Is doublethink actually possible?

Tuesday 27 June 2017, 8.00pm HKT


LESSONS FROM REAL LIFE

IS doublethink as portrayed in George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty Four” actually possible?

You and I and everybody else practise doublethink every day without noticing.

In everyday life, we call it compartmentalisation.

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Compulsive daydreaming made me a total failure

Friday 4 September 2015, 12.01am HKT


Letters to the Editor

Dreaming

Question of the week goes to a girl whose daydreaming has taken over her real life:—

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Make up your mind before changing it

Friday 15 November 2013, 9.30am HKT


art Dan Mcpharlin Making Up A Changing Mind

If you were to need someone for an important task, don’t use a person who needs to have his or her mind changed:—

“I don’t like to change his mind. He might change his mind once too often.”

— Major Adbury, in “The Safecracker” (1958)

Equally, you probably don’t want a person who won’t change his mind. A person who won’t change his mind and won’t change the subject is, by definition, a fanatic.

Image: A 2010 E.P. cover artwork by Australian artist/designer Dan McPharlin for American electronic musician/artist Pretty Lights (a.k.a. Derek Vincent Smith). (Via sci-fi-o-rama.com)

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The Pyshco … ahem … Psychopath Test

Sunday 13 October 2013, 8.10am HKT


(Updated same day with extra photo; corrected for typos)

SOME parts of this post will disturb, so grow up.

psychopath test logo

(adapted from The People Group)

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FROM PART 2

IN THIS FINAL PART of the series, we’ll have a look at the mind-boggling personality traits of bloggers born under the signs of Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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zodiac signs

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SAGITTARIUS the Centaur Archer

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Nickname: Hippie Republican/Tory With Tourette’s Syndrome

Period is November 22 to December 21.
Greek name Toxotes.
Sanskrit name Dhanusa.
Sumerian-Babylonian name Pa-Bil-Sag (a.k.a. Nedu, ‘soldier’), a tutelary god of the ancient city-state of Isin in Lower Mesopotamia (about 20 kilometres or 13 miles from present-day Ishan al-Bahriyat in Iraq).
Element is Fire.
Ruling planet is Jupiter.
Stone is turquoise.
Zodiac colour is rich purple.
Vibration is over-expressiveness.
Life pursuit is to live the good life.
Secret desire is to make a difference to the world.

Astrologers say:

Natural exuberance, sense of adventure, love of life, free spirited. The most optimistic of zodiac signs. Aims once set, they go for it. They believe anything is possible; impossible is nothing. Happiest on the move, exploring new cultures and ideas. Frustrating for those who have to tie down these free-spirited individuals. Overly expressiveness means frequent burnouts for Sagittarians. Their catchphrase in love is Don’t Fence Me In, but at least they are generous and the most fun-loving in love.

The Naked Listener says:

Yes, these folks are truly freedom-loving and optimistic, but no hippies. These are conservative folks who want fun, freedom and order at the same time. They are good at melding different disparate ideas into a unified whole. Notorious for the sudden lack of tact (or infamous for the chronic lack of same).

As bloggers:

Wild and uninhibited, loudmouthed, controversial — in that sense, the astrologers are right about Sagittarius being lacking in tact.

Famous Sagittarius bloggers:

“The Misanthropic Bitch (TMB) was a personal blog maintained by a person by the name of Carla who referred to herself by the same title. Although originally referred to as a zine, TMB represented one of the earliest online personal ‘blogs,’ having originally appeared in 1997 [the blogger reputedly aged 19]. One of her most widely known quotes is ‘Nothing can make one a misogynist faster than being born a woman’.” (Wikipedia)

See what I mean?

Trivia:

No. 10 sign (7.3%) of the U.S. population in 2012. The FBI puts Sagittarius the No. 3 sign for serial killers and criminals — con artists, robbers and thieves, more difficult to capture, but most don’t hurt their victims.

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CAPRICORN the Mountain/Sea-Goat

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Nickname: The Needle With Steel Thread

Period is December 22 to January 19.
Greek name Aigokeros.
Sanskrit Makara.
Sumerian-Babylonian name Suhur-Mas (‘The Goat-Fish’ of the deity Enki, patron of the city of Eridu, now Tell Abu Shahrain in Iraq and probably the oldest city in the world).
Element is Earth.
Ruling planet is Saturn.
Stone is garnet.
Zodiac colours are brown (all shades) and orange.
Vibration is powerful resilient energy.
Life pursuit is to be proud of own achievements.
Secret desire is to be admired by family and friends and the world at large.

Astrologers say:

“The Highroller” — top life and business achievers (but quiet about it). Extremely competitive, assertive and aggressive but with the good sense to keep those qualities under wraps (“you just can’t give the game away by being pushy”). Type 1 is the mountain goat — always climbing higher and higher. Type 2 is the garden goat — happy enough to remain within a small domain (but dominating it). Patient, persevering, and refuses to budge. Their whole idea about Life is that the longest journey starts with a single small step — and that step is (or has to be) the hardest step. To work for a Capricorn, you should use your initiative but must not diverge from the training manual. Good at balancing work with play. Rises to the occasion in difficult times or facing a new task or deadline. Responsible, structured, and the most hardworking of all signs. Superb organisers. Borderline workaholics.

The Naked Listener says:

I have to say the astrologers are pretty spot-on with Capricorns. With so few of them around (some say less than 5% of the global population), there’s practically nil interfering variables to tease out Capricorn traits. In my experience, Capricorn and Aquarius are probably the only two signs in the whole zodiac that have high statistical correlation (Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient, ρ or rho, of 0.65 to 0.7) between astrological traits and experimental data in personality surveys — a correlation coefficient higher than most psychological surveys. Just remember the conventional dictum in statistics too: “correlation does not imply causation.”

Like the ancient god Enki, Capricorns are deities (in their own way) of crafts, mischief, intelligence and creation. Even if their external appearance is flashy or even ‘far out,’ Capricorns prefer the traditional over the exotic — although they are very comfortable with the exotic and the weird.

Practically every Capricorn I’ve ever met mix work with pleasure, but have an ability to keep the two from interfering with each other. Conservative and cautious inside. Money-wise, no great ability to hit the jackpot, but an uncanny ability to avoid the lemons. Frankly, that’s ALL you ever needed to do in investing.

Work-wise, they’ll put the pedal to the metal and push at it far, but won’t flog a dead horse. Honest by nature, but will always bring a secret agenda to work. They simply cannot work in conventional careers like accountants, secretaries, teachers and the like. Don’t try to outwork a Capricorn — no one works harder than these guys because they need no sleep. Don’t try to outsell one either — even brain-dead Capricorns have learnt the “10-Second Elevator Pitch” at a young age and even shortened it to 3 seconds, no kidding. Borderline workaholics, but no drones.

Great intellect — but take care intellectualising with them: they also have a very practical bent to their thinking. Likes to keep things light when socialising so they can spring from one thing to another. Most Capricorns I know have an offbeat humour (sometimes oddball) that comes out rather unexpectedly (and it shows in their speech and writing).

Rely on a Capricorn friend to give you the most practical, most sympathetic advice, couched in the most hurtful of words. Yet they are by no means blunt individuals.

As bloggers:

Capricorn bloggers are down-to-earth and value-minded in their output — useful but must also be usable. Most astrologists have it that Capricorns in general are highly creative in the way they carry on — and I for one find there’s a lot of truth in that.

Famous Capricorn bloggers:

Trivia:

No. 8 sign (8.2%) of the U.S. population in 2012. A Harvard University study suggests 25 December is the least common birthday (365th-ranked) in the USA.

The FBI puts Capricorn the No. 5 sign for serial killers and criminals — usually all-round criminals mostly into organised crime (which requires good business acumen, long hours, and value-mindedness). Like Taurus and Virgo, Capricorn criminals usually get caught.

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AQUARIUS the Waterbearer

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Nickname: The Shapeless Simpatico

Period is January 20 to February 18.
Greek name Hudrokhoos.
Sanskrit name Kumbha.
Sumerian-Babylonian name Gu-La (‘The Great One,’ later ‘pitcher’).
Element is Air.
Ruling planet is Uranus (yew-rin-nes, not ‘Your Anus’!).
Stone is amethyst.
Zodiac colours are blue-greenturquoise, electric blue, silver-grey and fluorescent colours.
Vibration is high frequency.
Life pursuit is to understand Life’s mysteries.
Secret desire is to be unique and original.

Astrologers say:

The zodiac’s leading sign heralding the Dawn of the Age of Aquarius. Trendsetter for the future. High responsibility. Philanthropist. Humanitarian. Humanist. Outgoing, amiable, intuitive yet also objective in judgment. Marches to a different drumbeat. Chameleonic characters. Mind always ticktocking with activity. Intellectual exploration, eccentricity and highly original trailblazing ideas. Ability to think on several mental levels (a blessing as much as a curse for them). Extreme abilities can take them to both heaven and hell. Aloof, megalomaniacal, vindictive, vicious tantrums, barbed remarks that sting deeply.

The Naked Listener says:

Astrologers are on the money with Aquarius. Like Capricorns, there are so few Aquarians that it makes for easier identification of Aquarian traits. Innovative maybe, non-conformist certainly. They have no time for conventional symbols or thinking — to them, life is too short for that. Mind’s like mercury — very quick, very fluid, very bright, and very poisonous to those of a weaker disposition. Like the Capricorn, these folks don’t need sleep. Sharp sense of politics and politicking. Sharp interpretation of what’s right, no matter how acute the situation.

As bloggers:

Aquarius bloggers are least likely to give you run-of-the-mill writing — and it’s usually and consistently supremely good, but then all of a sudden unfathomably bad. Some views are so non-conformist that it takes an effort of will just to continue reading.

Famous Aquarius bloggers:

Trivia:

February has the lowest birthrate worldwide, mainly because it has the fewest number of days (28) — that’s a given. The American Hall of Fame of Inventors has more Aquarians than any other sign.

The No. 12 sign (6.3%) of the U.S. population in 2012. The FBI puts Aquarius the No. 11 sign for serial killers and criminals — usually commit revenge crimes (see what I mean by ‘vindictive’?), but mostly hackers, hustlers and con artists in manipulation. FBI rates Aquarians more sadistic than Scorpios (higher vindictiveness?).

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PISCES the Fish

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Nickname: The Land-Locked Upstream Swimmer

Period is February 19 to March 20.
Greek name Ikhthues.
Sanskrit name Mina.
Sumerian-Babylonian name Sim-Mah (‘The Tail of the Swallow’), later Du-Nu-Nu (‘fishcord’).
Element is Water.
Ruling planet is Neptune.
Stone is bloodstone.
Zodiac colours are lilac, mauve, purpleaquamarine and light blues.
Vibration is erratic energy.
Life pursuit is to avoid feeling lonely and instead feel connected to others and the world at large.
Secret desire is to live their dreams and turn fantasies into realities.

Astrologers say:

Saint and sinner rolled into one. Mysterious and alluring individuals. Extremely talented and gifted in many way, Pisceans still spend their waking hours in confused lives (like the one fish going up and the other down). They’re either torn between two lifepaths or live out two radically different existences. The visionary, the psychotic. Trendsetters in fashion or art. Leaders in their own fields for good or bad — millionaires and overnight successes, or prisoners and reform-school inmates. Adaptable and resilient. Number 2 is a powerful number for Pisces.

The Naked Listener says:

Astrologers have levelled with us — Pisceans really are saints and sinners joined at the hips. Prisons and borstals worldwide are filled with Pisceans. They also figure prominently among millionaires and overnight successes.

“Fish f@ck in it.” ~ W.C. Fields, on why avoid drinking water

I know so much about Pisceans that I could write a Ph.D. thesis on them. For one thing, Mum was a Pisces. For another, I know so many Pisceans that I sometimes feel I’m swimming in them. Pisces can really eff up the waters for everybody else because of their insane antics.

Leaders in their own fields? For sure. Take Mum for instance: in her own field (fashion design) she was making a cool US$45,000 a year in 1952 — more than Yves St. Laurent then, more than Robert McNamara at Ford Motors before he became U.S. Defense Secretary.

The Pisces’ inner ‘ivory tower’ syndrome can lead them into some extraordinary, highly unlikely living conditions. The Piscean life is one long muddle — a fish out of water, as it were. They have these highly detailed fantasies about people and situations that, frankly, borders on psychosis or paranoia. Because of their inner fantasyland, Pisceans hardly ever perceive whatever around them in true light — they see life as they want to see it. On the plus side, that helps them to produce some truly great work. On the minus side, they can’t figure out who’s friend or foe. Emotions are a weak spot with this lot — simultaneously sensitive and insensitive to surroundings. Forget logic with these people — nothing works for them other than by intuition.

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She ain’t Mum

The same ivory tower syndrome also causes them to have some mindblowing appearances.

Again, take Mum as example. She owned a Mercedes-Benz 250S (the “W108”) in the 1960s, then suddenly switched to a fuddy-duddy Humber Sceptre Mark II. And then as if on amphetamines suddenly upgraded to a pearl-white Lamborghini Countach (priced US$65,000 in 1976). That drove Dad to cough blood with jealousy against his own Jaguar XJ6.

All of a sudden, Mum then decided to go all environmental, sold the Lambo, and travelled on nothing but public transport. Pisceans are totally insane internally.

Pisceans need to take loads of time off. This can be good or bad, depending on how you look at things. Good, because you end up like me, the son of a Pisces — lots of travel, wonderful holidays, living in different countries, great food, smashing company. Bad, because the work doesn’t get done — or the kids never stay put long enough to get an education or make friends (“Is that homework? Yeah, do it in your own time”). Kinda explains my illiteracy, no?

Pisceans are also unremitting gluttons — “Eat first, homework later!”

As bloggers:

Intuitive and sensitive. Great on writing about social and socialising stuff. If they’re trying to be logical, it’s their brand of logic, not the logic most of us are usually used to. Piscean bloggers (and therefore Piscean journalists) cannot do straight daily news stories — they just get too extreme covering some bus accident that killed a stray dog and demand instant executions of the bus driver, the bus company’s chairman, the traffic cop and the transport minister. And afterwards wallow in sorrow and regret that the executions were misguided because the whole thing had been — yeah — an ACCIDENT.

Famous Pisces bloggers:

Trivia:

No. 4 sign (9%) of the U.S. population in 2012. The FBI ranks Pisces the No. 8 sign for serial killers and criminals — hot tempers and mostly into drug-related crimes. Worldwide, there are more Piscean prison inmates than any other sign.

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BONUS

For readers with the staying power to have reached this point

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Mnemonics for the order of the zodiac signs

The shortest, sweetest mnemonic is this:—

All The Great Constellations Live Very Long
Since Stars Can’t Alter Physics

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra,
Sagittarius, Scorpio, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

(via Mnemonic: Zodiac Signs at ICT4US.com)

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“The Stars” by H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1952) gives this:—

The Ramble Twins Crab Liverish;
Scaly Scorpions Are Good Water Fish

Ramble (‘Ram-bull’) = Ram (Aries), Bull (Taurus)
Twins = Gemini
Crab = Cancer
Liverish = Lion (Leo), Virgin (Virgo)
Scaly = Scales (Libra)
Scorpions = Scorpio
Are = Archer (Sagittarius)
Good = Goat (Capricorn)
Water = Waterbearer (Aquarius)
Fish = Pisces

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For those who like something a little more risqué, here is The Naked Listener’s version:—

All Those Girls Can Lose Virginity
Like Some Stupid Car Accident, Pal

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I hope you won’t lose yours or get into a stupid car accident, or both at the same time.

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What is your blogging personality?

Find out here with this online quiz:

What’s Your Blogging Personality | Blogthings.com

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Here’s what it says about The Naked Listener:—

Your blogging type is Unique and Avant-Garde.
You’re a bit … unusual. And so is your blog.
You’re impulsive, and you’ll often post the first thing that pops in your head.
Completely uncensored, you blog tends to shock … even though that’s not your intent.
You tend to change your blog often, experimenting with new designs and content.

[You’re fired for not experimenting enough.—Editor]

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Final Words

“If I had I more time, I would have written a shorter letter.”
— Mark Twain

BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY

DON’T FALL FOR A WORD OF
THIS ZODIAC NONSENSE
You are more important
than a description

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Hat tip to:—

This overlong article had been shamelessly inspired by “Star Blogger Personality and Popularity” at Funders and Founders (“We connect Startups with Capital”).

Selected sources:—

Anybirthday.com Public Records Birthday Database, front page, undated.

Amitabh Chandra, Harvard University, cited in “How common is your birthday?” The New York Times, 19 Dec 2006.

Stacy Dickert-Conlin and Ambitabh Chandra, “Taxes and the Timing of Births,” Journal of Political Economy, Feb 1999, volume 107, number 1, pages 161–177 (The University of Chicago Press).

P.C. Giannelli, A.J. Weatherhead and R.W. Weatherhead, “Post-Daubert Considerations in Document Examinations” [presentations at the 2nd International Symposium on the Forensic Examination of Questioned Documents, Albany, New York, 14–18 June 1999], Forensic Science Communications, Oct 1999, volume 1, number 3, accessed via the [U.S.] Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

Steven D. Levitt, “What can astrology tell us about American politics?” Freakonomics, 14 July 2006.

Robert Melkonyan, “Zodiac Signs of Serial Killers,” AstroStar.com, undated.

Sylvia Sky, “The Most Common and Least Common Birthdays and Zodiac Signs,” HubPages, undated (copyright stated as of 2011).

Statistic Brain, “Zodiac Sign Statistics” 2012, Statistic Brain Research Institute, 26 July 2012.

Matt Stiles, “How Common Is Your Birthday?” The Daily Viz, 12 May 2012.

The Toronto Star, “September most popular month for birthdays, January least popular,” by Tony Wong, 15 May 2012.

Tony Vallencourt, “How Much Does Your Birthday Matter?” Econball, 14 July 2006.

The Washington Post, “New Zodiac sign dates: Don’t switch horoscopes yet,” by Melissa Bell, BlogPost, 13 Jan 2011.

Wikipedia contributors, “Birthday,” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, 16 Jan 2013, 08.49 UTC, accessed 17 Jan 2013.

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FROM PART 1

IN THIS SECOND PART of the three-part series, we’ll look at highly dubious traits of bloggers born under the signs of Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio.

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zodiac signs

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LEO the Lion

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Nickname: My Way, All The Way, Or No Way

Period is July 23 to August 22.
Greek name Leon.
Sanskrit name Simha.
Sumerian-Babylonian name Ur-Gu-La (‘The Lion’).
Element is Fire.
Ruling planet is the Sun.
Stone is peridot.
Zodiac colours are gold and orange.
Vibration is radiant energy.
Life pursuit is to lead the way.
Secret desire is to be a star.

Astrologers say:

Love triumphs over all. The heart rules. Born fortunate. Charismatic and positive-thinking. Attracts abundance of friends and opportunities. Style and good humour. Wise beyond their years and make great teachers. Egotistical but protective of those they love. Averse to new things. Devoted and faithful in romantic and family life. If trust is broken or dumped, hard to forget and forgive. Unsentimental and burn bridges completely in relationship breakdowns — once over, over for good.

The Naked Listener says:

This blog was born on WordPress on 19 Aug 2008, which makes it a Leo.

Leos can’t bear to be alone. Loneliness is a disaster for them because they tend to be frightened by anything new or strange. They have a great need to protect (whether wanted or not). Adventurers but not trendsetters. Their biggest weakness is their pride (or self-satisfaction, depending on how you see things). Flattery will get you everything with the Leo, which is also its undoing. The Leo is ‘up’ when up and down on low when ‘down.’ Leos are fierce criticisers, only to be outdone and stung by the Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius.

As bloggers:

Generous and determined because they want to be leaders or ahead of the game. Because of their egoism and egotism, Leo bloggers want readers to be ‘all in’ or ‘all out’ with their ideas — exactly what gets them into mishaps.

Famous Leo bloggers:

Trivia:

No. 11 sign (7.1%) of the U.S. population in 2012. July is the No. 3 and August the No. 1 birth month in the USA from 1990 to 2006, according to statistics from the [U.S.] Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The FBI has Leo the No. 10 sign for serial killers and criminals — usually very dangerous, mainly because they’re in it for the sole reason of getting recognition, which means they are not into petty crimes. Big of heart, big of jobs.

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VIRGO the Maiden

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Nickname: The Slut-Whore of Perfected Virtues

Period is August 23 to September 22.
Greek name Parthenos.
Sanskrit name Kanya.
Sumerian-Babylonian name Absin (‘The Furrow,’ the goddess Shala’s ear of corn).
Element is Earth.
Ruling planet is Mercury.
Stone is sapphire.
Zodiac colour is indigo or dark violet.
Vibration is compassionate and caring.
Life pursuit is to do the right thing.
Secret desire is to love and be loved.

Astrologers say:

Badly defamed by astrologers as being fussy and narrow-minded. Yet an in-tune Virgo is a treat to meet whose outer beacon matches the inner light. Confident with themselves and structured in creativity. Faith in others even in the face of disappointments and soured relationships. A refusal to become cynical. Kindness of heart that is sometimes exploited by others. Victims of power games. Delicate people who are shy and unbecoming.

The Naked Listener says:

But Virgos ARE fusspots — they all require individual and individualised treatment. They have this thing about perfectionism that they often lose sight of timeliness and practicality. All the Virgos I know (males and females alike) tend to forget that most people invest time and money on solutions, not ideas, visions or dreams. Where the astrologers get it super dead wrong is this: Virgos are extremely good in power games and have an uncanny knack of avoiding becoming victims — because they take all forms of ‘power’ as it comes. Virgos are very reflective of themselves, but analogously not a bit reflective about others — which is why they make fantastic careerists in teaching.

As bloggers:

Their perfectionistic streak makes them diligent and careful writers. With lesser Virgos, whatever diligence and care they put into their writing is offset by their habit of writing long paragraphs (over 300 words) with double character spaces between sentences — both practices that fly right in the face of non-academic writing conventions and good typography.

Famous Virgo bloggers:

Trivia:

September is the No. 1 birth month worldwide, and the No. 2 for the USA from 1990 to 2006, according to figures from the CDC. In other words, most people on the planet are evenly divided between Virgos and Libras. U.S. politicians are top-heavy with Geminis, Cancers, Libras and Virgos.

A Harvard study suggests 16 September (Virgo) is the commonest birthday in the USA, but Anybirthday.com suggests it’s 15 October (Libra) instead. This isn’t hard to understand — back-engineering would give us the conception dates to New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day.

Virgo is the No. 2 sign (9.3%) of the U.S. population in 2012. The FBI has Virgo the No. 6 sign for serial killers and criminals — hackers and burglars, usually armed, and usually caught (like are Capricorn and Taurean criminals).

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LIBRA the Scales

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Nickname: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Balance Sheet Version

Period is September 23 to October 22.
Greek name Zugos.
Sanskrit name Tula.
Sumerian-Babylonian name Zib-Ba-An-Na (‘The Scales’).
Element is Air.
Ruling planet is Venus.
Stone is opal.
Zodiac colour is blue.
Vibration is unsteadiness.
Life pursuit is to be consistent.
Secret desire is to live an easy, uncomplicated life.

Astrologers say:

Fantasizes about finding the prince or princess of their dreams. This seeking of their personal holy grail often shapes their perspective in ordinary life in the most extraordinary manner. Love and love lost is a big deal for Libras, even if this is not apparent in their often happy-go-lucky appearance. They switch off from the world around them at regular intervals, even though much more occurs deep within them during these ‘outtage’ periods. Often keeps up a ‘front’ of an ideal childhood or lifestyle — an ability that makes Libras extremely successful actors and businesspeople. Very good at balancing acts between need to be self-creative, need to make money and making friends.

The Naked Listener says:

Utter rubbish. Most Libras are walking balance sheets. They weigh the pros and cons in everything — maybe the idea of The Balance is right after all. Trouble is, they often say yes when they should be saying no. Most Libras tend to work better on their own than in a group — these guys are not collaborators or cooperators. They have a very fertile imagination, yet the imagination operates on conventional symbols of success, romance, enjoyment or comfort. What most Libras I know don’t realise is they tend to hold out just a bit too long until their ‘dream’ or ‘vision’ come true.

As bloggers:

The fact that (high-end) Libras hold out on their dream or vision longer than most other signs helps them exude an air of diplomacy and calm in their writing. Lesser Librans don’t always realise how far they’re lagging behind by holding out.

Famous Libra bloggers:

  • Jason Kottke (pioneering blogger, with one of the longest continuously running blogs on the Web since March 1998)
  • Om Malik
  • Alan Colmes (‘The Alan Colmes Show’ on Fox News Radio)
  • Han Han 韩寒 (rally driver and China’s most popular blogger)

Trivia:

No. 5 sign (8.7%) of the U.S. population in 2012. September is the No. 2 birth month and October the No. 4 for the USA, according to CDC figures. (September is the No. 1 birth month worldwide.) The planet is evenly divided between Virgos and Libras.

Anybirthday.com suggests 5 October (Libra) is the commonest birthday in the USA, but a Harvard study suggests it’s 16 September (Virgo) instead. U.S. politicians are heavy with Geminis, Cancers, Libras and Virgos.

The FBI has Libra the No. 7 sign for serial killers and criminals — usually into corruption, usually armed and very dangerous.

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SCORPIO the Scorpion

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Nickname: The Secret Death Oven for Liars, Fussers and Faffers

Period is October 23 to November 21.
Greek name Skorpios.
Sanskrit name Vrscika.
Sumerian-Babylonian name Girtab (‘The Scorpion’).
Element is Water.
Ruling planet is Pluto.
Stone is topaz.
Zodiac colour is blood red or black.
Vibration is resilience.
Life pursuit is to survive against all odds.
Secret desire is to triumph.

Astrologers say:

Reputed to be the most ‘powerful’ sign of the zodiac. Intense, dramatic personal relationships. Old and wise beyond their years when as children. Know all the answers for others, except sometimes for their own happiness. Biggest challenge is choosing the power of Love vs. the love of Power. Not easy to know even after years of knowing or living with them. Secretive my nature, so they know when others are keeping secrets or lying. Too often they say no when they really mean yes.

The Naked Listener says:

All Scorpios I know have an uncanny ability to smell out liars, mainly because so many of them are so secretive (but not necessarily liars). They also have many ideas about themselves (and others). Because of that, they think they are more intense than other people — which isn’t necessarily true. I’ve often heard Scorpios being described as “sexually jealous” — whatever the hell that means.

The astrologers are wrong on one thing — Scorpios mean no when they say no. If a Scorpio trusts you, you’re fine. If not, you’ve had it with them, but you’ll never know — that should worry you no end. They never forgive or forget either.

By the way, don’t describe them as secretive, cagey or tight-lipped — try ‘enigmatic’ or ‘hypnotising’ instead.

The only thing you need to worry about Scorpios is their attitude — it’s either very negative or very positive. In that sense, the astrologers are right: they either abuse power completely, or they don’t. Interestingly, many notorious criminals are Scorpios.

As bloggers:

Intense and powerful with wise words even for the wise. But they so cagey they reveal so little about themselves and put just a little too much faith on letting their words shine through. An ‘About’ page would improve things with this lot.

Famous Scorpio bloggers:

Trivia:

The No. 1 sign (9.4%) of the U.S. population in 2012. The FBI puts Scorpio the No. 9 sign for serial killers and criminals — hot tempers, yet with the cool to be hired as contract killers.

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