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4-Variable IQ Test

Another one of these meaningless web quizzes, I like the 400% smart bit. I’d definitely say I was more a visual thinker than a “mathematical” thinker, which I take to mean symbolic.

Your brain: 120% interpersonal, 80% visual, 60% verbal, and 140% mathematical!
Congratulations on being 400% smart! Actually, on my test, everyone is. The above score breaks down what kind of thinking you most enjoy doing. A score above 100% means you use that kind of thinking more than average, and a score below 100% means you use it less. It says nothing about how good you are at any one, just how interested you are in each, relatively. A substantial difference in scores between two people means, conclusively, that they are different kinds of thinkers.

Matching Summary: Each of us has different tastes. Still, I offer the following advice, which I think is obvious:

  1. Don't date someone if your interpersonal percentages differ by more than 80%.
  2. Don't be friends with someone if your verbal percentages differ by more than 100%.
  3. Don't have sex with someone if their math percentage is over 200%.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 85% on interpersonal
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You scored higher than 45% on visual
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You scored higher than 51% on verbal
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You scored higher than 64% on mathematical
Link: The 4-Variable IQ Test written by chriscoyne on OK Cupid

Creative Commons colophon

I made up the Creative Commons double-c colophon in EPS and PDF formats. I spent ages trying to figure out the font: it’s Berthold Akzidenz-Grotesk (Bold), a precursor to Helvetica and other modern sans fonts. The crucial detail was how the ends of the “c” terminated. In Akzidenz-Grotesk, they are sliced off on a diagonal. Other, more common, sans serif fonts slice them off either vertically or horizontally.

cc colophon (EPS)

cc colophon (PDF)

UPDATE: Well, CC does not license the use of the Circle-CC symbol for any use other than to point back to their web page. I got a nice email from their general counsel pointing me to their presskit, which includes EPS and other vector-format logos. Oh, and if you are able to open any of the files on their press kit page, do drop me a line: I am unable to display any of the EPS files, and I cannot open their font suitcase. Bah.

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Creative Commons-Licensed Physics Textbooks

An instructor in physics at Fullerton College has written three sets of introductory physics textbooks, which have been adopted by a few schools, and seem pretty well-received. I haven’t gone through them, so I can’t say how I like them.

On the topic of books, I’m extremely happy that my university library card still works. I’ve been reading a bunch of fun novels they have (see my reading list at right). I also picked up a bunch of free books from a bin outside the Dawn Treader used bookstore.

Listening to The Hand That Feeds from the album “With Teeth” by Nine Inch Nails

Hang on to your credit rating

I hope you didn’t bank with Bank of America or Wachovia: there may be up to 1 million accounts which have had their data compromised. It seems to have been partly an inside job. Oh, and something to bear in mind: the US Government is now pushing for centralized driver’s license data. Don’t you love how there a bunch of bloody fools running the world?

The article also says that the data was sold to a bunch of clients of the fake debt collection agency. Clients included other collection agencies and law firms. I wonder if the clients knew where the data came from, and if so, are there provisions in the law for penalizing them.

Another lazy post

Your Dominant Thinking Style:


You're all about looking at the facts, and you could always use more of them.
You see life as your lab - and you're always trying out new things, people, and ideas.

The master of mix and match, you're always coming up with unique combinations.
You are good at getting a group to reach consensus.

Your Secondary Thinking Style:


You thrive on the unknown and unpredictable. Novelty is your middle name.
You are a challenger. You tend to challenge common assumptions and beliefs.

An expert inventor and problem solver, you approach everything from new angles.
You show people how to question their models of the world.

Your Extroversion Profile:

Friendliness: Very High
Sociability: High
Assertiveness: Medium
Cheerfulness: Medium
Activity Level: Low
Excitement Seeking: Very Low