ratcreature: RL? What RL? RatCreature is a net addict.  (what rl?)
In general (if I don't forget) on DW I give plain access to all people who subscribe to me and give me access (which I take as request to read locked posts in return) even without being familiar with the person. I mostly use the plain access lock for RL posts and the occasional fannish frustration post/rant that doesn't need to be public, but I wouldn't mind much if it became so.

If you'd like access but I haven't given you access when you subscribed to me, you can check this poll. BTW mutual access-giving is not necessary. Also, if I you have access but would rather just see the public posts, click that option:
Poll #17845 managing access
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8


Should I give (or remove) access from you?

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Please give me access.
8 (100.0%)

Please remove my access.
0 (0.0%)



In addition to the plain access-lock which equates to plain f-lock on LJ, I also have an access filter "personal posts" which I originally created for LJ, because there access and subscription aren't separate and I had friended people for reading with whom I had never even talked.

Often I use that filter for not very happy personal posts, and it is not really a reader-oriented/lurker-friendly filter, if that makes sense, i.e. more often than not I tend to be in need of internet hugs when I post to that filter. The post frequency varies widely from not used at all for months to somewhat frequent posts. Recently I haven't posted to it often. If you can see this older post about grief for example, you are on that filter. If you request access in the poll below, but I can't place your DW name, I might message you to ask how we know each other, before adding you.
Poll #17846 managing access
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6


Should I add (or remove) you from my "personal posts" access filter?

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Please add me to that filter.
6 (100.0%)

Please remove me from that filter.
0 (0.0%)



Obviously if you're content with the state of your (non-)access to my journal no responses are necessary.
ratcreature: grumpy (grumpy)
I really hope summer will get a bit drier as it goes on. However, I'd be happy if it stayed on the cool side, because anything above 25°C makes me miserable. Though actually according to a weather press notice I just read, it turns out the average June temperature has been almost two degrees above the long term average here, but I guess it didn't feel like it because it's been much wetter than usual (135l per sqm instead of 70l per sqm).

Anyway, I feel like indulging the time honored tradition of weather griping, so have a poll:

Poll #17550 summer weather griping
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27


In which ways does your summer's weather suck thus far?

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it's too hot
10 (37.0%)

it's too cold
6 (22.2%)

it's too dry
7 (25.9%)

it's too rainy
10 (37.0%)

summer is failing in some other way
2 (7.4%)

summer weather here has been great actually
2 (7.4%)

it's not summer where I am
1 (3.7%)

ratcreature: hiding under my blanket (hiding under my blanket)
It's been awhile since I last did this. Unfortunately the news haven't gotten any better. Still with ticky boxes for everybody who can't decide what to be most anxious about.

Poll #17523 why ratcreature should only look at pictures of fluffy baby animals, 2016 ed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


Which inescapable disaster/crisis/calamity do you think is most likely to lead to your demise?

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the next high mortality rate pandemic will come for sure, possibly via climate change mosquitoes
3 (42.9%)

no pandemics needed, I'll die of some treatable condition, not able to afford medicine, thanks to the health system crisis/collapse
1 (14.3%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by the ongoing global economic crisis/collapse in general
1 (14.3%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by the economic crisis/collapse following the Brexit in particular
1 (14.3%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by rampaging football fans
1 (14.3%)

the climate change catastrophe will kill me through a grand disaster
2 (28.6%)

climate change will kill me slowly through failing crops and the like
3 (42.9%)

climate change will kill me fast but in a boring way through some horrible heat wave or such
3 (42.9%)

I'll die because thanks to the global water crisis I won't be able to afford clean drinking water
0 (0.0%)

I'll die in some armed conflict brought on by the above (or other) ecological disasters
1 (14.3%)

I'll die in some armed conflict brought on by pure stupidity, like someone misinterpreting some screen and/or pushing the wrong button
1 (14.3%)

terrorism! I'll be blown up by some shadowy terrorist organization
0 (0.0%)

terrorism! but it's my government who will dispose of me as "terrorist"
0 (0.0%)

terrorism! some deranged mob will lynch me as "terrorist"
0 (0.0%)

crime! I'll end up as a victim in a crime statistic
1 (14.3%)

crime! but as a victim of the "tough on crime" policies, like tazered to death or shot by police and the like
0 (0.0%)

a meteorite will kill me in a huge extinction level event, but at least I have the consolation that everyone else will be dead along with me
2 (28.6%)

killer robots will get me
0 (0.0%)

killer robots will get me, but it will be an accident (less Terminator, more self-driving cars gone wrong)
2 (28.6%)

I'll get killed by the zombie apocalypse
0 (0.0%)

I'll get killed by the zombie army I raised to protect myself, falling victim to dramatic irony
1 (14.3%)

and so and so forth... (nuclear disaster! war! genetically modified crops! (lack of) bees!...)
1 (14.3%)

ratcreature: RatCreature as a sloth (sloth)
I enjoy looking at DIY and home-improvement tips, also I find tv shows with that sort of thing (like home makeovers with cleaning and renovating tips and such) fun to watch in the right mood, but somehow that never translates into realizing any such projects.

It's like I'm house proud in a theoretical way, in that I'm interested in knowing cleaning, renovating and decoration techniques, and even sometimes envision their application to my home, but in practice I haven't even bothered for example to replace the bare light bulbs hanging from my ceilings with proper lamps in over fifteen years now (except in my kitchen and bathroom, where I found properly placed lighting important for practical reasons).

So now I'm wondering how many among the audience of that genre are like me, and (almost) never actually apply any of the gazillion DIY tips they collect on their Pinterest board or such. hence a poll:

Poll #13657 house proud?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 23


What describes your approach to improving/maintaining your living space best?

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I pay others to make sure my home is nice (cleaners, decorators etc.) but don't enjoy spending time and effort on it myself. I rather occupy myself with other things.
3 (13.0%)

I enjoy home improvement/maintenance in a theoretical way (collecting bookmarks with tips, watching DIY shows etc.) but not so much the practice of realizing any such projects outside of fantasy.
10 (43.5%)

I regularly do projects to improve/maintain my home, and enjoy media and online tips as actual inspiration and for help.
2 (8.7%)

I like the practice of improving/maintaining my home myself, but have no interest in engaging in this through media or online tips to find inspiration.
0 (0.0%)

I'm not into home improvement/maintenance beyond the bare necessities, and don't seek out media in that genre either.
8 (34.8%)

ratcreature: RatCreature is bored. (bored)
When I had some dental work not too long ago (still awaiting the bill for my copayment for the new crown :( ), I noticed once again that my dentist does not use "dental dams". In fact despite having had fillings (both amalgam back in the day and composite fillings once they became available), root canals, and surgery for root tip resections with two dentists and two different dental surgeons (granted not a large sample), I've never experienced anyone using a dental dam for anything.

In fact though I have seen pictures of them online, I can't quite imagine them how they would work in practice. I read that they are supposed to keep the work area clean and dry, especially for the composite fillings, but my dentist does that with cotton wads and suction, and I've never had a composite filling fall out or anything like that, and while once or twice I've had a fixed tooth rot again, many of my composite fillings are by now lasting longer than the "average" lifetime they are said to have, so I don't think my dentist's work is particularly shoddy (though I do sometimes wonder about his approach to hygiene, because while he does wear gloves for drilling and such, he doesn't always for just checking, even though his hand is in my mouth then too).

Anyway, I have been wondering how common the use of dental dams in dental work really is, hence this poll.

Poll #13275 dental dams?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 30


Have you had dentists use dental dams while working on your teeth?

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Regularly.
5 (16.7%)

Occasionally.
8 (26.7%)

Never.
17 (56.7%)

ratcreature: RatCreature is bored. (bored)
It isn't all that cold here, but I dislike wearing socks indoors, and am not that fond of wearing layers constantly either, OTOH I'm not thrilled with huge heating bills and rather enjoy getting a little of my advance payments back. So winter is a time of constant compromise and dilemma. Also blankets. Unlike socks I don't mind using blankets. So now I'm wondering how cold (or comfortably warm) other people are at their place. (If it's summer right now where you are, just remember your last winter.)

Poll #9180 your winter heating: toasty warmth or extra sweater?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 53


How much do you heat your place?

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I don't need to heat at all in my climate zone, it remains comfortable all winter.
0 (0.0%)

I don't (or can't) heat at all, and just tough out the cold with extra sweaters, socks, thermal underwear, blankets etc.
1 (1.9%)

I heat only some rooms, and these not quite as warm as I'd like to save energy/money, and use some extra sweaters, socks, thermal underwear, blankets etc. when necessary.
14 (26.4%)

I heat only some rooms, but these are as warm as I like it.
8 (15.1%)

I heat all rooms when I use them, but not quite as warm as I'd like to save energy/money, and use some extra sweaters, socks, thermal underwear, blankets etc. when necessary.
9 (17.0%)

I heat all rooms comfortably when I use them, and only turn down the heat when I'm not there.
6 (11.3%)

I heat all rooms, but not quite as warm as I'd like to save energy/money, and use some extra sweaters, socks, thermal underwear, blankets etc. when necessary.
13 (24.5%)

I heat all my rooms as warm as like it. Saving some money/energy is not worth being uncomfortable at home.
1 (1.9%)

I heat all rooms as much as possible, but still need some extra sweaters, socks, thermal underwear, blankets etc., because winters are just that bad here.
1 (1.9%)

ratcreature: RatCreature is bored. (bored)
I've been wondering about epicanthic folds after reading once again a line in an eye tutorial that they appear only on Asian eyes. I know that is not true, because my own eye corners have such a skin fold, though not an extreme one (here's a closeup photo of my own eyes, you can see the small folds on the inner corners). I realize they aren't *that* common with Caucasian eyes (a couple of times I was even teased as a kid), but obviously they happen as normal variation (and not just with genetic diseases).

Poll #9098 non-conformist eyes
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27


What are your eye corners like?

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my eyes have such epicanthic folds without any Asian ancestry
9 (33.3%)

my eyes look like expected (i.e. no folds, or folds only with the right kind of ethnicities)
18 (66.7%)

ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
Poll #8736 passive-aggressive tagging?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29


Starting to tag XMFC stories with a "bad German" tag where applicable, would be...

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petty.
7 (24.1%)

breaking fannish etiquette and shouldn't be done.
1 (3.4%)

pointless, because it isn't a good way to communicate the complaint as feedback to the author.
6 (20.7%)

a good way to vent frustration after multiple rants failed.
22 (75.9%)

useful information for the bookmark readers.
18 (62.1%)

So in summation, should I create a "badgerman" tag?

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Yes.
15 (60.0%)

No.
1 (4.0%)

I don't care.
4 (16.0%)

Make it a hidden tag that Pinboard offers just to vent for yourself.
5 (20.0%)

ratcreature: reading RatCreature (reading)
Do book recommendation algorithms ever work for anyone? I mean, I've rated almost all the books I bought on Amazon in an attempt to see if this improves things, yet rarely seem the recs tempting or helpful. For one thing it insists on reccing me the n-th parts of series instead of the first, despite me not having bought the earlier ones. I'm not really interested in reading even the first of the The Wheel of Time series, let alone the 13th part, which Amazon apparently recced me due to having bought The Kingdom of Gods. Similarly I've now entered and rated quite a number of books on Goodreads, yet their recs are not all that helpful either. Admittedly sometimes books crop up that look interesting or some that I've read and liked (and just not entered), so they are not always completely wrong, but I have yet to really feel compelled to read a book from their list next. Well, at least Goodreads thinks I would like to read the first part of The Wheel of Time series (because I added LOTR) not the 13th.

Poll #8357 do book rec alghorithms work for you?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 24


Are the automated book rec algorithms on commercial or social book sites helpful for you?

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Yes, I frequently find new books to read, that I then like, through them.
0 (0.0%)

Yes, I've found good books more than once.
3 (12.5%)

Not really. Sometimes potentially interesting books may crop up, but they get lots in many meh or WTF? suggestions.
12 (50.0%)

Not really. The interesting books that come up are mostly ones I've already read or heard from so there is little added value.
5 (20.8%)

No, the suggestions never really fit.
3 (12.5%)

I don't try to find interesting books this way in the first place.
1 (4.2%)

I don't collaborate in getting data mined like this, and do not feed them my reading choices.
0 (0.0%)

ratcreature: navel-gazing RatCreature (navel-gazing)
I'm curious which content people are most interested in, thus a poll:

Poll #8020 Shared Fandoms?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 31


Which fandoms do we share that you are currently into, and are hoping content (recs, art, talk,...) for them might appear here?

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Daredevil
1 (3.2%)

DC Comics
8 (25.8%)

Dresden Files
9 (29.0%)

Harry Potter
16 (51.6%)

Highlander
10 (32.3%)

Lord of the Rings
7 (22.6%)

Merlin
13 (41.9%)

Muppets
6 (19.4%)

Numb3rs
1 (3.2%)

Sanctuary
3 (9.7%)

Sherlock Holmes
16 (51.6%)

Stargate Atlantis
18 (58.1%)

Star Trek
16 (51.6%)

Star Wars
7 (22.6%)

Supernatural
10 (32.3%)

Temeraire
11 (35.5%)

Terminator
5 (16.1%)

White Collar
14 (45.2%)

X-Men
17 (54.8%)

other fandoms not on the list above that I'll mention in the text box below
3 (9.7%)

The other fandom(s) we share that I'm into is:



Rate how interested you are in the type of post (from 0 = not interested at all to 4 = very interested), with the assumption that you are interested in the fandom for the fannish post types:

Poll #8021 Preferred Content?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 26


polished fanart

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Mean: 3.64 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.62
00 (0.0%)
10 (0.0%)
22 (8.0%)
35 (20.0%)
418 (72.0%)

art process posts

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Mean: 2.83 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.03
01 (4.2%)
10 (0.0%)
29 (37.5%)
36 (25.0%)
48 (33.3%)

drawbles (i. e. doodles made for prompt memes)

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Mean: 3.32 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.79
00 (0.0%)
10 (0.0%)
25 (20.0%)
37 (28.0%)
413 (52.0%)

GIPs with RatCreature icon doodles

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Mean: 3.28 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.87
00 (0.0%)
11 (4.0%)
24 (16.0%)
37 (28.0%)
413 (52.0%)

other doodles

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Mean: 2.96 Median: 3 Std. Dev 0.81
00 (0.0%)
10 (0.0%)
28 (34.8%)
38 (34.8%)
47 (30.4%)

fanfic recs

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Mean: 3.54 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.76
00 (0.0%)
11 (4.2%)
21 (4.2%)
36 (25.0%)
416 (66.7%)

fanart recs

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Mean: 3.44 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.75
00 (0.0%)
10 (0.0%)
24 (16.0%)
36 (24.0%)
415 (60.0%)

thematic lists

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Mean: 3.42 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.79
00 (0.0%)
10 (0.0%)
25 (19.2%)
35 (19.2%)
416 (61.5%)

squee and short blather about a source

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Mean: 3.42 Median: 3.5 Std. Dev 0.63
00 (0.0%)
10 (0.0%)
22 (7.7%)
311 (42.3%)
413 (50.0%)

fannish rants

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Mean: 3.31 Median: 3 Std. Dev 0.72
00 (0.0%)
10 (0.0%)
24 (15.4%)
310 (38.5%)
412 (46.2%)

longer musing/meta about a source (doesn't happen that often recently, but something tl;dr like this)

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Mean: 3.38 Median: 3.5 Std. Dev 0.74
00 (0.0%)
11 (3.8%)
21 (3.8%)
311 (42.3%)
413 (50.0%)

blather/meta about fandom in general (like this)

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Mean: 3.46 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.69
00 (0.0%)
10 (0.0%)
23 (11.5%)
38 (30.8%)
415 (57.7%)

fanart/drawing meta (like this)

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Mean: 2.83 Median: 3 Std. Dev 0.80
00 (0.0%)
11 (4.2%)
27 (29.2%)
311 (45.8%)
45 (20.8%)

rat related posts

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Mean: 2.60 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.02
00 (0.0%)
13 (12.0%)
211 (44.0%)
34 (16.0%)
47 (28.0%)

RL related posts

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Mean: 2.91 Median: 3 Std. Dev 0.93
00 (0.0%)
12 (8.7%)
25 (21.7%)
39 (39.1%)
47 (30.4%)
ratcreature: Tech-Voodoo: RatCreature waves a dead chicken over a computer. (voodoo)
Is it possible on deviantArt to submit something that you stored in your scraps to a group, or is there some sort of conceptual block on that action making it impossible, due to the assumption that only polished stuff ought to be promoted in group galleries?

I'm asking because an XMFC group I'm watching has a gallery specifically to collect art meme responses, and I would like to submit mine, but because it's a meme and just quick doodles, I put it in my scraps rather than the regular gallery, as I do with all my drawbles/doodles and such on dA. I've poked around for a while now, but I can't seem to be able to submit them.

I don't want my many quick doodles totally swamp the art I put much more effort in, but I'd still like to participate in the more social, fun sharing of these. I mean, the group has a gallery just for art memes after all. So can this be achieved, or would I need to "trick" dA by creating a new regular gallery in which I put my memes, and then exclude them from "featured" and such for display purposes? That would be tedious work, and I rather only do that as a last resort.

And as I'm pondering ways how to best distribute fanart, here's a poll...
Poll #7767 So. Tumblr.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 18


Should I post my fanart to Tumblr too?

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NO. It's a horrible platform, don't encourage its growth.
1 (5.9%)

No, because posting the art there for "likes" and "reblogs" will just eat into the feedback you'd otherwise get in your usual venues.
1 (5.9%)

No, you don't post fanart frequently enough for your Tumblr to attract followers.
0 (0.0%)

No, because it makes you loose control over your pictures more (i.e. the reblogs sticking around after deletion of the original, I think?)
1 (5.9%)

No, because it would be completely redundant. You already crosspost the same content in many places, doing it in even more for the chance of more feedback is pathetic.
0 (0.0%)

Yes, because you'll reach a wider audience, and will get more feedback overall.
5 (29.4%)

Yes, because this way people using Tumblr can share your art by reblogging and you see that and get a feedback jolt, rather than them just uploading your art anyway without your permission and notice.
5 (29.4%)

Yes, because I'd find it more convenient to look at your fanart there.
1 (5.9%)

Yes, because that's where fanartists are these days, and you'd have more fun if you used your Tumblr rather than just lurking.
0 (0.0%)

I don't care about Tumblr, but as long as you still post your fanart here, it's all the same to me.
8 (47.1%)

I don't care about your fanart. I watch your journal only for the other content.
2 (11.8%)

So how is your relationship with Tumblr?

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I'm a (fan)artist and use Tumblr to post my own art (and possibly other stuff), and enjoy it.
0 (0.0%)

I'm a (fan)artist and use Tumblr to post my own art (and possibly other stuff), but I still don't like it much.
0 (0.0%)

I'm a (fan)artist and use Tumblr, but not for posting my own art, but for reblogging, and posting pictures that are not my own.
0 (0.0%)

I'm not a (fan)artist, but use my Tumblr to post other content I own.
0 (0.0%)

I'm not a (fan)artist, but use my Tumblr to reblog things or to post pictures that are not my own.
5 (27.8%)

I have a Tumblr, but I don't post to it, just lurk there to follow content (and maybe "like" things).
2 (11.1%)

I do not have a Tumblr, but I'm considering getting one.
1 (5.6%)

I do not have a Tumblr and no intention of getting one.
10 (55.6%)

Would you just shut up about Tumblr already?!
0 (0.0%)

If you have a Tumblr, what's its name?

ratcreature: grumpy (grumpy)
I know weather whining is boring, and it's not that I'd want scorching heat, but I woke up earlier during the night because I was so cold (I haven't yet caved and turned the heat on in August). So in the spirit of inquiry and commiseration, a poll:

Poll #7737 is your weather fulfilling its seasonal obligations?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 37


So, how's your summer so far? (provided you are in the northern hemisphere)

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No. It's too hot.
17 (45.9%)

No. It's too cold.
13 (35.1%)

No. It's too dry.
3 (8.1%)

No. It's too wet.
11 (29.7%)

YES. It's just right and as expected.
7 (18.9%)

It's winter here.
3 (8.1%)

My climate zone has other kinds of seasons (wet/dry or such), no summers and winters.
0 (0.0%)

ratcreature: RatCreature is conflicted, and ponders under the influence of hovering angel- and devil-RatCreatures. (conflicted)
I've posted five Star Wars fanart recs in June over at [community profile] fanart_recs, but I'm not sure what or even whether I'll rec in July. On one hand I feel that after nine consecutive months of diligently posting four to six fanart recs I could use a break, OTOH it is sort of a habit now, so maybe I shouldn't break it. Also it's my comm, so there's this nagging feeling that I ought to help produce content for it.

Poll #7458 to rec or not to rec?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2


Should I post fanart recs in July?

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No, embrace your inner sloth and take a break, if you aren't enthusiastic.
2 (100.0%)

Yes, you should stick with it and post Merlin art recs.
0 (0.0%)

Yes, you should stick with it and post LOTR art recs.
0 (0.0%)

I don't care.
0 (0.0%)

ratcreature: RatCreature is conflicted, and ponders under the influence of hovering angel- and devil-RatCreatures. (conflicted)
I decided my existing X-Men icons of Cyclops and Wolverine aren't really suitable for X-Men First Class, and that I needed an Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto icon. The only problem is that I'm not sure whether to icon Magneto!RatCreature with the helmet, which has the advantage of being recognizable, but otoh helmets don't work that well with the ears, and look always silly, or Erik!RatCreature, which is less easily recognized, but fits better with XMFC and whose look I prefer. So which do you like better for an icon?

pencils sketch behind the cut )

Poll #7395 Erik!RatCreature or Magneto!RatCreature?
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Which sketch would make a better icon?

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Neither works.
0 (0.0%)

Erik!RatCreature
3 (25.0%)

Magneto!RatCreature
5 (41.7%)

Simply icon both.
4 (33.3%)

ratcreature: Your devoted minion. (minion)
I've recced Tolkien fanart last month for [community profile] fanart_recs, but haven't yet decided what I could rec in May. Thus a poll:

Poll #6841 what to rec?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11


Which fandom should RatCreature rec this month on fanart_recs?

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DC Comics
5 (45.5%)

Harry Potter
2 (18.2%)

Star Wars
4 (36.4%)

ratcreature: RatCreature enjoys food: yum! (food)
I've been wondering about carnivorous habits, and which animals people eat and which they avoid, thus a poll. (Vegetarians like me, feel free to answer for a period of your life when you ate animals. Obviously if you have never eaten any the poll is kind of moot.) For each you can pick a number from 0 to 3, where 0 = "I have never eaten this animal" (or an animal from a that group, as I bundled some), 1 = "I've tried it only once or twice", 2 = "I have been/am eating this every now and then" (e.g. animals you eat repeatedly but only on rare occasions, or as a treat), 3 = "this animal was/is a regular part of my diet".
cut for length )
ratcreature: RatCreature enjoys food: yum! (food)
Most people think chocolate and nuts go well together, but which nut do you think fits chocolate best? (Today when I decided to buy some chocolate with nuts I dithered for minutes in front of the shelf over whether I ought to go with hazelnut or almond chocolate this time.)

I realize radio buttons make this hard when like me you like many nuts in chocolate, but you'll just have to pick a favorite. (Feel free to imagine the chocolate however you like it to best compliment the nuts, i.e. if you like for example hazelnuts best in milk chocolate but almonds in dark chocolate, imagine the combination you like better and then pick the kind of nut in the poll.)

Poll #6193 chocolate & nuts
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 51


Which nut do you like best with chocolate?

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None: Who would contaminate tasty chocolate with any nut?? (or nuts with chocolate)
5 (9.8%)

Hazelnuts
21 (41.2%)

Almonds
16 (31.4%)

Walnuts
1 (2.0%)

Pecans
2 (3.9%)

Macadamia
2 (3.9%)

Cashew
2 (3.9%)

Brazil nuts
0 (0.0%)

Pistachios
0 (0.0%)

Peanuts (counted as "nut" for the purposes of this poll despite being an undercover legume)
2 (3.9%)

some other nut you have forgotten
0 (0.0%)

ratcreature: RatCreature as a sloth (sloth)
Like many other people, especially those without a dish washer, I'm not fond of doing dishes, and due to me lacking in discipline the dirty ones pile up, and I get to the point where no clean plate/fork/mug... is to be found when I need such an item to prepare and eat the food I want. And yet this does not always result in me just doing the dishes. So I'm curious about others.

Poll #5895 (not) doing dishes, how do fellow sloths cope?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 53


How do you cope with a lack of clean dishes/cutlery?

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I never let my dirty dishes accumulate to such an extent in the first place.
15 (28.3%)

Once it's come to that point I give in and just do the dishes.
32 (60.4%)

I invite over someone who I know can't tolerate the sight of piled up dishes, and hope they'll volunteer to (help) clean up.
4 (7.5%)

That's what the reserve stash of paper plates and plastic sporks is for.
10 (18.9%)

I go out to eat elsewhere.
8 (15.1%)

I switch to eating food that can be prepared/eaten without the dishes/cutlery. (Or eat things that way regardless of custom.)
14 (26.4%)

I wash the single plate/fork/mug/whatever I need and leave the rest.
22 (41.5%)

If still possible I use related items that are clean if not ideally suited (e.g. all forks are dirty so I make do with a cake fork, or use a large plate instead of a small one etc.)
24 (45.3%)

I try to find a used item that might still be reasonably clean enough to be used again without washing it.
9 (17.0%)

I buy new dishes/cutlery.
0 (0.0%)

ratcreature: RatCreature is bored. (bored)
I once again failed to convince my rats of the merits of being still to let me cuddle them for longer than three or four scritches...

Poll #5584 rate your pets' cuddliness...
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 35


How willing to cuddle is (are) your pet(s)?

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It is not the kind you cuddle (e.g. racing cockroaches or fish or the like).
1 (2.9%)

It won't tolerate petting or cuddling at all.
1 (2.9%)

It lets me pet it sometimes. If I'm lucky.
5 (14.3%)

I can bribe it with food to let itself be petted.
2 (5.7%)

If I force-cuddle it, it usually holds still and endures it.
4 (11.4%)

It voluntarily lets me cuddle and pet it for a short while, if I initiate.
7 (20.0%)

It sometimes voluntarily comes to me and initiates cuddling itself, but not for long.
9 (25.7%)

It initiates or even demands lengthy cuddles, but only on its own terms.
18 (51.4%)

My pet loves to cuddle at almost all times.
11 (31.4%)

It's not so much that it likes cuddles, as that it likes to sleep in a warm and soft spot that happens to be me.
16 (45.7%)

I dislike cuddling my pet, so this is avoided from my end, and I couldn't say what its preferences are.
0 (0.0%)

ratcreature: RatCreature is thinking: hmm...? (hmm...?)
I'm sure most people are familiar with the situation that when you look back at works of any kind (writing, art, crafts, whatever) that you finished some time ago, you come across one for which you still find the idea/concept really awesome, but now you kind of cringe at the technical execution, or at least some of it, because you've gotten better with practice since, and if you realized the same idea now, it could have been so much better. And while you still know that you were really proud of it then, and still love the concept behind it, the less accomplished realization now almost seems like a waste of a great idea.

And then some people may redo their old work if they find an idea compelling enough, i.e. rewrite that old novel in a second version, redo a painting, etc., while others may revisit similar themes or mine their old work for ideas, but don't go back to finished things to do the same thing again, just better. Personally I'm in the second "camp" and don't think I've ever done a remake version, but I wonder how others feel, thus a poll:

Poll #5503 remaking your works
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 18


Do you ever redo old works?

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Yes.
8 (44.4%)

No.
10 (55.6%)

I'm more complicated than your radio buttons, and will explain this in a comment.
0 (0.0%)

ratcreature: RatCreature is bored. (bored)
Poll #5487 your pets opinion on fireworks
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22


Are your pets freaked out by the New Year's Eve fireworks noises?

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Yes.
10 (45.5%)

No.
8 (36.4%)

Your radio buttons oppress me.
4 (18.2%)



My rats don't mind the fireworks. In general all of my rats have always been very zen about any kind of noise outside, but very easily startled by sudden noises inside. So outside there can be shouting, sirens, fireworks, and they don't care, but if I drop something for example, they run and hide.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Steampunk character (steampunk)
If I was considering to make some faux-documentary Sanctuary fanart, like the kind I was looking for a few days ago (and unfortuantely haven't come across so far), which kind of creature should I do a Sanctuary style abnormal file for? I'm thinking of something along the line of artifacts we see in the opening credits: Files on an abnormal, like documentation of it and stuff, or maybe journal entries with sketches, or historical accounts or something like that.

I have browsed wikipedia for inspiration and possible candidates for things that might suit as basis for abnormals in the Sanctuary universe:

Poll #5447 ideas for Sanctuary abnormals
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


Which of these do you think would make a good abnormal case file?

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Mothman
3 (60.0%)

Hippocamp
3 (60.0%)

Pig-faced Women
1 (20.0%)

Green Man
2 (40.0%)

Blemmyes
1 (20.0%)

Selkie
1 (20.0%)

something else I'll mention in a comment
0 (0.0%)

ratcreature: RL? What RL? RatCreature is a net addict.  (what rl?)
My latest tedious digital experience made me curious about the "time efficiency" of digital vs. traditional media for people overall. Obviously there are some things that are really easy/fast digitally compared to doing it by hand, e.g. messing with the color balance, or after you are almost finished with the details it becomes apparent that you failed to notice that a head is disproportionately large. Select and scale with some minor re-merging effort is all fixing the latter takes digitally, whereas you have to start over by hand. But when looking at the whole process I often find that doing something digitally takes me longer than on paper (and I'm slow there already), even if I take into account the beloved undo and that corrections go much faster. Of course that could be just a matter of practice, but then it's not as if I paint traditionally all that often either, and digital stuff seems to have a really steep and frustrating learning curve.

Of course you can always mix both to take advantage, e.g. do a sketch in pencil, scan it, resize and rearrange stuff digitally, then base the drawing on that, or do an initial rough color sketch digitally, mess around with color sliders until you like the mood, then do the painting traditionally, then scan it and do a touch up digitally etc. But still, a poll about when you don't mix the two.

Poll #5337 traditional vs. digital
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


for initial sketching (whether a study or the base of later picture), what is faster for you?

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traditional media (i.e. physical pigments applied to surfaces in some manner)
3 (60.0%)

digital (i.e. whatever software you like best for a task: GIMP, Photoshop, Painter, ArtRage...)
1 (20.0%)

no difference
1 (20.0%)

don't know/can't say (b/c you never keep track of time, have only ever used one method for this, always mix both...)
0 (0.0%)

for a fully rendered drawing, what is faster for you? (presuming about equally detailed/skilled results are the goal)

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traditional
1 (20.0%)

digital
3 (60.0%)

no difference
1 (20.0%)

don't know
0 (0.0%)

for inking line art, what is faster for you?

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traditional
2 (40.0%)

digital
3 (60.0%)

no difference
0 (0.0%)

don't know
0 (0.0%)

for coloring line art, what is faster for you?

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traditional
1 (20.0%)

digital
4 (80.0%)

no difference
0 (0.0%)

don't know
0 (0.0%)

for a fully rendered painting, what is faster for you?

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traditional
2 (40.0%)

digital
1 (20.0%)

no difference
0 (0.0%)

don't know
2 (40.0%)

how important is such time/effort efficiency on average when choosing your medium for an artwork? 10 meaning "most important", 0 meaning "not important" compared to other consideration (e.g. wanting to have a physical object, not wanting to have a mess with paints everywhere, having some effect you can only get digitally etc.)

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Mean: 3.20 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.33
00 (0.0%)
11 (20.0%)
20 (0.0%)
32 (40.0%)
41 (20.0%)
51 (20.0%)
60 (0.0%)
70 (0.0%)
80 (0.0%)
90 (0.0%)
100 (0.0%)
ratcreature: navel-gazing RatCreature (navel-gazing)
With my last acrylic painting I tried for the first time to skip the lineart inking, and now I'm wondering which version of my style viewers like better, if they have a preference at all, i.e. without inked lineart like in this Star Trek art, or with inked lineart like for example in this SGA art or pretty much any color art I've done before.

Poll #5136 lineart: to ink or not to ink
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 18


Which lineart style do you prefer for my fanart paintings?

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lineart inked in black (like the SGA example)
3 (16.7%)

lineart not inked (like the ST example)
10 (55.6%)

no preference
5 (27.8%)

ratcreature: RatCreature begs, holding a sign, that says: Will work for food, with "food" crossed out and replaced with  "comics". (work)
Poll #4781 the price to feed yourself
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 42


How much money do you spend on food per week per person? (in an average week, eating your average food, not an exceptional one with a holiday feast or a dinner treat at an for you unusually fancy restaurant or the like)

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less than 20 € (currently exchanged to about 27.50 US$ or so or 17.50 UK£, convert € below accordingly, though I realize the exchange rate vagaries don't reflect local purchasing power for stuff like food necessarily)
4 (9.5%)

20-30 €
11 (26.2%)

30-40 €
11 (26.2%)

40-50 €
3 (7.1%)

50-60 €
5 (11.9%)

60-70 €
1 (2.4%)

70-80 €
2 (4.8%)

90-100 €
3 (7.1%)

100-120 €
2 (4.8%)

120-140 €
0 (0.0%)

140-160 €
0 (0.0%)

160-180 €
0 (0.0%)

180-200 €
0 (0.0%)

200-250 €
0 (0.0%)

250-300 €
0 (0.0%)

more than 300 €
0 (0.0%)

ratcreature: X-Mas: RatCreature as Santa. (xmas)
Now that the Christmas cookies have been around in stores for weeks, and the holiday exchange post frequency heats up on my dwircle/flist, it occurred to me that maybe I should think earlier about individualized holiday cards for my family, because last year I did none, and my online sort of holiday art was posted on the 28th.

However that reminded me of said holiday art, a Santa!Cthulhu, which I still find quite neat to look at, and I wondered whether anyone would think it fun to have it as a motif on one of these easy merchandise sites (like Zazzle or the like? I've never used any such site) that offer to create prints and cards and stuff. Hence this poll:

Poll #4778 a multitude of Santa!Cthulhus?
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What do you think of Santa!Cthulhu as merchandise motif?

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Could be fun. I might even consider getting something with it if circumstances were right/I needed a Christmas card/...
3 (75.0%)

That seems all quite complicated and costs too much. If I wanted a Santa!Cthulhu card, I'd just email you and ask for the hi-res file to print it myself.
1 (25.0%)

Eh, don't bother. It's not great as a motif and Cthulhus are overdone anyway.
0 (0.0%)



(ETA: I probably should have included some "I don't celebrate Christmas/don't care for some other reason." option, but then you'll just have to resist the lure of the ticky...)

In other holiday-related news: I got my Yuletart assignment, yay! (Though, omg, why aren't people more specific in their wishes than their favorite characters?? I wrote half an essay detailing my preferences, so long in fact that I had a shortened version in my comment and then linked a yuletart letter post!)
ratcreature: RatCreature is thinking: hmm...? (hmm...?)
I'm curious what kind of fanart styles/types people like best for live action fandoms. For the purpose of this poll assume that the artist is skilled at the style in question, e.g. just because there are a ton of badly done "my hed iz pastede on" photomanips that shouldn't count against the style as such, if you can appreciate well done manips of that type. For this poll consider 0="don't like the style at all" and 5="like this style very much".

Poll #4052 What fanart styles do you like in live action fandoms?
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artwork in traditional media that is very realistic in style and used identifiable promo/screencap images as reference, e.g. many realist character portrait paintings/drawings or collage paintings that merge several portrait images for effect (like a collage of canon h/c scenes)

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Mean: 2.57 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.32
04 (8.2%)
15 (10.2%)
215 (30.6%)
313 (26.5%)
48 (16.3%)
54 (8.2%)

the same but done with digital media, e.g. "paintovers" and such

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Mean: 2.10 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.42
08 (16.3%)
110 (20.4%)
211 (22.4%)
311 (22.4%)
47 (14.3%)
52 (4.1%)

artwork in traditional media that is very realistic in style but shows fully imaginary scenes rather than character portraits and drawings based canon scenes

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Mean: 4.14 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.99
00 (0.0%)
11 (2.0%)
21 (2.0%)
312 (24.5%)
411 (22.4%)
524 (49.0%)

the same but done with digital media

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Mean: 4.06 Median: 4 Std. Dev 1.13
01 (2.0%)
11 (2.0%)
21 (2.0%)
311 (22.4%)
412 (24.5%)
523 (46.9%)

artwork in traditional media that is basically still realist (e.g. in proportions etc.) but more stylized, e.g. characters rendered in art noveau style, a realistic comic style etc.

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Mean: 4.45 Median: 5 Std. Dev 0.83
00 (0.0%)
10 (0.0%)
22 (4.1%)
35 (10.2%)
411 (22.4%)
531 (63.3%)

the same but done with digital media

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Mean: 4.35 Median: 5 Std. Dev 1.04
01 (2.0%)
10 (0.0%)
22 (4.1%)
35 (10.2%)
411 (22.4%)
530 (61.2%)

manga-style artwork

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Mean: 2.90 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.40
03 (6.2%)
16 (12.5%)
28 (16.7%)
313 (27.1%)
412 (25.0%)
56 (12.5%)

cartoony artwork

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Mean: 3.69 Median: 4 Std. Dev 1.26
01 (2.1%)
12 (4.2%)
25 (10.4%)
311 (22.9%)
413 (27.1%)
516 (33.3%)

photomanips of the collage-type, e.g. multiple pictures from canon and non-canon sources are arranged, layered, changed with textures etc.

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Mean: 2.16 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.40
06 (12.2%)
113 (26.5%)
28 (16.3%)
314 (28.6%)
45 (10.2%)
53 (6.1%)

photomanips of the type that merges/blends pictures into a single non-collage image, e.g. putting characters in period costumes, giving characters wings, head/body mergers to get explicit art etc.

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Mean: 2.18 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.38
07 (14.3%)
110 (20.4%)
29 (18.4%)
315 (30.6%)
46 (12.2%)
52 (4.1%)

digital artwork that is not painted or manipped but primarily 3D rendered

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Mean: 1.49 Median: 1 Std. Dev 1.24
013 (28.9%)
110 (22.2%)
212 (26.7%)
37 (15.6%)
43 (6.7%)
50 (0.0%)


ETA: I probably should have been more precise in that what I'm curious about is preferences for styles of 2D, non-moving picture-type fanart; the phrasing was not meant to imply that things like fannish fiber crafts, sculpture or vidding or other arts weren't "fanart".
ratcreature: navel-gazing RatCreature (navel-gazing)
Some years ago I posted some scans of a superhero drawing book, specifically from chapters where it explains drawing women. That post is widely linked, and google brings it up fairly high up when you search for "how to draw comics" and the like. This results in me still getting a steady stream of comments that range from clueless to horrible sexist drivel or worse.

Now LJ offers you the option to lock comments without deleting or hiding the old ones, and having once again an sexist idiot rant at me today (in multiple comments even, I assume the person didn't notice the comment field telling them I log IP addresses), I am considering to freeze comments there. In general I like to keep comments open, and normally I like getting comments on older posts, and every once in a while I get and interesting one even on that post, but is that worth getting enraged every so often? (I usually don't react anymore, but since I screen anon comments to weed out spam, I have to at least glance at their drivel.) The comments are an illuminating display of fail from certain segments of comic fandom, but then we all know about that already, so there is really not that much need to have them enact it over and over again in my years old post.

So I'm waffling, and wondering what you think.

Poll #2698 moderation question
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 24


Should I freeze comments in that post?

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Yes.
23 (95.8%)

No.
1 (4.2%)

ratcreature: RatCreature is thinking: hmm...? (hmm...?)
I'm curious, how many, if any, WIPs do you currently follow? Also which they are, especially if they are in one of my current main fandoms, to see whether I'm missing anything good. I know not everyone likes WIPs, so obviously this is not the post for WIP haters. I like following WIPs along, which has become obvious to me once again now that I read ST: Reboot, where WIPs seem more common than they are in SGA, so the number I keep track of has increased greatly in a short time.

So here's the list of WIPs I currently follow, i.e. WIPs I subscribe to updates for or regularly check (I stopped reading some HP WIPs I used to follow, because currently I'm not much interested in HP, so I'm not listing those). For simplicity it's just title and author with a link, as these are not recs, though I recced some before, and obviously want to know what happens next for all of them:

cut for length )
That were actually fewer than I thought, though I may have forgotten some.
Poll #2497 do you follow (m)any WIPs?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 39


How many WIPs do you follow?

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none
5 (12.8%)

none in principle, but there is that one special story I broke my no-WIPs rule for...
8 (20.5%)

a few (say less than ten)
16 (41.0%)

more than a few but not that many (say more than ten but less than 25)
4 (10.3%)

more than 25 but (probably) less than 100
2 (5.1%)

more than 100
0 (0.0%)

more than 200
0 (0.0%)

too many for me to keep track the number even approximately
2 (5.1%)

I have no idea how many, but not because the number is too large
2 (5.1%)

ratcreature: grumpy (grumpy)
The object of today's curiosity is signatures added to blog and journal posts. In particular the practice I've encountered in some blogs (mostly non-fandom) to include random religious scripture excerpts at the bottom of every post, even if the blog itself has no obvious religious content or otherwise preachy slant or anything like that. I tend to find this vaguely annoying, and usually won't subscribe then, even if I otherwise might have. Case in point, just now I came across one of those "a painting a day" blogs, and the art looked nice enough, but I find signature quotes that are unrelated to the content of the post annoying more often than not in general (especially the picture sigs on some message boards, I'd actually take preachy ones over those), but these seem even more obnoxious to me.

I understand that for some faiths there exists some sort of obligation to spread their words or something like that -- I vaguely remember that from confirmation classes at least -- but does it have to be in your art blog posts? It's not like I'm about to be converted by these. So now I'm curious: Do others like/dislike this kind of thing? Are indifferent? Maybe you overlook them, like with ad-blindness? Thus a poll:

Poll #2288 religious signatures?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 40


What is your reaction to religious quotes as blog signatures?

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I like them.
0 (0.0%)

I like them only if they are from my religion.
0 (0.0%)

I don't mind them/just overlook them.
10 (25.0%)

I dislike them.
28 (70.0%)

Your radio buttons are oppressing me.
2 (5.0%)

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