Accent quiz

Oct. 1st, 2011 01:10 am
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Swiped from [ profile] penny_sieve

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Neutral. Not Northern, Southern, or Western, just American. Your national American identity is more important to you than your local identity, because you don't really have a local identity to begin with.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

Yep. That sounds about right--at least as far as my accent goes. I don't know why having a neutral accent would imply that I "don't have a local identity", though.

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An interesting little quiz, gacked from [ profile] lunalovepotter:

Your result for The Fan Fiction Personality Test...

The True Fan

OOC is blasphemy, canon is everything.

Once you fall in love with a movie, book or TV series, you are loyal like an old dog. You take fanfiction quite seriously and use it as a substitute after the canon runs out.

You are probably a walking dictionary of your favourite fandom and you are picky about what you write and read. The closer to the "real thing" fanfiction is, the more you like it.

You would rather explore a character in all depth, see new sides and learn more about them than create new characters or mix up the situations they are in.

Take The Fan Fiction Personality Test at OkCupid

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I swiped this from [ profile] blpurdom, and I think it's one of the most interesting quizzes I've done in a while. (It is a bit long, though.) My result:

Your result for Which fantasy writer are you?...

Susan Cooper (b. 1935)

3 High-Brow, -29 Violent, -25 Experimental and -13 Cynical!

Congratulations! You are High-Brow, Peaceful, Traditional and Romantic! These concepts are defined below.

Though born in England, Susan Cooper currently lives in the United States. She is most well-known for her The Dark Is Rising sequence, which has received substantial critical acclaim, the second book (also called The Dark Is Rising) in the series winning a Newbury Honor and the fourth book (The Grey King) being awarded the Newbury Medal, one of the world's most prestigious awards for children's literature. The series is one of the finest examples of contemporary fantasy: the kind of fantasy where magic happens in an actually existing place. The Dark Is Rising is set in Britain, where two common themes of fantasy are combined; that of a magic world parallel to ours, which later became so popular with the Harry Potter books and that of ordinary British school-children playing a role in the struggle between Good and Evil, which had earlier been explored by C S Lewis.

Cooper manages to use the idiom of traditional children books to tell a tale of epic proportions, as evil beings from Celtic legends appear on Earth to do battle with the Old Ones, a secret society of people with magic powers. She is also able to combine this rather romantic vision with important messages, the compassion of one of the children being vital to the cause of Good at one point in the story. In Cooper's world, what you think and do matters on a grand scale, a message children and adults alike should take to their hearts.

You are also a lot like Ursula K Le Guin.

If you want some action, try China Miéville.

If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, Lian Hearn.

Your score

This is how to interpret your score:Read more... )

I haven't read Cooper's books, but of course I've heard of them. I think we have some at the school where I teach. This makes me want to check them out.


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Time to start talking politics. Election Day in the US is just a few weeks away. Unfortunatly, I've been too busy to ponder the issues as deeply as I'd like. But I do have some nice fluffy quiz results to share, and a link or two to some articles/sites that I think provide food for thought.

First, the quiz, which I grabbed from [ profile] buongiornodaisy:

You scored as Old School Democrat. Old school Democrats emphasize economic justice and opportunity. The Democratic ideal is best summarized by the Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.


Old School Democrat


Socially Conservative Republican


Foreign Policy Hawk




Pro Business Republican


New Democrat




What's Your Political Philosophy?
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As happens to me often on political quizzes, my results seem to suffer from dissociative identity disorder. are the links.

A couple of posts by Patterico about the Iraq war that I've been mulling over:

1. Phil Carter is back from Iraq, and has an op-ed in the New York Times that you can read here. Any supporter of the war needs to read it. Carter says:

The war I knew was infinitely more complex, contradictory and elusive than the one described in the network news broadcasts or envisioned in the new field manual. When I finally left Baquba, the violent capital of Iraq’s Diyala Province, I found myself questioning many aspects of our mission and our accomplishments, both in a personal search for meaning and a quest to gather lessons that might help those soldiers who will follow me.

2. I have probably never agreed with Goldberg as totally as I do in this opening passage. He puts into words several concepts that I have been thinking myself lately — namely, the war was a mistake given what we know now, but it was the right call based on what we knew at the time.

And a recent article from the Sojourners blog; the comments occupied my mind as much as, if not more than, the original article, so I recommend reading them as well:

But the wind is changing at Bethel, and among a new generation of evangelical students across the country. Yesterday was a dramatic demonstration of that change, one that will be most significant for both faith and politics in America.

I started my day at Bethel by speaking in chapel and asking a new generation to "clear up the confusion" in this nation about what it means to follow Jesus. I asked them if they wanted to be true evangelicals, defined by the root meaning of the word "evangel," which literally means "good news."

My own comment on the article debunks a false soundbite that has been a pet peeve of mine since 2004, so I'm reproducing it here for the benefit of my flist:

Abortions did not increase under Bush. Here is the article at FactCheck.Org debunking the claim: article...rticle330m.html

The article explains why the CDC's numbers are not helpful in determining the truth of the matter. Our best source of info on abortion statistics is the Guttmacher Institute, and their numbers show the claim to be false.

I don't necessarily disagree with the idea that there are important ways society can discourage abortion without totally prohibiting it (although I personally believe it should be prohibited legally as well as prevented by other means). I would like to see that position supported by facts, however, rather than information that is demonstrably false.



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