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Yet another test…

I am nerdier than 98% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

…as if I didn’t know…

Erik Barzeski’s NSLog() pointed me at yet another IQ test. Since I can’t seem to resist these things, there I went.

Apparently my general score is 161 (genius!) and I score 88 out of 100 on “pattern recognition”.

Hmpfh. I’d be interested in knowing why I lost those 12 points, anyway… still, the test is a little different from the usual run-of-the-mill IQ tests. IQ, by the way, is best defined as “a number that scores your ability to take standard IQ tests”.

If you decide to try it, speed counts. Don’t put much store by the results though.

Posted by Renate:
Must run in the family – took the same test, same results icon_lol.gif

Seems to be months since I pointed at a test, so here’s one.

My result is obvious:

You speak eloquently and have seemingly read every
book ever published. You are a fountain of
endless (sometimes useless) knowledge, and
never fail to impress at a party.

What people love: You can answer almost any
question people ask, and have thus been
nicknamed Jeeves.

What people hate: You constantly correct their
grammar and insult their paperbacks.

What Kind of Elitist Are You?
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…If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be…

Fellow grammar god Bill Poser, over at the Language Log, takes issue with this paragraph:

…The author of this quiz probably has good intentions, but I’m afraid that my mission in life is not “to preserve the English tongue”. For one thing, it doesn’t need saving. English is spoken natively by hundreds of millions of people and as a second language my hundreds of millions more. I’ll devote my efforts to languages that are actually endangered, such as the native languages of British Columbia.

Of course, the author may be concerned with the preservation of the English language in another sense. He or she probably has the idea that to the extent that prescriptive rules are not followed, the language is somehow deteriorating…

But this is something that happens to dying languages, not languages like English that are growing. By any real measure of linguistic vitality or expressiveness, it makes not the slightest difference whether you use will or shall according to prescriptive rules or how you spell the possessive form of words ending in <s>. It is silly to think that English is in need of preservation because people don’t follow arbitrary rules.

He also comments on several other aspects. If you took the test, you should read the full article!

Grammar God!
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!

If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!

How grammatically sound are you?
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Thanks to Burning Bird for the link. This certainly wasn’t an easy test for me as I’ve had nearly no formal English grammar training; I did it mostly by the “looks right” method. I only wish they would post the right answers…

Reverse Astrology

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The J-Walk Blog points at the Reverse Astrology test (thanks John!). You rate yourself according to a long list of personality traits and the software tries to guess your sign, cross-checking your ratings with a database of traits that supposedly apply to certain signs.

Here are my (slightly edited) results:

Red is your most probable sign and Blue is your least probable sign. The scores are from 0 (not you at all) to 100 (dead on match).
Aries Mar 21 to April 19 62
Taurus April 20 to May 20 67
Gemini May 21 to June 21 53
Cancer June 22 to July 22 53
Leo July 23 to Aug 22 58
Virgo Aug 23 to Sep 22 71
Libra Sep 23 to Oct 22 56.05
Scorpio Oct 23 to Nov 21 57
Sagittarius Nov 22 to Dec 21 63.5
Capricorn Dec 22 to Jan 19 62.5
Aquarius Jan 20 to Feb 18 72
Pisces Feb 19 to Mar 20 55

So my scores are remarkably well distributed across all signs, with the top scores in Aquarius and Virgo, and the bottom score in Cancer and Gemini – which, so it happens, is my actual sign.

My usual affirmation is that Gemini don’t believe in horoscopes. This test fully confirms that… icon_wink.gif

Somehow this doesn’t come as a surprise to me… 😆

You are a Cyberculture Floozie. The theoretical
aspects of postmodernism interest you only
insofar as they can be used to make cool blinky
things. You probably take psychedelics and
know at least one programming language (HTML
counts!). Other postmodernists call you a
corporate whore. They’re probably just jealous
because you make more money than them.

What kind of postmodernist are you!?

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Thanks to the Dowbrigade News for the link!

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