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1) Message boards : Politics : Greek Elections 2015 (Message 1633738)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Oh what a difference a day makes :)

A few random tidbits from your apolitical correspondent in Greece:

- An Engineer as Prime Minister of a Western country? Finally someone broke the mold of lawyers and economists.

- An atheist as Prime Minister of a Western country? Finally someone broke the mold of brownnosing the Christian vote.

- Greece's outgoing prime minister (Samaras) I'd lump in my "successful sociopath" category. Like a kid holding his breath 'till he gets what he wants, he didn't even show up to hand over the "keys" - which is, of course, customary.

- I may be apolitical but for some strange reason creepy people creep me out. It was a joy to watch Sarkozy try hard not to foam at the mouth :)

- The word "radical" may be part of the party's name but it's just junk DNA. SYRIZA is not what you'd call radical. You'd be laughed at in Greece for calling them that. I've been watching the foreign press get it wrong all day. And considering the grief you guys give The Guardian for being leftist, I'm surprised they too got it wrong.

- I just realized today, there's no Whip in Greece. Maybe there should be.

- If you are shocked by a Left Party win, don't be. This country may proudly state it's the birthplace of democracy, but it has only actually been a democracy for merely 40 years. Last century's intellectuals mostly fled to Paris and after the dictatorship the Left became a de facto standard for ALL artistic and intellectual types. I'd call them romantics and, as you may have guessed, I'm allergic to them too. I'll probably have to sit through 4 years of Manu Chao & reggae music so show me some sympathy! :)

- I saved the best for last: I wonder if Mrs. Merkel got any sleep last night. Greece will likely be unable to change it's fortune, but I'm looking forward to watching France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and any other country coming out of the woodwork, finally grow a pair. After over 4 years of Germany barking orders at everybody and telling every single country in Europe precisely how high to jump... well they're just gonna stubbornly continue barking, aren't they? It'll be fun to watch the other countries stonewalling them all of a sudden and Merkel & Co. striving not to throw a fit. You've got little ol' Greece to thank for that :)
2) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1633665)
Posted 6 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
The test is all messed up with me.


Dena, try this one :)

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=76569&postid=1631164
3) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1633653)
Posted 6 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Out of sync, I know... Catching up on my posts :)

Hello. I'm anniet and I'm an INFJ :)


A mix between Mother Teresa & a whacky Mel Gibson? I may have only read but a tiny fraction of your 5000 posts Annie but yeah... that combo sounds about right! :D

On a side note, I doubt Nicole Kidman actually HAS a personality. Probably should be filed under "generic" :)
4) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1633639)
Posted 6 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Complete with mandatory cat hairs :)

5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : It is official! The 15th Anni shirt is a Go. (Message 1633633)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
His & Hers matching Seti tees :) Thanx guys!!

6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1633629)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Batman has a new cat-cave :)

7) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1632563)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
I was too young to be a Teddyboy, too old to be a Mod, not rough enough to be a rocker, and not cool enough to be hippy!


Wait, what!? Hippies were cool? ;)

CLYDE a hippie, then a disco dancer?

What is the world coming to? :D

Soon you'll be telling me the CIA and FBI use horoscopes for profiling!

(Though considering that Reagan & Thatcher were complete fruitcakes when it came to astrology, I wouldn't be too surprised if that proved to be the case up until the 80s)
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Win 10 will be a FREE Upgrade to Win 7 & 8 Users!!! (Message 1631754)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Janni I'm sorry but I honestly have no idea neither what you misunderstood me saying nor the point you are trying to make.

- The cheapest and shockingly #1 selling laptops last year and/or the year before on Amazon were actually Chromebooks. Apparently they are still the most wished for:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/most-wished-for/electronics/565108/

- When I say developers I'm not talking Battlefield/COD but Candy Crush. And Candy Crush only got released last month on Windows!

http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/12/11/candy-crush-saga-comes-to-windows-phone/

more here:

"This is a key point to moving developers and end users towards the Universal App model, so strategically it makes a lot of sense. If the majority of people are still running a version of Windows that does not support Universal Apps such as Windows 7, it is going to be very difficult to get major developers to build out the platform."
http://www.anandtech.com/show/8918/microsoft-announces-free-windows-10-update

Word on the web is that it's to attract developers. The larger the install base out the gate, the more apps will find there way into Windows Store. That's allegedly why we are getting a free lunch:)

What are the top reasons, why people buy OEM systems running Windows?

  • This is the cheapest "solution" they find on Amazon.
  • This is all they find at Best Buy.
  • This is all they find at Target, Walmart or anywhere else.
  • Anything else will not pop up a CLICK ACCEPT TO INSTALL thingy, when inserting a game CD.


Developers? I doubt. Developers aren't the one's, who like their customers to be that dumb. Please don't include developers in the blame.

9) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1631517)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
...otherwise i have no idea what your on about


Yeah, you're right. I'm unintentionally dragging out something that fizzled a long time ago. I'll shut up now.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Win 10 will be a FREE Upgrade to Win 7 & 8 Users!!! (Message 1631508)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Word on the web is that it's to attract developers. The larger the install base out the gate, the more apps will find there way into Windows Store. That's allegedly why we are getting a free lunch:)
11) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1631164)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
I wanted to reply to quite a few things but seeing as a lot of you are trying to figure out your types, I went off on the webs trying to track down which test I (arbitrarily?) seemed to like the most. I'm pretty sure it was this one (can't be sure as I did a bunch quite a while back)

Just keep in mind we are toying with quick & free online tests. I'm sure a "proper" test would take hours, similar to how a supervised Mensa test takes hours to complete.

http://www.keirsey.com/sorter/register.aspx

Also, I'm pretty sure I used a made-up email address like blahblah@example.com and it worked.
Which means you don't really need to register, I guess.

Unfortunately that's all the time I have for today, see you guys soon I hope.

PS Glenn, you didn't understand a single word I wrote in my quote you replied to:)
12) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1630675)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Oh wow! I'm so happy to see this thread exploding... I was expecting it to be pretty much ignored :) And a cameo by Steve no less! You guys all made my day, thank you :)

@Celt LOL, just... LOL!!

@Мишель Ahahaaa! True, true. But then again, I'm woefully uneducated in politics. I tend to follow economics more, which I find likelier to be the driving force behind what's really going on in the world. On a side note I'm surprised you know what an EpiPen is :) That's some serious vocabulary! Have you ever lived in an English-speaking country? Oh, and I need a Latin based version of your handle - Мишель - if possible. Since I can read Greek, Cyrillic unfortunately makes my brain hurt and my eyes water :) No offense.

@CLYDE, Chris S, Simonator, and The SciMan:
It's awesome that you guys actually went to the trouble of taking the test. I'm sure you will find it was time well spent. And true to my INTJ nature, I hate wasting peoples' time! Hope you find the info as useful as I did.

and finally

@Glenn When I said snarky remarks are welcome, I thought it obvious I meant those directed at ME. And just so we are clear, I'm not trying to defend CLYDE as he is obviously (I'm happy to say) capable of defending himself. I'm suggesting you choose another way of getting whatever point it is you are trying to get across, because the one you have chosen ain't working mate.
13) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1630421)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Thoughtful reflection by New Statesman cartoonist Tom Humberstone

In the Frame: I am not Charlie


Huh?

It's like the cartoon and the article were done by 2 different people. The cartoon is pretty good and is consistent throughout. The article is all over the place and oxymoronic at best.


(Finally have some time to elaborate)

So this guy starts off by patting himself on the back.

Goes off on a tangent about some comedian.

Finally gets to the point and then straight away calls the Hebdo Crew (in order of appearance) vulgar, cheap, lazy, bullies, who may not be rascists (this he "completely understands") but albeit - by the end of the paragraph - Charlie manage to "perpetuate crude racial stereotypes".

And just when you begin to wrap your head 'round what he actually got away with saying and go WTF... he calls you "wilfully obtuse or shamefully manipulative".

Seriously?

After that he gives away that symbolism and "too soon dude" are completely lost on him.

and

No-one is coming for our pencils or pens. We are not being told to self-censor or stop drawing.


Redundant when one is self-castrated :)

So the whole world is talking about punk-rock right now and this guy wants be Alanis Morissette. That's fine. And apparently you are allowed to call people all sorts of names in "articles" just not in cartoons. Right?

No wonder he's so afraid of South Park. Matt & Trey would have him for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Man Cave (Message 1630398)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
As we all know, that jar of assorted old washers we've had since 1984 will definitely come in handy sometime...


Ahahaaahaha! Sooo true :)

Love the thread Chris.

Wiki failed to mention my favorite fictional Man Cave:

Kevin Smith's "Command Center" in Die Hard :D
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The return of the kittyman..... (Message 1630392)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
It's really nice to have you back Mr. M. And happy birthday too! :)
16) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1630345)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Please allow me to introduce myself :)

Chances are you've never heard of MBTI types but if you want to, you could start at Wiki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INTJ

If you have some time to waste and would like to read an amusing (and painfully accurate) description of an INTJ, well here you go:
http://intjcentral.com/the-compleat-idiots-guide-to-the-intj/

If you don't feel like clicking on external links today, I've pinched some quotes and added them below.

Anyway, Chris has pointed out somewhere that it's important to know who you are dealing with on the internet so I thought I'd lay myself bare. Besides INTJ I'm pretty much apolitical (so what are you doing here you little s***?) and Wiki has the gall to call me apathetic. Apathetic Atheist that is, meaning I find no real day-to-day relevance in whether God exists or not and don't really care.

In addition, I am severely allergic to:

-dogma (any form)
-narrow minded people
-successful sociopaths
-spiel
-small talk
-default mode political correctness
-poor work/craftsmanship
-insincerity
-inefficiency
-irrationality
-heads in clouds
-excessive emotions

I'm going to make such a fun father someday ;)

Thread rules: None. Comments, questions, and snarky remarks are all welcome here. This isn't a manifesto:)

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"They have a low tolerance for spin or rampant emotionalism. They are not generally susceptible to catchphrases and do not readily accept authority based on tradition, rank, or title."

"The emotions of an INTJ are hard to read, and neither male nor female INTJs are apt to express emotional reactions. At times, INTJs seem cold, reserved, and unresponsive, while in fact they are almost hypersensitive to signals of rejection from those they care for. In social situations, INTJs may also be unresponsive and may neglect small rituals designed to put others at ease. For example, INTJs may communicate that idle dialogue such as small talk is a waste of time. This may create the impression that the INTJ is rude or in a hurry—an impression that is not always intended, and may not be true at all"

-Wikipedia

We don’t do feelings.
"We use critical thinking, reason, and logic. We have a tough time with people who make decisions based on emotions, and we can often come across as blunt and cold because we ignore the feelings of others. But on the plus side, we take criticism well since we have no feelings to hurt."

We are self-confident.
"No type is more self-confident than the INTJ. We have a very keen awareness of our own knowledge and abilities, and – more importantly – of the limits of our knowledge and abilities. Consequently we can come across as arrogant sometimes. This is your problem to deal with, not ours, since it is a problem of erroneous perception (yours)."


Q: Is it dangerous to annoy an INTJ?


A: First we will ignore you, then we will launch a volley of extremely witty but esoteric insults that will probably go right over your head, and finally we will just engage the “nod-and-smile” autopilot and go back to ignoring you. Best to leave us alone at this point. If you push us too far we may blow up your head with our telekinetic abilities. So, yes, it can be dangerous to annoy an INTJ.


Q: My INTJ doesn’t care about me any more after he tried to explain his idea and I didn’t listen. What should I do?

A: Ideas are of prime importance to INTJs, and disregarding or not listening to our ideas is the highest form of insult. Although INTJs do not hold grudges, neither do we go out of our way to associate with people who don’t give serious consideration to our ideas. You’ll be in damage control mode for quite some time, fighting an uphill battle to get back into our good graces.

- INTJ Central
17) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1629820)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Someone please fill me in. What's going on with Clarkson?
18) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1629185)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Thoughtful reflection by New Statesman cartoonist Tom Humberstone

In the Frame: I am not Charlie


Huh?

It's like the cartoon and the article were done by 2 different people. The cartoon is pretty good and is consistent throughout. The article is all over the place and oxymoronic at best.
19) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1628183)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
But it does seem to me that there is a lot more controversy, simple bad temper, and hidden agendas about on the Seti boards of late, than there has been for a long time.


Wow! Judging from the last few posts here, you weren't kidding Chris :)
20) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1628147)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Happy New Year Chris!

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I hardly ever stumble into Politics but when I made my above comment it started out as a reply at the Café and now I have been sucked in! :)

I expected there to already be a thread here in Politics, maybe with a sensationalist title like "Paris Killings" (or maybe I'm being too harsh on you guys). I must say I find it odd there wasn't one before this.

Just to clarify (not that it matters anymore; the way the thread played out it obviously belongs in Politics) what I was trying to say in my previous comment:

-If a piece of news makes me sad, then it should be in the Café.
-If a piece of news makes me mad, then it should be in Politics.
or
-If I want a light-hearted discussion on a potentially serious/controversial subject I'd hope to be able to keep it in the Café (with clear instructions in my first post that political comments are unwelcome).

Of course if I wanted to create a hot-potato thread in the Café and expect it stay there, I know I'd have to watch it like a hawk. But anyway, all rhetorical now (especially seeing as OP was hit and run).

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As the rest of the thread discusses Nazis right now, I'd like to go back to the Pope quote. I liked it. It shows flexibility rather than dogma which I think is refreshing and exactly what the planet needs right now from its religious leaders and followers. I'd also like to believe that if one of the HEBDO crew got punched in the face by anyone, they would smile and say "fair enough".


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