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INTJ is one of the possible personality outcomes of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test, and one of the rarest of the 16 personality types, accounting for about 1–4% of the population. We — the INTJs — make very good friends. Here is the process whereby we allow that to happen:
When we meet you for the first time, there is a very quick interaction where we silently judge you. First impressions are very important to us. There’s a checklist of factors; things like:
- Are you arrogant/annoying/loud/obviously stupid/rude/frivolous/unkind?
- Do we appear to share any interests?
- Do you appear to be competent?
- Have you said anything irrational and/or illogical?
We go through this checklist very quickly. Even if our first interaction is very short, we will come up with an initial judgment on the kind of person you are. This can take seconds. We are very good at compiling data.
Note that during this initial interaction, we might appear to be a bit quiet and aloof. That’s because we are performing our judgment calculations. That’s our T and J working overtime.
Also note that this initial judgment can take place without us actually meeting, and often does. These calculations may well be performed from across the room.
At this point, you will either be potentially “interesting” or “not interesting”.
A similar set of calculations are also being performed if you are of our preferred sex, with slightly different parameters. Here, we are determining whether you are “attractive” or “not attractive”.
If you are “not interesting” and “not attractive”, there is a good chance that we will never speak again. For INTJs, most people are intrinsically very disappointing. You are now in this group.
If you are “interesting”: Congratulations! We are now ready to interact with you.
At some point in the near future (within a year), we will have a conversation. Since we already know everything about you from our judgment calculations, it is very important that you have some data points about us. We will tell you lots of things about ourselves.
If there are any interesting things or stories about yourself that you would like us to know, now is the time to mention them! We have probably already deduced these, so it is unlikely that we will ask.
We will also tell you true things that we have noticed. Some of these things will be about you!
If you are “attractive”, we will ask you questions and maintain eye contact to determine how you react when we tell you interesting things. Don’t worry, we will tell you if you are attractive.
It is very important for you to know what we think of you, since you are “interesting” and/or “attractive”.
At the conclusion of a suitable amount of data-sharing conversations, we will now determine whether you are “worthy” or “not worthy” of being friends with us. Apart from handshakes, and/or perhaps a hug, there will be no touching of any kind until we have made this decision.
We have now gathered an enormous amount of information about you. We now totally understand how you work, and why you are the way you are.
If you are “not worthy”, there is a good chance that we will never speak again.
Congratulations! You are now either “interesting/worthy” or “attractive/worthy” or perhaps both!
At this point, we will decide whether to be friends with you or not. This is a big step for us because a person only has room for two or three good friends. If we decide “yes”, we will be friends for life.
Whenever you need “anything”, we will be there for you.
We will be fiercely loyal and protective of our new friend.
If you are “attractive”, we will begin a relationship immediately. We have identified many factors that indicate that you will be a good match for us. We think that your combination of “interestingness”, “attractiveness”, and “worthiness” is worth investing additional time in. It may, one day, lead to “intimacy”. But that is a long way off.
Whenever you need to be fixed, we will fix you.
We will be fiercely loyal and protective of our new relationship.
I’ve always thought that the Paleo diet was an interesting theory with some merit, but after reading into the actuals of the diet itself, I was put off by much of the regimen and advice. Here are the excellent points this article points out:
1. There is no singular pre-agricultural hunter-gatherer diet, as it varied wildly by geography.
2. The Paleo diet follows the naturalistic fallacy. That which is natural is not necessarily good. There are plenty of natural things that can kill us.
3. Our bodies are not identical to pre-agricultural humans, and our food species are not the same either. Our bodies and our food have both adapted to agricultural food availability.
4. Hunter-gatherers tended to have short lifespans. The biggest fallacy of the Paleo diet theory is that agriculture ruined our diet, when in fact, agriculture was an essential part of how civilizations began. When humans were still hunter-gatherers, we maybe lived to be 30 or 40, if we were lucky. Obesity and unhealthy eating choices don’t tend to kill humans until much later in life — e.g. the average heart attack happens around the age of 66-70. So studying whether or not our hunter-gatherer ancestors had the same food-based pathologies that modern humans do is difficult. One study mentioned in the article says that ~34% of the mummies over 30 from the hunter-gatherer period had atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). So it looks like their diets didn’t help them fare much better in this area, either!
In my opinion, the Paleo diet teaches some wonderful things, so if it works for you, go ahead and keep doing it. Personally I believe that everyone’s bodies are so vastly different that everyone needs to individually find a diet that works for them. Some of the basic parts of Paleo, like staying away from sugars and processed food, are universally good. However I think some of the other parts — eating as much meat and animal fat as you’d like, cutting out calcium-rich dairy, no legumes, etc. — are scientifically unfounded and could potentially have negative health consequences.
The System 678: Pumpkin Envy
Don’t get me started on cinnamon.
For Wil Wheaton. The quality of this drawing is on par with the quality of Sharknado.
Step 1: Sharks.
Step 2: Tornadoes.
Step 3: Profit.
(Be tee dubs, I watched the whole thing and enjoyed it)
June 16, 1963: Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.
Two years after Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, fellow cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, launched on the Vostok 6 spaceflight, became the first woman to do so. Prior to her recruitment as a cosmonaut, Tereshkova was an amateur parachutist, the daughter of a tractor driver and a textile worker (if anything, her humble background made her an even more qualified candidate to represent the women of the Soviet space program).
Tereshkova was relatively young when she ventured into space; at twenty-six, she was exactly ten years younger than the Mercury Seven’s youngest astronaut, Gordon Cooper. After several months of intensive and secretive training, she was nominated and confirmed by Nikita Khrushchev himself to become the first woman in space, and she did so flawlessly on June 16, 1963. She remained in orbit for nearly three days, performing the same tasks as her male counterparts (collecting photographic information, manning her craft), before returning to Earth on June 19. Tereshkova made no further spaceflights after her milestone first, and nearly two decades passed before the Soviet Union ever launched another woman into space. Despite the brevity of her space career, she was not forgotten in her country and received several awards and decorations for her accomplishments - almost immediately after her successful return from space, Tereshkova received the title of “Hero of the Soviet Union”, which was awarded for “heroic feats in service to the Soviet state and society”.
Other links: How Valentina Tereshkova’s spaceflight worked
For most of America, Psy is a funny name, a funny face, and a funny personality. He doesn’t sing in English and most people just don’t get it leaving most of them to not take him seriously. It’s easy to strip the significance behind “Gangnam Style” down if you don’t know what it means and solely find entertainment in the Asian guy shaking his hips. But what most people don’t realize is that Psy doesn’t take himself seriously. He’s a satirist and political dissident. “Gangnam Style” was a commentary, not just a fun pop tune with a silly dance.
Gangnam is Seoul’s wealthiest and flashiest neighborhood. For South Koreans, Gangnam represents the ideal life of excess and consumerism. Psy’s character in the video is a wannabe Gangnamite. He dreams he’s living the flashy, excessive lifestyle while he’s really just like everyone else, swimming in a public pool and riding the subway. But never in the video does it seem that Psy’s character is unhappy. He’s content to play in a children’s playground and meet the girl of his dreams in the subway. “Gangnam Style” is much more that we have made it, but that’s not surprising considering Psy’s background and how little we know about it.
In America, it seems like “Gangnam Style” was Psy’s big break when in fact the song had been released on his sixth studio album and his music career hadn’t been about making flashy and catchy songs. He believes music is the key to overcoming the intolerance embedded in his country’s political systems. Throughout his career, his songs have been banned for inappropriate content and have been surrounded by controversy, not to mention the fact that he fought his mandatory military draft.
Psy is a voice for his people. He’s fighting the oppression and intolerance he sees in his culture through his music. And by ignoring his worth and his value, we’re reducing the culture of South Korea into a short man with funny pants doing a ridiculous dance.
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Chemistry geeks have the best sense of humor. (⌐■_■)
From the Enterprise IT Department.
Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate that Crowley has a portrait hanging in Hell of himself wearing a Nazi-style uniform with a pitchfork where the swastika would be.
Let’s just all take a moment to appreciate the fact that this was the first time that Misha saw that picture
There is nothing about this that isn’t funny.
I love how he almost, ALMOST breaks character for half a second.
Did anyone else ever notice that the song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is about a couple who have nothing in common except kinda liking the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
Oh yay, @ilovecharts published my submission :D
you’ll never guess my favorite part of every kitchen nightmare.