Yet another test: Can we guess your age? … based on how well you can distinguish between colors

2015-11-20 07:43:05 PST

Can we guess your age? … based on how well you can distinguish between colors
I got:
“Wow, your color age is 17! Are you really 17 years old?”

More random tests – color

2015-11-10 21:17:22 PST

Color Blindness Test
“Color Blindness Test Result
Normal Color Vision
You were able to see the hidden shape in all or nearly all of the test conditions. This indicates a high probability of having normal color vision.”

Online Color Challenge
“Online ColorIQ Challenge Results
You have perfect color vision!”

Mary Hartman & The Pink Panther – characters I like – and some correlations

2015-10-26 08:24:40 PST

So, … interesting bit that occurred to me relatively recently.

Two characters I quite like, each from their own rather different show, it happened to occur to me that there are some particularly strong correlations between the characters. The characters – Mary Hartman, in the TV series _Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman_, and The Pink Panther – specifically from _The Pink Panther_ animated cartoon series.

Now certainly, at least ostensibly, those shows and characters are quite a bit different. But struck me in some ways they’re surprisingly very similar.

So … key similarities. Both quite nice, likable characters, but also a quite naive innocence to them. And they very much try to do the right thing, and quite consistently try to do so. But the circumstances and situations are often rather to highly difficult and challenging, and often very much almost or effectively even “conspire” against them. Rather like put the very real possible and quite likable person in the relatively unreal yet highly plausible and often problematic situation, and, well, despite best intents and efforts, things often go quite badly – often to very comedic effect, but too, often poignant, sad, perplexing, and/or preposterous effect – and often also managing to point out absurdities very present in reality. It’s like you see these wonderful characters. And they have these quite unwonderful circumstances and situations and events happen to them and unfold before them. And – can quite identify and sympathize with the characters … imagining being in quite same or similar situation as them – and also not knowing that which they don’t know, every step along the way seems a highly plausible reaction to and handling of what comes along – and all with best intentions. Yet they often end up in situations much more like one couldn’t even imagine, even not knowing what they didn’t/don’t know, it seems impossibly absurd that they could end up in such situation or predicament … yet there they are, and every step along they way highly plausible and believable for the often unfortunate situations and series of events, complications, etc., that gets thrown at them. It’s like can’t at all (or hardly/rarely) fault them for what they did, how they tried, what they intended, etc., yet they get to predicaments and having done things, which when looking at where and how they end up, looks like they very much should not have gotten to those points – yet there they are – with no better nor more logical alternatives effectively available to them to choose along the way. Seems often they try, and it doesn’t go well, they try and do better or fix or correct that – and it goes yet worse, and often ends up with rather to quite the predicament or absurdity. Perhaps part of it is the seeming paradox – can’t conceive how they could’ve ended up as and how they did – knowing the characters and decisions they’d make – yet what was thrown at them, step by step, decision by decision – it’s as if they could not possibly have chosen differently anywhere along the way and ended up anywhere other than as and where they did.

I also find similarity in often the juxtaposition of who the “civilized”, “sane”, “right”, or “reasonable” one is – often quite contrary to general societal presumptions, biases, or misjudgements by peers and others that often really just don’t have the full picture of what happened, but rather quickly draw their conclusions from one, even significant, bit they see – which they often totally misinterpret for lack of the more complete context that explains the observations – the more limited observations often implying things very different than what has actually transpired or even the basic fundamental facts of what actually happened and didn’t happen.

A few slight partial examples that come to mind. Pink Panther – an animal. “Vs.” human. Often, the Pink Panther, as “animal”, is far more civil, civilized, and effectively “human” than the human(s). Mary Hartman, often perceived or judged as “wrong”, “crazy”, “nuts”, irrational, uncaring, hurtful, when that’s anything but the case, while at same time the more real “villains” – or at least those doing the more hurtful, harmful things, etc., are often viewed and judged by many as being the “good” folks, when the reality is more like anything but. In many cases they’re often revered. I also like and note similarities where both are seen and viewed as imperfect and “flawed” – despite all their best efforts, they’re, well, “human” – even for a Pink Panther – and they make mistakes – “oops” – not really all that unlike any of us may make – at least under similar circumstances, and also not knowing that which they don’t know. Also both, to large extent, relatively strong characters – when they’re really pushed and challenged hard, they generally quite hold it together and well and strongly do the right thing (though how “doing the right thing” plays out, well, often varies anyway, due to circumstances and happenings).

Anyway, … it had just happened to occur to me – two characters I very much like – on the surface, they, and the series they’re in, seem very different … yet analyzing a wee bit closer, some very strong striking similarities between the two characters.

I wonder too, if somehow, they quite remind me, at least in some ways, of myself? Quite naive in some ways (e.g. at least socially – whole helluva lot of stuff I just don’t get (and perhaps never will)), try very hard to “do the right thing”, and yet, too often, things seem to turn out rather preposterously flawed, failed, or “bad” (or certainly not as expected by me, and I’d intended). Perhaps even absurdly or comedicly so? Well, maybe if I was able to laugh at more or most of it.

Quote … on religion, prejudice, etc. – from a perhaps somewhat unlikely source (_The Blacklist_)

2015-10-23 04:18:12 PST

Quote I ran across and quite like, this some from a perhaps somewhat unlikely source – _The Blacklist_ – episode: “The Djinn”

Raymond Redington: Honestly, is it just me, or is the human race, armed with religion, poisoned by prejudice and absolutely frantic with hatred and fear, galloping pell-mell back to the dark ages. Who on Earth is hurt by a little girl going to school or a child being gay?

men … 80% …

2015-10-04 20:09:25 PST

Don’t have a reference source, not even sure I remember correctly exactly what the scenario was, but, supposedly something like this …

Man and woman in elevator together – they don’t know each other, one of ’em just also stepped into the elevator.
So … 80% of the time (or 80% of men) are going to think/believe the woman is interested in and/or attracted to the man.
(whereas that’s only the case about 20% of the time – or something like that?).

Well, guess I’m not 80%. :-/ Most of the time I’ll presume the woman has no interested in nor attraction to me, unless I manage to notice evidence to the contrary (e.g. she explicitly states or expresses such interest). And, … I almost never notice such – really has to be quite blatant over-the-top for me to be highly probable to notice (e.g. if she’s pressing herself and rubbing to me, now that, I will notice) – but in general, I won’t notice – even if I’m trying to notice or look for such indications.

So, … something like about 0.000000…..1% of women are interested in me. But alas, that can’t be correct either. That’s just those I notice seem to have an interest – which I generally quite fail to notice at all. No idea how many or what percentage are actually interested – or even more-or-less potentially so – but if I can’t determine which are, and aren’t, may not make much practical difference anyway.

And, yeah, I quite suck at approaching/asking/interacting, so that doesn’t exactly help the situation.

Guess I’m not 80% of men – or whatever.

“Oh well” – and so it goes.

Yet another “test”/quiz: Are you ready for a relationship?

2015-10-02 20:10:39 PST

Yet another “test”/quiz: Are you ready for a relationship?
I got:

You are
100% ready for a relationship!
You really are so ready for a relationship that it would a complete waste if you waited any longer. You know exactly what it means to be committed to someone and may even have someone in mind – we really don’t know why you’re still single!

Uhm, I read it on The Internet so it must be true! Uhm, … yeah, right. Whatever.

Yet another test: tonedeaf? Nope, not me.

2015-09-13 01:26:44 PST

tonedeaf test, I got:
83.3% Correct
It also indicates “The test is purposefully made very hard, so excellent musicians rarely score above 80% correct.” …

Above 90%: Exceptional performance
Above 80%: Very good performance
Above 70%: Normal performance
Above 60%: Low-normal performance
Below 55%: Possible pitch perception or memory deficit

I’ll also note it’s a relatively difficult test – though also checks for tonedeafness, it’s also highly dependent upon short term musical memory and working space thereof.

I also might’ve scored slightly to moderately better if the test had better introduction – samples, examples, examples of what they’re expecting folks to notice as the same, or not, etc. Going into it totally cold, I wasn’t even sure at first what they were asking, given some of the terminology they used.

So … does this rather describe me?

2015-08-30 11:38:55 PST

“The truth is, many people who are on the autism spectrum do not have such easily noticeable symptoms and often go undiagnosed, specifically those who are high functioning. A common misconception is that if a child has autism it will be fairly obvious at a very young age and even more so during daycare or school, in a setting where socialization with peers is expected.”

“The populations that are most often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed are academically gifted children. Those who are gifted can fly under the radar because they may easily learn appropriate behaviors that can mask symptoms of autism. It is also possible that they are simply seen as quirky and unique. People who are highly gifted in art, math, technology, or memorization are usually very focused on their specific skill to the detriment of personal friendships. People see this as a proof of their giftedness and not as a sign of disability. A child who shows passion in academics or a great talent in arts is often praised and rewarded instead of taken for an evaluation.”

“There are many similarities between children who are gifted and those who have Asperger’s”

“Both gifted children and children with Asperger’s may have difficulty creating and maintaining friendships due to a lack of interest in age-typical activities or because they are not attuned to the desires of their peers. In other words, they do not share the interests of peers and will make that obvious in their interactions.”

“Other signs of Asperger’s that might not coincide with those who are academically gifted include” … “difficulty holding a conversation about things other than their interest”

“The trouble with picking out these differences is that a child that has learned that an outward expression of displeasure will be met with consequences may learn early on to internalize it and act in expected ways.”

Quote of the day

2015-08-16 05:12:51 PST

Quote of the day:
“Love is like a fart – if you have to force it, it’s probably shit.”

:-) … ran across that, and just had to share. ;-)

Yet more quizzes – and results

2015-07-03 16:46:42 PST

Yet more quizzes – and results

So … more quizzes … and results:

See also my more general comments towards the very end.

Empathy Quiz
How well do you feel and understand what others are feeling?
I got:
Your empathy score is 68 out of 110, indicating a moderate level of empathy in general.

Our empathy quiz measures two particular dimensions of empathy. Your score suggests that you have a moderate ability to sense other people’s emotions—the dimension of empathy known as “affective empathy.” This means that other people’s feelings may be contagious sometimes: If they seem happy, you feel happy; if they seem afraid, you feel afraid; if they are suffering, you feel their pain. Your ability to sense others’ emotional states may sometimes, though not always, make you feel more concerned about their welfare, and occasionally more likely to want to help them when they are distressed. Sometimes, however, affective empathy can increase feelings of personal distress when you encounter suffering, which can impede your ability to provide effective support.

Your score also suggests that you have a moderate ability to put yourself in others’ shoes and imagine what they might be thinking or feeling—the dimension of empathy known as “cognitive empathy.” Your ability to take other people’s perspectives may sometimes help you communicate and negotiate more effectively in your personal and professional relationships, and it may also make you less likely to rely on stereotypes when trying to understand others’ behavior.

Social Capital Quiz
How strong are your social connections, online and off?
I got:
Your score is 49 out of 100. Your answers suggest you have low social capital offline and high capital online.

Your score suggests that you don’t think you have many people in your life who provide emotional and practical support—people to turn to when you need a shoulder to lean on or an extra hand. These types of bonds are an important part of social capital—they can give us a sense of belonging and help us through difficult times—but they can be challenging to build and maintain.

However, your score also suggests that you have a fair number of social contacts who expose you to diverse perspectives. These are not necessarily members of your close inner circles but the people with whom you form loose ties across the spheres of your life. People who have different backgrounds and interests from your own can help you broaden your social networks and your worldview.

Grateful Organizations Quiz
Does your organization elicit gratitude–or make people feel taken for granted?
I skipped the quiz, as it instructs: “To take the quiz, think of one organization to which you belong”, and I couldn’t really think of an organization to which I feel I “belong” – at least to any extent I thought it would be appropriate or fitting to think of and use for the quiz. (Okay, so maybe I don’t exactly feel like I “belong”).

Compassionate Organizations Quiz
Does your organization foster compassion or callousness?
I skipped the quiz, as it instructs: “To take the quiz, think of one organization to which you belong”, and I couldn’t really think of an organization to which I feel I “belong” – at least to any extent I thought it would be appropriate or fitting to think of and use for the quiz. (Okay, so maybe I don’t exactly feel like I “belong”).

Connection to Humanity Quiz
How big is your circle of concern?
I got:
Your score is 18 out of 30, which suggests that you identify moderately with all of humanity, but not strongly.

Like many people, you may want to feel more connected to humankind, but the demands of daily life often get in the way. It may be hard at times to muster up feelings of kinship with people who live outside of your immediate circle of concern–you might even find yourself avoiding news of the many hardships people are facing around the world and the emotional burden it can bring. That certainly makes sense: Research suggests that those who identify strongly with humanity tend to be a bit more prone to experiencing anxiety and negative emotions.

Stress and Anxiety Quiz
Do you feel like you’re about to crack?
It instructs: “indicate how much each statement applied to you over the past week“, so I guess that would make it more topical/current than some other quiz results (and may vary over time, etc.). In any case …
I got:
Your score is 5 out of 48, which suggests that you experience very little stress and anxiety in your life.

You find it easy to relax, which allows you to be calm and engage positively with daily challenges. When certain situations make you anxious, you show good control over your physical reaction.

Compassionate Love Quiz
You might love your partner truly, madly, deeply. But do you love compassionately?
Would appear the quiz scores on all “my partner” questions, which is all of them (except “The last five questions are about you, and they’ll be used by our research team to better understand how compassionate love relates to factors like age and gender”). And, feeling “my partner” was exceedingly not applicable (being and feeling highly without), I thought the most appropriate response to all of them was “not applicable” – except there was no such response option, so I just skipped and didn’t answer those … all of those. It still calculated results anyway (rather than telling me I had to answer them or anything like that) – but that probably seriously screwed up its results (yeah, like results also, not applicable). Anyway …
I got:
Your score is 0 out of 75, suggesting that you could work on increasing the amount of compassionate love you feel for your partner.

It is important to be responsive when you see your partner is distress; one way to do this is by trying to take his or her perspective. Although you care about enriching your partner’s life, it may be hard for you to make sacrifices for your partner or be supportive when he or she is facing challenges. By practicing these skills, you may find ways to better support your partner and negotiate conflicts, which should lead to a stronger, healthier, and longer-lasting relationship.

Altruism Quiz
Are you a giver or a Grinch?
I got:
Your score is 73 out of 100, suggesting you have a high tendency to help others in need.

In fact, your generosity seems to be central to your value system and identity. You often act charitably even when others do not, and you find that this generosity is its own reward. The positive emotions you feel from doing good suggest that you help because you genuinely care, not to impress others or receive praise.

And when the opportunity presents itself to help, you take it. This is important because while many people wish they could help others, not everyone does.

Gratitude Quiz
Are you truly grateful for the good things in your life—or do you take them for granted?
I got:
Your gratitude score is 45 out of 105

Your responses suggest you are a somewhat grateful person. You sometimes foster gratitude by comparing your situation in life to that of people who have less than you and by remaining mindful of how much harder your life could be. One way to increase your level of gratitude could be to make more of an effort to focus on what you have rather than what you don’t. Studies suggest that nurturing your tendency to practice gratitude could bring you more positive emotions, better health, stronger relationships, and greater life satisfaction.

Relationship Trust Quiz
Is your relationship defined by honesty and dependability—or suspicion and betrayal?
Would appear the quiz scores on all “my partner” questions, which is all of them (except the last five questions which appear to just gather some general background information (gender, age, marital status, how long in current relationship, parent’s relationship). And, feeling “my partner” was exceedingly not applicable (being and feeling highly without), I thought the most appropriate response to all of them was “not applicable” – except there was no such response option, so I just skipped and didn’t answer those … all of those. It still calculated results anyway (rather than telling me I had to answer them or anything like that) – but that probably seriously screwed up its results (yeah, like results also, not applicable). Anyway …
I got:
Your score is 0 out of 72, suggesting you have a low tendency to trust.

Your responses suggest that you have low levels of trust in your partner’s honesty and dependability. In addition, you lack faith in your relationship as a whole. When you or your relationship faces difficulties, you may wonder whether your partner will be responsive and caring enough. As a result, you might not trust that your partner will be able to help work through your problems together. This is a concern worth addressing: Trust in relationships is associated with longer, happier, and more stable relationships.

Mindfulness Quiz
Do you savor life or let everyday stresses control you? In other words, how mindful are you?
I got:
Your mindfulness score is 61 out of 100, suggesting you have a moderate tendency to practice mindfulness. This score reflects two key components of mindfulness: your moment-to-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and environment, as well as your acceptance of these aspects of your life.

Your score suggests you can feel accepting and non-judgmental toward yourself, which means that you allow yourself to experience a range of thoughts and feelings, even if they’re upsetting or challenging at times. You don’t always believe there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. However, your answers suggest that you can sometimes be self-critical, which can make you feel defensive, anxious, or sad.

Also, you struggle to focus your awareness on the situation at hand; instead, you’re preoccupied with the past or worried about the future. This may make you feel less open and inquisitive toward new experiences and can prevent you from feeling in-the-moment.

Forgiveness Quiz
When someone hurts you, are you more likely to turn the other cheek—or seek revenge?
It instructs: “think about someone—a friend, a spouse, a family member, a co-worker—who has hurt you”
I wasn’t able to think of anyone who particularly fit that criteria and hurt me all that much – “best fit” I could think of was someone who I could think of sort’a kind’a more-or-less moderately hurt me (even if entirely or mostly unintentionally), so … though of that person when answering (and were there someone that fit the criteria that’d actually hurt me “a lot” or very deeply or strongly so, I’m guessing the results may have then been at least slightly to moderately different … but probably not all that different. Anyway …
I got:
Your forgiveness score is 37 out of 60, suggesting you have a moderate tendency to forgive others.

After a conflict, you probably feel slightly hurt and attacked; as a result, you may sometimes avoid contact with the person who hurt you. But you don’t seem likely to want revenge against this person. This suggests forgiveness may come easier to you than to others, but that you still struggle with it on occasion.

Your responses also suggest that you sometimes, but not always, dwell on the ways others have hurt you, which can exacerbate negative emotions. But you benefit from not wanting revenge: Feelings of vengeance are associated with lower life satisfaction.

Emotional Intelligence Quiz
How well do you read other people?
I got:
Your Score: 14/20

Not bad. Your score means you’re slightly better than the average at reading expressions.

And, my general comments. Tests/quizzes – results depend, among other factors, upon how (not) well designed it is, what it measures, what it presumes, and also factors such as when it’s taken, person’s mood at the time, etc. Anyway, seems these are a rough approximation of reality. May be roughly semi-accurate, but also way off (or nearly so) for some I particularly noted (notably as mostly “not applicable” – and having no such option to select, left unanswered, and thus rather odd calculated and reported results). Also, “emotional intelligence”, recognition of facial expressions, body language, etc. – I seem to typically test slightly to moderately above average on most such tests … however most (all?) such tests – at least all I’ve encountered thus far – work off of static images … which ain’t exactly how reality is. Movement tends to distract me – a lot(!) – notably person moving at all, and especially when I’m trying to talk to them (unless I know them quite highly personally well – like very good (/best!) friend or better). So, … static non-interactive picture test, vs. more typical “real world” scenarios, may give very different results. Might also depend how, or whether or not I’m interacting with the person, or merely observing them – e.g. watching a video of them, or just watching them and them not interacting with me and me not interacting with them – “vs.” interacting – and if so, context (e.g. am I talking to them or not), how well I do/don’t know them, etc. – probably would make for quite varied results, depending on context/circumstance.


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