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Stupid goth test

In honor of my newly black hair, and in recognition of the fact that I have just returned from The Haunt for a “Night Out”; here is a stupid goth personality test I’ve taken. This one is even stupider than most of these stupidly stupid things, in that the questions are very often extremely contradictory. For example, do you agree with this statement: “Of course I like Bauhaus, and some things on Projekt and Metropolis, and I can put up with U2.” What does U2 have to do with it? (These guys are from England and who gives a shit, right?)

You scored as Romantic Goth. You are a romantic goth, better known as a tradtional goth. You are probably quickly identified as a goth by outsiders. Black lace, bats, and moonlit cemetaries are just a few of your favorite things.

Romantic Goth

96%

Fantasy Goth

88%

Old-school Goth

75%

Anything-Goes Goth

71%

Death Rocker

67%

Industrial/Rivet-Head

58%

Ethereal Goth

58%

Perky Goff

54%

Cyber-goth

25%

Confused Outsider

13%

Understanding Outsider

8%

What subcategory of Goth best fits you?
created with QuizFarm.com She’s gone a bit too heavy on the whiteface for my tastes, but I dig her outfit. Also, yeah – I think the results work for me. If I were to sort those categories myself, I’d probably wind up with something like that.

Hair change

Yesterday I got a haircut, after which the hairdresser berated me for bleaching my hair too much- he said it has no more elasticity, and would only break should I keep it up. Since I had been noticing that simple things like combing my hair have been exceptionally painful for the past few months, and that the dye wasn’t sticking nearly as well to my hair as it used to; and since I’ve found it entirely impossible to bleach only the roots of my hair; I decided to just dye it black and be done with it (since I woke up one morning last weekend with a hankering to dye my hair black anyway, it’s really not too much of a sacrifice).

So today I went out and bought some real (read: permanent) black hair dye (Clariol Hydrence #52 – Black Pearl). And I re-dyed it. Happily, the process took just slightly over an hour and a half, which is a huge improvement over my normal 5-8 hours to bleach and apply Special Effects. I think it looks pretty good- much better than the last time I did black (the different shade/shinyness of black really makes a difference with certain skin tones).

Unfortunately, you get no picture, as my real computer is still busted. We got a new processor, but that didn’t help anything; and this model motherboard doesn’t actually produce diagnostic beeps. So, I’m gonna buy another motherboard, and see how that goes. Bleh.

Personality DNA

From Poppy, via Linuxchix Live:

You are a Dreamer

  • Your combination of abstract thinking, appreciation of beauty, and cautiousness makes you a DREAMER.
  • You often imagine how things could be better, and you have very specific visions of this different future.
  • Beauty and style are important to you, and you have a discerning eye when it comes to how things look.
  • Although you often think more broadly, you prefer comfort to adventure, choosing to stay within the boundaries of your current situation.
  • Your preferences for artistic works are very refined, although you vastly prefer some types and styles to others.
  • Though your dreams are quite vivid, you are cautious in following up on them.
  • You are aware of both your positive and negative qualities, so that your ego doesn’t get in your way.
  • A sense of vulnerability sometimes holds you back, stifling your creative tendencies.
  • Your independent streak allows you to make decisions efficiently and to trust your instincts
  • You approach problems in an analytical way, not getting caught up in your own emotions. You are an independent thinker, not wedded to the preferences of others.
  • You tend to do things on the spur of the moment, not sticking to a set schedule.
  • You have a strong sense of style and value your personal presentation – friends may even seek your style advice from time to time.

You are Reserved

  • You are RESERVED – you aren’t someone who always needs to have others around, and you find you can handle most situations on your own.
  • You can be very happy spending time alone, and enjoy your own thoughts and ideas.
  • You find it difficult to understand why some people get so emotional and tell everyone else their problems.
  • You believe that if you want to get something done, it is best to do it yourself.
  • In your experience, other people are not always completely dependable, so you generally rely on yourself and only a few close others.
  • Despite your independence, you are not a closed-minded person who makes hasty judgments about others. You know that it isn’t always easy to walk in other people’s shoes.
  • At times other people’s feelings are puzzling to you, and you wish that people were more rational.
  • Your vision of the world is complex – your values are not set in stone. Instead, you are able to change your beliefs as you learn new information.
  • Your independent streak allows you to make decisions efficiently and to trust your instincts
  • You approach problems in an analytical way, not getting caught up in your own emotions. You are an independent thinker, not wedded to the preferences of others.
  • You tend to do things on the spur of the moment, not sticking to a set schedule.
  • You have a strong sense of style and value your personal presentation – friends may even seek your style advice from time to time.

I think this is pretty fun, and a bit more accurate than you’d expect given the amount and type of questions asked. The most interesting part to me is the part at the bottom of the report, with the scales (which the obscure pseudo litmus test graphics are supposed to represent).

You can rate my results for accuracy, too.

Recent Happenings

I suppose the biggest news in my life is that my power supply died, taking my motherboard (but thankfully not my much more expensive video card) with it. As I’m fed up with computers in general recently (really, I just want a mp3 box with TV-in, that I can use to get pictures off my camera, that plays DVDs, and that has a terminal, Firefox, grip, and Neverwinter Nights) I had happicow find a replacement motherboard on eBay, trusting his judgement. He found one for ~$35 (which I later found on a separate site for $24, after I had already bought the first one [eBay isn’t always beneficial]). Unfortunately, after trying it yesterday we then looked up its stats and it can’t handle my 2800+ processor, and can only manage 1400+. happicow refused to believe this for some time, for some reason. Apparently, a firmware upgrade will fix this, though we will need another Socket A processor to apply the upgrade. happicow ordered one, and it should be here in a few days. Until then, no ripping of new CDs or watching movies/playing Playstation 2 in my bedroom for me.

The second biggest news was Monster Mania V which we attended last Saturday, which was moderately fun. The highlight was seeing George Romero and Jeffrey Combs. The dealer room was also pretty nice (and not nearly as crowded as most anime convention dealer rooms). The movie selection was rather disappointing, however, as they only showed about 6 movies, all of which (with the exception being Land of the Dead) came out over 10 years ago (I really wanted some newer indy flicks). Peter spent most of the day making balloons for people. I think that this is really just the new convention on the block, and that they really lucked out in getting George Romero. Also, I think it’s really silly that Monster Mania VI is in 3 months.

I want to go to a better horror convention… more like the Otakon of horror cons…

Sora, Donald, Goofy! Sora, Donald, Goofy! (repeat)

If you are the type of person to care about such things, you may like to know that I played the first Kingdom Hearts game way back when in 2002. A little while back, I bought the second game on a whim (‘cuz I don’t play as many video games as I would like, these days).

After nearly two weeks (and about 45 hours of playtime) I’ve beaten Kingdom Hearts 2 (on easy, because the first game was surprisingly hard and I figured this one would be equally so- I was wrong). I didn’t bother with any time consuming side-quests yet, but it actually doesn’t look like there are many… I also still have a bunch of coliseum stuff to do (which I have no idea how to unlock), and Sephiroth is untouchable.

Kingdom Hearts 2 ending

I think I liked this game more than the first one- Sora was much less annoying and the game in general was much more fun (the battles were much less stupid and tedious) but it was still a bit overly preachy, and none of the plot seemed to make any sense whatsoever. Really. Maybe you have to be Japanese, I dunno- but at least the first game was coherent. Also, less singing was involved (besides the preaching and nonsensicalness, this was clearly the most annoying part of the game- they were obviously trying to cash in on the “rhythm games” craze, but really did a shit job of it). Oh, and people familiar with the first game will be happy to know that the gummy ship levels appear to actually be fun this time around (also, highly reminiscent of the N64 Star Fox).

It was nice to see that they got rid of the Tarzan and Peter Pan type boring worlds of the first game (though I do miss Alice in Wonderland) and brought back most of the good worlds (why was the Nightmare Before Christmas board so incredibly short, though?). It was incredibly cool to play in the Tron world (Yes! Yes!); and the Timeless River (Steamboat Willy) board was pretty cool, too; but the Pirates of the Caribbean world was a bit underwhelming, IMHO. It was also really nice to be able to have a Final Fantasy character in your party for once (I think we need more Aurons and less Mulans).

Overall, I think it’s definitely worth playing if you like either Final Fantasy or Disney, or even both. If you like one and hate the other you’ll probably be fine with that, too; as the game is (like I said before) really surprisingly fun. More fun than the first one, even. Just don’t expect it to make any sense, and you’ll be fine.

Just keep in mind that while the first game was like a crossover nightmare (that happened to have a really fun story and pretty fun gameplay), this one is like you’re trapped in the 7th levell of fanfiction.net crossover hell (with a a pretty lame “We need to think of something to write- quick!” story, but incredibly fun gameplay). I fully expect the next game to be a Mary-Sue.

More evilness

Because I don’t blog anything interesting anymore; here’s something I stole from Magni (via LC Live):

The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Fifth Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Level Score
Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Very Low
Level 1 – Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) High
Level 2 (Lustful) Low
Level 3 (Gluttonous) Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious) Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy) Very High
Level 6 – The City of Dis (Heretics) Very High
Level 7 (Violent) High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers) Moderate
Level 9 – Cocytus (Treacherous) Low

Take the Dante Inferno Hell Test

What? Me- a heretic? Pshaw!
What? Moi, gloomy? Never!

On a related note, Erik sent me a link to a “semi-good evil finder” (I like the unintended dichotomy, there). It told me I’m evil because:

**** THE PROOF THAT Teri Solow IS EVIL ****

   T   E   R   I   S   O   L   O   W

  20   5  18   9  19  15  12  15  23     - as numbers

   2   5   9   9   1   6   3   6   5     - digits added

  \_____/ \_____/ \_____/ \_____/ \_/

   7       9       7       9       5     - digits added

Thus, "Teri Solow" is 79795.

Add 1926, the year "Playboy" publisher, Hugh Hefner, was born - the result is 81721.

Add 1927, the year Fidel Castro was born - the result is 83648.

Turn the number backwards, subtract 1778 - the year Oliver Pollock invented '$', the symbol of exploitation, suffering and injustice. The number is now 82860.

Turn the number backwards, and add 1895 - the year Rudolph Hess was born. The number is now 8723.

Subtract 7491 from the number - this is the year Aleister Crowley paid a longer visit to hell, written backwards. It gives 1232.

This number, read as octal, gives 666 - the number of the Beast.

This is truly evil. QED.

The sad part is, people manually work up junk like that all the time and forward it around in email chain letters, and other people actually believe it. All the time.
It’s super sad, because the number of the beast is though by some to be an old mistranslation; which makes all this an even bigger waste of time.

616 out.