Archive for December, 2006

Gauging my personality

Posted in Meanderings on December 7, 2006 by weirleader

while browsing the website of my new acquaintance (somebody actually commented on one of my rarely-viewed blog entries), halfawake, I noticed his use of the following personality test. It sounded like fun, so here are my results – pretty dull really. I’m slightly more dependent than average, but I pretty much knew that about myself since I hate to be alone TOO much.

Personality Disorder Test Results

Paranoid |||||| 26%
Schizoid |||||| 22%
Schizotypal |||||||||| 34%
Antisocial |||||| 30%
Borderline || 10%
Histrionic |||||||||| 34%
Narcissistic |||||||||| 34%
Avoidant || 10%
Dependent |||||||||||| 42%
Obsessive-Compulsive |||||| 30%

Take Free Personality Disorder Test
personality tests by similarminds.com

Also, on his advice, I think I’ll take a look at something called a Kingdomality Personality Test… sounds a bit odd, but what the heck… why not!? 🙂

Edit: I turn out to be a Prime Minister… funny, doesn’t quite seem to fit.

Scientific Hypocrisy

Posted in Health, Science, Technology on December 5, 2006 by weirleader

So I’m listening to Morning Edition today (12/5/06) and they run a story about a group of people trying desperately to get a bill through congress to increase funding specifically for the study of Autism. Sounds like a noble effort, and I can somewhat imagine what it must be like to have children with the disease (we have a friend with children that have symptoms to varying degrees) and to see no progress made in its treatment.

Still, I was moved by a very well-spoken argument which suggested that science is very full of serendipity* and it can actually be helpful to have wide-ranging interests, as often problems can be solved, diseases cured, drugs invented by those initially looking for ‘something else’. The premise is that to get tunnel vision and insist on solely focusing on Autism could really be counter-productive to finding treatment or even a cure. Makes sense to me… I can understand it to be potentially frustrating to those emotionally tied to a search for a cure, but it is well-documented that many scientific breakthroughs have occurred by chance and an observant eye.

But that’s not even the point of this article. What really struck me was moments later when the program shifted to Pfizer and Lipitor and how the recent setback of a drug in development could prove damaging to the industry. Lipitor’s patent is due to expire in the near future and it currently provides (if I understood the program correctly) over 50% of the company’s profits – so they understandably want to find something to fill its shoes before that expiration.

But what are they doing about it? Are they doing R&D all across the board looking for the ‘next big thing’? Nope – they are putting all of their efforts into improving and redefining cholesterol drugs like Lipitor. Funny – I’m pretty sure not moments earlier I heard how focusing on just one thing could be scientifically unprofitable. If drug companies are only worried about profits and the bottom line and have such tunnel vision that they only work on a new variant of the tried-and-true, they deserve the trouble coming their way. Who knows – the next big breakthrough in treating heart conditions might come from whoever is researching Autism…

* for a good read on fortuitous scientific breakthroughs, try Serendipity, by Royston M. Roberts

Is Your Child a ‘Computer Hacker’?

Posted in Humor, Technology on December 1, 2006 by weirleader

actually came across this in the BF2S forums – so my thanks to misconfiguration. Whether or not it’s true, it’s pretty funny!

SNOW DAY!!! :-)

Posted in Education, Meanderings on December 1, 2006 by weirleader

Woot!

Icy rain all night – still going. Maybe Michigan does have its perks.

(Disclaimer: the picture above is just for dramatic effect and is not actually my car) 🙂

Although, I suspect the main reason for this snow day is a benefit of one of our unhappier situations. A little over a year ago,XXXXXXXXXX Public laid off its transportation workers and farmed out the service to a local bussing company – that bussing company now holds liability for any problems and they can make the call if a snow day is required… bypassing the superintendent. It’s unfortunate for those out of work (because some bus drivers were re-hired by the new company, but not all), but a boon for the safety of those of us that drive to work.

One other reason we suspect the number of snow days in XXXXX  is minimal – scuttlebut has it that our former superintendent felt it was many of our students’ only chance for a good meal (we have a huge percentage of students on free/reduced-lunch programs).

Whatever the case may be, I was in serious need of a ‘mental health day‘!

So again I say, ‘Woot!’

edit: 1/30/07 removed reference to School District so as not to offend 🙂