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“All the various styles are organically connected to one another. I’m an additive person—the entire storehouse of my knowledge informs everything I do. People are so obsessed with the surface that they can’t see the connections, but they are there.” ~ John Zorn

“Cute, cool, and creepy”, is how I have been described by some folks.
Usually, I am classified by my contemporaries as an outsider artist-musician.
Davin Brainard (time Stereo) and Warren DeFever (His Name Is Alive) observed that I do not intentionally TRY to be perceived as weird, that I just naturally AM….. making comparisons to Wesley Willis and Daniel Johnston. I guess that I will just go along with those descriptions.

Mixed-Media Paintings, Music, Videos, etc.;

Bass, Baritone, and other Guitars /

Electronic & Junkyard Percussion /

Keyboards & Toys /

Plunderphonics & Noise

I enjoy creating what I refer to as “Prog-Punk Noise-Rock”, a strange pastiche of many styles. I have collaborated with plenty of other artists.

I have always been obsessively into art and music; drawing, painting, playing with tape recorders and making noise. I built my first guitar from a badly beaten-up body & neck that I found in someone’s trash. A friend’s dad gave me the electrical guts from an unknown 1950’s guitar. Additional parts were purchased from a music store and improvised from pieces of junk that I found.

When I was a twelve year old kid, back in the 1980’s, I was just a runt of the Detroit hardcore punk / heavy metal scene . Lacking enough money to buy any good equipment, I purchased a cheap microphone at a pawn shop and passed myself off as a vocalist. I sang in whatever groups that I could find, to gain experience and learn whatever that I could. Mostly, it was shitty cover bands, playing in basements, getting yelled at by uninvited drunks that we suck. Eventually, I improved my bass & guitar skills, playing in many short-lived groups that went nowhere.

I wrote for The Jam Rag, a widely-read local music paper, while still a teenager and made friends with other artists along the way. During the 1990’s I was a cameraman, roadie, and occasional collaborator with Princess Dragon-Mom, Mog Stunt Team, His Name Is Alive, etc.. I also performed in a few experimental noise groups; Bionics, Edible Audio, Fresh Farm Raised Catfish, etc.

The Island of Misfit Noise began in the summer of 1998 with only Mystic MarshaKat and myself. She played keyboards & guitar and I played bass & guitar. Both of us were formerly band members in N2-Submission, featuring our ex-roommate The Impaler “Detroit’s Vampire Poet.” Our duo’s name changed a couple of times, before settling on the IOMN.  Other musicians came and went during a period of 15 years, with she & I being the only constant members of the group. She also left in early 2013. MarshaKat and I remain friends. She is an experienced professional photographer and business manager, among many other skills that she possesses. She will probably continue to assist in some capacity, just not as a full-time band member.

I resurrected the IOMN as a recording project in late 2014, with collaborators from Michigan to Australia. We exchanged music back-and-forth online until enough songs were completed for the EP, “Stone Soup & Mulligan Stew”. The style of music we made is very freeform. A few collaborators from the IOMN have joined me in other projects. Some of them have experience in film & television and are going to be producing low-budget movies with me.

After years of trial-and-error, I have come to the conclusion that I simply lack the necessary social skills to keep a stable group together. I tried for ages to put an ideal band together. But, I could never manage it, not for very long. I am focusing on composition and recording, for the time being. I will return to live performance again when I am certain that the project won’t immediately disintegrate. Assembling the right line-up and keeping it intact is a big obstacle. I would like to eventually have a live group again. At minimum, having a decent drummer to accompany me would be nice. I get uneasy being on stage alone. But, an ideal line-up would include:

  • Myself on bass / vocals / tapes.
  • An open-minded creative drummer. Someone who is comfortable playing with additional percussionists, drum machines, tapes, samples, noise, etc..
  • Maybe two or more guitarists who could also contribute additional percussion, keyboards, samplers, vocals, or other instruments.

Maybe I will just go back to replacing musicians as I go along…. again. I thought about maybe booking a few shows alone. Whoever is willing to get onstage with me can join in. It is not the greatest idea. But, it is all that I can come up with for now.

Some of my current projects;

  • Mike Damn Nobody is the moniker of my noise project, similar to Merzbow, Masonna, The Haters, Solmania, Hanatarash, C.C.C.C., MSBR, Incapacitants, Violent Onsen Geisha, Evil Moisture, etc.. Eventually, I might book gigs for this again. Recordings are available as “RecycleTapes”, as well as digital downloads.
  • Theee Urban SpaceCat (Cassette-Zine) is a publication of my artwork, ramblings, stories, correspondences, miscellaneous found objects, music, commentary, and almost anything else packaged with a cassette tape (or compact disc) of my recordings… whatever they may be. I intend to publish an issue every three or four months (depending on available funds). It is intended as an outlet for all of my artistic endeavors combined into one package, modeled after letters that I have sent to pen-pals for decades.
  • Island of Misfit Noise is a musician collective, of sorts. It is basically whoever wants to collaborate with me. No long-term commitments required.
  • The Island of Misfit Noise (Movie) is an on-again-off-again film production. It is an extremely low-budget Sci-Fi Comedy (no budget?). We are working on it, one piece at a time, as resources become available.
  • The Island of Misfit Noise (Comix) is a series of comics that I’m working on, at least until the movie gets made. I’m looking for zines seeking collaborations and sending out comic strips to interested parties. I might publish stand-alone comic books if people like it.

♛ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Prog ☆ Punk 🐱 Noise ☆ Rock ☆ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ♛

Over time, I have received some frequently asked questions. So, I will just add this below, if anybody really wants to know:

Gear Geek Stuff:

I don’t have a rehearsal space, just a tiny apartment.

I have two multi-track machines;

  • one cassette (Tascam 488 MKII 8-track Portastudio)
  • one digital (Roland VS-1688 Digital Audio Workstation)

On my computer, I use whatever freeware programs that are available online. I also collect various cassette, micro-cassette, and reel-to-reel tape recorders.

I don’t have very high quality microphones;

  • A modified telephone receiver, with an XLR jack installed
  • an old abused Radio Shack mic
  • another stolen from a karaoke machine
  • and several cheaper models from 1970’s tape recorders scattered around

I prefer recording electrical instruments directly through preamps or Line 6 PODs and mic-ing up a “room sound” for acoustic tracks. Analogue tape is good to get a saturated compression sound, well-suited to percussion instruments or creating tape noises. Digital is good at getting a cleaner sound. I record the bulk of my material at home. Right now, I typically tape demos during the week and begin multi-tracking by the weekend. My original plan for recording was to lay basic tracks on the analogue recorder and bounce them to the digital recorder. Then, I’ll either take the tracks to someone else for mixing (maybe in a studio with a good engineer and higher quality facilities) or figure out how to do it myself.

I used to have a homemade drum kit, affectionately referred to as my “ShitKit”. It was a hodgepodge of cheap drums acquired from the Salvation Army for $50 dollars. Instead of cymbals I added scrap metal and junk, for a clunkier sound. Unfortunately, it was mistakenly hauled away by scrappers from a friend’s garage. I am rebuilding another, but have nowhere to practice.

I have some cheap keyboards and electronic drum pads. I will collect different models of drum machines and samplers as I go along. If I had the money, I would like to invest in a proper drum kit of my own, someday. I prefer acrylic drums, for their tonal consistency and durability. Zickos invented them and are the best, IMHO. I am also impressed by the Korg Wavedrum Global Edition, Roland SPD-30 Octapad, and Roland TD-12 V-Drums.

I am always making improvements to my setup, when I can. I would like to build custom instruments for myself. I will have to get by with what I have, though, until I can afford them. Adding other instruments to my arsenal would be fantastic; maybe a Rickenbacker 4001 bass, a Fender Bass VI, or a Fender Baritone Guitar. Drooling over catalogs is an old pastime of mine.

My bass and guitar techniques are more similar than most other musicians, I think. The gear setup has evolved over time into an unusual hybrid bass & guitar rig, splitting the instrument signal three ways, combined with various effects into a “sonic sandwich”;

  • one through a bass amp (SWR)
  • one through a lead guitar amp (Marshall)
  • one direct to mixer (Line 6 POD)

Vocals are divided between common vocal microphones and a modified telephone receiver. Never satisfied with the natural sound of my voice, I have employed lots of different effects in an attempt to mask it.

Miscellaneous samples and noise collages are prepared on cassette tape and played back with a pair of foot-controlled Dictaphone machines fed directly into the mixer.

I have two basses;

  • a 1987 Guild Pilot with tremolo bar. I use recycled copper/nylon picks for more attack and articulation.
  • a Jay Turser knock-off of the Hofner “Beatle Bass” played by Paul McCartney. This shorter-scale bass is intended for my clean finger-playing.

I have three guitars;

  • a Line 6 Variax guitar, to achieve a wide variety of tones.
  • an Ibanez RX-Series guitar with a Seymour Duncan Humbucker installed at the bridge. I keep it tuned down to “Drop-A” like a baritone because I’m too broke to buy a real one.
  • an unknown acoustic guitar.

Experiments in circuit-bending and modified instrument building have yielded mixed results. But, I can get some interesting sounds out of them, if the darn things don’t self-destruct first.

Creativity Stuff:

My songwriting style is a mix of eclectic influences juxtaposed together. I like combining a bit of everything, when I can.

Sometimes it is harmonious.

Sometimes it is schizophrenic.

Sometimes it is simple and accessible.

Sometimes it is noisy and irritating

It can be almost anything, depending on the song. I am now writing within three basic categories;

  1. Solo. Material that I can play alone without additional players.
  2. Band. Material that requires other musicians to perform live.
  3. Album. Material that is very difficult or impossible to be played live at all, recorded solely for album releases.

Any references that I could make to my “sound” would be a pretty damn long list. Some notable influences include;

  • ¡Tchkung!
  • Alice Donut
  • Bad Brains
  • Bad Religion
  • Beatles
  • Beck
  • Jared Warren (KARP, Big Business, Melvins)
  • Bootsy Collins (Parliament-Funkadelic)
  • Bran Flakes
  • Robert Smith (The Cure)
  • Brian May (Queen)
  • Buzz Osbourne (Melvins)
  • Captain Beefheart (The Magic Band)
  • Carl Stalling
  • Caroliner
  • Chris Squire (Yes)
  • Chuck Mosley (Faith No More, Bad Brains)
  • Cliff Burton (Metallica)
  • Comets on Fire
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Cop Shoot Cop
  • Crash Worship
  • Crass
  • Daft Punk
  • Dale Flattum (Steel Pole Bath Tub, Tumor Circus, Milk Cult)
  • Daniel Johnston
  • David Bowie
  • David Grohl (Scream, Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
  • Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper)
  • Destroy All Monsters
  • Gerald Casale (Devo)
  • Bob Log III (Doo Rag)
  • Doug Henderson (Krackhouse, Spongehead)
  • Dust Brothers (Beastie Boys, Beck)
  • East Bay Ray & Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)
  • Einstürzende Neubauten
  • Evolution Control Committee
  • Fat Mike (NOFX)
  • Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips)
  • Flipper
  • Frank Zappa (Mothers of Invention)
  • Geddy Lee (Rush)
  • Geezer Butler & Toni Iommi (Black Sabbath)
  • Gene Simmons & Ace Frehley (KISS)
  • Godheadsilo
  • Greg Ginn & Kira Roessler (Black Flag)
  • Grotus
  • Hazil Adkins
  • Helios Creed (Chrome)
  • Hide (Ultra Bidé)
  • Holy Fuck
  • Ian Mackaye (Minor Theat, Fugazi)
  • Ichirou Agata (Melt-Banana)
  • Iggy Pop & The Stooges
  • Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report)
  • Jad Fair (1/2 Japanese, Strobe Talbot)
  • Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)
  • Duane Denison & David Wm. Sims (The Jesus Lizard)
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Joey Shithead Keithley (D.O.A.)
  • John Bonham & Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
  • John Oswald (Plunderphonics)
  • John S. Hall & Bradford Reed (King Missile)
  • John Zorn (Naked City, Painkiller)
  • Juan Garcia Esquivel
  • Jucifer
  • Kevin Rutmanis (The Cows, Melvins, Hepa/Titus)
  • Killdozer
  • Larry Graham (Sly & the Family Stone, Graham Central Station)
  • Kevin Strickland & Larissa Strickland (Laughing Hyenas)
  • Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
  • Les Claypool (Primus)
  • Lightning Bolt
  • Black Pus
  • Malcolm Young & Angus Young (AC/DC)
  • Marc Bolan (T. Rex)
  • Mark Sandman (Morphine)
  • Masahiko Ohno (Solmania)
  • Masonna
  • Curt Kirkwood & Cris Kirkwood (Meat Puppets)
  • Masami Akita (Merzbow)
  • Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Tomahawk)
  • Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE)
  • Negativland
  • Omoide Hatoba
  • Pat Smear (Germs, Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
  • Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers, Melvins)
  • Pussy Galore
  • R. Stevie Moore
  • Ramones
  • Raymond Scott
  • The Residents
  • Rob Wright & John Wright (NoMeansNo)
  • Roky Erikson (13th Floor Elevators)
  • Root Boy Slim & The Sex Change Band
  • Scott Lucas (Local H)
  • Sebadoh
  • The Shaggs
  • Shannon Selberg (The Cows, Heroine Sheiks)
  • Shockabilly
  • Shonen Knife
  • Six Finger Satellite
  • Skeleton Key
  • Sonic Youth
  • Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
  • Space Streakings
  • Stan Lee & Leonard Graves Phillips (The Dickies)
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Steve Albini (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac)
  • Subhumans
  • Superconductor
  • Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd)
  • Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins)
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Throbbing Gristle
  • Thrones
  • Tom Morello & Tim Commerford (Rage Against The Machine)
  • Tom Waits
  • Tragic Mulatto
  • Victims Family
  • Violent Onsen Geisha
  • Ween
  • Weird Paul Petroskey
  • Wesley Willis
  • Wildman Fischer
  • Yamatsuka Eye (Boredoms, Hanatarash, UFO or Die)
  • Zach Hill (Hella)
  • Zen Guerrilla
  • ZZ Top
  • etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.

I always needed to be collaborating with somebody, whether an individual or a group. It gave me motivation. I used to bounce ideas off of other bandmates to get a feel for their capabilities and preferences, to find which direction that we were going in. I depended a lot on their input to filter my ideas through. I was always looking for feedback, trying to be as democratic as possible. But, this approach usually slowed us down, frustrating everyone. In hindsight, it was a mistake, like driving a car with the parking brake on.

My lifelong struggling with mental illness sometimes gets in the way as well. Clinical depression and social anxiety are a bad combination. Medications help to keep the highs and lows manageable. But, they aren’t a cure.

Techniques:

My attempts at drumming have been pitiful. My foot coordination is terrible. I ended up positioning the bass drum sideways and playing it timpani-style like Moe Tucker (Velvet Underground). My vocals tend to be on the high and nasally side. I sometimes give it a little growl on the low end. My guitar/bass playing skills are pretty good, not virtuoso… but still, pretty good. I think that I’m a better bassist than a guitarist and a better composer than a musician. I usually visualize music as sounds, in waves, shapes and colors… like a rainbow oscilloscope. I’m trying to re-learn writing sheet music. On paper, though, it always seemed too rigid to me… like piano music.

Sometimes, I’ll be jamming out some riffs to tape and later pick out the best ones to work with. Sometimes I use the Captain Beefheart / Jello Biafra method of singing everything acapella, banging on stuff, and making a lot of noises to tape, interpreting it later. On rare occasions, I’ve had entire songs pop into my head while I scramble to get it recorded before I forget.

“Thinking too much can ruin a good time” – D. Boon (Minutemen)

When I am drawing and making music, I probably do my best when my brain is turned off, just sonic finger-painting. Everything that I am doing is sort of revealed to me as I am doing it. So, I don’t really know what it is until I am finished. Conscious messages don’t work very well for me.

I would like to put out more material on a regular basis, like a daily drawing, a monthly video or blog. Something like that. I want to record a new song each week, around 50 songs per year (give or take a few). Can I stick to that goal? I dunno. For now, it seems to be happening in small bursts. Stressing-out about stuff like money, transportation, food, housing, living conditions, or other distractions mess-up my mojo too easily.

Sometimes I’m a little envious of someone like Andy Warhol, who could just constantly crank stuff out every day. That’s why his studio was called “The Factory.” I don’t really operate like that. It comes out when it wants to, not when I want to. I mean, I feel better when I’m working on something. But, I feel like shit just trying to get started. I’ve added meditation into my daily routine again, or at least I am attempting to remember to do it. I’m working on improving better methods to stay focused and avoid distractions.

I tried for years and years to arrange dual drummers together. We managed to do it a few times, which was great while it lasted. Most drummers are apparently not into that, though. I have been told that they often want to be guitarists, instead. I suppose that kinda makes sense. But, I prefer performing with someone who enjoys their instrument, who really spends time improving their skills. Y’know?

Physical Appearance:

(This is an update from an old post. But, I think that the information fits better here than it did in the original. So, I deleted it.)

Having a standard uniform of your own is useful. People like Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, and Steve Jobs wore clothing everyday that was nearly identical to all of the other clothes that they owned. It saved time finding something to wear, when their entire wardrobes were virtually the same. The Science Of Simplicity: Why Successful People Wear The Same Thing Every Day

My physical appearance doesn’t change very much, day-to-day, either. Nearly everything I own is secondhand, from yard sales, garage sales, Salvation Army, Goodwill, Value World, etc. I’ve always been a t-shirt and jeans guy. The preppy look just isn’t me. I have never had enough money for that kind of style anyway. If I can’t find an outfit for under $12, I probably won’t wear it.

My typical everyday outfit includes;

  • Goatee & long hair (sometimes tied back). I’ve experimented with a lot of different hairstyles over the years; a “metal mohawk” (long hair with shaved sides), perm, dreads, dyes (shocking pink, bright red, black), etc. I might dye it again, especially If I begin to get grey hair. My 80 year old grandmother stopped dying her hair after forty years, and is now completely albino white. It looks odd.
  • Black goes with everything. So, taking a page from Johnny Cash, I usually go with black jeans and button shirt. Sometimes, a bumflap covered in patches is added if I’m going to be outside very much. It covers your butt from wet surfaces if you sit down.
  •  I like to mix it up a little with various t-shirts.
  • Converse Chuck Taylors have always been my go-to shoes. Cheap and comfortable.
  • Belts made from recycled rubber with a Captain America shield belt buckle look neat and spiffy. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments, surprisingly. I just thought it was reminiscent of Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) or Jim Dandy (Black Oak Arkansas).
  • Red glitter nail polish. I once found a color that I really liked, “Ruby Slippers”. But, I haven’t seen any more of it, anywhere.
  • Paracord bracelets and mood rings (which keep getting lost) add a little more color. The paracord comes in handy, too.
  • Sometimes, I wear a homemade necklace strung with miscellaneous items; a steel arrowhead with a hundred-plus year old Indian penny stuck onto it, a green jade buddha pendant, etc.
  • Keychain + wallet + cell phone pouch. Admittedly, it is cumbersome. But, I will certainly forget them somewhere if they’re not attached onto my body. It never fails.
  • I bring an Everyday Carry Bag wherever I go. If I’m on a short trip it may be left behind. It should have almost anything needed in an emergency. Although, mine could use some restocking. So does my Bug-Out-Bag.

I’ve been making small modifications to my so-called image (if I really have one).

As a teenager, I was never a big fan of the “guyliner” look. It seemed too… “emo”, to me. I mean, I’ve always had an affinity for androgyny and 70’s glam rock. I’ve worn nail polish for ages. But, facial makeup seemed a little too femmy for me. It kinda grew on me after awhile, though. It looked good on Lux Interior (The Cramps), comedian Eddie Izzard, and Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers). Johnny Depp’s character Captain Jack Sparrow, in The Pirates of The Caribbean films, may have been the tipping point for me. I did a little research on kohl makeup and discovered a few things that I had not realized before. Of course, both sexes have worn it for thousands of years in South Asia, India, the Middle East, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and parts of West Africa. But, the prophet Mohammed actually recommended its use, in the Qur’an. I had also previously been unaware of its properties for reducing sun glare, slightly improving vision. This is why professional athletes wear eye black. BTW, the plastic stickers worn by football players have conclusively been proven to have no such effect at all. So, you’re doing it wrong guys. I’ll keep experimenting with it. But, if I can’t find something that looks right on me I may just forget about it.

I am working on improving my hairstyle a little too, while I’m at it. My hair is very fine. There is almost no body to it at all. I wanted to make the ends curl inward, like a bob or longer bowl cut. Examples might be similar to haircuts by The Ramones or Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Willy Wonka. It will still take me a couple of tries to get it right. But, so far, even my mistakes look better than it did before.

I wanna get my weight back under control again, too. If I don’t, putting stuff on my face or fixing my hair may be completely pointless. I used to alternate between fat and skinny phases every year (Robert Smith, of The Cure, has the same problem). But, as I get older, my metabolism seems to only be getting slower. I don’t eat very much. But, I’m not active enough. Maybe getting a bike would help.

There are not many groups that I believe I would fit into if I didn’t begin from scratch. I have never had any delusions about “making it big.” I am content if I make enough money to cover expenses, have a good dinner, and pay a few bills. I have two Facebook groups for exchanging music and chatting (one public, one private).

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Groundhog Day

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I was gonna record a vlog to go with this (including a new song!). But, I didn’t get around to it. I’ll try to get it out this weekend, maybe. I have been digging through my old practice tapes and recording new demos for a couple of months now. I am not happy with a lot of it. But, you always have to dig through a lot of shit to find anything useful. Since I haven’t put out anything in a long time, I have been contributing to other people’s projects. I was asked by Uncle Ghoulie to provide some artwork and sounds to Truth Porn MilitiaNo Budget Radio Podcast. So, that is cool. I will be getting that out soon. There have also been some zines and other things requesting my input. So, I haven’t been completely unproductive, I guess.

I’m really beginning to wonder if maybe I should just give away my notes & artwork to let someone else make my movies. At least then they would get produced SOMEHOW. Tim Burton had almost nothing to do with making Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, yet his name is still in the title. He just gave his old sketchbook to another director and said, “Here. Knock yourself out.” Good idea? Bad idea? I don’t know. But, it looks like if I’m gonna produce it, it will likely be a few years until it it is done. Even if I cut costs to the absolute bone and it looks like dogshit, I don’t think I can get it done.

I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that I can get Theee Urban SpaceCat finally going this month. I should have enough raw material for a few issues already. I’ve been continually painting, drawing, recording, writing, etc. It really comes down to paying for putting it out there. I’ll deal with other expenses later, if it becomes necessary.

After over a year of keeping my stuff in storage, lacking enough funds, I recently had to let go of my storage unit. I have downsized a lot of it. So, at least I can fit everything in my grandmother’s garage (between the Christmas decorations and patio furniture). She gave me a nice bookshelf that was no longer wanted. So, I finally have somewhere to keep what is left of my vinyl LPs. I was very disappointed to realize how much of my collection that I’ve sold off.

She also gave me a free pizza promotional card that she got in the mail from Domino’s Pizza. I later brought the pizza back to her house. She, my nephew Michael, and I enjoyed a large deluxe. Mmmmmm.

I gotta finish cleaning up here, soon. There is an apartment inspection coming Monday. The landlord is making sure that no bed bugs have returned. Thankfully, the place has been pest-free for a year now. As a matter of fact, it was during the bug extermination last winter that I began renting my storage unit. So, it lasted one whole year.

I just got a small loan to cover my rent problem (last month’s check bounced!). I needed to pay two month’s rent and late/returned check fees IMMEDIATELY or I would get evicted. I’m not sure how much more financial Jiu-Jitsu I can pull off before it finally catches up with me. The van has a lot of mechanical problems needing fixing. I still cannot afford to put insurance on it. I’m risking jail time for driving without it (a misdemeanor in Michigan!). I’m in debt to my eyeballs to doctors & hospitals, credit cards, collection agencies, etc.

I set up a Patreon account. Maybe, I can find a little help from some folks, to fix my money situation. It is a long shot, I guess. But, what have I got to lose? I will post music, videos, and other stuff for patrons that won’t get released anywhere else. I’ll be adding more bonuses for supporters (t-shirts, stickers, magnets, flamethrowers, meat cannons, etc.) when I have them available. Any assistance is appreciated! Thanks.

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I Have A Dream!

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Happy MLK Day!

“Grand Nagus Trump” gets sworn-in on Friday.

Strangely ironic that we begin this week celebrating a black American icon of civil rights and ending it with the inauguration of a white supremacist administration.

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Barack Obama has been a better president than his predecessor, Dubya Shrub, in some ways. 28 of Obama’s Achievements In Office

But, in others, he has been far worse. Not only did he NOT stop the excesses of the Bush/Cheney administration. He put them on steroids! He has largely gotten away with it because he is charming, looks good, and speaks well. It could be argued that 8 years of Republican obstructionism prevented him from doing any better. But, his own actions and inactions speak for themselves.

I’m not entirely pessimistic, though.

With the sweeping election of Republicans across America and the incoming presidency of Donald Trump, there is finally an ugly face to put onto these policies. A unified campaign of progressives and moderates may be able to have a massive push-back in the 2018 mid-term elections. This should not be very difficult. Trump is already the most unpopular president in American history (and he hasn’t even been sworn-in yet). Republicans are already making ambitious plans that will be so vehemently despised by the country that they’d better hope that angry violent mobs don’t begin showing up on their doorstep with pitchforks and torches.

Donald Trump made many contradictory promises along his campaign. It is impossible for him to keep them all. But, progressives like Bernie Sanders are holding him to his word on policies that we agree with. If we can keep enough pressure on his administration, maybe we can minimize the damage he does and actually win a few victories, too. Maybe we can turn this impending disaster into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

That, at least, gives me something to forward to for the next few years.

Some New Year’s Resolutions

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Some New Year’s Resolutions:

1) Get the damn cassette-zines published fer chrissakes!

a) It shouldn’t be so damn difficult. Rather than stick to a strict schedule, as I had planned, I will probably just be putting them out as I am capable of. It could be an issue every few months. It could be a deluge of material within a few weeks. I don’t know.
b) Putting out some vinyl and getting it distributed would be nice too, if I can get it done.
c) Make more music & art.
d) Making some music videos might help getting The Island of Misfit Noise Movie off of the ground, as I accumulate more equipment and resources. It would help me add more videos to my vlogs too.
e) Get the legal business side of things taken care of.

2) Perform some live shows again. It has been a long time.

a) I SUCK, SUCK, SUCK at booking gigs. I think almost every show that I’ve played was set up by other bandmates, or invitations from venues and other bands (not including free parking lot “guerilla gigs”).
b) Playing out-of-state would be nice. The closest I have come to this is driving / roadying for Mog Stunt Team and a cancelled gig in New York City with The Impaler and N2-Submission.
c) Solo shows will probably just be me on bass & vocals with backing tapes. If I’m lucky, I might be able to set up some sort of video projection backdrop and lightshow. I hate this. It doesn’t feel like a “real” band or anything without at least a drummer up there with me. Performing Dadaist noise shows as Mike Damn Nobody is a little different. It isn’t supposed to make sense.
d) Island of Misfit Noise shows would be nice, if anybody wants to do it. I consider this more of a collaborative project with whoever is interested than just “my band”. We all have input into original material. If they want to play any of my solo stuff too, that is fine by me. A basic line-up that I would like to have is:

i) Myself on bass & baritone guitars, vocals, and Dictaphone tapes.
ii) A decent drummer.
iii) A “Junk Percussionist”.
iv) Two guitarist / keyboardists (if they can sing, that would be great too).

3) Set up some art gallery shows, if that is possible. Put some paintings & stuff out there.
4) Pay off some goddamn debts and dig myself out of this hole.
5) Improve my mental health and get better organized.
6) Find a new doctor, who is closer and less difficult to get an appointment with.
7) Have my eyes checked-out and possibly get glasses or contact lenses.
8) Fix or replace the van (and other broken gear).
9) Downsize more stuff.
10) But, get a bike. Get out more.
11) Lose some weight. I’m too fat.
12) Things to give up;

a) Self-Doubt
b) Negative Thinking
c) Fear of Failure
d) Fear of Success
e) Negative Self-Talk
f) Procrastination
g) Depending on Others for Motivation or Help. It isn’t coming.

Personality Type

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I’m not sure how reliable some of these tests are.

I previously scored as an INTJ.

This time, it says INTP-T.

Maybe it is more detailed.


 

Hey Mike Nobody – you are “The Logician”.

THE LOGICIAN

Code: INTP-T

Role: Analyst

Strategy: Constant Improvement

MIND

This trait determines how we interact with our environment.

6% EXTRAVERTED

94% INTROVERTED

Introverted individuals prefer solitary activities and get exhausted by social interaction. They tend to be quite sensitive to external stimulation (e.g. sound, sight or smell) in general. Read more

ENERGY

This trait shows where we direct our mental energy.

77% INTUITIVE

23% OBSERVANT

Intuitive individuals are very imaginative, open-minded and curious. They prefer novelty over stability and focus on hidden meanings and future possibilities. Read more

NATURE

This trait determines how we make decisions and cope with emotions.

54% THINKING

46% FEELING

Thinking individuals focus on objectivity and rationality, prioritizing logic over emotions. They tend to hide their feelings and see efficiency as more important than cooperation. Read more

TACTICS

This trait reflects our approach to work, planning and decision-making.

30% JUDGING

70% PROSPECTING

Prospecting individuals are very good at improvising and spotting opportunities. They tend to be flexible, relaxed nonconformists who prefer keeping their options open. Read more

IDENTITY

This trait underpins all others, showing how confident we are in our abilities and decisions.

29% ASSERTIVE

71% TURBULENT

Turbulent individuals are self-conscious and sensitive to stress. They are likely to experience a wide range of emotions and to be success-driven, perfectionistic and eager to improve. Read more

 

LOGICIAN PERSONALITY (INTP, -A/-T)

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Albert Einstein

The Logician personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”. Logicians pride themselves on their inventiveness and creativity, their unique perspective and vigorous intellect. Usually known as the philosopher, the architect, or the dreamy professor, Logicians have been responsible for many scientific discoveries throughout history.

The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

Logicians are known for their brilliant theories and unrelenting logic – in fact, they are considered the most logically precise of all the personality types.

They love patterns, and spotting discrepancies between statements could almost be described as a hobby, making it a bad idea to lie to a Logician. This makes it ironic that Logicians’ word should always be taken with a grain of salt – it’s not that they are dishonest, but people with the Logician personality type tend to share thoughts that are not fully developed, using others as a sounding board for ideas and theories in a debate against themselves rather than as actual conversation partners.

This may make them appear unreliable, but in reality no one is more enthusiastic and capable of spotting a problem, drilling through the endless factors and details that encompass the issue and developing a unique and viable solution than Logicians – just don’t expect punctual progress reports. People who share the Logician personality type aren’t interested in practical, day-to-day activities and maintenance, but when they find an environment where their creative genius and potential can be expressed, there is no limit to the time and energy Logicians will expend in developing an insightful and unbiased solution.

Wisdom Begins in Wonder

They may appear to drift about in an unending daydream, but Logicians’ thought process is unceasing, and their minds buzz with ideas from the moment they wake up. This constant thinking can have the effect of making them look pensive and detached, as they are often conducting full-fledged debates in their own heads, but really Logicians are quite relaxed and friendly when they are with people they know, or who share their interests. However, this can be replaced by overwhelming shyness when Logician personalities are among unfamiliar faces, and friendly banter can quickly become combative if they believe their logical conclusions or theories are being criticized.

When Logicians are particularly excited, the conversation can border on incoherence as they try to explain the daisy-chain of logical conclusions that led to the formation of their latest idea. Oftentimes, Logicians will opt to simply move on from a topic before it’s ever understood what they were trying to say, rather than try to lay things out in plain terms.

The reverse can also be true when people explain their thought processes to Logicians in terms of subjectivity and feeling. Imagine an immensely complicated clockwork, taking in every fact and idea possible, processing them with a heavy dose of creative reasoning and returning the most logically sound results available – this is how the Logician mind works, and this type has little tolerance for an emotional monkey-wrench jamming their machines.

Let Those Who Would Move the World First Move Themselves

Further, Logicians are unlikely to understand emotional complaints at all, and their friends won’t find a bedrock of emotional support in them. People with the Logician personality type would much rather make a series of logical suggestions for how to resolve the underlying issue, a perspective that is not always welcomed by their more sensitive companions. This will likely extend to most social conventions and goals as well, like planning dinners and getting married, as Logicians are far more concerned with originality and efficient results.

The one thing that really holds Logicians back is their restless and pervasive fear of failure. Logician personalities are so prone to reassessing their own thoughts and theories, worrying that they’ve missed some critical piece of the puzzle, that they can stagnate, lost in an intangible world where their thoughts are never truly applied. Overcoming this self-doubt stands as the greatest challenge Logicians are likely to face, but the intellectual gifts – big and small – bestowed on the world when they do makes it worth the fight.

LOGICIAN STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

Logician Strengths

  • Great Analysts and Abstract Thinkers – People with the Logician personality type view the world as a big, complex machine, and recognize that as with any machine, all parts are interrelated. Logicians excel in analyzing these connections, seeing how seemingly unrelated factors tie in with each other in ways that bewilder most other personality types.
  • Imaginative and Original – These connections are the product of an unrelenting imagination – Logicians’ ideas may seem counter-intuitive at a glance, and may never even see the light of day, but they will always prove remarkable innovations.
  • Open-Minded – Logicians couldn’t make these connections if they thought they knew it all – they are highly receptive to alternate theories, so long as they’re supported by logic and facts. In more subjective matters like social norms and traditions, Logicians are usually fairly liberal, with a “none of my business” sort of attitude – peoples’ ideas are what matter.
  • Enthusiastic – When a new idea piques their interest, Logicians can be very enthusiastic – they are a reserved personality type, but if another person shares an interest, they can be downright excited about discussing it. More likely though, the only outward evidence of this enthusiasm will be Logicians’ silent pacing or their staring into the distance.
  • Objective – Logicians’ analysis, creativity and open-mindedness aren’t the tools of some quest for ideology or emotional validation. Rather, it’s as though people with the Logician personality type are a conduit for the truths around them, so far as they can be expressed, and they are proud of this role as theoretical mediator.
  • Honest and Straightforward – To know one thing and say another would be terribly disingenuous – Logicians don’t often go around intentionally hurting feelings, but they believe that the truth is the most important factor, and they expect that to be appreciated and reciprocated.

Logician Weaknesses

  • Very Private and Withdrawn – While Logicians’ intellectualism yields many insights into their surroundings, their surroundings are ironically considered an intrusion on their thoughts. This is especially true with people – Logicians are quite shy in social settings. More complicated situations such as parties exacerbate this, but even close friends struggle to get into Logicians’ hearts and minds.
  • Insensitive – Oftentimes Logician personalities get so caught up in their logic that they forget any kind of emotional consideration – they dismiss subjectivity as irrational and tradition as an attempt to bar much-needed progress. Purely emotional situations are often utterly puzzling to Logicians, and their lack of timely sympathy can easily offend.
  • Absent-minded – When Logicians’ interest is captured, their absence goes beyond social matters to include the rest of the physical world. Logicians become forgetful, missing even the obvious if it’s unrelated to their current infatuation, and they can even forget their own health, skipping meals and sleep as they muse.
  • Condescending – Attempts at connecting with others are often worse than Logicians’ withdrawal. People with the Logician personality type take pride in their knowledge and rationale, and enjoy sharing their ideas, but in trying to explain how they got from A to B to Z, they can get frustrated, sometimes simplifying things to the point of insult as they struggle to gauge their conversation partners’ perspective. The ultimate insult comes as Logicians give up with a dismissive “never mind”.
  • Loathe Rules and Guidelines – These social struggles are partly a product of Logicians’ desire to bypass the rules, of social conduct and otherwise. While this attitude helps Logicians’ strength of unconventional creativity, it also causes them to reinvent the wheel constantly and to shun security in favor of autonomy in ways that can compromise both.
  • Second-Guess Themselves – Logicians remain so open to new information that they often never commit to a decision at all. This applies to their own skills as well – Logician personalities know that as they practice, they improve, and any work they do is second-best to what they could do. Unable to settle for this, Logicians sometimes delay their output indefinitely with constant revisions, sometimes even quitting before they ever begin.

LOGICIAN RELATIONSHIPS

  • When it comes to romantic relationships, Logicians have an interesting mixture of traits that often pleasantly surprise their partners. People with this personality type are always full of ideas, but they have few opportunities to explore their more romantic notions. As with any of their theories, Logicians love sharing with others, and in finally meeting someone where romantic thoughts are appropriate, they show themselves to be excited, enthusiastic, and even playful, flirting with word-play and intellectual games.
  • None of this is to say that these relationships come easily to Logicians – they are shy and withdrawn individuals, and getting out and meeting new people, risking rejection and making themselves the center of attention in emotionally delicate situations are far from being their strengths. It is more likely that Logician personalities will leave a trail of breadcrumbs for a potential partner, allowing them to make the first move and committing to their partner as an act of reciprocation rather than bravado.

Marry! A Good Wife Makes Happiness, A Bad One, Philosophy

  • From the start, Logicians take their relationships seriously – their imagination and vision, and the challenge of getting to know new people, make them all too aware of how important it is that they’re involved with someone, and they will prove themselves surprisingly loyal. Even early in the dating phase, Logicians are unusually direct and honest, doing their best to express their mindset and create mutual understanding, believing that this shared knowledge will help to minimize misunderstandings and avoid conflict.
  • As their relationships progress, Logicians’ daily needs prove remarkably simple. Gifts, surprises, complex social plans and date nights are all fairly unimportant to people with the Logician personality type, but this is also one of their chiefest weaknesses – their partner may very much need these things, and it won’t even occur to Logicians to plan them out. For all their analysis and attempts at mutual understanding, Logicians are notoriously bad at picking up on others’ emotional needs.
  • When it comes to conflict, there is a certain willful ignorance for Logicians, and they often set aside their partners’ feelings, and their own, for far too long.
  • When these conflicts do arise and are inescapable, Logicians will do their best to find a logical solution. But this hardly helps if the problem is logic itself, that Logician personalities aren’t meeting their partners’ emotional needs. Logicians should keep this in mind, and try to meet their partners halfway by communicating on an emotional level – if they make this effort, understanding partners will recognize and appreciate the gesture, clumsy though it may be. After all, they need to afford Logicians the same benefit, and meet them halfway with logic and simplicity as well.

Beware the Barrenness of a Busy Life

  • All this material asceticism and conflict avoidance support one primary goal – to free up mental resources for more important things. Logicians’ creative, vivid imagination make for a surprisingly enthusiastic, passionate, and romantic partner. While Logicians may prioritize their inner world too much, imagining interesting and exciting intimate situations that are never expressed to their partners, they also use this rich inner world to achieve as much as possible in intimacy – they rarely want for ideas.
  • Physically, intellectually and with a little effort emotionally, Logician relationships are rich and rewarding connections. Partners who share the Intuitive (N) trait are usually best, along with one or two opposite traits to create variety and balance, but so long as Logicians remember that they are with people who have their own, independent wants and needs, and so long as their partners remember the same of their Logicians, these are long-lasting and satisfying relationships.

LOGICIAN FRIENDS

  • Many of the usual motivations for making friends – emotional support, social validation, shared routine – simply don’t apply to Logicians. More likely, these concepts are met with disdain, as people with the Logician personality type prize intellectual depth above all else. It is not easy to become good friends with Logicians, but if there is a common interest and a common train of thought, the connection is likely to spark instantly, surprising everyone else who thought they had this distant personality type pegged.

Be Slow to Fall Into Friendship…

  • Logician friendships are knowledge-based, defined by the exchange of ideas, theories, and concepts, and those who aren’t able to keep up with this, or who have sharply differing tastes (don’t talk to Logicians about celebrities) will find stony faces that border on rude. To Logicians, communication is often more of a nuisance than a pleasure, and conversation is reserved for topics that they find meaningful, or for people they already like enough to stick it out.
  • Unless there’s a natural affinity for this intellectual style, few have the patience to try to penetrate their shields, and Logicians are left with a naturally small circle of good friends.
  • Other Analyst personalities are a natural fit for Logicians, who share their passion for new ideas, riddles and solutions. People with the Logician personality type are knowledgeable and intelligent, and have a great deal of respect for those who can keep them on their toes in this regard. They will gladly help to tackle any dilemma thrown their way, offering up sound advice and rational solutions. As valuable as these qualities are though, they are not always the best approach – when it comes to emotional support or advice in dealing with matters of the heart, Logicians are at a loss.
  • It’s not that Logician personalities don’t feel – quite the contrary, they actually have very strong sentiments. But this is not their strongest suit, making Logicians’ emotional reactions strong, untrustworthy and naturally in need of being tempered by their well-trained logic and rationalism.

…But When in Friendship, Continue Firm and Constant

  • While they may not be able to help directly with these sorts of problems, Logicians help indirectly with unambiguous and reliable friendships. Logicians’ friends need never worry about power games or emotional baggage – they are liked for their minds and abilities, not their status or possessions. While it may not be easy to establish true friendships with Logician personalities, once the link is made, they will provide years of understanding and thought-stimulating ideas, making them well worth the effort.

LOGICIAN PARENTS

  • In parenting roles, as with many social roles, Logicians find themselves facing a robust but healthy challenge. Not a naturally sensitive type, Logician personalities struggle to identify with the raw emotions and irrationality that are often the standard with young children, who have yet to develop the sort of self-control and logical thinking that Logicians take for granted.
  • People with the Logician personality type are nevertheless incredibly devoted – perhaps not in the traditional, emotionally supportive sense, but they are parents who are committed to encouraging their growing children to think and act independently, seek out new knowledge, and voice and defend their own opinions.
  • For Logicians, knowledge is key, and they will do their best to give their children the tolerance and freedom necessary to acquire it. Logician parents take a relaxed, intellectual approach towards their children, allowing them to explore the world around them and overlooking the more minor offences along the way.
  • Having no interest in exerting control over other human beings, Logicians are likely to allow their children to form their own principles – though they may take the opportunity of the “why?” phase to share their own perspectives and ideas, just in case.
  • Logician personalities are not particularly demanding parents, at least not in the sense that they expect their children to live a traditional life of school > career > marriage > house > kids > retirement (and in that order, thank you very much). Rather, Logician parents are demanding in an intellectual sense – they want their children to ask if this path is the best path for them, and how to go about following a different one if they need to. This level of personal freedom can be daunting, and can take a long time to come to terms with, but Logician parents are prepared to stand by their children with support and advice for as long as they need.
  • While there is hardly a better parent for having rational, intelligent discussions with their children, there is hardly a clumsier example when it comes to providing the emotional support that many children need, especially as they approach their teenage years. In this area, Logicians will need to either rely on a more capable partner, or to take themselves far out of their comfort zone in order to empathize without trying to clear away the tears with an endless series of rational suggestions and blunt truths.

Not Just Life, but Good Life

  • Logicians want nothing more than for their children to grow up smart, independent, and tolerant, but if they want them to be well-adjusted too, they must make this effort. Logicians’ parenting style affords a great deal of latitude for their children, but with this freedom comes responsibility, and it is Logicians’ responsibility to ensure that it is used constructively. Though it’s a challenge for people with the Logician personality type to teach empathy alongside rationality, if they are able to pull it off, their children will grow into confident adults who know how to ask questions, use their minds, and take care of themselves no matter what comes their way.

LOGICIAN CAREERS

  • Logicians are solitary, eccentric, and independent – none of which is listed as desirable for corporate positions, which are usually designed for very different personality types. Logicians duly struggle in finding careers that meet their needs, but what they do bring, qualities in much higher demand, are creativity, a passion for theoretical methods and ideas, and an entrepreneurial, innovative spirit. If they are able to put this better foot forward to secure a position in a suitable line of work, people with the Logician personality type will find that, whatever the job listing says, these “less desirable” qualities will prove an asset after all.

A Poem of Numbers

  • Chief among Logicians’ interests is exploring and building models for underlying principles and ideas, even going so far as to find these concepts, in their own way, beautiful – this makes them natural mathematicians, systems analysts, and career scientists, especially in more abstract fields such as physics. There are many other careers that allow Logicians to explore these interests, but many of them are far too rooted in uninteresting practical applications. As useful as it is to develop a better vacuum cleaner, it is no Large Hadron Collider.
  • Logician personalities are self-driven and have very high personal standards – “good enough” is never good enough – but have few environmental needs. Despite this relative simplicity, they are often hard for more people-centric types to understand. Logicians live primarily in their own heads, and have little interest in social distractions like chitchat and motivational speeches.
  • All Logicians really want is to immerse themselves in an interesting project, and anything that interrupts that, be it overactive managers, the need to manage others, or office parties or meetings, are simply unwelcome burdens.
  • For this reason, the flatter the workplace hierarchy, the better, making small, technical workplaces and fields such as law, forensics, and laboratory research very desirable for Logicians. Insightful and open-minded managers who can accommodate these needs will find their Logician subordinates to be a tireless generator of brilliant and unique ideas. However, many people with the Logician personality type may do away with the immediate hierarchy altogether, opting instead to provide their services on a freelance basis as consultants.

Emotional Values: A Mere Illusion

  • Where Logicians do not thrive is in workplaces that require them to provide a high degree of emotional satisfaction – cruise ship masseuses they are not. Logician personalities struggle to understand emotional exchanges, and service-oriented positions will prove baffling and exhausting for them. Though Logicians are talented analysts who are perfectly capable of understanding the theoretical importance of customer service, the day-to-day application of such a scheme is simply better left to more people-oriented personality types.
  • Business is growing more complex every day, and this complexity is managed with technical systems, economic theories, and data. The need for novel approaches is stronger than ever for people and organizations to distinguish themselves. Though general people skills are often phrased as a must, it is the technical work that creates something to talk about, and it is in this pursuit that Logicians thrive.
  • Work as business analysts and corporate strategists is well suited to Logicians, but they can also move things forward as data analysts, mechanical, electrical and software engineers, and even as technical writers and journalists, provided the field is interesting enough. If they can smile and shake hands just long enough to establish themselves as the brilliant innovators that they are, people with the Logician personality type will find that whatever the expectations for social conduct, it is the qualities unique to them that are truly in demand.

LOGICIANS IN THE WORKPLACE

  • The running theme for Logicians is their desire for solitude, need for intellectual stimulation, and the satisfaction of the final piece of a puzzle clicking into place. Whether in subordinate or management positions, with colleagues or working alone, these privileges and the freedom to pursue them unfettered by social obligations and progress reports are about all people with the Logician personality type look for in their workplace.
  • Though Logicians may scoff at the notion, they actually function best when paired with another person. Their position determines which personality type best fits their needs, but Logicians’ tendency to live in their heads and vent inspiration and creativity seemingly at random demands the presence of an implementer to ensure that no stroke of genius goes unnoticed.

Logician Subordinates

  • Under the right conditions, Logician subordinates are innovative, resourceful, and hard-working, easily wrapping their minds around whatever complex problems are placed in front of them and delivering unorthodox but effective solutions. However, these qualities require a great deal of freedom, something stereotypical managers are loath to cede. It is difficult to quantify these qualities on a resume – several other characteristics, like a relative indifference to job security and to being liked, exacerbate the challenge – and it can take time to grow to trust Logician subordinates enough to allow this latitude.
  • Logician personalities prefer to work alone, but at the same time they despise “grunt-work”. Their focus on conceiving new and exciting ideas and ignoring the details of execution means that Logicians need someone alongside to keep things in order and actually put into practice their often unrefined ideas. Such a condition can’t be forced on Logicians, but a few logically phrased criticisms (certainly not emotional appeals or pep talks about working as part of a team) and clever management can make it happen.

Logician Colleagues

  • For Logicians, colleagues aren’t so much a group of people who they socialize and work with as they are a series of obstacles and diversions with occasionally useful knowledge. Mingling, chitchat, drinks after work – these make Logicians want to work alone, not get up in the morning. Despite this distance, people with the Logician personality type are unusually good at developing insightful and unbiased interpretations of others’ motivations, though sometimes they overthink it, becoming unnecessarily suspicious of others’ goals.
  • What they do enjoy are riddles and patterns, and any Logician would be proud to be the guru who is sought after as arbiter on the validity of an idea, or for their insight on how to apply a principle to novel situations. Logicians love discussing theories, at least with “proven” colleagues, and are almost always available as impromptu consultants. This, however, does not apply to emotional riddles and conflicts, Logicians’ Achilles Heel – in these charged situations, Logician personalities have no clue what to do.

Logician Managers

  • While Logicians don’t care for managing other people, it is likely the most rewarding position as it provides the opportunity to direct concepts and theories while others handle the logistics. Logicians have a very tolerant and flexible style, characterized by an openness to logical suggestions and relative freedom for their subordinates. But this freedom comes at a cost – Logician managers have very high standards, and they expect others to grasp their insights instantly, and to provide their own in equal measure.
  • As well as their demand for innovation, Logicians are better than any other type at noticing logical discrepancies – their tendency to ignore others’ feelings means that their criticisms often come hard and fast as they direct projects to their own perfectionistic standards. Here again Logicians do best with a partner, this time a delegator who can filter their thoughts and direct their team in more socially productive ways. A liaison can also help to deter schmoozing and attempts at emotional manipulation, a sure mistake for anyone who tries.

LOGICIAN PERSONALITY – CONCLUSION

  • Logicians’ intelligence and logical reasoning skills are a force to be reckoned with. Be it a minor debate or a life-changing decision, Logicians will find it easy to entertain multiple ideas and keep a cool head. This allows Logicians to overcome many challenging obstacles – yet they can be easily tripped up in areas where careful and rational thinking is more of a liability than an asset.
  • Whether it is finding (or keeping) a partner, making friends, reaching dazzling heights on the career ladder or learning to make difficult decisions, Logicians need to put in a conscious effort to develop their weaker traits and additional skills.

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