miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Books)
2017-10-13 08:01 pm
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Kindle

My old Kindle keyboard died a couple of weeks ago. Having looked into repairs and replacing it with the same model on eBay and such, it's going to be less fuss to just buy a new one1.

Looking into the current models, I hit upon a dilemma. I really, REALLY do not want a backlight, and I have been told that on both the paperwhite and the voyage you can turn the light down low, but never off completely. For me, the main attraction of an e-ink display was the lack of invasive lightiness buggering up my delicate little eyeballs. So that instantly pushed me towards the basic... BUT the basic has a lower resolution, and no 3G option, and apparently is a bit cheap-feeling and breaks easily.

I get paid on Sunday. I'll be buying a new kindle on Sunday2. Help me to decide which one?

Poll #18929 Kindles
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 11

Which kindle should Jennie buy

The Basic
2 (18.2%)

The light's not THAT bad, the Paperwhite
6 (54.5%)

Hang the expense! The Voyage!
3 (27.3%)


In other news, isn't it amazing how much I blog on a twitterless day?



1srsly, Kindle keyboards go for STUPID money, who knew? It's almost like having buttons is a good thing for some people, and touch screens are not the be all and end all of everything...

2This is why the Oasis isn't even an option - apart from anything else I have a book I need to write a review for by the end of the month that's on kindle and the Oasis doesn't come out till the end of the month
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Arachnia Janeway)
2017-08-31 04:24 pm
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Inspired by Nanila and Sfred

Poll #18758 Pineapple
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 53


Pineapple is:

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heavenly and delicious
29 (54.7%)

OK
20 (37.7%)

a foul extrusion from Satan's bowels
4 (7.5%)

... something I've never heard of
0 (0.0%)

miss_s_b: (geekiness)
2017-04-17 09:59 am
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What counts as Spoilers?

The lovely [personal profile] ruthct21 commented on a post of mine yesterday (more in sorrow than in anger, I think) that she was going to have to avoid reading my stuff if I wasn't more careful about spoilers for Doctor Who, as she's somewhere in South America and hasn't seen the new episode yet. This came as something of a surprise to me, because I thought I had been pretty careful about spoilers when posting about Doctor Who... But then it occurred to me that Ruth and I might have very different definitions of what constitutes a spoiler. SO:

Poll #18215 What counts as Spoilers?
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 47

What counts as Spoilers?

An episode of X show was on
0 (0.0%)

An episode of X show was on and I liked/disliked it
2 (4.3%)

An episode of X show was on and A, B, and C characters appeared in it
17 (36.2%)

An episode of X show was on and it resolved a cliffhanger from a previous episode (without saying HOW it resolved the cliffhanger)
5 (10.6%)

An episode of X show was on and it resolved a cliffhanger from a previous episode in the following way
45 (95.7%)

An episode of X show was on and it contained the following general types of plot device
19 (40.4%)

An episode of X show was on and it had these specific plot points in it
43 (91.5%)

An episode of X show was on and this is EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN IT
45 (95.7%)

An episode of X show was on and it didn't involve enough ticky boxes and that makes me sad.
22 (46.8%)

miss_s_b: (Default)
2016-04-25 10:56 am
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A poll

Asda are reportedly trialing "quiet hour for autistic people" in one of their Manchester stores. I think this is a great idea, although I'm not sure the hour they've chosen (8am Saturday, which is a very busy time) is the best possible one (and yes I know there are probably practical reasons for the choice but aspie folks are so often nocturnal). What would you think if this was to happen in your local supermarket?

Poll #17452 Quiet hours in supermarkets
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 19

What do you think about quiet hours in supermarkets?

I'm ASD & YAY!
6 (31.6%)

I'm ASD & booooooooo :(
0 (0.0%)

I'm neurotypical & YAY!
13 (68.4%)

I'm neurotypical & booooooooo :(
0 (0.0%)


(This poll is also available on twitter for those who don't have DW logins)

((Also I know that ASD and neurotypical aren't the only brain options but twitter polls only allow 4 options and I wanted the poll to be the same cross-platform. Please pick the nearest option to fitting you?))
miss_s_b: (Blogging: Internet forever!!)
2016-03-30 02:05 pm
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After the Indy went digital-only, I wish to revisit a poll I posted 3 years ago.

Poll #17388 Newspapers
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27


Do you buy a newspaper?

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Yes, I pay money for a paper-based newspaper
5 (19.2%)

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
17 (65.4%)

No, I do not consume written news at all
0 (0.0%)

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

View Answers

2 years
5 (20.8%)

7 years
5 (20.8%)

longer
14 (58.3%)

It's almost exactly 3 years since I last asked. If you prefer Andrew's way of wording things he may well follow up his version too ;)
miss_s_b: (Self: Innocent)
2016-02-28 01:13 pm
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Another Poll #SorryNotSorry

Inspired by this series of comments

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 4


Is there any character where the casting could not plausibly be Andy Serkis in a motion capture suit?

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... actually now you come to mention it
1 (25.0%)

nope
2 (50.0%)

can't think of one
2 (50.0%)

ticky box
2 (50.0%)

Andy Serkis was Taken
2 (50.0%)

miss_s_b: (Default)
2016-02-27 01:20 pm
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A poll: What time of day is better for linkspams to appear?

Ok, so I'm pretty much getting used to the formatting and such of new linkspam client, and I'm getting my head round the fact that it picks up everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, with a link in from twitter, even quoted tweets, so I need to be a lot less spammy with the tweeting in general, which is probably no bad anything, and oh god I'm rambling now... ANYWAY. Since I'm seeing everything up anew I might as well check on convenience of timing etc:

Poll #17331 What time of day is better for linkspams to appear?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


What time of day is better for linkspams to appear?

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Morning before 9?
5 (35.7%)

Morning between 9 & 12
4 (28.6%)

Lunchtime
2 (14.3%)

Afternoon
1 (7.1%)

Teatime
1 (7.1%)

Evening
2 (14.3%)

Late night
2 (14.3%)

Ticky box
7 (50.0%)

I don't care I'm just ticking at random now
7 (50.0%)

As usual people on the twitters can make their feelings known there and that will be taken into account.
miss_s_b: DreamSheep/Matrix icon (Blogging: DreamSheep: Matrix)
2016-01-15 10:46 pm
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Tempted to get an ordination, for a gender neutral honorific

I was reading this article earlier , and it occurred to me that I'd actually quite like a gender neutral honorific too, but I'm not comfortable with Mx - I'd feel like I was treading on toes of the non-binary and genderqueer folk. I did like the idea of Rear Admiral, but there's probably some possibility of being accused of fraud, and that's very rarely an option on dropdown forms anyway. One that is often an option is Rev, though. And there are various ways of being ordained online...

The ULC explicitly has no beliefs at all, which strikes me as up my street, but it's terminology is very Christian, and that puts me off.

Spiritual Humanism does have some beliefs, which mostly seem to accord with mine, but it seems a bit hippy.

There's Pastafarianism, of course, but I've been trying to cut down on the carbs, and there is the whole question of the Stripper Factory, which despite the assurances of the Flying Spaghetti Monster on twitter, does strike me as a bit dehumanising...

A new one on me is Dudeism, which genuinely strikes me as a belief system I could really get behind. But would they throw me out for being too bothered about things and being politically active?

And of course, I'm already a Pope of Discordia, as are we all, whether we want to be or not. But Pope is not generally an option available in dropdown menus either...

So I'm leaving it up to you, oh internets:

Poll #17262 Which Ordination should I go for?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 5

Which Ordination should I go for?

Universal Life Church
1 (20.0%)

Spiritual Humanism
0 (0.0%)

Pastafarianism
0 (0.0%)

Dudeism
0 (0.0%)

Discordianism
1 (20.0%)

None of them, stick with Rear Admiral
3 (60.0%)

miss_s_b: (Politics: Liberal)
2015-05-20 11:58 am
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If you were elected as an MP, what text would you choose to swear your oath of allegiance on?

Prompted by this article on the BBC news website and the ensuing discussion on twitter.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


What book would you swear your Oath on?

View Answers

On Liberty
4 (28.6%)

The European Convention on Human Rights
5 (35.7%)

A traditional religious text (Koran, Bible, etc.)
1 (7.1%)

A less Traditional religious text (Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Principia Discordia, etc.)
1 (7.1%)

Something Else which I shall detail in the comments
3 (21.4%)



I'm not sure what the rules are for courts, these days. I suspect they're a bit more stringent than parliament. I know most courts let you choose a religious text if you are going to swear by almighty God to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God, but I don't know if you get a book to hold if you're affirming, or what they do with people from polytheistic faiths... Google gives me an article about the situation in Norn Iron and a .pdf of what happens in courts martial, but nothing concrete on English law other than lots of people saying it needs reforming...
miss_s_b: (Music: Progtastic Rock Wankman)
2015-05-01 06:51 pm
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Which is worse: #GeneralAffection or #BallotBallad ?

Sky news have been busy bunnies in the leadup to the election, creating these horrific lovely videos of the political leaders. If you haven't seen them, they're embedded below





What I want to know is, which of these do you think is most excruciatingly, buttock-clenchingly awful? I mean yes, there's some skill involved in clip selection and editing and whatnot, but honestly...

Poll #16651 Which is worse?
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 8

How far did you make it through watching General Affection?

less than ten seconds
1 (12.5%)

about thirty seconds
1 (12.5%)

the whole thing, baby
6 (75.0%)

How far did you make it through watching Ballot Ballad?

less than ten seconds
2 (25.0%)

about thirty seconds
1 (12.5%)

the whole thing, baby
5 (62.5%)

Which is worse?

General Affection
2 (25.0%)

Ballot Ballad
4 (50.0%)

I couldn't possibly choose. They're both excruciating
0 (0.0%)

What do you mean worse? They're both awesome, and no I HAVEN'T had my medication today, why do you ask?*
2 (25.0%)




* I'm allowed to ask that question cos I haven't had mine.
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Lee)
2015-01-20 11:39 pm
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A very serious poll about @hammerfilms Dracula movies

Poll #16373 Hammer Dracula Deaths
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 14

Which is the most ridiculous hammer Dracula death?

Burnt by daylight after Peter Cushing leaps for the conveniently placed Curtains of Doom (Dracula - 1958)
2 (14.3%)

Running Water in an icy moat (Dracula Prince of Darkness)
0 (0.0%)

Being impaled on a massive pointy cross (Dracula Has Risen From The Grave)
1 (7.1%)

Hallucinating a church service after seeing a couple of crucifixes (Taste the Blood of Dracula)
6 (42.9%)

Being struck by extremely convenient lightning (Scars of Dracula)
0 (0.0%)

Impaled on a cartwheel (Dracula AD1972)
1 (7.1%)

Falling into a grave full of spikes and being whacked with a shovel (Dracula AD1972 again)
0 (0.0%)

Trying to walk through a hawthorn bush, getting stuck, staked, and having his ring blown through by The Cush (Satanic Rites of Dracula)
4 (28.6%)

Tripping up and falling onto the pointier end of The Cush's spear (The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires)
0 (0.0%)


Myself, I'm going to find this one REALLY hard to answer, but I love them all. Except maybe Scars, which has too much Dennis Waterman & not enough not-Dennis-Waterman
miss_s_b: (Self: Innocent)
2014-12-14 10:29 am
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Breakfast

Poll #16245 Breakfast
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 18


in order to be properly termed "breakfast" a meal should have

View Answers

All its ingredients fried. In butter
6 (33.3%)

I am incorrect because I wish to select a different option
12 (66.7%)

miss_s_b: (Blogging: Christmas Humbugs)
2014-11-05 11:24 pm
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YouGov poll this evening asked me about my favourite Christmas movie.

Of the several on the list, two were acceptable (It's a Wonderful Life and The Muppet Christmas Carol); several were schmaltzy bollocks (e.g. Miracle on 34th St) and one is the most offensive misogynist pile of bollocks that ever bore the name of Christmas Movie, even if it DOES have Alan Rickman in it (Love Actually).

So here's a PROPER Christmas movie poll.

Film one also has Alan Rickman in it, but unlike Stalking and Deceit Love Actually he doesn't break Emma Thompson's heart in it. He does dance to Ode to Joy though :) It's also got the fantastic Coke Can shot.
Film two has cousin Di in it, and has Louis Armstrong on the soundtrack.
Film three has Joan Collins being killed by a murderous Santa and Peter Cushing's heartbreaking performance as Zombie Mr Grimsdyke (those of you who haven't seen the film are laughing; those of you who have are nodding sagely with a tear in your eye)

Vote, my pretties!

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


Which is the Best Christmas Movie?

View Answers

Die Hard
6 (42.9%)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
2 (14.3%)

Tales From The Crypt
1 (7.1%)

I have no soul and wish to choose something else
5 (35.7%)

Ticky box?

View Answers

Ticky Box.
7 (100.0%)



Twitter votes:
Die Hard 1
OHMSS 0
TftC 0
miss_s_b: (Self: Innocent)
2014-09-22 06:05 pm
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A Quick Question...

Poll #15952 Yoghurt
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 33


Licking the lid of the yoghurt pot is...

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... a necessary part of eating a yoghurt
25 (75.8%)

... disgusting
4 (12.1%)

tickybox!
14 (42.4%)

miss_s_b: (Default)
2014-09-18 12:37 pm
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Federal Conference: Amendments to Motions

Firstly, Calderdale Local Party has it's policy working group meeting to consider amendments to motions this Saturday. If you have an amendment to a motion that you need support for, email it through to me or Alisdair and we'll put it in front of PWG for consideration for our support.

The other thing that will happen at PWG is that we will consider our OWN amendments. There are several motions that I have an eye on for some minor tweaking (and probably some of the things I am thinking of will be accepted as drafting amendments by the submitters of the motion) but there is ONE motion in particular that I think has the potential to be as controversial as Floella Benjamin's motion on censoring the internet protecting children was.

Heartbreakingly, that is the Crime motion which has had Julian Huppert's name applied to it. After the farrago over DRIP I am less surprised than I might have been, but it's still depressing to see him put his name to something so chock full of sneaky legalese, hidden authoritarianism, and puritanical attitudes. My problems with this motion are so many and varied that I am actually considering doing a full speech against it, rather than trying to amend it. But what do YOU guys think I should do?

Poll #15928 F13 Conference motion on Crime
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 10

In response to the bloody awful Crime motion, Jennie should:

Speak against the motion at conference
7 (70.0%)

try to get lots of amendments submitted
7 (70.0%)

do a line-by-line fisking of the thing on her blog
7 (70.0%)

despair at the damn thing being accepted in it's current form
3 (30.0%)

none of the above
0 (0.0%)



ETA: I should say that I am not against SOME of the proposals in this motion, and that's what makes it so frustrating. I'd really love to vote for some of them. But there's not enough there for me to want to support the motion as a whole.
miss_s_b: (Graph)
2014-07-29 05:18 pm
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A poll inspired by @Extrabold

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)
2014-04-11 06:01 pm
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What colour should I dye my hair this evening?

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)
2014-01-03 11:26 am
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Slightly more cheery: a poll

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?

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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] hollymath 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))
2013-12-09 02:21 pm
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The Paddy Effect: a poll for Lib Dems

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)
2013-09-28 12:15 pm
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Following discussion in the office, a poll:

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?

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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%)