May 8th, 2008

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Stuff to read

I've got a real good printer and binder system at work, which I may on occasion use to produce my own little volumes of stuff. I know I shouldn't use the facilities like this but it's much easier to read on page than online. Here are two little volumes I've got lined up.

People with an interest in modern poetry might like to read (and vote for the best) Poetry Society award winners of the last twenty years. A brisk overview.

People who like to read modern SF should turn to Abigail at Wrong Questions, for links to the shortlist for Hugo best novelette of the year. (Novelette = 7,500-17,500 words).

All these downloads are legal and not ripping off any writers. If anyone has other recent similar links please mention in comments.
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Personality maps

Here are some maps showing distribution of the 'big five' personality traits geographically across the US. Alas, no info available for other countries, though it was done by British researchers :-(

The 'big five' are five statistical clustering functions, arising from answers to personality tests, which are orthogonal (that is, vary independently of one another, so you can not reduce one to another). Wikipedia overview here. Some overlap with MBTI.

The five factors are:

- Extroversion. Sometimes linked to sensitivity to positive emotions, and hence positive reinforcement of activities. I am slightly above average on this measure.
- Neuroticism. Sensitivity to negative emotions, including anger and gloom. I am also fairly high on this.
- Agreeableness. Compassion, co-operation, interest in others etc. Pretty high on this.
- Conscientiousness. This is like MBTI 'J' function. Planning, methodical, carefulness etc. I am low on this.
- Openness to experience. This is the liberal/intellectual/inquisitive/artistic dimension. I am not utterly convinced this is real trait, but I get a high score for it.

I'd be so interested to see European or UK regional distributions.