It's my party and I'll blog if I want to

posted 04 January 2005

You know what's pointless and stupid and repetitive? Online quizzes, that's what. And I'm on vacation, so I have plenty of time to do pointless repetitive things! It's raining today -- and I mean raining, the kind of torrential downpour that leaves you thinking about the possibility of flash flooding and mudslides -- so the ritual repetition of "suntan, burn, apply aftersun" is unavailable to me, and in any case, my burn from yesterday is still going, so I should probably take a break. So quizzes it is. These are mainly via Jon and Elfy, who appear to spend their lives duplicating each other.

First up:

You scored as Nerd Cat. Holy crap, poindexter. Try buying some new specs instead of taping them together. Yeah, Bill Gates made a lot of money, but he's also the devil. You've got a long way to go.

Couch Potato Cat

50%

Nerd Cat

50%

Love Machine Cat

50%

Derranged Cat

42%

Pissed at the World Cat

25%

Ninja Cat

8%

Drunk Cat

0%

Which Absurd Cat are you?
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The geek label was pretty much a given, but I'm worried that I was equally likely to be a couch potato or a sex machine. What do those three classifications have in common, exactly?

Next...

You scored as alternative. You're partially respected for being an individual in a conformist world yet others take you as a radical. You have no place in society because you choose not to belong there - you're the luckiest of them all, even if your parents are completely ashamed of you. Just don't take drugs ok?

alternative

63%

Upper middle Class

58%

Middle Class

46%

Lower Class

46%

Luxurious Upper Class

42%

What Social Status are you?
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Muwahahaha! I'm not upper middle class! In your face! I revel in my alternative credibility! I'm going to go and start a rock band called the Puking Hail Marys now, featuring songs with no lyrics or music or, indeed, any sort of effort required at all because Art Is Dead.

I object strongly to this next result:

You are 32% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.
Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

This is mainly because I couldn't be bothered to calculate the average number of tracks per CD on a per-genre basis. Also, my iPod has shorted out in the humidity (hello, genius bar?).

And last (and least, why not?), a meme that I'm doing mainly because I found I could come up with the answers quickly (I'm taking "friends list" as "MSN contacts list" since I never use my LiveJournal login to which this refers):

Name a CD you own that no-one else on your friends list does:
I am positive that nobody else I know owns a copy of Marilyn Manson's "Holy Wood (in the Valley of the Shadow of Death)". Bless my little wannabe-goth tendencies; he was never any good after Mechanical Animals though.
Name a book you own that no-one else on your friends list does:
Lots, I'm sure, but I'm quite fond of my collection (mainly in Trinidad) of ancient pulp books, so I'll choose Earth is Room Enough, a collection of Asimov's early short stories including one on the origin of jokes which has remained in my memory.
Name a movie you own on DVD/VHS/whatever that no-one else on your friends list does:
I'm also willing to bet that nobody else has a copy of The Swarm, an excellent late-1970s B-movie incidentally starring Michael Caine. B-movies are so much more entertaining than the crap we get these days. Hint: B-movies are a Good Gift Idea.
Name a place that you have visited that no-one else on your friends list has:
Well, saying "Trinidad" is just a bit too easy and in any case inaccurate, since a few people on my list are Trinis too. My world travels are pretty limited, but I'll guess no one else has climbed to the top of the lighthouse at the top of Chacachacare, or for that matter the salt pond or the abandoned leper colony buildings (see? colonies have history too!).
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Resolutions

posted 04 January 2005

I actually do these every year, but because of the superstition about keeping them secret, I generally just forget they exist. I'm like that. So screw tradition. Here are my new year's resolutions (I will update this list and add more later):

  • Gain a more in-depth knowledge of speciality subjects that interest me but are not related to my job. So far this includes:
    • comic books (spurred by an excellent Christmas present; the science is not nearly so interesting as the discovery that nearly all of DC's characters have 2 origin stories, that the Fantastic Four are Marvel's oldest characters, that Peter Parker's original girlfriend was Gwen Stacey, that American comic book heroes started fighting the Nazis two months before America did, and that the Comic Code of America was introduced because comic books were thought to be related to a rise in juvenile crime)
    • architecture (what exactly is Georgian, anyway?)
    • history of computing (beep!)
  • Write more often, and publish more often. I love writing and want to be better at it, and the only way to do so is practice. So I need to increase my output dramatically. In fact, let's set a target: 1 blog entry per day. 365 entries in a year doesn't sound too hard. (NB: Since I currently contribute to 5 blogs, that doesn't mean this place will see exactly one entry every day. Also, some days I'll blog twice.)
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