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02 January 2010 @ 10:25 pm
Poll: What should David take to "Mars"?  
Over at the I'm going to mars! post, azahru points out that the ill-prepared character is often required to take command at some point, and martianmooncrab says "don't forget to take that random item that will save the mission and endear you to the Martians." threeoutside took that ball and ran with it, suggesting that it would be a cool contest. Why not?

So what (small, lightweight, inexpensive) random item should I take to Mars?

The radio buttons have been split into two groups due to limitations of LJ's poll mechanism. Please vote for only one item. Voting closes at midnight PST on Tuesday, January 5. Winner gets a signed copy of Space Magic and an actual "Mars" rock.

Poll #1506574 What should David take to "Mars"?
This poll is closed.

Group 1:

A good old-fashioned church key (threeoutside)
Twine (janetl)
A towel (apparentparadox)
A kitten (amysisson)
Women (mklprc)
A needle (scarlettina)
A copy of Space Magic signed by the crew (allanh)
Chocolate (anghara)
A Magic 8 Ball (anghara)
A small collection of safety pins (nancymcc)
Duct tape (nebula5)
The biggest damn golf umbrella you can find -- trust me on this one (sparckl)
A jar of Marmite (bohemiancoast)
One of the space-themed Mr. Potato Heads (martianmooncrab)

Group 2:

Something Kate has knitted (papersky)
Geeky calculator watch (kateyule)
A knife (spenciumusprime)
Sex toy (spencimusprime)
A 20-sided die (nobu)
A runcible spoon (rachel_swirsky)
A space pen (kathrynmice)
An American Express Card ("Don't leave Earth without it!") (qiihoskeh)
A book of matches and a single stick of Wrigley's Spearmint Gum (boothby171)
Doug Fauntn6tqs on January 3rd, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
Hm, that was a goof. My choice was actually the towel.
katybeth on January 3rd, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
You should be able to change your vote.
Doug Fauntn6tqs on January 3rd, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
But I can't, apparently, delete a vote in the second group.
katybeth on January 3rd, 2010 08:01 am (UTC)
Good point. I know how to change your vote in a poll, but I don't know of any way to un-vote.
Elf M. Sternbergelfs on January 3rd, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
Damn, I hate being typical.
crazysoph: workcrazysoph on January 3rd, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
There was only one thing I could have voted for, knowing that kateyule has a sweater in production.

Crazy(now, no pressure, but will it be finished in time for the departure?? The next moment of dramatic tension in the B Plot!)Soph
qiihoskeh on January 3rd, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)
I voted for my own suggestion, if only so that it'd get at least one vote, but otherwise I would've picked the geeky calculator watch. I also note that some of the items don't seem to fit the (small, lightweight, inexpensive) requirement, such as the golf umbrella, the sleeping bag, and, presumably, the women.
Bridgetbugshaw on January 3rd, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
A tip for if you want to have more radio button items some time in the future: start creating the poll with as many items as the creator will allow you for the first question.
Click on See Code, and see something like the below
<lj-poll name='' whovote='all' whoview='all'>
<lj-pq type='radio'>
Your question
<lj-pi>A towel</lj-pi>
<lj-pi>A Mars Bar</lj-pi>
<lj-pi>Twenty four silver tiepins</lj-pi>
<lj-pi>A wompom</lj-pi>

From here you can type a load more
<lj-pi>Additional items</lj-pi>
into the list before you post the poll. There is a limit, but it's greater than 15.

Have fun on Mars!
David D. Levinedavidlevine on January 3rd, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I thought that might be possible, but I didn't want to chance winding up with a poll that looked good in preview but didn't actually work.

Some people are voting in both groups, despite the instructions, but, hey, vote early and often, right?
Steve Hutchisonfoomf on January 3rd, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Who reads instructions?

Anyway, of the two I put in, Runcible Spoon or Chocolate, and considering the desert-ness, if it's going to be cold, take the Chocolate, if it's going to be hot, take the Runcible Spoon.

In fact, I have a titanium spork you can take with you if you want.
Katekateyule on January 3rd, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Hey, my suggestion isn't just a geeky calculator watch, it's an ANTIQUE geeky calculator watch!
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Julie Zetterberg Sardo: Carlottanebula5 on January 3rd, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
Me too... :o
Julie Zetterberg Sardo: Tootsie Plunkettenebula5 on January 4th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
And just in case anyone cares, I didn't vote for my own suggestion.
Roxannermeidaking on January 3rd, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
A corollary poll would be: Which tools do you include on your custom multi-tool? Knife, bottle opener, and pliers, sure, but what *else*?
Chris McKitterick: Mars rovermckitterick on January 4th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I voted for duct tape because of Apollo 13. Just saying.
Nancynancymcc on January 4th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
I think it would be more fun to vote on the "most entertaining justification" for an item, because looking at the raw list is dull compared to reading the posted suggestions.
Nancynancymcc on January 4th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
And, of course, because I think my justification would have a better chance of winning than my item. Competitive? Moi?
Book Universebookuniverse on January 5th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Agree that we should get the "Why" and not just the items. Safety pins were my second choice, because I run the "Gold Key" (loaner costumes at events) for my local SCA branch, and have a chain of safety pins in sizes from tiny to Kilt-Pin-huge as part of my Must-Have equipment). Had to go with the Kate-knitting, though, 'cause of the Warm-Fuzzy value of having something handcrafted from your loved one... :-)

Does Kate know how to make "Knittens"? That would be two items in one: a Kate-knit thingy, and a Kitten. And a good knitter can knit a Knitten in a few hours: they're two rectangles, one smaller for the head, the other larger for the body, stitched together and stuffed... oh, and a crocheted tail...

I found a pattern for a more complicated kitty:
...but our local SCA group has half a dozen Knitten-knitters. I'll ask for their easy pattern & pass it on...
Book Universebookuniverse on January 5th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
Got the pattern my SCA friends use for their Knittens, though the one who sent the link says they modified it.*
(Read the Comments too; GeoBabe corrects the instructions for the Head in a comment halfway down the page!)

* Having seen them under construction, I know that one modification is to leave enough excess yarn at the start and finish of each piece that you can use the attached "loose ends" to sew some of the seams. Another is to use just ONE color of yarn, though that "one" color can be a "variegated" or color-changing one. (I've seen a very effective use of variegated yellow-orange yarn to do a marmalade tabby Knitten!)

I've got a very handsome Tom-Knitten done in a nubbly, tweedy-brown yarn. We can tell he's a boycat 'cause he's got two strategically-placed yarn knots where the tail was sewn to the body! :-)
Julie Zetterberg Sardo: Sterilized With Fear!nebula5 on January 5th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Too late to enter: if the team discovers water on Mars, I suggest one of these.