Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Life is a quiz

Life should be a quest... but it's easier to just take a quiz and find out how it will go... If you think your life is boring, repetitive, not challenging, etc... and you'd like to trade places with someone famous... a TV star... a real... (well actually a cartoon) celebrity. You can find out how your life would be if you were : Spongebob! Step into Garnet Hertz simulator and find out.

My routine during the last couple of weeks has been just re-arranging CAD drawings (boring, but not as boring as working at krusty krab!) After a while, everyting looks like being on a grid and lines start to jump out of the monitor. Speaking of grids and rebel lines, I found this optical illusion: Motion Induced Blindness... printscreen the image, and you'll see that all dots are still there despite the illusion. That's why some lines and objects start to disappear when you stare too long at your monitor.

Here are some fun games by Oskar van Deventer. I liked the haunted vending machine... perhaps because it keeps me thinking about how we design complicated user interfaces and mechanisms that are not always visible to the user... so the user puts a coin... and nothing happens... a second coin, and it gets stuck again... -Oh, no! this *&@# machine is not going to win!!! and there it goes a third coin... and suddenly it works!!! Try using a piece of paper to hide the path for the coins and see how frustrating it is, then uncover the mazes, and you'll see how fast you can figure out how to win. Moral of the story: "the user should be able to figure out how things work on a system, so that the user can expect a certain response when performing an action."

More trivial stuff that I sometimes come across... here are many, many quick quizzes for the ones with a lot of time to waste. For example:
You can copy- paste the results on your blog... Here are some of my results (if that tells you something about me):

You Are Mr. Burns

Okay, so you're evil...

You have big plans to rule the world, and you'll destroy it in the process if necessary!

You will be remembered for: the exploitation of the masses

Life philosophy: "One dollar for eternal happiness? I'd be happier with the dollar."
-I just can say: Excellent!

Your Japanese Name Is...

Akira Suzuki

Your Sexy Brazilian Name is:

Davi Peixe
-Close enough!

Your Blogging Type is Confident and Insightful

You've got a ton of brain power, and you leverage it into brilliant blog.
Both creative and logical, you come up with amazing ideas and insights.
A total perfectionist, you find yourself revising and rewriting posts a lot of the time.
You blog for yourself - and you don't care how popular (or unpopular) your blog is!

-So that's why my blog is not very popular! Got it...

Pizza Personality: Veggie Pizza

Upscale and trendy.
You're the most likely to go for a gourmet pizza.
You have impeccable taste in everything.
You truly enjoy the finer things in life.

-No way Jose! I hate veggies!!! I hate veggies... I guess this quizz is not very accurate!

Your IQ Is 105

Your Logical Intelligence is Below Average

Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius

Your Mathematical Intelligence is Above Average

Your General Knowledge is Exceptional
-OK, ok... I had better results.

Your Personality Profile

You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!

-All righty then!

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