Incurable Curiosity

In-cur-able: (adj.) Not likely to be changed. Cu-ri-os-i-ty: (n) A desire to know.


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Photo Project 2013

Last year I decide that I would try another Project 365 in 2013. Then I purchased my first DSLR in November. It didn’t take long to realize that my new Canon Rebel t3i was more camera than my faithful point-and-shoot could ever hope to be, and that I had a lot to learn. So why not combine the two things? I wondered. Take one year to get to know all there is to know about this thing, and figure out my style of photography at the same time. (In all reality I probably won’t figure out either one before December 31, but it’s worth a try.)

That’s how my version of Project 365 came to be. I made a list of commonly recognized styles of photography and put them into a Google calendar. Two weeks for Macro, the next two for Black&White, the next two for Still Life, etc.

I didn’t see a reason to create a new blog just for photography, so this will be where I post my photos after each 2-week session.

What do you think about this challenge? Are you trying something similar in 2013? Comment below!


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On Joining the Dark Side: A Pinterest Member I Am

Ok, I finally caved in. I joined Pinterest today. Have I gone crazy, turned into a crafty-wanna-be who has nothing but time and no time at all? I certainly hope not. Did I join for some greater cause, to show how Pinterest “should” be used? Not in the least.

I joined because I wanted to have a place to collect ideas outside my own memory. I’ve already set up boards for this year’s NaNoWriMo and next year’s Project 365*. At the moment they’re empty, but I’m curious to see how this tool can be used to further my creative goals.

In other words, I’ll be using the site to supplement my own ideas, not to copy someone else’s. Given my history of starting projects that  will likely never be finished, this may or may not work out in the end.

So, will Pinterest replace my notebooks and random scraps of paper? I doubt it. Pictures are nice, but I still love my little paper trail of inspiration.

*Updates are coming soon. No, really. I have actual plans this time.


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Spot the Difference

Below are 2 pictures. They are identical except for 1 difference. Can you find it? (Click on or hover over each picture to zoom in.)

        

I’ll give you a hint: It’s not in the picture of the dandelion or the spelling of ‘Incurable’.

Still can’t find it? Look in the top half of the screenshot.

Think you’ve found it? Here’s the solution:

My new Feedback Page!

The latest feature of Incurable Curiosity: a feedback page!

On this comments-only page, you can let me know what you think of the site as a whole, not just what you think about individual posts.  All I ask for is the honest truth. Like the photo theme? Great! Didn’t think that article series was up to par? Be the critic and tell my why! Have a suggestion for a better blog layout? Give me an idea of what you’re thinking.

And how do you tell me all of this?

Too much? Oh well; I was having fun with all of the screenshots. Anyway, don’t think you’ll be writing into a brick wall. I will take every comment into consideration, and I will do my best to answer each comment and question.

Feedback is very important here. If this blog were just for my benefit and enjoyment, it would all still be on my laptop’s hard drive. But I don’t just want feedback, I want to start conversations and get ideas rolling. If you read something that inspires you to write, or do, or think, let me know – I’d love to get some guest posters on here. But that’s another post. Go check out the new page, say hello, and carve a virtual “(your name) wuz here”.


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MBTI Primer Pt. II: Cognitive Functions (Re-Post)

When I was first studying up on MBTI theory, I shared it with a friend to get some feedback on an idea of my own. Since then she has written a few blog posts about it herself. This post is probably the clearest explanation of cognitive functions I’ve read yet, and Hattie has given me permission to re-post it here. You should check out Hattie’s blog, The Leaves That Are Green, to read about MBTI, fashion, photography, history, craft ideas, and small-town Southern life. Her writing never fails to give me something to think about and makes me smile. So without further ado, I share with you an understandable explanation of cognitive functions:

The Myers-Briggs Part II: Cognitive Functions

In Jungian Psychology, the cognitive functions are the foundation of one’s personality and the basis on which the MBTI was built.  Many internet and literature resources on this topic are overly complex I think, so I’m going to do my best to give a more straight-forward description of cognitive functions.

Each MB type is made from four functions – one of which is the dominant function.  The dominant function, in a nutshell, is simply the strongest aspect of your personality.  If someone were to hand you a pencil and ask you to quickly take a note, you’d reach for that pencil with either your right or left hand.  You’d pick the one which felt natural to you.  It’s the same way with dominant functions – there’s one that you feel most comfortable using, you rely on it by default, and it is the major governing force in your personality.  It’s so basic, like the way you hold a pen, laugh, or even breathe, that you probably don’t realize you’re using it most of the time.

There are eight functions according to Jung: extroverted intuition, introverted intuition, extroverted sensing, introverted sensing, extroverted feeling, introverted feeling, extroverted thinking, and introverted thinking.

One of those is your dominant function, but it doesn’t stop there.  After the dominant comes your auxiliary function.  It’s your second strongest personality preference and helps in assisting and balancing the dominant function.  The tertiary function is next in line – this function can be a handicap early in life, but as you grow into a psychologically healthy individual, it should develop into a helpful and eye-opening asset.  Last but not least is the inferior function.  This function is likely your biggest weakness; it’s your Achilles’ heel, the Sauron to your Frodo, the rain to your parade.  You get my drift.  It is mostly unconscious and often the cause much misunderstanding and stress in your life.

So, how does this work when we put it all together?  Let’s use my little brother as an example – he’s an ESFP according to the MBTI.  His dominant function in extroverted sensing (Se as it’s abbreviated).  Se focuses on the experiences and sensations of the immediate, physical world. With an acute awareness of the present surroundings, it brings relevant facts and details to the forefront and may lead to spontaneous action. This is what comes naturally to him, it always has and always will – it’s the primary filter through which he sees and interacts with the world.

His auxiliary function – the second strongest aspect to his personality – is introverted feeling (Fi).  Fi filters information based on interpretations of worth, forming judgments according to criteria that are often intangible. Fi constantly balances an internal set of values such as harmony and authenticity. Attuned to subtle distinctions, Fi innately senses what is true and what is false in a situation.

Next to last is the tertiary function: extraverted thinking (Te).  Te organizes and schedules ideas and the environment to ensure the efficient, productive pursuit of objectives. Te seeks logical explanations for actions, events, and conclusions, looking for faulty reasoning and lapses in sequence.  Since my brother is only 12, this isn’t a strong part of his personality… yet.  As he grows, however, this extraverted thinking should mature and become a handy tool in life.

Lastly is his inferior function: the introverted intuition or Ni.  Attracted to symbolic actions or devices, Ni synthesizes seeming paradoxes to create the previously unimagined. These realizations come with a certainty that demands action to fulfill a new vision of the future, solutions that may include complex systems or universal truths.  And that’s his Achilles’ heel (I could go into in depth examples of why, but for simplicity’s sake, just know that those things which pertain to Ni are very uncomfortable and almost foreign to him).

Hopefully this has been at least a somewhat clear introduction to functions.  For more information, a Google search of Jungian cognitive functions should give a year’s worth of reading!


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A Quick Post of Introduction

I guess I should say something in the way of introducing myself (and this blog).

Let’s see; I’ve just recently finished my college studies, and had the privilege of customizing my education to suit my interests. I chose to pursue a degree in history, and during that time I discovered my passion for finding, compiling, and presenting information through the written word.

Outside of hunting down facts, I love reading, photography, solving mental puzzles, exploring historic cities, and trying my hand at various creative projects. There will be a sampling of all of the above in future posts. Thanks for reading!