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Caught from caitirin, I am an Analytical Thinker.

The analytical thinker is a reserved, quiet person. He likes to get to the bottom of things - curiosity is one of his strongest motives. He wants to know what holds the world together deep down inside. He does not really need much more to be happy because he is a modest person. Many mathematicians, philosophers and scientists belong to this type. He loathes contradictions and illogicalness; with his sharp intellect, he quickly and comprehensively grasps patterns, principles and structures. He is particularly interested in the fundamental nature of things and theoretical findings; for him, it is not necessarily a question of translating these into practical acts or in sharing his considerations with others. The analytical thinker likes to work alone; his ability to concentrate is more marked than that of all other personality types. He is open for and interested in new information.

The analytical thinker has little interest in everyday concerns - he is always a little like an “absent-minded professor” whose home and workplace are chaotic and who only concerns himself with banalities such as bodily needs when it becomes absolutely unavoidable. The acknowledgement of his work by others does not play a great role for him; in general, he is quite independent of social relationships and very self-reliant. He therefore often gives others the impression that he is arrogant or snobby - especially because he does not hesitate to speak his mind with his often harsh (even if justified) criticism and his imperturbable self-confidence. Incompetent contemporaries do not have it easy with him. But whoever succeeds in winning his respect and interest has a witty and very intelligent person to talk to. A partner who amazes one with his excellent powers of observation and his very dry humour.

It takes some time before an analytical thinker makes friends, but then they are mostly friends for life. He only needs very few people around him. Their most important ability is to be a match for him and thus give him inspiration. Constant social obligations quickly get on his nerves; he needs a lot of time alone and often withdraws from others. His partner must respect this and understand that this is not due to the lack of affection. Once he has decided in favour of a person, the analytical thinker is a loyal and reliable partner. However, one cannot expect romance and effusive expressions of feelings from him and he will definitely forget his wedding anniversary. But he is always up to a night spent with stimulating discussions and a good glass of wine!

(I post the whole thing because it seems vaguely accurate for once.)

Zombie Meme, caught from everyone:

You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You may bring:

1. one weapon.
2. one song blasting on the speakers.
3. one famous person to fight alongside you.

Weapon can be real or fictional, you may assume endless ammo if applicable. Person can be real or fictional.

1. +4 Sword Of Beheading People Just Like In That Movie, from Munchkin. I think it gets a bonus against undead, too.
2. I don't think I can actually improve on Don't Stop Me Now by Queen. And then we could follow it up with Another One Bites The Dust.
3. Harry Dresden. From the books, not the TV series, bizarrely attractive as Paul Blackthorne is.

Links, then:

  • You've Been Left Behind is both amusing and deeply disturbing.

    We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the "Rapture" of the Church.

    I thought it was a way to get letters/ important documents to loved ones once you've been plucked into heaven, but no. It's actually one last chance to bring them to Christ and snatch them from the flames.

  • A cognitive scientist has a new theory about how the visual system compensates for the time it takes the brain to translate the signal into a visual perception - he thinks we can see a tenth of a second into the future, and that this could also explain how many optical illusions work.

  • JK Rowling gave the commencement address at Harvard yesterday, and it's well worth watching or reading. It's titled The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination, and also talks about her time working at Amnesty International. Gets a bit political. Hurray for JK.

  • Via pisica, a BBC headline: Five job interview bear traps. I actually couldn't parse this at all - I had to follow the link to figure out what it was talking about. Hee.

I am watching Big Brother, but I'm talking about it on Digital Spy and at the Guardian blogs, so I'll spare you the details. (And I do intend to watch Blue Remembered Hills on the iPlayer. Even though wikipedia just spoilered me mightily in its first sentence about the programme.)


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Jun. 6th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
3. Harry Dresden. From the books, not the TV series, bizarrely attractive as Paul Blackthorne is.

That is a freakin' GREAT answer!

And that Left Behind thing... CRAZIES!
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
The interviews thing is interesting. I've interviewed a lot of people and had a fair few myself. I think I've only ever not been offered two job after interview, although I've turned many companies down during interviews!

Shortest I ever had was at... well, I won't name the firm. Theoretically for a techie leadership role, lots of design authority, some man management, etc. Apparently very good pay, interesting work. They sound ok and even arrange the interview after normal office hours so I can just nip over there after work. Meet the bloke who's going to interview me, he seems a nice enough character, then I ask him to describe the role. Turns out to be a mid-level code monkey role - "and any career progression is either into my shoes when I move on, or by moving to Norway, Germany or the USA". I didn't even bother finishing my coffee. "This job has been mis-sold to me and there's no way that fits my level of seniority or my career plans; there's no point continuing..." "But I wanted to ask you about some of the technical things you've done..." "Sorry, there's no point!"

Strange thing is three months later the same company was in touch about a job that was effectively that guy's boss - although he'd been moved a long way sideways ;)

Mind you my current employer is a company I'd refused to even let my CV be sent to for about ten years - an agent convinced me the company was changing (it was) and my current boss thinks the way I do (which is why a lot of people don't like him!). His interview technique is even disturbingly like mine; start off by describing the role and giving the punter a chance to back out, a few questions to verify the CV, a couple of easy techie ones that anyone should be able to solve, big open-ended one about your experience, serious technical headfuck, serious process headfuck, anything you want to ask? ;)

Over the years I built up a 'library' of technical and process headfuck questions - the more experienced and more sparky the candidate the worse the questions they'd get.

When I used to do most of the interviews in my last company I even adopted a system of hand signals with the other two guys I used to work with on them. If someone was an obvious clown we could get them out of the room in ten minutes - "we don't really think this is for you" ;)

The worst interview I've ever given was... well, I won't name him. He was a guy who'd retrained into software relatively late in life, and although he'd managed software projects seemed to have no actual hands-on experience. Every time I asked him a question he'd ramble on about bits of the Tornado or Eurofighter, and never actually answer what he'd been asked. To make it worse his girlfriend phoned him in the middle of the interview, he answered it and said he thought he was doing well. I escorted him off the premises after about a quarter of an hour (my co-interviewer and I were having to bite our lips to stop laughing). Later he phoned his agent and said he thought he'd "bonded well with the interviewers"... ;) Next contestant please. ;)
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Wow. My brain was telling me that the red lines in the optical illusion were moving.
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
The "Analytical Thinker" (quelle surprise, that's what I get, but probably only because "arrogant sociopath" isn't on the list!) is just the classic INTP from Myers-Briggs ;)

Actually I'm borderline INTP/ENTP, depending on mood and situation. I can force ENTP-ish behaviour at work when necessary ;)
Jun. 6th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
I'm also borderline there, although slightly further over to I. I can manage E when necessary, but would rather be allowed to just get on with it myself.
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Hurray for JK.

I can't bring myself to even vaguely admire or like JKR since I found out what an awful woman she was. :/ I get that's she's had a bad lot in life, but sometimes she can be downright nasty.
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
I can't forgive her for her books. She could be the biggest saint since ET Mother Theresa or Worthless Sloane Bint Lady Diane Queen Of Hearts Princess OF LOVE but I'd still loathe her for her fifth-rate fusion of Pratchett offcuts and half-digested Buckeridge.
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)


SERIOUSLY, HOW DO PEOPLE SAY THAT IT'S EVEN VAGUELY ORIGINAL? Heck, even the Worst Witch came first. >_<;;;;;
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Blue Remembered Hills. I saw that the first time. It'd hard, now, to recall what it was like, seeing that then. Nuclear is a good word. Blown away doesn't begin to cover it. Dennis Potter was a god. A flawed, contradictory, disturbing god, but a deity for all that.

Oh, and while Harry Potter isn't much of anything except money. JKR, as a person, rocks. She doesn't suffer fools at all, never mind gladly, but then neither do I.

Ooh, EBTG, I Don't Want To Talk About It. Top track.
Jun. 7th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
I'm dissappointed that Left Behind isn't a free service.
Jun. 7th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
I love the fact that it's called "You've been left behind" in such a casual, conversational way. It doesn't really convey the utter devastation and panic of what supposedly comes after the "rapture", but it's sort of "Whoops, you've been left behind - but don't you worry now, we'll save your soul for you! And by e-mail, just for your convenience!" :D

Madness. Also makes you question how exactly you're going to retrieve your email in the event of an apocalypse, but hey.
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