Monday, April 20, 2009

Do you believe in Facebook?

Well, I hope you don't believe in it TOO closely. My brother recently posted the results of some personality quizzes he took on Facebook and I thought I'd follow suit. For good or ill, here we go!

1. Which Old Testament character am I? King David

People like you and follow your leadership. You love deeply even though relationships can cause you great pain. You’re sensitive and just want to get along with everyone.

I've got no problem with the analysis given above, but going a little deeper into King David shows some major pros and cons.

David V Goliath.
Writer of the Psalms

Bathsheba. One of the questions on there was about relationships. I replied "There's only one woman for me," which really does not fit King David at all.

According to what claims to be a personality test given by HR departments found here:

Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.

For the Ice Cream flavor quiz here:
I was torn between two, but I like the responses for both:

If you like chocolate, you are lively, creative, dramatic, charming, enthusiastic and the life of the party. Chocolate fans enjoy being at the center of attention and can become bored with the usual routine. Seductive, well-dressed, extroverted, easily influenced, a follower, intuitive, enjoys intimate relationships. Prototype: Feminine woman, macho man.

If you like banana, you are easy going, well adjusted, generous, honest and empathetic. Prototype: The perfect husband, wife, parent or child.
I can live with those!

Facebook's Star Trek quiz tells me I'm Captain Kirk

A similar blog analysis program to the one my brother mentions has given me similar results - completely opposite those I usually associate with myself.

Oh yeah, order and logic, those are my strong points, and Sapphire Sting has no imagination to speak of. Pthththth.

Yes, this blog entry is still under construction

Friday, April 17, 2009

These lovely parting gifts . . .

There's nothing like getting ready to leave a place to let you know who loves you. Yesterday, my boss threw a going-away pizza party for a couple of us who are leaving - on company time, no less. That's kind of expected at Independent Study, though. What's not as to be expected is Malia Beckstrand giving me the coolest going-away present ever: A book of the Batman dalies (1943-1946).

Why this gift is particularly appropriate requires a bit of explanation, even knowing (as you, my faithful readers, should) about my penchant for superheroes. It all begins almost a year ago, when work was just heating up at Independent Study. (Man, if I were any good at drawing, I'd make a comic strip of it with that kind of intro - curse my clumsy fingers!) As Rush approached, Independent's customer service department opened up a room in the basement which became affectionately known as The Batcave. A handful of CS people would head down there every day to work.
What was special about the Batcave (other than the cool moniker?) The computers were faster, the screens were bigger - their only problem was lack of access to things like the fax machine (and the acoustics, but there's not much you can do about that). A call came up from the Batcave - we need a Robin! Since I preferred to work upstairs (that acoustical issue drove me nuts when I went down there), I was only too happy to volunteer.
I began to throw myself into the role. Our inter-office instant messenger, Spark, allows for an avatar - the Boy Wonder quickly became my symbol. When I got to work or returned from my lunch break, I would announce that the Boy Wonder had returned to Gotham City and was ready to receive orders from the Batcave. It was really lots of fun.
Malia, being a frequent Batcave denizen, was the first to join my enthusiasm. Her Spark avatar quickly became Catwoman and a fast friendship was formed - not that we hadn't been friends before, of course. Working the 6:00 AM shift together for a while will make either fast friends or bitter enemies out of just about anybody. Ah, those were the days . . . but I digress.
Since moving to the Morris Center, the Batcave is now long in our past, but the banter continues. We often swap jokes and stories or provide an electronic shoulder to cry on over Spark, something which helps keep me relatively sane in my repetitive work. And now she gets me a great going-away present.
I've already learned a great lesson from the book. The most important thing in becoming a real superhero is - yup, you guessed it - long hours. For those of you able to read that, I salute you. For the rest of us:

Both their parents innocent victims of the guns of Gangland, Bruce Wayne and his young ward, Dick Grayson, have dedicated their lives to fighting crime. . .

Long hours of rigorous training in their private gym . . .

. . . And long hours of diligent study in their scientific crime laboratory . . .

. . . Have created those mighty champions of justice - - - Batman and Robin
. . . Symbolized by the hooded bat costume, designed to instill fear in the denizens of the underworld!

Speaking of long hours, it's time for me to get back to studying for finals. Watch for the thrilling adventures of Steve, coming soon to this blog!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Quick Update

I don't have a lot of time, but I thought I'd poke my head up for a moment and let people know how I'm doing.

1. Impact had its big concert last Friday. It was GREAT! Y'all missed out big time if you weren't there (which includes most of you). While we DO have the CD and the CD is cool, the show was awesome. 'nuff said.

2. School is quickly coming to its end. Over the past few days, I've written a 6 page paper for my Hispanoamerican Theatre class, a 14-page journal-style paper for my New Testament Class and the first half of a 12-15 page paper for my Borges class (due Tuesday). This is why I've been a little busy to blog.

3. Easter was really nice. We spent the day with our good friends in the ward (they're practically family at this point), Derek and Stephanie Aud. Stephanie doesn't like ham and lamb is too expensive, so we had a nice, crock potted pork roast with carrots, mashed potatoes, mac 'n' cheese and some of the best gravy I've ever made, with homemade punch to wash it all down. And plenty of Easter candy, of course.
3.1 Stephanie came the night before to color Easter eggs with Emilee. I was working away at my papers, of course, so was only able to do one egg. With white crayon, I made a reasonable (for a 5-year-old) approximation of the classic Disney castle with a red background. Emilee made me an egg with a large, green hedge labelled Steve (an homage to Over the Hedge).

4. Anything else you want an update on? Let me know and I'll probably let you know once I'm done with finals.

Which classic Superhero are you?

Your results:
You are Superman
Green Lantern
Iron Man
The Flash
Wonder Woman
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.
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