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Soooooooooooooo many questions [Apr. 10th, 2007|03:02 pm]
Lord Semaj
I applied for a job at a Mainway, and you have to do what is essentially a psychological evaluation:

Based on the responses you have provided, your Employment Profile follows.

James, your responses indicate that you are very warm, talkative, and especially willing to listen. When you need to use your persistent persuasiveness in a discussion, you do so in a pleasant manner. You show a concerted effort in making the best of whatever happens. While you are open to people's influence upon you, you are easily turned off if they wield authority or push regulations with a heavy hand. You prefer not to deal with details.

Communication Style
James, you are an attentive and perceptive listener. You tend to be sensitive to other people's feelings. When speaking, you avoid conflict by choosing your words carefully. You are especially skillful at maintaining harmony. Your style of persuasion is diplomatic and tactful.

Also, James, you use a diplomatic tone in order to work peacefully with people. You do not intimidate others and, in turn, you do not appreciate verbal intimidation.

Your style of communication is easy-going and indirect. You express yourself in a calm, caring, and consistent manner.

James, you feel that cooperation and teamwork are very important, and you set clear time frames to complete projects. You plan actions carefully, allow for time considerations, and maintain harmonious relations with colleagues.

You function best when reporting to a strong leader. You are good at prioritizing work, establishing routines, and getting things done on time.

Leadership Style: Mentor
You perform your leadership role by accepting whatever comes your way, by adjusting to it and then pushing ahead with persistence. You regard timing as very important and this is reflected in your expertise in planning and then in pursuing your goals. You freely delegate both authority and details. You like to develop your people and to encourage teamwork.

You balance solid, goal-oriented achievement and a relaxed approach to life. You may fluctuate between periods of highly motivated, achievement-oriented activity and periods of more easy-going behavior. Alternatively, you may demonstrate a sustained, moderate level of effort toward your goals. While you may not demonstrate an intense desire for achievement for its own sake, you are able to summon a sense of purposefulness and self-discipline when needed. The level of your positive motivation toward achievement may depend on the task or situation.

Motivation Needs:
James, you tend to be motivated when your personal efforts contribute to overall organizational goals. You prefer that your organization's structure be secure and steady. You desire to work in an environment distinguished by teamwork and compatibility. You are most productive in a harmonious, cooperative, and stable work environment. You respond positively when encouraged to use creativity in projects, and when there are no sudden changes in pace or workload.

You can be demotivated if excessive pressure is exerted on you at the last minute. Personality conflicts among co-workers can negatively impact your productivity. You may be less motivated in environments of rapid or sudden change. You can be frustrated by unrealistic expectations, or by frequent interruptions.

Primary Motivation:
• An environment where there is harmony and cooperation.
• A minimum of conflicts and a steady, stable structure.
• A pace set for you with no sudden or abrupt changes.
• Forewarning of changes so that there is sufficient time to adjust.
• Encouragement in regard to creativity.
• Knowing how your personal efforts contribute to overall goals.
• Validation of self-worth.

Primary Demotivation:
• Constantly pressured at the last minute.
• There are too many personality conflicts.
• There are too many sudden changes.
• Expectations are too high and/or not clear.

Emotional Intelligence
James, your responses indicate that your Emotional Intelligence is exceptionally well developed. You tend to understand the emotional makeup of others, and to accurately sense what other people are feeling. Because you find it easy to see the world from another person's perspective, it is likely that you associate with a diverse group of people. You work for reasons beyond money or status. It is likely that you are proficient in both maintaining relationships and networking. You think before speaking, and form carefully considered judgments about people or situations. Furthermore, you are aware of the impact of your emotions on others.
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Sexualizing Santa [Dec. 12th, 2006|09:12 pm]
Lord Semaj
(the message is not as closely linked to the surface as it appears... I'm not saying Santa is a pedophile)

Sexualizing Santa

The world knows Santa as the jolly fat guy with the red suit, and the big white beard. He is a dominant iconic figure for millions of children, which is in prelude to the myth of Christmas. After all, it's hard not to get excited over the guy that will give you everything that mom and dad seem reluctant to buy for you.

Parents think it is cute how Xmas fever effects their kids, and often want to capture that period in time with the traditional Santa Picture. Though many children are excited by the prospect of sitting next to the big red guy and confessing his or her Xmas wish list, many are terrorized at the prospect.

Being the one taking the pictures, this is something that I've become accutely aware of. Never before did I imagine the sheer intolerance so many kids project towards Santa.

Are the fears of these children really so irrational, though? His picture may be posted throughout the household, but he is by all accounts a stranger. His sheer size may seem imposing, especially when compared to that of a small child. His appearance is unusual and foreign in regards to western culture, which is probably startling when introduced to the small world of a child.

Regardless of the apprehension the child feels, parents time and again will test their wits in order to produce a decent Santa photo. I find it disconcerning that reproducing the image of Xmas is so important to parents that they will ignore the shrill shreiks, and pleading tears.

Perhaps the parent should take a lesson from the child's instinct. My instincts tell me not to let a child near an old man that persistantly says, “sit on my lap and I'll give you a present”, or “come up here and I'll let you play with my bells”. Of course we are talking about things Santa says in order to coax children into camera position, and not pedophile one liners.

However, it's undeniable that there are similarities between pedophiliac behaviour and Santa's. It's a safe bet to make that not too many parents would feel comfortable with an adult that is eager to sit kids on his lap all the time. Pedophiles often use gift giving as a tactic in earning a child's trust, which is exactly how Santa ultimately gains it himself.

When children are hesitant about approaching Santa, parents are apt to remind them that Santa delivers the toys. This is no different than telling the children that they should extend their trust to someone, based on having their material wants met. It certainly gives sugar daddies something to aspire to.

By teaching children to favour Santa based on his generousity, parents may ultimately be seeding their kids to trust other figures for the same reasons. Parents should be less concerned with getting children excited by Santa, and more concerned about if Santa is excited.
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The Export [Aug. 10th, 2006|12:44 pm]
Lord Semaj
There are only a couple weeks left, and I am out of the Maratimes. This move actually may be permanent, though we will see when April rolls around.

My biggest fear at the moment is that I won't click with the right people. I mean... I need a social life, otherwise I will feel isolated and trapped. It is that feeling which would undoubtedly push me back to New Brunswick. I didn't make too many friends while I went to school in Fredericton, but they be just because I don't fit in there. It also may be because I didn't go that far out of my way to be social. However, both the latter and the former are interrelated I think. Things need to be different this time.

It would be incredible if my romantic life took off as well. I have not dated anyone in so long it is unreal. There is someone there that I like quite alot, but I am not getting my hopes too high. It is so hard to predict exactly what someone will think of you when they have never met you in person. At the very least, he will be an awesome friend to have.

I don't have hardly enough time to do what needs to be done. I work 50-60 hours a week usually, because I need to save for school so desperately. The fact that I work so much hinders my ability to prepare for the move. I still need to buy a bed, which is a slightly more complicated purchase than all the orders I have made thus far. Hopefully my dad will stop by on Sunday, because I need to separate more of my possessions in regards to what I am taking with me, and what I am not taking with me. I have alot with me right now, and almsot everything is not going with me, so I need to take control of that issue. I'm being tutored in math so I can take some math placement test, and that is also having me stretch out my time even further.

All in all, I have faith things will work out well for me. I'm ready to be Screech'd in.
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I need to remember how to write [Sep. 19th, 2005|02:01 am]
Lord Semaj
Do I blanket your world?
Cover you in all I am
It has all come unfurled
Do you now know where I am?

Don't let me stay on top
Push the sheets to the floor
Don't let my shadow decide your stop
It is your world; your tour

Don't grasp for me in your sleep
You will only feel the strain
Push my shadows to the deep
Soap will take out the stain

You will cross the border
But return you will again
And find less disorder
And there will be no pain
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Standing Ground [Apr. 16th, 2005|11:15 am]
Lord Semaj
[mood |stressedstressed]

Yesterday I wrote my english exam. However, the professor only wanted to allow us 2hours to write it, which is not a decision he is allowed to make. The university allows every student 3hours to write any exam, regardless of how long the professor thinks it should take.

I wanted to do well on this exam, so I budgeted my time to take advantage of the full 3hours. However, I started to freak out inside when Dr. Desroches announced that there was only 20 minutes left of the exam, when I knew there to be over an hour of the exam left. I was the last one writing the exam, and he was allowing me some time over the 2hour mark, but he was growing impatient, and I ebentually had to threaten him that I would go to the registrar's office over it. He finally told me that I have exactly 19min to slip the exam under him door, or he would not accept it. I did finish the exam within that time(which would have expired before the 3hour mark hit), but it was definitely not my best work. I know I did not do that well, and I attribute a large portion of that to the circumstances to which I was under.

After I got home I e-mailed the registrar's office to complain, and to request that my exam mark not be counted. It will probably be a couple days before I hear back from them, but I was given a reply stating that my e-mail was forwarded to the assistant registrar.

Academic regulations are on my side. It is just that I have had to deal with a professor that doesn't take such things in to consideration. This is his first year teaching at STU, but practically any university in Canada allows students the full exam slot time, so that is of no excuse.

Anyway, it is time for me to nap; as I did not sleep more than 30min last night.
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Day Of The Fool [Apr. 1st, 2005|01:23 pm]
Lord Semaj
Another week has come and gone. There is only a week left of school, and then I will have my final exam on April 16th. It's thrilling to be so close to an end. Like many of the professors and students, I'm burnt out. I need to frolic in the fields of Spring and plant my seed into a naive farm girl. I need to learn the value of life in the fashion of a hobo. I need to be a pennyless nomad. I will sweep the streets in a frenzy of liberty, and collect bottles and cans. There will be great joy as I participate in public orgies with my fellow hobos and beggars.

All that is for tomorrow; today I only dream of tomororow. Tonight I may sleep in a cold bed; boxed in by the walls of conformity, but tomorrow sidewalks and bus terminals shall be my sweet escape. Nestled together with my urine stenched brethren, I will be reclaiming the tribal heritage that this society has packed away.

Today is the day of the fool.
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(no subject) [Apr. 1st, 2005|01:18 pm]
Lord Semaj

James Lee Brothers's Aliases

Your movie star name: Chocolate George

Your fashion designer name is James London

Your socialite name is Jaymer Montreal

Your fly girl / guy name is J Bro

Your detective name is Puppy Saint John

Your barfly name is Chocolate Mudslide

Your soap opera name is Lee Heron

Your rock star name is Chocolate Cheetah

Your star wars name is Jam Brogre

Your punk rock band name is The Content Pezz Dispenser

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(no subject) [Mar. 21st, 2005|07:12 pm]
Lord Semaj
The Harlequin
You scored 34% Cardinal, 35% Monk, 50% Lady, and 48% Knight!
You are a mystery, a jack-of-all-trades. You have the king's ear, but also listen to murmurings of the common folk. You believe in the value of force and also literature. Truly you are the puzzlement of the age.

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

You scored higher than 39% on Cardinal

You scored higher than 35% on Monk

You scored higher than 80% on Lady

You scored higher than 47% on Knight
Link: The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test written by KnightlyKnave on Ok Cupid
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(no subject) [Jan. 11th, 2005|04:48 pm]
Lord Semaj
How much do your LJ friends love you? by ladybugadria
choose one
loves you lotsdarkone
thinks of you as their best friendsuperjoel
pretends to like youcaper
wants to move your relationship to the next levelthejamieguy
wants you in bedoarty
Loves your quirkinessrandom_lifeform
desperately loves to read your journal_placid_
Loves you more than you knowaries_karma
thinks you are stangegorax
Quiz created with MemeGen!
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In The Family [Jan. 8th, 2005|05:40 pm]
Lord Semaj
I found out last night that Mike Thomas is my cousin... well, second cousin. Such a small world indeed.
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