Saturday, May 27, 2006

Ruling a country, celebrity misbehavior, scatterbrained, homicidal maniacs, underwear personality

I was bored, so decided to do some OKCupid quizzes. :D

NY Times Democracy

Your nation's freedom (73% overall): 73% civil rights, 71% economy, and 75% political.

New York Times Democracy

Civil Rights: Average

Economy: Average

Political Freedoms: Above average

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 42% on civil_rights
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You scored higher than 90% on economy
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You scored higher than 85% on politic_freedom
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You scored higher than 92% on overall_freedom

Link: The Rule a Country Test written by Renegade_Master on OkCupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

The Extra

Your career looks to have a 2% emphasis on sex and a 3% focus on drug consumption. In addition, you're looking at a 42% level of publicity, and a 47% degree of career credibility!

We've run you past our talent scouts and casting agents. Looks like you're getting a part as THE EXTRA.

Looking at your results, we see a few things. On the upside, your behaviour in terms of all the sex, drugs, and such is on the lower end of the spectrum. Okay, so you might have dabbled a bit, but not enough to get in too much serious trouble. On the downside, if you wound out amongst the glitterati, you really wouldn't want to delve into all of that stuff. Why? Well, chances are, if you ever got caught doing something semi-illegal, you wouldn't be able to offer an autograph to the cops or bribe your way out of it, since they'd have no idea who you were. Assuming you were trying your hand at acting, you'd not yet have built up enough credibility - or publicity - to get away with much, and your CV would mostly consist of a few bit parts in TV shows and films. On the upside, if you were to work outside the US, where the public spotlight doesn't matter quite as much, you'd fare better.

People in this category in real life are too numerous to name them all, and I won't bother, since you probably won't know who they are. Think of some pop singer or actor you briefly thought was cute but never took seriously, and never heard from again. That's where you'd be. If your score in career cred is closer to 50%, then you might be one of those actors that get a small role in a really good film on occasion, and you might therefore just be waiting to be discovered. After all, there's a lot of hidden talent out there.

To put it more simply, your work as a celebrity would have:

A low emphasis on sex

A low emphasis on drug consumption

A low level of publicity

A low degree of career credibility

Now go ahead and take my other tests. Go on, hot stuff. You know you want to.

The Homicidal Maniac Test - take it, just don't hurt me!

The Scatterbrain Test - find out if your head is in the clouds.

The Verbal Obscenity Test - would Liam Gallagher think you swear too much?

The Underwear Personality Test - take it and find out what underwear you SHOULD be wearing...

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 0% on sex
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You scored higher than 4% on drugs
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You scored higher than 63% on publicity
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You scored higher than 54% on career cred

Link: The Celebrity Misbehaviour Test written by seeyoshirun on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Mostly There

Your score? Apparently, you're 36% absent-minded, and your life is 45% stressful.

Are you there? Are you focused? You made it to the end of the test - and your category is that of the MOSTLY THERE. The short explanation is that you're both MODERATE in your absent-mindedness, and MODERATE in your overall levels of stress.

The long explanation is that this means while there may still be some potential causes of stress in your life, they aren't quite hitting the extreme level. Be it in the form of a fascist boss who picks his nose and wipes it under the seat, or a family that makes The Osbournes look like The Brady Bunch by comparison, you're dealing with some stress, but it's not a deadly level. You ARE capable of being a little absent-minded, but it's entirely possible that other aspects of your life are causing this, making it entirely reasonable that something might be distracting you a little. You might be a bit forgetful, or sometimes struggle to retain information. You might have simply been doing something else while you took the test and therefore not really given yourself much of a chance with the memory questions or the trick questions. Oh, and for the record, there was NO bag in the picture and there was one question that was repeated. Did you make sure to skip that one, as per the instructions?

Want more testy action? Try one of my others.

The Homicidal Maniac Test - own your anger.

The Celebrity Misbehaviour Test - this one's my favourite.

The Verbal Obscenity Test - bite your tongue!

The Underwear Personality Test - assuming you WEAR underwear.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 37% on scatterbrain
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You scored higher than 44% on stress

Link: The Scatterbrain Test written by seeyoshirun on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

The Taxi Driver

Your final result? A 48% capacity for violence, and a 11% history of it!

Cool on the outside, tense as Kylie Minogue's buttocks on the inside. You are THE TAXI DRIVER.

What does this mean? You've got a HIGH capacity for violence, as well as a LOW history of violence. You've never actually BEEN violent, but you're capable of it.

What could cause this? Do you experience a lot of stress at work, at home, or in your studies? Perhaps you have minor (or major) health issues. Either way, you're bottling something up (let's be honest, most of us are), and it's probably worth doing something about it. Take necessary steps to look after yourself a bit better. Look for ways to counter any stress you MAY be experiencing. This may be as simple as getting more sleep or seeing a massage therapist once a month.
Perhaps you even ARE a Taxi Driver (it's a very stressful job, after all), but at least you're not yet facing the fate of Robert De Niro's character (pictured below). Think about what happened to HIM.


Want to check out all of the possible results? Now you can - there are sixteen in total, including this one.

The Pacifist (LOW capability, LOW history)

The Angry Toddler (LOW capability, MODERATE history)

The Gentle Giant (LOW capability, HIGH history)

The Retired Assassin (LOW capability, VERY HIGH history)

The Bystander (MODERATE capability, LOW history)

The Schoolyard Bully (MODERATE capability, MODERATE history)

Muscle for Hire (MODERATE capability, HIGH history)

The Ex-Con (MODERATE capability, VERY HIGH history)

The Right Hook (HIGH capability, MODERATE history)

The Brawler (HIGH capability, HIGH history)

The Assassin (HIGH capability, VERY HIGH history)

The Ticking Bomb (VERY HIGH capability, LOW history)

The Postal Worker (VERY HIGH capability, MODERATE history)

The Warrior (VERY HIGH capability, HIGH history)

The Apocalypse (VERY HIGH capability, VERY HIGH history)

Want to try my other tests? Of course you do!

The Underwear Personality Test. - what sort of underwear SHOULD you be wearing?

The Scatterbrain Test - is it safe for you to do factory work?

The Verbal Obscenity Test - how much of a potty mouth do you have?

The Celebrity Misbehaviour Test - my best work. Just trust me and take it.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 65% on violent ability
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You scored higher than 30% on violent history

Link: The Homicidal Maniac Test written by seeyoshirun on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

The High Rise Brief

Your result? 60% practical. 26% sexy. 39% confident.

We've thrown you through the OkCupid washing machine and hung your results out to dry. What's your result?
Practical. Conservative. Shy. Your signature underwear is THE HIGH RISE BRIEF.Possibly the most joked-about underwear in the past three decades, these babies are also referred to as "nanna pants." Watch the film Bridget Jones's Diary for a perfect example of this stigma in action. However, keep in mind that these are also reportedly the most comfortable underwear women can find.
Putting everything in the context of the test: the high rise is extremely practical. Again, as Bridget showed, they're apt for those who are a little more shy as they do tend to cover a lot up. Last of all, sex doesn't really come into the picture with them (Hugh Grant's character in the aforementioned film was something of an exception). These briefs are all about feeling comfortable, and there's a lot to respect in that.

For the record, your male equivalent (also pictured below) is THE THERMALS.

Check out all of the possible results here, there are 12 for males and 12 for females in total, including your result...


The Flannel Pyjamas

The Satin Boxers

The Denim Cutoffs

The Speedo

The Modern Corset

The Leather Thong

The Thermals

The Sports Brief

The Classic Brief

The Boxer Brief


The Leopard Thong


The Flannel Pyjamas

The T-Shirt

The Vintage Nightie

The Bustier

The Vintage Corset

The Leather Thong

The High Rise Brief

The Sports Bra

The Classic Bra

The Boyleg Brief


The Classic Thong

Want to try my other tests? Here they are. Go on!

The Homicidal Maniac Test - should others be VERY afraid?

The Scatterbrain Test - would you forget your head if it wasn't screwed on?

The Verbal Obscenity Test - ouch, my poor virgin ears!

The Celebrity Misbehaviour Test - if YOU were a celebrity, what kind would you be?

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 69% on practicality
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You scored higher than 1% on sexiness
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You scored higher than 8% on confidence
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You scored higher than 0% on gender

Link: The Underwear Personality Test written by seeyoshirun on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

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Loitering around at minimum-charge places

Sam picked me up a little later than I expected since he'd just gotten the van from his dad... no worries, since I gave him his birthday card before I forgot! When I asked him what he did last night after working at Superstore, he said that he and his friends wanted to hang out / eat dinner (half thought they were hanging out and had eaten already, and half thought they were going to eat), but ended up going to five places before they found a Chinese place by Continental that didn't have a minimum charge per table. Then they wanted to do something else, and ended up at Silvercity where the lineup for X-Men 3: The Last Stand snaked out the door! They definitely didn't want to wait in line for that, so they decided to go bowling at the Zone instead, where one friend decided that she didn't want to bowl.

From there, it was off to Richmond Centre since a friend got off work at 10, then to a bubble tea place near Richmond Sushi which didn't have a minimum charge! Apparently, at least half their night was spent driving around / loitering / figuring out what to do... good times, except maybe not. Then I told him what I did last night, and we discussed the Take It To Heart campaign: this year's verses are SO LONG! Argh. o_O

At Awana, Julie S. noticed the rather bright and colorful birthday card I plan to give Cordia, and wanted to know where I got it from: the dollar store! Jason and Amos (brothers) were jealous of the stickers in the birthday cards (I was also using Awana Sparky / Veggie Tales stickers... Vivian and Karen would like the latter!), so I told them that they had to tell me their birthdays if they wanted cards with stickers in them! (I also jokingly told them that their friends sucked, but let's not go there!) They accordingly did: June 15 for Amos, and November 14 for Jason. Since I'm thinking of buying baby Joshua a card for his first birthday, I'll do that this week. (at least three birthday cards and some more stickers maybe!)

We recognized little Janis' last Awana day with us since she's moving to Hong Kong this upcoming week, and then had food in the form of apple pie / Chinese pastries / cantaloupe / grapes / crackers. Poor Danny had allergies, but managed to cope. (what else could he do?) Mike, Sam, Vanessa, Emily, and I talked about ninjas on Youtube (he showed us some funny stuff on his phone!) and about the field trip Mike's class had taken to see Munich since the teacher thinks they're all grown-ups. Not really, haha. (killing people, naked girls, and storing weapons in bicycle frames... oh my!) I also told Mike that I'd send him the hilarious owl montage... I have yet to send Jeremy those hilarious translations, and I also have to send Eric / Corey the owl montage. Maybe I'll get that done tonight...

Mike, Sam, and I left together at about 6:45 after I reminded Sam about his water bottle: "silly / stupid rabbit!" Then Mike tried to convince me that he'd be driving Sam's van: I don't know about THAT! However, we did wait for him to pull out of his parking spot first because it would be scary otherwise! It really wouldn't have been a good idea if my parents had picked me up from church to get me to try on outfits for that wedding next week, heh heh. I like it better this way: food, friends, and shared laughter is indeed a good thing. :D

The Everything Test

There are many different types of tests on the internet today. Personality tests, purity tests, stereotype tests, political tests. But now, there is one test to rule them all.

Traditionally, online tests would ask certain questions about your musical tastes or clothing for a stereotype, your experiences for a purity test, or deep questions for a personality test. We're turning that upside-down: all the questions affect all the results, and we've got some innovative results too! Enjoy. :-)

You are more logical than emotional, more concerned about others than concerned about self, more religious than atheist, more loner than dependent, more lazy than workaholic, more traditional than rebel, more artistic mind than engineering mind, more idealist than cynical, more follower than leader, and more introverted than extroverted.

As for specific personality traits, you are romantic (71%), religious (60%), greedy (55%).

Punk Rock93%
Emo Kid67%
Life Experience

Your political views would best be described as Conservative, whom you agree with around 57% of the time.
Your attitude toward life best associates you with Lower Middle Class. You make more than 0% of those who have taken this test, and 86% less than the U.S. average.

If your life was a movie, it would be rated PG.
By the way, your hottness rank is 50%, hotter than 72% of other test takers.

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Catching up on blogs / funny Fellowship emails

Caught up on Vivian, Spoz, Dave, Jon, Dawn, and Steph in blogland too: self-imposed eBay bans (I didn't know my sister was planning to go to Hawaii?!), Victoria Day long weekends, Pearls Before Swine comics, Ikea, dining alone and satisfying fried chicken / congee cravings without having to bow to the whim of others (I LOVE THAT!), Lucky Charms cereal and orange sorbet together (Dave's been learning from my brother Jon and HIS weird food combos, hehe), Mr. Rogers in front of a senate committee in 1969, CD #666, photos of weekend revelry, etc. Also caught up on 76 journal comments that had been languishing in my email folder for the past couple days. Yay for e-accomplishments! :P

Here's a funny weird Fellowship email from Karen, complete with colors which I can't be bothered to reproduce here:

Hi David Fellowship:

FABULOUSLY uber-hot SUPERMODELS of great inner beauty strutted the CATWALK of David Fellowship last Friday night, May 26th. Wearing priceless creations lovingly designed and handmade in superb, intricate detail by sincere, humble, creative genuines, these SUPERMODELS burned the fellowship runway with their devastating LOOKS and unique fashions each representing "The Perfect Joint-Fellowship Outfit."

Skilled MASTERS of speech and prose elegantly serenaded the beautiful audience with poetic descriptions celebrating the spiritual design of each "Perfect Joint-Fellowship Outfit." Attractive people about fell captive to this divine spell of fashion and truth.

Thank you, David Fellowship for your great inner beauty! Thank you for your hospitality, lovely desserts and treats, and warm welcome of the Aleithia Fellowship from our sister church, the Richmond Evangelical Free. Thank you, pretty Billy and Hot Mama Stella, for serving as FELLOWSHIP GREETERS and caring for our guests.

Special thanks to our great inner-beauties, the Supermodels: Vivian Lew, Dianne Fang, Randal Chin, Nathan To, and Eric Morrill!!! You strutted your stuff down the Catwalk for your selfless, loving teammates! You strutted for David Fellowship and our Richmond guests! You made us scream with delight, joy, and laughter!!! We felt your love! You love Jesus and his sheep. We love you!!!

Our fellowship heart-warmingly partied with style, love, and dedication. Thank you, David Fellowship!! Also, thank you to pretty woman Frances Madrazo for your Balloon Tower Game! Thank you glamour-babes Andrea, Shally, and Lesley; and glamour-guys Terry, Chung Yan, and several others who cleaned up without being asked. Thank you! You define Christian glamour exquisitely with your thoughtfulness and kindness.

Keep it pretty!!! Love Jesus and come to fellowship!

In Christ,
Karen Choo
P.S. Please NOTE that Dylan Lum and Chung Yan Ip are graduates of Derek Zoolander's University for Male Modeling, and they made the punch.

This would sound way sillier if you actually knew her and could hear her weird tone of voice. (weird in a "meh" silly way! :P)

Poor Eric's last name always gets mangled, though. :( (I simply had to correct the spelling, even if it WAS only one "R" off :P) Reminds me of the time in June 2001 when the Daniel and David Fellowships were hanging out together in small groups. There were four typos on the sheet provided for us: Eric's last name is not spelled with an "e," Chrystal's name was spelled "Crystal," Dylan's name was spelled with an "i," and Hon's last name is NOT Lee! Karen Chan told us that the person to blame was named Jason Yeasting... so we did that in SPADES! :P

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Nina on YM, bombing, changing my mind, Russians, quizzes

I got up this afternoon to find that my old friend Nina had added me to her YM contact list on an old account, so of course I added her back. We'll see just how much we talk, if at all... I know it can get busy with work and a young child to raise by yourself!

My sister Steph just called to say she'd done something at the Justice Institute in New Westminster... let's just say she left it stinky, haha. She thinks I want to come over to try on outfits for our cousin Aaron's wedding next week, and says I can't change my mind about going to Summer Conference. Oh right... the wedding's next week, and I have to take a week off from Awana, which will soon end in June! (but then there's the summer one too...) I wish I wasn't so wishy-washy, but I really don't want to look like an idiot in front of people I don't know (the Richmond church) or in front of the people I *do* know who have no idea that I look like a gimp carrying food trays around! (Jeremy, for one :P)

Oh yay, I've been randomly friended by another Russian. I hope LEVNE_RU isn't as rude about my "why did you friend me?" comment as BOBUS was... o_O

Your Funky T-Shirt Is
Domo Arigato Cap Sleeve T-Shirt

Your Personality Is Like Marijuana

You're laid-back and easygoing, so much so that taking a shower is often too much trouble for you!
Nevertheless, you're quite popular, and many people enjoy your company. You're rarely turned down.
You're prone to giggle fits, paranoia, and forgetting where you are exactly.

Oh yeah, this explains a LOT! Eric can tell you many stories about the giggle fits, more commonly referred to as "random cackling."

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David and Aleithia united in love! (oh really?)

My newest icon, thanks to conversations with Eric:

This is the O RLY? owl Internet phemomenon taken to new heights of hilarity!

Too bad that definitely exceeds the icon size limit, because that is transfixing! It took me an hour and a half to find the quirky image, which even has a Pho reference! Damn! Wish I could Photobucket it or something, but I can't do that!

Just after I prepared to go out tonight by taking a shower, I called Sam for a ride tomorrow to Awana: since he can take me, I can finally give him his birthday card! (I saw him on Sunday, but as I told Tracy later, it's crazy trying to talk to people on that day!) Then Eric called to see if I could loan him two bowls for his chips and salsa: of course I could! After he picked me up, I told him about my Bookworm high score and mentioned that I had a screenshot. He told me that he didn't want to see screenshots of my scoring... this is why he reminds me of Corey, haha. (Corey always takes "scoring" in hockey to mean "sex" for laughs, and frequently tells me to behave myself when I bring it up... aiyoh!)

I was also way too easily amused by Eric's windshield wipers having their own grooves in the windshield. I told him that I was going to Summer Conference (sigh)... he said that I'd told him, and that he'd responded right after that. Well, I didn't get the message since MSN is weird like that. :P But then he thought that I simply wasn't answering his question about money: I *do* respond to messages, and he KNOWS that! Silly dude...

When we got to church for the combined program with the Richmond Church Fellowship, Pastor Edward introduced me to Dennis Lam, who remembered me from some function we had before. (I didn't remember his name, and had to have Cecilia tell me later!) Then he tried introducing me to Clarence and his sister Cecilia, whom I knew from high school and seeing each other around Richmond (and Summer Conference 2000 / Staples) in the intervening years. Clarence is still a big guy, but he's nice too! Jeremy, Eric, and I sat down eventually when the program began... I let Eric "steal" my bowls and chips too. (he said it, I didn't!)

We split up into gender-based teams: there was this interesting girl named Kate, but she had to leave early. Then there was this girl named Kar-Li... yes, spelled like that. (I can only imagine that is what happens when you try transliterating Chinese characters into English letters) We tried building tall freestanding balloon towers using nothing but balloons and tape: my group kinda cheated after a bit and taped ours to the floor and ceiling.

Then there was the model game, where we had to design an outfit made out of newspapers. That resulted in five very creative outfits: Eric was all outfitted as a "person of truth" with fire on the bottom and "Dare to Compare" on his man-purse (he kept his "tie"), Nathan was a crazy person with a yellow hat, Randal was a hockey player, Vivian was also a "person of truth" (the designed costume had George Bush on the bottom, hahaha), and Dianne was a person with shoestrings made out of tape. We watched Derek Zoolander's "catwalk" on Zoolander (with Karen Choo having trouble with the remote and bleeping out a word), which was the most hilarious part (aside from the "catwalk") since the games weren't really my style.

Teresa (the "different" woman) came late, joined in the refreshments time, and correctly identified Dianne as Cindy's sister. I talked to her for a while, and found out a few things: she's 42 or 43, lives by herself in an apartment, and the white dude who picked her up a few days ago is her friend Michael who has a key to her apartment and uses her phone sometimes. Kinda okay, but I dunno... o_O Nathan, Eric, and I were trying not to laugh openly when we heard her ask Vivian if she was married! (she does this ALL the time, and even asked Chung and Karen So if they were married later on... nope, just dating!)

Chung was talking to Billy about how bringing baby Benjamin could be a distraction, and how Danny didn't come out so Helen couldn't take their baby Nicholas out of Bible Study if HE cried! (I also talked to Stella about the baby too) Then I jokingly asked Nathan whether he was married to the food he was eating or to SLB... he kissed his food for me, and went along with the joke. Eric remembered that he's our guru of the SLB cult, haha. I told them what Jamie had said about SLB: "If I ever saw one, I'd step on it! They looked like rolled-up socks!" They agreed with me that it was BLASPHEMY!

I talked to Jeremy a bit about how I was the one behind his SLB invite this week ("sweet!"), Euler ("Oiler") the mathematician, and his new job at the securities place which starts on Monday: the furniture warehouse is working him to the last all weekend since they need him before they lose him. (he also helped me rip paper and hold pens... I'm rubbish at that, and even more so at carrying full food trays in Trinity's cafeteria... aiyoh!) When Jeremy left, Teresa asked me whether he was my friend too: yup, he sure is! ("You know that white guy? Is he your friend too?") Thank goodness she didn't ask whether Jeremy and I were married or anything like that... although I can understand how she and others might get the wrong impression with me and Eric, seeing as he drives me to / from church and she probably only sees me with him entering or exiting! I got Jeremy's cupcakes to take home, and Eric says he'll give me the salsa bowl later: sounds good to me!

Vivian was telling Nathan how her church in France has potlucks that lasted till 5, and pizza get-togethers once a month since it used to be a pizza place: stone ovens in the basement sound cool! Randal brought some interesting cheeses from the Safeway deli: ham, tomato, green peppercorn, olive, fried onion, and goat cheese. Too bad I'm boycotting Safeway unless I absolutely have to buy from there because they misspelled "burgundy" in a recent Air Miles flyer. Eventually, Eric and I went home: on the way to the car, he scared me by going backwards on the sidewalk and then turning around to lunge at me. He's crazy!

We saw an SUV limo with flux capacitators and discussed gas references / being awesome / Strong Sad. Then he wondered why I was laughing at the basketball game on the radio: I wasn't! We heard that the Vancouver Giants were out of the Memorial Cup playoffs, and the Quebec Ramparts had odd on-ice antics after winning: golf swing at the goalie?! Then Eric switched stations and we heard about a Chicago White Sox / Chicago Cubs baseball brawl that recently happened. He asked me whether I liked any of the guys in the Richmond Fellowship, and whether I'd asked for their numbers / given mine to them! Um, no. Neither of us would say that I'm desperate for dates or anything (even though my love life IS non-existent right now), but I dunno why he asked me that. Interesting, though...

He told me that I said "Oh really?" to him at least twice every time he drove me somewhere: this is true, and I told him that I should really have an icon of that owl. Seems popular enough, yet I can't find it! (but I finally did on Flickr!) Not that I subscribe to the whole Netspeak thing or what spawned it, of course. Then he thought I was muttering something.. nope! I told him jokingly that I was rubbish at certain things, and he told me that I had to elevate myself and that I was at the peak of my beauty. (har har) No, he isn't into me.... he was just saying things to counteract my perceived negativity!

Good times, indeed... I got home at around midnight to find that Corey had messaged me with a parody of my current MSN name. "Down With The Establishment! (21 SLB steamers!)" does NOT translate into "Down With The Pants! (2 steamers inside)".. those would be one hot (poopy) blasphemous pair of pants! o_O

Since it's now past 3 AM and I haven't checked my friends page since leaving at 7:15, I should do that before collapsing into bed. Thank goodness it doesn't move as fast as it did when I had RQ on there (what a space hog THAT was!), but it still moves. I can leave comments for later... curse you, late-night Internet searches that take an extraordinarily long time!

Edit at 4:23 AM... I just got buzzed by another hat bot, ofhatsandmen. Too bad I'm going to bed now! :P

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Dreams coming true in Blogquiz form

Note: LJ Less than Heroic Greek Heroes / LJ Maplestory Party Quest / LJ Quest for the Holy Grail blogquizzes. (by Caroline, Akari, and James)

what is your username
do you want your dream to come true
do you think that I am funny
the odds of your dream coming true is
youtotally forget about this quiz, and you walk away and wish your dreams would come true
This Fun Quiz created by Stephanie at BlogQuiz.Net
Taurus Horoscope at DailyHoroscopes.Biz

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Friday, May 26, 2006

World of Warcraft text / bulk dream, Henrik, Myspace, and quizzes

I had a weird dream involving a bunch of church people in cars trying to get up a winding road the fastest. Then when we got to our destination, we were in a group setting and ostensibly listening to the speaker talk. A few of my friends borrowed a pad of paper from me and proceeded to play World of Warcraft on paper in a text-only medium. (don't ask... I know this isn't possible in real life :P) The speaker was saying how we had missed certain tips in order to shave time off our turns, and chastised us for not applying the knowledge that we had in our conference handbooks. (that kinda reminds me of Initial D... we watched that at Nathan's in December!)

Then he directed our attention to a bunch of tables full of huge shampoo / lotion bottles, huge word search books, bulk-sized food, and other similarly-sized items. For some reason, I was among the people who could get as much as we wanted for free... the others had to pay a cheap price, with no discounts for getting a lot of stuff. After a while, we discovered that the conference rooms were under renovation, but we could still live in them. (the carpet was completely bare, the walls needed painting...) I decided to change in one of the laundry rooms unlike someone who decided to change in full view of about 30 people. Then I somehow realized that I lost things in the laundry room, and was trying to get them back when I woke up.

Very weird stuff... THIS is what happens when I agree to go to Summer Conference?! Makes me think I'll lose stuff for real if / when I do go to Trinity! (I lost four Alaska postcards last time since I was planning to give them out to people, but they slipped between the bed and the wall before I could...) Speaking of Alaska, it's been a year since I was on that cruise ship named the Dawn Princess. It's also been a year since that perfidious blackguard Yazmine ended her friendship with me over 50 cents. I'm better off without her in my life. :P

Of all the people, my Swedish friend Henrik buzzed me just now. He's moved to Stockholm partly because of a new job / boredom, and that was about all he had time to tell me since it was 2 AM there and he had to get to bed. It was nice to hear from him. :)

Also: it's funny how I'll add Canadian bands I've never heard of (the Ryde?) on Myspace, yet won't add a clothing store or some woman I don't know who goes by JJ. :P

Your Giuseppe Zanotti Shoes Are
Giuseppe Zanotti 5129

You Are Mystique

Sneaky and duplicitous, you're likely to use your powers for evil.
You're eternally young-looking... people don't realize how old you really are!

Powers: Shapeshifting - you can impersonate other people or become a monster.

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Dad actually got Mom flowers?! *falls over dead*

Note: LJ Norse Pantheon / LJ Gift List / LJ Yugi-Oh Characters blogquizzes. (by enigma_prime, Rachael, and yami)

Vivian and Steph picked me up soon after that last post, and Steph told me that Dad had actually bought Mom flowers! She noticed them on the dining room table at dinner, and wondered who they were from. So Mom told her in this shocked voice that he'd bought her some for their anniversary. In all their 31 years of marriage and 2 years of dating, he's NEVER bought her any flowers or candy! Any of that had to come from the three of us... even any office candy my dad had went to us three! Dad wasn't too impressed by the questions Steph asked, heh. ("Hmph.. I bought her flowers! Now stop asking your mom questions!") Steph suspects that Pastor Edward (who's more sappy than Dad) advised him to do it, haha. Then we talked about Bookworm and Summer Conference planning: Mom's going to retire after this year, and is grooming Auntie Ronne (Ivan's mom) to be chair since Rich and Katherine are on every single church committee already. (she's good, Steph says...) Vivian mentioned her dad's BAD 70s fashion: open shirts, blue tux, and blue bellbottoms.. cradle robber / player, he is! :P

Steph, Vivian, Ceci, Angela and I had a rather amusing time at Dragon Ball. First, we discussed how we were all still so full from yesterday: we burped a lot and didn't eat much today! (strawberry milk, seaweed, crackers, soup, doughnuts, etc.) Vivian told us how her mom thought she smelled badly like onion and garlic... when your own mother doesn't want to be close to you, you know it's bad! :P Ceci and Angela said that their parents wanted to go to Shanghai Wind for dinner tonight, but they didn't have a reservation and had to wait an hour, so somewhere else it was! (it's normally PACKED, just like Dragon Ball usually is on summer nights!)

Steph and I told the girls how the counter people at Dragon Ball knew my brother since he went there three times a week when he was in town. At Christmas break last year, they asked him where he'd been, so Jon had to tell them that he was in Toronto! (as Ceci put it: "they had to make sure he wasn't dead!") My sister did an imprression of the older woman at the counter: "Purnopur? That means PEARLS OR NO PEARLS! The first time I went there, I was like WHAT?!"

When we got to Dragon Ball, there was only one or two people in the lineup and the place was sparsely inhabited. Good thing we got a table and ordered when we did, since there was a real lineup by the time we all sat down after ordering. I got a starfruit with coconut jelly, Steph got a Chinese pear with pearls, Vivian got a peach with coconut jelly (which Steph and I helped her finish), and the Mok sisters split a green tea ice cream. That all translated into four stamps on my bubble tea stamp card. :D

We talked about Toronto, Victoria, plans, Steph and Vivian watching some Chinese serial last summer (literal translations of Chinese characters on screen) and other things. When Ceci mentioned the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Steph brought up the incident a few years ago where some crazy lady dropped her baby off the bridge. Angela then mentioned that they'd seen a sign about a girl who'd died accidentally while sunbathing at Lynn Canyon. o_O

Then we saw a Chinese real estate newspaper on our table, and initially looked at it to decipher Chinese characters... and then the Ming Pao Property Gold Pages was the source of much amusement for the five of us! We looked at the expensive prices for housing (more than $3 million for certain places!), and recognized houses in certain areas of town. There was Parker Place, Fidela's neighbors, Shaughnessy, Ironwood, and Coal Harbour, where the construction workers smoke a LOT of pot! [according to my sister on her work lunch breaks] :P) Steph likes looking at floor plans... apparently, some new houses now have a closet leading to the BATHROOM?! I can imagine when you have guests over: "Oh yeah. Don't mind what's hanging up there on your way to the bathroom..." Eep, haha.

We were greatly amused by the way certain real estate agents looked... black-and-white pictures, combovers, old photos, etc. Steph noticed an ad with the logo being the word "flo" in some brushy font. She made a comment like "Yes, I want to flow!" and I immediately responded with "Yeah, but I don't want to know in which way you'd flow!" which got laughter. Then she told Ceci and Angela: "See?! It runs in the family!" (yes, we are weird perverts at heart, haha)

Then we got onto the topic of unusual names: I once knew a Chinese girl called Meloney, and Vivian said she'd met a Russian (?) guy called Gleb the other day. The only other place I recall seeing THAT name is in Robert Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra... Tsarevich Alexei's doctor's son Gleb Botkin had a sister called Tatiana. Some of the real estate agents' names were HILARIOUS! (index on pages 86 and 87... I took the paper home, haha!)

* Wanni Yau (a guy... I've seen his signs around Richmond)
* Portia Lau (another guy!)
* Kandy Ma (yet another guy!)
* Caan Chen (a guy)
* Schumann Li (a woman)
* Standy Chu (a guy... see what happens when people choose their own names?! :P)
* Boniface Lau (a guy... like St. Boniface!)
* Pacita Chua (being half-Mexican, Vivian could tell us that Pacita meant "a little raisin," hahaha!)
* Carolus Mak (yes, I know it's an OLD Latin name.. but still unusual enough for us to have a chuckle at :P)
* Emmy Pang (not a funny name, but notable because I knew a girl with this name in junior high school)
* Patsy Hui (not a funny name, but I knew her kids Denise and Aaron in elementary school)
* probably more examples too!

We also noted the changed cup liddish things. They used to be Japanese anime, but are now representations of various animals: unicorns, serpents, horses, etc. Steph thought the unicorn would be perfect for me, since it DOES have a horn... and I'm born in the year of the dragon! At about 11:50, we left and went home. Vivian's excited about her trip to Israel in early July, and says her friends will wander around after the two weeks in hotels and such. She's not too keen on that idea, and neither are her parents. Before that, she'll sleep over at Steph's so she won't be alone while our parents are out of town. They can certainly go crazy then, haha! Steph expressed concern that Eric and I worked out our Fellowship plans on Friday afternoons (the day of the program!)... it works for us, even though it might be too last-minute for her! :P (her small group's hanging out and playing games like Dutch Blitz at Vanessa's tomorrow) Good times, indeed. :D

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Sticking to what I say, PNG screenshots, Eric, and BBT invites

Why can't I ever stick to what I say? Last night, I told my sister that I wouldn't go to Summer Conference. There are many reasons: stress of packing / unpacking, having to be the last one to leave and the first to get there, being stressed around TWO organizers (mom and sister), getting the improved food in the cafeteria being a pain, having to get up early and probably setting a new sleep record when I got home (I slept 14 hours last year the day after Summer Con!), wanting a free weekend, etc. Then she called tonight at 7:35 and tried convincing me that she and Jon would pay for it first. "This is your last chance to register since I'm at the planning meeting at church now, and we have to close the books soon! Jon, Eric, Jeremy, Nathan, and I are going to be there! Jon's leading worship, so of course he'll be there even if he's not in town now! What are you going to do all weekend? Sit at home? That'll be boring!" (actually, yes... I would LOVE to do that with no obligations!)

What could I say? "I don't like going out when I don't have to" would effectively put the kibosh on any future summer outings since she'd take it as "my sister never wants to go out and just wants to sit at home in front of the computer." The objection of "I don't want to get up early!" would be met with "you're too lazy!" (perhaps true, but I like my sleep!) *sigh* Damned if I do, and damned if I don't. I should pack Nyquil for the conference since I'm now going... maybe I should do so now before I forget, haha.

Note to self: TinyPic absolutely works for posting decently-sized screenshots. Too bad they don't let you have albums, at least from what I've seen. Maybe ImageShack does, if they don't block LJ from what someone has said!

This is what David K. has to say about my query about how he made such a huge screenshot in some RT post: "made a screenshot, cropped it, and saved it as a PNG file... then uploaded to the Photobucket!" So maybe I should save all screenshots as PNG files in Paint before Photobucketing them... that'll do it. :D (I tried it with the Bookworm picture from my last post, and it worked!)

Eric M. just showed up on MSN, with 1 John 4:20, 21 ("If anyone boasts, "I love God," and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won't love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can't see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You've got to love both.") as a message for me. That's all very well and good, but what is that in reference to?! Apparently, he thinks I don't like Steph because of his perspective of certain things I did last night. That's not the truth, whether I think he's joking about it or not. Weirdo. :P (feelings of the three of them bugging me too much, reconciliation, etc.)

So yeah... why can't I ever stick to what I say? It's not like they'll disown me if I don't go to one conference! Although to be honest, I'd been thinking / praying about my reasons all day (because I knew they sounded at least a bit spurious), so maybe this is an answer? Bleh, who knows. Challenges ahead...

Ooh, my sister just called again to see if I'd like to go for Dragon Ball bubble tea with her / Vivian S. / Ceci / Angela. Now, THAT's something I'm up for. :P Wonder what my mom thinks of her going to and from Vancouver / Richmond multiple times with gas prices the way they are now, har har. :|

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Ten million points... / Rock 101 / Screenshots

I have a new Bookworm high score! 10,707,030 / Level 52 / Bookworm Supreme Level 21 / 4:44:20 on Thursday, 05.25.06! Thank goodness for that word starting with a K that I didn't know was a word! It saved my butt in Level 48 when I was resigned to losing to the flaming tiles! :D (no, I don't remember what the word was...) I also had a few too many close calls in subsequent levels with scrambling tiles and the maximum number of flaming tiles allowed on the board, but my word mojo saved me until the very last time! This game was played over parts of three days, by the way. :D In the course of playing this game, I also got to the five-letter bonus word level again, with the word this time being "nifty."

Thank goodness I had the presence of mind to take a screenshot. Note to self: It's width and HEIGHT attributes, not LENGTH.

This is the conversation Corey and I had about screenshots, MS Paint, and resizing... I'm putting it here so I remember it later:

[18:32:31] Flami: Down With The Establishment! (21 SLB steamers!): I'm trying to figure out how to crop all the irrelevant stuff away in this screenshot... I can't remember what I did for the suudsu one
[18:32:51] Corey: in MS Paint?
[18:33:30] Flami: hai
[18:33:39] Corey: copy the area you want, then open a new drawing and paste. resize any excess white area around it... or just make the white area tiny before you paste (if the picture you paste is bigger, it'll just expand the drawing area to fit that)
[18:38:49] Flami: there's only one problem with that... the MS Paint window has a horizontal scrollbar, meaning that I can only get (at most) 90% of the picture
[18:39:17] Corey: you should be able to still select it with the box tool...
[18:39:43] Corey: you could also just bump your resolution up to a reasonable size to do this :P then put it back
[18:48:14] Flami: but... like.. will that work?
[18:48:15] Corey: I am currently idle.
[18:53:08] Corey: yes.. you'll have more room on the screen
[18:57:47] Flami: now it looks all blurry.
[18:58:29] Flami: this is what happens when I decided not to bother with cropping it, and then just put in it my post field and change width... hm.
[19:00:07] Corey: what looks all blurry?
[19:00:35] Flami: the screenshot at 1500 pixels wide still looks blurry
[19:05:14] Corey: what are you trying to do? I thought you were just cropping something
[19:09:00] Flami: read what I said carefully... I decided NOT TO BOTHER with cropping it
[19:15:08] Corey: so are you resizing it then? or did you just change the resolution, which won't do anything to the picture.. that's just how it's displaying the picture to your screen->eyes :P
[19:22:29] Flami: I wanted to, but I dunno... who knows if it'll work
[19:30:26] Flami: nevermind... I'll go with what you suggested.. and now my monitor looks like one of those funhouse mirrors :P
[19:30:28] Corey: I am currently idle.
[19:31:11] Corey: going with what I suggest is a pretty handy thing to know how to do in life

On the weekday afternoon show on ROCK 101, they have this feature at 5 called "Musical Mystery Tracks." Basically, you can submit a set of four songs with a theme, and let other people guess what the theme is. If yours is chosen or you guess the theme correctly, you win a prize. This afternoon's four tracks were submitted by a woman named Cynthia who listens to the station online at work in St. Paul, Minnesota (and lives in Stillwater, MN)... she won some CD which they'll MAIL to her! No need for her to take a trip out here, although their temperature of 85 rivals ours today! That made me think of Jamie (jaebird): the first guess was wacky, and the DJs' favorite. (it involved burning old ladies' clothing in fireplaces and checking yourself into the sanitarium house!)

I'm sure you can figure out the theme (thinking intuitively) from this list: Steve Miller's The Joker, Brownsville Station's Smokin' in the Boys' Room, Boston's Smokin', and Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water. The other day, the show got email from a guy who lived in Germany and who's touring Egypt right now! Man, those internet caf├ęs come in handy when you're travelling around the world... ;)

Your Sexy Top Is

Two words: Yeah right! :P

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Five green tiles in a word / Harvard / Quizzes

I have just used five green tiles to make a word in Bookworm for the first time. Unfortunately, I didn't get a yellow tile for making the word "money" with them. Oh well. :D

More Harvard Implicit Association tests for Arab-Muslims, presidents, and Asians / Americans!

Harvard Implicit Association Tests

I did the Arab-Muslim implicit association test at Harvard.

You have completed the Arab Muslims-Other People IAT.
The line immediately below summarizes the results of your task performance.
Your data suggest little to no automatic preference between Arab Muslims and Other People.

If your feedback was 'The result could not be determined,' click here.

Your result, reported above, is already corrected for the order in which you took the parts of the IAT. If you have a question about the effect of order, please read the answer to FAQ 1 on the page of FAQs for this test.

The interpretation shown above is described as 'automatic preference for Arab Muslims' if you responded faster when Arab Muslims and Good words were classified with the same key as opposed to Other People and Good words. It is marked 'automatic preference for Other Peoples' if you were faster when giving the same response to Other People and Good words. Depending on the magnitude of your result, your automatic preference may be described as 'slight,' 'moderate,' 'strong,' or 'little to no preference.'

This new test was prompted by the events of September 11, 2001. Suicide pilots, identified as Arab Muslims, crashed airplanes into the World Trade Centers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. killing about 4,000 people. That attack, and the military response by the United States and other countries in Afghanistan have surely influenced conscious and unconscious beliefs and attitudes.

We constructed this test of attitude toward Arab Muslims relative to a category consisting of 'Other People' from around the world. Unfortunately, we do not have data on implicit attitudes toward Arab Muslims prior to September 11, with which the attitudes since can be compared. Nevertheless, we introduce this test because we expect that the events of September 11 and its aftermath open a new chapter in the history of the relations among world communities that differ in religious, political, and social ideology. As with other tests at this site, this one may provide insight into implicit attitudes that may not be in line with conscious attitudes or desired attitudes.

If you have unanswered questions about the task, please review the frequently asked questions about this type of research. Any followup questions can be directed to the researchers by email at that page.

Harvard Implicit Association Tests

I did the Presidents implicit association test at Harvard.

You have completed the Presidential Popularity IAT.
The line immediately below summarizes the results of your task performance.
Your data suggest a slight automatic preference for John F. Kennedy compared to George W. Bush.

If your feedback was 'The result could not be determined,' click here.

Your result, reported above, is already corrected for the order in which you took the parts of the IAT.

You performed a test measuring preferences for George Bush relative to a randomly assigned president or group of presidents. Your score was described as 'a preference for George Bush relative to another president' if you were faster responding when George Bush and pleasant-meaning words were assigned to the same key than when giving the same response to the other president(s) and pleasant-meaning words. Conversely, your score was described as 'a preference for the other president(s) relative to George Bush' if you were faster responding when the other president(s) and pleasant words were assigned to the same key. Depending on the magnitude of your speed difference for the two combination tasks, your automatic association may be described as 'slight,' 'moderate,' 'strong,' or 'little to no association.'

If you have unanswered questions about the task, please review the frequently asked questions about this type of research. Any followup questions can be directed to the researchers by email at that page.

Harvard Implicit Association Tests

I did the Asian American implicit association test at Harvard.

You have completed the Asian American-European American IAT.
The line immediately below summarizes the results of your task performance.
Your data suggest little or no association between Asian American and European American with American and Foreign.

If your feedback was 'The result could not be determined,' click here.

Your result, reported above, is already corrected for the order in which you took the parts of the IAT. If you have a question about the effect of order, please read the answer to FAQ 1 on the page of FAQs for this test.

In evidence from the laboratory, most people show a moderate or strong unconscious bias associating faces of European descent with American and not faces of Asian descent, even among those who do not self-report such a bias.

If you have unanswered questions about the task, please review the frequently asked questions about this type of research. Any followup questions can be directed to the researchers by email at that page.

I sucked hardcore at that last one. Who knew distinguishing faces and landmarks could be so hard? Although now I think I know why so many women considered JFK to be so sexy... o_O

You Are 3% Fake

Fake doesn't even come close to describing you.
You're totally natural, and proud of who you really are!

You Are Ernie

Playful and childlike, you are everyone's favorite friend - even if your goofy antics get annoying at times.

You are usually feeling: Amused - you are very easily entertained.

You are famous for: Always making people smile. From your silly songs to your wild pranks, you keep things fun.

How you live your life: With ease. Life is only difficult when your friends won't play with you!

This is so true... I'm too easily amused. :D

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