The Universe and Me

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

You've Got Personality

My personality test results from Sixteen Personalities:

Advocate Personality (INFJ, -A/-T)

The Advocate personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As members of the Diplomat Role group, Advocates have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is that they are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.
Advocates tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.

Help Me Help You

Advocates indeed share a unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – Advocates will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to Advocates, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants.
Advocates find it easy to make connections with others, and have a talent for warm, sensitive language, speaking in human terms, rather than with pure logic and fact. It makes sense that their friends and colleagues will come to think of them as quiet Extroverted types, but they would all do well to remember that Advocates need time alone to decompress and recharge, and to not become too alarmed when they suddenly withdraw. Advocates take great care of other’s feelings, and they expect the favor to be returned – sometimes that means giving them the space they need for a few days.

Live to Fight Another Day

Really though, it is most important for Advocates to remember to take care of themselves. The passion of their convictions is perfectly capable of carrying them past their breaking point and if their zeal gets out of hand, they can find themselves exhausted, unhealthy and stressed. This becomes especially apparent when Advocates find themselves up against conflict and criticism – their sensitivity forces them to do everything they can to evade these seemingly personal attacks, but when the circumstances are unavoidable, they can fight back in highly irrational, unhelpful ways.
To Advocates, the world is a place full of inequity – but it doesn’t have to be. No other personality type is better suited to create a movement to right a wrong, no matter how big or small. Advocates just need to remember that while they’re busy taking care of the world, they need to take care of themselves, too.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

I love the java jive and it loves me

Here's another gem of an idea that makes me wonder, "Why aren't we doing this in America?" The UK company bio-bean® takes waste coffee grounds and recycles them into bio-fuels and biochemicals. Rather than disposing used coffee grounds in landfills where they emit methane gas which harms the environment, bio-bean® collects them from coffee shops, restaurants, offices, factories, etc... Then they recycle them into bio-fuels like biomass pellets. Biomass pellets make excellent fuel for heating buildings. Ten million kilograms of pellets can power up to fifteen thousand homes. In the future, bio-bean® plans to expand into biodiesel production for transportation use. One ton of pellets could run a London bus for an entire day. The Cambridge bio-bean® factory can produce fifty thousand tons of biomass each year and is looking to expand their business to other European countries.

Sweet dreams are made of these

Places in Asia have sleep capsules for cheap overnight stays but China has tried capsule hotels so workers looking for a little snooze to revitalize themselves can use their phones to book time for an afternoon nap. Half an hour costs around $1 or $1.50. Each capsule, designed to resemble a space pod, has air conditioning/an electric fan, a reading light and disposable sheets and blankets. The pods are disinfected by ultraviolet light in between uses.

Lately they have shut down the capsule nap hotels due to concerns about them becoming shelters for criminals and the possibility of such confined spaces being a fire hazard. Adjustments, such as a smoke detector, are in the making so they can reopen before too long. It would sure be nice to have such a space where I work so I wasn't tempted to fall asleep on the couch in the break room after lunch!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Separated at birth GBBO 2

Jane from The Great British Bake Off and singer Dusty Springfield.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Separated at Birth?

Candice from The Great British Baking Show and Natalie Dormer, Anne Boleyn from The Tudors.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Look me in the eye and say goodbye

For the past few years I've noticed more often that people I've known, some for decades, do not look me in the eye. I can ask them a question and they can answer, but there will be zero eye contact. Zipping around the internet gives these possible explanations:

  • Social Anxiety
  • They Like You
  • They Aren’t Interested in What You are Saying
  • You Aren’t Visually Appealing
  • Low Self Esteem
  • They Are Hiding Something
  • They Are Having a Bad Day
  • They Don’t Want You to Think They Like You or Come Across as Flirty
  •  They feel that you know a part of him that them they are ashamed of.
  • They feel guilty of something
  • You did something that they don't approve of and are trying to avoid you and the no eye contact is a hint for you to stay away.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

You're a shining star no matter who you are

The Galaxy Name Generator will, at the press of a button, give you a list of ten random galaxy names. Very cool. And if that wasn't fun enough, there's the Song Title Generator. The same Fantasy Name Generator site offers vampire names, elf names, library names, and hundreds of others in every imaginable category. I could spend a very long time at this site and I think I will!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Nothing can stop them

In the  Genesis song "Return of the Giant Hogweed," they mention the plant's name as Heracleum mantegazzianum, a name I thought they made up as something that sounded botanical and similar to regular hogweed's real name. Being far more into music than vegetation, I honestly didn't know giant hogweed was real. Come to find out, giant hogweed is native to the Caucasus ("The Russian Hills") and central Asia. It may or may not have been a "Victorian explorer" but someone brought it "long ago" in the 19th century to Britain as an ornamental plant. It has also spread to the northeast and northwest US, southern Canada and parts of Europe. It's considered a noxious weed that displaces native plants. Described as "Queen Anne's lace on steroids," a phrase Genesis may wish they thought up, umbrella shaped white flowers might be attractive but the plant's sap is phototoxic and can cause blisters and black or purple scars on human skin. Maybe next I'll find out Triffids are real.