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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-04-03 05:17
Subject: [links] Link salad plays croquet behind white-washed walls and drink its tea at four
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Jay Lake 2013 Hugo Nomination — A short video clip from Norwescon of my nomination being read out. (Thanks to [info]corwynofamber.)

So...I Bought A Firetruck — I love this. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Great British class calculatorPeople in the UK now fit into seven social classes, a major survey conducted by the BBC suggests.

The Paper-and-Pencil Cosmological CalculatorEver struggled with the problem of converting redshift into parsecs, your worries are over thanks to a new cosmological distance chart based on the very latest data. For all your science geekery needs.

The Cicadas Are Coming ...Hungry?

The Falsity of Living Fossils

Least visited countries in the world — Oh, to have the time and money...

Ponce de León, Exposed — Ah, history.

Nothing personal: The questionable Myers-Briggs test — (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Climate Maverick to Quit NASA — Weird choice of words in this headline about James Hansen.

40% of Pak youth think Islamic law is best for country: Survey — I just don't understand how some people think. Especially religious conservatives, in any culture.

The NRA's Next Assault on Gun Control — Because neither your safety nor mine matter a whit to the people in the gun culture. Nothing matters to them but maximum guns, at any rationalization.

QotD?: What are all your favorite fruits?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA, specifically critique)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 243.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block building solar arrays to undermine the American fossil fuel industry: 0
Currently reading: Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

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They Didn't Ask Me
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2013-04-03 18:30 (UTC)
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Ah, Myers-Briggs. The real problem is what people use M-B for. It's not an aptitude test. It does have some usefulness in identifying types of people who will work easily together or won't -- but that shouldn't be used to NOT hire them. In fact, many people will mimic their opposing traits in the workplace. This is normal.

Also, there is an "X" indicator for scoring in neither of the two domains on each axis. Rather than James Bond, I once read that the perfect undercover spy would M-B as XXXX. (grin) No one would notice them by dint of personality. Or perhaps I should say the perfect spy gives the affect of XXXX?

It's a long debate about validity/usefulness/application, but my wife and I have long had some amusing value by looking at the INTP vs. INTJ pairings, which describes (not explains) a lot of things in our marriage. (double-grin)

Of course, as a physicist I've always maintained that psychology is not a science. Like physics.

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