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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.
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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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?

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ....

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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!

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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"
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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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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. :(

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!”

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Mr O
02:13:46
14th January 2019
That's where you are wrong. I went factually correct.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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%.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Long tied with 33% of the votes each from the following:

  • Owen is the pitcher (0%)
  • Owen is the catcher (0%)
  • Owen is the wide receiver (33%)
  • Owen is the Tight End (33%)
  • Owen has Gone Long (33%)
  • Owen is Sizing up the Hole (0%)
  • Owen is trying to push his balls up (0%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
00:05:46
23rd March 2015
I hasten to add that my suspicions were aroused (and only my suspicions) when the shop assistant asked if we wanted the bigger changing room so we could both go in.

Oh and it was like it when I found it. I blame the McCarran baggage handlers.

Analysis:

Yes, Mr O is quite correct - it was a bit odd when they asked if he wanted to go into the changing room with me whilst I tried a T shirt on. I'm still not 100% convinced they thought we were a couple as opposed to thinking that I was incapable of putting a T shirt on. I think they thought Owen was my helper as opposed to my lover ... or maybe both. I guess next time I'll go into the changing rooms and then shout for him to come on ... or maybe pick up some underpants and ask if he can help me try them on. The possibilities are endless.

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Vote #398

Question:

Another week in Vegas ahead of me. Wasn't I just there? Should I splash out and gamble this time?

Results:

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

  • Yes (25%)
  • No (75%)

Analysis:

I didn't because I'm boring.

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Vote #397

Question:

As I ponder the philosophical aspects of life, I found myself wondering one specific question. Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons?

Results:

No they didn't was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes they did (0%)
  • No they didn't (100%)
  • Adam only (0%)
  • Eve only (0%)

Analysis:

Ah, consensus that Adam and Eve didn't have belly buttons. Stands to reason that they wouldn't, but that begs an interesting though. Well, maybe not that interesting. If god made man in his own image, then only Adam was in his own image and we're all poor copies. So I guess god doesn't have a belly button either.

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Vote #396

Question:

Time to do the battle of the brands (been a big talking point this week). Coke or Pepsi?

Results:

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

  • Coke (100%)
  • Pepsi (0%)

Analysis:

Not looking good for Pepsi ... Seems the EBR masses are aligned with Coke.

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Vote #395

Question:

The wonders of my life find me back ill again. I'm hopeful this is something else that's causing me to poop through the eye of a needle, but in all likelihood it's back to the same old same old. Anyway I have to get to San Jose this week for some important work type stuff. I've punted on Monday and the question is - will I get to San Jose this week?

Results:

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

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

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Vote #394

Question:

So, I went to the McDonald's on Friday night with William. You drive to the first bit where you get into a lane to speak into the intercom and place your order, then drive to window 1 to pay, then window 2 to get your food. All makes perfect sense. Why is there a sticker on the window of the McDonald's drive through pay window advertising that braille menus are available inside?

Results:

c)An Isosceles Triangle, g)None of the above and h)Heaven's above tied with 33% of the votes each from the following:

  • a) 65 (0%)
  • b) The battle of Hastings (0%)
  • c)An Isosceles Triangle (33%)
  • d)a and c (0%)
  • e)A&E (0%)
  • f)All of the above (0%)
  • g)None of the above (33%)
  • h)Heaven's above (33%)

Analysis:

I have absolutely no idea why this would be. My guess is that there's probably some state or federal regulation requiring companies to display things like that in prominent places. Or that everywhere you have a menu, you have to display the option for braille. Anyway, in case you were wondering, you can't get the braille menu whilst driving, you have to park up and go inside.

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Vote #393

Question:

The NASCAR season comes around again and I've created the NASCAR game that you can now register for. Will I be the only person playing the game this year?

Results:

Yes - you are a sad lonely muppet was the clear winner with 60% of the votes from the following selection:

  • No - Mr O will play (0%)
  • No - you will force William to play (40%)
  • Yes - you are a sad lonely muppet (60%)

Analysis:

I am indeed a sad and lonely muppet, but I have just forced William to play. Not that he'll do anything other than the selections he's just made - that will be it for the year, but he is at least entered.

The drivers are loaded if you want to try.

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Vote #392

Question:

So many questions that could be asked this week, but most of the chatter has been around our new hire who's called Anal Dave. I'm not suggesting there's anything wrong with that name in the slightest. If you had a name that was strange or meant something odd, would you change it?

Results:

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

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Most folks deciding that they would change their name if it meant something odd, but a few stubborn people who believe their parents were right to name them that and they're going to stick with it. Good on you. If you don't mind being laughed at to keep your parents happy then well done.

Apparently there's an Indian woman called Purpel Dich so I got told this week. I have no way of validating this though.

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Vote #391

Question:

Well, given that I've been in hospital today for my new treatment, there can be only one question. My new treatment seems to consist of me driving an hour and a half each way to then sit in a recliner chair for three and a half hours playing clash of clans whilst getting an IV and having nurses occasionally come in and check my blood pressure .... so not that different from a normal Sunday afternoon, minus the nurses. Anyway, will the new treatment work?

Results:

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

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Wow, was that only a week ago .... I guess it's been a busy week. A resounding vote of confidence which I hope pans out.

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Vote #390

Question:

As the new year gets underway, it's time to book the tickets to the NASCAR race. Remind me again, why do I have to pay Ticketmaster a significant convenience charge for an inconvenient service?

Results:

You bent over to pick up the soap was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Because you weren't smart enough to monopolize ticket sales (0%)
  • Shut up and just pay it (0%)
  • It is convenient - you just don't understand (25%)
  • You bent over to pick up the soap (75%)

Analysis:

I really do wish I was smart enough to find a way to force people to pay me for things they were getting before for less money. I do get the fact that they have a better model to serve folks rather than a particular venue trying to staff up for major events, but I really don't like the way it's called a convenience charge. Why not just call it what it is? Anyway, tickets have been purchased and we're getting ready to head to Vegas in about a months time.

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Vote #389

Question:

After returning from the UK I have broken out in a cold that I believe I caught from my father. And like my father, I have passed it on to my son. Sort of like a family heirloom I suppose. What do you do to get rid of a cold?

Results:

Stay in bed, Take aspirin/paracetamol, Drink Hot Lemon and Drink Hot Toddies tied with 25% of the votes each from the following:

  • Stay in bed (25%)
  • Take aspirin/paracetamol (25%)
  • Drink Hot Lemon (25%)
  • Take Cold Tablets (0%)
  • Take Natural Remedies (0%)
  • Drink water (0%)
  • Take zinc (0%)
  • Drink Hot Toddies (25%)

Analysis:

A boring question with a boring response. I guess most people do different things. I'm a hot lemon person, but at the end of the day, nothing really works ... it just makes you feel like you're doing something to make it better.

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Vote #388

Question:

Sadly the holiday draws to an end and on the penultimate evening I went to visit a friend from school that lives back in the old neighborhood. Amongst many things, it was very interesting to travel on some of the roads I used to drive, although at a much slower pace than I used to which got me to wondering ... if I was a passenger in my car back when I was a teenager, what would I do?

Results:

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

  • Close my eyes (33%)
  • Put a crash helmet on (0%)
  • Scream for mummy (0%)
  • Poo myself (67%)
  • Nothing (0%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
23:26:58
5th January 2015
like the rest of us, you'd have taken your Rosary beads in your hands and started to do the sign of the cross, "spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch" and repeat.

Analysis:

I think it' safe to say that I would indeed poo myself. Mainly because that's my bodies response to everything these days. I have to be honest though, I'm not sure how I managed to drive so fast on some of those back roads as they are rather windy.

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Vote #387

Question:

Seems I forgot to post a question so am doing this a little late, although only three hours which isn't too bad. It's a big shame that William didn't make it back to England as we've had a flurry of snow and all the kids are out sledging and building snowmen. We're getting to entertain the higher echelons of UK society this afternoon. Should we build a snowman?

Results:

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

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Fantastic! The lowest vote response ever with a whopping one vote .... and that was from my Dad. Even I forgot to vote last week after first forgetting to set the question. Well, in the end we didn't build a snowman whether my Dad wanted to or not.

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Vote #386

Question:

Funny story ... but there's no time for that right now. I did a small amount of cleaning today given that I'm off to England on Tuesday. I thought it would be a good idea to wash William's clothes as I won't see him for a couple of weeks and I could get that out the way. Well, when I went into his bedroom, I was confronted by a sweater mountain. I don't know if William's gone into business or what, but they have just appeared ... hundreds of them. Kind of odd as I've got the air conditioning on given how hot it is here. You definitely don't need winter woolies. So, what should I do with William's sweater mountain?

Results:

Fold it and put it away, Sell it on eBay and Have posh toilet paper for a couple of weeks tied with 33% of the votes each from the following:

  • Fold it and put it away (33%)
  • Sell it on eBay (33%)
  • Donate it to charity (0%)
  • Have a bonfire party (0%)
  • Have posh toilet paper for a couple of weeks (33%)

Analysis:

Here's the thing, what I've realized is that Karen, knowing that I only live in a small apartment, has been buying sweaters and giving them to William in an attempt to drive me out of my home. Seems she's trying to fill my house full of clothes so I can't get through the door. Oh well, my rental charge for storing these will be reasonable.

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Vote #385

Question:

Alright, it's party time and I'm set to head back to England for Christmas next week. As I documented in last week's question, I'm going to be coming on my own without William. A single, handsome, debonair, fun, attractive kind of guy with a great sense of humor being let loose on the streets of England once more. And what more appropriate venue to let loose this flood of male testosterone onto the female population of my home country than the local public house, The Stag? The place where everyone who is everyone goes to find their soul mate. What talent awaits me in The Stag this Christmas?

Results:

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

  • Attractive (0%)
  • Average (0%)
  • Ugly (0%)
  • Very Ugly (0%)
  • Butter Face (0%)
  • Face good for radio (0%)
  • Bag of Spanners (20%)
  • Buldog chewing a wasp (20%)
  • Welder's Bench (0%)
  • Grantham Fatty (60%)

Analysis:

Woohoo! it's party time. Time to throw down the flour and aim for the damps spot. I'm a going chubby chasing with the Grantham Fatties!

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Vote #384

Question:

Did you know? Daddy, daddy, daddy .... daddy, did you know like .... daddy, did you know that .... you know like .... no, daddy listen .... daddy, did you know that if you .... seriously .... did you know?

Results:

It's going to be quiet this Christmas was the clear winner with 80% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (0%)
  • No (20%)
  • It's going to be quiet this Christmas (80%)

Analysis:

It is going to be quiet this Christmas and that's not necessarily a good thing. I'm really looking forward to it, but would be better if I had the noisy, whiny thing with me. Still, there's always beer.

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Vote #383

Question:

This week's question comes from William and is based on the film we watched last night. Is Batman good or bad?

Results:

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

  • Good (75%)
  • Bad (25%)

Analysis:

It is an interesting question ... the thing is that Batman is a vigilante which, technically isn't good. When William watched the film he picked up on all the bad things Batman was doing outside the law.

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Vote #382

Question:

We're in the American holiday season with Thanksgiving coming up and then Christmas round the corner, so it's time to start thinking about what I should be doing. Should I book a trip back to England this Christmas?

Results:

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

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Looks like the general consensus is that I should book a trip back and I will likely do that this week provided the hospital gives me the all clear to travel.

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Vote #381

Question:

It's that time of year again to interview interns and college hires. Budding young wanna be's trying to impress me with their talent and embark on a life long career that will slowly consume them and turn them bitter against the whole world. Well, something like that anyway. In this modern world we live in there are a lot of do's and don'ts regarding interviews. Things you can ask and things you can't ask. Which of the following would be the most inappropriate reason to hire a young woman as an intern?

Results:

Seemed well qualified for the position was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Good looking (0%)
  • Nice rack (0%)
  • Nice arse (0%)
  • Definite Monica Lewinsky (0%)
  • Looks like she would go like a train (0%)
  • Said she would swallow (0%)
  • Seemed well qualified for the position (100%)

Analysis:

Ha ha ha, seems we're all on the same page. Clearly the wrong reason to hire anyone is that they are capable. Physical appearances or willingness to perform sexual favors the only valid reasons for taking someone on. If only I lived in the seventies.

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Vote #380

Question:

This week's question comes from reading some articles on the BBC's website related to work. The general theme is that if you're not happy in your job, you should quit. Are you happy in your job?

Results:

Not sure was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes (33%)
  • No (0%)
  • Not sure (67%)

Analysis:

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Vote #379

Question:

This week's question follows the fact that my latest recruit only lasted a week before being hospitalized. He collapsed and banged his head, which appears to have been down to stomach flu, but in this great day and age of fear, he ended up being quarantined for Ebola. I don't even think he's been to Africa, let alone recently. Anyway, are you afraid that there will be a pandemic from a disease like Ebola?

Results:

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

  • Yes (75%)
  • No (25%)

Analysis:

Well, it certainly seems to be getting a lot of attention in the media and parts of Africa definitely on my places not to travel to at the minute. It does also seem like there's no effective means of protecting against it as you kind of feel that the first time you'd find out there's a problem is when it's spread too far and there's nothing you can do about it. I have to be honest though, it's not top of the list of things that keep me awake at night.

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Vote #378

Question:

It's Halloween again which has now become a worldwide phenomenon and not just something kids do in America. I'm assuming that I'm going to have to spend the evening in my apartment with the lights off so I don't have to answer the door and give away any of my hard earned sweets. I'll probably sit in the bedroom just to make sure that nobody knows I'm here. Anyway, which of the following creatures do you think is best suited to Halloween?

Results:

Banshee, Mummy, Vampire, Werewolf and Witch tied with 20% of the votes each from the following:

  • Banshee (20%)
  • Ghost (0%)
  • Mummy (20%)
  • Skeleton (0%)
  • Vampire (20%)
  • Werewolf (20%)
  • Witch (20%)
  • Zombie (0%)

Analysis:

Interesting, a complete split on the answers. It's rather funny as all the kids now dress up as something they like which completely changes the meaning of Halloween - it's more of just a big fancy dress party. Anyway, one point of interest is that my mum sat in home with a bowl of goodies waiting for the kids to come round trick or treating .... and nobody did. I, on the other hand, turned all the lights off and sat in the dark drinking beer and playing computer games whilst munching my own candy. My doorbell did ring, but the door was not answered .... bar humbug!

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Vote #377

Question:

Well, I've spent the entire weekend looking after kids as it's William's birthday. Spent most of the time wishing I was the one going to parties and getting all the presents. When you look back, which age range do you have the fondest memories of?

Results:

10-15 was the clear winner with 40% of the votes from the following selection:

  • under 10 (0%)
  • 10-15 (40%)
  • 16-20 (0%)
  • 21-25 (0%)
  • 26-30 (0%)
  • 31-35 (0%)
  • 36-40 (20%)
  • 41-50 (20%)
  • 51-60 (0%)
  • over 60 (20%)

Analysis:

An interesting question when you think about it as you would expect the answers to be biased to the lower end on the assumption that more people have experienced the lower end than the top end. If I were to ask William, for example, he would only be able to pick one answer. Still, we don't worry about crap like that. I am, however, interested to find that there were quite a few votes on the upper age ranges. I suspect that means people are the happiest they've been now. Well, at least that's what they think, but the reality is their memories are fading and they can't remember how good it was before. Me ... it's those endless school holidays that do it. So many memories of long lazy days in my early teens. Well that and finding out what girls are for.

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Vote #376

Question:

I was reading an interesting article about procrastination .... which, in itself, seems to have its own irony. Anyway, the gist of the article was that we procrastinate more these days spending more time with our heads buried in our phones or other smart devices instead of actually doing what we're supposed to. So, why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?

Results:

Nah .... it can wait was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Best to get it done now (33%)
  • Nah .... it can wait (67%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
01:14:47
13th October 2014
I was going to vote today, but I'll do it tomorrow, I have all week to vote, what's the rush?

Analysis:

Well, there's at least one eager beaver out there. Not sure if it's a male/female thing, but I generally put things off unless I absolutely need to do them. Interestingly as I type this I'm looking at a stack of mail about 2 weeks old and I know there's some important stuff in there. Still ... it can wait until tomorrow. One more day won't hurt!

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Vote #375

Question:

Time to pretend to be a spy and what better spy is there than one who can walk into any bar in the world and everyone know what he's going to have to drink ... “dry Martini, shaken, not stirred”. So who is your favorite James Bond actor?

Results:

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

  • Pierce Brosnan (25%)
  • Daniel Craig (0%)
  • Sean Connery (75%)
  • Timothy Dalton (0%)
  • George Lazenby (0%)
  • Roger Moore (0%)
  • David Niven (0%)

Analysis:

Thinking about it, this was probably a foregone conclusion. Unless there was a sudden influx of younger voters, Connery was always going to win. Daniel Craig may have got a should with a different generation. Wasn't expecting Pierce to get a vote, but nice that he did. I have to say - Connery will always be Bond as far as I'm concerned. I'm also OK with Roger Moore too.

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Vote #374

Question:

One of the topics that came up a few times this week was that of fast food. Not in a bad way, just cropped up in a couple of conversations. Which fast food do you prefer?

Results:

McDonald's was the clear winner with 75% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Burger King (0%)
  • Carl's Jr (0%)
  • KFC (0%)
  • Pizza Hut (25%)
  • McDonald's (75%)
  • Subway (0%)
  • Taco Bell (0%)
  • ToGos (0%)
  • Wendy's (0%)

Analysis:

McDonald's is still the good old favorite then. Our local Macky D's is currently being rebuilt so we're without burgers for a while.

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Vote #373

Question:

I've been watching some of the old Star Trek's, so there might be a bit of a flood of Trek based questions, but one thing stands out as being quite odd. With all the technical advancement that is displayed in the 24th century with space travel, I can't help but notice that every time the enterprise (doesn't matter which one) gets into any kind of trouble, the crew goes flying from one side of the bridge to the other. Do you think they should have fitted the Starship Enterprise with seatbelts?

Results:

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

  • Yes (50%)
  • No (50%)

Analysis:

A 50/50 split. Here's the thing - it would make perfect sense to put seatbelts on the Enterprise. I mean, all spacecraft have harnesses on them. Well, that's the spacecraft we have in operation today, but I guess they don't have inertial dampeners on them. Anyway, so it would make sense, but it wouldn't be cool. If Kirk had to ask everyone if they'd buckled in before the set course to explore new worlds it just wouldn't be the same. But then again, can anything associated with Star Trek really be cool? I think so, but that may not be unanimous.

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Vote #372

Question:

And yet again, we stumble upon a question that I can't believe hasn't been asked before. To be, or not to be?

Results:

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

  • To be (67%)
  • Not to be (33%)

Analysis:

Ah ha! 'Tis better to be than not to be.

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Vote #371

Question:

This is vote number 371. Shocking to think that I've now put out more than a year's worth of vote questions by doing one a week. Crazy when you think about it. What's also crazy is that I haven't asked this question that I heard somewhere this week. It's a really obvious one and can't think why it's not been asked before - King Kong or Godzilla?

Results:

King Kong and Godzilla tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • King Kong (50%)
  • Godzilla (50%)

Analysis:

A split decision ... interesting. I was always a Godzilla fan when I was younger and for the most bizarre reason. I thought the concept of a giant gorilla made no sense at all. Whereas the concept of a giant lizard seemed to make perfect sense. I can't justify this or explain it. Was just the way I felt at the time and it always seemed to me that Godzilla looked way more cool.

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Vote #370

Question:

OK, so I was chatting away with William the other day and he said I was weird. Not really that surprising, but in this case it was because there was a combination of things that I like that he couldn't reconcile for some unknown reason. What pair of things do I like that caused William to call me weird?

Results:

Heavy Metal and Home Improvement shows, Girls and Rugby, Leicester City and Microsoft and Video Games and Fishing tied with 25% of the votes each from the following:

  • Fast Cars and Photographing Birds (0%)
  • Heavy Metal and Home Improvement shows (25%)
  • Girls and Rugby (25%)
  • Leicester City and Microsoft (25%)
  • McDonalds and Beer (0%)
  • Pop Tarts and Ravioli (0%)
  • Video Games and Fishing (25%)

Analysis:

Ah! A mix of responses, so I did manage to confuse a few of you out there. The answer was Heavy Metal and Home Improvement Shows. I was watching something on HGTV and William came into the room. He looked at me quizzically and said, how can you like this when you like heavy metal? Then he told me I was weird. I'm not contesting the weird bit at all, just odd that this would be the catalyst for the comment.

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Vote #369

Question:

Sadly the big trip is over and I'm back from England in the States. I was even welcomed back with a big earthquake last night which was kind of weird. But before that we had a meal for champions. What meal did I make on our return to the States?

Results:

Ravioli and Pop Tarts was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Chicken in white wine sauce (0%)
  • Beef stroganoff (0%)
  • Duck in Orange Sauce (0%)
  • Red Thai Curry (0%)
  • Steak au poivre (0%)
  • Coq au Vin (0%)
  • Ravioli and Pop Tarts (100%)

Analysis:

There's no fooling you folks is there? It was indeed Pop Tarts and Ravioli. I mean, what other combination works better? The interesting thing is that I told William it was the dinner of champions and he asked what that meant. When I explained it, he replied that champions should eat it because it's good. What amazing taste he has!

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Vote #368

Question:

This week there's a question that I've been meaning to ask for a while, but have been caught with holiday questions. I can't quite remember when it came to me, or, more importantly who sparked the question, but it definitely has origins back to someone. Do boring people get bored?

Results:

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

  • Yes (60%)
  • No (40%)

Analysis:

A reasonably split response. This is something I have wondered for a while, particularly in those instances when you've been trapped talking to someone that's so boring (and we've all been there). I always end up thinking that this person could go on forever and wouldn't realize that they are not interesting and that leads me to believe that they don't in fact get bored because they don't stop boring other people long enough to get bored. But then again, you get those people that queue in the Post Office or similar establishment just to chat to the person serving and that makes me think they're so bored that they have resorted to buying a stamp for a chat. I suppose next time I'm trapped talking to someone really boring I could always ask them if they ever get bored. If I do, I'll let you know.

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Vote #367

Question:

Well, the vacation will be getting close to its climax next weekend as Paul has promised to bring his million dollar flying helicopter thing. Will Paul remember to bring his whirly bird next weekend?

Results:

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

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Louisa
03:23:44
11th August 2014
Yes of course I'm coming... Apparently I have to drive!
And I think he may bring the quadcopter as well!

Analysis:

He did indeed remember to bring his quadcopter as I now know it to be called. And lo, the villagers came from near and far to see the amazing device in action. People of all ages gathered to see the whirlybird go up into the air and then fly around taking video of the village.

I have to admit, I was really impressed with it. So much so that when it was my turn to fly it, I crashed it into a tree. All the kids had a go and they were fine. I didn't think I was anywhere near the tree and it sort of just flew into it and got stuck. What happened next was quite interesting. Paul told me to turn it off, actually meaning to shut down the motors as we could hear the propellers hitting branches, but I didn't know there was a sequence to shut down the motors, so I just powered off the handset which, ironically turned out to be the right thing to do. Once the unit loses connection with the remote, it goes into auto pilot mode and returns to its take off point. Paul had taken back the controller and thought that he was helping it get out the tree when, in fact, it miraculously emerged by itself and returned to where it took off. Had I shut down the motors, I think it would have been stuck in the tree. Anyway, the day was saved!

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Vote #366

Question:

Well, as you can tell by the fact that I forgot to set a vote question, I'm back in the UK and in the swing of things. Very much getting out and doing a lot of fishing, which made me wonder - do fish make bubbles when they fart?

Results:

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

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

Apparently the question as to whether or not fish fart has been studied by scientists. I'm not sure how many of your hard earned tax dollars have gone into funding this research, but you can sleep safe at night knowing that you've paid for such valuable research to be done. Anyway, apparently they burp more than fart, but they do indeed fart, especially those that eat coral (apparently) ... it must be like curry to them I guess.

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Vote #365

Question:

All things being equal, I will be mid way between San Francisco and London when this email goes out as I start my four week stay in the UK. My first big venture for a long time ... seems like I've not really got out of the flat for 4 months. Anyway, the big question of the day is - will I be able to get my fishing kit in and out of the new Discovery by myself?

Results:

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

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

I don't actually know the answer as I haven't done it yet. It might be quite difficult based on the amount of stuff I have, but we will see. Right now, my dad has helped me, so no need to do it.

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Vote #364

Question:

Well, there's nothing like riding the tails of a tragedy is there? I have to say that Malaysian Airlines is great, but this week's question - how long before Malaysian Airlines goes bankrupt?

Results:

Week, Month and 3 Months tied with 33% of the votes each from the following:

  • Week (33%)
  • Month (33%)
  • 3 Months (33%)
  • 6 Months (0%)
  • Year (0%)
  • They will survive (0%)

Analysis:

It looks like they've survived a week, but it's questionable as to whether they will survive any longer. Doesn't matter how good you are, it's not realistic to expect to lose a plane and have one shot down and still continue. I guess the most likely scenario is that they will be taken over by the government. I hope they're able to keep up the same level of service.

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Vote #363

Question:

Probably the most interesting or staggering thing I've come across this week is that one of the YouTube channels that William subscribes to has over 10 million subscribers which I find pronominal. Most TV channels would die for ratings like that and these are the folks that follow him, presumably more stumble across the channel and watch a few of the videos. I must also admit that I watch as much if not more YouTube than I do regular TV. The only thing I use regular TV for is sport. How long do you think it will be before online video makers are paid more than movie stars?

Results:

never was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 5 years (25%)
  • 10 years (25%)
  • 15 years (0%)
  • 20 years (0%)
  • 25 years (0%)
  • never (50%)

Analysis:

Interesting that the majority of votes went to never ... I actually think there are quite a few folks out there getting paid more than movie stars already. If you know what you're doing and have a good topic and can stay fresh then you get a lot of followers.

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Vote #362

Question:

Well, we're in the final week and down to the final four, so the question is pretty obvious and quite simple - who will win the 2014 World Cup?

Results:

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

  • Argentina (20%)
  • Brazil (20%)
  • Germany (20%)
  • Holland (40%)

Analysis:

Well, whoever voted for Brazil sure did get it wrong. I picked Argentina before a ball was kicked so stuck with that. I do think that the trophy went to the right place. Germany definitely played the best football throughout the tournament, so a big congratulations to them.

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Vote #361

Question:

Not much inspiration this week as have just been watching the World Cup really. I suspect there will be another World Cup related question next week, but for this week I simply ask, will I get back to England this summer?

Results:

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

  • Yes (100%)
  • No (0%)

Analysis:

A resounding yes. Let's hope so and thanks for the support!

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Vote #360

Question:

I must have been too upset after the equalizer against my home country on Sunday to remember the vote question as I appear to be late (again). My home country obviously being the good old US of A as I'm not going to admit to being English after their poor performance. This week, we do have a World Cup question, but with a little twist. Which country (excluding the host Brazil) has sent the most fans to the group matches in the 2014 World Cup?

Results:

Chile and Mexico tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Argentina (0%)
  • Australia (0%)
  • Chile (50%)
  • England (0%)
  • Germany (0%)
  • Italy (0%)
  • Mexico (50%)
  • Spain (0%)
  • Portugal (0%)
  • United States (0%)

Analysis:

So, the answer is the United States, followed by Australia. I'm absolutely amazed at how much coverage the World Cup is getting here in the States and it's being done right. There is so much of the right kind of promotion - all the press are behind the US team. Large TV screens have been put up in major cities with thousands of people turning up to watch them. The thing that cracks me up is that when a goal is scored, they show the reaction from various places in the country that scored, so when the US scored, they showed the masses gathered in the big park in Chicago, New York and then a US military base overseas ... when Mexico scored, they showed the center of Guadalajara and other places. Now I know it was a rare occasion, but when England scored, they showed a couple of tossers watching the game in a pub.

So here's the thing. You can say that the Americans don't know proper sport and I'd probably agree with that (for now). But they sure know how to party and they know how to support their team and have a lot of fun doing it. I can only think the Aussies are the same - I'm guessing Mr O may have some insight into that given that he's there right now.

The other thing I have to comment on is the fact that the first World Cup after I got here in 2002, there was hardly any coverage and I had to watch some of the games on the Spanish channels. But I will always remember seeing an interview with a Los Angeles resident that goes by the name of Jurgen Klinsmann. He was asked whether or not the US would ever be a major force in soccer. The interviewer presented the question in a way that was looking for the answer yes, but Jurgen simply said no, because there are not enough programs in the schools.

There are some people who are good and there are a few that are great. I really believe that Jurgen Klinsmann is one of the greats. To see what he's doing with the US soccer programs in schools and leading the US team, I really think he's laying the groundwork for the US to win the World Cup in 2026 or 2030. Crazy? Maybe, but if the World Cup returns to the US, I think it could happen. Also, if they get a hero (maybe Dempsey), it will start to take off in a big way.

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Mr O
03:53:09
1st July 2014
Indeed it is quite big over here despite the unsocial hours of the games. The Socceroos definitely got a lot of support, but there is one channel dedicated to the tournament along with other channels covering the event and lots of pubs and the casino showing all the games. The Aussies love their sport regardless.
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Vote #359

Question:

Not quite a question to rival that of MENSA, but then I never professed to being that smart. Which of the following is your favorite England goal scorer?

Results:

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

  • Jimmy Greaves (17%)
  • Paul Gascoigne (0%)
  • Bryan Robson (0%)
  • Kevin Keegan (0%)
  • Gary Lineker (83%)

Analysis:

The actual answer was 19, which I did manage to work out in the end, but, of course Gary Lineker gets your vote. Only the truly greats come from Leicester!

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Vote #358

Question:

Well, it's the last week of school and then the good old summer holidays. Oh how I miss those times. Do you have fond memories of your summer holidays?

Results:

Yes and it was always sunny and No because it was always miserable tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Yes (0%)
  • Yes and it was always sunny (50%)
  • No (0%)
  • No because it was always miserable (50%)

Analysis:

The waning population of voters again. I'm going to guess that Mr O voted for no, because it was always raining as I voted for yes because it was always sunny. Odd that when I remember back to England it always seems to have been sunny, but I have a theory on this. When you think back, it's natural to remember the really fun things first and most of those happened on sunny days, so those fond memories will generally be of bright sunny things. Unless you're Mr O that lives in a dark, dark place where it rains constantly. Odd that he's off to Australia then. Going to be a tad warmer there than Blighty me thinks.

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Vote #357

Question:

Earlier last week I had the “pleasure” of going to William's school for the open house. This consisted of being dragged around whilst he talked me through the various projects he had done throughout the year and pointing to various works of art on the wall. Thankfully he was only too happy to tell me what each picture was as, if it were left to me to figure it out, I would have probably struggled. Anyway, whilst walking through the school it seemed to me that there was a rather large number of fences and gates and this week's question occurred to me. Are the fences and gates at schools there to stop people getting in or to stop the kids getting out?

Results:

Stop the kids getting out was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Stop people getting in (0%)
  • Stop the kids getting out (100%)

Pre-Result Discussion

Mr O
13:35:55
3rd June 2014
I think it depends upon when you ask the question. 10-20 years ago it was definitely to keep the kids in, but these days it's to keep children's television presenters of the 1970's out.

Analysis:

A unanimous vote to keep the kids out. Reality is that it's probably there for both reasons and I did contemplate putting both as an option in the answer, but decided against it as that seemed too boring.

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Vote #356

Question:

Not only did I not do another underwear related vote question, looks like I forgot to set one. Still, better late than never. I have no idea why I forgot this week's vote question. It escapes me for some unknown reason. Anyway, what do you think is the best cure for a hangover?

Results:

Hair of the dog and Greasy breakfast tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Hair of the dog (50%)
  • Water (0%)
  • Aspirin (0%)
  • Greasy breakfast (50%)
  • Exercise (0%)
  • Going back to sleep (0%)
  • Video games (0%)

Analysis:

Hair of the dog and greasy breakfast tied for the vote here. I have to say that it really depends what you're looking for. Hair of the dog is probably the most effective way of getting rid of a hangover short term, but the problem is that it eventually comes back. There's actually no reason you can't do both though if you really feel like it.

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Vote #355

Question:

Alright, this is going to be the last underpant related question for a while. At least I think so, but then again, I may get stuck on the topic next week. I remember reading/hearing about edible underpants (knickers probably) whilst I was in my teens. I remember at the time thinking that was interesting, but had no real desire to try them. You'd think they'd melt if they were left on too long or something like that. Have you ever tried edible underwear (knickers)?

Results:

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

  • Yes - tasty (17%)
  • Yes - horrible (0%)
  • No (83%)

Analysis:

I'm really intrigued as to who has tried them. I can't believe they're actually tasty, but I wouldn't know. As I put in the question, I also wonder how long you can wear them for. Some sad woman wearing them for a week in the hope that she gets lucky. Perhaps not.

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Vote #354

Question:

We're going to stick with the underpant theme this week. And what's more, the child underpant theme. So, I've also noticed that my son's underpants are elaborately adorned with characters from children's TV shows. Turtles, Lego, Star Wars etc. etc. Mine are black. And it first got me thinking - who does he show these designs to? Why is he concerned as to who has endorsed his under garments? Does it give you a sense of security to know your nether region is protected by a super hero? But none of these are the question that I'm going to ask. At what age do you decide you no longer want cartoon designs on your underpants?

Results:

You're never too old for cartoons on your underpants was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 5 (0%)
  • 8 (0%)
  • 10 (0%)
  • 12 (0%)
  • 14 (0%)
  • 16 (0%)
  • 18 (0%)
  • 21 (0%)
  • You're never too old for cartoons on your underpants (100%)

Analysis:

As I wrote the options for this vote, I pretty much knew it was going to go the way it did. The thing is, I only came up with that option whilst I was writing the question rather than thinking about it ahead of time. Of course you are never too old to have cartoons on your underpants. Mine have a cartoon fart cloud coming out of them .... oh, hold on .... wait a minute .... no, that's a real fart, sorry about that.

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Vote #353

Question:

This week's question is somewhat of a conundrum that I've been trying to work out for a while. Now I'm enjoying life as a bachelor, I have the pleasure of doing the washing every week that includes both my stuff and my son's clothes. Let's say it's a full week and I've had William for all 7 days. There would be 7 pairs of my underpants come out of the wash. The number for William is nearer 20. I've not asked him how this is happening as I was trying to work out the mystery by myself, but I have failed to do so. This leads me to ask the question - how many pairs of underpants does an 8 year old get through each day?

Results:

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

  • 0 (0%)
  • 1 (0%)
  • 2 (17%)
  • 3 (33%)
  • 4 (50%)
  • 5 (0%)
  • 6 (0%)
  • 7 (0%)
  • 8 (0%)
  • 9 (0%)

Analysis:

It seems that 4 is the most popular answer. I have to be honest, I'm mystified as to what he does with them. I have actually asked him and he assures me that he only gets through one pair a day, but the washing basket says otherwise.

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Vote #352

Question:

This week it's all about The Queen's English. Well at least part of it anyway. We're going to attempt to solve once and for all the correct pronunciation of scone. So, how do you pronounce scone?

Results:

sc-own was the clear winner with 57% of the votes from the following selection:

  • sc-on (43%)
  • sc-own (57%)

Analysis:

Interesting ... firstly because the number of voters is up about back to normal, but secondly because the vote was split. On the first count, I'm pretty sure it was due to holidays/vacations. The second count is interesting as the results of this vote are almost identical to big surveys that have been done on the topic. How much time do people have to waste? The majority of the world pronounces it sc-own, but the story doesn't end there as each country has its own take. The only country that is close to having an exclusive pronunciation is Ireland that use sc-own. The US also heavily leans this way, but the UK is the opposite with most people there using sc-on. The thing that's really interesting is that it's the word that most people feel passionate about how it's pronounced and yet it's a battle you're not going to win because of the divide. The definitive answer can, however, be found in the following rhyme:

I asked the maid in dulcet tone
To order me a buttered scone
The silly girl has been and gone
And order me a buttered scone

So that settles that!

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Vote #351

Question:

Following last week's culinary question, we continue in the same light. I find myself doing a little more cooking these days and I have to say it reminds me of fishing. But ... why does cooking remind me of fishing?

Results:

Both are best enjoyed with a beer and Mixing mash potatoes is like mixing ground bait tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Both are best enjoyed with a beer (50%)
  • Mastery comes with perfecting your technique (0%)
  • Patience gets the best results (0%)
  • Preparation means everything (0%)
  • Selecting the right ingredient is like picking the right bait (0%)
  • Timing is critical (0%)
  • Mixing mash potatoes is like mixing ground bait (50%)

Analysis:

We're not reaching record lows on the vote front. Whilst I do agree that both fishing and cooking are best enjoyed with a beer, it is the mixing of the mash potatoes that reminds me more of fishing than anything else. Now, just to make sure there's no doubt in anyone's mind, mash potatoes come in a packet. We're not talking real potatoes that you cook and then mash away on here, but more of the stuff you mix like porridge. It is whilst delivering my expertise in instant mash that I think about mixing ground bait for fishing. The only difference being that the ground bait tastes nicer and is a lot more healthy for you. You don't think I'd feed crap to fish now do you?

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Vote #350

Question:

I'm sure it hasn't escaped anyone's notice that I've been struggling with my health as of late. The cycle that I'm in seems to be seeing various doctors who get me to clean myself out by drinking a gallon of stuff that jets out from your arse. The force it comes out with and the weight that I've lost, I'm half expecting to shoot off the bog one of these days and land on the floor then go spinning off round the room like a Coke bottle that's been shaken and then dropped. It's not so bad really ... cleaning down the walls after can be a bit of a pain, but you get used to it. Sometimes it's a bit difficult picking the bits of sweetcorn off, which brings me to this week's question - is sweetcorn reusable?

Results:

Yes - pop it back in and have another go was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Yes - pop it back in and have another go (67%)
  • No - not least because it would literally taste like shit (33%)

Analysis:

I'm not sure the answer to this is important, but .... what time did you say you'd be round for dinner? I promise it will be tasty!

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Vote #349

Question:

And the Blue Army marches to the Premiership! All that remains is to see if we can win the Championship, but that was a question a few votes ago and I've no intention of repeating it. Instead I present anyone left reading this email with my current dilemma. Not the super critical major one of course, but the meaningless, trivial one. My neighbors did not appreciate the soundtrack to Titanfall quite as much as I did even though I protest it was not that loud, however, it seems to have traveled to their room at 10:15 and there's a curfew at 10:00 so I was indeed in violation of the noise ordinance. I've therefore decided to invest in a set of gaming headphones and have undertaken a significant amount of research. Unfortunately there's no clear winner. The Turtle Beach's have the most functionality, but only 5.1 surround. The best sound is attributed to the Steelseries or the Astro's. Soundblaster have a great product for the price, but it's a few year's old now and likely to be replaced soon. The Tritton warheads don't seem to be compatible with the XB1 yet, but I might be wrong about that. Skullcandy has that kids image about it and doesn't really win in sound or functionality, but price is good. Anyway, the question is which headphones should I buy?

Results:

Astro A50 - great sound but expensive was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Astro A50 - great sound but expensive (67%)
  • Skullcandy PLYR1 - more kid designed (33%)
  • Soundblaster Omega 3D - great price and sound but old (0%)
  • Steelseries H wireless - great sound but expensive (0%)
  • Turtle Beach PX51 - great functionality but 5.1 only (0%)
  • Tritton Warhead - chat doesn't work with XB1 (0%)

Analysis:

Thanks for the suggestions ... I took them deeply into consideration and ignored them completely. It seems that the Astro A50 and Steelseries H wireless are the top 2 on the market. I would have gone with the Astros, but there was a last minute offer where I got $59 off the H wireless, so I went with them. The multitude of reviews I read seem to put the Astros on top for sound based on the fact that they are louder. There are reviews saying the quality of the H wireless is slightly better. To be honest, it seems like they are much of a muchness and I'm really not going to tell the difference. The one big advantage the H wireless has is that it comes with swappable batteries whereas the A50s have the built in batteries that require you to send the headset back to get them changed. From a hassle perspective the H wireless seems a lot better.

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Vote #348

Question:

Well, we wish this year's Fish-O-Mania anglers well. The first of the qualifiers is this upcoming weekend and yet again, I failed to submit my entry basically allowing someone to simply take the title unchallenged ... I mean, they should have to face of against me, let's be honest. The trick would be to see if they could stop laughing long enough to actually catch anything. That said, I was thinking of entering this year, but health seems to be holding me back. All that said, it has nothing to do with this week's vote question. I just thought you'd like to know and I strive to provide an invaluable service of meaningless information. To this week's question - What was your favorite Star Trek series?

Results:

The Next Generation was the clear winner with 67% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Orignal Star Trek (33%)
  • The Next Generation (67%)
  • Deep Space 9 (0%)
  • Voyager (0%)
  • Enterprise (0%)

Analysis:

We seem to be hitting the lows of voters which doesn't surprise me. Let me think .... what could have caused that to happen? OK so TNG gets the vote over the original series. To be honest, it's really only going to be between those two. Maybe DS9 gets a look in with a few folks. We have to salute Kirk and the original series as it broke a lot of new ground, but I have to say, I'm somewhat of a TNG fan. Now, I often wonder what appreciators of art see in a picture as to me it's just a picture, but they talk about the mood of the artist and details of the brush work. I have to say with TNG, first time I watched it which would have been when it first aired, I was focused on Picard and the adventures of the Star Ship. Since then I've watched it several times and I can't help think the central character is Data and the whole thing about exploring strange new worlds is a ruse to take us away from the fact that it's an exploration of humanity through the eyes of an android. Then again, maybe I'm seeing something that's not there, but I do enjoy it. I also really like Guinan and think that it's the best thing Whoopie Goldberg has done. The whole thing really comes together well. Anyway, just my thoughts.

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Vote #347

Question:

The origin of this week's question goes back a couple of weeks to my drive to Vegas. Obviously, during a trip of that length there is a need to fill up the car with petrol at least once and this week's question is to determine whether you play it safe or you push it. When you're on a long car journey and you need to fill up, do you fill up as soon as you can or push it to see if you can get to the next station?

Results:

Fill up as soon as you can and Push it to the next station tied with 50% of the votes each from the following:

  • Fill up as soon as you can (50%)
  • Push it to the next station (50%)

Analysis:

Ah! Clearly a vote question that got everyone thinking. Thinking so much they didn't bother to vote. Well, one person and me. I was expecting most people to fall on the side of pushing it until the next stop as that seems to be my MO. I know I need to fill up, but I keep thinking that I'm making good speed and I should keep going whilst I can. That said, safe is probably better than sorry as my logic doesn't hold in that if I did hit traffic after passing the last petrol station, I'd run out of petrol in traffic. But it makes me think I'm getting there sooner which is all that matters.

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Vote #346

Question:

Which of the following items did Amazon suggest I buy based on my recent purchases?

Results:

A Speed Skipping Rope was the clear winner with 83% of the votes from the following selection:

  • A Blow Up Doll (0%)
  • A CD of Jimmy Saville's Greatest Moments (0%)
  • A Matching Bra and Panty set (0%)
  • A Malaysian Airlines Flight Tracker (17%)
  • A Rotting Cocks CD (0%)
  • A Self Pregnancy Test Kit (0%)
  • A Speed Skipping Rope (83%)
  • A Xylophone (0%)

Analysis:

It was indeed a speed skipping rope. Funny really when you think about how much money these companies put into trying to predict what you're going to like so they can market it to you and they miss on something so basic as the fact that I can't use the product. They really only need to ask and I'd tell them all about myself so they can point me in the direction of products I can actually use.

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Vote #345

Question:

It was a good idea not to tempt fate on the Vegas trip as I made it. There were hiccups to say the least, but I made it here and got to see both races, so I'm pretty happy with that. All being well, I should be able to get the photos up by next weekend ... not that anyone's really interested, but if you were, now you know. Still pictures of cars going round in a circle - what could be better? Anyway, I should have asked last week what lap would Owen fall asleep on, but I wasn't sharp enough to remember in time. The interesting thing is that he made it through the race without falling asleep. I think that might be a first, but not 100% sure. That said, there was a first. What was Mr O's first at this year's Las Vegas NASCAR race?

Results:

He got dragged into the back of an RV by a sex starved woman was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • He got a free lap dance (0%)
  • He got a free burger (0%)
  • He got dragged into the back of an RV by a sex starved woman (50%)
  • He got punched (0%)
  • He won a bet on the race (25%)
  • He got told to shut up (0%)
  • He drank a beer (0%)
  • He broke the disabled cart (25%)

Pre-Result Discussion

L
00:11:24
10th March 2014
I would have liked an 'All of the above' option!
Mr O
12:22:07
10th March 2014
well technically more than one of the above are correct

Analysis:

Well, I'm not sure if this is a first, but Owen did turn down a free cheeseburger at the racetrack. If not a first, certainly an event I've never witnessed nor heard of before, but that wasn't one of the options and as I mentioned, I don't know if that's a first or not. I would have loved it to have been the sex starved woman grabbing hold of Owen and pulling him into the back of her trailer to have her wicked way with him, but sadly this was not it. Quite boringly, it was that he won on the race. Each year we've been going, we've had a flutter or two and neither or us have ever come up with the goods, but Owen managed to get pretty decent odds on Brad Keselowski which was good.

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Vote #344

Question:

Well, my tendency is to ask the question as to whether I'm going to make it to Vegas or not, but I want to at least try and stay positive about that whether it happens or not. Instead I'm going to turn to my beloved team that are storming the Championship right now. 8 points clear and on a fantastic streak. Is Leicester going to win the Championship and get promoted to the Premiere League this season?

Results:

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

  • Yes (86%)
  • No (14%)

Analysis:

A very strong vote for yes and I have to say that I'm keeping my fingers crossed these days. At the beginning of the season I'd have taken an automatic promotion or even a play-off place, but given how well the season has gone so far, it's difficult not to think about winning. I suspect I'm the only person in the East Bay Foxes supporters club, but we're going to have a big party if we win that's all I can say.

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Vote #343

Question:

It can't have escaped most people's notice that the 2014 NASCAR season is upon us. Not least of which because I've been pinging emails to those that are signed up to get them to play. What may or may not have escaped your notice is that I no longer have a driver to follow. Juan Pablo Montoya is back in Indy Car and I'm left without someone to follow. Now, most people that know me will understand that whoever I pick, I'm likely going to support them until they leave the sport, whatever happens. If nothing else, I'm very loyal. I'll likely lock into a drive at the Vegas race, but what are your thoughts - which NASCAR driver should I follow?

Results:

41 - Kurt Busch was the clear winner with 50% of the votes from the following selection:

  • 2 - Brad Keselowski (33%)
  • 14 - Tony Stewart (0%)
  • 15 - Clint Bowyer (0%)
  • 18 - Kyle Busch (17%)
  • 20 - Matt Kenseth (0%)
  • 41 - Kurt Busch (50%)
  • 42 - Kyle Larson (0%)
  • 48 - Jimmy Johnson (0%)
  • 88 - Dale Earnhardt Jr (0%)
  • 99 - Carl Edwards (0%)

Analysis:

An interesting result. I didn't vote as I've not made my mind up yet. The plan is for me to decide when I get to Vegas, although that trip is somewhat in jeopardy right now. I have to say, I've been thinking about following Kurt Busch as am impressed with how he's turned himself around. Not had the best start to the season so far, but some of that has been down to luck. I think if he can get a good run going then he might be interesting to watch later on in the season. I have to be honest though, it's going to be difficult to move away from the 42. I guess 41 is only one number away.

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Vote #342

Question:

Well, if you read the analysis of last week's vote, you'll notice that I've indulged in rather a lot of gadgets. It's all coming together - we got the flat ready to live in first and now it's time to get it ready to play in. This week the question that jumps to mind is simply - can a man have too many gadgets and toys?

Results:

No - there's always room for another gadget was the clear winner with 86% of the votes from the following selection:

  • No - there's always room for another gadget (86%)
  • Yes - too many gadgets is a bad thing (14%)

Analysis:

Boo to whoever said you can have too many gadgets. Until I get a space ship ... preferably a Bird of Prey, I don't think I'll have too many gadgets. Mind you, we are definitely way too attached to them. I thought I lost my phone on Saturday and was somewhat panicking. I had to email my buddy to get him to phone me so I could find it. Thankfully it had made its way into the bottom of a bag and it was successfully retrieved, but I was rather worried for a while.

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Vote #341

Question:

It's back on the road again for me and I'll be heading out to Oakland airport on Monday to travel north. First stop Portland, followed by Seattle. Will I find my valentine?

Results:

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

  • Yes (43%)
  • No (57%)

Analysis:

All ye of little faith! All I can say is that on Friday my Xbox One arrived along with a surround sound system and 4K TV. What else would a man want on Valentine's day? There was an excessive amount of setup, but now that's over, we're sort of up and running and everything is good.

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Vote #340

Question:

An exhausting weekend of getting everything moved into my apartment after a week of travels. I returned from my trip to find that I had no less than 10 deliveries. Thankfully one of the girls on reception was very helpful in bringing my boxes of goodies up to my apartment. What did box factories do before Amazon?

Results:

Exist purely for school trips was the clear winner with 100% of the votes from the following selection:

  • Make less boxes (0%)
  • There were less box factories (0%)
  • Make boxes for supermarkets (0%)
  • Exist purely for school trips (100%)

Analysis:

Ah, the Simpsons. The wonderful trips the school gets to the box factory. I do wonder whether or not schools actually do trips to the box factory. Certainly something I never did in any of the schools I attended. Perhaps I'm missing out on something.

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Vote #339

Question:

Well, I'm down in Sunny Southern California, only to find that my beautiful harbor view from my hotel balcony was somewhat obscured by the fog when I got here. And it was like being on the road trip again. My first night was not a wall of train horns this time ... oh no, instead we had fog horns, which makes me wonder. In this day and age with radar and GPS technology, do we really need fog horns?

Results:

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

  • Yes (67%)
  • No (33%)

Analysis:

Hmmmm. Seems the majority of you are in favor of fog horns. Don't see it myself as I think ships should be able to figure out where problems are from their GPS. Not sure the horn itself really adds that much. Then again, I'm not a sailor, so I'm probably missing something.

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