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And now for something completely different…

Are you right brained or left? Can you switch back and forth or is it pretty set in stone?

Skra linked me to this article from the Australian Hearld Sun website. I can’t say for certain that this is actually scientifically legit…but hell, this is the internet…since when do you have to have sound proof to actually say something on the internet?

Here’s the deal: watch the image, does the “dancer” go clockwise, or counter(anti) clockwise? Can you make her switch directions?

This is what the Herald Sun says

THE Right Brain vs Left Brain test … do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
knowing
acknowledges
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies
practical
safe

RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses feeling
“big picture” oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
believes
appreciates
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
impetuous
risk taking

Me personally…at first glance she goes clockwise, but I am able to make her switch directions (I’m not telling how…you have to figure that out for yourself.

And while I acknowledge this whole thing could be a massive load…it’s still fun!

(btw…kudos to you if you know where the title of this post is from without googling it)

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The Police Officer’s Dilemma

So University of Chicago’s Stereotyping and Prejudice Research Laboratory came up with a first-person-shooter style test game where pictures white and black men, armed and unarmed, are flashed in front of real life backgrounds like diners, apartment buildings, business offices, and forested areas. Your job is to determine, in mere seconds, whether the person is armed or unarmed and either holster your weapon or shoot. You really only have milliseconds to decide. If you wait too long you lose points. Shoot an unarmed man you lose points, holster for an armed man you lose points. The only way to increase your score is to make the correct decision. At the end of the “game” (which seems to not only go on forever, but also speeds up more towards the end) you’re given a score and a time average for your reactions to each image divided by race and whether or not they were armed.

Sadly there were vast differences in my reaction times.

Kind of disappointing, huh? Try it yourself, see how you score.

(hat tip to actingwhite)

There is no such thing as a fun day of shopping when you’ve got big bewbs

So today H sent me out into the world with his debit card (WOO HOO TAX RETURN!) and told me to pick up a few shirts that are weather appropriate. So I merrily skipped along to Old Navy (trying to get more bang for my buck and not look like I just waltz out of the thrift store…though I do enjoy second hand shops). And that’s when the merriness stopped. Like a screeching halt just in time to prevent a collision with a mac truck stop. Shirts, by and large, are not made for women who have big busts and smaller waists. As discussed before (f.ck you, find the post called BEWBS! yer damn self), I’m a 36DDD. This means the top of my tops has to be a large (or extra large depending on the cut) while everything below the boob-area can be a medium to large (again, depending on the cut). However, shirts are not made like that, unless you’re ordering from Bravissimo, and I just don’t have the sort of money that let’s me pay for something in £s (the British pound is worth about $2…so just double the price of everything and there you have it) and have it shipped from the UK to here.

This means a lot of rack diving and store hopping to find the right shirt that doesn’t strain at the bust or look like you bought it in the maternity section.

Old Navy was a bust (no pun intended). Everything was cut low, haltered and made for skinny bitches who don’t have 36DDD puppies to keep in line and thus can go bra-less (*deep breath* I don’t hate skinny girls…I don’t hate skinny girls…I don’t hate skinny girls).

So I hit Dress Barn…where the sizes aren’t quite what they say they are. I found a few shirts on sale (YAY SALE!). One was a 3/4 length shirt with a cute print on the front and back in French about bicycles. The only size they had was a medium and I’m hoping that it stretches a bit in the wash or else The Girls may make an unexpected appearance one of these days. The other was a great button down with an attached belt. It took three tries to find a shirt that fit properly. The medium gave the clear threat that if I so much as yawned the tiny little plastic button that just barely held my shirt together at the bust was going to go flying and put someone’s eye out. Large was more subtle; it gave the message that even though it fit right everywhere else, the strain on the button at my bust threw up a big red sign that read “I really wanted this shirt and am willing to ignore the fact that it doesn’t fit right across the boobs just so I can have it.” Not good. So I had to go to extra large. If it weren’t for the attached belt, the damn thing would still be on the rack. Sure it fit perfectly across the bust, but without the belt it’d look like I had grabbed it from the maternity section.

Sigh

Next stop was Marshall’s. Yeah that was a joke. Off to Plato’s closet. Ok, before you go on about how I’m wrong for being just this side of thirty and shopping in a second hand store that specialises in juniors clothes just one thing: kiss my ass. I get my clothes cheap and if I have to go digging through racks of clothes that make me want to weep because an extra large is barely big enough for me to breathe in…I will.

I grabbed a few shirts there, tried them on, and put them back. On my way out the store a long white Indian style tunic with silver embroidery caught my eye. Extra large and $14 (it was J Crew so it probably cost the original owner over $30). I said screw trying it on, snatched it off the rack and slapped down the cash (well, debit card) for it.

I also dropped by WalMart (which I usually avoid because…well because it’s WalMart and WalMart is the devil), and for some reason their plus sized women’s section is three times the size of their regular section so I moseyed over to the mens section and found an awesome Lynard Skynard thermal for $5. SCORE!

I skipped home merrily, trying to ignore the injustice that there are a ton of cute shirts out there that don’t fit because I have big boobs.

I do the same thing when I return home from jeans shopping. The day I buy a pair of jeans without the booty gap will be the happiest day of my life.

Reasons to fear the fact that the fate of our world will be in the hands of today’s kids

Going through my RSS reader’s “recommended feeds” I came across one titled “Computer Class”. Now, I thought this was a clever title that meant something other than the obvious…no. It means just what it says. She’s blogging while in Computer class.

I saw a post stating that Wayne state university wasn’t the school for her…so I checked her profile and came across this little nugget of genius:

Why does the color blue mean raspberry-flavored?

It means blue because, berrys are blue.

*blinks, too stunned to say anything*

She’s 14 and wants to be an OB/GYN when she grows up. Dear God what I wouldn’t give to be a man in 15 years if just to avoid the chance of some how having her as my doctor.

Wonders of Nature

Since my net is down currently, I have to walk up to the library to check email and all that. Now the walk isn’t far and the weather has been pleasant since Spring finally decided to show itself. However there’s always been one sign of spring that’s always baffled me. It’s a peculiar tree that I see around a lot. I don’t know the name of this tree, but if there’s one in your area you’ll know it as soon as I describe it.

I first saw this tree in 7th grade. Our school didn’t have a gym so we played in the park across the street from our building. During the spring there were these trees with these gorgeous white flowers covering them. Apple or cherry blossoms I initially thought. But when I got to the trees I was knocked over by the smell. They reeked like something rotten. I figured it was because the park was home to bums at night. But over time I discovered that that wasn’t the case at all. The trees simply stink.

Standing downwind of these things is like standing downwind of raw sewage. Walking past them, it takes a lot not to gag and choke from the stench. I can’t imagine why anyone would willingly plant these foul things in front of their house except to keep guests away.

Unconscious Mutterings

A free association game from subliminal.lunanina.com. She supplies the words, you supply the thoughts.

  1. Thug :: passion
  2. Slurp :: lick
  3. Alley :: way
  4. Sweater vest :: geek
  5. Targeted :: aim
  6. Snazzy :: dresser
  7. Oy! :: vey
  8. Jury duty :: EEK
  9. Low fat :: bland
  10. Responsibility :: life

Unconcious Mutterings

Blame DM for this.

A free association game from Luna Nina. She supplies the words, you supply the thoughts.

  1. Questioning :: reality
  2. Immunity :: invincible
  3. Online dating :: yawn
  4. Calcium :: milk
  5. Dressing :: table
  6. Bucket :: fish
  7. Stain :: dress
  8. Advanced :: algebra
  9. Dramatic :: conclusion
  10. Self-medication :: alcohol

Sometimes I just feel like throwing up my hands and saying,

“Fuck it.”

This isn’t in reference to just ONE thing. It’s in reference to a LOT of things.

Uphill battles that seem to go nowhere fast.

Long, depressing slogs through life’s issues.

Honestly, there are days, when I’m walking somewhere, and I just want to keep walking. No turning around. No going home. Just walking. Constant and dogged forward movement.

I don’t know where I’d go, or how I’d feed myself, or where I’d sleep. Those aren’t as important as just moving forward. Chances are I wouldn’t stop long enough to think about food or sleep. I’d just be walking until I dropped.

In those moments, that situation makes a lot of sense. It seems so plausible. So do-able.

Except…

The Kid.

Not H. Not my family. Not my friends. The Kid.

I couldn’t see just walking away from her. Not like that. Certainly not now.

So whenever I get that feeling. That urge to just throw up my hands, say “Fuck it.” and walk off into the sunset. I see her face. Peeking just above the living room windowsill. Watching. Waiting. And I know I have to come back.

Take from this what you will. I leave it open to interpretation. Bend it, mold it, shape it to fit whatever form you need it to fit.

Dear Winter,

GO AWAY!

*points to the calendar* See that? March 22. You have officially over-stayed your welcome.

YAAAHHHH! BIDGE! YAHHHH!

Grace Kelly (a meme)

Now  don’t look ahead or you will ruin the fun!

 

1. Which describes your perfect date?

a) Candlelight dinner for two

b) Amusement Park

c) Roller blading in the park

d) Rock Concert

e) Have dinner & see a movie

f) Dinner at home with a loved one

 

2. What is your favorite type of music?

a) Rock and Roll

b) Alternative

c) Soft Rock

d) Classical

e) Christian

f) Jazz

 

3. What is your favorite type of movie?

a) Comedy

b) Horror

c) Musical

d) Romance

e) Documentary

f) Mystery

 

4. Which of the following jobs would you choose if you were given only these choices?

a) Waiter/Waitress

b) Sports Player

c) Teacher

d) Policeman

e) Bartender

f) Business person

 

5. Which would you rather do if you had an hour to waste?

a) Work out

b) Make out

c) Watch TV

d) Listen to the radio

e) Sleep

f) Read

 

6. Of the following colors, which do you like best?

a) Yellow

b) White

c) Sky blue

d) Teal

e) Gold

f) Red

 

7. Which one of the following would you like to eat right now?

a) Ice cream

b) Pizza

c) Sushi

d) Pasta

e) Salad

f) Lobster Tail

 

8. Which is your favorite holiday?

a) Halloween

b) Christmas

c) New Year’s

d) Valentine’s Day

e) Thanksgiving

f) Fourth of July

 

9 If you could go to any of the following places, which would it be?

a) Reno

b) Spain

c) Las Vegas

d) Hawaii

e) Hollywood

f) British Columbia

 

10. Of the following, who would you rather spend time with?

a) Someone who is smart

b) Someone with good looks

c) Someone who is a party animal

d) Someone who has fun all the time

e) Someone who is very emotional

f) Someone who is fun to be with

 

Now total up your points on each question:

1 a-4 b-2 c-5 d-1 e-3 f-6

2. a-2 b-1 c-4 d-5 e-3 f-6

3. a-2 b-1 c-3 d-4 e-5 f-6

4. a-4 b-5 c-3 d-2 e-1 f-6

5. a-5 b-4 c-2 d-1 e-3 f-6

6. a-1 b-5 c-3 d-2 e-4 f-6

7. a-3 b-2 c-1 d-4 e-5 f-6

8. a-1 b-3 c-2 d-4 e-5 f-6

9. a-4 b-5 c-1 d-4 e-3 f-6

10. a-5 b-2 c-1 d-3 e-4 f-6

 

NOW take your total and find out which Movie Star you are:

 

(10-17 points) You are MADONNA:

 

You are wild and crazy and you know it. You know how to have fun, but you may take it to extremes. You know what you are doing though, and are much in control of your own life. People don’t always see things your way, but that doesn’t mean that you should do away with your beliefs.  Try to remember that your wild spirit can lead to hurting yourself and others.

 

(18-26 points) You are DORIS DAY:

You are fun, friendly, and popular! You are a real crowd pleaser. You have probably been out on the town your share of times, yet you come home with the values that your mother taught you. Marriage and children are very important to you, but only after you have fun. Don’t let the people you please influence you to stray.

 

(27-34 points) You are DEBBIE REYNOLDS:

 

You are cute, and everyone loves you. You are a best friend that no one takes the chance of losing. You never hurt feelings and seldom have your own feelings hurt. Life is a breeze. You are witty, and calm most of the time. Just keep clear of back stabbers, and you are worry-free.

 

(35-42 points) You are GRACE KELLY:

 

You are a lover. Romance, flowers, and wine are all you need to enjoy yourself You are serious about all commitments and are a family person. You call your Mom every Sunday, and never forget a Birthday. Don’t let your passion for romance get confused with the real thing.

 

(43-50 points) You are KATHERINE HEPBURN:

 

You are smart, a real thinker. Every situation is approached with a plan. You are very healthy in mind and body. You don’t take crap from anyone. You have only a couple of individuals that you consider ‘real friends’. You teach strong family values. Keep your feet planted in them, but don’t overlook a bad situation when it does happen.

 

(51-60 points) You are ELIZABETH TAYLOR:

 

Everyone is in awe of you.  You know what you want and how to get it.  You have more friends than you know what to do with.  Your word is your bond.  Everyone knows when you say something it is money in the bank.  You attract the opposite sex.  Your intelligence overwhelms most.  Your memory is the next thing to photographic.  Everyone admires you because you are so considerate and lovable.  You know how to enjoy life and treat people right.

 

Now put your Movie Star in the subject line, then forward and share with your friends, including the person who sent it to you