Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Axe Essence

I didn't bother with a year end Top 10 fragrances list this year, so I hope you'll enjoy this last fragrance review of 2014. These body products supposedly double as fragrance. From what I have gathered, at least one of these scented deodorant sticks absolutely does, and smells like good old fashioned Brut! I can't confirm it's a Fougere but I laughed at the review on Basenotes that described Axe Essence as a scent for "troubled jocks". The notes for Axe Essence according to Basenotes are Green Apple, Crushed Leaves, Thyme and Fig Leaves. Musk was listed as a base on another site. Yes it's musky but also somewhat herbaceous and green, also slightly fruity sweet. It's a meeting of traditional masculinity and modern gourmand freshness, leaning towards the familiar such as Polo, Drakkar, Aramis and the aforementioned once drugstore staple. Skip the Chanel Bleu and use this.

Axe (aka Lynx) is a line of men's body products by Unilever. It's interesting how the logo with intertwined dragon and unicorn resembles a caduceus.

Medschool shirt logo by geargrinder, deviantart

Friday, December 26, 2014

Socionics LII-Ne INTj: The EII INFj mistype, Subtypes, Duality

Socionics Robespierre and Hugo by Aloira, deviantart

At long last I have my Socionics type, and Myers-Briggs type by default, even if the two systems don't exactly correlate. Between consultancy by Olga Tangemann, psychologist, socionist and founder of The School of Associative Socionics, the Reinin dichotomies and The Original Socionics Test at Sociotype.com, I was able to see why I tested as a Feeling type as opposed to Logical for so long. Apparently, I'm an LII Logical Intuitive Introvert (INTj) with a Ne (extraverted Intuition) subtype (LII-2Ne) with a 99% likelihood of being typed as an EII Ethical Intuitive Introvert (INFj). That result corresponds perfectly with my MBTI result as an INxx (INTJ, INFJ, INTP, INFP). Since I was typed as an LII in Socionics and an INTP in MBTI (CAPT) both by professional consultants, I'd say these are my types (both LII INTj and MBTI INTP are Ti (introverted Thinking) types). Although we might know ourselves well, I believe there is value in objective assessments from the outside, because we can't always see ourselves that clearly. Just as we can be susceptible to the forer effect and believe we are what we are told, we can believe what we want based on beliefs we already hold (cognitive bias), and ignore our own blind spots for wanting to see ourselves the way we want. I think the truth is somewhere in between the subjective views of ourselves and others, and an objective truth that we can't completely grasp but absolutely exists--perhaps a logical way of perceiving existence.

As for the concept of duality (INTj Robespierre and ESFJ Hugo), I'm not sure if Keirsey had the right idea or not, that Intuitive types get along better with other Intuitives and the same for Sensing types, but there is something to the fact that there are a number of ENFJs in my life, a relatively rare type as mine also happens to be (both ESFJ and ENFJ are Fe (extraverted Feeling) types, but the Intuitive (N) type is rarer).

Update 2/24/2015: PINK MANHATTAN Socionics LII INTJ-Ti

Friday, December 12, 2014

Pre-seasoned supermarket chicken sold with pseudo-Asian font

Season's Greetings! Here's another utterly mundane PINK MANHATTAN post, one of many as of late. Hey, we all have to eat, and what's better than "cooking" pre-seasoned or, heck, frozen, foods that taste better than expected? Bless the people who have made this possible (not that I've ever been an avid cook)! Speaking of pre-seasoned food, I've been addicted to this chicken from the supermarket that tastes really good; it's marinated in some kind of spicy red sauce. I noticed yesterday that this package of ready-to-cook pre-seasoned chicken had a label on it saying it's chicken, in some kind of pseudo-Asian font. That got me thinking...could this be kimchi sauce? Has Korean flavor arrived in mainstream America dressed up as nondescript oriental fare? It's going to be an interesting experiment when I go buy a jar of kimchi sauce to compare (Edited to add: Or could it be gochujang sauce?) (Image: fora.mtv.ca)

Saturday, November 08, 2014

My November 2014 Top Fragrance Favorites List

This is my Top 5 fragrance list for November. I have no idea what my year end list is gonna look like. Aside from the occasional taste for a warm, smoky scent reminiscent of temple incense, or a clean and fresh citric palate cleanser, Creed Virgin Island Water with notes of lime, coconut and white rum is just about my daily signature perfume. I think I enjoy sharp and refreshing hesperides a lot: lemons and limes, even if they're just supporting notes within a blend. I still can't live without my sweet gourmand coconuts and vanillas, though, especially on these increasingly cold days when I want to be wrapped in warm comfort. All in all, I'm enjoying a laid-back vibe in scents.

1. Creed Virgin Island Water
2. Demeter Kahala Pina Colada
3. Lavanila Coconut
4. Creed Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie
5. 4711

Friday, November 07, 2014

Monday, November 03, 2014

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Deco Futurism

The Glass City by Heinz Hajek-Halke

The Glass City by Heinz Hajek-Halke, c. 1950

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"The Marriage of Figaro" at the Met

"Mozart, though, is a true democrat: Figaro may not have the same intricate music, maybe not even the fine words, but his emotions, his desires, and his love have no less value or importance than those of his suave, sophisticated master. The marriage of Figaro and Susanna has the same moral and aesthetic merit as that of the Count and the Countess. That’s the story of the opera and of the current of world history that thrusts it, as timely as ever, into the twenty-first century." Read the article: “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Met by Richard Brody, October 22, 2014 The New Yorker

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sali @ PINK MANHATTAN Asks: What's My Socionics / MBTI Type?

This video was made for Olga Tangemann and her School of Associative Socionics to discuss my personality type. Please visit her site at Socionics4you.com and her Facebook group, Socionics International. Feel free to visually type me!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Socionics Associative Test

Take the Associative Test on Olga Tangemann's School of Associative Socionics web site! Although I was initially typed as an LII INTj, I took this test and came out an EII INFj. Olga says the reason I'm unclear about my type could be because I have a Superid subtype which might turn up as my typing as an LII, IEI or ILI. Maybe now, finally, I can be certain about being an EII type--even if whether that translates to my being an MBTI INFJ or INFP is still up in the air.

Edited to add on 10/27: It looks like my assessment is still LII INTJ. Also, Olga has explained clearly why a Socionics INTj is still an INTJ in MBTI. Check out the Socionics4you forum where she's started a thread for me. See you there!

Edited on 11/17: In an unexpected turn of events, it turns out Olga thinks an LII INTj is an INTP in MBTI after all. In any case, I'm a Logical Intuitive with Ti-Ne as leading functions.

Edited on 11/18: I'm still unclear on this point, and so I found a link to a discussion on this INTP forum where they were figuring out Why P=p, and J=j, which would be closer to Olga's original theory when I first joined her group. I hope I can sort this out soon, and finally settle my type.

Edited on 11/28: Olga has clarified this point succinctly by explaining that if we go by the dichotomies and not descriptions or models (or presumably introverted and extraverted cognitive functions such as Fe-Fi), we arrive at the same types in both Socionics and MBTI. I can see how this makes it easy to discuss types in both systems, as there is agreement on the type descriptions.

As for an LII being the equivalent of an MBTI INTP, I don't know why I hadn't read this before because I read Wikipedia a lot, but here it's stated on their Socionics page that the introverted types flip between J and P between the two systems, with the understanding that the two systems won't correlate 100%. So I guess that makes me an LII and an MBTI INTP. My official Myers-Briggs practitioner had assessed me by phone as an INTP (although I thought myself to be more INTJ).

Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze

I wanted to try this because I had gotten wind of online reviews that compared it to Creed Virgin Island Water, my fragrance obsession of the moment. I have to say while it is no replacement for the Creed, it hits the spot when I want a coconut scent. Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze is a light combination of fizzy citric notes and the same coconut note I remember finding in Ralph Hot perfume, then subsequently in lots of fragrances following it. I've described it as a sort of suntan oil-like coconut scent, a note that's not quite sweet but creamy/oily/heavy nonetheless, ubiquitous these days as a compositional base from Versace Crystal Noir to perfumes by Benefit. The coconut note I find in Creed Virgin Island Water is a purer coconut note, devoid of suntan oil references in my mind but tropical and beachy, tastier as a gourmand note and yet crystal light and clear, a bit more along the lines of the one in Parfums de Nicolai Cococabana, only sheerer mixed with musks and lime. I have sampled a number of coconut scents, and I know now how variable this note can be. I like this BBW scent, though, and I have been enjoying alternating between this and the Creed this month.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar

Here's another one that has coconut in its name and smells more like something else. That doesn't mean someone out there won't love it, but for me, it's a waste of time since I specifically wanted coconut and not much else. This scent smells like spicy almond with a backdrop of vanilla frosting. There are many good etailers that offer similar gourmand blends. If I look for an obscure coconut note in this, I can find it, but it's still more coconut pie than coconut milk or the flesh of the coconut. As Jebidiah Atkinson of SNL would put it, "Next!".

Edited to add: OK, maybe my initial reaction was harsh. The dry down is a rich, sweet vanilla, not too different from Lavanila Coconut. I think there's a banana note in this, too, sort of like coconut banana cream pie. It's long-lasting and a good bang for the buck. Will revisit.

FCUK Friction for Her

When I saw coconut listed in the notes and read the online reviews claiming it to be a piña colada scent, I jumped on it right away. It's inexpensive and comes in a pretty bottle; I like French Connection's aesthetic; what could go wrong? Well I like this scent, but the blind buy turned out just short of perfection. It's just not as piña colada-like as expected; I don't get any coconut or even pineapple, and instead get a sweet, milky-woody, somewhat vanillic, musky perfume scent. Whoever said it's reminiscent of a Diesel fragrance was right; it also reminds me of one by Jil Sander. I'm still glad I had the chance to try it. It's sort of unusual, not one I would normally come across.

The notes according to Fragrantica are as follows: "The notes: pink honeysuckle, apple blossom, red berries, creamy coconut, spun sugar, vanilla absolute, pink jasmine, white vetiver, blonde woods, sandalwood, amber, magnetic musk. FCUK Friction for Her was launched in 2012."

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World

Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World by Melissa Clark, March 1, 2011 The New York Times

Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion

I got this body mist hoping it would smell like coconut but it's more like a creme brulee type of caramelly vanilla, similar to Sephora Vanilla body spray or Laura Mercier products. I suppose it's a good inexpensive alternative to Comptoir Sud Pacifique Caramel Sunset. It's not as heavy as the aforementioned, but for me, it's still a bit on the heavy and sweet side (perhaps the ambery color of the fragrance should have been an indication of it being a warm, definitively Oriental type of scent, along the lines of Chopard Casmir), strong for a body mist and not wearable on most days when I want something less ambery-creamy. I could get in the mood for this type of thing, although I prefer a cooler, somehow fluffier (thinking "Angel Food"), more ice cream-type of vanilla, but based on the name, a hint of coconut would've been nice.

Lili Bermuda South Water

A few months (or more) ago, I wanted to find a fresh laundry / linen scent that had a bit of citrus and something like vanilla in the mix, a seemingly cacophonic mixture of notes yet one that sounded wearable in a clean and unobtrusive way. I had forgotten about that desire, and moved onto other desires, my latest obsession with coconut being my strongest desire since. Well, when I received this sample, I didn't smell the coconut milk listed in the notes, but a musky, ozonic scent with something citric in it, with a sheer heart of white florals. It doesn't fulfill my lust for coconuts, but it's what I had hoped Bath and Body Works Sea Island Cotton would be, in fact being somewhere between that and the more properly perfumey and powdery Lise Watier Neiges.

According to the web site, "South Water is a blend of sun-drenched tangerine with ozone breeze, coconut milk, juicy guava, gardenia petals, cactus sap, sea salt and white musk."

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Demeter Kahala Piña Colada

If you're looking for the most true-to-life pina colada scent, look no further than this offering by Demeter; just make sure you get the Kahala Pina Colada and not the other one called Demeter Pina Colada which smells soapy and not nearly as true or sweet (unless you prefer a more abstract pina colada like that). I can really smell the pineapple most prominently in the Kahala Pina Colada, but the milky coconut note is also sufficiently there. Summer, come back, and stay with me all year long!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lavanila Coconut

I think I've found the perfect gourmand coconut with just the right amount of sweet vanilla in the mix. Some reviewers have compared it to Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison, and I can see the resemblance, but I need to smell coconut right now more than intense tropical white flowers. I also read that some people smell powdery heliotrope in it, but I mainly pick up the perfectly choreographed duo between coconut (not the toasted kind, nor the watery kind, not suntan oil but the delicious "snowballs" kind) and rich vanilla. I see a rollerball in my near future, and a huge bottle of it to last a lifetime over the long haul; I can legit live on this stuff.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Old Spice Swagger, Wolfthorn, Sport

Procter & Gamble is having a love affair with Aristotle in putting out these scents and marketing blurbs for men's fragrance brand giant Old Spice.

"Swagger body wash from Old Spice is for the man who holds the complete works of Aristotle in one hand, and a delicious sandwich in the other. Swagger’s subtle scent transforms your skin to feel like a smooth and hydrated playing field where confidence scores the winning touchdown." (Source: National Review Online)

This flanker scent to the original Old Spice has a traditionally masculine woody Chypre type of scent. It's a bit spicy like the original, and the heaviest/strongest of the 3.

"Who knew the wild scent of Wolfthorn Deodorant could help to battle stinky body problems? Maybe Aristotle or talking owls knew, but definitely not regular people or dumb owls. For a scent experience as rich and complex as a gilded Rube Goldberg machine, try the Wolfthorn collection in its entirety: Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Deodorant, Body Wash, Body Spray, and Cologne Spray."

The notes I was able to find online for Old Spice Wolfthorn are: Citrus, passion fruit and mango, vanilla and musk

Yes, these are wolves that live in the tropics. I like this scent, very shared gender-like. I smelled the passion fruit and mango right away.

Ok, this one I haven't found being sold with Aristotle references, and I can't find the notes, but it smells like a fresh and pleasant Fruity Floral with citrus and a dry, cedary base (just my guess). It's also definitely very shared gender-like, reminiscent of a fragrance by Benefit (Laugh with Me, LeeLee?).

A 16th century woodcut of Archimedes' eureka moment, Eureka effect, Wikipedia

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 2014 Top 7 Favorite Fragrance List

It's hard to believe summer is over and the fall season is officially here again. Gone are the sundrenched afternoons picnicking in gauzy outfits, and baring our legs in short dresses and heels through romantic city nights. It's been a long while since I posted a list of favorite fragrances, so I thought I'd share what my perfuming habits have been like these days. Firstly, there's the issue of my unreleased perfumes, neither of which I have been able to launch due to unforeseen circumstances, but I have been wearing one of these quite often. It is a vanilla and gardenia blend like my original PINK MANHATTAN Purrfume but a variation of it, without peach as the main motif. I had announced one of the other notes being lavender. I won't give all its secrets away (unless I already have in a previous post and I just don't remember anymore), but suffice it to say it's a comforting and delicious, yet soothingly fresh type of scent, ever more summery than even the original PINK MANHATTAN. Not only to wistfully reminisce about the short-lived summer but, at the risk of blatant self-promotion and flattery, in appreciation of the actual scent combination which I stumbled upon by chance whilst unwittingly playing around with notes in my limited but individually suited and therefore at the very least still functional perfume organ, I can smell it every day and not get tired of it, a feat for any scent in the life of a perfumista.

Besides my private blend, I have been wearing fragrance sporadically, and only a handful of those among my collection. Over the summer, my favorites were Creed Spring Flower (of course), Marc Jacobs Oh Lola, Rihanna Reb'l Fleur in minute dabs because it's so strong, and a mild coconut-scented mist by Urban Decay called Sweet Cream. In September, I wore Guerlain L'Instant and Comptoir Sud Pacifique Tiare once each. I might dig out the fun and flighty Britney Spears Fantasy for a day, but I am not terribly in the mood for patchouli anything except the occasional coconutty Chypre Reb'l Fleur. I am waiting for several new-to-me coconut-scented samples to arrive soon, so I should be able to post some reviews again.

Early summer, my go-to was Yves Saint Laurent Cinema, but I have not worn anything too perfumey in awhile, not even Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto which is decidedly less in-your-face dramatic. I have not gone near the vintages since the spring when I had a fascination with Guerlain Chamade parfum and Givenchy III for a brief couple of days. I am firmly in the gourmand mindset right now, with coconut and an age-tested love, vanilla, being at the center of my attention. One of these days, I might flirt with L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons again for a healthy dose of tuberose, but the thrill of fleshy white florals seems to be gone, shockingly. Although Molinard Vanille is a longstanding favorite, I also might go on a search for yet another holiest grail vanilla; that would be a fun project for the fall. However, most of all, I have fallen in love with Creed Virgin Island Water, the most well-mannered coconut blend I have had the pleasure of encountering. Come holiday time, surely I can gift myself just once more with a terribly wasteful indulgence to get lost in, even on those days and nights I spend by myself just looking out a window with all its changing skies. My September Top 7:

1. Creed Virgin Island Water
2. Guerlain L'Instant
3. Rihanna Reb'l Fleur
4. Creed Spring Flower
5. My private blend #1 (TBA)
6. Molinard Vanille
7. Urban Decay Sweet Cream

Monday, September 15, 2014

Star Wars MBTI

I finally saw The Return of the Jedi, and was able to get the gist of INTJ Palpatine's character apart from having seen a clip of him on You Tube (which, I must admit, made me laugh the first time I saw it). I'm not sure he is an INTJ character. Granted, personality isn't the same thing as character, since any personality type can be of a good or bad character. Emperor Palpatine is unequivocally evil in this film. His downfall was overconfidence, stereotypical of an INTJ archetype. However, his cold and calculated ways of manipulating those around him to win them over to his views seemed more NF, or perhaps E, to me. Perhaps I'm also influenced by the fact that he looks so much like Pope Benedict, complete with a slight German-like accent of sorts.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The secrets of Andy Warhol's time capsules

Well, I agree that boxes are aesthetically pleasing and useful... The secrets of Andy Warhol's time capsules By Simon Elmes, BBC September 9, 2014

Monday, September 01, 2014

Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce

I hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend. Did you do any grilling, or partake in the eating of grilled foods? Next year, I'm putting this stuff on everything in sight. I think jalapeño sauce is my favorite condiment, ever.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Evidence of Brain Overgrowth in the First Year of Life in Autism

"Courchesne et al. present data linking autism to an unusual pattern of brain growth shortly after birth. Infants who later develop autism have a slightly reduced head circumference at birth, compared to normal infants, but undergo a rapid spurt in growth during the first two years of life. This growth spurt is so strong that by the age of 3-4, when behavioral signs of autism are just beginning to show, autistic children's brains are larger than normal.

"The authors conclude that the causes of autism must therefore lie in factors that lead first to reduced head circumference in birth and the subsequent the rapid spurt in brain growth, rather than factors that are not experienced until behavioral signs of autism are evident, such as exposure to mercury in vaccines.

"(...) The abnormally high rates of brain growth they observed were seen in only 6% of nonautistic cases but in 59% of autistic cases.

"One variation on their interpretation would be that the high rates of brain growth from birth to 2 years of age are necessary antecedants of autism, but that an additional trigger is essential to inducing the actual expression of autism. Thus children that did not undergo the brain growth spurt would not be vulnerable to exposure to the trigger, whereas those that had would develop autism, once exposed to the trigger. Hence a possible role for exposures during childhood cannot be ruled out on the basis of these observations.

"(...) Several contaminants that affect the pace and pattern of brain development in animals, or interfere with mechanisms controlling brain development, have become increasingly widespread in humans over the past two decades, over the same period that autism has become more common:

· Perchlorate disrupts the action of thyroid in directing brain development. This contaminant is now in the drinking water of over 20 million people in the US.

· Polybrominated flame retardants have been found to alter the brain growth spurt in mice; PBDE levels have increased exponential in Americans over the past 20 years.

· Bisphenol A activates genes involved in regulating brain growth. Exposure to bisphenol A has become ubiquitous as a result of its use to make polycarbonate plastic.

"With these clear results from Courchesne et al. showing that brain growth patterns in the womb and postnatally differ in autistic children, work on possible contributions by contaminants interfering with brain development is now warranted." Continue reading: Evidence of Brain Overgrowth in the First Year of Life in Autism - Courchesne, E, R Carper and N akshoomoff. 2003. JAMA 290: 337-344. Ourstolenfuture.org

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Associative Socionics Quadras

This is fascinating stuff; the Associative Socionics method of grouping the Quadras might differ from ones I've seen elsewhere, but this is the system that makes the most sense to me. I definitely see how each of the four types within each quadra relates to one another. I have recently confirmed Olga Tangemann's assessment of my type as an LII INTj Logical Introverted Intratim, which to her is also an MBTI INTJ since the types are models that don't change. See for yourself how the Quadras work according to SAS: TPE – quadras by OLGA · 22.06.2014 Quadra profiles from the perspective of associative socionics: socionics4you.com

I am a Superego type, and that is reflected in the music I write, as well as in the music and art I prefer.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thank You, ISTJ--Love, just another self-important Intuitive prima donna

I'm finally starting to see the light, that Sensors, maybe especially so the ISTJ, are tactful, salt of the earth-type people, and that Intuitives are, especially seen through the eyes of such refined people in the realm of service to others and being able to pick up the details of what's really going on with people in the moment, nothing but spoiled, self-important prima donnas. That's probably why S and N so often clash personality-wise. Intuitives, I would think, are more strategic than tactical because without the same sense of obligation to show tact, another way of saying being dutiful to others, can instead view the world through haughty opera glasses, distancing themselves from human relations and directing time and energy towards the abstract world of ideas, seeing objectively through the world of pure theories, to ruthlessly test and implement them, at times regardless of or oblivious to the true individual impact that such strategic thinking can initiate and cause to manifest. I would think Intuitives are wary of Sensors if they intuit the long-term consequence of Sensors having to deal with such people on a regular basis, hence the tendency for Intuitives to self-segregate and doorslam. Of course it can work the other way, too, where the Sensor decides to devote their time and energy to people more like themselves. Here's a great read about ISTJs: ISTJ? Endless Possibilities! - Because I Can

Sunday, August 10, 2014

8 Vanity Looks for the Powder Room

8 Vanity Looks for the Powder Room - by Joanna, August 9, 2014 Timeless Wrought Iron

Which side of your brain is more dominant?

Which side of your brain is more dominant? - The 30-Second Brain Test

Today, the dancer in the test started out rotating counterclockwise but quickly turned clockwise. The same dancer had turned counterclockwise and stayed that way the last time I took it. I still came out left-brained.

I suppose this kind of test is irrelevant to most people if it has no practical use, but it's my idea of fun.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Ebola patients get drug from tiny US firm

Ebola patients get drug from tiny US firm - Mapp Biopharmaceutical's experimental treatment may have helped 2 Americans infected with the virus. By MSN Money Partner

Sunday, August 03, 2014

The 8 Colors of Fitness

I think this MBTI interpretation is awesome! The corresponding colors are well thought out.

Blues (ISTJ, ISFJ) are loyal, traditional, dependable, and straightforward. They are committed and conscientious; in other words, true blue.

Golds (ESTJ, ESFJ) are traditional and conservative, trusting authority and proven methods. The conventional color of achievement and recognition, once the standard for our currency, Gold is the obvious choice to represent them.

Reds (ESTP, ESFP) are quick responders with high energy. They’re where the action is. Red is the color that wakes us up, tells us when to stop, and directs us to what to look at.

Greens (ISTP, ISFP) are nature lovers who seek to quietly merge with the outdoors. What color but Green could better describe them?

Silvers (ENTP, ENFP) are energized by new ideas and possibilities, ready to reset their sights to embrace novel concepts and opportunities. Silver is the color of mercury—shiny, fluid, and changeable.

Saffrons (INTP, INFP) are strivers after clarity and seekers of truth. They’re represented by Saffron, an out-of-the-ordinary burnt orange hue that commands attention but in a warm and comfortable way, without glitz or extravagance.

Whites (INTJ, INFJ) are visionaries, with a connection to the unconscious that yields an endless stream of ideas and abstractions. A blank canvas exemplifies this type, pure white and receptive to the imagery of their creative mind.

Purples (ENTJ, ENFJ) are quick of step, outgoing and self-assured. The color Purple matches their regal bearing.


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Friday, August 01, 2014

Fred Kimmel's ROCK BAND 101 @ Kids Rock the Plaza, Long Beach 8/23

Fred Kimmel's Rock Band 101
Studio Noir
and Beyond Rock Camp
will be performing at
Arts In The Plaza on the steps of Long Beach City Hall!

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Noon - 4:00 PM

Happy Summertime - See you there!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Socionics Subtype LII INTj-Ne

Maybe I spoke too soon, as I do so often, jumping to conclusions and fast decisions as intuitive Ni types tend to do, and I'm not a Socionics EII INFj Ethical Intuitive Introvert but a subtype of the LII INTj Logical Intuitive Introvert. I read on Wikipedia tonight that a study revealed there are four common MBTI types for musicians: INFP (most common), INFJ, INTJ and INTP. Of course there must be musicians of every type (I personally know jazz musicians that I thought were NT types like the ones I know, but that were actually SJ), but it seems to indicate to a certain degree the overlap between these four types, at least from the perspective of a musician who's both left-brained (rational) but also creative/intuitive, traits more often associated with the right side of the brain. They say musicians have increased corpus callosum size, helping the two hemispheres of the brain work together. Emotions are everything in music, but playing a musical instrument is a highly logical function as well. It becomes clearer, then, that a type like the INFJ which is both rational and ethical is possible. In Socionics, those four MBTI types correspond roughly to IEI, EII, LII and ILI, all of which I've either typed on Socionics tests or have been typed as being by a socionist. At least my results are consistent between the MBTI and Socionics; hopefully, using both systems will make it easier to pinpoint my type.

So if I'm not an EII INFj, IEI INFp or ILI INTp, the only type left for me is the LII INTj. It fits just about as well as the INFj, but the particular assessment of the Ne subtype is interesting. According to this article, Type and Subtype Descriptions by V. Meged, A. Ovcharov (from the16types.info where I tested IEI INFp, but anyway...), the INTj-Ne subtype is a RESEARCHER. Some points I agree with are that they appear strong-willed but are restrained, yet excitable during debates, tries to keep up with the times, cares about outer appearance. Subtype aside, the INTJ is a good fit in terms of my need for things and people to make sense. I do not believe rationality is subjective, but objective, as provable and real as the laws of logic. Finally, the INTJ in Myers-Briggs is known to be the type that most often self-types due to their independence. Being the most independent type, I can see how they would set out to learn the system enough to decide for themselves, although I see the value in asking someone for their impressions to get perspective from the outer world. In reality, no one can truly see themselves objectively enough. Still, the fact that I typed myself an INTJ is enough of a clue that I trust my own judgment enough to question the experts, for better or worse--indicative of the confident nature of the INTJ.

Related link: Is Rationality Subjective? - Philosophy Forums

Monday, July 28, 2014

Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless

At this point, I'd have to agree; MBTI is strictly for theoretically-based fun. Of course, there's nothing wrong with fun. Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless by Joseph Stromberg, updated on July 15, 2014 Vox

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat "Man from Naples" 1982

"Basquiat's canon revolves around single heroic figures: athletes, prophets, warriors, cops, musicians, kings and the artist himself. In these images the head is often a central focus, topped by crowns, hats, and halos. In this way the intellect is emphasized, lifted up to notice, privileged over the body and the physicality of these figures (i.e. black men) commonly represent in the world." — Kellie Jones, Lost in Translation: Jean-Michel in the (Re)Mix - Basquiat on Wikipedia

Friday, July 25, 2014

Empire at 50

From warhol.org: "The 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s groundbreaking film Empire will be marked by a month-long special exhibition at the very building that is the namesake and sole image of the epic work.

"Throughout July, Empire will be continuously shown in the lobby of New York City’s Empire State Building. The exhibition also features images of Warhol’s art and details of his life and filmmaking." Empire at 50 - warhol.org

Socionics Subtype EII INFj-Ne

Type and Subtype Descriptions by V. Meged, A. Ovcharov

There are Socionics subtypes, friends! This article really helped me find the type that is closest to how I see myself, and how I believe I'm seen by others. I am an EII Ethical Intuitive Introvert (Dostoevsky) INFj-Ne Teacher, described as "a person of firm convictions - an idealist and a maximalist."

Image source: INFJs.com

Related link: PINK MANHATTAN Socionics Subtype LII INTj-Ne - 7/29/14

Intro to Socionics Theory

Critic: Intuitive Logical Introvert (ILI or INTP) - Uploaded by Mind the Minds on You Tube

I don't think this Socionics type is mine, even if one of the tests I took this week told me I could be, but I thought this video illustrated the way Socionics is interpreted well, helping me learn more about the system.

Visit Socionics.us to read about Socionics theory.

Thanks to these sources, I've pretty much narrowed my choice down to type EII INFj, with a possible Ne subtype (more about that in a separate post coming soon.)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Socionics EII (INFj) or LII (INTj)

Fyodor Dostoevsky, EII INFj

EII: The part about taking dance as a kid really speaks to me. So much of this description rings true; however, I'm not this modest and proper all the time: Dostoyevsky, Female portrait, INFj by Beskova - the16types.info

LII: A lot of this sounds right, too, but conflict avoidant--eek. Also, Sigourney Weaver, Nicole Kidman and Andy Warhol, okay, but I don't care to be typed the same as Putin. Robespierre, Female Portrait, INTj by Beskova - the16types.info

Maximilien Robespierre, LII INTj

I took another short quiz today and came up LII Logical Introverted Intuitive (INTj). (Edited to add: I also came up ILI (INTp) on the test at sociotype.com, but I will post about that type in a separate post.)

Here's another description of the LII (INTj) Socionics Type - sociotype.com

The most fascinating new concept for me is visual identification. I came across a profile of someone who identifies as an INFJ and the same enneagram type as mine, and thought she looked like me in photos--the way she held her head, her face shape, everything. So I'm still unsure whether I'm an INFJ or INTJ, but at least I know I'm not an IEI (INFp) Esenin, but a rational type (Edited to add: Although there is some possibility I can be an IEI or LII as well as LIE (ENTj) according to Sociotype.com.)

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