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  • Missing Option: (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bughunter (10093) <bughunter@earthl[ ].net ['ink' in gap]> on Friday June 20, 2014 @04:26PM (#47284567) Journal


    I'm married, you insensitive clod.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 20, 2014 @04:31PM (#47284601)

      I understand your frustration. I'm also married, but I'd sure rather settle down at night with a good woman.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Mind you, the question included the word "good".

    • by Anonymous Coward


      I'm married, you insensitive clod.

      You've misread the options. The one you're looking for is: Project.

    • Does this poll say anything about the "personality" of the author??? ;^)

    • by operagost (62405)


      Oh. You meant to select "project", then.

    • The option you're thinking of is missing because this is Slashdot.

  • All of the above is not an option? I guess they say "prefer" but for me it all depends on the night, the day I've had, the day the wife's had, what's in the queue for shows and movies, what book I'm currently reading, etc, etc.

  • by popoutman (189497) * on Friday June 20, 2014 @04:44PM (#47284697) Journal
    Personally I have a preference for settling down with a lovely willing girl for the evening...
  • Someone left out "beer". And probably "bong" as well.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Bedtime beer is nasty, like having a coffee to settle down at night but worse. It has an initial sedative effect but completely fucks up the resulting sleep. Not recommended.

      • by Creepy (93888)

        I can have beer (1 or 2) before bedtime, but I don't more because of the effects on my waistline. Much easier to keep the weight off (lost 30 pounds last year and kept it off with the no alcohol near bedtime plan).

        • by _merlin (160982)

          I don't get this. Seriously, beer makes me lose weight. The alcohol increases metabolism and hence carbohydrate burn, and the dehydration it causes reduces fluid retention.

    • A decoded NZB file :- Perhaps streaming radio ( or a bit of Netflix.
  • I read my Warcraft novels while winding down to go to bed
  • But books are good as an alternative.

  • by timothy (36799) Works for Slashdot on Friday June 20, 2014 @06:22PM (#47285353) Homepage Journal

    When it comes to late-night brainfood, vs. most of the above, I'd rather listen to a nice old radio show, or a nice new podcast (like Penn Jillette's "Sunday School"). I don't know if it actually helps my insomnia, but it could be worse. I did make a mistake, though, in listening to the Mercury Theater production of Dracula, thinking it would just be quaint and campy. Not so -- as good as a horror movie, which is why I was listening to it late on Hallowe'en night ... []

    If not one of the above, I'll go to sleep listening to the sound of a movie -- The Big Lebowski, say. It's fun to play back the visuals on a movie that you've seen, letting the audio trigger the images, or try to make your brain create new visuals for the same sounds / dialogue.

    • by nmb3000 (741169)

      I'd rather listen to a nice old radio show, or a nice new podcast (like Penn Jillette's "Sunday School").

      I hadn't heard of Penn's Sunday School, but it looks interesting. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • by PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) on Friday June 20, 2014 @06:34PM (#47285445)

    . . . and some code to fiddle with . . .

    • Mmmmm. A very nice option indeed. I would go with some high quality marijuana instead of a cigar, but you definitely have the right idea there.

  • by TigerPlish (174064) on Friday June 20, 2014 @07:09PM (#47285651)

    A glass of single-malt and a Puerto Rican cigar. Puro Indio FTW!

    But, not every night. This is too easy to overdo.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Who settles down at night with a good nap right before they go to sleep? Do you people work nights?

    • Who settles down at night with a good nap right before they go to sleep?

      Exactly! You might sleep right past bedtime.

  • Oops, forgot for a moment this is slashdot.
  • From For a computer buff like me it's relaxing, interesting...but not exactly a "page turner" so it only takes 10-15 minutes and zzzzz...
  • ...sometimes tv, sometimes a book

  • ...getting a good internet?
  • WTF!? Alcoholic untie!

  • Why couldn't they call it a series? TV/broadcasting is dead.
  • "Settle down at night"? I'm just getting going.
  • by Misagon (1135) on Saturday June 21, 2014 @09:33AM (#47288123)

    A good wank.

    Don't mod me down, I'm serious. A lot of people do it every evening to settle down and relax before going to bed, but they don't talk about it. Just ask a sexologist.
    Some are blessed with having a willing significant other, and some don't have any, and some do have one that is not willing to do it every night.

  • a glass of scotch.

  • by rossdee (243626) on Saturday June 21, 2014 @11:05AM (#47288539)

    I work nights you insensitive clods.

  • by nurb432 (527695) on Saturday June 21, 2014 @02:22PM (#47289307) Homepage Journal

    I go to bed to sleep. Not read, watch tv/etc.

    If you want to do those things, go back into the living room. All you are doing is keeping your bed mate awake.

  • A good can of Cider.
    Bit of warcraft and wind up the children who have access to their mummy's credits cards :)

  • Let's win this thing!
  • by MrP- (45616)

    Come on, no other alcoholics on here??

  • I chose Internet but I often find myself watching old BBC shows I never saw before or knew about but never watch such as QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats, or ones I really like such as The IT Crowd (normally I watch a TV show or movie and never watch it again).

    Anything that is a bit old and there are lots of it so I can go through it one by one.

    Next on the list is Star Trek: DS9 I'm a big Trek fan but I never really got into DS9 but I think I will go through each episode from the start, now it's like a

    • by ah.clem (147626)

      Next on the list is Star Trek: DS9 I'm a big Trek fan but I never really got into DS9 but I think I will go through each episode from the start, now it's like a wrapped present.

      DS9 is, in my opinion, the absolute worst of the entire ST franchise. I have just finished a 3+ year on/off challenge to watch the entire franchise (every series and movie except for the cartoons) - TNG was tiring, Voyager was brutal; oh, man - but DS9 - I gave up 3 times. Bad acting, crappy plots, characters it was impossible to care about - until Vic Fontaine! The bright spots for me were the Vic Fontaine eps; just too little, too late. In my opinion, Avery Brooks and Nana Visitor are total hacks and

      • by ah.clem (147626)

        Damn, I meant Terry Ferrell as Jadzia Dax - sorry.

      • by unitron (5733)

        Did you ever see Brooks as "Hawk"?

        • by ah.clem (147626)

          Yes, my son and I used to watch that series, what was it, "Spenser"? There was one line he delivered so badly in an ep that it became what is now called a meme in our family, trotted out often in response to various queries; "The day is short; your client's money is long; the question shall be answered." in that clipped monotone that he used, followed by bared teeth.

          I do appreciate what Brooks is trying to do. There are a couple of DS9 eps that seem to have his mark on them, one that comes to mind is "Far

          • by unitron (5733)

            Later on they spun off a short lived "Hawk" series from "Spenser:For Hire", but my point was he's a good enough actor that you look at Sisko and never see Hawk, and vice-versa.

            "Far Beyond The Stars", where's he's 'negro' syfy writer Benny Russell is some fabulous TV.

            "... I didn't get a "great actor" feel from anyone on that series."

            We shall have to agree to remain in disagreement.

    • by jd (1658)

      Start with the first ever Doctor Who. Make sure you take a break between episodes to get the cliffhanger effect. There's audios of all missing episodes. Include all of the Big Finish stories for the Eighth Doctor and the Pertwee Radio Episodes, plus the first three Stranger and Miss Brown for the missing season, plus the Auton trilogy, plus the PROBE series.

      If you are still alive after all that, I suggest you follow that up with both Ivor the Engine series, Sapphire and Steel (TV and Big Finish), The Tomorr

    • by operagost (62405)

      My wife and I enjoyed watching the whole series together. She'd never had the chance, and I missed entire chunks of seasons so it was definitely fun for me. We put off watching the last episode for months because she didn't want to see it end.

      People who think the series sucked: it's just not for you.

  • Documentary (Score:4, Interesting)

    by tsa (15680) on Sunday June 22, 2014 @01:25AM (#47291709) Homepage

    I voted 'TV show' bit I meant Documentary. And currently I'm trying to reinstall the rule not to watch a screen an hour before going to bed. Watching lit-up screens makes your brain go all Weeee! because of the blue light screens emit. So I read the paper, stroke the rabbits or potter around the house a bit before going to bed. Nothing physically or mentally straining of course. And I drink warm liquids, like tea or hot milk (chocolate or anise).

    • Just install f.lux

    • by EvanED (569694)

      The biggest thing I miss from CRTs is the ability to dim them below "actually still pretty bright". The only LCD I've seen that actually gets fairly dark is the one on my camera.

  • by nitehawk214 (222219) on Sunday June 22, 2014 @03:04AM (#47291931)

    Does not exist. We have to settle for this evil one.

  • by Osgeld (1900440)

    Your mom

  • I settle down at night with taking a good dump... ...during which (20-30 mins easily) I can do all non-Nap poll options, depending on the specs of the phone/tablet I take with me.

  • I write: by day, technical documentation. By night, the kind of stuff I actually like to write. But I would have thought "cat" would be among the choices at a geek site!

    BTW everyone: treasure your kittehs, they just don't last long enough here and leave a big hole in your chest when they have to go. []
  • Fire up a doobie in the evening.
  • To have a good Internet, you need early-spec IPv6 or TUBA, pipe-balanced network neutrality, and fully secured DNS and routing. And the complete elimination of Windows.

    Books no longer exist, due to the prevalence of Kindle-style devices, so option 1 only applies to us geriatrics.

    Good movies... there are two or three of those, I suppose.

    Video game - Elite: Dangerous and Kerbal Space Program are brilliant but redirecting the display to something you can settle down with isn't easy.

    • by Lazere (2809091)
      Speaking as a non-geriatric, I've read more physical books in the last year than I have ebooks ever. Physical books aren't going anywhere for a long time.
  • playing World of Warcraft .....
  • I engage in some form of mental gymnastics pretty much all day up until bed, and then I need to wind down my brain which I often accomplish with some mind numbing TV for an hour or so.. That, or some mind blowing physical gymnastics with my wife..

  • Because I like to go to bed listening to streaming radio...

If all else fails, lower your standards.


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