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Saturday, November 22, 2008

I think, therefore I am. I think.

My friend Leslie had a link to an automated personality analysis based on blog contents. I pointed it here, to an archive that has a more representative sample of my writing. The results?

INTP - The Thinkers

The logical and analytical type. They are especialy attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.

They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.

That sound you hear is Cindy laughing hysterically in the background.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

The real turkey here is giving the interview

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Not in Kansas any more...

Or, more accurately, Pittsburgh/Allegheny County. I almost missed this:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
309 AM EST FRI NOV 21 2008

MDZ001-PAZ030-032-WVZ023-041-211615-/O.CON.KPBZ.WS.W.0006.000000T0000Z-081121T2300Z/
GARRETT-WESTMORELAND-FAYETTE-PRESTON-TUCKER-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... OAKLAND MD... GRANTSVILLE... GREENSBURG... NEW KENSINGTON... JEANNETTE... LATROBE... MONESSEN... UNIONTOWN... CONNELLSVILLE... OHIOPYLE... KINGWOOD... TERRA ALTA... PARSONS... DAVIS... THOMAS
309 AM EST FRI NOV 21 2008
 
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON...
 
TOTAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED... ALTHOUGH SNOW CAN ACCUMULATE OVER 10 INCHES IN SOME RIDGE TOP LOCATIONS BY THIS EVENING. NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTING TO 25 MPH CAN CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
 
TAKE EXTRA CARE TRAVELING TODAY AS THIS HEAVY SNOW EPISODE CAN CAUSE SEVERAL HAZARDS SUCH AS SUDDENLY REDUCED VISIBILITY AND SNOW COVERED SLIPPERY PAVEMENTS. BLOWING SNOW AND DEEP SNOW DRIFTS CAN ADD TO TRAVEL WOES.
 
IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

The good news is my office in the new place here in Fayette City is on the top floor of the house and faces the river, so I'll be able to accurately determine visibility and, therefore, snowfall rates.

Maybe I should run up to the 24-hour Wal-Mart supercenter in Belle Vernon and buy some toilet paper. We don't need any, but isn't that what you're supposed to do when you're in a quasi-rural area and there's a storm coming?

(Update: Total accumulation received... less than an inch. And that didn't start until 5 pm.)

Totally unrelated strange coincidence: I'm originally from Homestead, PA 15120. Then I moved to South Park, which is right next to Bethel Park, 15102. Now I'm in Fayette City, which is right next to Belle Vernon, PA, 15012.

The possible combinations appear to be:

15012 - Belle Vernon, PA
15021 - Burgettstown, PA
15120 - Homestead, PA
15102 - Bethel Park, PA
15210 - Mount Oliver, PA (my daughter Sara lives there!)
15201 - Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville)

I also lived for a while in West Mifflin, PA 15122:

15122 - West Mifflin, PA
15212 - Pittsburgh' North Side; I worked there in the 80s'
15221 - Churchill, PA

Time to get the ADD prescription refilled, I think.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

I love Christopher Walken

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Quotes of the day

A revolution is coming- a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough- but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character, we cannot alter its inevitability.

Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills, against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence... Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of our generation.

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.
-Robert F. Kennedy (November 20, 1925 - June 6, 1968

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quotes of the day

As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.

Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.

Chinese-German food is wonderful. The only problem is, an hour later you're hungry for power.

My Nebraska clothes set me apart at Yale. I remember I actually wore brown-and-white shoes. They were impractical, though. The white one kept getting dirty.

There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?

Dick Cavett (b. November 19, 1936)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hi-De-Ho.

Cab Calloway (December 25, 1907 - November 18, 1994)

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Monday, November 17, 2008

It's Aquaman Week. Yawn.

I'm sorry, I just can't get too worked up over Aquaman.

He can talk to fish and breathe underwater? So can SpongeBob, who is vastly more entertaining. Does Aquaman even have a theme song?

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sigh.

"This is strictly about whether or not a minority of senators is going to prevent the president from being able to name and get confirmed judges that he chooses after he's been elected by the American people. And it's never been the case, until the last two years, that a minority could dictate to the majority what they could do."
-Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in 2005, when George W. Bush was President.

"I will lead a filibuster if the nominee is the kind of radical leftist who decides cases based on empathy rather than the Constitution or the law. And if that's what [Obama] intends to do, then I'll try to get my colleagues to join in that as well."
-Senator Kyl, in anticipation of another President's appointments.

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