Internet Quizzes, Wizards, and Science (oh my)

It seems that these last few weeks have been all about the Zimbio quizzes. Everyone I know has done at least one. So, I thought, heck! I’ll do all of them. It was mostly for research purposes (of course) because they all focus on the minutia. How are you most like a certain character, who may not be overly complex. But, we as individuals, are the exact opposite. Shrek says it best:

Shrek: [peels an onion] NO! Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers.
[walks off]
Donkey: Oh, you both have LAYERS. Oh. You know, not everybody like onions. What about cake? Everybody loves cake!

We have so many layers and I don’t think just one quiz could even peel the first layer off that onion. This is why I did multiple quizzes. I wanted to see, in the end, how well they could analyze my character by asking questions like ‘out of these movies, which is your favourite?’ or ‘are you good or evil?’. In the name of Science, this was almost an unbiased test, as I don’t watch many of these shows and I haven’t read some of these books. So, I took the following quizzes (Which character am I in the Hunger games, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Mean Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, The Simpsons, Pretty Little Liars, Anchorman, and Game of Thrones, Which creature am I in The Hobbitt, and Which Disney princess am I) and got the below results.

KatnissEverdeen_HG Dumbledore_HarryPotter Tiana_DisneyPrincess Mulan_DisneyPrincess Obi_WanKenobi_StarWars CadyHeron_MeanGirls CristinaYang_Greys Lisa_Simpsons Caleb_PrettyLittleLiars Drogo_GOTWizard_Tolkien Veronic_Anchorman

Where to begin?

You’ll notice, there are two Disney Princesses up there. That’s because, I took that quiz twice. I forgot to save the result image, and when I took it again, I got a different Princess. Rather than say one was an outlier, I included both because there was some truth in both.

Some of the common themes amongst all of these characters (according to the descriptions given, because, again, the only movies/books I Have seen/read are The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Mulan, and Mean Girls. — my wife watches Grey’s Anatomy, so I’ve seen some episodes of that show, but not enough to say I could swing the quiz towards one character) are traits I highly value in myself, which is pretty neat.

Those traits are: honest (sometimes to a fault), ambitious, intelligent, and hard working. Even my introvert-ness came out in these quizzes, along with my ability to dream big and do whatever it takes to achieve those dreams (which can make it hard for me to fit in). I am selfless and giving and caring.

What’s pretty neat is, if I didn’t take all of these quizzes – and only took, say the Big Bang Theory one, I would have given up on these stupid things. Tiaras? Really? I can fit in, I’m not that awkward … So she and I don’t seem to make a huge connection (if you can call it that). But, when we combine her results with the rest of these characters, then the puzzle makes more sense.

Kind of like in science – the more data points you collect and the more technical and experimental replicates you perform, the closer your data approaches the true mean!

I know who I am, but now, you can see a glimpse of that for yourself.

Nice to meet you! I seem to be an awesome jaundiced wizard who can hold her/his own in the wild and I will always follow my heart and it should keep me out of trouble. But, when trouble comes, I can hold my own.

Covet thy neighbor’s ambition

“All day long they would be telling up their shares or grooming over the result. I have said we were pretty fortunate. But an observation fails to be made: that in this world, in no business that I have tried, do the profits rise to a man’s expectations.”
-Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

But is this a bad thing, to always crave more?

To give you some additional context with the above passage, there are these 2 non-pirates aboard a pirate ship. One of them made the above observation after they plundered another ship, and all of the pirates constantly count their treasures wishing they had more. So, as a pirate, they wanted more, but as a non-pirate, they felt rich in their stolen wares.

I understand you should be content with what you have and all that you achieved in your life but what about having ambition? Is this different? Does this not count?

From the perspective of the pirate, stealing goods is a major part of their job description. They have to do it to prove to other pirates that they are indeed the pirate-iest of all pirates. Kind of like street cred. But, if you are some poor person who is job-shadowing a pirate, that kind of lifestyle would seem pretty amazing. You get to see a lot of new places, and you would have more gold then you ever had in your life.

Let’s step away from this novel and come into the real world. Let’s take me, a lowly graduate student who slaves away in her lab (even on weekends, and on holidays, and every morning, afternoon, evening, and sometimes late evening) for low wages in exchange for all of this knowledge I am gaining, as an example. Is this where I want to be for the rest of my life? Absolutely not! I have so many dreams and ambitions, that I probably won’t get around to achieving half of them before I die. I will want a job somewhere … and then, I will want to be promoted … and then, I will want to be promoted again … and then, I want a raise, and even more responsibility. When I have moved up as far as I can go within my job, maybe I will consider leaving it so I can gain more experience somewhere else. If at any time I lose my drive, I will steal it from my neighbor, just like the pirates. They won’t even know it, but I can become quite competitive, if the right circumstance presents itself … like me not making progress on my project, and my neighbor making a ton. I will start working harder, reading more, you name it, I will do it (well, except sabotaging, I am very positive person and I would NEVER ruin someone else’s life intentionally.)

My point is, never settle for less. You should always want to strive to be the best you can be. No matter how lofty your dream may be (I mean, hello! I want the stinkin’ Nobel Prize, for pete’s sake!)

So go out there, and do something for you. To better your spirit, to better your life, to better your family’s life, to better your job performance … just go out there, and do something for you.

Five Truths of Nicole

Oh. My. Goodness gracious.

I’m doing this, like, actually doing this.

If you ever wanted a sneak peak into the life of someone else, then you came to the right place. I plan to unload everything. From work to my fur babies to my lack of indecision. You will get it all, and you will like it. Well, at least, I hope you will. Seriously though, this isn’t really about you, it’s all about me.

So, I hope you enjoy my blog. I have no theme except NIKOL. All day long.

You will love her; I know I do.

First truth. I have multiple personalities. Not “United States of Tara” multiples (gosh, I wish I did have someone like Buck around though), but the sort we all have. At least a little bit. My favourite is Nikol. She is exactly like me, only more extroverted and way more confident. She comes out at job interviews or when ever Nicole is feeling a bit pressured. You want to invite Nicole to some large affair? Nikol is going. Trust me, it’s for the best. Nicole will fret and fret over going somewhere, and (you can ask the wife if you don’t believe me) this starts a few days ahead of time. There are mood swings, anger over nothing, lots of stupid emotions flowing down a dried up river. On the day of the event, Nikol shows up and everything goes smoothly. I have another personality, but he and I are only getting acquainted. I have no idea why I am a man.

Second truth. I am not a writer. I was recently told by a mentor of mine that if I wanted to become a better writer in every aspect of my life (scientific writing included), that I should force myself to write. She claimed that writing just 15 minutes a day, and she means uninhibited writing – you know, the kind where you just vomit on a page and worry about the editing later? – that you will eventually get in to the habit of sitting down and writing when it’s time to actually write. Right now, I just get writer’s block. In fact, I get writer’s block before I even begin to think about writing. That’s how badly I need to practice. So, I bought a blog. I was going to go the free route, but I know (from past experience) I won’t stick with it.

Third truth. I am a lesbian scientist with lofty goals. Most people have goals to strive for better, be happy, get fit, or to get that promotion. My goal is to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. I have other goals too, mind you. Like being happy, striving to be the best person I can possibly be, to read more, to get more active, to have a family. But the one I actually envision myself accomplishing is the most lofty of the bunch. I even got to tour the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden! What an inspiration.

Fourth truth. I will always tell you the truth, unless you want me to lie to you. If you want to know if you look fat in those jeans, or if that new hair colour suits your face. I will tell you what others probably won’t. I strive to be like my sister Reychl in this regard. When we were shopping for funeral outfits, we decided that all 3 sisters should have the same gray terry cloth track suit. I was feeling pretty good about myself because I lost a little weight, so I decided to try on a large. I came out of the dressing room, and I asked Reychl how it looked. I knew full well what I was getting myself in to when I asked this. I saw myself in the mirror. I was just happy I squeezed myself in to a large! Anyway, her response was “I would hate to feel self-consious in my comfy clothes.” So, I bought an XL. Done. She saved me from weeks of tears.

Fifth truth. I am a private person. I’m not sure if I intentionally do this, or not, but it is very hard to get me to open up. I have also managed to repress nearly my entire life. Which is great if you have a funny joke. It will never get old with me!