Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Great - Now John Bolton will be coming over all the time

You're the United Nations!

Most people think you're ineffective, but you are trying to completely save the world from itself, so there's always going to be a long way to go. You're always the one trying to get friends to talk to each other, enemies to talk to each other, anyone who can to just talk instead of beating each other about the head and torso. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, and you get very schizophrenic as a result. But your heart is in the right place, and sometimes also in New York.
Take the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid

I took the Country Quiz at Blue Pyramid. I guess this demonstrates the shortcomings of personality tests that end after six questions. I certainly don't thrive on all the drama of helping people with their problems a la Dr. Phil, but I will sometimes act as a mediator (or enabler, or whatever you want to call it) if it is the quickest route to achieve peace and quiet. This is an example of what my fellow libertarians call "enlightened self interest."

On the other hand, I actually am going to New York at the end of this week for a work conference. Maybe the Country Quiz really does know me better than I realize.

In the test-makers' defense, there are only about 200 countries in the world and they have to deal with a geometric progression of countries every time they add a question (assuming they want a different country for each unique set of answers). I assume there are 64 possible outcomes; they could have added one more question to refine still further their insight into the subject's psyche, and thus offerered 128 outcomes, but then they'd have had to include non-anthropormorphizable countries like Suriname and Mauritania.

I meant to mention a quote yesterday from my Admirals book that deserves contemporary analysis:

Nimitz stressed to Spruance the need for taking calculated risks to inflict as much damage as possible on the enemy without unduly endangering the American carriers. That was like being told to jump in the water but try not to get wet.

Motivational speakers around America are still bestowing similar advice on their listeners every day.


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