And though I had slain a thousand foes less one,
The thousandth knife found my liver;
The thousandth enemy said to me,
'Now you shall die,
Now none shall know.'
And the fool, looking down, believed this,
Not seeing, above his shoulders, the naked stars,
Each one remembering.
--John M. Ford, The Final Reflection

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"The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any." - Russel Baker

Monday, September 24, 2007

Bored Man's Bluff

For reasons I do not yet quite understand, I've added Ego Monster's blog to my set of links. Normally, I avoid linking to things where there's not much going on, but in this case, I've somehow talked myself into making an exception. Must be the picture she uses. I've always had a..."thing" for nice legs and the picture...well, it's eye-candy, to be sure. I wonder if they're hers?

Never mind I said that.

Now, let me see...take this test. According to that, I am a:

# very expressed introvert
# distinctively expressed intuitive personality
# moderately expressed thinking personality
# slightly expressed judging personality

I took a more detailed description and this is what it said:
Of the four aspects of strategic analysis and definition, it is the contingency planning or entailment organizing role that reaches the highest development in Masterminds. Entailing or contingency planning is not an informative activity, rather it is a directive one in which the planner tells others what to do and in what order to do it. As the organizing capabilities the Masterminds increase so does their inclination to take charge of whatever is going on.

It is in their abilities that Masterminds differ from the other Rationals, while in most of their attitudes they are just like the others. However there is one attitude that sets them apart from other Rationals: they tend to be much more self-confident than the rest, having, for obscure reasons, developed a very strong will. They are rather rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population. Being very judicious, decisions come naturally to them; indeed, they can hardly rest until they have things settled, decided, and set. They are the people who are able to formulate coherent and comprehensive contingency plans, hence contingency organizers or "entailers."

Masterminds will adopt ideas only if they are useful, which is to say if they work efficiently toward accomplishing the Mastermind's well-defined goals. Natural leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command of projects or groups, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once in charge, however, Masterminds are the supreme pragmatists, seeing reality as a crucible for refining their strategies for goal-directed action. In a sense, Masterminds approach reality as they would a giant chess board, always seeking strategies that have a high payoff, and always devising contingency plans in case of error or adversity. To the Mastermind, organizational structure and operational procedures are never arbitrary, never set in concrete, but are quite malleable and can be changed, improved, streamlined. In their drive for efficient action, Masterminds are the most open-minded of all the types. No idea is too far-fetched to be entertained-if it is useful. Masterminds are natural brainstormers, always open to new concepts and, in fact, aggressively seeking them. They are also alert to the consequences of applying new ideas or positions. Theories which cannot be made to work are quickly discarded by the Masterminds. On the other hand, Masterminds can be quite ruthless in implementing effective ideas, seldom counting personal cost in terms of time and energy.

Yeah. Not entirely sure if that actually suits me, to be honest with you. I don't think it suits me at all.

I've decided to set up Kanaverse. This second blog is an archive of all the fiction I'll be writing from here on end. To borrow from the description of it I made...

Here you will find my random bits of creativity, ranging from vignettes to novellas, romance to science fiction. In other words, don't expect much good sense to come of this.

This move was partially inspired by Chuva of the Chenes, who developed a blog strictly for her artwork.

In theory, doing this should cut down on all the fiction-related clutter of this blog. I've decided not to delete any fiction-related posts on this one, as well as retain Darkness & Stars here, but only for the sake of continuity and archiving.

Most of my friends from Intelligraph are gone from said company. I suppose it couldn't be helped. All the best to the lot of them, 'cause we all know anyone from that company is going to need it.

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