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2001_08_29:17: Minor Adjustments

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Don't throw away your poorly-fitting, high-waisted woman-jeans of the 90's. I just cut the waistband of a pair last night, and turned them into very nicely-fitting low-slung hip hangers. When I put them in the washer, the top will fringe and they'll be really cool. I may cut off the bottom hem too, so they have fringes all over. Picture and instructions coming. Very easy, very chic, very unique, you heard it here first.
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2001_04_06:16: Personality Tests

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As copied from results page of http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp

Your Type is INTJ

Your Type Preferences %
Introverted 11 Intuitive 33 Thinking 11 Judging 22
You are:
weakly expressed introvert
moderately intuitive personality
weakly expressed thinking personality
weakly expressed judging personality

Specific Questions about these results

: Shouldn't everyone rate strongly in some aspect, and shouldn't the result reflect that? If all of your traits are weakly expressed, does that mean you have weak personality? Does it mean that you don't actually have a personality? If everyone has a personality (in the same way that everyone has a skin color), does it mean that the test doesn't really measure personality but something else? Does it mean that you don't have a pronounced personality, but sort of fade into the background? Does it mean that these are just weak aspects of your personality, but that there are factors which you express strongly (but aren't measured by this test)? Does it mean you're really repressed? If it means you're repressed, ought that to show up in the final result, or is repression not a personality factor? Are the people who create these tests really repressed? If people frequently comment that you have a strong personality or are intense but your test shows no strong factor, does that mean that the common use of the term 'personality' is wrong? Should I defect to one of the other personality types, since this one is such a poor fit? Since I have very little in common (in terms of what I call 'personality') with other people who test intj, does that mean I'm schizophrenic? Or are other people's lives really that narrow and restricted, that they can fit into any of these categories?

General Questions about personality tests:

Do relationships with or interests in animals, plants, nature, sensuality, or beauty have anything to do with personality? If so, then why aren't any of the questions about those things? Given that interest in these things is hard empirical data that people can easily answer about themselves, doesn't it make more sense to ask people whether they are into frilly flowers and fluffy animals and then conclude things from that, instead of asking questions that are subject to speculation and interpretation and then inferring hard empirical data from the answers?

General Conclusion

Psychometrics test creators need a philosopher real bad.
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2001_05_15:14: Shape, Size, and Measurements

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I am 5'8". I weighed 145 lbs last I checked. Weight means almost nothing.

That's not quite true. If we lived in a sane world, that wouldn't be a surprising combination of numbers. Yes, it's heavy for an unhealthy person, and it means she's carrying a lot of fat.

The reason that I check my weight at all is that I'm interested to see how much muscle I'm putting on over the course of months. Other than that, the scale is just irrelevant. I determine whether I am the right weight by two things: how I look, and how I feel. In fact, I think it's irrelevant for all people except those who are trying to lose on the order of 50 to 100 pounds of fat.

My weight fluctuates throughout the day by a pound or two, and through the month by several pounds. If I see that my weight is up by two more pounds than I thought it would be, you know what I do to solve the problem? Nothing.

I have clothing in sizes ranging from 6 to 10. These sizes used to mean something--the circumference of the waist, for example. They don't anymore, and haven't for years. I have several pairs of Lee jeans. I always buy these now, because no one seems to know how to make a pair of jeans that fits a woman's body; the Eased Fit jeans take care of this problem by being, essentially, "hip-hangers," a style that is finally back after a 20 year absense. (The Gap is apparently now making "hip-huggers." Although I'm sure I won't be able to afford them, I'm glad they're back. That will set a trend.)

One of my pairs of Lee jeans is a 6 petite, another is an 8 medium, and they fit me the same--on the same day. At first I thought it was the fluctuations in my weight and water retention that made me able to wear different sizes. But the clothing industry uses the expression "runs big," as in "These jeans run big." Sometimes this means that a particular brand is larger; sometimes it means a particular batch of jeans of that brand are larger.

I think there are so many pieces of clothing that run big now because women have come to believe that they are supposed to wear a size five or six. When clothing comes in that size, most women can't fit into it. So they don't buy it. It's not just that they don't buy it in a size 6; it's that they don't buy it in that brand, prefering to move on to a brand that tells them they wear a size 6. So the clothing industry finally decided that in order to sell more clothing, they'd better start messing with the numbers.

So, despite the fact that when I weighed 120 pounds (not a good scene--I was 'way stressed out, running too much, and not able to eat enough), I was wearing a size 9, I am now wearing a size SIX PETITE at a whopping 145 pounds. There are also some brands of clothing that, even though they say they are a size 9, I can't squeeze into them.

Therefore, clothing sizes also mean very little. And shopping is really difficult, because every time I try on jeans I have to take one of each size in each brand into the dressing room with me! But worse than that is the fact that there are women who torture and starve themselves over clothing sizes as though they were constant and real, and because they have been made to believe that they ought to fit in the clothing that only a teenage boy could wear.