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Geek Arts & Letters [Feb. 28th, 2005|01:37 pm]
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Some updates in the "arts & letters" categories, though not in that order.

So, I took that Commonly Confused Words test. The result:

English Genius
You scored 93% Beginner, 93% Intermediate, 100% Advanced, and 83% Expert!

You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!

Well, as the son of an english teacher, I'm pleased with this result. I am known as a big stickler for grammar. I have "a stickle the size of a fire hydrant," as they say.

Still, I wonder what ones I missed to not get a perfect score. There was at least one question that I didn't like. Given two words which could fill in a blank in the provided sentence, both options were grammatically correct, yet only one yielded a sensible sentence. Which is the "correct" answer then?

Also in the news (and seen in a couple places around LJ, though I think I first saw it from spikedpunch) is the giant Post-It Note window mural. Being made by engineers, it has a traditional geeky theme of Super Mario Bros., a cornerstone in video game history. It's beautifully recreated, with the Post-Its lending the appropriate chunkiness of pixels.

I note that Samus (at left), also appeared. That's the character from Metroid, as any old-school gamer should know. Geek art and culture at its finest!

BTW, did you know that the adhesive for Post-It Notes was discovered accidentally? They were trying for a regular (i.e. permanent) glue and the new concoction failed. But the results were recorded and a decade later another engineer thought of using it to attach little papers to things.

[User Picture]From: murries
2005-02-28 10:05 pm (UTC)
mmmm, informative *and* entertaining.
thats infotainment!

Tho seriously i knew about the glue thing, but dang, black post its!

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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2005-03-01 08:06 am (UTC)
Those are for writing on with metallic pens, for that "cheery goth" look. :}
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[User Picture]From: aerofox
2005-02-28 10:26 pm (UTC)
wow! our scores are very close!

Though, you win ^_^
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[User Picture]From: dour
2005-02-28 10:55 pm (UTC)
...so the first thing I read after clicking that link is, "Good English is not necessarily about developing an expanse vocabulary."


Oh, come ON. :>
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[User Picture]From: mcfractal
2005-02-28 11:08 pm (UTC)
I agree that it would be nice if the test could tell you which ones you missed.

I was disappointed in my scores, but the scary thing was that it said
that for my age group 100% scored lower then I did in beginner, intermediate, expert, and advanced!

Does this mean that the lack of grasp of the English language isn't just a Puyallup thing?
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[User Picture]From: yippee
2005-02-28 11:08 pm (UTC)
I'd heard both sides of that Post-It Notes story. One about the failed adhesive, another about a minister who would mark passages in his Bible with slips of paper that kept falling out. He got in touch with someone at 3M, and then...
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[User Picture]From: dour
2005-02-28 11:18 pm (UTC)
Ouch... I see what you mean, with the ambiguous possibilities. There were also several that were entirely a matter of preferred style; "toward" vs. "towards," for instance, and even "assure/ensure/insure." (I researched the latter, trying to convince my bosses that our instructional paperwork was incorrect. I found that, really, our instructional paperwork was just not preferred.)

I break a lot of the technical rules of English because, frankly, most of them are entirely arbitrary; not to mention that they often get in the way of clear communication, when an "incorrect" form is far more precise.
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[User Picture]From: polrbear
2005-02-28 11:23 pm (UTC)
Not quite as good as yours but...

You scored 87% Beginner, 93% Intermediate, 100% Advanced, and 61% Expert!

It also told me that I scored better than 100% of everyone in my age group. I wonder if that is mearly due to a lack of data for my age group.

Here is a clue about why you did not get 100%
I wonder what ones I missed
what rather than which
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-03-01 02:09 am (UTC)
D'oh. That's why I shouldn't mentally edit sentences halfway through typing them. :P
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From: farallon
2005-03-01 01:07 am (UTC)

You scored 100% Beginner, 86% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 50% Expert!

Thank ghod it wasn't a spelling test, or worse, a spelling/typing test! I'd probably be at 1%.

It also said 100% of everyone in my age category scored lower than me. I wonder if that's a bug in the program or if there have only been 5 people that have taken the test so far. :)
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[User Picture]From: arrowtwolf
2005-03-01 01:48 am (UTC)
You scored 93% Beginner, 86% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 61% Expert!
(Stupid I/me things! I never could get that.)

Also got 100% better than everyone else, so it seems to be somewhat broken.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-03-01 02:11 am (UTC)
Given the number of people mentioning it, the "100% of respondants" thingy seems to broken.

This certainly isn't the most reliable of tests.
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From: mirkowuff
2005-03-01 02:58 am (UTC)
100%, 100%, 100%...72%. Yep, teacher's kid here too. :)

But I'm in the complaint line with a couple of the more ambiguous questions too -- whilst? I've never heard anyone in this hemisphere use that word.
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