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March 2017



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i'm on the pavement, thinkin' about the government

Well, I get a B in Civics:

You answered 28 out of 33 correctly — 84.85 %
Average score for this quiz during November: 78.1%
Average score: 78.1%

You can take the quiz as often as you like, however, your score will only count once toward the monthly average.

Drat. I had the Gettysburg Address question right, too, and second-guessed myself.

ozarque talks about her workspace, or artist's studio, and the differences between a real artist's studio--a room of one's own, squirrelled away where it fits--and the ones you might see in a magazine.

My entire apartment is my studio, and it's designed so that I can work in any corner of it, as the spirit moves me. (The laptop is a powerful tool.)

However, it is a small apartment (two modestly sized rooms and a galley kitchen)  and I live in it alone, so I have the luxury of spreading myself out as I see fit.

As greygirlbeast notes, 'tis the season of Jethro Tull. Because no other modern music goes better with winter. 

Now I need to practice my guitar and braid me some bread.


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Scored the same. Interesting. A couple of the errors I made were obvious in retrospect.
Indeed. Also, it involves adapting to whatever space you are able to whittle out of where-ever you may live, I think. My ideal space has many windows, and it's airy and cool, and has a desk with a desktop system as well as several large flat soft surfaces suitable for curling up on with the laptop.

But I can work on a bus station bench with a notebook, if that's what's on offer. I've resisted ritualizing my work habits for just that reason.
Hee procrastination tool! My brief is giving my writer's block. I'm having trouble mustering scholarly sounding outrage when I really want to plan the turkey.

I got 31. I thought the "Chicago school" free-markets philosophy-as-fact questions a bit bleh.
Yeah, tell me about it.
I scored an A- (30/33), although I was sweating on a lot of the economics questions.

Tull may go better with winter than anyone, but winter (or cold conditions, at least) has the potential to change all kinds of music.
If my high-school physics teacher is to be believed, Tull goes really well with physics and Doritos. The school didn't allow parties so we had "Sound and Digestion Labs" instead, and the sound part was always Tull.
I got 29/33, which for someone who only moved to the US this weekend isn't entirely bad. I wouldn't have got the Gettysburg address one without your help, though :)

However I was very puzzled by getting Q33 wrong - for "If taxes equal government spending, then:" I answered "government debt is zero" but they told me that "tax per person equals government spending per person". I think I now see what they mean, but I read it as saying that "Joe Bloggs pays $6000 in tax and the government spends $6000 on Joe Bloggs", which is definitely not a logical conlusion...
I think the point they were after was to separate "debt" (TOTAL owed) from "deficit" (excess of spending over income IN A PERIOD).
I scored 32/33, missing that Gettysburg Address question. Which I *really* shouldn't have; Senator Morgan in First Lensman is all over that line.

(But I used educated guesswork and won on several others, and I accepted their obvious bias on some of the economic questions.)
90.97% Not bad for an old fart. As for the studio space i wisht i was a nartist so i could have a studio... All i got is sawdust, and rust. And a bunch of books.
30 of 33. But only because I had to take the Constitutional Law class as part of the computer forensics degree.

The concept of 'studio' brings up another question--if what one does is created to fulfill a specific purpose, rather than to just be attractive/make a statement, is it really art? For instance, if I embroider the trim for a dress, is that art or merely decoration? Does the existence of a practical purpose affect a work's identification as art?

If it does, then my sewing room gets demoted and I can no longer claim that my studios have pink walls and one of them has a chair-rail-height stenciling of multicoloured carousel horses* all the way around the wall. [The other has bubblegum pink** walls that one could see if it weren't also a library and thus lined with bookshelves, but really, the carousel horses are so very very wrong that the sewing room deserves to be called a studio if only for the wrongness value.]

*Totally not my fault, it was the previous owner's little girl's room. It may be my fault that I never painted over them, though.

**Sort of my fault, I painted it for a friend who was living with us for a while.

***Totally off-topically, apparently Swiss chard was developed from beet greens and still tastes pretty similar, so one could in theory use beet greens in place of chard. I have never tried this so I cannot comment one way or the other but it might imply that should I ever figure out which closet the juicer is buried in, I should avoid putting either beet greens or chard in it.
You know what I hear when people get off on those kind of arguments?

"Blah blah blah art for art's sake blah blah blah blah romantic conceptualization of creativity blah blah blah beauty blah truth blah when men do it it it's art but when women do it it's crafts blah."

The short form of which is "Bite me, patriarchy. Art is still art if it keeps your toes warm."

Or, in other words, yes, you have a studio.
93.94% (31/33)

But to be fair, I'm in a government course at this very moment, and my US History course was just last year.
94%. Not too shabby for having nearly failed history in ninth grade. Even 78% for all November takers doesn't really seem too shocking. What throws me is this line:

The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%.

Something about that seems fishy to me. I'd like to know how these baseline test-takers were sampled. College "educators" scoring in the fifties? And why the awkward "educators" instead of "faculty" or even the inaccurate "professors"?

Who is this ISI and what's their slant?

Hmm . . . ::linkdiving::

The ISI is a non-partisan organization seeking to "enhance the rising generation's knowledge of our nation's founding principles — limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, the rule of law, market economy, and moral norms." Hmm . . .

I could not find information on the college educators, but as for the college students, I know from direct observation that students--especially non-honors students--tend to Christmas tree exams that are not counted as part of their grades.
So in other words, yes, the Libertarian bias is no accident.
30/33 for me. Not bad for an ex-pat! :)
I got 31/33 on that Civics test. The economics questions make no sense, though. Yeck.

My living room is my art studio. This is mainly because my cats can't dabble in the materials if I'm closed off in some separate room someplace and my sole purpose in life is to keep them entertained. Besides, the youngest one (known variously as "the pestilence", "the paws of fate", and "oww... that's my knee you're digging your claws into") always kicks up a fuss if I shut the door. Very distracting, that.
Friendly exclamations of "Oh, you have a stool at your drafting table just like a medieval scribe!" notwithstanding, the bar stool with the cushion on it by my drafting table is for the cat. The previous small devious cat (in the icon) would otherwise sit on the back of my chair and head-butt my shoulder in ecstasies of affection or stand on the arm of the chair and stick her paw into the inkwell/paint/rinsewater. The current small devious cat otherwise wants to sit on my lap and bat/chew at the end of the pencil/calligraphy pen/paintbrush/x-acto knife.
I took that test the other day and got 30/33 — I missed the Gettysburg Address question, and two others that I suppose I ought to have remembered from middle/high school history but didn't.

And, yeah, for the economic questions I found myself trying to guess what they wanted me to answer (and wondering about the loadedness and connection to civics) rather than what I expected to actually be the case, but amazingly got them right.
27/33 - 81.82%
Second guessed a couple (including Gettysburg, the FDR Supreme Court, and strangely Roe v Wade - I have a reason for that one)

Thanks, Bear, that was fun! *g*
You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %

I got the FDR court-packing question wrong (and I really, really shouldn't have) and two of the economics questions wrong. I really thought I got all the econ ones wrong, though, so I've officially impressed myself.

Was it just me, or were some of those questions really weird?
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