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I took the Myers-Briggs for a high school leadership conference something-or-other and I was classed as an INTJ. It describes me rather well for the most part, although I think my personality bleeds over into INTP territory as well.

I actually still have the booklet from that leadership conference that summarizes the different personality types, so here's what it says about INTJs and INTPs.

INTJs
Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance - for themselves and others.

INTPs
Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.


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I realize I've been slacking on the link-o-llections lately, but I hope this latest edition makes up for it!

Kit Whitfield has two interesting blog posts up about fictional villains: one on how she personally conceives of a villain/antagonist and one on various categories of fictional villainy. Writers on the flist, hop on over!

[livejournal.com profile] vyctori sent me this one a while back - the 10 Most Insane Child-Warping Moments of '80s cartoons.

XKCD exposes the truth of Amazon's Kindle 2!

The blog of a Las Vegas escort girl who actually does not hate her lifestyle! Obviously NSFW.

[livejournal.com profile] wadewilson presents "an instructional discourse on how best to avoid being petty, divisive and annoying to other people when enjoying an online role-playing game of any sort. For I have grown tired and weary of seeing people I like behave like unpleasant high-schoolers, and I am also weary of trying to stop foolish misconceptions from growing into utterly inane enmities".

Got some time to kill? Have some free sci-fi short stories.

This has to be one of the most amazing things from nature I've ever seen lately - a fish with a transparent head with eyes that rotate around inside the head. Holy shit, that is so cooooool!

[livejournal.com profile] eyecatching_art brings us the Stooge Lanterns. I would totally watch this show!

Finally, you don't Twitter about ongoing secret negotiations while they're in progress. You just don't.

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Talking about music I've been listening to lately: Memoira (gothic symphonic rock), Karl Sanders (ambient rock with heavy Egyptian influences), Versailles (visual kei) )

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Talking about music I've been working on: Like the Dew on the Leaves, Gospel of the Shadow of Nobody, Regretfully Yours/No Longer Yours Truly (Written Letter #2) )

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HON301 paper due date got moved to next Tuesday! Rawk.

-Reileen
no creation without destruction, no destruction without creation
reileen: (waaah - Garet and Isaac)
It amuses me that the kanji used for "cheap"/"comfortable" consists of a component part meaning "roof/"house" and a component part meaning "woman."

Because "house" + "woman" HOBVIOUSLY = "cheap." Yes.

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Two quick links:

If the US presidential campaign were a D&D campaign.

The Smart Bitches feature a loltastic 'shop of McCain and Palin onto the cover of a romance novel.

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I did manage to finish Neuro 176 yesterday. Hit a couple of rough spots, but nothing too drastic (well, except for that one part where I seriously could not figure out the meaning for a pair of kanji - using the dictionary look up on the furigana didn't turn up anything, and it took me forever to wade through the radical and bushu lookups to get something that might remotely resemble the kanji in question, and when I plugged that into the Excite translator, I didn't get anything useful aflkajdfkjadkfa). I can't wait to get to 178, though. Sexy badass Sasazuka in black, heeeeee.

-Reileen
and my apple heart, it will grow again
reileen: (anime - Neuro)
From Tokyomango: REAL! LIVE! POKEMON!

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Two gems from Whatever -

Scalzi looks back on some of his older entries. Here, he tries to console one of his books about not being reviewed.

In this second reminiscing entry, Scalzi argues that the new Muppets fails because they're not neurotic enough.

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[livejournal.com profile] dantaron pointed me to The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator. REFRESHREFRESHREFRESHREFRESH

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Make sure you're not eating or drinking anything while watching this first installment of Terry Tate: Office Linebacker. This has to be one of the most hilarious things I've ever seen. I first watched it back in a comedy screenwriting class in spring of my freshman year of college, but I was reminded of it because the Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator vomited up the idea of writing a fic that crossed Super Mario Brothers with Terry Tate: Office Linebacker and had gay sex involved somehow. No, for serious. Here's the Wikipedia link for more information, as well as making sure you've seen all of the produced segments, which you can reach from YouTube's related videos feature or whatever.

RESPECT THE ARTS, OR THE ARTS WON'T RESPECT YOU!

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Judge Robert Pattison Patterson rules in favor of JKR in Lexicongate. FUCK YEAH.

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Okay, I saw a Yahoo headline earlier today that said "McCain and Obama dead even in opinion polls," and totally read it as "McCain and Obama are dead, even in opinion polls." I think I need to get more Mountain Dew, stat.

In somewhat related news, I was thinking of trying to find a nice Obama support banner thingy I can stick up on my LJ profile. I was considering just yoinking the "AAPI For Obama" pin preview image from the official website, but that's kind of boring. Maybe I'll make a "Shiroko For Obama" banner instead.

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Was at [livejournal.com profile] lysis_to_kill's apartment again today with [livejournal.com profile] mia_noire. Much music was shared, which includes this album of...traditional...Indian...something-or-other that I got from Emily which is really nice. We also watched Rosemary's Baby, which is, in my not-so-humble opinion, one of the stupidest fucking movies I've ever seen. Debating on whether I want to formulate my feelings into a more coherent, quasi-scholarly/intellectual rant later. At any rate, my rifftrack for this movie consisted of exclamations of:

-"Are you fucking kidding me?!"
-"What a fucking asshole!"
-"Shut the fuck up!"
-"Go the fuck away, fucking morons!"
-"Oh, fuck no!"
-"What the fuck is this shit?!"

Yeah. Uh. I was pretty profane tonight, even for my normal heathen standards of profanity.

-Reileen
we're the terror of the skies, but a danger to ourselves
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Holy shit, I just realized why Sarah Palin was nagging at me so badly.

No, it's not just because of the 51 facts and counting that should cause anyone to question whether she's fit to lead anything, never mind run for the office of VPOTUS.

It's because she reminds me of my old high school principal.

That is, Dolores Umbridge.*

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Angry Asian Man: Sheena on America's Next Top Model Cycle

The 11th season of America's Next Top Model premieres tonight on the CW. While there are very few redeeming qualities about this program, I mention it here because one of this season's contestants is Asian American (we seem to get one every three seasons or so).

According to the Top Model website, Sheena, 21, is a "Hostess/Go-Go Dancer" from Honolulu, Hawaii currently residing in Harlem, New York. Here's her model interview, where she reveals a little bit about her personality, her attitude, and where's she coming from.

There's a Tales of Symphonia joke in here somewhere, I'm just not sure where to find it...

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I broke one of the arms of my glasses last night. It is currently being held together with superglue that held the broken pieces together long enough for me to wind masking tape around them. Will definitely be needing new frames. I'm seriously thinking of getting contacts again, if Mommykins approves (she is - rightfully - skeptical, since the last time I had contacts, I only wore them for a year before I got lazy and just went for my glasses all the time). I'd love to get colored contacts, but having astigmatism pretty much limits me to green, blue, gray, or honey brown. Come on, people! Astigmatics want purple eyes, too! Or turquoise! *sobs as her nonconformist cries go unheeded*

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Shit, I almost forgot to put this in, but there's going to be a Gintama 10-minute original anime special about Shiroyasha and the Joui, being aired exclusively at JumpFesta.

FUCK.

YEAH.


-Reileen
the light that is not light is here



*Or, as someone on [livejournal.com profile] dark_christian put it: "She's that obnoxious woman from the PTA that everyone hates, and when she walks up to the podium, people cringe and realize they're not going to be able to get up and have a donut for at least another half hour."**
**Although, to be entirely fair, while I probably couldn't even bear sitting down and having a coffee with Ms. Nolan, I could at least respect her and the work she did and the love she had for Queen of Peace. I cannot say the same for Gov. Palin.
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From Truthout: Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate

Washington - Senator Barack Obama has chosen Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware to be his running mate, turning to a leading authority on foreign policy and a longtime Washington hand to fill out the Democratic ticket, Mr. Obama announced in text and e-mail messages early Saturday.

    Mr. Obama's selection ended a two-month search that was conducted almost entirely in secret. It reflected a critical strategic choice by Mr. Obama: To go with a running mate who could reassure voters about gaps in his resume, rather than to pick someone who could deliver a state or reinforce Mr. Obama's message of change.


Yahoo!News has an analysis on what this suggests about Obama and his campaign:

DENVER - The candidate of change went with the status quo.

In picking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama sought to shore up his weakness — inexperience in office and on foreign policy — rather than underscore his strength as a new-generation candidate defying political conventions.

[ . . . ]

The picks say something profound about Obama: For all his self-confidence, the 47-year-old Illinois senator worried that he couldn't beat Republican John McCain without help from a seasoned politician willing to attack. The Biden selection is the next logistical step in an Obama campaign that has become more negative — a strategic decision that may be necessary but threatens to run counter to his image.

Al Giordano discusses some of Biden's weak points, including allegations of plagiarism from Biden's past presidential campaign and some of his racially-insensitive remarks, but concludes that Biden is, nonetheless, an asset to the Obama campaign.

Another article from Truthout brings to light some details from Biden's personal life, suggesting that despite his job in Washington, he is still in touch with the issues of everyday people.

Daily Kos has two posts regarding Biden's work with pushing legislation to criminalize violence against women, something that Biden has called "the single, most important legislative accomplishment in [his] 32-year-old career in the Senate."

The smart folk at Making Light are tossing around the implications of VP!Biden and what this may mean in the future. One of my favorite comments from this blog post, interestingly enough, has nothing to do with Biden:

Neil in Chicago @ 112: "That said, can we move on the the imporant question? The economy is in the toilet. The war is in the toilet. The budget is in the toilet. etc. So why is Obama polling a lead in the low single digits??"

I have a theory that it's a clever ploy by the Obama campaign to dispel the Arrogant Celebrity Frontrunner/Plucky Gen-yoo-ine Underdog narrative that had been building recently. Obama's lead had been so huge, it was inevitable that it would narrow at some point. Once that happened, McCain's fans in the media would all be breathlessly wondering if McCain could pull off an amazing comeback. Nothing energizes a constituency like rooting for an underdog--it might have turned out the right-wing base like nothing else could. At the same time, a huge lead might lull Obama's supporters into a false sense of security, especially unreliable voters like college-aged kids and other new voters. A massive turnout has always been key to Obama's electoral strategy.

Instead, the Obama campaign goes silent--Obama goes on vacation, and the campaign directs their energies into GOTV training and infrastructure building, not trying to get media attention. McCain gets the spotlight for a couple of weeks, letting the voters to get to know him a little better, warts and all. Especially the warts. Rumors begin to spread: Is Obama falling apart? Liberals freak out and redouble their efforts. The gap narrows, McCain's unfavorable ratings shoot up, and Obama has piles of cash and a ground operation to die for. He blazes back into the spotlight, hitting whatever weaknesses McCain's recent media glare has revealed, and rides rising polls right into November.

...or so I hope.


Shifting the focus back to Barackman for a bit...[livejournal.com profile] bradhicks linked to this fascinating article from the New York Times regarding Obama's economic policies:

When Obama gives a speech about his economic plan, there is often a moment when you can sense him shift from poetry to prose. He can be inspiring when talking about how the country ended up being the envy of the world. But when he comes to the part about what he wants to do next, how he wants to keep America the envy of the world, it can sound a little like a State of the Union laundry list.

His advisers are divided about how much of a problem this is. Some of them told me that he did have a unifying theme — the middle-class squeeze — and that it would become clearer to voters as they began paying closer attention to the race. Others said they didn’t think Obama had yet come up with a simple way to explain how he would alleviate that squeeze. Obama himself seems well aware of the stakes. In 2005, on a call-in public-radio show, he told a listener that Democrats hadn’t been as effective in telling a story about the country as Republicans. In the end, he said, people voted not for a hodgepodge of position papers but for someone who could explain to them where the country should be going.

So I asked Obama whether he thought he had been able to tell an effective story about the economy during this campaign. Specifically, I wondered, did he think he had a message that compared with Reagan’s simple call for less government and lower taxes.

He paused for a few seconds and then said this:

“I think I can tell a pretty simple story. Ronald Reagan ushered in an era that reasserted the marketplace and freedom. He made people aware of the cost involved of government regulation or at least a command-and-control-style regulation regime. Bill Clinton to some extent continued that pattern, although he may have smoothed out the edges of it. And George Bush took Ronald Reagan’s insight and ran it over a cliff. And so I think the simple way of telling the story is that when Bill Clinton said the era of big government is over, he wasn’t arguing for an era of no government. So what we need to bring about is the end of the era of unresponsive and inefficient government and short-term thinking in government, so that the government is laying the groundwork, the framework, the foundation for the market to operate effectively and for every single individual to be able to be connected with that market and to succeed in that market. And it’s now a global marketplace.

“Now, that’s the story. Now, telling it elegantly — ‘low taxes, smaller government’ — the way the Republicans have, I think is more of a challenge.”



Okay, phew, I think that's enough links for now.

-Reileen
you were killed at twenty-one on a minor battlefield
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Making Light: The honor of your assistance is requested in a small matter of language

Gentle reader,

In the course of her duties today, this blogger was obliged to consider the vast range of input to be expected from the ladies and gentlemen who do her company the honor of using its software. In particular, she was occupied with the task of addressing the tendency of some users to express an excess of emotion, or to seek to produce an improper effect upon the unsuspecting reader, with the strength of their language.

In order to curb these unfortunate tendencies, and forestall the employment of coarse and unsuitable language, she was enjoined to produce a list of particularly crude and unsavory terms whose use would be most strictly prohibited. Nor would variants of the selected expressions be permitted; the software produced at her place of employment is of a sufficiently sophisticated nature to encompass the derivation of gerunds from the raw verbal forms &c. There will even be some discussion in the forthcoming weeks regarding the inclusion of the recently popularized “leet” forms produced by the systematic substitution of numeric characters for the letters to which they most closely bear a resemblance.

Due to the popularity of her employer’s product, this blogger’s task was further complicated by the requirement to produce appropriate lists in both the American and British dialects of the English language. Furthermore, because even within the several nations who have adopted the product there exist variations in the level of local sensitivity, it was deemed appropriate to produce two lists per dialect. The “core” assemblages contain those of the gravest offense, which are liable to shock and horrify even the most liberal-minded and worldly of readers. The “additional” lists are provided to broaden the range of prohibited speech in order to protect any more delicate-minded communities which may choose to uphold a stricter standard of decency. The selection of the list to adopt is of course entirely within the purview of the customer.


As always, Making Light's comments are prime reading material as well. Favorite new swear words include "slore" (slut + whore) and "gutterfucker" (a term that has the verbal impact of "motherfucker" but without the misogynist implications). I was boggling at some of the synonyms for semen, though.

Found in the comments is also the amazing Roget's Profanisaurus, where you can find - for real - some of the most creative uses of profane slang and euphemisms that I've ever seen. I mean, dude. I can't list all of the gems, but this one caught my eye:

cliterature n. One handed reading matter.

And then there's this:
cockoholic n. One who is addicted to cockohol.

Holy hell, I can feel my productivity slipping away already...

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Yahoo!News: McCain unsure how many houses he owns

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.

[. . .]

"I think — I'll have my staff get to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."

The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties.

Best response I've seen yet: "Sheesh, people these days! We've got only one house, but we share it generously with the bank!"

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Interesting thing I found while on a Googlehunt: When an unknown number called my cell phone for the second time in three days, I googled the number out of curiosity to see what would come up, and the first hit was Who Calls Me?. It's a site where you can post about a number, and others can chime in about their own experiences with being called from this number in order to determine who to send the stink bombs to is calling and why. The Interwebs is a fascinating place...

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Redbook: Never Feel Tired Again

A link that's almost custom-made pour moi!

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[livejournal.com profile] ozarque muses on the different "genres" involved in writing an instructive textbook for a conlang.

There are an assortment of different genres of traditional teaching grammars for foreign languages. There's the one that's strictly for tourists; it has a lesson about finding the bathroom, a lesson about buying a ticket, a lesson about going to a restaurant -- that kind of thing. There's the one that's mostly scripts -- it has a lesson where two people greet one another, a lesson where two people tell one another goodbye, a lesson where one person orders a meal and another takes the order, a lesson where one person asks another how to say something and the other person answers the question, and so on. There's the one that has a Nuclear Family as its cast of characters and takes them through their daily lives -- it has a lesson with the NF at breakfast, a lesson with the NF at dinner, a lesson with the NF going to the mall, a lesson with the NF celebrating a birthday, and so on. There's the one that describes the world -- it has a lesson about a country, and a lesson about weather, and a lesson about transportation, and so on. And there are more. Choosing your genre from this assortment is critical, the way choosing your genre for a novel is critical, because the choice immediately dumps a bunch of rules and constraints and tropes and stuff on you.


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Yahoo!News: Wis. woman arrested, booked over library fines

GRAFTON, Wis. - A Grafton woman has been arrested and booked for failing to pay her library fines. Heidi Dalibor, 20, told the News Graphic in Cedarburg she ignored the library's calls and letters as well as a notice to appear in court.

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The incident cost Dalibor about $30 for the overdue paperbacks "White Oleander" and "Angels and Demons" and her mother nearly $172 to get her out of custody.

Speaking as a perpetual tardy returner of library books: Dude, just pay the library fines.

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-Reileen
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