Personality Test

You can find a whole host of personality tests out there. Some silly, like which Disney princess you would be. Others are a little more involved and give you a combination of letters that label you in a similar way that an astrological sign might. “Oh, you’re a Leo?” Someone said to me once, then began staring suspiciously. “I never would have guessed.” Or “Oh you’re an IFSP? I would have pegged you as an IFGQ for sure. But that’s just like an SP to come across as a GQ, right?”

To which I smile and nod with true SP subtlety.

Not that I know what any of these things mean. But it feels good to be labeled and generalized according to letter codes and star shapes. It gives one a sense of confidence to have your uniqueness reduced to one of five love languages.

There are thousands of personality tests because there are thousands of miniscule differences to personality. That’s what makes everyone unique. But its also what makes us confusing. So to add to that confusion I give you the following:

There’s another aspect to personality that doesn’t seem to be talked about as much as some others. We discuss how people “charge” and say that introverts charge by being alone and extroverts charge by being with others. But what about the other end of things? How do we USE that energy? It’s more complicated than just “likes to be with people” versus “likes to hide in caves.” What do we put our energies into? Are you a slow burn or a quick explosion? Do you like to use your charge on yourself or others? In small groups or large? I am an introvert. Buy if I’m fully charged, I enjoy spending all that energy at once with large crowds. Even being the center of attention if there is the need for one. So I keep my energy in eco mode until one of these opportunities arise. Then bam, I let it out.

So lets call this the Benjamin’s Battery Test of Personalities. I wanted to call it Benjamin’s Battery Battery (BBB) but the Better Business Bureau beat me to it.

Answer the following important questions.

1. How do you charge? Do you feed off people like a piranha (P) or do you hide yourself away from the world like a rock badger (RB), living off abundant fat storage?
2. Next, how do you store the energy? Do you store it nervously like an oft beaten hunting dog (OBHD) raring to show his stuff? Otherwise you may keep your energy on ice like a slumbering manta (SM) ray at the bottom of the sea, ready for action only if some stupid kid comes snorkeling and messes with you.
3. How do you expend that energy? Like a cheetah (C) on the hunt, bursting forth but tiring quickly? Or more like the komodo dragon (KD), taking your time, infecting a target with your poisonous teeth and then waiting to see how it goes before trying another bite?
4. Finally, how well do you expend your energy? Awkwardly like a T-Rex (T) doing pushups? Or as smoothly as a Michael Jackson (MJ) doing the moonwalk?

Personally, I’m an RBSMCT and proud of it. But if anyone can think of another aspect involving cooler animals I would probably be those too.


The Force Looks at Its Alarm Clock

Generally speaking I would say I loved the new Star Wars movie. I watched it twice so far and will watch it again. But while my heart is still buzzing with happiness over a Star Wars movie that captures what Star Wars is, let’s dig into some of the particulars about the movie and then the direction of the Star Wars universe in general.

P.S. there will be spoilers.

1. The general absence of green screen production made my heart soar. I don’t care how good digital animation gets, it doesn’t compare to the physicality of … the physical. Having a body in a suit is much better than a stand in sporting a green leotard while you say your lines to a face on a stick. Even a puppet can at least be seen and touched. This movie largely brought things back to the Jim Henson way of doing things. For that I am very grateful. However, there were at least two digital characters which stood out to me as being unnecessarily cartoonified. The little woman with glasses can almost be forgiven because she was made so well. But if you’re going to make a digital creature, don’t make one that could just as easily been played by a small woman. The other is Big Pappa Leader Man, which is just about as ridiculous a name as he was actually given, aka, Supreme Leader Snoke. Hold a moment while I gag. This character also did not need to be digitally animated. It could have very easily been played by an actual person, though I personally would have done away with the character altogether. The third digitally animated character is one I’m giving a pass because surprisingly I didn’t mind BB-8 all that much and I didn’t think of him as computer animated, though I understand why he had to be so.

2. The basic story line is, well, basic. The characters and their back stories are interesting. The acting was great. But the formulaic structure of the script left a lot to be desired. I will even give a pass for the light side dark side conflict because that is just largely what the star wars universe is about. But a third death star? And no, making it look different and calling it something different doesn’t count. It’s a death star and it is destroyed the same way the others were, which is dumb. And while I’m talking about the death star thingy, which this time actually destroys stars, how do you have enough stars to drain? Does the death star planet move from star to star? The movie could have spent more time on something different. Something new. A twist. A focus on the people a bit more and large moon-sized weapons less.

3. Deviation from the previous cannon is disappointing. I can understand the desire to start fresh, especially considering the hundreds of star wars books previously approved by the hand of Lucas. At least in the original “aftermath” of episode 6 there were no death planets. And those books came out like fan fiction, well written, to fill in the gaps after the movies had run their course. Now we have books and comics written so you will buy them in anticipation of the next movie and help you fill in the gaps and make sense of the movies. The same tactic seems to be employed with the Marvel universe … to the point that a friend of mine has simply stopped trying to keep up. Disney understands the money that can be had from the Star Wars universe. But I implore them not to make it into something built for cash flow instead of build for imagination flow. Because the cash flow will run dry as the heart of the mission deadens. Keep the energy of J.J. Abrams and trash the books like Star Wars: Aftermath which read like they were by a 16-year-old on summer break.

In conclusion, I want a true Star Wars universe, sure. But I also want something that continues the saga, not that just rehashes it. And I want a world built on delving into the fantasy not just one that takes in the cash with forced (no pun intended), formulaic storylines and comic books you have to read if you want the story to make sense, and then find out that it really makes no sense anyway and they just teased you into buying worthless stories.

So has the force awakened? Maybe. But right now it’s checking the time and trying to decide if it wants to sleep through the next movie or come alive.