sally_maria: (Henry bookworm)
I've always been an avid reader, but I must admit that the internet has definitely cut into my book reading time - both fanfic and blog posts/articles. I collect links to all sorts of things, and catch up when I have time. So I was wondering what you do with things you read online.

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How do you keep links for later reading

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I bookmark them in my browser
2 (33.3%)

I keep the tab open until I've read it
4 (66.7%)

I use an offline reading app like Pocket
1 (16.7%)

I use online bookmarks like Pinboard
1 (16.7%)

I don't, I always read them at the time
0 (0.0%)

Some other way I'll talk about in comments
2 (33.3%)

Obligatory silly ticky box :-)
1 (16.7%)

Oxonmoot

Sep. 7th, 2012 08:38 pm
sally_maria: (TS Sleep)
After some worrying times when I got back from Return of the Ring and discovered I was rota'd to work the Oxonmoot weekend, I've managed to swap the Saturday with somebody, so I will be there from Friday night, though it may not be until 7pm or so.

After failing to bring Fluxx to RotR - mea culpa - I'm wondering which version(s) (if any) people would like me to bring to Oxonmoot.

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Which Fluxx should I bring to Oxonmoot?

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Monty Python - I want to talk in silly voices
2 (50.0%)

Martian - Old School Sci-Fi all the way
2 (50.0%)

Pirate - I want the Captain's Hat
2 (50.0%)

Eco - Save the World
1 (25.0%)

Original - I don't need all these fancy variants
2 (50.0%)

I've never played Fluxx and have no idea what you are talking about
0 (0.0%)

I'm not coming to Oxonmoot
2 (50.0%)

You should bring chocolate cake/sally brownies
2 (50.0%)

sally_maria: (Home)
Poll of idle curiosity:

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Have you heard the saying "Ne'er cast a clout till May be out"?

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Yes
7 (87.5%)

No
1 (12.5%)

Does it mean...

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the month of May
2 (25.0%)

May blossom
3 (37.5%)

ah, that's the question, isn't it?
3 (37.5%)



In case you've never seen it - this is a May tree

sally_maria: (Hello Sally)
To test the new Dreamwidth posting page.

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Would you know what I meant if I mentioned an Advent Calendar?

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Yes
9 (100.0%)

No
0 (0.0%)

What part of the world do you come from?

Pointless ticky boxes...

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Instructions to keep the statistics favourable
4 (50.0%)

Standing there, smoking that potato
2 (25.0%)

People have been singing cuckoo rather too lewdly
3 (37.5%)

The relief when you get the occasional lob
1 (12.5%)

The umpire on whom the sun never sets
3 (37.5%)

sally_maria: (Oldest Hills)
After hearing and enjoying Dimitra Fimi's paper on Puck of Pook's Hill and the Book of Lost Tales, I was interested by who already knew the Kipling story and who didn't.

I grew up reading my Kipling from an Omnibus edition that had PoPH, both Jungle Books and the Just So stories, so I thought of all of them as equally well known but it seemed as if that wasn't the case.

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Have you read Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill?

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Yes, when I was a child
1 (25.0%)

Yes, as an adult
0 (0.0%)

No, but I'd heard of it
1 (25.0%)

No, I've never heard of it
2 (50.0%)

I'm not sure
0 (0.0%)

I don't like any of those answers
0 (0.0%)

Have you read other books by Kipling, e.g. Jungle Books

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Yes, when I was a child
4 (100.0%)

Yes, as an adult
2 (50.0%)

No
0 (0.0%)

I will explain in more detail in a comment
0 (0.0%)

sally_maria: (Hengist)
After a couple of misunderstandings over the last few months, I thought it might be interesting to find out whether this was an individual or cultural thing.

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If I were to say something will last until the 31st May what would you think I meant?

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That it will stop at the beginning of the 31st.
0 (0.0%)

That it will stop at some point in the day, maybe at close of business.
3 (25.0%)

That it will stop at the end of the 31st.
9 (75.0%)

Something else that I will explain in a comment.
0 (0.0%)

If I refer to midnight on the 31st May, which do I mean?

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The boundary between 30th May and the 31st
2 (16.7%)

The boundary between 31st May and the 1st June.
10 (83.3%)

Is midnight?

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The beginning of the day.
1 (8.3%)

The end of the day.
9 (75.0%)

Something else that I will explain in a comment.
2 (16.7%)

Where are you from?

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Britain
8 (66.7%)

North America
2 (16.7%)

Europe
1 (8.3%)

The Rest of the World ;-)
1 (8.3%)

It's Complicated
0 (0.0%)

sally_maria: (Repton)
After being baffled last week by one of the till-children at work, who had never heard of an electronic typewriter, I decided to follow [livejournal.com profile] wellinghall's example and ask nosy questions about old-fashioned technology. :-)

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What sort of storage/way of loading software did the first computer you used regularly have?

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Audio cassettes
3 (33.3%)

Punch cards
1 (11.1%)

Typing in listings from a magazine
2 (22.2%)

5.25" floppy disks
5 (55.6%)

3" disks
1 (11.1%)

3.5" disks
0 (0.0%)

Internal hard drive <100Mb
2 (22.2%)

Internal hard drive <500Mb
0 (0.0%)

Some other option that you ought to have listed
1 (11.1%)

How much memory did it have?

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<100K
6 (75.0%)

<1Mb
2 (25.0%)

<4Mb
0 (0.0%)

<512Mb
0 (0.0%)

You mean a computer can run on that little?
0 (0.0%)

sally_maria: Daniel Jackson looking sideways (Kaylee)
I was talking to [personal profile] alitalf last weekend about customising computers to the way you work. He said that he tends to leave things as they are because it makes it easier when he's working on other people's computers.

On the other hand customising is one of the first thing I do when I get a new computer/install a new distro. My version of Firefox is probably changed enough to confuse most people who aren't me and right from the start I learnt to edit the .sys files on my original PC so I could change the splash screen you get on boot up.

I suspect a good part of my attraction to Linux is more settings to fiddle with. ;-)

So I wondered where you fell in the spectrum:

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Do you change your computer's appearance, settings etc?

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You mean I can change the background picture?
0 (0.0%)

Occasionally I change something.
0 (0.0%)

I've installed some browser extensions and done a few other tweaks.
3 (50.0%)

No one who isn't me can understand how my system works, mwah, ha, ha!
3 (50.0%)

I will complain about the narrow options given in this poll in the comments!
0 (0.0%)

sally_maria: Daniel Jackson looking sideways (Default)
I had a new experience at work this week, when asked to verify a particular note - which I hadn't seen before either.

So:

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Have you ever seen a £100 note?

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Yes
2 (50.0%)

They're Scottish, aren't they?
2 (50.0%)

I didn't know they existed.
1 (25.0%)

I'm not British, my notes are in some other currency.
0 (0.0%)

sally_maria: (Mint Logo)
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Which operating systems do you use?

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Windows
5 (83.3%)

MacOS
2 (33.3%)

Linux
1 (16.7%)

BSD or some other OS that I'll talk about in a comment
0 (0.0%)

Which browsers do you use?

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Internet Explorer
0 (0.0%)

Firefox/Iceweasel
5 (83.3%)

Chrome/Chromium
3 (50.0%)

Opera
0 (0.0%)

Some other browser I'll talk about in a comment
1 (16.7%)

Obligatory random ticky-boxes

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When I see BSD, I keep thinking of BSoD
1 (25.0%)

I just use what came with the computer
1 (25.0%)

I don't have enough computers
1 (25.0%)

I have too many computers
1 (25.0%)

There's such a thing as too many computers?
4 (100.0%)



I'm curious about other people who use more than one operating system and how you use them - is it for different tasks, or because they're on different computers, or some other reason?

I have Windows on a couple of my systems and boot into it occasionally, but the vast majority of the time on my main computer I'm using Linux Mint. My laptop has PCLinuxOS and the Debian-based version of Mint, and my netbook has Jolicloud.

Firefox is my normal browser of choice, but I use Chrome on the netbook, as it seems to be "lighter" on its low-powered system.
sally_maria: (Repton)
Clearing out the detritus under the computer desk reminded me of a lot of old computer games. Did any of you ever play any of these?

Poll #4170 How many of you remember these games?
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Did you ever play any of these computer games?

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Lemmings & sequels
5 (62.5%)

The Secret of Monkey Island & sequels
5 (62.5%)

Day of the Tentacle
1 (12.5%)

Star Trek - Judgement Rites
2 (25.0%)

Populous
1 (12.5%)

Theme Park
3 (37.5%)

Commander Keen
2 (25.0%)

Catacomb Abyss
1 (12.5%)

None of the Above. ;-)
1 (12.5%)

Required silliness

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Ask me about LOOM
0 (0.0%)

Mug o' grog
3 (42.9%)

Oh No!
1 (14.3%)

Aliens Ate My Babysitter
2 (28.6%)

Early '90s PC games killed my childhood, you clotpoll.
3 (42.9%)



Most of them are on floppy disc and so long lost, but I must admit being tempted to try Steam to replay a few of them.
sally_maria: (Daniel - grin)
[Poll #1582831]

I'd love to hear more about it.
sally_maria: Daniel Jackson looking sideways (Default)
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Have you read either of the following comic book series?

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Asterix
4 (100.0%)

Tin Tin
3 (75.0%)

Are there any other comic book series you read growing up?

Obligatory humorous ticky-boxes

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These Romans are crazy, toc, toc, toc.
4 (100.0%)

Watch out, Snowy!
2 (50.0%)

Cleopatra has a truly remarkable nose.
2 (50.0%)



I'd love to hear more about it. :-)

A query

Apr. 9th, 2010 08:42 pm
sally_maria: (Sentinel1)
[Poll #1549248]

Don't worry if you can't reply straight away - LJ really is being a nightmare this evening.
sally_maria: Daniel Jackson looking sideways (Default)
[Poll #1526257]

And if you do use Greasemonkey do you have any favourite scripts, ones you wouldn't want to surf the web without?

Curiosity

Feb. 16th, 2010 12:59 pm
sally_maria: Daniel Jackson looking sideways (Default)
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Do you use Greasemonkey?

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Yes
2 (40.0%)

No
2 (40.0%)

What does that even mean?
2 (40.0%)

Greasemonkeys killed my mother, you insensitive clotpole.
1 (20.0%)




And in if you do use Greasemonkey, are there any particular scripts you recommend, ones you wouldn't want to surf the web without?
sally_maria: (Permanent)
I was in the process of changing my journal theme for Christmas and I started wondering about how other people customise their journals.

So, a poll:

[Poll #1314956]

What else do you like/dislike about themes, anything you'd really like to see? What I'd love most would be an option to see people's journals in their themes, but make it so I see the site scheme comment pages for everyone - they are just so much easier to read and the expand function always works for nested comments.
sally_maria: (Timeheart)
I'm off to Tenerife for a week tomorrow (for reasons known only to themselves, their holiday weeks run Friday to Friday instead of Saturday to Saturday). I fly from Gatwick tomorrow afternoon, so I get to leave here at an almost civilised hour in the morning, but I'll be back fairly late and may not check LJ before the committee meeting.

Since my brain wonders about the oddest things - it occurred to me to ask whether people from outside Europe are aware of our holiday destinations.

[Poll #1138594]
sally_maria: (Moria)
Having threatened [livejournal.com profile] sigisgrim with making him learn Magic: The Gathering, and since I'm going to visit him and [livejournal.com profile] amalion this weekend, it occurred to me to wonder:

[Poll #1121184]
sally_maria: Fifth Doctor - text Not very many men can pull off a decorative vegetable (Doctor Five)
[livejournal.com profile] saturn92103 has done a very interesting book meme, which I'm planning on working on later, but in the meantime....

After a signing session today at work, I'm curious. [Poll #1071804]

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