User:Wikivek

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Some things about my mind:

  • May not be completely clear on the distinction between biography and encyclopedia as it applies to a user page.
  • I have a PhD in applied math
  • Speak some French and some Tswana
  • Programming in C, Sql, Java, etc.
  • My Myers-Briggs type seems to be INTP
  • My intelligence level seems to be in the top 5 percent, not the top 1 percent though
  • Used to play chess - now I play scrabble instead
  • Solved Rubik's Cube without any guide!
  • Also I like to play Civilization II - do not like the other versions!
  • Interested in politics, current events, history, religion
  • I like science a lot - physics, bio, chem, cosmology, etc.
  • Not that much into literature
  • My aptitudes (Johnson O'Conner Research) are: Inductive reasoning; Objective personality; Deductive Reasoning; Ideaphoria; 3-Dimensional Visualization; pitch discrimination slightly more than rhythm or timbre; high vocabulary; and that one where you learn new words.
  • Aptitudes I lack are foresight, abstract thinking (antithetical to three-dimensional), and observation.


Politics
In politics I can appreciate some conservative impulses and some liberal ones. I define conservative as preserving existing structure. In elections I vote for liberals, although I got confused and voted for Zell Miller once. One year I voted for the Green Party.

Some books I have Read

  • In Watermelon Sugar, by Richard Brautigan
  • Raspberry - describing some 60's communes
  • On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
  • Harriet the Spy
  • Harry Potter series
  • Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
  • Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins
  • Open Mind, by Dawna Markova
  • Working Identity, by Herminia Ibarra
  • WLT, by Garrison Keillor
  • Godel, Escher, and Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid, by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards
  • Word Freak, by Stefan Fatsis
  • Everything Scrabble, by Joe Edley


Places I have lived in - mostly American cities, and one African town.

  • Collegeville, Pennsylvania
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Pleasant Ridge, New Jersey
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Maun, Botswana
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Marietta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas

Places I have visited in other countries

  • Paris, France (and Bayeux and Normandy)
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Lamu, Kenya
  • Malindi, Kenya
  • Shakawe, Botswana
  • Francistown, Botswana
  • Molepolole, Botswana
  • Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • London, England

American places visited

  • Austin, Texas
  • Reno, Nevada
  • San Francisco, California
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania
  • Yellowstone Park, Wyoming
  • Everglades National Park, Florida
  • Princeton, New Jersey
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • Mystic Seaport, Maine
  • Wisconsin Dells
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Bloomington, Indiana