Friday’s answers

August 22, 2014

Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who said: Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.?

2.  What were Fred Dagg’s sons called and who created them?

3. It’s blague in French,  facezia  or scherzo in Italian,  broma or chiste in Spanish and kōrero whakakata in Maori, what is it in English?

4. He co-hosted and television comedy show satirising current affairs and often portrayed Rob Muldoon, who is he?

5. What’s your favourite funniest book and/or film?

Points for answers:

Willdwan got 2 1/2 (1/2 because there were 2 parts to #2) plus a near-enough for 3#

J BLoggs wins an electronic batch of shortbread with a  clean sweep.

Andrei got 2 1/2.

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Thursday’s quiz

August 21, 2014

1. Who said: Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.?

2.  What were Fred Dagg’s sons called and who created them?

3. It’s blague in French,  facezia  or scherzo in Italian,  broma or chiste in Spanish and kōrero whakakata in Maori, what is it in English?

4. He co-hosted and television comedy show satirising current affairs and often portrayed Rob Muldoon, who is he?

5. What’s your favourite funniest book and/or film?


World’s smallest political quiz

August 19, 2014

It reckons it’s the world’s smallest political quiz.

It makes me a Centrist:

Your PERSONAL issues Score is 50%

Your ECONOMICS issues Score is 70%

Centrists prefer a “middle ground” regarding government control of the economy and personal behavior. Depending on the issue, they sometimes favor government intervention and sometimes support individual freedom of choice. Centrists pride themselves on keeping an open mind, tend to oppose “political extremes,” and emphasize what they describe as “practical” solutions to problems.

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Another political test

August 18, 2014

This test comes from the Pew Institute in the USA .

The questions reflect that and are binary which doesn’t take into account most people fall into the grey areas between the black and white extremes.

That said, I come out as a business conservative:

Business Conservatives generally are traditional small-government Republicans. Overwhelming percentages think that government is almost always wasteful and it does too much better left to businesses and individuals. Business Conservatives differ from Steadfast Conservatives in their positive attitudes toward business and in their strong support for Wall Street in particular. Most think that immigrants strengthen the country and take a positive view of U.S. global involvement. As a group, they are less socially conservative than Steadfast Conservatives.

 

 


What movie are you?

August 16, 2014

What movie are you?

It’s A Wonderful Life

You are sweet and sentimental and there are very few people who don’t want to see you, at least once a year. You are particularly popular around Christmas time. You reaffirm the belief that goodness prevails. You remind people that they can make a difference in the lives of those around them, no matter where they happen to be.

I’ll have to put that on my to-see list because I haven’t seen it.


What will you be remembered for?

August 15, 2014

What will you be remembered for?

Your Sweet Love

You are guided by passion and affection. You create friendships that are full of love and loyalty, and can never be cut apart. You’re the Symbol of Love to everyone.

These tests are mere diversions but most give me something to which I can aspire.


Friday’s answers

August 15, 2014

Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who said: At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.?

2. Which of A.A. Milne’s characters . . . noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.  ?

3.  It’s reconnaissant in French,  grato in Italian, agradecido in Spanish and whakawhetai in Maori, what is it in English (hint – you’ll have the general idea from the first two questions but not the specific word).

4. What two lines precede this:  And I think to myself what a wonderful world; and who is best known for singing it?

5. What’s the first thing that comes into your mind for which you’re grateful?

Points for answers:

Andrei and Gravedodger got four right, Paranormal got three.

All win a bonus electronic banana cake for reconfirming my faith in human nature for their answers to #5. I was moved by what you all said and delighted we all got similar answers.

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Thursday’s quiz

August 14, 2014

1. Who said: At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.?

2. Which of A.A. Milne’s characters . . . noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.  ?

3.  It’s reconnaissant in French,  grato in Italian, agradecido in Spanish and whakawhetai in Maori, what is it in English (hint – you’ll have the general idea from the first two questions but not the specific word).

4. What two lines precede this:  And I think to myself what a wonderful world; and who is best known for singing it?

5. What’s the first thing that comes into your mind for which you’re grateful?

Update – After Andrei’s answer I need to clarify I’m looking for the first two lines of the first verse in question 4.


Which classic rock band are you?

August 13, 2014

Which classic rock bank are you?

The Eagles

You sure know how to ‘Take It Easy.’ You are easygoing and relaxed. You are a good listener and people rely on you for feedback and advice. You are easily approachable and often greet people with a warm smile. You enjoy the simple things in life like sunsets, walks on the beach, and homemade dinners.

The Eagles were one of the bands which accompanied me through university.


Toy not tool

August 9, 2014

Young voters are being encouraged to get off the fence with what’s being called an online tool:

On the Fence is an online interactive tool that Massey’s Design and Democracy Project hope will encourage young New Zealanders to get off the fence and join in the decision-making by casting a vote in the general election.

The Design and Democracy Project, led by School of Design lecturer Karl Kane, is a strategic research unit established by the College of Creative Arts to increase awareness of election issues among young people.

Using the backdrop of sheep down on the farm – a play on the notion that people are sheep and follow their friends – the web-based On the Fence asks users to indicate how much they agree with the two statements that relate to policy issues of the day. A best match is then calculated to narrow down the options to present the parties most compatible to their views.

The matches are generated via a specially-built back end database or web tool that compiles data from an independent panel of specialists that includes political scientists, journalists and bloggers. The onthefence.co.nz site was originally launched in 2011, just six days before the election and proved popular attracting more than 30,000 individual visitors from all over the world.

A tutor at the School of Design and researcher for the Design and Democracy Project, Kieran Stowers, says the fun quirky narrative emphasises that political jargon is often difficult for young people to understand and aims to demystify that process. “It’s about making politics fun,” he says.

The web tool is built to guide the large number of inexperienced voters that feel peer pressured when voting, either going along with what their friends and family think or making no decision at all.

“The tool doesn’t tell a user how to vote or specifically who to vote for, but it points them in the right direction to find out for themselves what politics is all about. So it’s about putting trainer wheels on the future for young people,” Mr Stowers says.

“Voting shouldn’t be seen as a chore, voting is a way of expressing yourself as an individual.”

That’s all very worthy but how reliable is the tool?

I took the test and got:

National first followed by – gulp –  Conservative then NZ First.

So I did it again and got:

UF first (oh no), National second and Conservative 3rd.

So I did it again and got:

The same.

What this proves is that it’s a toy not a tool.

The questions and answers are simplistic.

It has a place for entertainment and promoting discussion but it is a very unreliable indicator of which party to vote for.


Friday’s answers

August 8, 2014

Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who said: The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.?

2.  What is an anthophila more commonly known as?

3. It’s miel in French, miele in Italian,  miel in Spanish and too easy in Maori, what is it in English?

4. What is a nectavore?

5. Is your favourite toast-topping sweet or savoury?

Points for answers:

Andrei and David both win an electronic batch of ricebubble honey suckle square (recipe below answers) for a clean sweep.

J Bloggs gets three, a bonus for humour for # 4  and a nearly for # 2 – bees are flower-lovers but I think you were thinking of anthophilia with an i before the final a not anthophila.

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Thursday’s Quiz

August 7, 2014

1. Who said: The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.?

2.  What is an anthophila more commonly known as?

3. It’s miel in French, miele in Italian,  miel in Spanish and too easy in Maori, what is it in English?

4. What is a nectavore?

5. Is your favourite toast-topping sweet or savoury?


Which classic novel describes your life?

August 3, 2014

Which classic novel describes your life?

E.B. White’s Charlotte’s web:

Empathetic and Family Oriented, E. B. White’s CHARLOTTE’S WEB does a lovely job of describing your homey life. Kind and understanding, your are the epitome of empathy, and have a true gift for confiding in others. You tend to be an optimist, or try to be anyway, but have had your fair share of grievances. You are a rare individual in your ability to recognize that no one would be able to appreciate the good times, without having first experienced the bad.

Hmm, there’s quite a bit here that I can relate to.


How superficial are you?

August 2, 2014

I suspect doing a test that seeks to find if you’re superficial could be a sign of superficiality but for the record my result was:

There’s beauty in everything

You don’t care if a person is as ugly as an ogre, as long as they have a beautiful personality. You know not to judge a book by its cover and exercise that cliché everyday. Good Job!


Friday’s answers

August 1, 2014

Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who said: I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God’s Will, united in spirit and in aim.?

2. How many countries are in the Commonwealth?

3. It’s argent in French, argento in Italian, plata  in Spanish and hiriwa in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who won New Zealand’s first gold in the 1974 Commonwealth Games and in which event?

5. Has the Commonwealth had its day?

Points for answers:

Andrei got got four and a bonus for reasoning for #2.

JC scored a duck.

Gravedodger got three and a near-enough for #2.

Willdwan got 1 for answering #5 and a bonus for the quote.

Alwyn got four and a near enough for #2.

Rob got three.

PDM got three.

 

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Can we guess who you are?

August 1, 2014

Can we guess who you are?

1 you are female.
2 you are currently in your mid 50s
3 you have a wonderful big family and a deep loving connection with your lifetime partner
3 you have short hair, light colored eyes and stylish glasses.
5 You have long ago decided to live every minute to the fullest. Your life experiences taught you that no moment should be wasted on something or someone you don’t love.

It’s closeish.


Do you really know English?

July 31, 2014

Do you really know English?

15/16.


Thursday’s quiz

July 31, 2014

1. Who said: I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God’s Will, united in spirit and in aim.?

2. How many countries are in the Commonwealth?

3. It’s argent in French, argento in Italian, plata  in Spanish and hiriwa in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who won New Zealand’s first gold in the 1974 Commonwealth Games and in which event?

5. Has the Commonwealth had its day?


Which dog are you?

July 26, 2014

Which dog are you?

I’m a Great Dane:

You’re genuinely humble and that makes you stand out in a crowded room. Everyone looks up to you and you’re extremely smart, but you’re still approachable due to your warm demeanor. Your elegance and class can sometimes make others feel humbled, but it’s never intentional. You’re the Great Dane, the kind ruler of your own kingdom.

This could well be the first time elegance and class have been attributed to me but perhaps one day my kingdom will come :)

 


How much do you believe in?

July 25, 2014

How much do you believe in?

You believe in 6 out of 99 mysteries and unexplained phenomena!

You’re a skeptic. You’re not impressed by anything that hasn’t been definitively backed by science. You are NO FUN.

I’d qualify that as a skeptic with faith and reject the absence of fun.


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