miss_s_b: (Graph)
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11


What is your opinion of Crocs?

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They are horrific evil footwear that should be consigned to the bowels of hell
5 (45.5%)

I am clinically insane
6 (54.5%)



(there might be an element of push-pollness here)

((also, knowing my f-list, several of you will want to tick "both" there, won't you...?))
miss_s_b: (Self: Profile)
Current hair colour is the remains of what I did for conference, and needs sorting. I have no outside-the-house engagements this evening, and I'm bored of washed-outness. I'm not going to bleach the roots this time, so this will be a tide-over till the next dye-job, and as such I am just going to use what I have in the cupboard. And I won't have the time or energy for separating out for several colours.

So what colour should I dye my hair tonight? If you haven't a DW login, feel free to tweet your answer at me (people usually do anyway :))

Poll #15213 Hairdye
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 18


What colour should I dye my hair tonight?

View Answers

Fuschia pink
2 (11.1%)

Violet
4 (22.2%)

Royal Blue
7 (38.9%)

Turquoise
3 (16.7%)

I am a Liberal and I am Against This Sort of Thing
2 (11.1%)



ETA: twitter/email votes so far:
Fuschia Pink 4
Violet 3
Royal Blue 4
Turquoise 0
miss_s_b: (Default)
The first thing I did when I got in the office was turn the heating up. That was an hour ago. I am still wearing my coat, scarf and hat and I can't feel my fingers.

Poll #14805 Office heating
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


When will it be warm enough in the office for Jennie to take her coat off?

View Answers

12.00
0 (0.0%)

13.00
0 (0.0%)

15.00
1 (14.3%)

ten minutes before home time
5 (71.4%)

NEVER! YOU MUST FREEZE!
1 (14.3%)



(ETA: for those interested in my clothing choices: ankle length black leather coat, Cadbury purple crushed velvet scarf, grey Preacher-style hat given to me by A Friend)

ETA additional: ten past 12 and I still can't feel my fingers.

ETA final: congrats to [personal profile] strangecharm who was bang on. Coat has just come off. Although in the interests of honesty I should say that neither scarf nor hat have.
miss_s_b: (Who: Six (S.P.C./Eyebrow))
Those of you who have been to conference know what I'm talking about. You'll be sat having a quiet pint in the bar, and in walks Lord Ashdown. There is an instant change in the atmosphere. The sexual tension in the room goes through the roof. All the people-who-fancy-men sigh wistfully, and all the people-who-don't-fancy-men try to look that bit more impressive, while knowing it's futile.

It's hard to believe for someone who hasn't seen it happen; you don't get much of a sense of it from seeing the man on the telly or anything like that. I know this because I have been trying to convince a recent recruit to the party of the power of the Paddy Effect. She thinks she is going to be immune to it. She thinks I'm joking about how potent and irresistible it is. She thinks she'll be the one sat in the bar at Spring conf wondering what the hell is going on while everybody else has a minor meltdown.

I think she's wrong. Hence the poll:

Poll #14678 The Paddy Effect
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13


Have you ever met anybody who is immune to the Paddy Effect?

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What?
5 (38.5%)

Don't Be Stupid
3 (23.1%)

Such a Thing Is Not Possible
6 (46.2%)

I wish to lie and say "yes" but I know I'm lying
2 (15.4%)

ticky box
9 (69.2%)

miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Lee)
Who's your favourite Hammer Glamour lady?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


Martine Beswick, Caroline Munro, Barbara Steele, Hazel Court, Ingrid Pitt or Valerie Leon?

View Answers

Valerie Leon
0 (0.0%)

Caroline Munro
3 (42.9%)

Ingrid Pitt
0 (0.0%)

Barbara Steele
3 (42.9%)

Martine Beswick
0 (0.0%)

Hazel Court
1 (14.3%)

miss_s_b: (Britishness: cricket)
... is the randomness of the discussions generated by the regular short gaps in play. Inspired by this quote
it's interesting that you see humble pie as a savoury dish (meat and potato, steak and kidney etc). I always imagined that humble pie to be more of a dessert, potentially served with custard.
from the BBC live text commentary, then, I present a poll:

Poll #13903 Humble Pie
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 24

Humble Pie is...

sweet
4 (16.7%)

savoury
13 (54.2%)

a construct and thus devoid of flavour
7 (29.2%)

miss_s_b: (Fangirling: New Rock Boots)
Firstly a couple definitions:

When I say a set of footwear I am counting pairs of shoes, boots, slippers, galoshes, trainers, etc. but NOT socks.
The number of pairs of footwear one needs is clearly smaller than the number which it is nice to have, which is clearly smaller than the number which is over the top. The polloptions reflect this.

With that out of the way, on with the vote:

Poll #13836 Footwear
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 34

How many sets of footwear does a person NEED?

1
3 (8.8%)

less than 5
24 (70.6%)

less than 10
7 (20.6%)

10 or more
0 (0.0%)

How many sets of footwear is it nice to have?

up to 5
5 (14.7%)

up to 10
19 (55.9%)

up to 15
3 (8.8%)

up to 20
4 (11.8%)

more than 20
3 (8.8%)

How many sets of footwear is over the top?

more than 5
2 (6.2%)

more than 10
4 (12.5%)

more than 20
12 (37.5%)

more than 50
13 (40.6%)

more than 100
1 (3.1%)

Adventures in Hospital

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 10:53 pm
miss_s_b: (Sci-fi: Mr Flibble)
On Friday I started having a pain where my ovary used to be. On Saturday my boss made me promise that if it was still hurting on Monday I would go see the doctor. Yesterday I went to see the doctor. He asked me lots of questions and poked and prodded at me and did a urine test and gave me some pills (probably made of suckrose and ackwah) and told me if it still hurt in 48 hours to come back.

This morning he rang me up and said he'd been thinking and wanted me to come back in. So I went back in and he poked and prodded again and asked exactly the same questions he asked yesterday and then said he wasn't sure what it was, and he'd swear it was ovarian but there's no ovary there, and it might be this really rare type of hernia, and I'd better go to the hospital for more tests.

So I went to the hospital. And after the nurse did paperwork and blood pressure a doctor came (she was quite fanciable, and commented favourably on my shoes) and did EXACTLY the same poking and prodding and questions as my doctor had done, took some blood, and then sent me for an x-ray. The x ray ladies liked my shoes too. I was wearing my Vibram Fivefingers.

After the x ray I sat in the waiting room for three hours watching challenge TV.

Eventually the cute doctor came back, bringing a registrar with her, and he poked and prodded and asked exactly the same questions as the cute doctor and my own doctor had both already asked me. Then he said that he couldn't feel a hernia, and that it seemed like something ovarian to him. At which point I pointed out that both ovary and fallopian tube had been removed from that side, so it couldn't be.

So, given the tests I have already had: there's nothing shown up in a urine test, nothing in the blood tests, and nothing on the x rays. Which means cancer is unlikely because they look for cancer markers in the blood, the surgeon who took my ovary out didn't leave her rolex in there because that would have shown up on the x ray, and I haven't got a bladder infection. So what do you reckon I have got, dear reader?

Poll #13432 What's the mystery illness?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 20

What terrible fate has befallen our beloved author?

Diverticular disease
2 (10.0%)

The surgeon who did the operation 2 years ago left a swab or other non-x-ray-showing thing in there
2 (10.0%)

Jennie has a magic ovary which has regrown and decided to hurt
12 (60.0%)

Some sort of hernia
1 (5.0%)

Something else which I shall explain in gory, stomach-churning detailin the comments.
3 (15.0%)

miss_s_b: Vince Cable's happy face (Politics: Vince - happy face)
So, apart from being economically illiterate (we all know who spends more money and keeps the economy going by now, right?) the proposal to reduce the minimum wage flies against the "noone shall be enslaved by poverty" bit of the Lib Dem constitution. So how soon are our gone-native ministers going to come out in favour of it?

Poll #13148 Reducing the minimum wage
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 19

When will Lib Dem ministers come out in favour of reducing the minimum wage?

before the end of today
3 (15.8%)

before the end of tomorrow
2 (10.5%)

before the end of the week?
7 (36.8%)

they won't. They wouldn't. Would they? (hollow laughter)
7 (36.8%)



ETA: also, what's the bets that when they DO reduce it it'll go down to the level of the tax threshold and they'll ask us bloggers to present it as a win that nobody on minimum wage now pays income tax?
miss_s_b: Vince Cable's happy face (Politics: Vince - happy face)
(Note to non-registered users: you can log in to vote with open ID ; open ID urls include blogger, google, flickr, yahoo and wordpress. A guide to finding your open ID url is here)

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 19


How many emails did YOU get from Danny Alexander today?

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0
9 (47.4%)

1
4 (21.1%)

2
6 (31.6%)

3
0 (0.0%)

more
0 (0.0%)

miss_s_b: (mood: not listening)
Mike Smithson posted this image comparing press circulation figures of ten years ago with now earlier:



Now there are some caveats (we don't know if The Times includes digital subs, and the i is not featured at all) but overall that paints a pretty damning picture of circulation falling off a cliff. No wonder the press get so hysterical all the time. Anyway, I wondered:

Poll #13049 Newspapers
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 26


Do you buy a newspaper?

View Answers

Yes, I pay money for a paper-based newspaper
8 (30.8%)

I pick up a free paper-based newspaper
2 (7.7%)

I have a digital-only subscription
2 (7.7%)

No, I do not pay money to any written news providers, but I read their websites
13 (50.0%)

No, I do not consume written news at all
1 (3.8%)

How much longer are traditional newspapers going to be on sale?

View Answers

5 years
7 (29.2%)

10 years
6 (25.0%)

longer
11 (45.8%)

miss_s_b: (feminist heroes: Sarah Jane Smith)
The profiles of the Eastleigh Candidates are here.
The profiles of the papal candidates are here.

Poll #12926 Elections
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 16

Who do you think will win the Eastleigh by election?

Mike Thornton (Lib Dem)
8 (72.7%)

Diane James (UKIP)
1 (9.1%)

Maria Hutchings (Tory)
1 (9.1%)

Someone else
1 (9.1%)

If you could make it happen, who would you WANT to win the Eastleigh by election?

Colin Bex – Wessex Regionalists
0 (0.0%)

David Bishop –Elvis Loves Pets Party
0 (0.0%)

Jim Duggan – The Peace Party
0 (0.0%)

Ray Hall – Beer,Baccy and Crumpet Party
0 (0.0%)

Howling “Laud” Hope – Monster Raving Loony William Hill Party
0 (0.0%)

Maria Hutchings – Conservative Party
0 (0.0%)

Dianne James –UKIP
0 (0.0%)

Iain McClenann – National Health Action
2 (16.7%)

Kevin Milburn – Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”
0 (0.0%)

John O’Farrell – Labour Party
0 (0.0%)

Daz Proctor – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
2 (16.7%)

Danny Stupple –Independent
0 (0.0%)

Michael Thornton – Liberal Democrat Party
8 (66.7%)

Michael Walters – The English Democrats – “Putting England First!”
0 (0.0%)

Someone else
0 (0.0%)

Who do you think will win the papacy?

Cardinal Angelo Scola
1 (11.1%)

Cardinal Peter Turkson
3 (33.3%)

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
1 (11.1%)

Cardinal Marc Ouellet
1 (11.1%)

Someone else
3 (33.3%)

If you could make it happen, who would you WANT to win the papacy?

Cardinal Angelo Scola
0 (0.0%)

Cardinal Peter Turkson
0 (0.0%)

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
0 (0.0%)

Cardinal Marc Ouellet
0 (0.0%)

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco
0 (0.0%)

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi
0 (0.0%)

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri
0 (0.0%)

Cardinal Péter Erdő
0 (0.0%)

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn
2 (12.5%)

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga
0 (0.0%)

Cardinal Francis Arinze
0 (0.0%)

Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer
0 (0.0%)

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
0 (0.0%)

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio
0 (0.0%)

Pope Formosus, the Pope whose skeleton stood trial in 897AD
2 (12.5%)

All of One Direction
4 (25.0%)

Bishop Brennan off Father Ted
3 (18.8%)

A horse
3 (18.8%)

Someone else
2 (12.5%)


(for the avoidance of doubt, my answer to question 4 is Bishop Brennan, if only because he's so good at being kicked up the arse...)
miss_s_b: Vince Cable's happy face (Politics: Vince - happy face)
Today I are mostly phoning the lovely voters of Eastleigh and badgering them for the Lib Dems. I will need sustenance to keep me going. I have some ready meals in the fridge and a microwave.

This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2


Which exciting ready meal should I throw in the work microwave for my lunch today?

View Answers

Quorn Lasagne
0 (0.0%)

Quorn Cottage Pie
0 (0.0%)

M&S sausage and mash
2 (100.0%)

Bugger the microwave meals, go to the chippy.
0 (0.0%)



ETA: lunchtime has arrived and the vote is decisive even if the electorate is tiny ;) Sausage and mash it is.
miss_s_b: (Who: Davros facepalm)
So, the Torygraph have printed an article which is going to piss off a lot of people in the Lib Dems. There are a couple of theories as to the source: one is that the parliamentary Lib Dems haven't thought through how controversial the idea is and have leaked it themselves because they are proud of it, and/or are running it up the flagpole to see who salutes. The other theory is that the tories know it will cause the Lib Dems to fight like cats in a sack and have leaked it and are right now popping corn. Dear reader, which of these theories do you think is more likely?

Poll #12653 Cock-up or Conspiracy?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 17


The more likely option is that:

View Answers

The Lib Dems are stupid
2 (11.8%)

The Tories are venal and cunning
0 (0.0%)

Could be either, honestly, the only winner here is the Torygraph
12 (70.6%)

Snowflake
3 (17.6%)

Magical Trevor

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 07:10 pm
miss_s_b: (Mood: Eyebrow)
Poll #12469 Magical Trevor
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 33

Everyone Loves Magical Trevor

... cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever
11 (33.3%)

who the hell is Magical Trevor?
13 (39.4%)

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH YOU SOD I'VE GOT IT IN MY HEAD NOW!
9 (27.3%)

miss_s_b: (Default)
Poll #12413 Lesbian Victorian Cross-species Adventuresses
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 24


Madame Vastra and Jenny should have their own series

View Answers

Yes
21 (87.5%)

In fact why haven't they got one already?
20 (83.3%)

It'd beat the shit out of torchwood
22 (91.7%)

Come on BBC, pull your fingers out
20 (83.3%)

A Quick Poll

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 06:39 pm
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: AA Milne)
Poll #12383 Newspapers on public transport
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 32

Leaving your newspaper on the seat when you get off a train or bus is:

giving someone else a free newspaper
27 (84.4%)

littering
1 (3.1%)

snowflake
4 (12.5%)

miss_s_b: (Default)
I'm filling in a meme on a DW community, and it's asking me what other fandoms I'm involved with aside from the one the comm is based around. And it got me thinking (possibly because I have been reading The Wee Yin's tumblr too much, and she definitely treats politics as a fandom) - does politics count as a fandom?

Poll #12355 Politics as a fandom?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 22

Does politics count as a fandom?

Hell yes
14 (63.6%)

Ew no
4 (18.2%)

What the hell are you talking about?
0 (0.0%)

Snowflake
4 (18.2%)

miss_s_b: Kate Beckett aiming a gun (Feminist Heroes: Kate Beckett)
Poll #12239 Playing Devil's Advocate
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 35

Playing Devils' Advocate without telling your opponent you are doing so is...

fun
6 (17.1%)

a useful way to hone arguments
9 (25.7%)

a pointless and cruel way of hurting your friends for no good reason
21 (60.0%)

a power exercise for smug people
26 (74.3%)

something only arseholes do
17 (48.6%)

miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Cthulhu the Six!Fan)
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 21

The new gmail compose boxes

Yay!
3 (15.0%)

Nay
5 (25.0%)

Snowflake
12 (60.0%)

Police and Crime Commisioners

Yay!
0 (0.0%)

Nay
13 (65.0%)

Snowflake
7 (35.0%)

Rafe Feeeens in Skyfall

Yay!
4 (20.0%)

Eurgh, nay
3 (15.0%)

Snowflake
13 (65.0%)

Being at work on a Saturday

Yay!
1 (4.8%)

Nay :(
16 (76.2%)

Snowflake
4 (19.0%)

Oxford Commas

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 05:35 pm
miss_s_b: (GN)
Poll #10972 Oxford Commas
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 35


Oxford Commas are:

View Answers

Awesome!
22 (62.9%)

A necessary evil
9 (25.7%)

Something I have no opinion on
2 (5.7%)

Something which should be banned, and the users of them exterminated for the common good
1 (2.9%)

Special Snowflakes
10 (28.6%)

Ticky box!
16 (45.7%)

I'm not actually sure what an oxford comma is...
0 (0.0%)



ETA: If you're just happening on this, read the comments. My f-list is awesome.
miss_s_b: leela (feminist heroes: leela)
So apparently the BBC is going to announce who the new companion is going to be in Doctor Who tomorrow. Who'd like to play Septic Peg?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


The new Who companion will be:

View Answers

conventionally attractive
11 (68.8%)

white
7 (43.8%)

cissexual
10 (62.5%)

heterosexual
9 (56.2%)

female
10 (62.5%)

in her twenties
10 (62.5%)

from the current era
8 (50.0%)

not as cool as Leela
11 (68.8%)

not as cynical as Jennie
10 (62.5%)

a ticky box
3 (18.8%)

a special snowflake
10 (62.5%)



We'll find out tomorrow if the pie I shall be eating is a humble one or the sweet sweet pie of smugness...
miss_s_b: (Politics: Liberal)
Poll #8121 Kendall Mint Cake
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 47


Kendall Mint Cake is

View Answers

Foul evil stuff that is unfit for human consumption
6 (12.8%)

A lovely ambrosial delight
21 (44.7%)

A substance I have never tried
7 (14.9%)

A substance I don't have any strong feelings about although I have tried it
13 (27.7%)

miss_s_b: (Default)
I think I did too much on Monday going to the doctor's AND to work to drop off my sick note because I was completely wiped out yesterday. I got out of bed for maybe 2 hours in the evening. The whole "don't lift anything heavier than a cup of tea for at least three weeks" thing is getting very old. Things heavier than a cup of tea which I normally lift without thinking include:
  • Roxy
  • Holly
  • plates of food, pots and pans
  • pints of beer
Thankfully, [personal profile] magister has stuck around to be nursemaid, which is lovely. It takes a lot of the pressure off [personal profile] matgb, and means that I don't have to plan everything (even going to the toilet) like a military manoeuvre. And Holly thinks it's fab because she adores him. And we have done lots of podcast bits; expect episode 2 today at some point.

Doggies are being great; Roxy has only jumped on me once, and Byron is being SO gentle with me.... Mind you, he knows what surgery is like.

Anyway, an important question has arisen which I think you should all answer:
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27


Cherry pie and cream is a perfectly healthy breakfast.

View Answers

Yes
20 (74.1%)

Of course it is
19 (70.4%)

It's got fruit in and everything
25 (92.6%)

Ticky box!
21 (77.8%)



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miss_s_b: (Britishness: cricket)
Having a discussion on twitter with Neil Monnery about whether Doctor Who or cricket is more quintessentially English. My view on this is strictly rationalist:
Doctor Who can contain cricket http://fwd4.me/r21 Cricket cannot contain Doctor Who. Therefore Who more English QED
But there are other things which are quintessentially English. So which of them would you pick?
Poll #5255 Quintessentially English
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 26

Which of these is Quintessentially English?

Cricket
22 (84.6%)

Doctor Who
22 (84.6%)

Gin
13 (50.0%)

The Last Night of the Proms
20 (76.9%)

Radio Four
19 (73.1%)

Rugger
8 (30.8%)

Tea
17 (65.4%)

Brian Blessed
16 (61.5%)

The Beatles
15 (57.7%)

Queen
14 (53.8%)

The Queen
16 (61.5%)

Hammer Horror
9 (34.6%)

Pimms
17 (65.4%)

Ticky Boxes
8 (30.8%)

Something Else
3 (11.5%)

Which of these is THE MOST Quintessentially English?

Cricket
5 (19.2%)

Doctor Who
3 (11.5%)

Gin
0 (0.0%)

The Last Night of the Proms
3 (11.5%)

Radio Four
6 (23.1%)

Rugger
0 (0.0%)

Tea
4 (15.4%)

Brian Blessed
1 (3.8%)

The Beatles
0 (0.0%)

Queen
2 (7.7%)

The Queen
1 (3.8%)

Hammer Horror
0 (0.0%)

Pimms
0 (0.0%)

Ticky Boxes
1 (3.8%)

Something Else
0 (0.0%)





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