regular expression fun

when i first learned about regular expressions, i thought they were pretty neat. it was back in college in one of my computer science classes where the language used in the class was perl. this is the class that started my love affair with perl and regular expressions.

i immediately saw the beauty of regular expressions and i started to use perl extensively to leverage the power of regexes.

i think the cool thing about regexes is that they are like little puzzles that you are trying to figure out. but right now, there’s this one regex i’m working on that it totally kicking my ass. it isn’t pretty. every time i think that i’m getting close, it just comes back and takes me out for another round of (head|heart)ache.

but, worry not, i will get you. die, regex, die!

—– attraction test

according to a physical attraction test i took, these are the various qualities that i find physically attractive in women:

i like:

  • very beautiful women
  • sharp, narrow chins
  • round-shaped faces
  • thick lips
  • red hair
  • wavy hair
  • straight hair
  • long hair

    uncommon traits i like:

  • faces that are round and full
  • thin, angular faces with a classic or refined look
  • cute, button or small noses
  • glasses and the sophisticated and smart look that goes with them
  • you appreciate how sexy someone very lean or slender can be

    women not my type:

  • women over 35
  • women under 25
  • very low “mainstream” appeal

    in a population of 10,000 men, 10% are very attracted to my type while 24%
    are attracted to my type. 36% are not at all attracted to women my type.

    am i picky?
    Very Picky: It’s official: You’re “picky.” The fact is you are drawn to the most beautiful of the beautiful. You know what you like in women and are more selective than most men your age. Your tastes seem instinctual.

    how i compare:
    Very Selective: You are very selective, compared to most men, in the types of women you find appealing. You’re wowed by “movie star” good looks, and in general, appreciate women with “traditional” or “mainstream” appeal.

    A woman’s height is extremely important to some men. According to choices you made in the test, you prefer to date women who are at least 4 inches shorter than you are. Lots of men feel the same way; it’s that protective instinct showing itself!

    There’s something intriguing to you about a woman with only a slight smile or even a serious expression. You picked more women who were not smiling than we’d expect. Perhaps you like the mystery and depth that these women chose to convey.

    the type of woman who i am very attracted to looks similar to:

    the type of woman who has unusual characteristics that i’m attracted to looks similar to:


    pretty interesting. i don’t think that i’m really that picky and i think that based on the types of women that i’ve dated in the recent past, i don’t have a particular set type. but it’s interesting to see what the test results say.