Sonntag, 31. Oktober 2004

I've checked the EPROG-Infosite, the website of the basic (but not Basic - Java ;-)) programming course I'm taking at the Vienna University of Technology as part of my computer science studies. I've got 10 out of 10 points for the first task. So that's great. I will probably upload my solution to this homepage one day, but not yet, as the first round hasn't ended yet (I just handed in my solution earlier than required). The task was to write a program that converts a RGB 256:256:256 colour into a 7:7:3 colour and determines the closest corner-points inside a colour-cube; for students at the Vienna University of Technology: it's specification #1200.

After reading Ayn Rand's criticism of the Libertarians, I've come to the conclusion that it's important to obtain a philosophical foundation before getting actively involving in politics. It's not good when people fascinated by some ideas become politicians without having thoroughly and critically dealt with the underlying concepts and their implications. I'll see to it that I get to read some introductionary literature about Objectivism, Ayn Rand's philosophy - I know next to nothing about it yet.

Samstag, 30. Oktober 2004

From Arnold Schwarzenegger's speech at the Republican Convention:

"My fellow immigrants, my fellow Americans how do you know if you are a Republican? I'll tell you how.

If you believe that government should be accountable to the people, not the people to the government... then you are a Republican! If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group... then you are a Republican! If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does... then you are a Republican! If you believe our educational system should be held accountable for the progress of our children ... then you are a Republican! If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope of democracy in the world ... then you are a Republican! And, ladies and gentlemen ... if you believe we must be fierce and relentless and terminate terrorism ... then you are a Republican!"

Most of these ideas are of clasical liberal / libertarian origin. So that's the reason why the Libertarian Party of the USA is so weak (it claims that it is the 3rd largest party of the USA, but it gets less than 4 million votes in national elections): The Republicans already promote most of their ideas. (Of course I'm aware that there are also anti-liberal and clerical forces in the Grand Old Party.)

I've no idea whom I'd vote for in the presidential elections if I were a US citizen. I guess the Republicans match my own beliefs more than the Democrats. Whatever you may think of the person of George W. Bush - at least he has some brainy advisors. The only thing that seems to be better with the Democrats is that they are more friendly towards biotechnology and biomedical research.

Freitag, 29. Oktober 2004

I've noticed that epzilon feenyx has finally opened her website. She is a gifted character/cartoon-style artist and writer. German speakers also check out this short story of hers; in my opinion, it's the best she has published on the web so far.

Today I had a presentation for a computer science course ("Basics of Scientific Working"). The professor said it was very good. The topic I talked about, together with a fellow student of mine, was Ray-Tracing.

Donnerstag, 28. Oktober 2004

Following up the 15 September 2004 blog entry, here's an excerpt from "What's a Libertarian?", an article at the website of Michael Badnarik, the Libertarian Candidate for US Presidency 2004. It outlines the same thoughts my Australian friend and I had:

"Libertarians are, quite simply, people who believe in 'Self-Ownership': You own yourself, and no one else on Earth has a higher claim to your body or your labor than you do. So long as people act in a way that doesn't interfere with anyone else's freedom, Libertarians believe that they should be free to do what they please.

The idea of "Self-Ownership" is what distinguishes us from both liberals and conservatives. Every political position that Libertarians take can be traced back to this simple idea. For example, Libertarians are opposed to 'liberal' attempts to use the government to regulate people's buying practices, by imposing tariffs on certain goods & industries. We oppose this kind of regulation not because we think that all goods & industries are equally wonderful, but because we believe that people own themselves, and should be allowed to buy what they like, based on their own beliefs and values. If for some people that means buying fair-trade coffee at the local co-op grocery store, then that's great—just as long as they don't use the government's power to force other people to do the same.

Likewise, Libertarians are opposed to 'conservative' attempts to use the government to regulate people's morality, by imposing laws that restrict their behavior on the Sabbath, or at the pharmacy, or in the bedroom. We're opposed to these kinds of legal restrictions not because we think that all lifestyle choices are equally worth pursuing, but because we believe that people own themselves, and should be allowed to decide how to live their lives as they see fit, so long as they aren't hurting anyone else in the process.

Wait a second... If you're not conservative & you're not liberal, then where do you fit on the political spectrum?

The traditional left-right spectrum is one that political scholars have recognized is incomplete for some time. In fact, it's really only useful for tracking the answer to one question: 'What part of your life do you think government should control?' On the left-hand side of the spectrum we find people who believe that it's the government's job to regulate our economic lives—that is, our interactions with one another that involve exchange. Democrats and Green party members tend to be on this end of the spectrum. On the right-hand side, we find people who believe that it's the government's job to regulate our social lives. Republicans and Constitution party members tend to be on this end of the spectrum. This one-dimensional view of politics as something for controlling one area of life or another, explains why Libertarians cringe when we hear politicians talk about passing 'bi-partisan legislation'!"

Mittwoch, 27. Oktober 2004

I've just learned that I've passed the first exam of this study-year, a written one on general pharmacology.

Today they showed "Red Corner" on TV. This is one of the best movies I've ever seen, so I'll add it to my list of favourite movies.

Montag, 25. Oktober 2004

I've been working on Hugi 30: I've arranged the gfx and music, and corrected and added all the articles we have received so far. This issue is going to look great. Now we just need more articles.

There has been a poll about the task of Hugi Size Coding Competition 24. It seems like "Le compte est bon" will be the task of the next compo.

Probably there will be a new issue of Hugi.GER by December. Piccolo is making efforts to get skilled German-speaking people to writing articles.

There was an Austrian Demo Scene Stammtisch two days ago.

Mittwoch, 13. Oktober 2004

Some time ago, a representative of Intertel asked me to join their club. Intertel requires an IQ above the 99th percentile. I had taken and passed the admission test of the Austrian high intelligence society, which measures whether your IQ is above the 98th percentile. But since this test doesn't measure your IQ accurately, it was not clear whether I'd also qualify for Intertel. That's why I signed up with a psychologist (Dr. Georg Fischhof, www.fischhof.com) for another IQ test which would return a more accurate value between the 98th and 100th percentile. Today I took this test. The result: I have a logical-analytical IQ of 145 (Stanford-Binet, standard deviation 16). According to a website about IQ testing, that equals the 99.75th percentile, i.e. only 0.25 % of the population have a higher IQ than me. However, this test was only about logical-analytical skills; verbal skills and 3D skills weren't measured. (I guess I'm also good at verbal skills, while I'm not that good at 3D - at least those were the results of the tests I took with the Austrian army.)

I've read a very interesting article called "The Empty Promise" which suggests that an IQ of 125 would be enough to be able to pursue all professions; everything above is luxury. But it may help speed up things, and there may be some areas of mathematics etc. for which having a high IQ isn't a bad thing. I've had the idea that, if I continue computer science after obtaining the Bachelor's degree (and the Medical Doctor degree), I might choose a specialization that focuses on mathematics, theoretical informatics and artificial intelligence; it is called "Computational Intelligence".

Probably I will not ever need to worry in my life about anything that requires intelligence, but it's obvious that having a high IQ isn't enough to be successful in professional and private life and there are many more valuable skills such as patience, friendliness, diligence, persistence, lawfulness, compassion,...

Sonntag, 10. Oktober 2004

I've changed (and, in my opinion, improved) "Konzeption der für mich idealen Schule - Variante 2" ("Conception of My Ideal School - Variant 2"). I think that if this draft got implemented, grammar school would be far better than it is today. My draft is now available in the "Ideas" section.

Samstag, 9. Oktober 2004

Yesterday e-fellows.net featured me as "Birthday Boy of the Day". Here's a rough translation of the interview they did with me:

"Today e-fellow Claus-Dieter will become 21 years old. He is studying human medicine at the University of Vienna. We have congratulated our fellow on his birthday and asked him a couple of questions.
How are you going to spend your birthday? First I'll visit a couple of lectures and the doctorate exam of a friend of mine who has finished his dissertation in veterinary medicine. In the afternoon there will be a triple celebration as two acquaintances of mine also have their birthdays today. All of us together will be 101 years old.
What do you prefer to do when you're not studying? I most prefer visiting the events of the Austrian high intelligence society in Vienna. That is a worldwide club for intelligent people. Moreover, I participate in students' organizations and have been publishing my own magazine, Hugi Magazine, for more than eight years. In addition, I enjoy reading, playing the piano and updating my personal homepage.
What may completely ruin the day for you? This hardly ever happens as I'm very stable emotionally.
What dish at the university restaurants is featured in your nightmares? Also in this respect, I'm lucky: All in all, our university restaurants in Vienna are okay.
What are you going to study after having retired? I don't know yet. Since I have a lot of interests, I've started a second study this semester. In addition to medicine, I'm now studying medical computer science in parallel.
What would you spend 10,000 EUR for? At the moment I have no wishes which would require such a huge amount of money. So I'd put the money to my bank account.
Who was your childhood hero? There were several of them: Huey, Dewey and Louie, He-Man, Optimus Prime, Sonic the Hedgehog - and, last but not least, Albert Einstein.
What object would you never throw away? I'm very reluctant when it comes to throwing things away. I'd certainly not throw away anything that is unique or reminds me of some special event. An example is the comic books which I drew when I was a child.
What was the best thing you experienced in the past year? That I managed to complete the first part of my medical studies."

Freitag, 8. Oktober 2004

It's my 21st birthday today. I've already got mail from Bacter of Quasars from Israel and Gargaj of Conspiracy from Hungary who were born on exactly the same day as I was. Gargaj has even found a fourth of us, a Russian demoscener. Moreover, I will be at a party today at which we will celebrate the 50th birthday of a member of the Austrian high intelligence society. There is a third of us in this community as well: it's his 30th birthday today.

I'm happy to see that after 30 years, an Austrian has been awarded a Nobel Prize again, even if it's just the Nobel Prize for Literature. It shows in some way that Austria isn't just a country of amateurs. I'm curious whether Anton Zeilinger will be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics one day, and if so, how many years it will take; he made his pioneering experiments in quantum teleportation and quantum computing in the late 1990s.

Mittwoch, 6. Oktober 2004

I came a bit later than usual to the maths lecture, but I still found a free seat in the first row, of which I profited much because today one student from a higher semester announced that he was selling text-books for maths for a reduced price on the blackboard; students interested should contact him via email. When he turned to us after finishing writing, my rosen hand was the first he saw, and so I got the two books I did not have yet. (Unfortunately, I now have almost no pocket money left, but it will suffice until I return home. Well, it's a good reason not to spend so much money on food today. ;)) The lecture was easy once again. Prof. Baron assigned us the (voluntary) task to find another representation for max(a, b). I found a solution in about five seconds: max(a, b) = min(a, b) + |a - b|. (If a and b are elements of {0, 1}, then one can even write max(a, b) = a*b + |a - b|.) Now I'm in the PC room of the Department of Anatomy (from where I can update my homepage) in order to sign up for some courses.

I've taken a quiz similar to "What famous leader are you?" - this time it was about forgotten cartoon characters of the 1980s. My result: "You are He-Man from Masters of the Universe! You take life very seriously, and you should, considering you are the keeper of all that is good and right in the universe! However, your nonstop suspicion of Skeletor and his henchman can start your friends wondering why you don't loosen up once in awhile." Masters of the Universe actually was one of my fave cartoon series!

I've checked out the page about ESTJ at personalitypage.com and come to the conclusion that, except the part about ESTJs being "boisterous", this exactly describes my mother. In the list of "Possible Career Paths for the ESTJ", they mention teachers - my mother is one. In the list of "ESTJ Weaknesses", the first thing they mention is: "tendency to believe that they are always right." Wow, this is exactly what we keep criticising her for most of the time. But I must say that my mother has always been very caring (maybe even a bit too overprotective) and a good manager; she has always seen to it that I did all my homeworks and would be well-prepared for tests. As a young child, you're very lucky if you have an ESTJ mother. I'm very happy that I've had one.

I've also taken the personality test for children, answered it to describe what I was like when I was a child, and scored ETJ indeed.

Dienstag, 5. Oktober 2004

I've mentioned in "About Me" that I'm currently reading the book "Psycho-Irrtümer" by Rolf Degen. Now I've got a mail from the author himself in which he stated (rough and abbreviated translation): "You have already read my earlier work about 'Psycho-Irrtümer'. Now I'd like to tell you that a new book by me has recently been released, which contains a lot of new, exciting and partially provocative facts about the sexual climax." Some excerpts from reviews of the book followed. This is not fake - Amazon.de finds a book called "Vom Höchsten der Gefühle" by Rolf Degen indeed. It's cool to get informed in such a way. In this context, maybe I should mention that yesterday I also had the opportunity to talk to the author of another book I'm currently reading, Viktor Farkas. But that's actually nothing special as he's also a member of the Austrian high intelligence society in Vienna and I often see him at events organized by this society.

Today's study-day started yet again with Mathematics at 9:00 am. This time we were introduced to the basics of set theory. It was really a piece of cake, but I'm sure it will become more challenging soon. Next came the lecture "Basics of Computer Science" by Prof. Gerhard-Helge Schildt. Like the years before (I know because I had already talked about that with students from higher semesters a long time ago), he started out by telling us his professional biography, which was very impressive (from a simple electrician he worked his way up to the leader of the software engineering department of Siemens, and finally he became a full professor). He said it's not necessary to visit the lecture because everything relevant for the exams is covered by the textbooks. On the other hand, those of us who don't visit the lectures will miss the stories from his professional experiences. He thinks that it's really bad that at many universities your professors won't tell you anything about what may await you in your future professional life; that's why he does it. I've not decided whether I'll continue attending the lecture or rather invest the time saved for my medical studies and preparing for exams; let's see. At 1:00 pm, there was an information event about the practical course on programming for beginners (it will be in Java), followed by the presentation of the topics for the proseminar on basics of scientific research. As it won't be possible to sign up before tomorrow 10:00 am, I still have some time to make up my mind what topic to choose; however, my choice will, unfortunately, not only depend on my interests but also on the matter when I'll have time as the seminars for some of the topics will take place just when I'll have my maths exercises (if you read yesterday's blog, you might remember that I chose the day and time myself; of course I didn't know about the proseminar schedule yet). This ended at about 3:00 pm.

At 5:00 pm, there was the first special lecture by Prof. Wolfgang Graninger, one of the professors at the University Department of Internal Medicine where I did my internship last month, about antibiotics. I stayed there for a short while, but then left as I was tired. I'm considering to take antibiotics as the topic of one of the three minor exams on pharmacology so this lecture might be quite interesting for me. Like always, Prof. Graninger is going to present live patients; only this time, there were none, as it was the introductionary lecture.

The website personalitypage.com contains very in-depth texts about the characteristics of various MBTI types. They are so long that I won't copy and paste them in here. There is also stuff about careers, relationships and family life. Thus I got to read about the style how ENTJs would usually raise their children. As it's still going to be a far way until I might get in a situation when I could realistically take the founding of a family into consideration, I haven't made up my mind at all about how I would raise my children. Hopefully these lines have not influenced me too much; it would be more interesting to see how I would do it in the end and then compare it with the predictions from that website, whether it applies to me to the same extent as many of the things they write about my personality type do. Anyway, what they write about how an ENTJ raises a child reminds me very much of the way my father treated me as a child, and so I started to wonder whether my father might be an ENTJ, too. After pondering over this enough, I've come to the conclusion that he is definitely an ENTJ. My mother is certainly SJ, and probably she is ESTJ, so only this single parameter differs between the two of them. As a matter of fact we hardly have any quarrels in our family, but when there are some opinion-differences, it's almost always my father and me vs. my mother.

I've read a book called "The Mystery of the Deadly Double". It's a criminal story and belongs to the series "Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators" (German: "Die drei Fragezeichen"). When I was a child, I was very fond of such books, and it seems I still am; it's just that I haven't read such books for a long time! I remember that when I was a child, I was of the opinion that the adults' literature had nothing appealing to me. They seemed to be mostly about sex and melancholy - nothing thrilling, nothing exciting, nothing intellectually stimulating. I was puzzled why adults kept saying that certain books were for children only while they were far better than that, actually they were the only type of fiction I considered worth reading, apart from some kinds of fantasy and sci-fi. Well, I still cannot understand why books like this one are considered children's literature. Perhaps it just means that they can also be read by children and that children are encouraged to read them, for which reason the main characters are young boys themselves so that they can identify with them more easily; while, on the other hand, adults' literature is for adults only, of course. - What seems to be only of interest for adults seems to be not appealing to me in any way at all.

Montag, 4. Oktober 2004

The Vienna University of Technology has some very enjoyable computer rooms; the systems are based on RedHat Linux with KDE and Mozilla. Its handling is more comfortable than MSIE under Windows XP.

Today I had my first lecture from 9:00 to 10:00, Mathematics for Computer Scientists. I was already there an hour before that, which was good because this way I could reserve a seat for me. It was just an introductionary lesson, Prof. Gerd Baron explained what he would be going to lecture about and how the system of the practical course and exams would be organized. I consider Prof. Baron a likeable person (although I'm aware that he has the image of being very severe and strict) and am curiously awaiting his real lectures.

Then there was some time for me to drive to Währinger Street in order to buy some new books for Medicine at the Facultas store: very thin books on pathology and pharmacology, each just a little more than 300 pages. They're compressed, yet well layouted and cover all the subjects; I wonder whether it will be enough to learn them in order to pass the exams - it would speed things up quite much. Another student to whom I showed that new patho book said it lacked Latin expressions, which the professor he chose for his exam (who is currently also the professor of my preference) demands. Well, I can learn the missing things from the big book I'm using now, "Bankl"; and the good thing about the "Bankl" is that it contains questions relevant for our exam in Vienna - its author is a former professor of the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna - so I can check if I lack some knowledge myself.

I was also in the Institute of Anatomy, where a political students' organization I belong to had a stand in front of their new pre-clinical headquarters, the former secretariate of Prof. Firbas', and answered freshmen's questions.

On 12:30 pm, the next lecture would be starting. From 12:00 on, it would be possible to sign up for the practical mathematics course (also called "exercises", "Übungen", at the University of Technology). As I managed to get to a free PC in the computer room near the "auditorium maximum" lecture hall, I was one of the first to sign up, but it wouldn't have been necessary to hurry up so much because the group I chose (Thursday 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm) was one of the least popular ones anyway. It was good for me because I would have a course on Technical English, an elective subject, in the same building where the maths exercises would be right after 3:00 pm.

The lecture that was supposed to begin at 12:30 was called "Computer Science and Society". Some rather young men appeared on stage and gave the introduction. They said that this lecture was hosted by some institutes of bidirectional programming and neural programming for redundant systems. This puzzled me as I remembered the list of institutes of the Department of Computer Science, and they hadn't been among them; moreover, these things sounded very strange and so I had doubts that this was real. I was right; suddenly some weird messages began to appear on the projection, and a man dressed like a white rabbit entered the stage. Then people dressed like the "Men in Black" (tm) appeared and dragged the speaker off. The solution: It was a joke by the computer science students' organization. The real lecture was going to start in a week, but this hadn't been announced anywhere. So they used this opportunity to speak in front of a lecture room full of freshmen in order to present them their "tutorial" programmes for first-year students. These programmes seem pretty cool, it's not only about university but also about sci-fi, fantasy, other literature, movies, cyberculture, games etc., so maybe I'll join one of them.

I went to the curriculum director's place in order to get my credits from my medical studies and met one of my fellow medical students who had also been studying medical informatics in parallel for two years; he was on the same way as I. However, the curriculum director was ill, and his secretary rejected processing anybody's credits application forms unless it was for five courses or less. So I had no chance and went away.

From 4:00 pm to about 5:45 pm, I listened to a lecture about Project Management. This was regularly for the second semester, but I had decided I would already take it in the first semester. This lecture will also involve a practical course in which we have to form groups and plan projects of our own. The lecture was well organized, interesting, and it was easy to write everything down that was projected by the wall. The teacher was a female computer scientist who had also some experience running at running her own IT company.

So I am satisfied by the day. Now I'll go to a discussion round about capital punishment organized by the Austrian high intelligence society; let's hope I won't be too late. (This is asynchronous: I'm writing this in the university's PC room, but I'm unable to upload this to the page, so when you're reading this, the discussion will already be over.)

I've been an "amateur" computer scientist for years and it would have only been logical to start studying computer science right after completing high school. But some events made me change my plans and start Medicine instead. In the three years since that day, I haven't fully adapted to Medicine. It seems that my personality structure has been too much like the one of a computer scientist for too long a time already. I'm happy to be able to study both subjects in parallel because I've wide interests and am for this reason also keen about what you may call interdisciplinary stuff. Computer science is a very practical science, and it's hardly ever an end to itself. Usually Computer Science knowledge is applied in order to solve problems of other branches. Therefore it's not good to be just good at Computer Science, but it's great to be good at something important and big such as Medicine and have excellent knowledge of Computer Science at the same time. Let's see what I'll be able to do with this combination.

It's probably better that I have started studying Computer Science now than if I had done it three years ago because I've matured, which is important. My attitude is different, I'm calmer and more relaxed.

The other thing I'd like to post is something posting which will break yesterday's announcement: It's an explanation from Wikipedia about the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. (Click this link for the original document.)

"Temperament
David Keirsey proposed a system of sorting the 16 Myers-Briggs types into four more general categories, or temperaments. This is based on the common pattern across cultures and through the ages of sorting people into four different categories.
Keirsey names the four temperaments Guardian, Artisan, Rational, and Idealist. Guardians prefer Sensing and Judging, Artisans prefer Sensing and Perceiving, Rationals prefer Intuition and Thinking, and Idealists prefer Intuition and Feeling.
Guardians (SJs) seek membership or belonging and are concerned with responsibility and duty. Their greatest strength is logistical intelligence, which means that they excel at organizing, facilitating, checking, and supporting.
Artisans (SPs) seek freedom to act and are concerned with their ability to make an impact on people or situations. Their greatest strength is tactical intelligence, which means that they excel at acting, composing, producing, and motivating.
Rationals (NTs) seek mastery and self-control and are concerned with their own knowledge and competence. Their greatest strength is strategic intelligence, which means that they excel at engineering, conceptualizing, theorizing, and coordinating.
Idealists (NFs) seek meaning and significance and are concerned with finding their own unique identity. Their greatest strength is diplomatic intelligence, which means that they excel at clarifying, unifying, individualizing, and inspiring."

Sonntag, 3. Oktober 2004

I've noticed that some time ago (in the end of August), I also took a personality test at SimilarMinds.com. These are the test results:

Big Five Test Results

Extroverted   ||||||||||||||||       62%
Introverted   ||||||||||             38%
Friendly      ||||||||||             38%
Aggressive    ||||||||||||||||       62%
Orderly       ||||||||||||||||||     74%
Disorderly    ||||||                 26%
Relaxed       ||||||||||||||||||||   86%
Emotional     ||||                   14%
Openminded    ||||||||||||||||||     72%
Closeminded   ||||||                 28%

The automatically generated explanation and analysis provided by that site is the following:

"The Big Five is currently the most accepted personality model in the scientific community. The Big Five emerged from the work of multiple independent scientists/researchers starting in the 1950s who using different techniques obtained similar results. Those results were that there are five distinct personality traits/dimensions. Here are your results on each dimension:
Extroversion results were moderately high which suggests you are talkative, optimistic, sociable and affectionate but possibly not very internally grounded.
Friendliness results were moderately low which suggests you tend to be rude, uncooperative, and irritable. (Note: Sometimes I am, to my family members; I try to be polite to strangers.)
Orderliness results were high which suggests you are very organized, reliable, neat, and ambitious but possibly not very spontaneous and fun. (Note: Though I do make jokes and funny remarks when other people are around.)
Emotional Stability results were very high which suggests you are extremely relaxed, calm, secure, unemotional but probably too unobservant of your feelings.
Openmindedness results were high which suggests you are very intellectual, curious, imaginative but possibly not very practical.
Overall (of the Big 5 factors), you scored highest on Emotional Stability and lowest on Friendliness."

I've learned that one of the things I could improve about myself is how to treat people while working, i.e. to be nicer, more patient, answer questions about what I'm doing in a polite manner, and perhaps be a little more tolerant to others' mistakes (unless they repeat the same mistake).

Samstag, 2. Oktober 2004

I've added three new maps of fictional countries called "This Is Not Europe" (it just looks a bit similar, but there are great differences). All of this is purely fictional and not in any way related to reality.

In another blog, I've found a link to a stunning video showing how a Japanese managed to play Super Mario Bros. 3 on NES from beginning to end in just 11 minutes - without getting hit by a single enemy or falling to the void a single time! On the contrary, he collects more than 99 extra lives by impressive jump combo stunts. Here's the link. (Warning: It will be a download of 18 MBytes, but it's worth it.)

Now I've also found one of the weirdest and best maps I've ever drawn. I've named it "Weird World" and added it to this page. As there are so many maps, I've created a separate section for Micronations; previously it belonged to the Miscellaneous section.

Freitag, 1. Oktober 2004

I've found another page about the MBTI, socionics.com. Here's what they write about the ENTJ type (Logical-Intuitive Extratim) I seem to be belonging to.

"ENTJs often have full lips and a characteristic salesman like smile. Their bone structures normally give them their square shape figures. Their faces too are often square in shape and the facial structure itself often has many small details. Their eyes are constantly darting about rarely remaining on one object for any period of time. ENTJs typically tend to have a bouncing gait. The more hyperactive they are the more noticeable this becomes.

ENTJs like expensive, good quality clothes, however they can find it difficult to effectively combine their wardrobe. This is especially noticeable in ENTJ males. They are very attracted to bright colour combinations and may combine two or three styles together. However, their aesthetic understanding is not usually very well developed and therefore they may find difficult to work where aesthetics play an important role. ENTJs often wear the same clothes for long periods giving the impression that they have just come back from a long trip and haven't had time to change.

ENTJs like to joke and play tricks on others. When talking about matters of a sexual nature, they often employ double entendres in a humorous manner. ENTJs have tendency to lace their jokes with sarcasm and irony. During conversation they may suddenly interrupt the speaker with comments that others find very funny, whereas the speaker can feel embarrassed. ENTJs talk a lot, and with their ability to create double meaning humour, they are not rare among comedians.

ENTJs find it very easy to start conversations with anybody, anywhere. They are very open to new proposals, however they always investigate the practicality of any theory. They quickly realise the potential of new ideas, and are often the first people to apply them practically. They are open to all novelties and always try to use them in their own activities. ENTJs are quite responsible people and like to be in command. They have no trouble giving orders and like to give plenty of advice.

ENTJs are very enthusiastic when starting new projects sometimes becoming so passionate that they can forget about everything else. They normally start small, gradually working their way up to bigger things. They can work very hard and extremely quickly, often working on many tasks simultaneously. ENTJs like to figure out and try many things. They are not the sort of people who blindly believe in phenomena that cannot be proved, for example UFOs, telekinesis and ESP. They are often very curious and dynamic people often experiencing a great variety of occupations during their lifetimes. They are always experimenting and sometimes get involved in projects that others started but couldn't finish.

In everyday life ENTJs can be careless making it very easy for them to get into hot water. Sometimes they can even show delinquency, bullying and aggressive behaviour. They are very quick tempered often trying to solve their problem with their fists first. ENTJs are very optimistic and they love life. When they are in dangerous situations, they mobilise all their recourses very quickly and effectively. ENTJs like travel and adventure, especially where love is concerned. They also pay great attention to their physiques."

By contrast, little of the description of an INTJ applies to me. Actually I don't consider the INTJ personality described at that page as likeable or attractive. So it seems that I'm an ENTJ.

INTP doesn't suit me either. However, some of the description of ENTP resembles me; it seems that this is the second closest type to my personality. But there are also some things about ENTP which clearly don't apply to me, such as fascination for UFO's and the like. ESTJ doesn't match me either. Neither does ENFJ. (Of course they don't, because I'm clearly NT.)

So, like I've already said: I'm most likely an ENTJ. That's what Keirsey.com calls a Fieldmarshal. I'm supposed to have a similar personality as Bill Gates, Margaret Thatcher, George Bernard Shaw, Napoleon Bonaparte, Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall, William Tecumsah Sherman (the last three are all American Generals), Carl Sagan, Alan Greenspan, Edward Teller or Golda Meir. Cool!