chaotic good

it seems i only use this blog to post results of retaking tests from many years ago! from sept 2010 to now, i’ve progressed from neutral to chaotic and from druid to paladin. and have leveled up a little. lol

I Am A: Chaotic Good Human Paladin/Wizard (3rd/2nd Level)

Ability Scores:

Chaotic Good A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he’s kind and benevolent. He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, although good, may not agree with that of society. Chaotic good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit. However, chaotic good can be a dangerous alignment when it disrupts the order of society and punishes those who do well for themselves.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Primary Class:
Paladins take their adventures seriously, and even a mundane mission is, in the heart of the paladin, a personal test an opportunity to demonstrate bravery, to learn tactics, and to find ways to do good. Divine power protects these warriors of virtue, warding off harm, protecting from disease, healing, and guarding against fear. The paladin can also direct this power to help others, healing wounds or curing diseases, and also use it to destroy evil. Experienced paladins can smite evil foes and turn away undead. A paladin’s Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast. Many of the paladin’s special abilities also benefit from a high Charisma score.

Secondary Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard’s strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Detailed Results:

Lawful Good ----- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (17)
Lawful Neutral -- XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
True Neutral ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (17)
Lawful Evil ----- XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Neutral Evil ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (16)
Chaotic Evil ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (19)

Law & Chaos:
Law ----- XXXX (4)
Neutral - XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Chaos --- XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)

Good & Evil:
Good ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
Neutral - XXXXXXX (7)
Evil ---- XXXXXX (6)

Human ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
Dwarf ---- XXXXXX (6)
Elf ------ XXXXXXXX (8)
Gnome ---- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Halfling - XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Half-Elf - XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Half-Orc - (0)

Barbarian - XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Bard ------ XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Cleric ---- XXXXXXXX (8)
Druid ----- XXXXXX (6)
Fighter --- XXXXXXXX (8)
Monk ------ XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Ranger ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Rogue ----- XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Sorcerer -- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Warlock --- XXXXXXXX (8)

ENFP literally eleven years later

Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test™

Your Type: ENFP

Extravert(56%) iNtuitive(50%) Feeling(69%) Perceiving(62%)

You have moderate preference of Extraversion over Introversion (56%)

You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (50%)

You have distinct preference of Feeling over Thinking (69%)

You have distinct preference of Perceiving over Judging (62%)


First recorded on livejournal:

Pondered again, five years later and six years ago:

I’m still astonished that time passes. And I still find everything I mentioned in the old “old-posts” post to be hilarious.

links for hillary
and again on Hpost, and again, why am i reading any comments? this is self-harm.
and another on metafilter and everything is horrible

Bartle Test

maiki posted about the Bartle Test, which shows what your preferences are in MMOs. I came out SEAK.

1. Socializer 73%
2. Explorer 67%
3. Achiever 40%
4. Killer 20%

I am not that surprised by this. I have some quibbles, because I don’t consider many of the questions to be actual choices. For example, one of the questions asks you if you’d rather explore a new zone or a kill a monster. What if you have to kill a monster in order to explore a new zone?

[This draft was written 2013/08/25. That’s more than two years ago. I’m just going to delete the unfinished sentence at the end and post.]

too close to home

This is heartbreaking. I am heartbroken.

I could do what I did the last time an article about how to epically fail at raising successful children broke me, which is list every meta-article I could find.

Interview with the author:

happy new year!

A few weeks ago, we went to Trick Dog and saw their new menu: a fantastic rendition of a Chinese restaurant. Since today is Chinese New Year, and we were feeling chill (I’ll see my parents this weekend), we hopped along to check out the scene at Trick Dog. As we were crossing the street, I said to Kimon, “there had better be lion dancers!” and found that he hadn’t seen lion dancers before! I promised him I’d show him some youtube videos later. We feared it would be packed with people celebrating, but it was a normal Thursday night, and we were able to get a table right away. Right after our drinks got to us, we heard cheers downstairs… and I noticed that there was a drum song on that was unmistakably lion dancey… so we ran to the banister and sure enough, a lion came jumping through.

I love this city.

Three years later, I still laugh about this quote from this Economist article on

“You don’t really know that the cool project you signed up for is in a skyscraper in Silicon Valley, or like me: one dude in his underpants somewhere who has five windows open to terminal servers,” he says.

The article talks about yahoo/delicious and their effect on, a service I still actually use a lot, but is really about “On-demand cloud computing.” It’s odd to think that only three years ago, a david battling a goliath with the cloud in his sling seemed an extraordinary thing. Now we are all self-styled davids, empowered by this explosion of cloud services to dream of scale, trading underpants for black-rimmed glasses, sipping tea after a haptic notification tells us perfect steepage has been achieved.

Also, let’s just leave this here, again, for good measure:


I’m in Boston! Ion+Pammy.

Tried Rent the Runway for the first time-it’s a neat service, and very easy to use. Ended up not wearing the dress I chose because it was rather more bootylicious than I wanted.

Yesterday, we biked along the esplanade and gazed upon the salt and pepper bridge. Made a pilgrimage to Grendel’s. Watched the re-staging of a 20-year-old picture in front of a dome. Learned a bit about favorite boston haunts. Boggled over a giant bust of Fiedler made of aluminum sheets, and over a gleeful dog chasing Canada geese. Took pictures with Make Way For Ducklings. And had dinner with Annie at the Legal Test Kitchen, where they have things like truffled lobster mac and cheese, and mezcal drinks.

I’m having a lovely time here. We fly home tomorrow, after a trip to the Boston science museum.

Bluetooth tags

There are three Indiegogo campaigns for bluetooth tags going on right now. How do I choose between them?

Bringrr – little tags that connect to your phone; you can get as many as you want; mobile app focuses on helping you find your lost keys by showing arrows on your phone’s screen if you’re close by, or pushing a button on the app to make the tag beep. Has an optional car charger that checks for your phone’s presence and beeps if you don’t have it (so you don’t drive away without your phone). The coolest thing about this one: you can attach tag names to your google calendar events and it’ll alert you if you don’t have the tags near you at that time. Which is actually amazing. This team seems the most interested in integrating with all aspects of your life (calendar; google glass app), which is wacky but cool.

Duet – little tags; up to ten; mobile app focuses on alerting you proactively if the tag leaves proximity of your phone (by beeping both things), also allowing you to set hours for it or turn it off if you’re in the library. Again, you can make the tag beep from your phone. If you leave your phone behind but take your tag with you (if it’s on your keys, say), it’ll make one or both beep. I don’t know if you can use the tag to make your phone ring (to find your phone).

GoKey – usb to lightning or microusb charger AND battery, usb drive (up to 32gigs), bluetooth locator (use your phone to make your GoKey ring, or press a button on your GoKey to make your phone ring). The app for this one doesn’t seem as robust (as the Bringrr) but it’s useful enough. This one is probably the winner since it does so much, but I have an iPhone 4s. Nicky actually mentioned this one yesterday, and I didn’t even know about it!!!!

In terms of what I actually want out of this device, well, I don’t know. Something that rings my keys or rings my phone. I guess I kinda do want to tag a lot of things. And in terms of my values, I guess, I kinda dig how crazy the Bringrr people are (google glass app lol lol lol). So I’m kinda going GoKey > Bringrr > Duet? except I’d only get the GoKey if I gave up and got an iPhone 5.

I mean, at this point, I might as well hold out for a magic device that also counts my steps, calibrates and tracks how steady I can hold my yoga poses, streams music to bluetooth earphones or a jambox, connects to a different device to tell me when my laundry machine stops moving, waters my plants, senses temperature and humidity, controls my LED lightbulbs by turning them on when I’m near, automatically senses if my friends are within a block and are open to meeting up, helps me find friends at concerts, slices bread, alerts me when my favorite constellations are in view, helps me take selfies by being a remote control for my phone, alerts me if I’m walking in an area with public surveillance cameras, can be worn as a fashionable wristwatch, fashionable necklace, or clipped on to my belt loop, and is also a vibrator that your partner can control from their mobile. I mean really.