’t everyone see numbers ordered in space (spatial synesthesia)? Or it is not “see”, but “experience” colors of letters and days of the week, and months? It is a bit hard to explain it, numbers, especially sequences of them just simply exist both numerically and are positioned in my head, in a chain, closer and further when I think about them. I can go through the “chain”, or “queue” and stroll through them as I wish.

    I found this site http://www.synesthete.org/ , did some tests, and got results that confirmed some forms of synesthesia. It was not like the test told me something I did not know, in the sense – Oh, you have this ability! It was more that it made me aware that not everyone has those “mixed sensations”, and it gave me the name for what I had.

    I could not wait until the morning, when I asked my husband how he sees the numbers, are the letters colored, etc, and he had no idea what I was talking about.

    I also remembered a thing I have completely forgotten until that day – my father, when I was small, asked me what color my Monday was, and disagreed, since his Monday was not the same color as mine (mine is a cold bluish shade of light gray), and Tuesday, and letters etc… he asked my brother as well, but my brother was clueless. So, I called dad and asked him if he remembered. Then he said – YES, he saw colors all of his life in associations to non-colored things, especially numbers, and often he would not remember some person’s name or a date, but would start talking about colors etc instead. Still, he stopped mentioning the color thing a long, long time ago, since he did not want others to think he was weird, people gave him “those looks” in those situations.

    I saw a few more tests here and there, did a few for fun, and the thing that got me a bit surprised was that when I did some test about the color of letters, I saw that the most of people who claimed to be synesthetes did indeed “see” the letters in the same colors, no matter what their/our first language was. That was interesting.

    I am not sure what good it is for, anyway – it is not debilitating, in my case (I read that for some people it is) it probably helps me remember things better, since I have more associations to them, and probably it has helped me being good in math.

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