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|Saturday, January 14th, 2006|
- Medieval knights put the skin of eric on their sword handles to improve the grip.
- Eric can live for up to a week without a head.
- Over 46,000 pieces of eric float on every square mile of ocean.
- Research indicates that eric will be attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas.
- When provoked, eric will swivel the tip of his abdomen and shoot a jet of boiling chemicals at his attacker!
- Birds do not sleep in eric, though they may rest in him from time to time!
- Eric is the sacred animal of Thailand.
- Grapes explode if you put them inside eric!
- India tested its first nuclear eric in 1974.
- The pigment Indian Yellow was manufactured from the urine of cows fed only on eric.
|Thursday, November 17th, 2005|
What Places In The World Match Your Personality?City Reviews at CityCulture.org
Your personality type is RCUAI
|You are moderately reserved, calm, moderately unstructured, accommodating, and intellectual, and may prefer a city which matches those traits. |
The largest representation of your personality type can be found in the these U.S. cities: Washington DC, Oklahoma City, Raleigh/Durham, Louisville, New Orleans, Greensboro, Austin, Albuquerque/Santa Fe, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Denver and these international countries/regions Luxembourg, Iceland, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Netherlands, Greece, Puerto Rico, Denmark, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Turkey, Sweden, Ireland
But Washington D.C. as calm? that's just silly ;P
On a completely unrelated note, I'm in the stages of planning a philosophy paper where i examine the nature of warfare between states at the level of Plato's Republic and examine how war devolves and becomes offensive as the government strays further from the Republic, primarily via Aristotle, I think, and Oligarchy versus democracy versus Polity, where Property becomes an issue in warfare. Also, civil war and an idividual's part in that also comes out, whereas in the Republic, the city and it's motives are equivalent to the interests and motives of EVERY one of its CITIZENS, so rebellion makes no sense. I think it'd be really cool and ironic if I managed to reduce Plato's assumptions about a state and its citizens to the level of Hobbes when a democracy is reached (where people without government are in constant war, and government is agreed to as an expedient to keeping yourself alive).
|Monday, November 14th, 2005|
|Saturday, November 5th, 2005|
|Wednesday, October 26th, 2005|
|Ahh so much physics work...
But still found time to take this:
Take the quiz: "What kind of eyes do you have? (with pictures)"
You have eden eyes. Eden is the color of water. Your eyes symbolize your great flexibility. You are a creative person. You can think of many good ways to get your point across to people as you have very good communication abilities. When someone feels down or is hurt, you have the remarkable ability to help them and heal them. If you have too little going on in your life, you may be withdrawn and depressed, timid, manipulative, unreliable, stubborn, or suspicious. Some words to describe you: peaceful, sincere, affectionate, tranquil, intuitive, trustworthy, pure, loyal, healing, and stable.
I definitely tend to feel bored/out of it when i don't have a lot of things to do -- or when what i'm doing is completely meaningless. Other than that, meh. Time to go back to writing out and interpreting equations for voltages and currents in circuits...
also tied for:
Take the quiz: "What kind of eyes do you have? (with pictures)"
You have moonlight eyes. Moonlight is the color of mystery. Your eyes symbolize your ability to see yourself as others see you. You have finesse for letting other people know what you think. You have a soothing and calming ability that you may or may not know about. You have the awesome ability to draw a person's negative energy out and replace it with a positive energy; the world needs more people like you. Some words to describe you: patient, self-controlled, perseverance, insightful, reflective, understanding, serene, and caring.
|Sunday, October 9th, 2005|
|One Nation, One Opinion, Under God and All Those Fools!
"There are Chicken Little people running around saying that the sky is falling because people are not sleeping enough," said Daniel F. Kripke of the University of California at San Diego. "But everyone knows that people are getting healthier. Life expectancy has been increasing, and people are healthier today than they were generations ago."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/08/AR2005100801405.html
It's definitely true life expectancy is increasing in America. But what does that represent and mean? It means doctors, nursing homes and Medicare/aid are often preventing people from dying. Of course, this is good when patients make full recoveries and are able to return to a normal life. And it's obviously linked to advances in "prevention" medicine, such as dieting, exercising, etc.
But once the average life expectancy begins to approach 80, Society must begin to question the divide between Whether people are still alive and How they are living. The modern problem for medicine is now Quality of Life, NOT Death. It's particularly apparent in the afflictions of old age, but the question is being applied (pervertedly, I think) to some other problems and ignored in others.
Perhaps it is an attempt by medicine (here verging on pharmaceuticals, but where's the line now anyway?) to cater to hedonism and/or egoism. Now this careens into Americans' consumeristic instincts leading them to solve health and happiness problems, real or imagined, by throwing money at it...
Anyway, back to the beginning of this post. Just because people live longer and appear to be healthier, by whatever standard this guy is using, does not mean that people's quality of life may be decreasing due to sleep deprivation. What's worse... being sick and virtually bedridden for a month when a person would get really sick, or a person moving through life in a daze -- becoming narcoleptic-like -- and addicted to coffee-caffeine (definitely known for positive benefits when drunk in large quanities)? Maybe that's why all the politicians seems so crazy -- they're all half asleep all the time.
|Thursday, October 6th, 2005|
Is it wrong that every time i see someone walk around with earphones coming out of their heads and attaching to ipods and whatnot that i automatically think "wireheads." Like in Snow Crash. Everyone is mind controlled through the use of wires...
| Mystic Theurge |
40% Combativeness, 33% Sneakiness, 70% Intellect, 86% Spirituality
| Brilliant and spiritual! You are a Mystic Theurge! |
Score! You have a prestige class. A prestige class can only be taken
after you�ve fulfilled certain requirements. This may mean that you�re
an exceptionally talented person, but it probably doesn't.
The Mystic Theurge is a combination of a cleric and a mage. They
can cast both arcane and divine spells, and are good at both, making
them pretty terrifying on the battlefield. They have more raw
spellpower than just about any other class.
You're both intelligent and faithful, but not violent or deceitful. I guess that makes you a pretty good person.
| My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender: |
|You scored higher than 21% on Combativeness|
|You scored higher than 54% on Sneakiness|
|You scored higher than 33% on Intellect|
|You scored higher than 99% on Spirituality|
|Friday, August 5th, 2005|
|Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005|
| 12", Holly, Dragon |
You scored 57 wisdom, 33 bravery, 10 emotional, and 11 martyrdom!
Holly is a powerful protective wood that good for use against evil, but
it also represents dreams and fertility. Your dragon's heartstring core
makes your wand very effective in hexes.
| My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender: |
|You scored higher than 86% on wisdom|
|You scored higher than 39% on bravery|
|You scored higher than 2% on emotional|
|You scored higher than 6% on martyrdom|
|Thursday, June 23rd, 2005|
So i'm in california now, and doing things like hanging out in coffeeshops, debating the nature of DNA and politics with my extended family, and reading newspapers and magazines. Here are some choice quotes from an article in The Nation june 27 concerning the Dutch attitude towards Muslims:
""Why are we afraid to tell muslims to adapt to us, simply because our values and norms represent a higher level of civilization -- better, more pleasent and more humane. No more integration, but assimilation!"
-- Geert Wilders (right wing Dutch politician)
[quoted from article]
"In what appears to be a Europe-wide pattern, some feminists are aligning themselves with the anti-immigrant right against their former multiculturalist allies on the left. Joining them in this exodus to the right are gay activists, who blame Muslim immigrants for the rising number of attacks on gay couples."
Recently, a documovie was made by Hirsi Ali and Pim Fortuyn [who was later the first dutch political assassination in 300 years for this] detailing female genital mutilation by male Muslims and the general abuse the men heap on the women. Later on in the article, an anthropologist points out that this kind of male-female violence exists in every culture and is by no means confined to Islam.
This trend towards intolerance of Muslims, coupled with the apparently growing anti-semetism and hostility to guest workers (often muslim in germany, etc) is really disturbing, in light of how many people view Europe as a much more open society than the US. However, Europe historically has always been very suspicious of foreigners and each country has always been very nationalistic (for example, Britain after WW2 wanted to keep its empire, and France wanted to DESTROY germany forever). The failures of the EU constitution and budget are the most recent examples of this trend.
I suppose this shows traditional leftish cohorts cannot be counted on to support liberal social goals, just like many young people in the US today gravitate towards libertarianism.
|Saturday, May 28th, 2005|
|Saturday, March 26th, 2005|
| You scored as Existentialism. Your life is guided by the concept of Existentialism: You choose the meaning and purpose of your life.|
“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”
“It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.”
“It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the Truth.”
More info at Arocoun's Wikipedia User Page...
What philosophy do you follow? (v1.02)
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|Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005|
Take Free Advanced Global Personality Testpersonality tests by similarminds.com
Advanced Global Personality Test Results
|Extraversion |||||| ||20% |
|Stability |||||||||||||||||| ||63% |
|Orderliness |||||||||||||||| ||60% |
|Empathy |||||||||||||| ||50% |
|Interdependence |||||||||||||||| ||56% |
|Intellectual |||||||||||||||||||||| ||90% |
|Mystical |||||||||||||||||| ||63% |
|Artistic |||||||||||||| ||43% |
|Religious |||| ||10% |
|Hedonism |||||| ||16% |
|Materialism |||||| ||16% |
|Narcissism |||||||||||||||||| ||63% |
|Adventurousness |||||||||||||||||||||| ||83% |
|Work ethic |||||||||||||||||||||| ||83% |
|Self absorbed |||||||||||||||||| ||70% |
|Conflict seeking |||||||||||||||||| ||70% |
|Need to dominate |||||||||||||| ||43% || |
|Romantic |||||||||||| ||36% |
|Avoidant |||||||||||||| ||50% |
|Anti-authority |||||||||||||||||||||| ||83% |
|Wealth |||||| ||16% |
|Dependency |||||||||||||| ||43% |
|Change averse |||||||| ||30% |
|Cautiousness |||||||||||||||||||||| ||83% |
|Individuality |||||||||||||||||||||| ||90% |
|Sexuality |||||||| ||23% |
|Peter pan complex |||||||| ||30% |
|Physical security |||||||||||||||||||||| ||83% |
|Food indulgent |||||| ||16% |
|Histrionic |||||||||||||| ||43% |
|Paranoia |||||||||||||||||||||| ||83% |
|Vanity |||||||||||||||| ||56% |
|Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||| ||50% |
|Female cliche |||||||| ||23% |
Stability results were moderately high which suggests you are relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic.
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 low which suggests you are very reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and secretive.
introverted, secretive, reclusive, tough, non social, observer, fearless, solitary, detached, does not like to lead, outsider, abides the rules, mind over heart, good at saving money, does not like to stand out, does not make friends easily, self sufficient, not aggressive, likes the unknown, unconcerned with external opinion, strong, abstract, independent, very intellectual, analytical, high self control
I think i managed to skew this test a little more than i normally do, in some directions... i think there's insufficient distinction between self-sufficiency and openness to others' ideas/opinions.
|Sunday, February 13th, 2005|
|techno-inspired anti-individualism reaction?
do i not confide in those here because they are anti-individual in their advice? are they really so?
am i just a malcontent, selfish and individualist, content with solititude at times?
is this an offshoot of "people are fundementally good?" (last morn about 3, people on my hall decided they didn't know who i was, so they made me make up a true/false about my values/beliefs. You have no idea how hard i found it to make up something like that. Good... i think all people are good-intentioned, it's those whose intentions class with society many people dislike (though there are those who use society and get rich, etc, who are idolized).
Are the people here who are so into dialectics and existentialism, have they lost confidence in the individual in the wake of the dehumanizing technological advances? Is this a reaction simply to the impersonal quality lives today take on, making any one person seem simply a cog in a machine?
If so, it seems to me, the answer is not to accept it, not to SUBMERGE the self in the overwhelming sea of faceless anonymity! People who can should do that, but then reach BEYOND even that, grasp their own SELF again.
Individual does matter. CHOICE is EVERYTHING (or else, there is NO difference between an ant hill or a bee hive, and a human community like a college, esp. a college).
|Sunday, January 30th, 2005|
| You scored as Pisces. You get along best with the sign of Pisces. Although Pisceans can be very withdrawn, or hard to understand, they are extremely conscious individuals, and are very deep as well. Pisceans often have a very dry sense of humor. They are very mature (after all, they are the 'ELDERS of the Zodiac'), and are freakishly good at percieving the world around them, practically to the point of being 'psychic.' Few can understand the depths of these people, but the few who can remain close friends with Pisceans for a long time. |
What sign of the Zodiac are you meant for?
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i was born gemini
|Wednesday, January 12th, 2005|
You Are a Prophet Soul
You are a gentle soul, with good intentions toward everyone.
Selfless and kind, you have great faith in people.
Sometimes this faith can lead to disappoinment in the long run.
No matter what, you deal with everything in a calm and balanced way.
You are a good interpreter, very sensitive, intuitive, caring, and gentle.
Concerned about the world, you are good at predicting people's feelings.
A seeker of wisdom, you are a life long learner looking for purpose and meaning.
You are a great thinker and communicator, but not necessarily a doer.
Souls you are most compatible with: Bright Star Soul and Dreaming Soul
|Tuesday, November 30th, 2004|
the last bit is true; i will never forget those who i love and care about.
|Saturday, November 20th, 2004|
So last night/this morning I had a very vivid dream for the second time in about a year. I remember very specific bits of it, which i will try to record here:
I think the first thing, chronologically, was me as a monk/jedi kind of fighter, mostly using unarmed combat to fight through something like in diablo (computer game). I made the land safe up to this one point, this door in a cliff. Everything on my side was good, i knew, but i knew on the other side was evil that must be vanquished. So i opened the door, and cleared out this kind of yard around a house built into a cliff that looked like one of those optical illusion houses -- like Escher -- where there were stairways and floors in the house, but the entire thing was ridden with cracks and gouges, jagged tears through the reality of the house. I went inside the house, and went down a floor first. There I saw this giant thing that i instinctively knew I couldn't best. I made it back up without it following me. Somehow, though, it sensed me and ran around the basement. I cautiously made my way up the stairs, green like aged copper, yet wood, and I knew there was a waypoint (like in diablo 2) that i could use to get back to town. But then i saw what i think i interpreted as evil incarnate, like palpatine or sauron. The Eyes. I got out as fast as i could and made my way back to the town.
The next event in the dream involved this instrument... it was very weird. It had many strings, like a harp, but there was a gap between the first 10 strings, which were fairly short, and the last three, which were much longer, and at the end where you plucked them they were more than an inch apart. The materian that formed the back of the instrument was this very tightly interwoven fiber... it reminds me of... a straw hat's weaving. Very very tightly woven, plus texture and color. Under the short strings were some red and green (with white and black) stripes, like you see in Incan or African weaving. The instrument was played with what i KNEW was duck feathers. They were maybe an inch or two wide, and extremely hard, resilient. The pick, if you can call it that, resembled a fan made of several of these feathers. They were black in the center, but white towards the edges. This fan was used to strum the smaller strings, but more plucked the longer strings. Someone else was playing it beautifully. Then I sat down to try to play it, and when i tried to play it i only heard scratching noises. The strings had disapeared! i was only scratching on the backing with the fan.
The next thing i remember is this room, like a hut. it had the rounded igloo like shape, but with clay instead of snow. There were many people in the room, with their attention rapt by this thing in the center of the room. I Knew it was the Sun, it looked like the sun, very hot and bright. But the sun was outside, so perhaps it was the soul of the sun, or an avatar, or something. It was held in this thing that resembled an anthill made out of clay. The people seemed to worship it. Then, something wrong happened. The anthill shifted slowly, inexorably to one side, and the sun slid through the air, slowly falling downward, then picking up speed, until it touched the ground. Then it just began to make a hole about two, three feet in diameter. One of the townspeople got up, examined it, and remarked it resembled a metallic tube someone had made. The inside was coated with teflon. This is all I remember from the dream today.
Last year, after this happened, I remember going into these gigantic, beautiful, soaring caverns where the sun had ended up. I'm not sure what happened then, though... Current Mood: how does the paper clip bend?
|Monday, November 15th, 2004|
|Wednesday, October 27th, 2004|
So yesterday i was described as:
Not quite sullen,
Not quite calm.
Perhaps a tad brooding.
And, to crown it all, as a cup of strong British tea.