Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A cessation of stupidity?

"Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected."
"Creativity is the greatest expression of liberty." 
"Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity."

My post's title comes from the third quote, but my thinking about creativity often meanders between all three...

But enough of that, since I am grateful to the wonderful Amanda Heitler for nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger Award!  For such a vaguely German sounding award, I think I must do my best to obey zee rules...

1. Thank and link back to the awarding blog.  Check!

2. Answer the following seven questions:

(a) What's your favorite song?  Everybody seems to avoid this one... or give multiple answers depending on genre... but I don't think it gets any more perfect than Rush's "Closer to the Heart."  (Live extended version, please.)

(b) What's your favorite dessert?  I can still be macho and say "anything with chocolate," right?  Right?

(c) What do you do when you're upset?  Now THAT'S one that varies with the circumstances.  Ample alone time is usually a part of the cure.  There are a couple of books and short stories that I dip into to when feeling out of control.  I've written a FAQ about one of them... maybe I'll review one or more of the others on the blog...

(d) Which is your favorite pet?  I'm with Data.

(e) Which do you prefer? Black or White?  Although I'm tempted to buck the question and go with shades of gray, or the whole visible spectrum, or a 256-entry chromo-palette, there are some days when I'm with Steve Ditko...

(f) What is your biggest fear?  Too many days when I'm with Steve Ditko.

(g) What is your attitude mostly?  Is INTJ an attitude? 

3. Provide ten random factoids about yourself:

Oh, glob, weren't the 7 questions enough?  :-)  Maybe in another post.

4. Last but not at all least, hand this on to seven deserving others:

I hate to be such a rebel, but right now I can only come up with four...
  1. Fr. Dave over at Blood of Prokopius always has some fascinating things to say about the crossover between RPGs and religion.
  2. I may not always understand what Porky is talking about, but I always enjoy my visits to his pink-snouted domain.
  3. The "Catacomb Librarian" at Mesmerized by Sirens blogs about the lesser known cousins of classic old-school RPGs.  His intended audience may be small, but his opinions are big and bold!
  4. Anathemata over at the d20 Dialectic blog is self-described as "a gamer and a thinker, a writer and a dreamer."  Good enough for me!
I think I'll just list them here and not contact them.  If you like 'em, feel free to let them know where you heard of them, but it feels weird for me to reach out to people that I haven't communicated with that much to begin with.  (In 2 of the 4 cases, I don't even think I've ever commented on their blogs...)  INTJ, people!

Thanks again, Amanda!


  1. I knew handing this thing out was going to be produce some interesting results. Got many more new recommendations to test, which is making me happy. Love the answers.

  2. INTJs are not, by nature, disinclined to blog hop and comment. They are inclined, by nature, to do what they deem utilitarian and beneficial, and to simply dismiss what they do not.

    Love Data's poem.

  3. I guess I was mainly thinking about the "Introvert" part, which for me was probably the one that swayed most strongly to one side of the spectrum. (The other ones were in the 60-70% range, I think...)

    1. Makes sense.

      I have always been close to the middle on Thinking and Feeling and had even scored ENTJ the first time I took the test in my late teens. Crossed the line to 'I' soon after and have roosted there ever since.