Tuesday, July 31, 2007
What I found was an article on Intrusive Thoughts. "Intrusive thoughts, urges, and images are of inappropriate things at inappropriate times, usually falling into three categories: inappropriate aggressive thoughts, inappropriate sexual thoughts, or blasphemous religious thoughts. Most people experience these thoughts; when they are associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or depression, they may become paralyzing, anxiety-provoking, and persistent." If you think that you have Intrusive Thoughts then check out their treatment section.
I have to say, though, that "Intrusive Thoughts" is a great book title if I ever get together a "best of" book for TTGSiMH.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Also, the French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide". The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability.
(Does anyone know where this came from?)
Thursday, July 26, 2007
You may also like their game Bible Fight. "Biblical icons battle it out in the world's greatest immortal combat. Bring your wrath. You're going to need it." Heh-heh.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Other articles in Management-Issues that I've already read and can recommend:
- Incompetence at the Speed of Light - "Genghis Khan managed to rule over half the known world without once having a conference call or conducting a webinar. He did it all with a system of flags and horsemen. So why is it that most companies today, with more ways to communicate then ever, do such a lousy job?"
- Satan's Training Brochure - "I've always had this feeling that some Middle Management behaviors are too wide-spread and identically performed in too many companies to simply be coincidence."
- Santa's Performance Review - "I don't know about you, but I hate writing performance reviews. Then I got to thinking that some are harder than others. Take Santa Claus - what would you say about him?"
- Big "L"s and little "l"s - "How do you differentiate between those who are leaders by title and those who are leaders because they actually behave like leaders? Don't make me name names to prove they're not the same thing. Just open a newspaper."
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
A Protestant youth group has put together a 2006 calendar with 12 staged photos depicting erotic scenes from the Bible, including a bare-breasted Delilah cutting Samson's hair and a nude Eve offering an apple.
"There's a whole range of biblical scriptures simply bursting with eroticism," said Stefan Wiest, the 32-year-old photographer who took the titillating pictures.
~ Calendars use sex to sell God and cheese
Saturday, July 21, 2007
In fact, one could argue -- now that the technology exists to illustrate the nature of his creation -- Tolkien's world is uniquely suited for film. The man created a vast store of world-building material for filmmakers to work with, including a history, a mythology, a geography and a bestiary. As a culture, Middle-Earth is arguably better known than some actual cultures that existed on this planet. ~ John Scalzi, Why the Film is Better than the BookActually, doesn't that mean that it would be even better to make this something you can experience? If there were only some way that we could engage ourselves interactively with that world... Oh, right. Gaming. You can try it out by playing Lord of the Rings Online.
I'm trying to imagine the reaction that my LOTR-loving friends would have to Scalzi's opinion. All of them love the movies because the movies were, indeed, reverent explorations of Tolkien's world. But I think that they would stop far short of saying that the books themselves are anything less than great works. And we're not talking about people who wouldn't have an opinion on literature. The three that come to mind have, in descending order of magnitude, a Masters in Literature (focus, Wordsworth), a Bachelors in English, and just a butt-load of literature classes for fun while getting a Bachelors in Biology. In the group I'm the low man on the totem pole, literary wise. (It hurts to say that, but it's true.)
Of course, this is basically Scalzi's opinion vs. the opinion of my peeps. What other sources could we turn to? Colbert would probably point out that the market has spoken, which makes both the book and the movie great. But certainly there are other people to cite. How about some literary reviews?
". . . the Tolkien mass popularity was not fostered by the mass media; it grew from the excellencies and appeals of the work itself and was simply reported in the media" ~Neil D. Issacs, On the Possibility of Writing Tolkien CriticismAnd if you're a real Tolkienite (is that a word?) you have probably read The Road to Middle-earth, Shippey, 1982. Shippey has released a new (2001) tome called J.R.R. Tolkien, Author of the Century. A book review by David Bratman at The Mythopoeic Society notes: "By its deliberately provocative title, Shippey means two things -- that Tolkien was one of the great authors of the 20th century, despite critical attempts to dismiss his importance; and that Tolkien was an author of the century, a characteristically 20th-century writer, despite perceptions of him as a medieval atavism. Shippey discusses the curious critical neglect of Tolkien, and finds striking similarities between Tolkien and modern authors as different as George Orwell and William Golding."
"And all the time we know that the fate of the world depends far more on the small movement than on the great. This is a structural invention of the highest order: it adds immensely to the pathos, irony and grandeur of the tale." ~ C. S. Lewis, The Dethronement of Power (granted, they were peeps...)
"The Quest is one of the oldest, hardiest, and most popular of all literary genres. In some instances it may be founded on historical fact - the Quest of the Golden Fleece may have its origin in the search of seafaring traders for amber - and certain themes, like the theme of the enchanted cruel Princess whose heart can be melted only by the predestined lover, may be distorted recollections of religious rites, but the persistent appeal of the Quest as a literary form is due, I believe, to its validity as a symbolic description of our subjective personal experience of existence as historical... The essential elements in this typical Quest story are six. (1) A precious Object and/or Person to be found and possessed or married. (2) A long journey to find it, for its whereabouts are not originally known to the seekers. (3) A hero. The precious Object cannot be found by anybody, but only be the one person who possesses the right qualities of breeding or character. (4) A Test or a series of Tests by which the unworthy are screened out, and the hero revealed. (5) the Guardians of the Object who must be overcome before it can be won. They may be simply a further test of the hero's arete, or they may be malignant in themselves. (6) The Helpers who with their knowledge and magical powers assist the hero and but for whom he would never succeed. They may appear in human or animal form." ~ W. H. Auden, The Quest Hero (I know that my excerpt doesn't include a direct reference to Tolkien, but the set up is what he uses to later illustrate how Tolkien fulfilled it. I doubt you want to read the whole paper.)
What do you think? Are the LOTR books great books? Are the movies great movies? Is the game a great game? Do any of those things have an inter-relationship, meaning that greatness (or non-greatness) in one area inspires another?
Oh, and a post script. I made it through the first three Harry Potter books but lost interest during the fourth one and just set it aside. I see the movies, but not with any enthusiasm.
*Update 1/5/10: This post can now be reached through http://tinyurl.com/scalziquote
Kingdomality Personality Test
Human Resources Department Test
Friday, July 20, 2007
What do you think? First, is this advice valid? Second, can you think of two or more Things You Want To Become Very Good At?
If you want an average successful life, it doesn’t take much planning. Just stay out of trouble, go to school, and apply for jobs you might like. But if you want something extraordinary, you have two paths:
1. Become the best at one specific thing.
2. Become very good (top 25%) at two or more things.
The first strategy is difficult to the point of near impossibility. Few people will ever play in the NBA or make a platinum album. I don’t recommend anyone even try.The second strategy is fairly easy. Everyone has at least a few areas in which they could be in the top 25% with some effort.
Scott writes, "In my case, I can draw better than most people, but I’m hardly an artist. And I’m not any funnier than the average standup comedian who never makes it big, but I’m funnier than most people. The magic is that few people can draw well and write jokes." Well, dang, I should have his job. Art and humor are like core functions for me. I just ignore them... until something bursts. He continues, "And when you add in my business background, suddenly I had a topic that few cartoonists could hope to understand without living it." Hmm. Maybe I should just take him out. It could be a simpler way to bully my way into the top 25%...
I started thinking about the ways that you can identify the Things You Want To Become Very Good At because, well, that's the way my mind works. One way is, of course, the MBTI. As an INFP I have lovely lists of particular talents and typical career paths to choose from. I always liked writer/novelist of course. Artist is there, too. One list even has a strong argument for accountant. Watch out, Scott Adams.
What else could you use? The book "First Break All the Rules" has an associated StrengthsFinder tool that, they say, helps you identify the top five strengths that you could develop to "world class level." I would assume that world class level is easily in the top 25%. Mine are Learning, Responsibility, Inclusion, Self-Assurance, and Input. I'm not sure how those relate to Scott's theory, but there it is. I guess I could combine learning, inclusion, and self-assurance to lead a philosophy group. Or I could combine responsibility and input to create the largest, best kept collection of... something. (I'm suspicious that it would be geeky.)
Where else can you turn? I thought another good source might be friends. So I turned to my two best friends to get their opinion on Three Things I'm Very Good At and got the following responses:
- great storyteller, interest in learning new things and learning them in depth, ability to care
- taking care of people, inspiring ideas, providing safety and comfort
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Yeah, I'm a geek.
But how cute is this guy? His little ears are covered in fuzzy fabric. His base lights up with little pin points of blue LED lights. For us it's like the Reese's Cup of our relationship. My Mouse got in his X-Wing.
Is there anything better?
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Subspace, when I read that line, I thought of you. Maybe you want to go read the story The Perfume Eater over on Strange Horizons. Unless, of course, you are actually R. J. Astruc. In which case, uh, I guess you've already read it.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
During our political heyday:
All the liberal, and twice the caffeine...
The shorter version:
Welcome to our virtual frontier cabin.
Our original tagline:
Welcome to the frontier. One day we will all be in our porch rockers saying, "Yep, I remember when internet space stretched as far as the eye could see and all you needed to get you a piece was set up a name. Back then you just staked your claim and you could have your own little place...." So consider this our virtual frontier cabin.
So many troubles in the world. World hunger. Wars being fought. People dying from incurable diseases. Global warming (or a natural state of climate change if you're a mental midget.) But none of these will matter any more come this Friday. The iPhone is coming. ~ Here Cometh the iPhoneAll hail the Cheese God.
"To eat the Onion Rings" \too eet thuh uhn-yuhn rÄngs\, verb:
To have a disappointing ending or outcome. Example: The 2004 election ate the onion rings. ~ Phrase of the Day
So, if this data is correct, there are people who are interested in driving a tank while eating a whole rabbit and washing it down with a gallon of milk. Afterwards, being tired out, they'll relax in some kind of space age capsule with an 'Inflatable Party Sheep'. Seems logical... ~ Amazon Tank
First of all, who in the Water World would be a Paris Hilton fan? Someone hoping one day to be an alcoholic? A drug addict? A whore? Someone who loves bad acting? Someone who loves staying at Hilton hotels? I don't get it. ~ Forget Paris
HSBC bank has denied God a checking account. ~ HSBC Denies God
Saturday, July 14, 2007
|Your Gemstone is Amethyst|
Dignified, impressive, and wise.
You have a deeply spiritual soul
|You Have Many Alpha Tendencies|
You're not a total alpha female, but you certainly know how to - and like to - get your way.
You're forceful without being intimidating. You're confident without being vain. A perfect mix.
Friday, July 13, 2007
- csi: ny "you've been served"
- flaming bag of poop
- weather staions
- present sfspca analysis
- subspace fridays
- do you think utilitarianism is a theory that would work well in the united states? could we get past the concept of the individual for the greater goo
- "which way did he go george"
- history of parson's hat
- my toon paisley
- hyperintelligent shade of the color blue
- political party affiliation scott bakula
- self reflection candy treat
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I didn't care for either one even though I "got" both of them.What category of humor do you have? And does Dilbert hit it for you? If not, what does?
Maybe we should work on creating some useful comic strip reader categories. Then I can know to only read stuff that falls into my category.
Examples of the ones I found incredibly funny, and this is just stuff I have at hand, not a full Dilbert archive analysis:
Wally: "One day I realized that sadness is just another word for not enough coffee." (This is one of the reasons I say that Wally is my Yoda.)
Dilbert: "Try giving up hope. It turns the bad feelings into emptiness."
Dilbert: "Ed is an Unreachable." (God, I want to be Ed...)
Dilbert: "You haven't given me enough resources to do my project." Boss: "That's because your project isn't important and neither are you." Dilbert: "This took an ugly turn." (Yep...)
Asok: "I need your comments on this before I submit it." Boss: "Just leave it here and hope I become the sort of boss who gets around to doing that sort of thing."
So what would you say my category is? Cynic?
Here Sidhe Comes
by Sue London
This interviewer had a chance to sit down with the rock band “Sidhe Walks In Beauty” before the kick-off of the North American tour for their album “Unseelie Court”. In case you’ve been living under a mushroom cap while this British sensation has taken off, Sidhe is pronounced “Shee” and is the Gaelic word for fey or fairy.
I met the three guy, one girl band at New York’s swank Casablanca Hotel. Leanan looked amazing in a little flowing blue number, while the boys Pooka, Spriggan and Boggie were all decked out in black grunge finery. The first thing I asked was, of course, “Why Sidhe?”
Spriggan replied, “Why the [expletive] do you [expletive] think, you [expletive]? We’re [expletive] fey!”
Leanan broke in with her usual charm, “And the band name is a reference to a Lord Byron poem. Since Byron is a personal friend it seemed like a nice tribute.” (When I mentioned that Byron had been dead for some time the band reassured me that he was in fact enjoying time with some friends at a fairie ring in Northern Ireland where time passes slowly and was in quite good health.)
Pooka, who had been glowering at me, spoke up. “We looked at those rock bands tearing up their hotel rooms, luring young people away from their homes to follow them, having sex with everyone within five feet of them, and we thought, what a rip-off! We’ve been acting like that for thousands of years and now some mortal brats are going to come along and make money at it? [Expletive]!”
Of course, over the years there has been the odd fairy to gain popularity in entertainment. Bryan Ferry, the son of a dryad, was a 1980s pop sensation and right now Tina Fey, a nymph, does the news on Saturday Night Live.
When I asked her about this, Leanan mused, “Tina has done a good job of toning down her natural allure. There is a real pressure as a sidhe where you wonder if you can make it without your glamour – if you can just succeed on your own hard work.”
Well, it’s certain that this great band is making it on their own hard work. Check out Sidhe Walks in Beauty coming soon to a town near you!
(November 2003 Bad Fairy Challenge, OWW)
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
- The Show Must Go On - Queen
- Fat Cat Keeps Getting Fatter - Squirrel Nut Zippers
- You're in My Heart - Rod Stewart
- Walk Like an Egyptian - The Bangles
- Book of Days - Enya
- Someday - The Corrs
- Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner
- Whatever You Do! Don't! - Shania Twain
- "Oh drat these computers, they're so naughty and so complex!" - Marvin the Martian
- Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money
There's no charge for the service. It just keeps me entertained. But if you think I do a particularly good job for you, you can leave a little cha-ching in the change jar. Please note that this website is rated "G" for General Audiences. Anything of a risqué or questionable nature will be deleted from the comments.
|You Are Agnostic|
God? Religion? Maybe... you're just not sure.
You're still figuring out your spiritual path... or figuring out you really don't care.
You believe that no one really can know the true story about religion or God.
So you might as well relax a little. You'll go crazy trying make sense of it all.
(Although what part of "Do you believe in God?" and then checking "yes" results in Agnostic, I have no idea.)
|You Are a Chocolate Mocha and Orange Cheesecake|
Enthusiastic and intense, there's so much you love in the world... it's hard to do it all.
You are good at getting things to mix - friends, flavors, hobbies. You're the master of fusion!
Saturday, July 7, 2007
I cope by using my powers for good. I went from zero to hero at the age of 17 by learning that there are a limited number of"social scripts" that can be used to deal with people (thank God for that restaurant hosting job). It took me from shy, awkward agoraphobic teenager to an adult that is perceived as outgoing and friendly (even though social situations actually make me cringe). I'm able to parlay my "F" warmth and empathy into what they call "winning presentations".
But I really just want to travel to distant planets and ride purple dragons. So, basically, as an INFP my most fervent wish is to not HAVE to "cope"!
"He is a man of religious experience whose creative gift enables him to communicate spiritual truths to men." -- Elizabeth Henry, Orpheus and His Lute
Wow. That's amazing. That is everything that my soul has yearned for. Sometimes I don't feel a whole lot like an INFP since I work in an ESTJ world (finance) and sometimes I'm really *good* at it. I can be as E S T or J as I need to be for my job, so then I start to look at the other types. But I always end up realizing that ultimately this is where I fit best. That as an INFP I have a capacity for flexibility, role-playing, and using my empathy to read my audience and give them what they want. Guess what? It makes me tired.
The runner up type for me is INTP because I can be very analytical, and I test right on the border between T/F. But I definitely care about people more than logic. But I get along very well with my INTP boss... and husband... and cube mate.
As to who I identify with, it would be Oscar Wilde. I love writers with wit and humor covering a deep pathos and sensitive understanding of human nature. Wilde was a master of that. One of his quotes is, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." What could be more INFP than that?
*Cross-posted (with edits) from The Introvertz Coach*
|What Your Latte Says About You|
You are very decadent in all aspects of your life. You never scale back, and you always live large.
You can be quite silly at times, but you know when to buckle down and be serious.
Intense and energetic, you aren't completely happy unless you are bouncing off the walls.
You're addicted to caffeine. There's no denying it.
You are a child at heart, and you don't ever miss the opportunity to do something playful.
You are deep and thoughtful, but you are never withdrawn.
Rules! We've got some rules around here! Each person tagged blogs 7 random facts about themselves, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.
Seven random factoids...
- I test out as an INFP in the Myers-Briggs personality test. Yeah, like you didn't know that. In a brilliant piece of circular logic, that's why I take tests like that.... and then feel the compulsion to share it with you. Thanks for putting up with that.
- I wish I was an absurdist because I think it's cool, but I'm a little bit too spiritual. (Which, as Evil Spock points out, really just means that "you're too lazy to go church and you hate the NFL. Why can't spiritual people just say you have better things to do?!?" Heh-heh.)
- I love my husband.
- I have three cats and they are all named after characters from James Bond movies.
- I just finished reading Stephen King's "Lisey's Story" this week. On average I probably read two books a week, but this year I'm starting to keep track by writing the date on the inside of mass market paperbacks when I finish them. I'm having a hard time bringing myself to write in King's book, even a simple "July 2007," which in and of itself tells me that I respect his work more than I'd realized. Even though he still does things in his writing that irritate me.
- I love long life better than figs.
- I skipped high school. Yep, pretty much the whole thing. I went to college on brains and chutzpah (and a student loan).
Nevsky at 2+2=5
"O" at The Angry Drunk Bureaucrat
subspace at Bean Mines
Pam at beancounters
Scott Adams at Dilbert Blog
sixthdoctor at lighthearted mental sewage
Evil Spock at the Needs of the Few
Friday, July 6, 2007
The reports she was receiving told her that the memo about an attack on the studio were having the desired affect. The interns were losing their minds with worry and were desperate to raise the cash for a little private security. Now, with just a small donation and the right word in the right ear... Yes, this Very Facty Plan was going swimmingly.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Full disclosure, I clicked on Scorpio:
Give up on your dream of being a master debater. • Wash your hands more often. • Your favorite aunt is actually your favorite uncle. • Your favorite cousin wants to sleep with you.
Three out of four things seem on target. I bet that made you curious...
1. You enter your room and discover your alarm clock is melting into the bed. Should you:
A) Call the phone company to find out what time it is. (0)
B) Think about how fast your clock is running. (1)
C) Ask your clock, "Why the long face?" (3)
D) Don't really worry because the bed is melting into the foor. (5)
2. Penguin Dust is
A) Fallout registered from an exploding penguin. (0)
B) A phrase in a poem by Gregory Corso. (3)*
C) A command given to a penguin, such as "Penguin, do the dishes," or, "Penguin, vacuum." (5)
D) Something you buy at your local pet store. (4)
3. My favorite television program is
A) "Wheel of Fortune." (0)
B) "The A-Team." (-5)
C) "Sesame Street." (3)
D) The test pattern. (5)
4. What killed the dinosaurs?
A) An ice age (0)
B) The swamps dried up. (1)
C) Furry little animals. (3)
D) Penguin Dust. (5)
5. There is a tiny rabbit climbing up your nose. What color is he?
A) White (0)
B) Khaki (-5)
C) There is no tiny rabbit, the lavender wombat ate him. (4)
D) Which one of the tiny rabbits are you talking about? (5)
6. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
A) Straight pin or safety pin? (-5)
B) Almost 17 (1)
C) 42. (3)
D) About as many as can fit in the hole of a bowling ball. (5)
7. What is the square root of 69?
A) 8.3066 (-5)
B) Eight something (2)
C) I don't know; I failed Calc. 1 (3)
D) Too disgusting to imagine. (5)
8. My favorite poet is
A) Dylan Thomas. (1)
B) Sylvia Plath. (2)
C) William Shakespeare (0)
D) Gregory Corso, author of "Penguin Dust." (5)
9. A sequel to the painting "Nude Descending Staircase" might be called
A) "Nude Posing on Landing" (1)
B) "Crap." (-5)
C) "Nude Reclining on Bannister." (3)
D) "Same Nude Three Steps Further Down." (5)
10. Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall. Why?
A) Obesity. (1)
B) Misunderstanding of the Laws of Physics. (3)
C) Death Wish. (3)
D) Misdirected sex drive. (5)
11. Vocabulary test: Scintilla, cartouche, synaptic, scoobedoo. Of those
words, I knew, without looking them up, the meaning of:
A) none of them. (0)
B) two of them. (1)
C) Three of them. (4)
D) all five of them. (5)
12. How do you know when you pass an elephant?
A) You see a big, grey thing in your rearview mirror. (3)
B) You squash your wide receiver with a completed pass. (3)
C) You feel an excruciating pain. (4)
D) You can't close the toilet seat. (5)
Each number in parenthesis indicates the creativity of that answer. Ratings of zeros, ones and twos indicates that you are pretty neutral in the creativity department. Threes, fours, and fives show that you have some verbal agility and creativity. Any score of minus five indicates a very disturbed personality. Add up all your numbers and compare with the chart below:
Zero or less: Raw potatos have more pizazz than you. You probably voted for Nixon. With some effort you can understand certain comic strips and cartoons.
1-20: Little or no creativity. You might once have stepped inside an art museum and have tried a crossword puzzle. You are reasonably fluent in the English language.
21-59: Scores within this range indicate an above average CQ. The Rubic's Cube does not offer any challenge, and dealing with the average person is too painful for you.
60 or higher: You are dangerously insightful, practically unemployable, and probably psychotic. You identify with Hamlet. You might also identify with vegetables, particularly Chinese.
This test was designed by Mark R. Frank, who has no PhD in anything and should not be allowed to be loose on the streets. His favorite color is paisley.
*If you're here for Gregory Corso, the "penguin dust" line is from his poem "Marriage" which is on this page that I also linked to above.
Notes from the Commander: I have had this in my file of funnies long enough that it is TYPED (with an IBM typewriter back in the 80s) but I did not cite the source. I think that it was OMNI magazine, but I'm not sure. I found it online here, but he does not cite the source either. I'm putting it here so that I can find it when I want it and share it with my peeps. If Mark R. Frank would like to stop by and tell us what he's up, that would be great. If he (or the publishing magazine) would like to post an official copy I will be happy to take mine down. But until then, it's too much fun not to share.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Since today is a holiday, Happy Independence Day!!, a little bit of pop-psych for fun:
|You Are a Cappuccino|
You're fun, outgoing, and you love to try anything new.
However, you tend to have strong opinions on what you like.
You are a total girly girly at heart - and prefer your coffee with good conversation.
You're the type that seems complex to outsiders, but in reality, you are easy to please