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Friday, August 15, 2003
Random Personal Picture Finder (tm)
Too nifty. Visit here, and keep clicking refresh to see different random images. It's a site that "guesses" the *.jpg filename of possible digital camera images saved online, and takes you to a google.com image search page where they are indexed. Good stuff.
MSN Search: men's kerchiefs seattle -- More Useful Everyday
Yep, thanks MSN, more useful everyday. I really wonder who's shopping for men's kerchiefs? Only hobos and men-about-town use kerchiefs anymore, right? At least they're smart enough to narrow their search to Seattle. God knows there have to be an absolute ton of kerchief stores nationwide. Friggin absurd.
WELCOME TO THE BOYGENIUS 300TH WEBSITE VISITOR-A-PALOOZA!!!
OK, not really. I'm happy I'm getting visitors, but until I start writing about my orgasms and wax nostalgic about sex in the front seat of a Ford Tempo (no offense Anna, you've got the right idea), I don't think I'm going to get more than a slow trickle of visitors stopping by to say hello.
But I did hit 300! That's pretty fucking cool now, isn't it? Considering no one in my circle of friends (in reality, non-cyberspace) comes here, and that only a couple of people in my family know I do this, 300 isn't that bad, all things considered.
Let's celebrate with a quick snapshot into what's going on with me these past couple of weeks...
A) I GOT A NEW BOSS AT WORK - aside from the internal politics that have been absolutely aflame between my old boss, new boss, and the owner of the company (no fun to watch, let alone be in the middle of), this has been a good kick in the ass. Let's hope it stays that way. Don't think for a minute though that this hasn't added to my stress level recently. I'll talk more about this another time.
B) THIS WEEKEND IS THE SECOND, AND LAST, WEEKEND FOR "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM," IN WHICH I HAVE A PART - good experience here. It's a group based out of a local college, and a cast of 19, of which I am the third most senior member of the cast. Sometimes, I feel really old around these young'ns. A misplaced "Huggy Bear" joke, or a reference to "Epstein's Mother" only cracks a couple of us old timers up. Otherwise, I tend to get these blank stares back in return, and am forced to explain my joke, which of course makes it twice as funny as it did when it was fresh. One good thing in particular came of this...
C) I KINDA MET A GIRL - and I'm interested. She's 23 (I think), and still a student. She's currently dating some dude, and it really puzzles me. He showed up to our play last weekend in his matched Dale Earnhardt Jr Hat and Shirt ensemble. Plus, he has far less hair on his head than a man wearing a visor should have. It's so spare, it almost looks like plugs. Of course, I'm no fashion plate myself, but I would bet I'm more of that "worldly and cultured" type that would appeal to your average (or, ideally, above-average) theatre girl. I'm going to make her dinner next weekend. Of course, she doesn't know that yet, but will by the end of the weekend.
Keep your eye on this space for further updates. I'll let you know when I've got the date secured, how the play went, and what this new boss has meant to my fragile little psyche.
Monday, August 11, 2003
Strange and spooky stuff...
I took this personality test today called the Discus Profile. The substance of the test was a collection of 24 items, each offering four adjectives. The object is to identify which of the four is MOST like you, and which of the four is LEAST like you.
Good god did this thing have me pegged.
Overall, I'm identified as a NEUTRAL ANALYST, with primary traits of being passive and controlled. A structured and organized individual, interested in precision and order. That's pretty close. In the overview it states I am precise, I seek facts, I evade pressure (uh, yep.), and my strategy is proof. My strongest trait is accuracy, and my weakest trait is self-confidence (no, really?).
So far so good. On to the meat of the report. Here are some quotes from the next few pages:
"Changes across T's profile clearly show that he is displaying self-confident and expressive behaviour in his work at present. His results suggest, however, that this socially-oriented side to his character is probably not rooted in his personal style, but is being adopted because he feels that it is expected or required in his current position." (Fucking British. Yeah, that's about right.)
"This candidate will tend to carry caution and precision to extremes. While these are positive qualities in themselves, T will often take them too far, becoming so immersed in the need to cover every possibility and check every fact that he loses sight of the tasks at hand." (Jesus... to quote my ex-wife "why do you always have the need to close every loophole on the way to making your point?")
"...he lacks confidence in dealing with other people, and this can lead to an impression of remoteness, and an unwillingness to reveal information until he can be completely sure of the consequences of doing so." (Let's see... remote? Check. Unwilling to open up? Check. Always looking for consequences and acting like a chickenshit if they exist? Check.)
"He lacks social confidence to a greater or lesser degree, and his communication is commonly reactive rather than pro-active, waiting for others to ask for comment before offering it." (Close. Right on point about the communication being reactive, but once I feel comfortable I have no problems speaking my mind.)
"T's interest in matters of fact and accuracy, which can at times reach obsessive proportions, makes him difficult for less precise individuals to understand." (Wow. Yeah, that's right. I can definitely talk my way over, under, around, and through just about anything with analysis.)
"He dislikes being the centre of attention, and usually prefers to keep himself to himself." (Are the British spying on me? No, that's just Major League Baseball. Actually, I don't mind being the centre of attention, but it's not a circumstance I seek out.)
"Very cautious in style and unwilling to take risks, T will often refer back to management before taking action that might have uncertain consequences. Despite this, he tends to react badly with oversupervision..." (That is PRECISELY how to manage me if you're ever my boss. Let me come and ask questions, make sure I'm not fucking up, and then let me go do it my way. Nice...)
I've never felt so pigeonholed in my whole life. Amazing.
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