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October 19th, 2005
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Dimmer switches, and other domestics
You know those little things in life that drive you mad about your adorable other half? Whether the toilet seat is up or down, whether the loo roll is at the front or the back, whether the coffee jar lives on top of the sugar jar or vice versa? Things where every time you see it it bugs you, and you turn it back the other way round so it can bug them instead? Most of the time I think there might not actually be a right answer, and so I make up more and more spurious "facts" why my random choice is the one true way and M's is the spawn of satan.

The current Weathertop trivia is the dimmer switch. And so, as thinking rational adults, we have decided that we will not be minutely annoyed by the dimmer switch every time we turn the light on. We will admit that neither of us actually has a clue about what is electrically best for the light switch. So we will ASK LIVEJOURNAL and we will abide by the informed consensus of our readers. Yes, even if that means I have to change my habits of a life time and frob the switch the way he prefers it frobbed.

So do go and vote on emperor's poll. I know you're all intelligent, so you're bound to agree with me as to what the right way is.

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From:emperor
Date:October 19th, 2005 11:39 am (UTC)
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TICKYBOX!

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From:ewx
Date:October 19th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Why is eye-gouging markup so popular lately?
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From:arnhem
Date:October 19th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure people are doing their very best to follow the spirit of the request in the PS of this lj entry ...
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:October 19th, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
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Woo! What a sensible approach. Some people might think it was tedious to check, but regardless of how significant the bulb is, you'll both be immensely happier when not having a niggling feeling you're doing something wrong.

And everyone else can get the beneift of the answer too.
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From:mair_aw
Date:October 19th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
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next up, poll on spoons? :)
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:October 19th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC)
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OK, the spoon drawer thing was made up. Whether to use a wooden or a metal spoon for stirring stuff I've experienced as an actual bone of contention, though, as with to what extent overloading cupboards was worth it.
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From:mair_aw
Date:October 19th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
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or what operating system to use...
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:October 19th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
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That's almost the opposite: instead of no reasons, there's way too many reasons for each.
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From:mair_aw
Date:October 19th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking of it with the spoon thing: "use whichever's appropriate for the job you want to do".
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:October 19th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
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I think the spoon thing was "Metal spoons conveniently never go mouldy" vs "wooden spoons never scratch the pan", neither that important, and both generally applicable but vulnerable to "couldn't you just do it right?". When would you use which?
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From:mair_aw
Date:October 19th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
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I would use a wooden spoon to stir hot things, and in non stick pans.

I would use a metal spoon in a smaller bowl, to eat cereal, and to stir viciously.
From:yrieithydd
Date:October 19th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
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Most of the time I think there might not actually be a right answer, and so I make up more and more spurious "facts" why my random choice is the one true way and M's is the spawn of satan.

[Grins] I've come up with a few of them in my time. My logic wrt toilet seats is that everyone sits on the loo at least some of the time therefore it needs to be down more than 50% of the time so it's best to leave it in that position. My alternative is that the most logical solution is always to put the lid down too and then both people have to move something every time!

BTW you might be amused by the fact that Ann commented on Friday evening when I got in that she could tell I'd had a man round because the loo seat was up!
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From:miss_next
Date:October 19th, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC)
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*grin* I have a male friend who inevitably closes the lid after use. There always has to be an exception!
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From:simont
Date:October 19th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
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I always close the lid. This is a reflex I acquired very strongly during the six months I spent being a cat owner, and which didn't naturally fade away once the cat left me for my ex's parents. Not sure why it didn't; it might be because of a general feeling that it can't hurt to shut the lid before you do big splashy flushing things, or it might actually be related to the idea that closing the lid sticks two fingers up at both sides of the great loo seat debate, or both, or something else entirely, or it might simply be that it would take as much effort to change my habits back as it did to change them in the first place...
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From:miss_next
Date:October 19th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
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Ah, yes. I too am a cat owner, though I think my cats see it the other way round. This is why the door of the loo (which is separate from the bathroom) is kept closed. Always.
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From:rmc28
Date:October 19th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
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Loo seats should clearly be left in the position last used. That minimises the faff generally. Sometimes boys want the seat down too.
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From:dunkyb
Date:October 19th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
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This reminds me of a book I'm planning to write someday.

"How Toilet Seats work and other simple problems"

It will be a guide to simple stuff around the house, such as how to move a toilet seat to the 'up' position (say if a girl lived in a male majority household), open a bottle of wine, clean the gutters and other tasks that most women I know seem sure is 'Man's Work'.

I'm guessing it'll probably be in the style of the worst case scenario handbooks.
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From:mair_aw
Date:October 19th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
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how do you open a bottle of wine? I'm particularly interested in the scenario where you insert a pen-knife corkscrew because it's the only one you've got, and it snaps off.
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From:dunkyb
Date:October 19th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
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Well, theres the saber version, which requires you to hold the bottle away from you and then quickly slide a saber along the neck into the bulgy bit at the top, thus removing the top part of the bottle. Decanting is then recommended.

Failing that, etch a line around a bit of the neck (to provide a fast-fracture seeding point) and then crack the neck against the edge of a sturdy table, with the etched line facing towards the table. Remember to hold the bottle near its base.

Failing that, and seeing as pen-knife corkscrews are of the twisted wire varieties, another corkscrew would actually do the job as well as normal.
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From:ewx
Date:October 19th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)

"never open a bottle of wine in public unless you *really* know what you are doing"

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Real men bite the top of the bottle off. Obviously. The rest of us rely on having less fragile corkscrews.
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:October 19th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
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OK, how about:

Pliers on the end of the corkscrew bit.

Hack down into the cork with the penknife blade, then pliers (or penknife's screwdriver between a coil and the bottletop).

Use a 1970-style syringe/pump bottle opener. (Careful, might cause cheap bottles to explode).

Find someone else with a twist-wire corkscrew and screw it in out of phase with the first.

Push two metal skewers down and through the cork along a diameter and attempt to twist the cork out.

Attempt to create a hard vacuum around the bottle to suck the cork out. (Not recommended, or practical).

Push the cork into the bottle with a blunt object, and pour the wine around it. (Wine is guaranteed to be corked, so v.bad)

Remove the top of the bottle along with the cork and filter the wine to remove any glass dust produced. (Mildly dangerous to implement, but should work perfectly)

Throw it away, drink another (couple of) bottle(s) and buy a real corkscrew for next time.
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From:mair_aw
Date:October 19th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
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I tried a skewer. And indeed a hand drill. We also tried to break the bottle and succeeded only in destroying the saucepan we were trying to break it into. Drinking another couple of bottles would be equally difficult without a corkscrew.

I like the saber approach best, I think...
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From:dunkyb
Date:October 19th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
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It is only really used to open champagne, but should still work on normal wine bottles. (The lack of positive pressure would be made up by the realitive thinness of the glass)
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:October 19th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
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Drinking another couple of bottles would be equally difficult without a corkscrew.

So drink screw-top? Or fizz? ;)
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From:ewx
Date:October 19th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)

Wine is guaranteed to be corked, so v.bad

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Err, why?
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:October 19th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)

Re: Wine is guaranteed to be corked, so v.bad

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Sorry, I've been told that this is, in fact, completely wrong and corking only applies to a mouldy cork.

I meant "it tends to taste a bit funny if the cork's floating in it" but that doesn't apply to the plastic/rubber 'corks' that tend to be used on most bottles, so this should work fine if you can push hard enough.
From:cjp39
Date:October 19th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
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You could get one of those funky things that force air under the cork. You could probably slide that in past the skeleton of the old corkscrew. Of course, this is harder given you precluded having one of those at the start of the scenario :/
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From:arnhem
Date:October 19th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
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A colleague once demonstrated the fact that you can get the cork out of a bottle of wine by repeatedly banging its base firmly (but not too firmly) against a wall; the shock wave in the wine moves the cork a little way each time.

The person who'd brought the bottle in question to that party was, unfortunately, a bit miffed that their nice red wine was now fizzy.
From:cjp39
Date:October 19th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
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I'm a bit freaked out that you and emperor have essentially the same user picture for these two posts. Who is wearing those socks? I assume this was discussed before I joined LJ...
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From:atreic
Date:October 19th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Me wearing the socks, Emp took the pictures
From:cjp39
Date:October 19th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Nice socks.
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From:dunkyb
Date:October 19th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Was this the whole photo of 'sally in underwear' thing that went around a while back? Or am I missing yet another point?
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From:robert_jones
Date:October 19th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Is it worrying that my first reaction to that icon is, "Nice legs," and it is only on my second reaction that I notice the unusual socks?
From:neonchameleon
Date:October 19th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
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*blinks*. It's not often we agree and even less oftenI suspect, we have the same reactions.
From:nina321
Date:October 19th, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
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Are those your legs?
I think I'm in love with them...
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From:emperor
Date:October 20th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
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hahaha! I have the best fiancee in the world :-)
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