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Psychological Profile

Vanity of vanities! I came across a Personality Profile at Mike Roesch's blog/website. I decided to have a go at it, because it looked pretty in-depth and professional. It's the Jung-Myers-Briggs Typology Test, free to take online, and here's what I came out with:

Your Type is
INFJ
Introverted(56%) Intuitive(56%) Feeling(22%) Judging(44%)

INFJ type description by D.Keirsey
INFJ type description by J. Butt and M.M. Heiss

Qualitative analysis of your type formula
You are:moderately expressed introvertmoderately expressed intuitive personalityslightly expressed feeling personalitymoderately expressed judging personality
I guess I find it to be relatively accurate (according to the type descriptions linked to), and I'm very curious to read other people's "type".

So delay your rest,
take the test,
post your name below,
and the 4 letters they claim to know,
or go to your own journal,
and tell that world the kernel,
of analysis you were given
by this crazy…

President Bush accidentally allowed to be interviewed by a real journalist

I guess I'm stooping down a bit to post this, but I just really feel the urge to use this to encourage people to check sources, and to be an optimistical cynic. Don't let someone else fashion your opinion for you, fashion it for yourself, taking into account your own values.

BoingBoing brought together this information here. They quoted John Nichols of the Capital Times, Madison, WI. It was a pretty discouraging synopsis of Bush's interview. They also linked to a RealAudio streaming audio link, noting that special software is required and you had to wait 20 minutes to get to the actual interview. If you didn't want to take the extra effort, it seems you were left to rely on Nichols' "summary".

Towards the end of the post, somebody got an MP3 version of the interview. I encourage you to first read Nichols' article and see what he has to say, and then listen to the MP3, comparing the two. BoingBoing does a good job of adding new information t…

beautiful poetry

Calvin is my hero.

Google Cache

Just discovered something quite amusing. Go to google, and deliberately search for a website that you know has Google Ad-words embedded in it. When you get to that site's "result", click on the link to view the cached version. Look at the Google Ad-words.

(how to find a site like this? search for *.blogspot.com and any result whose snippet begins with blog*spot has ad-words. or just search for justinw.blogspot.com)

I guess not surprising. Google folks think of everything, or at least their superhuman linux cluster-brain does.

she begs us

Please don't kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted, and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child, and be loved by the child. From our children's home in Calcutta alone, we have saved over 3,000 children from abortions. These children have brought such love and joy to their adopting parents, and have grown up so full of love and joy!
- BlessedMother Teresa

Email Acrobatics

The scenario
I have a couple of work email accounts that I receive a relatively large amount of email to.
I also have Gmail, which gives me a gigabyte to work with, and some nice search/browsing functionality.
The wishes
The fewer times I change my distributed email address in my lifetime, the easier more people will have it in communicating with me, and the fewer times somebody will fall out of contact with me.
Gmail from a browser, Thunderbird from work, and Mail from my Apple Powerbook. I never want to miss an email, but I want to be able to pick and choose my mail client at a whim. Each has it's own features and flaws.
I have no idea how long my current work address will work... could be anywhere between weeks and decades. I also have no idea what my monthly budget will look like through the years, given my eclectic interests. For all I know I could be a bum, I can't expect to be able to pay a monthly hosting bill.
The superheros
HotPOP: Early in 2002 I signed up for justinw(…

The Inherent Racism Of Population Control, by Paul Jalsevac

A 58-page document, with tons of citations properly referenced, this growing-in-infamy thesis paper popped onto my reading list. Can be downloaded from the link below.
My strong interest in the activities of population control advocates grew during my first visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York during March of 2000. I was fortunate enough on that visit to work with the World Youth Alliance as a lobbyist at a conference on population and development. During this visit I learned much about the efforts of the world’s powerful to control the world’s population.

I was particularly struck by the comments of other lobbyists who noticed that it often seemed that population control activities were aimed at minority populations. I began to wonder if this was mere coincidence or something more.
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Chapter I The History of Population Control
The Industrial Revolution and the Enclosure Acts
Malthus’ Final Solution for the Industrial Poor
The Birth of “Scientific” Racis…

FOXNews.com - Foxlife - Out There - Priest Beats Up Would-Be Robbers

'He had threatened me that he had a knife,' Foley told the TV station. 'I had to physically keep his hand away from the knife so I wouldn't be harmed. So I put him basically in a half-nelson and held him to the ground.'
Reference - Way to go priest dude! If he just woulda asked, he woulda received. Instead, he stole, so he... received something else. Does a half-nelson in self-defense fit into the pacifism category?

aye chihuaha

Too much to write. I've done lots of cool stuff, and that's that. I wish I could write it all out here, but it's a question of time, not openness. It's like an uphill battle. I've got the urge to show my world to the occasional surfer or friend, just like all good little bloggers do. But... blogging ain't cutting it. I will continue to do it, but it will be a poor replacement for what I'd like to be posting.

It seems to be directly related, but not connected, to my realization the past few months that I have a misguided tendency towards expanding my quantity of friendships, while assuming I'll have the energy to implicity expand their quality. (to be developed soon, i've realized more)

Somebody somewhere sometime once said something valid about how efficient connections cannot increase in quality infinitely. I forget who, when, and the wording. Probably because I was too spread thin to categorize and organize it.
There are many reasons fo…

what a waste of time...

What weird and inbred dog are you?Shar-PeiClick Here to Take This Quiz
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New Scientist - 'Anomalies' in first private spaceflight revealed

The revelations were made by Burt Rutan, designer of SpaceShipOne, which on Monday became the world's first privately funded craft to enter space. Until the team fully understands exactly what went wrong during the flight, he said, they will not go ahead with the pair of flights needed to claim the $10 million Ansari X-Prize.
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Melvill's first frightening moment on the historic flight came at the very instant he flipped the switch to turn on the hybrid rocket motor. The craft suddenly lurched over 90° to the right, and as soon as he brought it back to level it then rolled 90° to the right.
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But it was the sublime view that affected him the most. "The sky was jet black, with light blue along the horizon - it was really an awesome sight," he said. "You really do get the feeling that you've touched the face of God."
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My inner geek-child - justinpw @ gmail . com

Thirsty for Unity

Longest day of sun’s bright light,
shortest night of all dark nights!
Flames of joy leap up, burst in,
burn away the suffering of sin.
Come, rake the fire together
in the light, and find your brother,
serving, with one another,
God, who is unity.

Hate and greed divide men all.
Over earth lies night’s dark pall.
Yet thou cam’st, the world’s true light,
waking men to live aright:
to serve thy kingdom fully,
that injustice give way wholly,
and thy Holy Spirit reign only.
Thy will be done.

O thou never-ending day,
when com’st thou, eternal sun, to stay?
Bring us everlasting peace,
city bright of joy and bliss.
From thee pure radiance streams
as one church, united, gleams.
Its brightness forever streams –
Glory to thee!
Midsummer’s Eve - Else von Hollander

Pieces of Paper

During the Second World War, the Japanese were the only people to employ the use of air balloon bombs as a part of their operational tactics. The concept of using the Pacific wind currents to deliver paper balloon bombs is ingenious. The physics and engineering involved in the process of constructing and successfully launching these balloons is extraordinary. The meticulous process of creation, to ensure no flaw in design, took a considerable amount of time to complete.
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The Japanese air balloon bomb mission created the first intercontinental missile. It took the Japanese people over two years to design the balloons, bombs, and automatic dropping mechanisms. On November 3rd, 1944, the first balloon was released from Japan. Over the course of the War's last year, the air balloons traveled as far east as Michigan in the U.S., Manitoba in Canada and as far south as Mexico.
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Should the Japanese have had knowledge of their success with the balloons, it is possible that the greeni…

Atkins Diet Fanatics Assault Cookie Monster

Police say the victim was tricked each time by the Atkins insurgents posing as cookie delivery men.

"We told him to at least look through the peep hole every time someone knocks on his door, but apparently he goes into some kind of mania every time he hears the word 'cookie,' said Lt. Abby Van Buren of the 27th Precinct.
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Newsday.com - AP National News - Anonymous Kidney Donor Wins Va. Lottery

Nichols said she was working as a dialysis technician at a hospital in the 1980s when, seeing how kidney patients suffered, she decided she would someday help a kidney patient. In 2001, she anonymously donated a kidney -- without specifying a recipient because she didn't know anyone who needed one.

While organs are transplanted from people who died and from living donors such as spouses, parents and siblings, stranger-to-stranger donations are rare.
Could you do this? Link

The New York Times > International > Asia Pacific > Short on Priests, U.S. Catholics Outsource Prayers to Indian Clergy

However, congregations in Kerala say the practice of ordering prayers is several decades old. 'The church is not a business enterprise, and it is sad and pathetic to connect this practice to outsourcing software work to cheaper labor destinations,'' said the Rev. Vincent Kundukulam of St. Joseph Pontifical Seminary in Aluva, near Cochin. In Bangalore's Dharmaram College, Rector James Narithookil said he often received requests for Mass intentions from abroad, which he distributed among the 50 priests in his seminary. Most of the requests from the United States were for requiems, with donations of $5 to $ 10, he said. Bishop Adayanthrath said sending Mass intentions overseas was a way for rich churches short on priests to share and support smaller churches in poorer parts of the world.
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BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | Mid | History made as man beats horse

Graham Sharpe, spokesman for William Hill, said : 'This is a fantastic achievement which I have always believed could be done in the right circumstances.'
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The race is run over 22 miles and takes competitors through some of the most picturesque scenery in Wales via farm tracks, footpaths, open moorland and tarmac.
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BeNotAfraid.Net : Why Carry A Dying Child?

Why should a baby who will die shortly be brought to term? Because we love that child for as long as that child lives, whether life be measured in decades or minutes. Why should we be there for anyone who is suffering? Why should we share in their pain? Why should we stay up all night for a sick toddler? Why should we wait by the bed of a loved one in the hospital? Why should we accept death for anyone, including ourselves?

The alternative to accepting death is to try to control it by giving ourselves the authority to take life before life will make too many demands on us. Hence we have abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. Just take control. Don't let life hit you too hard. Eliminate the suffering by eliminating the person.
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Making the case for choosing a lower-power microprocessor

The C3, which runs about $35 in the 1-gigahertz model, uses the Socket 370 pin arrangement, so it is potentially an upgrade for older computers that use the Pentium III and the original Celeron, even if you aren't worried about noise and power consumption. I say potentially, because there are some compatibility issues. On my first stab at a music server, I dropped a C3 into an old Intel motherboard that had contained a Celeron, only to discover that it wouldn't run a processor faster than 500 megahertz. So if you're planning to upgrade, check the brand of motherboard in your computer and refer to the company's Web site to see whether it supports the C3. In some cases you may be able to download a BIOS upgrade. At that point about all you need to do is swap in the chip and reset dip switches or the BIOS to adjust your speed upward.
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Bruderhof Communities - Blaise Pascal by Malcolm Muggeridge

Know then, proud man, what a paradox you are to yourself. Humble yourself, impotent reason. Be silent, dull-witted nature, and learn from your Master your true condition, which you do not understand. Listen to God! See the Earth as a point compared with the vast circles it describes. Stand amazed that this circle itself is only a tiny point in relation to the course traced by the stars revolving in the firmament; that the whole visible world is no more than an imperceptible speck in the ample bosom of nature.Man is only a reed, the feeblest thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed. It is not necessary for the entire universe to take up arms in order to crush him. A vapor, a drop of water, is sufficient to kill him. But if the universe crushes him, man would still be nobler than the thing which destroys him, because he knows that he is dying, and the universe which has him at its mercy is unaware of it.from Pascal's Pensées... a little humility, a little hope. Link

CNN.com - Paris bid to ban designer jeeps

Baupin said Paris, which has been setting aside more lanes for buses and bicycles since a Socialist and Greens coalition took over City Hall in 2001, could not legally ban SUVs outright.

'Our idea is to limit the circulation of the most polluting vehicles,' he said. 'That means SUVs and lots of other vehicles that don't meet European pollution standards.'Link

AP Wire | 06/08/2004 | Vietnam Orders Internet Use Monitoring

The move comes after the communist country sentenced several dissidents to long prison terms over the past two years for using the Internet to criticize the government and promote democracy.
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There are an estimated 5,000 Internet cafes in Vietnam. About 4 million people out of Vietnam's population of 81 million regularly use the Internet.
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Bruderhof Communities - Angels by Johann Christoph Arnold

What does it mean to fight for your life? Well, Dale and I start each day by reading the Gospels, and it absolutely blows my mind every time I read those words. Jesus did and said just what he felt, straight out. He loved everyone without reservation—the rich and the poor. And at the same time he tackled people when they sinned: with compassion, but straightforwardly. Not that I could ever do that. But that's how I've wanted to live my life, with that kind of fervor.
I was told about Bruderhof at SJC, and had signed up for the daily emails, and was always struck by how right-on the emails seemed. But somehow I forgot to sign up for them after I left. Once again, they are treating me to a refreshing taste of truth.
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The Gipper

I've seen more disagreement in the past few days over who Ronald Reagan really was, than anything else!  What is going on?  Most of the mainstream media sources are respectfully deifying him, and they must have good reason to.  Yet there are a few blogs out there that deify him as satan incarnate!  (deify, then incarnate?  don't ask.)

All in all, it's perplexing.  About as perplexing as the collective PMS that both Kerry supporters and Bush supporters seem to exhibit when they encounter one another.  I guess I just haven't become worn and weathered to the ways of politics yet...