19 January 2006

Random miscellanity

A handful of comments:
  1. Today's crossword took 14 minutes. I was offended by 60 down, "Uncool dude," which turned out to be "nerd"; but not nearly as offended as I was a year or so ago when the clue for "nerd" was "geek." They're totally different, people.
  2. A salad can't call itself a salad unless it's a grilled chicken salad on baby romaine lettuce with pecans, carrots, cucumber, and croutons.

    Actually, a salad can't call itself a salad at all, because salads can't talk.
  3. "New Horizons" is a really stupid name for a spacecraft.
  4. Pick-a-prof is worthless because:
    • It's not like I have any choices about what professors I can take.
    • I don't learn the same way the rest of you backwards, screwed-up people do, so your recommendations are absolutely meaningless to me, and even detrimental. Because of you, I got a B in physics 208 and lost my 4.0 in only my second semester.
  5. Damn you, goblin bee! Damn you!
Anyway, that's about everything going through my mind at the moment.


Blogger Anonymous Assclown said...

Salad's can't talk??!!! Hah! And you have the gall to call yourself a nerd? No self-respecting nerd would say anything of the sort because they would know that Salad can indeed talk!

Your apology is humbly accepted

5:37 PM  
Blogger Jack Michaels said...

Given that "New Horizons" may end up crashing into Pluto after it's caught in that bodies gravitational field, perhaps a name like "New Event Horizons" would have been much more appropriate.

And by appropriate I mean, of course, kickass.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Backwards, Screwed-up Michael said...

So in what way do you learn?

6:30 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

Top-down. By analysis rather than synthesis. Most people learn by getting the pieces and putting them together, but I need to see the whole before I can start properly on the pieces.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Chestertonian Rambler said...

You know, that explains a lot about why we so frequently debate at cross-purposes.

Not that I don't enjoy debating with you -- far to the contrary. But at least now I know why it's important for you to have a precise definition for the term "art" when discussing it.

1:56 AM  
Anonymous geoff said...

Top-down. By analysis rather than synthesis.

I'm the same way. Learning was much easier and more entertaining after I'd worked for awhile, because then I could see where the course material fit into the grand scheme. Which crossword do you do? NYT?

3:47 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

No, geoff, it's the one in the Battalion, which calls itself the "Newsday Crossword." It's pretty easy. I'm not particularly good at crosswords, but classmates are usually impressed by my speed, so either I'm better than I think or they're REALLY bad.

CR - exactly...

9:00 AM  
Anonymous someone said...

Most people learn by getting the pieces and putting them together, but I need to see the whole before I can start properly on the pieces.

Sort of odd for an INTP, no?

12:38 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

Ok, I know I'm going to regret asking, but...INTP?

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

It's someone's guess as to your personality profile based on a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. You can find web sites online that will tell let you take a short version of the test, tell you your type, and give a description of that type.

It's usually pretty accurate -- the test has been thoroughly validated.

I come up INTJ. One web site I saw gave examples of famous people, real or fictional, that are like me. The one I remember is Hannibal Lector. Not bad for a lawyer.


3:49 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

I tried two different tests and got INTJ both times, so someone is off...but the description I read for INTP is pretty close, too. I loved this description of INTJs and romance:

"Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ's Achilles heel...the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations...many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation...INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense."

It's funny because it's true.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous someone said...

OK, that makes sense -- also in line with the top-down learning thing.

Michael as INTJ I wouldn't have guessed, though in retrospect it DOES make sense of his drunken emotional outbursts at AoS...

Karl Rove is probably the most prominent INTJ at the moment. Even better than Lecter, wouldn't you agree?

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

You're right, someone, I'm a classic, and my behavior at AOSHQ is entirely consistent with the type.

Actually, on a more sophisticated instrument that grades the individual scales by degree, I'm iNTj, which is supposedly somewhat rare. But when I read the description, it's just frickin' scary, like somebody who knew me my whole life wrote it.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

Speaking of rare...I ran across a study a while back that discovered that, to no one's surprise, men tend to think more logically and women more emotionally. It included the survey the scientist had written. I scored in the bottom range on the emotional thinking section and in the top range on the logical thinking section. The description said that very few men and "almost no women" score that high, and that the men who did score that high usually had Asperger's syndrome. I was very amused.

Anyway, that probably partly explains why I befriend men by preference and more easily, and why the women I do befriend tend to also prefer male friends.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous someone said...

There are quite a few thinking-preference women on the internet, but most seem to be INTP -- hence my initial guess.

Being one of those feeling-preference men doesn't, let me point out, help one with women. Though I suppose it's worked for Bush.

1:53 AM  
Anonymous Michael said...


What's your impression of Monty?

1:58 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

someone, I second Michael's question. C'mon, give.

Michael - on looking back at one of the test result pages, I noticed that the I and J were lowercase. So I guess you and I are peas in a pod.

That's really disturbing.

2:07 AM  
Anonymous someone said...

Michael: I'm not sure; I haven't followed his blog much. If pressed I'd guess another INTJ, though he certainly doesn't read like the archetypal INTJ blogger -- Den Beste.

What do you think? Actually, I haven't really tried typing most of the AoS people.

Mrs. Peel: Actually, the emphasis on that page is because the Kiersey conceptualization emphasizes NT as a subcategory in itself (a "temperament"), along with NF, SJ, and SP.

2:57 AM  
Anonymous someone said...

Incidentally, if you're interested in this stuff I recommend this book on the subject, by another INTJ woman who likes using Star Trek metaphors.

Thomson too has her own theoretical quirks, but that's true for pretty much everyone in the field. And she's sharper than most.

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



Dave in Texas

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Michael said...

What do you think? Actually, I haven't really tried typing most of the AoS people.

Based on his comments, I'd guess INTP. His blog sounds more like INTJ. But who knows? It's just an internet persona, it's not Monty.

That's really disturbing.

LOL! Yes indeedy, it appears we were made for each other, Mrs. Peel. We are truly soulmates.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Peel said...

Michael, that's even more disturbing than a television screen in a refrigerator. Fortunately, someone was able to explain it away.

Thanks for the info, guys. Very interesting discussion.

4:36 PM  

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