Years ago, I invented a system of astrology based on what movie won the Best Picture Oscar for the year you were born. (It's more like Chinese astrology than Western astrology: you share your personality with an entire year's worth of people, instead of just a month's worth. But in Oscarology, the signs never repeat. Your year is special and unique.)
The Skeptical Surfer recently asked me about Oscarology, and I realized I've never blogged about it. I've discussed it in more than one discussion group and bulletin board (my favorite response: someone asked me what had won for 1991 and 1992, and when I said it was "Silence of the Lambs" and "Unforgiven," she replied, "No wonder the kids are so weird!"). But I've never mentioned it here.
So let's play! Tell me what year you were born, and I'll tell you all about your personality based on what won the Oscar for that year. (Assuming I've seen the movie, that is.)
I'll get the ball rolling with my own reading.
Birth year: 1961.
Best Picture: West Side Story.
Analysis: Although I tend to feel like an outsider in almost any group, I am very concerned with communicating and with making connections and forming bridges with/between people who seem unalterably opposed. Music and dancing are central to my life and identity. I have a somewhat tough exterior, but I dance like a big sissy boy and am as queer as a three-dollar bill.
So what's your sign, baby?
Oh, and for the record: Astrology doesn't work. It flat-out doesn't work. There are many spiritual beliefs -- such as the belief in God -- that, while highly implausible, can't be definitely disproven. Astrology is not one of them. It makes testable claims; the claims have been tested; the claims have been consistently and without a doubt shown not to work at all.
Just so we're clear.