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10 Myers-Briggs Type Charts for Pop Culture Characters

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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) is an instrument to define your personality along four parameters: (I) Introversion vs. (E) Extroversion, (N) Intuiting vs. (S) Sensing, (T) Thinking vs. (F) Feeling, and (J) Judging vs. (P) Perceiving. Trying the instrument gives you a “type,” indicated by a combination of four letters. There are 16 possible combinations, which lend themselves well to a chart, called the Myers-Briggs type table. How accurate the test is and how useful the scale is has nothing to do with what’s ahead. What we are looking at is how those types can be illustrated by pop culture characters, from any universe that has at least 16 characters with different personalities.  

Read how the test came to be in the mental_floss article Myers, Briggs, and the World's Most Popular Personality Test.

1. Game of Thrones

If there is any universe with an unlimited number of characters, it would be Game of Thrones. If only they didn’t keep dying off! Andrew at O.D.S. composed a chart featuring the MBTI types in the cast of the HBO show. This Includes both living and deceased characters, and indeed already had to use dead characters when it was constructed. The chart is enlargeable at the link.

2. My Little Pony

The ponies of My Little Pony run the gamut of personalities. Sixteen of them are included in this MBTI chart by DeviantART member autumnalone (Meredith Miles). The chart doesn’t exist in her gallery, but you can see it full size in a forum.

3. Lord of the Rings

A vast majority of the characters we love from The Lord of the Rings are heroes, but they all differ somewhat. This chart from Anne and Eric Dye at ChurchMag slots them into the personalities of the MBTI so that you can find the one that matches your personality.  

4. The Walking Dead

Fanpup gave us a personality chart for the characters of The Walking Dead. This was created for season four, but there really are no spoilers because some of the characters were already dead then, but I’m not telling you which ones. The zombie, of course, but you can guess about the others. Then they updated the chart for season five, which you can see at the post that contains both of them. Only the first one is enlargeable. The newer chart still contains some dead people, but also newer characters.

5. Harry Potter

This MBTI chart profiling the characters of the Harry Potter universe went viral a couple of years ago, credited to tumblr user Simbaga (the writer) and DeviantART user Makani (the artist), yet no original links for the chart exist anymore. It should be large enough for you to read at Buzzfeed.

6. Disney Princesses

DeviantART member LittleMsArtsy created a beautiful MBTI chart for Disney Princesses and other Disney heroines that is very enlargeable at the DeviantART page, if you want to read the descriptions that make up the character’s face and body. That’s the only place they are labeled, but if you cannot identify a Disney Princess by her silhouette, then you just haven’t seen enough Disney movies. LittleMsArtsy also has links to the art for each individual character. She has a similar chart for Disney Princes and Heroes.

7. Grey’s Anatomy

A blogger named Chandler created an MBTI chart for the characters of the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. The characters are not labeled, because only fans of the show would have any interest in seeing if the personalities were labeled correctly. This is where I realized that most of the charts in this list do not label the characters by their names, but this is the only chart in which I did not know the characters already.  

8. Marvel Comics

This rather intricate chart from Elephant Robot puts four characters from the Marvel Comics universe into each of the 16 personality slots. That just goes to show how huge the Marvel universe is, and how characters within a type can vary. You will have to go to the full size image page to read them.

9. Star Wars

Geek in Heels responded to the Harry Potter MBTI chart by creating one that pegs the characters of Star Wars across generations. Do you agree with these assessments? The chart is enlargeable at the site.

10. Star Trek

DeviantART member loqutor made a chart for 16 different Star Trek characters that appear in several of the Star Trek TV series, although I think it’s a little light on The Original Series. But that’s just me.  

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Man Buys Two Metric Tons of LEGO Bricks; Sorts Them Via Machine Learning
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Jacques Mattheij made a small, but awesome, mistake. He went on eBay one evening and bid on a bunch of bulk LEGO brick auctions, then went to sleep. Upon waking, he discovered that he was the high bidder on many, and was now the proud owner of two tons of LEGO bricks. (This is about 4400 pounds.) He wrote, "[L]esson 1: if you win almost all bids you are bidding too high."

Mattheij had noticed that bulk, unsorted bricks sell for something like €10/kilogram, whereas sets are roughly €40/kg and rare parts go for up to €100/kg. Much of the value of the bricks is in their sorting. If he could reduce the entropy of these bins of unsorted bricks, he could make a tidy profit. While many people do this work by hand, the problem is enormous—just the kind of challenge for a computer. Mattheij writes:

There are 38000+ shapes and there are 100+ possible shades of color (you can roughly tell how old someone is by asking them what lego colors they remember from their youth).

In the following months, Mattheij built a proof-of-concept sorting system using, of course, LEGO. He broke the problem down into a series of sub-problems (including "feeding LEGO reliably from a hopper is surprisingly hard," one of those facts of nature that will stymie even the best system design). After tinkering with the prototype at length, he expanded the system to a surprisingly complex system of conveyer belts (powered by a home treadmill), various pieces of cabinetry, and "copious quantities of crazy glue."

Here's a video showing the current system running at low speed:

The key part of the system was running the bricks past a camera paired with a computer running a neural net-based image classifier. That allows the computer (when sufficiently trained on brick images) to recognize bricks and thus categorize them by color, shape, or other parameters. Remember that as bricks pass by, they can be in any orientation, can be dirty, can even be stuck to other pieces. So having a flexible software system is key to recognizing—in a fraction of a second—what a given brick is, in order to sort it out. When a match is found, a jet of compressed air pops the piece off the conveyer belt and into a waiting bin.

After much experimentation, Mattheij rewrote the software (several times in fact) to accomplish a variety of basic tasks. At its core, the system takes images from a webcam and feeds them to a neural network to do the classification. Of course, the neural net needs to be "trained" by showing it lots of images, and telling it what those images represent. Mattheij's breakthrough was allowing the machine to effectively train itself, with guidance: Running pieces through allows the system to take its own photos, make a guess, and build on that guess. As long as Mattheij corrects the incorrect guesses, he ends up with a decent (and self-reinforcing) corpus of training data. As the machine continues running, it can rack up more training, allowing it to recognize a broad variety of pieces on the fly.

Here's another video, focusing on how the pieces move on conveyer belts (running at slow speed so puny humans can follow). You can also see the air jets in action:

In an email interview, Mattheij told Mental Floss that the system currently sorts LEGO bricks into more than 50 categories. It can also be run in a color-sorting mode to bin the parts across 12 color groups. (Thus at present you'd likely do a two-pass sort on the bricks: once for shape, then a separate pass for color.) He continues to refine the system, with a focus on making its recognition abilities faster. At some point down the line, he plans to make the software portion open source. You're on your own as far as building conveyer belts, bins, and so forth.

Check out Mattheij's writeup in two parts for more information. It starts with an overview of the story, followed up with a deep dive on the software. He's also tweeting about the project (among other things). And if you look around a bit, you'll find bulk LEGO brick auctions online—it's definitely a thing!

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One Bite From This Tick Can Make You Allergic to Meat
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We like to believe that there’s no such thing as a bad organism, that every creature must have its place in the world. But ticks are really making that difficult. As if Lyme disease wasn't bad enough, scientists say some ticks carry a pathogen that causes a sudden and dangerous allergy to meat. Yes, meat.

The Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum) mostly looks like your average tick, with a tiny head and a big fat behind, except the adult female has a Texas-shaped spot on its back—thus the name.

Unlike other American ticks, the Lone Star feeds on humans at every stage of its life cycle. Even the larvae want our blood. You can’t get Lyme disease from the Lone Star tick, but you can get something even more mysterious: the inability to safely consume a bacon cheeseburger.

"The weird thing about [this reaction] is it can occur within three to 10 or 12 hours, so patients have no idea what prompted their allergic reactions," allergist Ronald Saff, of the Florida State University College of Medicine, told Business Insider.

What prompted them was STARI, or southern tick-associated rash illness. People with STARI may develop a circular rash like the one commonly seen in Lyme disease. They may feel achy, fatigued, and fevered. And their next meal could make them very, very sick.

Saff now sees at least one patient per week with STARI and a sensitivity to galactose-alpha-1, 3-galactose—more commonly known as alpha-gal—a sugar molecule found in mammal tissue like pork, beef, and lamb. Several hours after eating, patients’ immune systems overreact to alpha-gal, with symptoms ranging from an itchy rash to throat swelling.

Even worse, the more times a person is bitten, the more likely it becomes that they will develop this dangerous allergy.

The tick’s range currently covers the southern, eastern, and south-central U.S., but even that is changing. "We expect with warming temperatures, the tick is going to slowly make its way northward and westward and cause more problems than they're already causing," Saff said. We've already seen that occur with the deer ticks that cause Lyme disease, and 2017 is projected to be an especially bad year.

There’s so much we don’t understand about alpha-gal sensitivity. Scientists don’t know why it happens, how to treat it, or if it's permanent. All they can do is advise us to be vigilant and follow basic tick-avoidance practices.

[h/t Business Insider]

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