Monthly Archives: January 2006

Advanced Global Personality Test

Advanced Global Personality Test Results

Extraversion |||||||||||| 43%
Stability |||| 13%
Orderliness |||||||||||||| 56%
Accommodation |||| 16%
Interdependence |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Intellectual |||||||||||||||| 70%
Mystical |||||||||||| 43%
Artistic |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Religious || 10%
Hedonism |||||||||| 36%
Materialism |||||| 23%
Narcissism |||||||||| 36%
Adventurousness || 10%
Work ethic |||| 16%
Self absorbed |||||||||| 36%
Conflict seeking |||||||||||||| 56%
Need to dominate |||||||||| 36%
Romantic |||| 16%
Avoidant |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Anti-authority |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Wealth |||||| 23%
Dependency |||||||||||| 43%
Change averse |||||||||||| 43%
Cautiousness |||||||||||| 43%
Individuality |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Sexuality || 10%
Peter pan complex |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Physical Fitness |||||| 30%
Histrionic |||||||||||| 43%
Paranoia |||||| 23%
Vanity |||||||||||||||| 63%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Female cliche |||||||||||||||| 70%

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Stability results were very low which suggests you are extremely worrying, insecure, emotional, and anxious.

Orderliness results were moderately high which suggests you are, at times, overly organized, reliable, neat, and hard working at the expense of flexibility, efficiency, spontaneity, and fun.

Extraversion results were moderately low which suggests you are reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and secretive.

trait snapshot:
paranoid tendencies, irritable, anxious, fidgety, dependent, worrying, emotionally sensitive, prone to regret, depressed, second guesses self, somewhat fragile, dislikes change, prefers organized to unpredictable, suspicious, phobic, craves attention, not a risk taker, low self control, very sensitive to criticism, unadventurous, does not make friends easily, defensive, obsessive, low self esteem

Yep, that seems to be me in a nutshell.

Oh, you probably want more of an update than that, don’t you? Alright, I’ll comply.

Recently, all I seem to be doing is working (for a paycheck), working (on the house), and goofing off on the internets (like this).

Yesterday, I missed out on going to the (extremely rare) local showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show because the only other person who wanted to go was happicow, and I thought that it wouldn’t be as much fun without a larger group of people, so we should probably just stick around and work on the house instead. I still regret that, though I think that had I gone, I would have spent most of the time moping about everyone else who should have come.

I didn’t go to The Haunt to-nite for similar reasons, mostly involving working on the house and trying to get the dryer set up (which we didn’t even succeed in doing). I regret that less, as I probably should get to sleep at a reasonable hour, and I was there last on the previous Sunday, and will be there again this Friday, so missing one week-end won’t kill me.

Still, I feel like this weekend went by way too quickly, and that way too much of it was spent at the house. I hope we finish it soon, so that I can get back to a somewhat normal (such as it is) existence.

One thing I’m going to promise myself- even if happicow cancels on the Winter Renaissance Faire, even if that is the weekend that he decides we are moving, I am still going to go. I know I’d regret missing the opportunity to see Voltaire perform!

Silent Hill trailer!

I admit that I am extremely psyched after having just seen the new Silent Hill trailer. Anyone who’s known me for more than a few years should well understand why, as I’ve made it known many times that I think the Silent Hill games are completely, utterly cool (also, the scariest games I know of).

From the trailer, it really looks like they’re doing the series justice, too- some of the scenes could have come directly from the first game. In fact, the only things I’m a bit iffy about are the setting (West Virginia isn’t in New England! Silent Hill is in New England! Everyone knows that!) and the main character apparently being able to make calls out of town with her cellphone (I like how in the series all contact with the outside is completely cut off- it really helps you to doubt the character’s sanity). I’m thinking/hoping they make it work, though…

Also, dorks like me will undoubtably notice the theme music from the first game at the very end of the trailer. Nice touch :)

New job!

This is a bit late, but notice was acknowledged at my current job only yesterday (despite me giving it on Friday), so I suppose it’s not that bad…

During my “vacation” last week (and despite being sick for much of the time), I applied for, interviewed (twice) for, and accepted an offer for, a new-spakin’ web developer/database programmer job at Spider Graphics, a local web design company. Finally! A job where I get to work with PHP, and get paid a salary! Another interesting note: though the dress code is ostensibly business casual, no one batted an eye at my bright purple hair, and jeans appear to be at least somewhat acceptable. Rawk!

Anyway, I gave three weeks notice at SGN, and will be starting at Spider on February 6.

On holilday!

And so begins my week (+= 1 day) long ‘vacation’. It’s not really a vacation as I’m not going anywhere, save to the new house, where much painting and otherwise preparing to get an occupancy permit and move in will be occurring.

Luckily, our current apartment hasn’t been rented out yet, so it’s rather unlikely that happicow and I will have to live in a hotel in the interim of moving out of the current apartment and into the new house.

Hexacle

I just got a cool new Star of David (though I enjoy calling it a hexacle) pendant in the commons. I’m not particularly Jewish (1/8 on my father’s side, so it apparently doesn’t count for squat; plus, I’m an atheist and all), but the way I see it- it’s no different than a non-christian wearing a cross for the purposes of fashion- and a lot more unique, at that. Here it is:

Star of David

Hey, Siouxsie did it! Sure, she was retaliating against the skinheads and neo-nazis who thought she was supporting their cause (which was her own fault, really), but I still think her response was awesome. Speaking of which, I intend to purchase this shirt (the “Israel” one, about 75% down the page) once it comes back in stock, for similar reasons, despite my disdain of band shirts in general.

This just in: soda is good for you!

Soda-Cancer Link Revealed as Myth

The researchers found that soda drinkers were actually less likely to develop esophageal carcinoma. Furthermore, when the researchers separated subjects who drank mostly regular soda versus diet soda, they found that the latter group had a 53 percent lower risk of developing the cancer.

Now I can live with peace of mind, sure of the fact that I will die of a different form of cancer (remember- NJ may result in death).

Cat dials 911, saves owner, still gets no respect.

I find this absolutely amazing. Also, it serves as rather gratifying proof that cats are smarter than many people give them credit for (I think that the unwillingness to do tricks is actually evidence of more intelligence), and also that they may be less indifferent than they often come off as (at least sometimes).

<3 cats!

I can’t help be a bit curious as to how he trained his cat to dial 911… but I suppose that tidbit will come out later.

Oh, and in other news, humans are also smart enough to dial 911.

Books I read in 2005

Here are the books I’ve read this year, along with page count and date of completion (if known; I only started doing this early this year). There are only 34, because I’m an effing philistine!

The War of the Worlds (251 pages – December 27)
Xombies (346 pages – December 23)
The Rising (321 pages – December 3)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (652 pages – November 26)
Wicked (409 pages – November 21)
The Undead (254 pages – November 6)
witpunk (335 pages – October 16)
The Warlord of Mars (158 pages – October 4)
The Gods of Mars (190 pages – October 2)
I am Legend (317 pages – September 24)
A Princess of Mars (198 pages – September 14)
Day by Day Armageddon (258 pages – August 11)
Starman Jones (252 pages – August 7)
Castle in the Air (298 pages – August 1)
Howl’s Moving Castle (329 pages – July 31)
The Color of Magic (210 pages – July 15)
Vampire Hunter D (268 pages – July 4)
Why I Am Not A Christian (259 pages – July 3)
The Two Swords (339 pages – June 5)
The Lone Drow (346 pages – May 24)
The Genetic Code (181 pages – May 9)
Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede (290 pages – April 25)
Understanding Comics (215 pages – April 21)
The Thousand Orcs (367 pages – April 18)
QED The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (152 pages – April 5)
Flowers for Algernon (286 pages – March 14)
Sea of Swords (297 pages – March 11)
Servant of the Shard (297 pages – February 27)
The Spine of the World (292 pages – February 21)
The Silent Blade (277 pages – January 24)
The Last Continent (390 pages – January 13)
The Halfling’s Gem (329 pages)
Streams of Silver (337 pages)
The Crystal Shard (364 pages)

It’s not in a real (<ul><li></li></ul>) list, because I keep this in a text file and just copied it here, and I couldn’t be arsed to convert it to HTML. Deal.

Super-accurate sin quiz!

Yeah, whatever. Here it is anyway, because something like it came up in conversation the other night (and, so you can see what I do instead of sleeping). At the time, I said “greed” was my biggest vice (have y’all seen all the junk I have?), but “sloth” is probably much more accurate (it’s one of the key traits of an excellent perl hacker- not that I’m one of them or anything). I guess “gluttony” may apply too, but “wrath” sohould definitely be higher. ;)

Greed: Medium
 
Gluttony: Medium
 
Wrath: Low
 
Sloth: Very High
 
Envy: Medium
 
Lust: Low
 
Pride: Medium
 

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BoingBoing misrepresents RIAAs poorly worded attempt to save itself

I’m growing progressively more annoyed with BoingBoing‘s tendancy to blow some things out of proportion. For instance, today, they say:

Coldplay’s new CD comes with an insert that discloses all the rules enforced by the DRM they included on the disc. Of course, these rules are only visible after you’ve paid for the CD and brought it home, and as the disc’s rules say, “Except for manufacturing problems, we do not accept product exchange, return or refund,” so if you don’t like the rules, that’s tough.

What are the other rules? Here are some gems: “This CD can’t be burnt onto a CD or hard disc, nor can it be converted to an MP3” and “This CD may not play in DVD players, car stereos, portable players, game players, all PCs and Macintosh PCs.” Best of all, the insert explains that this is all “in order for you to enjoy a high quality music experience.” Now, that’s quality. (emphasis mine)

Now, don’t get me wrong- I feel that this whole thing is decidedly Evil and Wrong, but if you’ll bother to actually read the text in the image, you’ll note that Cory took some of the text he quoted slightly out of context. Here’s the original version of the highlighted text above:

This CD cannot be burnt onto a CD-R or hard disc, nor can it be converted to MP3 for file sharing.

Not that ripping tracks to mp3 (certainly not for sharing!) is particularly useful without being allowed to store them on some sort of hard drive (remember- ipods contain hard drives, believe it or not!), but if you could find a way to do it (Does a solid state drive count as a hard drive? How about floppies? Compact Flash? Memory stick?), nothing there says you can’t. What about file formats- for instance, if you prefer ogg to mp3, or even *shudder* wma? Are they forbidden by penaly of something-or-other too? Oh, and IANAL, but the use of the word “can’t” here instead of “will not” or the ubiquitous “agree not to” seems a bit odd… technically you can (assuming a bit of tech savvyness and smart assedness), even though you may, or perhaps even should not (just like teenagers shouldn’t listen to the rock and rolling, smoke the ecstasy, or take those reefer pills). </snark> In short, I feel that this thing has so many loopholes you can probably drive a fleet of recumbent bikes through it- and if they wanted it to mean anything to anyone who matters, they probably should have gotten a lawyer with enough technical savvy to tell the difference between a raven and a tablet PC to write the damned thing.

Also, I’m sure if you whinge enough to the store where you purchased the CD (who buys this junk, anyway?), saying that the disc won’t play (I consider that a manufacturing problem, personally, even if it was by design), they’ll give you a refund, and if the label refuses to reimburse the retailers often enough, for this and other CDs, I predict that a class-action lawsuit may follow.

Anyway, I still think that this whole story is just more evidence of a dinosaur going through its death throes (worse is sure to follow, mark my words), I just felt annoyed at this small bit of sensationalizaing on Cory’s part.