August 29th, 2006

Dancing Thru

Hobbes update

It's a pancreatic tumor. They did a needle biopsy yesterday, and we are waiting on cytology reports as to whether it's cancerous or not. Once we know what it is, we can determine where we go from here. The IV he got at the vet's perked him up again, and he was quite fiesty and loud in protests when I took him home, last night.

I got him some babyfood chicken, this morning. I was encouraged that I managed to convince him to lick a couple bites off my finger, this morning. It's the first ...well, not quite solid, but food...he's taken since Saturday morning, when he gave two half-hearted licks at the gravy on the cat food, which really wasn't even enough to count. He's obviously under the weather, but still being the tough little guy he's always been.

If it's serious enough he's going to pass along to the arms of Bast, anyway, I am hoping to have it happen at home, while he's reasonably comfortable and in familiar surroundings. Sasha did that, and avoided a final trip to the vet.
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My Landmarks experience

Well, the intro impressed me enough that I decided to sign up for a weekend seminar. I like their tool set, and I like their approach to breaking loose the thought patterns that are keeping you set in your ways. Maybe it's also reverse psychology, but I also liked that they didn't try to sell their "product," but let it sell itself with practical demonstrations of the techniques. And the techniques were good stuff. I've encountered some similar before, and they were very useful.

I have a huge amount of background in problem-solving and self-improvement/psych sorts of courses, enough that I am familiar with the sorts of material that works and that doesn't work. I can see how you could make lots of allegations if you have vested interests in resisting change. Very frankly, most people prefer to stay stuck and cynical. To quote my brother on something else: it may not be healthy, but it's familiar. I can see how you could use this stuff to achieve cultish ends, but it's like any dynamic tool: it's neither good nor evil, but could possibly be used that way, in certain hands. (Sort of like internet technology.) I also have extensive background in how establishing cult patterns actually works, and this isn't it. If CIP (the work version of self-improvement) and, say, the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People are cult movements, then maybe this is. But then, maybe I'm already indoctrinated in that mindset, that "Be all you can be, even if it's scary!" thought process. Bring it on!

It's much more useful than, say, exploring druidry, for which I've also shelled out a few hundred bucks. I can see practical applications to their system, which can also be applied to things like work, as well as life in general. I'm a big fan of processes and life-tools that WORK. And what I was seeing I found exciting, because I could SEE how it could redirect your mental energy away from what wasn't working and into what was. I also liked when one lady retreated into the "I am powerless in the face of..." 12-step sort of stuff, the facilitator confronted her on it, and said "No, the ONLY power you have is over *yourself* and *your attitudes*!" Right on! Maybe it's the fact I have Facilitator training in my background.

See, they've got me already, chuckle. What can I say? I enjoyed the D.I.S.C. seminar that determined your work patterns and attitudes, and guided you on how best to use them to advantage. (My traits graph was...interesting. And I scored so far into the corner of the "Jungle Fighter" style I was almost off the chart. A few general traits go with it. We view the environment as inherantly hostile. Our objective is to overcome opposition to achieve results. We constantly challenge ourselves. We work best solo.) Hmm, this may be why I like the Landmarks approach, it fits my DISC profile.
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Interesting quiz..

While I think that it's impossible to accurately classify someone with as few parameters on Greco-Roman thought as this uses, I have to admit it has some amazingly accurate skewings. But then, I wouldn't be posting it if I didn't think it had that, would I?

The Oracle
0% Extroversion, 80% Intuition, 16% Emotiveness, 90% Perceptiveness
Heuristic, detached, and analytical to a fault, you are most like The Oracle. You are able to tackle any subject with a fine toothed comb, and you possess an ability to pinpoint nuances and shades of meaning that other people do not have and cannot understand. Accomplishment and realization of ideas are, for you, secondary to the rigorous exploration of ideas and questions -- you are, first and foremost, a theorist. You hate authority, convention, tradition, and under no circumstances do you accept a leadership role (although, you will gladly advise leadership when they're going astray, whether they want you to or not). Abstraction and generalities are your interests, details and particulars are usually inconsequential and uninteresting. You excel at language, mathematics and philosophy.

You are typically easy-going and non-confrontational until someone violates one of the very few principles that you deem sacred, at which point you can fly into a rage. Although you possess a much greater understanding of process and systems than the people around you, you are always conscious of the possibility that you've missed something or made a mistake. You don't tend to become attached to particular theories, and will immediately discard mistaken notions once they're revealed to be incorrect (but you don't tolerate iconoclasts who try to discredit validated theories through the use of fallacies and bad data). Despite being outwardly humble, you probably think of yourself as being smarter than most other people. That's because you are. In fact, in your dealings with people your understanding of their motives is so expansive that you know what they're going to say before they say it, and in world affairs, you usually know what is going to take place before it actually does. This ability would make you unbeatable in debates if only you were a little less pensive about your own conclusions, and a little more outgoing.

Famous people like you: Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, John McWhorter, Ramanujan, Marie Curie, Kurt Godel
Stay clear of: Apollo, Icarus, Hermes, Aphrodite
Seek out: Atlas, Prometheus, Daedalus

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 99% on Extroversion

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You scored higher than 99% on Intuition

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You scored higher than 99% on Emotiveness

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You scored higher than 99% on Perceptiveness
Link: The Greek Mythology Personality Test written by Aleph_Nine on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
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