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3% Extraversion, 18% Introversion, 20% Sensing, 6% Intuition, 18% Thinking, 6% Feeling, 11% Judging and 11% Perceiving!

Introverted Intuition with Extraverted Thinking


Approximately 5.4% of persons in the United States are ISTPs.



Tolerant and flexible, quiet observers until a problem appears, then act quickly to find workable solutions. Analyze what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems. Interested in cause and effect, organize facts using logical principles, value efficiency.


At Their Best

People with ISTP preferences carefully observe what is going on around them. Then, when the need arises, they move quickly to get to the core of a problem and solve it with the greatest efficiency and the least effort. They are interested in how and why things work but find abstract theories uninteresting unless they can quickly apply them. They often function as troubleshooters.

ISTPs resist regimentation and rules, thrive on variety and novelty, and enjoy the challenge of solving a new, concrete, extensive problem.


Characteristics of ISTPs

ISTPs use their Thinking primarily internally to see the essential structure underlying the facts. Their minds seem to work almost like computers, organizing data, reasoning impersonally and objectively. They make rational decisions based on a great deal of concrete data. ISTPs are likely to be
· Detached and objective critics
· Analytical and logical problem solvers

ISTPs are realists, focusing on what is and what can be done with it, rather than on theoretical possibilities. They are often creative at dealing with the immediate problems and good at hands-on tasks. ISTPs are likely to be
· Practical and realistic
· Factual and pragmatic

ISTPs are expedient and believe in economy of effort doing only what is needed with the least possible discussion and fuss. Their focus is on getting the desired results.


How Others May See Them

ISTPs are egalitarian and generally tolerant of a wide range of behavioruntil their ruling logical principles are attacked. At that point, they can surprise others by expressing their firm and clear judgments. ISTPs listen and seem to agree because they are not disagreeing; later, others may find the ISTP was analyzing and making internal judgments.

With their constant scanning for information and focus on results, ISTPs will change course readily if they see another, more efficient way. Because of this, others some- times have trouble "reading" them. They tend to be quiet and reserved, though they can be quite talkative in areas in which they have a lot of knowledge. Others usually see ISTPs as
· Adaptable, action-oriented risk takers
· Confident, independent, and self-determined


Potential Areas for Growth

Sometimes life circumstances have not supported ISTPs in the development and expression of their Sensing and Thinking preferences.

· If they have not developed their Sensing, ISTPs may have no reliable way of getting accurate data about the external world or of translating their thoughts into action.

· If they have not developed their Thinking, they may get caught up in the realities around them. and not take time to do the internal logical processing they need to make good decisions. Then their actions may be haphazard responses to immediate needs

If ISTPs do not find a place where they can use their gifts and be appreciated for their contributions, they usually feel frustrated and may
· Become cynical and negative critics
· Withdraw their attention and energy
· Postpone decisions

It is natural for ISTPs to give less attention to their non- preferred Feeling and Intuitive parts. If they neglect these too much, however, they may
· Overlook others' emotional needs and values
· Not give sufficient weight to the impacts of their decisions on others
· Focus so intently on immediate results that they lose track of the long-term ramifications of their decisions and actions

Under great stress, ISTPs may erupt outwardly in inappropriate displays of emotion. The resulting explosive anger or hurt tearfulness is quite unnerving to others and embarrassing to the usually calm and controlled ISTP.


Take The Official Myers-Briggs Personality Test at HelloQuizzy

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It's ungodly hot and humid in my part of the world. At home, the AC starts working at 7 in the morning to keep the house at a comfortable 79 F (26 Celsius), and here at the office we set it to 77-78 F.

I just came back inside after changing the letters on our billboard. I'm totally soaked, and I swear it's not perspiration - it's condensation!

ETA: When I got in my car after lunch (2 p.m.), the thermometer had climbed to 100 F (38 C).

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... why people who claim to be "pro life", yet kill other people, don't get called out on a large scale as the hypocrites they are?*

"Dr. Tiller's assassination is not the lone and inexplicable action of one deranged killer," Hern said Sunday. "This was a political assassination in a historic pattern of anti-abortion political violence. It was terrorism." (Article

* Wait! I just remembered
this Website! It souds a little whacky in parts, but I believe they are right in their claim that the whole anti-abortion war is not about saving lives; it is about money and power.
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... that President Obama just pledged $15 billion to Medicaid programs.

What about those of us who do not have and/or cannot afford health insurance but aren't poor enough to qualify for Medicaid? Don't get me wrong - I'm all for helping the poor, but they already have basic medical care at no cost to them, while the rest of us have to pay extra to cover the losses from the uninsured.

I think those billions would be better spent to finally get a nationwide health insurance program started.

*end of rant*

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... I adopted an abandoned egg:

Adopt one today!

If that doesn't make you wonder, I don't know what does! :D

One wonders

Feb. 6th, 2009 12:17 pm
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Why is it that at home I'm perfectly comfortable in a t-shirt, jeans, and socks at 69 F (21 Celsius), but here at the office I freeze at 74 F (23 Celsius) although I'm fully dressed?

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... here is a great tool:

Search 28.3 million cemetery records at by entering a surname and clicking search:
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[Error: unknown template qotd]The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.

ETA: Barack Obama becoming the first black president of the United States.

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I have been infected by the [ profile] sharpchick  graveyard photography bug and spent an hour wandering around one of our local historic cemeteries this afternoon, taking pictures of headstones to add to entries on My old digital camera gave up after only 50 photos, so I didn't get very far, but among the pictures I took were these two heartbreaking ones:

I wonder what happened to Mathew. How old was he when he died? Who put up the stone and why were they sorry?

And how sad is this one? No name, the marker misspelled - apparently nobody cared about this little girl.

ETA: And there are too many of the following...


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While doing research for a framing story for my drabble for the November prompt over at [profile] nppe I happened upon the following tale by John Liechty:

Once upon a time there lived an emperor who had three sons. The emperor was getting old, and began grooming a replacement. He soon concluded that one of the sons, a simpleton called Clever Jorg, could never succeed him. Jorg spent his days at the local tavern amusing the barmaids. He was a happy-go-lucky sort, less industrious than his brothers. But since fairy tale protocol requires that the happy-go-lucky simpleton get the throne/princess in the end, Clever Jorg wound up wearing ermine.

Read more... )

Read more... )
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"Federal bank regulators have rejected a request by banks and consumer advocates for a program to let lenders forgive huge portions of credit card debt." (Source

In other words: Let's bend over backwards to give the big rich guys their million dollar salaries and bonuses, but heaven forbid we provide any kind of relief to the working and/or middle class families who are inundated by credit card debt - because we all know that it's those people's own fault if they owe more than they can ever repay.

They're not in credit card debt because they lost their jobs or had to pay medical bills or repair their homes after natural disasters or haven't had a pay raise in years while the price of gas and food and everything else rose and rose and rose.

No! They are in debt because they lived beyond their means and bought those SUVs and playstations and cell phones and all that other stuff (i.e., because they helped line the pockets of the wealthy).

That's why we have to make an example of them. We'll keep forcing them to make at least minimum payments, and when we're getting nervous about those balances on our books, we sell said balances to collection agencies and let them have a go at the downtrodden for the bargain price of a penny per dollar they owe.

Great Christian nation this is indeed.

Neat test!

Oct. 29th, 2008 04:26 pm
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Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Traditional, Vibrant, and Tasteful

13 Islamic, -7 Impressionist, 0 Ukiyo-e, 10 Cubist, -9 Abstract and -14 Renaissance!

Islamic art is developed from many sources: Roman, Early Christian, and Byzantine styles were taken over in early Islamic architecture; the architecture and decorative art of pre-Islamic Persia was of paramount significance; Central Asian styles were brought in with various nomadic incursions; and Chinese influences . Islamic art uses many geometical floral or vegetable designs in a repetitive pattern known as arabesque. It is used to symbolize the transcendent, indivisible and infinite nature of Allah.

People that like Islamic art tend to be more traditional people that appreciate keeping patterns that they learned and experienced from their past. It is not to say that they are not innovative personalities, they just do not like to let go of their roots. They like to put new ideas into details and make certain that they will work before sharing them with others. Failure is not something they like to think about because they are more interested in being successful and appreciated for their intelligence. These people can also be or like elaborate things in their life as long as they are tasteful. They tend to prefer geometric patterns and vibrant colors.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy


Oct. 27th, 2008 12:09 pm
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Rest in peace,
Tony Hillerman.

Unless one of your children takes up the quill, I'll never learn if Jim Chee and Bernadette live happily ever after and what happens to Joe Longhorn and his live-in friend Louisa.
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Sent to me by a kind person who thought I might need a good laugh on this dreary Friday...

Frank: 'Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table, asking for directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy; and, besides, they told me I could have free beer! during the tasting, so I accepted and became Judge 3.'

Here are the scorecard notes from the event... )
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YAY! My husband's gone to Biloxi with his father to play poker and won't be back until Tuesday night. What a luxury to have the house to myself for a couple of days. I'm going to enjoy the heck out of my solitude.

It's been an absolutely gorgeous late fall day here in the Florida panhandle. Temperatures around 80F (27C), no humidity, sunshine, big blue sky - perfect for lazing around! The only productive thing I've done so far was to clean my 120g pond to make it safe for the two remaining goldfish to spend the winter in.

Oh, and I helped a tiny black snake this morning. It was in the driveway, in the shadow of my car, and our big fat cat Tom was sitting next to it. I put Tom inside and took a closer look at the snake. It didn't appear hurt, but it only moved its head when I gently nudged it with a piece of paper. The only thing I know about snakes is that they're cold-blooded creatures. Maybe this one needed some sunshine to get going. So I moved the car, withdrew into the den, and kept an eye on the snake from the window in the door. And what do you know? Just a few moments later the little thing started to move and slowly, slowly crept towards the flowerbed, where it disappeared into the grass. :) I'm not sure what kind of snake it was; possibly a juvenile black racer. Its head and throat looked exactly like
this guy's.

After that, I spent most of the day in front of the TV, glued to C-SPAN, CNN, and MSNBC. It took an effort to switch the dead-blasted thing off and go outside to clean the pond. I want this election to be over!!!! LOL

And now I should go for a walk before it gets dark - and chilly. Night-time temperatures have dropped quite a bit lately into the mid- to high 50s (around 14C). Maybe the exercise followed by a nice hot shower will take my mind off the presidential campaign and help shift into writing mode. I have 13 pages written for our [ profile] nppe  October prompt, but it will need some more serious tweaking before I'm satisfied.

So off I go...

Have a great evening, all!

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As just found in my e-mailbox:

Supposedly true story... )
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I wish I were witty enough to come up with stuff like this. Unfortunately I'm not - but fortunately I have friends who send me things like that.

The Birk Plan )
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The Middle Wife

by anonymous 2nd grade teacher

I've been teaching now for about 15 years. I have 2 kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own 2nd grade classroom a few years back.
When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a f ew sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.
Well, one day, this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, took her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.
She holds up a snapshot of an infant. “This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday.”
“First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.”
She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.
“Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, ‘Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!’” Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. “She walked around the house for, like an hour, ‘Oh, oh, oh!’” (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.)
“My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.” (Erica lies down with her back against the wall.)
“And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!” (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!)
“Then, the middle wife starts saying ‘push, push,’ and ‘breathe, breathe’. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom’s play-center, so there must be a lot of toys inside there.”
Then, Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another ‘Middle Wife’ comes along...
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I have five Monarch butterfly babies munching away at my swamp milkweed, but I am afraid they won’t get enough food for further metamorphing because the plants have attracted a nasty kind of yellow bug or aphid that form a thick layer on the stems and the plants look sickly. Of course I can’t spray them because that would kill the caterpillars. Plus milkweed seems to be allergic to dish soap: the last time I doused them with Dial, the aphids died nicely – and so did the leaves. :-(
Plan for next year: lots and lots of zinnias because they can stand the heat and lack of water, don’t seem to need fertilizer, and are overall bright and happy little flowers (they've actually grown miraculously big in the sandbox that I call flowerbed). Also, need caterpillar food other than milkweed. Something that is as robust as zinnias and can stand the same kind of neglect. I’d like to attract these guys… Need to do more research...


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