2008 Book Tally

Here’s the results for the 2008 Book Tally.

Total: 282 books or 23.5/month (+23 from 2007)

Print books: 218 or 18.2/month (+27 from 2007
Audiobooks: 64 or 5.3/month (-4 from 2007)

I think I read a lot. 🙂

Meme: Howard Gardner’s Eight Types of Intelligence Test

Your result for Howard Gardner’s Eight Types of Intelligence Test…


41% Logical, 16% Spatial, 25% Linguistic, 24% Intrapersonal, 24% Interpersonal, 61% Musical, 20% Bodily-Kinesthetic and 27% Naturalistic!

“This area has to do with rhythm, music, and hearing. Those who have a high level of musical-rhythmic intelligence display greater sensitivity to sounds, rhythms, tones and music. They normally have good pitch and may even have absolute pitch, and are able to sing, play musical instruments, and compose music. Since there is a strong auditory component to this intelligence, those who are strongest in it may learn best via lecture. In addition, they will often use songs or rhythms to learn and memorize information, and may work best with music playing in the background.

Careers which suit those with this intelligence include instrumentalists, singers, conductors, disc-jockeys, and composers.” (Wikipedia)

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Meme: How Many of Me?

I always knew I was unique!
Logo There are
or fewer people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?



Wow, it’s been ages since I posted. I fully attribute it to iPhone-itis. Apparently, my brain can only manage so much personal technology. Since I’ve been totally obsessed with my iPhone 3G, there’s been nothing left for the blog. But all of a sudden I have things to say and the obsession is tapering to some degree. So back to our regular erratic programming.

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The Commonly Confused Words Test

Apparently I’m into tests these days…

Your result for The Commonly Confused Words Test…

English Genius

You scored 100% Beginner, 93% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 87% Expert!

You did so extremely well, even I can’t find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don’t. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you’re not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog: http://shortredhead78.blogspot.com/.

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Personality Test

No great surprises here. And I’m very consistent with the INFJ result.

Your result for The LONG Scientific Personality Test…

INFJ – The Counselor

You scored 45% I to E, 37% N to S, 19% F to T, and 11% J to P!

Your type is best summed up by the word “counselor”, which belongs to the larger group of idealists. Only 2% of the population share your type. You are so empathic that you often know what others need before they know themselves. You are a complex person who can deal with complicated issues and people, almost prefer to, as you love problem solving. You can be something of an idealist or perfectionist, and should try to take yourself a little less seriously.

You are a supportive and insightful romantic partner, encouraging your mate to have dreams and work hard to make those dreams come true. Because you are so creative, you have a wealth of ideas to help them toward those goals. You need harmony so much that you are driven to resolve conflict quickly, as long as the terms don’t violate your ethics. You feel the most appreciated when your partner admires your creativity, trusts your inspirations, and respects your values. It is also vitally important that your partner be open and emotionally available – in other words, that they be willing to share themselves completely.

Your group summary: idealists (NF)

Your type summary: INFJ

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Thunderstorms over the Resevoir

I took these pictures last week when leaving work. I love the sunlight against the tree in front of the storm clouds. The rainbow was just icing on the cake. Click on the pics for the full size image (or as full size as I’m willing to upload the web).



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I’m a Grad Student Again

It’s official. I’m now a non-degree grad student at Penn State. I hope this time to be a grad student for longer than a single class! I think that it’s much more likely because Penn State has a distance education program in Acoustics. I can get a Master of Engineering in Acoustics while staying right here in Massachusetts. That’s very exciting because I had pretty much given up on the idea of being able to do grad work in acoustics. There just aren’t that many programs and there’s only one local one (at BU). And that one is full-time only, which is not an option for me. So this is great but intimidating all at the same time. Better start brushing up on my differential equations…

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This brings back such memories of the Hadronic Festical and the Les Horrible Cernettes. This video is a rap about the new LHC. Warning: don’t watch unless you find science jokes funny. 🙂

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Cat Miracle

Usually when you buy your cat a toy or a scratching thing, they play with the package or ignore it completely. At least that’s the approach the Zoe Cat normally goes for. But I saw this very cool scratcher on Modern Cat the other day and resolved to think about getting one. When I saw it at Target this afternoon, I thought I’d give it a go with no great hope of Zoe Cat usage.

She loves it. I’m shocked. I actually took the tags off because she immediately started attacking the little feather toy attached to it. That feather thing is not going to last long at the rate it’s being attacked. And it looks cool. Yay. Cat and owner happiness. 🙂