Thursday, March 03, 2005

Hedging my bets

It's not a black and white world
To be alive I say the colors must be swirled
And I believe that maybe today
We will all get to appreciate
The beauty of gray.
---Live, "The Beauty of Gray"

You always knew I was the indecisive type, right? A over-deliberative fence-sitter who can't even pick between Coke and Pepsi (though I can tell them apart in a blind taste-test, I can't decide which one I like better).

When I take online tests to determine whether I'm a pessimist or optimist, introverted or extroverted, right- or left-brained, I always come out smack dab in the middle (I definitely like the phrase "smack dab"--no deliberation needed). I'm probably that one woman capable of being "sorta pregnant."

Even my home page is a sideliner in the battle between the forces of light and darkness. According to the analysis of the Gematriculator, my web site is 50% Good and 50% Evil. I even got little buttons to prove it:

This site is certified 50% EVIL by the Gematriculator

This site is certified 50% GOOD by the Gematriculator

Note: if you click on them, it will analyze this blog page, not my home page. As the blog is updated, the good/evil ratio will change. Fun!!

You can analyze any page on the web (Sorry, Rob,
your blog came up 60% good--that's going to hurt your street cred) or even a passage from your favorite book. For example, when I plugged in the text of Leviticus 18:22 (those 15 little words, a few pages after the exhortations against mildew, that justify conservative wingnuts' homophobia), it came out 94% evil. By contrast, this passage from Mark 12:30-31:
'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these. (New International Version)

received a 75% Good rating. The first paragraph of the front book flap of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix rated a 73% Good.

And my name? According to the Gematriculator, "Jeri Lynn Smith-Ready" is 99% Good.

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