Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Valentines Day and Why You Suck at Love!

It’s that time of the year again. The time of year when we celebrate love, romance and mass commercialism in the form of witty Hallmark cards. It’s not that I don’t think paying $4.50 for a piece of paper with a generic poem on it is the best way to tell my wife that I love her, it’s just that I am confused with the concept of love being mandated on a set date of the year. What’s worse is that millions of poor saps are going to be running to the flower store and staring in bewilderment at the card and candy section in a last minute attempt to avoid a fight with their girl about why they don’t love them. What gets even more interesting in these situations is that the girls are willing to accept these expressions of love from their men on a few select nationally mandated holidays rather than on a consistent basis. Boy the mass marketing machine seems to be unstoppable. I was in Subway eating lunch today and I overheard two of the fattest girls that I had ever seen in my entire life talking about what they want their boyfriends to get them for Valentines Day. Now I am not sure if I was more shocked by the fact that they wanted flowers (not very filling you know) or by the fact that they had boyfriends! It got me thinking though. Does my continuous critic of the world around me send off a vibe that I feel that I am better than everyone else? Let me first say that I try to be, but I don’t believe that I am. The older I get, the less I feel that I know. The older I get the less I feel I can do. I look at everyone else and somehow I can only see my inferiorities. Yet even in light of this I still find myself having internal conversations about the stupidity of the public in general. If Hallmark really wants to improve their standing in this capitalistic market they need to create more holidays. They only have to convince the females to celebrate them. The males will do whatever it takes to keep their uninterrupted access to pussy flowing. I feel lucky that my wife does not take these holiday celebrations to seriously. We create our own rituals rather than subscribing to someone else’s. The fact that we express our love to one another on a daily basis makes the allure of a romantic blowout a couple of times a year seem less than desirable. Let me tell you, doing something special for the one you love on a consistent basis is a lot more expensive than having that big “to do” a couple of times a year, but it sure is worth it when even an idiot like me still gets to look at the rest of the world every Valentines day and remark at what a bunch of mindless pieces of crap they are!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Jung's personality test

This is actually pretty damn close!

To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of "definiteness", of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise -- and INTJs can have several -- they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don't know.
INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type: INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion "Does it work?" to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.
INTJs are known as the "Systems Builders" of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be "slacking," including superiors, will lose their respect -- and will generally be made aware of this; INTJs have also been known to take it upon themselves to implement critical decisions without consulting their supervisors or co-workers. On the other hand, they do tend to be scrupulous and even-handed about recognizing the individual contributions that have gone into a project, and have a gift for seizing opportunities which others might not even notice.
In the broadest terms, what INTJs "do" tends to be what they "know". Typical INTJ career choices are in the sciences and engineering, but they can be found wherever a combination of intellect and incisiveness are required (e.g., law, some areas of academia). INTJs can rise to management positions when they are willing to invest time in marketing their abilities as well as enhancing them, and (whether for the sake of ambition or the desire for privacy) many also find it useful to learn to simulate some degree of surface conformism in order to mask their inherent unconventionality.
Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ's Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations.
This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. :-) This sometimes results in a peculiar naivete', paralleling that of many Fs -- only instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.
Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to "work at" a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.

Take yours

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Don't hate Wal-Mart

I keep seeing this commercial from the wakeup Wal-mart association. It starts off with this lady who looks very distressed. She stares at the camera and says "do you know how long it would take me to make the same amount of money that a Wal-mart CEO makes in one year? 1000 years! I think I am going to be sick." Well I think I am going to be sick too. This lady most likely cruised through life, skipped school, did drugs, fucked around, and when it came time to throw herself into the job market, the only skill that she was capable of doing was standing at a counter swooping discounted can goods over a scanner. This CEO on the other hand, went to college, probably has a Masters in Business, got hired with a great company and did such a fantastic job that he eventually worked his way up to the head of the company. Now why should he feel bad for making a lot of money? He worked his ass off to be where he is, while this "poor lady" obviously did not put forth 1/1000 of the effort. Let's consider that the average Wal-mart employee makes $10 an hour. At 40 hours a week this is $400. Multiply that by 52 weeks in a year, and she makes $20,800 a year. Multiply this by the 1000 years that it would take her to make the CEOs salary and we can figure that the CEO makes roughly $20,800,000. If these figures are correct then this CEO actually is working for a lot less then the CEOs of most companies, and in my opinion the lazy lady working the registered is slightly overpaid for what she is doing. If she is not happy with the way her life has turned out, then she has other options. Go to school, get educated, get training in a different field, and find a new job. You don't get to go through life being lazy and not trying to better yourself and then bitch about someone who worked hard to make a lot of money. Succeeding in life is not something that is just handed to you. It takes hard work and determination. I want people to stop complaining about where they are in life. If you don't like it, make a change. Do something about it. Stop complaining and start taking action. I hated working in restaurants, so I went to a trade school to learn how to work in I.T. It is that easy. To the CEO of Wal-mart…. I commend you. Good job. To the workers, shut up or make something happen. Life is not something that just washes over you like a wave. Life is something that you have control over, and as a result, you have no one but yourself to blame for your situation!

Shitting like a king

I went out to a company dinner last night. The restaurant was very posh, the wine was expensive, the steaks were perfect and the check was incredibly high. Out of everything, I was most impressed by the bathroom!!! Yes, here was all this atmosphere, a huge fire pit, snotty waiters and all and I went to the bathroom three times just so I could check it out over and over again. This bathroom was amazing. The ceiling, walls and floor were all made up of the most beautiful marble you have ever seen. The sink was marble and had these two really fancy silver faucets. The hand soap was smooth and made your hands feel good and instead of paper towels or an air dryer there were linens made of Egyptian cotton to dry your hands on. The men's stalls had these heavy wooden doors and there were no gaps under the floor. You could shit in complete isolation. The room was sound proof to so you could make all of the noise necessary. There was very high quality toilet paper and several selections of tissue. Everything was spotless. I would have felt comfortable eating my dinner off of this toilet. They must have had someone in there every couple of minutes to clean up, because men's restrooms do not stay in this condition for very long. The urinals even had some sort of padding material to prevent splash back! Overall this was the best bathroom experience that I have ever had. I only hope that one day my lifestyle will warrant the use of bathrooms such as this on a more consistent basis.