Saturday Six on Sunday

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 4:58 AM

From Patrick's Weekender.

1. Are you hoping to lose weight, gain weight or stay the same weight by the end of 2007?
I wouldn't mind losing, say, five pounds. Just a little. Primarily, though, I think I'd like to trade some fat for muscle, but I'm not much for exercise, so… But, my arms look too thin, and remind me of “J. Alfred Prufrock:”

My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,
My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin—
[They will say: “But how his arms and legs are thin!”]

2. Now that Saddam Hussein has been executed, are you more worried or less worried about possible terror attacks?
More worried. I think it was a very bad decision performed very badly. They should have drawn out the process so that it didn't look like they were rushing to execute him before somebody stopped them. Once they finally took him to an execution chamber, the procedure should have been a modern, humane one; moreover, it should have been conducted in an orderly fashion without chants, cell phones recording video or any other nonsense. If they wanted a record of the event, there should have been one official camera that would have recorded footage that was classified and not made available publicly.

Had they done all thing, would I be less worried about terrorism? Maybe not a lot, but I think it would have done some to persuade those on the edge that we are the bad guys.

3. Who was the last performer you heard sing on television? Did you sing along?
Harry Connick Jr. and no I did not sing along.

4. Take the quiz: What is your career personality?

Your Career Personality: Brainy, Logical, and Efficient

Your Ideal Careers:
Book editor
Business manager
Civil engineer
The Quick and Dirty Career Test

5. Of the listed careers, which is the most appealing?
(1) Economist, (2) Inventor.

I love economics, as any long time asisaid reader would know.

6. Of the listed careers, which is the least appealing?
Civil engineer. I'm not much of an engineering type (I'd rather spend my time lingering with language than calculating figures), and I don't like bureaucracy. I think I'm perhaps a tad odd in that I can do science/math-related things pretty well, but I'm not happy doing them — I'd much rather stick to creativity (and humanities in general). I can relate to those who are engineers and think like engineers — indeed, I can get my mind to shift into an engineering “mode” that will drive some of my creative minded friends crazy — I just know I wouldn't want to be an engineer… I'd probably end up even more crazy than I already am.

(If I fit into the sciences at all, it would be in social sciences, not the hard sciences.)

Re: Saturday Six on Sunday
Stupid test. I don't argue with the results (something about original, devoted, etc.; included writer in the careers), but with the shallow method. It so happens my type is trail-blazer, as discovered through a long and detailed analysis, paired with a reasonably complete history. Worst of all, I know for a fact people take these little tests seriously. Hmmm, maybe I can take over the world using bogus little tests.... :twisted:
Posted by Ed Hurst - Jan 08, 2007 | 2:16 PM

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1. See my blog entry for full details. 2. Doesn't matter one way or another. The threat of terrorism is already up according to the National Intelligence Estimate, Trends in Global Terrorism: "Implications for the United States," reported that the US invasion has helped to create a new generation of Islamic radicalism without any direct connection to al-Qaeda. This in turn has increased overall terrorism since the 9/11 attacks which has helped to spread Muslim terrorism across the world. Source The New York Times, Sept 24. 3. On TV??? don't remember since I hardly watch any regular tv. 4. Your Ideal Careers: Bar owner Bartender Cheerleader Event promoter Flight attendant Marketing consultant Motivational speaker Personal trainer Real estate agent Talk show host 5. Personal Trainer would work and I guess since I do a podcast Talk show host but not really. 6.Real Estate agent. One small step above lawyers. Tim: Find it interesting that you consider Engineering types none-creative. Apple is an Engineering firm. Most inventor are engineers of some sort. It sounds like you need to spend some quality time with some engineering types and learn what real creativity is. :lol:
Posted by Mark - Jan 08, 2007 | 10:11 PM

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Ed: let me know about your evil plans so I don't end up feeling quizzical. Mark: Perhaps that was more of a stereotype. But, it seems to me the average engineer (particularly Computer Science type engineer) isn't a creative type. Obviously, the really good ones are, though. No insult intended toward engineers!
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jan 11, 2007 | 6:17 AM

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Tim: You are correct it is a stereotype, and a bad one that continues to propagate with help from all the wrong places. My wife has a Masters in CS and in the strict sense of the title is not an engineer because her degree is not one of science and covered by the IEEE. (I do consider her one btw) Nor is it standardized but that seems to be a problem with CS in general. With EE or CE or Civ, etc etc no matter where you go to school you will end up taking the same core classes while CS seems to be determined by each school. On the positive side, I think us engineers sometimes like the logical only thinkers title we are given. Sorta like calling us Geeks, it sorta solidifies our place in society where few want to visit. To end and for some worthless stats, I read someplace that lefthanders tend to be some of the most creative people, yet Engeering has one of the highest pct of lefties. Like I said take it for what it is worth. ;-)
Posted by Mark - Jan 11, 2007 | 11:59 AM

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Interesting. I never heard about the leftie statistic!
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jan 13, 2007 | 6:02 AM

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