Tuesday, November 15, 2005

This explains a lot

Poached from Zoilus, and probably the only thing I have in common with John Cale:

Songs of Innocence, Introduction
You are 'regularly metric verse'. This can take
many forms, including heroic couplets, blank
verse, and other iambic pentameters, for
example. It has not been used much since the
nineteenth century; modern poets tend to prefer
rhyme without meter, or even poetry with
neither rhyme nor meter.

You appreciate the beautiful things in life--the
joy of music, the color of leaves falling, the
rhythm of a heartbeat. You see life itself as
a series of little poems. The result (or is it
the cause?) is that you are pensive and often
melancholy. You enjoy the company of other
people, but they find you unexcitable and
depressing. Your problem is that regularly
metric verse has been obsolete for a long time.


What obsolete skill are you?
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7 Comments:

Blogger striatic said...

"You are 'Latin'. Even among obsolete skills, the tongue of the ancient Romans is a real anachronism. With its profusion of different cases and conjugations, Latin is more than a language; it is a whole different way of thinking about things.

You are very classy, meaning that you value the classics. You value old things, good things which have stood the test of time. You value things which have been proven worthy and valuable, even if no one else these days sees them that way. Your life is touched by a certain 'pietas', or piety; perhaps you are even a Stoic. Nonetheless, you have a certain fascination with the grotesque and the profane. Also, the modern world rejects you like a bad transplant. Your problem is that Latin has been obsolete for a long time."

guess i have a dead language to learn.

10:07 PM, November 15, 2005  
Blogger Cornelius Crab said...

I'm regularly metric verse! It must be good, as it puts us in the 92nd percentile. Alas, being newly blogless I cannot tell anyone.

11:09 PM, November 15, 2005  
Blogger Nadia said...

Striatic, I can totally see you as Latin :^)

Cornelius: welcome to the club! You can always spread the word via annoying mass e-mails.

11:18 PM, November 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was really unexpected ...

"You are 'programming in QBASIC'. This programming language (of which the acronym stands for 'Quick Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code'), which is so primitive that it cannot easily be used for any purpose involving the Internet nor even sound, was current more than a decade ago.

"You are independent, in a good way. When something which you need cannot be found, you make it yourself. In writing and in talking with people, you value clarity and precision; your friends may not realize how important that is. When necessary, you are prepared to be a mediator in conflicts between your friends. You are very rational, and you think of things in terms of logic and common sense. Unfortunately, your emotionally unstable friends may be put off by your devotion to logic; they may even accuse you of pedantry and insensitivity. Your problem is that programming in QBASIC has been obsolete for a long time."

-- maggie (p.s. missed you at Lex)

8:25 AM, November 16, 2005  
Blogger Mark said...

Hmm. I'm not sure I should admit this ("not much fun"), but

You are 'growing one's own food'.

You are guided by two words: 'Live simply.' You value quality over quantity in most things, and you have little use for the materialism and consumerism of modern culture. You know the value of hard work and try to be self-sufficient as much as possible, and what you do you do well. Unfortunately, no man is an island, and you cannot do everything yourself. Your puritanical work ethic makes makes people think that you are weird, and not much fun. Your problem is that growing one's own food has been obsolete for a long time.

8:42 PM, November 17, 2005  
Blogger Nadia said...

Mark: Well, I'm "unexcitable and depressing," which is perhaps worse. At least your skill is organic. :^)

9:09 PM, November 17, 2005  
Blogger Mark said...

Yes, but in my case, everything is true!

11:11 AM, November 19, 2005  

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