February 28, 2006

Plight My Troth

So should I give you a history lesson or tell you the good news? How about both.... I am all set to plight my troth to a wonderful man. Some of you may know that means I am engaged to be married, and he is a wonderful, sweet, amazing man. I would gush more, but I wouldn't want anybody to have a diabetic reaction.

I am begining my planning of the wedding, which I am hoping to pull off in four or five months. I would do it in an even shorter amount of time, but I have a good friend getting married in June and I don't want to conflict with her wedding which she has been planning for a long time. And which I will be attending...

I hope you are all having a wonderful week and that's all the news I have for now!

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February 11, 2006

Myers-Brigg Personality Test

I recently was humiliated to find that everybody knows their letters (ISTJ, ENFJ, ect) and so I decided to go online and take a (most likely non scientific) test that would tell me what my letters were so I could be cool too. I've probably taken one of these in some psych class once, or at least you would think I would have since I was one class away from a psych minor.

I came out as an INTJ, also known as a 'mastermind' (which, lets face it, is hilarious). However, I thought that you, my friends, would probably be the best people in the world to say this matches me... or not. So check it out and be careful not to insult me, because I could 'mastermind' an unfortunate event!! Ok, not really, well I could really, but I wouldn't.

These articles are located are located in full here for Article 1 and here for Article 2, but they are mostly intact here.

Article 1:

Of the four aspects of strategic analysis and definition, it is the contingency planning or entailment organizing role that reaches the highest development in Masterminds. Entailing or contingency planning is not an informative activity, rather it is a directive one in which the planner tells others what to do and in what order to do it. As the organizing capabilities the Masterminds increase so does their inclination to take charge of whatever is going on.

It is in their abilities that Masterminds differ from the other Rationals, while in most of their attitudes they are just like the others. However there is one attitude that sets them apart from other Rationals: they tend to be much more self-confident than the rest, having, for obscure reasons, developed a very strong will. They are rather rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population. Being very judicious, decisions come naturally to them; indeed, they can hardly rest until they have things settled, decided, and set. They are the people who are able to formulate coherent and comprehensive contingency plans, hence contingency organizers or "entailers."

Masterminds will adopt ideas only if they are useful, which is to say if they work efficiently toward accomplishing the Mastermind's well-defined goals. Natural leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command of projects or groups, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once in charge, however, Masterminds are the supreme pragmatists, seeing reality as a crucible for refining their strategies for goal-directed action. In a sense, Masterminds approach reality as they would a giant chess board, always seeking strategies that have a high payoff, and always devising contingency plans in case of error or adversity. To the Mastermind, organizational structure and operational procedures are never arbitrary, never set in concrete, but are quite malleable and can be changed, improved, streamlined. In their drive for efficient action, Masterminds are the most open-minded of all the types. No idea is too far-fetched to be entertained-if it is useful. Masterminds are natural brainstormers, always open to new concepts and, in fact, aggressively seeking them. They are also alert to the consequences of applying new ideas or positions. Theories which cannot be made to work are quickly discarded by the Masterminds. On the other hand, Masterminds can be quite ruthless in implementing effective ideas, seldom counting personal cost in terms of time and energy.

Article 2:

To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of "definiteness", of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise -- and INTJs can have several -- they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don't know.

INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type: INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion "Does it work?" to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.

INTJs are known as the "Systems Builders" of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be "slacking," including superiors, will lose their respect -- and will generally be made aware of this; INTJs have also been known to take it upon themselves to implement critical decisions without consulting their supervisors or co-workers. On the other hand, they do tend to be scrupulous and even-handed about recognizing the individual contributions that have gone into a project, and have a gift for seizing opportunities which others might not even notice.

INTJ's tremendous value and need for systems and organization, combined with their natural insightfulness, makes them excellent scientists. INTJs can rise to management positions when they are willing to invest time in marketing their abilities as well as enhancing them, and (whether for the sake of ambition or the desire for privacy) many also find it useful to learn to simulate some degree of surface conformism in order to mask their inherent unconventionality.

It is not easy for the INTJ to express their internal images, insights, and abstractions. The internal form of the INTJ's thoughts and concepts is highly individualized, and is not readily translatable into a form that others will understand. However, the INTJ is driven to translate their ideas into a plan or system that is usually readily explainable, rather than to do a direct translation of their thoughts. They usually don't see the value of a direct transaction, and will also have difficulty expressing their ideas, which are non-linear. However, their extreme respect of knowledge and intelligence will motivate them to explain themselves to another person who they feel is deserving of the effort.

Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ's Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations.

This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. :-) This sometimes results in a peculiar naivete', paralleling that of many Fs -- only instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.

Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to "work at" a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.

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February 05, 2006

SuperBowl... or CrapperBowl?

I hope you all enjoyed the game. The Seahawks recieved the brunt of the bad calling, or was it all the calling, was there even a penalty against The Steelers? I mean really, I know everybody wants them to win, but do they have to buy off the refs for them to do it? Anybody who saw that game could clearly see who was the better, more solid team. Although that third touchdown by The Steelers was very pretty, beautiful in fact. They can sure pull out those big plays. Of course whenever we pulled a big play it was revoked. Oh someone slighly pushed away from someone else - no touchdown! Oh, there was holding even though you can't see it at all on the tv, that catch within three yards of the end zone doesn't count. (Madden agrees with me!)

I think if you weren't invested in the Seahawks it was a very exciting game, but those calls sure got my goat. I couldn't believe some of them. I am glad we got one reversed (Hasselbeck was down by contact, you idiots).

Contrary to popular belief I will not be sending a frappacino through the mail, I will be sending a Starbucks gift card of that amount through the mail. I hope wiljefv enjoys it, even though he isn't a really big Steeler's fan - aren't you a Vikings fan??

Have a wonderful Monday!

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February 03, 2006

Movie Reviews

Lord of War was actually a surprisingly good flick although it lacked a bit of conscience as it doesn't give you a solution to the problem. But what is the solution? Unless any of my friends are selling weapons to mean, very bad dictators there isn't much I can do. So my country does... was that a surprise to anyone? (i.e. every president has done it, pretty sure the democrats/republicans pull the same straw on this one) Warning: too much history knowledge can make this movie not shocking at all.

Tristan and Isolde was good, but not great. IE it's not another Gladiator. It had the love story and the fighting and the Irish are evil! But I really loved how they balanced the movie, the man who married Isolde is not a horrible person, but a man that loves her and wants to provide the best for her. It is truly a star-crossed lovers tale even more than Romeo and Juliet and I bet most of my friends will enjoy this flick as well.

Munich, wow. This movie had me thinking for the better part of a week. There are several shocking parts and I did have to close my eyes because Spielberg doesn't flinch from the violence. There has been some debate about how much of the movie actually happened, but I think the movie goes farther an explores some fundamental truths about the nature of war and terrorism. Plus the last shot is in NYC and is of the Twin Towers, it was beautifully poignant.

The New World is amazing. Great movie, beautiful photography, amazing story with only minor historical inaccuracies. They never used her name (Pocahontas) but they did use her Christian name (Rebecca) and the actress who plays her is only 13 (or so) and has a great natural talent. It might lose some of it's impact on the smaller screen, so I'd recommend you'd see it in theaters.

The Matador is not as funny or hilarious as portrayed in the ads (of course what is), but it was very interesting. Also it was fun at times, though I can't think of another way to describe it, but it has real life issues (although most of us aren't a hit man) but the movie isn't weighted down with those issues. Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan (hot!) are both great actors as well, I'd recommend it though it might be a better renter. You have to be dedicated to watching this film (i.e. it's a little slow).

That's all for my recent movie reviews! I hope you all enjoyed it and please feel free to share with me your recent movie picks.

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