March 2013


As of today.

I was going to say that’s the first time a blogger I read a significant amount from has died, but then I remembered Lee Sigelman of the Monkey Cage. I don’t expect many fans of Auster are also fans of Sigelman, but those who haven’t heard of Lee may enjoy The Hobbesian World of Democrats.

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I was surprised to read that from Helen Lee via Megan McArdle.
UPDATE: See n/a’s comment below, Helen Lee appears to have misrepresented her source.

Lot’s of people have heard of that study predicting traits by Facebook “likes”. I saw a reference to the mypersonality.org url, which then directed me to where you can be analyzed at youarewhatyoulike.com. It says I am:

OPENNESS
Liberal and artistic rather than conservative and traditional

CONSCIENTIOUSNESS
Spontaneous and flexible versus well-organized

EXTRAVERSION
Shy and reserved rather than outgoing and active

AGREEABLENESS
Assertive and competitive rather than warm, trusting and cooperative

STABILITY
Calm and relaxed as opposed to stressed

The “likes” they considered most indicative were Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, Electric Wizard, Pelican and Motörhead (all of them bands). They don’t mention it, but the second probably makes them think I use drugs. The only descriptors I’d definitely agree with are “calm and relaxed” and I suppose “shy and reserved” at times. “Liberal and artistic” is probably the wrongest, but it’s true that I’m not well organized either (I don’t think there’s a way to get the descriptor “dislikes any change to their familiar disorganization”). Of course, I can’t even remember when I last “liked” anything on Facebook. About a month or so I saw one of them that I didn’t even recognize and had to wikipedia it, only to find it was a jazz fusion drummer.

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