Who should you vote for? UK General Election quiz

Liberal Democrat67
UK Independence10

You expected: LIB

Your recommendation: Liberal Democrat

Click here for more details about these results

Not in any way a surprise here, but crucially this year they appear to have takn on board criticism made last time (well, the guy who coded it read my post) and the issues appear to me to be a fair spread of party policies.

However, last time it biased in favour of the Lib Dems, and I got Lib Dem, which, y'know, I should; anyone from different parties wanting to critique it are welcome to post in the comments if they don'[t want to blog it themselves.

[livejournal.com profile] absinthecity has done the new US version of the Who Should I Vote For quiz, and has results similar to but not identical to mine:
Who should you vote for?
Mike Gravel63
Dennis Kucinich54
Barack Obama27
John Edwards3
Hillary Clinton-21
You expected: Dennis Kucinich
Your recommendation: Mike Gravel
Mike Gravel Bio—nice touch )
It's appears to be a lot less biased than the 2005 UK version that I wrote an analysis of back then, curious that both Abs and I both get negative scores for Hilary, it confirms that I am very opposed to her on the issues but I pretty much knew that already. Question is, are the issues selected and the weight given to them fair to each candidate? The problem with the previous version was the policies selected and the weight given them, made it very unlikely to get a Labour result. So is our mutual negative for Hilary because she's a really bad candidate with daft policies, or is it because her good policies aren't options? Any USians (especially Hilary fans) care to give it a go and tell me?
Bootnotes: might as well do the other two versions.
Republican )
Independent/undecided )
Hmm, this is kinda cool:
My dream home quiz meme thing )There's a Chocolatessen, which is rapidly becoming your favorite room of the house. Yes please. And I'm really liking the look of the library. Weird I got a pegasus but Sam got an X-wing.

Another reason I sort of approve? It's a legitimate SEO job, and the quiz is on topic for what they're trying to promote their site for. I sort of disapprove for the same reasons, because a chunk of people will post the quiz and thus tell Google this site is good for 'dream home' search results, but it's a choice, and it's not comment spam or similar.

Plus, whatever software they used to parse the test is actually pretty good, I like the way it generated sub options depending on main choices.
Well, to be more specific, I did a lot of trial and error copy/pasting my CSS, and think the problem is the large amount of /* comment */ text there was in there. As anyone that codes CSS will know, commenting on your markup is dead useful when you come back to it cold after a few months. But by judicious removal of most of it, I've both got the appearance back the way I like it and made a few minor improvements (especially to the way comments display).

Not going to bother hacking in and sorting out the tagcloud now, might do eventually but, y'know, bigger things to worry about. Can't find anything in the LJ FAQ saying why they're now stripping out CSS with large comment texts, that's a really strange decision to make. Ah well.

Silly quiz: Smut novel character )Can't really argue with that one...

John Rawls: A Theory of Justice
You're A Theory of Justice!
by John Rawls

In the beginning, you lived in a town. The town had many problems! Rather than moving, you decided to come up with the idea for the best town ever. Going all the way back to the original position, you created the idea for the best town ever! Lo and behold, the best town ever looked almost identical to the town you lived in. You decided to stay in the town. Now you resent people mistaking your refined thought experiments for "the wall of stupidity" in high school debate rounds.

Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

And yes, the code output for the quiz is so awful it's really awful, so I cleaned it a lot. Still, beats Ulysses. Nice that it's a book I a) own and b) like.
[livejournal.com profile] comedyjim posted this, kismet. Reminded me I had an email to reply to and some tickets to book as well.

Mat Bowles --

A brand of soylent green breakfast cereal

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com

How cool is that? And I get to see the film in two weeks, on the big screen. OK, it's in Bradford, but still.

*fingers crossed as I hit 'post' for this one*
*and now the edit to try to clean up their nasty code*
How smart are you? I reckon my worthy friends list could take that test and bump the avarages up a bit, right? Good good.

Went to [livejournal.com profile] oldharrysgame recording last night after work, was good, weirdly, episodes 4 & 6 were recorded, not 3&4, cast availability or something (Gina's full report here. Day off today, have a job interview for a permanent job later, looks good on paper. Might write full report for last night on the community this afternoon/evening. Or I might just do something else, not sure.
Over at [livejournal.com profile] suggestions we have Change Subject Line of "New Comment" Emails and more importantly Combining tags. The latter is a function I would love to have as tags I thought I'd use a lot just weren't, and currently I just delete one-offs I did use after awhile. Then there are my perpetual misspellings and typos...

In other news:

How evil are you?

Some mistake, surely?
Silly quiz which showed up from two disparate friends next to each other on my friends page, [livejournal.com profile] nhw here ad [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs here. So that's a respectied international diplomat / SF reviewer and a US journalist / fandom commentator. Well, if it's good enough for them I suppose...Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin )
Some of the questions were a bit 'um?', and a few were very US-centric "did you take the SKWDL test?" why no, no I didn't, because, y'know, I've never heard of it. Still, I got a fairly middle ground set of results (Liz got the same as me for Mandarin, but much higher for Talent and slightly lower for Lifer, Nicholas is way off the scale for Mandarin.

I have a huge text file of saved quiz results in notepad, when people do them I tend to fill in the quiz but not actually post them. At some point, if I get really bored, I may clear that file out. Be afraid, be Very Afraid.
I nicked this icon of [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe awhileback, but it seems particularly apposite now, Urquhart is dead:
Actor Ian Richardson, best known for his role as scheming chief whip Francis Urquhart in the BBC's House of Cards, has died suddenly at the age of 72.
Via Rob at [livejournal.com profile] libdemvoice_fd. I loved that show when it was on, and I even bought the books (which, despite the authors politics, were rather good). I guess we'll get a repeat run now then? May be worth investigating plugging a TV in if there is.

In completely unrelated memeage, Rum and Monkey think I'm 63% similar to [livejournal.com profile] faeriecween, it looks, as usual for one of their things, to actually be a rather good little meme thing.
I'm an apparently intelligent, liberal, not-too-generous, not-too-selfish, relatively well adjusted human being!
See how compatible you are with me!
Brought to you by Rum and Monkey
Also? Empire Magazine has trailers for Hot Fuzz, the new Simon Pegg et al movie, which does look rather nice.

Which Character from Old Harry's Game are you?

You are The Professor
Take this quiz!

Quizilla | Join | Make A Quiz | More Quizzes | Grab Code

And if the art looks familiar, it's because it's by [livejournal.com profile] ginasketch, and I get to be the atheist in hell. Sounds about right...

Oh yeah, Les Mis was great, although agree with [livejournal.com profile] jantshira, some of the cast weren't quite up to their role, although the lead male was very good. Also spent much more time wandering London and chatting, I may get to a point where I can walk from A to B in the centre without having to look at a map or go via a pointless diversion to one of the squares I know soon.

Today, went into Waterloo to meet with [livejournal.com profile] nadriel and [livejournal.com profile] the_emster for a drink in, I think, the Duke of Sussex, very close to the Old Vic and the IWM. Nice place actually, worth a walk out to if stuck in Waterloo for longer than desired.
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Literate Good Citizen
Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Create Your Own Quiz

Via [livejournal.com profile] nhw, unfortunately they've done something weird to the output code, so hacked it something chronic to get the red lines back in. Anyway, back in, exhausted, crashing now. Need to take train home tomorrow, will do a proper update then.
That whenever I do one of those silly 'which character are you' tests, that I always end up as ) the main hero du jour? )

At Mike's, still, naturally. He's asleep (snoring loudly), so I've got access to his computer as he's not playing Neverinter Nights 2. Even managed to drag him to the pub earlier, despite [livejournal.com profile] lokean's complete failure to turn up. Cavern in Raynes Park, not a bad little local really, and the music/theme is trad-rock, so at least I don't want to kill the jukebox, merely tolerate it.

Went into Wimbledon this afternoon, basically for a wander, ended up in Books etc. Oops. [livejournal.com profile] faeriecween (and others who share our taste in books)? Bought more books, Susanna Clarke's latest and Alastair Reynolds new paperback ) I need to remember to join the local library...

Oh, [livejournal.com profile] burkesworks pointed us at [livejournal.com profile] bloggerheads Tim's latest project, I think I was supposed to reply to an email I missed, but there y'go. Ladies and gentlemen, we present: National Service, the follow up to Backing Blair. Nothing to see there yet, but it'll be part of the ongoing thing. Also? Those wonderful MySociety types are working on a new site for the aformentioned Blair, allowing us to petition him directly. The first one of any use is the ID Cards are evil one. Longstanding readers know my objection is to the damned register, the cards are a smokescreen, but it's still worth signing. Nice to see the Govt finally catching up to the idea that Crapita et al deliver useless websites, whereas small groups working on things as and when can do great things. Go sign.

G'night all.
I mentioned the Flying Rhinos of Dortmund in the last post, but a quick google gives me results. Apparently, it's the symbol of the Dortmund concert hall. And, um, guys? It appears that there are hundreds of the buggers. Is that cool, or very very scary? Crazy people of Dortmund.

Next: [livejournal.com profile] waka_laka is doing sponsored stuff for Children in Need. Specifically, for every different person that comments on this post, her friend Joe will donate ten English pence. At this precide moment, she's got 375 different people. Now, you know what to do, right. do it. Addenda: I'm going to [livejournal.com profile] synth_culture Friday, so no Puggsy for me. Oh, woes!!1! Yeah, right, the only thing Children in Need has ever done of any good as a TV presentation involved Dr Who, and that was of dubious quality. Good cause, bad TV. No, I'm not doing anything this year. I took my clothes off on stage for a bad Rocky Horror rip-off when I was about 17, that was scary enough thank you very much.

Also, how on earth did I mess a few?
You are 81% English.

You are either native and stupid, or you are foreign and knowledgeable.

"And did those feet
In ancient times,
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
In England's pleasant pastures seen?"

Well, no, but it's a cracking good tune.

How English are you?
Create a Quiz

You paid attention during 91% of high school!

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don't get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

Do you deserve your high school diploma?
Create a Quiz

Except, of course, I don't have a High School diploma (and indeed just scraped a pass on one A-level). OK, I've got a BA, but I cheated to get into that (it's amazing what being old can get you, even if old is defined as over 25).

I, um, might be playing around with that site for a bit. Beats most of the others things I should be doing.
Firstly, I did this a few days back but never posted, and I like the result:
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.
I'm Joshua Abraham Norton, the first and only Emperor of the United States of America!

Next, I heartily recommend [livejournal.com profile] linkfrenzy to everyone, always a few worth a read in there. Today? A site called 23 Apples of Eris, and article called Habeas Corpus Remembrance Day:
On this day, Bureaucracy 66, 3025 (12 October 1859), His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, ordered the Congress of the United States to dissolve.
Weirdly fortuitous coincidence n'est ce pas? All this fuss the USians are making over the loss of Habeas Corpus, I'm wondering if Blair did it over here just as a trial run for Bush; make it work on a small scale. Is that what these isles have become, a testbed for El Presidenté Bush's authoritarian disrespect for the rule of law?

Anyway, time to leave the office and get to Exeter; going to play in [livejournal.com profile] granjero's Warlord tournament (using one of his decks, natch), which should be good. I could sort of use the practice for KoHIT, as, y'know, travelling to Germany to take part in a major event, it's sort of a good plan to know what you're playing before you get there, right? Heh, this'll be my 5th KoHIT, and despite my rep as a "top" player, I've only ever played with a deck I built once...

Oh, [livejournal.com profile] mapp et al? 23 Apples of Eris is [livejournal.com profile] 23ae_rss. If I keep doing discordian references I may have to switch my stated religion...
This is my 501st post, apparently. That's to LJ, not on all the other places I've started writing since I signed up for this thing. [livejournal.com profile] nadriel? In the unlikely event that [livejournal.com profile] liberty_central actually works, or gets somewhere at all? It's your fault y'git, you got me writing again.

Unfortunately, I can't break my writers block. I need the inaugaral "real" article for [livejournal.com profile] voting_taktix, but it won't flow. "Tactical voting is a myth", on a site dedicated to tactical voting? Yay for contradictions.

Also, nicked from someone else's LJ (look, I click on the profiles of cute girls who put themselves in userpics, ok? Anyone here not do that?):

9/9 Genius

You are 78% knowledgable and 96% intellectual.

Amazing! You have an incredible brain (intellect) and a powerhouse of information (knowledge)! Keep up the impressive work-- we all bow to you.

Tell me something I didn't know... )

Why I'm unique )

Tomorrow? Exeter, if I get up, to play silly game's at Steve's with Peter Pig. If I wake up. Oh, I also need to clean and tidy the flat, as it'll be the last chance between now and when I get back from [livejournal.com profile] nadriel's. Two weeks holiday in one month? Yay! Must remember to buy tickets for those events.

Also, on the quiz thing? A few of the questions are US specific. Sorry, but knowing which Amendment does not isn't a History question, it's a Constitutional Theory and practice Q. I mean, I got that answer right anyway, but, y'know, I would've got a better score if the questions weren't aimed at one populace. Cos I is ded smart, see?
As of one hour, ten minutes ago as I type this, I officially became 32 years old. Do I care? Not really. Do I have any special plans? Well, I've got the week off, so, well, I'm meeting Mum for lunch tomorrow, and going to visit Granny Wednesday, which'll be cool, haven't been to Slapton for ages.
Lunch with the 'rents )
A walk though the village, a chat with Dad )
Shopping for books )
Gaming at Rob's )

Then home, to check messages, post this, catch up with some memes I've been storing up, then turn in.

Memes and quizzes

I did a mindmap. It's too wide to display properly for the 3-column layout, so here's the link. When I say "I did a mindmap", what I mean is I aske them for one and gave them my email address about 6 months ago, and got the reply last week. Meh, it's free, so de nada.

What Goth am I? )

West Wing Character )

New layout

Also? I switched to the new Expressive Vox theme layout. Huge advantage is that the html is very clean and everything has a nicely defined class, so I can style each element. A numpty like me has managed to personalise my journal fairly well. Nowhere near finished, but it works. Tag cloud, page summary, profile, all fairly good. I did go through and delete a huge pile of one-use only tags to make the cloud look almost respectable. Now all I need is to learn how to make banners look good. Or ask someone for one, want to use the same one for here, my MySpace and possibly the column at TaKtiX.
[livejournal.com profile] lmnicole did a meme. It had a purty picture, but not my type, so I did it too. Look, I did try, I really did... )

In other news, I'm playing around with MySpace, and I hate it. I really do. Except. Within 24 hours of telling it what school I went to, an old school friend messaged me there. Maybe there is a point to it? Nah. So why am I using Murdoch's godawful website?
  1. I will control the name matbowles & matgb on every site in the world, especially if popular.
  2. Everyone else seems to be doing it, so I might as well see what the fuss is about 1
  3. Our new(ish) receptionist at work uses one. Degree in english, fun, brunette, recently single, likes SciFi, books, the D&D cartoon (I haven't asked why yet) and lists bands that aren't awful in her interests. Summary of this reason? hot girls, natch
So, if'n you're on it, save me the time finding you, and say hello?

Discussion at [livejournal.com profile] innerbrat's suggest setting up (or finding) a "only here because you guys suck too much for LiveJournal" community. Anyone seen one?

Also, anyone know how to code it? It looks to be made to be idiot proof. As I've progressed beyond idiot level, I can't figure out what code to put where to make it look, well, not awful. Also, can't be arsed with writing stuff on the profile yet...

1 I concur with previous stated opinion; MySpace is for people that that want to use the net, but either don't now how, are scared of it, or don't want to appear too geeky by understanding stuff.
[livejournal.com profile] sinju asks me matgb - Which is cooler...pirates or Ford Prefect?, to which my response is...

I can't decide. Y'see, Ford, definately cool. Very cool. The man invented the pan-galactic gargle blaster, right? How can that not be cool. But, on the other hand, pirates. So...

[Poll #762673]

The meme in total thing isn't a bad one, I'll try to do it when I'm not, say, in the office at 20.30 on a Wednesday...
matgb: Artwork of 19th century upper class anarchist, text: MatGB (Default)

British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

Likes comments. Especially likes links. Loves to know where people came from and what they were looking for. Mostly posts everything publicly. Sometimes doesn't. Hi.

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