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Sep. 13th, 2006

02:42 pm - Another Quote

The experience of sociological discovery could be described as "culture shock" minus geographical displacement. In other words, the sociologist travels at home--with shocking results. People who like to avoid shocking discoveries, who prefer to believe that society is just what they were taught in Sunday school, who like the safety of the rules...should stay away from sociology. People who feel no temptation before closed doors, who have no curiosity about human beings, who are content to admire scenery without wondering about the people who live in those houses on the other side of that river, should probably also stay away from sociology. And people whose interest is mainly in their own conceptual constructions will do just as well to turn to the study of little white mice. Sociology will be satisfying, in the long run, only to those who can think of nothing more entrancing than to watch men and to understand things human. Peter Berger “Invitation to Sociology”

Sep. 9th, 2006

06:30 pm - My Fave Quote from this week

"Certain types of critics, by the way, judge work in social science according to whether or not its conclusions are gloomy or sunshiny, negative or constructive. These sunshine moralists want a lyric upsurge, at least at the end: they are made happy by sturdy little mood of earnest optimism, out of which we step forward fresh and shining. But the world we are trying to understand does not always make all of us politically hopeful and morally complacent, which is to say, that social scientists sometimes find it difficult to play the cheerful idiot." C. Wright Mills, _Sociological Imagination_ pp 78-9.

Sep. 4th, 2006

02:18 pm - Starving Artist

Starving Artist

You are 42% Rational, 14% Extroverted, 28% Brutal, and 57% Arrogant.
You are the Starving Artist! Like some sort of emaciated Frenchman, you sit in your fancy little chair and contemplate beauty, meaning, flowers, and all kinds of other ridiculous crap. You are more intuitive than logical, and are primarily guided by your heart and emotions. You are also very introverted and gentle. Of course, this does not mean that you do not have an ego. In fact, you are surprisingly arrogant for someone so emotional and gentle. This is why you are best described as a starving artist. You are very introspective and quite sure of yourself, as any accomplished artist is, yet your views are impractical, guided by feelings, and overly gentle. You probably find math, logic, and similar intellectual pursuits offensive to your artistic sensibilities, and you prefer the open-endedness of artistry because it's infinitely easier to ponder the beauty of a sock than to build rocketships. So really you have no reason to be arrogant, you big doofus, because the skills you value (emotion, spirit, art, etc.) in yourself are valuable only on a subjective level, meaning your arrogance is purely masturbatory, like the insipid self-pleasuring of some twat who spouts artistic nonsense only for the pleasant tinkling sound it makes upon his indiscriminating ears. In short, your personality is defective because you are arrogant, introverted, introspective, gentle, and thoroughly irrational...posessing most of the traits needed to be a starving--and useless--artist. So get out there, write a few short stories that are allegories for the indestructible spirit of socks, and starve!

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more INTUITIVE than rational.

2. You are more INTROVERTED than extroverted.

3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.

4. You are more ARROGANT than humble.


Your exact opposite is the Capitalist Pig.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Haughty Intellectual, the Televangelist, and the Emo Kid.



If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

Be sure to take my Sublime Philosophical Crap Test if you are interested in taking a slightly more intellectual test that has just as many insane ramblings as this one does!

The following image was made by Stephan Brusche at http://www.sb77.nl, a real-life "starving artist". Check out his website if interested.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on Arrogance

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

Feb. 2nd, 2006

09:52 am - Some Random Thoughts on the Institution of Higher Learning that Employs Me

1. What passes for "Student-Centered' pedagogy is actually "Retention-Centered" pedagogy.

2. I refuse to be a messiah. I refuse to make my students dependent on me. I will never win a teaching award.

3 An "independent study" is often neither.

Current Mood: sleepysleepy

Jan. 26th, 2006

08:13 am - Shakespeare and Cats

Cats are difficult animals to keep busy. Yes, Poppy is always getting into things but Sheldon sometimes looks very depressed and inactive and who knows what Diaz is up to. So I decided yesterday that I am going to seek a grant to create a Feline Shakespeare company. Hey, we have the space to hold the performances and 5 very talented cats. (Poppy is already an experienced performer.) And, it's hard to believe but there is not one non-human Shakespeare company in Winona. So, this is an idea that is worth pursuing.

Current Mood: creative
Current Music: Weightless Again by the Handsome Family

Jan. 18th, 2006

11:49 am - Who are the Rubrics?

I received this from the band... as many have requested:

The Rubrics blur the boundaries between Appalachian traditional music, science fiction and the "what if?", all expressed through unusual "instrumental combinations". Having wrapped up work on their soon to be released CD "Monkey Cat Blues, the band is on a much needed sabbatical in Winona Minnesota currently doing critical research for future work. This 'interspecies' band includes: Wes Miller (vocals and assorted instruments), Poppy Katz (vocals), DJ Gaffykins (violin), Eli Hulzing (bass) and Emerald Hulsing (banjo) with help from producer and occasional lyricist- the interdisciplinary artist- Monta May (montagael)

Current Mood: artistic
Current Music: Pretty Polly by The Rubrics

Jan. 11th, 2006

04:54 pm - Imagine...

a whole website dedicated to the neightborhood I grew up in: http://www.tapeshare.com/Zone3.html

Can any of you find a photo of my 4th grade class doing an elementary school performance on this website?

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Sugar Baby by The Rubrics

Jan. 10th, 2006

09:22 am - I know, I know...

it has been a very long time since I've blogged. I have been reading and commenting on other lj blogs, so i think that counts.

I start teaching today and so, I 'm a little nervous and distracted. I did sleep well last night which is truly a first for me the night before classes.

I will try to write more this year!,

Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Euel Gibbon's last Sex Manual by The Rubrics

Oct. 21st, 2005

10:44 am - The response I wish I made

Psychology will never be a true analytical discipline until it rids itself of its attachment to positivism and its belief in the 'immaculate perception' of the scientist who armed with his/her Bible (i.e. scientific method) describes reality from the viewpoint of God, untouched by the very social and psychological processes which shape the perception of other 'lesser' mortals.

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Desolation Row- Bob Dylan

Oct. 5th, 2005

11:26 am - Thinking of Many Things...

I haven't written much recently because I've been extremely busy and responsibilities take precedence. I've started reading a great book by Bourdieu: the Science of Science and Reflexivity. The book is based on his last lectures just before he died. One chapter is a nice summary of the sociology of science field.

I have been thinking about identity alot (had to lecture on this yesterday) especially concerning my own construction and negotiation of my own and what that has meant concerning my trajectory over the years. When I come to a conclusion I might write something here.

Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Children of the Revolution - T. Rex

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