Wednesday, March 29, 2006


The Counselor Idealists are abstract in thought and speech, cooperative in reaching their goals, and directive and introverted in their interpersonal roles. Counselors focus on human potentials, think in terms of ethical values, and come easily to decisions. The small number of this type (little more than 2 percent) is regrettable, since Counselors have an unusually strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others and genuinely enjoy helping their companions. Although Counsleors tend to be private, sensitive people, and are not generally visible leaders, they nevertheless work quite intensely with those close to them, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes with their families, friends, and colleagues. This type has great depth of personality; they are themselves complicated, and can understand and deal with complex issues and people.

Counselors can be hard to get to know. They have an unusually rich inner life, but they are reserved and tend not to share their reactions except with those they trust. With their loved ones, certainly, Counselors are not reluctant to express their feelings, their face lighting up with the positive emotions, but darkening like a thunderhead with the negative. Indeed, because of their strong ability to take into themselves the feelings of others, Counselors can be hurt rather easily by those around them, which, perhaps, is one reason why they tend to be private people, mutely withdrawing from human contact. At the same time, friends who have known a Counselor for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that they are inconsistent; Counselors value their integrity a great deal, but they have intricately woven, mysterious personalities which sometimes puzzle even them.

Counselors have strong empathic abilities and can become aware of another's emotions or intentions -- good or evil -- even before that person is conscious of them. This "mind-reading" can take the form of feeling the hidden distress or illnesses of others to an extent which is difficult for other types to comprehend. Even Counselors can seldom tell how they came to penetrate others' feelings so keenly.

Furthermore, the Counselor is most likely of all the types to demonstrate an ability to understand psychic phenomena and to have visions of human events, past, present, or future. What is known as ESP may well be exceptional intuitive ability-in both its forms, projection and introjection. Such supernormal intuition is found frequently in the Counselor, and can extend to people, things, and often events, taking the form of visions, episodes of foreknowledge, premonitions, auditory and visual images of things to come, as well as uncanny communications with certain individuals at a distance.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Leprechaun... in the WHAT?!

So, nothing like spending a little time browsing the internet after a full day of work and school. Anyway, I decided it was time for me to catch up with movie trailers (I rarely watch tv so I usually don't know what is playing).

A few clicks and pathways later and I wind up looking at imdb's listing of Willow (remember that one? Back in, what, 1988?). From there I go to Warwick Davis... and I check the list of movies he's done. Hmm, Harry Potter... oh, right, he's professor Flitwick... wait... what is this? Leprechauns... in the Hood 2? What? Umm, does this mean that...? Yes, it does. I scroll down a little further and find (you guessed it) Leprechauns in the Hood. Okay, let's follow this link... right. Oh, it has Ice-T in it. Isn't he famous? No, I think I'm thinking of Ice Cube. Hey, is this a link to the trailer? Oh, I gotta check this out...

Yup. Going straight to video... and then not going anywhere after that. I wonder if Netflix has this little jewel? (I wonder if Mom would disown me if I put it on her Netflix queue...)

I think it might be time for me to get to bed. And get some sleep. Happy Spring Break, everyone.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

How can I not?

Well, the IDRS convention is in Indiana this year. How can I not go? (IDRS=International Double Reed Society). Well, there is that little matter of my not having played my oboe for about three years now--but at this particular moment it is more a matter of logistics. I have no where to make reeds. I could probably get by with sneaking into the practice rooms on campus for my actual practicing, but I have no where I can go to make my reeds. (There is also the very slight matter of lack of time). I do plan to get back into the world of the oboe. Hell, I've even had a couple of informal job offers thrown my way (everyone loves an oboist--or, perhaps more accurately, everyone loves a decent oboist. Everyone hates a bad one).

But then there is the question of travel. I mean, not traveling to Indiana (one day drive--peice of cake). But future traveling to other sundry parts of the world (guess I better look up sundry. I think I know what it means. I've encountered it enough in travel writing and advertisements. Still, not completely sure of the little twiggly bits of meaning that are attached to it. Oh well. Maybe later.) If I go to, say, Indonesia (yeah, sooooo not gonna happen), what do I do with the oboe? Bring it along? And my knives? As an American traveling to a distant country, do I really really want to check a bag of knives? And I might encounter the same problem over there of having no place to practice. Not to mention the fact that, while the oboe might be fine in the humidity there, it would probably explode upon return to the USA. (Which leads me to wonder if, if I really am serious about it, it might be better for me to pick up a plastic oboe for travel purposes. But the sound...! Then again, it might be a good chance for me to work on creating a better sound overall, so that when I get back to my Fossiti Tiery [sounds like a sports car, doesn't it?] I have an even better sound. Hmm...)

Anyway, I do really miss playing my oboe.