June 7th, 2007

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Random Questions Poll

What can I say... I was bored and felt like playing with the poll creator. :)

Poll #998916 Random Questions

I wipe...

front to back
10(66.7%)
back to front
5(33.3%)
I own a bidet
0(0.0%)
love that smell!
0(0.0%)

I masturbate with...

my right hand
8(50.0%)
my left hand
4(25.0%)
I switch off
4(25.0%)
the sheets
0(0.0%)
someone else's hand ;)
0(0.0%)

I own...

a dildo or butt plug
2(20.0%)
handcuffs
0(0.0%)
rope (for sexual use only)
0(0.0%)
a blow-up doll or other artificial orafice
0(0.0%)
a sling
0(0.0%)
don't hurt me master!
1(10.0%)

You're walking down a dark street. A big, built guy is walking toward you with spiked hair, piercings everywhere, and the occasional chain for measure. You...

strip down and wait for the wonderful beating
0(0.0%)
ask for his number
2(12.5%)
walk past him as if he doesn't exist
12(75.0%)
cross to the other side of the street
1(6.2%)
run. fast. away.
1(6.2%)

I have had penetrative sex

in a car
7(43.8%)
in a boat
0(0.0%)
on a train
0(0.0%)
in a large open window
1(6.2%)
in front of a crowd
1(6.2%)
No.
2(12.5%)

I use condoms...

religiously.
10(62.5%)
almost always... mistakes have been made.
4(25.0%)
if I feel it's important
2(12.5%)
if the other person demands it
0(0.0%)
"NEG seeks POZ for BB and PNP CDC Violation"
0(0.0%)

I wouldn't hate myself if I voted for...

Sam Brownback
0(0.0%)
Hillary Clinton
0(0.0%)
Mitt Romney
0(0.0%)
Christopher Dodd
0(0.0%)
John McCain
0(0.0%)
John Edwards
1(8.3%)
Mike Huckabee
0(0.0%)
Mike Gravel
0(0.0%)
Tom Tancredo
0(0.0%)
Dennis Kucinich
0(0.0%)
Jim Gilmore
0(0.0%)
Barack Obama
0(0.0%)
Rudy Giuliani
1(8.3%)
William Richardson
0(0.0%)
Duncan Hunter
0(0.0%)

Religious beliefs...

are important to have and adhere to.
0(0.0%)
provide a good idea, but that's all
3(20.0%)
are fine for those that need/want them.
8(53.3%)
are interesting stories.
1(6.7%)
are for the weak.
1(6.7%)
are the cause of all pain and suffering
2(13.3%)
kill the infidels!
0(0.0%)

Which is more important?

Friends
6(42.9%)
Family
8(57.1%)

Which is more important?

Money
0(0.0%)
Happiness
16(100.0%)

Which is more important?

Love
14(100.0%)
Sex
0(0.0%)
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smileys

I get occasionally teased about how much I use smileys and emoticons in my online chats... and yet I wonder why they don't get used more often. How many times have you had a conversation with someone and saw something completely offensive, responded in an appropriately pissed off way, only to have them say they were kidding? How were you supposed to know?

Online conversations... words on a screen... are more subject to interpretation than almost any other form of conversation today. You don't have the benefit of a complete dissertation to fully understand the perspective someone's coming from... and you don't have the benefit of inflection, tone, expression, or body language. You're stuck inferring exactly what this person meant when they made that snippy, bitchy comment. Were they kidding? Were they serious? Was it the wrong window? Were they being sarcastic? Sociology says we'll pick the one we're most concerned about (usually the negative one) and jump to conclusions. Sucky.

In a world where "it's not what you say, but how it's said", a medium like this, that's focused exclusively on conveying words and sentences needs a little more "how" added to it. When you're talking to me, you usually know if I'm joking, smiling, laughing, or just plain being a bitch. You can imagine the facial expression as you read the words because there's a little picture or icon or something behind the sentence to lead you in the right direction.

In a world where misunderstanding causes people to die, and where we talk more with they keyboard then in person, a little extra effort to help people understand us is probably exactly what's needed.