Political Compass revisited

Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 21:49 | Posted in entertainment, Politics, web tests | Leave a comment

Last time I did the Political Compass Test was a bit more than three years ago. This is the result I got back then, together with coordinates of then US presidential candidates:

I did the test again today with a somewhat different result:

It looks like I have become a bit more libertarian (a slide from -6,82 to -7,18) and quite a bit more left-leaning (from -3,50 to -5,38). What has happened in the mean time, one might wonder. Have I changed or has the World around me changed?

Probably both. I do not remember how I answered the individual questions last time but my basic values have certainly not changed as much as the result might indicate. I have certainly gained a few years worth of experience which may have contributed that I have put those questions in a different context than three years ago. Then again, the World has also taken a few steps ahead from that time.

The more I see various governments trying to regulate life of citizens, the less I tend to trust them. That would explain the slight shift towards a libertarian direction. The left slide is a bit more difficult to understand. Maybe it is that the economic crisis was not exactly caused by too much of governmental regulation of the market but rather by lack of it. While I trust governments less than I used to, I definitely also trust corporate businesses much less. When the economy was booming, they did not want the governments around but as soon as they fucked up the economy, they cried for the governments to bail them out.

As always, I regard this sort of tests as entertainment  rather than science. Also, some of the questions were not very accurate and the difference between agree/disagree and strongly agree/strongly disagree is not very big.

I nicked it

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 18:26 | Posted in copyright, entertainment, it | 3 Comments

This comic is intended to be stolen. Since it has a very good point I went ahead and nicked it.

via RA-Blog

Bullocks – no Star Trek for you

Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 18:10 | Posted in entertainment, Media, youtube | Leave a comment

YouTube an CBS have reached an agreement on legitimate streaming of CBS content:

CBS wasn’t ready to share its ad revenue with Hulu in March, but the network is alright splitting those dollars with YouTube. Today, CBS began streaming content on Google’ video site. For now the network is showing a random smattering of shows that include “MacGyver,” “Star Trek,” the original “Beverly Hills 90210,” and current episodes of “The Young and the Restless.” Season premieres of Showtime’s “Dexter” and “Californication” will also be available.

While the content does not sound like my pint of beer, it is positive per se that the network is taking steps in a more sensible direction in terms of making their content available in the web. As it turns out, though, I need not bother anyway:

No cookie for me. Did not want one in the first place so I do not mind. I suppose anybody hereabouts who want to watch this sort of shows can continue to do so without any revenue floating to CBS and YouTube. It is technically illegal but I do not think they mind.

A poor bank robber

Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 20:42 | Posted in entertainment, web tests | 2 Comments

It is not that I would be inclined to committing bank robberies but I just could not resist the temptation of taking this test. It shows that I would not be much of a bank robber. This is the amount of money I would manage to carry.

Then again, I hear that dollar is recovering. 🙂

Via Aarne


Quiz brought to you by money.co.uk

In anticipation of Euro 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 0:51 | Posted in entertainment, Euro-2008, football, Sports | 4 Comments

It is less than three days to kickoff of the prime time entertainment season also known as the Euro 2008 football tournament. My relationship to football is very selective. I only watch the best games there are to be seen which is the Euro and World Cup tournaments.

The first game between Switzerland and the Czech Republic is going to be played on Saturday evening so there is still some time to bring beer and snacks to the kitchen. It is also advisable to use these last pre-tournament days to get any unavoidable work done so that no boring duties are going to interfere in the major goal of seeing all those goals, swearing over incompetent refereeing and admiring the great art of Italian movie.

Having a friendly recreational and non-commercial pool contest is by now a tradition in context of international football events. This years pool is hosted by Thomas. It is open for everybody to join but you had better hurry if you are interested because there is room for just 300 players.

Incidentally, I seem to be the first person to sign up whih is why I am leading the contest at this moment, probably for the first and last time: 😛

Another personality test

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 18:47 | Posted in entertainment, Not serious, web tests | Leave a comment

via Ramloff

I did another one of those endless personality tests. This one is thorough, to say the least: there are a bit over 100 questions probably to catch any attempt to cheat.

You are supposed to evaluate statements about yourself in a five point scale between very inaccurate and very accurate. The test does not accept unanswered questions which brought me a dilemma with question number 92: “I like the band The Pixies“. Now, how am I supposed to evaluate that statement when I have never heard of them?

As usual, some of the results are accurate, others less so. The following verbal statements are at large acceptable:

Stability results were medium which suggests you are moderately relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic.

Orderliness results were low which suggests you are overly flexible, improvised, and fun seeking at the expense too often of reliability, work ethic, and long term accomplishment.

Extraversion results were medium which suggests you are moderately talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting.

Finally, here are the numbers:

Advanced Global Personality Test Results

Extraversion |||||||||||| 50%
Stability |||||||||||| 50%
Orderliness |||| 18%
Accommodation |||||| 30%
Interdependence |||||||||| 36%
Intellectual |||||||||||||| 54%
Mystical |||||| 23%
Artistic |||||||||||||| 56%
Religious || 10%
Hedonism |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Materialism |||||| 30%
Narcissism |||||||||||| 50%
Adventurousness |||||||||||||||| 63%
Work ethic |||||||||||| 43%
Humanitarian |||||||||||||| 56%
Conflict seeking |||||||||||| 50%
Need to dominate |||||| 23%
Romantic |||||| 23%
Avoidant |||||||||||||||| 63%
Anti-authority |||||||||||||| 56%
Wealth |||||| 30%
Dependency |||||| 23%
Change averse |||||||||||| 43%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||||| 63%
Individuality |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Sexuality |||||||||||||| 56%
Peter pan complex |||||||||||| 50%
Family drive || 10%
Physical Fitness |||||| %
Histrionic |||||||||||| 43%
Paranoia |||||||||||||||| 63%
Vanity || 10%
Honor |||||| 30%
Thriftiness |||||| 30%

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Have you ever…?

Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 11:23 | Posted in entertainment, meme | Leave a comment

I picked this meme from Siim. I decided to give it a try although some of the questions sound a bit like “Are you now or have you ever…?”. I am not passing this one to any unsuspecting victim. Whoever has the guts is welcome to bring it further.

Have had taken a picture of you naked?

No. Neither have I taken a nude self portrait.

Made money illegally?

Not on illegal activities but I may have received envelope payments without declaring the income.

Had a one night stand?


Been in a fist fight?

Yes but the last one took place for about 40 years ago.

Slept with your best friend?

Not while they were my best friend. Some of the people I slept with later became my best friend.

Had sex in a public place?

Technically yes. But a meadow at three in the morning is practically quite a private place.

Ditched work to have sex?

I may have.

Slept with a member of the same sex?


Seen someone die?

No but I saw my father shortly before he died.

Ran from the police?

Not exactly ran but I have once in a while tried to avoid meeting a police officer.

Woke up somewhere and not remember how you got there?

It happens occasionally on varying reasons.

Worn your partners unmentionables?

I stick with my own.

Fallen asleep at work?

Sure, both intendedly and accidentally.

Used toys in the bedroom?

Not in the context obviously intended but I sure played with toys in bedroom as a kid.

Ran a red light?

I do not drive but I have walked a red pedestrian light.

Been fired?


Been in a car accident?

Yes. I was seriously hurt at age eight.

Pole danced or done a striptease?

Not my pint of bitter.

Loved someone you shouldn’t?

Most relations are like that.

Sang karaoke?

Never! And I am not likely to do it.

Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t?

Happens all the time.

Laughed so hard you peed your pants?

Not literally.

Caught someone having sex?


Kissed a perfect stranger?


Shaved your partner?

I am not running a barber’s saloon.

Given your private parts a nickname?

No, they are private enough that I recognize them without a nick.

Ever gone in public without underwear?


Had sex on a roof top?

I would not climb onto a roof top for any reason.

Played chicken?


Mooned/flashed someone?


Do you sleep naked?

Not when I am on my own.

Blacked out from drinking?

It has happened.

Felt like killing someone?

Not seriously.

Had sex more than 5 times in one day?

Probably. Who is counting when in the mood?

Been with someone because they were in a band?

Certainly not! If it had any importance, being in a band would rather effect the other way.

Taken 10 shots of liquor in a day?

I sure have, on many days. 10 is not very much.

Shot a gun?

Yes, in the army.

Gone outside naked?

What else would you expect in a country with thousands of saunas at thousands of lakes? It would be weird if I had not.

Time out

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 12:31 | Posted in entertainment, web tests | Leave a comment

There are so many countries in the World and of course I remember every single one of them. But when I have to type the names of every single one of them in five minutes there are only so many that cross my mind and make my fingers hit the right keys.

via Taliesin

Shame on that low score

Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 14:57 | Posted in Alcohol, entertainment, web tests | Leave a comment

I should not have taken this test while sober. The low score is a disgrace.

via Kati


Neither good nor bad

Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 20:29 | Posted in entertainment, web tests | Leave a comment

Time for another web test. This one says that I am neither good nor evil but neutral. You may think so but I could not possibly comment.

via Kati

How evil are you?

Kucinich and Gravel at my field quarter

Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 19:47 | Posted in Election, entertainment, Politics, USA, web tests | 6 Comments
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I spotted at Chawed Rosin an image of the political compass scores of each of the US presidential hopefuls. Since I happened to take the very same test the other day through my Facebook profile, I inserted my own score (Left/Right: -3.50, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.82) into the same image. This is how I seem to compare to the candidates:

Looks like Mick Gravel and Dennis Kucinich are the only two of the bunch who manage to place themselves at the same field quarter with me. I was no longer surprised for the outcome since Kucinich also topped the result I got from both Candidate Calculator and Presidential Candidate Selector. As for Gravel, he was close to top in Candidate Calculator but somewhere in the mid region in Presidential Candidate Selector.

As usual I want to point out that this sort of surveys should only be considered as web entertainment. I would never consider casting a vote according to a survey score (even if I had one in this particular election). That said, my interest in these two fellows has been awaken.

Rarely right and never honorable

Friday, October 12, 2007 at 22:17 | Posted in entertainment, web tests | Leave a comment

This test apparently knows more about me than I do. The findings are interesting but I am neither going to confirm nor denounce them.

via Punane Hanrahan

Your Personality is Very Rare (INTP)

Your personality type is goofy, imaginative, relaxed, and brilliant.
Only about 4% of all people have your personality, including 2% of all women and 6% of all menYou are Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving.

How Rare Is Your Personality?

Get out of here!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 2:15 | Posted in entertainment, Not serious, web tests | 1 Comment

No way am I going to buy this! And I am not talking about such trivialities as 25 % fascist or 8 % republican, both of which could be regarded as a personal insult. What I mean is that no way can I be 100 % democrat!

Why? Because I did inhale it and i did have sex with that woman! Not that woman, though.

  You scored as Democrat, <‘Imunimaginative’s Deviantart Page’>


What Political Party Do Your Beliefs Put You In?
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via Kati

Edit: Barbara seems to be greener than she would like to. 🙂

Moral boosting PR

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 20:52 | Posted in entertainment, funny, internet, video, youtube | Leave a comment

I recently wrote about cultural differences between British and German armed forces in context of video footage of off duty recreation of soldiers on a mission in the wide World. I was wondering if the German Bundeswehr are just lacking any sense of humor or if they have a completely different understanding of transparency. The British Army also seems to be better in understanding that not only does this sort of footage in the web boost the moral of the troops, it also serves as free PR for the military.

The British Army may be supportive of these recreational activities, either openly or unofficially, but the US Navy seems to have a full hearted policy of not only encouraging but also providing resources for the activities. Just imagine what the cost must have been for producing this VAW-116 Hawkeye Squadron version of Hey Ya on board USS Abraham Lincoln:

I would say that the money and effort is well spent. More than 600.000 views at YouTube and over 3500 users bookmarking the clip within 11 months would be honoring for any commercial project produced at a considerably higher cost. As I read in Stoi Bär Blog, the clip has even been run in US TV.

Blog-abfertigung has more footage produced by US Navy units.

News junkie

Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 23:22 | Posted in entertainment, Not serious | Leave a comment

I do not agree that you need to be a news junkie to score 12 out of 12 in Spiegel’s pub quiz. Most of the questions are easy to guess if you did not read the story. Which is not to say that I would not be a news junkie.

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