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MBTI Again... With a Critical Twist 16 déc 2006 @ 20:50

Loser- INTP

6% Extraversion, 86% Intuition, 80% Thinking, 33% Judging
Talked to another human being lately? I'm serious. You value knowledge above ALL else. You love new ideas, and become very excited over abstractions and theories. The fact that nobody else cares still hasn't become apparent to you... Nerd's a great word to describe you, and I seriously couldn't care less about the different definitions of the word and why you're actually more of a geek than a nerd. Don't pretend you weren't thinking that. You want every single miniscule fact and theory to be presented correctly.
Critical? Sarcastic? Cynical? Pessimistic? Just a few words to describe you when you're at your very best...*cough* Sorry, I mean worst. Picking up the dudes or dudettes isn't something you find easy, but don't worry too much about it. You can blame it on your personality type now.

On top of all this, you're shy. Nice one, wench. No wonder you're on OKCupid!
Now, quickly go and delete everything about "theoretical questions" from your profile page. As long as nobody tries to start a conversation with you, just MAYBE you'll now have a chance of picking up a date. But don't get your hopes up.

I am interested though. If a tree fell over in a forest, would it really make a sound?

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If you want to learn more about your personality type in a slightly less negative way, check out this.

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The other personality types are as follows...

Loner - Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving

Pushover - Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging

Criminal - Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving

Borefest - Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging

Almost Perfect - Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving

Freak - Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging

Crackpot - Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

Clown - Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving

Sap - Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging

Commander - Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving

Do Gooder - Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging

Scumbag - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving

Busybody - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging

Prick - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving

Dictator - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging


Linguistics Feistiness 15 déc 2006 @ 23:09

Need to Prepare

Need to relearn French and learn German enough to read linguistics papers in them. I'm not sure reading through a German Wikipedia article on Sumerian will count, so that can't be my bar. Not that I can even do that yet. No, this isn't a whim, it's basically a linguistics grad school requirement for an M.A., so I might as well get cracking.

And no, I will not go below Harvard. En lire plus...Réduire )

Emplacement actuelle: Berkeley
Humeur actuelle: blahblah

Random Quizzes 14 déc 2006 @ 15:38
You Are Duck
Exotic and unusual, you are a bit of a rare bird - literally.
You're known for being soft and succulent, though at times you can be a bit greasy.
You Are 47% Passionate, 53% Compassionate
You possess an ideal balance of passion and compassion.
You definitely can get swept away and lose your head a little.
But you're rarely a fool for love!

28 sep 2006 @ 18:26
China on the Couch: Psychologists Struggle To Meet Demand (source: RFA) Could this be related to the ostentatious materialism factor? … more »

27 sep 2006 @ 21:51
Maybe I'll just lurk on LJ now. I don't want to manually crosspost everything from Xanga here. What do you think?
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My Personality
Neuroticism
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Extraversion
39
Openness To Experience
61
Agreeableness
45
Conscientiousness
60
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"You are neither a subdued loner nor a jovial chatterbox. You enjoy time with others but also time alone. You can be very easily upset, even by what most people consider the normal demands of living. People consider you to be extremely sensitive and emotional. A desire for tradition does not prevent you from trying new things. Your thinking is neither simple nor complex. To others you appear to be a well-educated person but not an intellectual. You have some concern with others' needs, and are generally pleasant, sympathetic, and cooperative. You are reasonably reliable, organized, and self-controlled."

I don't know, how accurate is this?
» Conditions of Godlessness
(N.B.: You may have already read this from my Xanga)

After my reading Book II of Plato's The Republic, it seems to me that if God is not perfectly just, there is no compelling reason for man to be just or upright at all, if he can appear to be just, apart from the effects of disapproval from other, likewise hypocritical men who are fearful of losing their reputation of justice. Now Glaucus does posit that fear of suffering injustice from others is a reason for acting justly, I presume because not all are equally skilled in executing injustice and profiting from it. As long as there are any who act in a remotely just manner, though, they are foolish for being the ones who can most easily be taken advatage of. Even if there is a god but not a perfectly holy one,

Men who do wrong, and sin,
Can thus dissuade [gods] from their purposes
With fair entreaty or with sacrifice,
With incense or the fat of offered meat. (Iliad 9.497, 499-501)

Compare this with what the prophet Samuel has to say about the living God:

22 [...] "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
23"For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry [...]" (1 Sam. 15.22-23)

What good is it to restrain self-interest at all, much less give it up, unless there is something fundamentally better in this than personally acting in injustice while appearing to be good? None. Plead "social contract" all you like: in the end, acting unjustly and immorally is of the greatest personal benefit as long as one can appear not to be wicked, because there are always people who are worse at committing evil crimes from greed and self-interest and are still marvelously worse at concealing how detestable their deeds are. But is there anything apart from God that makes it better to act in righteousness than in wickedness? If there is, perhaps I am blinder than I expect.

"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." (Jn. 15.4-5)
» Back in Berkeley
So... Welcome Week!

:O I'm falling under Durandal7777777's evil plan ;D to make me an EECS major! Malheureusement, I took Math 1B P/NP, so um, yeah. Hmph, I'm sure he wants me to see some real sturm und drang *some dramatic Wagner?* His projection is Linguistics -> CogSci (and Ling.) -> L&S CS -> EECS.

I think it would be storm and stress enough trying to get brilliant enough at linguistics (is that even possible?) to go to MIT (and spend ~6.7 years) for the Ph.D. (hey, it's faster than Cal's ~12 yrs.) and start a linguistics department at Caltech, which, being a small school, will not start new departments unless it's pretty sure that it'll be a world-renowned department. So yes, that means they have to think that I'm the next Chomsky or something of that magnitude. Right, so the chance that that'll happen is, ahem. Heh, that might afford me enough to live in San Marino (the SoCal San Marino, not the European one), though. The above is a possible scenario of the prof. option.

Option #2: Defense industry. Computational at, e.g., Lockheed or Northrop Grumman. Of course, this almost invariably also requires the same long-time-in-coming Ph.D. as the previous.

Option #3: The Langley option. Of course, if I were to take that one, I couldn't tell you.

Option #4: Something Silicon-Valley-related?

In other news, I might have a radically strange idea about two of the lexical classes (or "parts of speech" if you speak English) not being distinct after all. This ultimately came from my brother studying Precalc in Palm Desert last week and believing part of the book to be grammatically incorrect, whereupon I promptly told him it was not the adjective "less" but the... yes, what was that word? My guess was preposition. My dad guessed differently (@_@ probably from some mathematical logic thing). Traditionally, the phrase structure trees would look different, but in a certain sentence the two classes seem not to be so different structurally.

Looking forward to meeting some of the Crossroads freshmen at Ghirardelli and In-N-Out tonight.

Oh, by the way, I think I've given up on Sinifying all the titles of new Xanga entries: we'll see.

Yes, I must say, this whole entry was pretty random.
» I always turn up either Italian or French on these.


Your Inner European is Italian!



Passionate and colorful.

You show the world what culture really is.


» Because I'm bored...


You Are A Realistic Romantic

You are more romantic than 60% of the population.




It's easy for you to get swept away by romance...
But you've done a pretty good job keeping perspective.
You're still taken in by love poems and sunsets
You just don't fall for every dreamy pick up line!


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