Sunday, May 25, 2008

Just Messing Around

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. ~Lin Yutang

There are days when I need distractions. In the past that would have resulted in my exploring the unknown by just driving my car and seeing where I ended up—or maybe hiking in a forest where I’d never before been. These days, with oxygen dependence and a bum leg, I can do neither to the degree I’d prefer.

Yesterday I felt that need for some diversion from the norm—to do some non-serious exploration beyond what I customarily do. When I encountered some of the following quizzes at Robin’s blog, I decided to do some inner exploration. I take none of the following results seriously. I did enjoy just messing around with the quizzes!

Your Thinking is Concrete and Sequential

You are precise, orderly, and realistic.

You tend to get to the point and get things done.

Difficult, detailed work is easy for you. You take things step by step.

Time limits aren't a problem for you either. You work well with deadlines.

What does drive you crazy is any sort of task that isn't precisely laid out.

You don't like anything to be ambiguous. You prefer to deal with the facts at hand.

You Will Die at Age 85

Congratulations! You take good care of yourself.

You're poised to live a long, healthy life.

Your Vocabulary Score: B+

You have a zealous love for the English language, and many find your vocabulary edifying.

Don't fret that you didn't get every word right, your vocabulary can be easily ameliorated!

You Are Muesli

You are broad minded and cosmopolitan.

Your tastes are varied and numerous.

You like many types of things. You definitely aren't picky.

The only thing you can't stand is being bored.

You're the kind of person who can't have the same breakfast often.

Your breakfast is unpredictable, unique, and very varies.

You Are 90% Psychic

You are so very psychic.

But you already predicted that, didn't you?

You have "the gift" - and you use it daily to connect with others.

You're very tapped into the world around you...

Just make sure to use your powers for good!

You Are 85% Real

There's hardly a person on this earth more real than you are.

You have no problem showing people who you are, flaws and all.

For you, there couldn't be any other way. Because it's way too stressful to live an inauthentic life.

You're very comfortable with yourself. And because of this, you're able to live an exciting, interesting, and challenging life.

Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have medium extroversion.

You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.

Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.

But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time."


You have medium conscientiousness.

You're generally good at balancing work and play.

When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.

But you've been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.


You have high agreeableness.

You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.

Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.

You give people the benefit of the doubt and don't mind giving someone a second chance.


You have low neuroticism.

You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.

Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.

Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is high.

In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.

You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.

A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.

Your Personality is 26% Addictive

You don't have an addictive personality - at least, not usually.

You can indulge in vices freely, and there's little chance that you'll get hooked.

You Passed 8th Grade US History

Congratulations, you got 7/8 correct!

You Act Like You Are 28 Years Old

You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel like an adult, and you're optimistic about life.

You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

You're still figuring out your place in the world and how you want your life to shape up.

The world is full of possibilities, and you can't wait to explore many of them.

You Are 76% Good

You are a good person. You do the best you can to be ethical, fair, and moral.

And as you know, being a good person means making hard decisions... and following them through.

If you're confronted with an ethical dilemma, you will usually do the right thing.

Of course you do slip up. No one's perfect. But you do your best to correct your missteps.

You are also probably: incredibly honest, especially with yourself

Right now you are on track to being: A respected leader

To be a better person: Be kind to someone who is not very kind to you

You Are Quite Worldly

You've done a good bit of worldly exploring, and you have an international perspective.

And you're definitely looking forward to your future adventures abroad.

You've got the passport, the desire to travel, and maybe even the language skills.

Now all you need are the means!

You Are a Pundit Blogger!

Your blog is smart, insightful, and always a quality read.

Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few

You Are Chardonnay

Fresh, spirited, and classic - you have many facets to your personality.

You can be sweet and light. Or deep and complex.

You have a little bit of something to offer everyone... no wonder you're so popular.

Approachable and never smug, you are easy to get to know (and love!).

Deep down you are: Dependable and modest

Your partying style: Understated and polite

Your company is enjoyed best with: Cold or wild meat

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.

An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.

You are also good at remembering information and convincing someone of your point of view.

A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

Your Aura is Blue

Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life.

You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships.

The purpose of your life: showing love to other people

Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah

Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor


  1. I can't imagine why anyone would need a test to know they're psychic. If you have to ask, then the answer is "No."

  2. Crikey Nick, how long did it take you to do all those? LOL

    It must have been like a therapy session!

  3. You have way more patience than I could ever muster! ; )

  4. Whew! A lot of tests!

    (I think you're 100% good!)

  5. Definitely would take most of them with a grain of salt, so glad you passed 8th grade history though :)

  6. Hi Nick, I'm over from Lavinia's and thought I'd take a whirl at your took forever, but it was's my results:

    My thinking is abstract and random
    I will die at 85
    Vocabulary score A
    100% psychic
    77% real
    Meduim extroversion
    High conscienctiousness
    High agreeableness
    Low neurtoicism
    High openness to experience
    8% addictive
    Passed 8th grade history 6/8
    Act like 34
    96% good
    Quite worldy
    Life blogger
    Linguistic intelligence
    Violet aura

  7. I really like that quote that you started out with.

  8. None of that tells me anything that I did not already know about you, Nick.

  9. These are fun timewasters. I know where to head, on the next rainy afternoon that finds me with that timewasting mood...

  10. I am going to live to be 97, according to that test. I'm not at all sure I want to be around that long.

  11. Nick! I couldn't possibly hope to finish that many quizes in a month, let alone an afternoon! Interesting stuff though ...

  12. Well, this should keep me occupied for the rest of this evening...

    Here's the results of my first one! One down, many more to go!

    Your Thinking is Abstract and Sequential

    You like to do research and collect lots of information.
    The more facts you have, the easier it is for you to learn.

    You need to figure things out for yourself and consider all possibilities.
    You tend to become an expert in the subjects that you study.

    It's difficult for you to work with people who know less than you do.
    You aren't a very patient teacher, and you don't like convincing people that you're right.

  13. Oi! Looong tests. What was Alex doing while you were taking all these tests? You definately are a Pundit Blogger though.



  14. THOMAS: Being serious for a moment, from what I’ve read, the majority of folks who are “psychic” have no idea that they are. They just think that everyone is like them because they’ve never experienced what it’s like not to be psychic. That’s rather like the mindset of a Republican.

    ALELAMALU: It really didn’t take that long to complete those. Maybe an hour? A bit longer than a 50 minute therapy session.

    COFFEE MESSIAH: There really wasn’t much else to do. I was waiting for the furball to decide to come home. I just played with those until I heard Alex scratching at the door. Which is, BTW, exactly what I am doing now.

  15. CAROL: Yeah, I hadn’t realized how many of those I’d done until I published this post. Ain’t nobody 100% good!

    SASSY MAMA BEAR: I should have gotten 8/8 rather than 7/8 on American history. Damn it!

    JODY: Actually it was rather warm when I did that test. [:-)

  16. Those quizzes are fun to take. They give one something to do.

  17. WILLOW: Thanks for dropping by. I see that you’re the only reader thus far to join me in ALL of the tests. Congratulations! BTW, I hopped over to your blog, which is neat.

    ANGUS: Actually I found Lin Yutang’s words—“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.”— AFTER I posted this and then added them because they seemed to appropriate.

    YOUR BEST MAN: Really? Am I that open and transparent? I think that confirms one of those tests!

  18. LAVINIA LADYSLIPPER: Enjoy them! BTW, most of the quizzes, at least on that site, seemed directed toward women.

    LAURIE: 97? If you make it to that age, science may have progressed to the point of extending life another 100 or so years.

    DANA: Oh, I’m sure you could quickly finish those. I estimate they averaged about 3-4 minutes to do each one.

    MAUIGIRL: Thinks for posting that. I just compared it with my result of “Concrete and Sequential.” I like yours better.

  19. RENIE: Oh, all of ‘em weren’t long. Some had just 4 or so questions. Alex was outside catting around while I did those tests. That’s exactly what the furball is doing now. He’s been outside most of the evening.

    LITTLE LAMB: Yep, they can be fun. That’s exactly why I took them. And, I suppose, to keep me awake until Alex decided to come inside.

  20. You are only 76 percent good? I think that quiz did not work right.

    I love it. Glad you were able to wander about even if it was not a Muffin walk about or a drive or what ever else.

    I am finally done with what I was working on and, hopefully, back to blogging again. I missed reading your blog.

  21. Those look like fun. I think I am going to play with them.

  22. there are so many things to discover about my self.Thanks.
    I only toook a couple so fatr I'm abstact and something else.I'm gonna die at 18.

  23. BARMAN: May I assume that you have celebrated completing that project? As for me, I may go back and do some more quizzes. It’s after midnight and the furball is again outside catting around. He came in log enough to eat some of his favorite cat food and then demanded to go out again. Damned cat!

    PICKY BECKY: Thanks for coming by Nick’s Bytes and leaving a comment. Have fun if you decide to play with the quizzes.

    MIKE: You’re going to die at 18? Wouldn’t that mean that you are already dead? I certainly hope not! Your result on that was is indicative of the accuracy of those quizzes.

  24. So far I've tried the Aura, Intelligence, and Wine tests. Every one has matched yours. They probably won't all match, but I thought that it was funny that the first three I tried did.

  25. i'm glad you enjoyed the quizzes, nick! i thought the results on your blogger quiz was right on! they're a kind of fun way to while away some time......

    i think the quote by lin yutang would be a perfect epitaph!

    btw, monday's jokes were soooo good!!