But not personality quizzes. Those aren’t fun. I feel like those are designed to be self-flattering. The results just throw a whole bunch of pleasant sounding adjectives at you, like logical, creative, loyal…all things you want to be, so you grab onto them proudly. Even the negative traits have sort of a bright side, like if you’re impatient, it implies it’s because you’re too smart to wait or something.
The first quiz I found tests how well you can differentiate colours. It takes a little while to complete, but I found it fun. It’s like a puzzle. You rearrange the colours into a proper gradient, and it will tell you how well you did. Not to brag or anything, but I apparently have perfect colour acuity. Just don’t ask me to tell you if that’s a 3 or 8 on that spreadsheet when I don’t have my reading glasses.
The other quiz I randomly found is less scientific, more pretentious. Fun! Take this test and see how Highbrow you are. I scored 65/100, so I’m not too highbrow. I did not do well on the art section, and I also failed miserably during the philosophy one. Makes sense. I did take Intro to Philosophy in my first year of university, but it did not go as expected. I had visions of sipping lattes and taking thoughtful notes as my whole mind expanded to encompass greater understanding of the world. Instead, I pinched myself to stay awake and drew sketches of philosophy incarnate as the Grim Reaper. (I was super cool).
Ever since taking that quiz though, I’ve been signing up for Highbrow courses. They’re free, and you get a short, informative email every day about the subject you chose. I’ve done a whole bunch now, on different subjects like Logic, Weather, Battles in History, Natural Wonders, SEO Principals – there are a ton of options. I really liked the natural wonders one. Did you know there is a pink lake that exists in the world? It’s in Australia, which somehow is not surprising.
Another natural wonder I learned about is Waitomo Caves, in New Zealand. It’s a bit creepy that the beautiful, starry glowing is caused by glow-worms, but I guess bugs can be pretty too! (Still not good for aphrodisiacs though).
I also enjoyed the logic puzzles, and battles in history, although since I am already really into history, I found that one to be a bit light. I think it would be good starting place though.
I found the SEO one daunting at first, until I realized that my blog is pretty much too random to be easily SEO friendly and I shouldn’t worry about it too much just yet. Clearly, I’ve been embracing that with my last couple of blog posts – and enjoying it.
I’ll have something more writing-oriented coming up later this week or early next week. In the meantime, a friendly reminder that I’m on Twitter now! For someone who resisted signing up for years, I am actually enjoying it quite a lot and I tend to Tweet daily. If you have Twitter, please follow me so I’m not making terrible book puns all to myself.