I've often heard individuals described as having an "aura of command", "aura of power", or "aura of leadership". Such people are described as having a magnetic personality, of drawing people to them, of entering a room and everyone immediately snaps to attention, of having their every word paid attention to.

I have never met such a person. Do these people, does this quality, really exist? Or is it just a literary hyperbole that people have bought into and pretend exists in real life? Is it just really rare and that's why I haven't encountered it? Is it really common and it's just been the luck of the draw that I haven't met such people? Or am I just insensitive to it?
Everyone's always doing those "25 random songs" memes. I have fun w/ the one where you try to ID the song, and recently decided to see what was on my "Top 25 Most Played Songs" list, so I'm combining the two here. Below is a countdown of the first lines of my 25 most played songs (or the first line w/o the title in it), so the song listed here as #1 is actually the 25th most played. Without the use of Google or other search engines, guess the song title, artist (or cover artist if indicated), and how many plays it has.

  1. All our times have come / Here but now they're gone - "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult ([livejournal.com profile] fireaphid)

  2. Everything is open / Nothing's set in stone [cover?] - "Driftwood" by Aselin Debison [originally by Travis] ([livejournal.com profile] hrafn)

  3. She leads a lonely life - "Don't Turn Around" "All That She Wants" by Ace of Base ([livejournal.com profile] best_ken_ever [livejournal.com profile] soapfaerie - my bad the first time 'round)

  4. Yes, no, maybe / I don't know - "You're Not the Boss of Me" (Malcolm in the Middle theme) by TMBG ([livejournal.com profile] framefolly)

  5. To clear the conscience of who I am

  6. At first I was afraid, I was petrified - "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor ([livejournal.com profile] framefolly)

  7. You're a real tough cookie with a long history - "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benetar ([livejournal.com profile] best_ken_ever)

  8. I keep a close watch on this heart of mine [cover version] - "I Walk the Line" by ____ [originally by Johnny Cash] ([livejournal.com profile] soapfaerie)

  9. A woman on the radio talked about revolution - "Right Here, Right Now" by Jesus Jones ([livejournal.com profile] soapfaerie)

  10. I don't need to fall at your feet - "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West ([livejournal.com profile] tikva)

  11. First, when there's nothing but a slow glowing dream - "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" by Irene Cara ([livejournal.com profile] tikva)

  12. Ah, the more I go, the more there is that makes me wonder

  13. You can do what you want just seize the day

  14. Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night [not the first line, cover?] - "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by They Might Be Giants [originally by The Four Lads] ([livejournal.com profile] best_ken_ever)

  15. I know a girl / She puts the color inside of my world - "Daughters" by John Mayer ([livejournal.com profile] soapfaerie)

  16. I met someone at the dog show - "She's An Angel" by They Might Be Giants ([livejournal.com profile] l0stmyrel1g10n)

  17. I'm trying to tell you something 'bout my life - "Closer to Fine" by the Indigo Girls ([livejournal.com profile] framefolly)

  18. Looks like we're finding out what a true hero is - "Act III" from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog ([livejournal.com profile] best_ken_ever)

  19. Any dolt with half a brain - "Act II" from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog ([livejournal.com profile] best_ken_ever)

  20. Desert loving in your eyes all the way - "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club ([livejournal.com profile] tikva)

  21. I, I got a new life - "I Saw the Sign" by Ace of Base ([livejournal.com profile] soapfaerie)

  22. We're talking away / I don't know what - "Take On Me" by A-Ha ([livejournal.com profile] tikva)

  23. Hah! So that's, you know, coming along - "Act I" from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog ([livejournal.com profile] best_ken_ever)

  24. When you look in the mirror / Wish you were somebody else - "Fa Fa" by Guster ([livejournal.com profile] best_ken_ever)

  25. You called me last night / On the telephone [cover] - "New York City" by They Might Be Giants [originally by Cub] ([livejournal.com profile] best_ken_ever)

Bonus points: What's (apparently) my favorite artist?

Edit: Hints )
asterroc: (Astro - 2MASS)
State your worldview in 5 words or less.

Mine )

Ask me meme

Dec. 9th, 2008 03:26 pm
asterroc: (doll)
The problem with LJ: We all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about each other.

So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.

(Since this is an public entry, I won't be answering any questions that aren't appropriate for a public audience, content-wise and privacy-wise.)

Meme from [livejournal.com profile] rumorofrain.
asterroc: (xkcd - Escher)
If you saw me in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for?


Oct. 8th, 2008 10:46 am

Your result for The Where in America Do You Belong Test...


48% Independent, 36% Traditional, 43% Liberal, 36% Aggressive

You are an empty slate. Perhaps Alaska is the place to figure some stuff out. Or at least inspire a quirky drama series.

Take The Where in America Do You Belong Test at HelloQuizzy

Hah! I do *not* believe that.

Your result for The Perception Personality Image Test...

HFPS - The Humanitarian

Humanity, Foreground, Big Picture, and Shape

You perceive the world with particular attention to humanity. You focus on what's in front of you (the foreground) and how that fits into the larger picture. You are also particularly drawn towards the shapes around you. Because of the value you place on humanity, you tend to seek out other people and get energized by being around others. You like to deal directly with whatever comes your way without dealing with speculating possibilities or outcomes you can't control. You are in tune with all that is around you and understand your life as part of a larger whole. You prefer a structured environment within which to live and you like things to be predictable.

The Perception Personality Types:


Take The Perception Personality Image Test at HelloQuizzy

I find this one interesting b/c from what I've learned about composition, everyone "should" have the same reaction to certain photos, they're designed to draw the eye towards certain things.

Image Meme

May. 30th, 2008 12:08 pm
1. Think of the first word that comes to mind when you think of me.

2. Go to Google Images and search for that word.

3. Reply to this post with one of the pictures on the first page of results (don't tell me the word).

4. Do this in your own LJ, if you wish.

Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] amavia.

What kind of parrot are you?
My Result: Cockatiel
Myspace Quizzes
You are a sweet, wonderful little clown. You are very grateful for attention but are fairly mild-mannered and sweet when you're not being ignored too much.

Take What kind of parrot are you?
Find more quizzes at Quibblo.com

This meme was originally titled "what maketh a man?" but being who I am, I preferred "what maketh a mensch?" - mensch is Yiddish with a literal meaning of man, but a figurative meaning of "good human being" so it seemed perfect. Meme comes from here, where Caveblogem does (mostly unscientific) "meme studies", so if you do it, please post a link for him there.

Bold what you can do. )

Nothing says you have to be able to do them *well*...

Meme time!

Feb. 20th, 2008 05:38 pm
Invented by [livejournal.com profile] etaoin_shrdlu, passed on by [livejournal.com profile] jennekirby. Feel free to post anonymously if you don't want who you are known, since this post is public.

"You wake up one morning and discover that you got knocked in the head and are suffering from amnesia regarding the last... let's say five years. As far as your memories are concerned, it's February 2003. Someone close to you sits down with you and gives you a summary of who you are right now -- all of your activities, your relationships, and your interests.

"What would be the biggest surprise? Would you be pleased?"

In case you couldn't tell, it's designed for tweens. :-P

Nerd type

Dec. 16th, 2007 04:42 pm
Huh, it thinks I'm a drama nerd more than a Sci/Math nerd. I would've said Sci/Math top, then gamer/computer. Interesting.

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Drama Nerd

You sure do love the spotlight and probably have a very out-going and loud personality. Or not. That's just a stereotype, of course. Participation in the theatre is something to be very proud of. Whether you have a great voice for musicals, or astounding skills for dramas/comedies; keep up the good work. We need more entertainment these days that isn't television and video games (not that these things are bad, necessarily.)

Science/Math Nerd
Gamer/Computer Nerd
Literature Nerd
Artistic Nerd
Social Nerd
Anime Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace
You Are An ESFP

The Performer

You are a natural performer and happiest when you're entertaining others.
A great friend, you are generous, fun-loving and optimistic.
You love to laugh - and you like almost all people equally.
You accept life as it is, and you do your best to make each day fantastic.

In love, you are a smooth talker and incorrigible flirt.
While you get into relationships easily, you don't tend to stick around when times get tough.

At work, you do well in groups. You keep everyone laughing through difficult tasks.
You would make a good actor, designer, or counselor.

How you see yourself: Capable, fair, and efficient

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Incompetent, stubborn, and silly

I swear I get a different result every time.

didn't do this one before b/c I was in a phase of using Safari, which it wasn't compatable with. And now that I"ve actually read the series, I know what it's all about.


Oct. 23rd, 2007 05:01 pm
B/c one of my ftf friends who haunts this blog is always talking about it, when I stumbled across an Enneagram test, I took it. I'm an Eight supposedly - MattJ, what did you think I was again? I needa read more about this thing.

full results of test )
asterroc: (*Hyuk!*)
Cut for q10's friends page )

Aw man, I want a house with a climbing wall and a pegasus stable! [livejournal.com profile] blue_102, you've got one of those, right?

Your brain: 100% interpersonal, 140% visual, 60% verbal, and 100% mathematical!

Congratulations on being 400% smart! Actually, on my test, everyone is. The above score breaks down what kind of thinking you most enjoy doing. A score above 100% means you use that kind of thinking more than average, and a score below 100% means you use it less. It says nothing about how good you are at any one, just how interested you are in each, relatively. A substantial difference in scores between two people means, conclusively, that they are different kinds of thinkers.

Matching Summary: Each of us has different tastes. Still, I offer the following advice, which I think is obvious:

  1. Don't date someone if your interpersonal percentages differ by more than 80%.
  2. Don't be friends with someone if your verbal percentages differ by more than 100%.
  3. Don't have sex with someone if their math percentage is over 200%.

Link: The 4-Variable IQ Test written by chriscoyne on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

And that 100% mathematical part says how can I be higher than 99% of people my age and gender on EVERYTHING if everyone's score adds up to 400?



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