Monday, June 27, 2005

How to Love an INTP

Ahhhh yes. The Myers-Briggs personality type. I always enjoy these self-assessment tools. I am an INTP. So what does that mean?

"People of this type tend to be: quiet, independent, and private; logical and unemotional; creative, ingenious, and innovative, global thinkers; curious and driven to increase their competence; casual, and adaptive; nonconforming and unpredictable.
The most important thing to INTPs is their privacy and the opportunity to solve complex problems in unique ways." --From

How to love me:
  • Respect my privacy and independence.

  • Appreciate my competencies and wealth of creative ideas.

  • Encourage me to spend time alone.

  • Don't talk too much or force an emotional conversation before I'm ready.

  • Try not to nag me about being messy or meeting deadlines.

  • Above all - give me plenty of space to pursue my interests in depth and time to think things through.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

The Difference Between Cats & Dogs

I have recently been reminded of why I like cats better than dogs, and I thought I'd explain my thoughts.

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate dogs. They have their moments. But, for several reasons, I find cats suit me better. It is true that if I asked one of my cats to go for a walk or a bike ride, they'd probably open one green eye slowly to glare at me and say, "You want me to do what, now?" Cats are far from obedient: they will not perform on demand. And while this can be somewhat inconvenient, it also lends a certain dignity to the feline creature. After all, most people only wish they could remain as aloof as a cat when a bribe was offered. But besides that, lets discuss all of the practical reasons that cats are better than dogs.

First of all, dogs are smelly. They really are. And they prefer it that way. What smells like moldy socks to you smells like heaven to them. And therefore you must give them baths. Which can be a pain if they hate taking baths. Cats on the other hand are always cleaning themselves, and while it might seem gross that they lick their own fur, it really works. My cats don't smell like anything.

Secondly, dogs need to be taken out for walks and to go to the bathroom. Now, this does not have to be done if you are on a farm, but it does if you're in a city. Cats on the other hand never need to go out, they just need their litter box scooped. Yes, it's a dirty job, but it's highly preferable to going outside on -40 C day with a little scoop and a plastic bag so that doggy can do his/her business.

And finally, cats are cool and reserved. Unlike dogs, they will not go insane barking, jumping up on people, slobbering all over everything and widdling on the floor when they get excited. How undignified. I think the only visible sign of a cat's excitement is that rather charming bum wiggle they do before they pounce on something.

In fact, as I am also rather reserved, this could be why I like cats best of all. They respect my personal space (most of the time) and I respect theirs (most of the time). I also like the fact that you can go away and leave cats at home for a day and not have to feel guilty. They're solitary creatures, and like me, probably crave some isolation once in awhile. Compare this to the separation anxiety often suffered by dogs.

Yes indeed. Give me a cat any day.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Welcome to my blog

Well, since everyone else seems to have gotten on the blog bandwagon, I thought I may as well follow. Besides, even though I may be a shrinking violet, I do sometimes have something to say! Stay tuned for future tirades on Star Trek, Star Wars, books, and movies, as well as epic prose devoted to my adorable cats.