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(Created on 12th May 2024)

Vote #865

Question:

Alright, so a certain someone (who will remain nameless) decided to get an ambulance after eating a dodgy curry because he thought he was having a heart attack. Do you think said certain person would call the fire brigade if he ran out of bog roll?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 71% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (71%)
  • No (29%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
02:46:21
13th May 2024
I guess it was an impaulsive decision

Analysis:

Yes, I think so. I think he does it for the attention really. Seeking medical attention for a sore botty.

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(Created on 5th May 2024)

Vote #864

Question:

After a rather eventful week with a couple of trips to hospital, one to urgent care and another to a doctor, I’m hoping for a quiet week. Will this week be a quiet one?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

I would say yes, it was a relatively quiet week. Not a boring one, plenty of little bits and pieces going on, but no trips to the hospital, thankfully. That said, I did have two doctors appointments.

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(Created on 28th April 2024)

Vote #863

Question:

I’m facing somewhat of a serious dilemma. It’s something I find difficult to talk about. Not knowing what people will think of me if they find out. I have to decide fairly quickly. Do I want soups or salads for lunch this week?

Results:

Soup was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Soup (83%)
  • Salad (17%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
02:10:02
29th April 2024
Given your weekend and weak end, I'd go for soup, easier journey and no conversion needed

Analysis:

Interesting, I did indeed go for soup. I’ve had salads for lunch for probably about a year and fancied a change. I’m on soup again this week, but plan to return to salads the week after.

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(Created on 21st April 2024)

Vote #862

Question:

As we come down to the final three games of the Championship in the English Football League, there are three possible title winners. Who do you think will win the EFL Championship in 2024?

Results:

Leicester was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Ipswitch (0%)
  • Leeds (25%)
  • Leicester (75%)

Analysis:

I feel sorry for whoever voted for Leeds as they are now out of the running for the title. It is definitely in Leicester’s hands. Two points needed from two games. A win on Monday and it’s all over.

Comments:

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Mr O
02:08:59
29th April 2024
I voted for Leeds in the hope they'd crumble and they did

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(Created on 14th April 2024)

Vote #861

Question:

I just finished watching a 6 part TV series and then watched a movie. Both of these were on Netflix and there was something awesome in both of them. What was awesome in the TV series and movie I just watched on Netflix?

Results:

Owen and I was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Action (14%)
  • Suspense (14%)
  • Unexpected ending (0%)
  • George Clooney (0%)
  • Julia Roberts (14%)
  • Owen and I (57%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
17:44:38
15th April 2024
Unless Netflix have finally taken up the option on "Fatman & Hobbling" the exceedingly dull adventures of two defectives from Leicestershire, I don't think the answer is the last choice on the list
Mr O
17:45:22
15th April 2024
Unless Netflix have finally taken up the option on Fatman & Hobbling - the exceedingly dull adventures of two defectives from Leicestershire, I don't think the answer is the last choice on the list
Mr O
17:45:59
15th April 2024
Unless Netflix have finally taken up the option on Fatman & Hobbling the exceedingly dull adventures of two defectives from Leicestershire, I don't think the answer is the last choice on the list
Mr Blobby
17:46:31
15th April 2024
Unless Netflix have finally taken up the option on Fatman & Hobbling the exceedingly dull adventures of two defectives from Leicestershire, I don't think the answer is the last choice on the list
Rag
18:23:07
15th April 2024
If a comment’s worth making, it’s worth making 4 times

Analysis:

Wow! Was this the most controversial vote question ever set. It's caused so much concern and chaos amongst the EBR voters. All three of them have had significant issues, it's crazy. It started with my dad questioning the grammar in the answers. It then cascaded to Paul saying he did not understand the question and it didn't make sense. To Owen telling me the website was broken and he couldn't post a discussion comment after trying four times.

Well, I maintain the grammar is correct and to be really clear and give you the answer so you're not going to fall off the edge of your seat waiting, the correct answer is “Owen and I made the TV series and movie I watched [last weekend] awesome.” Seems good to me. I provided the answer to Paul and actually told him that Owen and I feature in a TV series and a movie on Netflix and he said he still didn't understand. He did just turn 50 though and, we wish him Happy Birthday, but also note that he's struggling with his new found age. That is the only explanation I have there. As for Owen, the four discussion comments left by him would indicate that the program is actually functioning as intended, although, I will admit here that there are bugs here and there on the site that pop up from time to time. It's not my day job.

Anyway, all the complaints aside, I think it's pretty cool that Owen and I are international stars. Well, that's what I thought at first and then I realized that in both instances, we are there as an example of what can go wrong. This probably fits our capabilities a lot better than being celebrities. I should note that movie may be a little misleading as it's more of a docufilm, but still, we are indeed there. Now, I will say that you need a keen eye to spot us. I think Owen might be trying to hide behind a pole and I'm running out of shot, but if you look close enough you will see us. And, as I mentioned, being truly international stars, the TV show filmed us in the US and the docufilm had us on camera in England.

I'm guessing that anyone reading this far is marginally interested in which TV show and which film Owen and I feature. Well, the TV show is “100 days to Indy” that follows teams and drivers in the first 100 days of the 2023 IndyCar series to the Indy 500. The docufilm is “Schumacher” that goes through the amazing career of Michael Schumacher. Owen is probably a little confused as to the first of these, but has figured out the second given it's our one and only trip to a Formula 1 race. Go back to what I said about the fact that we're there to highlight what could go wrong and sadly we are at the Indy Car race where Dan Wheldon died which is featured on the show. For everyone else, we were there when Michael Schumacher had a whoopsie moment, thankfully not as bad as the IndyCar incident.

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(Created on 7th April 2024)

Vote #860

Question:

A strategic medical question is upon us this week. I got myself a yummy curry take out last night and as normal, ordered enough for two so I have half one night and half the other. I did indeed have half last night which was superseded by an almighty bog explosion. We're talking running down the back of your legs explosion. If you had really bad shits after eating a curry, would you eat the leftovers the next day?

Results:

Yes - waste not, want not was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • No way Jose (20%)
  • Yes - waste not, want not (80%)

Analysis:

Yes, I did indeed eat the day old curry. Interestingly, my stomach was fine after. But only for a day and then it went bad for a whole week. Yes, there’s a pun in there somewhere about it making my hole weak, but I don’t think it was the curry that caused it.

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(Created on 31st March 2024)

Vote #859

Question:

I’m not entirely sure how, but I’ve not only been entered into the world championship qualifiers for Clash of Clans, I’m actually team captain. Just goes to show that you should keep your mouth shut otherwise you end up in these kind of situations. It’s actually quite intense with a lot to do this week. If we get past that, we move into a monthly bracket and then a monthly final. Win that and it’s off to Finland for the finals. There’s 4 months of play and then a last chance qualifier. Will my team make it out of the open ladder in the clash of clans world championship?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Interesting that we got a split vote. I voted no as I pretty much knew we wouldn't get very far. You see, the thing is that I'd read the tournament rules which was a very large document and I knew what the requirements were. That was the reason I ended up as captain as I was the only one that knew what to do. I condensed the requirements into a short message to my fellow team member and as expected, they had no clue what they'd signed up for and were not able to follow through. Only 3 of the 5 members turned up at the start time, so we didn't even play a match. At least we can say we didn't lose.

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(Created on 24th March 2024)

Vote #858

Question:

Are you wondering what to do this coming weekend? Well, what if you’ve made plans to go somewhere, but still don’t know what to do? Maybe there’s something of local interest or an activity you can partake in. Well, is there anything to do in Shrewsbury?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (40%)
  • No (60%)

Analysis:

I’ll be honest, I have absolutely no idea. I haven’t bothered to Google it as I’m not going. Best I can come up with is to visit the Leicester player Shrewsbury Hall. Something tells me, however, that I’m going to hear all about Shrewsbury after Paul visits.

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Mr O
00:24:29
1st April 2024
Maybe he went to visit the old home ground of Shrewsbury Town FC, Gay Meadow

(Created on 17th March 2024)

Vote #857

Question:

Leicester's run in the FA cup has come to an end. There were some really good games this weekend - I managed to watch three of the four. Who do you want to win the FA cup?

Results:

Coventry City was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Chelsea (14%)
  • Coventry City (57%)
  • Manchester City (14%)
  • Manchester United (14%)

Analysis:

Yes indeed, we’re all going to be Coventry fans for the rest of the FA cup. Just a quick trip down the 69 from my home town and who doesn’t like a 69? It’s going to be tough though. I kind of think it’s going to be the two Manchesters in the final.

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(Created on 10th March 2024)

Vote #856

Question:

Sticking with the sporting theme, we move to football and my beloved Leicester than have managed to turn a 12 point lead in the Championship into a 3 point lead. Will Leicester hang on and win the Championship?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

I really, really hope so, but we're no longer top. We have a game in hand, but we are not having a good run right now. Still a ways to go, so we'll see.

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(Created on 3rd March 2024)

Vote #855

Question:

Well, the F1 yawn fest for 2024 has started and Max is on his way to his fourth title. How many of the 24 races in the 2024 F1 season do you think Max won’t win?

Results:

2 and 9+ tied with 18% of the votes each from the following:

  • 0 (6%)
  • 1 (12%)
  • 2 (18%)
  • 3 (12%)
  • 4 (6%)
  • 5 (6%)
  • 6 (12%)
  • 7 (6%)
  • 8 (6%)
  • 9+ (18%)

Analysis:

Lots of votes, but the website has seen a significant uptick in hack attempts, so it's probably bots voting. I can't think there's over ten people out there actually reading the site, but I could be wrong. Anyway, the consensus seemed to be either three or over nine. I think over nine is optimistic as I can't see Max not winning that many this season and his start seems to back that up. It does look like the Ferrari's will be the ones pushing Red Bull, but they've got to get past Perez first before they can even think about taking on Max.

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(Created on 25th February 2024)

Vote #854

Question:

The F1 season is upon is and the race game is open again, but will anyone be able to beat me this year?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (43%)
  • No (57%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
09:43:39
26th February 2024
More importantly, will anyone bother to try?

Analysis:

Well, Owen has come out of the blocks hard and fast, scoring the highest ever points in this game, but does he have the stamina or has he shot his wad? Only time will tell, but the one thing we don’t need time for is to know that everyone is going to pick Max to win each week. It looks like is setting up to be a pretty boring season and the race is for second place.

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(Created on 18th February 2024)

Vote #853

Question:

OK, so the vote question last week to ask why the question last week wasn't sent out on time was also delayed. This time I do know the reason that it was delayed and it was that humongous idiot - me! But what caused me to stop last week's vote question going out on time?

Results:

Venomous Budgie, Vicious Potato and Volatile Donut tied with 25% of the votes each from the following:

  • Venomous Budgie (25%)
  • Vibrant Trumpet (13%)
  • Vicious Potato (25%)
  • Virtual Turnip (13%)
  • Volatile Donut (25%)

Analysis:

It was kind of a trick question because the answer is all of them. These are mini accounts that I’ve started on Clash of Clans. I got a new cheapo tablet and signed in with these and my original accounts. I couldn’t remember the password on the emails from the original accounts, so reset them. The weekly email from this site bounces off one of those emails and when I reset the password, it invalidated all the keys that are used to send the email. Annoying and stupid on my part. I had to reset everything on the Google dev console and all is right in the world again.

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(Created on 11th February 2024)

Vote #852

Question:

I don’t actually know the answer to this question, so it’s purely one of those for you to use judgement on. If you were astute, which none of you were, you would have noticed the weekly vote didn’t go out last week. In order to fix it, I had to reset the home network and reconnect the server, but I’m not 100% what caused it. The Wi-Fi router is dodgy and that could have caused it. I also updated Linux the day before. Also, the day before, the power was fluctuating because of the storms. Finally, I saw William plugging his network cable back into the router the day after because he has to unplug it the night before so the cleaner doesn’t bundle it up. What do you think caused last week’s email not to go out?

Results:

William was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Dodgy router (0%)
  • Linux update (25%)
  • Power fluctuation (0%)
  • William (75%)

Analysis:

Poor William, gets the blame for everything. I honestly think it was the Linux update. It's actually done a few recently that's messed things up a bit, but hey, let's blame William. Why not?

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(Created on 5th February 2024)

Vote #851

Question:

So, there has been much shouting at William to get this bike put together. It has been an eye opener to me what little experience he has with anything and that he just doesn't know how to do anything. He then argues for the sake of it to try and prove he's not completely useless, however, he was outsmarted earlier today. What was William outsmarted by earlier today?

Results:

Cardboard box was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Goldfish (0%)
  • Potato (17%)
  • Cardboard box (67%)
  • Mobile phone (0%)
  • Cheesecake (0%)
  • Light switch (0%)
  • Cupboard door (17%)

Analysis:

It was indeed the cardboard box. What’s more is that it beat him twice. I’d asked him to fold the box flat and put it under the bed so we could use it if we moved as it was a very sturdy box. It’s what the bike came in. He couldn’t figure out how to fold it flat insisting that you would need to rip the staples out to make it work. Magically, I showed him that if you pulled the flaps out it would collapse and be flat. Not satisfied with that failure, he then claimed it wouldn’t go under the bed without being ripped as there wasn’t enough room to get it down to push it in. I then had to show him that the box would fold where the flaps join the main box and that folding it down while pushing it under would work. Sigh.

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(Created on 29th January 2024)

Vote #850

Question:

Ooops, a little late setting this week's vote question. Got caught up with some other stuff and forgot. Need to think of a quick one ... errr ... will I get a house this week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

No would be the simple answer. I did put an offer in on one, but sadly didn't get it.

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(Created on 21st January 2024)

Vote #849

Question:

Hmmm. Is it going to rain tomorrow?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

You know, I have absolutely no clue whether it did or it didn't. I'm pretty sure I didn't go out, so it won't have mattered either way. I have a feeling it did as it did rain several days last week. I guess if you care, you can look it up, but I'm not going to bother.

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(Created on 14th January 2024)

Vote #848

Question:

It's been a bit of a rough start to the year with Covid and this bike thing taking forever. Will this week start to be a better week for 2024?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (57%)
  • No (43%)

Analysis:

Well, err, no. This week continued the troubled start to the year. For some unknown reason my blood pressure has shot through the roof. I’ve been in to urgent care and they didn’t seemed as concerned as I did, but I’m now on a monitor it daily. If it stays as is, I need pills. If it drops, then all is good. If it goes up, hopefully I notice before I have a heart attack and get to ER. Fun!

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(Created on 7th January 2024)

Vote #847

Question:

Well, my bike is finally set to arrive on Wednesday of this week. It's been an ordeal and there's been some very confusing messages as we get close that have me worried. Will the right bike arrive this Wednesday?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (43%)
  • No (57%)

Analysis:

How to unpick this. So, technically the right bike did arrive, but it arrived on Tuesday a day early. DHL's website said Wednesday, their tracking said Wednesday, it showed that it was being held on Tuesday for delivery on Wednesday, but it turned up on Tuesday. Not only did it turn up on Tuesday, but it was left in a public place even though it was marked as signature required. Delivery is so shit these days and DHL doing their best to be top of the pile of shit. We rescued the bike and got it to the apartment, well, William did. We started to put it together, but there's a mystery ring that's bent. Rather than force it together, I messaged the guy I've bought it from to replace the bit and well, he's even more shit than DHL ... I've now been waiting a week after sending photos. At the end of the day, I actually don't think the bit that's bent is supposed to be in there, but I want them to tell me that rather than make the decision, but this whole journey has been incredibly frustrating to say the least.

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(Created on 31st December 2023)

Vote #846

Question:

I’m sure there’s at least one person that noticed I didn’t set a vote question last week. I did contemplate setting one late, but I figured I’d take the week off for Christmas. Now I’m back in the States to see the new year in. Are you looking forward to 2024?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Who wouldn't be looking to their last full year of working before retirement? 2024 does seem like it's going to be a year of getting stuff sorted out. At least for me, anyway.

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(Created on 17th December 2023)

Vote #845

Question:

William's college applications draw to a close. Now, let's assume he gets into all the colleges, how does he choose which one to go to? Well, I think you need to decide based on the college's mascot. Probably more similar to football teams in the UK in that I would be known as a Fox. Which mascot best fits William?

Results:

Banana Slug was the clear winner with 43% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Banana Slug (43%)
  • Bear (0%)
  • Bulldog (14%)
  • Duck (14%)
  • Guacho (0%)
  • Mustang (14%)
  • Triton (14%)

Analysis:

Yes, who wouldn’t want to be a Banana Slug?

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(Created on 10th December 2023)

Vote #844

Question:

My last full week before the holidays. I'm starting to get excited about the break, although, there's a fair bit of work to do before then. That said, we're in for an early treat as Clash of Clans is releasing a big update this week. What day will the Clash of Clans update drop this week?

Results:

Wednesday and Friday tied with 40% of the votes each from the following:

  • Monday (0%)
  • Tuesday (20%)
  • Wednesday (40%)
  • Thursday (0%)
  • Friday (40%)

Analysis:

It was Tuesday and it definitely looks like a very interesting update. New mechanics always spice up the game play!

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(Created on 3rd December 2023)

Vote #843

Question:

Earlier this week I said to William that I was worried I was losing my hair on my crown and would look like a monk. He said he hadn’t noticed, but when I bent down to show him he said oh yeah, you’ve got the …. What was the term William used to describe my hairstyle?

Results:

Piedo Trim was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Bowl (14%)
  • Mullet (0%)
  • Bob (14%)
  • Quiff (0%)
  • Mowhawk (0%)
  • Buzz Cut (14%)
  • Flattop (0%)
  • Piedo Trim (57%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
01:32:03
4th December 2023
It happens to us all. Best to live in denial

Analysis:

Yes, my dear son did tell me I was getting the Piedo Trim. Which he said would be a good look when I get my van. Nice to know what he thinks about me.

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(Created on 26th November 2023)

Vote #842

Question:

Thanksgiving is over and we're on the final run in to Christmas. It's that weird time of year in America where not a lot of change happens. Everyone's just keeping their heads down between the holidays looking to get their shopping and everything else done before the next holiday. All that said, I seem to have put my back out somehow. Will my back be better by the time I fly back to England for Christmas?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

Well, seems like most of you think I’ll be good to go and I certainly hope so. That said, I’m a week in and it’s still pretty bad. Trying to make sure I don’t do anything that will aggravate it between now and my trip. Which is a really silly thing to say when you think about it, as it’s not like I try to aggravate it at other times.

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(Created on 19th November 2023)

Vote #841

Question:

Inspired by the Las Vegas Grand Prix, I was thinking. If I ever get a house, should I get one of those big spheres in the garden like the one in Vegas?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

I don't think this was ever in question was it? Of course I need to get one of those big balls. Honestly, I thought it was really cool. I liked the eyes looking at everything. Apparently you can go inside it. Maybe something to do if I return to Vegas at some point, although might be hard depending on how much walking there is to do.

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(Created on 12th November 2023)

Vote #840

Question:

This week has a significant focus on college applications as they are due at the end of the month. I've been helping William through his answers and it's quite a battle. Can you describe an example of leadership experience when you've positively influenced others?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (57%)
  • No (43%)

Analysis:

The good news is we got all the answers done. William has gone to England with his mother for Thanksgiving and they now need to review them. We should be in tweak mode this week and be ready for submission next week.

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(Created on 5th November 2023)

Vote #839

Question:

The year is disappearing quickly. The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and I’ve booked my trip back for Christmas. I have a big ride planned for next weekend, weather permitting. Will I make it to Yerba Beuna Island on Saturday?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

I did indeed make it to Yerba Buena Island this weekend. I'm extremely pleased with myself. It was a 14 mile round trip and I think the bridge has an clearance of 200ft so I assume I climbed 200ft. I was a bit worried I wouldn't make it, but I did manage to slog all the way up. The feeling was quite rewarding, but what I wasn't ready for was how much fun it was coming back down again. I guess that was the reward for the grind on the way up. The one thing I was potentially worried about was the wind as it doesn't take much for it to get very windy on an exposed bridge. Thankfully the weather was great. Quite cool, but the sun was out and there was hardly any wind at all.

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(Created on 29th October 2023)

Vote #838

Question:

This week's question comes sort of from a TV show I'm watching where Supergirl has made an appearance. Supergirl appears to be similar to Superman in that she has the same abilities and is vulnerable to kryptonite. No idea where she came from given Superman's home planet was destroyed, but that's a question for another day. In one episode Supergirl has a boyfriend that she's very close to and is clearly having sex with which got me wondering - if Supergirl did a kegel during sex, would she rip her boyfriend's dick off?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Interesting, a split result. I’m pretty sure a mere human couldn’t stand up to the strength of of a Kryptonian. The next question that sprung to mind for me though was whether there would be insanely loud clanking if the man of steel were to have sex with the woman of steel. I mean, my upstairs neighbors make a lot of noise, but that would be like living on a building site. I guess depending on how many times they did it. Anyway, enough of that, time to move on.

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(Created on 22nd October 2023)

Vote #837

Question:

I feel like I’m in a big wait right now. Waiting for the right house, waiting for my bike and waiting for William’s car. Time to book the Christmas holiday I guess. Will I get round to booking my Christmas trip this week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Haven't booked it yet, but will do so very soon. Need to double check what day William finishes school and figure out cost for the options. Expect to book on Monday.

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(Created on 16th October 2023)

Vote #836

Question:

We appear to be a question short of a vote. Appears that not getting the house I put an offer on distracted me from my routine, however, I have a good feeling about this week. Will a house I like come on the market this week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

I have to say, I was really optimistic that Williams 18th would bring the right home, but sadly it didn’t, so the search goes on. I’m sure one will show up sooner or later.

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(Created on 8th October 2023)

Vote #835

Question:

After buying a house, should a Wi-Fi enabled toilet be top of the shopping list?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Yes, of course it should. Who doesn’t need an app to flush the toilet? Or better still, get alerts when it’s full.

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(Created on 1st October 2023)

Vote #834

Question:

Alright, so I’ve found a house that I like. I’m just waiting for the final disclosures to be released and if all is good, we’ll put an offer in. Not sure what timetable the seller will be working to, but my guess is I’ll know next week if I’ve got it or not. Will I have another house next week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Well, we’re all wrong, the answer is no. But … it’s not because I don’t want to, simply because the house I want have set a deadline of Tuesday for offers, so I won’t find out if I’ve been successful until later this week. Fingers crossed.

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(Created on 24th September 2023)

Vote #833

Question:

I seem to have a rather busy week coming up with a trip into San Francisco, multiple doctor appointments and lab appointments. Nothing critical going on, just checkups with various people. There's also a lot going on at work which is a good thing. Which day will prove to be the busiest this week?

Results:

Wednesday was the clear winner with 43% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Sunday (0%)
  • Monday (14%)
  • Tuesday (29%)
  • Wednesday (43%)
  • Thursday (0%)
  • Friday (14%)
  • Saturday (0%)

Analysis:

It was actually Wednesday. I had a couple of doctor appointments and a fair bit of work. Friday was pretty easy, but Fridays on the West Coast are generally pretty good. Saturday was relatively busy, but in a good way. I got out and about on the handcycle and got a decent session in, then looked at a few houses.

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(Created on 17th September 2023)

Vote #832

Question:

Alright, the race is on. I ordered my bike and William's car a couple of week's ago. The bike was quoted as 8-12 weeks and the car 8-10 weeks. Do you think William's car or my bike will arrive first?

Results:

Bike and Same Day tied with 40% of the votes each from the following:

  • Car (20%)
  • Bike (40%)
  • Same Day (40%)

Analysis:

Interesting, I was the only one that voted for car. Given the car is coming from Japan and the bike from Poland, I kind of figured I'd back the Japanese efficiency. At this point, there's no indication from either and no further estimate of delivery date, so it's still unknown which will arrive first. William did wonder if one of the F1 teams could bring his car over given they were in Japan this week and are in the US in a few weeks time. Perhaps Lewis could have driven it over for him.

Comments:

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Rag
22:00:21
18th November 2023
It was William’s car that arrived first. It arrived on November 16th, but we weren’t told until late, so couldn’t pick it up until the 17th.

(Created on 10th September 2023)

Vote #831

Question:

Honestly, it's my own fault. I created a shopping list so I can post items that I want William to get from the supermarket on the way home. I only wanted three items: salad, grapes and tea bags. I figured he'd be able to remember. In fairness, I got lucky as I got two of the three (salad and grapes), but the thing was he came home really proud of himself and said “look what I got you.” What did William get me instead of tea bags?

Results:

Radishes was the clear winner with 33% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Coffee (17%)
  • Milk (0%)
  • Cocoa (17%)
  • Gatorade (0%)
  • Sausages (17%)
  • Potatoes (17%)
  • Radishes (33%)

Analysis:

Yes, I was indeed presented with a bag of radishes instead of tea bags. Easy to confuse between the two. Apparently a few weeks earlier I'd said I like radishes, which, I will admit, I do. For some reason he'd remembered this and was pleased with himself for showing initiative and getting something I hadn't asked for, but wanted. In fairness, this would have been greatly appreciated if it wasn't for the fact that we were completely out of tea bags.

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(Created on 3rd September 2023)

Vote #830

Question:

Those of us in the US have a short week with Monday being Labor Day. That said, my week is going to be crazy busy for the other four days. Some of them I might even have to get up before lunch time - crazy, right? Anyway, given that I've got tomorrow off and it looks like a bad week, I want to grab a beer, but I'm trying to be good and more healthy. Should I have a cheeky beer tonight?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

If truth be told, I was already having a cheeky beer when I wrote this question, so yes, I did enjoy a cheeky beer ... or two last Sunday. And I will probably do the same again this evening.

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(Created on 27th August 2023)

Vote #829

Question:

I think this weekend might see me car shopping for William's first car. He wants me to go with him to buy it, which might be a bad choice as I'm going to want to negotiate as that's what I've done every time I've bought a car and I'm not sure there's too much wiggle room these days with the chip shortage and all that. Will William get his first car this weekend?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

So the answer to the question is no, but not necessarily through lack of trying. We've narrowed down what he wants and we need to order it, but the muppet at the car dealership couldn't figure out how to enter a new vehicle request into the computer, so we've left him to figure that out by himself. We should be going in tomorrow to pay the deposit and the estimate is about 8 - 10 weeks until we get it, but I did want to confirm that part of the equation, but that required computer access which seemed to be a limiting factor.

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(Created on 20th August 2023)

Vote #828

Question:

It's house procrastination time again. I think we ended up looking at 12 this weekend, but there were a lot that came onto the market. I seem to manage to find something wrong with pretty much all of them and I don't really know why. Will I find a house I like this year?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

I do feel like I'm getting close, so I do think I'll end up taking the plunge at some point before the end of the year. The market's pretty interesting, but I'm staying on top of it. There's pretty much perfect information out there, so any house that's priced right is selling pretty quick. Only those that are over priced are hanging around.

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(Created on 13th August 2023)

Vote #827

Question:

OK, this this week I'm going on a mission to find a vehicle that will be able to carry my handcycle when I get it. I also want it to have the ability to lock it away, so a truck is not going to work. I was going down the path of a van, but now realize that several SUVs would be big enough with two rows of seat folded down. What vehicle should I get to transport my handcycle?

Results:

Van, SUV and Minivan tied with 29% of the votes each from the following:

  • Truck (14%)
  • Van (29%)
  • SUV (29%)
  • Minivan (29%)

Analysis:

A very split vote. I'm honestly leaning towards a van because of the practicality of it. William doesn't want to be seen driving a van as he thinks piedo's drive vans. The trouble with the other options is that I need to get extended versions and they actually end up being larger than the van itself.

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(Created on 6th August 2023)

Vote #826

Question:

This week’s question should have been asked last week as it was the all important question asked by my dad at the BBQ. What is knob cheese?

Results:

Salty was the clear winner with 30% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Buttery (10%)
  • Lemony (0%)
  • Mild (0%)
  • Nutty (10%)
  • Piquant (10%)
  • Salty (30%)
  • Sharp (10%)
  • Smoky (10%)
  • Sweet (10%)
  • Tangy (10%)

Analysis:

I'm not entirely sure the question was asked with taste in mind as opposed to what it actually is. That said, it probably would be salty although I have no intention of trying it. But, perhaps, we should ask Mr O given that he sent me this picture from Sainsbury's. I guess his supermarket offers a variety of different flavors.

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(Created on 31st July 2023)

Vote #825

Question:

The vacation is coming to an end and work will soon be upon me before the end of the week. How miserable will I be when I get back to work?

Results:

Extremely was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Not at all (0%)
  • A little (0%)
  • Moderately (25%)
  • A lot (0%)
  • Extremely (75%)

Analysis:

Im not sure I’d go as far as saying I’m extremely miserable at being back at work. To be honest, I don’t really get extreme emotions about anything. I will, however, say that I’m not glad to be back. At least I only had two days last week to catch up on everything, but I’d definitely rather be doing more fun vacation stuff even if that does involve sitting around and watching the cricket.

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(Created on 23rd July 2023)

Vote #824

Question:

This week will see my return to Sheffield. One thing that’s been driving me crazy is trying to remember where various places are, certain pubs, friends houses etc. it seems like I’ve forgotten a lot of the place. Will I remember Sheffield when I get back there later this week?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

An evenly split vote with half of you doubting my memory. As it happens, I did remember most of the places and got to see what I wanted. Really enjoyed the trip down memory lane. Most of the pubs and shops have changed name or moved, but I expected that. Maybe I’ll get to see it again in another 10 years or so.

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(Created on 16th July 2023)

Vote #823

Question:

Now, I'm heading back to the UK on Tuesday for a much needed vacation, but things have just gone stupidly crazy at work. It's always the same way, you try and clear your schedule and low and behold, everyone wants you the minute you're not going to be around. I'm trying to take as much time off as possible, but the inevitable is going to happen and I'm going to need to do some work while I'm back. How many days will I have to work my vacation?

Results:

9+ was the clear winner with 23% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 1 (8%)
  • 2 (8%)
  • 3 (8%)
  • 4 (15%)
  • 5 (15%)
  • 6 (0%)
  • 7 (15%)
  • 8 (8%)
  • 9+ (23%)

Analysis:

So far it’s not been too bad. One phone call and some emails. Hopefully next week will be quiet too and I can enjoy my trip to Sheffield and the handcycle fitting I have scheduled later in the week.

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(Created on 9th July 2023)

Vote #822

Question:

Alright, this week is handcycle week and it's time for me to think about buying one, but which one should I get?

Results:

Nuke, XCR and Fat Explorer tied with 22% of the votes each from the following:

  • Excellerator (11%)
  • Lasher ATH (0%)
  • Nuke (22%)
  • Force G (11%)
  • Jeetrike (11%)
  • XCR (22%)
  • Fat Explorer (22%)

Analysis:

Now here was me thinking that the Fat Explorer would win hands down, but it didn't, it just tied with the XCR and the Nuke. All of which are viable options, but I do feel like the front runner is the XCR at the minute. I'm planning to look at one while I'm back in the UK to get a better idea, but if it looks like it will live up to expectations, a purchase will be imminent.

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(Created on 2nd July 2023)

Vote #821

Question:

As we head into the July 4th week, it seems only fitting to ask a truly American question. Will England win any of the Ashes test matches?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

Well, it looks like the answer to that question is yes given that England just won a close third test to keep the series alive. Maybe this is the start and we can still win this.

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(Created on 25th June 2023)

Vote #820

Question:

Talking to friends about what to do when I come back to England for the summer holidays and Louisa came up with an idea for a game. Do you think it's a good idea to drop some mentos into a 2 liter bottle of coke then push it up my bum to see how high I shoot into the air?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Pre-Result Discussion

The Hamster
03:55:29
26th June 2023
Why bother with the bottle of coke, just shove as many mentos up your arse as possible, it'll have the same effect
Rag
10:37:27
1st July 2023
I'm trying to see how high I can get, ha ha

Analysis:

Of course this is a good idea. I’ve no idea why I’ve not thought about doing this before. We can have hours of fun. The trouble is, it’s like everything. It’ll be fun until I shoot over the next door neighbor’s fence and someone has to go round and knock on the door to ask for me back. Like when you lose your football and it always goes over the miserable persons fence.

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(Created on 18th June 2023)

Vote #819

Question:

I seem to have spent the weekend not really doing very much and avoiding the things I really should do. Did anybody else procrastinate this weekend?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

Yeah, it definitely was a weekend of doing not very much really. The trouble here in the US is we're about to head into the July 4th week where everyone will have plans, so there's not too much going on ahead of that.

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(Created on 11th June 2023)

Vote #818

Question:

For some unknown reason, William decided to challenge me to a race with me on the scoot and him running around the last lap I did which was 4.6 miles long. I told him before we started that he wouldn’t be able to run the whole distance let alone at the speed the scoot goes. I was right. By a long way. It ended up being a slow stroll around the neighborhood. Should I tie a rope around William and attach it to the back of the scooter next time so if he slows down we end up dragging him around the neighborhood?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Yes, I think a bit of tough love is needed to whip this boy into shape. Although, if we’re being honest, it’s me that needs whipping into shape as I do appear to have become somewhat of a blob.

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(Created on 4th June 2023)

Vote #817

Question:

It seems that this week is a big nothing week. There’s nothing major going on and nothing in particular to look forward to. I think it’s that calm before the storm type thing where everyone is heads down before heading into holiday season that really hits in the US the July 4th week. Do you have anything you’re looking forward to this week?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

Well, good for the folks that did have something on last week. My week ended up being a stinker. I thought it was going to be a nothingness week, but ended up being crazy busy and not in a good way.

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(Created on 28th May 2023)

Vote #816

Question:

Holiday time is here and I've booked my summer trip back to England. I'm debating if I want to tackle up and dangle my little maggot in a pond again. Should I go fishing on my summer holiday?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (83%)
  • No (17%)

Analysis:

I definitely want to go fishing while I’m back, I just don’t know if I’ll have the time. The challenge is more the amount of time it will take to sort my kit out in order to go. I’m going to need to re-spool a reel with line and/or re-elasticate a pole which is quite time intensive. I’ll need to think about this a little more to see if I can figure out how to get a day or two in.

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(Created on 21st May 2023)

Vote #815

Question:

I got put on some new antibiotics on Friday. Not sure why, but I read the warnings label ... I think I was looking to see if I could drink alcohol while on them. Which of the following side effects do you think I'm suffering from on my new antibiotics?

Results:

Severe Diarrhea was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Diarrhea (14%)
  • Worsening Diarrhea (29%)
  • Severe Diarrhea (57%)

Analysis:

Yeah, so these tablets had on them that they may cause diarrhea. As you read further, there’s a warning about worsening diarrhea. After that, there’s a not that in rare cases they may cause severe diarrhea. I did indeed have what I would consider to be severe diarrhea. As soon as I ate or drank anything, the walls got a brown coating. I did message the doctor and they told me to stop the tablets, however, by the time I got the reply I only had one tablet left. Also, the symptoms appeared to have stopped. I’m a bit lost as to whether it was the tablets or a violent reaction to something I ate or drank. The only other thing I can think it was would have been the organic tea I drank in a coffee shop where I met a friend. Oh well, all appears to be well now.

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(Created on 14th May 2023)

Vote #814

Question:

We're just about to head into a triple header weekend in Formula 1. At the beginning of the season, I asked if anyone could end Owen's reign, but it seems he's not firing on all cylinders as they say and he's lagging behind in the competition. Perhaps these three races are what he needs to turn it around, but as it stands, there's only one critical question. Has Owen got a little behind?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

Although this is clearly a joke question I need to start by acknowledging how tragic the floods are in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. As much of an F1 fan that I am, there wasn't any alternative but to cancel the race that was supposed to run this past weekend. There were talks about them potentially looking to reschedule, but I'm not sure how possible that would be given the heavy schedule for the remainder of the season and also the amount of planning it takes to put an event on like this.

Back to the vote question, however, I'm somewhat surprised that there were some yes votes. I mean, Owen's lost a lot of weight recently, but I wouldn't go as far as to say he's got a little behind.

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(Created on 7th May 2023)

Vote #813

Question:

A crowning weekend with King Charles being coronated and Max Verstappen demonstrating he's currently the undisputed king of Formula 1. Will I ever be the king of anything?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Interesting, I have no idea what I was thinking of when I set this vote question. Likely that I couldn't think of a question and this was all that came to mind. I have no delusions of grandeur, I don't intend or expect to be king of anything, but it appears the majority think I will attain such a level. Perhaps king of my own bedroom or something insignificant like that.

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(Created on 30th April 2023)

Vote #812

Question:

OK, so the new scooter arrived and it wasn't damaged on arrival so I took it out ... down the Bay Trail ... which doesn't allow motorized vehicles including scooters, however, I did look online and it said there was an exception for mobility devices and I figured why not go for it and let someone tell me I'm not supposed to be there. As you would expect, nobody I came across cared and pretty much everyone is friendly and says hello, so yeah. Now, the first part of the trail is a nice paved area, but then you get onto a hard gravel / stone type trail. So I figured it made sense to hoon it down there at the 12mph top speed which was like sitting on a jack hammer, but lots of fun. At least until we blew out the front right tire. The scooter has solid tires on the rear and air tires on the front. Presumably to give a bit of shock absorption. Now, I'm note entirely sure we've blown out the tire as it is currently holding air after we pumped it back up, but it definitely lost all its air. Some mini testing is required, but assuming it's damaged, I can either replace the innertube or there appears to be solid tires available. The wheel is the same size as the e-scooters and apparently they've suffered many punctures so a lot of models have switched to solid rubber, but with holes in to provide some flexibility/cushioning. All this to say, if I have a puncture on my mobility scooter, should I replace the innertube or switch to solid tires?

Results:

Solid tires was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Inner tube (33%)
  • Solid tires (67%)

Analysis:

Back to normal with a vote that nobody cares about. Yeah, I think going to solid is the right answer, but I've pumped up the current tires and they're holding out pretty well. At least for the spin around Heather Farm I did on Saturday, so I'll probably leave these on until I notice problems. Plan is to go out with William next weekend and do a bit more off-roading, so we'll see if that causes problems or not. If the tire goes down again, I'll replace both of them. After William's carried me back because I can't ride the scooter due to a flat tire 😁

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(Created on 23rd April 2023)

Vote #811

Question:

After getting a refund on the mobility scooter I ordered, I've ordered another one. Now, the issue with the first one is that it was badly damaged when I received it. The box was badly damaged so it was either shipped damaged or it was damaged during shipment. An issue for the seller and shipper to sort out. Now, my new order has shipped. Who do you think is shipping my new order?

Results:

Ding Hong was the clear winner with 43% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Fedex (14%)
  • DHL (14%)
  • XPO (14%)
  • UPS (0%)
  • USPS (14%)
  • Ding Hong (43%)

Analysis:

OK, so it was actually shipped by FedEx, however, I got a note about a shipment and it was USPS that when you clicked to track it noted that it was being shipped by Ding Hong which apparently is a Chinese shipper that coordinates with USPS. That package, however, was just for some cane holders and not the scooter itself.

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(Created on 16th April 2023)

Vote #810

Question:

Well, I've been out for a couple of weeks and it's time to get back to the grind. Somehow I feel like I should get some time off for good behavior versus having to push through my après surgery and face work, but sadly, that's not how it goes. How is my return to work week going to go?

Results:

Very Bad and Diabolical tied with 23% of the votes each from the following:

  • Excellent (8%)
  • Very Good (8%)
  • Good (8%)
  • Neutral (15%)
  • Bad (15%)
  • Very Bad (23%)
  • Diabolical (23%)

Analysis:

Oooh! Back to the random vote for each option. I guess Google's doing some more testing. In fairness, this past week wasn't so bad other than the fact that I'm very tired, so have had to go to bed early every night to get a good night's sleep. I probably need it as am still recovering. I would probably say is was neutral over all. Far too many emails to catch up on and other admin crap, but some good times with clients. As far as week's go, not too good and not too bad, so meh! Neutral.

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(Created on 9th April 2023)

Vote #809

Question:

Following the theme of botty problems, has my beloved Leicester City shit the bed this season and going to get relegated?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

It's looking pretty grim isn't it! Another loss this weekend gives us just seven games to make something happen. We do still have the chance to make something happen, but there are some must win games coming up against Everton and Leeds if we're going to stand a chance. Otherwise, it's back to being a yo-yo side after our time in the spotlight. I still voted positively as I'm trying to be as optimistic as I can.

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(Created on 2nd April 2023)

Vote #808

Question:

An exciting week ahead of my that starts with a surgery on my bum. The surgeon has told me that I'm going to be in pain for a month after, but I'm obviously hoping it's not going to be that bad (or that the drugs are that good). Will my bum stop hurting by the end of the week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Not even close! I've ended up having to take the whole week off work due to complications. These are kind of related to the pain, but it definitely looks like I'm in for at least another week of anal agony.

Comments:

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Lars Ulrich
00:18:07
10th April 2023
Anal Agony sounds like a great name for an album full of my drum solos

(Created on 26th March 2023)

Vote #807

Question:

We've started a news section in the blogs on AI and we're going to base this week's question on that very topic. But not the AI you're used to that actually has some sort of intelligence, but the AI here on this site which posses no intelligence whatsoever. Given that the AI overwrote Owen's picks for the last F1 race, we ask this week, who will Owen have as winning next week's F1 race in Australia? (The thing I like most about this is that neither he or I will know the answer until we get there).

Results:

Stevie Wonder was the clear winner with 43% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Max Verstappen (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (0%)
  • Jimmy Johnson (14%)
  • Jeff Gordon (14%)
  • Nigel Mansel (0%)
  • Engelbert Humperdinck (14%)
  • Sterling Moss (0%)
  • Janet Jackson (14%)
  • Stevie Wonder (43%)

Analysis:

Did they use my AI to make decisions on the race? It definitely looks like they did. Seriously, what a farce that was! I couldn't understand why they called the red flag. Then when they did, I was thinking - surely they'll do a rolling start, otherwise there's just going to be a pile up going into turn 1. Well yeah. Anyway, Owen did indeed get the picks he made without them being overwritten this week.

Now, as for you lot ... I voted for Engelbert Humperdinck. I didn't really give much thought to the options when I created them, but Stevie Wonder ...

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(Created on 19th March 2023)

Vote #806

Question:

Right, well, it's time to get myself a small rear jack. That way when I get caught scratching my bollocks I can say I wasn't, it was the rear jack and that doesn't count as touching it (or them). Seriously though, are we going to see anything other than a Red Bull win a grand prix this season?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Back to normal voting and just the three votes - that's what we like to see. None of this making out that we're a popular site. OK, so the general feeling is that we will see another car on top of the podium of F1. I guess we'll find out in the coming weeks, but the most likely scenario for that happening is the Red Bull's taking each other out as nobody is close to them right now.

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(Created on 12th March 2023)

Vote #805

Question:

There's an element of more context to this question if you read the analysis of the previous vote's question, but it's not required. Given all the focus on emoji's, there's really only one question I'm going to ask this week. Which of the following is your most used or favorite emoji?

Results:

🤢, 😎 and 🍑 tied with 15% of the votes each from the following:

  • 😀 (8%)
  • 😂 (8%)
  • 😚 (8%)
  • 🤢 (15%)
  • 😛 (8%)
  • 😎 (15%)
  • 🥱 (8%)
  • 😈 (8%)
  • 🍆 (8%)
  • 🍑 (15%)

Analysis:

Right, well I'm going to guess that only three people voted and it was split between barfing, cool and the peach. I need to write a blog about what's going on, but I'm being hit by something from Google that's causing the extra votes. I suspect it's their new AI that they officially released this week, but I do believe they've been using it under the covers for a while .... more to come (that's what she said).

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(Created on 5th March 2023)

Vote #804

Question:

First thing I have to acknowledge is that result for Liverpool this past weekend. I loved the commentator saying who would believe before the game that Liverpool would score three against Manchester United. If only, I'm sure the Man U fans are saying. Moving on, however, I'm still stuck on the number of votes that were registered last week. Will this week see another bumper week of voting on this question?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

Mathematically, the answer to this question was always going to be no. Given that whatever bot is running is selecting every answer in turn, then we're going to get more votes if we have more options to select from. In order to prove this out, we will need to set next week's question with 10 options for answers and expect that there will at least be one vote for each answer. (Whereas normally, we don't get 10 votes in total). Let's see shall we? Then we can determine if it is indeed aliens as Marvin suggested.

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(Created on 26th February 2023)

Vote #803

Question:

I'm going to guess the same thing applies to emoji's, but we're going to start small with the vote question. Sidetracking for a minute, I have been accused of using the wrong emoji's at work, however, this is on purpose. I will explain more in the analysis of this week's vote question, which is, at what age do you become unable to control the caps lock key?

Results:

60 was the clear winner with 19% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 10 (5%)
  • 20 (14%)
  • 30 (5%)
  • 40 (5%)
  • 50 (10%)
  • 60 (19%)
  • 70 (14%)
  • 80 (10%)
  • 90 (10%)
  • 100 (10%)

Analysis:

Not the explanation I was intending to give when I set this rather awkwardly worded question, but this question relates to my father's use of capital letters. I noticed that his entry into the F1 fantasy game was all lower case. I went back and looked at his prior entries into the NASCAR game and he seems to alternate between all caps or no caps. I asked him about it this past weekend and he just claimed he'd never entered the fantasy competition before. Clearly the memories of that are tucked away with those on how to use a shift key. What I've actually concluded is that the cleaner is periodically knocking the caps lock key so he's switching between all caps or no caps depending on how it's been knocked.

On another note, there's something weird afoot. We seem to have jumped significantly in the number of vote responses. I'm looking into this because it's really strange for two reasons, first - you can't do more than one vote per IP address unless you manually enter a name (and that hasn't been done). Second - the votes are coming from the weekly email response rather than posts from the site directly. I'll see what happens this week, but it's a bit of a mystery for now.

Comments:

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Marvin the Martian
00:49:30
6th March 2023
I blame aliens

(Created on 19th February 2023)

Vote #802

Question:

I feel that I've started to make headway on the UI/UX redesign of this website to make it more responsive. We've done most of the foundational areas along with the comms, games and blog. There are, however, a few major areas left. Which area of the site should I tackle next to make it more responsive?

Results:

Forums, Fun Stuff and Vote tied with 33% of the votes each from the following:

  • Forums (33%)
  • Fun Stuff (33%)
  • Photos (0%)
  • Videos (0%)
  • Vote (33%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Slartibartfarst
00:35:01
20th February 2023
It has to be the vote page as its the only one we all visit on a weekly basis
Rag
12:36:42
22nd February 2023
Clearly (the only page anyone visits) given that I wrote the answer in the forum post that accompanied the vote in the weekly email. In fairness, that is lower down the email and you would need to click on it and read it before voting which is probably not what everyone does.

Analysis:

A really lack luster vote with hardly anyone being bothered to comment which tells me that nobody really cares. Assuming that Slartibartfast is Mr O, I did expect the majority of folks to pick vote as it's the only page that folks really visit, however, I did post the answer to the question before it was set on the forum as I did say which area of the site I was going to update next. The correct answer was Forums, however, I also did the vote too along with some others.

Comments:

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(Created on 12th February 2023)

Vote #801

Question:

It's probably a little late to be asking this question as we're two matches into the competition, but we're going to ask it anyway. Who do you think will win the 2023 Six Nations Championship?

Results:

Ireland was the clear winner with 43% of the votes from the following selection:

  • England (0%)
  • France (14%)
  • Ireland (43%)
  • Italy (0%)
  • Scotland (29%)
  • Wales (14%)

Analysis:

It looks like Ireland just pipped the vote and that's probably a good bet. It looks like it's going to come down to Ireland or Scotland. Maybe Scotland can pull something off in a couple of weeks, we'll see.

Comments:

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(Created on 5th February 2023)

Vote #800

Question:

It seems that China has been taking a peek into the US with a balloon, which kind of seems odd as I thought they'd be using satellites, but what do I know? Anyway, it reminds me of the Nena song from the 80's, so I'm asking 99 red balloons or one Chinese spy balloon?

Results:

99 red balloons was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 99 red balloons (60%)
  • One Chinese spy balloon (40%)

Analysis:

You and I in a little toy shop ... or so it goes. Yes, Nena's 99 Luftballons is still one of the darkest songs I've heard and it's to such a jolly tune. I've got to be honest, I watched the song on a YouTube video and she's playing in front of kids. Makes me laugh so much after all the crap people used to say about Metal, but they let their kids listen to that. Go figure!

Anyway, this 'ere Chinese Balloon is causing a bit of a stir isn't it. Seems they've got quite a few of these things floating around given four have now been shot down. Well, four objects. I think the first balloon hit a few firsts - first F-22 kill, first high altitude kill and I think it's the first kill in US airspace. I know it's fake, but I really like the image below:

Comments:

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(Created on 29th January 2023)

Vote #799

Question:

Well, it's important that we remember to set a vote question this week, otherwise last week's question would automatically fail. Everything I've been doing recently has been focused on moving my website to a new environment, so clearly that's where this week's question is going to come from and I'll ask a super technical question that you won't know the answer to. Where do you think the team will come from that wins the Split 1 playoffs next weekend in London?

Results:

South America was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • APAC North (0%)
  • APAC South (25%)
  • EMEA (25%)
  • North America (0%)
  • South America (50%)

Analysis:

I'm not sure how South America was picked as the most likely. No disrespect, but they're probably the weakest region as it stands. The correct answer was North America.

Huge congratulations to TSM for winning the tournament. Interesting being the most written off and most supported team at the same time. I do feel sorry for NRG, always the bridesmaid .... But what a great performance from Hal, Reps and Verhulst under the guidance of Raven. That last game and the control at Thunder Watch followed by that call to do the skyward dive off the roof. To make that call under that pressure was insane and no question it was the game winning call. It was kind of an all or nothing move, but it paid off. Also need to give credit to Acend for a fantastic showing as well.

Comments:

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(Created on 22nd January 2023)

Vote #798

Question:

This is probably the last question on the Windows platform as it's looking like we can cut over to the new Linux system next weekend, which begs the all important question - will next week's vote question go out on schedule?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (43%)
  • No (57%)

Analysis:

Well, we did have a bit of an oopsie last night, but who here can't say they've suffered from a bit of premature sendification from time to time? So, what happened was that I got the days wrong on the scheduler so the system sent the emails out a day early. On top of that, I've put some security over parts of the site and I'd inadvertently added it to the page that loads the details of the weekly email, hence it was asking for an id and password. The good news is that this happened yesterday which gave me a day to fix it and, all being well, the right email will go out as planned today. Then again, if it doesn't, you probably won't see this and it won't matter anyway.

Comments:

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Rag
08:29:08
30th January 2023
Was there any doubt? Really? Of course we got everything done in time and working.

(Created on 15th January 2023)

Vote #797

Question:

I've been working crazily hard on updating this site so I can put it onto a Linux / Docker stack. I've also changed the file structure and the method that the database is called, so I've had to update every page ... which is a lot. One of the things that caught my attention is the race game that I used to do on NASCAR. I'm currently thinking of reviving it for the Formula 1 season. Should I start a fantasy F1 competition?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

Not really much of a question as I'm going to do it anyway. Once I get this site moved to its new Linux home, I'll setup the competition and send out a notification email for anyone who's interested in playing. It's going to follow the same format as the previous game, with the only difference being the bonus amounts will be changed. More to come.

Comments:

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(Created on 8th January 2023)

Vote #796

Question:

The holiday is definitely over and we're back to work. What's more is that we've got miserable weather too with high winds and floods. Probably the worst weather I've seen in the Bay Area (which isn't that bad compared to what other areas experience). Do you think we'll see the sun this week?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 56% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (44%)
  • No (56%)

Analysis:

I forgot I set this question and, to be honest, I can't remember. It seems like it's rained constantly all week. I'm pretty sure the answer is no, we just had rain all week and no sun. The forecast is better for next week though, so it should be better.

Comments:

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(Created on 1st January 2023)

Vote #795

Question:

Happy new year everyone!! I hope you all had a fantastic time over the holidays and are facing the new year fresh and revitalized. I would say I hope you’re looking forward to work being fresh and revitalized, but since you’ve been off indulging yourself, AIs have taken your job and you’re no longer needed. Will 2023 see the rise of the machines?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Yeah, I spent a lot of time over the holidays looking at AI with the release of ChatGPT and the existing art AI like MidJourney and Stable Diffusion. I'm absolutely fascinated by what's been created and where it will go. Specifically the disruption it's going to have on everything. I've got to think we'll start seeing companies adopt AI during 2023. I don't think we'll start to see people being replaced immediately, but it's not going to be long before AI is doing a lot of jobs that people are currently doing.

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(Created on 25th December 2022)

Vote #794

Question:

Merry Christmas everybody. I hope you all got what you wished for regardless of whether you've been naughty or nice. Apologies for last week and having to enter a name when you voted. I implemented a reverse proxy as part of a big change in making and it masked ip addresses being sent to the website server. I should have fixed it this week (hopefully). Who would like a nice piece of cheesecake?

Results:

Yes please was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes please (67%)
  • No thank you (33%)

Analysis:

Yes, cheesecake for everyone. Well, everyone except the people that didn’t want any.

Comments:

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(Created on 18th December 2022)

Vote #793

Question:

The excitement of the world cup is over and now I have the excitement of traveling back home for Christmas. As an early present, it seems that most of the airport workers have gone out on strike and there are crazy queues at Heathrow to get through immigration, collect bags and all the goodness you have to deal with when traveling. How many hours will I get delayed at Heathrow airport this Friday?

Results:

2 was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 0 (0%)
  • 1 (0%)
  • 2 (60%)
  • 3 (0%)
  • 4 (0%)
  • 5 (20%)
  • 7 (0%)
  • 10 (0%)
  • 15 (20%)

Analysis:

Well, the correct answer is zero as I flew on Friday, but didn't land until Saturday. A mistake I made when setting the question. That said, I wasn't held up at all in the airport and made it through pretty easily. The army is doing a great job covering for passport control.

Comments:

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(Created on 11th December 2022)

Vote #792

Question:

Sad to see England go out of the world cup, but at least happy they played well in their final game. Now we're down to the final four - who do you think will win the FIFA World Cup 2022?

Results:

Argentina was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Argentina (50%)
  • Croatia (17%)
  • France (17%)
  • Morocco (17%)

Analysis:

Congratulations to Argentina for winning the world cup and congratulations to both Argentina and France for putting on an amazing game. I can honestly say it's one of the best world cup games I've seen and it was the final. Both teams gave it everything. Shame it ended on penalties, but that really was the only way to decide between the two teams.

Comments:

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(Created on 4th December 2022)

Vote #791

Question:

Never let it be said that we don't live life on the edge and ask the risque questions. Where are you from?

Results:

Here was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Here (50%)
  • There (0%)
  • Everywhere (17%)
  • None of your business (0%)
  • You shouldn't ask (33%)

Analysis:

Yes, most people are from here, but the correct answer is that you shouldn't ask. Just ask Lady Hussey.

Comments:

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(Created on 27th November 2022)

Vote #790

Question:

The long weekend is over for Thanksgiving and it's back to a busy week for the final push to Christmas. Only four weeks left until I head home for the holidays. Watching the world cup should make that more bearable as it'll give me something to focus on. This week seems to be the week of doctors - I had my covid booster yesterday and have three doctor appointments this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. None of these are critical, just check ins really, but I will end up with several tests I'm sure. Will I survive the week without finding a new ailment?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

Yes indeed, we did find a new ailment. This is a by product of existing conditions, but apparently I have to get vitamin B12 shots for the next few weeks.

Comments:

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(Created on 20th November 2022)

Vote #789

Question:

Ah yes, another four years have passed and it's time to get my hopes up again that England will perform in the World Cup. How well do you think England will do in the 2022 World Cup?

Results:

Quater Finals was the clear winner with 40% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Group Stage (20%)
  • Round of 16 (20%)
  • Quater Finals (40%)
  • Fourth (0%)
  • Third (0%)
  • Second (0%)
  • Winners (20%)

Analysis:

A spread on the vote answers from being knocked out in the group stage to being the overall winners. We got off to a good start against Iran, but the showing against the US was abysmal. I've now gone into survival mode and not being worried about how badly we play, just hoping we can survive until the next round. It does look like we'll get through the group stages, but I'm not sure we'll get much further in the competition. Hopefully I'm wrong.

Comments:

1 comment
Rag
20:31:03
11th December 2022
Well, it does indeed look like the majority of the voters were correct, England did go out in the quarter finals.

(Created on 13th November 2022)

Vote #788

Question:

Not a bad weekend to be English - congratulations to the England T20 cricket team and to George Russell. Here in the US we have Thanksgiving coming up and I'm trying to decide whether or not to do a track day (assuming there's a reasonable one to go to). Should I do a track day over Thanksgiving?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

In a splurdge of event spending, not only did I book a track day next Friday, but I also booked my trip back to England for Christmas. A little bit cautious of the track day given it's been a couple of years since I've been, but I need to get back out there if I'm to do this while I can.

Comments:

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(Created on 6th November 2022)

Vote #787

Question:

Rarely uttered words, but I do feel a little sorry for Paul. After roughly 3 years of Luke and myself telling him he needed a new headset to cut out the echoing, he splurged about 75% of his weekly pay on a state of the art new headset. Eager, excited and ready to go, he logged on to talk to us, only to find out that these new ones are not working. This set is cutting him out all the time so you only get every other word at best. Given this second failure, I have to wonder, is technology trying to tell Paul to shut up?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Yeah, it's one of those vote questions where you know the answer before you post the question, but you also know it will never happen. Wishful thinking whether it be organic or non-organic.

Comments:

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(Created on 30th October 2022)

Vote #786

Question:

OK, back to the wonderful world of health problems. I have a surgery that I need to have. It’s not life and death, but, as with most things, the sooner the better. Should I get a needed surgery done immediately or after the holidays?

Results:

Immediately was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Immediately (100%)
  • After Holidays (0%)

Analysis:

Interesting, everyone going for immediately, but I’m actually thinking after the holidays now. I honestly don’t think they’ll be able to get me in until after the holidays.

Comments:

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(Created on 23rd October 2022)

Vote #785

Question:

A couple of big wins for Leicester City against Leeds and Wolves. Are we going to see Leicester City stay in the premiere league?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

It’s going to be close, that’s for sure. I think it’s safe to say the glory days are behind us once more. The unfortunate cycle is that we will likely struggle for a while, go down, then get some decent players and rise again. We just don’t have the funds to stay at the top.

Comments:

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(Created on 16th October 2022)

Vote #784

Question:

It seems like there’s a lot of turmoil in British politics with the Chancellor being sacked after only 38 days. Will Britain still have a prime minister at the end of the week?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

Ha ha! You didn't think it was going to happen that quick did you? I think most people saw the writing on the wall that she would resign at some point, but not last week. Well, I guess she figured there was no way out from the mistakes she'd made. It does seem that the tenure of the prime minister is now somewhat akin to that of a football manager. I guess it's results or you're out. Oh well, on to the next one.

Comments:

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(Created on 9th October 2022)

Vote #783

Question:

Congratulations to Max Verstappen on his second world championship. I have to laugh as it was another decision that gave him the title (the 5 second penalty to LeClerc), but I have to say that this one isn’t controversial and Max would get the title next week if not this week. Which brings me back to the teaser from last week about chess and the cheating that has been going on. How much money would you need to win in order to use vibrating anal beads to receive cheat messages?

Results:

Wouldn’t do it was the clear winner with 33% of the votes from the following selection:

  • $0 - for pleasure (17%)
  • $10 (8%)
  • $100 (8%)
  • $1,000 (0%)
  • $10,000 (0%)
  • $100,000 (8%)
  • $1,000,000 (8%)
  • $10,000,000 (17%)
  • Wouldn’t do it (33%)

Analysis:

Let’s start with some details. There is an accusation by Carlson that Niemann cheated against him in their recent match. Neumann has, apparently, been caught cheating before in online matches. There is a theory that he used vibrating anal beads to get messages from his coach who was using a computer to advise on the best moves. Now, there seems to be a lot of interest as this has generated the most vote answers in a while. The majority of people saying they have morals and would not take this action for any amount of money. Interestingly, the next most popular answer was that they would do it for please. I guess you’d be wanting to receive a really long message if that we’re the case. I think I put that I’d do it for $10m. I guess there’s a whole lot of other factors that would need to come into play like the likelihood of getting caught.

Comments:

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(Created on 2nd October 2022)

Vote #782

Question:

With all the headline news this week about cheating in chess, I was going to have a question on that. I’ll let it buzz around my head for another week. At least I think the buzzing is in my head. Anyway, this weeks question comes from a walk around a local park and I noticed a new bench. One of those that is dedicated to the loving memory of someone. It just struck me that someone probably passed that spot multiple times and said it would be great if there was a bench there. Rather than do something about it, they died and their loved one wanted to have a legacy for them so put a bench in that spot. You can’t help think it would have been better to put the bench there when they were alive so they could have benefitted from it. So how come I’ve never donated a bench to a park?

Results:

Didn’t occur until now was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Lazy (0%)
  • Didn’t occur until now (50%)
  • Seems weird (25%)
  • Waiting until I’m dead (25%)

Analysis:

Yeah, it didn’t really occur until now. To be honest, I forgot that I set this as the vote question until I came to set the next week …. So I guess we won’t be donating any benches anytime soon.

Comments:

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(Created on 25th September 2022)

Vote #781

Question:

One of the things that's significantly caught my attention this past week is the pound and it slipping to all time lows - dropping as far as $1.04. Will we see the pound drop below $1?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Nobody has faith in the pound, but it seems to have rallied, getting back to the dizzy heights of $1.11. That said, part of me thought if it dropped more, I’d be able to buy the country. How cool would that be?

Comments:

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(Created on 18th September 2022)

Vote #780

Question:

Let’s continue the theme of the royal death and move on to the funeral. The talk right now is who is and who is not invited to the funeral. Have you been invited to the royal funeral?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

I had no idea we had royalty or dignitaries voting on this site, but good on you to those that got an invite to the royal funeral. I did think the news was going to continue on this as they seemed to want to speculate as to who was invited, then do a review of who actually got invited. I kind of thought that we were going to have a week long opinion on who was and who wasn't, but thankfully we didn't.

Comments:

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(Created on 11th September 2022)

Vote #779

Question:

Pretty much most of everything this week has been taken up with the death of the Queen. I’m sad to see her go, but at the same time, 96 is a pretty good age. I have to be honest, I was a little surprised given how close her death was after seeing her earlier in the week appoint Liz Truss as PM. Moving on, we look to King Charles III and say “long live the King”. Do you think Charles will bring changes to the monarchy?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Interesting. I’m the only one that thinks there won’t be any changes to the monarchy. I’m kind of intrigued as to what changes you think Charles will bring about. I just think he’s been raised with expectations of taking this position and has been groomed in the way of things and not to upset the apple cart so to speak.

Comments:

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(Created on 4th September 2022)

Vote #778

Question:

This weeks question is back to Formula 1, but it’s not a question about who is good or who will win that. Pretty much because the answer to that is Max. No, this weeks question comes from the commentators that we’re going on about the fact that the gravel had been glued in place with a resin so that cars going off don’t drag it back onto the track. Is gravel that has been glued in place still gravel?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

I saw gravel defined as a loose aggregation of rock fragments. Based on that, if you glue it together, it’s no longer gravel.

Comments:

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(Created on 28th August 2022)

Vote #777

Question:

This week's question is again dedicated to my talented Apex friend - the one and only Paul. Renown for his ability to fall off the map, I think he did himself one better this past weekend. Is it possible to fall off the Apex map if you haven't been on it?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Apparently it is. In an amazing show of skill, Paul managed to fall off the map. We resurrected him and he dropped straight off the res ship and missed the map. The only thing I regret is that I didn’t clip it as it really was funny. Made even more so by the fact that our random teammate hadn’t said anything all game and came on the Mike to say “bro, you gotta stop fucking dying!” Little do they know that dying is Paul’s speciality.

Comments:

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(Created on 21st August 2022)

Vote #776

Question:

Very limited inspiration right now, but I am looking forward to next weekend and the return of F1 after the summer break. Definitely looking to see which teams have made improvements with their cars. Will any of the other F1 teams be able to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Honestly, I have to say, after several weeks wait, that was rather disappointing. If your name didn't begin with Max and end with Verstappen, it was a pretty bad weekend. Max absolutely obliterated everyone. He just seems to have got stronger and looks well on his way to his second world championship. A lot of races to go, but I can't see anyone stopping him right now.

Comments:

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(Created on 14th August 2022)

Vote #775

Question:

A very pleasant weekend. I spent most of today up the coast chatting to a friend overlooking the sea. Was honestly very nice and relaxing. Did I miss my calling to be a professional loafer?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

Honestly, the thought is so appealing, but I do think I'd get bored very quickly. I can't do beach holidays for that very reason. I end up getting bored. The only time I've managed to go on the beach is when I was younger and that was mainly to sweat out the alcohol and stare at the girlies.

Comments:

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(Created on 7th August 2022)

Vote #774

Question:

Ooopsie, forgot to set the vote question last week. One of those instances where I remembered, then forgot, realized I missed it, meant to update on Monday, forgot on Monday, then just thought “fuck it”. Anyway, the holiday is over and I’m back State side. This week I face the joy of going for a colonoscopy as well as working. Will this week be good or a pain in the arse?

Results:

Pain in the arse was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Good (20%)
  • Pain in the arse (80%)

Analysis:

In fairness, the whole procedure thing went really well. It’s just the prep that’s unpleasant and …. Well, yes, a pain in the arse

Comments:

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(Created on 24th July 2022)

Vote #773

Question:

A shopping related question thanks to my son. If you were in the supermarket and picked up a pack of fizzy drinks and one of the cans started spraying everywhere, what would you do?

Results:

Walk down the aisle spraying everywhere was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Put it back (33%)
  • Buy it anyway (0%)
  • Walk down the aisle spraying everywhere (67%)

Analysis:

Clearly the majority of you agree with the modern day teenager. He did indeed walk down the aisle spraying soda everywhere

Comments:

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(Created on 17th July 2022)

Vote #772

Question:

Right, I’m back and all is good. There’s a heat wave and the UK is expected to see record temperatures. How many days will it rain while we’re in Scotland the following week?

Results:

4 and 5 tied with 33% of the votes each from the following:

  • 0 (17%)
  • 1 (0%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (17%)
  • 4 (33%)
  • 5 (33%)

Analysis:

I probably should have asked this question this week so I could post the answer. I will come back and post a comment with the answer. In the meantime, it looks like most people think it’s going to rain every day more or less.

Comments:

1 comment
Rag
22:58:57
14th August 2022
It did indeed rain every day we were up in Scotland. Don’t get me wrong, the weather was great, but we had a shower at least once every day. It’s Scotland. That’s what it does.

(Created on 10th July 2022)

Vote #771

Question:

Alrighty, I’ve had a week off. Now I have three days of work, then I’m off for two weeks to England. It seems like forever since I’ve done a vacation flight and I’m racking my brain on what I need to take. Will I forget something when I come back to England next week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

So far, so good. I’m back and I don’t appear to have forgotten anything. It’s always possible something will pop up, but I’m going to declare it for now.

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(Created on 3rd July 2022)

Vote #770

Question:

Wow! I have to start off and say what an amazing British Grand Prix. So glad Zhou is OK and congratulations to Carlos Sainz for his first win. This week's vote question is inspired by Paul. What do you think will happen if you stand in front of the gondala on a cable car?

Results:

You will be swept up and crushed was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Nothing (0%)
  • The gondala will break (0%)
  • You will be swept up and crushed (100%)

Analysis:

This is still bringing a smile to my face a week later. Paul seemed genuinely surprised that standing in front of the gondola on a cable car would sweep him up and crush him. He even said it was bad programming. Interestingly, I watched every game of the four day ALGS tournament and nobody pulled off the Paul maneuver. All the players managed to safely avoid the massive objects that move. Congratulations to Dark Zero for their victory.

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(Created on 26th June 2022)

Vote #769

Question:

The summer holidays are almost upon us. I'm thinking about doing a trip within a trip and heading up to Scotland to drive the NC500 tourist route around the top of the country. Just trying to figure out timing with wanting to be around at the weekends. Should I take the plunge and do the NC500 this summer?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

Yeah, I think we're going to try and make this happen. Few no responses. Booo!

Comments:

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(Created on 19th June 2022)

Vote #768

Question:

Today was a huge day. The three idiots won a game of Apex and I had a viewer on Twitch! Sadly the viewer had left the stream when we won the game. Clearly they now have the false impression that we're completely useless. While that may be true, there's some people out there that are even more useless. Anyway, is this a sign that Paul should start a wildlife channel?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Well, we all know that Paul should start his own video channel and stream the wildlife he has, but we all know that he won't. The otters will have babies. He still won't do anything. The otters will move on. He will miss the opportunity. Oh well, you can lead a horse to water ....

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(Created on 12th June 2022)

Vote #767

Question:

A wonderful week ahead of me with a couple of doctors visits. One of which is to get a needle jabbed in my throat to do a biopsy of something or other. Will I sound like a dalek after I get a needle in my throat?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Well, the good news is that nothing was found from either of the tests I went for this past week. Sadly, however, it didn't make me sound like a dalek. It didn't really affect me other than there was a bit of discomfort afterwards.

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(Created on 5th June 2022)

Vote #766

Question:

Inspired by Paul's back garden wildlife and a question I saw on some other site somewhere, if the following animals could talk, which would be the rudest?

Results:

Badger, Penguin, Walrus and Warthog tied with 25% of the votes each from the following:

  • Armadilo (0%)
  • Badger (25%)
  • Chimpanzee (0%)
  • Hippopotamus (0%)
  • Hyena (0%)
  • Goat (0%)
  • Lion (0%)
  • Penguin (25%)
  • Walrus (25%)
  • Warthog (25%)

Analysis:

When I set this question, I thought that chimpanzee was going to win hands down, but the vote appears to have been split. I guess most animals can be rude in their own way. Probably should have included dog as one of the options too.

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(Created on 29th May 2022)

Vote #765

Question:

Continuing the theme or stream, I've built up quite a nice setup with some overlays and transitions. It's almost like I think someone's going to see this, ha ha. Anyway, as is customary, I've create a ”be right back“ page that is used when you need to step away for a moment or two. I've customized my message so it gives the viewer more information than simple the fact that I'll be right back. How do you think I've ended the message be right back ...?

Results:

Taking a dump was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Taking a quick break (0%)
  • Having a snack (0%)
  • Getting a drink (0%)
  • Stretching my legs (0%)
  • Mentally preparing (0%)
  • Taking a dump (100%)

Analysis:

Am I really that transparent? Yes, my be right back message did say be right back, taking a dump. William pointed out that someone would probably see this and have no sense of humor and wonder why I was letting the world know I was taking a shit. I have changed it slightly. It now has a rotating message that says be right back, making a tea, then grabbing a snack, then taking a dump.

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(Created on 22nd May 2022)

Vote #764

Question:

I've started streaming again because I bought a NAS drive that has some fancy functionality. I've set it up as a media server using Jellyfin, but it also has this ability to restream to multiple platforms. I've been streaming to Twitch, Youtube and Facebook simultaneously. Three platforms and no viewers which is completely what I expected, but it keeps me amused. Will I ever get a legitimate viewer on one of my streams?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

No seems to be the popular answer and I do believe that's true ... albeit with one exception and that is that I may get to stream a large clash of clans battle and I'm pretty much guaranteed 50 viewers during the stream, but I'm not sure if it's going to happen or not.

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(Created on 15th May 2022)

Vote #763

Question:

Alright, so the upgrades to the website are done (at least the bits that needed to be done by the end of the month). We’ve upgraded the software, implemented SSL to secure the website communication and can now securely connect to Google to send emails …. Like this one. Anyway, while doing it I found some more functions and am going to change the look of the weekly mail starting next week. Do you think you’ll like the new look EBR weekly mail when you see it next week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

Well, I hope that folks aren't disappointed. I guess the first things is whether or not the email will actually work and send out. If it doesn't, you won't be reading this, so it won't really matter. The next thing is whether I fixed the glitch I introduced last week whereby the email may have gone to you several times. If that happens again, I guess you'll be reading this a lot, ha ha! Anyway, feel free to send comments if you see the email.

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(Created on 8th May 2022)

Vote #762

Question:

It's been a long time since I've done anything touristy in San Francisco, but next weekend I have a friend in town and it's going to be time to remember all those things that visitors like to see. One of the things that several people have said is that Twin Peaks offers the best view of San Francisco, but there is a risk that you can be fogged out of the view. Will we get a good view of San Francisco next weekend from Twin Peaks?

Results:

Yes - it will be a clear day was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes - it will be a clear day (100%)
  • No - it will be foggy (0%)

Analysis:

Sadly the actual answer was no. There was a lot of difficulty traversing San Francisco on account of the fact that Sunday was the Bay to Breakers race. A running race that shuts down the roads in the city. That said, we did meet up and headed out of town to get those sites done first, but by the time we went back in and up to Twin Peaks, the fog had rolled in. It wasn’t even a nice white fluffy fog, it was a grey rainy looking thing. Anyway, other than that, it was a great day and we got to see a lot.

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(Created on 1st May 2022)

Vote #761

Question:

I appear to have undertaken a mammoth of a project with my website. Essentially this is down to Google shutting down the ability to mail using the api I'm currently using. I've figured out what I have to do to change it, but there's been a cascade of things that need to be done. In order to get one thing to work, I have to change something else and that breaks something else and requires yet another thing ... if you catch my drift. Anyway, we finally made a bit of progress today after spending pretty much the entire day on it. The project needs to be completed by the 30th as that's when Google shuts off the existing service I'm using. Will I complete my website project by the 30th of this month?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (40%)
  • No (60%)

Analysis:

Huh! All ye of little faith! I've broken the back on the project that I'll start to write up soon (not that you're waiting for a write up of what I've been doing, but you're going to get one anyway). As of today (yesterday when you're reading this), the website is signed, secured and encrypted. You will notice the little padlock icon in the address bar when you access the site and no longer can you get to the plain old vanilla htttp://www.eastbayrag.com, but now you get the https://www.eastbayrag.com so I can now be officially trusted. Well, sometimes, anyway. There's still a ways to go on the project and right now there are some parts of the site that don't quite work the way they're intended, so there's a lot more work to be done. I have a friend in town next weekend, so not going to get much time then, but I can probably take a big swing at the remainder the weekend after.

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(Created on 24th April 2022)

Vote #760

Question:

Congratulations to Red Bull for taking the fight to Ferrari on their home soil. A huge win for Verstappen and the team. Looks like we've got another two horse race this season with Ferrari taking the place of Mercedes who don't seem very competitive. Which constructor do you think will win this year's Formula 1 season?

Results:

Red Bull was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Alfa Romeo (0%)
  • Alpha Tauri (0%)
  • Alpine (0%)
  • Aston Martin (0%)
  • Ferrari (0%)
  • Haas (0%)
  • McLaren (0%)
  • Mercedes (33%)
  • Red Bull (67%)
  • Williams (0%)

Analysis:

Interesting that nobody went for Ferrari given they're the team to beat right now. I do suspect that Red Bull will be the team to beat in the end, but I'm sure Mercedes will manage to find some late season performance even though they've had a bad start.

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(Created on 17th April 2022)

Vote #759

Question:

I’m rather annoyed that I forgot to set last weeks vote question as I had it in my mind ready to go. I guess the travel made me forget. Anyway, I’m going to ask the question this week even though it relates to events last week. If I ask for a tea in Boston, will I get thrown in the harbor?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

As it happens, I wasn't thrown into the harbor, but there are a few that will argue I probably should have been. Might have made for a more fun trip thinking about it.

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(Created on 3rd April 2022)

Vote #758

Question:

Heading into a quiet week after the surgery last week and a trip to Boston the week after this one. Will this week remain quiet or will something come up?

Results:

No, something will come up was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes, it will remain quiet (25%)
  • No, something will come up (75%)

Analysis:

Well, this question relates to the week before last as I appear to have forgotten to set the vote question last week. Anyway, the week in question did remain quiet, unlike last week which was rather hectic and not in a good way.

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(Created on 27th March 2022)

Vote #757

Question:

Now to the gaming wonders that be the weekend geriatrics. We’re back on Apex Legends …. Well, more like I’m back on Apex and the other two are playing it because they can’t think of anything else to play. I will say though that they are struggling a bit. Paul has managed a couple of kills since his return, but Luke hasn’t quite found his form yet. Will Luke get another kill in Apex Legends?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

Well, he didn't actually play this weekend (at least not with me), so still sitting on zero. I'm sure eventually he'll spray a stray bullet and catch a final kill on someone.

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(Created on 20th March 2022)

Vote #756

Question:

I’ve been away all week at a conference and we had this keynote speaker talk about economics. Pretty interesting stuff if you’re into that kind of thing. One of the things he talked about was the fact that millennials tend to value experiences over tangible items, so would rather go somewhere or do something than buy an object. The interesting thing is that Owen was talking about the same thing (between eating pineapple chunks) in that he was now focused on events and experiences above other things. Is Owen a millennial in disguise?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Interesting. I didn’t think he was a millennial, but you all think he is. My rationale is that if you cut him open and counted the rings, you’d find he’s too old to be a millennial. Maybe he died and a millennial assumed his body. Maybe not, lol.

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(Created on 12th March 2022)

Vote #755

Question:

I've just packed my stuff for a drive down to San Diego for a conference next week. I noted that I still have a pair of my Dad's underpants that I've been wearing for the last 10 years or so. Not continuously, obviously, they would have given up by now if that were the case. Will my Dad want his underpants back after 10 years of use?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (40%)
  • No (60%)

Analysis:

I think the answer is no, but interesting that a few of you went with yes. Perhaps you like old and used underpants. Still, at least I now have a family heirloom to hand down to William.

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(Created on 6th March 2022)

Vote #754

Question:

Holidays/vacations always seem to be over before they started and this one is no exception. It only seems like two minutes ago since I was setting off for the drive over to Vegas. Oh well, it's Sunday night and we'll be back at the grind tomorrow. Still, it could be worse given what's happening in the Ukraine. It's obvious this week is going to be a pain. Which day this week is going to be the worse after returning from vacation?

Results:

Monday and Tuesday tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Monday (50%)
  • Tuesday (50%)
  • Wednesday (0%)
  • Thursday (0%)
  • Friday (0%)

Analysis:

A split between Monday and Tuesday. I feel that Monday gets a bad rap because we compare it to the weekend before whereas if you compared it to any other day, it's probably not any better or worse ... save for the fact that it's longer to get from Monday to the next weekend than from any other day. Anyway, Monday was the correct answer as I had some plop that needed to be dealt with on Monday and it wasn't pleasant.

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(Created on 26th February 2022)

Vote #753

Question:

Probably dangerous to set a question in advance, but I don't want to forget to set one on Sunday when I get into Las Vegas, so I'm doing it ahead of time. One of the reasons I'm driving over is because I want to drive an off road track that Mr O and I tried before in a rental car and were unable to get through. Time to tackle it with a full on 4 wheel drive. Will we be able to get through the corn creek off road this trip?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Well, the answer is yes, but it wasn't exactly plain sailing. We had a puncture about 21 miles into a 43 mile track. If you're interested, you can read the full story and see some pictures

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(Created on 20th February 2022)

Vote #752

Question:

Well, onto happier thoughts. This time next week, I should be meandering across the Sierra Nevada to meet up with Mr O in Vegas. By the time you read the vote question next week, I should be in Vegas sleeping, but getting ready for a mini road trip adventure through Death Valley, up to Tahoe, then back to the Bay Area. I'll save the road trip question for next week, but before we get there, one of Mr O's favorite things to do in Vegas is to go shopping with me and having people think we're a couple. What makes shop assistants think Mr O and I are a couple?

Results:

The way he blows kisses was the clear winner with 40% of the votes from the following selection:

  • His dress (20%)
  • His lipstick (0%)
  • His walk (20%)
  • His handbag (20%)
  • The way he blows kisses (40%)

Analysis:

We probably should look at what Mr O responded with, but I'll leave him be ... well, probably not as by the time this analysis goes wrong, we should have met up in Vegas and be ready to start our mini road trip. Seems like the majority of you think it's the way he blows kisses. My question to you is how do you know what he looks like when he's blowing kisses? Definitely not something I've seen him do, but maybe you know him better than me.

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(Created on 13th February 2022)

Vote #751

Question:

Let's have a light hearted question after tempting fate last week ... are we going to war over the Ukraine?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (43%)
  • No (57%)

Analysis:

The press, being the press, would have us believe that war is imminent as they continue to fearmonger. Always looking for misery and doom - one minute it's covid, the next it's Ukraine. The vote was close though and, to be honest, it's pretty touch and go. Hopefully it's not war, but you kind of don't really know what Putin's going to do. Seems weird that war really boils down to the personalities of a few people.

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(Created on 30th January 2022)

Vote #750

Question:

Fair warning, this is a bit of a morbid question. I found out this week that a close work friend had been murdered. Ben, who I've hung out with outside of work as well as having a lot of respect for, is the subject of an ongoing homicide investigation. There's really very little information out there, other than he went missing, his friends were concerned and tried to find him (going through an elaborate process of tracking his car), then his body was found in a river. No cause of death given. Loads of obvious questions like was he caught up in something or just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Regardless, it does bring things into perspective. The fact that his friends looked for him almost immediately made me wonder - if something happened to me, how long would it be before anyone realized?

Results:

4 days, 1 week and Over a week tied with 33% of the votes each from the following:

  • 1 day (0%)
  • 2 days (0%)
  • 3 days (0%)
  • 4 days (33%)
  • 5 days (0%)
  • 6 days (0%)
  • 1 week (33%)
  • Over a week (33%)

Analysis:

The vote question that was left up for two weeks because I tempted fate a bit and ended up with a trip to the hospital only to be released and then pulled back in again. Talk of Anthrax, but no Scott Ian sadly. Anyway, the answer to this question very much depends on what week it is. I think if it's the week I have William he'd pretty much figure out something was wrong on the day as he'd be wondering why he hadn't been picked up after school. That said, if something happened the day I drop him off for the week, it could probably go a week before anyone truly realized something was wrong. Maybe some folks at work would notice, but not sure how long they wait before they raise the alarm. Even if they did, they just reach out to your emergency contact and mine is my friend who wouldn't know if something had happened. Oh well, probably not worth dwelling on it for too long. I think you could probably split the difference and figure it would be on average about 3 days before anyone noticed.

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(Created on 23rd January 2022)

Vote #749

Question:

Big congratulations to TSM and their win in the NA ALGS pro series. I watched most of it and have to say it was a pretty clinical show with some great calls from Hal and great teamwork from Reps and Verhulst. A fantastic win against some really good competition. That said, the biggest news in gaming this week is Microsoft’s planned acquisition of the troubled Activision Blizzard. This could be a really good thing or it could go horribly wrong. Will Microsoft successfully integrate Activision Blizzard?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

It's a big question in both the gaming and business world. The hope is that it will all go well and it will add a lot to gaming overall. Even form the start of the metaverse so to speak. That said, Microsoft has had a go at other things and pulled the plug on them - Nokia and Mixer being a couple of examples. I guess we'll see.

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(Created on 16th January 2022)

Vote #748

Question:

I just found out I have a bonus day off work for Martin Luther King day. First, huge respect to Dr King. Do you think I’m going to do something constructive with my additional day off or play video games?

Results:

Video Games was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Constructive (0%)
  • Video Games (100%)

Analysis:

Yup, pissed it up the wall and did nothing constructive, but totally enjoyed the extra day off.

Comments:

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(Created on 9th January 2022)

Vote #747

Question:

Going into a potentially exciting week. My vacuum cleaner broke last week and I let the cleaner pick the new one. Unfortunately it's experiencing a shipping delay. Will my new vacuum cleaner arrive this week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
13:15:02
10th January 2022
I'm amazed you've not got yourself one of those robot vacuum cleaners by now.

Analysis:

It did indeed arrive. Everything I was expecting arrived with only one hitch - I had some medical stuff left in a public place, so that was stolen. No resale value. All the stuff with resale value actually arrived.

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(Created on 2nd January 2022)

Vote #746

Question:

Happy New Year to one and all! Hope you had a good celebration if that's your thing. Will you complete your 2022 New Year's Resolution?

Results:

Didn't make one was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (0%)
  • Didn't make one (100%)

Analysis:

I guess new year resolutions are a thing of the past. In fairness, I don't think I've ever made one. I'm not sure I get the significance of the calendar year changing being the factor to determine a change in lifestyle. Kind of think you need to make those decisions based on what's going on at the time, for example giving up smoking isn't something I did at the turn of the year.

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(Created on 26th December 2021)

Vote #745

Question:

Well, this time next week it'll be 2022. Are you looking forward to the 2022 new year?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Looks like most folks are looking forward to 2022. I've got to say, I'm looking forward to it too. I think we're going to come out the back of this here Covid thing one way or another. Probably just going to let everyone who's been vaccinated go about their lives as normal and just hope it dies down. I guess we'll see.

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(Created on 19th December 2021)

Vote #744

Question:

There's really only one question right now - will I be back in England this time next week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Well, the answer is no. I decided to cancel at the last minute because of all the news articles on whether the UK was going to go back into lockdown, put a curfew in place or limit the number of folks that can meet at any one time. In the end, they did nothing and I'm not entirely sure I made the right decision to stay in the US, but the decision is made, so here I stay for now.

Comments:

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Mr O
00:04:20
27th December 2021
I think you did make the right decision. Bojo hasn't announced anything yet, but it's coming this week.

(Created on 12th December 2021)

Vote #743

Question:

First, let me say a huge congratulations to Max Verstappen for his first Formula 1 championship. An amazing driver and thoroughly deserving of the title. I’m sure there will be many more to come. I am, however, stuck on the fact that the championship concluded on a decision and not on racing. Ironically, the reason the last lap was run. Let’s stick with sport for the question though and the continuing disappointment for the English. Will England get a test win in the current Ashes tournament?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

I admire the optimism, but it's not looking very likely the way things are going.

Comments:

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(Created on 5th December 2021)

Vote #742

Question:

After deciding Luke and Paul needed a change in pace from first person shooters, we thought we'd try monopoly. Was monopoly always boring?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 63% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (63%)
  • No (38%)

Analysis:

This is kind of an add question really as Monopoly is a game I’ve always loved, but somehow playing it the other day, it seemed really boring. We haven’t played since, so it could just be a state of mind. Maybe next game will be more fun.

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(Created on 28th November 2021)

Vote #741

Question:

It looks like we have another variant of the Corona virus (this one being Omicron). New measures have gone into effect for quarantine into the UK. It looks like I can still make it, but I have to quarantine for 10 days or until I get a negative Covid test. Ironically, I'm still allowed to take public transport to my place of quarantine (as of the time of writing this question). Will travel still be allowed when I'm due to fly back to the UK at the end of December?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

This one's a little touch and go. I don't know which way it's going to turn. I see more travel restrictions coming into effect, but all signs are that if you're vaccinated, you should be ok. I guess we'll find out in a few weeks.

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(Created on 21st November 2021)

Vote #740

Question:

One of the things I have on my todo list before I come back to England at Christmas is to get a Covid booster jab. This is probably one of the best weeks to get it done because it's Thanksgiving, so work should be a little quieter. That said, the hospital doesn't seem to have any vaccines. Will I be able to get a Covid booster jab this week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 86% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (86%)
  • No (14%)

Analysis:

I did manage to get my Covid booster jab this past week, but it wasn't as easy as I thought it was going to be. I ended up having to book it through a pharmacy and the only one I could find that had an opening at a time I could make it was a drive away. Still, got it done, so that's another job crossed off the list.

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(Created on 14th November 2021)

Vote #739

Question:

After a catastrophic end to the week of damaging parts of my body, I have to ask, am I going to fall over again this week and injure myself?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Yeah, it's generally a 50/50 this one. Thankfully I've managed to get through most of the week and haven't had a mishap yet. Still 6 hours to go, but not really planning on doing much in those 6 hours, so will hopefully hold out.

Comments:

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(Created on 7th November 2021)

Vote #738

Question:

I think most people know that I've been doing these gaming sessions with a couple of friends on a Saturday and Sunday morning. Well, it turns out that Paul is really into Strictly Come Dancing.'ve nothing against the show (I can't have as I've not seen it), I'm just not into these types of shows. I don't have TV anymore as it seems that's all that's on there nowadays, so I just stream what I want to watch. Anyway, it's getting difficult to play when you want to focus on the gameplay and someone's going on and on about some TV show. What's worse is that he's got this special laugh when he talks about it .... kind of high pitched, almost a giggle. I guess it's the kind of laugh you get when you're infatuated by something or someone. Anyway, what is it about Strictly Come Dancing that Paul likes the most?

Results:

All of the above was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • The hosts (0%)
  • The celebreties (0%)
  • The dancers (0%)
  • The dancing (0%)
  • The show format (0%)
  • The gossip (0%)
  • The affairs (0%)
  • Guessing who will win (0%)
  • All of the above (100%)

Analysis:

I probably shouldn't have included the all of the above answer as that was obviously going to take it. It's obviously more than just the one reason when you're into something this much. Interestingly Luke commented all of the above plus the outfits. Adding he really likes the sequins. Again, having never seen the show, difficult for me to comment.

Comments:

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(Created on 31st October 2021)

Vote #737

Question:

I will admit that I spend a lot of time gaming over the weekends, but we do sneak in some housework here and there. William had put dinner on and then was doing something, so I was getting it out to dish up and I turned to him and asked if he could move the washing from the washing machine into the dryer and turn it on. He said yes, but asked how to turn it on. I told him to turn the knob anti clockwise to very dry and then pull it out to start it. When I turned round after asking William to put the dryer on did I see A) the dryer humming along to make my clothes fluffy and warm or B) a teenager holding the dryer knob in his hand asking what do I do now?

Results:

B - knobless dryer was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • A - humming dryer (0%)
  • B - knobless dryer (100%)

Analysis:

Yup, you got it. I turned round to see William looking at a knob in his hand (no, not that kind of knob) and that expression on his face of I want to laugh, but I don't know if I'm going to get shouted at, so I probably shouldn't laugh yet. Honestly, I was in tears as I thought it was hilarious. The issue, in all fairness, was with me as it's the washing machine that has the knob that pulls out. The dryer has a button that needs to be pushed once the knob is positioned correctly.

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(Created on 24th October 2021)

Vote #736

Question:

And now for a question to test your knowledge of the London Underground. Is the circle line a circle or is it broken?

Results:

Broken Circle and Depends what map you have tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Circle (0%)
  • Broken Circle (50%)
  • Depends what map you have (50%)

Analysis:

Ah! The age old is the circle line a circle. Apparently it hasn’t been a circle since 2009. My dad keeps going on about it as he apparently tried to go round it through the broken part of the circle. I keep saying it’s a circle because it was when I lived in London. I’m unlikely to try and travel round where the broken bit is. As for the maps, some show it as a circle and some show the break. I just hope the give the unbroken maps to the tourists. Well, it’ll give them something to do.

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(Created on 17th October 2021)

Vote #735

Question:

Probably going to book a trip back to England for Christmas. Do I want to fly direct to England for ease or switch planes in NY to save money?

Results:

Fly direct was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Fly direct (83%)
  • Save money (17%)

Analysis:

I did actually book my flight which may be a surprise to some people as I'm really on the fence about traveling still with Covid and all that, but I'm also really in need of a break, so I took the plunge and did indeed book to fly direct.

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(Created on 10th October 2021)

Vote #734

Question:

With the best news of this past week being that William Shatner is going into space …. Dare I say boldly going into space? The question has come up how many of the 9 members of the original Star Trek cast (ignoring the pilot) are still alive?

Results:

2, 4 and 5 tied with 33% of the votes each from the following:

  • 1 (0%)
  • 2 (33%)
  • 3 (0%)
  • 4 (33%)
  • 5 (33%)
  • 6 (0%)
  • 7 (0%)
  • 8 (0%)
  • 9 (0%)

Analysis:

The correct answer is 4 being William Shatner (Kirk), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), George Takei (Sulu) and Walter Koenig (Chekhov). Big congratulations to Shatner for going into space. I know he’s the oldest to date, but I think the main thing is that he’s gone to space. Not many of us will get to do that. So cool.

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(Created on 3rd October 2021)

Vote #733

Question:

Well, we’ve done a big cleanup in anticipation of my new desk coming. I don’t have an exact date for it to arrive. Apparently it will come in multiple shipments. Will I get all of my new desk delivered this week?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (17%)
  • No (83%)

Analysis:

Nope, bloody thing didn't arrive. I don't have an update on when it will come either.

Comments:

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(Created on 26th September 2021)

Vote #732

Question:

I ordered a new desk to give me more room to work and setup my gaming stuff. Some concern has been raised over where it’s going to fit so I got the old tape measure out to do some measuring up and my penis really isn’t that small. That’s got nothing to do with the vote question, just thought I’d share. The question this week is one I’m not actually sure of myself. I’ll explain more in the analysis, but it evolves around a tournament where there are group games that decide the knockout brackets, e.g. the World Cup. Is it cheating to deliberately lose a group match to get a favorable opponent in the knockout phase?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 71% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (29%)
  • No (71%)

Analysis:

It’s interesting that the majority of folks say no. That’s exactly how I would answer. If a tournament is setup a certain way, it doesn’t seem like cheating to me to deliberately lose a match. That’s just playing smart to maximize your chance of getting to the finals. Anyway, in the current clash of clans tournament, two teams were banned for cheating for doing exactly that, throwing a game. I believe the irony is that the two teams that threw were the two teams due to face each other. I guess neither of them wanted to meet until the finals. Not sure if the results had been allowed to stand when they would have come up against each other. Presumably before the finals and possibly in the next round anyway.

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(Created on 19th September 2021)

Vote #731

Question:

This weeks vote question comes from a slight miscalculation on my part. I’ll explain a bit more in the analysis, but for now, do you think it’s too cold to drink beer in a garden in England at Christmas?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

Exactly! It’s never too cold to drink beer in the garden. Famous last words as he shivers. Yeah, I don’t think I’m going to be trying it. Not unless some kind of shelter or heating option is available.

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(Created on 12th September 2021)

Vote #730

Question:

Well, I was wondering what question to set this week and it was just presented to me on Wallah’s stream. If you’ve got an upset stomach and you feel some wind, do you risk a fart?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

There’s one brave sole among us. The rest of us are going to err on the side of caution and sit on the pot to pass gas when suffering from an upset stomach. I just hope the one brave sole has a change of underwear handy.

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(Created on 5th September 2021)

Vote #729

Question:

I have to start by saying congrats to Max Verstappen. An utterly boring race to be honest, but fantastic for him to win on home soil. He drove a faultless race. It's definitely going to be a close one. Who is your pick to win the F1 title?

Results:

Lewis was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Lewis (100%)
  • Max (0%)

Analysis:

Well, if today’s showing is anything to go by, I should have included an option for neither of them. Congrats to Danny Ric for his first McLaren win and a solid race. Boo to the boys at the top of the table. It does, however, look like the folks here think Lewis is on for his eighth title.

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(Created on 29th August 2021)

Vote #728

Question:

Is this week going to prove as challenging as the last?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Sadly the answer was indeed yes and it doesn't show any signs of slowing up anytime soon. I'm sure there will be light at the end of the tunnel and we'll run towards it and have just about enough time to realize it's a train before it splats us. Happy thoughts.

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(Created on 22nd August 2021)

Vote #727

Question:

Sunday night and I'm wondering the same thing as I normally do of a Sunday evening - shall I grab a beer before I go to bed?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

It was never really in question, was it? Of course I grabbed a beer before heading off to beddy byes. That said, I had a crazy busy week and ended up going to bed early most nights because I was pooped and had to get up early.

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(Created on 15th August 2021)

Vote #726

Question:

This week's question comes courtesy of Paul who was talking about going for a plop when we were gaming. A regular topic I might add. Anyway, it got me wondering is a plop called a plop because it makes a plop when you plop?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (83%)
  • No (17%)

Analysis:

Ah, most of you went for yes, but I think this is another one of those chicken and egg questions. Which came first, the plop or the plop?

Comments:

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(Created on 8th August 2021)

Vote #725

Question:

This week marks the end of what I assume will be a completely forgettable summer for William. Stuck inside with social distancing has meant no real holiday to create the memories that we would normally have. School starts again this week. Do you think school starting back up in person is going to cause another Covid spike?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Of course it's going to cause another Covid spike. Sending the kiddies back to their petri dishes to see what grows ..... what could go wrong?

Comments:

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(Created on 1st August 2021)

Vote #724

Question:

'Tis the final week of the first cycle of Vault of Glass challenges in Destiny 2. That means that this week is the earliest that you can earn the Fatebreaker title. In order to do that, you need to complete several tasks, but also get the Vex Mythoclast exotic gun from the raid. Sadly, it's random luck as to whether this drops or not and I haven't got it yet. Will I get Vex Mythoclast this week to complete the Fatebreaker title?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

No. I can do all the hard stuff, but I can’t get random luck to shine on me. Maybe next week.

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(Created on 25th July 2021)

Vote #723

Question:

There's a dawning realization that at some point in the not too distant future, I'm going to have to return to a client site. I'm guessing the first one will be local rather than jumping on a plane, but, based on the past, jumping on a plane can't be too far away. How long do you think it will be before I have to go to a client site?

Results:

Month and 3 Months tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Week (0%)
  • Month (50%)
  • 2 Months (0%)
  • 3 Months (50%)
  • 4 Months (0%)
  • 5 months (0%)
  • 6 months (0%)
  • Year (0%)
  • Longer (0%)

Analysis:

A split between a month and three months. Let's split the difference and call it two months. Sadly it seems inevitable.

Comments:

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(Created on 18th July 2021)

Vote #722

Question:

I was explaining my general contempt for the human race and its many flaws and I was called a misanthropist. Am I a misanthrope?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Well, that's pretty unanimous. I guess I have an inherent dislike for the human race. The thing is though, I did a bit of research on misanthropy and I couldn't really find that much. The things I did find seemed to focus on a lack of trust being a common trait of a misanthrope. Which is not something I suffer with. But then I got to question what exactly is trust? To me, it's just a factor of predictability. Given a person's personality and a set of inputs, you can generally predict how they are going to act, so it's generally easy to trust someone if everything seems to line up. Obviously you do get it wrong sometimes, but I think generally most people don't aim to do wrong and there's no reason to mistrust in general. I have to be honest, the traits that were listed for misanthropy seem to me to be more aligned with paranoia. I'm definitely not paranoid. It's certainly feasible that someone who suffers from paranoia would also be a misanthrope. If you think everyone's out to get you then, it would seem natural that you'd develop a dislike for the human race. So I challenge the limited research that's out there and suggest that they've concluded on some traits that aren't directly tied to misanthropy. But then again, what do I care? I hate you all anyway.

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(Created on 11th July 2021)

Vote #721

Question:

What should I do with this Champagne now then?

Results:

Save it was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Save it (50%)
  • Drink it (13%)
  • Throw it away (0%)
  • Butt Plug (38%)

Analysis:

Honestly, giving it to Lewis is probably the best bet as he certainly has a use for it. Did anyone else pick up on the commentary when there was a battle between Ferrari and McLaren and the commentator said oh look, another Italian team taking on an English team. Too soon my friend, too soon.

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(Created on 4th July 2021)

Vote #720

Question:

After the epic performance of my home country earlier this week, there’s really only one question. Will England go all the way and win the Euros?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Errr, no. It was nice of Disco Stu to step up and try to take a penalty. Put in some serious moves on the run up and then, well, you know how it ended.

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(Created on 27th June 2021)

Vote #719

Question:

The world is so crazy right now. I literally can't spend money it's stupid. I couldn't find anyone to do my car. I've spent months trying to get a new Xbox and they continue to be sold out. I've decided to get a gaming PC instead. Got one in the cart and I can't get it to checkout because some of the items it let me select are out of stock. Will I be able to buy a gaming PC by the end of the week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (57%)
  • No (43%)

Analysis:

I did indeed submit an order for a gaming PC. It took until Thursday I think. Got several into the cart, but errored before I could buy. But I think I’m there. Going to take a month to actually get it, but we’ve committed anyway.

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(Created on 20th June 2021)

Vote #718

Question:

Are you enjoying the Euros?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (0%)
  • Not watching (40%)

Analysis:

That's pretty cool, those that are watching the Euros are enjoying it. I wonder if I'd get the same response after England get knocked out.

Comments:

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(Created on 13th June 2021)

Vote #717

Question:

Not too much coming up this week. Williams going in for his second jab. Did you have any side effects from your vaccine?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • Some but minor (25%)
  • No (75%)
  • Decline to say (0%)

Analysis:

Poor young William. He had side effects from the second jab unlike most folks here. Only lasted a night, but he turned into the chunder monster.

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(Created on 6th June 2021)

Vote #716

Question:

Well, it’s that time of the year again when doctors want to push a really long pipe with a camera at the end up my poo chute. I’ve done the day without eating and cleared my inner workings ready for the procedure. How was your Sunday?

Results:

So so was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Good (17%)
  • Bad (17%)
  • So so (67%)

Analysis:

Still nobody doing much these days. I think most days are so so.

Comments:

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(Created on 30th May 2021)

Vote #715

Question:

I’ve got a pile of clean clothes ready to be put away and there’s a stray pair of underpants between the clean pile and the dirty bin. They could have been knocked off the clean pile or possibly missed the dirty bin when I threw them at it. I’m debating what to do. Are the underpants between the clean pile and the dirty bin clean or dirty?

Results:

Clean and Sniff them to find out tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Clean (50%)
  • Dirty (0%)
  • Sniff them to find out (50%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Dad
00:13:26
31st May 2021
throw them at the wall, if they don't stick they're clean

Analysis:

It seems like my dad confuses dirty underwear with spaghetti. One of those, you should throw at the wall to determine if they’re ready. Note to self, make sure you check food preparation next time you get to go back home. I also don’t know why I would sniff them when simply looking inside to see if the skid marks are fresh would suffice. Anyway, they were clean. I concluded that they must have been knocked off the clean pile as the trajectory was all wrong for it to have been a wayward throw to the dirty bin.

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(Created on 23rd May 2021)

Vote #714

Question:

So close, but Leicester couldn't hold on for the Champions League spot. That said, I'm really happy with the season. FA cup win and a fifth place finish is definitely something I would take at the beginning of the season, so I can't be disappointed. I also had my failing in trying to complete the Day 1 raid challenge after trying non stop for 16 hours. How many hours would you stick at something if you were constantly failing?

Results:

1 was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 1 (50%)
  • 3 (25%)
  • 5 (0%)
  • 7 (0%)
  • 10 (0%)
  • 15 (25%)
  • 20 (0%)
  • 24 (0%)
  • >24 (0%)

Analysis:

I see. So most of you are the type that give up easily. I guess I’m just a stubborn old mule.

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(Created on 16th May 2021)

Vote #713

Question:

Huge congratulations have to be given to Leicester for winning the FA cup yesterday. I'm still in shock from the league title a few years back and they've done it again. Who knows, perhaps a European title is in the making at some point. A man can dream, can't he?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

A man can indeed dream. This man dreamed he was going to complete the Vault of Glass raid on Day 1 and that turned out to be a dream. 16 hours I plugged away at it before admitting defeat and deciding to give up. Oh well. Kind of sad as I've done it now on normal mode and it's really easy on normal.

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(Created on 10th May 2021)

Vote #712

Question:

Will Lewis win his eighth world championship?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 71% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (71%)
  • No (29%)

Analysis:

Well, the voters from a few weeks ago were right about Leicester winning the FA cup, so hopefully another prediction is in the making and Lewis will win his eighth world title.

Comments:

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(Created on 2nd May 2021)

Vote #711

Question:

Paul wasn't able to play with us on Saturday because he had something better to do. Not entirely sure I can fathom that, but I've had to accept it and move on with my life. What was most noticeable about Paul's absence in the fireteam this Saturday?

Results:

No explaining how to get to Xur, Nobody was killed by a teammate and Nobody shit themselves tied with 33% of the votes each from the following:

  • No waiting around (0%)
  • No explaining how to get to Xur (33%)
  • Nobody got lost in a strike (0%)
  • The phrase “Guardian Down”was heard less (0%)
  • Nobody was killed by a teammate (33%)
  • Nobody shit themselves (33%)

Analysis:

A split on the voting. He still maintains that he didn't shit himself, but his underpants say otherwise.

Comments:

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(Created on 25th April 2021)

Vote #710

Question:

Continuing the football theme and all the shenanigans that have gone on this week, do you think I should have been asked to play in the European Super League?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Absolutely! Team Rag for the win!

Comments:

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(Created on 18th April 2021)

Vote #709

Question:

There is a huge amount of fear for tempting fate here, but I never thought I’d see Leicester win the premiere league. Will Leicester win the FA cup?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (83%)
  • No (17%)

Analysis:

Yes, we all have faith in the blue army. But then again, given that we’re playing Chelsea, the blue army will win one way or the other.

Comments:

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(Created on 11th April 2021)

Vote #708

Question:

You know when you get an idea in your head and it just seeds and keeps growing. Well yesterday I realized it'd been a long time since I'd just drunk listening to Black Label Society. Which, in my opinion, is the reason alcohol was invented. It's just awesome to let yourself sink into despair and let the music take you to all the dark places of your mind. Feeling all the pain in your life rise to the surface, realizing all your mistakes and welcoming the darkness. “Once you step inside, no one gets out alive”. Then, through the darkness comes a moment of clarity. Everything makes sense. There's just one question. Were the Oompa Loompa's a form of slave labor?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

Yes indeedy, that Willy Wonka ran a sweat shop.

Comments:

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(Created on 4th April 2021)

Vote #707

Question:

And once again we return to a gaming question of sorts. This past weekend, the young 'uns joined us and helped drag Luke and Paul through the raid in Destiny 2 enabling them to do their first completion. There is much I could say about this epic feat, but I will leave it that Paul's main contribution continued to be demonstrating how far up his arse he can push his mic before farting. It was funny to start with, but even the kids stopped laughing as it went on. That was until the time when it sounded like he squeezed to hard and pushed out some solids. Mysteriously, he did disappear for a while after that. Did Paul actually shit himself while playing Destiny this past weekend?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

A split decision and I guess we'll never actually find out. He's adamant he didn't pop a poop into his pants, but it's not like it's something you would really want to advertise.

Comments:

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(Created on 28th March 2021)

Vote #706

Question:

Well congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for hanging on to win the opening Grand Prix of the season. But, moving from fast to slow, I know it’s causing huge problems, but do you find it funny that something as slow as container ships are stuck in a traffic jam?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 70% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (70%)
  • No (30%)

Analysis:

Rather a lot of interest in the vote question this week which seems odd for such an inane topic. That said, the consensus appears to be that it is amusing the that the tanker ships are in a traffic jam. It does, however, seem that the boat was freed and all has resumed back to normal. Crisis averted.

Comments:

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(Created on 21st March 2021)

Vote #705

Question:

Back to the gaming questions and I have my sights set on the conqueror seal which requires completion of 6 different grand master strikes. I have the first one done. They change every week, so I have 5 more weeks to go. Will I get the conqueror seal?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 63% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (63%)
  • No (38%)

Analysis:

This week saw a huge push towards the seal, but there is still a way to go. I do think that we will get there though.

Comments:

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(Created on 14th March 2021)

Vote #704

Question:

How annoying is it going to be to have to fast tomorrow all day while being busy at work?

Results:

Really, really, really annoying was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Not at all (0%)
  • Little (0%)
  • A bit (0%)
  • Moderately (0%)
  • A lot (25%)
  • Really, really, really annoying (75%)

Analysis:

Honestly, it really wasn’t that bad. I’d actually forgotten about it and forgot what vote question I even set. I was really busy at work, so had enough going on to distract me. I did feel a bit tired by the time I went in is all.

Comments:

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(Created on 7th March 2021)

Vote #703

Question:

I’ve noticed that the media (well, the BBC website - maybe others, but I don’t really check them) has been dominated by Meghan Markle. Not sure why as I haven’t read the articles. Similar to when Donald Trump was in power, I didn’t really read articles about him either even though it dominated the press. This does, however, beg the question Is Meghan Markle trying to be the next Donald Trump?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Don't know if this question was too topical, but there seems to be a resounding response of yes. I have to be honest, I really haven't read any of the articles related to her as I really couldn't care less. I know a lot of people have though and I've heard all negative comments like “media hungry whore” which does indeed put her in the same category as Trump. No idea if that's the case, but wasn't she an actress or something before all this. All seems to point to needing attention.

Comments:

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(Created on 28th February 2021)

Vote #702

Question:

Let's look outside the window at mother nature. Too long have we been stuck indoors from this here Covid thing. Now it's time to ponder that age old nature question. Do badgers eat deer?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

The answer is absolutely yes, badgers eat deer. Badgers will definitely strip down a deer carcass. Perhaps the better question would have been whether or not badgers kill deer. The answer to that is also yes, but only really babies or fawn as their better known. The don’t really go around killing fully grown deer.

Comments:

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(Created on 21st February 2021)

Vote #701

Question:

Does a murmuration of starlings excite you?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Ooooh! A split vote. Been a while since I've seen one of those. I guess it's kind of cool, but not exactly the rarest thing to see.

Comments:

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(Created on 14th February 2021)

Vote #700

Question:

It's time to mix things up and move away from the gaming related questions. Are you looking forward to a non gaming question?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

Yes, of course you were looking forward to a non gaming related question. Well, now that's out of the way, we can go back to normal.

Comments:

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(Created on 7th February 2021)

Vote #699

Question:

Alright, so next week is the start of the new season in Destiny 2, Season of the Chosen. Will Season of the Chosen be exciting?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

Fairly split result with the majority of folks opting for yes, Season of the Chosen will be exciting. It's a little early to actually say as we're in the honeymoon period of new content, so anything's exciting right now. We'll have to see if it lasts the entire season or whether interest starts to wane.

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(Created on 31st January 2021)

Vote #698

Question:

Tuesday will start the final week of the Season of the Hunt in Destiny 2 before we get a whole load of new content. Will I be lucky enough to get Eyes of Tomorrow before the end of the season?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Nope, sadly I was not able to get it. You only have a max of three attempts each week to see if you're lucky enough and none of my attempts were successful. I was, however, extremely pleased with everything else I got done this season. Quite happy with a few of the acheivements.

Comments:

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(Created on 24th January 2021)

Vote #697

Question:

The first full week of a new president. Do you think we'll have as many tweets with the new president as the last one?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (20%)
  • No (80%)

Analysis:

Yeah, I somehow doubt that we're going to see as many tweets as we did before. It's like we've got a bland blancmange in the White House after the multi colored dipstick. I'm sure the news organizations are starting to panic about what to do now. It's like they'll have to go out and do their job and fine things that are news worthy as opposed to it being presented to them and they just give their opinions on it.

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(Created on 17th January 2021)

Vote #696

Question:

There's only one vote question that can be asked this week and it's courtesy of William who's asked a question based on people joining his online games. Is everyone from Scotland miserable?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

It's probably the weather that causes it.

Comments:

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(Created on 10th January 2021)

Vote #695

Question:

An educational question, how dare he I hear you say. At the end of the last vote analysis I ended with a rhetorical question. Put a question mark at the end of it, deleted it for a period, then changed the period back to a question mark. I wasn't really sure how to punctuate it. How should a rhetorical question be punctuated?

Results:

Question mark was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Question mark (100%)
  • Period (0%)
  • Exclamation mark (0%)
  • Hash (0%)
  • Ampersand (0%)
  • Eggplant emoji (0%)
  • Poo emoji (0%)

Analysis:

Doesn't look like anyone voted, so I'm assuming you don't know. It's apparently up to the writer how they want to punctuate a rhetorical question. Normally it is done with either a period, question mark or exclamation mark.

Comments:

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(Created on 3rd January 2021)

Vote #694

Question:

Hello and welcome to the new year. I guess we need to start off with a seasonal question. Will 2021 be exciting?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Excellent, that majority of folks think 2021 will be exciting. I have to be honest, I do too. It's off to a pretty interesting start with the shenanigans in the US. Who knows what else is in store for us?

Comments:

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(Created on 27th December 2020)

Vote #693

Question:

Did you realize it was Monday already?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

I don't actually know what happened to this vote question. I didn't forget it, I did set it. Owen pinged me to say it wasn't set because he hadn't got the email, so something must have happened after I set it to stop the email from going out. I couldn't exactly resend the question as it wouldn't have made sense, so I just left it. Perhaps the answer is that even though I knew it was Monday, my computer did not. Anyway, hopefully this one goes out without a hitch and normal service will be resumed. Happy New Year to everyone by the way - I hope you all had a good time and stayed safe which seems to be the saying these days.

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(Created on 20th December 2020)

Vote #692

Question:

Congrats to Lewis Hamilton for winning sports personality of the year. He's won everything else and thoroughly deserves it. But, is there a sinister element to this? We know that Lewis is faster than everyone else. We also know that he had Covid 19. And now the new variant travels faster than everyone else. Did Lewis Hamilton teach the Corona Virus to drive his Mercedes?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

It does seem that one of the new strains is UK centric, so it is highly possible that Lewis taught it to move quickly.

Comments:

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(Created on 13th December 2020)

Vote #691

Question:

One more week until the holidays and then Christmas will be upon us. Are you looking forward to Christmas in this Covid world?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

Oooh, most people said no. I answered yes as I'm still looking forward to a break from work. Admittedly it won't be the same as a trip back home. There's something about getting off a plane that really marks the start of a break and helps with that separation from work. Still, there won't be as many emails over the holidays.

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(Created on 6th December 2020)

Vote #690

Question:

So, what exactly are triumphs for?

Results:

Riding was the clear winner with 40% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Driving (0%)
  • Riding (40%)
  • Confusing (20%)
  • Rewarding (20%)
  • Bragging (0%)
  • Celebrating (0%)
  • Masturbating (20%)

Analysis:

Triumphs are still a mystery to me. Obviously they make perfect sense in the car or motorcycle world, but in Destiny 2 they don't really seem to serve a purpose. At least that I can figure out, anyway.

Comments:

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(Created on 29th November 2020)

Vote #689

Question:

Oh boy! A long weekend with Thanksgiving and facing a Monday morning. Is this going to be a long week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 71% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (71%)
  • No (29%)

Analysis:

I’ve got to be honest, it did feel quite long. It wasn’t a bad week though. In fairness it was pretty good, but was definitely looking forward to the weekend.

Comments:

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(Created on 22nd November 2020)

Vote #688

Question:

A nice easy week ahead of me with Thanksgiving holiday. I do have to do some work, but I should get plenty of time to focus on other things. Will I do anything productive this Thanksgiving or piss it away playing video games?

Results:

Video Games was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Productive (0%)
  • Video Games (100%)

Analysis:

I’m not sure I entirely pissed it all away playing video games, but I tried my hardest to.

Comments:

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(Created on 15th November 2020)

Vote #687

Question:

What an amazing day (Sunday November 15th) that will go down in history. Triumphs galore. Lewis Hamilton with a world class drive to win a seventh world championship. Today's result was all about the driver and not about the car. A fantastic drive to take the win when he was clearly struggling throughout the weekend. Just an amazing way to win the championship with a win in Turkey. And if that wasn't enough to make it an amazing day, we completed a campaign in Destiny 2 with Paul. Who do you think had the biggest success on November 15th 2020?

Results:

Rag was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Lewis Hamilton (20%)
  • Rag (80%)

Analysis:

Ha, ha, ha. I hadn’t taken a look at the results until now, when I’ve come to add the analysis. I know I voted for Lewis, but nobody else did. I do have to say, it is quite an ordeal to manage Paul through a mission. The thing, in my mind, that swings it in Lewis’ direction is that he’s out there on his own. I normally have someone to bear some of the Paul burden. On Saturday, we had three others along for the ride, showing that other generations can participate too. However, even with big machine gun that goes boom, we did not succeed this past weekend.

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(Created on 8th November 2020)

Vote #686

Question:

Alrighty, so totally hypothetical question .... honestly. If you were on a team and one of the people screwed up and it caused you to have to redo the last hour, how would you react?

Results:

Stand by your teammate, Comment but work to resolve, Get angry but carry on and Shout and give up tied with 25% of the votes each from the following:

  • Stand by your teammate (25%)
  • Grin and push forward (0%)
  • Comment but work to resolve (25%)
  • Get angry but carry on (25%)
  • Shout and give up (25%)

Analysis:

Come on! You have to stand by your teammate regardless.

Comments:

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(Created on 1st November 2020)

Vote #685

Question:

Apparently there’s an election or something this week. I’ll be honest, I’ve not really been watching it that closely and it’s kind of crept up on me. I should probably have been a bit more organized if I was going to get elected. Probably not old enough yet though. Anyway, do you think it will rain on Tuesday?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Interesting, most of you thought it would rain on Tuesday and, well, I guess you saw what happened!

Comments:

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(Created on 25th October 2020)

Vote #684

Question:

It doesn't look like this Covid thing is going anytime soon. Do you think Santa will need a vaccine to deliver presents this Christmas?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

But surely Santa is immune to viruses and things like that. Thinking about it though, Santa is going to spread COVID at Christmas. Expect a spike in cases.

Comments:

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(Created on 18th October 2020)

Vote #683

Question:

Oh dear. We’ve moved onto a new game, Destiny 2. We were supposed to do it together, but Luke went ahead and then glitched the game for Paul and I. I’ve fixed mine, but it meant going back and redoing some of the stuff we’ve done earlier. Will Paul have the tenacity to go back and redo missions in Destiny 2?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

An interesting one this as I'm not really sure how to call it. He did go back and try to do them, but didn't manage it. That said, it's very confusing. We did, however, get to play together today and he completed them then, so it's all done.

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(Created on 11th October 2020)

Vote #682

Question:

Now, I don’t profess to be any good in the culinary department. If it comes in a box or tin, I’m fine, but it ends there. Recently I’ve been branching out into cooking rice. I know, we’re starting small. Now, I know you can do this the boring way and measure things out, but where’s the fun in that? What I want to know is whether it’s possible to cook the right amount of rice?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 63% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (38%)
  • No (63%)

Analysis:

Anyone who answered yes is either lying or is one of those boring people that measures it out in a cup first. I actually made some rice right after I set this question. I really went light so I didn’t cook too much. And I didn’t. But I was bloody hungry because I didn’t have enough to eat. Had to get me a bowl of breakfast cereal to fill me up.

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(Created on 4th October 2020)

Vote #681

Question:

It looks like the dream team has moved on from Apex and is now trying its hand at losing in Star Wars Squadrons. But there seems to be a mystery in the game. What does the A button do in Star Wars Squadrons?

Results:

Get me very irritated was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Fire primary weapon (0%)
  • Fire missile (20%)
  • Accelerate (0%)
  • Brake (0%)
  • Jump (0%)
  • Cycle Targets (0%)
  • Absolotely nothing (0%)
  • Bring an annoying message to screen (20%)
  • Get me very irritated (60%)

Analysis:

Yes, you are correct. Pushing the A button was getting me very irritated because it was not doing what it’s supposed to. It was also bringing a very annoying message to the screen that wasn’t helping matters very much either. We have actually found how to get the A button to do more than display an annoying message. You have to pull and hold the left trigger to select what you want the A button to do. Not very intuitive if you ask me.

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(Created on 27th September 2020)

Vote #680

Question:

I feel that I need to ask the ultimate question that I presented during a training course this week. Many of my colleagues shared work related questions, but when asked what my burning issue was, I presented my group with this: Should I stick with the GT-R and manage the heat and weight issues or change to a different platform?

Results:

Buy another car was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Stick with GT-R (40%)
  • Buy another car (60%)

Analysis:

Interesting that folks want me to buy another car. It actually looks like I'm going to stick with the GT-R and get some work done on it. If anyone is interested.

Comments:

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(Created on 20th September 2020)

Vote #679

Question:

It's time to think about the future and looking to where I should invest. Should I put the EastBayRag billions into HSBC to take advantage of their money laundering and ponzi scheme services?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

A split decision on where to invest the EBR funds. It's always difficult managing the multi billions of dollars that this website brings in on a daily basis. I often get calls from Bezos, Gates and Zuckerberg wishing they were as adept as I am in this regard. On reflection though, probably best to steer clear of any scams.

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(Created on 13th September 2020)

Vote #678

Question:

The great philosophical question: if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Well, we’re not here to answer that one, but we do have a similar conundrum. If Louisa quacks at the ducks and they fly away, does it smell?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Ok, so this was yet another nature question based on the updates I get from Paul as to how the UK countryside is doing. Well, at least a small part of Leicestershire anyway. So, apparently, he was feeding the ducks and Louisa let a rather loud one go. It scared the ducks away. Paul believes it was because they thought another more territorial duck was approaching, but the alternative view is that the smell drove them off. I guess we'll never know for sure.

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(Created on 6th September 2020)

Vote #677

Question:

We have to turn the question back to COVID I'm afraid. I was given a branded mask this weekend when I went to the track. Nice thought. Shame it didn't fit. I think I've got a rather large noggin - or at least the gap between my ears is quite big (even if it's empty). Anyway, I get that you have to wear a mask when you're out to stop the spread of air being expelled from your mouth. Should you put a mask over your arse before you fart in public to stop COVID bum air from circulating?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

The thing with these masks is that they do help if someone is coughing and spluttering in that it stops their germs from flying out towards other people, but it doesn’t actually stop you from breathing in bad things if you are close. This was proven out in Safeway after going down an aisle after some woman had shit herself. Not literally. In the passing of wind sense. These masks clearly do not have any kind of filtration unit on them. That said, I do think it’s polite to pop a mask over your arse if you’re going to fart. Particularly if you’re a woman and shop in Safeway.

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(Created on 30th August 2020)

Vote #676

Question:

I was playing Apex with Paul this weekend and, as normal, getting too intense. I came out with a plan of what I thought we should do - something like push up the hill and take the team on to the left. I was expecting either an agreement or disagreement to my plan. What I got was commentary on a hedgehog that was outside of Paul's window, followed by an update on the hedgehog population. Are you concerned about the decline in the UK's hedgehog population?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Yes indeed! We're all concerned about the UK hedgehog population as it's declining. The good news is the Louisa has taken it upon herself to rescue them. Working with Paul, they've turned their garden into a sanctuary. Banging on the window to scare the foxes away. I have to be honest, I didn't figure foxes ate hedgehogs as I thought they protected themselves by curling into a ball. I thought foxes just scavenged rubbish bins these days, living off what humans throw away.

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(Created on 23rd August 2020)

Vote #675

Question:

The track bug is back again and I want some work done on the car (again). Nobody seems to respond to messages though. I've sent a note to a company that's supposed to be pretty good. Will the company I messaged get back to me this week and be able to do the work I want on my car?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Sadly, they did not. It's really hard to believe that I want to spend money and nobody wants to take it. I'm actually stuck with the dilemma of whether to move on to the next company or try other methods to get hold of these folks. The thing its, they could be really good at what they do and really bad at admin, but then again, if I can't get hold of them now, what chance do I have if something goes wrong?

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(Created on 16th August 2020)

Vote #674

Question:

I was making dinner last night and I had a tin of baked beans with it. Poured the beans into the saucepan and patted out the beans. Then you look inside and there's a few left that you poke out with the stirrer. Looked back in and there's a bean or two left and I get into this mode of thinking - I've paid for you, I'm going to have you and start poking to get the last bean out. It seems to drop into a battle of wits where it's as if the last bean has become sentient and is clinging onto the inside of the can for dear life to save being plucked out and being cooked. Anyone else make sure they get the last baked bean out the tin?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

I can't believe this vote is split. Obviously half of you don't know that the last bean is the tastiest bean of them all! I have to say, right after setting this vote question, I had a tin of ravioli and one of them tried to cling to the tin. Definitely not leaving that bad boy in there.

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(Created on 9th August 2020)

Vote #673

Question:

Looks like there's a lot of focus on Chinese and Russian threats right now. It's almost as if there's an election or something coming up and someone wants to demonstrate that they're looking after National security. Have you loaded all your secrets onto Tik Tok before it gets banned?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Ah, some of you have yet to get all your secrets into the hands of the Chinese. Let alone all those government secrets masked as people farting on camera.

Comments:

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(Created on 2nd August 2020)

Vote #672

Question:

Congratulations to Lewis on another British Grand Prix win. Doesn't look like anyone's getting close to the Mercedes this season. It's just going to be mistakes that allow other drivers and teams to steal a few points here an there. How many tires do you think Lewis will have on his car next week when he crosses the finish line?

Results:

0 was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 0 (67%)
  • 1 (0%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (0%)
  • 4 (33%)

Analysis:

It made me laugh when I just read the vote results. That would be a great ending to a race to see a car sliding across the finish line with no wheels on it. The correct answer was, however, four as we didn't have the tire issues this week that were there last week. Huge congratulations to Verstappen and Red Bull for figuring out how to beat the Mercedes.

Comments:

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(Created on 26th July 2020)

Vote #671

Question:

Things aren't looking too good on the health front. Will I make it through the week without another trip to hospital?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Interestingly enough I did and things seem to be moving in the right direction. I did have to go into one of the clinics, but that was a pre-scheduled visit, so can't really count that.

Comments:

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(Created on 19th July 2020)

Vote #670

Question:

Well, my car’s almost ready to hit the track again. Seats are somewhat installed. All I need to do now is find a track that’s open. Will I get a track day booked this week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

Sadly it didn’t get done. There was a listing of track events that’s been taken down due to Covid. I assume it will come back soon, but I wasn’t able to find anything and then my stomach started playing up, so I’ve put it on hold for now.

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(Created on 12th July 2020)

Vote #669

Question:

Hmm. Not such a good weekend for Leicester. Will Leicester hold onto a spot in Europe next season?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

I like all the positivity, but it’s not looking good right now. Maybe we’ll get that lost slot in the other cup. Couple more games before we know.

Comments:

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(Created on 5th July 2020)

Vote #668

Question:

Twenty F1 cars sitting on the wall. Twenty F1 cars sitting on the wall. If one F1 car should accidentally fall, there'd be .... how many cars do you think will finish next week's grand prix given only 11 finished this past weekend?

Results:

14 was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 2 (0%)
  • 4 (0%)
  • 6 (0%)
  • 8 (25%)
  • 10 (0%)
  • 12 (0%)
  • 14 (50%)
  • 16 (25%)
  • 18 (0%)
  • 20 (0%)

Analysis:

Looks like 17 made it over the finish line, so much better than last week unless you’re a Ferrari fan. Congrats to Lewis for getting his first win of the season and hopefully the start of his run in to a seventh title.

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(Created on 28th June 2020)

Vote #667

Question:

So, the car didn't get in last week, I was crazy busy at work and Amazon lost a package of goodies for me. Will the holiday week be good for me?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Sadly the holiday week was not good for me. Many trips to medical establishments including one to ER and two to urgent care saw this week as a bit of a bummer. Not least of which due to being prescribed tablets that can cause life threatening diarrhea!

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(Created on 21st June 2020)

Vote #666

Question:

As things start to look like getting back to normalcy, I'm going to try and get my car looked at so I can get back out on the track. Will my car plans for the week go off without a hitch?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Everybody's wrong. The guy that does the work has come down with a case of COVID so my appointment was canceled. Seriously though - I really hope Vince makes a full recovery and nothing to do with getting my car done, I just hope he's OK.

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(Created on 14th June 2020)

Vote #665

Question:

Alright, so I was fixing a controller with William and it involved using some glue. Somehow, I must have got glue on my fingers and then touched another part of my body. The result was a glue clump on hair. Which hairs on my body did I get a clump of glue in?

Results:

Pubes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Head (0%)
  • Eyebrow (33%)
  • Armpit (0%)
  • Chest (0%)
  • Arm (0%)
  • Pubes (67%)
  • Legs (0%)

Analysis:

I wasn't gluing it naked. I'm not sure how I'd have got glue on my pubes. It was my eyebrow and I have to be honest, I don't know how I did that. Obviously I must have got glue on my fingers and rubbed my eyebrow. It did take scissors to cut it out, but not really noticeable.

Comments:

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(Created on 7th June 2020)

Vote #664

Question:

It looks like the sporting entertainment is going to start pretty soon. We already asked which sport you were most looking forward to and we definitely have a lot of synchronized swimmers among us. It's football/soccer I'm worried about though. If soccer is played behind closed doors without fans, how will the referee know he's wanker?

Results:

Deep down they know was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Deep down they know (80%)
  • They will be blissfully ignorant (20%)

Analysis:

It's a bit confusing. If they already know that they're a wanker, why do 50,000 people feel the need to tell them? Also, you'd have thought with all that wanking they'd know they need to visit the opticians on a regular basis. I guess it's just a mystery.

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(Created on 31st May 2020)

Vote #663

Question:

Probably just me sitting in home playing video games with the air conditioning on, but I just looked out the window and noticed the weather. Did anyone else notice the weather this weekend?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

I guess most others are more external than I am right now. I can go days without knowing what the weather's like. It's great. Wrapped up safe and sound in my cocoon.

Comments:

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(Created on 23rd May 2020)

Vote #662

Question:

Well, looks like the knock on effects of Covid are starting. A warehouse in Fisherman's Wharf that relies completely on tourism went up in flames this weekend. Do you think insurance companies are going to see an influx of "fire" claims?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Yeah, I think it's pretty likely that certain people will be taking to arson for insurance claims against their failing business. That said, if your business is in Minneapolis, it's probably a legit claim.

Comments:

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(Created on 17th May 2020)

Vote #661

Question:

It definitely seems like things are slowly getting better and the world is gradually getting back up and running. I’m quite excited to see that sports are likely going to start back up. My particular interest being the premiere league and formula 1. It’s going to be a little weird to start with as they resume behind closed doors, but at least that’s better than nothing. What sport are you most looking forward to seeing as events start to resume?

Results:

Synchronized Swimming was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Soccer (0%)
  • Football (American) (0%)
  • Car Racing (25%)
  • Rugby (0%)
  • Cricket (0%)
  • Synchronized Swimming (75%)
  • Other (0%)

Analysis:

Gotta be honest, the results of this week's vote brought a smile to my face. Yay for synchronized swimming.

Comments:

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(Created on 10th May 2020)

Vote #660

Question:

It seems as if Apex Legends has taken over as the new game of choice. This week is super exciting as there's a new season out with lots of new changes including the introduction of a new Legend, Loba. Loba has been designed to be sexy as she enters the arena to avenge her father's death at the hands of Revenant. I'm sure she'll get lots of attention and gameplay particularly in the first week and it will be interesting to see what the trackers show - how many kills with her, teleports, damage dealt etc. etc. Will there be a tracker in Apex for how many wanks you've had over Loba?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (20%)
  • No (80%)

Analysis:

So far they haven’t added that tracker. Not sure I’d have any though. Initially I thought they’d made her quite hot, but kinda gone off her. Probably because her abilities aren’t that great.

Comments:

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(Created on 3rd May 2020)

Vote #659

Question:

All this stay at home stuff has led to a different world where people meet and communicate through devices whether it be voice or video. Most work related calls are supposed to be video, but you inevitably get people who are either too shy, haven't showered or aren't wearing trousers so they block the video. There's a lot of people saying that you should keep your normal daily routine and I have to laugh as I'm totally keeping my normal routine. Get up, shower, go sit at my desk for work. I did, however, notice that I made a huge fashion faux pas today. Should I be embarrassed that I've been wearing my T shirt inside out all day?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (20%)
  • No (80%)

Analysis:

Has everyone lost their sense of pride? I get on a lot of calls where people say they don't want to go on camera as they hadn't showered. Well, get a shower then. I should be embarrassed that I had my T shirt on inside out all day, but to be honest, I just laughed. I did think about changing it so it was the right way round and then figured what's the point? It isn't like anyone's going to see me, so I spend the night with my t shirt on inside out as well as all day.

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(Created on 26th April 2020)

Vote #658

Question:

It does look like there's a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel regarding this Covid-19 jobby. Or is there? Do you think there's going to be a second flare up of covid-19?

Results:

Yes and Some in a few countries tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • Some in a few countries (50%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

A tie, but nobody voting for no which means you think there will be at least some kind of second wave if not all over the world. The morbid side of me wants to see what would happen if this came back stronger and had a much higher death rate. I'm curious as to how it would be handled and how the stay at home would work. I'm guessing world-wide pandemonium.

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(Created on 20th April 2020)

Vote #657

Question:

Ooops - was watching gamers stream last night. Forgot the day and time ... well, the vote question really. Very eye opening watching the professionals play. Will I win a game of Apex Legends playing with Luke and/or Paul?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes - with both (0%)
  • Yes - with Luke only (0%)
  • Yes - with Paul only (0%)
  • No (100%)

Analysis:

I see that there's not a lot of faith being put into the dream team here. My win rate is about 1 in 5 when I play with William and his friend because they're pretty good. It's about 1 in 25 when I play with randoms as I need to have luck of being drawn with a couple of good players. So far I've not won a game with Luke and Paul, but we've actually been really close on a couple of occasions. I actually think that at some point we'll get lucky and manage to get a win.

Comments:

1 comment
Rag
16:05:53
3rd May 2020
Well, the doubters are wrong and the evidence is here.

(Created on 12th April 2020)

Vote #656

Question:

Well, the world is in lockdown and people are staying away from hospitals unless really sick. Unfortunately I was one of the people that needed to go into ER amidst the pandemic, but not for covid related issues. I'm going to guess that I will need several follow up tests. How many times will I have to visit medical clinics this week?

Results:

3 was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 1 (0%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (50%)
  • 4 (25%)
  • 5 (25%)
  • 6 (0%)
  • 7 (0%)

Analysis:

Yeah, I thought it was going to be quite a few, but it ended up only being one. Had a phone call with my doctors office and she sent me to see a specialist. That was the only clinic that I physically went to. Little side story - they asked me over the phone if I had covid symptoms. When I went in they asked me the same question, but asked a second which was whether or not I'd been near anyone with covid. I answered yes which freaked everyone out. I pointed out that I'd been in ER and that they were treating people in there with covid, so I must have been near people with it. The receptionist jumped up and said they'd not had anyone answer yes to that question and she didn't know what to do. She jumped up and ran in the back, then someone came out and asked me to stand in the hall to wait.

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(Created on 5th April 2020)

Vote #655

Question:

What month do you think we'll be given the all clear to go back to normal?

Results:

May and October tied with 40% of the votes each from the following:

  • April (0%)
  • May (40%)
  • June (0%)
  • July (20%)
  • August (0%)
  • September (0%)
  • October (40%)
  • November (0%)
  • December (0%)

Analysis:

One very optimistic person thinking May would see the end of this, but most thinking it will go longer. I also fell into the longer camp thinking it would be much later in the second half of the year before we'll be back out as normal.

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(Created on 29th March 2020)

Vote #654

Question:

I'm not sure I'm going to cope with it when this virus goes you know. I'm going to have to mix with people again and be nice to them. It's been great hiding away in my little hole. Away from all the idiots and their nasty germs. I'm guessing most of them have said the same thing about me and not having to see me, lol. Anyway, during this isolation I've been bitten on my bottom oddly enough. Who or what would want to bite my bottom?

Results:

Liberace was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Beats me (0%)
  • No idea (0%)
  • How should I know (0%)
  • Tarantula (0%)
  • Rattlesnake (0%)
  • Liberace (75%)
  • Beyonce (25%)

Analysis:

Sometimes when I post one of these votes I pretty much know how everyone's going to respond. This was no exception. I put Beyonce in there as obviously she would be jealous of my amazing bottom, but yes, you all went for Liberace even though he's dead. Zombie Liberace has come back to life just to bite my bottom.

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(Created on 22nd March 2020)

Vote #653

Question:

Well, things don't seem to be getting better, but the crazy think is there's still hundreds of people still traveling about. The traffic cameras still show a steady flow of traffic even though the order has been made to not travel unless required or for an emergency. I guess it's going to take more serious action/enforcement to make it happen. I have to be honest though, I still don't know what to think. The headlines read about stricter action and enforcement being needed, but buried in other articles there are statistics that show this isn't too bad. One article talking about the fact that we don't know if the people that have died so far that have been connected to the virus would have died anyway. The irony here is that it implied that less people may die because of the virus because people in general are being safer. Guarding against coronovirus also helps guard against flu. Less cars on the road should equal less motoring fatalities. The reality is that this won't be known until we come out the other side. One thing I do know is that I seem to be getting better at video games again despite having crested the hill of life. Is it sad that I'm still reasonably good at video games?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Sad maybe, but there's life in this old dog yet!

Comments:

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(Created on 15th March 2020)

Vote #652

Question:

Rant time: OK, I get that this whole coronavirus thing is pretty serious and I get that people are panicking. Totally understandable that people will feel scared and confused. Totally understand that people will want to start preparing for the worst. I get that it makes sense to have some of the essentials in like water and canned food, but what on earth is the deal with bog roll? Why have people gone crazy over buying toilet paper. I went to the supermarket on Friday as I needed to do a shop and the worst thing about it was that I needed to buy toilet paper. Normally I buy a stack of it and then forget about it for a long time until the supplies start to dwindle. I have to be honest that most of the people in the supermarket were pretty calm, but there were a few folks that had that grab it before it goes look about them. Back to arse wipes though. I know of several people that have bought a ton of crap paper and don't really know why other than the fact that everyone else seems to be doing the same. My conspiracy theory would make me think that the paper industry, suffering from sales as nobody prints anything, created a virus in the hope of giving everyone diarrhea to sell botty cleaner. They failed, but somehow the virus got loose and someone started posting somewhere better make sure you stock up on toilet paper. Anyway, how's your bottom?

Results:

Minty was the clear winner with 40% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Good (20%)
  • Bad (20%)
  • Smelly (0%)
  • Clean (20%)
  • Minty (40%)
  • Badonkadonkalicious (0%)

Analysis:

Minty??? Who on earth has a minty bottom. What do you do? Clean it with Colgate so it helps whiten while keeping it minty fresh? And while we're talking about nonsensical stuff, not sure if you've seen, but the 3 most common cures for coronavirus that were reported on the internet were 1) drinking bleach, 2) taking cocaine and 3) masturbating. Now, while the first two are just plain stupid, the third does make some sense assuming you're doing this in private and keeping your social distance. It would also help to explain why all the stores are running out of tissues.

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(Created on 8th March 2020)

Vote #651

Question:

I think there's only one thing on everyone's mind and that's the coronavirus. I went into San Francisco today to see some friends I used to hang out with in the Sunset. I was really looking forward to catching up with them, but not looking forward to the drive as it just seems a waste at the weekend. Turns out there was hardly any traffic on the road. (I need to caveat that with hardly any traffic in Bay Area terms as there was still quite a lot). I don't know if it's just because it's not really tourist season yet or if people are not going out due to the virus, but it made me wonder how long before schools start to close. Will William's school stay open all week?

Results:

Yes - it will remain open and No - it will close tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes - it will remain open (50%)
  • No - it will close (50%)

Analysis:

I think the 50/50 split on the answer is about right. The school did technically stay open all week, however, they announced on Friday that it's shutting starting next week.

Comments:

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(Created on 1st March 2020)

Vote #650

Question:

Bit of a weird question, but it was inspired by the smells that great you in Coalinga. There's a huge farm/ranch with thousands of cows and there's this brown fug that you drive through that has a very strong smell of cow shit. I was wondering ... like, you know when you go for a dump and leave the toilet, but then have to go back in and you smell your shit and think wow, did I do that? I was wondering - do you think cows mind the smell of cow shit?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

It seems we have a mixed view on this. I don't think this is too stupid a question. Dogs clearly love the smell of poo. They spend most of their time looking for another dog's arse to sniff and if there's cow poo around, they'll go rolling in it and eat it. Humans, at least this one, don't like the smell of poo and generally buy things like air fresheners to disguise the smell of a freshly laid turd. Cows on the other hand, I'm not so sure. Given that they kind of just shit constantly and do it while they're walking around wherever they happen to be, I'm going to say that they're not bothered by it, but I haven't asked one to confirm.

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(Created on 23rd February 2020)

Vote #649

Question:

It’s track time again. I don’t have all the changes to my car that I was hoping for, but some of the main ones related to handling have been done. Will I manage sub 2 minutes at Buttonwillow on March 1st?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Short answer “Yes!” Long answer “Hell Yes!” To be honest, it wasn't really that dramatic. I broke the two minute mark in the warm up session. The biggest challenge I had was getting a clean run. Posted a couple of 1:59s when I had some track, but wasn't able to dip into the 1:58s.

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(Created on 16th February 2020)

Vote #648

Question:

Sonic the Hedgehog or Mario Brothers?

Results:

Sonic was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Sonic (60%)
  • Mario (40%)

Analysis:

Just read the answers to this question and couldn’t remember why I asked it. I’ve finally remembered and it was something to do with fan pressure on cinemas/directors and the need to redo Sonic the Hedgehog. I never played either Sonic or Mario, but do remember some people claiming one was better than the other.

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(Created on 9th February 2020)

Vote #647

Question:

Well, I’m currently mid prep for a colonoscopy, so things are pretty active right now. I’m sure people have noticed I’ve been playing quite a bit of Borderlands 3 lately. In the Borderlands game, you get different guns and each gun has many variants. The variants include names that refer to the type of bullets fired, for example burning refers to incendiary shots, itchy deals radiation damage and oozing deals corrosive damage. The gun I’m after is found in a casino and is named after a well known dice game. Is it prophetic that the gun I’m trying to get in Borderlands 3 is the oozing craps?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

I haven't managed to get the gun yet, however, I have been for several oozing craps.

Comments:

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(Created on 2nd February 2020)

Vote #646

Question:

Another travel question. I have to drop my car off tomorrow morning to get some stuff done to it. I'm then heading to San Diego and have to be there through Friday morning. I have a flight that lands at 4:00 and I have to get my car by 5:30. The airport is only about 30 minutes from the place where my car is, but that doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room by the time I've walked through the airport if my flight is delayed. Will I make it back to get my car on Friday before they shut?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Well, to all those doubters out there, I made it back in plenty of time. Actually finished early in San Diego, so got a flight first thing in the morning. Looking forward to getting the car back out on track.

Comments:

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(Created on 26th January 2020)

Vote #645

Question:

I'm heading up to Seattle for the week and I'm wondering what the weather will be like. Do you think I will need to take a coat for my trip to Seattle?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Actually, I didn't really need a jacket as I don't really spend a lot of time outside. I did end up taking one (better to be safe than sorry). I did use it on one evening that I went out for dinner and walked back to the hotel. The thing with me though is that I get really hot walking so don't really need the jacket.

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(Created on 20th January 2020)

Vote #644

Question:

Is midnight too late to be playing borderlands on a Sunday night so you miss setting the vote question by 20 minutes?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Thanks to the one person that voted no. To be honest, midnight is nothing - I was playing until 2:00am last night. It seems I'm somewhat getting back into playing xbox after being away on mobile games for a while.

Comments:

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(Created on 12th January 2020)

Vote #643

Question:

This week's vote question is extremely deep and will have you searching your soul, testing your morals and re-evaluating your life. The question comes courtesy of Borderlands 3. Is 4 the correct number of “chuggas” to say before you say “choo choo”?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Yes Indeedy, four is the correct number of chuggas before choo choo. Chugga, chugga, chugga, chugga, choo-choo!

Comments:

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(Created on 5th January 2020)

Vote #642

Question:

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to a new decade. Are you expecting 2020 to be a standout year?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Undecided among the voters as to whether 2020 will be a standout year. I wonder how many companies are going back 5 years or so when they put their Vision 2020 business plans together. Everyone made one thinking they were the first person to link 2020 with perfect vision.

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(Created on 29th December 2019)

Vote #641

Question:

It’s almost time to wish everyone a happy new year. Hope you all had a great Christmas and got lots of presents. This week for me brings about the hunt for a dead relative. Will I be able to find the records of my recently deceased relative?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

A very emphatic yes to the vote answer and that was indeed correct, I did find the records of my deceased relative.

Comments:

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(Created on 22nd December 2019)

Vote #640

Question:

There's always a lot of talk about fear or threat causing one to shit oneself. Brown pants time so to speak. But is this actually true? Is it actually possible to make someone shit themself just by scaring them or inducing fear?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Apparently it is. Something to do with the fight or flight reaction. Regardless of fight or flight, you don’t need excess poo onboard. It looks like there have been some studies done that show everything clams up in the instance of fear, but as you weigh up options of what to do next you forget to not shit yourself.

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(Created on 15th December 2019)

Vote #639

Question:

Had my final day at the track for the year the past weekend. Great day, but we move into rainy season now. What month do you think I'll be back on track in 2020?

Results:

March was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • January (0%)
  • February (20%)
  • March (60%)
  • April (20%)
  • May (0%)
  • June (0%)
  • July (0%)

Analysis:

The general consensus appears to be March which seems reasonable. I think there's a possibility i will get on track earlier if I start a project in SoCal as there'd be more likelihood if better weather and I want to try both Willow Springs and Fontana.

Comments:

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(Created on 8th December 2019)

Vote #638

Question:

There's only a couple of weeks left before the Christmas week. Can you believe there's only two weeks left before the Christmas week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Just me then, ha ha ha! Oh well, I guess my life's just way more interesting than you folks and time just scoots on by.

Comments:

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(Created on 1st December 2019)

Vote #637

Question:

I've seen a lot of post apocalypse series and films recently. The same may apply if you're a man, but if you're a woman, your only chance of surviving the apocalypse is to either be extremely hot or be a warty old woman. Do apocalypses only kill the average looking women?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

I think the same applies if you're a man - you only survive if you're hot or if you're a wise old man remembering some secret from the old days before the apocalypse. I'll be honest, I'm rather looking forward to an apocalypse. All the guys will be running around chasing the hot women, while I'll have a harem of warty old women.

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(Created on 24th November 2019)

Vote #636

Question:

I guess the big news this week outside of the boring politics stuff is the release of the new cyber truck. Have you put a deposit down on the truck with breakable, unbreakable windows?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

A couple of yes votes - you liars! Or sad muppets. Take your pick. To be honest though, if you have put a deposit down on the cyber truck, I think you'll probably make your money back when it gets released which will likely be a year or so after they promise it given past track record. It's not exactly my thing though. Won't be the next ragmobile.

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(Created on 17th November 2019)

Vote #635

Question:

We're one stage closer to my next car mod. My roll cage has arrived in California. All I need now is for the person to be available that it's been shipped to. Will I get my roll cage fitted this week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

I wonder if ye olde vote question didn't go out last week as it doesn't look like I got many votes. I did get the roll cage done in case you were wondering. They ran out of time to do the harnesses, so they will be done this week, but should be in place for my next session at Buttonwillow this coming Friday.

Comments:

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(Created on 10th November 2019)

Vote #634

Question:

Let's get the old moral juices flowing again. Many times we hear terms like taking one for the team. I think it's a hard thing to do if it means someone's going to think bad of you though. Taking one for the team is easy if it just means a bit of extra work for you, but I think we all like to be liked at the end of the day. Would you allow someone to think bad of you if it meant others benefited or would you correct that person's understanding so they didn't think bad of you (to the detriment of the others)?

Results:

Allow them to think bad of you and Correct them regardless of consequences tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Allow them to think bad of you (50%)
  • Correct them regardless of consequences (50%)

Analysis:

A 50/50 split between those of you that would take the bullet and those that would correct the situation. I guess it totally depends on the situation. Maybe it's just me that I get really bothered if someone doesn't like me for something I didn't do. Now, if it's something I did do, that's a different matter. That then becomes your problem for not liking what I did.

Comments:

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(Created on 3rd November 2019)

Vote #633

Question:

I seem to be tormenting myself trying to figure out where I want to live. Flip flopping back and forth on whether I want to buy somewhere or if I should just rent a house. I definitely need to move out of where I am. Should I hang in there and wait for the right house or go ahead and rent?

Results:

Hang in there and Rent tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Hang in there (50%)
  • Rent (50%)

Analysis:

To be honest, that about sums it up. I can't make my bloody mind up and you lot can't make my mind up for me. So we continue down the path of limbo. Probably the most important decision I need to make right now and I'm struggling with which path to take. I guess it can't hurt to see if a dream home pops up before now and Christmas.

Comments:

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(Created on 27th October 2019)

Vote #632

Question:

Watching the Formula 1 race in Mexico and there are a lot of teams having issues with hot nuts, particularly getting them off. Do you have trouble getting off hot nuts?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Looks like everyone's been challenged with hot nuts at least some point in their life. The heat obviously makes everything expand and I guess they can become a little stuck. I think you just have to tug at them a little harder and eventually you'll get them off.

Comments:

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(Created on 20th October 2019)

Vote #631

Question:

It's shaping up to be another super busy week. It's likely that I'm going to be heading out to one of the biggest names in the gaming industry. As ironic as this may sound, I appear to be the leading expert in this company's product. Am I going to have fun in my client presentation?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

This is actually a hard question to answer. I had a lot of fun on the build up. The actual presentation went really well, particularly as the client team were a lot of fun and there was a lot of good interaction. There's just a couple of things I'm annoyed with myself at. I know you're always your own worst critic, but there were two things that I'm kicking myself over. Hopefully we can win as I'd love to work for this company.

Comments:

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(Created on 13th October 2019)

Vote #630

Question:

Work has become extremely busy, which is a good thing. I'm heading out to Apple tomorrow to see what's up there. Should I ask Apple to remove the ability to like texts?

Results:

Don't care was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (25%)
  • Don't care (50%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
17:41:08
14th October 2019
Of course I don't care. Why should I care about a marketing company that happens to make electronics

Analysis:

An emphatic don't care from Mr O. Obviously he's not been spammed with like's from Apple users. It does get somewhat annoying. Had to laugh, it's really annoyed William, so his friends like all his texts from now on, then unlike them, then like them again ....

Comments:

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(Created on 6th October 2019)

Vote #629

Question:

The struggle continues as I look for a housing solution. I took William to see a house today and his concern about it was that the 2 bathrooms (the en suite and shared) were back to back. His concern was that if he and I went for a poo at the same time, it might be hard to listen to your own YouTube without hearing the other. No concern about the noise or smell, just being able to listen to YouTube in peace. Is the ability to listen to YouTube in private while you take a shit a critical house buying decision?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

Duly noted. I will take this into consideration before making a purchase. Although I think it's more than likely I'm going to end up renting somewhere instead.

Comments:

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(Created on 29th September 2019)

Vote #628

Question:

This week we're going to branch out and have a culinary question. I was gifted a packet of Tim Tam chocolate biscuits that I thoroughly enjoyed. Have you ever had Tim Tam chocolate biscuits?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

I'm quite surprised by this. I figured Mr O would have had them on one of his many trips down under given that these are an Australian treat. Didn't think anyone else would have come across them (ooh err, soggy biscuit). Anyway, I thought they were great. Hopefully those of you that tried them enjoyed them too.

Comments:

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Mr O
05:50:19
7th October 2019
I may have skewed the result as I often brought back a packet or two.
The speciality flavours are the best, but if you want to try them in true Australian style, you are meant to bite each end off and drink your tea through it like a straw.

(Created on 22nd September 2019)

Vote #627

Question:

Definitely buying a house is the biggest thing on my mind. Keeping finding houses that are almost right, but I'm holding off until I really feel that I've got the one I want. One I looked at this weekend was pretty good, but appeared to have a potentially dodgy entry. Would you buy a house if it meant you had to go up Barrymore to get there?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)

Analysis:

Hmmm. Nobody wants to go up Barrymore. Rather odd as I think many people have.

Comments:

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(Created on 15th September 2019)

Vote #626

Question:

The addiction to track driving seems to continue. I'm looking to book two days a month on the weekends I don't have William. Next one is booked, but looking at the one after and there's the opportunity to run at Buttonwillow. A toxic waste dump three and a half hours drive away. Do I take the plunge and run at Buttonwillow in a month?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

I have indeed taken the plunge and booked a session at Buttonwillow. All being well, I'll be there in 3 weeks to try out the track. Actually really looking forward to the track as it looks very interesting.

Comments:

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(Created on 8th September 2019)

Vote #625

Question:

A week in the Bay Area and I'm looking forward to another trip to Sonoma Raceway next weekend. My tire tread doesn't seem to be wearing evenly. I'm going to squeeze this event out before I switch tires, but the big question I need to answer is do I need to add more camber to my front wheels?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

This is still an interesting question. Well, for me anyway. Nobody else gives a shit which is fair enough. I took tire temps at Sonoma this weekend and they seemed to be pretty consistent across the wheel indicating that the camber is where it's supposed to be. I need to check tire temps next time out at Thunderhill and make a decision based on that.

Comments:

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(Created on 1st September 2019)

Vote #624

Question:

I've been contemplating time now for a while. I'm probably wrong, but I'm definitely of the belief that gravity = time. Gravity is simply the mechanism that pulls us through time or at least what we perceive as time. Easier to understand when you contemplate something 2 dimensional falling through 3 dimensions, but probably takes a bit of explaining which I'm not going to do here. The challenge with time is that an abundance of it leads to spending copious amounts of money on crap that you don't need on Amazon. One could conclude that excess time = more online spending = more money for Amazon. Is Jeff Bezos gravity itself?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Yes indeedy! The world does now evolve around Jeff Bezos and not the other way around. Got to give him credit, he's really hit some of the best business ideas of late with the marketplace and AWS.

Comments:

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(Created on 24th August 2019)

Vote #623

Question:

It's all fun until somebody gets hurt. That's what they say when you play games. Well, Luke and Paul were playing Sea of Thieves with William, but does William think Luke and Paul know how to play Sea of Thieves?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)

Analysis:

A unanimous vote for no, William doesn't think that Luke and Paul know how to play Sea of Thieves. Well, that would be correct. He listed off several reasons that I really didn't listen to, but one did amuse me and that was that they were not creating private chats, so everything they say can be heard by anyone on the game. I just have this feeling that many people have been subjected to drunken conversations.

Comments:

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(Created on 17th August 2019)

Vote #622

Question:

I'm getting a little worried for the universe as things seem to be being left a little late. When will I get my super powers so I can fulfill my destiny?

Results:

2 days (with Prime) was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 2 days (with Prime) (50%)
  • 5-8 days (free shipping) (25%)
  • Next Month (25%)
  • Before end of the year (0%)
  • Next Year (0%)
  • Within 10 years (0%)
  • Never (0%)

Analysis:

This was indeed a trick question as I obviously already have my super powers. No need to wait for any delivery. My super powers include the ability to put on weight without trying, turn my hair grey and to expel large quantities of gas from my bottom while making a trumpeting noise. The latter of these super powers appears to be set to automatic these days which can make for some nervous moments.

Comments:

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(Created on 11th August 2019)

Vote #621

Question:

It's time to get back to the car questions. Do I need to fear an underwater attack?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

The answer to this question is indeed yes. I need to have an anti submarine device fitted to the car. No, not depth charges, but something that stops you sliding under the lap belt if you use a harness. A full harness is either a 5 point or a 6 point, however you need seats that accommodate this. My seats will fit a 4 point harness as they have the holes at the top of the seat backs. The issue with a 4 point harness is that they stop your shoulders from coming forward in a crash and actually push you down under the lap belt so you go under the restraint (submarining). What a 5 or 6 point does is have 1 or 2 straps between your legs going through the seat to the floor. This enables your testicles to stop you from sliding down. Probably with a force of 10x your weight, so you will live, but might talk in a higher pitched voice. You can, however, get 4 point harnesses with anti submarine features. What happens with your regular 3 point seatbelts in a car is that you come forward and twist a little, preventing you from slipping down below the lap belt. The ASM harnesses have one of the straps with additional webbing that will give in an impact causing you to twist and not drop under.

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(Created on 5th August 2019)

Vote #620

Question:

The summer holiday is at an end and it's time to return to the States. This biggest risk to the journey is likely to be the trains. Will my train leave Grantham on time this Tuesday?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Ha ha ha ha ha. 100% of the voters said yes and 100% of you were wrong. The train leaving Grantham was about 15 minutes late. We had 10 minutes to connect in Stevenage and therefore missed the connection. We did get the next train and made it to Gatwick in time to get our flight, so it ended up being ok, but the experience with the UK train network is simply that it's ridiculously unreliable. None of the services we booked ran on time. No connections were made.

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(Created on 28th July 2019)

Vote #619

Question:

I’m somewhat in a predicament needing to get replacement brakes for my car. I want to move away from the stock brakes as they don’t last given that I track the car. I know what brakes I want, but I need to find someone with them in stock this week. Will I be able to get the brakes I want for my car?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Huzzahs! My brakes have been fitted. Car isn't quite ready yet as they had to order some oil for it, but it should be good to go before I get back.

Comments:

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(Created on 21st July 2019)

Vote #618

Question:

A question that was wafted to me to say the least. How much gas can a 13 year old boy produce while playing xBox?

Results:

A chuffing lot was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • None (0%)
  • Some (0%)
  • Little (0%)
  • Moderate (0%)
  • A Lot (0%)
  • A chuffing lot (100%)

Analysis:

The answer is indeed a chuffing lot. I had to laugh the other day. He’s sat there playing xbox tooting away various tunes and he says to his buddy online “I didn’t want to hear the you need a mega dump.” Well, at least his buddy knew he needed to go.

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(Created on 14th July 2019)

Vote #617

Question:

Well, I've got one more week to go before I'm on vacation and it seems like I've got a monster week ahead of me. But is it really? Is the last week before a vacation harder at work?

Results:

No - it's an illusion was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes - it's harder (25%)
  • Yes - because you feel guilty so work harder (25%)
  • No - it's an illusion (50%)

Analysis:

I think it is, but seems like most folks disagree. It might be me and just that general paranoia of thinking you've forgotten something before you travel. The old “did I leave the gas on?” syndrome. Maybe because I travel a lot, I don't worry about any of those things as kind of know I've done them, so the next thing to worry about is if I've forgotten to do something at work before I leave. Anyway, who cares? One more day to vacation!

Comments:

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(Created on 6th July 2019)

Vote #616

Question:

After a July Fourth week where I've done very little except sleep, we thing of the phrase the city that never sleeps. Which is the city that never sleeps?

Results:

Chicago and Las Vegas tied with 40% of the votes each from the following:

  • Beunos Aires (0%)
  • Chicago (40%)
  • Las Vegas (40%)
  • London (0%)
  • Madrid (0%)
  • Mumbai (0%)
  • New York (20%)
  • Sao Paolo (0%)
  • Tel Aviv (0%)
  • Tokyo (0%)

Analysis:

So, all of these have been referred to as the city that never sleeps. The reason I asked the question is I heard it used to refer to New York and in my mind, it's Las Vegas. Apparently New York is the original. Chicago is what the movie refers to. Las Vegas got named it because of the 24 hour nature of the place. Not entirely sure about the others, but hey!

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(Created on 30th June 2019)

Vote #615

Question:

Just watched an extremely good F1 race and thankfully the results stand, so congratulations to Max Verstappen. Without going into the specifics, there was an incident where applying the direct application of the rules may have resulted in a different decision from applying the intent of the rules in conjunction with the specifics of an incident. It is, however, an interesting topic as I've observed that some people are really happy when there are strict rules defined as it means they know exactly what they should do and how others should behave or act, whereas there are others that feel that rules are only a guideline and we should be allowed to bend them. Do you feel that rules should are there to be strictly applied or there as a guideline?

Results:

Rules should be strictly enforced was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Rules should be strictly enforced (67%)
  • Rules should be a guideline (33%)

Analysis:

This is an absolutely fascinating question in my opinion. I firmly believe that most people need rules and expect them to be strictly applied. There's a lot of social aspects to this which can be seen with the good old queue. Queue's are there to be orderly and whilst they can be annoying, everyone is happy that they are going to get their turn when it comes. But introduce a queue jumper and the rage within is set free. I also think, however, that most people believe that rules should be in place and be strictly enforced, but think it's ok to break if it's something minor - the white lie or speeding as examples. I honestly can't grasp the concept of rules and truly believe they're just guidelines. I've never felt that rules need to be followed and are just a person / group /society's opinion on what should be done.

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(Created on 23rd June 2019)

Vote #614

Question:

First a congratulations to my buddy Chad for getting married to Michelle this past Saturday. Lovely wedding in a great location. Do you think I'll ever get remarried?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (20%)
  • No (80%)

Analysis:

Someone voted yes. Quick, send photos. Not really sure I see it happening myself, but you never know.

Comments:

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(Created on 16th June 2019)

Vote #613

Question:

Living in the States, it's easy to forget the dangers of the UK and how we had to traverse the countryside wary of wildlife. What is the UK's most dangerous animal?

Results:

Bee/Wasp and Cow tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Bee/Wasp (50%)
  • Horse (0%)
  • Snake (0%)
  • Spider (0%)
  • Dog (0%)
  • Cat (0%)
  • Cow (50%)
  • Deer (0%)

Analysis:

So, it does actually depend on which website you look at to determine the answer to this question and also the year. I believe the actual answer is horse, which would have been my guess just thinking about the number of accidents riding. The TV program I was watching said the answer was cow. I had to laugh, but it's actually the forth most dangerous animal in the US too. William found this fact really amazing and I think he was thinking that cows attacked people whereas it's more the case that they fall on them or crush them against something.

Comments:

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Mr O
03:33:19
24th June 2019
So Bart Simpson was a health and safety expert with his catchphrase of "Don't have a cow man"

(Created on 9th June 2019)

Vote #612

Question:

Look's like the greatest export from the US has returned home. Yes, none other than the wonderful Donald Trump. Do you think Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are related?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

It does look like it doesn't it.

Comments:

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(Created on 2nd June 2019)

Vote #611

Question:

Heaps of fun this weekend back out on the track. Are Monday mornings better or worse after a good weekend?

Results:

Worse was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Better (25%)
  • Worse (75%)

Analysis:

I definitely feel that Monday's after a good weekend are worse. There's that feeling that you want to make the weekend last longer and all you've got is a week of work to look forward to. That said, I do think weekend's are better after a long week at work. Makes you feel that you're getting away from it.

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(Created on 26th May 2019)

Vote #610

Question:

Finally I'm going to hit the track again. I have a session booked this coming Sunday, but I need the weather to hold as I only have summer tires on the car. Will the weather hold for me to get my track day in on Sunday?

Results:

Yes - you will be good and No - it will rain tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes - you will be good (50%)
  • No - it will rain (50%)

Analysis:

The weather was almost perfect. Very sunny and warm, but not as hot as it gets out there. Had some great sessions and a fantastic day.

Comments:

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(Created on 19th May 2019)

Vote #609

Question:

Will I win my pokemon go regional tournament this coming Sunday?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Thank you to those of you that gave me the support, but unfortunately the person who voted no was correct. I didn't win my regional tournament. I did really enjoy it thought, which I find surprising as I would have thought I'd have to win to enjoy it, but was really interesting to go somewhere different and meet a bunch of new people.

Comments:

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(Created on 12th May 2019)

Vote #608

Question:

Interesting to think that Leicester won the premier league with 81 points and that 81 points being enough to get 10 points clear of second place Arsenal. How would you feel if you got 97 points in a future season and only came second?

Results:

Mr O was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Bad (0%)
  • Really bad (0%)
  • Upset (0%)
  • Really upset (0%)
  • Really bad and upset (0%)
  • Really bad, upset, angry disappointed (0%)
  • Mr O (100%)

Analysis:

I thought I'd at least get a comment from this vote, but no. To be honest, it's a bit of a harsh vote question as you have to feel for the Liverpool fans. Pretty much any other year and they would have done enough to take the title, but it just wasn't to be. It is interesting to see them back fighting for the title though and maybe next year?

Comments:

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(Created on 5th May 2019)

Vote #607

Question:

Looking into culinary things, I ask is a hotdog a sandwich?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

A 50/50 tie from a voting perspective which means that 50% of the people out there are wrong. A hotdog is indeed a sandwich as is a burger. A sandwich is defined as two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between.

Comments:

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(Created on 27th April 2019)

Vote #606

Question:

Invites for the regional Pokemon PvP tournaments go out this week. I was undefeated over three tournaments so far, but did not have such a good result today. Technically ended up third, but I lost a couple of games. I think invites will go out to the top 2,500 players in the world and I'm currently at 1,025. Down from 625 when rankings came out. Sadly it looks like it's more about doing as many tournaments as you can as opposed to the number that you win and I don't have the ability to do anymore before the invites are released. Will I get an invite to the Pokemon PvP regionals?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

Not everyone has faith in The Rag, but I did indeed get an invite to the regionals. Now, the bad news is that I can't make the dates of the ones nearby and am going to need to drive three and a half hours to get to the tournament I've registered for. Hmmm

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(Created on 21st April 2019)

Vote #605

Question:

Wasn't sure if I could get out and do the track day this coming Friday, so didn't book it and now it's sold out. I've asked to go on the wait list. Will I get to drive Thunderhill this Friday?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)

Analysis:

A unanimous vote of no and everyone was correct. I did not get the message to say a spot had freed up, so I was not able to go. :(

Comments:

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(Created on 14th April 2019)

Vote #604

Question:

It appears there's a new quest or event in pokemon go every other day. Monday sees the release of shiny Latios. What day will I catch my first shiny latios?

Results:

Monday and Tuesday tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Monday (50%)
  • Tuesday (50%)
  • Wednesday (0%)
  • Thursday (0%)
  • Friday (0%)
  • Saturday (0%)
  • Sunday (0%)

Analysis:

Everyone thinking it would be done and dusted before the start. Actually didn't get shiny Latios until Saturday. After hundreds of raids, only got one. My guess is Niantic turned down the shiny rate and will release both Latias and Latios again so those who didn't get one have to spend more money to go back out and try and get it again. Could be wrong, but that's what they did with Kyogre and Groudon.

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(Created on 7th April 2019)

Vote #603

Question:

With all the conspiracy theories running around, it's hard to know who you can trust. Talk about Russians rigging elections across the globe .... wait, what? .... the Russians are messing with votes. Do you think the Russians are influencing the EastBayRag weekly votes?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

First the vote question is sabotaged. Then the computer is hacked and the hard drive fried. Next there's over 10,000 votes. Last I get a call from Vladimir to assure me that neither he, nor anyone from his country have ever interfered with the Eastbayrag vote. Conclusive evidence then that the Russians have not messed with this vote.

Comments:

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(Created on 31st March 2019)

Vote #602

Question:

I probably should have set this question last week, but the cough/sneeze thing was top of mind. Anyway, the prior weekend I took William to his soccer game. Can you guess what the score was?

Results:

11-0 was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 1-0 (0%)
  • 2-0 (0%)
  • 3-0 (0%)
  • 4-0 (0%)
  • 5-0 (25%)
  • 7-0 (0%)
  • 10-0 (0%)
  • 11-0 (50%)
  • 12-0 (0%)
  • 15-0 (25%)

Analysis:

It was indeed an 11-0 loss. When he came off the pitch I commented that I thought it was a close game. Then clarified that I meant close to being the worst game I'd ever seen. Obviously my pep talk sunk in as there was significant improvement this weekend. They only lost 7-0.

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(Created on 24th March 2019)

Vote #601

Question:

All week I've been suffering with that most crippling of illnesses that only 50% of the world's population will know. Yes, the dreaded man flu. The most painful experience ever bestowed on a human being and yet we soldier on. Child birth has nothing compared to the symptoms of man flu. Anyway, while going to pick up William from school, I managed to cough and sneeze at the same time. Something I didn't think was possible. It makes a hell of a mess, I'll tell you that for nothing. Have you ever coughed and sneezed at the same time?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
06:12:14
25th March 2019
Don't you remember the time I did that at the race track when I had a mouthful of sprite?

I bet the woman who was sat in front of us still remembers.

Analysis:

And here was me thinking I'd just found a new craze that I could get the kids to video and put on YouTube. Oh well, at least I didn't have a mouthful of Sprite like Mr O, but it still made a bit of a mess.

Comments:

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(Created on 17th March 2019)

Vote #600

Question:

Sitting here at the end of the weekend thinking about another wonderful week at work. Should I walk towards the light?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

This is an interesting question as walking towards the light seems to have multiple meanings. Generally associated with death and walking towards the light of the afterlife, but also light at the end of the tunnel. Anyway, I did as the votes said and walked towards the light. Good job I did - I'd left the fridge door open.

Comments:

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(Created on 10th March 2019)

Vote #599

Question:

Another wonderful question from Sin City, but this one from the return flight. My tray table wouldn't come completely down because the spillage from the woman's leg seated next to me had leaked onto my seat and was preventing it from going all the way down. You know you're in for a wonderful flight when the person jumps into the seat next to you and says that the arm rest needs to stay up otherwise they won't fit. Are you happy when someone encroaches into your space?

Results:

Ewww was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (33%)
  • Ewww (67%)

Analysis:

Another ewww indeed. It's one of those things with Southwest being open seating. I get on and grab the aisle seat. Someone invariable gets on pretty soon thereafter and grabs the window. You then spend the rest of the boarding time looking for the thinnest (or prettiest) person and hoping they will take the middle seat (if it's to be taken at all). This was one of those unfortunate times where Fatty McFatFat grabbed the middle seat and proceeded to melt across into mine. I couldn't see past her to see if she was inflicting the same amount of pleasure on the person in the window seat.

Comments:

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(Created on 3rd March 2019)

Vote #598

Question:

Time for a high brow question. Did the person who used the toilet before me reach a seating position before his arsehole gave way?

Results:

Ewww was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (0%)
  • Ewww (100%)

Analysis:

Ewww indeedy. Based on the the spray on the wall behind the toilet, I don't think the prior user either a) made it to the seating position or b) managed to remove his trousers in time. It appeared that the seating area was [relatively] clean and just the wall had suffered.

Comments:

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(Created on 24th February 2019)

Vote #597

Question:

It’s that time of year again when I’ve been on the planet for another year and head to Vegas to watch the NASCAR. So, happy birthday to me and let’s ask the annual question. Will we see a Uncle Jesse at the NASCAR race in Vegas this year?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Sadly there was no sighting of Uncle Jesse at the racetrack, but the waitresses at one of the restaurants we go to we’re the same.

Comments:

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(Created on 17th February 2019)

Vote #596

Question:

NASCAR season is underway. Today as I write this question marked the start of the season with the Daytona 500. Congratulations to Joe Gibbs on bringing home a 1,2,3 which was even more amazing when you think that there were only really half a dozen cars running at the end. It was outstanding to have 3 cars running at the end, let alone sweeping the podium. Congrats to Denny Hamlin for ending up top of the pile and beating his teammates. I'm probably not going to watch that many races again this season, probably just those I physically go to, which brings me to this obvious question - cake or pie?

Results:

Cake was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Cake (67%)
  • Pie (33%)

Analysis:

Wow, I’m genuinely surprised at this answer. Probably because I prefer pie, but I guess I’m in the minority.

Comments:

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(Created on 10th February 2019)

Vote #595

Question:

Alright, so my phone did a huge update this week. Not one of those updates that just fixes bugs, this was one of those ... I know you've sent your phone up the way you want it, but we're going to clear all your preferences and return the device to its default settings. You know, keyboard changed, ringtones, sounds the whole kit and caboodle. Anyway, while at William's soccer this weekend, I noticed that my phone was reporting it was on a 5g network. When William finished we looked at his phone and it was on 4g. So I gave him a whole ribbing about being outdated and being a whole g behind me and that the rest of his life would now be meaningless. I'm assuming the update was to facilitate connecting to a 5g network, but I can't help thinking about that Red Dwarf episode where Rimmer says "step up to red alert" and Kryton replies "are you sure, it means changing the bulb". I do wonder if this update was just to load the graphic that appears on my phone as opposed to actually doing something. Anyway, are you comfortable with the number of g's your phone gets or do you feel there's room for another g or two?

Results:

No - I need more g's was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes - I'm good for g's thank you (17%)
  • No - I need more g's (83%)

Analysis:

You can't have too much power I believe may be a quote by Clarkson. I guess the same applies to G's. We all want more bandwidth so our phones perform faster. I'm definitely getting old as I used to be on top of what was being rolled out and what the major differences were, but this one seems to have caught me by surprise. That said, I don't know many people who have experienced the power of 5g yet. Obviously I put it to full use and played Pokemon on it, but you wouldn't expect anything less.

Comments:

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(Created on 3rd February 2019)

Vote #594

Question:

Congratulations to Tom Brady for successfully managing to get through the scrum of reporters after the Patriots victory in the SuperBowl. Honestly, next year they should just line the Patriots up against the media to see if they can break through and score a touchdown. Looks like they'd put up a pretty good fight given how they were all leaching around. Do you think the other New England Patriot players were annoyed that the press seemed to only want to talk to Tom Brady?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

It's kind of weird. I'm sure the other team mates didn't care, they're probably just hyped by the fact that they won the Superbowl. It was a bit ridiculous though how the media just swarmed Brady, even though he wasn't the best player out there. I guess the focus is making it about one person as that sells more ad space maybe.

Comments:

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(Created on 27th January 2019)

Vote #593

Question:

It won't have escaped everyone's notice that I missed the vote question last week. How many people assumed the worst and asked me if everything was OK after I missed setting last week's question?

Results:

2 was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 0 (25%)
  • 1 (0%)
  • 2 (75%)
  • 3 (0%)
  • 4 (0%)
  • 5 (0%)
  • 6 (0%)
  • 7 (0%)
  • 8 (0%)
  • 9 (0%)

Analysis:

The answer was indeed two people

Comments:

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(Created on 13th January 2019)

Vote #592

Question:

Another Sunday night where I'm devoid of inspiration, probably because I've got a long week ahead of me up in Seattle. Will my flights be on time or affected by drones?

Results:

On time was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • On time (75%)
  • Drones (25%)

Analysis:

My flight to Seattle and back was on time and as smooth as can be. Hoping for the same this week as I'm going up again.

Comments:

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(Created on 6th January 2019)

Vote #591

Question:

An interesting weekend. Where exactly is Newport County?

Results:

Wales was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • England (0%)
  • Scotland (0%)
  • Wales (75%)
  • Northern Ireland (0%)
  • All over Leicester (25%)

Analysis:

I like that the majority of people gave the actual physical location, but I'm going to give it to the folks that answered “all over Leicester”. I'm guessing this was Mr O. I will congratulate Newport County on a great victory over Leicester. Leicester who just got great results against Manchester City and Chelsea. “It's a funny old game!”

Comments:

1 comment
Mr O
02:13:46
14th January 2019
That's where you are wrong. I went factually correct.

(Created on 31st December 2018)

Vote #590

Question:

Should I go to the pub tonight for New Year’s Eve?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

Well I did go to the pub regardless of what you voted for. The one thing I'm trying to figure out is if my dad voted yes or no given that's who I went to the pub with.

Comments:

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(Created on 23rd December 2018)

Vote #589

Question:

Not the most interesting question, but the most obvious one to ask. Given the shenanigans of last week with the drones closing Gatwick airport, I have to wonder, will I make it back to England this week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

I guess most people already know the answer to this one. I made it back to England safe and sound.

Comments:

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(Created on 16th December 2018)

Vote #588

Question:

The festive season is nearly upon us. Time for that last week in school where you just play games and nothing really matters. But it does leave one very important question - was everyone really kung fu fighting?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

I actually laughed when I re-read this question. I totally forgot what question I'd set. With all the rush of trying to get work done before the holidays, then the turmoil of not know if I'm going to have a flight back to England due to the Gatwick drone issue, I completely forgot what question I'd set. It seem unanimous that everyone was indeed kung fu fighting. It would be an impressive sight if that were the case, lol.

Comments:

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(Created on 9th December 2018)

Vote #587

Question:

As I look to spend thousands of dollars on my car and gorge over Christmas, there really is only one important question. Can I get another squirt of toothpaste out this tube?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

How dare somebody say no? You can always get an extra squirt out of the tube if you try hard enough. Now. I'm sure there are those of you out there that are thinking - if you squeeze from the bottom, or better still use one of those clip things to roll up the tube, you know exactly where you are and when the last drop is going to plop out. Well bully for you! Is the rest of your life really boring as well? I have contemplated that approach before and have made a concerted decision to squeeze from the middle of the tube in order to have the end of tube fun and games. It just makes it so much more interesting. You can argue your logic anyway you like, but you're wrong and that's all there is to it.

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(Created on 2nd December 2018)

Vote #586

Question:

I've booked the final track day for the year this Friday. I looked at the weather on three websites. Two said it would be clear, but the third said it would rain. I don't mind driving in the rain itself, but you have to have your windows down and I really don't want the inside of the car to get wet. Will it rain this Friday for my final track day of the year?

Results:

No - Dry was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes - Rain (25%)
  • No - Dry (75%)

Analysis:

It was indeed dry. The day, to be honest ,was absolutely perfect. Crisp morning warming up through the day. Photos and a video have been posted if you’re interested.

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(Created on 25th November 2018)

Vote #585

Question:

It seems to me that everyone is in a rush nowadays. It used to be that only idiots like me drove fast, but everyone appears to do it now from soccer moms/mums to tree hugging hybrid drivers. But then again, it could just be that I'm old. Are people in more of a rush these days or am I old?

Results:

both was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • People are in a rush (0%)
  • You are old (0%)
  • both (100%)

Analysis:

Ha, ha, ha. A unilateral decision then. Yes, I will take it on the chin that I'm old. Definitely showing signs of wear and tear. I do, however, firmly believe that everyone is just in a rush these days. Well, unless you work for the council I suppose. I watch quite a lot of car videos on YouTube given my most recent hobby and it's interesting when you look at trends. One of the biggest things that sells cars is power. Even people that drive the family car, want there to be a little bit of extra power there so they can put their foot down when they want to. What also makes me laugh is people cutting in at the last minute. Everyone does it infront of my truck and I just think “you must trust the brakes on this better than I do”. I think my truck and car are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to stopping distance, but ironically I don't get cut up as much in the car. I think the psychology is that you look at the car and think it's not going to hold me up, but you look at the truck and think I don't want to get stuck behind that. I mean, we all do it, lol!

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(Created on 18th November 2018)

Vote #584

Question:

In case you weren't aware, a lot of California is currently on fire. There's a couple of big fires - one near LA and one up by Sacramento. The one by Sacramento is filling the Bay Area with smoke. I was planning to go away this week with William and try some off roading. It seems that most places are closed because of the fires. That said, the others warn that they get very busy during the Thanksgiving holiday, so it might be a blessing in disguise. That said, we're now looking at alternatives for something to do this holiday. Will we end up going on a trip this Thanksgiving?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

The voters out there having a lot more faith in my procrastinating self, but yes, we did get away for a couple of days and had a great time. Even wrote a little blog about it.

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(Created on 11th November 2018)

Vote #583

Question:

Hi-de-Hi?

Results:

Ho-de-Ho was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • What? (20%)
  • Ho-de-Ho (80%)

Analysis:

Completely forgot I set this as the vote question. Looks like most of you remember the great classic TV show. I doubt it ever made it across the pond, so guessing the folks that didn't know the answer voted for what.

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(Created on 4th November 2018)

Vote #582

Question:

I'm hearing and reading a lot about this FIRE movement (financial independence, retire early). Essentially it's to save enough money and live frugally to retire in your 30s. Obviously it's too late for me, but I do find it interesting. Remember the Good Life for those in the UK. I guess it's kind of the same thing. The concept sounds interesting in that you really don't need that much money to live if you're really careful. I'm just not sure I could live being that careful for that long and controlling the urge to spend on things or go with the luxuries like technology or alcohol. Do you think you could live frugally as outlined by FIRE?

Results:

Only if Felicity Kendal was with me was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (20%)
  • No (0%)
  • Only if Felicity Kendal was with me (80%)

Analysis:

I do believe there would be quite a lot you could tolerate if Felicity Kendal was with you. Although, as the saying goes ... somebody somewhere's bored of doing that. Back to the FIRE philosophy, it's going to be interesting to see how these folks fare in 30 years time. Whether it's the weather in England where I grew up, but I'm always worried about that rainy day. The what if problems and if they occur, how are you going to pay for them. I doubt anyone's going to track the progress of these folks and the reality is that I'm sure some will be successful and some will fail which is no different to what happens every day for everybody else. The other problem though would be boredom. In order to have this freedom, you're giving up the ability to have new things like cars and electronic toys that will all find essential these days. Perhaps they will be more enlightened at the end of the day .... but I'll have more Pokemon, lol

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(Created on 28th October 2018)

Vote #581

Question:

What a crazy weekend back in the UK. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on his fourth F1 title, but sadness in Leicester after City's owner's helicopter crash. How was your weekend?

Results:

Good was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Good (80%)
  • Bad (0%)
  • Crazy (0%)
  • Boring (0%)
  • Something Else (20%)

Analysis:

Excellent! Most people had a good weekend last weekend. And it was definitely a good weekend for Hamilton. Still can't quite get over the sadness in Leicester, such a shame. This weekend was not good for me. Ended up in ER again. Not for the same old, same old. Something new and shiny and yet another thing to worry about.

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(Created on 21st October 2018)

Vote #580

Question:

It's car time again and I'm running through the big question. To mod or not to mod? There's a lot of things I'm thinking of doing, but probably just going to start small with wheels and tires. Should I mod my car?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Interesting, I wasn't expecting this to be a resounding yes. I thought there might be some dissenters out there wanting me to keep the car pure. We'll have to see. I'm definitely not going to make any major modifications in a rush as it's actually pretty complicated. To change the wheels itself is hard enough as you have to keep the diameter of the front and rear within 1% of each other, else you'll burn out the front clutch in the AWD system. Similarly, if you increase the power of the car, the ECU won't let you put it down as fast as standard when you're driving a track. It's OK in a straight line, but if you're exiting a corner, the ECU gets more power than it's expecting and cuts it to the wheels, so you actually put in slower lap times. Kind of need to be careful that you don't accidentally do something that makes you slower rather than quicker.

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(Created on 14th October 2018)

Vote #579

Question:

A couple of weeks back William broke his water bottle and on Friday I broke the case for my phone. Both of these are classic instances where I thought .... bit of super glue will fix that. Well, my super glue had dried up and I keep thinking back and can't remember anytime I've actually used super glue and it's worked. Have you ever used super glue and had it work?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Dad
01:31:09
15th October 2018
Use Gorilla glue, it's much better

Analysis:

This actually makes me laugh as I keep buying the stuff and it doesn't work. Some great marketing from somewhere. Also like my Dad's suggestion to use Gorilla Glue. I was including that in the general category of super glue as I've tried that and it didn't work either. Promises of being able to fix something and make it stronger than it originally was in seconds. Yeah, right!

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(Created on 7th October 2018)

Vote #578

Question:

My biggest dilemma right now is what to do on the housing front. Kind of bored with my apartment and the rent keeps going up. There's actually not a lot of rental choice on the market either. Housing market as basically stalled and potentially looks like it might crash. What should I do for housing?

Results:

Find somewhere else to rent was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Stay in your apartment (20%)
  • Find somewhere else to rent (60%)
  • Buy somewhere (20%)

Analysis:

Well, I've decided to stay where I am, but continue to look for somewhere to buy. Want to keep my eyes on the market to see what's happening and don't want to rush into a decision. I did the economics and it's not too bad to stay and cut the lease early if I find that amazing property. Doubt that will happen as I'm not really the kind of guy that just falls in love with a house.

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(Created on 29th September 2018)

Vote #577

Question:

Another week, another trip. Off to Vegas again for a conference and it's the same old same old. Should I take my team out and party with them?

Results:

Yes - be the party animal and No - just pickup the tab tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes - be the party animal (50%)
  • No - just pickup the tab (50%)

Analysis:

Not entirely sure what the answer to this is to be honest. I certainly wasn't the party animal, but I also wasn't Mr boring stay in my room. I think I just found a happy medium somewhere. My biggest challenge was the amount of walking that was involved from room to convention center, to restaurant, to bar, to wherever. I'm not really sure I've got too many Vegas conferences left in me.

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(Created on 23rd September 2018)

Vote #576

Question:

Some questions we ask are funny. Some political. Some topical and others just because they were what I was thinking of. Others take us back to the fabric of time and get us to question our very existence. Apologies to the American viewers as they may not quite get the importance and magnitude of this question for it is one that has been asked since before their existence. What shall we do with a drunken sailor?

Results:

Put him in bed with the captain's daughter was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Put him in a long boat 'till he's sober (0%)
  • Shave his belly with a rusty razor (20%)
  • Tie him to the taffrail when she's yard-arm under (0%)
  • Put him in the scuppers with the deck pump on him (0%)
  • Heave him by the leg in a runnin' bowline (0%)
  • Put him in bed with the captain's daughter (80%)

Analysis:

So, I'm trying to figure out under what circumstances I would have a drunken sailor and be wondering what to do with him. That said, the best answer I saw online is “make him captain of an Exxon Tanker.”

That said, I'm also trying to figure out whether putting him in bed with the captain's daughter would be punishment or not. I'm thinking the gist of this is that when he gets caught by the captain, he'll get flogged. Alternatively it's because she's really ugly.

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(Created on 17th September 2018)

Vote #575

Question:

With the inaugural first nascar chase race at Las Vegas resulting in the lowest ever attendance at a nascar race there, we have to ask, will there be another nascar chase race at Las Vegas?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • Yes but at night (33%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Well, my guess is yes on the basis that they've probably signed up for a 5 year deal, so they're probably locked into it for the next few years at least. There were a lot of people on the flight I was on up to Seattle talking about their preference to have the race at night to avoid the oppressive heat. The problem with this though is that then wouldn't allow the fans to go out on the town that night. I'm guessing that a lot of the draw to attend the race in Vegas is due to the fact that you can enjoy Vegas while you're there as well as the race. Could be wrong about that, but we'll see. That said, I personally think a night race would be better as it really was too hot to be out in the sun.

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(Created on 9th September 2018)

Vote #574

Question:

It's going to be a very busy week, but I do have a sneeky trip to Laguna Seca to race my car round the world famous cork screw. Don't tell anyone though. How much fun am I going to have racing round Laguna Seca?

Results:

Lots was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • None (0%)
  • Lots (100%)

Analysis:

It was indeed lots and lots of fun. Already booked my next session. Back up to Thunderhill in a few weeks.

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(Created on 2nd September 2018)

Vote #573

Question:

You're going to need to bear with me. This question has been five years coming and it's time to ask it now. So, last weekend I went to a party and poor William had to get a shower and get changed. I made him wear matching socks and he had to change once because I didn't think he looked smart enough. I also had a shower, trimmed beard, did all the other stuff you do when you're trying to look your best (I know, fighting a lost cause, but sometimes you got to put in the effort). Anyway, so I get the iron out to iron my shirt. William looks over and says “what you doing?” “Ironing” I replied. “I know that. I didn't realize you'd got an iron ...[pause]... actually, I did as mommy complained about it for about a year after you moved out.” Now, I'm laughing my head off thinking back to the day I moved out. I walked round the house and took the stuff I needed or thought I'd need at some point. I remember taking the iron and wondering if it would annoy my ex. Guess it did, lol. But you know what the real question is .... Do you think my ex bought a new toothbrush after I moved out?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (83%)
  • No (17%)

Analysis:

Very interesting that pretty much everyone thinks that she did change her toothbrush. I don't. If she couldn't be bothered to change anything else, then I don't think she'd change her toothbrush, but I could be wrong.

Now, the bigger question you're all asking yourselves is what did I do to the toothbrush. We've all heard the joke about the person that came back to their apartment and all that was left was their toothbrush and camera. Then when the person got the film of the camera developed there was a photo of the burgler with the toothbrush up their arse.

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(Created on 26th August 2018)

Vote #572

Question:

I had to pick up some tablets from the drive through pharmacy this week and there was a new girl there that found it very difficult to hear what I was saying. We were actually stuck on the identification part. She asked me to spell my name about five times, but wasn't capable of understanding the answer even when using a phonetic alphabet. On the last occasion when she asked “can you spell your name?” I simply replied “yes.” When someone asks if you can spell your name, should you always reply with a yes or no?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Completely forgot I set this question. It's really backfired on me. I lost the bloody tablets I got last week and have had to go back and beg for some more. Now who's the muppet?

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(Created on 19th August 2018)

Vote #571

Question:

This week's question comes from a friend who's actually about to give me a lot of shit over something backfiring on me, but that's a whole other story for another time. Anyway, she wants to know whether it's acceptable for a girl to ask a guy out directly?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

A pretty resounding yes to the question. So go ahead DC and lay it on the line for your lovely ginger. If it's so acceptable though, I wonder why I've never been asked? I mean you'd think there'd be at least one somewhere. I just get weirdos start to follow me around and before you say it, I know what you're thinking ... just cus they're following you around, you didn't have to marry them.

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(Created on 12th August 2018)

Vote #570

Question:

Hmmm. Very busy weekend and I'm falling to bits. My toenail fell off this morning and I've just had something to eat and half a tooth dropped out. I've got to fly to Seattle first thing tomorrow and am working on booking a dentist appointment for my return. There's no pain right now, but will my tooth start to hurt before I can get to the dentist?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (40%)
  • No (60%)

Analysis:

I forgot what question I'd set. Luckily not due to the pain. I haven't seen the dentist yet - go tomorrow morning, but there's no pain at all and no indication that it's going to hurt before I get there ... just when I get the bill after for the work, lol

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(Created on 5th August 2018)

Vote #569

Question:

All week, every week I slave over a hot keyboard working to find a relevant vote question to entertain you all. Sometimes I feel the love is not shared back equally and occasionally I get blocked. Did Louisa block my vote question on purpose?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

She is denying that she's done it on purpose, but every week I get a bounce back saying that she's blocked my email address from sending messages to her. The weird thing is that if I forward the spam notice, that actually gets through. It's the email itself that isn't making it past the spam filter. I guess I could write what I want though as she's not going to see it because it'll be blocked.

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Louisa
13:44:37
13th August 2018
:-p

(Created on 30th July 2018)

Vote #568

Question:

A racing question given that I took my car out on a track day, but probably not the racing question you're going to expect. I think this is something most people have done, but we'll find out. I stayed away the night before my thing and when I came back, emptied my suitcase on the floor. The next day there was a pile of clothes - some clean, some not. Without thinking I picked up a pair of underpants and sniffed them to see if they were clean. The track temperature was 117 degrees the day before which was a few degrees cooler than the area around my knackers. Yup, the pants I'd decided to sniff were the ones from the day before. Don't know why I did it. Still don't. Was like an automatic reaction at the time. Have you ever sniffed a pair of underpants/washing (could be socks) and regretted it?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

So, apparently I’m the only person that’s ever done this. Hogwash, I say. I think you’re all lying. Now, I’ll freely admit that this isn’t a habit I’d encourage, but it kind of happened to me automatically like some pre programmed response. Needless to say, the experience wasn’t good.

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(Created on 22nd July 2018)

Vote #567

Question:

Well, the joys of this system I've got here are that I can set vote questions in advance. I'm off to my track day Sunday and I don't think I'll have talked to anyone before this vote goes out. Will I still have a GT-R post my track day?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Interesting that I got a vote of no confidence from somewhere. Yes, I still have my car and it's in full working order. There should be some pictures in the photos part of the website if you're interested. http://www.eastbayrag.com/photos/photodb/photodbbycatdisplay.php?tag=331534

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(Created on 15th July 2018)

Vote #566

Question:

I guess that's it for another 4 years. Disappointed to see England go out in the semi finals, but looking back, pleased that they made the semi finals. Did you enjoy the world cup?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (83%)
  • No (17%)

Analysis:

Looks like most people enjoyed the world cup. I'm guessing my dad was the one who didn't because he doesn't like soccer. Anyway, I thought it was an amazing World Cup. There were some excellent games. The facilities looked great and I didn't hear about a lot of trouble which is something I feared. I think France were the most consistent team in the tournament and were worth winners.

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(Created on 9th July 2018)

Vote #565

Question:

OK, so I cracked a joke this week and nobody laughed. Pretty usual stuff I hear you say, but this wasn't entirely down to me not being funny. The joke was a pun around a helmet, but it turns out that Americans don't call the end of a penis a helmet. They call it the head. I've only been here 18 years and I've just found out what to call my dick. Did you know that Americans don't use the word helmet to describe the end of their penis?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

50/50 on the vote, but there's possibly a 50/50 split of English and American voters now I think about it. Anyway, could lead to some interesting misunderstandings on either side of the pond.

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(Created on 1st July 2018)

Vote #564

Question:

We appear to be at that all American holiday of Independence Day. Should I go watch fireworks on July 4th?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

Thank you to those that voted yes, but you seem to forget that I'm a miserable bastard, so we didn't go. Actually, William really doesn't have any interest in fireworks and would rather play on the xbox with his friends, so that's what we did. It's kind of odd as I didn't even hear or see any. I wasn't looking, but you'd think I'd have heard them.

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(Created on 25th June 2018)

Vote #563

Question:

Missed the vote question again, but did wake up remembering that I'd forgotten. What was the reason I initially forgot this week's vote question?

Results:

Age was the clear winner with 40% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Lazy (0%)
  • Age (40%)
  • Stress over World Cup (0%)
  • Stress over Pokemon changes (20%)
  • Stress from ex wife (0%)
  • Stress from future ex wife (20%)
  • All of the above (20%)

Analysis:

Oh crap. I can remember setting the question, but can't remember what the answer is. So that would point to age, wouldn't it? Ha, ha! The answer was actually all of the above. Kind of meant a bit more last week than it does this week given that things have calmed down a lot. The changes happening in the pokemon game are certainly keeping me on my toes and I was a bit tired when I got home last Sunday night. I think I fell asleep in front of the TV watching one of the soccer games.

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(Created on 17th June 2018)

Vote #562

Question:

I'm trying to figure out if this just happens to me or if everyone suffers the same problem. It can happen either on the way to the washing machine or on the way back from the dryer. You scoop all your clothes up in a ball and start walking. A sock falls to the floor. You contemplate whether to complete your journey and come back for the sock, but decide you can manage the ball with one hand and snag the stray sock. You bend over, grab the sock and just as you're straightening up, another sock falls to the floor. And the cycle repeats until either you manage to get everything into your arms or the underpants join in the game and you have to admit defeat. Have you ever done the sock dance when moving washing around the house?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

I'm actually genuinely happy to hear that this is not just me. I was wondering if it was because socks were ablists (people who dislike disabled people to save you googling). I didn't know if they were just picking on me to see if they could make me fall over as I try to swoop down and collect them up. The interesting thing is the break point though. Pick one sock up and one falls on the floor, it's a challenge to see if you can get it back. But there's a threshold when the number of things fall on the floor and you're like just not going to play that game. As I noted in the question, it's normally when the underpants try to get in on the action that I give up.

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(Created on 10th June 2018)

Vote #561

Question:

Summer is upon us and many folks are heading out on their holidays. Do you have plans to see you through this summer (or to keep you busy until August at least)?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (40%)
  • No (60%)

Analysis:

About 50:50 then as to who has plans for the summer. Mine seems to be pretty locked and loaded right now. Holiday is set and I have a track day booked to play in my car. Even went out and bought a helmet today.

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(Created on 3rd June 2018)

Vote #560

Question:

There's a bit more coming in the explanation of this vote question, but for now, just the question. Gatorade is a sports drink in the US that I drink and so does William. I asked him if we needed anymore when I was doing the shopping online. He ran round and did a quick count. How many Gatorade drinks did we have in the house when William counted?

Results:

20 was the clear winner with 40% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 0 (0%)
  • 5 (0%)
  • 10 (0%)
  • 20 (40%)
  • 30 (0%)
  • 40 (0%)
  • 50 (20%)
  • 75 (20%)
  • 95 (20%)
  • 150 (0%)

Analysis:

The answer to the question is 95. So, here's what's been happening. William and I like Gatorade, so I always take a look and see how many we've got and order more. Seeing the numbers go down every week, I've been ordering more and more. What I hadn't realized is that my cleaner has been moving them from the worktop into a bottom cupboard. Then once that was full, she started working on another cupboard. Honestly, neither William or I could stop laughing when we realized what had been happening. Needless to say, I won't be buying any for a few weeks at least.

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(Created on 28th May 2018)

Vote #559

Question:

Ooops, it's Sunday. Guess that's what a public holiday will do to you. I was grabbing a quick beer watching TV and saw the weekly email sail past me and thought bugger - I didn't write a question. Anyone else think it was Saturday yesterday instead of Sunday?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

Oh well, just me then

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(Created on 20th May 2018)

Vote #558

Question:

Well, due to one thing and another, the wind is blowing in a kind of that direction sort of thing and I'm ending up driving to LA next week in my little baby. Will my drive to LA be smooth?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

As you all predicted, the drive down to LA and back was very smooth. I did take the liberty of purchasing a radar detector before the journey. Just in case I accidentally strayed above the speed limit where there was a speed trap. Quite interesting. I don't want to put it to the test completely, but it did notify me of a few interesting things. It's interesting in that it makes different noises depending on what it's detecting. Most are common alert tones that you'd expect, but on the way back it went crazy at one point - the whole unit lit up red and it screamed that I'd been hit by a laser. Not sure what it was as I didn't actually see anything, but it was like those Top Gun type movies where they're trying to get missile lock and they shout “he's got tone” then deploy the chaffs. Unfortunately, due to a typo, the screaming noise and lights flashing red caused me to deploy the chuffs.

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(Created on 13th May 2018)

Vote #557

Question:

I've run several questions on here relating to the advancement of technology and perceptions/thoughts on that. I think part of it is because I'm working in robotics and artificial intelligence and the advancements being made are phenomenal. But it does make one pause every now and then. Are you worried that Google have developed a bot that cannot be distinguished from a human when talking to it?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

Generally folks aren't worried about bots that can't be distinguished from humans. That seems to contradict a lot of the talk online where people seem to think it's immoral. The machines are coming though, whether you like it or not.

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(Created on 6th May 2018)

Vote #556

Question:

The premier league season is coming to a close and Manchester City have absolutely run away with it this year. Arsenal have not exactly had the best season, but they won their last home game 5-0 against Burnley today and said goodbye to their long standing manager, Arsene Wenger (albeit one remaining away game). Are you sad to see Arsene go?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

A lacklustre response to this vote question. I'm sad to see Arsene go as he's kind of the last person in the game from when I was really watching it. Or at least the last person at the same club. It was good that he ended on a win. Ironic that Leicester delivered an end of season blow to him and then Spurs got revenge for them. It's a funny old game .... apparently

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(Created on 29th April 2018)

Vote #555

Question:

Probably a bit of an obscure question for most people, but it will probably make sense when you read the analysis or Google, depending on your curiosity. If you sat next to John Hanke on a plane and he told you some things that were coming, would you milk the opportunity to share that information?

Results:

Who's John Hanke? was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (33%)
  • Who's John Hanke? (67%)

Analysis:

Kind of a who cares vote then, so the analysis will be meaningless to everyone anyway. John Hanke is the CEO of Niantic, which is the company that makes and runs Pokemon Go. Niantic are not exactly well known for sharing any information with their community, so most players are int he dark as to what they are planning. The chat forums were buzzing last week because Hanke sat next to a player on a flight and apparently revealed some information about what is coming. The player is actually a member of our group here and he's been trying to get himself in the limelight because of the info. I have to be honest, as much as I play the game, I haven't asked or read any or the reports as it's all speculation anyway. I'll just deal with whatever they release when they release it. Or stop playing if I get too bored.

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(Created on 22nd April 2018)

Vote #554

Question:

I started to write this week's vote question. It was going to be a little similar to last week's. Not intentionally, it just happened that way. Would have been a joke on what someone said and their looks. Now, I know that there's no chance that this person (don't know who it is, was someone sat next to me in a restaurant) would see this website, but if they did, they would know the question was about them. As opposed to last week's question which is sufficiently vague and really applies to many people. Anyway, I decided against posting it. Have I gone soft in my old age?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
00:45:16
23rd April 2018
Keep taking the blue pills and that'll fix you

Analysis:

She was ugly enough to make any man soft. Age had nothing to do with it. Mr O - I feel blue pills and a bag would be required for this particular challenge.

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(Created on 15th April 2018)

Vote #553

Question:

This week's question again comes courtesy of being on the road. Spending time at the airport people watching. Should ugly people be allowed to wear hot clothes?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)

Analysis:

No indeed. Now here's the thing. I freely admit that I'm no work of art to look at, but I don't pretend that I am. If I'm in the airport working away on my ipad as is normal for being in the airport, I lift my head up and take a quick look down the terminal and catch a glimpse of a pair of thigh high boots coming towards me, you kind of do that whiplash look back up to confirm what you saw and check out what's actually in the boots. Well, I really don't want to run the risk of getting whiplash to look up and see something akin to what I've left in the bowl during a particularly nasty Crohns flare up. Essentially, if you face looks like a steaming pile of diarrhea, but with a worse complexion, a short skirt and thigh high boots are not for you. Don't get me wrong, everyone has the right to dress to get laid, but you really don't need those boots for that. The short skirt and accompanying desperate look gives that away.

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(Created on 8th April 2018)

Vote #552

Question:

So, it's finally out that Facebook gave away private data so that people could be targeted directly with political campaigns. It's pretty much been known for a long time that news is fed to people based on their likes. In order to increase the number of likes you get, only tell people what they want to hear. And people on Facebook have no capacity to think for themselves and need to be spoon fed propaganda so they believe it. Is everyone that uses Facebook retarded?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

I have to be honest, I expected the majority of folks to vote no as I know a few of you use Facebook a lot. I guess it wouldn't be getting so much attention if not that many people used it. I've been watching snippets of the inquiry or whatever it's called and it's quite interesting to me that, for the most part, the senators are trying to figure out what Facebook is before trying to determine if they've done something wrong. I'm also intrigued by the fact that the hearing or whatever it's called has no power or authority. They can't enforce anything against Facebook. They can recommend changes to introduce a bill that prevents Facebook from doing the same thing again, but Facebook will just hire lobbyists to get the bill overturned. I like the senator that was brutally honest and asked Zuckerberg if he would do the right thing given that the most he could do was fine him around $10k and propose a bill. On the back of that statement, the street realized nothing could happen to facebook and the stock price shot up increading Zuckerbergs wealth by about $3bn. Which, net, net means he's pulling $10k in every minute. I wish someone would fine me $10k and increase me net worth by $3bn. But the good news for all the Facebook lovers is that it's not going away. You don't have to worry about getting unbiased media. You will only be spoon fed what you want to hear. And only get adverts for those chocolates you like, ha ha.

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(Created on 1st April 2018)

Vote #551

Question:

We're back! After taking a brief break into hospital, I missed a week of vote questions. I was a tad under the weather as they say. Do you think, after taking a week off, I'd come up with a better vote question than this?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

Ha, ha, ha. I like that I've set expectations so low that nobody expects a mind blowing question these days. Just simple monotonous shit week in, week out. Well, I hope to not disappoint and continue producing banal questions to add to the mundaneness of life. At least you don't need to think too hard about it.

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(Created on 13th March 2018)

Vote #550

Question:

I'm back on the road again with all of its joys of flying out Monday, returning Thursday. Pretty much sleeping on the flights ... or at least trying to. If your ass is too fat to fit down the aisle of a plane without bumping into all the passengers, should you be allowed to be a flight attendant?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

A divided answer. I'm somewhat surprised at this as I find it very frustrating. Here's the thing - airlines do that think where they put the basket by the entrance with the note something like “if it fits, it's carry on” meaning that if your bag does not fit in the measuring basket, you should check your bag. It only seems fair that at flight attendant school they should have a chair with a note like “if your ass fits, you can be a flight attendant” otherwise it's off to baggage handling for you. Listen, I've nothing against fat asses. Quite the opposite. But there's a time and a place for everything and I don't particularly want one banging into me when I'm trying to sleep.

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(Created on 11th March 2018)

Vote #549

Question:

A component of my job is designing, building and implementing Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Essentially the digital workforce. And robots appear to be taking over many routine tasks, including driving. Do you think robots will cause high unemplorment?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

A divided result. There are those that say well just find jobs for the folks being left behind and those that believe we will have high unemployment. I guess we'll find out at some point. I do, however, think that robots will have an increasingly significant impact on our lives.

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(Created on 4th March 2018)

Vote #548

Question:

This week’s vote question comes courtesy of life on the road as a consultant. So, we were away in Texas and had to extend our stay by a day. We were in the middle of nowhere in a small hotel, but it did have laundry. This meant that we needed to clean clothes for an extra day. Would you share a washing machine with a colleague to do laundry?

Results:

Yes - I would share was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes - I would share (75%)
  • No - that’s disgusting (25%)

Analysis:

This is actually an interesting question as people I've spoken with seem to be very divided. There are those that don't care, but those that do seem to be vehemently against it. It's like one of those things that really just get to some people. I'm like that with feet. Hate them. Can't thinking anything worse. But couldn't care less about sharing laundry. It's in a washing machine with detergent. It's going to be clean whennuut comes out.

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(Created on 23rd February 2018)

Vote #547

Question:

Happy birthday to ...?

Results:

You was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Me (33%)
  • You (67%)

Analysis:

Interesting, two people voted for &liquor;me&required;. One of whom was me because it was indeed my birthday. Now, it is possible that someone else out there shares a similar birthday. Like Pikachu who has a birthday on Febrauray 27th. Or someone got confused by the question and was trying to answer as if they were me. In other words thinking that they were wishing me a happy birthday by voting for me, when they would have needed to vote for you to have meant me. And you should always answer as you and not as me. So the answer, in this case, would have been me and not you as you will always be you and I will always be me. But when you are talking about you, that is, in fact me.

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(Created on 18th February 2018)

Vote #546

Question:

It's always interesting when someone new stumbles onto this site. Well, generally not a stumble and more because I've told them the site exists and curiosity has got the better of them. Interestingly they seem to get drawn to this page - the vote question. Almost like there's a hope that I'm going to come up with something illuminating and thought provoking. To the extent that they are waiting for next week's vote question. Why is DC texting me to find out in advance what this week's vote question is?

Results:

To placate you and get another ride in your car was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Because she has nothing better to do (17%)
  • Because she thinks you're amazing (0%)
  • Because she loves you (17%)
  • Because her dream man likes sausage too (0%)
  • To placate you and get another ride in your car (50%)
  • To fill a void in her life (0%)
  • Because she was hoping for a better question than this (17%)

Analysis:

It's always the car isn't it! I saw a stand up comedian do a routine on cars - might have been Dave Chappelle, not sure. Anyway, it was all about guys buying cars as bait for women. Probably true. Although I think Mr O was looking for a ride in it when he comes over.

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(Created on 11th February 2018)

Vote #545

Question:

At the end of a great weekend and the only thing on my mind is what's going to happen next week. Am I going to need to jump on a plane and head to Houston next week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
03:20:22
12th February 2018
I think the more important question is "are you going to book my flight tickets"? I've spent two weeks in the sauna and there's nothing left of me.

Analysis:

Ha, ha! The answer was no. I did not need to jump on a plane last week and head to Houston. I have to jump on a plane and head to Houston this week. Then to Orlando the week after. Not much time to myself really. At least in the week, anyway.

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(Created on 4th February 2018)

Vote #544

Question:

OK, so I came back home today to watch the Superbowl. When I say watch, I really mean to have the TV on in the background while I was doing other stuff. So I kept popping away from the TV and every time I came back there were commercials. Was there any American Football played between the commercials for the Superbowl?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (40%)
  • No (60%)

Analysis:

I'll be honest, it's a job to know. I actually went out and chased down some pokemon during the game, so did miss quite a lot of it, but it honestly seemed like more commercials than anything else. Then there was the half time show which is still an alien concept to me. I know it's now as much part of the show as the game itself, but that kinda seems like the problem to me - it should be a game and not a show. Keep the things separate. But, that would kill the marketing revenue, so it is what it is and there are a lot of commercials. Anyway, congratulations to The Eagles for a fantastic win. Always good when the underdogs win and they did play an excellent game. The bits I did see were pretty exciting and I'm sure there's been a lot of partying in the streets of Philadelphia.

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(Created on 28th January 2018)

Vote #543

Question:

The new year is upon us and the first month is all but done with. It's time to start looking forward to the March NASCAR race. Mr O has already booked his flights, but is waiting on me to book him some internal flights and appears to be getting rather antsy because I've not done it yet. Should I book Mr O's flights this week or make him sweat a bit longer?

Results:

Sauna time for Mr O was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Book 'em Danno (40%)
  • Sauna time for Mr O (60%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
01:55:07
29th January 2018
I wouldn't necessarily say "antsy", but when it comes to my vacations I like things booked in advance and have everything locked down. Proper preparation prevents piss poor performance and all that.

Analysis:

OK, so I did actually intend to book the flights on Monday and this was just a distraction question, but unfortunately I didn't get around to it and then ended up traveling without my computer so didn't get the chance. I'm actually flying out at 4:00am on Monday, so this isn't on the cards to get done at the beginning of next week. But it should get done next week at some point. So just another few days in the sauna.

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(Created on 21st January 2018)

Vote #542

Question:

I've got my thing here, down the Bay Thursday, got to do this, go to LA on Tuesday/Wednesday, Back down the bay Friday and the doohickey at some point. Hmmmm. Should I get my hair cut on Monday?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

The answer was indeed yes, I should have gone to get my hair cut on Monday. I did not, however, go to get my hair cut on Monday as I ended up being really busy. I did manage to squeeze a trip to the barber's in on Thursday though so my locks are back down to a respectable length.

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(Created on 14th January 2018)

Vote #541

Question:

While back in England over the Christmas holidays I was told my daughter that played pokemon with me looked really good. How old is my pokemon playing daughter in England?

Results:

40s was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Teens (0%)
  • 20s (0%)
  • 30s (0%)
  • 40s (60%)
  • 50s (20%)
  • 60s (20%)
  • 70s (0%)
  • 80s (0%)
  • 90s (0%)

Analysis:

I had somewhat of an ah ha moment when looking at the results of this week's vote. So, to the question of how old does my daughter Ms L look, the majority and lowest was 40 with votes also in the 50s and 60s. Which made me laugh. Poor old Ms L not looking so great. But then I had that “hold on a minute” reaction. If she looks like she's 40 at a minimum and people think she's my daughter. How bloody old do I look? (And no, that's not the next vote question).

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(Created on 7th January 2018)

Vote #540

Question:

It didn't take long into 2018 before Trump started tweeting stupidity. The most fun one of the year to date for me is the one where he flops it out and compares the size of his button to that of Kim Jong-un. When Trump measured his button, did he do it from the base or the balls?

Results:

Balls was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Base (20%)
  • Balls (80%)

Analysis:

To be honest, I bet he thinks he's a horse and measure it in hands ... using his diddy hands. But yeah, you know he's going to take the measurement that makes it look bigger.

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(Created on 31st December 2017)

Vote #539

Question:

Happy New Year everybody! There was an article online about the angst that some people feel about going out on New Year's Eve and prefer to stay in. Did you go out on New Year's Eve to celebrate the new year?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

Oooooh! Somebody went out and partied. Good on ya, you rascal.

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(Created on 24th December 2017)

Vote #538

Question:

I'm back in England again for the holidays. How cold will I get playing Pokémon during the break?

Results:

Warm and Brass Monkey tied with 33% of the votes each from the following:

  • Warm (33%)
  • Cold (17%)
  • Very Cold (0%)
  • Freezing (17%)
  • Brass Monkey (33%)

Analysis:

A really interesting spread of votes. An inverse bell curve. Is that a vagina curve? Possibly a future vote question. Anyway the two extremes tied being warm and brass monkeys. I have to say, the weather has been changeable. There was one day that was freezing, but the rest has been reasonably good. Cold, but reasonably good for the time of year.

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(Created on 17th December 2017)

Vote #537

Question:

Ho, ho, ho. Said some fat bloke with a beard. Have you been naughty or nice?

Results:

Nice was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Naughty (25%)
  • Nice (75%)

Analysis:

Well, you're all boring, but I guess you'll be getting Christmas presents. Merry Christmas everybody as this message will be hitting your inbox on Christmas Day.

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(Created on 10th December 2017)

Vote #536

Question:

Given the distinct lack of participation in last week's vote, I have to ask the question - is there anybody there?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Louisa
10:28:14
11th December 2017
I'm here, but the question wasn't last week!

Analysis:

Ah! So the problem appears to be that the vote email didn't go out last week. I've not changed anything as there's no reason it didn't send the email out, so we'll see if it decides to behave itself this week or if I need to go in and fix something. Anyway, looks like the majority of folks are still here.

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(Created on 3rd December 2017)

Vote #535

Question:

Alright, so we've been offline for two weeks now. I'm not entirely sure what happened - my computer appears to have frozen right as I left on my trip back to the UK. There was nothing I could do remotely, but as soon as I got back, I rebooted and we're up and running again. To make up for the missing questions, this week is a two parter. And not only a two parter, but one where we endeavor to provide you valuable information from our field research team. So, you've miss-timed your drive to Heathrow airport and get there 10 minutes before you need to board your plane. Fortunately you're in upper class, so you can breeze through security. Once through you realize you can use the lounge, but don't have a lot of time, but you decide to stop by anyway. A) Can you put a Virgin bacon bap in your mouth in one go? B) Are the staff impressed with your ability to intake food in one go?

Results:

A)Yes b)No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • A) Yes B) Yes (0%)
  • A)Yes b)No (100%)
  • A)No B)Yes (0%)
  • A) No B) No (0%)

Analysis:

I guess nobody's interested in this as I appear to be the only one who voted. I believe it is possible to force one of the bacon butties in your mouth in one go. I didn't try it, so I don't know if anyone would be impressed or not.

Comments:

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Mr o
14:49:16
11th December 2017
I have tried and it is possible and no they aren't impressed but it doesn't stop them bringing you another one.
Mr o
14:49:35
11th December 2017
I have tried and it is possible and no they aren't impressed but it doesn't stop them bringing you another one.

(Created on 12th November 2017)

Vote #534

Question:

I have a feeling this is going to be a long, but fast week. I have a crazy amount of work to do, then it's off to Vegas to watch Guns n Roses with Mr O, then onward to England for the Thanksgiving week. Will Mr O and I enjoy Guns n Roses this Friday?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

It seems like a decade ago now given that my server went down for two weeks and I haven't been able to add a vote question. But yes. Both Mr O and I thoroughly enjoyed the concert. What's more, so did Sam the Virgin Atlantic Service Manager on my flight the following day. Apparently she was at the concert too. I think we all agreed that the main reason we went was to see Slash, but I don't want to take away from anyone as it was a fantastic concert that lasted about an hour and 40 minutes.

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(Created on 5th November 2017)

Vote #533

Question:

We'll come back to the car later I'm sure. This week, however, we're going to run a question from William's soccer. During the game this woman (not sure if it was the mother of one of our players or the opposition) started shouting “come on boys, get it up”. Which of the following thoughts came to mind upon hearing the woman shout “come on boys, get it up”?

Results:

I bet that's not the first time you've said that was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Good call (0%)
  • Nice encouragement (0%)
  • You'll need to put a bag on your head first (0%)
  • I bet that's not the first time you've said that (60%)
  • Draw straws to see who goes first (0%)
  • I'm glad she's not talking to me (40%)

Analysis:

It was indeed “I bet that's not the first time you've said that”. I like that boys is plural. Makes me wonder how many ... and of those, how many were not able to get it up?

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(Created on 22nd October 2017)

Vote #532

Question:

Well, I've got the truck, but I haven't yet got my little baby. I'm supposed to be picking it up either Tuesday or Wednesday assuming all goes well fitting the hand controls and I don't have any work emergencies that need me to run after. Will I get my new car this week or will there be hiccups?

Results:

Yes - it will be fine was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes - it will be fine (75%)
  • No - hiccups (25%)

Analysis:

Things are moving fast. I thought I was already on the next question which I'm not going to save for two weeks time. Anyway, my baby is here and I'm exceptionally happy. There have been hiccups along the way and probably some more to come. The “breaking in” schedule is rather interesting. First 300 miles go really slow. Next 300 miles, go really slow and bounce the suspension up and down. Next 600 miles rev the tits off it and shift manually. The last bit has me slightly worried. You're only supposed to use the first 4 gears because that only takes it up to 150mph. I'm rather thinking I need to just get it done - get up early and go for a 600 mile drive in first gear .... ouch.

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(Created on 22nd October 2017)

Vote #531

Question:

Alright, so for those of you that don't know, there's been a sub text to some of the more recent vote questions. I've been working away trying to convince myself to get a new car and I've finally taken the plunge and bought, not one, but, two cars. Well, a truck and a car. The truck is more for everyday use and I did get myself a GT-R because, well, it's a GT-R. Anyway. I've had my previous car for 8 years before taking this plunge and I got to thinking that I really don't spend money very often. In fact, it might be more than 8 years ago since I treated myself to some new underpants. Should I continue my spending spree and splash out on some undies?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

I thought the answer to this question would be a resounding yes, but why change the habits of a lifetime I guess. I'll be honest, the thought of getting new underwear is rather daunting. Well, not so much the new ones, it's more trying to figure out how to get the old ones off. Probably a bit like old wallpaper - peeling and scraping.

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(Created on 15th October 2017)

Vote #530

Question:

I was driving back home with William and there was some line in a song about it not being you, but being me. He said that sounded like the thing you say when you break up with someone - it's not me, it's you. Then he realized he got it the wrong way round. But did he? It's generally a polite way to say that it's you by saying it's me when you really do mean it's you. So, is it me or is it you?

Results:

You was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Me (0%)
  • You (100%)

Analysis:

Wow, you all knew it was you all along. I thought the vote would be split here 50/50, but no, you all voted for you. Obviously you all know it couldn't be me, so I guess it's obvious that it was you all along.

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(Created on 8th October 2017)

Vote #529

Question:

Just read an interesting article on the BBC's website about people's feelings when they spend money. Various tests show that people that spend more money on a bottle of wine enjoy it more because they think they're getting something better than those that paid less. The study included MRI scans so is pretty factual in some of the things it talks about and I'd definitely say I agree with it. It goes on to talk about status and showing off wealth etc. but also talks about people being either conspicuous or inconspicuous. Would you say I'm conspicuous or inconspicuous?

Results:

Inconspicuous was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Conspicuous (40%)
  • Inconspicuous (60%)

Analysis:

The vote's fairly even here which is interesting. I'd say I'm inconspicuous because I'm not flash, but I can see how some people may think I'm conspicuous because I do tend to get noticed.

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(Created on 1st October 2017)

Vote #528

Question:

Last week's questions was about whether or not I could get a bot to write these questions. Well, there are bots that go round looking for pokemon. Then bots that control the bots to tell them where to go. And bots on top of those bots to report what they find. This produces a lot of information. so I wrote a bot to analyze and simplify the information for me. Am I weird to be thinking about bot on bot action?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

I'm sure most of you were thinking I'm weird regardless of the bot on bot action. Perhaps that's just the icing on the cake for some people. It is kind of interesting that bots are now a major thing. I say that because about 10 years ago I made the comment that I could replace someone with a macro as all they seemed to do was reformat stuff in spreadsheets and send it out. I guess that we've finally got to the point where people trust the macros more than the people. It will be interesting to see as we move into automated transport as that's going to cause a huge shift in the workforce.

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(Created on 24th September 2017)

Vote #527

Question:

With the continuing advances in technology, is it too much to ask for a robot to write these questions for me every week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

Apparently it is too much to ask to get a bot to write these questions.

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(Created on 17th September 2017)

Vote #526

Question:

With everything going on around the world, will this week be it?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Well, it wasn't for me, was it for you? To be honest, this related to something specific that didn't happen this week. I'm going to keep it under wraps for now, but let's just say it's coming soon.

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(Created on 10th September 2017)

Vote #525

Question:

Back to another Pokemon question, so I'll apologize for that before we start. So, the most sort after pokemon (Mewtwo) is coming to us through an EX raid system. It's in test right now, but the gist of it is that you need to have completed a raid at the gym where Mewtwo spawns and then you'll get invited to participate in an event to catch it. Sounds great, but all my raids are round my local area and I'm off to Seattle for the week. Will I miss out on the first Pokemon EX raid that I get invited to?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Well, I actually don't know the answer to the question as I didn't get invited to an EX raid this week. For those of you that are interested, they did the EX raids at Sprint stores and I hadn't raided at a Sprint store recently, so didn't get an invite. Bitter sweet as it would have been nice to have got one, but I'd have been pissed I couldn't participate. We'll see if I get one this week. I'm in the Bay Area, so if I get one I'll be good. Well, unless I get an invite for one of the gyms I did up in Seattle. Now that would be ironic wouldn't it!

Comments:

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Rag
23:34:14
24th September 2017
I don't think anyone is going back and looking at these, but in the off chance that someone does, the answer is no - I didn't miss out. I successfully attended, defeated and caught my first Mewtwo and it was a monster 98%.

(Created on 3rd September 2017)

Vote #524

Question:

We've all been there. Couple of beers before you go to sleep. Wake up before the alarm goes off. You look at the time and you ask yourself that question. Can I fall back asleep and make it to when my alarm goes off or do I need to get up and go for a pee?

Results:

No - get up and go for a pee was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes - fall back asleep (0%)
  • No - get up and go for a pee (100%)

Analysis:

Yes indeed, there's no way around it. Just got to get up and go for a pee. Far better to just get it done and try and get a little more sleep with an empty bladder. So why do we all try to ride it out? There's kind of an excuse in England in the winter if you're all snuggly in bed, but in California it makes no sense. Just get up and do it. Just lazy I guess.

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(Created on 28th August 2017)

Vote #523

Question:

OK, so William has been in a soccer tournament all weekend. He's 11, but there seemed to be different ages in other games. I would guess girls and boys up to 13. Or the acne league as I've now named it. Seriously, there are some weird sights. Were all the girls that ugly and the boys that dorky when I was 13?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Yes indeed! Teenagers are the ugliest things to walk the planet. It's crazy. I was staring at this one girl, maybe too much as I got worried someone would think I was a pervert, but all that was going through my mind was friends who are parents telling me that girls are a nightmare when they get to the teenage years. I could picture this girl crying away, saying she was ugly and her parents telling her she's beautiful or it's not that bad. Yes. It is that bad. She was fucking hideous. My scrotum has smoother skin than her face. I actually got to wondering whether it was painful it looked that bad. Then to wondering what state her pillow would be like first thing in the morning. You know it's got to be soaking wet with puss as a few of those craters must erupt while she's sleeping. If she ever got to squeezing them, it'd be like milking a bag of snakes. Honestly, the best thing to do would be to lock her in the basement for the next few years until her complexion cleared up.

And as for the boys. Two types of dork. The fat dork that seems to permanently have something to eat in his hand and the lanky dork. The fat dork is just the fat dork that can't help himself and is more interested in eating than the opposite sex. The lanky dork is the best. I see you're going through a growth spurt. Tell me, when is the rest of your body going to catch up with your neck? Whatever you do, don't take a teenage boy on safari. Giraffe going to think you're stealing one of their young. And then there's that expression. Beaker from The Muppets. A whole heard of them.

It's amazing the species survives. I thing we must block it out after going through that phase, then you only remember it after you have kids that get to that age.

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(Created on 20th August 2017)

Vote #522

Question:

OK, so last weekend I was out and about doing my Pokemon thing and I was bitten really badly. Came up in bumps all over the place. One of the bites was next to my left nipple and it made my left tit swell up quite big. What do you think about my big left tit?

Results:

Left tit? You're a right tit was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Fwoar (25%)
  • Painful (0%)
  • Left tit? You're a right tit (75%)

Analysis:

Yes indeed, I am a right tit. But, it was also quite painful. Not so much of the fwoar.

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(Created on 13th August 2017)

Vote #521

Question:

Well, I'm back off holiday and at work. It seems like I never went away and that the holiday was too short. Does time travel faster when you're on holiday?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Indeed the consensus if that time travels faster when you're on holiday. I'm guessing that it's the feeling that time passes faster if you're having fun and enjoying yourself. Which probably means it's really good to be bad at sex then it'll feel like it lasts forever.

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(Created on 6th August 2017)

Vote #520

Question:

OK, so it seems I've missed a couple of weeks for vote questions. Why have I missed the last couple of weeks vote questions?

Results:

Pokemon hunting was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Ill (0%)
  • Senility (22%)
  • Fishing (0%)
  • Work (0%)
  • Pokemon hunting (67%)
  • Erection lasting more than 4 hours (11%)

Analysis:

Ah, you see most of you were sensible and went with the pokemon hunting reason. But was it? Was it the pokemon hunting that made me forget to set a vote question or the erection lasting more than 4 hours that I got from pokemon hunting? We may never know!

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(Created on 17th July 2017)

Vote #519

Question:

Another oooosie. I headed out to Chicago Sunday and forgot about the vote question. I'm sat in the airport now about to return and am going to get one in quickly. For the keen eyed amongst you, you will have seen the quick post I did on net neutrality. Do you support net neutrality?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (0%)
  • Don't know what it is (20%)

Analysis:

Seems like forever ago when I wrote this question given I seem to have missed the last couple of weeks. I'll leave everyone up to their own beliefs, but I definitely support net neutrality and it looks like everyone out there that understands it does too.

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(Created on 9th July 2017)

Vote #518

Question:

I'm somewhat worried about the timing of my trip back to the UK. With Niantic poised to do a global event on July 22nd, I will be back home in Grantham. Grantham that has a total of 8 pokemon gyms. Now, I'm not saying that Walnut Creek is an urban metropolis, but there are 11 gyms I can see from my house and walk to. Downtown there are loads. I'm not sure what exactly the event is going to be, but if it's the release of legendary pokemon, I'm not sure Grantham will be the place to be. Where do you think I'll end up on July 22nd?

Results:

Loughborough and Nottingham tied with 33% of the votes each from the following:

  • Grantham (17%)
  • Leicester (0%)
  • Lincoln (0%)
  • London (17%)
  • Loughborough (33%)
  • Nottingham (33%)

Analysis:

Yeah, not entirely sure what's going to happen. It could end up being none of the above. Might even be Doncaster. As it happens, I'm not sure where I am on the 22nd is going to make a lot of difference. If all the speculation is right, it's where I'm going to be the following two days that will be more important, but we'll see.

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(Created on 2nd July 2017)

Vote #517

Question:

When we went to do William's washing today, he pulled a jumper (sweater) out of the laundry basket and said “why does the cleaner keep putting this in the washing basket?” I asked whether he left it on the floor and he said not and that he'd put it away. Do you think my cleaner is going through the drawers/closet and putting William's clothes in his washing basket?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (20%)
  • No (80%)

Analysis:

Indeed, I think my little cherub is trying to cover for himself. Leaving his clothes on the floor. Must be something he's got from his mother, ha ha.

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(Created on 25th June 2017)

Vote #516

Question:

OK, so I've not really thought of a question for this week as I've really just been playing pokemon since the update. Do you think we'll see legendary pokemon before the end of July?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Thought there might be a lack of interest in this vote generally. I do think they will release legendaries this summer, but most of you probably don't care.

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(Created on 18th June 2017)

Vote #515

Question:

Almost a year from the public release of Pokemon Go, Niantic is finally updating the game. After admitting that they were pushed into rushing the game to market by Nintendo to get the game out there during the summer, which, in all honesty, was probably the right financial decision, left them behind in a lot of things they wanted to do. The game exploded with way more people picking it up than they anticipated. Nobody could log on as the servers were unable to take the loads. The in game tracking system was unable to cope with the demand and that had to be shut down in order to just allow people to log on. This list of disasters is endless. I've got to be honest, I played the ET game on the Atari which is touted as being the game that destroyed the company because it was so bad. However, Pokemon Go makes ET look like it was the best game ever made. The Pokemon game is absolutely atrocious. The coding in it is so bad it's not funny. And yet I still play it. And I don't really know why. There's kind of a therapeutic monotony about the game just catching little monsters. Anyway, the big change is happening this week. The gyms are closing down. All pokemon in gyms will be returned and then the new gym system will be released. And I'm worried. Worried that this update will not bring anything to the game and will cause it to die. Augmented Reality is here to stay. The company can make endless profits just getting royalties from that engine, so do they really need the pokemon game or not? Anyway, that's not the question. Will I like the new update to Pokemon Go releasing this week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

I voted yes to give myself positive thoughts and indeed the answer is yes. So far I'm loving this new update and there's still more to come. It's completely changed the game and it's kind of funny. The existing game had basically got to a point where most players had their “safe” gyms that they just collected their 10 pokemon award for each day. There was then some gyms that folks just turned over because they wanted to. But generally what happened is that everyone knew who everyone else's name was, but hadn't met them. There's so many players local to where I live that I just hadn't met. This was typified in the first raid I did when I was sat on a wall with William and this girl asked my In Game Name (IGN) and when I told her, there were several folks that went “Oh! you're EastBayRag!”

So what then happened is that we all got talking. A few of the folks were doing this manual tracker thing posting rare spawns they saw and we got connected. (Side note - why is it that every time I meet a new group they use a different app to communicate? It's crazy the number of chat apps I've got that essentially do the same thing. I guess it's easy to keep the chats separate though). So, anyone that doesn't know there are raids that have a difficulty rating from 1 to 5. 5s are not out yet and are reserved for legendary cards (which really is going to send everyone crazy). 1s and 2s can be done by yourself, but 3s and 4s need a group of people. And, as you'd expect, the more coveted pokemon are in the level 4 raids. So Niantic has achieved their mission of getting everyone outside and being social. Score a win. But they've completed failed on the thing they tried to stop - people playing the game and driving. Now with folks all over the area on a chat app, we're just posting all the level 4 raids (you get a 2 hour notification) and then driving round them in a big group.

Not sure how long it will last. The hard core folks will obviously continue, but my guess is the novelty will wear off for many of the players at some point.

Bottom line though, I love the update!

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(Created on 11th June 2017)

Vote #514

Question:

Been a bit of a quiet week and next week will probably be the same. The biggest thing is that I've arranged my schedule so I can take William to his baseball game on Monday night. His team have made it to the knock out stages of the season. I think the geography gets wider until they play at the State level. Anyway, Monday is away against Alameda. Will William's baseball team win against Alameda on Monday night?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

Well, I voted yes. More to add support than anything else. There's no polite way to put it, but they got their assess handed to them. During the regular season, they played all their games on the same pitch regardless of whether home or way. This was their first trip on the road and it kind of showed. The coach was also on holiday and it kind of looked like they turned up to play a different game. Anyway, they did really well to get as far as they did and it's all experience. Hopefully they will get a shot next year.

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(Created on 4th June 2017)

Vote #513

Question:

This week's question comes from a friend. You see this happened to a friend and not me, obviously. Anyway, he suggested I asked this as a vote question to see what you guys think. So what happened ... to my friend that is and not me .... is that he farted, but was a little too exuberant and well, followed through. And he was wondering at what point is a fart no longer a fart and you've full on shit yourself?

Results:

If you feel the need to wipe was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Anything more than gas (25%)
  • If you feel the need to wipe (50%)
  • When you create a wet patch in your underpants (0%)
  • When the wet patch is visible in your trousers (0%)
  • When you need to change your clothes (0%)
  • If anything solid pops out (0%)
  • When poo starts to fall out your trouser legs (25%)

Analysis:

It looks like the consensus is that if you feel the need to wipe, then you've shit yourself and not just farted. Now, this does present another problem and this is, to those of you that voted this way, it means that you would avoid wiping in order to convince yourself you hadn't poo'd your pants. I hope I'm not sitting downwind of you when that happens.

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(Created on 28th May 2017)

Vote #512

Question:

I've just posted the NASCAR photos from earlier this year and Owen reached out this week to talk about plans for next year. There's going to be two races in Las Vegas instead of just one. The plan is to go to both, but I was wondering if Owen was going to stop by in the winter like last time to watch William play soccer. Will I need to order in some spare fold away chairs on the off chance that Owen will visit during soccer season again?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Yep, looks like I'm going to have to bulk order the fold away seating. Maybe with a bit of luck we'll be playing at a ground with bleachers.

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(Created on 21st May 2017)

Vote #511

Question:

So, I've been binge watching an old UK TV series - Blake's 7. I commented that it was probably the second best TV show that came out of the Seventies. (I might set next week's question to guess what the number 1 show was, so will hold on that for now). I could change my mind on that though as I'm not sure the storyline and character development was as strong in Blake's 7 as The Clangers. It's close, but that Soup Dragon man! Anyway, back to this week and the question is rather simple. Which character appeared in all Blake's 7 TV episodes?

Results:

Orac was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Kerr Avon (0%)
  • Roj Blake (0%)
  • Cally (0%)
  • Olag Gan (25%)
  • Orac (50%)
  • Vila Restal (25%)
  • Servalan/Sleer (0%)
  • Jenna Stanis (0%)
  • Del Tarrant (0%)
  • Zen (0%)

Analysis:

So the correct answer is Vila. He appeared in every episode, but only just made the first one as he showed up at the end when Blake is put in prison. Avon appeared in all but the first episode. We first met him on the prison ship and he later took the lead role when Blake wandered off. Orac didn't appear until the last episode of the first series. Bit of a giveaway in that the episode was named Orac. Now for the interesting fact. The computer on the Liberator was Zen. The computer on Scorpio was Slave. Orac was the super computer. The same person did the voice over for all 3 computers. So, whilst Orac didn't appear until the last episode of the first series. The person who did the voice over appeared in all but the first 3 episodes.

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(Created on 14th May 2017)

Vote #510

Question:

As you wake up on Monday morning, what is your mood?

Results:

WannaCry was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Happy (33%)
  • Sad (0%)
  • Euphoric (0%)
  • Relaxed (0%)
  • Anxious (17%)
  • Horny (0%)
  • Hungover (0%)
  • WannaCry (50%)

Analysis:

Indeed, this was a reference to the WannaCry virus that was released last weekend. I have to be honest, I didn't hear much about it except that it affected the NHS in the UK quite badly. I didn't really hear of anything else. I guess all the doctors and nurses are using their computers to access sites they shouldn't be, ha ha. The reality is that it just points to the fact that their infrastructure is woefully behind the times and needs updating/patching.

Anyway, for those of you that were happy, hope you had a good week. Always nice to be happy!

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(Created on 7th May 2017)

Vote #509

Question:

As at least one person out there knows, I've taken on a new hobby/project which involves the Raspberry Pi. Fascinating little device and completely blown me away with what it can do. I'll write up the log of events that occurred in the build, but the most important question is how long was it before I loaded porn onto my raspberry pi?

Results:

You haven't done it yet was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 1 hour (33%)
  • 12 hours (0%)
  • 1 day (0%)
  • 2 days (0%)
  • 3 days (17%)
  • 4 days (0%)
  • 5 days (0%)
  • 6 days (0%)
  • A week (0%)
  • You haven't done it yet (50%)

Analysis:

So, the answer is either 3 days or I haven't done it yet. Basically, on day 3 I stumbled across an add on for adult entertainment and I did load it. I even clicked on one of the links, but the stream didn't work. That was several days ago now and I haven't gone back to it to troubleshoot it. Might simply be that it's a shell that points to links that are no longer live. No idea. If I get really bored, I might take a look at it, but there is sort of an irony here. Why bother loading kodi to pull up an extension and troubleshoot it to look at porn. Why not just load raspbarian or ubuntu-mate and use a web browser and go direct? Would be much simpler. And no, I haven't done that either, it just occurred that it would be simpler and faster.

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(Created on 30th April 2017)

Vote #508

Question:

Alright, this week's question will only really make sense to folks who work in sky scrapers. Or buildings that are pretty tall. You can't have helped notice that the elevators in a tall building zip you up to the floor you need quickly. And yet, when you go into a small building, particularly something like a parking structure with only 3 or 4 floors, the elevator goes so slow you wished you'd taken the stairs. Why do elevators in small buildings go so slow?

Results:

They just do was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • They just do (50%)
  • Because they're powered by hamsters on a wheel (25%)
  • Never noticed (0%)
  • Bad design (0%)
  • All of the above for Mr O (25%)

Analysis:

I find this fascinating. It's like someone has determined the appropriate length of time that someone should spend in an elevator and adjusted the speed accordingly. Therefore the smaller the building the slower the speed. Maybe it's because they would overshoot in a small building and explode out of the top. Maybe I'm just really sad to have thought about this in the first place.

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(Created on 23rd April 2017)

Vote #507

Question:

OK, so I decided to spruce up an old laptop and show William the inner workings of a computer at the same time. I have an old laptop that's running crazy slow (even after re-imaging and having nothing on it) and the fan is constantly on. So, obviously it needs the dust cleaning out of the fan and re-silvering the heat sinks on the chips. Not a big deal really. At what point during my computer repair did I realize a trip to the eRecylcing center was in my near future?

Results:

When the CPU pinged off the ceiling was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • When the compressed air squirted liquid on the motherboard (17%)
  • When the screen cracked (0%)
  • When the CPU pinged off the ceiling (83%)
  • When I had more screws left over after I put it back together (0%)
  • When the fan connection snapped (0%)
  • When the screwdriver snapped (0%)
  • When the smell of burning came after plugging it back in (0%)
  • When I heard the loud grinding noise (0%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
00:34:00
24th April 2017
I was kind of expeciting an "all of the above" as all seem plausible.

Analysis:

Wow! Were you like all in my kitchen when I did this? Yes, it was indeed when the CPU pinged off the ceiling. I picked it up and showed it to William and told him on no account should this be removed from the computer. He was disinterested, so didn't really pick up on what I was saying. Right, so the “in my defense” part ..... I took the computer to bits properly with no problems. It had been running insanely hot for a while. I undid the screws holding the heat sinc down and pulled it up. Nothing happened. So I applied a bit more pressure. Still nothing. So I gave it a good old yank (ooh err missus) and it came off (ooh err missus twice in one sentence). It just the fan with heat sinks came off and the CPU was still attached to the heat sinc and not the motherboard. So I pushed it off the heat sinc and it flew up and hit the ceiling.

If you're interested, the compressed air did squirt liquid over the motherboard, but this was after the CPU incident, so that wasn't the point at which I realized I'd broken it beyond repair.

The screen did not crack and I did not have more screws left over when I put it back together. The fan connection did snap, but that was on the second attempt. After putting it back together and finding it didn't work, I tried a second time to see if wiggling the CPU helped at all. It didn't, ha ha ha. The screwdriver did indeed snap. Right at the beginning, but that didn't damage anything so was before I realized the computer was broken.

Last, there was no smell of burning and no grinding noise. It was really disappointing to be honest. I turned it on and the power light just starts flashing and nothing else happens. I googled this and couldn't find an exact troubleshoot, but one forum did report that if the power light just flashes it means the CPU or similar critical component can not be found. They actually listed CPU. I mean, I could find it. Just don't think it was connected how it was supposed to be. Anyway, I would have thought it would have been more interesting if smoke started to billow out of it and sparks were flying, but no, pretty boring really.

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(Created on 16th April 2017)

Vote #506

Question:

If you're not into gaming, then this may have passed you by, but there has been an emergence of eSports teams. These are teams that compete in tournaments. The largest team having netted over $15m in prizes so far. In the little mini mobile gaming world that I'm living in right now, we've also seen the start of mobile eSports teams, although the prizes/tournaments aren't there yet. It has, however, resulted in a team being acquired and players being transferred. How long do you think it will be before the first eSports transfer is over $1m?

Results:

never was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 1 year (0%)
  • 2 years (25%)
  • 3 years (0%)
  • 4 years (25%)
  • 5 years (0%)
  • 6 years (0%)
  • 7 years (0%)
  • 8 years (0%)
  • 9 years (0%)
  • never (50%)

Analysis:

Interesting that most people think it will be never. I honestly think this is coming very soon. I know that the big games makers are trying to create their own TV channels and leagues to encourage this to happen. And that's a know because the CEO of Blizzard told me at a conference (not secret information). I think they're trying to figure out how to create the right franchises like the NFL etc. My guess is that there are more people that watch eSports than actual sports right now, it's just that most of it's through YouTube or Twitch rather than commercial TV. Given that the top players in eSports have all made over $2m each and the eSports YouTubers are netting several million dollars a year, I'm going to have to go against the popular vote here and say that $1m eSports transfer fees are coming sooner than you think. I'm old enough to remember conversations about the fact that no soccer transfer fee would ever be over £1m and now we're up to £89.3m some 30+ years later. Maybe that took 30+ years, but things move so much quicker these days. I guess I'll keep my eyes out for a gamer called Trevor Francis.

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(Created on 9th April 2017)

Vote #505

Question:

Alright, this week's vote question has happened to all of you and you've asked this question each time it has happened. So here's the scenario. You need to logon to a service that you've not used for a long time. You rotate through the most recent passwords you've used and none of them are working. It's time to admit that you've forgotten which password you used .... was this the one that required 12 characters with numbers and a special character .... or is the one that required you to stand on one leg and whistle Dixie while setting it .... nope, can't remember. So you click on the “forgot password” button. You are informed that a password reset email has been send to the email address on file. You log into your email, find the email, follow the instructions and successfully reset your password. The world is a happy place. But then a subsequent email arrives that claims to be a security email letting you know that someone has just reset your password and if it wasn't you then you need to take action. Of course I've just reset my password. You just sent a fucking email to my email account telling me to reset it. If I'd hacked the email account, why are you sending me a security email to the email account? I'd just delete it. What is the purpose of the security email telling you that someone's reset your password after you've just got an email to reset your password with a reset link?

Results:

Because a consultant told them to set it up was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Security (17%)
  • Because a consultant told them to set it up (50%)
  • Because they didn't think it through (17%)
  • I don't know (0%)
  • Does it really matter? (0%)
  • Why does this make me angry? (17%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
03:48:05
10th April 2017
Say you hadn't asked for a password reset and in fact someone had hacked your account and reset the password, you'd want the email then. You've got two separate business flows that just so happen to be triggered one after the other. You could add a parameter to prevent the second email but how long between going through a forgot password process do you want to suppress the "your password has changed" email before it is valid to send it out.

You could say it's lazy coding or just poor requirements. Or you could just get a life and ignore the second email.
Rag
21:23:18
16th April 2017
The point is this is when a valid password reset has been requested and the first email has been sent. It's not difficult to tell if the password reset was generated as a result of the forgot password as opposed to doing it in-app. I can tell whether a vote is processed from an email or directly on the vote webpage. Don't tell me my website is more sophisticated than most company systems :)

Analysis:

Indeed, it's most likely that this was implemented by a consultant. Mr O seems to be taking this question way too seriously. I'm guessing he's implemented such a workflow (or at least been part of the testing).

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(Created on 2nd April 2017)

Vote #504

Question:

Alright, this week's vote question comes courtesy of my washing. You do the washing and get your clothes out the dryer and then start playing the “where are the socks going to turn up next?” game. Hiding in the T-shirts, up the trouser legs, basically everywhere. Then when you peel them out, they start fighting you and clinging of for dear life sparking and crackling away. Are socks the ultimate static electricity conductor?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Yes, indeed they are. And they are also psychic and vindictive. Shortly after setting this vote question, I had a business trip to Seattle. While sitting on the plane I felt an itch on my side under my arm. I scratched the itch, only to find that a sock had somehow clung to the inside of my shirt and I hadn't noticed it when I put my shirt on. This then leads to that moment where you have to look at the people at the side of you, figure out if they're looking at you, then determine if you can remove the offending sock and put it in your pocket before anyone notices. I believe I was successful in completing the maneuver without being detected, but then again, it's unlikely that someone's going to tap you on the should and start laughing and pointing at you chanting “you just put a sock in your pocket” or something like that.

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(Created on 26th March 2017)

Vote #503

Question:

A rather interesting piece of news that United Airlines prohibited some girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing yoga pants (leggings). Apparently they were told they needed to wear something over the top of them. Do you think yoga pants are indecent?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

In full disclosure, I haven't seen (or even looked for) pictures of the offending yoga pants. So I don't know if they revealed anything they shouldn't. The old camel toe would be my guess. That said, unless they were see through, I would have thought they adequately covered up the body and I'm not sure it would be up to United Airlines to determine whether they were appropriate or not. The one thing I will say is that, assuming these were regular yoga pants, the answer to this question would be it depends who was wearing them. They do look a lot better on some people than on others. It's really those people that look like they've dropped a bag of marbles down the back of them that need to be prohibited from wearing them.

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(Created on 19th March 2017)

Vote #502

Question:

This week we're going to pay tribute to one of the best guitarist and songwriter I've heard and simply ask which of the following is your favorite Chuck Berry song?

Results:

Johnny B. Goode was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Come On (0%)
  • Jo Jo Gunne (0%)
  • Johnny B. Goode (67%)
  • Maybellene (0%)
  • Memphis, Tennesse (33%)
  • Reelin' and Rockin' (0%)
  • Roll Over Beethoven (0%)
  • Route 66 (0%)
  • School Day (0%)
  • Sweet Little Sixteen (0%)

Analysis:

Not many votes which is somewhat disappointing given the legend that Chuck Berry was. Johnny B Goode wins it and is probably one of the more well known songs that he did. I really like Come On, but that's hardly ever mentioned when you read about Chuck. Anyway, there's no wrong answer here as they're all great songs and I consider myself lucky to have heard them.

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(Created on 13th March 2017)

Vote #501

Question:

Was question 501 pushing it a bit too far or did I just forget to set it as I was tired after being at the NASCAR? No, that's not this week's question. This week's question is around a dark secret I have. Something that I've been debating whether or not to share with you or not. Rather than explain the whole secret, I'm just going to tell you that part of it is called DarthHemorrhoid. What was Mr O's reaction when he found out about DarthHemorrhoid?

Results:

He thought it was sad and He wanted to draw a face on it tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Wonder (0%)
  • Amazement (0%)
  • Love (0%)
  • He wanted to play with it (0%)
  • He thought it was sad (50%)
  • He wanted to draw a face on it (50%)

Analysis:

The actual answer is that he thought it was sad. There is a clue as to what DarthHemorrhoid is as there's no space between the two words. It is a virtual identity that didn't allow spaces when setting up the name. Not exactly sure how he would have drawn a face on it, but he's welcome to try.

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(Created on 5th March 2017)

Vote #500

Question:

We seem to have reached a landmark of sorts. This is the 500th question that's been asked on this website. We're not too far away from being 10 years old (which makes sense as that would be 520 questions at a question a week, although vote questions weren't on the site in the first few weeks of its existence). Are you one of the people that's wasted a portion of their life reading most of the 500 questions that have been set on this website so far?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
00:49:26
6th March 2017
I'm guessing this'll be another 100% yes vote. We're committed if nothing else, or certainly we ought to be for reading this shite for nigh on 10 years.

Analysis:

Looks like Mr O wasn't quite right. The majority did indeed vote yes, but not 100%. There may be some noobs on the site that pop in from time to time to read the vote question. Not true EBR addicts.

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(Created on 27th February 2017)

Vote #499

Question:

Oooops. I had the question ready yesterday. Just forgot to post it. Why did the punchline come before the joke?

Results:

Because you have an eleven year old son was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Say what now? (0%)
  • You didn't get the joke (0%)
  • You're not smart enough (0%)
  • Because you have an eleven year old son (100%)

Analysis:

Didn't exactly get a lot of responses to this question. Maybe because of the failure to set it on time or that I spammed everybody's inbox with notes about it when I finally set it. Anyway, it appears that the punchline does come before the joke when it's told by an eleven year old. That hard thing is that you're still supposed to laugh when you hear it in the right order even though you know what's coming and it wasn't funny in the first place.

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(Created on 19th February 2017)

Vote #498

Question:

Well, Niantic finally released the Gen 2 Pokemon into Pokemon Go. So guess what I did all weekend. Yep, Saturday was spent on Pier 39, Sunday was spent driving around Walnut Creek trying to fill the new entries in the Pokedex. I've still got quite a way to go, but we're up and running reasonable well right now. I expect that I'll zip through most of the Pokedex pretty quickly and then the last three or four might take a while to get, but we'll see. Are you stoked about the release of Gen 2 into Pokemon Go?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

Just me then. Oh well, at least I'm happy and, at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.

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(Created on 12th February 2017)

Vote #497

Question:

I think it was around this time last year when I asked if you thought Leicester was going to win the premier league. Oh how a year can change things! Given our fall from the dizzy heights of champions, I have to ask, do you think Leicester will stay in the premier league or get relegated?

Results:

Stay Up was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Stay Up (75%)
  • Relegated (25%)

Analysis:

Well, the majority of you remain faithful, but it's not looking good. Another defeat this weekend has left us in really bad shape. Let's hope we can turn it around. Would be so disappointing to go down after last year's amazing feat.

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(Created on 5th February 2017)

Vote #496

Question:

So, I watched the old Superbowl thingy that was on this afternoon. Actually, missed the first half, therefore missing the Falcons doing anything at all. I just saw the half time show and then the Patriots show - congratulations for an amazing comeback. I'll hold my thoughts until the analysis, but my question is rather simple. Do you think Lady Gaga is pretty?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)

Analysis:

This may sound really bad, but I didn't think she looked very pretty at all. I remember seeing a picture of her on a billboard a few years back outside Oakland Coliseum and at the time thought she looked really attractive, but when I saw her on the half time show of the Superbowl, I somewhat flipped my opinion. Not that she's going to care what I think. It looks like you all share the same thoughts about her looks

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(Created on 25th January 2017)

Vote #495

Question:

So, we're definitely back fully into the swing of things and here's the context of this week's question. In the wonderful business world that is, there is an excess of conference calls. Most of them not needed, but that's a different story. The question relates to something I'm guilty of and that is when you're on a call, say with three other people and you get to the end and one person says “I need to talk to the other two about something else, do you mind dropping?” Do you get paranoid when you're asked to drop from a conference call so some or all of the other participants can talk about something different?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (20%)
  • No (60%)
  • Never happened to me (20%)

Analysis:

Just me that's paranoid then. Interestingly I thought this quote was from Kurt Cobain, but it's actually from Joseph Heller “just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not after you.”

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(Created on 22nd January 2017)

Vote #494

Question:

Well, last week was a really busy week and the Christmas holidays seem nothing more than a distant memory. I've started planning trips to the March NASCAR race and even looking at flights back for the summer. Are you happy with the way 2017 is looking?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

Oh, that's not good. I think I was the only person that replied yes. My year seems to have started pretty well. Don't want to push my luck .... famous last words and all that, but so far things are going well. Last year was not so good and I'm rather hoping this one turns out to be better.

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(Created on 15th January 2017)

Vote #493

Question:

I'm not sure how I've missed this, but apparently America is getting a new president this week ... ha ha ha. Are you going to watch Donald Trump be sworn in?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Rather a lot of people voted on this. Obviously a topic that grabs people's attention. I said I wasn't going to watch it and I didn't, but I did see some highlights on one show or other. I have to say, it seems oddly like watching a TV reality show. Which in essence is I guess what it is given the whole election appears to have been a TV popularity contest. I mean .... it's not like it's anything serious at the end of it .... what was it again? A recording contract or being in charge of the most powerful military in the world? Oh well. Been nice knowing you :)

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(Created on 8th January 2017)

Vote #492

Question:

Alright, the holidays are over and it's all back to work. There's only one critical question left from the holidays. Did you think Rogue One was better than A New Hope?

Results:

Not seen it yet was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (20%)
  • No (20%)
  • Not seen it yet (60%)

Analysis:

Interesting. I really wasn't expecting the majority of folks to have not seen it yet. I thought it was brilliant. Whether or not is better than a new hope remains to be seen. It's one of those questions that's only really going to be answered of it stands the test of time.

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(Created on 1st January 2017)

Vote #491

Question:

OK, so I didn't set a vote question last week for many, many reasons, but we're back up and running with the new year. The trouble with the new year, however, is that the only thing I can think about now is my return journey this coming Tuesday. Are you looking forward to getting back to work in the new year?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)
  • I didn't have a break (0%)

Analysis:

Yey! Nobody wants to go back to work. How will we ever earn money to keep the politicians in business?

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(Created on 18th December 2016)

Vote #490

Question:

We made it back to England and are setting up for the festivities and the not so festive funeral. Tomorrow we're off to see the local pantomime. Will I enjoy the pantomime?

Results:

Oh yes you will was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Oh yes you will (67%)
  • Oh no you won't (33%)

Analysis:

Oh yes I did, very much indeed. We ended up going on an afternoon where the entire seating section was taken by the South Kesteven Primary School, so we had the best the pantomime could offer with screeming kids shouting “he's behind you” and the like. During the interval, the teachers handed out tubs of ice cream which brought a momentary silence to the crowd, but it soon resumed as proceedings restarted.

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(Created on 11th December 2016)

Vote #489

Question:

There seems to be a lot of talk about Russians interfering with the US Election. Before the election, there was the issue of Trump not accepting the result. So both sides anticipating some conspiracy. Do you think the US election was rigged?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (80%)
  • No (20%)

Analysis:

Wow, so I'm the only person that doesn't think it's rigged. Look at you lot trying to rationalize something you don't understand. You can't believe it happened so you're looking for some kind of answer to explain. Sometimes things are just the way they are. Sometimes people are too stupid for their own good and need saving from themselves. In a democratic society, stupid peoples votes count just as much as smart people.

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(Created on 4th December 2016)

Vote #488

Question:

Well, time to get back on the road as I face a trip to Denver then Atlanta. Quick weekend and it's off to San Diego and then back in the Bay Area for a day and it's time to head back to England. Wait, what? It's Christmas already. If I want to order anything off Amazon it needs to be done in the next couple of days if it's going to arrive before I leave for the holidays. Is it just me or has Christmas crept up on you this year as well?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Hmmm, it doesn't make me feel any better to know that I'm not the only one who's allowed Christmas to creep up on them. I think I'm about seeing the end though - I've got pretty much most of the stuff I need to do done, so I think I'm set now. One thing I do know for sure is that it's been a hard year. I'll be glad when it's over.

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(Created on 27th November 2016)

Vote #487

Question:

There's not going to be a vote question this week. I woke this morning to learn that my mum had passed away this morning and I don't feel like setting a question. The vote question is created automatically and rather than change the code I'm just going to post this no vote.

Results:

Pay Respects was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Pay Respects (100%)

Analysis:

Thanks to everyone who clicked the button

Comments:

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(Created on 20th November 2016)

Vote #486

Question:

'Tis the wondrous season of Thanksgiving over here and I'm headed off to Disneyland with William. I'm going to be spinning, turning, roller coastering and everything else that's going on there. Am I going to be sick on a ride at Disneyland?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Disney was fantastic and no, I was not sick. Yes, I did go on all the rides - many of them several times. I'll post some pictures shortly, but unfortunately I woke this morning to learn that my mum had passed away.

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(Created on 13th November 2016)

Vote #485

Question:

Well, it looks like America will be getting a new president. It seems that most presidents want to make an impact and leave a legacy. Given that Trump's immediate focus is immigration and his wall, will Trump's wall be visible from space?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (40%)
  • No (60%)

Analysis:

Well, last I heard, it was going to be more of a fence than a wall in some places, so you could be right. Unlikely the great fence of Trump will be visible from outer space. I'm sure he'll be disappointed with that, but there's probably a race of aliens somewhere quite pleased that it won't blot the view out of their living room.

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(Created on 6th November 2016)

Vote #484

Question:

This week's vote question may seem completely random and not make much sense, but there's a whole back story to it that will be revealed in the subsequent analysis. Well, revealed unless I receive sufficient bribe for my silence that is. So the question is simply - are you injured?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

So the story starts at William's soccer. I had Mr O in town and we went to watch William play in his local league. I have a couple of fold away chairs that I got off Amazon. Now, to be honest, their quality is not the best and they do sag a bit low when you sit in them. One has a broken arm rest and the other was unused, so new. Being the perfect host, I took the broken one.

Anyway, the game concludes with William being subject to a 7-2 thrashing and Mr O makes the comment that he might find it difficult to get out of the chair. The big disappointment I have is that I wasn't able to grab my phone to get pictures or video of this. So, Mr O lunges forward, but doesn't quite make it up and falls back into the chair. The chair topples back, but after sufficient flapping, Mr O prevents it from going over backwards. All seems fine except that one of the supports has snapped at the joint. Another lunge forward and Mr O again makes it half way up, but again falls backwards into the chair. This time the force is too great for the chair. Another support snaps and the whole thing topples backwards.

So at this point the turtle is on it's back with its arms and legs waving in the air. I mean Mr O is rolling of the floor trying to separate himself from the chair. A concerned parent comes over and asks if he's OK. I would have answered for him, but couldn't on account of the fact that I was laughing too much. He mumbles something to the effect of being ok, rolls over and gets up. Well, gets half way up and collapses on the floor again.

This obviously causes me to start crying because I'm laughing too much, even though during this time I've managed to get out of my chair and am in the correct upright position. Owen's laughing, but obviously not convincingly enough as the woman starts asking “oh my god, are you injured? are you injured?”

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(Created on 30th October 2016)

Vote #483

Question:

It's spooky time again, Halloween is here. Are you going to dress up for Halloween?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (40%)
  • No (60%)

Analysis:

Halloween came and went without me noticing. I didn't actually see anyone dressed up. Nobody came to my door looking for candy (which is quite lucky as I didn't have any). I didn't dress up. And to be honest, I didn't even realize it was Halloween until half way through the day. Looks like most of you didn't bother either. For those who did, hope you have a great time!

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(Created on 23rd October 2016)

Vote #482

Question:

Alright, so I've spent the day looking after William and 18 other kids for his birthday party and I'm fresh out of ideas for this week's question. Much as it pains me, the only topic that is dominating everything right now is the presidential election. Which is the lesser of two evils?

Results:

Email deleting was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Pussy grabbing (40%)
  • Email deleting (60%)

Analysis:

Well, it's not going to be long before we find out. Not a lot in it here and there's not going to be a lot in it in the actual election. The voters here just edging for deleting emails. The one thing I did find really funny this week was some show or other talking about how litigious Trump is and wondered if he was going to sue any women for attacking his hand with their vagina. Anyway, I don't really have a side which is pretty cool as I don't have a vote either. Whichever mess we're left with, I have plausible deniability.

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(Created on 16th October 2016)

Vote #481

Question:

I guess there's one really important question that we haven't asked yet on this site. One question that really does underlie a lot of what we are about and how we go about things. One could say that it's a question that peer's deep into the souls of an individual. Do the ends justify the means?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (83%)
  • No (17%)

Analysis:

I do think this is an interesting question. Yes seems to be the consensus and is consistent with my thoughts. I tend to think it's results that count .... how you get there matters, but generally is forgotten in the long run. I guess we'll see shortly whether grabbing pussy or deleting emails is the means to the White House end. Two candidates that you could argue would be better off serving time and yet one of them is going to be leading the most powerful nation. (OK, so China may be the most powerful nation, but it's pretty close and you know what I mean). Anyway, I digress.

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(Created on 9th October 2016)

Vote #480

Question:

My world of Pokemon Go has been turned upside down this week since Niantic introduced new security procedures that have stopped all the scanners from working. The funny thing is that I'd only used scanners once before, but it's way more fun than the basic game and, after having used them, it's hard to go back to trying to find pokemon blindly. The folks that make the scanners are are looking to find ways around the new security. Will the scanners be back up this week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

Apparently they're close, but sadly no donut. The scanners have not been brought back yet. Best I understand it, the team is working hard to crack the necessary code and hopefully they will achieve it soon. That said, it's been raining all weekend, so I haven't had the chance to be out that much.

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(Created on 2nd October 2016)

Vote #479

Question:

I've just started watching some tv series that involves mythical creatures. Sort of a poor man's Lord of the Rings. Which mythical creature do you associate with the most?

Results:

Giant was the clear winner with 33% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Beast (0%)
  • Dwarf (0%)
  • Elf (17%)
  • Giant (33%)
  • Goblin (17%)
  • Imp (0%)
  • Ogre (0%)
  • Treefolk (17%)
  • Troll (17%)
  • Wurm (0%)

Analysis:

Quite a spread of answers to this question with Giant just pipping the other options. I went with troll because ... well, I'm very troll like I think. No particular skills, just big ugly and smelly.

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(Created on 25th September 2016)

Vote #478

Question:

Well, it seems as if Leicester's start to their premier league title defense has not commenced as planned. It looks like it's going to be a hard season, but where do you think Leicester will end up this season?

Results:

11-14 was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Top (17%)
  • 2-6 (0%)
  • 7-10 (17%)
  • 11-14 (50%)
  • 15-17 (0%)
  • 18-20 (relegated) (17%)

Analysis:

11 - 14 seems to be the most popular answer and it's what I voted for too. I have to be honest, in prior years I've always considered 14th an achievement, so I'll be really happy if we end up in this range.

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(Created on 18th September 2016)

Vote #477

Question:

I've done a fair bit of driving this weekend and definitely think that the standard of driving is going down. That said, there was one set of drivers that stood out particularly today that results in this week's vote question. Did they fit the Toyota Prius with indicators (turn signals)?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

It appears that they did fit them with turn signals, it's just that nobody who's bought one has figured out how to work them. Similarly, nobody who's bought one has realized there's more than one lane on the freeway and you don't have to sit in the outside lane blocking the traffic for everyone.

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(Created on 11th September 2016)

Vote #476

Question:

This week's question comes courtesy of the BBC website. On that site they're running a quiz to determine which Star Trek captain you are. A series of rather humorous and irrelevant questions - a bit like those personality quizzes I've done oh so many times throughout my career. You know, the ones that are supposed to be insightful as to how you work and all that. Anyway, I obviously leaped in and took the quiz, so it's time for you to guess - Which Star Trek captain am I?

Results:

Janeway was the clear winner with 43% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Archer (0%)
  • Janeway (43%)
  • Kirk (14%)
  • Picard (29%)
  • Sisko (14%)

Analysis:

Before anyone gets too upset, Pike wasn't one of the options listed. Not my quiz, don't complain to me.

Anyway, apparently I turned out to be a Kirk with the BBC's website offering me the following comments on my personality "It is very fortunate that, among your many gifts, you were blessed with an excess of charm, otherwise your occasionally headstrong and foolhardy impulses may well have left you in real trouble, abandoned by your loyal crew and left to rot in a Starfleet cell. Mind you, these qualities also make you exactly the right kind of person to lead a five-year mission to seek out new life and new civilizations. You're gung-ho, impulsive and emotional, but also a fantastic strategist, and with the help of your exceptionally loyal friends, this makes you practically indestructible."

As I said in the question - rather amusing don't you think!

Janeway! Seriously?

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(Created on 4th September 2016)

Vote #475

Question:

It looks like I'm going to be going to Disney over the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm kind of excited and worried at the same time. It has a high probability of either being really good or really bad. I either throw myself into it and enjoy it for what it is our I'll get upset with it for being what it is and I'll be grumpy. Will I enjoy Disney this Thanksgiving?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (17%)
  • No (83%)

Analysis:

Ha, ha, ha ... all ye of little faith! I'm the only one that thinks I'm going to enjoy my trip to Disney. I think you'd all be surprised at how excited I am about going. I've rented me a scooter thing so I don't have to walk round and got everything sorted. I'm going to have a great time. Of course, the thing you're all missing is that the entire park is full of Pokestops that are constantly lured, so I can play Pokemon Go the entire day while we sit in queues to get on rides. I'm going to have a fantastic time.

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(Created on 28th August 2016)

Vote #474

Question:

After long discussion with my GI doctor, I'm back trying some medication that caused me problems in the past. It's a risk to try it again, but the upside is pretty high. I've started on a low dose and so far so good. Will I be able to tolerate the drug I've been put on?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Well, I've gone a week with no effects so things are looking good. That said, I'm only on a low dose right now so it's a bit early to declare victory, but definitely on a good place.

Comments:

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(Created on 22nd August 2016)

Vote #473

Question:

I did the vote analysis last night, but then forgot to set a question. Something to do with traveling to Seattle and forgetting it was Sunday. Anyway, figured out the omission, so let's set the question. Should people who travel on a Sunday be allowed to travel?

Results:

No - they are idiots was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes - everyone is equal (0%)
  • No - they are idiots (100%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
12:28:45
22nd August 2016
So what does that make me having travelled on a Saturday on many an occasion to get to the other side of the world for a Monday morning?

Analysis:

It's a catch 22. I love traveling on a Sunday because the airports are quiet, but the people who are there don't travel on a regular basis and get stuck at security or struggle to understand the boarding process. You also have a lot more people staring at monitors trying to figure out which gate their thoughts leaving from .... obviously not trusting the gate number printed on the ticket. The most annoying thing for me is that people who travel at the weekend just stop when they're slashing on the concourse. It's like they're trying to make an obstacle course for me. In the week, folks just know where they're going and go there.

Comments:

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Mr O
00:22:37
29th August 2016
I'm glad people just stop when they are slashing on the concourse!

(Created on 14th August 2016)

Vote #472

Question:

We have to turn our attention to the Olympics given that it's ... well, the Olympics basically. I've been watching it on and off this week, but somehow can't really get into it until the track and field is in full swing. Are you following the Olympics?

Results:

No - not interested in it and Yes - but waiting for the track and field tied with 40% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes - following all of it (20%)
  • No - not interested in it (40%)
  • Yes - but waiting for the track and field (40%)

Analysis:

A mixed bag then with some folks following and others not interested. I have to be honest that I missed quite a lot of what I wanted to see. I was recording these highlight shows that seemed to only show things like volleyball, judo, boxing, handball and rhythmic gymnastics. Not the track and field that I'm interested in. Not even regular gymnastics which I quite like. Anyway, congrats to team GB for an excellent showing!

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(Created on 7th August 2016)

Vote #471

Question:

Need to do a vote question and not really in the mood to be creative. Back to work fully on Monday. Will the 10k egg I'm hatching get me a new pokemon?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

Bit of a lame question. The answer was most definitely no. I got an Eevee from that 10k egg and not even my highest CP Eevee. Just a basic one with a few candies. Probably the worst outcome I could have had. That said, this past weekend has been kind to me on the rare Pokemon front and we now have our Pokedex up to 123 and we're at level 25 which, for someone who's only playing occasionally is pretty good if you ask me.

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(Created on 31st July 2016)

Vote #470

Question:

Looks like I've found myself in hospital again due to the same old same old. So, how many doctors will stick their finger where the sun don't shine during this hospital visit?

Results:

6 was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 0 (17%)
  • 1 (0%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (0%)
  • 4 (0%)
  • 5 (17%)
  • 6 (50%)
  • 7 (17%)
  • 8 (0%)
  • 9 (0%)

Analysis:

Believe it or not, the answer is zero. Yes, I think I've finally got to the stage where my arse is no longer interesting. My guess is that they've figured out what they're going to find up there so no need to check. Interestingly they did a CT scan instead. Possibly a little more expensive than the finger, but hopefully provides additional information for diagnosis.

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(Created on 24th July 2016)

Vote #469

Question:

There's only one question spinning through my mind, whether or not to attempt my trip back to the UK this coming Wednesday, but I'm not going to ask that as the question. I'm failing miserably at trying to take emotion out of that equation - the desire to want to go back versus the reality that I'm not well enough to make the trip. Instead, I will ask a question around an article I just read on the BBC website about an endangered butterfly being saved by a small bog in Lancashire. Why is my head giving me images of a bloke with a flat cap walking to his outhouse at the bottom of his garden to look after butterflies?

Results:

Because that's what a small bog in Lancashire is was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Because you're mad (0%)
  • Because you're fixated with (and on) toilets (25%)
  • Because that's what a small bog in Lancashire is (75%)

Analysis:

Indeed, a small bog in Lancashire is an outhouse at the bottom of the garden. And there is a very dedicated man with one of said outhouses that is lovingly nurturing butterflies.

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(Created on 17th July 2016)

Vote #468

Question:

I'm sure it hasn't escaped everybody's notice that there's been a gaming phenomenon release. Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm and has millions playing it. Well, millions trying to play it as it's bloody impossible to log on at peak times. The release of a highly popular and addictive game means I have a new hobby. Chasing a 10 year old around parks while trying to catch rage Pokemon. Obviously running an extremely high traffic site like EastBayRag, I know a thing or two about dealing with large server volumes and I could have probably taught Niantic a thing or two. Do you think Pokemon Go would have had a more stable release if they had hired Mr O to do some system testing for them?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (57%)
  • No (43%)

Analysis:

Got to laugh, the servers seem to be stable this weekend and I'm stuck inside sick so not able to play. Yes, of course, Mr O would have made sure everything was functioning smoothly before they went online. To be honest, I'm not sure anyone would have predicted the amount of people that would have downloaded the game, but hey ... they didn't use Mr O, so they had problems.

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(Created on 10th July 2016)

Vote #467

Question:

It's time for us to get intimate again! I need to talk to you about “feminine itch”. I seem to be constantly watching adverts for products that help feminine itch. I wasn't 100% sure what it was so I googled it and ... well, it's more or less exactly what it sounds like - an itchy vagina. The cause of said itch can be varied, but the result is the same. But I got to thinking that this is a bit weird as you don't generally see women having a good old scratch of their vagina and on the other hand, blokes are invariably relieving gonad itch. I could be wrong on this (I've not searched it), but I'm not aware of their being products to ease “masculine itch”. Do you think Bouncing Billy's Bollock Balm to bathe your balls in and stop masculine itch is a million dollar idea?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

A mixed response then. The EBR voters are not quite sold on Bouncing Billy's Bollock Balm. Well, the good news is that I didn't go out and register the patent so I'll leave it up to someone else to pick up the idea and run with it.

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(Created on 3rd July 2016)

Vote #466

Question:

Keen followers of the website will have noticed that I've taken up my birding walks in order to get some exercise whilst enjoying the outdoors. This means that I've started reading the birding posts again to see whether anything interesting has been spotted. I have to say that there's quite a lot of activity right now, but one post in particular caught my attention. Which of the following was keenly spotted by a fellow twitcher that caught my attention?

Results:

The Goodyear Blimp was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • California Condor (0%)
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove (a.k.a. dovey) (25%)
  • Golden Eagle (0%)
  • Hooded Warbler (0%)
  • Least Bittern (0%)
  • Lilac-breasted Roller (0%)
  • Osterich (0%)
  • The Goodyear Blimp (75%)

Analysis:

Well, there have been sightings of a hooded warbler and least bittern that have created quite an interest. Additionally there were sightings of “dovey” that had several people interested as well. It was, however, the reported sighting of the Goodyear Blimp that indeed caught my eye. Yes, this was actually reported on a birding site, along with its identification number. I wonder if the identification number was included in case others thought they saw the same one. Clearly “bloody great big balloon” is not sufficient detail. I wonder if Mr O figured out the answer as it was the Goodyear Blimp returning from the NASCAR race at Sonoma. Something he may have been able to work out if he could have been bothered.

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(Created on 26th June 2016)

Vote #465

Question:

I probably should have done a vote last week about Brexit, but I missed out. That said, there's no time like the present to get caught back up. Will I be able to buy the UK by the time I go back in July or will the pound have stabilized?

Results:

Go on, buy it - you know you want to was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Go on, buy it - you know you want to (100%)
  • Nope, the pound will stabilize (0%)

Analysis:

Looks like a unanimous decision that I should buy the UK. I guess it'd be quite funny to buy the country, put it back in Europe, then sell it. Quite a few people will be annoyed with that given they went to these lengths to come out. I have to be honest, it's getting quite boring listening to the pundits trying to figure out what the impact will be. Will the UK go into recession, will that bring Europe into recession and will that knock on to the global economy. It kind of sounds like we're going to end up in one of those positions where we talk ourselves into recession. Rather than being positive, companies will now cut spending based on “uncertainty”. The fact that they cut spending will fuel the uncertainty and make it a reality. Oh well .... I just got to figure out how to make money out of it I guess.

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(Created on 19th June 2016)

Vote #464

Question:

I'm really focused on heading back the UK on vacation, but have just realized that we've got the long 4th of July weekend coming up. William is going to be away, so I'm going to be on my own and I was wondering if I should go away somewhere. Should I head out for a short break over the 4th of July weekend?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 86% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (86%)
  • No (14%)

Analysis:

Well, it seems like the popular vote is for yes, but I seriously doubt I'm going to figure something out that I want to do before next weekend. What's more likely is that I'll arrange to meet my buddy in a local bar for a couple of beers and do a couple of bird walks on the other days. We'll have to see - you never know, I may get my arse into gear.

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(Created on 12th June 2016)

Vote #463

Question:

Well, that two year cycle is upon us and we see the England soccer team once again trying their hand in a tournament. I'm rather disappointed already not to have seen Vardy take the pitch even as a substitute. I'm also somewhat confused as to why Kane was taking the corners. So comfortably settling into being an armchair critic then. Will England make it past the group stage of Euro 2016?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (17%)
  • No (83%)

Analysis:

Wow! So I'm the only person that has faith in England then. I'm somewhat surprised at that, but it looks like I'm going to be right. Hard to see us not qualifying now, although I guess a defeat on Monday to Slovakia would do it if the other results went against us. Nice result against Wales even if the game wasn't the best I've ever seen.

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(Created on 5th June 2016)

Vote #462

Question:

Well, as strange as this may sound, I was signing baseball cards with a caricature of myself this past week. I know you won't believe me without photographic evidence so here it is:

Yes, I know this one isn't signed, but I don't wouldn't want your printing them out and selling them on eBay as knock offs would I? OK, so that's not the vote question this week. The question is - do you want an autographed baseball card with a caricature of me on it?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
23:25:40
7th June 2016
Good to see a photo where they've finally got your head in proportion with the rest of your body

Analysis:

Of course you want one. You know you do! And it's that egocentric view that caused my head to increase in size compared to my body. Mr O did make me laugh with his comment - yes, it is perfectly portioned.

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(Created on 29th May 2016)

Vote #461

Question:

Well, this weekend saw the debut of the new Top Gear. I haven't seen it yet and am not sure when it is due to air in the US (that said, it may have already aired). The question though - will I like the new Top Gear?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Well, Pinocchio has competition. Matt LeBlanc is definitely pushing to be the number 1 wooden puppet on TV. It's amazing how good you can appear on scripted TV with good looking counterparts, but live .... you got some work to do. Chris still thinks he's delivering The Big Breakfast or TFI Friday, but that's not really a surprise as it's his one presentation style. I did kind of expect that. What happened to Sabine Schmitz? She only featured in one small part of the show. They made a big deal about the fact that Matt LeBlanc is the first overseas host of the show - well, is Sabine not a host then. Bit of a shame given she's the only one that knows how to drive. I have to be honest, I was rather looking forward to her being a big part of the show.

The show actually aired one day later over here so we didn't have to wait long for it. I have to be honest with all the above said and the complete lack of originality in the show, I didn't hate it. I wouldn't go as far as saying I liked it, but I wasn't cringing and trying to decide whether or not to turn it off. So, for the short term at least, it's on probation. It seems there's the potential to take the show places and I guess we need to give Chris and Matt more time to gel together live. We'll give it the benefit of the doubt and see how it progresses, but if it doesn't progress much from where it started, it might not have much of a lifespan.

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Rag
17:12:17
26th June 2016
I have to say that after four episodes, I'm quite hooked on the show. I do still think the first episode was a bit rough, but I've definitely become used to it. I guess it just goes to show that we really don't like too much change given that the format of the show hasn't really changed. I think the real reason is that I just like to watch super cars being driven. I'm probably more of a petrol head than I give myself credit for.

(Created on 22nd May 2016)

Vote #460

Question:

Well, I've been having a huge amount of fun re-writing my website. There's nothing that anyone should notice, but I've completely changed the database and coding, so all the backend technical stuff. Anyway, I've got some ideas on writing some programs that you'll probably see the foundation start to appear on the fun stuff pages as I tinker with some of the coding. Anyway, one of the photo editing and organizing software programs I use doesn't work on high definition displays. Well, it does, but the text is so small you can't read it. I'm debating whether to write my own photo cataloging program, paying for an upgrade or looking for a freeware/GPL solution. Should I write my own photo cataloging solution, pay for an upgrade of the software I use or find a freeware/GPL solution?

Results:

Pay for the upgrade was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Write your own (0%)
  • Pay for the upgrade (60%)
  • Find a freeware/GPL solution (40%)

Analysis:

OK, so I did pay for the upgrade, but the thing is, that still resulted in a fair amount of re-coding given that the underlying database structure of the tool I am reading from had changed. I had to figure out the new structure and alter my code. Then there's the issue of being tied into that application, so if it breaks, then I lose everything. I did research freeware/GPL options, but the challenge is that I have over 11,000 photos that have all been tagged. None of the other options offer the ability to do a data conversion from the application that I'm using .... and I'm sure as hell not going to re-tag 11,000 items. I know it's hard to believe, but even I've got better things to do with my time.

So, although I have bought the upgrade, I've also started to write my own app. The basis of the app is on the website. It's in the fun stuff section and is called draggables. Essentially the basis is to be able to drag tags from a menu and drop them onto photos. The draggables page contains the code necessary to do that. It's a very messy page though and locks a screen aspect ration that matches my surface book which is high res, so you won't be able to see all of it unless you have your own high res display.

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(Created on 15th May 2016)

Vote #459

Question:

The main question I have tonight is whether or not the automated email will send tomorrow morning. I've done another upgrade of the software the website runs on and it actually broke a number of things that required a fair amount of time to fix. I won't go into the details, but if you look at many posts, you'll find question marks in diamonds have been entered all over the place. Not entirely sure how I'm going to fix it yet, but that'll give me something to focus on next week. Anyway, that's not really much of a question as you'd know the answer if you got the email and wouldn't vote if you didn't, so we best think of something else. Will I be able to book William for a tour of the King Power stadium when we are on holiday this summer?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 63% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (63%)
  • No - it will be sold out (0%)
  • No - there won't be any (38%)

Analysis:

Yeah, I'm hoping it will be available as I think it would be something that William would enjoy. Well, at least for five minutes. I am somewhat fearful that it will be sold out though as my guess is a lot of folks are looking to see the stadium given the success of the team. I guess we'll find out soon as I keep looking to see if there's something I can book. Even if we can't book a tour, I'll still take him for a ride round to see the ground.

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(Created on 8th May 2016)

Vote #458

Question:

Well, my new computer seems to be running perfectly. We had a slight hiccup today, but managed to figure it out pretty well. Technical stuff, so it kept me happy. Essentially I had to tell a program to use the GPU to process resizing of a stream rather than using in memory software. Boring stuff for most of you. The plan is to re-image the old machine, clean the crap off it and let William use it to play whatever he wants on it. You just know that as soon as I wipe the contents of my old machine, then I'm going to remember something I need off it. How long do I wait until I wipe the contents of my old computer?

Results:

3 months was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 1 day (10%)
  • 3 days (10%)
  • 1 week (10%)
  • 2 weeks (0%)
  • 3 weeks (0%)
  • 4 weeks (10%)
  • 2 months (0%)
  • 3 months (60%)

Analysis:

3 months! Wow, that's a really long time. So you think I'm going to ask William to wait 3 months before he gets a computer to play on. I can only think those votes are coming from people that have never had children. The computer will be wiped as soon as I get chance.

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(Created on 1st May 2016)

Vote #457

Question:

Well, I'm going to give you the first question that comes to mind as I sit here at my computer. A quick look out the window and here it is .... Do you think the pretty girl in the skimpy bikini would rub sun cream on me if I went down and asked her?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

Well, many thanks for the vote of confidence to those that voted yes that she would apply sun cream to me, but sadly we'll never know as I didn't pluck up the courage to go and ask. Honestly thought, kinda think she would have said no. To be perfectly honest, I kind of think we could have ended up in a situation where the police were called had I asked, so I think it was best that I didn't. An interesting side note is that after I wrote this question, someone I know turned up that I'd said can use the pool. Now, she might have said yes, but again, I didn't go down and ask.

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(Created on 24th April 2016)

Vote #456

Question:

This question may be premature, but I was watching Leicester's emphatic win against Swansea today and I got to thinking - how many fathers and sons have won the premier league?

Results:

1 was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 0 (0%)
  • 1 (80%)
  • 2 (0%)
  • 3 (20%)
  • 4 (0%)
  • 5 (0%)
  • 6 (0%)
  • 7 (0%)
  • 8 (0%)
  • 9 (0%)

Analysis:

So, how many of you cheated before you answered the question? I know Mr O didn't as I consulted with him to make sure I had the answer correct which is indeed 1. That honor goes to Ian Wright and his son Sean Wright-Phillips. If, and it's still and if, Leicester win the title then that number will double with Kasper Schmeichel succeeding his father Peter. There was an interesting quote during today's game where Peter Schmeicel said blood is thicker than water and he was supporting Leicester against his former club Manchester United.

Just to add some clarification the question relates to players only and not managers, otherwise the Fergusons would have a claim.

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(Created on 17th April 2016)

Vote #455

Question:

A couple of weeks ago I posted a question about buying a new computer. I made the decision last week that I would, went online to place the order only to be told that they had sold out of the one I want. The fact that I need a new computer was underlined this past weekend when my current one overheated and stopped working mid stream. I mean seriously, I lost both my viewers, ha ha. Anyway, I'm heading up to Seattle on Monday and am going to be at the makers of the device I want. Do you think I'll be able to pick up a new computer next week?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

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(Created on 10th April 2016)

Vote #454

Question:

Well, there's only one question I can ask this week. Following the amazing success of my Twitch stream I had a few really interesting comments as this week I had a camera on me. Do you think I'm a 20 year old guy?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

That is correct, I am indeed a 20 year old guy. One of the folks on the stream had thought I was a 20 year old based on conversations we'd had in the game chat, but once I put a camera on, the truth was told. That said, I don't know if you ever stop believing you're 20. I seem to think that one day I'll wake up and be a spritely young man again. Hey, nobody gonna stop me dreaming!

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(Created on 3rd April 2016)

Vote #453

Question:

I see front and center of the news is an article about a company in Panama helping people hide money. The report states that it helped people launder money and hide money from taxes and ex wives by setting up shell companies. Should I have setup a shell company to hide money from my ex wife?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Where were all of you when I needed you? You could have given me this advice at a time when it could have been used. It's somewhat late now. I guess it's somewhat late for all the people that put money into the shell companies that have now had their names leaked. At least I know I'm not going to end up on a list somewhere.

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(Created on 27th March 2016)

Vote #452

Question:

Wow, I'm so dead right now. Not sure if it's a cold, allergies or both. I have gone to the local pharmacy to relieve them of various remedies for both potential culprits and have started to take them. Will I wake up tomorrow morning feeling better?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (40%)
  • No (60%)

Analysis:

The correct answer was indeed no. This was one of those double attack colds. It came over the weekend. I thought I got rid of it on Tuesday, but awoke Wednesday morning worse than I had been. Just when you thought it was gone, bam, sucker punch. It does, however, seem to be better now.

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(Created on 20th March 2016)

Vote #451

Question:

As you can tell from the email, I've been processing a few photos this week. Well, to be honest, for the last few weeks as I had to catch up with the photos from last year that I hadn't done anything with. Anyway, my laptop is getting fairly old now ... I think it was purchased back in 2011, so over 5 years old. I'm debating whether to get one of the Surface Books, but can't quite decide. Should I splash out on a new Surface Book?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

A unanimous yes. Well, not surprisingly, being the cheap skate I am, I have two options. The first is to get work to buy me one given I technically should have one when visiting a certain account. The next is that I just met someone today who can get a huge discount, so it'll probably happen soon.

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(Created on 13th March 2016)

Vote #450

Question:

I'm out of time to think of a vote question, so I'm going with the first one I saw on the BBC website. Is Wenger nearing the end at Arsenal?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (67%)

Analysis:

The man who will last forever. Surprised that most folks think he's going to continue. That said, there's still a chance he can sneak the title this year. Arsenal have definitely got the easiest run in to the end of the season, but I'm just hoping Leicester can hold on.

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(Created on 6th March 2016)

Vote #449

Question:

There are a few questions that spring to mind post this weekends windy NASCAR race, not least or which is where is my hat? But that is not the one we're going with. No, there is a far more important question that arose prior to today's proceedings. Does Owen mind waiting for a gentleman to powder his plums or would he prefer them to be on time and raw?

Results:

Powdered plums was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Powdered plums (100%)
  • Raw and ready (0%)

Analysis:

He didn't even protest his innocence, but the voters are correct. Owen said he didn't mind waiting whilst a gentleman powders his plums.

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(Created on 28th February 2016)

Vote #448

Question:

The joys of being in Sin City with a curious 10 year old. William was extremely amused when he saw the bar “Dicks Last Resort” as he knows what a dick is. On the way to the fun dungeon he was even more amused that you could buy underwear that says “I ♥ Dicks”. Then came this week's vote question, why does it say “I ♥ Dicks” on women's underwear?

Results:

You'll find out when you're older was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Err yeah (0%)
  • Don't know (0%)
  • Because girls like dicks (0%)
  • Ask you mum (33%)
  • You'll find out when you're older (67%)

Analysis:

The correct answer is indeed you'll find out when you're older. I haven't ducked any questions, including the one about where babies come from. I've simply offered an alternative solution to finding out the answer to the question even if it does involve an element of time.

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(Created on 21st February 2016)

Vote #447

Question:

There are theories that there are an infinite number of universes playing out an infinite number of possibilities. Assuming that theory is correct then Donald Trump is going to make it into the presidency in one of them. If Donald Trump gets in as president in this universe or any parallel universe, will there be a huge implosion and the end of the space time continuum?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Another unanimous result. The funny thing is, this question has come up several times this week. Not the bit about multiple parralel universes, just the bit about their being an implosion if Trump makes President. Haven't heard anyone refer to an explosion, just implosion. I have to be honest though, him running does make the presidential campaign much more interesting.

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(Created on 14th February 2016)

Vote #446

Question:

I'm somewhat bewildered by the fact that the hackers, after years of failing to hack this site have resorted to posting spam ads on the Open Blog Forum. Bit weird as I'm pretty sure they're being posted manually and not by a bot, but I guess it could be a bot too. Anyway, do Russian hackers have anything better to do than post car insurance adverts on my blog?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)

Analysis:

Well, that result was pretty unanimous. Must be sad to be a Russian hacker. Even less of a life than me ... and that's saying something.

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(Created on 7th February 2016)

Vote #445

Question:

Been a very busy weekend watching good old Leicester beat Manchester City, then heading into town to watch Metallica followed by hospital visit (scheduled) and Super Bowl. But it didn't quite get off to the start I'd hoped for. I picked up William from school and headed for a McDonalds. When I got home I found something missing from my order. What do you think was missing from my Big Mac meal order?

Results:

Big Mac was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Fries (0%)
  • Drink (0%)
  • Ketchup (20%)
  • Big Mac (80%)

Analysis:

Yes, you got it. Well, at least most of you did. My Big Mac meal was missing the Big Mac. I mean seriously! It's not difficult. They made the menu simple so the folks working there would know what to serve. Anyway, I ended up eating the fries with a microwave curry ... was actually quite nice.

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(Created on 31st January 2016)

Vote #444

Question:

I actually did a days work this week. I don't mean the usual nothingness I produce, I was actually out at a client for a full day looking at documents, talking to people and coming up with conclusions. Scary I know, but hey .... I still got it! Anyway, whilst running round the office I was at I happened to notice the pretty girl with the short skirt and boots. Well yes, you're going to notice her ... and she dressed that way so you do notice her. Anyway, every time I saw her she was propping up a doorway to someone's office striking that pose. You know the one, the pose that says you're going to do all my work for me because you want to sleep with me and I'm going to flirt with you just long enough for you to do it all. And then ignore you because you're not important. I didn't check, but I guarantee that all the doorways she was leaning on were those to males. I could be wrong, but you know I'm not. So, does the pretty girl in the office with the short skirt and boots actually do any work?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)

Analysis:

Nope, of course she doesn't do any work ... and why would she. The good news is that we're getting close to the end of the weekend, so I've had time to catch up on all the little tasks she got me working on. Almost done, I hope she's pleased with what I've done because I really wouldn't want her to not like me or anything like that.

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(Created on 24th January 2016)

Vote #443

Question:

Alright, well I'm caught up on the latest episodes of the Walking Dead show, so this may be last in the series of zombie questions, but no promises as it does seem an easy topic to revert to when I can't think of other questions. The one thing that happens quite a lot is that the survivors become surrounded by zombies and this begs the question - what would you do if you had to make your way through a hoard of zombies?

Results:

Disguise yourself as a zombie and walk through, Go all guns blazing and Stay put and read your pornography tied with 33% of the votes each from the following:

  • Run through as fast as you can (0%)
  • Disguise yourself as a zombie and walk through (33%)
  • Slash your way through with a knife (0%)
  • Go all guns blazing (33%)
  • Stay put and read your pornography (33%)

Analysis:

Zombie overload, everybody's bored of the zombie questions. Not to worry, there will be a change this week. Seems like there's no consistent answer between being stealthy and going in all guns blazing. The problem I have with stealth mode is that if one of the zombies sees through your disguise, you're toast. The all guns blazing at least makes you think you're in control. Well, until you run out of bullets anyway. Have you noticed that in any film with a semi automatic pistol, someone fires off all the rounds, ejects the clip and then puts in a new clip. That's all well and good for the first battle, but you're going to run out of magazines at some point .... then what you gonna do? Those magazines don't exactly load quickly.

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(Created on 17th January 2016)

Vote #442

Question:

We're going to follow the zombie theme for another week. I'll probably be bored after that. What do you think you'd seek out most in a zombie apocalypse?

Results:

Pornography was the clear winner with 29% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Food (0%)
  • Water (0%)
  • Shelter (14%)
  • Companionship (0%)
  • Weapons (14%)
  • Medical Supplies (14%)
  • Transportation (14%)
  • Clothes (0%)
  • Toilet (14%)
  • Pornography (29%)

Analysis:

Yes, pornography is obviously the most important thing you're going to need in a zombie apocalypse. No need to worry about trivial things like water, food and shelter ... straight to the most important thing and that's how to maintain a boner. The only unusual thing is that pornography is not what I voted for. I can't actually remember what I selected, probably weapons on account of the fact that if you have weapons you can steal other people's pornography.

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(Created on 10th January 2016)

Vote #441

Question:

I'm going to guess there may be a zombie theme to the next few weeks of questions as I'm binge watching The Walking Dead. Do you think you could survive a zombie apocalypse?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

I guess most people think they will survive which is not surprising as generally most people don't sit there contemplating death. It was probably the wrong question to ask as it might have been more appropriate to ask whether you would want to survive. The reality is that if you survived, you'd probably be taken out by some kind of plague given the number of dead bodies rotting away. Sticking with that theme for a minute, I think the best place to hide from zombies would be in a maggot farm. Maggots only eat dead skin, which is why they can be used in medicine. They'd feast away on zombies. The only problem would be the speed at which they ate the zombies. Chances are they'd be on you before the maggots got to do their thing. Just a random thought I decided to share.

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(Created on 3rd January 2016)

Vote #440

Question:

Yuck! A fantastic break that seems to have gone by in 2 seconds flat and facing the first week back to work. Does anybody like that first week back to work after a holiday?

Results:

Two dwarves shitting in a bucket was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (40%)
  • Two dwarves shitting in a bucket (60%)

Analysis:

Absolutely! The correct answer to any question is two dwarves shitting in a bucket. Courtesy of cards against humanity.

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(Created on 28th December 2015)

Vote #439

Question:

Clearly I have an inability to remember what day it is whilst on holiday and I've forgotten the vote question again. In an effort to post one promptly, I will simply ask did you have a good Christmas?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (0%)
  • It depends how long you've been wearing your underpants (25%)

Analysis:

Yeah!!! ''Twas a good Christmas all round. Happy New Year to everyone!

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(Created on 21st December 2015)

Vote #438

Question:

This week's (late) question comes from William. Due to many planning errors on my part, we were somewhat late packing to return to England for Christmas. Part of my planning included washing and drying William's clothes before returning. Unfortunately I didn't realize exactly how long the washing thingy and drying apparatus took to run so we didn't complete before returning. I asked William how many pairs of underpants he had was bringing with him and he asked - do I include the ones I'm wearing or not? When one is asked how many pairs of underpants one has for a trip, does one include the ones one is wearing?

Results:

Yes and It depends how long one has been wearing them tied with 38% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (38%)
  • No (25%)
  • It depends how long one has been wearing them (38%)

Analysis:

I think it really depends how the question was asked - whether the question was how many pairs of underpants do you have versus how many underpants have you packed. The former would generally require the inclusion of the ones you're wearing whereas the latter would be directed at how many were in the suitcase. Not entirely sure the duration one has been wearing their undies factors in, but it would determine how long you could last before needing to do any washing. The ability to wear them back to front and inside out lengthening the time between washes.

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(Created on 13th December 2015)

Vote #437

Question:

One more week to go. It's going to be a crazy and busy week, that's for sure. I think I'm physically visiting 8 clients and going to be talking to many more. The good news is they're talking to me. Anyway, will I get William's presents sorted before the end of the week?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 56% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (44%)
  • No (56%)

Analysis:

I'm not sure whether I did or I didn't. I know that sounds a bit strange. I kind of got everything I wanted and that all arrived in time, but I'm going to get him a few more bits and pieces that we will need to go shopping together for. Technically I could have got these before and had them arrive, but I thought it would be more fun to do together. So I think the answer is yes, that I did get everything in time.

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(Created on 6th December 2015)

Vote #436

Question:

All they hype is out there for the biggest update ever. Will Clash of Clans release Town Hall 11 this week?

Results:

Who Cares? was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (17%)
  • No (0%)
  • Who Cares? (83%)

Analysis:

Who cares indeed? Well, they made the release. It appears that half of what they intended is missing and what they have released seems to have messed everything up. Hopefully it gets better, but right now it's a pain and it's destroyed the war part of the game which is the only reason I play it.

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(Created on 29th November 2015)

Vote #435

Question:

Prior to the Thanksgiving break, I've been out in the field working with one of my teams. Unusual, yes. Not exactly sure what possessed me to actually go do some work, but it's getting towards the end of the year and it was a short week, so I thought what the hey! Anyway, on one of the days were were put in a conference room that had the most annoying whine coming from the air conditioning. The kind of annoying whine that can drive a man insane. An irritant that is there and just won't go away. To make it worse, it would stop for maybe about a minute or two giving you hope that it would shut up, but no .... it kept coming back ..... whining and whining and whining. Anyway, in order to boost morale, we had a competition to see who could come up with the most appropriate name for the noise. Can you guess which of the following names my team voted as the most appropriate name for the droning whining noise?

Results:

Karen was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Eric (25%)
  • Boris (0%)
  • Whiny (0%)
  • Whirry (0%)
  • Sandra (0%)
  • Katrina (0%)
  • Osama Bin Laden (0%)
  • Karen (75%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
03:40:03
30th November 2015
I'm surprised "Jamie" wasn't on the list also
Rag
22:02:39
6th December 2015
Well, you're a much braver man than I am Mr O .... much braver. I've passed on your message to her and she's going to pay you a visit next time you're in Vegas.

Analysis:

Yes, you guessed it. The annoying whinny noise was named Karen. It's funny, so much is talked about the millennial generation being difficult to communicate with, but they seemed pretty capable of understanding just how evil someone can be. Nice to know that there's a whole generation out there that hate Karen for what she is.

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(Created on 22nd November 2015)

Vote #434

Question:

Well, we're heading into a short week because it's Thanksgiving. I guess there's only really one question top of mind right now. Will I be eating Thanksgiving dinner alone this year?

Results:

Yes - Billie no mates was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes - Billie no mates (60%)
  • No - you'll find somebody (40%)

Analysis:

Alright, before I answer this I feel like we need to answer some existential questions. There's a Star Trek TNG episode where someone wants to experiment on Data and there's a trial to determine if Data is a person or property. Whether he is alive and sentient or a thing. They don't actually conclude fully, but they do come down on the side that Data is not a thing and has the freedom to choose whether or not he should be experimented on. Well, if it's not a stretch to determine that Data is alive, the I wouldn't have been alone if I was with Data would I? So how much of a stretch is it to say that I wasn't alone as Vinyl Vera was here to keep me company? Yeah, OK .... bit of a stretch to make out that a blow up doll is sentient. I was stood up. Damn those unreliable prostitutes.

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(Created on 15th November 2015)

Vote #433

Question:

As we're planning to head back to the UK for the holidays, we're looking into making arrangements to see the new Star Wars movie. William is talking about it a lot and wants to make sure he sees it when it comes out. Will the new Star Wars movie be any good?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (20%)
  • No (80%)

Analysis:

Well, whether you think it's not going to be any good or not, you're still going to go and see it aren't you? To be honest, I'm not sure if it was because I was so young when I saw the first film or because it was so different at the time, but it's really hard to live up to that. I will say that the first three (episodes 4, 5 and 6) are better in my mind as the last three (episodes 1, 2 and 3) seem to be geared more towards children as most things are these days.

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(Created on 8th November 2015)

Vote #432

Question:

My phone seems to be dying on me very quickly right now. Do I need to buy a new battery for my phone?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Interestingly, I've done a little research and the battery isn't obviously broken. There's a spin test you can do and my battery doesn't spin. It seems more like there are apps running in the background that are draining the battery rather quickly. I need to spend a little bit more time looking at it (as obviously, buying a new battery won't solve the problem if it's app drain).

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(Created on 1st November 2015)

Vote #431

Question:

I think I need to caveat this question by saying that it came to my whilst I was putting my washing away and not because of any other reason. If necessity is the mother of invention, how come we haven't invented self cleaning underpants?

Results:

Good question and Not enough demand tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Good question (50%)
  • I don't know (0%)
  • Maybe we have (0%)
  • Not enough demand (50%)

Analysis:

I'm not sure there wouldn't be enough demand. To be honest, I think this is a multi million dollar idea. I did consult with Mr O this week to get his thoughts on the design of the self cleaning underwear and his main concern was that the user might suffer injury if they engaged the scraping mechanism whilst wearing them. A valid concern is this litigious world that we live in. If you did manage to create such a device, I guess you'd need some kind of insurance to prevent you against claims from people who had lost their tackle during the cleaning cycle.

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(Created on 25th October 2015)

Vote #430

Question:

All that's top of mind for me this week is my procedure on Friday and the cleansing ceremony on Thursday evening. Likely going to be taking it easy for most of the week until we get to Friday. Although I'm sedated for the procedure, they dint put you deep under as is not like an operation or anything like that and I have a habit of waking up in the middle. I guess have a huge pipe shoved up my arse is something my mind thinks I should be awake for. Thinking about it rationally though, probably makes most sense to be asleep for. Anyway, will I wake up during my procedure on Friday?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

I'm not entirely sure the answer is yes as I'm not entirely sure I was put to sleep at all. I was certainly awake for the whole thing. Getting pretty used to it these days. Don't get me wrong, I was drugged up, but they asked if I wanted to watch and for some reason I said yes, so they didn't totally put me under and I got to watch everything on the screen in front of me. Nice!!

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(Created on 18th October 2015)

Vote #429

Question:

Well, I was somewhat late for my flight today. I ended up getting to the airport and being taken to the front of every line and then straight onto the plane, so one could say that I timed it perfectly. The thing is, I was ready in plenty of time and then decided to dawdle around with this and that, then when I went to leave I noticed that my suitcase was broken (the handle has snapped and is sort of hanging on by a thread). Rather than switch all my stuff into my big suitcase, it seemed like more of a challenge to spend time that I didn't have fixing my old case. And, not having anything to fix it with, I decided to use sellotape. In hindsight, sellotape isn't the best solution for fixing cracked suitcases. It doesn't really have the strength to reinforce and has the added impact of making your hands all sticky where you've been holding it. Which is kind of funny when you then shake someone's hand and look at their expression as they try to figure out what the goo is you've just transferred to them. Anyway, should I order a new suitcase online or wait until I see Owen in Vegas and get one there, dumping my old one in the room (again)?

Results:

Buy in Vegas was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Order Online (33%)
  • Buy in Vegas (67%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr o
02:16:18
19th October 2015
It seems all of recent international travel has taken its toll on my own suitcases so I will be looking to do the same. Maybe we can negotiate a bulk discount

Analysis:

Another oddly well participated vote question. I wonder if skullduggery is a foot. Anyway, it does indeed look like we're going to invest in a new case in Vegas. All being well, we will head to Vegas next Monday to meet up with Owen them my brother. Just a small matter of a "procedure" on Friday, but assuming that goes fine, we should be good.

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(Created on 11th October 2015)

Vote #428

Question:

How annoying, I came up with two great vote questions earlier this week and forgot to write them down and now I can't remember them. I can remember the fact that I thought of two great questions when I was sat in the airport. Honestly, they were fantastic. So great, I've completely forgotten them. I'm sure they'll come back to me the moment I post this question so that I can forget them all over again next weekend. Am I having a senior moment?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Not even a doubt then. Well, the jokes on you because I won't remember this in 2 minutes. Ha!

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(Created on 4th October 2015)

Vote #427

Question:

Continuing the Vegas theme, Mr O is coming over at the beginning of next month and apparently there's a boxing match on. Should we go to the boxing match in Vegas next month?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

The general consensus is yes, I should go to the boxing match and I'd already made my mind up that I was going to go anyway, but a slight miscalculation shows that I have William that weekend, so it's not going to happen unfortunately.

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(Created on 27th September 2015)

Vote #426

Question:

Another week sees me off to that little city in the desert again. I don't know, there's always something different when I go to Vegas. I travel pretty much every week, but heading off to Sin City always seems like there's more expectation than when I go anywhere else. I guess it's the non stop partying in the place. Do you think I'll be non stop partying in Vegas or hiding from everything?

Results:

Hide and Seek was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Party Animal (17%)
  • Hide and Seek (83%)

Analysis:

In fairness to myself, I did go out a bit. Not like I was a complete party pooper, but nor was I tearing up the dance floor either.

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(Created on 20th September 2015)

Vote #425

Question:

Well, this week saw the kick off of the Rugby World cup, so .... who do you think will win the Rugby World Cup?

Results:

England, Ireland, Japan and USA tied with 25% of the votes each from the following:

  • Australia (0%)
  • England (25%)
  • France (0%)
  • Ireland (25%)
  • Japan (25%)
  • New Zealand (0%)
  • Samoa (0%)
  • South Africa (0%)
  • USA (25%)
  • Wales (0%)

Analysis:

Going to be interesting, but I don't think any of the selections are going to be right. Certainly a couple of strange results to start the competition.

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(Created on 15th September 2015)

Vote #424

Question:

Ooooops. Forgot to set the vote question in a timely manner again. Carried away with the weekend's taxi activities going from one soccer game to another. I think the thing that made it harder was that one of the other parents tried to do that thing that people do when they like other people. What's it again? Yeah, talk to me. Someone actually tried to talk to me which is disturbing on a whole new level. The fact that I'd deliberately sat in the corner out of the way of everyone else should have been a sign that conversation probably wasn't top of mind, but they ignored that and the miserable face and still insisted on talking. Should I make the effort to be nice to other parents or ignore them?

Results:

Be nice and Ignore them tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Be nice (50%)
  • Ignore them (50%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mum
10:35:43
15th September 2015
Break the habits of a lifetime, Jamie, and be sociable!!!
Mr O
05:55:38
16th September 2015
I think a certain hot place has to freeze over before Jamie becomes socialable

Analysis:

I'm kind of shocked. 8 votes and I didn't post the question until late. I have no idea where 8 votes have come from as I don't even think 8 people have ever looked at this site. Surely with that many visitors, Google are going to start getting worried.

OK, to the vote. Well yeah, a mixed response. Nice of my mum to point out that I've never been social, but there you go ..... I wonder where I get it from? Honestly, it's hard. I'm not sure it's down to being unsociable. I'm very sociable with people I like. Both of them ... ha ha. It's more down to not wanting to have a conversation where someone just goes on about how good their kid is. Or, wants me to be as fanatical about the kids league as they are - which is oddly an assumption now they know I'm English and have an understanding of the game. The conversation I had with one woman where I pointed out that I thought 4 games in a weekend was too much as I only see William every other weekend now and that appears to be as a taxi, proceeded to tell me that my view was wrong, I should push William to be the best so I could be proud of him and that spending any other time with him to hang out was a waste. Those of you that know my anti social tendencies will not be wondering whether I was about to change a habit of a lifetime as opposed to wondering how it is that I didn't turn to her and tell her to fuck off. Come to think about it, I'm not exactly sure why I didn't.

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(Created on 6th September 2015)

Vote #423

Question:

Well, we're having a good old long weekend in the US which is going to be cut short by the fact that I need to jump on a plane to Phoenix tomorrow for an internal conference. Will my time in Phoenix be interesting or boring?

Results:

Boring was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Interesting (0%)
  • Boring (100%)

Analysis:

Hmmmm. I guess you all think I lead a boring life. Well .... you'd be right, but that doesn't mean that everything I go to is boring. But yeah, you'd be right again :(

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(Created on 30th August 2015)

Vote #422

Question:

One of the things I was wrestling with when I was back in the UK was if there's an easier way to get my fishing kit to the bank or not. I have the answer, but first the question. Does an American parent take more stuff to watch their kid play soccer than the amount of fishing kit I take fishing?

Results:

American parent takes more was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • American parent takes more (75%)
  • I take more fishing kit (25%)

Analysis:

I wish I'd taken a photograph of this. When I got the soccer fields, there were rows and rows of tent things. I thought that it was nice that the facilities had put these on so that parents could put their chairs in the shade. I didn't realize that these were all owned by the over exuberant parents so they could look after themselves whilst screaming insults at their kids. Their seems to have been a run on these trolley things. I was actually really impressed with these - they are cantilevered so they fold up to go in the car and then expand so you can put all manor of junk in them. Typically, as families arrived, dad would load his cart up with the construction materials and head off to claim his piece of turf and start erecting his second home. Mum, or mom should I say, would then follow with her trolley loaded with coolers and all manner of food. The kinds then bring up the rear with their trolleys full of outdoor activity games.

Honestly, I sat on the park bench minding my own business. The only thought that went through my mind was to bring Mike with me next time so he could start digging out some foundations, then we could construct a full on building ... perhaps install a TV and a shower ... that sort of thing.

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(Created on 23rd August 2015)

Vote #421

Question:

Alright, so I've got these amazing cookie things. Basically, it stuff you spoon onto a baking tray and put in the oven and cookies appear. I'm guessing the stuff is cookie dough, thinking about it. Anyway, the easiest thing in the world - spoon some stuff onto a tray, stick it in the oven for 12 minutes and then enjoy. So what do you think happens when you set the fire alarm off in an apartment complex?

Results:

Nothing and You get to meet your neighbors tied with 40% of the votes each from the following:

  • Nothing (40%)
  • Lights and Sirens go off (20%)
  • You get to meet your neighbors (40%)
  • Firemen come through your door (0%)
  • Sprinklers go off (0%)
  • Apartment security pays you a visit (0%)
  • You get kicked out (0%)

Analysis:

First, let me say that it wasn't my fault. Well, OK, it was completely my fault. I'd had sausages the night before and there was some fat or grease in the oven/grill thing and it started smoking as it was heating up. I hadn't put the air vent on and well, I set off the smoke detector.

Thankfully, it didn't set the sprinklers off. That was my main concern as I would have been dashing around hitting the off button on all the electronics to try and save them. What actually happened was nothing really. The things were beeping very loudly in my apartment, but when I opened the windows they soon shut up. Nobody came by to see what was going on. In all honesty, if the apartment was burning down, I think my neighbors would just sit in their units trying to figure out what's going on.

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(Created on 18th August 2015)

Vote #420

Question:

Another week when I got a little sidetracked and forgot to set a vote question. Will anyone bother to submit a vote now I've remember to submit a question?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

Come on then - hands up who voted yes. You're supposed to vote no and revel in your own irony, then realize everyone else has done the same thing ... me included ... which is really sad when you thing about it.

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(Created on 9th August 2015)

Vote #419

Question:

I'm not entirely sure what's happening, but my website has inexplicably been going down the last couple of weeks. It seemed the first time was due to a Windows update. The second one, I connected o my computer to find an advert to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Conspiracy theory would say it's Microsoft bugging up Windows 7 for me so I have to upgrade to 10. Anyway, will my website stay up this week?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)

Analysis:

Well, as most of you could probably tell from the fact that a blank question was initially sent out for this week, my website did indeed stay up. Seems it was just a few updates from Microsoft that seemed to cause a temporary problem.

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(Created on 2nd August 2015)

Vote #418

Question:

If you've read the answer to the previous week's question you will know that I've not gone fishing yet. We're off somewhere near the east coast that's supposed to have fishing, but I'm not entirely sure it will be up to scratch. Will I get any fishing done this week?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Yes. In a word.

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(Created on 26th July 2015)

Vote #417

Question:

Woohoo!!! Only a few days left and I'll be on my way back to the UK for a much needed holiday. I'm sure it will be great, but what will the first thing be that I moan about when I get back to England?

Results:

Fishing Kit not right was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • The weather (25%)
  • Fishing Kit not right (50%)
  • Bad fishing (0%)
  • Jet Lag (0%)
  • Food (0%)
  • Restaurant service (0%)
  • TV (0%)
  • People (25%)
  • The mini holiday (0%)
  • Something else (0%)

Analysis:

I'm not entirely sure I can remember what it was. It wasn't my fishing kit as I've not been fishing yet. Not really sure I've moaned about the weather. Made comments on it, but not really in a complaining way. I'm guessing that something else was the correct answer.

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(Created on 19th July 2015)

Vote #416

Question:

The wonders of nature. Did you know that if you were a woodpecker, you'd suffer brain damage from the force of pecking trees?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

I guess from the lack of voting that you don't give a shit about woodpeckers. I think woodpeckers are really cool. Definitely one of my favorite birds.

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(Created on 12th July 2015)

Vote #415

Question:

I'm not entirely sure why I've done this, but I've applied to get into a serious war clan in the Clash of Clans game. I had to submit and application form, then do a written test where I planned out an attack. I'm now in the trials clan to determine if I can actually do what I said I can. Will I make it into the serious Clash of Clans war clan?

Results:

Yes was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Yeah, looks like I'll make it in. We're almost there. Just a few more trials to go. I'm definitely nowhere near the best player, but I can hold my own.

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(Created on 5th July 2015)

Vote #414

Question:

Greece is in trouble again, stocks are crashing, the confederate flag is being taken down everywhere, Trump is running for president and yet none of it matters. None of it matters because in less than two weeks it will be Fish-O-Mania again. I told my parents today just in case they wanted to get tickets and go. I'm sure they will. Anyway, which country do you think will win Fish-O-Mania 2015?

Results:

England was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Belgium (0%)
  • England (67%)
  • France (0%)
  • Holland (33%)
  • Ireland (0%)
  • Italy (0%)
  • Scotland (0%)
  • Wales (0%)

Analysis:

Well, if you know the answer, don't tell me as I have to go another couple of weeks before I get to see the event as my parents have recorded it for me. I'm hoping England have won it again.

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(Created on 28th June 2015)

Vote #413

Question:

Well, it's coming up to that time of year where Americans get very excited and set off a load of fireworks. Being responsible for a little American and having custody of said American this weekend, the job of finding and attending a fourth of July celebration falls upon me. Will I enjoy this year's fourth of July fireworks?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)

Analysis:

I'm not actually sure there's an answer to this as we didn't go to the fireworks in the end. William had been to Disney with his mother and her parents the week before and he said he'd seen enough fireworks, so we played games together instead. Which I did enjoy.

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(Created on 21st June 2015)

Vote #412

Question:

Why is it that easy open bags and self seal bags don't open easily or seal properly?

Results:

Because you're an idiot and don't know how to use them was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Because you're an idiot and don't know how to use them (60%)
  • Because they are made badly and don't work (40%)

Analysis:

Yep, I'm an idiot. But I do think they're pretty hard to use as well. Some are fairly well designed, but others just don't seem to want to play ball. I end up spending ages trying to run my fingers on a self sealing strip. It sort of seals and then pops open again. I normally give up pretty quickly and just reach for the clips I've got that work perfectly well to seal any kind of bag. See. Ha! Not so stupid after all ey?

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(Created on 14th June 2015)

Vote #411

Question:

Back to the transportation theme. What is your favorite means of transport?

Results:

Car (that you drive) was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Aeroplane (0%)
  • Bicycle (0%)
  • Boat (0%)
  • Bus (0%)
  • Car (that you drive) (100%)
  • Motorcycle (0%)
  • Taxi (or car that you don't drive) (0%)
  • Train (0%)
  • Walking (0%)

Analysis:

Seems most people prefer to drive themselves which doesn't surprise me. There's some element of feeling in control if you drive yourself. Not sure the illusion of safety (and it is an illusion), but as much the thought of being the master of your own destiny - you can leave when you want, stop when you want and really sort of own everything about the trip.

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(Created on 7th June 2015)

Vote #410

Question:

This week's question is a real brain teaser and comes from William. Do you prefer vanilla or chocolate?

Results:

Chocolate was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Vanilla (33%)
  • Chocolate (67%)

Analysis:

So the majority of you are chocolate lovers. Unlucky for William as he generally prefers vanilla, particularly when it comes to cakes.

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(Created on 31st May 2015)

Vote #409

Question:

I'm not sure if this week's question comes out of frustration or observation. Maybe a bit of both. Anyway, I live a life of excessive travel and spend a lot of time going through one airport or another. I seem to get different directions from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) each time I go through. Some require iPads to come out of bags, some don't. Some require shoes and belts to come off, others don't. etc. etc. I know there needs to be security and I don't want to be flippant about it, but I've never read about someone who was planning to do something wrong being stopped or found at airport security. It seems that any potential terrorists are known and arrested well before they get to an airport and it kind of seems that the only people affected by the security are the folks who aren't trying to do anything wrong. Are you aware of airport security preventing a terrorist incident?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (20%)
  • No (80%)

Analysis:

I'm not really that interested in the result of this question as much as the fact that someone answered yes, which is great news. I'm definitely not advocating or asking for less security, it's just an observation I'm making and clearly security and safety has to be the number one priority. There are just times when you get to the airport and see the queue and you can't help but sigh.

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(Created on 24th May 2015)

Vote #408

Question:

I went to the flicks with William today to see the latest Avengers film (which was pretty good actually). The trailer came up for Batman v Superman and I have to say I got really excited. It's not out until 2016 which is kind of good as I really hope they take their time to make this as good as it can be. I really hope the film is dark, but I'm worried it will succumb to the Hollywood sell out and they just won't make it black enough. Will Batman v Superman live up to expectations?

Results:

Yes - it will be great and No - it will be over hyped tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes - it will be great (50%)
  • No - it will be over hyped (50%)

Analysis:

A mixed response. I have to say that I really hope this is a great movie as there is so much potential. I just worry that they will cater to the masses (as they have to) and it just won't be what it could be.

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(Created on 17th May 2015)

Vote #407

Question:

This week's vote question is forcing me to cast my mind back at least an hour to an earlier discussion. A truly highbrow philosophical discussion you understand. Anyway, which of the following TV cartoon shows is your favorite?

Results:

The Simpsons was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • American Dad (0%)
  • Beavis and Butt-Head (0%)
  • Drawn Together (0%)
  • Family Guy (0%)
  • Futurama (25%)
  • King of the Hill (0%)
  • South Park (25%)
  • The Cleveland Show (0%)
  • The Ren and Stimpy Show (0%)
  • The Simpsons (50%)

Analysis:

The Simpsons it is, which probably isn't that surprising given its popularity. I have to go with South Park as I just think they're so cutting edge and just really funny.

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(Created on 10th May 2015)

Vote #406

Question:

It seems that most of the discussion I hear about are cyber related ... vulnerabilities here and hackers there. There was a big hack attempt on this website again the other day. Cracks me up that government agencies and massive corporations are breached on a daily basis and yet my site holds firm. If you're interested, a series of scripts were uploaded that are designed to take the contents of the server and post them to a site, then delete everything leaving the message “we fuck your security”. Well you didn't. Anyway, are you worried about cyber threats?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

Split right down the middle. Well, you should be worried about cyber threats and then you should pay me lots of money to consult with you to help protect against those threats. If you pay me enough money, you'll have nothing left and then you won't need to worry about cyber threats again as you won't have anything to steal. My strategy is flawless. What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

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(Created on 3rd May 2015)

Vote #405

Question:

I had so many questions lined up this week, but didn't write them down and after a hectic weekend, I've forgotten all of them. The test email that went out should be a clue to that. I'm writing a back end war tool for clash and was setting the notifications. I copied the script I use to send member emails and didn't change the database it was fetching the email addresses from, so rather than just send an email to myself, it set one to everyone ..... ooops. Anyway, it's time for bed and I need a question. The only one that I've been asked all day is if I know the name of the royal baby which is odd as I didn't even know she was pregnant - don't really follow that stuff. I'm guessing it's been named by now, but maybe it hasn't. Do you (or did you) care what the royal baby is going to be named?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)

Analysis:

Not only did you not care, but most of you didn't care enough to vote. Well that's enough of that then!

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(Created on 26th April 2015)

Vote #404

Question:

When it comes to games, do you prefer games of chance like monopoly or games of skill like scrabble?

Results:

Skill was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Chance (25%)
  • Skill (75%)

Analysis:

Games of skill say most of you, but I'm not sure that's entirely true. Vegas isn't build on games of skill, it's based on games of chance ... people just think there's skill involved which is what draws them to it. I was in Vegas again this past week. Great place, I have to be honest, but I still can't get into the gambling side of things.

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(Created on 19th April 2015)

Vote #403

Question:

I'm not sure if I've been busy or lazy, but I'm completely devoid of questions which is generally when I've been focused on one single thing instead of observing life around me. Or perhaps the life I've been observing is one I choose not to comment on. Anyway, the one thing that has been a topic of discussion is the summer holiday. This year it's time for something completely different. Well, alright then, it's not - going back to England to see the folks, do a bit of fishing and all of that good stuff. We're trying to decide on what to do for the holiday within the holiday and it's striking that right balance between finding something to keep William interested and ... well .... how to put this subtly ... mixing with the scum on the east coast. Should we go to a holiday camp type resort on the east coast?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (100%)

Analysis:

I think it's been crossed off the list.

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(Created on 12th April 2015)

Vote #402

Question:

OK, so Leicester have put together their best win streak of the season. That's right ... We've won two in a row. I'm now filled with hope that they can pull off the miracle and stay up. I didn't want to get my hopes up, but they are. Will Leicester manage to stay up?

Results:

Yes and No tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

A split vote. I was fully expecting to come to write this analysis and find many doubters amongst you. I thought I'd be the only one that voted yes, but there is someone else out there who believes. Well, we have now extended our win streak to a phenomenal three in a row and have pulled ourselves up from bottom to third from bottom. And third from bottom only by a single goal difference. There is hope. Five more games to play and it's going to come down to the wire, but at least we have hope.

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(Created on 5th April 2015)

Vote #401

Question:

Another question with its history running all the way back to the last Vegas trip. What would need to be on offer for you to sit through a 30 minute sales pitch?

Results:

$1k and A $5 pairing knife tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • $1m (0%)
  • $100k (0%)
  • $1k (50%)
  • A timeshare (0%)
  • A free flight (0%)
  • A free vacation (0%)
  • A car (0%)
  • A $5 pairing knife (50%)

Analysis:

The correct answer is not a $5 pairing knife. I did not sit through the presentation to get my knife. So ..... If anyone is wondering, whilst Owen and I were in WalMart getting some provisions, they announced over the speaker an exclusive offer for a free knife to anyone in the store. This immediately got my attention and I made a beeline to get my free item. When I got there, they gave out coupons and started a sales pitch. Now, I did stay for a bit and did get Owen to pick up some other things, but I eventually concluded that the free knife wasn't worth it and gave up. Mainly on the basis that I couldn't figure out what use i would have for a pairing knife. It was a close call ... I nearly did stay for it.

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(Created on 29th March 2015)

Vote #400

Question:

It appears to be allergy season once more as I find myself staring at my computer screen through tears as my eyes continue to stream constantly. I don't think I have the right medicine for it as I have the non drowsy stuff which is obviously a lot weaker than the stuff that puts you to sleep. Has anyone got the non-drowsy allergy medicine to work?

Results:

No was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

Interestingly enough, the over the counter, non drowsy tablets seem to have worked. At least my symptoms are much better - not entirely gone, but completely manageable.

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(Created on 22nd March 2015)

Vote #399

Question:

This week's vote question takes me back a bit. Been doing a lot of reminiscing all the way back to when .... to, well two weeks ago. So Owen and I did a bit of shopping whilst in Vegas. My suitcase broke (Owen claims he didn't do it, but he was the only person near it and the only person who touched it) so I had to buy a new one. Whilst there, I noticed that there was a Ralph Lauren outlet so decided to get a couple of T-shirts. Owen is convinced that the staff there thought we were a couple on the basis that two blokes don't go shopping together. I think it's wishful thinking on Owen's part. Anyway, if Owen and I were homosexual, who would be the pitcher and who would be the catcher?

Results:

Owen is the wide receiver, Owen is the Tight End and Owen has Gone Lon