...and all this is to whom?

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Filter abuse continued.. sort of

Filter - what helps you define what things mean as they enter your own mental sphere.

What I refer to as "The Game" is the taking of the process of thought which helps you determine what is meant by certain actions or words of others, and deciding that since that is how "everyone" sees it, that is how it should/must/will always be. Or, the taking of that idea/process and doing things knowing that they can only be interpreted according to that idea.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Imagining violence

I just started to think about all those who come up with the torture scenes in movies. (etc) Also, all those authors who get inside the "minds of the killers" and write these huge sections detailing the thoughts and drives and then actions and longings for what they do...

It's not about equating it with those who have disorders or fantasize about committing crimes but I guess you could argue it isn't totally unrelated.

A lot of mystery writers have a knack for being able to freak people out with the scenes they come up with. Is it just great writing or almost..something else?

Filter abuse

This is a big point.

The filter in your head is very important but don't delude yourself to the point that you feel it is/was everyone else's filter too.

Everything is as it always must be?

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Insane perhaps but I'll deal with it

The following is based on the results of my post (so far) titled "A change..."



Relationship Definitions (according to the site the quiz is at)
In the 9 of us that answered (2 via email) we only used 7 types (and I included one extra)
Advisor - provides an area of insight the other lacks
Companion - similar modes of expression, bear each others company well
Compliment - compatible strengths w/ opposite emphasis
Contrast - point and counterpoint on each function
Enigma - totally foreign in every aspect
Tribesmen - share sense of culture but w. different interests + abilities
Pal - work + play well together, minimal natural conflict
Pedagogue - each is both mentor + student


I've provided a coloured legend to go along with the Relationship types to show the connections expected by those who analyze these.

I think that you have to look at these things with as much objectivity as possible. It's not like these things are 100% true nor that everyone in every category is IN every category even. My J score last time was 1% and now I have a P score of 11%. It's not that much different. However my N score of 88% is too high to leave much work for it's opposite attribute to do. (S)

Moving on, I liked also looking at each other's "Enigma" and here are some characteristics we can't comprehend:

Type - Enigma
INTP - isfp
trend setters, followers, more in touch with the reality of their senses, more adept at acting then reflecting

INFP - istp
flexible desires that become rigid when their lifestyle is threatened

ENTJ - esfj
enjoy tradition, being in charge, strong allegiance to rights of seniority, hyper-vigilant

ENFJ - estj
thrive on order and supervision of others, enforce the rules dictated by tradition, great need for belonging

ENFP - estp
act on impulses, to whom an admission of weakness is a failure, use Feeling to disarm "victims" to be able to "beat them"


So far we all answered as "N"'s but we have to know some "S"'s. I wonder who they are and what they feel about their type report? How far can this go towards understanding people? I guess that is iffy. Once you even give a type one is probably starting to get off of a real view of someone. And the analysis alone will be more and more flawed the further you take it but as I was trying to say with my title, the consequences of "analyzing too much" are not as interesting as actually doing it!

hard

It's hard to keep in mind (better phrase than just the word 'remember') that everyone else in the world still has to subjectively, objectify the what and way of the words you speak. Even when you are being objective.

It's harder still to keep in mind that to each person they aren't just the centre of their universe but the very centre of it's being. And that they can be the central focus of it's cause and can be the central focus of the resulting effects. (At times - even when not directed at them) People hold various truths that they just don't end up telling you about.

You can only find out through...other people.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A change...

Two years ago, Dan, Kristy and I took an online typology test. (Jung-Myers-Briggs)

After getting the results we read the report on the listed type. We all found it highly exact with regards to how we and others saw ourselves. I decided to take it each year to see if there were any changes.

For both years I answered as an ENFJ (Extroverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging) character to various degrees. (Some of these don't mean what you might think. For instance Feeling has it's opposite which is Thinking. Thinking doesn't mean abstract thought but more following rules etc.. it's odd and that was a basic explanation but still)

Here are the results from the last 2 tests.

Sept 2005 - ENFJ (2nd time)
Moderate expressed extrovert: 56%
Distinctly expressed intuitive personality: 75%
Moderately expressed feeling personality: 38%
Moderately expressed judging personality: 33%


Nov 2006 - ENFP (third time)
Distinctively expressed extrovert: 67%
Very expressed intuitive personality: 88%
Moderately expressed feeling personality: 25%
Slightly expressed perceiving personality: 11%


Yes it is just an online test, but if you go back and change the answers you hemmed and hawed about not much changes. The type is usually dead on still.

Take it here. Let me know?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Wish

Imagine if the companies would agree to do this.. imagine if there was a way to "share" the GO and TTC tracks to pull them all together.

This map doesn't show the line that goes express from Union to York University and beyond. Nor does it show the continuation of some lines into Union Station as they stop nowhere else except Union. I just wanted to show what areas would be accessible.

Funny that this will always be a what if..

Edit: I can't seem to get the blue image away. Click the image to view the map.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Maybe the only short term solution

On the TTC and the growing population of Toronto that accompanies our zero infrastructure growth. Let me know what you think, si vous plait.

Suvivalist Toronto

Thanks El

So many memories of the brothers T.

Jesus saves!
Gretzky scores!

The workers slave. The rich get more.
One wrong move and we risk the cup.
So play The Man, not the puck.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Connected

Maybe this is a stupid little blurb to some but I really enjoy hitting the "Next Blog" button (especially from work when a bit bored) and just seeing what I will stumble across. What is also nice is seeing just the huge amount of non-English language blogs as compared to say a year or so ago. You really do get to connect... (at least after using a translating program on the page)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Poll #3 - Left - Right or not?

I wonder what views people have on the news media (any) bias?

Are they too left, too right, balanced.. of course there are more options. But on the surface, the gut feeling, what is it? This is not the only place where this poll is listed but I figured at least a few of you could look over on the right hand side of this page and cast your anonymous vote.

Merci.

Friday, November 10, 2006

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

We almost died


I love to explore. If I see a hill or mountain around and we're not doing anything else I will really want to at least try to climb it. When I lived on Overlea Drive in North York I went with various people climbing down this huge hill through a forest. We also had snuck down the side of a huge bridge over Leaside Park. When I lived on Wynford Drive with Dan, three friends trekked down with me into the Don Ravine as well.

When J and I went down we started to walk along the GO train tracks. On these bridges there are spaces where you can stand safely if a train were to pass. We figured that if a train was coming we would definitely hear it before it got too close. Unfortunately we weren't versed in train sounds I suppose. A GO train came around a bend in the track at full speed and we didn't hear it until it came into view. We were about half way down this bridge. Instead of trusting the little "spot" on the bridge we turned and ran back. It's not exactly clear on this picture but there isn't much on the side of the tracks. It's about a 3 foot drop into dense growth. We ran to the end of this bridge and threw ourselves down over the edge of the tracks.

Yeah we were pretty dumb that day...

Sunday, November 05, 2006

V for Vendetta (2)

Remember, remember, the 5th of November...

My wife wrote a post about this movie the other day on her site. We had two friends over today who ended up watching this with us again. While searching for some info about it online I found the following quote about the movie in its Wikipedia article.

Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, called V for Vendetta "a vile, pro-terrorist piece of neo-Marxist, left-wing propaganda filled with radical sexual politics and nasty attacks on religion and Christianity".


I fail to see how this movie actually attacks Christianity, especially since I consider myself quite Christian. There is a priest who likes little girls, is morally corrupt yes and has accomplices too. There are also citizens who give into their fear and for years allow their government to hold the true power in their lives. So then does that make this film one filled with "nasty attacks on civilian citizens of a country and Britons in particular"? No of course not. Wow Ted, what a great point you made.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Borat

We went.

We loved it.

We really did.

It was absolutely amazing - shocking - funny - horrifying - scary

Let us never, ever visit small town USA without sort of being afraid...

Friday, November 03, 2006

#

Numbers cannot mean anything on their own. I mean we all realize that for learning math, sure 1+2=3. No problem. We all intuitively grasp that really we are not talking about 1 of anything or 2 of anything just simply the numbers. But the assumption made is of course that we are talking about the same things.

1 apple + 2 apples = 3 apples
3 pieces of fruit = 1 orange + 2 apples
2 different fruit selections = 1 orange + 2 apples
Would you life some fruit with dinner? (1) = 1 orange + 2 apples available.

In real life of course the number is not just quantitative. It's own quality, it's reality is defined by what comes after.

Therefore in a sense I say that

1000000000000 000000000000000000 00000000000000 000000000000000 0000000000000000 000000000000 0000000000000000 000000000000000 000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000 000000000949494984 4000000000000000000000 000000000000000000000001 .0654646 089798465164440 000000000000000000 0000000000009
cannot exist unless it describes something. So, in a way you can't just keep adding a 1 to a number and it goes on forever. At some point there is a top number that describes the amount of 'whatever' in the universe, and there cannot be said to be one more of anything above it except for a meaningless number.

Until

With an ever increasing amount of unknowns we sure place a lot of certainty on our own unshakable opinion.

Zero Plurality

The number zero is not a singular number, it's plural.

How much time is left?
A - 2 hours
A - 1 hour
A - 0 hours or No hours.

How many widgets are left in the bin?
A - There are 34 left
A - There is 1 left
A - There are none left

my sister was the inspiration for this post

Actually, just about me

It was snowing last night when I got off work, this is the second snowfall I have seen so far this fall. What last night was a first of for me was that it was so cold I now need to bring some sort of ear protection with me.

I really don't mind snow, the cold, of themselves. I love the silence of a morning fresh with new snow and I even don't mind driving in a new snowfall on a less crowded highway. I have been in one winter "accident" where the car I was driving went off the road and into a ditch. It took my friend and I almost 1.5 hours to free the car and push it back up onto the road. It was an adventure though rather than a hardship. What I don't like about winter is packed TTC buses with the heat cranked up so high you sweat in your winter jacket along with everyone else. ;)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Bullshit post

I am working on something related to what I thought when I saw this. Apparently a lot of people are visiting here for a gc.ca site (Govt of Canada) so to all those government types, hello! What do you do?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

mac·ro·ec·o·nom·ics

I am reading Stephen Lewis's lectures (titled: Race Against Time) and couldn't get over the following paragraph.

here you had a country Malawi with huge human capacity problems that wanted desperately to retain its professionals in health and education, and increase their numbers, but the IMF wouldn't allow them to do so. We're talking about a sovereign government, fighting the worst plague in history, with but a handful of professionals: according to the minister of health, Malawi has one-third of the nurses it needs (4,000 instead of the 12,000) and perhaps 10 per cent of the doctors (300 rather than 3,000) for a population of 12 million. And they weren't being allowed --I repeat, this sovereign government wasn't being allowed -- to hire more staff and pay better salaries, because it would breach the macroeconomic straitjacket.

Yet, politics are bullshit right? Who cares, they're all liars anyway so let's just ignore them. Well, I guess there are people so cushioned by the bullshit safety of their life that they only have to think about things like this when forced to. They get the illusion of thinking that ignorance is a good option they are welcome to take.

DOAP



What a movie this was! It isn't really clear what the year is supposed to be when the movie was made, but it is obviously later than 2007, at least late 2008 or more. This movie looks back in time to the year 2007 when George W. Bush was assassinated in Chicago as he left a meeting where he addressed the state of the United States economy. Using a few actors and some real interviews and film clips this piece is woven together I feel rather accurately.

Patriot Act III is introduced and other changes because of his death as Cheney is made President. It doesn't have an activist or left leaning conclusion nor does it expose some huge thing that is going on now. Rather it is almost real life. What you could see happening for sure without any stretch of the imagination required. It's as if it did happen. An effective story that seemed as if like I said, it was already history.

Only twice did I notice the add-ons. One was an obviously fake newspaper front page and the other when a name was edited into a Cheney speech. Other than that you can believe that every interview and shot was indeed made for the purpose of this film only. DOAP works.

Not that we're competing...

Krupo found that for October he had received 1501 spam emails.

I on the other hand only received 1063 pieces of spam for my blogger email encyclical last month. I guess I have much more work to do to win...
grr!

To begin

I’m never sure where an author begins their piece… the idea? Did they live it? Did they flesh it out or did they just start writing it? I am unsure because the first few pages on the sheet can’t really be captivating and impressive. More likely they just have to keep writing until the story takes some life of its own. Until it grows and then they can go back and erase what came before and pretend. They can rewrite the start and make it seem as if they meant to follow the path the reader does. Just like with any movie, I mean we’re no longer stupid enough to actually think it was filmed in sequence, right?