Love on the roof.
An email from the Department of Psychology, Washington University of St Louis, invites me to partake in some research on Blogging and Personality. I spend half an hour filling in a form, the purpose of which is to "investigate the relation between people's personality and the content and style of their writing". Having completed the form, I learn among other things, that I have a higher score than average on 5 different "personality dimensions" - 31.7% on Neuroticism, 69.7% on Extroversion; 53.5% on Openness; 69.7% in Conscientiousness and 30.8% on Agreeableness. That is all - nothing average or below average. No other conclusions are revealed. What do these scores indicate? I am not sure what the exercise means, or who will benefit from my helping to feed one of those beasts that require statistics to stay alive. Or how the self-assessed characteristics, preferences and inclinations which I am asked to grade, will relate, one way or another, to what I write here.
With my camera on the Common, I wander about hoping that a bird, will appear and pose for me; or at best fly past, when my camera, properly adjusted, is pointing in the right direction, and the sun is in the right place to highlight its colouring. I long for a crow, its wings spread, circling a tree before landing. I doubt if it will; and it doesn't. But find that I am enjoying myself in much the same way as a fisherman, waiting for a bite, which he knows is unlikely to materialize, enjoys his solitary sport.