ysobel: (learning german)
(Still, always, want to type that as Duolinguo. Gah.)

So I am at the point with Spanish where I have gone through all of the Duo lessons and am mainly doing "practice weak skills" over and over again. Which is not unwarranted -- there is a lot I'm shaky on still, even of what duo gives me, and I am nowhere near ready for real world applications.

But I sort of want to use Duo to brush up on my German. And I can't decide how to do it.

Option one is to do both German and Spanish, one right after the other. Which is easy enough to get in the habit of (the biggest hurdle is remembering to do it; two lessons instead of one is not a problem) but seems like it would be the most confusing to my brain.

Option two is to alternate days. Spanish one day, German the next, etc. Less immediate switching between languages, but still involves some.

Option three is to alternate weekends/weekdays (so do one Monday-Friday and the other Sat-Sun). Has the advantage of making it easy to remember which I'm supposed to be doing on a given day.

Option four is to alternate weeks.

Option five is to just use duo for German and find a more immersive source for keeping Spanish practice.

...I can't decide. Halp?

Poll #16370 Decide for me
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Which option should I do?

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Both every day
0 (0.0%)

Alternate days
1 (11.1%)

Weekday/weekend split
2 (22.2%)

Alternate weeks
0 (0.0%)

German only, find something else for Spanish
6 (66.7%)

Spanish only until you're fluent, you slacker
0 (0.0%)

Ticky?

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Ticky!
5 (55.6%)

Tea!
2 (22.2%)

Tea and ticky
5 (55.6%)

Ticky needs to go to sleep
5 (55.6%)

ysobel: A penguin sliding down ice.  Whee! (whee!)
I seem to be in a phase of "watch tv + do crochet", except I can't decide what to watch. So, have a poll!

First two questions are for shows I have seen and am interested in rewatching. First is radio (choose one), second is choose as many as you want. I am limiting myself to what is on Netflix, except for Stargate SG-1 where I have DVDs of at least the first four seasons, which are my favorites anyway. (There are other shows that would be on there (*cough*B5*cough*) except I have no good way to watch them easily.)

Second two questions are for when I want new TV. Same set of options. I am also willing to take suggestions for that category. Strong preference to things available online, for obvious reasons.

Last is for shows that I have watched ... somewhere between half an episode and two episodes of. They didn't grab me, but I am aware early episodes are not always the best, and so I'd be willing to give them a second chance if someone else (who has seen them) thinks they get worth it.

Poll #15012 TV to watch
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What should be next on my rewatch queue?

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ST:DS9
3 (20.0%)

ST:VOY
1 (6.7%)

Merlin
1 (6.7%)

Firefly
3 (20.0%)

Doctor Who
1 (6.7%)

Farscape
2 (13.3%)

West Wing
4 (26.7%)

Chuck
0 (0.0%)

Stargate SG-1 [not on Netflix]
0 (0.0%)

What should be priorities on my rewatch queue?

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ST:DS9
7 (50.0%)

ST:VOY
4 (28.6%)

Merlin
2 (14.3%)

Firefly
8 (57.1%)

Doctor Who
7 (50.0%)

Farscape
6 (42.9%)

West Wing
5 (35.7%)

Chuck
0 (0.0%)

Stargate SG-1 [not on Netflix]
5 (35.7%)

What should be next on my new TV queue?

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Lost Girl
1 (8.3%)

Terra Nova
0 (0.0%)

Vampire DIaries
0 (0.0%)

Teen Wolf
2 (16.7%)

Arrow
4 (33.3%)

Outcasts
0 (0.0%)

Arrested Development
2 (16.7%)

Breaking Bad
0 (0.0%)

Robin Hood
0 (0.0%)

Charmed
1 (8.3%)

Twin Peaks
0 (0.0%)

(Other)
2 (16.7%)

What should included on my new TV queue?

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Lost Girl
4 (57.1%)

Terra Nova
2 (28.6%)

Vampire DIaries
0 (0.0%)

Teen Wolf
1 (14.3%)

Arrow
3 (42.9%)

Outcasts
0 (0.0%)

Arrested Development
2 (28.6%)

Breaking Bad
1 (14.3%)

Robin Hood
1 (14.3%)

Charmed
3 (42.9%)

Twin Peaks
2 (28.6%)

Which of these shows should I give a second chance to?

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Continuum
0 (0.0%)

Alphas
1 (14.3%)

Primeval
0 (0.0%)

Eureka
3 (42.9%)

Fringe
4 (57.1%)

A poll

Jul. 7th, 2013 09:32 pm
ysobel: (yarn)
Given that I should not really be acquiring more yarn because I have plenty already etc, but that some of [personal profile] wyomingnot's for-sale yarn is calling to me, and it's technically something I could afford...

Poll #13848 yaaaaarn
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Should I get this yarn?

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Yes, definitely
5 (33.3%)

Yes, but put it somewhere safe and then give it to yourself as a reward for Doing Awesome Things later in the summer
7 (46.7%)

Yes, but through a proxy who can hold on to it for you and then send it when you have Done said Awesome Things
3 (20.0%)

No, there will be other yarns you can reward yourself with
0 (0.0%)

Absolutely not!
0 (0.0%)

If some flavor of yes, which yarn?

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cascade 220 superwash paint in shades of red
3 (27.3%)

crystal palace 5 print in shades of blue
4 (36.4%)

mountain colors twizzle, black with red and blue and silver
0 (0.0%)

alpaca blend, red (well, boysenberry)
2 (18.2%)

alpaca blend, blue-grey-ish
2 (18.2%)

Ticky?

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TICKY
9 (60.0%)

Sorry, what?
6 (40.0%)

I got distracted by the yarn
12 (80.0%)

Mmm, yarn...
7 (46.7%)

ysobel: A black floof with cat eyes (floof of doom)
So in one of my chats we were talking about fusions with Philip Pullman's HDM universe -- specifically, the concept of daemons. (If you don't know that universe, daemons are basically a corporeal aspect of your soul, always some sort of animal, usually opposite-gender, often something that represents your personality in some way.) We started with fictional characters -- "what would X's daemon be?" -- and moved in to talking about what we would have as daemons.

So, a poll! Feel free to answer as vaguely or as specifically as you'd like.

Poll #7794 daemon time!
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What type of daemon do you see me having?

What do you think your own daemon would be?

A poll!

Feb. 5th, 2011 11:49 pm
ysobel: (Default)
So for my last birthday, my roommates sneakily got me (among other things) a festive shiny floaty-balloon.

That was three months ago.

It is still floating.

... I think it maybe has started to sag a bit; the ribbon does not look quite as taut as it did before. But. Yes. It is the amazing energizer balloon! Or something.

So, to interrupt the whinebitchmoanfest that is my journal, I thought I would do a poll: Guess when the balloon will finally surrender to gravity! Month and day (and, if you think it will last more than 11 months longer than it already has, year) ... best guess gets a ficlet in their choice of fandom, or, for people not as interested in fanfic, some other shiny prize which I will think of at some point.

Hie forth and guess! There's nothing to lose!

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 9

Date? (or fig if you prefer)



LJ version is here but please only answer in one location :D
ysobel: Pink bunny (bunny comics), possibly just a little bit drunk (TEAPATTY NOT DRUNK)
O internets of many thinkingnesses, what is your opinion on drinking alcohol while sick?

For purposes of the poll, "sick" means mildly so, lungs and throat only. Feeling like crap with mucus for fun. It does not include serious illness or stomach and intestinal bugs.

Also, "drinking alcohol" does not mean getting drunk. Usual common sense moderation applies.

Also also, this is preferably considered in context of someone (of legal age) who likes occasional wine or rum or whatever. So "No because I never drink" / "No because all alcohol is bad" is not one of the options...

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Alcohol when sick?

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Not ever under any circumstances
0 (0.0%)

Yes, but very cautiously / only in small amounts / depending on circumstances
25 (75.8%)

Yes, of course, why not?
5 (15.2%)

(other)
3 (9.1%)

elaboration?

Ticky?

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TICKY
7 (23.3%)

...
1 (3.3%)

...hey wait, that's not fair
22 (73.3%)

Okay, okay, fine: Ticky?

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obviously needs rum
17 (53.1%)

obviously needs less rum
2 (6.2%)

likes yarn
16 (50.0%)

likes tea
24 (75.0%)

is just clicking things for the hell of it
20 (62.5%)

ysobel: "Woo hoo!  F&$@ the plot, we gots fish!" (nano 10)
So here's the thing.

I have, as of last night, hit 30k words.

This is a good thing. I am willing to admit that. However, a) I hate the story like burning, b) I have run out of plot and words, and c) there is no way I can write 20k in the next week anyway.

So I am trying to figure out what to do.

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What should I do with nano?

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Declare 30k a victory and stop
13 (46.4%)

Push on for 50k (and probably fail)
2 (7.1%)

Start some other writing project and hope for 20k words, even though that is against the purpose of nano
5 (17.9%)

(something else)
8 (28.6%)

something else is:

Ticky?

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needs more sugar
12 (52.2%)

needs more rum
11 (47.8%)

needs November to have 40 days
14 (60.9%)

[#][#][#]
6 (26.1%)

does not like itself very much
2 (8.7%)

ysobel: (coffee)
Alas, I do not have any wacky anecdotes about Princess Cluelesspants of WTF to share today ... mainly because she doesn't work weekends and so I don't have to deal with her today. \o/ Amazingly, I am much more well-rested, and much perkier, and I do not think the timing is a coincidence.

...okay, it probably also isn't a coincidence that today was Farmer's Market and I now am the proud, if temporary, owner of some very sexy lettuce, some gorgeous tomatoes, an absolutely nummy loaf of challah, and more desserty stuff than I probably should have gotten but oh well. (There was a coffee stand, and a bakery next to it. I was in line for coffee. The bakery people, sneakily, were giving out samples of their chocolate torte. I tasted it and went "homg must get" and so, when I was out of the coffee line, went over to the table with the intent of bringing back a chocolate torte thingie. I kind of got distracted. "Okay, three questions," I said to the guy. "What's that?" pointing to a pumpkin-colored thingummy with a swirl of cream cheese type frosting on top. He told me. (It was pumpkin-carrot, but otherwise to expectations.) "Shit," I said, knowing I would have to get one. "Okay, what's that?" pointing to some other sort of thingie. He told me. (It was a key lime somethingorother.) "Shit," I said, for the same reason. "And the thing you were giving samples of?" He pointed to it. "Okay," I said, giving in to the inevitable, "I'll take one of each." (It's not as bad when I have roommates to share it with.) The key lime thingum was packaged separately, and then he had a box for the pumpkin carrot thing and the chocolate thing, and he threw in I have nfi what it was but probably evil and delicious, because "we can't have the box be unbalanced," and I was grinning like an idiot but I didn't really care, and I have all this yummy stuff and omg.

*pauses to breathe*

Also, I had coffee. But it's not really noticeable... *pretends leg isn't jittering* *innocent face*

Anyway, I was, on the way back, thinking about knitting dischloth / washcloth / somethingcloth thingies with fannish themes. I mean, I've seen several doctor who designs (a Blink one, a tardis, a dalek, there are probably others), and I'm sure there are star trek designs, and I could do a series of Stargate ones based on gate addresses, and and and. And I'm sitting here going "okay, you do not need more washcloths, really you don't", but that led me to the epically perky and wildly optimistic point of "hey, you could sell them on etsy or something".

This, combined with the fact that I want to start doing wire wrapping just for fun (painful fun, I don't know what the attraction is, but it's there), ditto for selling it on etsy-or-whatever because there's no real way that I could use a bunch of wire wrapped stuff, and it's all impractical as hell and my work isn't professional-looking enough for anyone to want to buy it and the practical pessimistic part of me is going "... thwap" because of this, and the six year old lemonade stand owner part of me is going "but it miiiiight work" and I have too many voices in my head.

(I also have not written this week's brigits flame entry. Speaking of voices in my head. Ahem.)

So, a quick random poll:

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 19

Hypothetically speaking, with the understanding that this is not a promise on my part (to produce these things) nor a promise on your part (to buy these things), would you be interested in purchasing, for yourself or for others, and/or acquiring if I am in a giving stuff away mood,

fannish themed knitted washcloths (and if you have any links that might be relevant to my interests, please feel free to send them over)
9 (56.2%)

non fannish themed knitted something elses that I haven't thought of
5 (31.2%)

wire-wrapped pendants
9 (56.2%)

wire-wrap-related bracelets or necklaces or whatever
8 (50.0%)

non-wire-wrap (bead-stringing) bracelets or necklaces or whatever
6 (37.5%)

beaded stitch marker thingies
6 (37.5%)

something else that I haven't thought of
0 (0.0%)

Aaaaand um. What price would you a) think is a reasonable minimum:

cost of materials only
0 (0.0%)

cost of materials + certain amount for labor
14 (87.5%)

cost of materials + per-hour amount for labor
2 (12.5%)

something else, elaborated in the convenient text box
0 (0.0%)

convenient text box:

and b) think is a maximum plausible amount

? Again, no promises that I will come up with them or whatever, I'm just kind of curious /if/ there's a market.

ticky is insane
9 (56.2%)

ticky is the good sort of insane
10 (62.5%)

ticky maybe has had too much coffee
10 (62.5%)

*backs away slowly from ticky*
8 (50.0%)



Also, unrelatedly, [personal profile] jmtorres has plotbunnied me with serial-killer!Winchesters. (well, seriously amoral Winchesters. The sort that still fight monsters and things-that-go-bump, but really don't care about saving people, and, depending on how dark the whirly kaleidoscope of amoral!Winchesters in my head is, actively kill play with the victims they rescued, under the theory that they were going to be dead anyway). It is in the fun squishy play-doh stage of storymaking right now where I'm just having fun poking and squoozing and seeing what happens.
ysobel: (Default)
Random poll of randomness:

Poll #2339 informal poll
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Do you know what a pushmi-pullyu is?

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Yes
25 (53.2%)

It's familiar, but I'd have to google it to be sure
8 (17.0%)

N.... *sneaks off to google* ...er, I have now?
8 (17.0%)

Nope.
6 (12.8%)



Also? (Unrelatedly.) I have awesome friends. <3
ysobel: A kitten on a piano keyboard (music)
I am trying to figure out what to do about choir today, given all the chair problems. My primary chair goes about two centimeters an hour -- okay, that's maybe an exaggeration, but not by much -- and taking the bus seems kind of risky, not to mention the fact that it will probably take me half an hour to cross campus from the bus terminal to where rehearsal is. My backup chair runs okay now that it has batteries, but I can't really access most of the functions since it was designed around my mobility situation seven-or-so years ago, and it's uncomfortable as hell.

So, my options, as far as I can figure them, are these:

1) Switch back to the old chair for choir, and take the bus route. Advantage: I'm actually at rehearsal, and I don't get frustrated with the speed of the chair. Disadvantage: My midday aide isn't great at between-chair transfers, and the chair is really fucking uncomfortable.

2) Stay in the new chair, and take the bus route, allowing lots of extra time. Advantage: Again, am at rehearsal. Disadvantage: Lots more time out in the cold, plus I am utterly screwed if I mis-time it and miss the bus, and I am liable to get in a punching-things-in-face mood again because of the fucking chair.

3) Stay home from rehearsal, and email the conductor and explain I'm having chair malfunction. Advantage: I stay warmer, and way less cranky. Disadvantage: I'm not at rehearsal (although I do tend to pick things up fairly quickly, so it probably doesn't matter in the long run).

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Should I go?

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Yes, in old chair
0 (0.0%)

Yes, in new chair
0 (0.0%)

No, stay home
12 (80.0%)

(Dunno, but must click polls)
3 (20.0%)

ysobel: (Default)
This entry is mainly about my LJ flist, but it's posted on DW only. This amuses me, even though I have a very good reason for it.

Okay, so, basically, I'm trying to figure out how to reduce confusion between my DW circle page (which I have not yet found a name for that works for me) and my LJ flist. So, a poll, for DW peeps (cue marshmallow noises).

The first one is about how you are posting, and basically affects how I will read your LJ journal -- I will be doing different things depending on whether the LJ account has entries or comments that the DW version doesn't have.

The second one is about how you are reading, specifically where you are getting my entries from.

(The third is because I am easily confuzzled. And the fourth is because I'm kind of dorky.)

This poll really only applies to people who are on my LiveJournal flist; if I only have contact with you through DW, feel free to ignore the poll, or just answer the last question.

Poll #2033 LJ and DW and bears, oh my
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 39

How are you managing entries?

posting to DW only
6 (16.7%)

crossposting to LJ with comments disabled
4 (11.1%)

crossposting to LJ with comments enabled
22 (61.1%)

posting different content in the two places
4 (11.1%)

How are you reading?

DW only
5 (13.9%)

both DW and LJ
31 (86.1%)

LJ only (... okay, what are you doing answering this poll? *grin*)
0 (0.0%)

If your usernames are different, who are you on LJ?

Ticky

has a headache
16 (44.4%)

is kind of insane
14 (38.9%)

needs to go back to bed
23 (63.9%)

is cthulhu in disguise
10 (27.8%)

is cthulhu not in diguise and will ear your soul OMNOMNOM
15 (41.7%)



(ETA: ... *facepalm* eat, not ear.)

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