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The Your Type of Girl Test

Posted by penuruloki on September 29, 2006

The Debutante
62% Sexy-Cute, 59% Dark-Light, 70% Artsy-Stylish
Cute, neither Dark nor Light, and Stylish, you’ll find the Debutante at high-class New York parties, making the rounds. She’ll have a glass of champagne in one gloved hand, her hair perfectly coifed, her makeup exactingly applied. Her slinky, perfect little black dress keeps many an eye firmly on her, wondering what lies beneath.

Debutante

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Sexy Dark Artsy The Goth Girl
Sexy Dark Not Artsy or Stylish The Brooding Poet
Sexy Dark Stylish The Mistress
Sexy Not Dark or Light Artsy The Hippie Chick
Sexy Not Dark or Light Not Artsy or Stylish The Hot Friend
Sexy Not Dark or Light Stylish The Sorority Girl
Sexy Light Artsy The Actress
Sexy Light Not Artsy or Stylish Your Friend’s Sister
Sexy Light Stylish The Prom Queen
Cute Dark Artsy The Suicide Girl
Cute Dark Not Artsy or Stylish The Bad Girl
Cute Dark Stylish The Bettie Page Girl
Cute Not Dark or Light Artsy The Art Student
Cute Not Dark or Light Not Artsy or Stylish The Girl Next Door
Cute Not Dark or Light Stylish The Debutante
Cute Light Artsy The New Age chick
Cute Light Not Artsy or Stylish The Favorite Friend
Cute Light Stylish The Cheerleader
 

This test tracked 3 variables. How the score compared to the other people’s:

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Higher than 73% on Sexy-Cute
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Higher than 66% on Dark-Light
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Higher than 94% on Artsy-Stylish
Link: The Your Type of Girl Test written by dgc20e on Ok Cupi

 

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The Futility of Facebook

Posted by penuruloki on September 28, 2006

Sure enough, now that you can opt out of the feed, most of my friends have, making the feed almost useless. I still use the feed exclusively though. If my friends don’t want me to know what’s going on in their lives, I won’t bother looking at their pages. It seems the polite (if petty) response to the whole mess.

One thing that did show up in my feed is the “notes” posted by a friend. These notes are essentially priveldged blogs. As expected of an extra feature taped on to another piece of software, the implementation sucks. I actually decided to post a response to the note, as there was more of a response there than on her blog (where it was also posted). Facebook’s response was to throw my post out because it was too long and tell me to write it again. I went to her blog and posted there instead.

The lesson of the day is to use the right tool for the job. If you’re going to bother blogging, use a real blog, not some crappy blog-like system tacked on to some social networking site.

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The Would you have been a Nazi Test

Posted by penuruloki on September 28, 2006

I don’t know what to say. The obvious bias is supposed to make me feel like I passed, but under the specific cicumstances of the time, I don’t thing the test is particularly accurate. Then again, I don’t think the test or the results were probably very fair to the Germans of the the time. Oh well.

The Resistance
Achtung! You are 38% brainwashworthy, 22% antitolerant, and 52% blindly patriotic

Welcome to the Resistance (Der Widerstand)! You believe in freedom, justice, equality, and your country, and you can’t be converted to the the dark side.

Breakdown: your Blind Patriotism levels are borderline unhealthy, but you show such a love of people from everywhere and a natural resistance to brainwashing, you would probably focus your energy to fight the Fuehrer with furor, so to speak.

Conclusion: born and raised in Germany in the early 1930’s, you would have taken up ARMS against the oppressors. Or even your friends’ oppressors. Congratulations!

Less than 5% of all test takers earn a spot in the Resistance!

The Would You Have Been A Nazi? Test
– it rules –

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 51% on brainwashworthy
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You scored higher than 24% on antitolerant
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You scored higher than 72% on patriotic

Link: The Would You Have Been a Nazi Test written by jason_bateman on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

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Surrendering Battles

Posted by penuruloki on September 28, 2006

I saw someone recently that I used to know socially, but never really became friends with. It was one of those people that disappointed my expectations slowly over time. There’s a few of them actually, and some of them I still talk to (and even enjoy talking to). In this case, I was a little bitter about the disappointment (for a number of reasons only vaguely coherent that I won’t cover now), and I don’t particularly care to see or talk to them.

They still say “hi” to me. For some reason this bothers me. This person isn’t a friend, and I don’t perceive that little gesture as friendly in anything more that a superficial way, so I keep wondering why they bother. I would rather get the cold shoulder from them. It would seem more appropriate. I almost wish I had done something to piss them off, but it doesn’t seem worth it for a minor annoyance. We have to pick our battles and something so petty isn’t worth it (though I am a very petty person).

So I nod or wave or do something else noncommittal and superficial to get it over with, and I feel dirty afterward. The bad kind of dirty.

I guess I’m just petty enough to feel bitter about playing out this charade just because it isn’t worth the effort to do anything else. It simply is the easiest “out”. How did I end up here anyway (besides being petty)?

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Thinking about thinking

Posted by penuruloki on September 19, 2006

I’m going to leave aside the pirate thing for a bit, because I actually want to post something serious.

I’ve been meaning to import my old blog posts into the new blog system for a while now, and just haven’t gotten around to it. While searching through those posts for a piece of information, I realized just how radically my posting habits have changed since I left Xanga.

Obviously, I post a lot less. Part of that is feeling stretched between school and work. I don’t have as much time to mull things over and post the results anymore.

The bigger issue though, is content. I used to ramble on in long posts about what was going on and how I felt about it, or related stories about what was going on in my life (serious or frivolous).

Looking at my new blog now (before this gets posted), I have more posts about _blogging_ than about my personal life. Part of that is due to changes in my life.

I work full time now, but I try to avoid blogging about work. There’s just too many issues to rationalize. Both the inmates and COs need their privacy for various reasons, and posting about them on the internet just isn’t smart. I think I need to start posting about my work experiences to help process them, but there’s a lot that I really can’t say here.

Not much else in my life is cohesive right now. It’s a sea of vast unprocessed information that I don’t know how to write about.

What it really comes down to is that I used to be much more introspective. I used to spend a lot more time watching the world and thinking about what is.

I made a drunken post about the same thing once back on Xanga, but never did any follow-up. My one coherant resolution of that post was to write more. I think now that my reading and writing habits almost define my experience in life. The years of writing stand out vividly, while the years of silence are stagnant. In light of this, the growing silence is discomforting. I feel like I’m losing the “self” that’s been building up, but I’m not sure what to do about it.

Or I’m scared to do what might need to be done. I’ve never been comfortable throwing caution to the wind, and the solution may be more dicey than I like. Que sera, sera. But for now I just need to start _thinking_ again.

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Ahoy, me hearty!

Posted by penuruloki on September 19, 2006

This be a warnin ta ya all! Today be Talk Like a Pirate Day! Don’t be fergettin ta weigh anchor and set sail on the high seas, or at least talk like ya do! If you be talkin like a landlubber all day, I’ll keelhaul ya, or maroon ya with a crossbow and 10 quarrels!

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Geeks

Posted by penuruloki on September 15, 2006

Being a geek is really about being hyperfocused on the inane or insane. The wonderful thing about geeks is that they are simultaneously the height and depth of civilization. That wonderful attention to the minutia of QED brought us the miracle of computers.

But only a geek could harness all that mathmatical power to simulate a Slide Rule. Geeks that want an introduction can see this page for sample calculations.

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Contentless DRM

Posted by penuruloki on September 11, 2006

It’s not real (yet), but the sad thing is that the way things are going, this really is the vision of things to come.

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Facebook Feed Follies

Posted by penuruloki on September 7, 2006

So it turns out there’s a big uproar about the new feed on Facebook. I even got invited to join some anti-feed group.

The whole thing is just silly. I’m pro-feed for the exact reason most people seem to hate it: you don’t have to hunt and peck through the site anymore just to figure out what’s changed in your friends’ lives. I mean, if you didn’t want something to be made “public,” then you wouldn’t post it. Why does it matter if the changes are summarized? Would you rather picture some creepy guy poring over every detail of your profile every day taking notes to find any changes? This isn’t a tool for the stalker (they don’t need it), it’s a tool for the people who like to casually keep up with friends they don’t get to see that much, what with real life happening and all.

And there’s a reason I put scare quotes around the word “public.” Your feed info is only included in your friends’ feeds. If you’re adding stalkers to your friends list, the problem isn’t with the feed. People need to make smarter choices.

Ultimately, what it comes down too is that people have come to see Facebooking as an activity. It’s a mix of barfly socializing, friend collecting (with competition for bulging friends lists) and an Easter egg hunt to find new information. The new feeds are designed more with an eye toward the site as a tool for staying connected with real friends. That means they’ve eliminated the Easter egg hunt, and made a liability out of those bulging friend lists filled with fake friends and people you barely know.

I think people are way too caught up with the novelty of these sites, as opposed to their use. It’s the great Internet fad playing out all over again with Web 2.0. The Internet is a tool, not just a toy. Expect it to do something with the material fed into it. It’s not just your little sandbox to play in by yourself. The Internet is _supposed_ to make information easier to find and organize, not just provide a time sink for bored college students trying to avoid homework. I think some of these people need to grow up a bit.

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What Your Bathroom Habits Say About You

Posted by penuruloki on September 6, 2006

What Your Bathroom Habits Say About You
You are a giving soul. Way too giving in fact. You often get stuck doing the dirty work that no one else will do.Your idea of fashion is jeans and a t-shirt. Clean, if you’re lucky.

You have the perfect blend of confidence and class. You’re proud of who you are – but you don’t broadcast it.

In relationships, you are practical and realistic. You have a romantic side, but you only let it out when it’s appropriate.

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