Saturday 22 November 2008

Sport, pronounced "Shport"

For truth in reporting's sake, I have to tell you that my stomach and arms don't look anything like Brandi Chastain's. It's surprising, I know. Bloggers who like to sit in front of the computer all day reading other blogs and writing their own are usually unparalleled specimens of physical power.

It's unfortunate that the German spelling of the word featured in this post's title is the same as it is in English, for it just doesn't convey the different sound and therefore spirit (in my mind) from the English word. The German "sport" is pronounced, according to my husband, as "shport" with the "r" being quite softly expressed. It makes one think of very tall and solid-looking specimens of youth who aren't winded by going on 10-mile hikes after having played soccer for 3 hours.

What's shport got to do with this blog, you may ask? Well, I found a silly little site, Typelizer, whose only purpose is to tell you what your blog says about your personality.

According to this site, my blog and therefore I fall under this category (here's the connection to shport, in case you were getting worried):

"The active and play-ful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time."

Eh, what? I've just spent the past billion years inside, rotting in a chair by myself while writing my thesis. I am perhaps better at starting things than finishing them, though. But I can't imagine on what basis this site makes these assessments, and does it distinguish what I write from what my Reading Lamp interviewees write?

A silly but fun foray on a brain-dead Saturday morning into the myriad weirdnesses offered by that series of tubes known as the interwebs. Now I'm going to get back to focusing all my attention on my tea. I will offer you a proper blog post either later this afternoon or tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Ha! just tried the Typealyzer on my blargh! I think it needs adjusting, or maybe I do?

It claims I'm "ESFP - The Performers", when twice in the past, I've scored as "INTP - The Architect" (the exact opposite) on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which this thing is based on.

But I think I can see how might interpret my blog as such.

I agree it is a silly time waster on a snow-stormy Saturday morning, kind like reading your horoscope.


Bookphilia said...

Yes, so many silly things are good in winter. I hope that crazy storm down east isn't causing you too much trouble!

Yuri... said...

What an awesome (if inscrutable) site! I am "ISTP - The Mechanic," which fits with my personality pretty strongly in some senses (though not all, of course).

Anyway Colleen, sorry to keep you at your desk with my rambling, I am sure that you are on your way out to get in a quick triathlon...