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My Proust Questionnaire (Blog Post)

The Proust Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. Here is the basic Proust Questionnaire.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? 
Developing new opinions after a heated analytical discussion.
2. What is your greatest fear?
A lack of existence.
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Procrastination.
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
I have two - Misplaced emotional investment and unfounded belief.
5. Which living person do you most admire?
Sam Rockwell and sundries of philosophers.
6. What is your greatest extravagance?
Falling in love with a character on screen or in a book.
7. What is your current state of mind?
Introspective.  I mean, I'm taking a fucking Proust Questionnaire.
8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Chocolate.
9. On what occasion do you lie?
When I'm laying on the charm.  So, often.
10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My hair (or lack there of).
11. Which living person do you most despise?
Televangelists.
12. What is the quality you most like in a man?
Being reasonable enough to change an idea that he's invested in.
13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
It sounds cliche but humor, it's hard to find a woman who is funny/can take a joke.
14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
"Jesus" - it doesn't really mean anything despite having a use in the language.
15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Poetry. It taught me how to love everything else.
16. When and where were you happiest?
Attending LAN parties with my brother and father.
17. Which talent would you most like to have?
Concert pianist.
18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would write more.
19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My first year of teaching 8th graders.
20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Another blank slate human would be nice.
21. Where would you most like to live?
Downtown Chicago.
22. What is your most treasured possession?
My copy of "The Trial and Death of Socrates"
23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The feeling that overcomes a person who cannot reconcile their beliefs with what is happening around them because their faith blinds them.
24. What is your favorite occupation?
Teaching.
25. What is your most marked characteristic?
Charisma.
26. What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty.
27. Who are your favorite writers?
Sartre, Emerson, Sam Harris, Orwell, Charles Simic, Charles Bukowski, Theodore Roethke, Whitman
28. Who is your hero of fiction?
Spiderman.
29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Friedrich Nietzsche
30. Who are your heroes in real life?
Richard Dawkins
31. What are your favorite names?
Olive
32. What is it that you most dislike?
A person's sense of superiority.
33. What is your greatest regret?
Blacking out on my 21st birthday.  I missed out on some consciousness and often wonder why people brag about it.
34. How would you like to die?
Awake,
35. What is your motto?
Be reasonable and dont be afraid to change. 

Take your own here: http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/archive/proust_questionnaire

Create Yourself a Spotify Account!

Have you heard of Spotify? If not, research it!

It's a program that streams music in real-time, any song you want(95% are usually available), has search functions, and drag-drop playlists. When you click on the artist, it goes to the artist's page and gives you a list of all the albums he/she's ever been involved in including the top hits they've had, and the songs in those albums (which can also be drag/dropped into your playlist btw).

It also has a radio function. You choose the time period (from the before the 50's rangint to 00's) and the genre, then it plays random songs that fit in the categories you chose.

It's programmed SO well that it automatically detects the media keys on your laptop.

FURTHERMORE, once you create your username, it stores all your playlists server-side so wherever you log in in the world, it uploads your playlist to that version of Spotify.

Now the catch? It's free only if you are located in the UK or France, BUT don't fret! I know how to get around this little "problem."

Step 1. Find a good UK proxy. Easiest will be web-based, since you'll only have to use it to register. I used:

http://www.htmlblock.co.uk/anonymous_web_browser

Step 2. Through the proxy, visit

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/

Step 3. Register. You're going to need a UK postal code, the one I used is LS18 5AZ, but you might find another one on Google.

Step 4. Download the installer. It should give you a link, otherwise use

http://www.spotify.com/en/download/windows/
http://www.spotify.com/en/download/mac/ for you mac users *shudder*

Step 5. Install it and enjoy your music. No need for any proxies or anything, you're just enjoying free music. One extra pro here is that if you listen to it through an unsupported country there are no ads!


One more thing. Logging into Spotify when you're NOT in the UK/France, you will have a 14 day period where it allows you to listen to their music, but once again, don't fret! There are two workarounds for this:

Spotify allows the use of proxies, so if you go into the proxy settings fo your Spotify, you can find a UK/French proxy that you can log into every 2 weeks or so.

The SECOND method is one I inadvertantly found myself (not sure how popular this is, and I'm hoping they don't fix it). You can use a firewall to block the incoming connections going into Spotify, which blocks the region-check part of the program.


VOILA! FREE SPOTIFY!

10 Youtube URL Tricks You Should Know About

Here are some Great Tricks!!!
10 Youtube URL Tricks You Should Know About:

1. View high quality videos
2. Embed Higher Quality Videos
3. Cut the chase and link to the interesting part
4. Hide the search box
5. Embed only a part of Video
6. Autoplay an embedded video
7. Loop an embedded video
8. Disable Related Videos
9. Bypass Youtube Regional Filtering
10. Download Video


1. View high quality videos
Youtube gives you the option to switch to high quality videos for some of the videos, however you can check if a video is available in high quality format by appending ‘&fmt=18′(stereo, 480 x 270 resolution) or ‘&fmt=22′(stereo, 1280 x 720 resolution) for even higher quality.

2. Embed Higher Quality Videos
While the above trick works for playback, if however you want to embed hig quality videos you need to append “&ap=%2526fmt%3D18″ and “&ap=%2526fmt%3D22″ to the embed url.

3. Cut the chase and link to the interesting part
Linking to a video where the real action starts at 3 minutes 22 seconds, wondered if you could make it start at 03:22? You are in luck. All you have to do is add #t=03m22s (#t=XXmYYs for XX mins and YY seconds) to the end of the URL.

4. Hide the search box
The search box appears when you hover over an embedded video. To hide the search box add ‘&showsearch=0′ to the embed url.

5. Embed only a part of Video
Just append ‘&start=30′ to skip first 30s of the video. In general you can modify the value after start= to the number of seconds you want to skip the video for.

6. Autoplay an embedded video
Normally when you embed a Youtube video and load the page, the player is loaded and it sits there waiting for you to hit the play button. You can make the video play automatically by adding ‘&autoplay=1′ to the url part of the embed code.

7. Loop an embedded video
Append ‘&loop=1′ to make the video start again without user intervention after it reaches the end.

8. Disable Related Videos
Publishing your content in the form of Youtube video? Don’t want people to see other people’s content that may be related but may as well be in competition to you? Just add ‘&rel=0′ to the end of the url part of the embed code and you just turned off the related video suggestions!

9. Bypass Youtube Regional Filtering
Some videos are only available in certain parts of the world. Your IP Address is used to determine your location and then allow or deny access to the video. Change the url from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<somecode> to http://www.youtube.com/v/<somecode>

10. Download Video
Although not inherently a youtube trick but useful all the same for downloading videos. Just change youtube to kickyoutube in the url of the video and it will take you to kickyoutube.com with all the options for downloading the video you were watching.


All these can be found Here:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-youtube-url-tricks-you-should-know-about/
There are some extra graphics on the site to help with the explanations!</somecode></somecode>
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