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The research I started working on towards the end of the summer (Cyclic Universe, not Matrix Theory) is panning out really well. We've pretty much proven what we set out to show, it's just a matter of filling in the details and writing things up. So it will probably result in a paper in the not-too-distant future, although it took longer than it should have and there are more interesting things I could have been working on instead. I really didn't want to do cosmology, but I won't object to it as long as it's temporary. I guess I never mentioned this, but the Matrix Theory stuff (which was actual High Energy Theory, not just cosmology) I was working on starting at the beginning of the summer never amounted to anything. I found one of the assumptions we had started with at the beginning was just wrong, which led to an immediate dead-end. So much for that! But I learned more from that project than I did from this Cyclic Universe stuff, so I kind of wish I could think of something else to do relating to Matrix Theory again.

The other good news is, I officially got a TA sabbatical for the Spring this year (as opposed to the one in the Fall I thought I was getting which instead got turned down at the last minute), which means I don't have to worry about TA or research money that quarter, it's already set up for me. That should be nice, as so far I've been living off TA income and doing research on the side. It's also the quarter that both General Relativity and Algebraic Topology are offered, so I might decide to take a full load of classes and use the rest of my time for research. Maybe in the winter I can get an actual RA, although from what I've found so far the money here for theorists is quite scarce. So I should probably email the philosophy department again and see if they'll have me back... still haven't gotten around to that.

The only bad news I have to report is that my halloween costume has not been coming along well. I searched all around Tuesday for supplies but found almost nothing that will work... and I've been busy enough it's hard to find the time to think about it. Going to try again on Saturday, but that's really kind of last minute. So I may or may not have a decent costume ready in time.

Just took the MBTI test again for the zillionth time. As well as the "Big 5" personality test, which is one I've never taken before. As always, I came out

(from http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm)
Introverted 22%
Intuitive 100%
Thinking 25%
Judging 33%
You are:

    * slightly expressed introvert
    * very expressed intuitive personality
    * moderately expressed thinking personality
    * moderately expressed judging personality

Mastermind descrption

And the new "Big Five" results...

I'm a O90-C86-E18-A4-N49 Big Five
You enjoy having novel experiences and seeing things in new ways. (Your percentile: 90)
You are very well-organized, and can be relied upon. (Your percentile: 86)
You probably enjoy spending quiet time alone. (Your percentile: 18)
You find it easy to criticize others. (Your percentile: 4)
You aren't particularly nervous, nor calm. (Your percentile: 49)

Interesting how on the Big 5 personality test, they put "openness to new experience" with "intellect" grouping them under one heading in their description of the first axis. I've always associated the two, but I wouldn't have expected them to be so blatent about it on a personality test. Wouldn't most people say it's possible to be open or closed to new experiences independant of intellect? I would expect there is a strong correlation, but I don't think this is highly publicized or universally accepted. Interestingly, a part of the mastermind description which I've never noticed before reads "Masterminds are the most open-minded of all the types. No idea is too far-fetched to be entertained-if it is useful. Masterminds are natural brainstormers, always open to new concepts and, in fact, aggressively seeking them." I think they know me too well :)


I don't know why I keep taking this test; I've succumbed to it at least once or twice a year every year for the past 8 or 9 years. I've practically memorized the questions by now, although I've taken at least 5 or 6 different versions. But somehow I always think to myself "maybe this time I've grown as a person and I'll come out something different... more interesting!" But no, I'm the classic Mastermind, forever lumped in with Ayn Rand, Friedrich Nietzsche, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, Ulysses S. Grant, et al. As were at least 75% of my friends at Georgia Tech. Nowadays I seem to be making friends with a much more diverse array of personalities, which I think is good for me. But apparently personality is relatively stable over the years (aside from one brief period of my life where I was coming out slightly on the "F" side of T/F).

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squarkz
Oct. 28th, 2005 08:58 am (UTC)
i have never, ever tested as anything other than ENTP, and over the years, i've only settled more and more into my ENTP ways and each metric has become even more extreme.

i used to approach every test with the optimistim you have, that maybe i'd finally have grown into something else, because i don't know, i FEEL totally different than the person i was five years ago.

these days, i just completely embrace being ENTP. it does fit me really well.
spoonless
Oct. 28th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)

that maybe i'd finally have grown into something else, because i don't know, i FEEL totally different than the person i was five years ago.

Yeah... that's exactly how I feel. I'm like "damnit I've changed!"

these days, i just completely embrace being ENTP. it does fit me really well.

Well, ENTP is almost always the direction I wish I was in... more extraverted and more spontaneous. So I'm envious of ENTP's. I did notice that my Introversion score has gone down from about 75% to an alltime low of 22% now... so maybe it will eventually cross the line, I haven't yet given up hope :)
cola_fan
Oct. 28th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
The sabbatical sounds like a sweet deal. More time for research and life.

I've consistently been INTP, the Architect. I think it's like INTJ except maybe less directive roles, maybe less planned.

Look forward to seeing your costume.
msbeanhead
Oct. 28th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'm borderlione Champions/Teacher, although I could be borderline Guardian Champion, depending on which free version of the test I take. :)
Strangely enough, two of my best friends are Masterminds, so join the club.
spoonless
Oct. 28th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)

I'm borderlione Champions/Teacher, although I could be borderline Guardian Champion, depending on which free version of the test I take. :)

Having a mix of different traits is probably good... means your well balanced :)

Strangely enough, two of my best friends are Masterminds, so join the club.

It's not all that strange, if you know them from Georgia Tech. Practically everyone I knew there who took it got INTJ. Saw a couple INTP's and ENTJ's, but that was about it.
mpnolan
Oct. 28th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
Why do you suppose the INTJ population is so dense among your GT friends?

I've consistently tested INTP (professionally, too), but I contend that I haven't experienced enough to know for sure.
spoonless
Oct. 28th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)

Why do you suppose the INTJ population is so dense among your GT friends?

Well, the NT subgroup of personalities is the "rationalists" which tend to be the people who do best going into science, engineering, or architecture. Considering those are all specialities of Georgia Tech, particularly engineering (our school fight song was "I'm a Ramblin' Wrek from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer!"), it's not surprising that NT dominates. As far as the I, the school is also known for having a lot of introverts. The J versus P distinction is based on whether someone is into planning and organization (J) or if they are more spontaneous and free-living (P). Most of my friends for the first 4 or 5 years I was there were either computer engineering or chemical engineering majors... both of which I think tend to fit the J stereotype. Later in my college years I grew to be more friends with computer science majors, who are typically P's rather than J's. But I didn't see many of them take the test, so I don't know for sure.
icarusdiver
Oct. 28th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
Sweet!
Congratulations on getting the sabbatical!
amberphlame
Oct. 28th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
borderline F/T
that would be me: (as if you didn't know this yet!) http://www.personalitypage.com/ENFP.html

looking fw to seeing you in a few weeks! :)
gustavolacerda
Oct. 29th, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
oh, I recently took the Big 5 too (see LJ)!

I thought XNTPs were more open-minded than XNTJs. Afterall, the J means you make decisions soon and stick with them.
spoonless
Oct. 29th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)

oh, I recently took the Big 5 too (see LJ)!

Yeah, I actually stole it from yours :) forgot to give you credit. Anyway, it looks like we came out pretty similar. I noticed we both got very much towards the "judgemental/rude" end of the spectrum. This was surprising to me, as I consider myself a very polite and non-judgemental person (and I think most of my friends would agree). It must mean something, but I'm not sure what.


I thought XNTPs were more open-minded than XNTJs. Afterall, the J means you make decisions soon and stick with them.

Yeah, I'm kind of surprised at that too. I know there was a question about whether you're more comfortable making a decision permanent or leaving it open and subject to change. I answered the latter, but I assumed that was one of the places where I was more P than J.

The only way in which it makes sense to me is in terms of contingency planning. I like to plan a main course of action and then have all sorts of backup plans... and the same thing with my ideas. Usually I adopt beliefs fairly quickly but they're always open and subject to revision in the future. The profile for INTJ says that this is one of the key aspects of the mastermind personality. But I agree that some of it seems to fit P more than J which is strange. Unless we're missing some element of the distinction. I think the main reason I'm a J is because I start planning most things way in advance rather than acting impulsively or spontaneously. Even if my plans are subject to modification up until the last minute. I also just tend to be very organized in how I think about things... I use very systematic methods rather than exploring randomly.
tinkerbell_mk
Nov. 6th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
I just love the Myers-Briggs tests because my friend's grandfather is Myers!
spoonless
Nov. 7th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)
Wow, that's way cool!
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