Friday, September 22, 2006

Friday quiz

From Quizilla: What obsolete skill are you?

You are Gregg shorthand. Originally designed to enable people to write faster, it is also very useful for writing things which one does not want other people to read, inasmuch as almost no one knows shorthand any more.You know how important it is to do things efficiently and on time. You also value your privacy, and (unlike some people) you do not pretend to be friends with just everyone; that would be ridiculous. When you do make friends, you take them seriously, and faithfully keep what they confide in you to yourself. Unfortunately, the work which you do (which is very important, of course) sometimes keeps you away from social activities, and you are often lonely. Your problem is that Gregg shorthand has been obsolete for a long time.

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Please excuse the dodgy format. I think the Blogger line breaks are messing with the way the thing is set out, but I've run out of time to fiddle any more and it's still skewwhiff. Damnation, etc.

Very happy to align myself with Gregg shorthand, by the way. I like the way it looks: that sparse sort of squiggly motion is really nice. What a pity it disappeared (if it has).


I couldn't stand the mess and couldn't fix it either. Quizilla has a "plain code" option but I couldn't get it to work; maybe you have to be a member. So here we go with a plain post instead. But on the way here I found a list of this quiz's other possible results and some of them are quite amusing (and not all of them are so very obsolete, either):

- Growing one's own food: "Your puritanical work ethic makes makes people think that you are weird, and not much fun."
- French: "You have a certain appreciation for the finer things in life, which is a diplomatic way of saying that you are a disgusting hedonist."
- Latin: " have a certain fascination with the grotesque and the profane. Also, the modern world rejects you like a bad transplant."
- Juggling: "You are friendly and well-liked, particularly for your sense of humor, although you sometimes play with people's heads."
- Programming in QBASIC: "...your emotionally unstable friends may be put off by your devotion to logic; they may even accuse you of pedantry and insensitivity."
- Regularly metric verse: "You enjoy the company of other people, but they find you unexcitable and depressing."