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Take your picture meme
Take your picture meme, at work

Original version.

Take a picture of yourself right now. Don’t change your clothes. Don’t fix your hair. Just take a picture. Post that picture with no editing. (Except maybe to get the image size down to something reasonable. Don’t go posting an eight megapixel image.) Include these instructions.

A few more picture variants )


Jan. 12th, 2008 08:13 pm
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After a while of ignoring Twitter, I finally got curious enough to sign up for an account and try it out.

I don't know how often I'll post a tweet there, but if you have any interest, my page is here, with an RSS feed here.

I do think the Twitter team has done a very good job at making the service mesh well with updating from mobile devices. It's stunningly easy for me to send a status update from my iPhone.
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Personally, I think we were pretty solidly middle-class growing up - although not much above poor. My father was the sole worker, and he had a managerial job for Social Security. Not great money, but plenty to buy our home and eat expensive organic food.
Full list cut )
Here, I think my kids will score higher than me. Although by now, the "Had your own TV" question should be replaced with "Had your own computer", and the "Had your own phone" should be replaced with "Had your own cell phone."


Dec. 27th, 2007 06:32 pm
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I haven't measured my speed lately. This neat little web toy helped me measure it.

This is up from what I usually get. I remember only getting to 30-40 words per minute when I learned to type. Since then, from using computers so much, I actually hit the point where I was touch typing. Practice makes perfect.
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How smart are you?

In other words, I got all the questions in this quiz right.
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[livejournal.com profile] evannichols inspired me to do this ...

  1. Do you like your birth-name? Why?

    Yes, I do like my birth name - mostly. I'm not fond of my middle name, so I only really use the initial. My name is simple enough to be easily understood, seems to fit me, and unique enough that I'm rarely around others with the same name. Although, there was a period in college where there was another computer science major a year ahead of me, also with a beard and my first name ...

  2. If you could change your name to anything else, what would it be?

    I wouldn't change my name. My online handle almost everywhere I go is some variant of "Capitan Holy Hippie" - but I wouldn't want that to be my legal name.

  3. What names would you consider giving your children?

    I have two children, Corwin and Kjersti. I do not intend to ever have another.

    There were lots of names considered ... I won't list them all. More simple would be the guidelines I used - the names should be rare (not in the social security lists of the top 1000 names), should be easy to pronounce, and should be easy to spell. Corwin was a winner on all three counts, Kjersti was a winner on the first two. Although 90% plus of the time when I tell someone Kjersti's name, the response is "Oh! That's a pretty name!"

  4. If you had a band, what would you name it, and why?

    I've never thought about this. I'm not very musical, and wouldn't be in a band, so I don't know what name I would want.

  5. Is there a name that you completely hate? Why?

    I can't think of any names I hate. There are names I don't like, and names that make me cringe when I hear them, but I can't say that I hate a name.

    There are many modern technical terms and jargon that I severely dislike. "Web Services", "SOA", and "Web 2.0" are at the top of my list right now.

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Feyandstrange filled this in, and it intrigued me. Of course, as a well-off, married, middle aged suburban professional I scored a lot higher than Fey.
Lots of boring stuff behind the cut )
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Thanks to those of you who responded to the Johari window meme - it was very flattering to see all of you that thought well of me.

Now, here's the Nohari meme - tell me my flaws.

If you don't want to tell me what you think my flaws are, at least here you can see what I selected as my top 6 flaws.
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This meme has been fascinating. The server hosting it seems to have had a meltdown (not surprising, the LJ effect must be somewhat like being slashdotted.) Before it went away, I noticed that a few other people filled mine out, and there was a result worth commenting on.

This thing has a grid of adjectives, many of which are very close in meaning. So it's no big surprise that the six you pick for yourself may not completely overlap with six others pick for you. What can be a surprise is the ones that other people pick that are nothing close to the ones you pick for yourself. And in that, you may get an interesting insight.

In my case, the one big surprise, is that an adjective multiple people picked to describe me was Friendly. If the server ever manages to recover, you should be able to see what I'm talking about here.

I am pleased that you -- my friends, people I like and have respect for -- think that I'm a friendly person. But honestly, all of you are missing a huge part of my personality - the cranky grouch that distrusts and dislikes most other people. You may not see it, because my first reaction to people I don't like is to shutdown and withdraw from the situation. However, pushed in the wrong way, I can get quite prickly and unpleasant. Also, I do not warm up to people easily.

One of the adjectives I chose to describe myself was introverted. This is not quite the opposite of friendly, but I do see my introversion and lack of friendliness as being related.
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Here's one that popping up all over now: the Johari Window

Visit that page. Click on the words you think describe me. Then see how that aligns with how I described myself.

Unfortunatly, 'cute' and 'adorable' are not among the available adjectives. Not that I would use those to describe myself.
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Quiz results )

Riddle quiz

Sep. 2nd, 2005 12:40 am
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I've only been posting quiz results lately ... guess I don't have much serious to write about. Anyway, I didn't like some of the questions in this quiz - I always thought that a raven was like a writing desk because Edgar Allen Poe wrote on both. However, The straight dope has the real answer.

Riddle quiz results )
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See my results here )
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