Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Because I'm a Follower

As seen most recently at Anastasia's, but also lots of other places I don't remember.

Your Score: Loner - ISFP

13% Extraversion, 33% Intuition, 46% Thinking, 26% Judging

Ahh...the sweet serenity. The utter perfection of all creation. The wondrous beauty of nature. The sweet sparrow singing along in the great orchestra we call life...

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU? You're the type of person people always love to mock because they don't believe there's anyone ACTUALLY like you.

Do realise that you ostracise people with your behaviour or is it all subconscious? You're so quiet and reserved it's almost impossible to get to know you well, and when someone finally does, all you want to talk about is grace and beauty and harmony!

Ugh. Sure, you "genuinely care for others" and all that rubbish, but when it boils right down to the basics you take life far too seriously.

Throughout the entire test, I bet you were searching for "further clarification and hidden meaning" so that you might improve your pitiful life. And woe and behold if it betrayed your intense values system!

You need to STOP smelling the daisies. Believe it or not, logic does have a place in this world...imbecile.


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


The other personality types are as follows...

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

Loser - Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving

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

Link: The Brutally Honest Personality Test written by UltimateMaster on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Testing Frustration

My child is in daycare. It's a good daycare. It's not going to win any academic awards (like the one affiliated with my university), but it is accredited by NAEYC, and it is academic enough that the town will allow residents to keep their children in the daycare for kindergarten.* Therefore, the school/daycare has to monitor the children's development; after all, the other institutions want to make sure the kids are keeping up to their standards.
The school uses a standardized kit. Said kit is produced by an educational organization that's over 40 years old, and is published by several well-known educational publishers.** It does all sorts of tasks that remind me of my developmental psychology class. Since I am not up on recent research in developmental psychology, nor in developmental psychological testing, I can only infer it gives results that are least average in accuracy-of-assessment, as compared to other tests out there. And for all I know, it may be better.
For some reason, my child didn't want to take it. In such cases, parents are allowed to come in & sit with the child during the test. So one day recently, that's what we did. I behaved myself, and didn't coach her, or give her extra clues to come up with the correct answers.
There were questions & tasks she isn't able to do on a consistent basis in day-to-day life. Frustrating for this former brilliant-child (why isn't my kid academically advanced? oh, right, because no one's pushing her and that's just fine, paranoia queen), but nonetheless developmentally normal. My problem with the testing came when she failed to correctly answer questions or do tasks that she nearly never does wrong anymore. At this point, the test had been going on for 45 minutes, we could hear other kids playing in the gym, etc.
The examiner seemed to be getting bored. I was certainly bored. It's no surprise that a pre-schooler was also bored.
It was pretty clear that she was making these mistakes because she was bored & no longer paying attention.
Yes, children need to learn to sit still for longish periods of time. Yes, they need to learn to concentrate. But this test isn't supposed to be testing that. It's supposed to test gross & fine motor skills, cognitive skills, and language. And my child wasn't making mistakes based on capabilities in those areas, she was making mistakes based on a lack of endurance. If the modules had been in a different order, she would have made mistakes in an entirely different area.
The test isn't an accurate assessment of what it's supposed to be testing.
That's what frustrates me.

*That is, kids can go from the daycare directly to first grade.
**I'm not linking to it, because my comments are directed at such testing in general.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


I think I agonized about this before, but I never know how to leave comments. Bardiac, today, had a post about The Omnivore's Dilemna, pointing out some of the deeper dilemnas of eating locally; I had just seen a comment/article in the NY Times on-line about issues with eating locally. But I feel silly -- condescending, or dense, or both -- trying to leave comments. The comment turned out to be more about goods than food, but the author did have one point that might have been of interest, and Styleygeek had already made it.
I'd like to comment, connect with bloggers I read, but I feel like I'm coming into a conversation late when I do.
I know. Boo-hoo. Poor me.
Back to work.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Very Short, Spam Impelled

Is there really a class/lecture for historians about recent runes?

Friday, June 08, 2007

Is It a Good Witch, or a Bad Witch?

The lead article on the CNN website right now is about a man who killed a teenager. It's an incredibly creepy story, and the man sounds -- well, I can't think of an accurate negative adjective. "All kinds of bad" is the best I can come up with.

But the blurb -- y'know, the one that is there to lure you into reading the article, so it gives the most lurid teasers it can? -- says that on his Facebook-or-similiar-social-network-hub website, the man calls himself a "sweet troubled soul."

Okay, so not a good phrase. But. But but. It's a line from (and possibly title to) a song.

Which is not, by the way, to say that the man is not horrifying. He is. He's depraved and what he did is abhorrent. I just don't think trite, adolescent-style "deepness" is profound evidence for it. I don't think it's evidence at all.

**ETA: the title doesn't refer to the person in question, it refers to pop culture. I'm not clear on how I meant it to refer, so I can't explain it.
I don't want anyone thinking I meant there was any question about someone doing something what he is accused of possibly being good.

As Seen at Anastasia's

It's probably all that studying...

You scored as Wizard, A few unintelligible words and a fleeting gesture carry more power than a Battle-Axe, when they are the words and gestures of a wizard. These simple acts make magic easy, but they only hint at the time a wizard must spend pouring over her spell book preparing each spell for casting, and the years before spent in apprenticeship to learn the arts of magic.























Which D&D Class Are You?
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Thursday, June 07, 2007

I Got'Cher Generalities Right Here

Tenured Radical, here discusses grade disputes. Adjunct Whore made a comment about the frustration of students going over the heads of those who aren't in power; TR & gayprof pointed out that it's easier for everyone concerned to just let it go by giving the student a grade. I think I might agree with AW, though; it's so f***ing frustrating for students to get what they want because they're creating a bother.
Actually, it's frustrating when anyone does that.
I worked in a theater box office once that had a no-return policy. Well, that was the stated policy. Anyone who got annoyed enough to "ask for my manager" got a return. Which made the front-line staff look like incompetent idiots, and rewarded entitlement.
I understand the reason, I just don't like it.
I am so mad at student A.
So student A first [1] because s/he [2], which was pretty bone-headed, and s/he understood that. Then s/he [3]. Whatever. However, next, s/he [4] because [5]. Uh, no, [6] and because [sidebar-alpha] and [sidebar-beta]. So that made me cross. But then, s/he [7]. Irritating -- extremely -- but well within the culture of the university, so not really ire-inducing.
I try to let it go. The semester is over, nothing to be done now.
Last week, A [8], and when [9], s/he [10], [11]. This is when I start to get angry, because so no. When I [12], s/he [13], where s/he [14]. Now I'm really angry. I still [12], because I need to calm down.
Today, [15] which was in response to [16] that said [17]
Angry does not begin to describe it. I absolutely did not abdicate my responsibilities as a professor in such an egregious manner.
However, I [18], including [19], and [20].
And I'm pretty damn proud of the response I made.
Of course, now, I expect it will nonetheless escalate...