Monday, April 24, 2006

My soul is off in realms of trying to understand the Compte-rendu, Passage to India and Horace, and I am writing timed essays. Therefore distract me, please. The following quiz is stolen from pretty much everyone, and mildly adapted by me. If anyone can stop me being haunted by Forster in my dreams it would help too.

1) Post a comment to this entry saying anything at all something random and I'll respond with something random about you.

2) I'll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.

4) I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me. Or maybe just me.

5) I'll tell you my first memory of you.

6) I'll tell you what animal you remind me of.

7) I'll ask you something that I've always wondered about you.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Dublin, which is exceedingly kind to pedestrians, should be iconic. And our capital. It has everything: rivers, the sea, several universities,the largest enclosed park in Europe/the world, a semi-efficient postal service, a post office which is on the tourist trail...

'tis also equipped with very nice Classicists, an indecent number of post-graduate students and a brilliant statue of Wilde with a green carnation. And the Luas! Which nearly ran us over.

The forum was brilliant, as was Trinity, and I have now decided that (based on experience) 50% of Nobel Laureates are nice. And I met one of those pre-Nobel prize for literature, so it may make you nice. Become Nobel laureates! Eason's will proclaim that you were one an hundred years after your birth!

Also failed to hide from cathedrals, (both of them) took photographs and was rather amazed by Marina Carr's loveliness and dress sense, even though she is wrong about the Greek view of death. Very wrong.

And of course, we visited the wonderful "Epicurean Food Hall", which is Epicurean in both senses. (Wow!) Horace would have approved. And saw Wilde's house(s).

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Does anyone know what one wears to an Embassy reception? I haven't been to one since I was twelve, therefore I suspect dress code has changed slightly. Am getting steadily more panicked. (Also, what does one say to an ambassador? Other than "With these ferrero rocher...&cetera".
On a different, albeit clothes related note, Andre Bitos (protagonist of "Pauvre Bitos") is an icon. Like a small, nervous version of Robespierre and Malvolio rolled into one.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Advanced Big 30 Personality Test Results
Sociability ||| 3%
Aggressiveness |||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 84%
Assertiveness |||||||||||||||||| 60%
Activity Level ||||||||| 25%
Excitement-Seeking |||||| 16%
Enthusiasm ||| 5%
Extroversion |||||||||||| 32%
Trust |||||||||||||||||| 56%
Morality |||||||||||||||||||||||| 71%
Altruism ||| 1%
Cooperation ||| 4%
Modesty ||| 5%
Sympathy |||||| 15%
Accommodation ||||||||| 25%
Confidence ||| 1%
Neatness ||||||||| 28%
Dutifulness ||| 7%
Achievement |||||||||||||||||| 60%
Self-Discipline ||||||||||||||| 49%
Cautiousness ||||||||||||||| 43%
Orderliness |||||||||||| 31%
Anxiety ||||||||||||||||||||| 67%
Volatility |||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 86%
Depression ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 91%
Self-Consciousness |||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 82%
Impulsiveness ||||||||||||||| 47%
Vulnerability |||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 89%
Emotional Stability ||||||||| 23%
Imagination |||||||||||| 32%
Artistic Interests ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 93%
Introspection |||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 87%
Adventurousness ||||||||| 29%
Intellect ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 92%
Liberalism |||||||||||||||||||||||| 76%
Openmindedness ||||||||||||||||||||| 68%
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Trait . low score high score
Sociability 3% socially reserved, detached friendly, open
Aggressiveness 84% mild mannered, uncompetitive predatory, domineering
Assertiveness 60% introverted, loner controlling, aggressive
Activity Level 25% relaxed, laid back vigorous, high energy
Excitement-Seeking 16% sedate, restrained adventurous, wild
Enthusiasm 5% somber, pessimistic cheerful, optimistic
Trust 56% suspicious of others trusting of others
Submissiveness 71% rebellious, lawless dutiful, obedient, compliant
Altruism 1% selfish, cold, austere helpful, selfless, indulgent
Cooperation 4% argumentitive, confrontational conflict averse, meek
Modesty 5% arrogant, self-satisfied humble, unassuming, doormat
Sympathy 15% callous, heartless empathetic, warm
Confidence 1% not confident in work confident in work, egoistic
Neatness 28% disorganized, messy planner, clean, anal
Dutifulness 7% dishonest, derelict honest, rule abiding, proper
Achievement 60% lazy, unmotivated driven, goal oriented
Self-Discipline 49% procrastinator responsible, efficient
Cautiousness 43% spontaneous, daring, reckless careful, controlled, safe
Anxiety 67% relaxed, fearless fearful, worrier
Volatility 86% calm, cool touchy, tempermental
Depression 91% content, balanced emotional, self hating
Self-Consciousness 82% confident, assured low self esteem, shy
Impulsiveness 47% high self control low self control
Vulnerability 89% resilient, unphased confused, helpless
Imagination 32% practical, realistic dreamer, unrealistic
Artistic Interests 93% artistic indifference art, nature, beauty lover
Introspection 87% not self reflective self searching
Adventurousness 29% conventional, safe spontaneous, bold
Intellect 92% instinctive, non-analytical intellectual, analytical
Liberalism 76% conservative, traditional progressive, open

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